Volume 9 , Number 1September 12, 2016


This issue recognizes second semester and back-to-school honors.

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Couch MS’ Cindy Apley Rose earns Presidential Award
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


Cindy Apley Rose of Couch MS has been named as a winner for this year’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of 213 U.S. mathematics and science teachers to be recognized this year as a recipient of this prestigious award.

Couch MS’ Principal Devon Williams is proud of Mrs. Apley Rose and all of her accomplishments. He shares, “Cindy Apley Rose’s passion for educational excellence is exemplified through her student-teacher relationships, communication with stakeholders, and highly engaging and innovative instructional practices. We are so proud that she is a part of the Couch Middle School family!”

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Each nomination year of the award alternates between teachers in the kindergarten through 6th grade level, and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. This cohort of awardees represents two nomination years, one of K-6 teachers and the other for grades 7-12.

These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion, and are invited to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony on
Sept. 8, as well as educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.
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GCPS earns national award for best practices
in purchasing for second year

GCPS' Department of Purchasing and Property Management has earned the 2016 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Award from the National Procurement Institute. The school district is one of only 10 governmental agencies in Georgia and one of only 25 educational institutions in the United States to receive this national award.
The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® recognizes organizational excellence in procurement. Public and non-profit organizations earn the award by obtaining a high application score based on standardized criteria. The evaluation criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement function.
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GCPS recognized among best communities in U.S. for music education
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the National Association of Music Merchants, (NAMM). BCME recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students, and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.

GCPS Director of Fine Arts David DuBose is thrilled that Gwinnett County Public Schools has once again been designated as a “Best Community for Music Education.” He says, “This honor speaks to our school district’s commitment to fine arts and our work to ensure that students receive quality instruction in the areas of performing and visual arts. It also is a wonderful commendation for our teachers, whose enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for teaching is at the heart of our program. Working with our students and arts communities, we are building a world-class program that allows students to grow and reach their full potential.”
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GCPS educators named among nation’s PBS innovators
Shana White of Creekland MS is Georgia’s 2016 Lead PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) LearningMedia Digital Innovator. The 2016 Lead Innovators are awarded with year-long professional development opportunities, virtual trainings, exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities, and more. Additionally, the 52 Lead Digital Innovators received an all-expenses-paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in June.

“This year we received a record number of applications from qualified teachers from across the country and we are excited to welcome this new class of digitally savvy educators to our growing group of leaders,” said Alicia Levi, vice president of PBS Education. “Education for learners of all ages is at the core of PBS’ mission, and we are committed to providing teachers and students with the tools and content necessary to succeed in today’s digital classroom. I look forward to working alongside this group as they continue to engage and empower the next generation of students.”

Ms. White serves as the local school technology coordinator at Creekland MS as well as an adjunct teacher for Georgia Virtual School. She believes technology provides an effective means to collaborate, innovate, and open doors for all students. Ms. White enjoys her role as technology coordinator because it allows her to help teachers create meaningful and engaging learning opportunities for all students. She is dedicated to empowering and teaching both students and teachers how to effectively use technology as a tool to enhance and take charge of their own growth.

In addition, Rebekah O’Brien of Baggett ES was one of 25 Georgia educators recognized as a Local Digital Innovator.
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Griffin-Kimber recognized as a national Champion of Change
Jeanette Griffin-Kimber of Meadowcreek HS was one of 12 School Support Champions of Change honorees recognized by the White House in May. According to the White House's website, “These individuals were selected by the White House for their leadership and tireless work to ensure that students in our nation’s schools receive the support and motivation they need to succeed.”

Ms. Griffin-Kimber, a substitute teacher coordinator for Meadowcreek HS and a current doctoral candidate for an Education Administration and Leadership degree, says she is “there every day to lift student spirits, direct them on the right path, and teach them to always respect themselves and to understand their self-worth.”
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Pharr ES earns national recognition from U.S. DOE as a Green Ribbon School
Pharr ES earned the Green Ribbon School award, a national recognition by the U.S. Department of Education highlighting innovative efforts by schools, school districts, and postsecondary institutions to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.

“The work these schools and systems have done will positively impact students and communities for generations to come,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “They are teaching children – in the most hands-on, innovative ways – how important it is to protect our natural resources. I’d like to commend them for a job well done, and thank them for being such great representatives of the state of Georgia.”
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GCPS recognized with 2016 Brightspace Award for Excellence
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) was honored as a 2016 Brightspace Award for Excellence winner. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and Gwinnett Board of Education Chairman Dr. Robert McClure represented the school district at an awards ceremony. Brightspace is an online learning platform used by Gwinnett teachers and students to extend learning opportunities and connect students and teachers both in class and at home through a secure online environment.

GCPS launched Brightspace, known as
eCLASS Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) in Gwinnett, in the 2014-15 school year. The award recognized Gwinnett’s strategies to assure teachers’ effective use of the digital tools by providing coaching, models for best instruction, and samples of strong digital instructional practices. The success of these efforts have resulted in widespread use of the eCLASS C&I platform by teachers and students, as evidenced by an increase in the weekly use of eCLASS C&I in 2015-16 to 80-85% of teachers and 75-80% of students. Teachers, students, and parents report that they see great advantage to the opportunity for digital learning both in and away from class.

“The Brightspace Award for Excellence is affirmation that our teachers and students are gaining benefits from what the digital world has to offer. Because every teacher can extend the walls of the classroom through his or her
eCLASS C&I course pages, students aren’t limited to school days and classroom hours to continue their learning. It really is a new day in education,” said Tricia Kennedy, executive director of eCLASS Transformation for the district.
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GCPS schools top state, rank nationally in
US News & World Report list of high schools

Earlier this year, US News & World Report released its high school rankings, which include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments, their graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college. Of the Georgia schools ranked in 2016 for the U.S. News Best High Schools, 15 were awarded gold medals, 43 earned silver medals and 41 received bronze medals. Gwinnett schools include:
 
GCPS High Schools noted in U.S. News & World Report’s
Best High Schools
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology

1 in Georgia, 27th in U.S.
North Gwinnett HS
8 in Georgia, 286th in U.S.
Brookwood HS
18 in Georgia, 555th in U.S.
Peachtree Ridge HS
30 in Georgia, 935th in U.S.
Parkview HS
32 in Georgia, 1081st in U.S.
Mill Creek HS
33 in Georgia, 1085th in U.S.
Norcross HS
35 in Georgia, 1165th in U.S.
Collins Hill HS
39 in Georgia, 1338th in U.S.
Duluth HS
42 in Georgia, 1604th in U.S.
Dacula HS
45 in Georgia, 1779th in U.S.
Central Gwinnett HS
46 in Georgia, 1812nd in U.S.
Grayson HS
47 in Georgia, 1862nd in U.S.

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GCPS honored by SREB for work with career academies
Gwinnett County Public Schools received the “Using Career-Themed Academies to Transform Large High Schools Award” from the Southern Regional Education Board. Dr. Jonathan Patterson, associate superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support, accepted the honor at the 30th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Louisville, Ky.

The school district teamed with SREB and its High Schools That Work program in 2013 to transform five of the county’s comprehensive high schools into college- and career-themed academy high schools. Today, that number has grown to seven high schools.


The career themes include international business; media, arts, and communications; health sciences and human services; and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).


The seven high schools have implemented the instructional strategies of the Literacy Design Collaborative, the Mathematics Design Collaborative, and SREB’s Advanced Career STEM-based curricula. They have increased focus on career and technical education by redesigning assignments around projects that often involve both academic and career pathway classes. The district also has worked diligently to find time to connect academics, career pathways, and workplace learning. 


The Southern Regional Education Board works with states and educators to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through postsecondary education.
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Mill Creek HS’ Harris named
top Ga. teacher for American History

Dr. Laura T. Harris of Mill Creek HS, teacher of Advanced Placement U.S. History, has been awarded the 2016 Georgia Outstanding Teacher of American History by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Dr. Harris received recognition of this award at the February meeting of the NSDAR William Day Chapter of Duluth.

Dr. Harris’ Family History Project was of special interest to the William Day Chapter, NSDAR, because of her efforts to encourage students to investigate their family heritage, whether new immigrants or from a line of Revolutionary patriots.


Gov. Nathan Deal stands with Dr. Laura Harris
at the award presentation.
The students can then use this information as a way to connect to historical events in a personal manner. She also has found that through this project and others in her classroom, students are more likely to speak out and participate in classes as well as connect with other students and family members by sharing their family’s story.

Upon receipt of this award, Dr. Harris stated, “I feel honored to be considered for such a prestigious and meaningful award and I feel privileged to represent such an amazing chapter of the DAR. How proud my ancestor would be to know that his contribution to the founding of our nation ultimately led to one of his descendants inspiring and teaching young students how important history is to our every day lives."
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White Oak ES earns state STEM Certification
Last spring, White Oak ES earned Georgia’s schoolwide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Certification. A special ceremony, featuring State Superintendent Richard Woods, marked the occasion.
White Oak ES hosted a schoolwide eCLASS event featuring Project-Based Learning.

Pictured left to right with the official banner: Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, District III Board Member; Stacey Pickett, assistant principal; Principal Jean Loethen-Payne; Mr. Woods; Latonia George, assistant principal; and Dr. Linda Anderson, executive director of elementary schools.
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Gwinnett schools earn $25,000 Success in Schools grant
Knight ES and Berkmar MS have each been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) as part of its Success in Schools project. The Success in Schools project highlights schools of excellence throughout the state as part of a partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting.

“Funds from the GOSA grant will help to transform teaching and learning at Knight ES. We look forward to creating innovative student collaboration spaces, acquiring STEM/PBL materials to support a Robotics Club, and investing in literacy intervention resources to accelerate student learning,” said Knight ES Principal
Toni Ferguson.

“We are very excited and honored to have been selected to receive the GOSA award,” said Berkmar MS Principal
Nicole Tubbs. “It speaks volumes about the partnership and commitment our staff and community have in ensuring our students demonstrate continuous, consistent success in the classroom.” 




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Archer HS siblings earn regional recognition as top AP educators in the South
Three Archer HS teachers—Joni Jameson, John Jameson, and Kimberly Heglund, shown left to right— were recognized by the College Board as the 2016 AP Professionals of the Year for the Southern Region. The three teachers happen to be siblings, and each teacher has presented at the GaDOE’s AP Regional Workshops each fall for 11 years.
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Georgia DOE honors 20 GCPS high schools
as AP Honor Schools in one or more categories

The 2016 Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of AP exams. Many Gwinnett schools are recognized in one or more categories.

Last year, 14,815 students took 28,620 AP exams, with 60.3% percent scoring a three or higher to earn college credit or advanced placement.
2016 AP Challenge Schools
Schools with fewer than 900 students with students
testing in the four core areas of English, Mathematics,
Social Studies and Science
Gwinnett Online Campus
2016 AP Access and Support Schools
Schools with 30% of AP test takers that are African-American or Hispanic and at least 30% of all AP exams scoring 3 or higher
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Grayson HS
Norcross HS

2016 AP Merit Schools
Schools with at least 20% of students taking AP exams
and at least half of the AP exams scoring a 3 or higher
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
2016 AP STEM Schools
Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics) and two AP science courses (AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science)
Archer HS
Berkmar HS
Brookwood HS
Central Gwinnett HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett Online Campus
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Lanier HS
Meadowcreek HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS
South Gwinnett HS
2016 AP STEM Achievement Schools
Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett Online Campus
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS
2016 AP Humanities Schools
Schools with students testing in at least one AP language arts course, two AP social science courses, one AP fine arts course, and one AP world language course.
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Dacula HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Lanier HS
Meadowcreek HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
South Gwinnett HS
2016 AP STEM Achievement Schools
Schools with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40% of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher.
Archer HS
Brookwood HS
Collins Hill HS
Duluth HS
Grayson HS
Gwinnett Online Campus
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Lanier HS
Mill Creek HS
Mountain View HS
Norcross HS
North Gwinnett HS
Parkview HS
Peachtree Ridge HS
Shiloh HS

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13 Gwinnett schools earn GOSA recognition under state accountability system
Gov. Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) announced the recognition of 187 Georgia public schools in 51 districts as Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school award recipients. Thirteen of those schools are GCPS honorees.

“I want to congratulate all of the award-winning schools across our state, as well as the students and teachers who have worked tirelessly toward these accomplishments,” said Gov. Deal.

School Name

Greatest Gains Award

Highest Performing Award

Arcado ES

Silver


Brookwood ES


Silver

Brookwood HS


Bronze

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Silver

Platinum

Mulberry ES


Bronze

North Gwinnett HS


Silver

North Gwinnett MS

Silver

Gold

Osborne MS

Gold

Silver

Puckett’s Mill ES


Silver

Riverside ES


Silver

Roberts ES


Bronze

Simpson ES

Platinum

Platinum

Twin Rivers MS

Platinum

Silver

The school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education, are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System. Highest Performing schools must earn a three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Achievement Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. Greatest Gains schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile. For more details on how the awards are calculated, click here.
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Lafayette honored by state organization for
School-Based Speech Language Pathologists

Carol Lafayette of Special Education and Psychological Services was recognized with the Honors of the Association for the Georgia Organization of School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists (GO SSLP) at the Best Practices in Public School Speech-Language Pathology held in Atlanta. Each year, GO SSLP awards the Honors of the Organization to an individual who has a positive history and association with GO SSLP and has made outstanding contributions beyond those expected in an individual’s job, to the profession and/or community affairs, and exhibits leadership characteristics that are considered a positive role model for others.
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Brookwood HS’ Wilson earns GCPS, region kudos
for Media Specialist

Gwinnett County Public Schools named Jan Wilson of Brookwood HS as the 2016 Media Specialist of the Year. The purpose of the GCPS Media Specialist of the Year award is to recognize a K-12 library media specialist whose services have resulted in exemplary library media programs.

Ms. Wilson was nominated for this honor by Debbie Dees, former Brookwood principal and a district leader. Ms. Dees credits Ms. Wilson for “her ability to excite passion for learning in teachers and students.”

“Jan’s knowledge of collaboration and ability to support teachers in an instructional program are two main components that have contributed to Brookwood High School’s success in student achievement over the past few years,” she said.


Left to right: Julie Richardson; Brookwood HS
Principal William Bo Ford; Jan Wilson;
Mary Barbee; and Jennifer Helfrich.
With 19 years of experience as a Gwinnett County media specialist, Ms. Wilson has developed a successful media program that is exemplary in the promotion of reading, information technology utilization, collaborative and innovative techniques, and community involvement.

Jan Barnes, the Brookwood HS media clerk, also adds that “Ms. Wilson works tirelessly to bring new ideas, equipment, technology and furniture to make the best possible learning space.”

In addition, Ms. Wilson was recognized in May by the Georgia Library Media Association as the Metro region winner and advances for consideration as the state winner to be named in October.
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Teachers as Leaders Class of 2016-17 named
The 26th Teachers As Leaders (TAL) Class of 2016-17 includes 40 Gwinnett educators as participants:
Teachers As Leaders Class of 2016-17
Vivarine Argilagos of Lovin ES
Philip Matthew Bemiss of Graves ES
Rachel Buzzerd of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Rebecca Carlisle of North Gwinnett HS
Randy Crutchfield of Lanier HS
Kelley Curtiss of Coleman MS
Angela Dempsey of Ivy Creek ES
Jessica Dunn of Norton ES
Mary Eich of Corley ES
Amy Fleming of Buford Academy
Dane Forlenza of Crews MS
Peggy Frandsen of Duluth MS
Kristin Gilligan of Berkmar MS
Ryan Hanik of Peachtree Ridge HS
Willie Harper of Norcross ES
Angela Hays of Dacula ES
Valerie Hepburn of Walnut Grove ES
Dimitra Hill of Dacula HS
Amy Jenny of Anderson-Livsey ES
Nicole Johnson of Moore MS
Suzanne Johnson of McConnell MS
Ebony Jones of Nesbit ES
Shonda Lesley of Jones MS
Jamilya Mayo of Shiloh HS
Brittany Mayweather of Mulberry ES
Karla McLendon of Grace Snell MS
Catherine Newman of Fort Daniel ES
Jessica Newsome of Jenkins ES
Amy Obermeyer of Riverside ES
Kimberley Patterson of Dyer ES
Elizabeth Raque of Mountain Park ES
Kelly Riley of Sweetwater MS
Eric Rovie of Collins Hill HS
Nicole Smith of Woodward Mill ES
Jennifer Tennant of Gwinnett Online Campus
Belinda Terry of Partee ES
Sarah Tiller of Puckett’s Mill ES
Laurie Vakili of Parsons ES
Natalie Wade of Buford Academy
Danielle Walcott of Peachtree ES

The purpose of Teachers As Leaders is to develop personal and organizational leadership skills for classrooms and local schools. Participants are selected based on an application process, nominations from their principals, and identification as outstanding classroom leaders with at least three years of teaching experience. They are introduced to a core curriculum of leadership principles and provided opportunities to explore leadership skills through a series of retreats and program days that include meeting with community, state, and national leaders in both education and business.
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  • Grants/Scholarships.

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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Matthew Mills, director of Purchasing and Property Management— earned designation as a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM). This national certification is achieved through demonstrated professional continuing education learning units, contributions to the purchasing profession, examinations, and proven years of professional procurement experience.
  • Alcova ES and Summerour MS— named 2016 High-Flying Schools at the 27th Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference. The schools were selected based on their achievements in attaining academic success, community collaboration, citizenship development, and democratic education.
  • Jordan MS named a Georgia Grown Test Kitchen. Dacula HS was the first GCPS school to be recognized in 2014.
  • James Rayford, director of Academic Support and GCPS' Community-Based Mentoring Program honored as the Let Us Make Man Community Service Award winner at the 10th Annual Let Us Make Man Celebration: “Celebrating Excellence, Achievement, and Scholarship.” The organization’s mission is to use effective skills training to foster hope, by strengthening and empowering men that rebuild and transform their community.
  • Congratulations to the following regional Athletic Director of the Year honorees:
    Mike Cammack of Shiloh HS for Region 8AAAAAA; and
    Wayne Smith of Mountain View HS for Region 7AAAAAA.

  • Lt. Tony Lockard, West Zone Commander, Gwinnett County School Police— earned the Meritorious Award from Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services and the Life Saving Award from Gwinnett County School Police for his decisive action in saving the life of a motorist trapped in a vehicle that caught fire at an accident scene.
  • Pictured from left from right: Assistant Chief Stephen Hrustich,
    Division Director Jere Jordan, Assistant Chief Russell Knick,
    Assistant Chief Dan Hansen, Lt. Lockard, and Fire Chief Casey Snyder.

  • Courtney Young and Meredith Wallace, both of Harris ES— named 2016 Gwinnett County Council for Exceptional Children Co-Teaching Team of the Year.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Tamara J. Candis of Hopkins ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Donna Ledford of Starling ES— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University.
  • Paivi Lievonen of Sweetwater MS— earned a master’s degree in Education in Middle Grades Math and Science Education from University of North Georgia.
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  • Presentations
  • Dr. Dana Edwards of Gwinnett Online Campus— presented “Goals of Misbehavior: Adlerian Principles and Techniques to Encourage a Climate of Cooperation” at the Georgia Society of Adlerian Psychology at Kennesaw State University.
  • Dr. Stacy Byous and Emily Corey, both of Partee ES— brought a group of students to the Georgia Educational Technology Conference for the Student Showcase. Students demonstrated their knowledge of the social studies curriculum through the use of digital animations.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— presented “Youth Art Month = National Leadership...Who Knew!” at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Chicago. She served as the Southeastern Awards Ceremony facilitator and Southeastern Leadership Meeting presenter. Ms. West also presented “Museum Mania and CONNECT-ing with STEAM” at the Woodruff Arts Center Educator Conference and was honored by the NAEA after serving the past four years on the Board of Directors as Southeastern Vice President.
  • Kudos to the following educators for their presentations at the recent Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) conference, where GCPS teachers represented more than 25% of all teacher presentations:
    Rachel Ash of Parkview HS: “Untextbooking: Losing Textbooks and Finding Students”
    Holly Brodnax of Grayson HS and Laura Droms of Mountain View HS: “Transformational Teaching: Let’s Get Digital!”
    Dr. Jaime Claymore of Mountain View HS: “Singleton Survival”
    Patricia Herndon of Pinckneyville MS: “Authentic Document Reading with Comprehensible Input”
    Lesa Howell of South Gwinnett HS: “I Need Stuff: Fast, Easy, Cheap!”
    Melanie Hutsell of Peachtree Ridge HS: “Differentiation in the Foreign Language Classroom: How to Do It and Why It Matters”
    Deanne King of Berkmar HS: “Transformational Teaching: One Baby Step at a Time”
    Marcia Littlefield of Crews MS: “Change a Student's Life: Participate in the Atlantic Institute’s Art and Essay Contest”
    Emily Marabotto and Guadalupe Ramirez, both of Bethesda ES: “A Day in the Life of Dual Language Immersion!”
    Susan McLeish of North Gwinnett MS: “Writing Outside the Box”
    Cindy Mollard of Peachtree Ridge HS and Susan McLeish of North Gwinnett MS: “Daily Splash of Culture”
    Aaron Mullins of Parkview HS: “Personalizing Texts to Increase Novice Students’ Motivation to Read”
    Miriam Patrick of Parkview HS: “Writing and Comprehensible Input: Output's Role in the CIassroom”
    Keith Toda of Brookwood HS: “Detoxing from the Textbook”
    Jamie Vega of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology: “Vocabulary Throughout the Unit”
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  • Publications
  • Georgette Elizabeth Correa of Benefield ES— published the book, Don't Let Life Stop You From Living. To learn more, visit Ms. Correa’s website.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— currently has a yearlong high school curriculum series, “Building a Strong Foundation,” published monthly in Arts and Activities Magazine. Ms. West serves as a contributing editor for the 10-article series running throughout the year.
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  • Participants
  • Dr. Donna Ledford, principal of Starling ES selected for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's 2016-17 Reader Advisory Board for Educational Leadership.
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  • Grants/Donations/Scholarships
  • Lanier Cluster schools earned more than $45,000 in grants from the Lanier Education Foundation for a cluster-wide focus on endeavors related to Project-Based Learning and the Cluster's highly regarded STEM program.
  • Meadowcreek Cluster schools earned a $40,000 grant to foster STEM education from the national STEM advocacy nonprofit FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
  • Lanier HS received a donation of $15,000 from MTI Baths for audio/visual equipment for the school’s Multimedia and Fine Arts Academy.
  • Congratulations to the following schools whose students received one of 500 donated backpacks containing school supplies from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated ® (AKA): Annistown ES, Britt ES, Centerville ES, Lovin ES, Norton ES, Partee ES, Shiloh ES, and Summerour MS.
  • Congratulations to the following educators who each received $1,500 scholarships from Gwinnett Retired Educators Association for continuing their education with work toward an advanced degree:
    Michelle Bruzan of North Gwinnett HS;
    Hyun Soon McGee of Chesney ES; and
    Renee Wilson-Wicker of Mountain View HS.

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