2006-07 Honors and Awards









2006-07 Honors and Awards

2006-07 News Releases (pdfs) Can't open a PDF? Click here to download the reader.
Peachtree Ridge High honored for significant improvement 06/27/07
Maxwell High School of Technology students to test their skills at national SkillsUSA championships 06/26/07
Eight GCPS educators recognized as “High Performing Principals” 06/21/07
“What’s cool about school” earns national recognition 06/19/07
GCPS TV recognized with three Telly awards 06/15/07
Duluth High picks up two national geography awards 06/14/07
Parkview High earns first place on its quest for the WorldQuest 6/11/07
Creativity key in earning world titles for six GCPS schools 6/5/07
Language Arts skills result in awards and scholarship 6/4/07
Two GCPS students earn scholarships using creativity 6/1/07
GCPS students receive national recognition for art and literary work 5/31/07
Gwinnett student leaders share best practices with metro-Atlanta 5/30/07
Georgia DOE awards grant to GCPS science department 5/28/07
GCPS thanks 301 retirees for more than 8,000 years dedicated to education 5/28/07
13 GCPS students receive college-sponsored scholarships 5/23/07
Public hearings scheduled as Board prepares to adopt millage rate 5/23/07
GCPS school nutrition employees serve their culinary skills 5/23/07
Maxwell High School of Technology principal recognized as Patriotic Employer 5/22/07
GCPS students earn best in the world recognition during international competition 5/21/07
Parkview High team earns second place in national competition 5/18/07
GCPS honors its top custodians 5/17/07
Principals named for four Gwinnett schools: Trickum MS, Walnut Grove ES, Bethesda ES, and GIVE Center West 5/16/07
Georgia PTA honors GCPS with nine awards 5/15/07
Gwinnett 11th graders improve already high marks on Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) 5/11/07
Principals named for T. Carl Buice School and Brookwood High 5/11/07
GCPS summer school to start early June 5/10/07
2007 Senior Report 5/10/07
Gwinnett community celebrates school system’s gifted education 5/9/07
Two GCPS schools commended for best practices to improve student achievement 5/8/07
More than 70 GCPS students selected for Governor's Honors Program 5/7/07
Mill Creek High's business program earns certification 5/4/07
Gwinnett's Louise Radloff Middle honored for excellence in international education 5/3/07
11 GCPS students honored with national scholarship 5/2/07
Duluth High CLAW squad cheers its way to a national spot 4/30/07
Metro-Atlanta Hispanic community service organization honors GCPS superintendent Wilbanks 4/27/07
GCPS student elected to state level leadership role 4/25/07
Five GCPS students earn national corporate-sponsored scholarship 4/20/07
GCPS school counselor brings national title home 4/19/07
First GCPS middle school FBLA chapter students to be recognized at national conference 4/17/07
Higher education institution honors academically talented students 4/10/07
GCPS students honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars 4/9/07
Eight GCPS students earn national prestigious scholarship 4/4/07
GCPS STAR students and teachers a step closer to state title 3/30/07
Congratulations to State DECA Winners (3/16/07)
GCPS Students Rack Up State FBLA Awards (3/17/07)
GCPS earns system accreditation along with commendations (3/9/07)
Gwinnett School System Aaa Bond Rating Reaffirmed (3/12/07)
GCPS special needs school bus drivers on the road to nationals (3/9/07)
Gwinnett students’ artwork on display during annual exhibit (3/8/07)
North Gwinnett High’s school store operation receives National Gold Certification (3/5/07)
Berkmar High earns fifth consecutive Academic Decathlon win (2/27/07)
GCPS students and teachers advance to region STAR competition (2/23/07)
Quiz-bowl to test GCPS readers knowledge (2/22/07)
GCPS students to compete in first annual science and engineering fair (2/21/07)
Mill Creek High coach named: Georgia's Female Coach of the Year (2/19/07)
Seven GCPS students on their way to the White House (2/8/07)
R.D. Head Elementary named Georgia School of Excellence (2/19/07)
Seven GCPS students on their way to the White House (2/8/07)
Gwinnett recognizes top school counselors (2/5/07)
14 Gwinnett schools recognized as “Distinguished Schools” (1/25/07)
GCPS educators earn National Board Certification (1/18/07)
GCPS students earn national honors for Advanced Placement results (1/9/07)
Norcross High’s Chen achieves perfect score on ACT test (11/29/06)
Grayson High technology program earns certification (11/20/06)
Twelve Gwinnett schools recognized for reducing student achievement gap (11/17/06)
Tiffany English of Sugar Hill Elementary named 2007 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (11/2/06)
Gwinnett school bus safety poster picks up state honors (10/23-06)
Gwinnett students sweep Hispanic Heritage essay awards (10/20/06)
Finalists named for 2007 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year; Top teacher to be announced at Nov. 2 banquet (10/12/06)
Gwinnett Students defend reigning title (10/10/06)
25 Gwinnett educators earn master teacher certification (10/9/06)
Gwinnett student to serve as advisor on state-level council (10/6/06)
Gwinnett office professional honored for record of service in education (10/5/06)
Announcement of TOTY semifinalists narrows field of educators vying for top Gwinnett teacher (10/3/06)
Gwinnett group among top students invited to UGA program (9/29/06)
26 Gwinnett schools recognized by Governor for high achievement (9/29/06)
11 Gwinnett students up for national prestigious scholarship (9/27/06)
Gwinnett students recognized among top 10 nationwide in future business leaders competition (9/18/06)
‘Teacher of the Year’ at local schools named (9/15/06)
Gwinnett students up for prestigious scholarship (9//06)
Central Gwinnett High student navigates to top spot (9/8/06)
Alton C. Crews MS earns national school of distinction award (9/1/06)
Gwinnett student achieves perfect score on ACT test (8/30/06)
… and the big winner is … Gwinnett County Public Schools (8/23/06)
Gwinnett graduate honored with presidential award (8/11/06)
Gwinnett counselors recognized at state level (7/28/06)
Gwinnett County Board of Education participates in Broad workshop (7/27/06)


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Recent State and National Honors and Recognitions...

Students
A J. E. Richards Middle student earned national recognition from the National Education Association National Kids' Art Contest.

A team of Duluth High students won two national geography awards in a nationwide competition sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education.

Teams from six GCPS schools participated in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, five of which earned spots in the top 20 teams.

Two Brookwood High students placed in the top three in the world at the International Career Development Conference and Competition.

North Gwinnett High had 26 students meet national standards for the Marketing Credentialing Program.

A Meadowcreek Elementary counselor was named National Elementary Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

The Duluth High Navy Junior ROTC unit earned Unit Achievement status.

A Duluth High student won a National Essay Contest sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and received a scholarship study trip to Washington, D.C.

A Parkview High student was recognized as a National Finalist by the National Library of Congress for an entry in the 'River of Words' poetry competition.

The Duluth High Chamber Orchestra was 2nd runner-up at the National Orchestra Festival.

GCPS had 22 students who ranked in the top 15th percentile in the state on the National French Exam.

GCPS language arts students have been recognized by many national associations and won a number of awards including American Scholastic Press, Creative Communications, Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards, Georgia Council of Teachers of English Writing Contests, Georgia Poetry Society Contest, Laws of Life Writing Contest, The Claremont Review, National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence, National Essay Contest sponsored by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, National History Day Competition, and the Nammingham Trust Student Poetry Awards.

Students from Brookwood, Mill Creek, and Parkview high schools earned recognition from the 2007 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Five GCPS students earned national corporate-sponsored scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Foundation.

GCPS had thirteen college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners.

Eight GCPS students earned the National Achievement Scholarship awarded to academically promising Black students.

Eleven GCPS students earned National Merit Scholarships awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

A J. E. Richards Middle student was recognized by the National Education Association for Visual Arts work.

More than 300 7th grade GCPS students were recognized as part of the “2007 Duke University Talent Identification Program,” which identifies gifted and exceptionally bright students.

A Brookwood High student earned 1st place at the American Academy of Ballet National Performance Awards competition in New York.

A Summerour Middle student was accepted into the Crump Law Summer Camp sponsored by the National Bar Association.

A number of Gwinnett students achieved perfect scores on the ACT and SAT college-entrance exams.

A Peachtree Ridge High student-led financial literacy project was featured on the Practical Money Skills for Life Web site.

A Pharr Elementary student won the National Be Healthy Poster Contest, sponsored by Scholastic Books.

Students from Brookwood, Parkview, and South Gwinnett high schools attended Walton Electric Membership Corporation's Washington Youth tour.

A Pharr Elementary student won the Scholastic Book Club Holiday Gift Book Card Contest.

A Trickum Middle student earned a perfect score on the WordMasters Challenge-- a national language arts competition.

Almost 1,100 GCPS seniors who graduated in 2006 were recognized by the College Board for excelling on their Advanced Placement tests. More than 5,500 Gwinnett students took Advanced Placement tests last spring.

Eleven Gwinnett students were named semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Program for black students for 2006-07.

More than 50 GCPS students from Gwinnett high schools were named as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists for 2006-07.

The North Gwinnett High Air Force Junior ROTC Unit and the Shiloh High Air Force Junior ROTC unit were honored by the Department of the Air Force as “Distinguished Units.”

Two Berkmar High students were selected as delegates for the Anti-Defamation League's 8th annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Berkmar High students advanced to the finals in the National High School Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Norcross High Philharmonic Orchestra was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2007.

A Parkview High student was selected by Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) to present a segment of “Great American Moments.”

A Brookwood High student served on an advisory panel to the State Superintendent of Schools.

GCPS students took home 22 1st-place awards at the Georgia Junior Classical league convention.

Parkview High won its fifth-straight state championship in the Science Olympiad.

GCPS had first place winners at the State Science and Engineering Fair and seven 2nd place winners.

Five Collins Hill High students were winners of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

A Norcross High student placed 1st on the National Spanish Exam.

GCPS had 68 first, second, and third place level winners at the German Convention.

A North Gwinnett teacher was named by the American Association of Teachers of German as Georgia Chapter's Leader of the Year.

A North Gwinnett High student was elected to serve as president of the Distributive Education Clubs of America Georgia chapter.

A North Gwinnett High student won the 2007 WebChallenge sponsored by Georgia Institute of Technology and the Technology Association of Georgia.

GCPS had six student winners at the State Odyssey of the Mind competition.

GCPS had nine 1st place winners and seven second place winners at the Georgia Technology Student Association Leadrship Conference and Competition.

A Duluth High student was Georgia's winner in the 20th Annual National Peace Essay Contest.

Two North Gwinnett High students won the 2007 WebChallenge with Best Web site Overall, and Best Use of Fourspots Technology categories.

Students from Berkmar and Meadowcreek high schools won first place in the Family, Community, Career Leaders of America Leadership Conference.

Two student teams from Parkview High earned recognition at the Georgia Economic Challenge.

Students from Lilburn Elementary earned 1st place in the Elementary Division and 3rd place overall in the 2006 Stock Market Game.

A Parkvlew High student was selected as Georgia's German Student of the Year and received a scholarship study trip to Germany. In addition, another Parkview High student was one of 28 in the state to earned a perfect score on the Level 2 German exam.

A North Gwinnett High student scored in the 90th percentile on the National German Exam and received a scholarship study trip to Germany.

Two Parkview High teams won the State Economic Challenge in their respective divisions.

A Shiloh Middle student earned second place at the state-level School Bus Safety Poster Contest competition.

Maxwell High School of Technology students were awarded the Enthusiasm and Membership Awards at the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference.

Maxwell High School of Technology had two 1st place and four 2nd place winners at the SkillsUSA Georgia competition.

Thirty eight GCPS DECA 1st and 2nd place winners from the Georgia Leadership Competition will participate in the International Career Development Conference.

A North Gwinnett student was elected Georgia DECA President.

GCPS will send six 1st and 2nd place FBLA winners to the National Leadership Conference.

More than 400 GCPS students participated in the “Latino Youth Leadership Conference” representing 22 Gwinnett schools.

A Parkview High team of students won 1st place in the Metro-Atlanta WorldQuest competition.

Three North Gwinnett High students and a Norcross High student were invited to a University of Georgia program for high-performing Latino seniors and their parents.

Twenty-six Maxwell High School of Technology students earned the Statesman Award at the SkillsUSA Georgia Fall Leadership.

Two Duluth High students received Outstanding Reporter Awards at the Model United Nations Conference at Georgia State University.

GCPS sent 280 regional winners to the Georgia Student Media Festival.

The Berkmar High Academic Decathlon Team won the state's 2007 PAGE Academic Decathlon Championship.

GCPS sent 79 students to participate in the Governor's Honors Program, a six-week summer instructional program for intellectually gifted and artistically talented students.

A Mill Creek High softball coach was named Female Coach of the Year by the Georgia Women’s Intersport Network.

Collins Hill High’s girls cross country and girls basketball teams won the 2006-07 AAAAA state championships.

Collins Hill High's girls basketball team was named 2007 Co-Team of the Year.

Norcross High's boys basketball team won the 2006-07 AAAAA state championship.

Parkview High teams won 2006-07 AAAAA state championships in boys cross country and boys swim and dive.

Peachtree Ridge High teams won the 2006-07 AAAAA competitive cheerleading championship and were co-champions in football.

Duluth High Cheerleaders were named 2007 Team of the Year by the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association.

The Peachtree Ridge High fencing team competed in the Georgia Division Qualifying Tournament for the 2007 Junior Olympics.

A Creekland Middle student and a Grayson High student won 1st place in their respective levels at the Gwinnett County Public Library Poetry and Writing Contest.

Creekland Middle and Rockbridge Elementary art club students earned 1st place in their respective levels in the Stone Mountain Christmas Greeting Card Project.

GCPS had 144 students selected for the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Kendall Orchestra for 2006-07.

Lilburn Middle students won 1st place in the Gwinnett County Special Olympics Basketball Skills competition for their level.

A Parkview High student won first place in the Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars student essay contest.

Fourteen members of the Class of 2007 graduated in May with perfect K-12 attendance.



Staff
GCPS CEO/Superintendent was the recipient of the "2007 Outstanding Public Service and Leadership Award" sponsored by the Latin American Association.

The Maxwell High School of Technology principal was honored as a ' Employer' by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

A Nesbit Elementary 3rd grade teacher received the Fubright-Hayes grant to study native and foreign language instruction in China.

A J.P. McConnell Middle 6th grade team is one of three teaching teams in the United States that the National Middle School Association (NMSA) named as “Teams That Make A Difference."

A Collins Hill High coach was named USA Today's National Coach of the Year.

A Meadowcreek Elementary counselor has been selected as the National Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

A Collins Hill High Girls Basketball Coach was named USA Today's National Coach of the Year.

In 2006-07, 31 GCPS teachers successfully complete the process for National Board Certification, bringing the total of nationally certified teachers in GCPS more than 200.

The Glenn C. Jones Middle band director was awarded a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.

The Duluth High principal has been appointed chairperson of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility appeals committee.

Principals from Brookwood HS, Alton C. Crews MS, Trickim MS, Camp Creek ES, Gwin Oaks ES, R.D. Head ES, McKendree ES, and Norcross ES were named 2007 High Performance Principals.

Principals from Brookwood HS, Camp Creek ES, R.D. Head ES, McKendree ES, Norcross ES, Norcross HS, and Peachtree ES were named 2007 High Performing Principals.

A Brookwood Elementary school nurse was named 2007 Outstanding School Nurse by the Georgia PTA.

Duluth High's principal was named 2006-07 Outstanding Principal by the Georgia PTA Association.

Eight GCPS principals were named High Performance Principals by Gov. Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox.

A Norcross High coach was named 2007 State Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

A team of Shiloh Middle teachers was named Georgia Middle School Association/Pearson Prentice Hall Metro Region Team of the Year.

The executive secretary for the Division of Teaching and Learning is the 2006 recipient of the “Carolyn Abercrombie” Outstanding Educational Support Staff Award, sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

Three GCPS School Nutrition Program employees earned top spots at the Georgia School Nutrition Association Annual Conference cooking competition and for their leadership skills.

A North Gwinnett High teacher was named Most Outstanding DECA Chapter Sponsor.

Twenty-five Gwinnett educators earned recognition as certified Master Teachers under a new state program.

A Mill Creek High softball coach was named Female Coach of the Year by the Georgia Women’s Intersport Network.

A Collins Hill High coach was named 2007 Co-Coach of the Year.

Teachers from Brookwood Elementary, Lilburn Middle, and Meadowcreek High were honored as Atlanta Braves/AT&T Excellence in Education Award Winners.

An R.L. Norton Elementary teacher was selected as the elementary-level winner for Turner Broadcasting System’s Teacher Appreciation Award.

2006-07 county counseling winners were recognized from Berkeley Lake Elementary, Creekland Middle, and Duluth High.

A W.C. Britt Elementary teacher was selected as one of 40 educators to be honored as a Channel 11 “Class Act.”

Gwinnett honored Transportation staff members as GCPS’ Regular Education Bus Driver of the Year, Special Needs Bus Driver of the Year, and Bus Monitor of the Year. The Special Ed. team competed at the national level.

School nutrition staff from Corley Elementary, Lilburn Middle, and Shiloh High (formerly of Norcross High) received Gwinnett County Nutrition Education Leader of the Year Awards.



School
Lilburn Middle is one of 20 schools nationwide to received a 2005-06 HOSTS Learning M&I Best Practices Award.

Alton C. Crews Middle was a School of Distinction Award winner, recognized by Intel Education Initiative and Scholastic, Inc., as the top secondary school for 2006 in the Professional Development Category. The school was one of 16 schools across the nation honored.

Camp Creek Elementary received the 2006 National PTA Parent Involvement School of Excellence Award.

Gwinnett County Online Campus was awarded the 2006 Silver Award for Best Practice in Distance Learning Programming by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the nation's premier distance learning association.

Twelve Gwinnett County schools were recognized nationally for significantly narrowing the student achievement gap between higher- and lower-performing student groups during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years, based on analysis by Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services. These schools are Centerville Elementary, Chattahoochee Elementary, Alton C. Crews Middle, Dacula Elementary, B.B. Harris Elementary, McKendree Elementary, Rebecca Minor Elementary, Peachtree Elementary, Peachtree Ridge High, J.E. Richards Middle Shiloh Elementary, and K. E. Taylor Elementary.

Lilburn Middle and Louise Radloff Middle were two of 20 schools in the nation recognition for the "HOSTS M&I Best Practices" (Helping One Student To Succeed Mentoring and Intervention) programs.

Peachtree Ridge High was awarded a "High Schools that Work Gold Improvement Award" for improvement in reading, math, and science from 2004 to 2006 by the Southern Regional Education Board.

Peachtree Ridge High earned the Governor’s Cup for making the largest gains in SAT scores over a three-year period in Class AAAAA. Grayson High was a regional winner in the competition.

Louise Radloff Middle was named Georgia School of the Year for excellence in providing students an international education to prepare a new generation for success in the global economy.

The Georgia PTA honored Brookwood, Camp Creek, and Grayson elementary schools; and Creekland Middle and Duluth High with nine awards.

Louise Radloff Middle was named Visiting International Faculty's (VIF) School of the Year.

R.D. Head Elementary was named a Georgia School of Excellence for showing the greatest gains in student achievement in reading and math over three years.

Mill Creek High's business program earned industry certification from the Georgia Department of Education and the Foothills of Georgia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource management.

Rebecca Minor Elementary earned Pollinator Garden certification from Monarchs Across Georgia for the school's butterfly garden. This is the school's third certification.

The Grayson High Engineering and Technology Education program earned state certification for maintaining high state standards.

The School-Based Enterprise (SBE) program at North Gwinnett High has been recognized by the state Board of Education as the model SBE program for Georgia.

The State Department of Education recognized 14 Gwinnett schools as ‘Title I Distinguished Schools: for exceeding state academic achievement standards for three or more consecutive years. These schools are J.A. Alford Elementary, Annistown Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, Cedar Hill Elementary, Corley Elementary, G. H. Hopkins Elementary, Kanoheda Elementary, Lilburn Elementary, Meadowcreek Elementary, Rebecca Minor Elementary, Nesbit Elementary, Norcross Elementary, Peachtree Elementary, and Rockbridge Elementary.

Three GCPS high schools were among the “Top 25” Georgia high schools recognized by Gov. Sonny Perdue for having the highest average SAT scores for 2006. The schools are Brookwood—1629, Duluth—1593, and Parkview—1590.



System
GCPS Board members and superintendent are participating in a two-year education reform training for teams of local leaders through the “Reform Governance in Action.”

GCPS TV had three of its original programs honored with national Telly Awards.

GCPS’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report received a certificate of excellence for the 18th year from the Association of School Business Officials.