This back-to-school issue recognizes honors from the summer through the fall of the 2014-15 school year .

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USDA names GCPS’ Nutrition Program
Best Practices winner in food safety

The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) School Nutrition Program, led by Ken Yant, received a Best Practices Award for the school district’s comprehensive efforts to ensure the food safety of its schoolchildren. Gwinnett County has developed a standard manual for all schools, written specifically for their own procedures, equipment, and menus. In addition, a health inspection binder is now maintained at all schools to contain any documentation or variances that a health inspector would want to see.

All school employees now receive monthly Food Safety/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training and health inspection score standards are in place for all schools. Training and corrective action can now be targeted for those schools needing improvement.
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GCPS TV honored with EMMY and TELLY Awards

Pictured left to right: Greg LaHatte, Director, Randall Tolliver, Animation/Editor, Kolinda Scialabba, Senior Producer, and Matt Hawkins, Producer/Editor.
The Broadcast and Distance Learning team received an EMMY Award and two TELLY Awards, in recognition of the team’s talent and creativity in creating original productions to support teaching and learning.

The Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently presented GCPS with its fourth EMMY Award.  

Love That Book - Kindness Counts was honored with the EMMY Award in the category of “Outstanding Achievement: News and Program Specialty Excellence, Children/Youth (12 and under) Program.”

Founded in 1979, the TELLY Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The team was presented with a Silver TELLY for its production of We Believe and a bronze TELLY for its production of Michael and Maya

Greg LaHatte, the school district’s director of broadcast and distance learning, said, “We are pleased that the Academy continues to recognize GCPS for our educational programming. Our entire GCPS TV team is committed to creating and producing quality and effective programming for our district’s needs. The awards we receive let us know we are performing at the highest of industry levels.”
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Wallace Foundation invests $30 million
to strengthen school district leadership

The Wallace Foundation is investing $30 million in a significant five-year effort to help 14 urban school districts, including GCPS, improve the effectiveness of their principal supervisors so they can better work with principals to raise the quality of teaching and learning in schools. The initiative has four goals:
  • Changing the position description from compliance to one of support for principals;
  • Reducing the number of principals that supervisors oversee and planning central-office redesigns;
  • Developing lessons about how to change central offices to support principal supervisors; and
  • Assessing the effectiveness and effects of these activities across the districts.
In addition to working with new school districts, the initiative will provide additional funding to the six districts that already are part of Wallace’s separate, $75-million Principal Pipeline Initiative. The initiative began in 2011 and aims to help those districts develop a large corps of “instructional leaders,” principals who are well trained and supported to improve teaching and learning in their schools. Wallace provides the Pipeline districts with grants ranging from $430,000 to $1 million per district, for a total of $4 million.
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GaDOE recognizes four Gwinnett schools
as 2014 Reward Schools

The Georgia Department of Education honored four Title I schools in Gwinnett-- Berkeley Lake ES, Harris ES, Knight ES, and Lovin ES-- as 2014 Reward Schools. This year, the district's Reward Schools all fall into the category of Highest-Performing School. These schools are among the top 5% of the state’s Title I schools with the highest absolute performance, over three years, for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if it has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert School. “The schools on this list represent some of the finest efforts being put forth in Georgia education,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “The educators, parents, students, and communities who came together to move these schools forward should take great pride in the results.”
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Shiloh HS earns IBCC program approval
Shiloh HS, an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme School, recently became Gwinnett County’s first school to be approved for another component of IB, the IB Career Related Certificate (IBCC) Programme. The IBCC Programme is designed to help students become self-confident, internationally minded citizens, while incorporating the IB vision and educational principles as they become engaged in their chosen career-related studies.

The IBCC Programme provides students with both an academic and a practical foundation to support their rigorous academics and specialized training in their career pathway. IBCC combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved, career-related study and a unique IBCC core. The core includes approaches to learning, community and service, language development, and a reflective project.

Shiloh HS earned the IBCC certificate under the leadership of veteran educator Jamilya Mayo, the school’s IBCC Coordinator, and Principal Dr. Eric Parker.
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Shiloh HS' Parker honored as Emerging Leader
by PDK International

Dr. Eric Parker of Shiloh HS has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals and publisher of Kappan magazine. The organization will host Dr. Parker and 25 other honorees to meet with federal education policy makers at an event in Washington, D.C., later this year.

"In a time when college and career readiness is an expectation for all students exiting high school and entering a global economy, it is more obvious that students that are economically disadvantaged and live in underserved communities have schools that are not preparing them adequately," says Dr. Parker. "I am excited to have an opportunity to learn more so I can do more and be a voice to support, improve, and impact schools and students in high-poverty areas."
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Brookwood HS language arts teachers
join LearnZillion’s national ‘Dream Team’

 Melissa Huneycutt and Robin Valentine, both of Brookwood HS, were named to Learnzillions Dream Team of 200 talented math and English language arts teachers. The educators also participated in TeachFest, a unique professional development event focused on creating high-quality Common Core curricular resources.

“I was compelled to return to the Dream Team this year,” says Ms. Valentine. “Last year reinvigorated me to challenge myself and my students. With LearnZillion, I am reminded of my value as a teacher, and I translate that value to my classroom, to my colleagues, and to my district.”

The diverse 2014 Dream Team members were selected from a competitive pool of 4,000 applicants. They represent 42 states, three countries (U.S., Singapore, and Tunisia), and more than 2,300 total years of teaching experience, ranging from two to 42 years in the classroom.
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Maxwell educator earns national honor
Max Chavez of Maxwell HS of Technology earned national recognition from the Association for Career and Technical Education as the National Trade and Industrial Educators New Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes career and technical education teachers with 3 to 5 years of experience (at the middle, secondary, or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers.
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GSMST’s Hersch honored with outstanding teaching award
Seth Hersch, a social studies teacher at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), was presented with the Olmsted Award for Outstanding Secondary Level Teaching from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. “Mr. Hersch pushes his students to look beyond the textbook and tests,” Williams College graduating senior Sara Kang told her college when nominating Mr. Hersch for the award. “He provided me with the basic set of analytic skills I needed to attend a liberal arts college.”

Seth Hersch teaches social studies in GSMST's Humanities department.

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Gwinnett Online Campus recognized with
Blackboard Catalyst Award

Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) was named a winner of the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovation, which recognizes those who challenge conventional thinking to improve the way education is delivered and experienced.
The Innovation Award honors those in education who think outside the box in areas such as, but not limited to, teaching and learning practices, software development, mobile innovation, cloud innovation, online program management, and more.

“Gwinnett Online Campus has been recognized as being a school of the future... today,” says Dr. Christopher Ray, GOC principal. “Over the past three years, our vision of students being able to participate in live class sessions from remote locations or attend in person has come to life through the development and implementation of our interactive classrooms. Blended learning models are in their infancy across the nation. At Gwinnett Online Campus, we live it every day.”
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GCPS educators earn national and state honors
Dr. Robert Patrick, a Latin teacher at Parkview HS, earned a nod from the School Board as he was one of only five Latin teachers in the nation to be honored in 2014 with the prestigious Meritus Award from the American Classical League. The Meritus Award is among the highest honors in the Latin teaching profession and recognizes sustained and distinguished service to the Classics. Dr. Patrick is viewed as a leader not only among the Latin teachers here in GCPS but also across the nation. Dr. Patrick was honored as Parkview HS’ Teacher of the Year for the 2008-09 school year, was selected as Foreign Language Association of Georgia Teacher of the Year in 2012, and as teacher of the year for the Southern Conference on Language Teaching in 2013. He was a finalist for 2013 National Language Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Jaime Claymore of Mountain View HS was named Teacher of the Year for the Georgia Classical Association. A leader in Latin language education in her learning community, in GCPS, and across Georgia, Dr. Claymore maintains a strong focus on proficiency-based instruction. Her ability to connect with students ensures that they develop a love for the Latin language and Roman culture. As a result, they consistently score at the top on statewide and national assessments. In addition to her work in the classroom, Dr. Claymore has served as the Latin program coordinator for the Georgia Governor’s Honors state-level interviews for more than seven years. She ensures that her students have opportunities to make language learning come alive through study abroad and state and national competitions, and by connecting the study of Latin to their daily lives.

Pintu Thaker of Meadowcreek HS was named the Georgia Business Education Association Teacher of the Year at the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education conference. The award recognizes a dedicated business or computer science teacher who demonstrates a strong ability to foster excellence in education through the improvement of student learning and the learning environment. The teacher also has a strong content-area expertise, delivers content in a meaningful and engaging manner, and incorporates innovative instructional materials, curriculum, or strategies.

Cindy Quinlan of Brookwood HS was honored as the 2014 Georgia Marketing Education Association Teacher of the Year, the state’s highest recognition for educators in her field of expertise. Ms. Bazzell teaches marketing, computer science, business education, and work-based learning. Ms. Bazzell also serves as Brookwood’s DECA advisor, and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and also holds a master’s degree in Business Education and a specialist’s degree in Workforce Education, both from UGA.
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HR team earns state kudos for best practices
in benefits process and website development

The Division of Human Resources and Talent Management was honored with two Best in Class Platinum awards at the Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators (GASPA) conference. The division received this designation, the highest award level achievable, in the categories of Employee Benefit Process and Website Development (leveraging of technological resources). The division was recognized for its exceptional benefits materials, orientation, and open enrollment processes, as well as the deployment of electronic employment contracts, electronic job description databases, and employee self-service resources.
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GCPS’ Transportation Department earns state award
The Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation’s Environmental Protection Division recognized the GCPS Transportation Department with the Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction (GaDER) Gold Award. The honor is awarded to school systems that have reduced emissions in 26-74% of their school bus fleet. Emissions reductions are achieved through the early replacement of older buses, the use of alternative fuels, or the installation of emissions control devices on the buses. The GaDER School Bus Program assists Georgia school systems by offering grants, technical assistance, and education.
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36 GCPS schools earn place on
SHAPE Honor Roll for fitness efforts

Of the 150 Georgia schools awarded medals in the 2014 Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll, 36 Gwinnett schools made the list. The awards recognize elementary, middle, and high schools for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students, and community. (*indicates previous award winner)
Gold Medal Winners
*Grayson ES
*Lovin ES
*Mulberry ES
Stripling ES
*Woodward Mill ES
*Berkmar MS
*Dacula MS
*Duluth MS
*Osborne MS
*Richards MS
Silver Medal Winners
Beaver Ridge ES
*Benefield ES
*Britt ES
*Burnette ES
*Camp Creek ES
*Craig ES
*Ferguson ES
*Freeman's Mill ES
*Harmony ES
*Harris ES
*Lawrenceville ES
Level Creek ES
Mason ES
*Parsons ES
Rosebud ES
*Suwanee ES
Bay Creek MS
Couch MS
*Gwinnett Online Campus
North Gwinnett MS
*Pinckneyville MS
*Trickum MS
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Bronze Medal Winners
*Harbins ES
Sugar Hill ES
Shiloh HS



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GCPS schools recognized by Clean Air Campaign
Kudos are in order! The following schools have completed one or more Clean Air Campaign Schools programs for the 2013-14 school year:
2013-14 Clean Air Campaign Schools
Elementary
Alcova
Anderson-Livsey
Annistown
Arcado
Beaver Ridge
Berkeley Lake
Bethesda
Brookwood

Burnette
Camp Creek
Centerville
Chattahoochee

Chesney
Cooper
Corley
Dyer
Ferguson
Fort Daniel
Freeman’s Mill
Grayson
Harbins
Harmony

Harris
Head
Hopkins
Ivy Creek

Jackson
Kanoheda

Lawrenceville
Level Creek
McKendree
Mason
Minor E
Mountain Park
Mulberry
Nesbit
Norcross

Norton
Parsons
Partee
Peachtree

Puckett’s Mill
Riverside
Roberts
Rock Springs
Rosebud
Shiloh

Simpson
Starling
Stripling
Sugar Hill

Sycamore
Taylor
Trip
Walnut Grove
White Oak

Winn Holt
Woodward Mill
Middle Schools
Creekland
Crews
Dacula

Duluth
Five Forks
Lanier
Lilburn
Moore
North Gwinnett
Pinckneyville

Radloff
Richards
Shiloh
Sweetwater
Trickum

Twin Rivers
High Schools
Berkmar
Brookwood
Duluth
Lanier
Maxwell HS of Technology
Norcross
North Gwinnett
Peachtree Ridge
Shiloh
South Gwinnett
Special Schools
Buice SchoolGwinnett Online CampusMonarch SchoolOakland Meadow School

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Gwinnett school programs recognized by
Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals

Hearty congratulations are in order to the following Gwinnett schools for being named 2014 School Bell Award winners by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP). Here’s information about their award-winning programs:

Cooper ES— The Community Little Free Library Project is a communitywide effort where people share their favorite literature and stories, taking a book and returning a book. This new addition to Cooper ES is a box outside the school near an outdoor classroom. The school's National Beta Club created the Little Free Library as a service project with participation from more than 80 students in grades 4 and 5.

Gwin Oaks ES— The Cover 2 Cover Book Club is focused on fostering a love for reading through book discussion, author visits, and participation in the Gwinnett Readers Rally competition. The Cover 2 Cover Book Club consists of 4th and 5th grade students. Students meet during lunch and recess to discuss the 15 books on the Gwinnett County Readers Rally list. During the book club, students also practice with buzzers in preparation for competition in the Gwinnett County event. Additional activities include Skype visits with authors of the books on the reading list and lunch with visiting author Carmen Deedy.

Rock Springs ES— The Excelling Eagles Student Leadership Initiative involves each grade level or homeroom completing some sort of community service project. The students take a leadership role in organizing and following through with the project from start to finish. Examples of these projects include recycling, fundraising for Relay For Life and United Way, and community clean-up and beautification. Excelling Eagles/Student Leaders are honored weekly and monthly for exhibiting the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Certificates are given weekly to students for the habit displayed, and these students are recognized on announcements and their picture is displayed on a Student Leader Board. At the end of each month, the school honors Leaders in Learning. A student from each class is recognized on announcements and given a medal for his or her academic achievement and for modeling the Seven Habits on a daily basis in homeroom.

Roberts ES— The “Kids to College” program encourages all Roberts ES students to make good choices and think about college. Each grade level receives three to four career lessons each year, with exposure to Career Centers starting in 2nd grade. Various college pennants are shown on ceiling tiles, sidewalks, teacher signs, and throughout the Media Center décor. A different “College of the Week” is featured during afternoon announcements, and students recite their Learner's Creed at the beginning of each school day. Students in 5th grade receive a College Packet in which they research a given/selected college and make a pennant. This journey ends with a project in which they research their potential career, write a research paper, and present their findings to the younger grades. Students take part in a College/Career Day with 15 community and college volunteers. Lastly, students attend a field trip to a local college to experience college “life” and tour the campus.

GAESP presents the School Bell Award to fewer than 10 schools each year in recognition of outstanding programs in the areas of curriculum and organizational leadership.
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GCPS counselors, principal honored
by state counseling group

The Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA) named the following state-level honorees for 2014-15:





Stacey Miller of Roberts ES

GSCA School Counselor
of the Year

Andrea Antwine
of Couch MS

Semifinalist, GSCA School Counselor of the Year

Rasheedra Nelson
of Collins Hill HS

Semifinalist, GSCA School Counselor of the Year

Linda Boyd of
Twin Rivers MS

GSCA Supervisor/Administrator of the Year

Before earning the state recognition, these talented individuals were honored at the regional level and named at the local level for 2013-14 in Feb. 2014. Gwinnett’s counseling professionals are consistently among the most recognized in the country in state and national honors.

Watch for an exciting update about previous
state counseling winners in the Winter edition of Spotlight.

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Holocaust lessons earn recognition for Shiloh MS educator
Lesley McClendon of Shiloh MS was honored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust as the 2014 Distinguished Educator of the Year. The award recognized outstanding educators whose work to connect students to the history and lessons of the Holocaust ensures that future generations are prepared to become engaged citizens, to make good choices, and to take responsibility for their own actions. A Distinguished Educator of the Year award is presented annually to a full-time Georgia educator of grades 5, 6-8, or 9-12.
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School Board honors schools for
outstanding participation in Relay For Life

Among the 111 school system teams participating in Relay For Life in May of 2014, a total of 27 school teams and three central office teams each raised $10,000 or more. Altogether, Gwinnett County Public Schools raised a total of $1,019,514.86 for the American Cancer Society through Relay For Life. Once again, GCPS played a leading role in making Gwinnett's Relay event great, raising more than half (57%) of the county's total of $1,802,586.02. The combined effort places Gwinnett County in the #1 spot worldwide for Relay For Life fundraising.

Board members recognized the following teams for this accomplishment: Berkmar HS, Collins Hill HS, Cooper ES, Creekland MS, Duncan Creek ES, GCPS IMD CD's, GCPS ISC, GCPS Transportation, Jackson ES, Jones MS, Lanier MS, Mason ES, McConnell MS, Mill Creek HS, Nesbit ES, Norcross HS, North Gwinnett HS, North Gwinnett MS, Osborne MS, Peachtree Ridge HS, Pinckneyville MS, Puckett's Mill ES, Riverside ES, Shiloh MS, Snellville MS, Taylor ES, and Trickum MS. All of the teams were introduced to the Board, with five teams— GCPS Transportation, Mill Creek HS, Peachtree Ridge HS, Norcross HS, and North Gwinnett HS— earning special honors. These five teams raised a total of $317,008.14 (GCPS Transportation raised $29,762.15, Mill Creek HS raised $33,666.72, Peachtree Ridge HS raised $47,102.34, Norcross HS raised $64,257.20, and North Gwinnett HS raised $118,712.05.)

“The partnership our school system has with Relay is unparalleled in other communities,” Gwinnett Relay For Life Event Lead and North Gwinnett HS Assistant Principal Kirsten Baker said in her remarks at the meeting. “In schools, we talk about teaching the non-tangibles, the soft skills that our students will need to be successful in the real world: Communication, Team work, Planning, Problem-Solving, Entrepreneurship, Public Speaking, and so many more. Through all the aspects of Relay we give students opportunities to use their creativity to teach others about the disease and disease prevention, to advertise about their events and fundraisers, to speak to adults and businesses to partner with us on projects. These personal experiences expand our educational opportunities beyond the classroom and into the ‘real world.’ We are creating a legacy of servant leaders who will go out and change the world.”
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    System, School, and Staff Honors
  • Parkview HS Marine Corps JROTC designated a Naval Honor School by the Commanding General Training and Education Command, MCCDC. Major Ronald Tootle, USMC retired, and Gunnery Sergeant and Marine Instructor Dave Erwin, USMC retired, serve as advisors.
  • Shiloh HS Air Force JROTC— earned national recognition from the U.S. Department of the Air Force as a 2013-14 Distinguished Unit. Major Lourdes Trujillo and MSgt Demetrius Cook serve as advisors.
  • Congratulations to the following Gwinnett educators nominated for GRAMMY Music Educator Awards:
    Lisa Cox of Corley ES;
    Julian Gonzalez of Lilburn MS;
    Alyson Mabika of Peachtree ES; and
    Andre DeRamus of Grayson HS Technical Education Program.
  • Rob Blaszkiewicz of Shiloh HS— named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Boys Coach of the Year for Georgia. He also was recognized as the 2014 Daily Post Coach of the Year in Boys Track and Field, and led the Shiloh HS team to its first Boys Track and Field state championship this past spring.
  • Berkmar HS, Lanier HS, and Meadowcreek HS—earned the Georgia High School Association Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award, a recognition for demonstrating exemplary sportsmanship during the 2013-14 school year.
  • Terry Cotton of Parkview HS— honored as the Georgia Advisor of the Year by the National Technology Student Association. Mr. Cotton most recently led his chapter in winning the 2014 State Championship and the National Chapter of Excellence Award.
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  • Degrees
  • Dr. Cathy Griffin of Gwinnett Online Campus— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia Southern University.
  • Dr. Barbara A. Mayers of Kanoheda ES— earned a doctoral degree in Teaching and Learning from Argosy University.
  • Dr. Kelli McCain, Assistant Superintendent— earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.
  • Dr. Lauren C. Phillips of Nesbit ES— earned a doctoral degree in Teaching and Learning from Georgia State University.
  • Dr. Gina Skinner of Maxwell HS of Technology— earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Learning from Liberty University.
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  • Presentations
  • Dr. Susan Bearse of Berkeley Lake ES, Dr. Donna Bishop of Cooper ES, Clent Chatham of McConnell MS, and Dr. Chandra Young Walker of Leadership Development— presented Leading Change Step By Step: Tactics, Tools and Tales Book Study presentation during The Wallace Foundation Principal PLC.
  • Jennifer Albrecht and Cheri Jones, both of Chattahoochee ES— presented on preparing students for writing assessments using science texts at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference.
  • Val Mickish and Kaneshia Robinson, both of Duluth MS— presented “Can’t We All Just Get Along: Unifying Informational and Literary Texts” as a Professional Learning Session at the GaDOE Summer Academy.
  • Suzanne Houser of Grayson HS and Dawn Moss of Mill Creek HS— presented “Making Connections: In-Depth Analysis of Full-Length Texts Using Learning Stations” at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference.
  • Laura Herring, Randi Hill, Kathy Poulton, Julie Richardson, and Dr. Gary Torkington, all of Gwinnett Online Campus— presented “Recipe for Success: Effective Ingredients in a Virtual School” at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference.
  • Laura Herring, Randi Hill, Julie Richardson, and Dr. Gary Torkington, all of Gwinnett Online Campus— presented “How to Connect, Inspire, and Engage Students in an Online Environment” at the National Desire2Learn Fusion Conference.
  • Randi Hill of Gwinnett Online Campus— presented “The Power of Video” at Kaltura Connect - The Video Experience Conference.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— presented “Creative Curricula - Intro to AP Art” at the Tennessee Arts Academy.
  • Patricia Spencer of White Oak ES— presented “Nouns in Art” at the Tennessee Arts Academy.
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  • Publications
  • Alcova ES featured in an Atlanta Magazine article highlighting the advantages of using the READing Paws program. The article also reviewed the school's past two years of success as it enters its third year of implementing the program.
  • North Gwinnett HS PTSA— featured in Membership: Three PTAs that make the count!” The article was published in Our Children, the National PTA Magazine.
  • Todd Langley of Alcova ES— featured as “Geek of the Week” on The Weather Channel's “Weather Geeks” show.
  • Shelley Pickens of Mill Creek HS— published a book, The Haunting of Secrets. Please visit her website to learn more.
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  • Participants
  • Duluth MS hosted three language arts teachers from South Korea as part of a cultural exchange program sponsored by GaDOE.
  • Dr. Bob Burgess, director of student discipline and behavioral interventions— graduated from the Georgia State Defense Force Officer Candidate School at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
  • Kenneth Mims of Snellville MS— elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia State Alumni Association.
  • Renee Wilson-Wicker of Mountain View HS— conducted the North American premier of “A Diminished Mass” by Scottish composer Alan A. Craig. Ms. Wilson-Wicker serves as the director of choral activities at Mountain Vew HS and artistic director of the Gwinnett Choral Guild.
  • Gary Petmecky of Parkview HS— appointed by the Gwinnett County Board of Education to serve on the Gwinnett Retirement System (GRS) Plan Administrative Committee.
  • Dr. Christopher Ray of Gwinnett Online Campus— participated as a panelist in the technology forum hosted by Partnership Gwinnett at Gwinnett Technical College, discussing issues related to the “bring your own device” movement in schools and businesses.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS— conducted the National Art Education Association’s Southeastern Region Summer Leadership Conference.
  • Debi West of North Gwinnett HS and Patricia Spencer of White Oak ES— participated on the Tennessee Arts Academy Faculty.
  • Ten principals participated in the The Wallace Foundation Principal PLC:
    Dr. Susan Bearse of Berkeley Lake ES
    Dr. Donna Bishop of Cooper ES
    Clent Chatham of McConnell MS
    Toni Ferguson of Knight ES
    Lisa Marie Johnson of Lawrenceville ES
    Clayborn Knight of Nesbit ES
    Jeff Lee of Chattahoochee ES
    Lamont Mays of Moore MS
    Dr. Eddie Maresh of Creekland MS
    Penny Young of Arcado ES
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  • Grants/Scholarships
  • Berkmar, Brookwood, and Meadowcreek cluster schools— received nearly $12,000 in certificates and game cards awarded by Dave and Buster’s. The awards were presented to the principals of the cluster schools to use for staff recognition and to encourage positive student behavior in the classroom.
  • South Gwinnett HS— selected to receive Univision Atlanta’s “Premio Verde Escolar” or “the Green School Award” grant worth $3,000 to continue Earth-friendly and environmentally conscious activities.
  • Berkmar MS earned a $2,600 grant from Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation to purchase and repair musical instruments.
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    Share your good news with your colleagues in the Spotlight publication. If you have earned a state or national award, earned a degree, made a presentation, or had work published, send the information to the Spotlight mailbox via Lotus Notes, or to the Communication and Media Relations department through the courier. Click here to send all submissions to Spotlight. The deadline for winter kudos is Dec. 19, 2014. Honors received after that date will be included in the Spring issue of the 2014-15 school year.
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