Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
About 35 students at Shiloh High School are on the roster, 20 active in a school-based mentoring program that started last year. The group recently traveled on spring break to visit Harvard University and Northeastern University. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)
SNELLVILLE — Before Bioel Pimentel met Eric Chism, motivation was elusive for the Shiloh High School student.
Pimentel then took up Chism, an assistant principal at Shiloh, on his invitation to an after-school meeting of the Brotherhood, a new school-based mentoring group that uses a curriculum to promote racial literacy, leadership, civic engagement and college readiness. The group has visited colleges such as Morehouse College, Northeastern University, Georgia State University and Harvard University and paid for those trips through crowd-funding and other fundraising efforts.
A recent trip to Boston was the first time Pimentel was on an airplane.
“The atmosphere was different from what I’m adapted to here in Atlanta,” he said of Harvard. “It just seemed like an environment I wouldn’t mind staying. It’s definitely humbling for us to attend that college.”
Members of the group, in its second year, have written letters to Gov. Nathan Deal and President Barack Obama to discuss the relationship between law enforcement and people in minority communities. Continue reading…
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
Starting with the 2016-17 school year, Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology will be re-classified as a special school from a charter school and require algebra for rising ninth graders.
In what has become an annual spring tradition, the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology on Tuesday was ranked the No. 1 high school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report.
The rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools across the country. 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. GSMST was also the top-ranked school in Georgia last year by this ranking.
Based on the Class of 2014, GSMST Principal IV Bray said in an email that maintaining the top high school ranking in the state is something students and staff take very seriously.
“Our curricular and graduation requirements are extremely rigorous and our students take great pride in being able to perform at such a high level,” said Bray, who added that more than half of that class graduated as honor graduates.
The Class of 2014 won the state math tournament title as well as the first state championship in VEX robotics. Continue reading…
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Ryan Lynch, a student at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, helps a woman prepare her taxes on Saturday morning at Hebron Baptist Church. The free service, colled the volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, is in its second year. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)
DACULA — Looking to get her taxes prepared, Debbie Coyle was taken aback by how much a co-worker paid. So when she scrolled the IRS website and found a local service, she didn’t turn back.
“Free sounded really good to me,” the Lawrenceville woman said. “How much she had to pay for it, it was just like, yikes. … I’d rather spend that money going out for a good dinner than getting my taxes done.”
Coyle first came to Hebron Baptist Church on April 2 and volunteers helped her finish her 2014 return, and on Saturday, she was back to complete the 2015 return. Coyle received the help from a group of volunteers led by Georgia Gwinnett College professor Taylor Smith and several dozen students from GGC and the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology. Continue reading…
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Student artwork is displayed at the district office in Suwanee from schools around the district twice a year.
The annual art exhibit on display in the Gwinnett County Public Schools district office is underway.
March is labeled Youth Art Month and this year’s Tapestry Display is held at the district office at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee. Throughout the month, the lobby area is transformed into an art museum filled with paintings, drawings, three-dimensional art, mixed media, pottery, jewelry and two-dimensional art, all created by Gwinnett students.
Student artwork from schools around the district will rotate on a weekly basis during the exhibit. Each new rotation kicks off with an opening reception to honor student artists and their families. Continue reading…
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Gwinnett’s community environment for music education was again recently honored by a national association.
Gwinnett County Public Schools was named one of the nation’s “Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants.
The organization 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. It works to advance participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.
Last year when GCPS won this award, more than 80 percent of Gwinnett students participated in music education courses. Continue reading…
Monday, April 4th, 2016
Two well-known names around Gwinnett were recently given new positions with the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.
Matt Stinchcomb and J. Michael Levengood will join the nonprofit on its board of trustees and executive committee.
Stinchcomb, a Parkview High School graduate, is a former two-time All-American offensive tackle at the University of Georgia before he played seven years in the National Football League. Stinchcomb won the Campbell Trophy, which is considered the “academic Heisman.”
Stinchcomb is managing director of the Atlanta offices of Seacrest Partners, a commercial insurance brokerage and consulting firm. Stinchcomb and former UGA quarterback David Greene work as a team at the firm. Stinchcomb is also a college football analyst for ESPNU and the SEC Network. He and wife Jenny have three children and live in Gwinnett.
Levengood moves from a position on the foundation’s full board to the executive committee. He practiced law in Atlanta for 34 years handling commercial and litigation matters for business. Last year, he opened his own business law practice in Lawrenceville.
Levengood has been involved with GCPS for many years as his children all graduated from Gwinnett schools. Continue reading…
Monday, April 4th, 2016
Devneet Singh, junior at GSMST
Devneet Singh of Duluth, a junior at Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology, was recently recognized with an engraved silver medallion for her selection by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as one of Georgia’s top two youth volunteers of 2016.
Singh served as a mentor, teacher and friend to young refugees from Bhutan while working as a lead volunteer coordinator in Atlanta for SEWA, an international humanitarian organization.
As a state honoree, Devneet also will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 of the state honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2016. Continue Reading…
Friday, April 1st, 2016
Gwinnett graduates who grew up in the Collins Hill cluster, Carrie (smith) Nold and Deepa Patel, have returned to the area to become faculty members at the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
After they grew up in the Collins Hill cluster of Gwinnett County Public Schools, Carrie Nold and Deepa Patel now have something else in common: they’re each on the faculty at the Suwanee campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee.
Nold, formerly Smith, is an assistant professor in the school’s Physician Assistant Studies program, and Patel is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Continue reading…
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Alcova Elementary School kindergartener Kalicia Harris works a photo booth during a math in motion exercise where students learned community economic concepts and how to earn and budget money. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)
DACULA — Faced with a dilemma about how to spend her money, Kalicia Harris went the educational route.
The Alcova Elementary School kindergartener was among her school’s nine kindergarten classes of some 180 students who took part in a three-day exercise to learn about math and community economics.
“I learned that I really wanted to go to the aquarium for the fish, but I wanted hot chocolate,” she said on Wednesday. “But fish is more learning, so I went to the aquarium first. … Fish is more important, so you have to learn about fish, so if somebody asks you a question about fish, then you know the answers already.” Continue reading…
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Berkmar High School senior Diana Koye writes a message on a “I matter because…” poster during lunch. The entire student body this week has rallied around a message of inclusion “I Matter” between special education and regular education students. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)
LILBURN — With a sister who has special needs, Evan King understands how to be aware of, and manage, her emotions and needs.
So it was a natural transition for the Berkmar High School sophomore to see peers at his school in similar situations. This week, he helped organize an effort to take that feeling a step forward.
“I know they’re happy, I know they’re always willing to help, I see them working with teachers,” King said. “… I want to make something that can impact the whole school, but also help these kids. They’re important, they’re special. They matter, and that’s where we got ‘IMATTER from.’” Continue reading…