Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Cindy Apley Rose
A decorated Gwinnett math teacher can add another honor to her career.
Cindy Apley Rose, who has worked in education for 20 years, all in Gwinnett County Public Schools, was recently named as a winner for this year’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of 213 K-12 math and science teachers from across the country to be recognized this year as a recipient of the award.
“The Presidential Award validates my belief that all students learn through real life tasks,” Apley Rose said in a press release. “Helping them discover mathematics through science, engineering, and technology, they become college and career ready. Teaching them how to evaluate the mathematics of others and design out-of-the-box solutions, they are becoming the nation’s future innovators and leaders. I am humbled by this award and grateful for the support of my family and colleagues that allows me to reach for the stars with my students.”
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 sixth-grade level, and those teaching seventh grade through high school. The award recipients represent two nomination years. Continue reading
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
The Lanier Education Foundation has awarded 37 grants totaling more than $45,000 to Gwinnett County schools’ Lanier Cluster.
The cluster includes Lanier Middle and High School, and Sugar Hill, Sycamore and White Oaks Elementary schools.
“The majority of the grants awarded (Aug. 5) focus on endeavors related to ‘project based learning’ as well as the cluster’s highly regarded STEM program,” officials said in a news release.
This year’s funding includes three system-wide grants for the Lanier Leadership Conference, the Half Hour Heroes School Based Mentoring Program and the Project Based Vertical Team.
The funding came from profits from the foundation’s two fundraisers during the school year: Tannery on the Green and Hook ‘Em and Hold ‘Em Casino Night.
The foundation, established in 2011, has provided more than $200,000 in grants and scholarships to the schools in the last five years. http://accesswdun.com/article/2016/8/436538/lanier-cluster-receives-45000-in-grants
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
September 12 is going to be a great day for Gwinnett County Public Schools as the PAGE Foundation honors the school district and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks! We hope to celebrate with many, many, many of you that evening as the 2016 “A PAGE Turning Event” shines the spotlight our way!
IMPORTANT NOTE: The PAGE Foundation is offering tickets at a reduced-price for educators. Any employee of Gwinnett County Public Schools may purchase the lower-priced “Educator Discount” ticket.
To ensure you have a seat for the festivities, hurry and purchase your tickets before August 31.
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and ticket prices, to purchase tickets online, or to download a printable version of the ticket order form, please click here: www.pagefoundation.org/pte
We look forward to seeing you there!
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Peachtree Ridge HS graduate Jack Griffin
A Peachtree Ridge graduate developed an app that helps young people in need get food without feeling embarrassed.
Jack Griffin of Duluth developed FoodFinderGA, a free app that provides a private way to find the closest food resources throughout the state.
The app uses geolocation technology to quickly locate nearby providers such as food banks and cooperatives.
When opened, the app determines the user’s location, which appears as a dot. Pins will pop up around the dot to indicate where to find food.
Griffin particularly focused on children who are food insecure, or their access to food is limited, unavailable or uncertain.
In 2013, Griffin was inspired by a segment on the CBS News show “60 Minutes” about a homeless family who lived in a truck. He felt a sense of urgency to help after he saw the children concerned about their next meal. He was 15 years old at the time.
“Those kids had to worry about daily hardships,” Griffin said. “I thought, ‘I can do a little more and build something new to make their lives easier.’” Continue reading…
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Ivy Creek Elementary teacher Emily Marabotto works with kindergarten students, including Christian Robinson, as part of a dual language immerson program where students learn half their day in English and half in Spanish. Ivy Creek was one of the three new schools to add DLI this year for a total of six across the district.
BUFORD — No matter the language, kindergarten students at Ivy Creek Elementary School are digesting a dose of new procedures and routines this week as they begin the 2016-17 school year.
In one classroom, they might hear, “Everybody listen, right now.”
In another, it might sound like this: “Todo el mundo escucha, en este momento.”
“We’re just practicing, each time we’re repeating it 10 times,” said teacher Emily Marabotto, who teaches the students in fluent Spanish. “Once they get into the flow of things, it just moves so nicely.”
Building those routines helps students understand the language through modeling, she said.
“That will build their confidence to feel good in their classroom with their fellow peers,” Marabotto said.
Now in her third year, Marabotto is a veteran of the dual language immersion program in Gwinnett County Public Schools, which is also in its third year. The previous two school years she taught at Bethesda Elementary, but moved to Ivy Creek to be closer to home. She makes up one half of a team teacher tandem along with Angela Williams, who focuses on language arts and social studies.
They combine to teach 54 students — 27 in each classroom — in a dual language English-Spanish model where the students learn their academics 50 percent of the day in one language and 50 percent in the other. Continue reading…
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Brooks Coleman greets students on Monday after an assembly in the gym on the first day of school at Coleman Middle School. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)
DULUTH — As J.W. Mozley directed bus traffic outside Coleman Middle School, the school’s namesake assessed the situation in the bus lane and walked over with a message.
“I told him he passed his first big test,” said Brooks Coleman, referring to Mozley, the principal. “Now get them home.”
Armed with full shopping bags of school supplies and backpacks, students arrived for the first time on Monday on the first day of school for the 2016-17 year in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Coleman Middle, which will have a focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math, is in the renovated building of the old Duluth Middle, where Mozley was a student in the 1990s.
With a radio in hand, Mozley noted history was made at about 8:50 a.m. when “Bus 6” arrived with the first group of students.
Mozley admitted he nearly cried when he stepped on that bus because all the preparation school officials have made came together and was real.
Also in the bus lane was Peggy Goodman, an assistant superintendent, who said the day was special because she remembers her children attending Duluth Middle with Mozley.
Namesake Brooks Coleman speaks during a morning assembly on Monday at the first day of school for the new Coleman Middle School in Duluth. (Gwinnett Daily Post Staff Photo: Keith Farner)
Once the students arrived, they assembled in the gym for a pep rally-like atmosphere to learn more about Coleman and the school’s culture. Coleman drew laughter and cheers from the crowd when he did a rendition of the ABC song and shimmied his hips.
He encouraged the students to have a commitment to the school, be proud of it and learn to communicate by shaking hands and looking each other in the eye.
Coleman shared history about the school, and property that has housed four schools since the 1800s, how he taught Mozley’s mother there, and how he serves as chairman of the State House Education Committee.
“The kids are energized, they were engaged,” Mozley said after the assembly. “They were just excited to be at this new place, hear from Brooks. Everyone is glad to be here. … Everything we planned has come to reality.” Continue reading…
Monday, August 8th, 2016
A daughter of sharecroppers who only finished the sixth grade has her name on one of the newest schools in Gwinnett.
For Beauty Baldwin, the message the honor sends, particularly to the students in the Norcross school named after her, is that her legacy is those kids can get anywhere from here.
“Serving kids has been my main stay my whole life,” she said. “We’re put on this Earth to do one thing, and that’s to serve.”
Baldwin grew up in Sandersville working on a farm, and later became the first black woman to be a school superintendent in Georgia when she led Buford City Schools; she also served in administration roles in Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Baldwin said it also honors her husband, Lucious, who was also an educator.
Although Baldwin’s parents were sharecroppers with limited schooling, they impressed upon her the value of education.
If there’s anything that matches Baldwin’s pioneering history, it’s the energy and passion from Brooks Coleman, another long-time Gwinnett educator who is the namesake of the county’s flagship STEAM school on Main Street in Duluth. Coleman, who is chairman of the State House education committee, said the emotions he feels about having the school named after him is only surpassed by those he felt at the birth of his daughter, Amy.
Baldwin’s message walks the halls daily in the form of Principal Brenda Johnson, who was the first in her family of eight children to earn a bachelor’s degree and doctorate. Continue reading…
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Gwinnett School Board member Carole Boyce, far left, Trip Elementary Principal Rukina Walker, State School Superintendent Richard Woods and State Board of Education member Mike Royal prepare to talk on the morning announcements during a visit to Trip Elementary. This school year, there are six schools across Gwinnett County that offer dual language immersion programs.
Dual language immersion programs, which were first introduced in Gwinnett two years ago, are growing and now in six schools across the county.
The third year of DLI programs will include Camp Creek, Ivy Creek and Baldwin elementary schools along with existing programs at Annistown, Bethesda and Trip elementary schools. All of the schools offer Spanish except for Trip, which offers French.
In the DLI programs, students, beginning in kindergarten, learn half of each day in English, and half of each day in the foreign language. The students spend part of the day with one teacher learning math, science, and literacy (specific to the foreign language) using the new language. When they switch teachers, they receive language arts and social studies instruction in English.
The program adds a grade each year and eventually will serve students through fifth grade by 2019. At each grade level in the program, a team of two teachers — one fluent in the target language — work together with the students.
For more than 80 percent of the student population at Baldwin, which is a new school in Norcross, English is not their native language, or the language spoken at home. Continue reading…
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Dr. Frances Davis, Associate Superintendent of GCPS, addresses the group of bus drivers during the training session portion at the Rotary Club of Gwinnett’s luncheon for Gwinnett County Public Schools bus driers at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula. (Photo: Karl L. Moore)
Gwinnett County bus drivers spent Monday morning hearing from speakers and watching videos at Hebron Baptist Church, and Melvin Elverson was all too aware of that fact when he got up to give the last speech.
The Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity executive director spoke just before noon and decided to break the ice with a little humor. Of course, that humor came at the expense of one of the legendary stars of old Hollywood.
“I know I stand between you and lunch, so in the words of Elizabeth Taylor to her seven husbands, I will not keep you long,” Everson quipped, prompting laughter and applause from the drivers.
All kidding aside, Everson was at the gathering of drivers on a mission with the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County. The club booked Everson as part of its effort to say “Thank You” to the employees and let them know they are appreciated. After Everson finished speaking, the club provided Chick-fil-A lunches to the drivers.
“Your customer is a parent that you’ll probably never meet,” Former Rotary Club President Chuck Warbington told the drivers. “You’re customer is also a child who probably will never thank you. Frankly, you’ll probably never be given a ‘thank you’ for all of the things you do every single day. Continue reading…
Monday, August 1st, 2016
Principal Dorothy Parker-Jarrett poses in Summerour Middle School’s garden behind the school after it was recently recognized with a wildlife habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation.
Summerour Middle School’s garden behind the school was recently recognized with a wildlife habitat certification from the National Wildlife Federation.
The organization is America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization and it honored the Norcross school for taking the initiative to provide garden space, and specifically for providing essential elements needed by all wildlife.
Among the elements are natural food resources, clean water, shelter and places to raise young. The certification also makes the school site part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitat for pollinators like butterflies, birds, bees and other wildlife.
“Teaching rigorous academics through the lens of environmental stewardship is a vital component of Summerour’s curriculum. It’s a context through which students learn as part of the school’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program,” Summerour Principal Dorothy Parker-Jarrett said in a press release. “It’s exciting for our teachers because they see how learning in outdoor classrooms excites and engages the students. Continue reading…