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GCPS 2013 Education Success Stories

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Storyteller and New York Times best-selling children
Storyteller and New York Times best-selling children”s book author Carmen Deedy joins the following GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning team members (L-R): Faraz Ahmed, producer and Brookwood High graduate; Greg LaHatte, GCPS director of broadcast and distance learning; Carmen Deedy, author and host for “Love that Book!”#; Kolinda Scialabba, information specialist and writer/producer for “Love that Book!”#; Bruce Lennox, broadcast production specialist; Glenn Ballard, media technology manager and director for “Love that Book!”#; Randall Tolliver, editor.

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) saw many honors for its students and faculty during the 2012-13 school year. Following is a sampling:

Gwinnett County Public Schools TV Takes Home 2013 EMMY Award
The Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recently presented GCPS with an EMMY Award for Love that Book!, a local GCPS TV production. GCPS TV was announced as a winner during the 2013 Southeast Regional EMMY Awards Galain Atlanta.

Governor”s Honors Program Selects Close to 100 Gwinnett Students
Nearly 100 GCPS students spent part of their summer taking a rigorous, in-depth look at an area of their interest. Of the 690 finalists chosen statewide to participate in the 2013 Georgia Governor”s Honors Program, 96 students hailed from GCPS, representing 14 of the district”s high schools, earning a spot among other gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors.

Sweetwater Middle Wins National WordMasters Challenge”# Championship
For the third consecutive year, students at Sweetwater Middle earned the top prize at the national WordMasters Challenge”# championship. This Berkmar Cluster middle school made history as it is the only school in the nation to achieve that record. The WordMasters Challenge”# is a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies.

(L-R): Willie Jin of GSMST and Aprotin Cory Bhownik of Parkview High
(L-R): Willie Jin of GSMST and Aprotin Cory Bhownik of Parkview High

Gwinnett Students Hit
the Global Stage
The scientific knowledge and innovation of four GCPS students propelled them to the global stage in May at the 2013 Intel# International Science and Engineering Fair#, a forum to display their independent research and compete against nearly 1,600 student researchers from 433 affiliate fairs in more than 70 countries, regions and territories.

Congratulations to two of these students who placed in their respective categories. Aprotim Cory Bhowmik of Parkview High placed second in Medicine and Health for his independent research, winning a cash prize and receiving the honor of having an asteroid named after him. Willie Jin of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology took fourth place in the Microbiology category and received a cash prize for his independent research.

Four Gwinnett Educators Earn Place on the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team

Christine Kirkwood
Christine Kirkwood
Erica Leach
Erica Leach
Melissa Honeycutt
Melissa Honeycutt
Robin Valentine
Robin Valentine

 

 

 

 

This summer, these four Gwinnett educators will attend the TeachFest professional development conference supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Instructional Coach Christine Kirkwood from Hopkins Elementary, Math Specialist Erica Leach from Walnut Grove Elementary, and from Brookwood High, Language Arts teachers Melissa Honeycutt and Robin Valentine.