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Gwinnett County Schools recognized for music education

Gwinnett County Schools recognized for music education

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools was recently named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants. 

The organization, according to a spokeswoman for GCPS, is a National Program that puts schools in the spotlight for outstanding commitment to teaching students about music. 

The spokeswoman said the Best Communities for Music Education survey acknowledges schools and districts across the country for their support and consistency in educating students on various aspects of music. 

Over 100 Gwinnett Schools open books for 2013 Readers Rally

Over 100 Gwinnett Schools open books for 2013 Readers Rally

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Students from more than 100 schools in Gwinnett County will take on the school district's reading event, the 2013 Readers Rally starting Saturday, March 16. 

That day, students compete in a literary quiz bowl at Berkmer High, where school levels match up and get cheers from school faculty and parents. An opening ceremony will kick off the Rally at 9:00 a.m., followed by the middle and high school competition at 10:00. 

After the first round, four elementary school teams, two middle school teams and two high school teams will move on to the final challenge. 

The Championship Readers Rally Competition will be held Thursday, March 21 at the GCPS TV studio in Suwanee. The event will be recorded, and shown on GCPS TV Monday, March 25 and Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 

 

 

School district names new COO

School district names new COO

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Daniel Jardine has been named the Gwinnett County School District's new Chief Operations Officer.

Jardine's appointment was announced at the Gwinnett County Board of Education's February meeting.

In his new position, he will oversee construction, building maintenance, risk management and transportation, among other divisions in the district.

Jardine's experience includes facility planning and service work in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of Carter and Associates, a commercial real estate firm in Atlanta.

Jardine earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.

He replaces longtime Gwinnett County School District COO Jim Steele, who retired in November.

North Gwinnett MS teacher named Volunteer of the Year

North Gwinnett MS teacher named Volunteer of the Year

SUGAR HILL, Ga. -- A music teacher at North Gwinnett Middle School has been named the Georgia Music Educators Association's Volunteer of the Year.

Amy Clement earned the honor for her years of service to the association in several key leadership roles.

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Clement has been at North Gwinnett Middle for four years. Under her guidance, the school's orchestra has consistently received superior ratings in evaluations and competitions. Several of her students have gone on to participate in county and state honor orchestras.

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

10 students disciplined over marijuana brownies

DACULA, Ga. -- Authorities say 10 students at a high school northeast of Atlanta have been disciplined after school officials say one of them brought marijuana brownies to school and shared them.

Gwinnett County schools spokesman Jorge Quintana says an 11th-grade student brought the brownies to Dacula High School on Feb. 20. 

According to Quintana, the school began in investigation into the incident after receiving information that the brownies contained marijuana. 

Quintana said a total of 10 students were disciplined because he said the students received the brownies knowing marijuana was in them.

9 Gwinnett schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

9 Gwinnett schools among 2012 AP Merit Schools

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Nine Gwinnett County high schools are among the 2012 AP Merit Schools.

The honor is given annually to U.S. high schools where at least 20 percent of students take Advanced Placement exams. Of those tests, at least half must earn a passing score of 3 or higher.

Gwinnett's AP Merit Schools are Berkmar; Brookwood; Duluth; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology; Mill Creek; Mountain View; North Gwinnett; Parkview and Peachtree Ridge.

The College Board, which gives AP exams every year, reported Wednesday that Georgia is the 12th state in the nation for the percentage of seniors earning passing scores on AP tests. More than 41 percent of Georgia's seniors took at least one AP exam in 2012, compared to the U.S. average of 32.4 percent.

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

Credit union supports Gwinnett scholarship program

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Peach State Federal Credit Union has given $10,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation scholarship fund.

The money will go to four scholarships awarded to exceptional Gwinnett high school seniors.

"I applaud Peach State Federal Credit Union for this effort," GCPS Foundation President David Seago said in a statement. "Gwinnett depends on the quality of the workforce, and it is a smart investment to help students achieve post-secondary success."

The GCPS Foundation is a non-profit that helps Gwinnett County students succeed in both school and life. Learn more at gcps-foundation.org.

Formerly Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, Peach State Federal Credit Union now serves Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. It awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarship money and educational grants in 2012.