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School district building curriculum committee

School district building curriculum committee

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools is looking for parents and community members interested in joining a curriculum committee.

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The district-wide GEMS Oversight Committee aims to review and provide input about local curriculum, and recommend changes to the superintendent. Members serve three-year terms.

Anyone interested in applying must turn in their applications no later than Sept. 16. Learn more and download an application at gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

Georgia shows improvement on 2013 CRCT

ATLANTA -- Georgia's results for the 2013 CRCT reveal an improvement over the 2012 results.

The scores, which were released Tuesday morning, show 18 increases, five decreases and seven tests where the passing rates did not change.

"Our results this year on the CRCT show consistent progress and we continue to see many students scoring in the exceeds category," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "This is a testament to the great work our teachers are doing to take students to higher levels of learning."

In Gwinnett County, the percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on the 2013 CRCT include:

Reading: 95.1
Math: 85.1
Science: 85.37
Social Studies: 89.59

See the full results at 11Alive.com/CRCT.

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

58 Georgia educators earn "Master Teacher" certification

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced on Tuesday that 58 educators of Georgia schools have earned the "Master Teacher" certification. 

The certification is based on how each teacher demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth across the 2013 academic year, reported a spokesperson from the Governor's office. 

The "Master Teacher" program began in 2005 with the help of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. A Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) measured classroom performance and academic growth, along with the teachers' professional practice. 

The "Master Teacher" certification lasts seven years, and as long as they qualify, teachers can renew their certificates. 

Kelly Henson, Executive Secretary for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission said, "The 2013 Master Teachers join a group of Georgia's highly skilled and dedicated educators who share a passion for teaching and student learning." 

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

42 Gwinnett students become CNAs

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Several Gwinnett County students are well on their way to having fulfilling healthcare careers.

Forty-two students enrolled in the Nursing Essentials Healthcare class at Maxwell High School of Technology in Lawrenceville have officially become certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, by passing both written and skills performance exams.

"Our students are ahead of the game in terms of starting a future in the healthcare industry," Maxwell High principal Dr. Jeff Hall said in a statement. "By successfully passing the test, our students are qualified to walk into a CNA position today."

Hall added that the students' accomplishments give Maxwell High's CNA program a 100 percent completion rate.

A number of Gwinnett's new CNAs have joined the Gwinnett Medical Center Apprenticeship Program, where they could be offered full-time jobs as patient care technicians.

16 Gwinnett County grads named Georgia Scholars

16 Gwinnett County grads named Georgia Scholars

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education has named 16 students of Gwinnett County as Georgia Scholars.

Being a Georgia Scholar, according to a Gwinnett County Schools spokesman, means the high schooler achieved excellent school and community life. Of all of Georgia, 115 students received the honor. 

To become a Georgia Scholar, the students started an application process early in their senior year. Their involvement in community activities, along with performance on SAT and ACT exams, GPA, credits earned and extracurricular activities. 

The 16 Georgia Scholars from Gwinnett County include: 

      Lizbeth Peña of Berkmar High

      Keith Jackson of Central Gwinnett High

      Jacob Inderrieden of Collins Hill High

      Dkeama Alexis of Grayson High

      Laurel Davis of Grayson High

Largest graduating class ever to walk Gwinnett County stage

Largest graduating class ever to walk Gwinnett County stage

GWINNETT COUJNTY, Ga. -- Over 10,500 students are getting ready to take part in 21 graduation ceremonies throughout Gwinnett County.

The Class of 2013 is the largest graduating class ever in Gwinnett County, as reported by a Gwinnett County Public School spokesman. 

"We are very proud of this year's senior class and all that these students have accomplished during their academic careers. On behalf of the Board of Education and our community, I congratulate them and wish them the best as they start a new chapter in their lives," GCPS CEO/Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks said. "As the members of the Class of 2013 head off to college and into careers, they will carry the lessons they learned in Gwinnett classrooms with them, which is a testament to our teachers and their hard work and commitment."

School is (almost!) out in Gwinnett County

School is (almost!) out in Gwinnett County

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The last day of school is fast approaching in metro Atlanta, with some districts dismissing as early as this week.

For Gwinnett County Schools, the last day is Wednesday, May 22.

Other last days of school in the Atlanta area include:

Thursday, May 16
Barrow County

Friday, May 17
Clarke County

Wednesday, May 22
Atlanta Public Schools (traditional)
Cherokee County

Thursday, May 23
Clayton County
Cobb County
Decatur City
DeKalb County
Fulton County
Rockdale County

Friday, May 24
Bartow County
Buford City
Carroll County
Coweta County
Fayette County
Floyd County
Forsyth County
Griffin-Spalding County
Marietta City
Newton County
Paulding County