One | Gwinnett County Schools was one of just three districts in the nation to be named an Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year. The Atlanta Journal Constitution quotes Duluth High School senior Cameren Carter, who took AP courses and plans to attend Columbia University this fall. AP “provided me not only with college readiness, but preparation for life and opportunities,” Carter said.
Two | The Ledger-Enquirer tells the story of Georgia’s 2017 Teacher of the Year, Casey Bethel, who initially planned to go into medicine but found his way to teaching and thrived. As quoted in the story: “From Valdosta to Rome, from Athens to Columbus, I’ve had the chance to see that a great many of Georgia’s teachers are doing an impressive job of providing a quality education…I’m personally confident in the direction that we’re headed. I just wish more people knew about the good things that are happening.”
Three | Here’s something fun. Rose Genter, a sixth-grade student at Factory Shoals Middle School in Douglas County Schools, recently won the $10,000 grand prize on Food Network’s Chopped Junior. And Naman Shah, a student at Duluth Middle School, won $20,000 on the “Whiz Kids” episode of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
Four | The AJC also has a story about the dual-immersion program at Oakley Middle School in Fulton County, where students are spending half the day learning in English and half learning in Mandarin.
Five | We’ll close with a few things from the state level. We recently announced the list of 1,000+ Georgia schools who beat the odds in 2016, performing better than statistically expected on the CCRPI, along with our 2016-17 Title I Reward Districts and Schools. And State School Superintendent Richard Woods named 674 AP Honor Schools in six categories.
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