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Four Wesleyan School Faculty Members Named GISA Master Teachers

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The Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) has named four Wesleyan School faculty members GISA Master Teachers, the school announced today.

Leah Baughn (middle school modern and classical languages), Kevin Kadzis (high school social science), Lisa McNearney (lower school music), and Madison Thomas (third-grade lead teacher) were all selected after completing a detailed application process through GISA this past spring.

To be accepted into GISA’s Master Teacher program, candidates must submit a detailed application. Applicants must also submit a portfolio of three tangible examples of outstanding work related to the classroom and to sharing and collaborating with other educators. The final part of the application is an unedited video of the candidate’s classroom teaching utilizing best practices and five letters of recommendation from colleagues, administrators, parents, and students.

This is the second consecutive year in which Wesleyan teachers have been honored as GISA Master Teachers.

“We are delighted that GISA has acknowledged the hard work of these committed educators through the new Master Teacher program,” said Chris Cleveland, Wesleyan Head of School. “Leah, Kevin, Lisa, and Madison are outstanding classroom teachers and have been impacting the lives of Wesleyan students for many years. They are each deserving of this honor.”

Wesleyan School is a Christian, independent K-12 college preparatory school located in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. At the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Wesleyan enrolled 1,179 students from throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. To learn more about the school, visit www.wesleyanschool.org.

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Simpson Staff Parade [Photos]

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In case you missed it we’re sharing pictures from Simpson Elementary School’s Staff Parade from Friday, March 27th.

According to Principal Taffeta Connery:

There are not enough words to express how much the Simpson Staff Parade meant to our community today!  Your generosity of time, warm caring signs, smiling faces and heart felt waves meant the word to our families. We had approximately 70 staff and family members in attendance (even fur babies). 

Community members who did not even have children in the neighborhood commented, “This act of kindness has MOVED me to tears, very INSPIRATIONAL to see!” 

A student stated, “This was the best part of my week!”

Parents said, “We needed this! Are kids miss seeing their teachers.”

A TREMENDOUS “THANK YOU” goes out to Ms. Kathryn Arnold!  She approached me with this idea only 3 days ago and all I had to do is say, “yes!”  Thank you Kathryn for planning this special day for us and I THANK everyone who participated by making our Simpson Staff Parade so incredibly successful!!! 

The smiles you placed on your students faces today, “priceless!” 🙂

With the deepest of gratitude, Taffeta   #NorossStrong#gcps2020

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Gwinnett Schools Hold Digital Learning Days, Provide Meals in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

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For the week of March 16-20, GCPS will hold Digital Learning Days. All GCPS events and activities are canceled until further notice. This includes all school events, extracurricular activities, school-related trips, community school events, and facility rentals. During next week’s Digital Learning Days, all teachers who are leading lessons for students will work from home. All other employees report to work.

As part of next week’s Digital Learning Days, 68 schools will provide meals for student pick up at the school and school buses will deliver meals at bus stops in the following clusters– Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Meadowcreek, Norcross, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett– and for the following schools– Alcova ES, Arcado ES, Berkeley Lake ES, Chesney ES, Duluth MS, Harris ES, Jackson ES, Knight ES, Lovin ES, McKendree ES, Northbrook MS, and Sycamore ES.

On Thursday, March 19, the school system will announce its plans for March 23-27, following a thorough review of the COVID-19 situation at that time.

Source: Gwinnett County School

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Simpson Elementary Students Shine at Gwinnett County Science Fair

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Simpson Elementary Students, left to right, Lyla W., Benjamin M. and Barrett O. won an opportunity to attend the Gwinnett County Science Fair due to their winning projects presented at their local school.

Simpson Elementary School hosted its annual Science Fair on January 23, showcasing student projects investigating seven community driven problems with a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) focus. The projects covered: Household Fats, Oils and Grease; Road Bank Erosion; Lake Lanier Phosphorous Levels; Energy Conservation in Georgia’s Residential Homes; Protecting Georgia’s Pollinators; Small Trash Pickup; and Soil Health in Georgia.

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Left to right, Simpson Elementary Students, Barrett O. and Benjamin M. with their winning project, “An Un-bee-liveable Pollination” at the Gwinnett County Science Fair.

The top three students in the Grades 3-5 STEM project category were 4th graders who went on to compete in the Gwinnett County Regional Science Engineering and Innovation Fair on February 21. Students showcased their award-winning projects, viewed other student projects from across the county and experienced fun breakout sessions.

Barrett O. and Benjamin M. won first place in the “Protecting Georgia’s Pollinators” category. The students used the engineering design process to create an efficient and cost-effective solution to protect pollinators in Georgia.

The following award-winning students were recognized at the Simpson Elementary Science Fair.

Demonstration

  • First Place: Catherine E.—Sugar, Sugar
  • Second Place: Alexa S.—School of Frogs
  • Third Place: Wesley P.—How do Instruments Make Sounds?

Traditional

Grades K-2

  • First Place: Arden W.—Light or No Light
  • Second Place: Davis S.—What Things Are Dirtiest in the House?
  • Third Place: Tristen H.—Fruit Volcano

Grades 3-5

  • First Place: Henry H.—Paper Airplanes and the Best Material
  • Second Place: Connor K.—DNA and Fingerprints
  • Third Place: Elizabeth M.—Fizzing Mentos

STEM

Grades K-2

  • First Place: Rylan A.—Bacon Soap
  • Second Place: Elliot H.—Grease Traps
  • Third Place: Ashlyn K.—How the Milkweed Helps the Monarch Butterfly

Grades 3-5

(All three also earned a place in the Gwinnett County Fair.)

  • First Place: Lyla W.—Spinning Trash Collector
  • Second Place: David G. and Akin E.—Run Off Run Away
  • Third Place: Barrett O. and Benjamin M.—An “Unbee-lievable” Pollination

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