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Greater Atlanta Christian School Celebrates Homecoming 2020

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Greater Atlanta Christian School celebrated Homecoming on October 16 with an inaugural Homecoming Parade, football game, and half-time festivities.  “Homecoming is an important part of school life and most traditions need re-tooling in 2020. The parade brought our full K-12 student body enthusiastically together while being safely separated outside,” said GAC President Dr. Scott Harsh.

Homecoming court 2020: Bottom Row/L-R: Kirsten Shinn (Atlanta), Belle Shirley (Duluth), Nicole Griffin (Duluth), Keilah Murphy (Dunwoody), Danielle Jones (Duluth)
Top Row/L-R: Andre Moxie (Grayson), Nathaniel (Tre) Henry (Snellville), Hudson Higgins (Norcross), Parker Hallock (Norcross), Thomas Lowman (Tucker), Deymon Fleming (Stone Mountain)

The parade curved through GAC’s 88-acre campus amidst a cheering audience of students and faculty.  Parade participants included the homecoming court, class representatives, band, flag line, football team, softball team, volleyball team, cross county team, cheerleaders, spartanettes dance team, and a homecoming float of the school’s mascot.

The evening’s football game increased the Spartan’s season to 5-0 after a conference win against the Douglass Astros. The outstanding half-time band performance and homecoming court introductions culminated in crowning the GAC Homecoming King and Queen, Mr. Parker Hallock, and Ms. Danielle Jones. Danielle is the daughter of Andre and Carol Jones of Duluth. Parker is the son of Mark and Sarah Hallock of Norcross. Alumni events were scheduled virtually, with hopes for an in-person reunion in 2021.

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NHS National Merit Semifinalists

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Congratulations to our Norcross High School National Merit Semifinalists:  Cooper Allen, Aidan Dealy, Elliott Januzelli, Martin Lachev, Abby Lewis, Eric Van Ness. 

Semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program were determined by students’ scores on the 2019 Preliminary SAT. About 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT–and fewer than one percent of high school seniors qualified to be semifinalists.

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and the high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

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Research-based classes online on infant, toddler, preschooler care at ParentEducate.com

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Gone are the days of wondering, “What are my child’s developmental milestones?” and “How do I keep my child safe indoors?” Starting today, parents across the country can conveniently become pros on infant to school-aged care with ParentEducate.com‘s engaging new online courses. All of ParentEducate.com’s classes feature science-based techniques and advice. 

The company behind ParentEducate.com, ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), is an accredited online trainer of early childhood educators. CCEI has taken its top-rated courses and adapted them into short courses for parents.

“There are countless pieces of information about parenting online,” says Maria Taylor, president of ChildCare Education Institute. “We’re thrilled to offer ParentEducate.com, a trustworthy, reputable place where parents can go to learn infant, toddler and preschool care and development from the same institute that trains early childhood educators.”

ParentEducate.com’s course library contains an ever-growing catalog of 50+ online classes based on the same vetted techniques and insights that were, until now, only available to professionals. The courses cover a wide variety of infant- and toddler-focused topics including Preventing SIDS, The Basics of Brain Development and Car Seat Safety.

Each brief course takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and can be paused and resumed at any time.

Parents can sign-up for a monthly, quarterly or annual plan for as little as $4.99 a month, providing unlimited access to ParentEducate.com’s extensive course catalog. All web-based classes are accessible 24/7 on any device (desktop, tablet or phone), allowing families to work at their own pace from wherever they are. For those interested in trying a course before subscribing, ParentEducate.com offers a free seven-day trial period to test their library. 

For more information or to try ParentEducate.com yourself, click here.

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How are Gwinnett Schools Handling the COVID Challenge and Hybrid Learning with Mary Kay Murphy

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E-SPLOST

How are Gwinnett Schools handling COVD19, distance, and in-person learning, and what is the future direction they should be taking. We interview current school board member Mary Kay Murphy (District 3)

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Website: MaryKayWorks.com
2020 E-SPLOST Election

Where to find the topic in the podcast, Timestamp:

[00:00:30] – Intro
[00:03:40] – About Mary Kay
[00:08:19] – E-SPLOST on the Ballot
[00:14:14] – Challenges for the Next Six Months
[00:21:37] – Getting the Technology to Students
[00:26:17] – How the Board has Handled COVID
[00:30:48] – Pay for Drivers and Teachers
[00:32:39] – School Resource Officers
[00:34:11] – School Board Transparency
[00:37:46] – Closing

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