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Donation to support Gwinnett's ELL students

Donation to support Gwinnett's ELL students

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Wells Fargo Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund.

The money will be used to support English Language Learner (ELL) students.

All 24 Title I elementary schools in the county will benefit from the donation, according to the GCPS Foundation.

The county plans to use the funds to purchase kits to help teachers reach ELL students. The kits include information and assessment tools that determine benchmarks students must meet throughout the school year.

Learn more about the GCPS Foundation at gcps-foundation.org.

Teacher's humor inspires kids to excel in school

Teacher's humor inspires kids to excel in school

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga - If you spend time in Bill McAuliffe's class at Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology (GSMST), it doesn't take long until you're smiling and laughing, but it's not because the subject matter is silly.

On the contrary, Bill McAuliffe teaches Advanced Placement World History, a tough course.

But, last year, students received an 83% passing rate on the AP History exam. 

McAuliffe teaches with both heart and humor.

His students are his biggest fans.

His students comments about him explain why he's so popular:  "He's amazing. This is the first class where I haven't fallen asleep in"; He's not normal. We're not normal, so it all works together"; He knows when to be serious and teach, but he also knows when to make class fun"; "He makes jokes he has really weird ways of remembering things, but they work."

He's done things from shaving his beard  to wearing crazy T-shirts.

Gwinnett to participate in International Walk to School Day

Gwinnett to participate in International Walk to School Day

LILBURN, Ga. -- Safe Kids Gwinnett has pledged to participate in this year's International Walk to School Day, which will be Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Representatives from the organization will greet students at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn as they walk to classes.

"On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers teach and model safe pedestrian behavior," said Tania Diaz with Safe Kids Gwinnett. "Our children learn by mimicking what they see. By walking out with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show children how to walk safely."

Diaz added that walking to school is an excellent way for young people to get daily exercise.

About 250,000 students nationwide participate in International Walk to School Day every year.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 30 elementary, middle and high schools in Gwinnett County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Gwinnett County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* Berkmar MS
* Craig ES
* Grayson ES
* Lovin ES
* Mulberry ES
* Simonton ES
* Woodward Mill ES

Berry students win national journalism award

Berry students win national journalism award

ROME, Ga. -- Seven communications majors at Berry College placed third in this year's Association for Editors in Journalism and Mass Communication's Newspaper Project Award.

This annual award goes to college students and professors who produce special publications and projects connected to their courses.

Berry's winners received their award for "The Jews of Florence," a multimedia project they created during a study abroad trip to Italy in summer 2012. The students developed more than a dozen stories of minority groups living in Florence as far back as the mid-15th century.

LEARN MORE | The Jews of Florence

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

2012 Ga. Schools of Excellence named

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Education has identified the state's 2012 Schools of Excellence.

The annual honor is presented in two categories: Highest Performance and Highest Progress. Fourteen schools made the cut in each area.

"These schools are the epitome of excellence," Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence."

Barge added that he plans to visit all 28 schools at some point during the school year.

Metro Atlanta's Schools of Excellence include:

Atlanta Public Schools
* KIPP STRIVE Academy, Southwest Atlanta (Progress)

Bremen City
*Jones ES (Performance)

Clayton County
* Elite Scholars Academy, Morrow (Performance)

Cobb County
* Garrison Mill ES, Marietta (Progress)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (Progress)