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International Student Media Festival recognizes nearly 100 local projects

International Student Media Festival recognizes nearly 100 local projects

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The 2012 International Student Media Festival recognized almost 100 projects from Gwinnett County students on Thursday.

The program incorporates the use of media technology for teachers to motivate, educate and inspire students, according to Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).

"Excellence in Media Production" awards will be given to 79 entries, 97 were recognized, and 12 were honored with both the "Excellence in Media Production" and "Judge's Favorite" awards. Six entries qualified for "Best In Festival," the competition's highest honor.

The six "Best of Festival" projects include:

 

From Britt ES and teacher Sara Forrester:

8 Gwinnett schools among Ga. Reward Schools

8 Gwinnett schools among Ga. Reward Schools

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Eight Gwinnett County elementary schools are among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Knight Elementary School was named a Highest Performing School. These schools are among the top 5% of Title I schools in Georgia. To make the list, a school must make Adequate Yearly Progress in all groups and subgroups in 2011.

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

50 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up' to promote tolerance

ATLANTA -- Fifty schools in Georgia were represented at this year's Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The event, which is part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages children to step outside their comfort zones and sit with someone new at lunch.

"When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common," Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello said in a statement. "Mix It Up is a positive step that can help create schools where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group."

Nearly 3,000 schools across the country took part in Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Oct. 30.

Participating Georgia schools include:

Atlanta
Galloway School
North Atlanta HS
School of Health Sciences and Research at Carver

Bibb County
Stratford Academy

Lilburn teacher honored by Woodruff Arts Center

Lilburn teacher honored by Woodruff Arts Center

LILBURN, Ga. -- A middle school teacher from Gwinnett County has been named the 2012 Woodruff Arts Center Visual Arts Educator.

Dr. Aimee Burgamy teaches at Trickum Middle School in Lilburn. She was honored as part of the Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders program.

Burgamy won the award for her efforts to create whole-school art projects. She is also credited with making art relevant for middle school students and for advancing the cause of arts education.

The Visual Arts Educator prize comes with $500 for Burgamy's professional development and a $2,500 award, which she plans to put toward Trickum's outdoor theater.

Burgamy is a beloved and much-honored teacher. She was named Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Parents invited to review classroom materials

Parents invited to review classroom materials

SUWANEE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County parents and community members are invited to publicly review proposed curriculum materials for future school years.

They include nonfiction books for grades K-12, teacher resources for K-8 language arts and AP Latin materials.

Parents, teachers and administrators can review the materials at Gwinnett's Instructional Support Center, which is located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee.

School district leaders will gather input from reviewers and use it to determine whether or not to implement the materials in future classes.