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New principals named to 2 Gwinnett high schools

New principals named to 2 Gwinnett high schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Public Schools has named new leaders at two of its high schools.

Kerensa Wing is the latest principal of Collins Hill High School. She comes to Collins Hill from Lanier High School, where she was also principal. She replaces outgoing principal Glenn McFall, who retired last month.

Wing began her career in Gwinnett County in 1990 as a teacher at Shiloh High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Oglethorpe University, a master's degree in social studies from Georgia State University and a specialist's degree in educational leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

Dana Pugh has been named principal of Grayson High School. He will move to Grayson from Bay Creek Middle School as soon as current principal David Hopson retires at the end of January.

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

Bowling for Education fundraiser a striking success

ATLANTA -- The lanes at 300 Atlanta were packed with nearly 35 Atlanta-area companies for the fifth annual “Bowling For Education” fundraiser, held on Thursday, Nov. 5. The event, which supports the Simon Youth Foundation, raised a record-breaking $112,250 this year, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $100,000. 

“We could not be more thrilled about the success of this year’s Bowling for Education event,” said Leslie Bland, co-chair of Bowling for Education in Atlanta and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Phipps Plaza. “We’re so grateful for the incredible enthusiasm from our Simon family and for the generous donations from all our committed partners. The immense support for this annual event has helped Simon Youth Foundation provide more and more educational opportunities for our future Georgia leaders.”

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1M in scholarships

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1M in scholarships

ATLANTA -- For a 14th straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property. Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open through Saturday, Jan. 11.

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

Ga. high school graduation rate increases in 2013

(WXIA) -- The public school graduation rate in Georgia continues to climb.

The Georgia Department of Education announced Wednesday that the state's graduation rate was 71.5 percent in 2013 -- almost two points higher than in 2012 and four points above 2011's rate.

Every state uses a U.S. Department of Education-mandated four-year adjusted cohort rate to calculate graduations. It tracks the number of students who graduate from high school within the standard four years.

State superintendent Dr. John Barge said the more rigorous calculation method still shows an increase in Georgia's graduation rate.

"Despite the economic challenges our districts are facing, we have more high school students graduating today than we have had in several years, which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers," Barge said in a statement.

Buford City's 2013 four-year graduation rate was 90.3 percent.

GED registration begins on new website

GED registration begins on new website

(WXIA) -- Registration for the 2014 General Educational Development tests is now open on the new MyGED website.

The site, located at ged.com, offers study plans, skills assessments and other resources to help adults receive the equivalent of a high school diploma.

The 2014 GED program launches on Jan. 2. It was overhauled to better prepare GED candidates for higher education and the working world, and ultimately allow them to find jobs with higher pay.

The website also features a list of GED testing centers across metro Atlanta.

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.