Marching band finds success

Central Gwinnett High School's marching band returned from its first competition last weekend with many awards, winning second place overall. The Black Knights received best in class awards for their color guard and second-in-class for their percussion and drum major. They were also given superior ratings in all three categories at the White Columns Invitational in Alpharetta. This is band director Keith Matthews' first year at Central Gwinnett.

Local teacher wins award

The Science Education Department at the University of Georgia honored a Gwinnett teacher with its highest award. Kim Nichols, chair of the science department at Collins Hill High School, received the 2005 David Butts Award. A committee unanimously selected her for the award, which is given each year to someone who demonstrates distinguished contributions to the field in teaching, research or service. She accepted it at a luncheon Saturday at the Georgia Center in Athens.

Students get leadership training in nation's capital

Three seventh-grade students from Creekland Middle School were selected to participate in the Junior National Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. Justin Jones, Alex Krajee and Leah VanScoter were nominated by their teachers based on their academic records and leadership skills to participate in the six-day conference. From Oct. 8 to Thursday, they met with Congressional staff members, visited historical sites in and around the D.C. area and participated in leadership activities and presentations.


McConnell Middle School will host a parent resource seminar on gang and drug awareness at 7 p.m.

Tuesday. It will feature Greg Vaughn, captain of the Lawrenceville Police Department. All community members are invited to attend the event, which will be held in the school cafeteria.

Simonton Elementary School will have a community literacy night from 5 p.m. to

7 p.m. Thursday. Storytellers will entertain students, while parents get tips on how to help their children become successful readers. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from books. A complimentary hot dog dinner will be served before the event.

Trickum Middle School is commemorating its 30th anniversary with a special PTSA Program and Literary Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Guest speakers will include Gwinnett School Board member Louise Radloff, Principal Lynne Davis and Phillip Curtis, a 30-year Trickum staff member. Student literary works from the past 30 years will be on display. All students and alumni are invited.

Grayson Elementary School will hold its Fall Carnival from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. It will feature a silent auction, games, sports and an obstacle course. There will be an inflatable giant slide and moon jump. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate and will include all activities and rides.

Rubina Madan is the education reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Post.