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Good news from schools: NAACP's Gwinnett branch hosts back-to-school forum

The Gwinnett County branch of the NAACP is hosting a back-to-school forum today to help educate parents about youth-related topics.

Jim Taylor, Gwinnett County Public Schools' executive director of academic support, and Ellen Gerstein, executive director of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, will answer questions about the school district's new disciplinary code, the 2007 Youth Health Risk Survey results, and parent and student rights and responsibilities.

The forum is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. today in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

High Museum showcases student artwork

The High Museum of Art, the newest sponsor of the Georgia PTA's Reflections program, is exhibiting student artwork until Nov. 4 in its educational section.

Several Gwinnett students who entered the competition last year have their winning works on display at the High. Seth Nixon of Trickum Middle, Sydney Beatty of Craig Elementary and Christina Mededyuk of Brookwood High have their photography on display. Anna Um of Simpson Elementary and Luya You of Duluth Middle have their visual artwork on display.

The Reflections program allows prekindergarten through 12th-grade students to express themselves through the arts. Students enter through their local school PTAs in six categories: musical composition, literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography and film/video production.

Maxwell High auto program receives national certification

Maxwell High School of Technology's automotive collision and repair classes have earned certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

The program underwent evaluation to ensure its instruction, facilities and equipment were up to nationally accepted standards of excellence. After the evaluation, the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation recommended that the school's program be certified by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a national nonprofit organization that tests and certifies repair technicians as well as certifying automotive training programs.

"This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents," said Donald Seyfer, NATEF chairman. "Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Maxwell's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians."

In addition to automotive collision and repair, several other Maxwell High School of Technology programs have industry certification. These programs are computer aided drafting and design, graphic arts, construction and welding.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.