Georgia DOE recognizes Harbins Elementary, Norcross High

The Georgia Department of Education has taken note of the services two Gwinnett schools provide within the school's largest classroom - the media center.

Harbins Elementary and Norcross High were recognized and presented with the Exemplary Media Centers Award during the Georgia Board of Education's August meeting.

The media centers are the hub of instructional support and informational services for each school, providing assistance for teachers and students. Media specialists plan and collaborate with teachers to identify, select and provide the best resources and activities to support student achievement. The media specialist at Harbins Elementary is Cindy Brooks, while media specialists Jennifer Lund and Adria Whitworth serve Norcross High students and teachers.

The two media centers were selected based on the roles they play in helping the schools meet school improvement goals and improve student achievement. These schools excelled in the following categories: student achievement and instruction, staffing, facilities, access and resources, administrative support, staff development and technology integration. The honorees were selected by peer media specialists from around the state, as well as DOE staff members.

The Georgia DOE Exemplary Library Media Program began in 2002. Gwinnett's Meadowcreek Elementary, Mill Creek High and North Gwinnett High are previous honorees.

Parkview High students earn top spots in tech ed competition

Several Gwinnett County Public Schools students recently used their technical education knowledge to earn several awards during a national competition. The Parkview High students participated in the 2009 National Technology Student Association Conference and Competition, walking away with several spots on the top 10 list.

The students placing in the top 10 are:

Alex Huston, Alishah Merchant and Katelyn Randall - first place in agricultural and biotechnology design;

Jonathan Cabrera, Evelyn Chang, Maxwell Cotton, Sean Sweet, Zunair Ukani and Matthew Wilson - third place in architectural model;

Maxwell Cotton and Zunair Ukani - fifth place in music production;

Katelyn Randall - seventh place in career comparisons; and

Matthew Wilson - ninth place in CAD animation architectural.

A total of 19 Parkview High students, members of the Technology Student Association, attended the 2009 National TSA Conference in Denver. They were accompanied by their adviser, Parkview High teacher Terry Cotton.

The Technology Student Association is one of the nation's largest vocational student associations.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.