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Moore Middle finishes first year

Students say goodbye on the last day of school at Moore Middle School on May 23, 2012.


Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Moore Middle School students Ayanna Washington, left, Asia Strength, center, and Mari Carmen Mora wave and shout goodbye to their teachers as the school bus drives away on the last day of school in Lawrenceville Wednesday.

Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Moore Middle School students Ayanna Washington, left, Asia Strength, center, and Mari Carmen Mora wave and shout goodbye to their teachers as the school bus drives away on the last day of school in Lawrenceville Wednesday.

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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Moore Middle School math teacher Chekquita Collins, right, embraces her eighth grade student Chekiara Ducking prior to dismissal on the last day of school in Lawrenceville Wednesday.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Principal Lamont Mays said for students, teachers and administrators at Moore Middle School, it's been "quite the journey."

The school wrapped up its first full academic year on Wednesday with a march down the halls for eighth-graders on their way to high school as fellow students in younger grades watched and cheered them on.

Like other students in Gwinnett County Public Schools, students exited their final class of the day as the summer break began.

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Last day of school

Students say goodbye on the last day of school at Moore Middle School on May 23, 2012.

Students say goodbye on the last day of school at Moore Middle School on May 23, 2012.

"It's been an incredible year," Mays said. "We have great teachers, great students, great parents, and that's a recipe for an oustanding school year."

Eighth-grade student Kasseem Bagley agreed. "It's been a good first year," Bagley said.

He said with the new school year comes the possibilities for "new traditions."

Fellow eighth-grader Kiara Rogers said the year has been "a good experience for all of the new students. I'm going to miss my teachers and my principal."

Technology Education Teacher Donna Domenech said she'll miss her students over the summer break.

"When you start out at a new school like this, there's a lot of new faces, and it's kind of like a clean slate. It's been exciting," Domenech said.

Moore Middle School opened in August 2011 as the second middle school in the Central Gwinnett cluster.

With the opening of Moore Middle and Gwinnett County Online Campus as a charter school, the local school district operated 133 facilities in 2011-12.

The number includes 19 high schools, 26 middle schools, 77 elementary schools and 11 special schools including five charter schools.