GOOD NEWS FROM SCHOOLS: Shiloh High awarded international baccalaureate component

Shiloh High School recently became Gwinnett County’s first school to be approved for another component of the International Baccalaureate, the IB Career Related Certificate Programme.

As an authorized IB Programme School, Shiloh is designed to help students become self-confident and internationally minded, while incorporating the IB vision and educational principles as they become engaged in their chosen career-related studies, district spokesman Jorge Quintana said.

The IBCC Programme aims to provide students with an academic and a practical foundation to support both their rigorous academia and specialized training in their career-pathway. IBCC combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCC core, which includes approaches to learning, community and service, language development, and a reflective project.

Shiloh’s first class of the IBCC will begin their studies in August. When they finish the IBCC Programme, these students will earn an IBCC certificate and a possible college credit in their coursework. Shiloh’s IBCC Programme will work closely with the school’s new career academies, which will be implemented this fall, as students will choose their career-related studies within a career academy. The Shiloh career academies are offered in Art, Media, and Entertainment; Health, Wellness, and Education; Marketing and Leadership; and Science and Technology.

Shiloh earned the IBCC certificate under the leadership of Jamilya Mayo, the school’s IBCC Coordinator, and Shiloh Principal Eric Parker. Mayo has been a career and technical education teacher for a decade at Shiloh. She’s taught business, marketing, and worked as the work-based learning coordinator for the past four years. In 2010, Mayo received the Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year Award from the Atlanta Chapter of Junior Achievement.

Parker has led the school since 2011.

Barrow County Schools honored with GaDER Gold Award

Barrow County Schools was recently awarded the GaDER Gold Award from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The award goes to school systems that have reduced emissions in 26 to 74 percent of their school bus fleet through early replacement, installation of emissions control equipment and/or the use of alternative fuels.

The GaDER School Bus Program assists Georgia school systems by offering grants, technical assistance and education.

“Older diesel buses emit a high amount of particles in the exhaust,” William Cook, EPD Environmental Engineer and Manager of the GaDER Program said in a press release. “New buses and those that have been retrofitted with diesel particulate filters reduce these particulates by more than 85 percent, which results in a significant improvement in the air quality inside and around the school bus.”

Grayson senior honored by Bank of America

Bank of America recently named rising Grayson High senior Lilah Evans as a student leader as she wrapped up an eight-week summer internship at a local nonprofit organization and visit to the nation’s capital.

Evans is one of five Atlanta area high school juniors and seniors who participated in this program alongside 220 students across the country. As a Bank of America Student Leader, Evans’ internship opportunity placed her at the East lake Foundation where she learned about the management and operations of running a successful nonprofit organization. She also works in the East Lake Community Garden, which is a resource for the East Lake Community to learn how to grow their own healthy, sustainable and beautiful gardens.

Keith Farner writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.