Students from from Britt Elementary visited South Gwinnett High last month where members of the Reader’s Rally Team and Media Center Aides read to them in small groups during the day to celebrate “Read Across America.” (Special Photo)

Students from from Britt Elementary visited South Gwinnett High last month where members of the Reader’s Rally Team and Media Center Aides read to them in small groups during the day to celebrate “Read Across America.” (Special Photo)

Student teams from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology won first place in their categories in the 2014 TEAMS competition recently hosted by the University of Georgia.

Duluth Adventist Christian School placed second in the middle school category.

The competition, which stands for Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics and Science, focused on “Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities.”

Under the coaching of Lindsay Stamm, GSMST’s ninth- and 10th-grade team won first-place in the high school category while GSMST’s 11th- and 12th-grade won second, and Mountain View won third-place.

There were two parts with high school students facing a 90-minute, 80 multiple-choice question session and a 90-minute, open-ended, four-question session, while the middle school students had a 60-minute, 40 multiple-choice question session and a 60-minute open-ended, four-question session.

Two 2014 Northrop Gruman Scholarships were awarded to Mountain View High and Duluth Adventist Christian School. The scholarship provides funds for team registration to the event.

Lanier students place at DECA competition

Lanier High congratulated two students last week who recently finished in the top seven of a DECA state competition.

Kelby Jordan, who competed in the job interview category, finished in fifth, while Taylor Lanfear, who competed in sports and entertainment, finished in seventh. Jordan and Lanfear will represent Lanier at the International Career Development Conference and Competition with other winners from around the world.

The Lanier DECA chapter also had Eric Jorgensen, Frank Martinez, Will Penland, Austin Warchol compete at the state competition.

Arcado Elementary student earns ‘Yes I Can Award’

Arcado Elementary student Jose Edmonds will receive a 2014 Yes I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children at the Yes I Can Award ceremony on April 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia as part of the CEC 2014 Convention & Expo.

“The Yes I Can Awards were developed to recognize the accomplishments of students with disabilities who have achieved remarkable things,” CEC President Robin D. Brewer said in a press release. “Jose is most deserving of this award for his hard work, perseverance and successes.”

Jose was born with Alpert syndrome and has multiple disabilities, is learning speech and sign language and uses an augmentative and alternative communication device to read and write. When he enrolled at Arcado last school year, he was not able to identify letters, recognize words, or read, and was not able to understand spoken or signed language at a level that allowed him to learn academic skills.

But he’s had a positive attitude and support from his family that has led to accomplishments that are above what anyone expected from him. Jose is reading at an early elementary level, using his AAC device to read simple sentences from his books aloud.

Each year, the Yes I Can program recognizes the accomplishments of 21 students in seven categories: academics, arts, athletics, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology and transition. Jose was honored in the academics category.

Snellville chorus students visit State Capitol

Snellville Middle Advanced Chorus students, under the direction of teacher Travis Smith, recently performed at the Georgia State Capitol building. Students also toured the Capitol and took pictures with Gov. Nathan Deal.

Gwinnett Transition Fair

GCPS will host the Gwinnett Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their parents, and educators from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 15 at Peachtree Ridge High. Participants may attend up to three 45-minute breakout sessions about Medicaid waivers, navigating Social Security benefits, estate planning and guardianship options, vocational rehabilitation services, vocational and community programs during and after high school.

Interpreters for Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean families needing assistance will be on hand. Attendees may visit with representatives of various agencies and organizations from across metro Atlanta regarding employment support, residential services, day programs, recreation and leisure and other resource organizations.

For more information, contact Allison Vernon or Gary Glenn at 678-301-7121, or email allison_vernon@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or gary_glenn@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Certified Teacher Career Fair

The district will host a Certified Teacher Career Fair from 8 a.m. to noon on March 22 from at the Gwinnett Center at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

The district is searching for certified applicants in math, science, special education, speech language pathology, Spanish, French, IT programming/engineering, computer science, elementary with endorsements in ESOL, gifted, reading, math or science, or elementary certified candidates that are highly fluent in Spanish or French with a complete mastery of the vocabulary necessary to teach elementary content in Spanish or French. Register online at gcpsjobs.org.

Wedding of the Blends

Woodward Elementary teacher Laura Baynard will host a “Wedding of the Blends” as a unique way to teach kindergarten students about letter blends. At 8:45 a.m. on March 27 in the gym, the letters BL, SH and QU will unite together in matrimony with the Honorable Brian Walker, assistant principal, presiding.

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