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Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

At the moment that I was standing in a third-grade classroom for the first time in nine years, not one of the kids made a sound. Then again, they had been finishing their math tests in the last few minutes before recess started. After recess ended and the first...

Inspiring a New Generation of Performers: Traci Davison

Traci Davison is as kind as she is tenacious as she alone heads the theater department at North Gwinnett Middle School. With last year's production of Peter Pan Jr. winning Outstanding Performance at the Junior Theater Festival, Davison demands that her students "trust that the director knows the strengths...

Kelly Lorenz Wants a Unique Understanding of Every Student

Dr. Kelly Lorenz teaches Social Studies at North Gwinnett Middle School. Dr. Lorenz was born in Texas, but she moved to Missouri as a young girl and grew up there. Dr. Lorenz studied at the University of North West Missouri and, although originally a Spanish major, chose to dual...

Mr. J is a World Traveler

In the eight years since North Gwinnett Middle School first opened, there has only been one teacher who has climbed Kilimanjaro, visited six different continents, and has a virtual mini-museum in his classroom. However, to Scott Johnson, commonly referred to as "Mr. J", from the wooden cane from Oman...

Kevin Blankenship: The People’s Teacher

On Wednesday, October 18, Kevin Blankenship arrived in a crowded school gym to hundreds of students, regardless of their graduation year, screaming his name and pulling out their phones to document his every move. Never one to disappoint a crowd, he proceeded to parade around in a cape while...

The Legacy of North Gwinnett High School

North Gwinnett High School was established in 1958 in a cotton field between Suwanee and Sugar Hill in order to unite two cities together. True to its word, North Gwinnett continues to unite over 2,000 students on the basis of its pride and leadership. Today, North Gwinnett exhibits world-class excellence...

North Gwinnett’s Mrs. Saldarria, A Hardworking History Teacher

Mrs. Saldarriaga, or Mrs. S as her students call her, is a history teacher here at North Gwinnett High School. Mrs. S teaches AP United States History and World History. However, more than the subjects that she teaches, the composition of her experiences and beliefs has molded her into...

‘Meant to Be’ for North Gwinnett Choral Director

As last week was North Gwinnett's Art Appreciation Week, I decided to place the spotlight on the NGHS Chorus, which had its Fall Concert last week as well! Directed by Mrs. Brianna Greer, who was in chorus at North Gwinnett when she was in high school (Class of 2009),...

GCPS Has Ga School Nurse of the Year

Fran Overdyke, a longtime GCPS nurse, has been named Georgia School Nurse of the Year,

PRHS Junior Classical League (JCL)

Peachtree Ridge's Junior Classical League, or JCL as most students call it, is a Classics based club that emphasizes the influence of Greco-Roman culture on modern day society. JCL creates a comfortable environment where students can make friends and learn as they please, while consistently promoting a reverence for...
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Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

At the moment that I was standing in a third-grade classroom for the first time in nine years, not one of the kids made a sound. Then again, they had been finishing their math tests in the last few minutes before recess started. After recess ended and the first...

Inspiring a New Generation of Performers: Traci Davison

Traci Davison is as kind as she is tenacious as she alone heads the theater department at North Gwinnett Middle School. With last year's production of Peter Pan Jr. winning Outstanding Performance at the Junior Theater Festival, Davison demands that her students "trust that the director knows the strengths...

Kelly Lorenz Wants a Unique Understanding of Every Student

Dr. Kelly Lorenz teaches Social Studies at North Gwinnett Middle School. Dr. Lorenz was born in Texas, but she moved to Missouri as a young girl and grew up there. Dr. Lorenz studied at the University of North West Missouri and, although originally a Spanish major, chose to dual...

Mr. J is a World Traveler

In the eight years since North Gwinnett Middle School first opened, there has only been one teacher who has climbed Kilimanjaro, visited six different continents, and has a virtual mini-museum in his classroom. However, to Scott Johnson, commonly referred to as "Mr. J", from the wooden cane from Oman...

Kevin Blankenship: The People’s Teacher

On Wednesday, October 18, Kevin Blankenship arrived in a crowded school gym to hundreds of students, regardless of their graduation year, screaming his name and pulling out their phones to document his every move. Never one to disappoint a crowd, he proceeded to parade around in a cape while...

The Legacy of North Gwinnett High School

North Gwinnett High School was established in 1958 in a cotton field between Suwanee and Sugar Hill in order to unite two cities together. True to its word, North Gwinnett continues to unite over 2,000 students on the basis of its pride and leadership. Today, North Gwinnett exhibits world-class excellence...

North Gwinnett’s Mrs. Saldarria, A Hardworking History Teacher

Mrs. Saldarriaga, or Mrs. S as her students call her, is a history teacher here at North Gwinnett High School. Mrs. S teaches AP United States History and World History. However, more than the subjects that she teaches, the composition of her experiences and beliefs has molded her into...

‘Meant to Be’ for North Gwinnett Choral Director

As last week was North Gwinnett's Art Appreciation Week, I decided to place the spotlight on the NGHS Chorus, which had its Fall Concert last week as well! Directed by Mrs. Brianna Greer, who was in chorus at North Gwinnett when she was in high school (Class of 2009),...

GCPS Has Ga School Nurse of the Year

Fran Overdyke, a longtime GCPS nurse, has been named Georgia School Nurse of the Year,

PRHS Junior Classical League (JCL)

Peachtree Ridge's Junior Classical League, or JCL as most students call it, is a Classics based club that emphasizes the influence of Greco-Roman culture on modern day society. JCL creates a comfortable environment where students can make friends and learn as they please, while consistently promoting a reverence for...