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119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

119 Ga. schools 'Mix It Up at Lunch' to battle bullying

(WXIA) -- More than 100 schools across Georgia will participate in this year's National Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

The annual event is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was created in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month. Roughly 6,000 schools nationwide are expected to participate.

"Mix It Up is a positive step that schools can take to help create learning environments where students see each other as individuals and not just as members of a separate group," said Maureen Costello, director of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project. "When people step out of their cliques and get to know someone, they realize just how much they have in common."

On National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, students are asked to sit with new friends in the cafeteria. Its goal is to foster understanding and respect among young people.

Participating schools in metro Atlanta include:

Donation to support Gwinnett's ELL students

Donation to support Gwinnett's ELL students

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Wells Fargo Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund.

The money will be used to support English Language Learner (ELL) students.

All 24 Title I elementary schools in the county will benefit from the donation, according to the GCPS Foundation.

The county plans to use the funds to purchase kits to help teachers reach ELL students. The kits include information and assessment tools that determine benchmarks students must meet throughout the school year.

Learn more about the GCPS Foundation at gcps-foundation.org.

Teacher's humor inspires kids to excel in school

Teacher's humor inspires kids to excel in school

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga - If you spend time in Bill McAuliffe's class at Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology (GSMST), it doesn't take long until you're smiling and laughing, but it's not because the subject matter is silly.

On the contrary, Bill McAuliffe teaches Advanced Placement World History, a tough course.

But, last year, students received an 83% passing rate on the AP History exam. 

McAuliffe teaches with both heart and humor.

His students are his biggest fans.

His students comments about him explain why he's so popular:  "He's amazing. This is the first class where I haven't fallen asleep in"; He's not normal. We're not normal, so it all works together"; He knows when to be serious and teach, but he also knows when to make class fun"; "He makes jokes he has really weird ways of remembering things, but they work."

He's done things from shaving his beard  to wearing crazy T-shirts.

Gwinnett to participate in International Walk to School Day

Gwinnett to participate in International Walk to School Day

LILBURN, Ga. -- Safe Kids Gwinnett has pledged to participate in this year's International Walk to School Day, which will be Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Representatives from the organization will greet students at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn as they walk to classes.

"On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers teach and model safe pedestrian behavior," said Tania Diaz with Safe Kids Gwinnett. "Our children learn by mimicking what they see. By walking out with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show children how to walk safely."

Diaz added that walking to school is an excellent way for young people to get daily exercise.

About 250,000 students nationwide participate in International Walk to School Day every year.

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

Ga. SAT scores hold steady for Class of 2013

ATLANTA -- There was little change in SAT scores between Georgia's Class of 2013 and Class of 2012, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

About 75 percent of Georgia's high school seniors took the SAT in 2013, compared to 43 percent nationally. Georgia students earned a collective score of 1452 out of 2400 -- the same score as last year. The national average is 1498.

Overall, Georgia's senior increased two points in critical reading and decreased two points in math. The overall writing score stayed the same from 2012 to 2013. About 36 percent of Georgia's test takers met the SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark.

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

Superintendent names Student Advisory Council members

ATLANTA -- State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge has selected 50 students from across Georgia to serve on his 2013-14 Student Advisory Council.

More than 700 teens applied to join this year's council, which was formed to give young people a voice in how their classrooms are organized.

"Having student input during the policy-making process is invaluable," Barge said in a statement. "The students are ultimately the ones impacted by our work, and I want them to share their ideas and concerns as we address many critical issues."

The council will meet three times this school year to discuss how state policies have an impact in their classrooms. They will also serve as the superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools.

A number of the Student Advisory Council members are from metro Atlanta, including:

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

27 Gwinnett schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly 30 elementary, middle and high schools in Gwinnett County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Gwinnett County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* Berkmar MS
* Craig ES
* Grayson ES
* Lovin ES
* Mulberry ES
* Simonton ES
* Woodward Mill ES