Friday, May 3, 2013
Inside the Police Reports: Multiple students at Berkmar Middle say they saw the man while they were going home on the bus one afternoon.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, May 3
Multiple students at Berkmar Middle told police that they saw a man exposing himself in his car while they were going home one afternoon. According to the Lilburn Police report, the school resource officer received an email from the school that on Monday, April 23, students on three school buses saw the man either masturbating or holding his penis while they were at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Pleasant Hill Road. The police received two witness statements from students, and many other students told police the same story. One student even said he heard his friend scream, so he looked outside and saw the man in the car next to them. One of the bus drivers told police that she noticed several students looking at the vehicle …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Eighth-grade students at Trickum Middle School and Berkmar Middle School are among those schools with a high percentage of students in the "exceeds" category.
Trickum Middle and Berkmar Middle are among the state's best performers in the 2013 eighth-grade writing test, according to a press release from Gwinnett County Public Schools. When comparing the percentage of students scoring in the "exceeds" category, 11 area schools, including the two schools in Lilburn, landed in the state's top 25. At Trickum Middle, 20 percent of students exceeded the standard, making them No. 18 in the state. At Berkmar Middle 18.5 percent of students exceeded the standard, placing the school in the 20th spot. The No. 1 slot also went to a Gwinnett County school: Osborne Middle with 33.4 percent of eighth-graders exceeding the standard. Overall, the district’s average passing rate increased from 93 percent in 2012 …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The BYOD or, Bring Your Own Device, pilot began this past fall, and some 14 schools are participating in the innovative classroom program.
This school year at least 14 schools -- including Berkmar Middle -- are participating in a pilot program designed to enhance learning through the use of electronic devices. The "BYOD" pilot -- which stands for Bring Your Own Device -- is part of eCLASS, Gwinnett County's digital content, learning, assessment, and support system initiative. As part of the pilot, select schools will allow some students and teachers to use their personal devices to access the Internet in hopes of creating better learning. In Lilburn, Berkmar Middle School is part of the pilot program because of its focus on writing; literature; and use of Write to Learn, a web-based literacy tool used by teachers to increase reading comprehension. -- Do you think the "BYOD" …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
A Berkmar Middle School student will be recognized during halftime at Georgia Tech's women's basketball game Dec. 16, 2012.
Jessica Pham, a Berkmar Middle School student, will be honored by Georgia Tech’s women’s basketball team for reading nearly 10,000 pages during the annual "Jacket 2 Jacket" reading program. Jessica earned the highest place for a seventh-grade reader and will receive halftime recognition at the Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn game on Dec. 16. In addition, Jessica will receive an autographed poster from the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team and two tickets to the Dec. 16 game. The "Jacket 2 Jacket" program recognizes individuals from each grade level with the highest individual total number of pages read, the highest class total, and the highest school total. For more information, visit http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/w-baskbl/Jacket2Jacket.…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Deborah Johnson, an eighth grade math teacher at Berkmar Middle, believes she's making a difference. Today she learns if Gwinnett County Public School's thinks her hard work deserves the district's top honor.
Deborah Johnson spent a good deal of her college years not knowing what career field she wanted to go into. The Michigan native wavered -- from elementary education, to engineering, then actuarial science, finally landing on math. And, it was during a stint as a teaching assistant in college that she learned that teaching math was what she should be doing. It's only been five short years for the educator, but already she's garnered the respect and attention of her colleagues at Berkmar Middle School and Gwinnett County. Today, she learns if the work she's done to help her students succeed means a new accolade -- Gwinnett County's Teacher of the Year. Even her family is excited. Her mom plans to be at tonight's ceremony. "My parents are …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Deborah Johnson, a math teacher at Lilburn's Berkmar Middle, is now up against five other educators for the district's top honor.
A Lilburn educator is among six finalists announced today (Oct. 16) for Gwinnett County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. Deborah Johnson, a math teacher at Berkmar Middle School, has spent five years in education -- all of them with Gwinnett County. According to district press release, Johnson was working as a teaching assistant in algebra, when it dawned on her that this is what she should be doing as a career. "During that first semester of teaching, I learned that I was given a gift: I could communicate mathematics in a manner that reached all students, regardless of ability," she said in the press release. "I saw many struggling learners grow and prosper under my guidance." Johnson, who teaches eighth graders, received her bachelor…
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Berkmar High School was evacuated briefly as a precautionary measure.
A squirrel was the cause of power failure for about 5,000 Lilburn area residents Thursday morning. The rodent got into Georgia Power's substation, causing an outage for about an hour, a spokeswoman for the utility said. Berkmar High School was evacuated as a precautionary measure after school staff reported a faint smell of smoke from the ninth grade wing after the power was off, Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Tommy Rutledge said. "Firefighters checked the building and found no signs of heat, smoke or fire," Rutledge said in an email. "The power came back on as firefighters were there and they conducted a second check and still found nothing." It's not clear whether the outage and the smoke smell were related, Rutledge said. Berkmar …
Monday, September 12, 2011
The 1981 Parkview High graduate likes order, precision.
He returns your call as promised at precisely 10 a.m. His desk is fastidiously neat by day's end, crisply squared stacks purposely left for morning. It's all part of Kenney Wells' mechanized way. "You see piles, but they're arranged," Lilburn's Berkmar Middle School principal said. "I plan a lot, and I'm organized as far as I know the direction I want to go." Wells says managing 1,040 kids and 117 staff members requires mechanization, as he learned while a production-driven distribution manager for 10 years before becoming an educator 17 years ago. "I put the hot items in one (stack), then the tier-two stuff in folders here," he explained. "That helps me prepare to get things done. If my plate's clean, then I'll go (home)." Wells arrives …
Monday, May 30, 2011
Berkmar Middle PE teacher honored for her work.
For such a go-getter, procrastination nearly cost Dana Griffith. The Berkmar Middle School physical education teacher confessed she uncharacteristic left that packet on her desk so long, wishy-washy about whether to formally apply for NFL Network's PE Teacher of the Year competition. Funny, but if a student had doubted his worthiness the way she had, she said she'd have jumped all over him. "It was funny," she said. "It kind of sat on the corner of my desk, and I kept asking myself, 'Should I do this? Is it worth it?'" Unknowingly nominated by seventh-grade student Hamzo Bosjnak, she received the application packet in January. At the urging of principal Kenney Wells just before the deadline, she finally submitted her application. She …