Jaguar Journal

GIVE Center East/February 2019/Issue 3

Celebrate Black History Month!

To Those Who Made a Way For Us

Here is an inspiring video created by some of our students in celebration of past leaders who, because of their unwavering commitment to freedom and equality, continue to inspire young people today.

Assistant Principal, Sandra Adomako Earns Doctorate Degree

Interview by Dezmond Bailey, student writer.

One of GIVE East's very own Assistant Principals has earned her Doctoral Degree!

Sandra Adomako graduated from New York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada with a degree in Biology. She then obtained her Master's Degree in Adolescent Education and began her career in education after college as a literacy tutor at an elementary school where she began to realize the impact she could have on students. She is now an Assistant Principal here at GIVE Center East and enjoys working with the students and faculty. She says that she feels a real connection with many of the students here and tries her best to build positive relationships with everyone she comes in contact with.

Dr. Adomako recently completed her doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction in October 2018. She wrote her dissertation on PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) and its impact on the Academic Performance of black, male students in alternative schools. In her own words, "I chose this topic because it is close to the work that I do and I wanted to improve my understanding of PBIS and how I can effectively use it to impact student learning here at GIVE Center East."

Dr. Adomako believes that a teacher can be successful in many ways. She says that to be successful in anything that you do you need to be passionate about it and believe that the work you are doing matters. You also have to believe in yourself. The one thing that really impacted her success as a teacher was the ability to build strong relationships with students. We applaud her for her achievements and recognize that she is a role model for all of the students here at GIVE Center East.

January Students of the Month

The students of the month for January are listed here. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Ms. Tracy Valentino, Promise of Gwinnett

Ms. Tracy Valentino has been recognized by the Promise of Gwinnett, which recognizes outstanding teachers in the county. Teachers who receive this recognition are known for encouraging students to "dream big" in order to achieve their goals. Ms. Valentino

has been teaching for 15 years. She has taught at Collins Hill High School, Dacula, Mountain View and now teaches at GIVE Center East, where she is the Science Department Chair. She enjoys coaching freshman volleyball and varsity soccer in her free time. As one of the finalists for Teacher of the Year here at GIVE Center East, she believes that all students have a desire to learn and be successful.

Everton Blair Visits GIVE Center East

Gwinnett County School's youngest and first ever African American school board member, Mr. Everton Blair came to come speak students here at GIVE Center East. He brought a message of hope and inspiration by sharing his life story and also taking questions from students about their needs. He'll be coming back with a few state representatives to talk about mental health, childhood trauma and improving our approach to incorporating Social Emotional Learning into our curriculum. Watch the video of his visit here.
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Thursday, March 28th, 8:30am-12:30pm

GIVE Center East

Give Center East is having a job/career fair! This gives students a great opportunity to practice interview techniques and work on their resume. Click here for detailed instructions on how to write a resume and here for the website that has the resume templates. Students will be expected to dress professionally and present a resume in order to attend.

Buy our t-shirt and wear your favorite shoes!

Jaguar Productions is selling t-shirts for our club for $15. If you are on GEAR or Life Academy teams, you can wear your choice of shoes when you wear the shirt! See Ms. Mull or Mrs. Meaders to get your shirt!

GIVE Center East

Principal-Durrant Williams

Our Mission:
The mission of GIVE Center East is to meet the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of our students in a safe and structured environment that builds a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Our Vision:

GIVE Center East will empower students to reach their full potential.