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eSteam Academy to Launch for 8th Graders!

As Pinckneyville Middle School continues to strive to provide our students with innovative, relevant, and effective approaches to teaching and learning, we are proud to announce our new eSTEAM Academy.

Our eSTEAM Academy will allow eighth grade students to explore entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics by linking their learning to the real world and by encouraging their growth as critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and effective communicators.

As a result of the new academy, changes will be evident throughout many portions of the building from new furniture in the eSTEAM classrooms to a redesign of the Tech Ed. room and construction of a new science lab. However, one of the most noticeable changes will be found in the incorporation of PBL, or project/problem-based learning, as a teaching strategy in order to encourage students to tackle realistic problems and apply their learned knowledge and skills to a real-world situation.

Not only will this academy expose students to the growing STEM-related career fields, it will prepare students for the exciting high school opportunities that lie ahead for them within the Norcross Cluster to include the Junior Achievement Academy at Norcross High School, the International Baccalaureate Program at Norcross High School, and the STEM focus to be delivered at the new Duke STEM High School opening within the Norcross Cluster in August of 2018.

The NEW Paul Duke High School and Norcross High School  

Check out the Paul Duke Stem High School home page at

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VIP preview link.  

Registration is still open through February


Save the Date:  

Informational Meetings about Norcross High School and the

NEW Paul Duke High School:  

Monday, November 13th - Norcross High School- 6:30PM

Wednesday, November 15th - Pinckneyville Middle School- 6:30PM

Monday, November 27th - Norcross High School - 6:30PM

Thursday, November 30th - Summerour Middle School- 6:30PM

*If you are unable to attend a meeting, but have questions, visit the GCPS website, or contact Dr. Jonathon Wetherington, Paul Duke principal, at OR Mr. Will Bishop, Norcross High School @

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