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Guest Blog by Ms. Nora Glenn, GMC English teacher:

I am an English teacher at Gary Middle College. We are a second-chance high school. Our students are driven. They may have families and jobs, but they CHOOSE to come to our school everyday to get that long-deferred high school diploma. Let me tell you about one of our students, John E. Beard III.

On April 30th, Gary Middle College, a second-chance high school located in Gary, IN, honored five students for their reading achievement:Keith Rose, Fantasa Smith, Shirley Smith, Lisa Guy, and Shonese Holmes.

Cozell and Damon Thomas sat on the bleachers in the 21st Century Charter School gym and joined the sea of applause for the school's 31 graduating seniors, including their daughter Devan. The Gary school called the May 14 event "signing day." It's a celebration because all 31 seniors in the Class of 2015 have been accepted to college, many with dual credits.

Educator has a soft spot for Gary students

Segregation shaped me; education liberated me.

Nora Glenn has taught school on and off for 15 years. For the past two years she has taught English at Gary Middle College, a charter school near the Genesis Center in Gary.
Glenn is a graduate of Andrean High School and Valparaiso University who lives in the Miller community of Gary.

Highlight on GMC's SAAB Organization

on Sunday, 08 February 2015

One of the leading student groups at Gary Middle College (GMC) is a chapter of SAAB, a national network of Student African American Brotherhoods. Founded in 1990, the SAAB community now includes over 200 chapters at middle and high schools, colleges, and universities in 39 states. SAAB seeks to provide social, cultural, and spiritual enrichment for its Brothers, creating a positive atmosphere of mutual care and mentorship between peers. At GMC, weekly SAAB meetings are led by Mr. Terrence McCullough, Academic Dean of GMC. The students and Mr. McCullough convene to support and challenge each other, and discuss goals in the groups agenda.

January Graduation at GMC

on Sunday, 01 February 2015

On the evening of January 28th, a crowd filed into the 21st Century Charter School @ Gary gym for the mid-year Gary Middle College graduation. They were greeted at the door by programs for the event by members of the SAAB/B2B chapter at GMC (Students African-American Brotherhood/Brothers 2 Brothers), who had donned black and white suits for the occasion to match the alternating black and white robes of the graduates.

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