Sunday, May 19, 2013
Graduations for Gwinnett County Public Schools students take place May 20-25. Brookwood High School in Snellville has the largest graduating class at 810 students.
Thousands of students will graduate from a Gwinnett County high school next week. Twenty-one graduation ceremonies will take place, as the district sends of its largest graduating class ever -- 10,556 high school seniors. Brookwood High will graduate the largest class this year with 810 students, followed by Mill Creek High with 782, and Peachtree Ridge High with 769. "We are very proud of this year’s senior class and all that these students have accomplished during their academic careers, said J. Alvin Wilbanks, GCPS superintendent and chief executive officer. "On behalf of the Board of Education and our community, I congratulate them and wish them the best as they start a new chapter in their lives." He added: "As the members of the …
Monday, May 6, 2013
The six will receive a full scholarship for their entire college career to the school of their choice.
Twelve Gwinnett County Public School seniors were selected as Gates Millenium Scholars. Six of them attend high schools in Lawrenceville. Five students currently attend Mountain View High School and one will graduate from Central Gwinnett. The winners will receive a full scholarship to the college of their choice for each academic year. Here are the six students from Lawrenceville high schools and where they will be attending college: The group of 12 is the largest ever selected from Gwinnett County. They were chosen for their high academic performance, community involvement, extracurricular activities and family financial need. The program is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and administered by the United Negro College Fund…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sharon Amolo of Gwin Oaks Elementary School was named Gwinnett County Public School's Media Specialist of the Year.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Gwinnett County's school board has approved amendments to a state contract. Now, the district must submit this request to the state Board of Education.
The Gwinnett County school board voted unanimously Thursday to amend a state education contract that gives the district more flexibility to increase student performance. Known as IE2, the "Investing in Educational Excellence" partnership requires schools to meet annual performance targets throughout a five-year period, but gives flexibility in accomplishing those goals. In 2009, the state approved Gwinnett County's IE2 plan, which uses integrated courses, among other things to reach targets. Since then a few things have changed, including the addition of more than a dozen new schools and the use of end-of-course tests for high schools. Now, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) wants to add those 16 new schools and the use of end-of-…
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Leaders tentatively approved the $1.8 billion budget for next school year.
The Gwinnett County Board of Education "tentatively" adopted a $1.8 billion budget for the 2013-2014 school year during a special called meeting Tuesday. Board member Louise Radloff made the motion to adopt the superintendant's recommended budget, which totals $1.76 billion. Board members then voted unanimously to approve it. The budget is a decrease of $12.8 million, or .7 percent, over the current year. Among the budget highlights are: There will now be two public hearings before the final adoption. The first public hearing is 7 p.m., May 9; the second public hearing is 6 p.m., May 16. Both meetings take place at the district headquarters in Suwanee. Final adoption of the budget is planned May 16, as well. The new millage rate will also …
Monday, April 8, 2013
The school will draw from the Berkmar and Central Gwinnett Clusters to help relieve the overcrowded high schools. A new elementary school and a new middle school were also approved.
In March, Gwinnett County School Board approved construction for a new high school in Lawrenceville. The high school will be located at 1335 Old Norcross Rd, right next to Benefield Elementary School. A red sign in front of the building reads “Bridgestone Center,” the name given to it by its’ previous life as a storage facility for Bridgestone Tires. However, the name will most likely change before classes start in 2015. “We will obviously make modifications for the facility to serve as a school,” said Jorge Quintana of Gwinnett County Public Schools. “This is something we've done before at Radloff Middle, Phoenix High, and most recently Lanier High.” The new high school will relieve the overcrowded campuses of Central Gwinnett High …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
This year's winners include schools that previously won Readers Rally championships.
Sweetwater Middle School in Lawrenceville and two Lilburn schools are the top finishers in the 2013 Readers Rally. The winners are: The championship round took place March 21, and it began airing on GCPS TV this week. Judges, team members, coaches and principals filled the studio to cheer their teams on. Lois Bean, a social studies teacher at Sweetwater Middle, said her students have been preparing for a while for the big day. Bean has taken the school to the county championship round four times. When the students arrived back at the school on Thursday, everyone was excited for them, she said. "The school was going crazy, and everyone was cheering in the hallways," Bean said. "The principal came out and greeted them, and he's hugging and …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Registration for kindergarten is May 2. Make sure you are prepared for the big day.
Tuesday, March 26
The countdown to kindergarten registration has begun. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, parents may register their rising kindergarteners on May 2. Registration times may vary, so be sure to call the local school before arriving. (Click here for numbers to all elementary schools.) Here's a quick rundown of what parents need to know: 1. What is the cutoff date for children to be elgible for kindergarten? Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2013. This is a state law. 2. Who can register children? Only parents and guardians can register children for kindergarten. 3. Where should parents register children? Registration must take place at the school the child will attend. To learn which school that is, parents may call the …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools released a summary of the January state writing test for eighth-grade students.
Middle school students in Gwinnett County scored well in the recent state writing test, administered in January. More than 12,600 students took the test in January 2013, and Gwinnett County Public Schools released overall results on March 25. Overall, the district’s average passing rate (met or exceeds standard) remains high and increased one percentage point this year, from 93 percent in 2012 to 94 percent now, according to officials. Statewide, 82 percent met or exceeded the standard. (See Table 1 below.) In addition, 15 percent of Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students scored in the "exceeds" performance level, officials said. This is compared with just six percent across the state. Officials also said that a fewer percentage of…
Friday, March 22, 2013
In a unanimous vote, the Gwinnett County school board approved a $63.5 million contract that will bring another high school to Lawrenceville.
Gwinnett County school board members voted unanimously Thursday to begin construction on a high school that is expected to relieve pressure within the Berkmar and Central Gwinnett clusters. In its vote, the school board approved a $63.5 million contract with Gainesville-based Carroll Daniel Construction Co. The company's bid is about $600,000 less than the next lowest bidder, according to the district. The school will be built at 1335 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville, and it will be the district's 20th high school. The new high school will be located next to Benefield Elementary School. It will have a capacity of about 1,800 students. Those students will come from Berkmar High School, which has a population of about 3,000 students, and …