Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, while Snellville's Brookwood High did not make the list.
If your children attend high school in Gwinnett County, they may attend one of the best schools in the nation. There are nine such high schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools, according to the recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The data was released today, April 23. The Gwinnett County schools ranked are: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology: Shiloh High School: South Gwinnett High School: Norcross High School: Duluth High School: Parkview High School: Peachtree Ridge High School: Berkmar High School: Meadowcreek High School: Want more information? Learn how U.S. News calculated the Best High Schools rankings by clicking here.
The students plan to study subjects ranging from architecture to neonatology.
Gwinnett County school officials announced Monday that 17 students are National Achievement Scholars. Three are from Brookwood while one is a Shiloh student. The National Achievement Scholarship, a program of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, provides scholarships to outstanding African-American high school students. These named seniors, each receiving a $2,500 scholarship, are considered as having the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college. Some 800 nationwide received the honor. The 2013 Gwinnett County National Achievement Scholars are: Archer High School: Berkmar High School: Brookwood High School: Central Gwinnett High School: Grayson High School: Gwinnett School of …
Sunday, April 21, 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
Gwinnett County parents interested in the online learning option for their students have until May 3 to register for the upcoming school year.
(From Gwinnett County Public Schools) Gwinnett County parents interested in the online learning option for their students have additional time this spring to register for the 2013-2014 school year. A spring registration period for Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC) began Monday, April 15, and closes on May 3. Gwinnett County's full-time, online learning option will expand next school year and serve students in grades 4-12. Because Gwinnett Online Campus is a system charter school, enrollment is open to all current school-aged children who reside in Gwinnett County. The school opened in 2011 as a full-time high school (Grades 9-12) and extended its reach in 2012 to offer middle school students (Grades 6-8) the opportunity to attend the …
Friday, April 12, 2013
An online survey on the three initiatives is available throughout the month of April.
In recent area school board meetings, district officials are highlighting three school initiatives that they want the public's input on. Click this link to be taken to the survey. It is estimated to take about 10 minutes. The initiatives, presented by Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, include: Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) Curriculum: These are standards for academic excellence. This year, the AKS is aligned with the state-adopted Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in mathematics (K-9), language arts (K-12), and literacy standards in science, social studies, and technical education for middle and high school students. Officials say benefits of aligning the two methods include: helping provide consistent expectations across …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The school system is expected to hire about 250 special education teachers for the 2013-2014 school year, and a job fair to recruit applicants is planned for later this month.
Gwinnett County Public Schools is in need of special education teachers, and the district is hosting a job fair to attract eligible candidates. The job fair is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at the district headquarters, which is located at 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W. in Suwanee. Interviews are by invitation only, and potential candidates can request to attend. Job fair requests will be accepted until all interview spaces are filled. After submitting a request, candidates selected to attend will receive a separate e-mail confirming his or her invitation. Applicants must then complete registration before the job fair. No walk-up registrations will be considered. The district needs to hire approximately 575 teachers to …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools' superintendent recommended a budget of $1.76 billion for 2013-2014. This is a decrease of .7 percent over the current year.
Additional resource officers, no teacher furlough days and an increase in the price of school lunches are among the highlights in Gwinnett County Public Schools' 2013-2014 draft budget. The budget represents recommendations from the district's superintendent, J. Alvin Wilbanks. March 26 was the first day citizens heard about the budget during area school board meetings. The first public hearing on the budget will be May 9. The second public hearing, the final budget adoption, and adoption of a tentative millage rate will be May 16. The final adoption of the millage rate will be in June. Below is a snapshot of the highlights. Patch will provide more details in the coming weeks. 2013-2014 Budget Highlights: 1. How much is the budget, and is…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools will hold board meetings in each of the five districts in March and April.
Gwinnett County Public Schools will commence its area school board meetings later in March, and continue through April. As officials do every year, board members will meet once in each of their districts. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the host school's theater. There will be refreshments beginning at 6:30 p.m. Citizens my attend any one of the five meetings. The meetings will be held: The meetings are a time for the school board to share information with the public. It is also an opportunity to hear the superintendent talk about the state of the school district, including budget challenges and recent successes.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Want to know just how troublesome your children are while at school? See select disciplinary numbers from the district's second quarter.
Every quarter, and annually, Gwinnett County Public Schools publishes its discipline report summary. At the recent school board meeting, the school district released the second quarter's report. It is for infractions from November 2012 - January 2013. See below a snapshot of selected items presented in the report. Number of Unsafe School Choice Option (USCO) violations in the district. These are violations determined by the state to be related, in part, to violent criminal offenses. To see last year's top violators, click here. Percent of disciplinary panels in the district that were held for high school students. This includes 342 panels, with 255 in regular education. This is compared with 352 panels in the first quarter. Last year in …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
More than 1,000 students participated in the regional science fair Feb. 22.
More than 1,000 students, including Snellville students, participated in the 35th annual Gwinnett County Regional Science Fair on Friday, Feb. 22. It is the county's largest regional event, and students come from public schools, private schools, homeschools and more. The theme this year is "Motivating the Next Generation of Science and Engineering Leaders—from Classroom to Career." -- See the attached video of Brandon Gomez, of Snellville, a ninth-grade student at Grayson High School. His project is "Nanorgs."-- In the project, these nano-organisms are extremely tiny robots that collect energy from oill spills and avoid danger while performing their job, the student says. Judges announced the winners late Friday night. Check the event's …