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.
Wednesday, April 17
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), located in Norcross, began Monday, April 15, and closes on May 3. Gwinnett’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 online school full time. …
Sunday, April 7, 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 …
Gwinnett County public school students officially have spring break April 8 - 12, but the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests are just around the corner.
Gwinnett County Public Schools will be on spring break beginning April 8, with students and teachers returning on April 15. But, don't let all that fun go to your children's heads. One week after returning from vacation, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are administered to Gwinnett County students. Those tests run April 22-26. Advanced Placement tests, as well as course final exams are not too far behind in May. And, you know what that means: Graduation is just around the corner. If you want to help your children sprint toward the finish line, yes, by all means, have fun on spring break. (You can let us know what fun things you have planned in the comment section.) However, be ready to get them immediately back into the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
District officials project they will need to hire about 250 special education teachers for the 2013-2014 school year. The school system also will host a job fair April 20.
Gwinnett County Public Schools is in great 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 on April 20 at the district headquarters, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, Building 200. Interviews are by invitation only, and potential candidates may 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 email confirming his or her invitation to attend. Applicants must then complete registration before attending. No walk-up registrations will be considered. The district needs to hire approximately 575 teachers to start in …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Registration for kindergarten at Gwinnett County Public Schools is May 2. Be sure you're prepared for the big day.
Wednesday, March 27
The countdown to kindergarten registration has started. 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. 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 …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The students at the school in Norcross are among the highest performers. The writing test is given annually to eighth-grade students, and used to determine whether students move to the next grade.
Tuesday, March 26
Gwinnett County middle school students scored well in the recent state writing test, with Norcross schools scoring among the highest. More than 12,600 eighth-grade students took the test in January 2013, and Gwinnett County Public Schools released overall results on March 25. 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. The Gwinnett Online Campus was among the highest performing schools in the district, with 97 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards. It also had the fewest percentage of students to score in the "does not meet" category…
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 the county.
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 19th traditional high school, according to officials. 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 Central Gwinnett High School, which …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Gwinnett County will have 63 projects in the middle and high school competition.
Thursday, March 21
More than 60 projects from 25 Gwinnett County schools, including Norcross High and Meadowcreek High, will be competing this week in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. Sixty-three middle schoolers and high schoolers will compete in the fair, which takes place from March 21 through March 23 in Athens. Of them, two local students are competing. The students and their projects are: Cynthia Andrade, of Meadowcreek: How does personality affect memory? Claire Della Mahon, of Norcross: Gibberellic acid on barley seed germination The Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held in late February at the Gwinnett Center, celebrated science and engineering in grades K-12 and is one of the largest Science and Engineering Fairs in Georgia…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
District 3, which represents Norcross High, will meet March 26, and the meeting for District 5, which includes Meadowcreek High, is April 16.
Wednesday, March 20
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. District 3, which represents Norcross High, will meet March 26, and the meeting for District 5, which includes Meadowcreek High, is April 16. Here is a list of all the meetings: 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 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools has been chosen to represent the state in a national program that highlights positive environmental practices.
Gwinnett County Public Schools has been named a "Green Ribbon District" and chosen to represent the state in a national program that highlights positive environmental practices. One school, Ford Elementary in Cobb County, also was chosen. They will now compete in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Green Ribbon School and Green Ribbon School District program. They have the chance to win up to $10,000 pledged by the Turner Foundation for demonstrating energy efficiency efforts. "Congratulations to Ford Elementary for being named a Georgia Green Ribbon School and Gwinnett County Schools a Green Ribbon District," said State School Superintendent John Barge. "We’re confident they will bring home a National Green Ribbon School and …