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FRIDAY, MAY 10
Alcova Elementary students have completed the "100 Book Club" challenge for
the year. Students with 100 entries read and recorded on their log will
become the newest members of the "100 Book Club." On May 10 these new
members will celebrate with guest reader Shann Schillinger, of the Atlanta
Falcons, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact the school
at 678-378-8508.

HONORS
Several Gwinnett students earned recognition in the TAG-Ed website design
challenge. TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) has several scholastic
programs to advance the goal of enabling Georgia’s K-12 education system to
become an innovative leader for STEM education. Now open to middle and high
school students, the program is designed to excite students about the
latest technology with a hands-on web design experience. Team entries are
judged by a combination of educators, business leaders, and technology
experts with scholarship awards granted in multiple categories. Since the
inception of this program, over $170,000 in partial scholarships have been
awarded to students.
High school winners include:
Website Functionality:
First Place: Student group “CyTech Industries” from Meadowcreek
High
Second Place: Student group “Rights Of Kittens” from Meadowcreek
High
Judges’ Prize:
First Place: Student group “Lynx Gaming” from Gwinnett School of
Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Second Place: Student group “Hot Fox” from Meadowcreek High
Grand Prize:
First Place: Student group “Pick-a-Ticket” from North Gwinnett
High
For more information, visit
http://www.tagedonline.org/programs/web-challenge.

Crews Middle students helped solve a business challenge for a school
partner— Chick-fil-A— who sponsors a financial literacy class at the
school. Students are invited to solve a quarterly challenge at the
restaurant, take a tour, and get results from their suggestions. First
place winner Brooke Freeman, 2nd place winner Grayson Ray, and 3rd place
winner Madison Bennett will receive a gift card for their winning
solutions. They will be recognized on May 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the
Snellville Chick-fil-A location. For more information, call 770-982-6940.

At the conclusion of a year-long Entrepreneurship Alliance with the City of
Snellville and the Entrepreneurship class at Brookwood High, Snellville
City Hall awarded start-up investment capital to several students for their
businesses after hearing student presentations.
Brandon Perulero, Georgia Legal Services – “Best Presenter of the Day,”
moves to the final round of competition on May 8 (He did not receive an
investment capital because he has a substantial business loan.)
Terence Higginbothom, Higgy Highlights, awarded $750
Grace Puckett, Mak’n It Up, awarded $400
Jason Vigliotti, Quick Flips, awarded $300 and moving on to final round
competition on May 8
Jasmin Sosa, Sosa Babysitting, awarded $150
For more information, call 770-972-7642.

UPCOMING
GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program celebrates a year of mentoring with
the annual banquet on May 14 at the Instructional Support Center in the
Cafeteria at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more
information, call Joann Baker, administrative assistant, at 770-682-8086.

Berkmar Middle will host a Career Fair on May 16. Among the guests speakers
are Melvin J. Everson, Executive Director and Administrator of Georgia
Commission on Equal Opportunity, and a writer for the Atlanta Journal
Constitution. For more information, contact counselors Dr. Karen Donald and
Mollie Ann Holland at 770-638-2300.

UPCOMING FINE ARTS CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES
Call the local school for more information.

School: Meadowcreek High School
Teacher: Richelle N. Kirkland
Name of Event: "Twist" - Spring Dance Production
Date: May 9 and 10, 2013 at 7 pm and May 11, 2013 at 5 pm
Location: MHS Theater

School: Dacula High
Teacher: James Williams
Name of Event: Spring Choral Showcase featuring DHS alumni band "Kick the
Robot"
Date: Thursday, May 10
Location: Dacula HS Theater
Time: 7:00 p.m.

North Gwinnett High Annual Night of Jazz
The concert has been rescheduled for May 14, at 7 p.m. in the school
auditorium. The public is invited to join the school “Night of Jazz.” This
event will feature the jazz band of North Gwinnett High. Gwinnett’s finest
student musicians will bring you traditional swing, Latin, jazz-rock, and
funk.

School: Crews Middle School
Teacher: Paige Betts
Name of Event: Seussical the Musical, Jr.
Date: May 18
Location: Brookwood HS Theater
Time: 7:00 pm

ONGOING
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) offers high school students two ways
to learn for credit this summer.
· Face-to-face summer classes (June 11–July 10) will be offered at
three locations— Archer, Lanier, and Meadowcreek high schools. Online
registration is now open for face-to-face classes. Students may
register online (www.mypaymentsplus.com) for face-to-face summer
classes through June 3, or register in person on May 30 at
Meadowcreek High. Find course offerings and frequently asked
questions on the face-to-face summer school website-
http://www.gcpssummerschool.org.
· Online summer classes (June 10–July 8) will be offered through
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC). Registration for online classes will
open March 1. (Find course offerings and frequently asked questions
online, along with registration information on the GOC website
http://www.gwinnettonlinecampus.com/Program/.

Dates for GCPS 2013 Academic Summer School for Qualifying Students in
Grades 3-8 have been set. Students may attend a 15-day session with no
classes on Fridays. The first day of class is June 10, and last day is July
3. Summer school will not be provided at every school, due to maintenance
and construction at some schools and plans for combined “cluster” summer
school sites. Participating students will be notified of location for
summer school sessions.
· Parents of eligible students will be notified that their student may
participate in the free session and given specifics about location
and hours.
· Most summer school sites will not offer transportation. Those schools
with additional federal funding to offer transportation will notify
parents regarding availability.
· The free academic summer school is for students who were not
successful on tests required for promotion or who did not meet
promotion criteria at their grade level.
· Students are given an opportunity to retake the CRCT subtest(s) at
the end of summer school in order to meet promotion criteria and earn
promotion to the next grade.

In partnership with Invent Now, Gwinnett County will offer the
nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program for students entering grades
one through six this summer. This weeklong adventure in creativity immerses
children in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year
learning in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM). Students work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world
challenges and sharpen learning skills such as teamwork and creative
problem solving as they rotate through four modules each day. The camp runs
from June 10-14. Dr. Gloria Elliott will direct the Camp Invention
Geo-Quest program at Shiloh Elementary. Local educators will facilitate
program modules, and high school and college students will serve as
Leadership Interns. Register online using Camp Code: C-GA22-11352-13 to pay
tuition of $195. Every registration includes a free Camp Invention t-shirt.
Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call
800-968-4332 to register.

Maxwell High School of Technology will host a four day technical education
summer camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (current middle school
students) on June 3-6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Students will explore careers in
programs such as Auto Collision, Auto Services, Construction, Cosmetology,
Culinary Arts, Electronics, Early Childhood Ed.–Babysitting Certification,
Flash 2-D Game Animation, GA Pre-K Early Childhood Ed – Counselor, Graphic
Communications and Design, Healthcare Science, Law and Justice, and
Welding. All camp programs are led by GCPS instructors assisted by
enthusiastic high school student aides. The camp fee is $80 and is
non-refundable. Registration closes on May 17. All forms must be completed
before registration is complete. For more information, call Sherri
Stephenson at 678-518-6630 or Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4603.

Grayson High Technical Education Program will host a tech ed summer camp
for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade GCPS students from June 10-13. Programs
include Digital Media and Animation; Video Broadcast journalism,
Photography, Culinary, Music Technology and Robotics. The three time
options for those attending include two half-day sessions from 8 a.m. to 11
a.m. or from noon to 3 p.m. A full day option is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for
the Robotics session only. To register, visit www.graysontech.org from
April 1to May 15. For more information, call 770-554-7083.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most
current News Releases.

05-08-2013 Brookwood High’s Lindahl inducted into Hall of Fame (Embedded
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05-08-2013 Georgia’s College and Career Ready Performance Index Released: Report for 2011-12 indicates Gwinnett (Embedded
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05-06-2013 Full scholarships for 12 GCPS Gates Millennium Scholars (Embedded
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GCPS TV
Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for
education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers
include: Charter on Channel 22, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T
check under local government listings. For more information, call the GCPS
Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail
gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video
streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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archives.

The following schools will hold Local School Council Dates in May. Call the
local school for the time and location.

School | Date
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Bay Creek Middle | 10-May
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Beaver Ridge Elementary | 16-May
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Brookwood Elementary | 10-May
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Camp Creek Elementary | 10-May
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Couch Middle | 17-May
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Duluth High | 21-May
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Lilburn Elementary | 14-May
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Mill Creek High | 14-May
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Mountain Park Elementary | 13-May
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Mountain View High | 10-May
School |
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North Gwinnett Middle | 14-May
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Norton Elementary | 17-May
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Richard Hull Middle | 10-May
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Snellville Middle | 16-May
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Suwanee Elementary | 13-May
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Taylor Elementary | 17-May


CALENDAR
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

May 12-18 is National School Police Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at
7 p.m., May 16, 2013, at the Instructional Support Center
(ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

May 13-17 is Custodian Appreciation Week.

May 20–22 is early release for high school exams.

May 22 is the last day of school.

EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
Part science and nature center, part energy institute, and part history
center, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) is a
collaborative educational initiative. Partners are GCPS, Gwinnett County
Government, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The
Center is dedicated to student field studies and activities Mon. through
Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at http://www.gwinnettehc.org/ or call
770-904-3500.

Exhibits
· Peanuts…Naturally
· Water Wise
· Discover H2O
· Water Ways
· Blue Planet
· Gwinnett History Exhibit
· e-Planetarium

· Education
· Pre-K – 12
· Homeschool
· Outreach Programs
· OSF Kits: Our Shared Forest
· e-Planetarium
· Heritage Self-Guided Tours

Sue Peterson
Sue_Peterson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Communication and Media Relations
Instructional Support Center
Superintendent’s Office 1.288
437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW
Suwanee, GA 30024
(P) 678-301-6020
(F) 678-301-6030 


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