Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

June 25, 2009, Vol. 6, No. 10
GCPS Seen & Heard
Sparks fly at summer
Career Camp
Student uses the torch to cut metal 
A student takes a turn at cutting metal with a torch while his instructor observes. Hosted by Maxwell High School of Technology, the career camp allowed 7th, 8th, and 9th graders to explore several technical education programs, including early childhood education, cosmetology, graphic communications, automotive services, welding, and others. The camp was held June 8-12. Click here to see more students in action. To learn more about technical education in GCPS, click here to visit the Maxwell web site and here for information about the Grayson High Technical Education Program. Photo provided by Jonathan Phillips of
The Gwinnett Daily Post.

"Having Newsweek recognize our schools' work to challenge students academically is exciting. We are pleased that more Gwinnett students are taking and succeeding in Advanced Placement courses, and this recognition is one way for others across the nation to learn about our schools and how they are preparing students for the future."

--Dr. Steve Flynt, Chief Academic Officer, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Click here to read more.
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GCPS set to receive $89 million
in stimulus funding

Earlier this year, Congress passed and President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), with more than $100 billion designated for education investment. GCPS will receive approximately $89 million in FY 2010 with nearly half categorized as "stabilization dollars." This is not new funding, but replaces reductions made to the education funding formula. These funds will allow the system to preserve positions and prevent further cuts in personnel allotments. Click here to learn more at the Georgia Department of Education web site. 

GCPS amends IE2 contract
for choice waiver

On June 24, the State Board of Education approved GCPS' request for a waiver from HB251, often called the "choice" bill. GCPS will post its universal, streamlined permissive transfer policy on its web site on July 1. The policy will include:

  • The system's permissive transfer process;
  • List of schools accepting transfers for 2009-10; and
  • Timeline for request of such transfers.

    To learn more about GCPS' waiver request, click here and select Action Item 3. Visit the district's web site, beginning July 1, to learn more about permissive transfer options.

  • Help your high school student prepare for successGwinnett 11th graders improve already high marks on GHSGT
    Gwinnett juniors topped state results on the spring 2009 Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT). Click here to learn more about this year's results.  GCPS is offering free remediation classes for students who must retake one or more sections on the GHSGT and/or Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT). Please note: Students must register for the free classes at Phoenix High by 5 p.m. on Fri., June 26.
    Board completes Gateway review
    Of the 42,817 Gwinnett 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th graders required to meet local Gateway promotion requirements, the vast majority passed on the first try and earned promotion to the next grade level. However, 360 students did not do as well on these assessments as would be expected, based on their classroom grades. Click here to learn more about this year's results and the Board's decisions.
    Ready Georgia is ready to assist familiesReady Georgia helps families plan ahead
    Summertime storms and public health issues may have you planning ahead for emergencies. Ready Georgia is a key resource for online emergency planning tools. The site also features instructional videos on preparing safety plans for family members and loved ones. Click here to visit the site. 
    Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS News and Honors - Click here to see the latest news releases and updates from around the system, including honors news on Byrd Scholars, Master Teachers, and more.
  • Board news - Click here to learn more about the most recent Board of Education meeting.
  • GCPS Calendar notes...Enjoy the fleeting days of summer
  • GCPS offices will be closed on Fri., July 3, in observance of Independence Day.
  • Click here to view the 2009-10 Student Calendar.
  • The Gwinnett Board of Education will meet Thurs., July 9, at 7 p.m.
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