Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

Dec. 19, 2007, Vol. 5, No. 6 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Maxwell High School of Technology students share their holiday spirit
Maxwell High students gather gifts for needy children
A group of Maxwell students prepare to wrap donated gifts. Their contributions will help make the season a little brighter for families in Gwinnett. Click here for a look at just a few of the other holiday happenings around GCPS.

"Know that the dedicated employees of this school system, along with our supportive parents, active volunteers, and engaged business community, are among the many things I will count as blessings when my family and I celebrate Christmas."

--J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent of Gwinnett County Public Schools. Click here to read a message from the Superintendent.
Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
update: Board approves new attendance lines
On Dec. 13, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved atendance lines for 12 new schools and three replacement schools opening in the next two years. The redistricting process included months of input from parents, community members, and educators, with final recommendations provided by the GCPS Planning Department. Click here to read about the approved changes and to view the approved maps.
Smiling Grad & ParentState announces new graduation requirements
Is your 8th grader preparing for high school in 2008-09? This fall, the state Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements for Georgia students beginning high school next year and future freshman classes. (Students attending high school prior to 2008-09 are not affected.) Click here to read more about the new requirements.
School Board endorses center's bid to bring open heart surgery program to Gwinnett 
At the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, Board members unanimously adopted a Resolution of Support endorsing without qualification Gwinnett Medical Center's efforts to obtain a Certificate of Need from the State Department of Community Health for an Open Heart Surgery Program. Gwinnett County is home to an estimated 776,000 citizens and is growing. Of that number, more than 8,000 people are treated annually for cardiac-related issues in Gwinnett Medical Center's main emergency department. With the nearest facility offering open heart services for Gwinnett County citizens more than 30 minutes away, a need exists for residents to have accessible services within the county's borders. Click here for more about the Center's efforts to bring open heart services to the county. 
Schools of Excellence logoSchools and staff receive honors 
The holiday season isn't the only reason to celebrate in Gwinnett! Check out some recent accomplishments around the system...
  • Freeman's Mill Elementary and J.P. McConnell Middle School were both named Georgia Schools of Excellence. Click here to read more.
  • Gwinnett's Title I schools earned recognition from the Georgia Department of Education. Click here to read about the progress being made in these 17 elementary schools. 
  • Eleven Gwinnett teachers earned National Board certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Click here for details about these teachers and the NBPTS process.
  • Seven Gwinnett educators earned state certification as Master Teachers. Click here to learn more.
  • Gary Petmecky of Parkview High School was named the 2007 Georgia Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Click here to learn how he brings excitement into classroom learning.
  • Allan Gee has been appointed the new principal of Centerville Elementary. Click here to learn more about this educator.
  • Recently, three GCPS employees were honored by the Georgia School Counselors Association. Click here to find out why. 
  • Click here for more GCPS events and honors.

Holiday calendar and a peek at 2008...Mark your calendar...

  • High school final exams and Georgia End-of-Course Tests run through Dec. 20.
  • Winter Break begins Dec. 21 for GCPS students and staff. All schools and GCPS offices will be closed during Winter Break.
  • GCPS offices reopen Jan. 2. Students return Jan. 3.
  • Grayson High School will host an Open House for its Technical Education Program on Jan. 17. Click here to learn more. 
  • All schools and GCPS offices will be closed on Jan. 21 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Registration for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) continues for rising 9th graders for 2008-09. The deadline is Feb. 1. Click here to visit the GSMST web site and download the registration packet.


Snow and ice contain hidden hazardsCaution: winter weather ahead 
Recent temperatures have kept everyone guessing about fall. However, winter officially begins Dec. 22. When conditions outside take an icy turn, Gwinnett's school operations, students, and staff members are all affected. Click here to see how the system determines school closings in the event of inclement weather. 

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2007 Gwinnett County Board of Education
Louise Radloff, Chairman; Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman;
Dr. Robert McClure; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy; and Daniel D. Seckinger,
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks