GCPS eNews

May 26, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 11
GCPS Seen & Heard
GCPS students 
find their 'FLARE'
for solar energy
FLARE team at work

Elementary students have a FLARE for solar cooking. Teams from Gwinnett elementary, middle, and high schools put science into action at the 2011 FLARE science competition. 

FLARE (Focus on the Leadership and Advancement of Renewable Energy) is a program that integrates science and engineering concepts to develop solutions using alternative energy sources.

Teams created and competed with solar-powered cookers and race cars. 

"We believe the impressive statistics for the Class of 2011 validate that what our graduates learn in Gwinnett schools will provide a firm foundation that will serve them well as they pursue further education or move into the workforce."


J. Alvin Wilbanks,

in recent remarks about the Class of 2011 in the May GCPS FOCUS show. 


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Board approves FY2012 budget
The Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted its Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget as recommended by CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks in the amount of $1.7 billion. In adopting the budget, the Board also tentatively adopted a millage rate of 19.25 mills for maintenance and operations and 1.30 mills for debt service.  
GCPS congratulates the Class of 2011!Cap and diploma 

Almost 9,000 seniors are on track to graduate from Gwinnett's 20 high schools this month. What's next for this impressive class of students?


  • 88% of the students graduating report that they plan to attend college or postsecondary schools.
  • Seniors have been offered more than $108 million in academic, athletic, and military scholarships, not including the HOPE, Broad, or Gates Millennium scholarships.
  • More than 50% of the graduating class took at least one college-level Advanced Placement (AP) course during their high school years.
  • 1,905 Honor Graduates finished high school with a grade percent average of 90 or better.

    Meet the Valedictorians for the Class of 2011, and take note of the graduation schedule.

    GCPS students post top marks on
    GHSGT and the Grade 8
     writing test 
  • Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT): Gwinnett's 11th grade students scored the system's highest-ever passing rate in Science (96%) and met the previous all-time high in English/Language Arts (94%). A higher percentage of Gwinnett students earned the "Advanced Proficiency" or "Honors" designation when compared to students in the state.
  • Georgia Grade 8 Writing Test: The school system's average passing rate increased from 91% in 2010 to 93% in 2011. The average scores of seven Gwinnett middle schools were in the top 20 scores statewide, with Osborne Middle taking the top spot, followed closely by North Gwinnett Middle.
  • Ga. Supreme Court strikes down
    charter school law
    With its May 16 ruling, the Georgia Supreme Court declared the state's Charter Schools Commission Act unconstitutional, making it unlawful for the commission to create charter schools and direct local dollars to their operation. The majority ruling favored the seven school districts (including Gwinnett County Public Schools) that brought the lawsuit in 2009. Locally approved charters, including New Life Academy of Excellence and GCPS' three system charter
    schools-- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Maxwell High School of Technology, and Gwinnett Online Campus-- are not affected by the ruling.
    Review the latest on Strategic Priorities  Strategic Priorities logo
    Each month, check out the GCPS website as we roll out new videos and other resources about GCPS' Strategic Priorities for 2010-20. This month, take a look at the Priorities for Communication and Public Image and Community Pride.
    It's not too late for summer school
    There's still time to register your high school studentThe 2011 Summer School session begins in June for the 2011 Summer School session with registration for online classes through June 3 and for face-to-face classes through June 7. Learn more about class and registration options online. Please note: Classes will follow a four-day (Mon.-Thurs.) schedule.
    Add these dates to your calendarTime flies... and so do the days...     
  • The last day of school is Fri., May 27.
  • All GCPS locations will be closed on Mon., May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.
  • The public is invited to serve on the GEMS Oversight Committee. The deadline for applications is June 1.
  • Gwinnett schools will follow a four-day work week (Monday to Thursday) between June 13 and July 21. A five-day schedule resumes July 25. Please contact your student's school for office hours.
  • The 2011-12 calendar and school starting and ending times for the new year are posted online.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about
    scholarship winners, award-winning drama and PE teachers, top foreign language achievers, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's May meeting.

    We wish all of our students and staff a safe and relaxing summer! GCPS eNews will be published throughout the summer months.


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    2011 Gwinnett County Board of Education
       Dr. Robert McClure, Chairman; Louise Radloff, Vice Chairman;
    Carole Boyce; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy;

    and Daniel D. Seckinger. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks