GCPS eNews


April-May 2012, Vol. 10, No. 8

GCPS Seen & Heard
The Class of 2012 gets ready for graduation
2012 Mill Creek Seniors

Watch for the year-end edition of Communiqué, available May 18, which will include a special online magazine dedicated to the Class of 2012. Above, Mill Creek seniors pick up their

caps and gowns. 

 "We are pleased to be able to open doors for students with financial need and see the AP program as

providing a strategic advantage that contributes to post-secondary success."


-- Karen Fine Saltiel,

executive vice president with Primerica Financial Services, regarding the company's support for offsetting the cost of Advanced Placement exams for Gwinnett students. Primerica, along with Cisco Systems and Scana Energy, donated more than $46,500 to the GCPS Foundation Fund for the initiative.


Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
FY2013 budget documents
available for review    
Following two budget-related work sessions in April, the Gwinnett County Board of Education tentatively adopted the Superintendent's Recommended Budget for FY2013. The $1.7 billion budget will accommodate a growing student population of more than 163,050 students. Budget hearings are scheduled for May 10 and May 17, with the final adoption expected on May 17 and adoption of the millage rate in June.
Summer School 2012 set for students  
Registration information is now available for the 2012 Summer School session for high school students, which begins June 11 for online classes and June 12 for face-to-face classes. Families of qualifying elementary and middle school students will be notified by their student's school later this month about GCPS' free Academic Summer School set for June 18 to July 12. For all summer classes, July 4 is a holiday and classes do not meet on Fridays.
Board of Education appoints new leaders    
Year-end retirements prompted three leadership appointments in April. The Gwinnett County Board of Education announced the following new principal appointments for 2012-13:
  • Ken Johnson - Archer High
  • Peggy Goodman - Five Forks Middle
  • Mary Thomas - Pharr Elementary
  • Apply to serve on
    curriculumGCPS values your participation committee   
    Citizens are invited to apply to serve on the 2012-13 GEMS Oversight Committee, which completes an annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Members serve three-year terms. Completed applications should be returned by June 1.
    New online resources for GCPS families 
  • The latest edition of BeThere@GCPS, the system's e-newsletter for involved parents, is now available. Register to receive future issues.
  • Visit the 2010-2020 Strategic Priorities web page and review the 2012 update, "Strategic Priorities: Building a Better Gwinnett." The video link runs for approximately four minutes.
  • Calendar notes...     Every day is a fresh start for teaching and learning in GCPS
  • The testing window for End of Course Tests (EOCTs) is open through May 16, and Advanced Placement (AP) exams through May 18. Final exams for grades 9-12 are scheduled May 21-23.
  • The 2012 graduation schedule is available online.
  • The last day of the school year is Wed., May 23.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' Media Specialist of the Year, scholarship winners at Gwinnett high schools, nationally recognized student artists, marketing awards, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education'April meeting, and plan to attend the May Board Meeting on May 17.
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