Sunday, May 19, 2013
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President Barack Obama will give the commencement address on Sunday at Morehouse College, and Patch will be covering the event live. Obama is expected to make his remarks at approximately 11:30 am. Patch's live coverage will begin at 10 am. Readers can follow our live blog, ask questions and post their comments and observations. We'll also be running various polls throughout the morning. After the event, Patch will feature a wrapup of the president's speech and reactions to it. According to Morehouse, this will be the very first time a "sitting President has given a May commencement address in Georgia, and the first time in three-quarters of a century that one has delivered any commencement speech in Georgia." You can also follow our …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The school board adopts $1.763 billion FY 2014 budget and tentatively adopts 1.30 mills increase in tax millage rate.
After holding the line in the face of declining revenue in recent years, the Gwinnett County Board of Education anticipates having to raise the tax millage rate to fund the fiscal year 2014 budget. The school board adopted a FY 2014 balanced budget totaling $1.76 billion, a decrease of $12.8 million or 0.7 percent from the 2013, at its meeting Thursday (May 16) at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. The board also tentatively adopted an increase of 1.30 mills in the tax rate. Despite “a tremendous downturn in the economy we’ve been able to have the millage rate unchanged for some time,” said Rick Cost, chief financial officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools. -- How do you feel about the new Gwinnett Schools budget? The millage …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Before all the pomp and circumstance, celebrate your graduating senior's accomplishments!
Can you believe it's already that time of year? If you have a graduating senior that you would like to recognize, share that information with Suwanee Patch! Just post an announcement with their name, school and plans for the future. You can even include their senior photo and a few words of praise. How to Upload Photos and Videos to Suwanee Patch If you have an iPhone or an Android smart phone, you can download our free Patch app by clicking here for iPhone users or here for Android phones. If you prefer to upload photos via your computer, it's even easier. Navigate to the green box at the top of the announcement, click "Add Photos, Videos and PDFs" and then simply upload a favorite photo from your desktop. A complete video tutorial is …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
All types of references available for students are online for all to use.
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Wednesday, May 8
Updated February 7, 2013 Everyone knows that education has joined the digital era, and the Gwinnett County school system is no exception. In 2012-13, the system has implemented eCLASS, a program that will emphasize digital learning in classrooms. And online instruction already is common in some areas. Also, the Gwinnett County Pubic Schools website offers a fascinating resource. It's aimed at students, but as a public feature, it also can be useful for the taxpayers that foot the bill for the system. New Georgia Encyclopedia? Science In Context? World Book Advanced? Federal government info? Online newspaper websites? Those and more references are there. So hang onto this Patch feature, and share it with others. Let us know in the comments …
Newsweek ranks the nation's top 2,000 high schools. Share your thoughts.
Wednesday, May 8
Suwanee high schools have made Newsweek's 2013 list of the nation's top 2,000 high schools. Newsweek released the rankings May 6. The schools making the list are: The rankings are based, in part, on graduation rates, college acceptance and SAT scores. To see the full methodology, click here. Also, an interactive map of all the Gwinnett schools on the list is attached. -- Do you agree with the Newsweek rankings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
The 2013 event is May 10-11 in Lawrenceville.
The 2013 version of the Gwinnett Relay for Life is near, and a Suwanee school is coming up big in fund-raising. North Gwinnett High is a runaway leader in monies raised, with about $72,000 pledged so far (as of midday May 7), according to the Gwinnett Relay website. Among participating teams, Norcross High is second, at $38,300. Relay for Life, which is a function of the American Cancer Society, will be held at the Gwinnett Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville on May 10-11, beginning at 7 p.m. It's an organized, overnight fund-raising walk to raise money for cancer patients. Teams of people camp out around a track, and take turns walking around a track. Also, food, games and activities provide entertainment, the website says. Individuals can …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
About 150 participated in the event on April 27 in Suwanee.
In its annual "I See a Cure" event, Gwinnett County Public Schools participants raised about $4,000 for cancer awareness and research, according to organizers. The event was held April 27 at the Gwinnett County Public Schools district offices in Suwanee. Some 150 people attended. Funds from the event are forwarded to Gwinnett Relay for Life, and go to support the American Cancer Society. "Despite a few sprinkles in the beginning, the race went very well and we all had a great time running/walking to support Relay for Life," said Patrice Pendergast, GCPS recruitment coordinator and an event committee member. "We honored cancer survivors, those who are currently battling and those who have lost the battle," Pendergast added. Besides GCPS …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is ranked No. 3 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
If your children attend high school in Gwinnett County, they may attend one of the best schools in the nation. There are nine such high schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools, according to the recent rankings by U.S. News & World Report. They include Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee. The data was released April 23. The Gwinnett County schools ranked are: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology: Norcross High School: Duluth High School: Parkview High School: Peachtree Ridge High School: Berkmar High School: Meadowcreek High School: Shiloh High School: South Gwinnett High School: Want more information? Learn how U.S. News calculated the Best High Schools rankings by clicking here.
Andrew Young, also a former mayor of Atlanta, will address the class of 2013.
Thursday, April 25
Former Atlanta mayor and Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young was chosen as Georgia Gwinnett College's commencement speaker for the May 17 ceremony. “Ambassador Young is one of our nation’s most inspiring leaders,” said GGC President Daniel Kaufman in a release. “His many public service roles give him a unique perspective on the issues and opportunities facing graduates entering today’s global economy. His life demonstrates what a dedicated citizen can do for his community, state and nation. His perspectives are uniquely appropriate for our graduating seniors.” Young worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. His works led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of …
Friday, April 19, 2013
Gwinnett County parents interested in the online learning option for their students have until May 3 to register for the upcoming school year.
(From Gwinnett County Public Schools) Gwinnett County parents interested in the online learning option for their students have additional time this spring to register for the 2013-14 school year. A spring registration period for Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC) began Monday, April 15, and closes on May 3. Gwinnett County's full-time, online learning option will expand next school year and serve students in grades 4-12. Because Gwinnett Online Campus is a system charter school, enrollment is open to all current school-aged children who reside in Gwinnett County. The school opened in 2011 as a full-time high school (Grades 9-12) and extended its reach in 2012 to offer middle school students (Grades 6-8) the opportunity to attend the …