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Gwinnett Students Perform Well on GHSGT

Gwinnett Students Perform Well on GHSGT

Gwinnett County Public Schools released assessment results, recently, that indicate that the vast majority of Gwinnett’s 9,403 juniors tested passed the writing portion of the 2010-11 Georgia High School Graduation Test on their first try. The system’s 98 percent passing rate, which is three points higher than the state’s 95 percent average, is up two percentage points from last year.

Students throughout Georgia must pass the writing assessment along with four subtests in core academic subjects in order to earn a Georgia high school diploma. The subtests-- in the subjects of language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science-- are administered to eleventh graders each spring.

Students who did not achieve a passing score in the first administration of the state writing test will have several opportunities to retake the test before their class graduates. A school-by-school report shows that gains were made in the percent passing in every single cluster.

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Special Holiday Camp for Kids so Parents can go shop

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Hosts Special Holiday Camp for Kids so Parents can go shop

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by GEHC)  

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping but don’t want to drag the kids along with you to the mall?  No need to worry.  Drop off your kids at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) for a special Green Living Kids program on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  You can also do some shopping for those special loved ones at the GEHC Green Your Holiday Event on the same day.

The Green Living Kids program is for ages 4 – 9 and will be conducted in two sessions. (10 AM until Noon and 1 PM until 3:00 PM).

Norcross High the 1st Gwinnett School to offer Army JROTC & JLC

Norcross High the 1st Gwinnett School to offer Army JROTC & JLC

Atlanta, GA--  In January of 2011, Norcross High will become the first Gwinnett County high school to offer the Army JROTC program.  Not only good for Norcross High, but this will bring about benefits for the entire Norcross Cluster as both Pinckneyville Middle and Summerour Middle will participate in a pilot of the Junior Leadership Corps program (JLC).

The mission of the Junior Leadership Corps is to inspire young people to set a course for success by teaching students to be self-reliant and motivated to complete their education, and to be successful, productive citizens.  Similar to the JROTC program offered at the high school level, the JLC curriculum focuses on developing young people’s leadership skills, while also teaching self-management, health, and problem-solving skills. “The addition of the JROTC and JLC programs in the Norcross Cluster is a boon to our cluster,” says Norcross High Principal Jonathan Patterson.

Norcross High student 1 of 2 Gwinnett students to receive a Perfect Score on their ACT this year

Norcross High student 1 of 2 Gwinnett students to receive a Perfect Score on their ACT this year

Atlanta, GA--  Norcross High’s Andrea Howard earned a perfect 36 on the ACT, which she took in September. The test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. It consists of subtests in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. A student’s composite score is the average of the four subtest scores. Howard plans to attend the United States Naval Academy, majoring in Astronautical Engineering to prepare for her intended career in Aviation. In addition to currently being enrolled in six of Norcross High’s International Baccalaureate classes, she also is an athlete and a member of several school service organizations.

The college entrance exams assess high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work.  The score is used by colleges and universities as a college entrance tool to predict how well students will perform at the postsecondary level.


College Fair for Students with Disabilities in Gwinnett County

Atlanta, GA--  An upcoming college fair will give Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students with special needs and their parents and guardians the opportunity to learn about their higher education options. GCPS’ “College Fair for Students with Disabilities” is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the school system’s Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

College admissions and disability representatives from four-year universities, two-year colleges, and technical colleges will be on hand to provide students and their families with information about how they can meet students’ special needs.

Participants will learn about special accommodations the schools offer, what students and parents should be doing to be college ready, choosing a career path, navigating GACollege411.org, and opportunities for financial aid.

GCPS co-sponsors the event along with PTA Area II.

Disney and Steve Harvey are Looking for 100 High School Students...4Days left to Apply!!!

Atlanta, GA--  Steve Harvey is looking for 100 high school students to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open their minds, change their lives and help them shine their brightest. There is only 4 more days to Apply!!! (Oct.31st Deadline) Atlanta is known for always being represented in the group of 100, so let's do it again and get our applications in!

This year Essence magazine joins forces with Steve Harvey to make Disney’s Dreamers Academy the biggest, brightest and most mind-blowing event yet! The selected attendees will be encouraged to pursue their dreams by highly successful Disney mentors, celebrities, innovators and creators. They will work side-by-side and hand-in-hand with entertainers, culinary artists, financial wizards and magic makers – all have stories to tell and learning experiences to share.

Everest Institute-Norcross to Unveil $1.5 Million Expansion

Atlanta, GA--  Students at Everest Institute-Norcross – one of Atlanta’s leading career colleges with four campuses in the metro area – will benefit from a new, $1.5 million 16,000 square-feet campus expansion that includes a new wing.

A dedication and Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting for the facility is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at the campus at 1750 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross.

Among the scheduled dignitaries who will speak at the event include Georgia Assistant Labor Commissioner Linda T. Johnson.

What: Dedication Ceremony and ribbon-cutting for a $1.5 million expansion of Everest Institute-Norcross

When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21

Where: Everest Institute-Norcross at 1750 Beaver Ruin Road, Ste. 500.