Tuesday, May 21, 2013
More than 1,700 students ride the bus home each day from Mill Creek High School.
Each school day, 60 buses queue up at Mill Creek High School waiting to load and transport 1,773 students home. In the final installment of our three-part series on Mill Creek, Dacula Patch takes a look at the dismissal process at the state's largest high school. Watch the video for details.
Monday, May 20, 2013
While you may think class change at the state's largest high school is chaotic, Mill Creek High School Principal Jason Lane said the process is an orderly one.
With nearly 3,600 students crowding the halls, you might think class change at Mill Creek High School would be a chaotic process. "It's really not," said Mill Creek High School Principal Jason Lane. With teachers and 10 assistant principals monitoring the hallways, disruptions are minimal, according to Lane. "We have really great kids here at Mill Creek High School," Lane said. "The vast majority of our students do the right thing and go to the right places." Watch the video for more details in part two of our three-part behind the scenes look at the state's largest high school. You might also be interested in reading:
Friday, March 1, 2013
Federal budget cutes, which will cost the district approximately $3.4 million, are set to take effect March 1.
The impending loss of millions of dollars due to federal budget cuts was on the minds of Gwinnett County school board members during their monthly business meeting Thursday in Suwanee. In a statement earlier this week, GCPS Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, said the cuts would cost the district approximately $3.4 million, including Title I monies and allocations for special education. It is uncertain when exactly the cuts, scheduled to take effect March 1, will be felt by the public. But, the first nationwide impact could be felt Monday as furlough notices are sent out, according to ABC News. On Feb. 28, board members also weighed in about the sequestration, and other budget cuts. "We're fine. We'll weather this just like we weathered …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Schools received honors for high marks and participation on Advanced Placement exams in 2012.
All of Gwinnett County's high schools excelled in Advanced Placement exams in the past school year, and received recent distinction as AP Honor Schools in Georgia, according to district officials. The state Department of Education released its report on Advanced Placement (AP) exams on Feb. 20. The data is based on the 2012 graduating class. Some 424 schools -- including Gwinnett County's 18 traditional high schools and two charter schools -- across the state were honored by the state for either high marks and participation. The exams allow students to gain college credit while in high school. "We are proud of the work our teachers do every day as they challenge and guide students to tackle more rigorous coursework," said Gale Hey, …
Monday, February 18, 2013
ICES is currently looking for host families for foreign exchange high school age students for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Schools will be closed on Christmas, New Year's Day.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gwinnett County Public Schools students have just a few more days until winter break begins. The first day of break is Thursday, Dec. 20. Students return to the classroom on Jan. 3, 2013. See the attached image for the full GCPS 2012-2013 school year calendar.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Students are among 16,000 students nationwide vying for the title of National Merit Scholar.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Jeremy B. Hatcher, Yong R. Lee and Paige J. Orangio of Mill Creek High School have qualified as semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A total of 52 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors are among the approximately 16,000 students nationally competing for the title of National Merit Scholar as well as thousands of dollars in scholarships. Selection as a semifinalist is based on the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores. Semifinalists must have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn high marks on the SAT in order to compete for a finalist slot. Have news to share? Post a free announcement on Dacula Patch.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
During a normal 180-day school year, nearly 16 million motorists ignore school buses flashing red lights and stop arms.
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services or NASDPTS has launched a statewide effort to make motorists aware of the laws when it comes to traveling on the road with school buses. A statewide Georgia study, completed during a one-day survey last May, indicated that 7,349 vehicles passed school buses illegally in a total of 4,222 incidences. In a press release from the State of Georgia Department of Education this rate is described as “alarmingly high.” The GaDOE reports that since the year 1995, 11 Georgia students have been killed when they were struck by motorists at a school bus stop. “It’s frightening to think we have this many drivers breaking the law and endangering our children,” stated State School…
Monday, August 27, 2012
With the new school year upon us, help get your kids’ brains working again with this fun, free daily email newsletter.
Gwinnett County Public Schools students went back to school on Aug. 6, which means it’s time for an abundance of expensive school supplies, backpacks full of complicated text books and dreaded questions about math homework. With back-to-school stresses piling up, Laura Overdeck wants to let children and parents in on a little secret: math can be fun. Really. Overdeck is on a mission to change the way Americans think about math — especially given that math anxiety has been tracked in kids as young as age 5. This is what inspired her to create Bedtime Math, a nonprofit that sends out a daily email with a math problem tailored to “wee ones,” little and big kids. Overdeck is a Westfield native who now lives in Short Hills, NJ. She is an …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Gwinnett County Public Schools code of conduct now has specific punishments for a number of infractions committed by student athletes.
Gwinnett County Public Schools expanded its code of conduct rules to include specifics for student athletes -- on and off the field -- beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. According to a press release, the rules include higher expectations and "consistent consequences" for the violation of these rules. The new rules focus on student athletes as "representatives" of the Gwinnett County school district. The county's board of education approved the rules in the spring. "As a district, we feel that it is important for students and parents to understand that when a student chooses to participate in these activities, he or she is going to be held to a higher standard," said Mike Emery, the school district’s director of athletics, activities…