Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Graduations for Gwinnett County Public Schools students will graduate this week as the last day of school is Wednesday, May 22.
Thousands of students will graduate from a Gwinnett County high school this week. Twenty-one graduation ceremonies will take place, as the district sends of its largest graduating class ever -- 10,556 high school seniors. Brookwood High will graduate the largest class this year with 810 students, followed by Mill Creek High with 782, and Peachtree Ridge High with 769. "We are very proud of this year’s senior class and all that these students have accomplished during their academic careers, said J. Alvin Wilbanks, GCPS superintendent and chief executive officer. "On behalf of the Board of Education and our community, I congratulate them and wish them the best as they start a new chapter in their lives." He added: "As the members of the …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Parkview High's Cory Bhowmik won second place in the Medicine and Health category at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix.
A Parkview High student recently earned a top spot at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz. Cory Bhowmik won second place in the Medicine and Health category, earning him $1500. An asteroid also was named after him. Willie Jin of the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology also earned a top spot at the fair. He won fourth place in the Microbiology category, earning him $500. More than a thousand competitors from 70 different countries gathered May 12-17 at the global event in Phoenix. Don’t miss any Lilburn news. Subscribe to Lilburn-Mountain Park's free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
The private school in Lilburn held its graduation May 20, 2013.
Killian Hill Christian School ushered graduating seniors into adulthood during its commencement ceremony held May 20. The school posted on its Facebook page: "Congratulations to the 2013 graduating class of Killian Hill! We are so very proud of you and your accomplishments." Monday evening there were 22 graduates, including Paige Williams, the headmaster's daughter. (Parents may upload photos of their graduates to Patch by clicking the camera icon on this page.) Senior Profile Snapshot:* See also: (* SOURCE: Killian Hill Christian School's Facebook page.)
Monday, May 20, 2013
Dr. Robert McClure will speak May 22 at Parkview High School.
Parkview High will welcome Dr. Robert McClure as one of its featured graduation speakers this week, according to district officials. The Lilburn doctor has served on the school board since 1995, and currently in his fifth term that ends in 2014. His district area includes mostly Snellville and Lilburn schools As the father of six Parkview High School graduates, McClure feels a special kinship to the school. "People often ask you why I ran for the school board, and I jokingly say I hate large crowds, confrontation and public speaking, so it seemed like a perfect fit," he said in a 2011 interview with Patch. "But seriously, it has to do with the enjoyment I get from watching students be successful. To watch kids walk across the stage every …
Saturday, May 18, 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 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 Lilburn-Mountain Park 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…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Veteran educator Dr. Allan Gee will be joining the Lilburn school June 3.
News broke last week of Mountain Park Elementary's its current principal, Valerie Robinett, moving to Camp Creek Elementary. Today (May 17), Gwinnett County Public Schools announced that Dr. Allan Gee will be filling her spot at Mountain Park. According to a news release, Gee will be taking the position starting June 3. The veteran educator has been in the teaching field since 1993, and he joined the GCPS in 2003. He left the school system in 2009 for Alaska and is now returning back to Gwinnett. Here's his full background, courtery of GCPS: GCPS Employment: 2007-2009: Principal, Centerville Elementary 2003-20007: Assistant Principal, Richards Middle Other Employment: 2009-Present: Principal, Homer High (Homer, Alaska) 1999-2003: Principal…
Gwinnett County Board of Education adopts $1.763 billion FY2014 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 FY2014 budget. The school board adopted a FY2014 balanced budget totaling $1.76 billion, a decrease of $12.8 million or .7 percent from the FY2013 budget 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,” Rick Cost, chief financial officer for Gwinnett County Public Schools, said. This increase includes .55 mills for maintenance and operations (General …
Kathy Jones bids adieu to her family at Camp Creek Elementary, as she caps off 32 years in education.
Some people go an entire lifetime, and never know the meaning of it. Kathy Jones, however, isn't one of those people. By second grade, she'd pretty much figured it out -- she would be a teacher. That would be her life's mission. She started off playing teacher in her parents' garage, writing on a chalk board, facing an audience of imaginary students. "So, finally, when I became a teacher, it was just fabulous," said Jones, the first of her siblings to graduate college. At the age of 21, she began her career at Annistown Elementary. Over the course of her career, she rose from teacher to assistant principal to principal at several different schools. She is currently the principal at Camp Creek Elementary in Lilburn. After 32 years, though, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Nick Gast of Valdosta State University will be replacing coach Steve Richardson for the boys basketball team next season.
Parkview High School is getting a new boys basketball coach next season. Nick Gast, the associate head coach of Valdosta State University's men's basketball team, will be replacing the Panthers' current head coach, Steve Richardson. Richardson, who held the position at the school from 1986 to 2000 and then in 2012 as reported by the Gwinnett Daily Post, decided to step down from coaching but will still be teaching at the school, according to Parkview's Athletic Director Mark Whitley. Gast has a strong history with Valdosta. He played at the college from 1998 to 2002, earned his master's degree, and coached at a few other places before coming back to Valdosta in 2007. Last season was his sixth year as associate head coach. After all the …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Gwinnett County Public Schools announces the names of Berkmar High School's 2012-2013 valedictorian and salutatorian in Lilburn.
Gwinnett County Public Schools has released the names of the 2012-2013 valedictorian and salutatorian from Berkmar High School. The title of valedictorian is normally given to the student with the highest GPA, and salutatorian is given to the student with the second-highest GPA. Photos of the honorees are attached to the story. Don't forget to upload your children's graduation announcements to Patch, and share with the entire community.