News You Can Use, April 18-24, 2022

  • A Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Tip Sheet for the News Media— April 18-24, 2022


    Radloff Middle School has been named a 2022 School Crashers recipient by the Georgia United Foundation. The School Crashers and Mohawk Flooring grants, totaling $20K, will focus on updating and reimaginining the school’s sensory room for special education students. The new space will accommodate student’s developmental and social-emotional needs for them to be successful in academics. Celia Ayenesazan, a teacher at Radloff Middle, is excited. “An innovative piece of this project involves incorporating the peer buddy/student ambassadors from the general education population of the school with students in the special education program,” Ayenesazan says. “This initiative will forge life-changing relationships, filled with empathy amongst both the special education and general education students creating an inclusive environment.” 

    Six GCPS students placed 1st in the VEX Robotics State Competition which is sponsored by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. Gwinnett’s top finishers included Eva Chang, Celina Park, and Valor Yang of Lanier Middle School and Lilian Fritz, Ishaan Shah, and Ziyan Sultan of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. VEX robotics competitions provide middle and high school students with the opportunity to apply their STEM and computer science skills to solve real-world problems. VEX teams practice creativity, computational thinking, and design skills to build, program, and compete with their robots. These competitions are meaningful learning experiences and are a part of GCPS’ Computer Science For All K-12 Pathway.

    The Alpha Psi Chapter of the Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association has made a financial donation to Annistown Elementary School that will enable every student to receive a new book from the GCPS Book Mobile. (Pictures are available for viewing at this link)

    The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition recently named Mill Creek High School the GA Tray of the Week. The picture of a plate of food shared on social media garnered the most public votes. Mill Creek High’s school nutrition staff were awarded a certificate marking the occasion. (pictures are available for viewing at this link)

    Five middle school students and 24 GCPS high school students will represent both Georgia Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and GCPS at the International Career Development Conference, April 23-26 in Atlanta. The students qualified for the conference after they won 1st or 2nd place at the DECA State Career Development Conference held in January 2022. DECA is an international association of middle school, high school, and college students that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Through DECA, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ students have the opportunity to participate in leadership development activities and compete in a variety of events on an international level. Click here for a list of honored students.


    Congressman Hank Johnson visited Brookwood High School recently to recognize Niheer Patel for winning the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. The 11th grade student created the Georgia DDA Checklist, an app that helps people prepare to get their driver’s license. The app provides a checklist of the documents and requirements you need to get a Georgia driver’s license. Patel was one of 12 students who participated in the challenge for the 4th Congressional District. (pictures are available for viewing at this link)

    Suwanee Elementary School hosted its Arts and International Night street fair recently. The event featured music, games, food, creative arts stations and multi-cultural performances. (video is available for viewing at this link)

    Grace Snell Middle School used a Walton EMC School EmPowerment Grant to help launch a cooking club which has turned out to be a huge success. Kimberly Arenas, a teacher at Grace Snell Middle, was encouraged to start the club to help encourage students to socialize again after COVID. Once a month, after school, as many as 40 students and up to eight teachers meet and cook a variety of dishes using cookware purchased with funds from the EmPowerment Grant. Arenas is passionate about working with students and teaching them how to cook. “We have so much fun,” Arenas says. “At the first meeting, we learned how to measure ingredients and how to read a recipe for homemade pancakes and real whipped cream. At the second meeting, we learned about cooking eggs including what a sunny side up egg is, an over easy, over medium, over hard, what scrambled eggs are and how to make an omelet.” Although Arenas purchases many of the ingredients the Club uses, the students also incorporate food grown at Grace Snell Middle including kale, cabbage, and collard greens. “I thought it was important for the students to ‘see’ it grown and then eat it,” Arenas says. The Cooking Club will meet again on Wednesday, April 20, and Wednesday, May 11.

    Hopkins Elementary School hosted its STEAM Day recently. The event featured guest speakers who discussed potential careers associated with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. It also featured a student wax museum. Guest speakers included: (Pictures)

    Dr. Lauren Robinson-Animal Scientist (Skype A Scientist)

    Jason Perry-NASA Engineer

    Jessica Ford-Herpetologist (Skype A Scientist)

    Gwinnett Math and Science High School 

    Jacob LaFond-Instructor in Zoology/Herpetology (Skype A Scientist)

    Debbie Wagner-Operating Room Nurse

    Dr. Lydia Baker-Marine Biologist (Skype A Scientist)

    GA GBI: Irmak Sengur

    Jackson Martinez-Marine Biologist (Skype A Scientist)

    Armando Gonzalez-Software Engineer

    Graham Edwards-Earth and Planetary Scientist (Skype A Scientist)

    Jeffrey Coy-Demand Planner

    Frances Gallert Marques-Archeologist (Skype A Scientist)

    Collin DeBosier-Veterinarian

    Mariana Bonfim-Community Ecologist (Skype A Scientist)

    Mr. Mullins-Berkmar Computer Science teacher

    Rachel Bonoan-Nutritional Ecologist (Skype A Scientist)

    Jessy Ng-Home Depot Senior Inventory Analyst

    Timothy Rhodes-Videographer

    David Hicks bringing Tesla (in person)

    Gwinnett Fire Department

    Brandon Murrer-Pilot (in person)

    Laura Manasewich- America's Funniest Home Videos

    Mr. Turner-Graphic Designer

    Kevin Butts-Federal Air Marshall

    Nafiya Charaniya BSN,RN (Pediatric Nurse)

    Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center

    Afshan Lakhani, APC (Mental Health Counselor)

    Jason Perry-NASA Engineer

    McClure Health Science High School (in person)

    Officer Brown-SRO



    South Gwinnett High School hosted its Inaugural Career Academies Awards recently. The event is designed to celebrate learning, teaching, community, wellbeing, leadership, and other initiatives at SGHS. The following stakeholders were recognized for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the school over the last school year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.



    Asia Demmer

    The Academy Excellence Award

    Marcell Spates

    Exceeding Expectations Award

    Dr. Alexis Williams & D.A. Williams

    Humanitarian Award

    Dr. Lawrence Robinson

    Academy Rising Star Award

    Robert Roberson

    Unsung Hero Award

    Tatiana Jones

    Academy Innovation Award

    Dr. Jarrod Lockhart

    Key Contributor Award

    Rhonda Billups

    Business Engagement Award

    Malik Clarke

    Principal Award

    Brianna Ormsby

    PBIS Student Award

    Carla Jordan

    PBIS Teacher Award

    Dr. Gregory Cunningham

    PBIS Administrator Award


    On Wednesday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m., Keller Williams Atlanta Realty Partners Sugarloaf and Kares 4 Kids will host an event celebrating a $10K donation to the GCPS Book Mobile. The money will be used to restock one of the district’s Book Mobiles. Attendees at the event will place a sticker with a quote on the back of each new book that will fill the shelves of the Book Mobile.

    On Friday, April 22, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Jones Middle School’s Drone Club will host a student exhibition featuring the club’s drones.

    On Saturday April 23, from 8:00 am to noon, Graves Elementary School will be hosting a soccer carnival for students, their families, staff, and the surrounding community. The event will feature organized soccer games, break out skills lessons, food vendors, and music. The purpose of the event is to continue to build bridges within the community and engage everyone who calls Graves Elementary home.

    The Georgia State Media Festival is scheduled to kick off Monday, April 25, and run through Friday, April 26. Sixty projects submitted by GCPS students qualified for the festival after those projected earned a score of 96 or above at the GCPS Student Media Festival. Open to all GCPS students, the annual GCPS Student Media Festival celebrates the talents and visions of student digital media producers. The event is coordinated by the GCPS Broadcast and AV Media Dept./GCPS TV and supported by media specialists, teachers, administrators, industry professionals, local businesses and community members. Production categories included Live Action, Animation, Sequential Stills, Interactive Stills, Website, and Podcast.

    On Tuesday, April 26, from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Maxwell High School of Technology will host an open house for middle school students interested in career and technology education (CATE). (flyer for the event is available for viewing here)

    On Wednesday, April 27,  from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., North Gwinnett High School will host Georgia Gwinnett College’s (GGC) Instant Decision Day. The event provides students with the opportunity to meet with a team of GGC admissions counselors who offer application assistance and transcript evaluation. Students who meet GGC’s GPA requirement are given an instant admissions decision. Members of GGC’s admission team, which includes at least two admissions counselors, the associate director of admissions, and a financial aid representative, will attend the event and review up to 50 applications. Students interested in participating in Instant Decision Day are encouraged to apply for admission to GGC and sign up for Instant Decision Day prior to the event. Interested students must also submit their high school transcript via GAFutures at least three days prior to the event. Test scores are not required for Instant Decision Day. Similar events were recently held at Central Gwinnett High School, Dacula High School, Duluth High School and South Gwinnett High School.

    On Friday, April 29, singer/songwriter/actress Tamar Davis is scheduled to visit The School of the Arts at Central Gwinnett. The Grammy-nominated music artist and Broadway actress will offer students inside information about the world of entertainment, as well as share the experiences, education and relationships that demystify the process, and generate the rigor and self-discipline necessary to build and sustain a career.

    On Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Moore Middle School will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. The event will feature food trucks and various vendors, followed by a celebratory program and reception.

    Vaccine clinics set for April and May, including CORE clinics for ages 5 and older— GCPS encourages our community to learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations and take advantage of opportunities to get vaccinated. In an ongoing partnership with the Gwinnett Health Department and other health partners, GCPS continues to host vaccination clinics at high schools around the county during April and May. No appointment is necessary.

    Adults may receive either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while Pfizer is approved for children. Both vaccines require two shots. Individuals who are eligible for a booster shot may attend a vaccine clinic to get a booster of either Moderna or Pfizer. The CDC recommends getting the first booster shot five months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer OR Moderna vaccine, and two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson shot. The CDC has expanded booster dose eligibility to adolescents ages 12-17 years old.  Learn more about boosters, eligibility, and related FAQs on the CDC website. Our health partner—CORE—is approved to provide vaccinations to children ages 5 and older. Note that children ages 5 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Interpreters will be on site.

    Upcoming clinics in April


    Meadowcreek HS­­­­­­­­
    Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (3-8 p.m.)

    Thursday, May 19, 2022 (3-8 p.m.)


    Parkview HS

    Thursday, April 21, 2022 (3-8 p.m.)

    Friday, May 20, 2022 (3-8 p.m.)


    Peachtree Ridge HS

    Thursday, April 28, 2022 (3-8 p.m.)

    Thursday, May 26, 2022 (3-8 p.m.)

    On Saturday, May 7, at the Gwinnett County Public Schools Instructional Support Center, GCPS will host the Book Mobile 5K and Fun Run. The event will raise funds to purchase new books for the school-based Book the Bus program, helping children to build their own personal library.  


    • 7:00 a.m. - Packet Pick-Up and Registration
    • 8:00 a.m. - 5K starts Fun Run begins after 5K ends


    • 5K- $25 - April 2nd - April 30th
    • 5K-$30 - May 1st - May 7th
    • Family Discount - $85
    • Fun Run - $15
    • Virtual -Follows same pricing as 5K - $5 for shipping your shirt


    • Instructional Support Center
      437 Old Peachtree Road NW
      Suwanee GA 30024

    In addition to the 5K, the event will feature music, doorprizes, awards, and  snacks. Trophies will be given to the top overall male and female winners as well as masters male and masters female overall winners. Medals will be given to the top three in the male and female 5 year increment age group categories from 10 and under all the way to 70 and up. The Fun Run is not timed. Participants receive shirts and medals!

    Do you have what it takes to SHINE as a paraprofessional in a special education classroom in Gwinnett?

    GCPS has partnered with ESS to manage the recruitment and hiring of paraprofessionals. Prospective applicants for paraprofessional positions should complete an online application on the ESS website. An ESS recruiter works with GCPS principals to interview and place qualified applicants in open positions. ESS offers employee perks, health benefits, training, support, weekly pay, and a 401(k), plus bonus opportunities and award programs. Paraprofessionals provide support within an assigned classroom with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision, care, and instruction of students with special needs… in the regular education classroom, the special education classroom, or the community. Our paraprofessionals assist in implementing plans for instruction, monitor student behavior during non-classroom time, and attend individual Education Program (IEP) meetings.


    If you’re looking for part-time employment with a flexible schedule, become a GCPS substitute teacher!

    As a substitute, you can work in our schools on daily or longer assignments. You choose the assignments you want to accept and determine your own schedule! Compensation ranges from $130 a day up to $150 per day for extended assignments (10 or more days in the same classroom). New substitutes may qualify for a $500 hiring incentive as well as a $500 incentive with proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Applicants must complete an online application, provide references and a college diploma or transcripts (60+ semester hours), and complete training. If you think substitute teaching may be for you, complete an online application (Posting #62684) today! Learn more at Email for assistance. 

    Use your skills in the kitchen to help support your family as a GCPS cafeteria worker! If you need a job but want to be home when your kids are home from school, join the Spur Team in GCPS’ School Nutrition Program (SNP)! School Nutrition Program (SNP) workers have summers and student holidays off and don’t work nights or weekends. Most positions offer 4 to 5 hours per day in a fast-paced kitchen, though SNP workers can pick up additional shifts up to 40 hours a week. As contract workers with Spur, cafeteria workers in Gwinnett schools are paid weekly by direct deposit or paycard, and are eligible for benefits. Training is fully paid and Spur staff members have a path to GCPS employment once they’ve worked their first year with Spur. Pay starts at $12.50 per hour, plus benefits. Spur employees are eligible for GCPS’ $500 incentive for proof of COVID-19 vaccination. If you think you may be the missing ingredient on our School Nutrition team, apply online today!

    Join the GCPS team as a school custodian! This full-time position includes excellent health benefits, retirement benefits, and fully paid training. Hourly rates range from $9.45 to $19.48, based on experience. Daytime, evening, and mid-day shifts are available, so you can work around your busy schedule. Qualified applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and a Georgia driver’s license. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by custodial hiring staff. Questions? Call 678-226-7199. Apply online today!

    Members of the GCPS Transportation team are hitting the road—and the internet highway—to meet and hire prospective drivers. GCPS drivers enjoy competitive wages—from $17.98 to $25.48 per hour and between six and eight daily work hours for morning and afternoon routes—as well as excellent benefits, fully paid training, and a great work schedule. They follow the student calendar and enjoy the benefit of time off on student holidays as well as summers off with full pay! Prospective drivers don’t need to hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Our Transportation Department trains and supports new drivers through the process! New drivers receive full pay throughout our award-winning and professional CDL training program.

    Applicants must be 21 or older, have a good driving record, and have a high school diploma or GED.

    Season 3 of the school district’s Teaching Gwinnett podcast, which features in-depth and informative interviews, is underway. The latest episodes are as follows:

    Find the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Google Play Music, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iTunes, the Apple Podcast app, and the district website. Subscribe today!

    It is even easier for families to access their student’s information on the Parent Portal. GCPS parents can use their smartphones to access ParentVUE to find their student’s schedule, grades, assignments, and more! The ParentVUE mobile app is available in Google Play for Android devices and the App Store for Apple (iOS) devices. If you don’t have a Parent Portal account yet, now’s the time to get one. Learn more and register for an account online.