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May 4 - City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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May 20 - City Council Work Session, 3:00 p.m.

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May 26 - Downtown Dev. Auth meeting, 7:00 p.m.





Central Gwinnett's Maryanne Grimes named Principal of the Year

By Keith Farner

LAWRENCEVILLE — Even Mom can be surprised.

Central Gwinnett Principal Maryanne Grimes speaks to teachers, staff and district staff on Thursday during a celebration where she was named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

That was the case on Thursday afternoon at Central Gwinnett High when faculty, staff, district officials and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks met for what Principal Maryanne Grimes figured was a meeting about the school's academy model.

As it turned out, they were all there to surprise Grimes and tell her she was named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year. Affectionately called the “Academy Mom” by the four other principals in Gwinnett who have the academy model, Grimes quickly deflected credit to her staff.

“‘I'm blessed,” she said. “Every day, I get to do what I love, and that's an honor. These kids, here, are amazing, and they inspire me every day to work harder.”

Grimes said the award should be renamed for the “School of the Year” and outlined a list of attributes her staff does to help students, from tutoring, to giving them a jacket. The staff even raised thousands of dollars recently for an assistant principal who recently had a heart transplant.

“Every day they say, ‘What else can I do,'” Grimes said. “These people give and give and give, but they also want excellence in their craft. That's high priority.”

Wilbanks said that for as long as he's known Grimes, and in whatever role she held, she's always been student-centered.

Chris Kimbro, a counselor at Central, said Grimes cares about the child as a whole, academically and personally.

“She really cares about who they are, and who they are becoming,” Kimbro said. “What she said, about it really being for the school, she really means that, and that struck me.”

In the last year, Central has rolled out an academy model and further developed a relationship with the Lawrenceville business community. GASSP executive director Melton Callahan said that leading an academy model made a difference on Grimes' application.

Gwinnett County Public Schools CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks speaks at Central Gwinnett High on Thursday during a celebration where Principal Maryanne Grimes was named the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals High School Principal of the Year. (Staff Photo: Keith Farner)

“I think it helps, rather than the traditional (model), it shows innovation,” Callahan said.

Grimes said she wasn't sure how much the academy model played a factor in her application, but it's making a difference with students, who are engaged in the ownership of the process.

“It's forcing them to look at things differently,” she said. “It's doing exactly what we wanted it to do. It's personalizing learning, and upping the rigor.”

Callahan said Grimes fits a style of principal that leads by example and stands in the line of fire.

“That's great support for the other staff members to know that your boss is going to be up there with you,” he said.

The other finalists for the award were Gene Starr of Appling County High and Kevin Smith of Jefferson High.

The finalists were selected by the GASSP selection committee from a pool of statewide nominees. The criteria for selection includes professional and school excellence, as well as evidence of exemplary work in collaboration, curriculum, instruction and assessment and personalization of the school's work to meet individual student needs.

Each of the finalists also participated in an interview process.

Grimes has been the principal at Central since 2012, and previously was an assistant principal and principal at GIVE Center West. She's worked in Gwinnett County Schools since 1986, and has also served as a teacher and counselor.

Along with Central, she's also worked at Dacula High, McIntosh High and Georgia State University.

Grimes earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Dowling University, and master's and specialist degrees in school counseling, along with certification in educational leadership all from Georgia State.



Recycling Notice:

Attention City Residents: Change in Recycling Program

Published: December 22, 2014

The City's Recycling Program no longer accepts glass. Please dispose of it with your regular garbage.

For recycling service and information, please call HOME SANITATION at (770)554-0455.

Just as a reminder, the City accepts the following products for recycling:

1)   Newspaper, catalogs, phone books, magazines, all paper.

2)   Aluminum, bimetal and tin cans, aluminum pie pans and foil.

3)   Cereal and laundry detergent boxes; six (6) and twelve (12) pack beverage boxes; shoe boxes; cardboard boxes.

4)   All colors of plastic containers including milk jugs and laundry bottles.





Central High looking for community partners with move to Academy concept

By Todd Cline
Monday, October 20, 2014

Josh Allen knows not a lot of people are familiar with the College and Career Academy concept that Central Gwinnett High School is currently pursuing. Allen himself didn't know a lot about it until he began researching it about six months ago, visiting different schools around the country in preparation for his job as Central's Academy Coach.

Central is one of five schools — along with Lanier, Shiloh, South Gwinnett and Meadowcreek — in the county to adopt the concept. Though it is new to Gwinnett, it's fairly easy to explain. The idea, Allen said, is to give students practical knowledge and real world experience in different fields, preparing them not only for college but for their eventual immersion into the workforce, whenever that may come.

To that end, Central is now divided into five Academies and students choose one of them, kind of like you would choose a college major. The five Academies are:

— Business and Entrepreneurship

— Medical and Healthcare Sciences

— S.T.E.M.

— Law, Education and Public Service

— Fine Arts and Communications professions

“Starting in 10th grade, students will begin taking pathway courses and start down one of these pathways,” Allen said. “They will graduate with a certain seal from their Academy, showing they have a background in that area.

“Teachers will be teaching the same content, but teaching it in a different way. We call it ‘teaching through an Academy lens.' The teacher finds a way to design lesson plans on the theme of their Academy. We want the students to have a skill set when they go out into the real world.”

Part of preparing students for the real world is bringing that world to them and vice versa. Already Central students have gone on field trips and had guest speakers, learning from attending Recorder's Court and from hearing from members of the Lawrenceville Police Department. Allen said Central's community partners include: The Aurora Theater,Gwinnett Medical Center, Rocket IT, Cisco and Brand Bank in addition to the Lawrenceville Police Department.

But Allen is looking for more partners to help provide real life experience. “The hope is to engage students more. Basically, we're trying to show them why what we are learning is important.”

Allen is one of the people providing that real life experience. A former police officer, Allen teaches a public safety class in addition to his duties as the Academy Coach. He also helps oversee the five different Academies, each of which has its own assistant principal, lead teacher and counselor.

With the program in its infancy, there is plenty of work for Allen in addition to his teaching duties. One of his main goals is to find partners to help provide the real world opportunties that make the concept work.

It's a great opportunity, not only for the students, but for the community partners as well.

(Link to Gwinnett Daily Post article here)


Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance

It's Time to Spring into Action! 

According to City of Lawrenceville Councilman Bob Clark , there are a dozen good neighbor practices that promote harmony and pride in our community. These practices keep our neighborhood clean, neat and enhance property values.

Good practices make good neighbors. 

1. Smile and wave to other drivers or pedestrians.

2. Keep speed in the neighborhood under the speed limit of 25 mph.

3. Place trash for pick-up at the top of your driveway on the evening before or day of pickup. Pick up newspapers each morning.

4. Retrieve garbage cans the afternoon of pickup and store out of sight.

5. On a weekly basis, mow and trim around trees, driveway edges, and the street curb.

6. Keep your home and mailbox repaired and painted. Place house number so that it is visible from the street.

7. Park only on hard surfaces in the front of your home and on hard or gravel surfaces to the side or rear of your home.

8. Keep your driveway in good repair.

9. Do not park routinely or overnight on neighborhood streets.

10. Park work trucks at work, no in residential driveways.

11. Keep radio, television, or powered music sounds inside your home or very low outside your home.

12. Store household or yard care equipment and material out of sight.

Good practices make neighborhoods shine.

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A number of citizens have expressed interest in being involved with the planning and operations of the City. If you would like to be considered for a seat on one of the City's boards or commissions, fill out the on-line application here.









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