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Suwanee schools bustling with activities, events

SUWANEE -- The first week of school proved to be a busy time as students, teachers, parents and administrators announced extracurricular activities, fundraisers and open houses.

Here is a roundup of several items in the North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge clusters:North Gwinnett Middle reported a first week student enrollment of 2,005, which is slightly over its projections. Some classes have 33 to 36 students in them. Principal Wanda Law said in a newsletter to parents that personnel allotments will be revised after Aug. 20.

"I am aware of this situation and the teachers are doing a wonderful job adjusting to the large numbers," Law said. "My goal is to balance the classes and make the numbers smaller wherever possible, but I need to wait a couple more weeks. I want to wait until then to make class changes so that we are not changing schedules multiple times."On Sept. 15th, Peachtree Ridge High School will host an event for students interested in applying for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. To be eligible, students must be black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. Applicants must also be citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. with a 3.3 GPA. High school juniors and seniors are welcome from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., while sophomores will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.Peachtree Ridge High School will have an open house and PTSA meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. Parents are invited to meet their child's teachers. A junior parent meeting is the same night at 6 p.m.More than 100 college recruiters will be available for students and parents to visit on Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Civic Center. Students should register at www.gotocollegefairs.com.North Gwinnett High will host a parent night at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 when discussion topics will include social media, college application process, advice and financial aid, and there will also be a freshman parent meeting. A similar night is scheduled for Feb. 21.The Peachtree Ridge High soccer teams are putting on a second annual "Paws 4A Cause" fundraiser to benefit the school's Relay for Life chapter.

For a $25, $50 or $250 donation to the American Cancer Society, individuals, families and businesses can purchase a one year sponsorship of a Lion Paw painted in a special area between the student and faculty parking lots. Paw sizes vary based on the amount of the donation. If you would like to sponsor a paw, please contact a soccer player or coach, Visit the PRHS soccer website at www.PRHSSoccer.com for a sponsorship form, and turn it in to a soccer player or at the front desk in the school lobby.Tickets are on sale at Peachtree Ridge High School for its game against Camden County on Saturday. Individual tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at Dome. Tickets will be sold during school lunches, some evenings, and during Open House. Kell Classic T-shirts will also be available in limited quantities for $10.

Tickets are also on sale at North Gwinnett High School for its game on Saturday in the Corky Kell Classic against Colquitt County.The only way a student can take the SAT on Oct. 6th at North Gwinnett High School is if he or she registers for the SAT at collegeboard.com, selects Oct. 6th at North Gwinnett High School by the due date (Sept. 7th) or the late registration date for a little extra money (Sept. 21st) and uploads a clear and accurate photo for the registration ticket.