Citizens Police Academy to begin Oct. 2
The Suwanee Police Department is once again offering its popular Citizens Police Academy. Over the past eight years, more than 300 individuals have participated in this hands-on, eight-week program. Classes for this session will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2 at the Suwanee Police Department’s new training facility/substation at 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. (Class during the second week will be held on Oct. 8.) Those who wish to participate must provide notarized applications by 5 p.m. on Friday.
Everett Music Barn to hold benefit concert
The Everett Music Barn will have a benefit concert for its Barn Repair Fund at 2 p.m. on Sept. 23. Alan Biby, a familiar face at the barn, and his band Grasstowne, will play during the event. Grasstowne is a well-known bluegrass band based in North Carolina that has had albums and singles move up the top 40 charts.
Indy Film tour begins Monday
“Age of Champions,” the first film in Suwanee’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Movie Tavern in the Horizon Village at 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. Those in attendance also will have an opportunity to meet the filmmaker, Christopher Rufo. Tickets are available from the Movie Tavern for $6. Five more films will be screened at the Movie Tavern through April as part of South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
Suwanee Creek Greenway reopens
Phase 2 of the Suwanee Creek Greenway rehabilitation project is complete, but the city is still working with the Environmental Protection division to gain approval for a section underneath the Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road bridge. The city, though, has reopened the oldest one-mile stretch of the Greenway, between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Suwanee Elementary. The first phase of the project was completed in April, and was between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Martin Farm Road.
Cyber Safety Summitt
The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office will put on a “Cyber Safety Summit” on Oct. 4 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Registration begins at 6 p.m. on the night of the event. The goal of the event is to explain how to protect Gwinnett’s youth in today’s technological world. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Gwinnett Middle adds new classes
North Gwinnett Middle School’s enrollment was 2,021 on the final count earlier this month. Because the number of students exceeded expectations, the school added a new language arts and a social studies class in eighth grade. Principal Wanda Law said in an email newsletter to parents that she expected to announce changes to sixth and seventh grade classes soon.
“I realize changing teachers can be difficult, but in the end, changes help everyone as we work to lower class sizes,” Law said. “As we start these new classes, we will work to balance all subject area class sizes so it is possible for your child’s math or science class to change even though we did not create a new class.”
School to honor Grandparents Day
Suwanee Elementary students and staff have invited grandparents to join them for lunch on Sept. 26 in celebration of Grandparents Day. If you would like to attend, fill out a reservation form and return it to your child’s teacher by Wednesday.
North Gwinnett to hold meeting about soccer
Any student interested in participating in soccer at North Gwinnett High School for the 2012-2013 school year should attend an informational meeting on Sept. 19th or 20th at 7 p.m. in the theater. Each student should attend with a parent and will learn about tryouts, fundraising and pre-season conditioning.
North Gwinnett counseling hosts Parent Night
The counseling office at North Gwinnett High will host a Parent Night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 25th. Parents should report to the NGHS Theater for a short meeting and then to a breakout session. The breakout session topics include the college application process, financial aid and social media.
Eighth grade testing begins
Eighth grade students will participate this week in the fall administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test. The test will be Monday through Wednesday. The CogAT measures students’ verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning abilities. The results of this test will help assess a student’s performance level and assists in planning academic needs.
GCPS curriculum review invitation
Gwinnett County Public Schools invites parents and members of the community to join GCPS staff members in a review of proposed curriculum materials where parents may provide input on the proposed materials by participating in the public review.
Parents, community members, teachers and administrators review materials to ensure alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. During this year’s review, scheduled to run from Monday through Sept. 28, GCPS staff and members of the Gwinnett community will review non-fiction books for grades K-12, teacher resources for grades K-8 Language Arts, and Advanced Placement Latin materials. The reviews will be at the Instructional Support Center at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Based on all input gathered from this review, a recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for adoption of materials.
For more information about the instructional review process, call Lisa Burleson, GCPS Director of Instructional Materials, at 678-301-6831.
Shadowbrook to host marriage conference
Shadowbrook Baptist Church will host “The Art of Marriage Conference” on Sept. 28 and 29th. The conference is put on by Stan and Patty Stokes, and is a six-session DVD series that the couple hopes to “portray both the challenges and beauty of God’s design for marriage.” For more information, visit www.passionatespouse.com.
Applications for 2013 garden now available
Applications for plots in Suwanee’s Harvest Farm Community Garden for next year will be accepted from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, at White Street Park, where the community garden is located. The garden’s 76 plots are available first to city of Suwanee residents. The annual fee for a plot ranges from $50-$100, depending upon the size of the plot requested. City residents receive a 25 percent discount.
— From Staff Reports