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PTSA Welcome and Information

History
Norcross High School opened its new state of the art facility in the fall of 2001. It is located in the Peachtree Corners area of Norcross, Georgia at 5300 Spalding Drive. We have a richly diverse student body of over 3,000 students from 44 countries. We are part of the largest school system in the State of Georgia, Gwinnett County Public Schools. We house the only International Baccalaureate Program in Gwinnett County for highly motivated, college-bound students. The IB diploma is recognized in 600 schools worldwide and is structured to meet entrance requirements to the best universities. Norcross students consistently achieve SAT scores higher than the national average. We have an active PTSA that supports the parents, teachers, students, and community in a variety of areas. 

The Mission of the Norcross High School PTSA is to support and speak on behalf of the students at Norcross High School; to highlight, motivate, and reward student achievements; to develop and improve communications between parents, teachers, students, and the community; to encourage parent and community involvement in our school.

The goal of the PTSA is a quality education and nurturing environment for every child.

Our current activities are relevant to the following mission points:

 

 

POSITIONS NAME EMAIL ADDRESS
OFFICERS    
Co-President Laura Razavi  lsr89@bellsouth.net
Co-President Renee White  reneewhite11@hotmail.com
Vice President Pam Winters  prwinters@gmail.com
Treasurer Lynn Sandry  lynn@sandry.net
Secretary Andrea Antonowich  amantonowich@hotmail.com
PTSA Liaison Pat Winklbauer  Pat_Winklbauer@Gwinnett.k12.ga.us
Parliamentarian Diane Fisher  diane_fisher@post.harvard.edu
     
     
     
Volunteers    
Chair Nancy Geraghty nancygeraghty5@gmail.com
9th Grade Jackie Alf jackiealf@aol.com
10th Grade Suzanne Grosswald davnsuz@comcast.net
11th Grade Sally Shlossman sshlossman@yahoo.com
12th Grade Sherri Boucher ssb1964@comcast.net
     
Community Outreach    
Ambassador Diane Fisher  diane_fisher@post.harvard.edu
Website Gail Silvers  gsilvers@comcast.net
     
Online Newsletter    
Editor Carolyn Barker crbarker@bellsouth.net
     
Taste of Norcross    
  Florence Luranc  fluranc@bellsouth.net
  Cindy Underwood  munderwood@comcast.net
     
Catalyst Lunches    
     
 

Janet McRae

Cindy Lombardo

janet83@bellsouth.net

lucilombardo@bellsouth.net

 

     
Youth Services    
Blue Angels

Maria Willams

Joan Flanders

mariaplays2@gmail.com

jflanders@comcast.net

     
Project Graduation    
  Rosa Burkett rosaburkett@gmail.com
  Shantel Williams shantwil@gmail.com
     
Staff Appreciation    
  Kirsten Godleski kgodleski@comcast.net
  Amy Plummer amyplummer@comcast.net
     
Membership    
  Cindy Ong cindyong246@bellsouth.net
  Angela Cunningham angela.cunningham@comcast.net
     
Arts in Education    
Reflections Sharon Bevis-Hoover sbevishoover@gmail.com
     
Scholastic Recognition    
Chairs Kristen Ramsey rams6044@bellsouth.net
  Julie Shirah julie@theshirahs.com
Honors Night Kristen  Ramsey rams6044@bellsouth.net
Honors Breakfast Andrea Antonowich amantonowich@hotmail.com
     
PTSA Scholarship Mary Margaret Thomas mary.mthomas@att.net
     
Education and Enrichment    
Tutoring Gina Flowers gina.flowers@qpc.edu
College Fair Lisa Willis lwillis@brwncald.com
   

 

 

 

Blue Devil Bulletin is an email communiqué sent to the parents of Norcross High School students several times each month by the Principal and PTSA Co-Presidents. If you would like to receive regular updates of important events taking place at Norcross High School please visit the "Communication" page on the notepad. Fill in the required information, and you will begin receiving emails with important updates immediately.

 

PTSA Reflections Rules and Forms in English and Spanish
 

REFLECTIONS

:Reflections is an arts program designed to give students an opportunity to explore their artistic talent and receive positive recognition for their efforts. When students express themselves through art, they grow intellectually and socially.

 

2013-2014 Reflections Winners-Norcross High

"Believe, Dream, and Inspire"

                  

Literature:       10th grade     1st place    Deija Roberts

 

Photography:  10th grade     1st place    Emily Cmiel
                                              2nd place  Kyle O'Connor
                                              3rd place   Emily Cmiel

                        12th grade     1st place   Madison Eigel
                                              2nd place  Melissa Flores-Mederos
                                              3rd place   Alexandra Perez

Music Composition:  

                           9th grade    1st place   Paul Burkett  

                                              2nd place  Sara Gries                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Film Production:  9th grade    1st place   Connor Day

                            10th grade  1st place  Caitlin Nebel

Visual Arts:        10th grade  1st place   Alexandra Kim

                            11th grade  1st place   Shelby King

                                                                       

The following winners advanced to the state of Georgia competition:           

Photography                          12th grade          Madison Eigel

Music Composition                  9th grade           Paul Burkett

Film Production                       9th grade           Connor Day

                                     10th grade           Caitlin Nebel

In addition, two students received the Children’s Choice award:                                  

                                      10th grade      1st place    Alexandra Kim

                                      11th grade      1st place    Shelby King

 

 
 

Start Preparing Now for Next Fall!

 

2014-2015 Theme:

"The World Would Be a Better Place If..."

 

You may enter as many times as you like in each six categories:

Dance choreography

 Film Production

Literature

Musical composition

Photography

Visual Arts

 

Please visit the Georgia PTA website www.georgiapta.org for more information or contact:

Reflections Chairperson

Sharon Bevis-Hoover

404-275-8821

sbevishoover@gmail.com

 


 Click here for info on the True Blue Schools Program


             

http://www.trueblueschools.com

Re-Enrollment with the

GNG: True Blue Schools Program

Georgia Natural Gas will be emailing all our current True Blue School members and requesting that each member “re-enroll” in the program. It is a requirement of the program. Please take the time to “re-enroll” in the GNG True Blue Schools program and pick Norcross High School as your school of choice. This money goes directly into the NHS PTSA and funds programs and presentations for our students. We appreciate all the support of our current members and we hope many new members will also join. No cost is involved. Just sign up and NHS receives $5 per month from GNG. Again, thank you to all our current members and for supporting NHS!

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Check Request Form

2013 - 2014 Membership & Volunteer Form

Donations to the PTSA can also be made online anytime throughout the school year. Please keep in mind that Norcross High School PTSA is a 501(3)(c)  tax exempt organization.  We welcome and appreciate any donation as this is the only source of funding for NHS PTSA to support and fund the various activities for our students and faculties such as tutoring, Blue Angels, Project Graduation, Teachers Luncheons, Reflections, Honors Night, Taste of Norcross ... just to name a few. Any questions please e-mail Cindy Ong at cindyong246@gmail.com.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a 2014 Senior Graduation Banner for your church, sub-division, apartment complex, etc., please contact Pam Winters at 770-441-0479 or prwinters@gmail.com for purchasing information.
 
 

PTSA Bylaws

 

The STARS program can really use your help! This is one of the NHS programs written up in the Atlanta Magazine last year.
http://www.atlantamagazine.com/features/2012/12/16/norcross-high-school  
 
STARS(Success Through Academic Rigor and Support) focuses on at-risk ninth grade students, and strives to lower the drop-out rate.  These students meet with Ms. Casey and Mr. Herron daily in the NHS theater during their Guided Study for extra support, workshops, and aware ceremonies. The NHS Scholars (peer tutors) also provide assistance.
 
STARS is looking for 10 more adult volunteers, on Tuesdays from 10:15-12:45.  (You would have two 20 minute breaks, while the students eat lunch). Each Tuesday, you would meet individually with the same 15 students, for about 5 minutes each. During this brief meeting, you would check last week's progress, go over their agenda books with them, and help them develop a study plan for future tests and major assignments. This is not subject tutoring, but more of a mentoring role, encouraging them to set goals and learn time management skills. Your 5 minute checkup each week could be exactly what that student needs to succeed and stay in school.
 
Please thoughtfully consider this and email Gina.Flowers@gpc.edu  if you can help impact these students’ lives.  Thanks for making a difference!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PTSA 2013-2014 Meeting Schedule

 

PTSA  Committee Planning Meeting with Mr. Bishop

Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

PTSA Executive Board Meeting (meetings begin at 7pm)
 
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
 
 
PTSA Board Meeting (Location: Family Consumer Science Room at 7pm)
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Thursday, March  20, 2014
 
 
PTSA General Meetings
 
Curriculum Night: Thursday, August 29, 2013. Fifteen minutes prior to event, we will vote on the proposed budget and amended bylaws.
 

College Fair:Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:30pm.  Meeting will take place in the auditorium just prior to College Fair.

 
Honors Breakfast: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:45am. Meeting will take place prior in the Commons just prior to the Honors Breakfast.
 
PTSA Taste of Norcross
Friday November 1, 2013 6:00pm
 
PTSA Staff Appreciation events (Location for lunches: Family Consumer Science Room)
 
Breakfast:  August 6th, 2013 at 7:00am in the Commons
Staff PTSA Members Coffee: August 30th
Luncheon: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 9:30am-1:30pm
Holiday Treats: Friday, December 13, 2013
Luncheon: Wednesday, February 19, 2013 9:00am-1:30pm
Luncheon/BBQ: Friday, May 2, 2014 9:00am-1:30pm
 
PTSA Catalyst Lunch Schedule
 
Tuesdays 11:30am-1:30pm Family Consumer Science Rom
August 20, 2013
October 15, 2013
January 14, 2014
March 25, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 

Georgia PTA Legislative Update

Area 2 Gwinnett PTSA


Georgia PTA Legislative Priorities For 2013-2014

Support Education Quality and Accountability

 Georgia PTA supports strong principal and teacher-quality requirements, as well as adequate technical and financial resources to address specific problems in testing and accountability systems that ensure schools can meet high standards, provide quality instruction, support common core, and improvements in student learning.

 Georgia PTA supports constitutional authority of local boards of education to control or manage the schools in their systems and oppose any legislation that limits their authority or ability to raise revenue under state constitutional provisions.

Support Funding for Education and Other Child Related Programs

 Georgia PTA supports efforts to increase state spending for education and to secure critical financial support for state, school districts, and local schools so schools and districts can provide a quality education to all children, meet the high accountability standards, and prepare students for employment; and supports passage of state appropriation bills providing adequate levels of funding for education and child-related programs and the use of public funds for public schools only; and opposes funding proposals and budget processes that cut or negatively affect the availability of such funding.

 Georgia PTA supports efforts to strengthen and stabilize special education funding and other methods to invest in, and reform the special education funding system; and supports legislation which requires full funding for mandated programs and services to maximize assistance to children with special needs and disabilities.

Support Safe and Nurturing Environments

 Georgia PTA supports state efforts to improve child nutrition and wellness including the support of school nurses, school meal programs, health regulations, nutritional awareness, and other related efforts that prepare children for learning and improvements in student attendance and behavior.

 Georgia PTA supports strong state legislation and policies needed to ensure that child victims of sex and labor trafficking are identified by the appropriate state agencies and these agencies provide adequate support and services and encourage severe prosecution for perpetrators under the law; and supports multiple efforts to increase public awareness of human trafficking issues affecting children.

 Georgia PTA supports efforts for a safe and supportive school environment that ensures all children are safe in their schools and on their buses; supports strong legislation and policies to establish and strengthen bullying prevention laws to include notification to parents, protection of target, and correction of bullying behavior; and promotes required training for students, parents, and all school personnel on bullying and the procedures for addressing and reporting cases of bullying behavior; and opposes any legislation and policies that permit guns on school premises except by use of an authorized school resource officer in every school.

Support Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

 Georgia PTA supports revisions to the judicial system practice and policies relating to juvenile justice and delinquency prevention that treat youths in the justice system in age-appropriate manner and provide evidence-based services and support, promote efforts to remove children from adult jails and provide community-based or family alternative programs for non-criminal offenses; and ensure equity and competence with regard to race, ethnicity, culture, language, gender, and sexual orientation before courts.

Support Parent Involvement in Education

 Georgia PTA supports strong parent involvement policies and requires policies in all appropriate measurable laws and programs; and encourages local and state government and schools to incorporate the participation of parents in every facet of education and development for their children

 

2014 Legislative Session Update:

The Legislative Session ended on March 20, 2014, and the following are a few pieces of legislation that passed affecting education in Georgia: 

House Bill 744 (State Budget): Sets forth the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (spending to take place between 7/1/14 and 6/30/15);it provided for increased funding for education  with an increase of approximately $314 million dollars to Quality Based Education.  

House Bill 60: Authorizes school districts to appoint staff members to carry guns at schools, presumably to defend and protect students in the event of an attack on school grounds. 

House Bill 826: Relaxes the zero tolerance policy that has been in effect for years and puts discretion in the hands of local boards or education when disciplining students who bring objects such as pocket knives to school.  This piece of legislation is in the hands of Governor Deal to either sign or veto. 

House Bill 284 (“Return to Play Act”): Establishes new protocol for informing parents about the dangers of concussions and for identifying and treating players who sustain head injuries; requires both  public and private school students who show signs of concussions to be removed from practices and games until a note is provided from a physician stating that the child can safely return to play.

House Bill 766: Modifies the current Youth Apprenticeship Program to reflect Work Based Learning, which is a curriculum designed to create an educated workforce and allows students to learn in a real-world environment in order to prepare them for career opportunities; permits students that are at least 16 years old to participate as opposed to the existing requirement of being a junior or senior in high school.

Anti-Common Core Bill: This controversial bill was struck down by the Georgia House Education Committee.  It passed the Senate but met strong resistence in the House.  The intent of this bill was to separate Georgia from the national Common Core standards for public education which were implemented in local schools several years ago in the areas of math and language arts.  The supporter of the bill argued that the Common Core was an intrusion on state control of public education by the federal government.  The opponents argued that the bill would result in Georgia taking a step backward from the high standards contained in the Common Core.  This issue will likely be a hot legislative item again next year.  

Legislator Contact Information: Go to Capitol Watch at www.georgiapta.org

Your Legislators:

State Senate - David Shafer (R-48)
State House - Hugh Floyd (D-099)
 

 

 

 

GENERAL PTSA MEETING
April 22, 2014
The Nominating Committee for the Norcross High School PTSA respectfully submits the following nominations:


For Co-President: Laura Razavi
For Co-President: Andrea Antonowich
For Vice President: Kim Janis
For Secretary: Stephanie Hanna
For Treasurer: Lynn Sandry

 


Safe America Foundation’s 9th Annual SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy

Saturday, May 10, 2014 Cobb Galleria Centre 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Teens and their parents will: Learn about Georgia Driving Laws, Distracted and Impaired Driving, Trauma Care, Car Maintenance & much more Experience a simulator distracted driving course designed to highlight the dangers of texting while driving Watch the traffic court drama unfold in front of a judge Interactive exhibits showcasing safety equipment Help your teen get ready for the roads! -- Police, Fire and EMS professionals participate -- Register at safeamerica.org/drive2014 or call 770-973-7233 for more information

 

 

CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL

Norcross High School won a Clean and Beautiful award for their recylce program. The PTSA is working on obtaining designated recycle bins to be used at all their events.

 

 

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