Happy New Year! We hope everyone has had a safe and restful break. FYI to everyone, we'll begin our semester by updating/creating resumes for all students before proceeding to another project. Studio II will also begin work on Gateway prep, while Studio I students will begin to take a closer look at AP Human free response construction. We've also already set the date for the spring expo, Monday, April 28th starting at 6PM. More information will come as we get closer. Finally, just before heading off for break, the program was featured in GCPS newsletter "Communique" which you can read about by following this link HERE.
School has begun!
We're in the first full week and we are gearing up for our first round of projects. Students need to have their Summer Reading complete by tomorrow for class!
In other news, a new web tool has emerged that could be incredibly helpful to collaborative writing and editing. It's called DRAFT. I have not personally used it yet, but I look forward to trying it out soon. The site allows users to see former drafts, collaborate, ask professional's for feedback, and find older, specific edits made to a document.
Studio Summer Summit Info! Please make sure you've emailed us with your intention of joining us if you're coming this year.
What: Studio Summer Summit
Where: The Studio Room @ NGHS
When: Thursday, July 25th 9AM to 1PM (We will meet in the commons area of the school. Please arrive no later than 8:50 for check-in)
*Students should bring a snack and something to drink in case they get hungry. We also encourage students to bring their own laptop or tablet even; although, this is not mandatory either.
Tuesday, April 30th @ 5:30PM in 600/700 halls of North Gwinnett High School we're holding our 3rd Annual Spring Studio Expo!
Free to the public! Come join us for a night to celebrate student work and achievement in both classic academics and innovation.
The updated schedule of events is now on the homepage. The spring expo is fast approaching. More details will come out soon for the night of the event. The testing schedule is also available on the homepage. We also have an all new "What is Studio?" introductory video shot and edited by a few of our Studio I students. You can check that out on the 'About' page. More updates coming soon!
Culture's of Suwanee is coming! In just over a week our students will host an amazing community event at Suwanee Town Center Park! We hope to see you all there on March 2nd from 11am to 5pm. Click the image above to go to the website!
It is official! The Studio Internship program is approved and will take place for the first time in the upcoming school year for our Studio seniors. The vision of the program to culminate in an internship program has come to fruition, and we're excited about the upcoming events and possibilities. Next Tuesday there will be an informational meeting for our current juniors during Studio III. A parent meeting for all Studio members will be announced soon.
The language art's department of NGHS has a new late work policy. Please read the note below:
Dear Parents and Students,
I am writing to let you know about a change to the Language Arts Department Late-Work Policy that will take place effective immediately.
In the past, students had the potential to earn full credit on an assignment the day it was due. 10% was deducted from that grade each day for the next five days and then the grade was frozen. The student still had the potential to earn 50% credit on that assignment regardless of when it was submitted.
This policy has led to a disturbing trend. Some students have been taking tests and quizzes in class, but waiting to complete homework assignments, study guides, and essays until the end of the semester. One of the unfortunate side effects of this trend (besides the student having a low grade most of the semester and then stressing out in the last couple of weeks as he/she tries to complete a semester’s worth of work) is that teachers are unable to help students improve their skills when assignments are handled in this fashion. In theory, teacher feedback on one assignment should lead to student improvement on the next assignment, but this cannot occur when all of the assignments are turned in together at the end of the semester.
The following new policy will be put into effect immediately. Students are expected to turn their work in on time. Late assignments are still 10% off per day that they are late for the first five days. At the end of a unit, students will have a five day grace period to complete assignments for that unit (with the late points taken off). This is to account for student illness, family emergencies, etc… After this five day grace period, the unit will be closed out, and the student will no longer be permitted to turn in assignments for that unit. Exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances such as severe illness or extreme family emergency, but these will be the exception, not the rule.
Thank you very much for your attention to this matter. We look forward to helping students improve their Language Arts Skills.
Your NGHS Language Arts Department
**Note: This only affects the LA portion of the Studio class.
It's a new year and new semester! Students are already hard at work on their newest projects. There some very cool happenings. There are groups developing web apps, developing a 5K for education, and so much more. In an upcoming event, we have students who have worked hard to develop the Cultures of Suwanee event happening Saturday, March 2nd. If you're interested in being a part of the event or volunteering you can visit the event website here or sign up for the event here. The students are still looking for performers and sponsors! We'll continue to send out new information soon.
The 2012 Fall Expo was a great success! Over 150 students participated in an event that showcased many of the best projects of the first semester. This year was by far our largest crowd as well. We want to give a big CONGRATULATIONS to our students and their parents for making this the most successful expo event so far!