Maxwell High School of Technology

Spring 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Maxwell supporter,

The end of another school year has arrived. It seems like yesterday we were starting fall semester. COVID created another challenging year, but I am thankful our students, teachers, and staff persevered and made the school year successful. This year has flown by, but it has afforded us the time to celebrate, recognize, reflect, and close the door on a fantastic school year. We had great success with our student organizations: FCCLA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA. Please take a few moments to read about our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student of the Year, Nicole Jackson. Nicole was also runner-up as the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) CTE Student of the Year. We are very proud of her! We also feature the Student of the Year for all programs, as well as our National Technical Honor Society students. We highlight a neat internship for one of our Manufacturing students and feature Flight Operations students who won first place at the Transportation Education Foundation of Georgia (TEFGA) competition. Maxwell participated in the GCPS Future Teacher Signing Day, and we hope these students return to teach in Gwinnett one day. Be sure to read about all the impressive events happening in our Architecture program. You will also enjoy reading about the culminating Work Ready event: Dining Etiquette in a Business Setting. We are happy to share the success of our Pre-K Read-a-Thon and Parent Night Out! We look forward to hosting Maxwell Summer Adventures for middle school students, a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our programs to potential future students. I wish nothing but success for our seniors, and hope everyone has a relaxing and restful summer. As always, please know our doors are open to you, and thank you for your support. Go Navigators!

Dr. Jeff Hall


Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
Maxwell's AM/PM Students of the Year
Maxwell's AM/PM Students of the Year
Maxwell's AM/PM Students of the Year

GCPS Honors Excellence in Career and Technical Education

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) recognized the work of 26 Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students on March 22 during the GCPS 2022 CTE Student of the Year awards recognition program. Maxwell's very own Nicole Jackson was awarded First Runner-up! The selection process required nominated students to submit a resume, a letter of recommendation from the nominating teacher, information on participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization, community service, and an essay. The final requirement was an interview conducted by a panel of judges consisting of business and industry leaders.

Nicole is a student in Mrs. Minor's Flight Operations program, and she is also a Maxwell Ambassador, which enables her to promote Maxwell by leading tours at the school. In addition, Nicole competed at the SkillsUSA State Championships in the Applied Communications contest, and she was recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. As CTE First Runner-up, Nicole will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Congratulations, Nicole!

Maxwell SOY, Nicole Jackson
Maxwell's National Technical Honor Society Inductees
The Navigator Award recipients: Lizbeth Cruz-Aguilar, Araceli, Anmariely Montano, and Kelsey Butti

2022 SkillsUSA State Championships

SkillsUSA Georgia held its annual State Leadership and Skills Conference February 24-26. Maxwell High School of Technology had 60 students competing at the State

Championships. Maxwell contestants brought home 15 gold medals, four silver medals, and seven bronze medals. The State Championships allow students to showcase the leadership and skills training they have obtained during the school year. First Place winners advance to the National Championships, which will be held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center in June. Congratulations to Maxwell’s medalists and good luck to the 1st Place winners competing at the National Championships!

Maxwell's SkillsUSA State Champions

Manufacturing Student Interning at HQNA

Dominic Watson, a student enrolled in the Manufacturing program at Maxwell, has been a Maintenance Tech Intern at Heraeus Quartz North America (HQNA) since October 2021.

Mr. Brandon Myers, Manufacturing instructor, recommended Dominic for the Work-Based Learning opportunity at Heraeus. Dominic also interviewed with Heraeus Operations, Maintenance, and HR before he was awarded the internship. Dominic likes engineering classes the most, and he wants to earn his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. The thing that brought him to Heraeus and got him interested in the internship was initially working in Maxwell's Manufacturing program and seeing how machines work as well as how to better develop the systems that are used to create different products. At Heraeus, Dominic actively job-shadows other experienced maintenance employees and learns how to troubleshoot the systems that they work with on a daily basis. He also organizes the inventory, which helps the company spend less time searching for spare parts. He believes that this internship is the perfect opportunity for him to apply his skills and knowledge to achieve his daily work goals.

Future Teacher Signing Day!

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) hosted a Future Teacher Signing Day on May 3. Four Maxwell students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program attended the event. These students signed Letters of Intent to come back to GCPS and teach upon graduation. Maxwell's own Ms. Jennifer Mundy, ECE instructor, is a product of GCPS! We cannot wait to see these students teaching in GCPS. Congratulations! (Pictured left: Hialeah Jones signing her Letter of Intent to return to GCPS. She is attending Georgia Gwinnett College this fall.)

Flight Ops Team Wins at TEFGA

HOSA State Medalists

24 HOSA members attended the Georgia HOSA State Leadership Conference and Competition, March 10-12, in Atlanta. Maxwell had nine contestants who finished in the top 10 in State, with four finishing 2nd place: Keyandra Baker, Speaking Skills; Symia' Brown-Blackmon, Sports Medicine; Madison Nino, Research Poster; Araceli Torres, Human Growth & Development. Maxwell's Anatomage team placed 3rd in the Anatomage Tournament, which is a team-based anatomy competition. The team consisted of Ajayla Byrd, Anette Guerra, Charde McCalop, Teanna Reid, and Araceli Torres. Congratulations to all HOSA state medalists! (Pictured right: Maxwell's Anatomage team)
HOSA 2nd place winners: Symia Brown-Blackmon, Madison Nino, Keyandra Baker, & Araceli Torres

Architecture Work-Based Learning

Mr. Mike Rossi of HFR and Brian O'Toole of LPB attended a Work-Based Learning (WBL) presentation with former and current WBL students, including Sophia Ngyuen, Melanie Nin, Maria Salazar, and Precious Ceballos, to encourage current sophomores and juniors to apply to the WBL program for the 2022-2023 school year. Brando Rueda-Palacios and Fabiana Cadet will be in the WBL program at HFR and LPB next school year.
Work-Based Learning presentation in the Architecture program with Mr. Mike Rossi and Mr. Brian O'Toole as presenters.

Architecture Students Compete at the AIA Design Competition

In the Architecture Drawing and Design program, 21 students submitted projects to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) High School Design Competition this semester. Diana Quiroz-Medrano and Elvis Martinez-Cedeno both placed 3rd in the Advanced Group competition and won cash prizes. The AM group, Mahek Jariya and Nicole Perez, received honorable mentions. Maxwell's PM group, Nancy Gonzalez-Merlos, and Dylan Lamberth, also received honorable mentions in the Advanced Group competition.

Work Ready: Dining Etiquette

After two years of not dining in person at the Work Ready Dining Etiquette session due to the pandemic, an in-person session was hosted this year by the Culinary Arts Program. Chef Williams, Chef Delvasto, and their professional Culinary Arts students hosted and served all 900 Maxwell students for this event. The Culinary Arts program served two different entrées: a breakfast entrée for the morning session and a lunch entrée for the afternoon session. Prior to the dining experience, Maxwell teachers taught business dining etiquette skills to their students so they would be ready for the event. Maxwell counselors, Dr. LaVonna Groce and Ms. Emily Latone, organized the curriculum and schedule for attendance and made sure students and teachers were assigned a time to attend the Work Ready session. It was good to be back in person for Work Ready Dining Etiquette, and our students, faculty, and staff enjoyed this learning experience.

Read-a-Thon Raises Money for Pre-K

Maxwell's Pre-K classes held a read-a-thon this semester! Students from the Fire and Emergency Services and Early Childhood Education programs read to the Pre-K children as well as many Maxwell teachers and administrators. In addition, faculty members and staff donated funds to sponsor all the readers. The successful read-a thon raised $2700.00 to go towards getting a much needed shade structure on the Pre-K playground. Thanks for everyone's support!

Pre-K Parent Night Out Raises over $1200!

The Pre-K teachers hosted a Parent Night Out for their students as a fundraiser for Maxwell High School's Relay for Life Team. The children had a blast coming back to school and riding tricycles in the hallways, riding scooters on the patio, and playing flashlight tag on the playground. Papa John's donated 50 personal pan pizzas for the event. Pre-K teacher, Mrs. Zimmerman, and Law Enforcement Services instructor, Mr. Wilson, took the extra pizzas that were not eaten over to the fire station for the firefighters to enjoy! The children themselves raised $900 for the American Cancer Society. The teachers' donations combined with the children's donations totaled over $1200. Way to go Pre-K!

Graphic Design and Animation Classes Collaborate on Portfolio Review

The Graphic Design class critiqued online portfolios of the Animation students on Portfolio Perusal day. Offering at least one "Glow" and one "Grow," the graphics students encouraged and made suggestions about the work of the animation students. Animation students explained the technologies used and the ideas behind some of their projects for the year. The web page portfolios are online, allowing students the opportunity to give a web address for their work to potential interviewers, freelance hirers, or full-time employers. This is the culmination of a year's worth of work in the Animation and Digital Media class. We look forward to creating more Graphic Design portfolios and online Animation portfolios starting next fall.

Maxwell Summer Adventures

Middle School Summer Adventures will be held Tuesday, May 31 - Friday, June 3, for current 5th through 8th graders. This program will provide middle school students a Maxwell High School of Technology career-program experience. The event always sells out quickly, and this year was no exception. Summer Adventures will host approximately 280 middle school students this year.

Summer Adventures Programs:

  • Animation
  • Architecture Drawing & Design
  • Automotive Services
  • Collision Repair
  • Cosmetology
  • Junior Chefs - Culinary Arts
  • Early Childhood Education - Babysitting
  • Electronics
  • Flight Operations for Junior Pilots
  • Graphic Design
  • Healthcare
  • Junior Firefighter
  • Law & Justice
  • STEM Adventure (new)

GCPS Board Meeting

Thursday, May 19th, 7pm

437 Old Peachtree Road Northwest

Suwanee, GA

Maxwell's HOSA and SkillsUSA 1st and 2nd place state winners will be recognized at the board meeting.
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