GCPS eNews


Sept. 2017,

      Vol. 16, No. 2        

GCPS Seen & Heard
GCPS students celebrate
Constitution Week 

During the week of Sept. 17, students at all grade levels celebrated Constitution Week, and participated in focused classroom activities tied to the study of the U.S. Constitution and the country's other key documents. Students at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, above, reviewed a copy of the U.S. Constitution.  
"In Gwinnett, we use our students' performance on the ACT and other national assessments as a key indicator as to the progress we are making in preparing students for college and careers."

  --Dr. Jonathan Patterson, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instructional Support,   
in remarks about GCPS' ACT performance.

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    The time is right...

     to make a difference

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    GCPS is hiring for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians
  • Nutrition Workers
  • Career and Tech Ed Teachers
  • Interested or know someone who might be? Call the GCPS Recruitment Department at 678-301-6076 or email gcpsteach@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
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    Congratulations to semifinalists,
    local TOTYs    
    The first steps of the district's search for its 2017-18 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Teacher of the Year (TOTY) are complete. From a field of 138 local school Teachers of the Year designated as tops in their schools, 25 semifinalists were honored earlier this week. The Teacher of the Year banquet, when the winner will be revealed, is set for Nov. 9. Finalists will be named in mid-October.
    New leader appointments 
    At its September Board meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed the following leaders:
  • Dr. Jonathon Wetherington - Principal, Paul Duke STEM High School (opening August 2018)
  • Dr. Reuben Gresham - Assistant Superintendent, High Schools
  • Anthony SmithAssistant Superintendent, High Schools
  • Gwinnett's ACT and SAT scores 
    outpace state and nation
  • In Gwinnett, last year's ACT test-takers posted an average composite score of 22.6 out of a possible 36, compared to 21.4 for the state and 21.0 for the nation. The ACT test assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to successfully complete college-level work. This past year 4,953 GCPS students took the test. 
  • The College Board made content, format, and scoring changes to the SAT in 2016. On this newest version of the SAT, Gwinnett test-takers topped state and national averages on both sections (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) of the test. Gwinnett's average score of 1084 was 24 points higher than the national average and 34 points higher than the state's score of 1050.
  • Safety first in inclement weather
    When the remnants of Hurricane Irma swirled through Gwinnett County earlier this month, the school district ensured the safety of students and staff by closing schools on Sept. 11-13. Students and staff will make up the three missed days on designated inclement weather make-up days--Feb. 23, March 9, and March 23-- that were built into the GCPS calendar for 2017-18. The safety of GCPS students and staff is the school district's highest priority. Also, it's not too late to opt in to SchoolMessenger to receive texts on your mobile phone. SchoolMessenger was used to share the news of school closures during and after the storm. Just send a text with "Y" or "Yes" to 67587. (The mobile phone number that you use must be listed in your student's contact information on the Parent Portal.)
    GCPS' Mentoring program tees up 
    for 8th Annual Golf Tournament
    Last chance... The Community-Based Mentoring Program's 8th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Bear's Best Atlanta on Mon., Oct. 9. The deadline for registration is Fri., Sept. 29.  
    Nominate an exceptional educator 
    for Atlanta Families' Awards
    Atlanta Families' Awards aims to elevate public education by identifying excellent educators and empowering them to expand their impact. Several GCPS teachers have earned this recognition so make sure to nominate an exceptional educator before the deadline on Sept. 30
    Annual AKS review runs through Oct. 5 
    Here's your opportunity to give feedback on proposed curriculum standards via an online survey. The annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum runs through Oct. 5. This year's review addresses AKS for career and technical education, fine arts, and core academic courses. On Nov. 2, the GEMS Oversight Committee-- a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS curriculum-- will review the suggestions before making recommendations to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the School Board. 
    Share feedback on proposed resources 
    Science books
    GCPS staff, along with parents and community members, are encouraged to review and give feedback on proposed curriculum resources for science instruction in grades 4, 5, 8, and 9-12. The public review of the proposed print and digital resources will be held at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center (ISC) through Oct. 6.  
    Introducing... GCPS Foundation's  
    new mobile app GCPS Foundation Fund, Inc. logo
    Technology is a great tool for helping students, and the GCPS Foundation has an app just for that! From your mobile device, you can make a donation, purchase tickets, and stay connected. Visit the Google Play store or the App Store to download and access the app. 
    Exhibitors needed for 
    Nov. 16 Career Connections event
    Help educate future employees about a possible career in your field! Register as an exhibitor for GCPS' Career Connections event set for Nov. 16. The event will bring together close to 200 exhibitors from across the career spectrum for "show and tell" interviews and activities with GCPS 8th graders. Learn more about the event by checking out this video from the first Career Connections event and an article about the 2016 event. Questions? Contact Billy Sayers in the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education at 678-301-7050, or email william_sayers@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
    For your calendar...  
  • Sept. 27-28 are early-release days for K-8 students. Check out this tipsheet on parent-teacher conferences.
  • Take note of these upcoming anniversary celebrations at Patrick Elementary School (Sept. 29), Central Gwinnett High School (Oct. 6 and Oct. 8), Mason Elementary (Oct. 12), and Walnut Grove Elementary School (Oct. 20).
  • All GCPS schools will be closed for a student holiday/teacher workday on Mon., Oct. 9.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Find the 2017-18 student calendar online.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' award-winning educators, nationally honored leaders, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's September meeting.
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    2017 Gwinnett County Board of Education
    Louise Radloff, Chairman;  Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman;
    Daniel D. Seckinger; Mary Kay Murphy, and Dr. Robert McClure. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks