GCPS eNews


Aug. 2018,

      Vol. 17, No. 2          

GCPS Seen & Heard
Coleman Middle students visit Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
During a recent visit to Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Coleman Middle School 6th grade students used squeezable kinetic sand to understand how different elevations affect the flow of water.
"I often say that the work of teachers and those who support them is critically important to
the prosperity of our nation. As students return to school,
I salute all of our employees for
what you will do to make this another successful year in
Gwinnett County Public Schools. Let us work together to deliver
on the Promise of Gwinnett and make 2018-19 one of our best school years ever!"
  --J.Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent, in his recent back-to-school message.

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    The time is right...

     to make a difference

    Little student bus riders 

    GCPS is hiring:

  • Career and Tech Ed Teachers
  • Computer Science Teachers
  • Dual Language Immersion Teachers
  • Engineering Teachers
  • Foreign Language Teachers
  • Math Teachers
  • Science Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Bus Drivers
  • Custodians
  • School Nutrition Workers
  • Special Education Paraprofessionals
  • Interested or know someone who might be? Call the GCPS Recruitment Department at 678-301-6076 or email gcpsteach@gwinnett.k12.ga.us 
    GO Bond referendum  
    to appear on Nov. 6 ballot  
    The Board of Education has approved a resolution calling for a General Obligation (GO) bond referendum authorizing $350 million in tax-exempt GO bonds to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 6, 2018, Georgia General Election. If approved, the GO bonds will provide needed funding right away, allowing GCPS to complete a number of capital projects without raising taxes.  
    Give feedback on proposed instructional resources this fall
    Starting Sept. 10, staff, parents, and members of the community are invited to participate in a review of proposed curriculum resources for Fine Arts to provide their input. The public review runs until Oct. 5. For more information about the review and the hours at the ISC, please check out the Fine Arts review flyer.
    Student safety is GCPS' #1 priority
    GCPS has made a number of school safety improvements for the new school year, including the addition of 15 new SROs, visitor management systems for high schools, and a new texting feature for the district's Confidential Tip Line. Emergency Management Plans have been reviewed and modified as needed. GCPS' SchoolMessenger service now has a designated phone number-- 1-844-248-6644. Be sure to add the number to your contacts.
    Back to school means back to bus safetyfather-son-schoolbus.jpg
    We all play a role in keeping kids safe as they travel to and from school. Whether on neighborhood drives or multi-lane roadways, drivers should remain vigilant and follow traffic laws to help keep schoolchildren safe. The start of the school year is a good time for motorists to remember these safety tips around schools and school buses
    Phoenix HS at Sugarloaf Mills is taking off!
    An innovative program located in the Sugarloaf Mills shopping mall is taking off this fall. Phoenix High School at Sugarloaf Mills is a satellite program of Phoenix HS, offering unique work-based learning options, flexible hours, individualized learning, and real-world experiences to engage students who need additional support to finish high school. Students, who began the year on the Phoenix campus, will move to the new mall location this fall. Phoenix HS at Sugarloaf Mills, in partnership with Simon Youth Foundation, is designed to be small, allowing more individualized support for each student as they finish high school and transition to the workplace or to college.
    Community-Based Mentoring Program hosts 9th Annual Golf Tournament Take a swing and support the Mentoring program
    GCPS' Community-Based Mentoring Program's 9th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course on Mon., Oct. 8. The deadline for registration is Fri., Sept. 28. Please visit the GCPS Foundation website for more information about entry fees and sponsorships.
    Book Mobiles feed bodies and minds
    Take a look at the fun the GCPS Book Mobiles had during the summer months, keeping students engaged with literacy and fueled with nutritious snacks and meals. 
    Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence
    in Education is looking for honorees
    The Atlanta Families' Awards for Excellence in Education is looking for excellent educators interested in making a bigger impact on their students, schools, and communities. You can nominate an outstanding teacher or school leader, starting Aug. 30 through Sept. 28 at www.atlfamiliesawards.org
    School bus drivers wanted... 
    Join the GCPS team! 
    GCPS Bus Managers Bryan and Chris

    Did you know that GCPS is the third-largest transporter of students in the country, safely transporting more than 130,000 students twice per day? In this video, meet Bryan and Chris, two members of our Transportation Department who deliver reliable, safe, and efficient service for the students of Gwinnett County Public Schools. Our drivers enjoy competitive hourly wages, excellent benefits, paid training, and a great work schedule. Drivers work the student calendar year and enjoy the benefit of time off on student holidays and summer vacation! Applicants must be 21 or older, and are required to have a good driving record and a high school diploma or GED. For additional information, call 678-225-7670
    Parent Mentors invite families and community members to upcoming events
    GCPS' Parent Mentors (www.parentmentors.org) presents information and events for families of children with special needs. Please take note of the following:

  • Parents Engaging in Early Childhood Education (PEECE) is a four-session workshop that aims to nurture and develop engaged parents, helping them to positively support their child's academic success, with an emphasis on increasing literacy skills. Sessions will be held Thurs., Sept. 20, Thurs., Oct. 11, Thurs., Nov. 1, and Thurs., Nov. 15. To RSVP for the four-session workshop, contact Dawn Albanese at (678) 301-7212 by Sept. 14.

  • Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend an upcoming informational session on Tues., Sept. 11, part of the "Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present" series. Tom Owen, GCPS director of Psychological Services, will present "Navigating the Stages of Family Development." To RSVP for the meeting, contact Jackie McNair at (678) 301-7149 by Sept. 10
  • Calendar notes...   Time flies... and so do the days
  • All GCPS schools and offices will be closed for Labor Day on Mon., Sept. 3.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Find the 2018-19 school year calendar online.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
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    2018 Gwinnett County Board of Education
    Carole C. Boyce, Chairman;  Daniel D. Seckinger, Vice Chairman;
    Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Dr. Robert McClure, and Louise Radloff. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks