GCPS eNews


August 2016,

      Vol. 15, No. 1      

GCPS Seen & Heard
Couch Middle School 
teacher earns national
math honor Cindy Apley Rose of Couch MS  
Congratulations are in order for Cindy Apley Rose of Couch Middle School! The award-winning educator was recently honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This is the country's highest honor for math and science teachers
"In the coming year, we have the opportunity to be a part of something special as we celebrate 'The Promise of Gwinnett.' As partners--employees, parents, and community members alike-- we all will work together to ensure that our students have a great year and face a future full of promise!"
--CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks,  
an excerpt from his 2016-17 Back-to-School remarks.

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    A Year of Promise
    This new school year is just bursting with Promise... The Promise of Gwinnett! Our community-wide campaign focuses attention on the importance of public education, the role it plays in our nation, and the outstanding schools, teachers, students, and staff found right here in Gwinnett. Throughout the year, watch for photo profiles of students and staff, Promise videos, special messages, and more as we highlight promising students, promises made, and promises kept! Start your year out right with this Promise of Gwinnett video, and plan to visit the Promise of Gwinnett website regularly to discover the Promise in our young people.
    Give feedback on proposed
    career and technical education resources
    GCPS invites parents and members of the community to join school district staff members in reviewing and giving feedback on proposed curriculum resources for high school career and technical education courses. Set for Sept. 6 to Oct. 6, the public review of the proposed print and digital resources will be held at the district's Instructional Support Center. Based on all input gathered from this multi-step review, a recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for adoption of resources.
    Board of Education approves FY2017 budget, millage rate remains unchanged
    At its May meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education adopted the FY2017 budget in the amount of $1,987,910,465. On. Aug. 1, the Board adopted a millage rate of 21.85 mills (19.80 mills for maintenance and operations and 2.05 mills for debt service) to support the budget.
    Give feedback on state's education plan
    In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. ESSA offers an enormous opportunity to reshape Georgia's education system. Under the new law, states and local districts will develop plans addressing standards (what children are required to learn), testing, school and district accountability (including school ratings), and special help for struggling schools and students. The Georgia Department of Education will hold a series of meetings across the state this fall to gather feedback. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss specific topics in working groups. The meeting in the Metro area is scheduled for Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the North Learning Center, located at 450 Northridge Pkwy. in Atlanta.
    Exhibitors needed for Oct. 28 
    Career Connections event
    GCPS is seeking business people who can provide engaging presentations about what they do and what it takes to pursue a successful career in their field. Exhibitors will share their career advice with nearly 5,000 middle schoolers at GCPS' Career Connections event on Oct. 28. Learn more online.
    Recent grants support schools
  • The national STEM advocacy nonprofit FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) awarded a $40,000 FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant to the Meadowcreek Cluster. Schools in the cluster also received $10,000 from a benefit run sponsored by Vulcan Materials.
  • The Lanier Education Foundation awarded cluster-wide grants worth more than $45,000 to focus on endeavors related to Project-Based Learning and the Cluster's highly regarded STEM program.
  • Every GCPS high school will house a confidential food pantry thanks to a $25,000 United Way grant and business support. CARE Closets are the brainchild of two Peachtree Ridge High School students.
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    Follow bus safety rules
    Those familiar yellow school buses are on the road again, and it's a good time to brush up on the rules of the road when it comes to a stopped school bus. Check out these bus safety tips and a video about keeping our students safe (and saving yourself a ticket).
    New leaders join schools across the district
    Fifteen educational leaders were appointed this past spring and during the summer to lead schools for the 2016-17 school year, including those tapped to lead Gwinnett's newest schools:
  • Dr. Brenda Johnson - Principal, Baldwin Elementary School
  • José DeJesus - Principal, Cedar Hill Elementary School
  • Bonita Banks - Principal, Centerville Elementary School
  • Dr. J.W. Mozley - Principal, Coleman Middle School
  • Dr. Bob Burgess - Principal, International Transition Center
  • Memorie Reesman - Principal, Jones Middle School
  • Dr. Nicole White - Principal, Kanoheda Elementary School
  • Guerlene Merisme - Principal, Lilburn Elementary School
  • Dr. Scott Frandsen - Principal, Minor Elementary School
  • Kassia Morris-Sutton - Principal, Norcross Elementary School
  • Monique Lee - Principal, South Gwinnett High School
  • Elisa Brown - Principal, Stripling Elementary School
  • Dr. Taffeta Connery - Principal, Sugar Hill Elementary School
  • Ryan Queen - Principal, Trickum Middle School
  • Dr. Dale Pugh - Principal, Walnut Grove Elementary School
  • Two new schools, new additions at
    five existing schools open this year
    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) opened its two newest schools, Baldwin Elementary School in the Norcross Cluster and Coleman Middle School in the Duluth Cluster. Several existing schools also have new classroom additions-- Camp Creek Elementary School, North Gwinnett and Twin Rivers Middle Schools, and Meadowcreek and Peachtree Ridge High Schools.
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    Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month and Branch Out!
    GCPS media centers are full of great resources for students, and access to even more resources is on the way! A new partnership between GCPS and the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) will help students Branch Out! academically with full access to the print and digital resources of the county library system at any one of 15 branches around Gwinnett and online. Students who pre-registered during back-to-school activities will gain access in mid-September. Registration remains open for those who did not pre-register.

    Take note of these dates...    Save the date...
  • All GCPS schools and offices will be closed for Labor Day on Mon., Sept. 5.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • The deadline to register for the GCPS' Community-Based Mentoring Program's 7th Annual Golf Tournament is Fri., Sept. 23. The event will be held Oct. 10.
  • Wed., Sept. 28 and Thurs., Sept. 29 are early release days for K-8 students. Check out these resources to prepare for parent-teacher conferences.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' nationally recognized educators, award-winning departments, and more. 
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's August meeting.
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    Dr. Robert McClure, Chairman;  Louise Radloff, Vice Chairman; Carole Boyce; 
    Daniel D. Seckinger; and Dr. Mary Kay Murphy. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks