GCPS eNews


October 2016,

      Vol. 15, No. 3      

GCPS Seen & Heard
Rock Springs Elementary honors principal, 
serves community 
Rock Springs students and teachers stand with canned food donations to co-op
Students and teachers at Rock Springs Elementary School surprised Principal Penny Clavijo with a schoolwide collection of canned food donations in honor of her birthday. All donations benefited the Lawrenceville Co-op, where Ms. Clavijo regularly volunteers.
"On behalf of the faculty and staff, parents and community partners, and most importantly, our 875 GSMST alumni, we are honored to receive this important designation as a National Blue Ribbon School. We are so excited to represent the quality public education that is available throughout Gwinnett County Public Schools."

  --Principal IV Bray,  

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    TOTY finalists named
    Congratulations to the six teachers honored as finalists for GCPS Teacher of the Year (TOTY). They are among 135 local school TOTYs and 25 semifinalists honored in September. These honored educators deliver on The Promise of Gwinnett every day! In November, look for TOTY news about Gwinnett's top teacher!
    Student and teacher working together in the classroom
    Substitute Teacher Job Fair set for Oct. 26
    GCPS' Substitute Teaching Job Fair is set for Wed., Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Gwinnett High School (564 W. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville). Learn more about qualifications and salary online. Apply today at www.GCPSjobs.org.
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    Remember to cast your vote for i-BLAZE grant
    Just a few more days are left to cast your vote for i-BLAZE-- an innovative after-school intervention program for students at Brookwood Elementary School and Meadowcreek Elementary School. The program is one of 15 finalists for a $100,000 grant in the Farmers Insurance Dream Big Teacher Challenge. Six Dream Big winners will be named in December, earning $100,000 each. Right now, i-BLAZE is in 7th place so we need your help! Please share this opportunity with friends and family so we can help our schools fund this initiative. Check out the proposal by Dr. Sharon Smith and cast your vote every day through Oct. 31. (Each time, you'll be asked to verify your vote via an email link. If you don't, it doesn't count, so please take this extra step.) 
    Public invited to share
    feedback on ESSA plan
    The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has posted an online survey to get the public's feedback on the state's proposed plans under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In addition to the survey, eight feedback sessions have been held throughout the state to allow citizens to give input on Georgia's ESSA plan.
    Parents encouraged to take 
    AdvancED survey
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    This school year, Gwinnett County Public Schools is taking part in the AdvancED accreditation review process. As part of that review process, every school must submit information and collect feedback from our many stakeholders. Please click the link and select your child's school's name to take part in the AdvancED stakeholder survey.
    School, support staff to be
    Promise focus in November
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    Across the school district, the 2016-17 school year has been designated as a "Year of Promise." The Promise of Gwinnett campaign is a means of focusing attention on the importance of public education, the role it plays in our nation, and the outstanding schools found right here in Gwinnett County. We hope you've gotten a chance to meet some of our Promise Students and Promise Teachers (TOTY semifinalists) through the Promise of Gwinnett website, and been inspired by the Promise videos posted on the site. Be on the lookout for more Promise staff photos in November. As part of our American Education Week celebration, we will feature photographs of teachers, administrators, and support staff from around the county and across divisions.
    What's new in the online Communiqué? Communiqu_ logo
    Communiqué is the district's digital magazine, sporting new content every day or two. Recent and upcoming posts include literacy advice from beloved children's author Rosemary Wells (of Max and Ruby, Sophie, and Yoko the Kitten fame), a gallery of photos featuring Sweetwater Middle School's visit from the Atlanta Falcons, the latest episode of In5ive, and more.
    Get a free pass! Plan your trip! Hit the road!
     Hey, 4th graders (and your parents)! From sea to shining sea, our country is home to inspiring landscapes, vibrant waterways, and historic treasures that all Americans can enjoy. And, with the "Every Kid in a Park" program, America's 4th graders can visit our federal lands and waters for FREE! Every 4th grader in the U.S. is eligible to receive a free Interagency Annual Pass and can bring their families with them! A number of sites are in the metro Atlanta area, and dozens more are within a few hours by car. Learn more about the pass program online.
    Keep your student healthy and safe  Student covers his cough and another student holds hand sanitizer
    The safety of GCPS students and staff is the school district's highest priority. Learn more about some of the ways we encourage safety first, and check out these resources for keeping your student healthy.
    Add these dates to your calendar...   
    Time flies... and so do the days
  • The Grayson High School Technical Education Program hosts its Open House on Thurs., Oct. 27.
  • GCPS' Career Connections event, which presents exciting career fields to 5,000 of the school district's 8th graders, is scheduled for Fri., Oct. 28.
  • Berkmar High School invites the community to its 50th anniversary celebration on Sat., Nov. 5
  • Tues., Nov. 8, is Election Day and a student holiday for all GCPS schools.
  • The 2016-17 Teacher of the Year banquet is set for Thurs., Nov. 10.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Thanksgiving break is Nov. 21 through Nov. 25, for students. All GCPS offices will be closed Thurs., Nov. 24, and Fri., Nov. 25.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' award-winning educators, a National Blue Ribbon School, grant winners, school anniversaries, and more. 
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's October meeting.
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