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Jan. 2018,

      Vol. 16, No. 4        

GCPS Seen & Heard
Baggett ES celebrates the 100th day of school! 
Photo of Baggett ES student and teacher
A Baggett ES teacher and student dress as 100-year-olds to mark the 100th day of school. Many creative celebrations took place in classrooms around Gwinnett.
"In recent days, staff and I have been reviewing both the hits and misses of our first three Digital Learning Days... From the first Digital Learning Day on Jan. 8 to the third one on Jan. 18, we were able to quickly make some helpful changes, and significantly improve the digital learning experience for students and their families. Last week, I called a number of principals about the Digital Learning Day at their schools. 
Every one of them expressed enthusiasm for how well it went. And they talked about seeing unanticipated benefits for the school in terms of robust collaboration among teachers and students, high levels of engagement in the learning, and excitement over having the chance to try a different way of delivering quality instruction on 
a non-traditional 
school day." 
 
  --J. Alvin Wilbanks,  CEO/Superintendent,   
in remarks about the school district's recent Digital Learning Days.

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    The time is right...

     to make a difference

    Little student bus riders 

    GCPS is hiring:

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Special Education Paraprofessionals
  • 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
    School in session for 
    three weather make-up days 
    Thanks to Digital Learning Days, teaching and learning continued when that wintry blast hit metro Atlanta in January. However, the three school days missed in September due to Irma-related weather will be made up, using designated days built into the 2017-18 school calendar. Those make-up days-- February 23, March 9, and March 23-- will now be school days. February 9 remains a student/teacher holiday, while February 19 will remain a student holiday/teacher staff development day. Find an updated version of the 2017-18 calendar on the district website. There still may be wintry weather ahead, so be familiar with the district's inclement weather procedures.
    Gwinnett County Board of Education
    Board news and updates 
    At its January Board meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Carole C. Boyce and Daniel D. Seckinger to serve as Board Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, for 2018.

    Additionally, the 2018 meeting schedule was approved. Adopted School Board meeting dates include Feb. 8, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20. The proposed date for the first meeting in 2019 would be Jan. 17.


    GCPS' legislative priorities are online Georgia's Gold Dome  
    As the new year begins, the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly is underway. Check out the school district's legislative priorities and the 2018 executive summary. Keep up with the latest session news from under the Gold Dome online.
    New principal appointment 
    At its January Board meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed Dr. Allan Gee, as Principal of Rock Springs ES.
    Registration open for Gwinnett charters, other schools and programs 
    Some reminders about registration dates and information sessions for the 2018-19 school year:
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST): Registration is closed. A registration lottery is planned for Feb. 5.
  • Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC): GOC accepts registrations during the month of February. Several tours are scheduled in February, along with an informational meeting planned for Feb. 28.
  • Maxwell HS of Technology: Registration is ongoing, with an Open House for interested students on March 1.
  • Grayson HS Technical Education Program: Registration is ongoing, with the Winter Open House set for Feb. 15.
  • New Life Academy of Excellence: Open enrollment runs through Feb. 8, with a lottery set for Feb. 19 if needed.
  • North Metro Academy of Performing Arts: Current students have until the end of January to re-enroll. Enrollment for new students opens on Feb. 1.
  • Substitute job fair planned for Feb. 6 
    A Substitute Teacher Job Fair is set for Tuesday, Feb. 6, between 4 and 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. During the fair, staff will conduct a formal presentation, followed by one-on-one sessions with members of the Substitute Management team. Computer labs will be available and fully staffed to walk interested candidates through the application process. Registration is not required for this hiring event.
    January is National Mentoring Month...  Mentoring logo
    be a mentor to a GCPS student!
    The Community-Based Mentoring Program is seeking male and female volunteers! Learn more about becoming a mentor, and make a difference in a young person's life!   
    Stay informed with SchoolMessenger   
    GCPS uses SchoolMessenger to communicate information related to districtwide events, including key school dates and school closings due to inclement weather. Parents and guardians have the ability to customize messaging preferencesLearn more about SchoolMessenger and review these frequently asked questions. If you have not opted in to receive texts on your mobile phone yet, it's easy! Just send a text with "Y" or "Yes" to 67587. (The mobile phone must be listed in your student's contact information on the Parent Portal.)      
    JA Center seeks volunteers JA teacher and students in a classroom
    Looking for an opportunity to support Gwinnett students and help prepare them for their future? Through real-life simulations at Gwinnett's Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center, 6th and 8th grade students develop skills to better navigate today's complex economic environment. Questions about volunteering at the JA Center? Email kredner@georgia.ja.org. The JA Center, on the campus of Discovery HS, is located at 1333 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.
    Calendar notes...   Time flies... and so do the days
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Find information about school year calendars online.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' award-winning educators, honored leaders, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read summaries of Board of Education meetings.
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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