GCPS eNews


February/March 2017,

      Vol. 15, No. 6      

GCPS Seen & Heard
Jackson Elementary students visit Underground Railroad Quilt Museum
Jackson ES students visit quilt museum
During Black History Month in February, celebrations and events took place across the school district. Jackson Elementary's students visited an Underground Railroad Quilt Museum, and learned how the symbols sewn into the quilts helped lead slaves to freedom. Check out a photo gallery of activities in Communiqué.
"We are very pleased with the gains we have seen in Advanced Placement testing, in terms of both participation and performance. In Gwinnett County Public Schools we take pride in our efforts to challenge students to higher levels of achievement and our work with AP is evidence of this success. There are a lot of school districts out there and to be named 'District of the Year' is quite an achievement. This is an honor that should be celebrated in every single one of our clusters as this recognizes the hard work and achievement of students and teachers throughout the district."
  --CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks,  
in remarks about the school district's honor.  

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    GCPS named an
    AP District of 
    the Year
    Gwinnett County Public Schools was named District of the Year for being the national leader among large school districts in expanding access to Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses while also improving AP Exam performance. GCPS was one of 433 school districts placed on this year's AP District Honor Roll by College Board. 
    GCPS salutes its counseling professionals, inaugural Caring Award winners
    Gwinnett's counselors maintain a tradition of achieving state and national honors. As part of National School Counseling Week (Feb. 6-10), this year's Counselors Recognition event honored the school district's top counseling professionals:
    • Amy Crapo of Norcross Elementary School - 2017 Gwinnett County Elementary School Counselor of the Year
    • Shamira Pierson Porter of Radloff Middle School - 2017 Gwinnett County Middle School Counselor of the Year
    • Dr. Samela Reid of Parkview High School - 2017 Gwinnett County Secondary School Counselor of the Year
    • Penny Palmer Young, Principal of Arcado Elementary School - 2017 Gwinnett County Mary Joe Hannaford Counselor Administrator of the Year
    • Simone Sheppard of Rosebud Elementary School - 2017 Gwinnett County Counselor Writer of the Year
     The event also included the inaugural Promise of Gwinnett Caring Award, which honors students who demonstrate exceptional character, a strong record of community service, and who regularly display care for their peers and adults within their school communities. This year's Caring Award winners, pictured from left to right, include:

    • Jessica Elizabeth Stanhouse, a 5th grader at Arcado Elementary School
    • Ashley Paige Richardson, an 8th grade student at Couch Middle School
    • Michelle Derewitz, a 12th grade student at Lanier High School
    2017 Gwinnett STAR students and teachers honored, advance to region 
    Sabarish Sainathan (3rd from left)-- a senior at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology-- and Eric Yan (2nd from left)-- a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School- share this year's title of Gwinnett 2017 STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student, representing Gwinnett County's public and private schools. The STAR student honor is bestowed on the senior in the top 10 percent of his or her class with the highest SAT score. Sabarish and Eric earned the county title by having the highest SAT scores among the countywide Class of 2017. As part of the recognition, each STAR student selects a teacher who has had a strong influence on his/her academic career. The GSMST senior selected Greg Field (far right), who taught him AP Calculus BC as his STAR Teacher, while the Peachtree Ridge senior selected Gabriel Pak (far left), who taught him AP Physics C: Mechanics. 
    Register now for Dual Language 
    Immersion Programs
    For parents of rising kindergarten students, registration for 2017-18 is open for GCPS' dual language immersion (DLI) programs-- Spanish at Annistown, Baldwin, Bethesda, Camp Creek, and Ivy Creek elementary schools and French at Trip Elementary School. The programs will build by one grade level every year, through high school. Registration will take place through May 11 at 4 p.m. The schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone and families provide transportation.

    Plan to attend an Area Board Meeting 
    Each spring, the Gwinnett County Board of Education goes on the road for Area Board Meetings, to share information about GCPS with the public. Each Board member will host one of the five meetings, where CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks will discuss the state of the school district, focusing on the district's strategic direction, recent successes, and new initiatives. Dates include March 28, March 30, April 11, April 13, and April 18.
    Tapestry showcases student art at ISC 
    During March, which is known nationally as Youth Art Month, the J.Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center's (ISC) lobby area is transformed into Tapestry, an art museum filled with paintings, drawings, three-dimensional art, mixed media, pottery, jewelry, and two-dimensional art-- all created by Gwinnett students. Check the website for exhibit dates and times.
    GCPS hosts job fair on March 25
    Interested in joining the GCPS teaching corps? Registration is now open for the GCPS Certified Teacher Job Fair on Sat., March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center. Once an applicant is registered, interviews will be extended based upon file completion and review.  
    Keep your student healthy and safe
    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, especially during cold and flu season.

    Take note of these dates...  

  • Fri., March 10, and Fri., March 31, are student holidays, if not required as weather make-up days.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., March 16, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Spring Break is set for April 3-7. All GCPS offices will be closed on Fri., April 7.
  • Find a copy of the 2016-17 student calendar online.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' nationally honored leaders, award-winning educators, state-honored schools, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's February 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