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GCPS eNews


November 2015,

Vol. 14, No. 3 

GCPS Seen & Heard
Magic Wheelchairs
cast their spell!
Magic Wheelchairs
Students at Central Gwinnett High School partnered with Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization, to make Halloween magical for two Dacula Elementary School students. Read more in the online Communiqué 
"Our top teachers are effective communicators, enthusiastic collaborators with their peers, and creative problem-solvers in the classroom, mirroring the 21st century skills that they nurture in GCPS' students. And they are champions
for all children and
passionate advocates
for strong public schools
--J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent,
in Teacher of the Year remarks.

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    Harbins ES' Trisha Connor honored as 2016 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year 
    At the Nov. 10 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY) banquet, Trisha Connor of Harbins Elementary School was named GCPS' top teacher as well as the Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Science Teacher Jennifer W. Sevier of Dacula Middle School is this year's Middle School Teacher of the Year. Alix McHardy, who teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Biology at Norcross High School, is the school district's High School Teacher of the Year. The beginning of the process tapped 134 local school Teachers of the Year as tops in their schools, then 25 semifinalists were named, before the field was narrowed to six finalists.
    E-SPLOST passed in Nov. 3 election 
    The E-SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Education) was passed by a wide margin of 74.69% to 25.31% in the countywide election on Nov. 3, 2015. The E-SPLOST is collected on all retail sales in Gwinnett County so that everyone who makes a purchase in the county, including visitors, contributes to the support of local schools.  
    Gwinnett graduation rate graduates-sm.jpg
    continues to climb

    Gwinnett County Public Schools' focus on providing rigor in the classroom and ensuring students are learning the district's AKS curriculum is resulting in continued improvement in the graduation rate. This year's rate of 78.1 percent represents a 3.1 percentage point increase over last year and a 10.5 percentage point increase over the last five years.

    Celebrate American Education Week!

    November 16-20 is American Education Week, and we'll be highlighting the exciting learning innovations taking place in Gwinnett's classrooms. Look for an upcoming feature about community leaders going back to school and stepping into the principal's shoes in the Principal For a Day program. 

    November is Parent Engagement Month  Be There newsletter mast

    Parents are a child's first and most important teacher, and GCPS encourages parents to be involved in their children's education. Learn more about the teachable moments parents can share with their children every day, and consider these volunteer opportunities:

    • JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett: The new Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center at Gwinnett is open for business! Staffed by JA volunteers-- including parents and community members-- the center provides hands-on experiences in financial literacy for more than 27,000 GCPS middle schoolers this year. Trained JA volunteers are critical to the success of this program. Share this opportunity with friends and family or consider volunteering yourself. Send an email to to learn more. 
    • Community-Based Mentoring Program: The Community-Based Mentoring Program connects caring adults in the community to at-risk middle school boys. While school counselors, teachers, and family members all play a role in keeping students in school and learning, the involvement of a community mentor can make a meaningful connection. 
    the new Communiqué format!  
    Communiqué  has a new design to better meet the needs of our families. We're posting digital content in an online magazine on a regular basis. You can expect to see feature stories from our local schools, videos from around the district, photo galleries of school activities and events, calendar items, and Bulletin Board shorts. Check back often to see what's new. 
    Share your feedback with GCPS,
    state perception surveys 

    Parents, please share your feedback by participating in two important surveys.

  • GCPS' annual Perception Survey is available at your child's school and through the Parent Portal. Parents may participate anytime through Dec. 11. Results of the survey help school leaders, teachers, and the district learn what is being done well at each school and what areas need improvement.
  • A second survey--the Georgia Parent Survey-- is used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. Parents may complete the state survey using their personal computer, smartphone, or tablet, or on a computer at school. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. 
  • Notes for your calendar...   
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Thanksgiving break is Nov. 23 through Nov. 27, 2015, for students. All GCPS offices will be closed Thurs., Nov. 26, and Fri., Nov. 27.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • Seniors should make plans to take the current version of the SAT before Jan. 2016. The registration deadline is Dec. 28.
  • High school students have early release Dec. 16-18 for exams.
  • Winter break for students will be Mon., Dec. 21, through Tues., Jan. 5. Students return to school on Wed., Jan. 6. 
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about award-winning educators, our honored CFO, upcoming events, and more. 
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's October meeting.

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