GCPS eNews


January 2017,

      Vol. 15, No. 5      

GCPS Seen & Heard
Norton Elementary students celebrate 100th day of school
Norton ES 100th day
In honor of the 100th day of school on Jan. 19, students at Norton Elementary dressed up as older and wiser 
100-year-old citizens.
"Mentoring is a critical part of developing positive relationships within our community. Mentoring is proven to have a positive effect on academic, social, and economic outcomes for our young people."
  --James Rayford,  
director of Academic Support, regarding
National Mentoring Month.  

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    Peachtree Ridge High School latest Gwinnett school to achieve state 
    STEM certification 
    Peachtree Ridge Cluster and GCPS representatives stand with STEM banner.
    Peachtree Ridge High School has earned STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) certification from the Georgia Department of Education for its SPIRE (STEM Program for Innovation, Rigor, and Excellence) initiative. State School Superintendent Richard Woods presented the school with a banner at a celebration recently. Peachtree Ridge joins GSMST, White Oak Elementary School, and the CDAT (Center for Design and Technology) Academy at Lanier High School as state certified schools and programs.
    Eye on innovation in Essentials
    The latest issue of Essentials features district news and highlights the classroom innovations taking place all across Gwinnett. Families should have received their printed copy of the Winter edition and Innovation insert that features the Brookwood, Dacula, and Lanier Clusters. It's also viewable online.
    JA Discovery Center needs volunteers
    Now in its second year,  Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center at Gwinnett hosts 6th and 8th graders for day-long simulations to explore the work world and personal finance, respectively. JA is looking for volunteers to help create a more authentic simulation for our students. No matter someone's profession or background, their life experiences qualify them to be successful volunteers! Volunteers receive training (and a Chick-fil-A lunch) during their shift, which typically runs 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Potential volunteers can check the Volunteer Hub for available dates. Note that dates marked "Gwin" are for the GCPS center located on the campus of Discovery HS in Lawrenceville. Share this opportunity with friends and family or consider volunteering yourself. Questions about volunteering at the JA Center? Send an email to VolunteerGwinnett@georgia.ja.org
    Board news to note...
  • At its January Board meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named Louise Radloff and Carole Boyce to serve as Board chairman and vice chairman, respectively, for 2017.
  • Additionally, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved its 2017 meeting schedule. Adopted School Board meeting dates include Feb. 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 27, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21. The proposed date for the first meeting in 2018 would be Jan. 18.
  • Check out GCPS' legislative priorities  Georgia's Gold Dome
    As the new year begins, the 2017 session of the Georgia General Assembly is underway. Check out the school district's legislative priorities and keep up with the latest session news from under the Gold Dome online.
    Give feedback on proposed
    financial literacy course
    The Georgia Department of Education welcomes comments from parents, students, educators, community members, and business professionals regarding the creation of a proposed social studies course entitled "Personal Financial Literacy." The course would be a half-credit elective for high school students, designed to expand the current high school Economics course in the domain of personal finance. The survey will be posted through Friday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. 
    Explore The Promise of Gwinnett
    Throughout the school year, join GCPS in exploring The Promise of Gwinnett. Each month, we focus on a new theme... The promise of our students, the Promises kept by our teachers, our staff, and their commitment to the Promise. In January, we are focused on our partners in the Promise, an engaged and supportive community, with the home-school connection our focus in February.  
    2017-18 registration continues
    for some school programs  
    The school district's charter schools and a number of other special schools and programs have scheduled information sessions and registration dates for students interested in attending one of the schools in the 2017-18 school year. While registration has closed for GSMST, several programs have upcoming deadlines or events. 
    • Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC): Full-time students who will be in grades 4-12 next year can register during the month of February on a first-come, first-served basis. Campus tours are available from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 2, Feb. 14, Feb. 15, and Feb. 16, with an informational meeting set for Feb. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Maxwell High School of Technology: Registration is now open, with an Open House set for Feb. 2, between 5 and 7 p.m. at the school.
    • Grayson HS Technical Education Program: Online registration is open. (Students can apply from any GCPS computer, and must be in the GCPS network to apply.)
    • New Life Academy of Excellence: The enrollment window for both new and current students runs through Jan. 31. If needed, a registration lottery will be held on Feb. 20.
    • North Metro Academy of Performing Arts: New student enrollment takes place through Jan. 31. School tours are available monthly, with remaining tours set for Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, and May 10, and an informational meeting planned for the spring. Watch for meeting dates. If required, a lottery will be held in March.
    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.
    Be prepared for inclement weather
    Be cautious with winter driving conditions
    Be prepared for winter weather that could affect Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS). Parents and community members can access information about the system's winter weather procedures on the GCPS website. 

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  • January is National Mentoring Month! Please visit GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program to learn more about making a difference in a student's life.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
  • All GCPS schools will be closed on Mon., Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents' Day. 
  • 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 summaries of the Board of Education's December and January meetings.
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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