Have a fun-filled and restful Winter Break! Students have a break from school from Thurs., Dec. 22, through Wed., Jan. 4. Students return to school on Thurs., Jan. 5. If you're looking ahead for more dates from second semester, find the 2016-17 student calendar online.
Perhaps Santa has inquired what technology your student might want this gift-giving season? Check out this comparison chart that looks at features and recommended uses by school level.
Voting has been extended to select the winning entry in the 2016 Made by Milk™ Carton Construction Contest! You can give the Shiloh HS team a crack at the $2,500 People’s Choice Award with your vote. (Use the pull-down menu to select HS entries and look for the red seesaw photo.) The contest encourages students to build strong bones with milk and flex their creative muscles by repurposing milk cartons.
Here in Gwinnett, we rely on a team of staff members to help us empower every student in our system!
When you sit down with your extended family during the holidays, help your child preserve some family history.
This week (Nov. 14-18), schools around the country are celebrating National School Psychology Awareness Week to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year's theme, "Small Steps Change Lives,” recognizes that small actions can add up to larger, positive changes. School psychologists play a vital role in supporting students as they work to achieve their goals. Individual small steps by both students and the adults in their lives help build the path to creating a positive, connected, and respectful school community. We appreciate the work of our school psychologists in supporting our students and school communities.
Families are reminded that Tuesday, Nov. 8, is a holiday for Gwinnett students. Adults and older students (age 18 as of Election Day) who are registered to vote and haven't advance voted yet, can find locations that offer early in-person voting through Nov. 4, or make their way to their regular polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Find poll locations on the Secretary of State’s (SOS) website at MVP (My Voting Page). Georgia voters can expect a lengthy ballot, including important local, state, and national races as well as four state amendments, a countywide SPLOST in Gwinnett, and additional local measures for some municipalities. (Find a sample ballot online.) Registered voters are encouraged to learn more about both issues and candidates under consideration this election cycle, and to be certain to complete the entire ballot.
Veterans Day, Nov. 11 is the day when we honor and thank all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
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. Your participation is critical to our success. We value your feedback and thank you for the role you will play in the accreditation review of our schools. The survey will be available to participants through Nov. 11.
Vote now to support Sharon Smith's proposal to benefit Brookwood ES and Meadowcreek ES.
GCPS’ Substitute Teaching Job Fair is set for Wed., Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Gwinnett HS (564 W. Crogan Street in Lawrenceville). At the event, learn more about being a Gwinnett substitute and complete an online application. All applicants are required to have at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of college credit, but teacher certification is not required for substitutes. Compensation ranges from $87 a day up to $97 per day for long-term subs (10 consecutive days in the same classroom). Apply today at www.GCPSjobs.org.
Gwinnett’s 8th graders have an early opportunity to set their course for college and careers. GCPS students in 8th grade will take the PSAT 8/9 on Oct. 26 at no cost. The PSAT 8/9 is a test that helps determine what students need to work on most so that they are ready for college when they graduate from high school, and offers a preview of assessments they may choose to take in high school. It’s part of the College Board family of assessments that includes the SAT college-admission assessment and the PSAT NMSQT, a preview of the SAT. The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and PSAT NMSQT, but in a way that makes sense for 8th graders. It takes the place of the Iowa Assessments for Gwinnett 8th graders. Learn more about the PSAT 8/9 on the College Board website.
You’re invited to attend GCPS’ Substitute Teaching Job Fair on Wed., Oct. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m.
GCPS students, especially sophomores and juniors, are invited to experience the exciting courses that will be offered through the Grayson HS Technical Education Program in 2017-18. The upcoming Open House—set for Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.-- will feature live demonstrations and displays of student work. Students can visit classrooms, meet teachers, speak with current students, and tour the Grayson Technical Building!
Attending the event is recommended for students so they can learn about the programs before registration begins in early spring semester, and work with their counselors now to ensure that their schedule will accommodate a Grayson Technical Program. During registration, programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
At the GHSTEP Open House, students also can attend a min-College Fair where more than 20 college representatives will answer questions about admissions, financial aid, and Move On When Ready options.
For more information, call 770-554-7082 or visit the GHSTEP website. The school is located at 50 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville.
Journey back to the 19th century this Saturday, Oct. 15, for the 8th annual Frontier Faire, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the at the Fort Daniel Archaeological Site located at 2505 Braselton Hwy./GA 124 in Buford. "Dynamic Borders" is the theme of the annual event, which features supervised excavations and archaeology activities for the whole family, a trading post, demonstrations, access to the Fort Daniel Museum, a visit on the ArchaeoBus, reenactors exhbiting fromtier life, and story telling (10:30 a.m.) Admission is $5 per family or $2 for an individual. The site is owned by Gwinnett County and managed by the Fort Daniel Foundation.
Don't forget that you can vote daily (once from every email address you use) in the Farmers Insurance $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge. And, of course, we hope you'll vote for i-BLAZE, an innovative after-school intervention program for students at Brookwood ES and Meadowcreek ES. 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.) Six Dream Big winners will be named in December, earning $100,000 each.
Parents, community members, and GCPS staff members can give their feedback on proposed changes and additions to the district's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. This review is addressing AKS for Social Studies (K-12), Science (K-12), American Sign Language, a few Language Arts courses, and a Mathematics course. Review the proposed AKS online and offer your feedback through an online survey. Feedback will be accepted through Oct. 13. Changes in the AKS will be considered at the GEMS Oversight Committee meeting on Nov. 3. The committee will make recommendations to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the School Board.
Berkmar HS alums have several opportunities to get involved in the school’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.
To better prepare our students for a smooth transition from high school to college and career, GCPS will conduct Gwinnett's third annual Career Connections Exhibition for the district’s Career Academy 8th graders on Oct. 28. The event will bring together close to 200 exhibitors from across the career spectrum for “show and tell” interviews and activities. GCPS is seeking business people who can provide engaging presentations about what they do and what it takes to pursue a successful career in their field. There's no cost for exhibitors to participate. If your business is interested in exhibiting, please complete the exhibitor registration form online. You can learn more about the event by checking out this video from the first Career Connections event and an article about the 2015 event. Nearly 5,000 middle schoolers will participate this fall. Students from 11 middle schools feed into our seven College and Career Academy high schools: Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett. Questions? Contact Dr. Savela Pappas in the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education at 678-301-6085, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.