Hurry and register for the 3rd annual Concussion Baseline Day, set for Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at several high schools, with additional locations and times around the county. At the free event, participants will learn about concussions and baselines, complete the baseline testing, and finish with an informative Q&A session. Appointments for testing are still available. Learn more about the event, presented by GCPS and Gwinnett Medical Center's Concussion Institute.
Parents of GCPS students with disabilities are invited to attend the next Balanced Lunch Bunch session— "Behavior Strategies to help Parents"— which will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 21, 9:30-11 a.m., by Kris Keeney, behavioral specialist for Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).
Balanced Lunch Bunch (BLB) is a monthly learning series for families of children with disabilities, presented by the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors in collaboration with GCPS' Special Education Department coordinators.
Typically, BLB sessions are held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Building 200 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee. Parent Mentors are parents who work within GCPS' special education department, providing information and support to other families who have children served in special education. The mentors have first-hand knowledge of raising a child with special needs, as they each have a child who is served in GCPS.
RSVP for the BLB meeting by Feb. 20. Contact Parent Mentor Dawn Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.
Feb. 20 is Presidents' Day. This is a student holiday, and a required teacher planning/staff development day.
High school students interested in exploring careers through hands-on learning can check out two specialized career and technical education programs at upcoming events. Online registration for the Grayson HS Technical Education Program is open, with the Winter Open House set for Jan. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. (Students can apply from any GCPS computer, and must be in the GCPS network to apply.) An Open House for Maxwell HS of Technology is scheduled for Feb. 2 between 5 and 7 p.m. at the school. Online registration is open.
Help Head ES as the school competes for a $60K grant to foster literacy and promote critical thinking through its media center.
Each year, the Gwinnett County Public Schools recognizes a school media specialist whose service has resulted in an exemplary media program. Does your student love visits to the media center? Have your participated in fun and engaging literacy activities at your child's school? If you know an innovative and enthusiastic media specialist who plans collaboratively, promotes literacy, and integrates technology, please nominate him or her for GCPS Media Specialist of the Year. Email nominations by Friday, Jan. 27, to Cindy Weaver (Cindy_Weaver@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) in Media Services and Technology Training.
Did you know kids in quality mentoring relationships are more likely to do better in school and have aspirations to go to college?
The deadline to register for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) for next school year is Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. The registration lottery will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 30 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. The school will accept 375 students for its 2017-18 freshman class.
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.