Each year, GCPS conducts a meeting for the families of children with disabilities (birth to age 21) currently not served by GCPS who may benefit from support services available through the school system's Department of Special Education and Psychological Services. This year, the Child Find meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Central Gwinnett Room (2.111) in Building 200 of the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee. Families unable to attend are encouraged to contact GCPS with their questions about services for students with disabilities. Call or email Becca McCleskey with GCPS’ Office of Compliance at 678-301-7104 or contact Parent Mentors Jackie McNair (678-301-7149) or Dawn Albanese (678-301-7212).
If you have a child who will be five years old on or before Sept. 1, we hope this important date is circled on your calendar!
Face-to-face summer classes (June 10–July 2)— Online registration is open through June 3, or students may register in person from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 3 at Norcross HS. Face-to-face classes will be offered at Dacula HS, Norcross HS, and Shiloh HS. Find course offerings and frequently asked questions on the face-to-face summer school website.
Online summer classes (June 10–July 2)— Registration for online classes offered through Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) is open through June 2. Find online course offerings and frequently asked questions, along with registration information on the GOC website. Note: For students taking PE, a fitness pre-test is required. Students may choose to self-test or attend the optional orientation and on-campus fitness pre-test on June 6 at GOC.
Community Schools— Located at GCPS high schools, many of these programs offer Health and/or Personal Fitness (PE) during the summer.
Rising 9th graders may take Health and/or PE. Both courses are required for graduation. These courses are available at Norcross HS (face-to-face), Gwinnett Online Campus (online), and Community Schools (face-to-face). Note that spots for these classes are limited so register early to ensure a space.
May 9 at 3 p.m. is the deadline for rising kindergartners to register for Gwinnett’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program— an opportunity for elementary students to develop proficiency in another language while learning the curriculum. Next school year, DLI will be offered at nine GCPS schools— Spanish at Annistown, Baldwin, Bethesda, Camp Creek, Ivy Creek, Level Creek, and Meadowcreek elementary schools; French at Trip ES; and, new for 2019-20, Korean at Parsons ES. The schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone. Out-of-zone families must provide transportation. (Remember, in addition to completing DLI registration paperwork, families must register for kindergarten at the school to which their child is zoned.)
Runners and walkers of all ages and athletic abilities have an opportunity to “book it” for a good cause, support for the school district’s book mobiles!
Join our award-winning Special Education team!
Kindergarten Registration is May 2! Families can complete some paperwork online on the school's website before the event.
You're invited to the District III Area Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at North Gwinnett HS! It's a great opportunity for families in the Duluth, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge clusters to come learn more about GCPS. Check out the flyer for a complete listing of schools and clusters attending this meeting which will begin at 7 p.m. in the school theater. Refreshments will be served, beginning at 6:15.
On May 1, you’re invited to join Nick Saban, head football coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and the GCPS Foundation Fund as we celebrate the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019!
Looking for a job with the same schedule as your school-age kids? Join us for an Open House and Bus Driver Job Fair on Sat., April 13.
Registration is underway for the following GCPS schools and programs for the 2019–20 year.
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC): Full-time registration has reopened for students in grades 4–12 who are interested in attending GOC for 2019–20. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration process is not complete until all required documents are presented to the school office. The registrar is available Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Once a grade level is full, a waiting list will be established. To secure a space, families are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Full-time registration closes on Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m. If you are interested in a school tour, please contact the main office. Be aware that GOC does not offer mid-year enrollment.
State Board of Education member Lisa Kinnemore will hold a public hearing for citizens in the 4th Congressional District on Thursday, April 11. The meeting will be held 7-8 p.m. at Shiloh HS, located at 4210 Shiloh Rd. in Snellville. The purpose of the hearing is to hear comments from interested citizens and educators within the district regarding the performance and problems of public education. Persons wishing to speak should sign in upon arrival. For more information, please contact Debbie Caputo at 404-657-7410. The 4th Congressional District includes Rockdale County and parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Newton counties. (You can find your congressional district online.)
In April the Gwinnett County Board of Education will go on the road for the remaining Area Board Meetings, meeting once in each Board member’s district.
All Gwinnett schools will be closed for a student holiday on Friday, March 29, and the week of April 1-5 for Spring Break.
If you like to run (or walk) and have a passion for stopping cancer in its tracks, plan to take part in the 10th annual Paint the Pavement Purple ISC 5K Run/Walk on Sat., April 27. Registration is now open for the annual event, sponsored by the Relay For Life (RFL) team for the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. The Early Bird entry fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt. Register five runners for $100 with the Family Discount. Day of Race registrants will pay $30. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and its efforts to fight cancer, fund research, increase prevention awareness, and support those battling the disease. GCPS is proud to be among the largest contributors to Gwinnett County’s RFL.
Parent Mentors share advice on key topics for families of students with special needs
Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend upcoming informational sessions, part of the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. This monthly learning series is designed for families of children with disabilities, and presented by Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair in collaboration with GCPS' Special Education Department staff and community leaders and organizations. 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 both have a child who has been served or is being served in GCPS.
· Tuesday, April 16-- Waleska Ackerman, a bilingual speech-language pathologist in GCPS' Special Education and Psychological Services Department, will present “Raising a Bilingual Child with Special Needs.” Topics will include myths of being bilingual, benefits of being bilingual, disorder vs. difference, and how to maintain home language. The session will be held in the Central Gwinnett Room (2.111) in Building 200 of the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center (ISC) located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. To RSVP, contact Ms. Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15.
· Wednesday, April 17-- Chris Shaw, a special education instructional coach with GCPS, will present "Learning with Processing Deficits and the Impact on Life." In this session, parents will learn how to better understand their child’s needs. Ms. Shaw will share strategies to promote independence and personal responsibility. This special meeting will be conducted at the OneStop Centerville Community Center, located at 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. Hours are 10 a.m. to Noon. To RSVP for the meeting, contact Ms. McNair by phone at (678) 301-7149 or by email at Jackie_McNair@gwinnett.k12.ga.us by April 16.
Registration for full-time students at Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) for the 2019-20 school year will reopen on April 9 to fill remaining slots. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, there are openings for students at all grade levels offered at GOC— grades 4-12. Once a grade level is full, a waiting list will be established. To secure a space, families are encouraged to register as soon as possible when registration re-opens. GOC does not offer mid-year enrollment.
The registration process is not complete until all required documents are presented to the school office. The school registrar is available Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will close on Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m.
Not that anyone will forget, but just a reminder that this Friday, March 29, is a student holiday, followed by a week-long Spring Break.
Students, are you looking for an opportunity to grow your leadership skills? Do you care about traffic congestion, affordable housing, protection of greenspace, or the needs of older adults? If so, the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) is the perfect opportunity for you!
For more than 20 years, the MARC has been the only program of its kind to engage students in experiential learning in areas such as transportation, natural resource sustainability, and community development through the lens of the Atlanta region. During the six-month program, MARC participants learn from subject-area experts and community leaders within a diverse cohort of students to develop actionable solutions to regional issues.
The free program features interactive, hands-on activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and thought-provoking discussions with local civic leaders and experts in industries such as natural resource management, economic development, and transportation planning.
The 2019-20 MARC program application is available now. Applicants must be rising 10th or 11th grade students for the 2019-20 school year who attend school in the 10-county Atlanta region (which includes Gwinnett County) and who are interested in learning how they can act to promote change in metro Atlanta.
Visit the MARC website for more information and to apply. Contact Brittney Palmer at email@example.com or call 470-378-1472 if you have any questions or need more information. The program is free to attend and most monthly sessions are held on Saturdays. Applications are due by April, 8, 2019.
With the “Every Kid in a Park” program, America’s 4th graders can visit our federal lands and waters for FREE!