Have a safe and enjoyable break from school! All Gwinnett schools will be closed for a student holiday on Friday, March 31, and the week of April 3-7 for Spring Break. All central office locations will be closed on Friday, April 7. Students and teachers will return to class on Monday, April 10.
Students curious about educational and career opportunities in STEM areas here in Gwinnett should plan to attend the Science Works! open house event at Gwinnett Technical College on March 30 from 4 to 8 p.m.. At the event, students and their parents can see more than 30 hot careers in action and learn how science can lead to a great career. Learn more and register online.
Gwinnett's High School Gateway Assessment measures students’ ability to write effectively about areas of focus in 9th and 10th grade courses, demonstrating their knowledge and skills in World History, Biology, Chemistry, and Language Arts.
This year, the Gateway will be administered March 27-28. Most students participate in this assessment in their sophomore year, though freshmen taking Chemistry or World History may take this writing assessment in spring of 9th grade.
For the Gateway, students write two essays— one on a Science topic and one on a Social Studies topic. In writing a response, students use their own knowledge about the topic as well as information from documents provided. Students have 125 minutes to write each of the essays, one per day.
Results from this administration will be available before the end of the school year. All Gwinnett students, including those who enroll in GCPS after 10th grade, must pass both sections of the school system’s High School Gateway Assessment to earn a regular diploma.
What students learn in the classroom each day prepares them for the Gateway Assessment. However, intervention classes are provided to help students who do not pass this assessment. Students who are not successful on the assessment the first time have several opportunities to take a retest before graduation. Online, families can find tips for supporting their student at test time and, if needed, ways to help a student manage test anxiety.
March 10 is a student holiday.
Have you ever paid a bill or had a job? No matter your profession, your life experiences qualify you to be a successful volunteer at the Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center at Gwinnett!
Discovery Center has immediate openings for volunteers this week! Support your community and GCPS middle school students as they participate in an authentic, relevant, and experiential simulation on Thursday, March 9.
Volunteers in JA BizTown encourage students to communicate, collaborate with one another, think critically, and get creative as they interact within a simulated economy and take on the role of employee, citizen, and consumer. Volunteers receive training (and a Chik-fil-A lunch) during their shift, which typically runs 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Click here for more information and to register as a volunteer for JA BizTown on March 9. Questions about volunteering at the JA center? Send an e-mail to VolunteerGwinnett@georgia.ja.org. The JA Center is on the campus of Discovery HS, located at 1333 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.
Get #curious at the upcoming Atlanta Science Festival! The festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. From March 14 to March 25, curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives in 100 engaging events, including hands-on activities, facility tours, presentations, and performances throughout the metro Atlanta region. Many activities are free or low-cost, some require pre-registration, and all are recommended by age group. On March 18, check out the 5th Annual Latino College and STEM Fair at the Georgia Tech Student Center or Discovery Day at the Petit Science Center at Georgia State University.The Festival culminates in the free, family-friendly EXPLORATION EXPO, an interactive day of demos, hands-on activities, and stage shows at Centennial Olympic Park. Get a taste of the excitement in this video.
Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a Certified Teacher Job Fair on Saturday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.
The fair is by invitation only for those who are certified (or will be by August 2017) in the following fields: Mathematics (4-8) and (6-12), Science (4-8) and (6-12), Special Education, Engineering, Health Occupations, Elementary, Foreign Language, Career and Technical Education, Dual Language Immersion, English/Language Arts (4-8) and (6-12), and Speech-Language Pathology.
Once an applicant is registered at gcpsjobs.org, files are reviewed and interviews will be extended based upon file
Interested in an interview?
1. Complete a GCPS online application @gcpsjobs.org, and submit at least one current supervisory reference along with a copy of GACE Program Admission Assessment and GACE Content Assessment and/or state certification documentation. If currently student teaching, a copy of partial transcript and one supervisory reference from cooperating teacher is acceptable.
On March 4, Peachtree Ridge High School will host GCPS’ 11th annual Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their families, and educators.
GCPS’ Substitute Teaching Job Fair is set for Tues., Feb. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Baldwin ES (123 Price Place in Norcross). 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.
Archer HS' Parent Teacher Student Association is sponsoring its first-ever Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair and Step Show on Feb. 25 from noon to 4 p.m. This college fair is open to all high school students and offers an opportunity to learn about the diversity, affordability, and academically competitive programs found at HBCUs. The school is located at 2255 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville. RSVP for the fair at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the event, prize drawings, and more online.
Students in grades 6-12, do you have a favorite Gwinnett teacher? Each year, Barnes & Noble Booksellers (B&N) conducts the “My Favorite Teacher” contest. Middle and high school students can write a poem, essay, or thank you letter to their favorite teacher. (Teacher must currently be teaching.) March 1 is the deadline to submit an entry to a B&N store. Gwinnett has four locations (The Shoppes at Webb Gin, The Mall of Georgia, The Forum on Peachtree Parkway, and the Georgia Gwinnett College campus). A local winner is chosen from each store and honored in that store. Local entries are sent to the regional competition where the winner receives a $500 B&N gift card and moves on to the national competition. The national winner receives $5,000 and the school of the honored teacher receives $5,000. Questions? Contact Leslie Hale at email@example.com or call 770-209-4431.
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.
Full-time students who will be in grades 4-12 next year can register for Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) during the month of February on a first-come, first-served basis. An informational meeting is set for Feb. 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
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 3 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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.