Pass the word… GCPS is holding an invitation-only job fair for special education teachers on Jan. 26, and the district will be offering contracts at the event for the 2019–20 school year! Prospective teachers can register online. Candidates eligible to attend must be certified (or will be by July of 2019) in any field of Special Education.
Students graduating in May still have a few days to apply for applications administered by the GCPS Foundation Fund. Annually, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to GCPS seniors. Find the 2019 GCPS Foundation Scholarship Catalog online. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $2,000 and most are one-time awards. The deadline for scholarships managed by the Foundation is Dec. 7. The Foundation will announce scholarship recipients in May.
When you or your children are sick with the flu, you risk missing work, missing school, and missing important life events. Fight flu this season by getting your flu vaccine, vaccinating your children, and encouraging others to protect themselves and their loved ones by doing the same. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are gearing up for the flu season. Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, and peaks between December and February. Georgia is already seeing moderate flu activity, but it’s not too late to get protected against the flu!
Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and its potentially serious complications. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October. Flu vaccines, including the nasal spray flu vaccine, have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you.
Did you know?
Did you know that if your children are between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old, they may need two doses of flu vaccine?
The CDC recommends that children in that age range— whether getting a flu vaccine for the first time or who having gotten only one dose of flu vaccine previously— get two doses of the flu vaccine. If your child needs two doses, be sure to begin this process early to ensure your child is protected before flu activity begins in your community.
All children who have previously gotten two doses of flu vaccine (at any time) only need one dose of flu vaccine this season.
Talk to your child’s health care professional about this season’s flu vaccine, and learn more about which flu vaccine is right for your child on the CDC’s website.
GCPS will host a STEM Teacher Career Fair on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Nov. 11, 2018, marks 100 years since the armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany at the close of World War I.
If you have a member of the Class of 2019 at home, your fall weekends may be filled with campus visits and work on college applications. Don’t forget to put scholarship applications on the to-do list. The GCPS Foundation Fund is now accepting applications from members of the GCPS Class of 2019. Annually, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to GCPS seniors, funded through the support of local businesses and organizations and contributions from generous staff and community members. Last year, more than 130 graduating seniors earned $175,000 in district and school-specific scholarships administered through the Foundation. Find the 2019 GCPS Foundation Scholarship Catalog online. Scholarships range in value from $500 to $2,000 and most are one-time awards. The deadline for scholarships managed by the Foundation is Dec. 7. (All scholarship deadlines are included in the scholarship information and clearly noted on each application.) The Foundation will announce scholarship recipients in May.
Families are reminded that Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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 are encouraged to vote at their regular polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Find poll locations and a sample ballot on the Secretary of State’s (SOS) website at MVP (My Voting Page). Georgia voters can expect a lengthy ballot, including local, state, and national races as well as a G.O. Bond referendum for Gwinnett schools, and additional local measures for some municipalities. Registered voters are encouraged to learn more about the issues and candidates under consideration this election cycle, and to be certain to complete the entire ballot.
GCPS’ Substitute Teaching Job Fair is set for Tues., Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shiloh HS.
Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend upcoming informational sessions.
Mentors and community leaders are hitting the links at Lanier Islands Legacy Golf Course in Buford to benefit GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program. The 9th Annual Golf Tournament is set for Oct. 8 (a student holiday). Registration is open for both golfers and sponsors at all levels so pass the word. The deadline to enter has been extended to Monday, Oct. 1. The money raised will go toward college scholarships, resources, enrichment activities, and background-building experiences for students in the mentoring program. For more information about the tournament or the mentoring program, check out the Mentoring Program web page or call 770-682-8086.
Congratulations to our semifinalists for Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (TOTY)!
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) uses Constitution Week to celebrate the founders' legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.
GCPS is accepting applications for school bus drivers! The hourly wage for drivers is competitive, and bus drivers have excellent benefits and paid training as well as summer vacation and holidays off. Prospective drivers don’t need to hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to apply to become a school bus driver. Our Transportation Department trains and supports new drivers through the process! Applicants are required to be 21 or older and hold a good driving record and a high school diploma or GED. Learn more and apply today (Posting #56860) at GCPSjobs.org, or call 678-225-7670!
Friday, Oct. 5, is the last day for GCPS parents, staff, and community members to review and provide feedback on proposed curriculum resources. The review is for student textbooks, digital resources, and associated teacher resources for Fine Arts for grades K-12, and is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the review, both print and digital resources can be reviewed at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee. For more information about the instructional review process, contact Jadd Jarusinski, director of Instructional Resources and Support, at 678-301-6828 or by email.
In the Kids Heart Challenge, students take on the physical challenge to jump rope, shoot baskets, even dance, in order to raise money through pledges.
Looking for a way to give back to your community? Community members from across the career spectrum are needed for “show and tell” interviews and activities at the upcoming Career Connections event, set for Tuesday, Oct. 16. The event supports college- and career-readiness for the district’s College and Career Academy 8th graders. The 5,000+ student participants attend the 11 middle schools that feed into our seven College and Career Academy high schools: Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett. Prospective exhibitors who can find information about the event and a sign-up form online. There's no cost for exhibitors to participate in the event. To learn more, contact Billy Sayers in the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education at 678-301-7050 or by email.
Citizens can register by mail, online, or in many public buildings, including Gwinnett schools and the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center in Suwanee.
Are you 65 years of age or older and a resident of Gwinnett County? We’ve got your ticket to Gwinnett County Public Schools fine arts and athletic events. And, it’s free! You can use your Senior Pass to enter any GCPS-sponsored athletic or fine arts event— from football games and track meets to school plays, recitals, and concerts. (The passes are not valid for region or state competitions.) Find upcoming events on school websites. Call 678-301-7274 with questions. Learn more about the Senior Pass in this GCPS TV video.
With the support of community members and GCPS employees, the district’s Community-Based Mentoring Program is building on the Power of One to mentor hundreds of students.