Don’t forget that Monday, Oct. 9, is a holiday for GCPS students. Enjoy your three-day weekend!
Friday, Oct. 6, is the last day for GCPS parents, staff, and community members to review and provide feedback on proposed curriculum resources. The review is for science instruction for grades 4, 5, 8, and 9-12, 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.
You can still help shape the future of Gwinnett County Transit by taking a short online survey. Gwinnett County Government is developing short- to long-term plans to find the right balance of transit modes, ensure coverage to different areas of the county, and identify potential funding sources. The survey has been extended through Oct. 2. Visit www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com to learn about the project.
If you’re a current or former student, parent, or staff member of one of these schools, join us to celebrate an upcoming milestone.
- Patrick ES: Patrick’s 10th anniversary will be celebrated at the school’s annual Bobby Patrick Night, set for Sept. 29, 4:30–7 p.m.
- Central Gwinnett HS: Once a Black Knight, always a Black Knight! Central Gwinnett’s 60th anniversary celebration begins with homecoming festivities on Oct. 6 at 4 p.m., with a formal program on Oct. 8 at 2:45 p.m. Alums should RSVP online by Oct. 2.
- Walnut Grove ES: 25th anniversary festivities are planned for Oct. 20. Part of the annual EagleFest, the program starts at 5 p.m. RSVP online by Oct. 3.
Mentors and community leaders are hitting the links at the Bear’s Best Atlanta Golf Course to benefit GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program. The 8th annual golf tournament is set for Oct. 9. Registration is open for both golfers and sponsors at all levels so pass the word. The deadline to enter is Sept. 22. For more information about the tournament or the mentoring program, check out the Mentoring Program web page or call 770-277-4485.
arents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend an upcoming informational session on Tuesday, Sept. 19, part of the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. Tom Owen, GCPS director of Psychological Services, will present “Navigating the Stages of Family Development,” with a focus on the life cycle of the family unit and tips and strategies for navigating transitional phases.
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. Typically, the 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 both have a child who has been served or is being served in GCPS.
To RSVP for the meeting, contact Ms. Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at email@example.com by Sept. 18. For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.
Parents of children with disabilities (Pre-K to grade 5) are invited to participate in a four-session workshop, entitled “Parents Engaging in Early Childhood Education.” The workshop is designed to nurture and develop engaged parents, helping them to positively support their child’s academic success, with an emphasis on increasing literacy skills. Participants will learn:
- How to be a team member in their child’s individual education program (IEP);
- Creative ways to make learning fun and engaging for their child; and
- Ways to support their child’s early literacy development.
Parents are encouraged to attend all four sessions to receive the most benefit from the workshop. Sessions are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The sessions will be presented by Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair in collaboration with GCPS educators and community members. 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 has been served or is being served in GCPS.
Space is limited for the workshop, so please respond no later than Sept. 5. To RSVP, contact Ms. Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.
OK Gwinnett... we know GCPS has the best teachers! Here is your chance to recognize them! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, along with Kroger and Mercer University, is sponsoring a new community recognition program to make sure the “best of the best” in the classroom get the recognition they deserve.
Selection of the winners of the AJC Celebrating Teachers Awards will be based on how nominees went above and beyond to educate, inspire and encourage students during the 2016-17 school year.
You can nominate a K-12 teacher by submitting your nomination by Sept. 4. Winners will be honored at an awards event in the fall.
Middle and high school students are invited to apply for a spot on State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2017-18 Student Advisory Council. Selected students will meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom and other issues related to education during council meetings at the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) offices in Atlanta. Middle school advisors will meet Oct. 3, Jan. 17, and April 10, and the high school council will meet Oct. 4, Jan. 18, and April 11. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 1, and should be emailed to email@example.com. Selected students will be notified via email.
The 8th annual golf tournamentto support the Community-Based Mentoring Program is set for Oct. 9.
Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend a back-to-school session on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
If you live and work in Gwinnett County, you are aware that decades of successful growth and development have led to unprecedented traffic congestion in our community. The county has rapidly changed, and its residents have diverse transportation needs and challenges. A robust, high-capacity transit system may be part of the response to these transportation concerns, so the County needs your help to identify how we should invest in this system for future success.
Gwinnett County Transit is embarking on its first-ever comprehensive system review, called Connect Gwinnett: Transit Plan. For this effort, the planning team will be at local events throughout the county to gather input. Community members also can take part in an online survey to share feedback on how to enhance the current transit system in the short term and what Gwinnett’s long-term transit future should look like.
So, get involved! Visit www.ConnectGwinnettTransit.com to learn about upcoming events and other project information. And, share your opinions and insights by taking an online survey by the Aug. 31 deadline.
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is inviting parents, community members, and school district employees to apply for the GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2017. After the review, the committee recommends revisions and additions to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Gwinnett County Board of Education.
Committee members serve three-year terms. Completed applications should be returned by Aug. 25, 2017, to the attention of Jadd Jarusinski, director of Instructional Resources and Support, at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee. The downloadable application can be found on the GCPS website. On the GCPS Home Page select "GEMS Application" from the I Want To... Apply For... drop down menu.
This summer, the GCPS Book Mobile will travel in the Meadowcreek Cluster each week, checking out school library books to students who may not have easy access to the public library.
A statewide partnership has launched a campaign to stress the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy this summer. GeorgiaSummer.org highlights the importance of summer access to healthy meals, safe environments, and books and educational opportunities for children.
On the site, parents and children can access a toolkit full of links to reading resources and summer activities as well as a mapping tool for finding free meals this summer for children who might otherwise go hungry. (Most summer meal sites are located in schools, community facilities, worship centers, and apartment complexes.) The Look Again campaign reminds families and caregivers of the dangers of leaving children unattended in a vehicle, especially during hot weather.
Public and private partners across the state include Get Georgia Reading, Georgia Department of Education, Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Clear Channel Outdoor Americas-Atlanta Division.
On May 19, friends, family, and Gwinnett sports fans gathered at the 8th annual induction ceremony for the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 inductees are Tony Akins (Berkmar HS, basketball), Coach Jack Britt (the old Grayson and Lawrenceville high schools), Chad Hall (Wesleyan School, football), Kyle Maynard (Collins Hill HS, wrestling), and Courtney Puckett Oro (Providence Christian Academy, gymnastics). Head Coach Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons was the keynote speaker for the ceremony to honor the five elite Gwinnett County inductees. All proceeds from the event benefit the student scholarship fund of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund.
562 veteran educators and support staff members marked their retirement from GCPS.
Congratulations to Jamie Lynn McFarland, the district’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Ms. McFarland has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the title of 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year.