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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
Revisit the Sounds of the Season with holiday performances of music, dance, and drama from around Gwinnett County. GCPS TV made stops at Duncan Creek ES, Riverside ES, Collins Hill HS, Parson ES, Jones MS, Grayson HS, Brookwood HS, Crew MS, Five Forks MS, Sugar Hill ES, Cooper ES, Sweetwater MS, Peachtree Ridge HS, Lanier HS, Kanoheda ES, Mill Creek HS, Suwanee ES, Burnette ES, Roberts ES, and North Gwinnett MS.
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.