A $35,000 donation from Iconex, a Duluth-based company, gives a boost to the engineering and robotics programs at Duluth HS. In this video from GCPS TV, see how this generous gift will support professional development, purchase needed equipment, and expand STEM opportunities for Wildcats as they prepare for college and careers.
Past and present students, staff, and community members are invited to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of South Gwinnett HS. Alums will take part in special activities on Nov. 10 and 11, with a community celebration set for Sunday, Nov. 12. A reception starts at 2 p.m., followed by a formal program in the school's Performing Arts Center. Online, find details on the Alumni Event, including an email address for RSVPs. Alumni also can lend school memorabilia and share their Comet stories for the celebration. Learn more on the school website.
Gwinnett Great Days of Service (GDOS) is one of the largest community volunteer events in the nation. And you can be a part of it!
Here’s how you can help to support of our community and our schools:
- Donate to the You Can Do It Drive: Between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19, drop off your donation at a school or the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Requested items include canned proteins (tuna, ham, ravioli, etc.); canned soups and fruits; boxed macaroni and cheese; peanut butter and jelly; personal care items, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and soap; toilet paper; and laundry detergent pods. The donations will be delivered to Gwinnett shelters, group homes, and food pantries.
- Sign Up for a Service Project: As part of GDOS, volunteers are fanning out across the county to help with community- and school-based service projects on Oct. 20 and 21. Volunteers are still needed for projects. You can volunteer with a group or as an individual, even with your family. (Look for age requirements and specifics on what type of work the project entails.) Register to volunteer today! GDOS is coordinated by the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services.
Are you interested in gaining valuable teaching experience while getting paid? Join the Substitute Teaching Program!
GCPS is seeking qualified substitutes for the 2017-18 school year. Serving as a substitute is a great way to make connections for future, full-time employment and to gain experience in a variety of educational settings. Subs can determine the days and hours they’ll be available for assignments as well as the locations where they’re interested in serving. Substitute teaching can be an especially good fit for someone who is working toward a teaching certificate.
Substitute teachers do not have to be certified to teach. However, they must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from a college approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Candidates also must complete the GCPS Substitute Teacher Training Program (if they do not possess a valid or expired professional teaching certificate).
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the school year, and substitute teacher orientation sessions are conducted weekly at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center in Suwanee.
Pay rates for substitute teachers have increased for the 2017–18 school year to $89 per day for regular substitute teaching and $99 per day for long-term substitute teaching.
Learn more by calling 678-301-6140 or visiting www.gcpsjobs.org for information and an application.
Looking for an opportunity to support Gwinnett students and help prepare them for their future? At Gwinnett’s Junior Achievement (JA) Discovery Center, 6th and 8th grade students participate in an immersive simulation that helps them develop skills to better navigate today’s complex economic environment and discover how decisions made today can have an impact on tomorrow.
No matter your profession, your life experiences qualify you to be a successful volunteer to serve as a mentor and coach for students in these simulations:
- JA BizTown: Students interact within a simulated economy and take on the role of citizen, consumer, and employee. (6th Grade)
- JA Finance Park: Students make the connection between their education and career, career and income, and ultimately their income and future lifestyle. (8th Grade)
This month, we have the need for volunteers on Oct. 16, Oct. 17, Oct. 18, and Oct. 26. Online, find more information and register as a volunteer! Share this volunteer opportunity with friends and family or consider volunteering yourself. Questions about volunteering at the JA center? Contact Kyle Redner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The JA Center on the campus of Discovery HS, located at 1333 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.
If you’re a member of the Class of 2018, you may be working on your college applications this fall. While you’re at it, don’t forget to apply for scholarships to pay for your postsecondary studies.
Annually, the GCPS Foundation Fund 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 80 graduating seniors earned $115,000 in district and school-specific scholarships administered through the Foundation.
The Foundation is now accepting applications from members of the GCPS Class of 2018. Find the 2018 GCPS Foundation Scholarship Catalog online. Scholarships range in value from $300 to $6,000 and most are one-time awards. The deadline for scholarships managed by the Foundation is Dec. 11. (All scholarship deadlines are included in the scholarship information and clearly noted on each application.) The Foundation will announce scholarship recipients in May.
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.
If you’re a current or former student, parent, or staff member of one of these schools, join us to celebrate an upcoming milestone.
Walnut Grove Elementary School's 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.
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.
To better prepare our students for a smoother transition from high school to college and career, GCPS will conduct the district's 4th annual Career Connections Exhibition for the district’s Career Academy 8th graders on Nov. 16. The event will bring together close to 200 exhibitors from across the career spectrum for “show and tell” interviews and activities. GCPS is seeking business people who can provide engaging presentations about what they do and what it takes to pursue a successful career in their field. There's no cost for exhibitors to participate. If you know of potential exhibitors, point them to an exhibitor registration form online. They can learn more about the event by checking out this video from the first Career Connections event and an article about the 2016 event. Nearly 5,000 middle schoolers will participate this fall. Students from 11 middle schools feed into our seven College and Career Academy high schools: Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett. Questions? Contact Billy Sayers in the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education at 678-301-7050, or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected students will be notified via email.
The 8th annual golf tournamentto support the Community-Based Mentoring Program is set for Oct. 9.