Take a few minutes to catch up on your district news in In5ive for the week of Aug. 19. In this episode… find news on new leaders, a Board policy change, digital citizenship videos, supportive business partners, staff and students honors, and more. Watch these stories and more in this episode of In5ive.
Meadowcreek HS students are keeping both mind and body fit, thanks to exercise bikes/desks funded by a grant secured by Media Specialist Cicely Lewis. Learn more about this academic workout in the newest Focus Moment from GCPS TV.
Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend an upcoming informational session, part of the “Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair will present “Starting the New School Year on a Positive Note.” The session will cover a number of topics, including communicating with teachers, supporting your child at home to improve education outcomes, helping your child with homework strategies, establishing daily routines, and organizing documents.
OneStop Centerville Community Center, located at 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville, will host the meeting. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To RSVP, contact Ms. Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at email@example.com by Aug. 27.
The monthly “Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” learning series is designed for families of children with disabilities, and presented by the parent mentors in collaboration with GCPS' Special Education Department staff and community leaders and organizations. 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.
For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.
GCPS retirees are invited to an upcoming seminar sponsored by the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRS). The free event will be held at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Professional speakers will present on the following topics:
Psychological Aspects of Retirement
Elder Care Law.
Registration is required and seating is limited so hurry to register. Questions? Log on to the TRS website to register or call TRS at 404-352-6500 for assistance.
During the school year, you may have some questions about transportation services.
How are bus stops determined? Who should I call if my child’s bus is late? Can my student ride the bus to his sitter’s house after school?
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. 7, 2019. 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. 23, 2019, to the Office 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 home page, go to the pull-down menu and select “I want to apply for…”
Interested in becoming a substitute teacher and gaining valuable teaching experience? GCPS’ Substitute Teaching Job Fair is set for Mon., Aug. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center-Building 200 (437 Old Peachtree Rd NW in Suwanee). 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 from an accredited institution, but teacher certification is not required for substitutes. Compensation ranges from $93 a day up to $103 per day for long-term subs (10 or more consecutive days in the same classroom). Apply today at www.GCPSjobs.org. Follow us on Twitter @gcpshr.
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is asking for feedback on the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Mathematics and English Language Arts. The GaDOE hopes to receive feedback from all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, and representatives from business and industry and higher education. The survey is available through Friday, Sept. 6, until 5 p.m. Online, find a brief survey on Mathematics standards and on English Language Arts standards.
Perhaps you missed this budget news during the summer… At a special called meeting on July 9, the Gwinnett County Board of Education (BOE) adopted a slightly lower millage rate to support the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. During the budget-setting process, the Board indicated that the adopted budget would not require an increase in the millage rate. In light of projected growth in the property tax digest, the Gwinnett BOE approved a slight decrease in the millage rate, resulting in maintenance and operations (M&O) and debt-service millage rates of 19.70 and 1.90, respectively. This is down from last year's rates of 19.80 and 1.95.
Riding the school bus is an exciting experience, especially for young, first-time riders. As the new school year begins, take a moment to review bus stop safety with your student and follow these tips:
Find the location of your child’s bus stop. (Check with the school on meet-the-teacher day). Before school starts, walk with your child to the stop. Show your child where to wait, a safe distance from the roadway. Remind your child that the bus stop is not the place to run and play.
Drive your child around the area near the bus stop, ensuring familiarity with the route and recognition of where to get off the bus. Point out landmarks that are easily recognized so your child will know which stop is theirs. (Note: On afternoon routes, students are not let off a bus on cul-de-sac streets until the bus has completely turned around and is on its way out of the cul-de-sac.)
Make sure your child understands that if she is uncertain about a stop, she should not get off the bus and should tell the driver she isn’t sure. The school bus driver will take the student back to the school and contact the parents. This is particularly important for younger students (grades K-2) who are more likely to follow the crowd off the bus.
Set your child’s routine from the very first morning. If you have decided your student will ride the school bus for the school year, go ahead and let your child ride the bus that first morning rather than driving him to school. Following the routine from the first day helps the student and the driver become familiar with each other and the bus route.
Plan with a group of other parents and adults to have an adult present each morning and afternoon at the bus stop. When students recognize the adult "on duty" during the afternoon route, it gives them a sense of reassurance that they have gotten to the correct stop.
Bus rules keep kids safe at the bus stop, during loading and unloading, and on the bus. Learn more with these FAQs for riders of regular education buses and this guide for riders with special needs. And share this GCPS TV video featuring bus safety tips and instructions with your student before the school year begins.
As GCPS students and teachers start the new year, some will find a new principal leading them to success. The following educational leaders were appointed this past spring and during the summer to lead schools for the 2019–20 school year:
Cortina Harris– Alcova ES
Martina Luna-Liranzo– Beaver Ridge ES
Katrina Larmond– Bethesda ES
Karen Lillard– Brookwood ES
Kono Smith– Graves ES
Jonathan Day– Harmony ES
Dr. Mandy Yearby– Mulberry ES
Laura Clark– Parsons ES
Tamara Perkins– Simonton ES
Darlene Brown– Grace Snell MS
Dr. Natalie Looney– Summerour MS
Durrant Williams– Berkmar HS
Nicole Mosley– McClure Health Science HS (New School)
Jadd Jarusinski– Peachtree Ridge HS
Niki Ross– Phoenix HS
Dorothy Jarrett– South Gwinnett HS
Dr. Brandon Bell– GIVE Center East
Spread the word… GCPS is hiring bus drivers! Our drivers enjoy competitive wages starting at $15.73 per hour, excellent benefits, paid training, and a great work schedule. They work the student calendar year and enjoy the benefit of time off on student holidays and summer vacation! Applicants are required to be 21 or older, have a good driving record, and have a high school diploma or GED. Prospective drivers can apply at GCPSjobs.org. For more information, call 678-225-7670.
This summer, Georgia kids can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything, because Get Georgia Reading partner Renaissance myON Digital Library is delivering more than 10,000 free books to computer and mobile devices that can be accessed 24 hours a day— every day— through Aug. 31.
Kids can search more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers, and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips!
To get started,
Register at renaissance.com/getgeorgiareading.
After you register, you will receive your username and password via email.
Log in at myON.com/login/index.html and enter your log-in information
School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select your school from the drop-down menu.)
Username: provided in your login email
Password: provided in your login email
Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!
If you have a mobile phone, ideas to help boost your child’s learning are just a text away!
Developed by education researchers, Ready4KGA is a free text messaging program for parents of young children (ages birth to 5). It’s easy to subscribe, just text GEORGIA to 70138, or sign up for Ready4KGA online.
Each week, you will receive three age-specific texts with fun facts and easy tips on how to use everyday family activities to boost your child’s learning. Ready4KGA activities build on the things that you already do with your child— like getting your child dressed, meal time, and bath time— to make boosting your child’s learning fast, fun, and easy.
The service is available in both English and Spanish and the tips are customized for Georgia families.
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. 7, 2019. 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. 23, 2019, 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 home page, go to the pull-down menu and select "I want to apply for…"