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.
Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend a session on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., part of the Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. Staff members from GCPS’ Special Education Department— Dr. Ryan Mitchell, occupational therapist, and Dr. Mary Elizabeth Mitchell, physical therapist— will present “Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Services in the School: What are They?” Spanish interpretation services will be available.
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 by 4 p.m. on Oct. 21, 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.
If you have an interest in becoming a substitute teacher for Gwinnett County Public Schools, make plans to attend this week’s Substitute Teaching Job Fair, set for Wed., Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Meadowcreek HS (4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd. 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 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.
College Fairs and campus visits, essays and applications… such is the life of a high school senior looking ahead to postsecondary plans. Remember to put scholarship applications on the to-do list. The GCPS Foundation Fund is now accepting applications from members of the GCPS Class of 2020. 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 $142,000 in district and school-specific scholarships administered through the Foundation. Find the 2020 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. 6. (All scholarship deadlines are included in the scholarship information and clearly noted on each application.) The Foundation will announce scholarship recipients in May.
We know it’s fall because it’s a little cooler, pumpkin spice is in everything from cereal to coffee creamer, and students have three days away from school for Fall Break. Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week, Oct. 10 and 11. Students also will have the day off on Monday, Oct. 14, which is a staff development day for teachers. Students and all staff will be back to school on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Have fun and be safe during your break!
Take a few minutes to catch up on your district news in In5ive for the week of Oct. 7. In this episode… find dedications for McClure Health Science HS and the vet surgical suite at Grayson HS Technical Education Program, a special community event at Mill Creek HS honoring those who serve, industry-certified programs at Berkmar HS and Maxwell HS of Technology, TOTY semifinalists, and special dates on the GCPS calendar. Watch these stories and more in this episode of In5ive.
To better prepare our students for a smooth transition from school to college and career, the district hosts the annual Career Connections event to promote career awareness. This year’s event is set for Oct. 22. At Career Connections, more than 5,000 9th grade students from the district’s seven College and Career Academy high schools will learn about career fields through “show and tell” interviews and activities with community members from across the career spectrum. Prospective exhibitors can learn more on about the event and find a sign-up form on the Academy web page. There’s no cost for exhibitors to participate in the event. To learn more, they can contact Dr. Kyle Jones in the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education at 678-301-7050 or by email.
To better prepare our students for a smooth transition from school to college and career, the district hosts the annual Career Connections event to promote career awareness. This year’s event is set for Oct. 22. More than 5,000 9th grade students from the district’s seven College and Career Academy high schools will learn about career fields through “show and tell” interviews and activities with community members from across the career spectrum. Prospective exhibitors can find more information about the event and a sign-up form on the Academy web page. There’s no cost for exhibitors to participate in the event. To learn more, contact Dr. Kyle Jones in the Office of Academies and Career and Technical Education at 678-301-7050 or by email.
GCPS is hiring bus drivers for the current school year. 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 must 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.
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.
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?
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…"