May 9 at 3 p.m. is the deadline for rising kindergartners to register for Gwinnett’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program— an opportunity for elementary students to develop proficiency in another language while learning the curriculum. Next school year, DLI will be offered at nine GCPS schools— Spanish at Annistown, Baldwin, Bethesda, Camp Creek, Ivy Creek, Level Creek, and Meadowcreek elementary schools; French at Trip ES; and, new for 2019-20, Korean at Parsons ES. The schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone. Out-of-zone families must provide transportation. (Remember, in addition to completing DLI registration paperwork, families must register for kindergarten at the school to which their child is zoned.)
Registration is underway for the following GCPS schools and programs for the 2019–20 year.
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC): Full-time registration has reopened for students in grades 4–12 who are interested in attending GOC for 2019–20. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration process is not complete until all required documents are presented to the school office. The registrar is available Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Once a grade level is full, a waiting list will be established. To secure a space, families are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Full-time registration closes on Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m. If you are interested in a school tour, please contact the main office. Be aware that GOC does not offer mid-year enrollment.
If you like to run (or walk) and have a passion for stopping cancer in its tracks, plan to take part in the 10th annual Paint the Pavement Purple ISC 5K Run/Walk on Sat., April 27. Registration is now open for the annual event, sponsored by the Relay For Life (RFL) team for the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. The Early Bird entry fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt. Register five runners for $100 with the Family Discount. Day of Race registrants will pay $30. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society and its efforts to fight cancer, fund research, increase prevention awareness, and support those battling the disease. GCPS is proud to be among the largest contributors to Gwinnett County’s RFL.
Registration for full-time students at Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) for the 2019-20 school year will reopen on April 9 to fill remaining slots. Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, there are openings for students at all grade levels offered at GOC— grades 4-12. Once a grade level is full, a waiting list will be established. To secure a space, families are encouraged to register as soon as possible when registration re-opens. GOC does not offer mid-year enrollment.
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 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will close on Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m.
Families of rising kindergartners interested in GCPS’ Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program can register for the 2019–20 school year through May 9 at 3 p.m. DLI is available at nine schools— Spanish at Annistown, Baldwin, Bethesda, Camp Creek, Ivy Creek, Level Creek, and Meadowcreek elementary schools; French at Trip ES; and, new for 2019-20, Korean at Parsons ES. The schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone. Out-of-zone families must provide transportation.
Note: In addition to completing DLI registration paperwork, families must register for kindergarten at the school to which their child is zoned. Parents should visit the website of their new kindergartner’s assigned school to register online, beginning April 1, and then complete the registration process at the local school on May 2. Parents unsure which school their child will attend, should go to the GCPS SchoolLocator online.
During the fall, nine academically promising 8th graders learned that college will be in REACH when they graduate from high school. Each of the students will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Georgia college or university after high school graduation. The REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholarship Program is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program providing promising students the support to graduate from high school and achieve postsecondary success.
The district’s first “class” of REACH Scholars includes Jerrilyn De La Rosa of Berkmar MS, Takeyra Brown of Grace Snell MS, Melany Pelayo-Medina of Jordan MS, Lewis Le of Lilburn MS, Emmanuel Adebesin of Moore MS, Arelie Barriga of Radloff MS, Kidus Tadessa of Shiloh MS, Jonathan Bell of Snellville MS, and Kendall Reaves of Sweetwater MS.
REACH Georgia is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA), a companion student finance entity of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). GSFC is the state agency that administers the HOPE Scholarship and Grant Program as well as other state- and lottery-funded financial aid programs. GSFC also manages the career and college preparation website, GAfutures.org, and provides educational services such as free financial aid consultation and FAFSA completion assistance to high schools and postsecondary institutions across the state.
Currently in 134 school systems throughout the state, REACH Georgia’s goal is to be in all 180 Georgia school systems and support more than 3,000 students throughout Georgia.
REACH Scholars are paired with a mentor who models positive behavior and provides the student with knowledge, advice, guidance, and support related to education and beyond. Each scholar also is supported by an academic coach who monitors the student’s progress, helping to develop education and career plans and identifying academic and social supports.
In this GCPS TV video, learn more about the program and our REACH Scholars.
The 2018-19 flu season has begun and Georgia is experiencing higher levels of flu than anticipated for this time of year. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect against influenza. And, although the flu shot can't prevent every case of flu, it can protect you from more severe illness. It’s not too late to get a flu shot so consider getting a shot for yourself and your family members, especially those with asthma and other chronic illnesses.
Health officials encourage families to take precautions to limit the spread of illness, including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home and keeping ill children home when flu-like and other cold symptoms appear.
If your child has flu-like symptoms, please contact your physician or health clinic for recommendations. The flu may last 7 to 10 days. If your child has a fever, they must be kept home. They must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication prior to returning to school. Please check out health and wellness resources from GCPS, including our “Healthy Habits” flyer for tips on flu prevention. If you have questions about the flu or flu prevention, you also may contact the Gwinnett County Health Department at 770-339-4260.
A partnership with Junior Achievement (JA) launched the JA Discovery Center at Gwinnett, now in its fourth year. Annually, more than 50,000 GCPS middle schoolers take part in day-long simulations at the center to learn how to navigate the workplace and manage money. 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)
More than 4,000 volunteers have supported the Center since its inception. Email VolunteerGwinnett@georgia.ja.org if you’re interested in volunteering at the Center this year.
The JA Center is on the campus of Discovery HS, located at 1333 Old Norcross Road in Lawrenceville.