In our final episode of In5ive for this school year, you’ll find updates from the recent Board meeting, EMMY Award nominations for student entries and GCPS TV, a celebration of the work of our head custodians, and recognition of 500+ retirees this year.
Parents of students receiving special education services in Gwinnett are invited to attend an upcoming evening session in the “Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Present” series. This special summer session will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at OneStop Centerville, located at 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.
Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair will present “The Individual Education Plan Process: Summer Crash Course on IEP Basics.” This session is designed to help parents and guardians better understand the IEP process and how they can become a more effective team member. Topics will include the parent’s role in the IEP process, information included in the IEP, the purpose of the IEP in guiding support and services for a student with a disability, service delivery, transition planning, and tips for navigating the IEP process.
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. Ms. Albanese and Ms. McNair 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’ Special Education programs.
This learning series— presented monthly during the school year— 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.
To RSVP for the meeting, contact Ms. McNair by phone at (678) 301-7149 or by emailat Jackie_McNair@gwinnett.k12.ga.us by June 11. For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.
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.
Making sure our students are learning in a safe and secure setting extends to arrival at the school. In several school locations, crossing guards are on duty at the start and end of the school day to aid students as they cross the street from neighborhood sidewalks.
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is hiring crossing guards for the 2019-20 school year. This part-time position is part of the Gwinnett County Schools Police. Qualified applicants must display a positive and professional manner and demonstrate accountability for actions and decisions.
Interested? Begin the application process online. (On the GCPS website, go to the Employment tab, select “View open positions” under the External Applicants section, search for Job ID 52927 in the column on the left.) Contact Debbie Toland at 678-518-6995 for more information.
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…"
Summer learning opportunities are available for a fee for high school students through Gwinnett Online Campus (register by June 2) and face-to-face classes at three locations (register by June 3). Rising 9th graders may register for Health and Personal Fitness (PE) only. Academic Summer School is free for qualifying students in grades 3-8. Learn more about GCPS summer learning online.
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.