If you have a member of the Class of 2019 at home, your fall weekends may be filled with campus visits and work on college applications. Don’t forget to put scholarship applications on the to-do list. The GCPS Foundation Fund is now accepting applications from members of the GCPS Class of 2019. 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 $175,000 in district and school-specific scholarships administered through the Foundation. Find the 2019 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. 7. (All scholarship deadlines are included in the scholarship information and clearly noted on each application.) The Foundation will announce scholarship recipients in May.
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.
GCPS is accepting applications for school bus drivers! The hourly wage for drivers is competitive, and bus drivers have excellent benefits and paid training as well as summer vacation and holidays off. Prospective drivers don’t need to hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to apply to become a school bus driver. Our Transportation Department trains and supports new drivers through the process! Applicants are required to be 21 or older and hold a good driving record and a high school diploma or GED. Learn more and apply today (Posting #56860) at GCPSjobs.org, or call 678-225-7670!
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.
Nine GCPS schools will have a new leader at the helm this school year:
Mary Taylor, Suwanee ES
Jeremy Reily, Bay Creek MS
Dr. Kimberly Birds, Creekland MS
Kimberly Bussey, Dacula MS
Todd Marschke, Pinckneyville MS
Marci Sledge, Discovery HS
Dr. Jonathon Wetherington, Paul Duke STEM HS
Dr. Donna M. Bishop, GIVE Center West
Kim Mankin, Northbrook Center
We know that, August 6, the first day of school, was circled on your calendar. Do you have other important GCPS dates handy as well? The 2018-19 Student Calendar is as close as your computer or web-enabled device.