Check your mailbox or your student’s book bag… The spring issue of Essentials takes a look at the some of the ways GCPS supports safe, secure, and successful schools as well as brief notes on summer school, information and opportunities for rising kindergartners, budget dates, an invitation to Area Board Meetings, and more!
Join us on a journey through time as we take a look back at moments in the history of Gwinnett County Public Schools. This month, we hear from community leader Thomas Livsey who was born and raised in the Promised Land, a community in the southern end of the county. Throughout the school year, watch for remembrances and reflections from longtime residents, students, and teachers, as well as other voices from our past.
GCPS is now 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. Qualifying candidates can earn credit for past commercial driving experience (CDL). Applicants are required to hold a good driving record and a high school diploma or GED. Learn more and apply today at GCPSjobs.org. Call 678-225-7670 with questions.
Keeping our students, staff, and schools safe is a top priority for Gwinnett County Public Schools. In this GCPS TV video, learn how two security tools— visitor management systems installed in GCPS’ elementary and middle schools as well as an emergency notification system installed districtwide— are supporting this effort.
If you’re looking for ways to support Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) students, your contribution to the GCPS Foundation Fund, Inc., can make a difference as we work to enrich and enhance education in the classroom and expand opportunities for our students heading to college.
Thanks to the generous support of business partners, community organizations, and caring individuals, the GCPS Foundation has raised more than $455,000 so far this calendar year, providing support for every school as well as scholarships for nearly 60 college-bound members of the Class of 2017.
And making a difference just got easier for our community with the launch of the GCPS Foundation mobile app!
With the app, users can:
- make a donation to your school, cluster, or favorite GCPS fund;
- purchase tickets to an event or fundraiser;
- connect to the Foundation's Facebook and Twitter sites to catch up on the latest news, and
- contact a member of the Foundation team.
Studies show that successful mentoring programs help students develop social skills, improve their school achievement and graduation rates, build character, and many other benefits. Now in its ninth year, GCPS has served young men with its Community-Based Mentoring Program. Starting in January, the district will expand the program to serve female students as well. The district is seeking both male and female mentors for the coming year. Prospective mentors can learn more about how to become a mentor and find an application online.
Check out this video about Mentoring the Promise from GCPS TV.
Thirteen GCPS schools will have a new leader at the helm this school year:
Christine Knox, Anderson-Livsey ES principal
Dr. Lesley Pendleton, Berkeley Lake ES principal
Shane Orr, Central Gwinnett HS principal
Dr. Craig Barlow, Gwin Oaks ES principal
Lisa Marie Johnson, Head ES principal
Kara Dutton, Jackson ES principal
Grelauris Calcaño, Lawrenceville ES principal
Dr. Tonya Burnley, Magill ES principal
Dr. Rodriguez Johnson, North Metro Academy of Performing Arts principal (charter)
Melanie Lee, Norton ES principal
Dr. Kelli McCain, Partee ES principal
Gretchen Runaldue, Peachtree ES principal
Rachel Ernst, Starling ES principal
August 7, the first day of school, is a red-letter day, of course, but what other dates need to be on your radar? Look for other important dates during the school year on the 2017-18 Student Calendar available on the GCPS website.
In Gwinnett County Public Schools, more and more instructional activities can be enhanced when students bring their own personal devices (cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to class as part of GCPS' Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. BYOD allows students to "power up" their learning and safely expands the walls of our classrooms to increase learning opportunities. Check out this comparison chart that looks at features for various personal devices and recommended uses by school level.
Online, learn more about BYOD and eCLASS, Gwinnett's digital Content, Learning, Assessment and Support System. See how technology is incorporated in the classroom to enhance achievement with these video tours at Twin Rivers MS and in the Dacula Cluster.
(GCPS encourages students to take advantage of the school system’s BYOD policy, but participation is not required. Ask your child’s teacher about use of personal devices in class or go to the school system’s website for more about BYOD in GCPS.)
GCPS is now 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. Qualifying candidates can earn credit for past commercial driving experience (CDL). Applicants are required to hold a good driving record and a high school diploma or GED. Learn more and apply today at GCPSjobs.org, or call 678-225-7670!