On Saturday, Feb. 24, Archer HS’ Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will sponsor its 2nd annual Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Fair and Step Show. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the school, located at 2255 New Hope Rd. in Lawrenceville. This college fair is open to all GCPS high school students and will provide an opportunity to learn about the diversity, affordability, and academically competitive programs found at HBCUs. The college fair will be a self-guided tour for students, parents, and other attendees, giving students an opportunity to review options and begin the application process. Representatives from sororities and fraternities will be in attendance to share information about their organizations. As part of the event, local fraternities and sororities will perform a step show from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
Gwinnett charter schools and a number of other special schools and programs have scheduled information sessions and registration dates for students interested in attending one of the schools in the 2018–19 school year:
- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST): Jan. 26 is the last day for GSMST registration for 2018-19. A registration lottery will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.
- Maxwell High School of Technology: Online registration for the 2018–19 school year is now available. Information visits will be held at GCPS high schools through Feb. 15. Dates and times of high school visits will be posted on the Maxwell website. The school also has an Open House set for March 1 between 5 and 7 p.m..
- Grayson HS Technical Education Program: Online registration opens Jan. 16. (Students can apply from any GCPS computer, and must be in the GCPS network to apply.) Information visits will be held at GCPS high schools between Jan. 16 and Feb. 15, with the Winter Open House set for Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.
- Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC): Students in grades 4–12 interested in attending GOC full time for 2018–19 must complete the registration process during the month of February. Interested families are encouraged to attend an open house and tour at the school’s campus from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan 30, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 13, Feb. 14., or Feb. 15. An informational meeting is set for Feb. 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m., or check out informational videos online.
- New Life Academy of Excellence: Open enrollment for new students is open through Jan. 31. If needed, a registration lottery will be held on Feb. 19.
- North Metro Academy of Performing Arts: Re-enrollment for current students will run Jan. 16-31. Open enrollment for new students begins Feb. 1. School tours are available daily.
In this episode of GCPS TV’s “Love That Book!,” best-selling children's author Carmen Agra Deedy shares the story of a modern-day hero and shows her friend James that everyone has the potential to do something heroic by going above and beyond what is expected. Learn more in Hooray for Heroes as Carmen introduces some new books and old favorites.
Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day, celebrating one of the founding documents for America’s form of government. You can see the Bill of Rights in Washington, D.C., where the Charters of Freedom—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights— are on permanent display in the Rotunda of the National Archives. You’ll find replicas of these documents on display at schools and offices around Gwinnett County. And classroom lessons about the Bill of Rights and the country’s other key documents are embedded in GCPS’ Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum throughout the year and in all grades.
If you’d like to refresh your memory about the document that gave us many of the rights and personal freedoms that Americans enjoy today, look for cool resources from the Bill of Rights Institute, the National Constitution Center, and in the National Archives. There’s a video in the “Constitution Hall Pass” series that explores the origin of our Constitution’s first 10 amendments. And check out historical documents that inspired the amendments, part of the Interactive Constitution site.
If wintry weather keeps your child indoors during the break… Remember, there’s something for everyone at the library! With BRANCH OUT!, a partnership between GCPS and the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) a student's school ID doubles as a GCPL library card, giving access to the county's extensive collection of digital and print resources and a range of activities for students who opt into the program. Even better, overdue library fines are a thing of the past for Branch Out participants. If parents are unsure if their student has an account or if a student is new to GCPS, it’s easy to opt in on the Parent Portal (edit preferences on the Student Information screen) or complete a form to return to the school. To access library resources, participating students need their GCPS ID number and a PIN (preset for birth month and day as MMDD). Students may change their PIN anytime via the GCPL website or by calling or visiting any library branch. So, happy reading (playing, surfing, building, listening, and learning) during the Winter Break!
If you have a 4th grader at home, here’s a nice holiday gift to keep the family entertained (and learning) during the upcoming Winter Break… free access to our nation’s natural and historical treasures that make up the national parks system! From sea to shining sea, our country is home to inspiring landscapes, vibrant waterways, and living history that all Americans can enjoy. And, with the “Every Kid in a Park” program, America’s 4th graders can visit our federal lands and waters for FREE! All 4th graders in the U.S. are eligible to receive a free Interagency Annual Pass and can bring their families with them! A number of sites are in the metro Atlanta area, and dozens more are within a few hours by car. With the free pass (good for their 4th grade year), kids can see protected animals, visit the woods or water, explore a park or recreational area, learn about our heritage at historical sites, and take an American outdoor adventure. Just follow these three easy steps: 1.) Fill out a short Adventure Diary on the Every Kid in a Park website. 2) Download and print your personalized voucher. (You can exchange your paper pass for a plastic pass at some locations.) 3) Plan your trip and go!
Congratulations to the Gwinnett HEAT on the program’s 10-year anniversary!
The Gwinnett HEAT is the district’s coed, adapted sports program for students in grades 1-12. The program gives students with physical disabilities or orthopedic impairments an opportunity to participate in athletic competitions.
The HEAT fields three teams— wheelchair handball in the fall, wheelchair basketball in the winter, and wheelchair football in the spring. Participating student-athletes may or may not use a wheelchair on a day-to-day basis. However, wheelchairs—both manual and power—serve as a tool that allows students to play competitive sports.
Over the last decade, the program has won five state championships and teams have been state runner-up 15 times. Most recently, the HEAT placed second in the 2017 Georgia High School Association Wheelchair Handball state championship tournament in early November.
"Throughout the past 10 years, we have seen many of our athletes go onto college and into successful careers,” says Mike Phillips, area coordinator for the Adapted Sports Program. Mr. Phillips cites a Gwinnett HEAT student-athlete who went on to graduate from the University of Georgia and is now teaching and coaching at Mill Creek HS. “The adapted sports program has been very successful in giving students with a physical disability an opportunity to participate in competitive sports, and, in return, we're able to make a difference in their lives and future," he says.
Interested students, parents, and family members should contact Mr. Phillips at 678-301-6885 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gwinnett HEAT is a member program of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs.
Archer HS students have plenty for which they are thankful during this Thanksgiving season. A “Thankful Chain” that spans the school’s commons area represents those heartfelt sentiments as the students shared their thanks for family and friends, health and home, and more. The idea for the chain started with Archer Peer Leaders who visited guided study classes last week and asked their classmates to create their own link, sharing something for which they are thankful. The peer leaders collected more than 2,400 links, stapling the links into two chains that are more than 300 feet long combined.
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!