GCPS eNews

Jan. 27 , 2011, Vol. 8, No. 7
GCPS Seen & Heard
Author Carmen Deedy hosts GCPS TV's 'Love That Book'
 "Love That Book" features author Carmen Deedy
GCPS TV is taking literacy to new heights with "Love That Book!" featuring author Carmen Deedy. Viewers follow the best-selling storyteller as she recalls her own favorite childhood stories and explains some of the influences on her writing today. Learn more about Ms. Deedy's work and view the latest episode of the program.
"In the face of what may be our district's biggest budgetary challenge to date, we will continue sharing proudly Gwinnett County Public Schools' story... a story of high
academic achievement,
financial stewardship, accountability for results, and continuous
improvement. It is a
story of which we all
can be proud... a story
about what is right in public education. That is why we greet the new year with hope and optimism."


J. Alvin Wilbanks.

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Be cautious with winter driving conditionsWeather forces school closings, makeup days 
As of mid-January, GCPS has missed five days of school due to inclement weather. Traditionally, GCPS has made up all missed days of school. Three snow make-up days/student holidays were included in the original 2010-11 calendar. These days--  Feb. 21, March 14, and May 26-- now will be school days. District leaders are still considering how to best handle the remaining missed class days, with a decision expected by mid-March. Once a decision is made regarding remaining make-up days, that information will be shared with parents, students, and staff. Follow the system on Facebook and Twitter for weather-related updates.
GCPS earns kudos for assessment results
  • During the 2009-10 school year, 10,806 Gwinnett students participated in 20,173 Advanced Placement exams, and 57.5% earned a 3 or higher on a 5-point scale to earn college credit.
  • The Governor's Office of Student Achievement and the Georgia Department of Education recognized 30 Gwinnett schools for their continuous improvement in raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps on state curriculum tests.
  • The majority of Gwinnett's juniors passed the writing portion of the 2010-11 Georgia High School Writing Test on their first try. GCPS' 98% passing rate is three points higher than the state's average and up two percentage points from last year.
  • New online high school 
    begins 2011-12 registration 
    Gwinnett Online Campus is seeking charter school statusNext year, Gwinnett Online Campus will
    open as a full-time, diploma-granting high school, serving students in grades 9-12. Gwinnett residents in grades 8-11 are eligible to enroll. The registration deadline is Mon., Feb. 28, 2011. Learn more, check times for information sessions, and get registration forms online.
    Review the latest on Strategic Priorities  Strategic Priorities logo
    Each month, check the GCPS website as we roll out new videos and other resources about GCPS' Strategic Priorities for 2010-20. The latest addition focuses on the Priority for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.
    New leader appointments announced
    Mid-year retirements and a new school mean that you'll see some new faces among Gwinnett's leaders:
  • Dr. Christopher Ray - Principal, Gwinnett County Online Campus
  • Dr. Janet Blanchette - Principal, Lovin Elementary 
  • Stephanie Cortellino - Principal, Walnut Grove Elementary
  • Eric Thigpen - Principal, Snellville Middle
  • Christine Knox - Principal, Head Elementary
  • Take note of these GCPS dates...Don't forget!     
  • Due to the recent inclement weather, the registration deadline for the 2011-12 freshman class of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) has been extended to Feb. 4.
  • Attention, science enthusiasts! The Gwinnett Regional Science & Engineering Fair will be held on Fri., Feb. 4 at Georgia Gwinnett College.
  • The Maxwell High School of Technology Open House is scheduled for Feb. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In case you missed the Grayson High School Technical Education Program's Open House this month, visit the school's website to learn more about its programs. Both schools will be registering students for the fall.
  • High school seniors in the Class of 2011 are eligible to apply for a Broad Prize scholarship. The application deadline is March 1.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about
    Nordson's $21,000 gift to the GCPS Foundation Fund, an award-winning social studies educator, a Siemens scholarship winner, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's January meeting.
    It's a new year...
    Connect with your student... Be There!

    Be There for your student, at school and at home, every day!

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    2011 Gwinnett County Board of Education
       Dr. Robert McClure, Chairman; Louise Radloff, Vice Chairman;
    Carole Boyce; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy; and Daniel D. Seckinger.
     CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks