GCPS eNews

Feb. 28 , 2011, Vol. 8, No. 8
GCPS Seen & Heard
Starling Elementary hosts Literacy Carnival 
 Starling ES Wild Things
Teachers, students, and family members enjoyed playing literacy games, reading books from Dr. Seuss' collection, and bringing "Wild Things" to life from author Maurice Sendak's classic book, "Where the
Wild Things Are." 
View more scenes from the Starling Elementary
Literacy Carnival.
"A big part of my job is to spotlight success... And what you guys have collectively done for the children of this county is remarkable. If every school system in the country worked with this kind of cohesion, this kind of culture of excellence and high expectations, we, as a country, would be that much stronger."

--U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan 

Sec. Duncan recently visited Meadowcreek High and met with elected officials

and a group of GCPS stakeholders to learn about the school system's initiatives to increase achievement and close achievement gaps.

Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
GCPS begins budget process for FY2012  
The process for setting the FY2012 budget has begun, with work sessions and public hearings set for spring. Final adoption of the budget is expected May 19. Watch CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks' remarks about the budget on demand with GCPS TV online.
View Vision for Public Education in Georgia
Georgia's superintendents and school board members-- with input from stakeholders around the state-- worked together to develop a Vision for Public Education in Georgia. It includes 45 recommendations in seven key areas. The executive summary features immediate and long-range steps.
GCPS moves back CRCT testing dates Check out the GCPS website for testing tips to support your student
Due to school closings for bad weather in January, GCPS will administer the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for grades 3-8 one week later than originally scheduled-- now set for April 25-29. This change will give teachers more instructional time with their students prior to testing. The revised testing calendars for elementary and middle school students are 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 Parents and Guardians.
Board appoints new leaders  
Year-end retirements, a mid-year transfer, and a new school opening prompted five leadership appointments in January. The Gwinnett County Board of Education announced the following new principal appointments
  • Dr. Edward Maresh - Creekland Middle - Effective June 1
  • Christopher Brown - Grayson Elementary - Effective Feb. 11
  • Lamont Mays - Moore Middle - Effective June 1
  • Sara Clifford - Oakland Meadow School - Effective June 1
  • Thomas Trippany - Shiloh Elementary - Effective July 1
  • Mark your calendar...Mark your calendar...     
  • Reminder: Eligible members of the Class of 2011 may apply for a Broad Prize scholarship. The application deadline is March 1.
  • On March 2, GCPS students will take the Georgia Grade 5 Writing Assessment, which determines promotion to middle school.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins on Sun., March 13. Advance clocks one hour. 
  • This year's Transition Fair for students with special needs will be held on Sat., March 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Peachtree Ridge High.
  • The registration deadline for Gwinnett Online Campus has been extended to March 31. Online Campus will open as a diploma-granting school in 2011-12.
  • The Grayson High School Technical Education Program and Maxwell High School of Technology have begun registering students for the fall. Please visit GCPS' Technical Education website to learn more about both programs.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about
    2,200 AP Scholars, 33 Distinguished Title I Schools, 17 AP Honors Schools, two Georgia Schools of Excellence, Gwinnett's top counselors, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's February meeting.
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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