GCPS eNews

Mar. 31 , 2011, Vol. 8, No. 9
GCPS Seen & Heard
Kathy Schmidt of 
Rock Springs
Elementary named top media specialist
Rock Springs' Kathy Schmidt takes in the news 
Kathy Schmidt (with flowers) reflects on the exciting news of being named 2011 Media Specialist of the Year with Faye Curlee of Media Services and Technology Training. Kathy's husband and son were a part of the
surprise celebration.


"You're talking about a very, very prestigious honor to score in the top 10% of schools." 


--Dr. John Barge,  

state school superintendent, in a GCPS TV interview when he visited Simpson Elementary and Parkview High to present 2010 Schools of Excellence awards for the schools' high academic achievement. He noted that 1,000 elementary schools and 300 high schools
vied for the honors.





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Review recommended budget highlights
In the current economic climate, Gwinnett's Board of Education will be making tough choices when it comes to revenue versus expenditures for the 2011-12 school year. The Board will hold budget work sessions on April 16 and 19, with adoption of a tentative budget expected April 19. Public hearings will then be held on May 12 and 19 prior to the final adoption on May 19. Highlights from the
recommended budget for FY2012 are available online. The complete budget document will be posted after Board action on the tentative budget.
GCPS 8th graders improve
high scores on writing test

Traditionally, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) 8th graders have excelled on the state's writing test and this year's group of test-takers has done the same. Close to 12,000 students took the test in January, posting an average passing rate of 93% compared to 91% in 2010.

GCPS sets last make-up days, graduations
Due to inclement weather in January, GCPS missed five days of school. The school district had three days (February 21, March 14, and May 26) in the calendar that were originally scheduled as snow make-up days/student holidays. The remaining two days missed in January will be made up on Friday, April 22, and Friday, May 27. Find the updated 2010-11 calendar and graduation schedule online.
Meet your Board Members at an Area Board MeetingMake plans to attend a
2011 Area Board Meeting
The Gwinnett County Board of Education and CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks will meet with students, parents, educators, and community members in March and April for Area Board Meetings. The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school's theater. Citizens may attend any of the meetings. 
GCPS revises redistricting timeline
Gwinnett County Public Schools has adjusted its redistricting timeline for the Duluth-Peachtree Ridge redistricting process currently underway. Input forms are due April 1. A public meeting will be held April 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The Board is expected to vote on April 21.
Summer school schedule announced
  • High school students: Registration begins May 9 for the high school summer session, offering both online and face-to-face classes for a fee. Learn more about 2011 summer school on the GCPS website. 
  • Elementary and middle school students: Students in grades 3-8 who have not met promotion requirements may be recommended for the free, 15-day session of Academic Summer School, starting June 20.
  • Kindergarten registration on May 5 Kindergarten registration begins May 5

    It's time to schedule doctor's appointments, gather those important records, and prepare your little student for "big school." Families of rising kindergartners can learn more on the system's website about what to bring for Kindergarten registration and what to expect next year. 

    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. This month, take a look at the Priority for Information Management and Technology.
    Board appoints new leaders  
    Year-end retirements have prompted two leadership appointments in March. The Gwinnett County Board of Education announced the following new principal appointments for 2011-12: 
  • Margaret Ackerman - Chesney Elementary
  • Paula Cobb - Taylor Elementary
  • Take note of these dates...Time flies... and so do the days     
  • The extended registration deadline for Gwinnett Online Campus closes March 31.
  • Spring Break is set for April 4-8. All GCPS offices will be closed for a Spring Holiday on April 8.
  • Gwinnett students will take state and local tests in April and May. Check out the upcoming testing dates for elementary, middle, and high school students, and a few helpful hints for your test-taker.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about
    this year's STAR Students and Teachers, the 2011 Technical Education Student of the year, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's March meeting.

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