Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

August 31, 2009, Vol. 7, No. 2 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Freeman's Mill Elementary
 celebrates its new
science lab
Freeman's Mill Elementary's student scientists at work  The young scientists at Freeman's Mill Elementary are ready to work in
their new science lab, thanks to a
$20,000 grant from AT&T.  
Click here
to learn more.

"Despite tough times,
I have every expectation that this school year will be one of our best. After all, we are Gwinnett County Public Schools, and when it comes to ensuring student success, nobody
does it better."

J. Alvin Wilbanks
Click here to view
Mr. Wilbanks' full
back-to-school message.
Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
Back-to-school news of note 
Aug. 10 brought the first day of a new school year as well as new students, new leaders, and new facilities. Here's more back-to-school news:  
  • Dacula Cluster families pilot the go2 Parent Portal, a valuable new online resource, with systemwide roll out beginning second semester. Click here to learn more and to view a brief video.
  • Curriculum information for parents has an updated format with new, colorful grade-level Parent AKS brochures. Click here to access downloadable PDFs of the brochures, plus AKS books by grade and subject.
  • As of Aug. 24, GCPS' enrollment includes 158,907 students. The system will conduct enrollment counts on Aug. 31 and Sept. 8. Historically, enrollment continues to climb during the year, with the post Labor Day count more accurately reflecting school enrollment.
  • This fall, families of newly enrolled students and current students will be asked to update information on their children's ethnicity and race. The new, two-part question is required by the Federal government. All staff members are updating their information as well. Click here to review an FAQ from the Georgia Department of Education. 
  • Gwinnett SAT results top state, national averages
    GCPS test-takers in the Class of 2009 topped state and national averages on all sections (critical reading, math, and writing) of the test. Gwinnett averages on all three sections increased, resulting in a five point increase overall. At the same time, SAT averages at the state and national level decreased slightly. Click here to review the average SAT scores by high school and test section.
    Get ready for flu seasonBe Healthy logo
    This fall, Public Health officials expect a busy season for both H1N1 and seasonal flu. Personal prevention-- handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick, etc.-- will help minimize spread of flu. Click here for additional information and online resources from the CDC and other reputable and reliable sources.
    GCPS TV webstreaming is available onlineWatch
    GCPS TV anywhere, anytime...

    ...Without cable or even a television. This month GCPS TV launches live webstreaming online. Online viewers also have access to a video-on-demand library of popular GCPS shows as well as special programs. Click here to check out webstreaming and here for the on-demand library. While you have the TV (or computer) on, tune in for Gwinnett's award-winning ParenTVision parenting program. The first episode-- "Warning Signs" (teen depression and suicide)-- airs through September.
    Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS Honors and News - Click here for more on GCPS' award-winning technical education programs, state counseling winners, high-achieving schools, state-honored media centers, and more. 
  • Board news - Click here for news from the most recent Board of Education meeting.
  • Around the county...
  • In the face of budget cuts, the library system will be cutting operating hours and making other program changes. Click here to learn more. 
  • Grandparents raising their grandchildren can learn more about community resources and support groups at the CPR for RAP event. Click here for registration information.  
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    2009 Gwinnett County Board of Education
     Daniel D. Seckinger, Chairman; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, Vice Chairman;
    Carole Boyce; Dr. Robert McClure; and Louise Radloff. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks