GCPS’ spring calendar bursting with activities









GCPS’ spring calendar bursting with activities

Remaining dates in MARCH:
  • March 20 is the first day of spring.
  • March 31, the last day before Spring Break, also is the last day of the 5th six weeks for Gwinnett high school students. The final six weeks begins April 10, when students return to class.
  • In case you’re curious, March is Music in Our Schools Month, Youth Art Month, Women’s History Month, National Middle Level Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Social Work Month, Irish American Heritage Month, and American Red Cross Month.
  • Weekends from March to May find high school students out on the town in formals and suits. Click here for a list of dates and locations for GCPS proms.
MARCH Assessment Dates:
  • The window for administration of the Georgia Writing Evaluation for the state’s third graders is open March 21 to April 11. Click here for more on the developmental stages of a young writer.
  • The state’s juniors take the four subtests— language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies— of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests March 27–30. Click here to learn more about the state’s testing requirements for HS students.
APRIL
  • April education celebrations include School Library Media Month and National Poetry Month, with Children’s International Book Day observed April 2, National Library Week starting April 3, and Young People’s Poetry Week starting April 10. Don’t forget to set clocks ahead one hour on April 2 when Daylight Saving Time begins.
  • Schools are closed for Spring Break April 3-7, with all GCPS offices closed April 7.
  • Area Board Meetings are held in each Board member’s district during April. Click here for dates, locations, and times.
  • The School Board will meet on April 13.
  • Students and teachers have a holiday April 14.
  • Kudos to parents, mentors, and others who support public education during Public School Volunteer Week, beginning April 17.
  • That same week, we salute the school system’s young leaders during National Student Leadership Week.
  • April is Keep America Beautiful Month, with Earth Day celebrated April 22 and National Arbor Day on April 28.
  • Thanks to the administrative support staff—secretaries, clerks, and bookkeepers—who support our schools. Administrative Professionals Week starts April 24.
  • Watch for the next issue of e-News in late April!
APRIL Assessment Dates:
  • April 1 is a testing day for the SAT college-admissions exam. However, registration is closed for this test date. The last SAT test dates before the new school year are May 6 and June 3 (registration deadlines April 3 and April 28, respectively). Click here for registration information. Remember, the state’s online SAT prep class is free and available to Georgia public school students 24/7. Using a unique pass code, students access interactive lessons, full-length practice tests, and extra practice questions. Your student should talk to his counselor for more information.
  • April 8 is a testing day for the ACT college-admissions test, but registration is closed. Students have until May 5 to register for the June 10 test. Click here for details on registration and here for free sample questions and test tips.
  • Gateway exams are set for Grade 4 and 7 (April 11 and 12) and for Grade 10 (April 18 and 20). For more information about the Gateway assessments, click here.
  • Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Georgia students in grades 3-8 will take the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) April 19-25. Younger students in grades 1 and 2 take the CRCT April 25-27. Click here for more information about the CRCT from the state Department of Education.