Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

Feb. 1, 2010, Vol. 7, No. 6 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Students put their hearts
into Haiti relief
A Cedar Hill Elementary student works on a House for Haiti
Across the county, schools are finding creative ways to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief. This Cedar Hill Elementary art club student decorates Houses for Haiti, a nationwide art fundraiser for Haiti relief efforts.

"While many are making resolutions for the new year that focus on improvement and a better future, I am confident that this school community is dedicated to making 2010 another successful year that will benefit our students this year and for years to come."

-- CEO/Superintendent
J. Alvin Wilbanks, from his recent message on GCPS FOCUS.
Keeping up with GCPS 
GCPS Honors and News-
Check out the latest headlines on new grants, student artists, state achievement awards for schools, aspiring leaders, and more.

Board news- Read the summary from the most recent Board of Education meeting.

Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
Snow day prompts make-up
Last fall, GCPS amended the calendar to include flood make-up days and additional snow make-up days. Just a week into the second semester, icy roads prompted schools to close on Jan. 8. Here's the impact on the calendar:
  • The Jan. 8 snow day will be made up Feb. 15.
  • The two September flood days will be made up Feb. 12 and March 15.  
  • Two snow make-up days-- April 2 and May 27-- remain in the calendar. They would be student holidays if not needed.
    The updated 2009-10 calendar and inclement weather procedures are posted on the GCPS web site.
  • New leaders announced for 2010   
  • Dr. Mary Kay Murphy and Dr. Robert McClure will serve as 2010 Board chair and vice chair, respectively. The Board meets the third Thursday of each month.
  • New principals recently were appointed for Sugar Hill Elementary and the following new schools, opening in Aug. 2010: Anderson-Livsey Elementary, Burnette Elementary, Ferguson Elementary, Jenkins Elementary, Roberts Elementary, and Grace Snell Middle.
  • Gwinnett County BOE refinances
    bonds, saving millions  

    This month, GCPS refinanced $255 million in General Obligation (GO) bonds issued in 2008. The action saves GCPS more than $12.5 million in interest over the life of the bonds. The bond savings will be applied against future debt service on building projects.
    Get involved... Become a mentor  Mentor a student and share a world of possibilities
    Looking for a way to get more involved? Consider becoming a mentor and supporting a student's academic and future goals. Contact the Community-Based Mentoring office or a local school to learn more. 
    Parent Portal goes live systemwide  Go to the go2 Parent Portal
    Parents of GCPS students have a new go-to resource for key school information about their students. This semester, the school system is rolling out the go2 Parent Portal systemwide. (It was piloted in the Dacula Cluster in the fall.) Parents can get access to grades, attendance, discipline information, and more-- safely and securely, anytime from anyplace, with a computer with Internet access and a user ID and password. 
    Every day is a fresh start for teaching and learning in GCPSCalendar notes... 
  • Wed., Feb. 3 and Thurs., Feb. 4 are K-8 early release days for parent teacher conferences. Find tips for parents online, including suggestions for making the most of conferences.  
  • As a finalist for the 2009 Broad Prize for Urban Education, GCPS received $250,000 in scholarships for this year's seniors. Interested seniors can apply online for a 2009 Broad Prize scholarship. The deadline is March 1
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    2010 Gwinnett County Board of Education
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