Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

Oct. 2007, Vol.5, No.3 
GCPS Seen & Heard

Pinwheels for Peace
at Kanoheda Elementary

Pinwheels at Kanoheda ES
Kanoheda Elementary
 students observed the International Day of Peace by participating in Pinwheels for Peace. Click here to read more about the project and its inspiration.

"We have been fortunate in Gwinnett that we have been able to attract, develop, and retain good leaders. However, there is a great demand and competition for those leaders and for those who aspire to leadership positions. The support of the Broad Foundation will allow us to provide future leaders with a more comprehensive preparation program."

--Dr. Glenn Pethel,
executive director for leadership development, on the $3.7 million grant awarded by the Broad Foundation in support of the Quality-Plus Leader Academy and other Gwinnett leadership initiatives.
Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
GCPS earns $3.7 million grant
to fund Quality-Plus Leader Academy logoleader preparation 
The Broad Foundation has awarded a three-year, $3.7 million grant to Gwinnett County Public Schools for the implementation of an in-depth school leader preparation program, including support for the Quality-Plus Leader Academy. Click here to read about how the grant will help the system address the projected need for more than 100 new principals and 400-plus new assistant principals by 2012.
School system seeks input on redistricting
Over the next two years, GCPS will open 12 new schools and three replacement schools. On Oct. 4, GCPS released proposed boundary maps for these new schools and clusters, which are part of Phase I of "The Plan" for bringing Gwinnett's building needs in check by 2014. Click here for more on the redistricting process, input forms, maps, and more. 
Duluth students board buses  Enrollment still  climbing 
 Just one month after a post-Labor - Day count of 155,728 students,  Gwinnett County Public Schools  (GCPS) enrollment is up by another  700 students, with more on the way,  system planners say. The steady  increase of enrolled students still  places GCPS as the fastest-growing school system in Georgia. Click here to read more about enrollment.
Brannan scholarsTeaching and Learning update: Community  input, promotion flyers, and more 
Materials used in the classroom are invaluable tools  that support teaching and learning. GCPS will seek feedback from the community on selected instructional materials and Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum in the coming weeks. Click here to learn more about the instructional materials review process, and here for more about sharing input on the AKS. 
  • Click here to learn about grade-level promotion requirements for 2007-08, along with graduation requirements for the Class of 2008. 
  • Click here for test preparation tips for students and here for tips for parents at test time.
  • Click here and scroll down to review the 2007-08 Student Testing Calendar.
  • Tiffany English, GCPS 2006-07Teacher of the Year Twenty teachers are  semifinalists for top  teacher 
     Twenty teachers have been selected as  semifinalists for  the 2007-08 Teacher  of the Year, from among 105 local  Teachers of the Year. Six finalists will  be named next week, with Gwinnett's  top teacher to be announced at a banquet on Nov. 1. Click here to read more about local winners and the selection process, here to read about the semifinalists, and here for more great news and events happening in Gwinnett.

    ©2007 Gwinnett County Public Schools. All rights reserved. 10/07

    GCPS: 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, Suwanee, GA 30024-2978 (678) 301-6000

    2007 Gwinnett County Board of Education
    Louise Radloff, Chairman; Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman;
    Dr. Robert McClure; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy; and Daniel D. Seckinger,
    CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks