Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

Dec. 19, 2008, Vol. 6, No. 4 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Award-winning Shiloh High
Concert Choir prepares for D.C. Heritage Festival performance

Shiloh High's Choir prepares to share the gift of song   
Fresh from the excitement of winning a $5,000 prize and the opportunity to sing back-up for the "American Idol" tour in Athens on Dec. 5 and 6, Shiloh High's Choir is preparing to perform in the Heritage Music Festival in Washington, D.C., Jan. 17-19. Click here to hear these talented students.

"The idea that every child has the potential to learn, to go farther than the generation behind them, that is wonderful. It is my privilege every day to get up with a bright, smiling face and serve that cause of public education. I am so proud and privileged to be a Gwinnett County public school teacher."

--Aimée Burgamy, 
2009 Gwinnett County
Teacher of the Year.
Click here to meet our top teacher and here to learn more about Ms. Burgamy and our county level winners. 

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Winter Break begins Dec.19
Dec. 19
is the last day of classes before Winter Break. GCPS offices will reopen on Fri., Jan. 2. Schools will reopen for students on Mon., Jan. 5Click here for a holiday message from CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, and click here for a reminder on winter weather procedures.
GCPS pursues IE2 Partnership Contract
Raising student achievement is a priority in Gwinnett. The IE2 Partnership Contract holds the promise of allowing the school system to maximize and allocate its resources to reach that goal. In a nutshell, the partnershp contract provides schools more flexibility from certain state mandates in exchange for more accountability. Click here to learn more about the proposed IE2 Partnership Contract.

Board adopts legislative priorities
for 2009 session

On Dec. 17, the Board of Education met with Gwinnett lawmakers to share concerns about issues that have an impact on system funding and operations. Click here to read about the Board's 2009 legislative priorities, and here for a roster of Gwinnett Delegation members.

Connect with your student... Be There!Be There... and make a difference 
Parents are their child's first teachers, and GCPS' Be There campaign is designed to help raise parents' awareness of "teachable moments" with their child. Click here to learn more about Be There and here to experience the Fall 2008 Be There Fair.
GSMST registration materials are available  GSMST students and teacher ignite science excitement
Jan. 23, 2009, is the deadline for rising 9th graders to register for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) for 2009-10. GSMST, a Gwinnett charter high school that draws students from around the county, can accommodate 250 students in the freshman class. If more than 250 students register, GCPS will hold a random lottery to identify students eligible to enroll for 2009-10. Click here to visit the GSMST web site and download the application packet. 
Keeping up with GCPS
  • New leaders - GCPS is planning ahead for 2009-10 with recent announcements about new leaders. Click here and here to read about recent appointments.
  • Redesigned GCPS web site - As you click through eNews, check out the GCPS web site's new look, with new information and functionality.
  • GCPS Honors - Click here for more on the system's 1,500-plus Advanced Placement (AP) scholars, 23 Gwinnett schools recognized for outstanding performance, a School of Excellence, Gwinnett's writing test results, state champions in softball and cheerleading, state essay winners, staff achievements, and more.
  • GCPS News - Click here to see the latest press releases and updates from around the system.
  • Board news - Click here to learn more about the Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting, including recognition of outstanding art educators and schools earning state honors, sports kudos, new leadership appointments, and IE2.
  • Other dates on the GCPS Calendar...  2008 Education in Gwinnett
  • All GCPS schools and offices will close in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Mon., Jan. 19, 2009. Click here to view the 2008-09 and 2009-10 calendars.
  • The Grayson High School Technical Education Program will host its Open House on Jan. 15 for prospective students for 2009-10. Click here for more information. And click here to learn more about Maxwell High School of Technology's Open House on Jan. 22. Maxwell launches the Aircraft Flight Operations program in the fall.
  • Feb. 11 and 12 are early release days for the system's Elementary and Middle schools.
  • GCPS' Spring Certified Teacher Employment Fair will be held Feb. 28. Click here to learn more about GCPS' employment opportunities.


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    2008 Gwinnett County Board of Education
    Carole Boyce, Chairman; Daniel D. Seckinger, Vice Chairman;
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