Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

Oct. 5, 2009, Vol. 7, No. 3 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Road to Broad:     CEO/Superintendent Wilbanks accepts $250,000
 in scholarships for
 Gwinnett County Public Schools
 Mr. Duncan, Mr. Broad, and Mr. Wilbanks
 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, left, stands with Foundation founder Eli Broad and CEO/Superintendent
J. Alvin Wilbanks at the Sept. 16 announcement in the nation's Capitol.
 Click here
for more "seen and heard"
at the event.

"Gwinnett County students, teachers, parents, administrators, and the entire community deserve to celebrate."

--Eli Broad of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
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Helpings hands in actionFlooding cancels school, affects communities
GCPS cancelled classes on Sept. 21 and 22 as severe flooding affected communities across Gwinnett and around the metro Atlanta area. While damages to GCPS facilities and property were minor, the flooding blocked roadways and bridges to make travel hazardous. Business partners and school communities have rallied to support students and staff who lost homes and possessions in the flooding. Contact your local school if you would like to support these efforts.

Redistricting process begins 
The opening of new schools in 2010-11 and 2011-12 will prompt boundary changes for a number of affected school communities. On Oct. 2, the GCPS Planning department posted draft versions of boundary maps for affected clusters on the GCPS web site. Click here for more on the redistricting process, input forms, maps, and more.

GCPS news and notes

  • GCPS has adjusted the spring testing schedule for the state's Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT). The new dates for grades 3-8 are April 19-23. Students in grades 1 and 2 will take the tests April 14-16. The new dates give students more time after Spring Break to return to the regular school routine before testing begins. Click here for an updated calendar and more information.
  • Two more Gwinnett high schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) with the addition of summer graduates, bringing GCPS' total to 99% meeting state standards. Click here to read more.
  • Twenty semifinalists have been named for 2009 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year! Click here to learn more.
  • Local School Plans for Improvement (LSPIs), which outline a school's long-term goals, are now linked online. Each school's web page features an LSPI link. 
  • Our students appreciate your inputInstructional materials set for public review 
    Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and share input on proposed curriculum materials for science, mathematics, health, and technical education. All materials will be available for review at the Instructional Support Center (ISC). The instructional materials review is set for Oct. 1 - 30. Click here to learn more, and click here for directions to the ISC.

    Mark your calendar...Calendar at a glance...

  • GCPS students will enjoy a long holiday weekend this month. Students have scheduled holidays on Fri., Oct. 9, and Mon., Oct. 12. All GCPS locations will be closed on Oct. 9. Click here for the current calendar of student holidays.
  • Dedications are being held for the county's new schools and the public is invited! Click here for dates and times for the remaining events.  
  • Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS Honors and News - Click here for more on GCPS' local Teachers of the Year, National Merit semifinalists, 14 schools recognized with Distinguished Achievement Awards, students honored for social studies achievements, and more. 
  • Board news - Click here for news from the most recent Board of Education meeting.
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