GCPS eNews


Nov. 2012,

Vol. 11, No. 3

GCPS Seen & Heard
Norcross Elementary students make their way to the polls
Norcross ES student casts her ballot
 Kindergarten students at Norcross Elementary learned about the voting process by casting their own ballots. Clifford the Big Red Dog swept to victory with 155 votes and The Cat in the Hat trailed with 38 votes.

   "We now hope that the energy and effort this campaign generated will be applied where it matters most - to advocating for restoring full funding for Georgia's public schools so all our children can have a quality education."



J. Alvin Wilbanks

regarding the 

approval of Amendment 1, which allows an appointed state commission to approve and fund

charter schools. 

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Nov. 6 election has impact on education

In certified results, Constitutional Amendment 1 was passed by a margin of 58.58% to 41.42% in the statewide election on Nov. 6. The amendment paves the way for an appointed commission to approve and fund charters at the state level. The election also decided three seats on the Gwinnett County Board of Education. The three members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education up for re-election-- Carole Boyce (District I), Dr. Mary Kay Murphy (District III), and Louise Radloff (District V)-- retained their seats.

Nebel named Gwinnett's top teacher      Jay Nebel, Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year

Jay Nebel was greeted with applause after being announced as 2013 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the annual banquet. Mr. Nebel teaches World History at Norcross High. Check out this profile of GCPS' top teacher.

Georgia DOE names Reward Schools 
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the list of Reward Schools as part of the state's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. The category is reserved for Title I schools with the highest performance or the biggest academic gains by students in the last three years. Gwinnett's Reward Schools are:
Highest Performing Schools:
Knight Elementary
High Progress Schools:
Benefield Elementary            Minor Elementary
Bethesda Elementary            Partee Elementary
Kanoheda Elementary           Winn Holt Elementary
Lawrenceville Elementary
Board of Education appoints new leaders      

The Gwinnett County Board of Education announced the following new leader appointments at a special called meeting on Nov. 9 and the regular Nov. 16 meeting:

  • Dr. Brenda JohnsonCenterville Elementary
  • Dr. Stacey Schepens - Crews Middle
  • Dr. Yvette Arthur - Lilburn Middle
  • David W. Jones - Mason Elementary
  • Jason Lane - Mill Creek High
  • Registration dates set for charter schools 
    The school district's charter schools (Gwinnett Online Campus; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Maxwell High School of Technology; and New Life Academy of Excellence) have scheduled information sessions and registration dates for the 2013-14 school year.
    GCPS launches new online
    application system 
    On Nov. 12, GCPS launched a user-friendly tool for applicants to browse and apply for employment with the school district. Applitrack offers a seamless connection by linking the online application to job postings in desired certification areas and by alerting candidates when new job openings in their desired fields are posted online. Job seekers who applied prior to Nov. 9 must reapply under the new system.
    Flu season is here     

    Flu season is here and healthy habits bear repeating. Personal prevention-- getting a flu shot, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick, etc.-- will help minimize the spread of flu. Read additional information and online resources from the CDC and other reputable and reliable resources.


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  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will meet Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Instructional Support Center (ISC).
  • Final exams for high school students are scheduled for Dec. 17-19.  
  • Winter Break will be observed for schools Dec. 20-Jan. 2. Students return Jan. 3.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about an outstanding art teacher, award-winning projects recognized in the 2012 International Student Media Festival, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summaries of the Board of Education's October and November meetings.

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    2012 Gwinnett County Board of Education
       Louise Radloff, Chairman;
    Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman; Daniel D. Seckinger;

    Dr. Mary Kay Murphy; and Dr. Robert McClure. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks