Looking ahead at the GCPS calendar for September









Looking ahead at the GCPS calendar for September

  • The “smartest card” in your wallet just may be your library card. Click here to “Get it. Use it.” during Library Sign-up Month.
  • Staff and students enjoy the fruits of our labor on Labor Day, celebrated Sept. 5. (All locations are closed.)
  • The Gwinnett County School Board meets Sept. 8 at Lawrenceville East at 7 p.m., with a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more about the Gwinnett County Board of Education.
  • Think globally and act locally during International Literacy Day Sept. 8.
  • Sept. 11 marks Patriot Day, the five-year anniversary of attacks in New York, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
  • That day also puts the spotlight on grandparents for their annual celebration.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, and runs through Oct. 15.
  • Our schools will celebrate special events during Constitution Week, which begins Sept. 17 on Constitution Day.
  • Elected officials will visit schools during America’s Legislators Back to School Week, set for Sept. 19–25.
  • Also that week, safety on the road gets the focus during School Bus Safety Week. Thank the drivers and monitors who ensure students’ safety as they drive some 21 million total miles each year.
  • Autumn falls on Sept. 22.
Testing Notes:
  • Students in grades 1, 3, 5, and 8 take the Cognitive Aptitude Test (better know as CogAT) between Sept. 12 and 16.
  • The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills are on the schedule for 3rd, 5th, and 8th graders during the Sept. 19–28 window.
  • Juniors take the state’s writing exam required for graduation on Sept. 28.
  • College-bound students can take the ACT exam on Sept. 24 for a fee. (Late registration is open through Sept. 2. Regular registration is open for the Oct. 22 test date through Sept. 16.) SAT test-takers have until Sept. 7 to register for the fee-based test on Oct. 8 and until Sept. 30 to register for the Nov. 5 administration. Click here for ACT registration and here for SAT registration.