GCPS eNews

August 2011, Vol. 9, No. 1
GCPS Seen & Heard
 New year in new school for Moore Middle students 
First day at Moore MS
The new Moore Middle School welcomed its eager 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on the first day of school.
"Welcome to the start of another great school year in Gwinnett County Public Schools... a year that provides us much to celebrate and anticipate."

J. Alvin Wilbanks,

in his 2011 Welcome Back message

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GCPS launches the 2011-12 school year
Little student bus ridersGCPS' K-12 students began the new school year on Monday, Aug. 8. Take a glance at what's in store for 2011-12:
  • View the 2011-12 school calendar and starting and ending times online.
  • The system now operates 133 schools and expects to welcome 1,700 new students into Gwinnett classrooms this year.
  • Twenty-one principals are new to schools in 2011-12.
  • New schools for GCPS are Moore Middle and two charter schools-- Gwinnett County Online Campus high school and Ivy Preparatory Academy.
  • 101 Gwinnett schools make AYP 
    In a year when state standards rose, 80 percent of Gwinnett County's schools met the state's accountability goals. Of 126 Gwinnett schools required to meet state standards, 101 schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2010-11 school year. Read more about the system's results.
    BOE asking voters for extension of SPLOST 
    In July, the Gwinnett School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking voters for an extension of the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) for schools. The election, scheduled for November 8, will ask Gwinnett County residents to extend the current sales tax for another five years.
    Land acquisition report complete
    During a recent news conference, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and School Board Chairman Dr. Robert McClure shared the findings and recommendations from a third-party review of the district's land acquisition process, specifically for the years 1999-2009. The superintendent and the School Board are reviewing the recommendations included in the report and will be addressing them through policy and procedural updates.
    Meadowcreek High principal passes away 
    The GCPS family was saddened by the death of Meadowcreek High Principal Ladeadrick "Bob" Jackson last month. His presence will be missed by his school system colleagues, but most of all by the students and staff at Meadowcreek High. In a special called meeting on July 28, the Board named Tommy Welch to serve as interim principal at the school. A Bob Jackson Memorial Fund benefitting Meadowcreek High School has been established with the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation. Donations will support programs serving at risk students at Meadowcreek High School, to be determined by the leadership team of the school. View more information on the giving page of the Foundation's website.
    Board approves changes to meeting format  

    With the Aug. 18 meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Education will implement some changes to its meeting format, including:

  • a time change for the public forum-- now 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.-- to allow for better transition to the business meeting;
  • an order change for agenda items to allow the Board to complete official business before citizens on the agenda address the Board; and
  • the use of a uniform public participation request form for citizens wishing to addresss the Board. 
  • Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at the Instructional Support Center (ISC).

    GCPS keeps students cool in hot weather  
    With thousands of students participating in the system's physical education and athletic programs, it's important to keep a close watch on student health when the temperature soars.
  • During teacher-directed PE and recess periods, all students are given opportunities to stay hydrated, and physical activities are planned in short intervals with alternating rest periods.
  • Daily updates about the heat index are sent to all school leaders and administrators, and hourly monitoring takes place during afterschool activities and outdoor practice sessions.
  • Don't forget!Find GCPS publications online     
    Looking for GCPS information such as calendars, Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) booklets, and other system publications? Visit the GCPS website for all of these resources and more.

    Mark your calendarTime flies... and so do the days...     
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will meet Thurs., Aug. 18, at 7 p.m.
  • All GCPS schools and offices are closed for the Labor Day holiday on Mon., Sept. 5.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about National Merit winners, four schools recognized with counseling distinction, expanded charter school offerings, a national title winning high school, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's July meeting.

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    2011 Gwinnett County Board of Education
       Dr. Robert McClure, Chairman; Louise Radloff, Vice Chairman;
    Carole Boyce; Dr. Mary Kay Murphy;

    and Daniel D. Seckinger. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks