Gwinnett County Public Schools eNews

Nov. 11, 2009, Vol. 7, No. 4 
GCPS Seen & Heard
Deborah Stringfellow
 of Crews Middle
named 2010 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year
 Deborah Stringfellow, 2010 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year 
An "honored and stunned" 
Deborah Stringfellow
accepts congratulations from a Gwinnett colleague at the annual
Teacher of the Year banquet.
Photo credit: Jonathan Phillips/
Gwinnett Daily Post

"I know that I am blessed to be given the gift of teaching and the opportunity to answer the calling. I have a passion for teaching. I believe that all of [the teachers] here have learned the secrets to being a great teacher.
Love your kids.
Love your subject.
Be willing to reflect on your teaching and make changes when necessary."

-- Deborah Stringfellow of Crews Middle, accepting title as Gwinnett's 2010 Teacher of the Year.
Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
Time for a round of applause!GCPS schools celebrate 
achievement honors

  • Peachtree Ridge High and Osborne Middle are 2009 Georgia Schools of Excellence for showing greatest improvement gains on state assessments. 
  • 14 GCPS schools earned Distinguished Achievement Awards from State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox for student achievement and improvement.
  • The state Department of Education's list of "Distinguished Title I Schools" includes 34 Gwinnett schools. A Title I school earns the title "Distinguished" for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for three or more consecutive years.
  • Six new schools are scheduled to open in August 2010.Redistricting underway
    for six new schools

    A Nov. 19 meeting offers an opportunity for additional public comment on proposed boundaries for the new schools. Click here for more on the redistricting timeline and current proposals.
    Share your input on the AKS review
    Gwinnett County Public Schools invites parents, educators, and community members to participate in its annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum, through Dec. 4, 2009. 
    Keep up with these dates...System's 2009-10
    calendar revised,
    make-up days added

    GCPS has revised the 2009-10 calendar to reflect flood make-up days for students and the addition of two more snow make-up days.
    Reminder on school closing procedures
    Though damages to GCPS facilities were minor during September's flooding, blocked roadways and bridges presented many hazards to safely transporting students. Learn more about how Gwinnett decides to close school during bad weather by viewing "What's the Story?" from the October 2009 edition of GCPS FOCUS.
    Mark your calendar...Calendar notes...
  • Please note that Wed., Nov. 11, and Thurs., Nov. 12, are early release days for the system's elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting will be held Thurs., Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., with public comment on Title I ARRA funding beginning at 6:30 p.m.
  • GCPS testing dates for the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) have been revised.
  • All GCPS schools and offices will be closed Wed., Nov. 25 through Fri., Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving.
  • Keeping up with GCPS
  • GCPS Honors and News - Click here for more on a nationally certified culinary arts program; a Great American Teacher award; a nationally recognized JROTC program; regional honors for the Governor's Cup; 39 National Merit Scholar finalists; grants; and more. 
  • Board news - Click here for news from the most recent Board of Education meeting.
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