GCPS eNews


Dec. 2012,

Vol. 11, No. 4

GCPS Seen & Heard
Gwinnett schools welcome Principal For a Day participants
Amy Bray reads to students at Mason Elementary
 During American Education Week, 131 business and civic leaders served as "Principal For a Day," and received a first-hand view of the school day in the principal's shoes. Learn more about the participants and view this year's slide show.

   "The incident in Newtown, Connecticut, touches us all... 

Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with 

that community. 

Tragic events in other communities place the public spotlight on school safety, here and around the country. Our school district has been working on school safety as routine business for years, knowing that a safe environment is essential to student learning. Our plans are to continue to take the important steps that have kept our schools safe in the past, as well as continuing our work to enhance programs to ensure safe schools 

in the future."



J. Alvin Wilbanks

regarding the 

tragic events in Connecticut. 

Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
Winter Break begins Dec. 20
Happy holidays to all from GCPS!
Wed., Dec. 19 is the last day of classes before Winter Break. Schools will reopen for students on Thurs., Jan. 3. As a reminder, the system's school closing procedures for wintry weather are posted on the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) website. Follow the system on Facebook and Twitter for weather-related updates. Have a safe and relaxing holiday season!     




Georgia leads the country on national tests

Georgia is the only state in the nation to make year-to-year gains on the administration of major national tests, including the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests. Review Georgia's achievement compared to that of states across the nation.

Georgia DOE announces 
Georgia's Future. Now!  
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has launced its new campaign-- Georgia's Future. Now!-- a comprehensive education "movement" that brings together educators, community members, and business leaders to explore key issues, garner support, and promote public education. Georgia's Future. Now! embraces systemic change to set higher standards, support better teaching, provide more pathways to success for students, and produce graduates ready for college and career. 
Board of Education appoints new leader  
The Gwinnett County Board of Education announced the following new leader appointment at a special called meeting on Dec. 17:
  • Anthony Smith - Principal of Duluth High
  • Board meets with lawmakers on legislative priorities for 2013    Georgia's Gold Dome

    Each year, the Board of Education meets with Gwinnett lawmakers to share concerns about issues that have an impact on education funding and operations. Learn more about the Board's 2013 legislative priorities.

    Getting to know... Jay Nebel 
    In this online profile, 2013 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year Jay Nebel, a World History teacher at Norcross High, spent some time sharing his perspective on teaching, opportunities for parents to support their students, and advice for future teachers. Mr. Nebel and the students and staff of Norcross High were recently featured in Atlanta Magazine.
    Calendar notes...      Every day is a fresh start for teaching and learning in GCPS     
  • The 2013-14 school year calendar is now accessible online through the GCPS website.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will meet on Thurs., Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Instructional Support Center.
  • Mon., Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All schools and GCPS offices will be closed.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about the district's QuestBridge scholars, an honored art educator, two award-winning school media centers, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's December meeting.
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       Louise Radloff, Chairman;
    Carole Boyce, Vice Chairman; Daniel D. Seckinger;

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