GCPS eNews

Sept. 2011, Vol. 9, No. 2
GCPS Seen & Heard
GCPS students observe
Constitution Week
Kanoheda ES students work on Constitution Day project 
During the week of Sept. 12, students all over Gwinnett County, including the Kanoheda Elementary students pictured, and Puckett's Mill Elementary students in this video, participated in activities to commemorate Constitution Week.
"I encourage you to learn more about the school district's needs, our plans for addressing them, how the SPLOST will benefit all of our schools, and our record of accountability for delivering what was promised in SPLOSTs I, II, and III. Revenue from the one-cent sales tax has provided tremendous benefits to our community and its schools over the last 15 years."

J. Alvin Wilbanks,

in his September GCPS FOCUS message.

If approved by Gwinnett County voters on Nov. 8, the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) currently in place for schools would be continued for another five-year period. Learn more about SPLOST IV, and review the downloadable question-and-answer document.

Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
GCPS test-takers top state, nation on SAT 
GCPS test-takers in the Class of 2011 posted averages higher than the state and the nation on all sections (critical reading, mathematics, and writing) of the SAT. Gwinnett's average composite score is 1511, 11 points above the national average and 66 points above the state average. Over the last two years, GCPS has experienced a 29.2% increase in SAT participation.
Local Teachers of the Year honored

A group of 129 Gwinnett teachers received a humbling honor from their fellow teachers earlier this month when they were named local school Teachers of the Year. From this pool of local honorees, a panel selected 25 teachers as semifinalists. A second panel will determine six finalists in October. At a Nov. 3 banquet, level winners and the 2012 Gwinnett Teacher of the Year will be announced.

Time for a round of applause!Board of Education appoints new leaders  
The Board announced the following new principal appointments at its September meeting:
  • Michael J. DiFilippo - Dyer Elementary
  • Tommy Welch - Meadowcreek High
  • Wallace Foundation taps GCPS for grant 
    GCPS is one of the six urban districts selected for a leadership reform initiative launched by the Wallace Foundation to help develop a corps of effective school principals and to determine how this initiative improves student achievement across the district, especially in the highest needs schools. In the first year, Gwinnett will receive $3.9 million to develop, hire, and support new school principals, with the potential of $12.5 million over the five-year grant period.
    2011 Great Days of Service logoGCPS gives back during
    Great Days of Service 
    This week, GCPS students and staff members are participating in Gwinnett Great Days of Service, helping local food pantries, foster homes, shelters, and agencies through charitable drives. Staff and students also are supporting school and community service projects.
    Ready Georgia is ready to assist familiesPrepare. Plan. Stay informed. 
    September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Ready Georgia website contains videos about preparing for the unexpected and tipsheets on creating customized Ready kits and disaster plans. The website also features a free mobile app for smartphones.
    Keep up with GCPS news  
  • The latest edition of Communiqué, in a new format, will be available in early October.
  • Sign up for the Parent Portal and stay connected to your student's academic progress.
  • Online, find BeThere@GCPS, the system's new eNewsletter for involved parents.
  • Looking ahead...     Take note of these dates
  • Mon., Oct. 3 and Tues., Oct. 4 are early release days for K-8 students for parent-teacher conferences.
  • Mon., Oct. 10 is a student holiday.
  • Moore Middle's dedication will be held Sun., Oct. 16, at 2 p.m.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will meet Thurs., Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about nationally recognized students at Grayson and Mill Creek high schools, GCPS' award-winning counselors and educators, recognition of schools and system leaders from Georgia PTA, an exemplary media center, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's September 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