GCPS eNews

Dec. 14 , 2010, Vol. 8, No. 6
GCPS Seen & Heard
 Rockbridge Elementary students ride
Wells Fargo & Company stagecoach
 Rockbridge Elementary students are studying the Old West
Rockbridge Elementary students 
took a step back in history with a visit from a Wells Fargo & Company stagecoach. The world-famous stagecoach gave rides to students who are studying
the Old West.
"Thank you,
everyone-- teachers, principals, parents,
students, and employees.

B - Be the Best
R - Respect
O - Outstanding
A - Awesome
D - Dynamic"

--Written comment from
a member of the
business community about GCPS' Broad Prize win.
Representatives from every school, community members, and school leaders gathered at the Instructional Support Center for The Broad Prize Celebration. View some portions of the
event in this

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Winter Break begins Dec. 20 
Fri., Dec. 17 is the last day of classes before Winter Break. Schools will reopen for students on Tues., Jan. 4. As a reminder, the system's school closing procedures for wintry weather are posted on the Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) website. Have a safe and relaxing holiday season! 
Review the latest on Strategic Priorities  Strategic Priorities logo
Each month, check the GCPS website for new videos and other resources about GCPS' Strategic Priorities for 2010-20. The latest addition focuses on the Priority for employees
Steve Kuninsky, 2011 Gwinnett County Teacher of the YearMeet Steve Kuninsky...
Gwinnett's Teacher of the Year 
Steve KuninskyParkview High biology teacher, was named 2011 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year at the school district's annual banquet. Learn more about his favorite moment in the classroom, and his advice to parents on being involved in their student's education.  
Army JROTC launches at Norcross High 
In Jan. 2011, Norcross High will become the first Gwinnett County high school to offer the Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program. Pinckneyville Middle and Summerour Middle will participate in a pilot of the Junior Leadership Corps program (JLC).
GCPS' Aaa bond rating renewed
This fall, the top bond rating agencies in New York renewed GCPS' Aaa bond rating. GCPS is one of just a few school districts with top ratings. The system recently sold its allocation of federally subsidized, interest-free Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB). GCPS' favorable bond rating and the federal subsidy will save taxpayers in excess of $10 million in interest over the life of the bonds. 
Fall 2010 Communiqué is now available
Read Communiqué for GCPS newsLearn about The Broad Prize and Gwinnett's work with Race to the Top, review the Strategic Priorities, check out the system's honors, and more. The print edition is available as a PDF file on the school system's website, and Communiqué Connection provides expanded information and additional resources online. Past issues are available in the Communiqué archive.
GCPS notes and dates...Take note of these dates...    
  • The 2010-11 calendar and the 2011-12 calendar are both accessible on the GCPS website.
  • Dec. 15-17 are early release days for high school students for exams. Check out the high school testing calendar for 2010-11, and review these tips for supporting your student's academic success.
  • Mon., Jan. 17 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All GCPS schools and offices are closed.
  • The registration deadline for the 2011-12 freshman class of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) is Jan. 21.
  • Grayson High School Technical Education Program invites students and families to a recruitment Open House on Jan. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Maxwell High School of Technology Open House is scheduled for Feb. 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • High school seniors in the Class of 2011 are eligible to apply for a Broad Prize scholarship. The application deadline is March 1.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about two students with perfect scores on college-admissions tests, honored art students and teachers, award-winning performances by middle school theatre arts students, new leader appointments, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's November meeting.
    The tournament will benefit student workshops, college visits, etc.
    Mentoring makes a difference...
    and you can, too!

    Learn more about GCPS' Community-Based Mentoring Program and make a positive impact on a middle school student!

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