GCPS eNews

Oct. 2011, Vol. 9, No. 3
GCPS Seen & Heard
 Reading for the Record at Jackson Elementary 
 Mr. Wilbanks reads for the record
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks joined students at Jackson Elementary to support Jumpstart's Read For the Record, an international campaign to encourage literacy, on Oct. 6."Llama Llama Red Pajama" was selected as the 2011 book.
Gwinnett Online Campus logo
"Our goal at Gwinnett Online Campus is to provide a dynamic learning environment for our students. We continue to work toward designing courses where students have the opportunity to explore, analyze, and apply the content in a variety of ways."
--Dr. Christopher Ray,
Gwinnett Online Campus principal,
quoted in Fall 2011 Communiqué. Read the full article to learn more about the new Full-Time Charter High School and the Full-Time Charter Middle School, opening in 2012. Take note of upcoming information sessions, starting in Nov. and running through registration in February.
Check out these links and stay current on GCPS news and events:
Penny-tax renewal for schools
on Nov. 8 ballot
Online, find the SPLOST IV project list, cluster-by-cluster specifics, audits on previous SPLOSTs, and other SPLOST information for citizens.
2012-13 calendar presented to Board 

The 2012-13 school year calendar was presented to the School Board at its Oct. 20 work session. The calendar calls for the school year to begin on Aug. 6, 2012, and to end on May 22, 2013.

Celebrating TOTY ExcellenceGwinnett's 2012  Teacher of the Year finalists named 
Six finalists are in the running for Gwinnett County 2012 Teacher of the Year (TOTY). The finalists were selected from a group of 25 semifinalists. All local school TOTYs will be recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet on Nov. 3. Check out the next edition of GCPS eNews to meet Gwinnett's top teacher.
ENERGY STAR logoGCPS schools earn
ENERGY STAR® certification 

A group of 111 Gwinnett schools recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance. GCPS leads the nation for K-12 ENERGY STAR-certified building space, saving $8.4 million annually systemwide.

New resources for GCPS families
  • The latest edition of Communiqué, in a new digital magazine format, is available online.
  • Also online, findBeThere@GCPS, the system's new eNewsletter for involved parents. Register to receive future issues.
  • Take note of these upcoming dates...     Time flies... and so do the days
  • A new season of ParenTVision begins on GCPS TV on Oct. 31.
  • Election day is Nov. 8.
  • GCPS College Fair for Students with Disabilities is set for Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center (ISC).
  • The week of Nov. 13 is American Education Week, which includes National Parental Involvement Day on Nov. 17. Review these useful tips on how to support your student's academic success.
  • Grayson High School Technical Education Program will host an Open House for students, parents, and community members on Nov. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Break will be observed for schools Nov. 21-25.
  • High school students will participate in exams during December. Please check the testing dates for high school students for details.
  • Keeping up with GCPS 
    GCPS Honors and News- Check out the latest headlines about GCPS' National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalists, and more.  
    Gwinnett County Board of Education- Read the summary of the Board of Education's October meeting.

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