Dates to watch for this fall
• October is Computer Learning Month, celebrating the myriad ways that technology is integrated in instruction. Other month-long October celebrations are Crime Prevention Month, Physical Therapy Month and cultural and heritage celebrations for Americans of Czech, Italian, and Polish descent.
• Oct. 9 marks the start of several week-long observances, including Fire Prevention Week, National Educational Office Professional Career Awareness Week, and National Metric Week. That’s also a great week to meet your kids for lunch… It’s National School Lunch Week.
• Columbus Day/Discoverers’ Day is marked Oct. 9.
• The School Board meets Oct. 12 in the Board Room at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
• STUDENT HOLIDAY… Students have a holiday on Oct. 16 as the grading period ends.
• National Boss’ Day is Oct. 16.
• Encourage your teen to visit the school or public library often, especially during Teen Read Week, starting Oct. 16.
• Drivers are reminded to be watchful of children entering and exiting buses and waiting at bus stops. “Be Aware. Cross with Care” is the safety message for bus riders during National School Bus Safety Week, starting Oct. 15. Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Oct. 23.
• Red Ribbon Week— celebrating safe and drug-free schools— begins Oct. 23.
• Volunteerism is encouraged on Make a Difference Day on Oct. 28.
• On Oct. 28, GCPS will host a Child FindScreening and Information Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Norcross Human Service Center (5030 Georgia Belle Court). The event is designed to identify children diagnosed with, or in need of, further evaluation for mental, physical, or emotional/behavioral disabilities. Representatives will conduct developmental, vision, hearing, and speech screenings for Gwinnett children ages 0–21. For more information, call 678-301-7244.
• Set your clocks back an hour Oct. 29, when Standard Time begins.
• Halloween is Oct. 31.
• GCPS’ top teacher will be named Nov. 2 at the Teacher of the Year banquet.
• School Psychology Week begins Nov. 6.
• STUDENT HOLIDAY… Students and staff will have a holiday Nov. 7 for Election Day as many schools are used as polling sites. With congressional, gubernatorial, state house, and local elections to decide, including the ballot question on the SPLOST renewal, those school cafeterias and media centers should be busy!
• The School Board will meet at the ISC on Nov. 9.
• Nov. 10 is the federal observance of Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
• American Education Week begins Nov. 13, along with National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week.
• Parent-teacher conferences for students in grades K-8 are set for Nov. 15-16. Click here for ways to get the most out of this one-on-one time with your child’s teacher.
• Nov. 15 is Educational Support Professionals Day.
• Nov. 16 is National Parental Involvement Day. Click here for tips on supporting your child’s education at home.
• Nov. 21 is National Community Education Day. Click here for a link to offerings in Gwinnett’s Community Schools.
•Celebrate National Family Week starting Nov. 20.
•STUDENT HOLIDAY… The Thanksgiving holiday for schools runs Nov. 22-24, with other locations closed Nov. 23-24.
October and November Testing dates:
Click here and here for test-taking tips for your student and for you.
•the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) is administered for students in grades, 3, 5, and 8 during the window of Oct. 18-27.
•On Oct. 18, students in grades 9 and 10 (and some juniors) take the PSAT.
•A Gateway retest for high school students is held Oct. 24 and 26.
•A Georgia High School Graduation retest is held Nov. 6 and 8-10.
•Preregistered students take the ACT exam on Oct. 28 for a fee. (Click here to register online, through Nov. 3, for the Dec. 9 test date.) Preregistered SAT test-takers have a Nov. 4 administration, with a deadline of Nov. 7 to register for the Dec. 2 administration. Click here to check it out online.