Volume 39 , Number 3December 6, 2018


Voters pass bond measure with wide margin
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
The district's General Obligation (G.O.) bond referendum passed by a wide margin in the Nov. 6 election.
Now, the district is authorized to issue $350 million in bonds to fund capital improvements around the county, benefiting every cluster and school.
The bonds will sell quickly at interest rates very favorable to GCPS.
The debt from the sale of the G.O. bonds will be paid off without raising the tax rate for Gwinnett County voters.

Once again, Gwinnett voters came through to support county schools.
The General Obligation (G.O.) bond referendum proposed by the Gwinnett County Board of Education was passed with 78% of the nearly 300,000 votes cast in the
So, what are
G.O. Bonds anyway?

General Obligation (or G.O.) bonds are one of two ways by which Georgia school systems can obtain the funds they need to pay for capital needs such as new schools and classrooms, renovations to existing facilities, school bus purchases, technology upgrades, and other improvements. With voter approval, the use of G.O. bonds allows the school system to acquire the money it needs right away so it can address its capital needs as quickly as possible. School bonds are sold to investors who provide the money to complete the capital improvement projects, and the seller (the school system) agrees to pay the investors back over a fixed period of time, similar to a home mortgage loan. The school system repays its financial obligation through property taxes that are collected for the sole purpose of servicing the debt. (Note that current taxes for debt service are adequate to cover all of the school system’s bond debt, including this new series of bonds.)
countywide election on Nov. 6. Voters authorized the School Board to sell up to $350 million in G.O. bonds to fund capital improvements for schools throughout the county.

As a responsible steward of taxpayers’ money, the district has earned the highest performance ratings from nationally respected financial institutions, ensuring that the bonds issued by the School Board will sell quickly on the bond market at interest rates very favorable to the district.

The debt from the sale of the G.O. bonds will be paid off without raising the tax rate for Gwinnett County voters. Current taxes for debt service are adequate to cover all of the school system’s bond debt, including this new series of bonds. In fact, because a portion of the school system’s previous bond debt is paid off each year, the Gwinnett County Board of Education was able to lower the debt service tax rate by .10 mills in its FY2019 budget.

The district’s capital needs— for classrooms, technology, and infrastructure and safety enhancements— continue as the system grows, outpacing the funding it receives from the E-SPLOST penny sales tax. The G.O. bonds will provide funding right away, allowing the district to complete a number of capital projects as quickly as possible. The projects funded by the G.O. bonds will benefit every cluster and every school.
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You’re invited…
Retirement Reception for
Daniel D. Seckinger and
Dr. Robert McClure

Thursday, Dec. 20,
4–6 p.m.

Board Room Lobby,
J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center

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New Board members to be sworn in Dec. 20
Winners have been declared in the races to fill open School Board seats. Steve Knudsen (left)will serve as the representative for District II, taking over for Daniel D. Seckinger who retires Dec. 31 after 24 years on the Board. Everton “E. J.” Blair (right) becomes the Board member for District IV with the Dec. 31 retirement of Dr. Robert McClure who also retires from the School Board with 24 years of service. The two new members will be sworn in at the Dec. 20 Board meeting, following a reception for the retiring Board members. Watch for profiles of Mr. Knudsen and Mr. Blair in an upcoming newsletter as well as a farewell message from Mr. Seckinger and Dr. McClure.
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Students prepare to ‘learn well’ at new Health Science HS
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
The not-yet-named Health Science HS will open in August to serve students in the Meadowcreek Cluster, giving relief to Meadowcreek HS' crowded campus.
Students will gain practical experiences in Medical Research, Clinical Practice, and Health Management.
Graduates will be certified in medical basics and have options for more advanced, position-specific certification/licensing opportunities, even a related associate's degree.

When kids are connected to their learning, they come to school, achievement increases, behavior improves, and, most importantly, students graduate ready for college or the workplace. Those learning connections are at the heart of innovative theme schools and unique programs transforming a GCPS education. Just as the new Paul Duke STEM HS gives students in the Norcross Cluster the option of a STEM-focused high school experience, a new theme school planned for the Meadowcreek Cluster will give students the chance to get a jump start on a future in the health sciences.

In late fall of 2018, Meadowcreek HS students and current 8th graders at Lilburn MS and Radloff MS will select the school they will attend in 2019–20— either Meadowcreek or the still-to-be-named Health Science HS, opening in August.

The new theme school will provide a rigorous, college-prep curriculum through the lens of health science, combining coursework with practical experiences in the broad areas of Medical Research, Clinical Practice, and Health Management. (Health Science Academy programs from Meadowcreek will relocate to the new school.) All students will progress through a four-year program that begins with seminar courses and culminates with capstone projects and internships.

“Our graduates will definitely have an advantage as they continue their advanced studies after high school or enter the workplace” says Principal Nicole Mosley. “Their coursework, internships, hands-on learning, certification opportunities, and more will give students a high school resume that sets them apart from other college and job applicants.”

Architectural Rendering of Health Science HS
Students graduating from the health science-focused school will be certified in medical basics, but also will have options for more advanced, position-specific certification and licensing programs, even associate’s degrees in a health science field through dual enrollment. The new school will offer four primary health science areas to focus students’ studies— Patient Care, Allied Health, Health Informatics, and Advanced Medicine. Focus areas will give students the foundation to pursue a host of careers, such as emergency responder, radiology tech, physician, medical billing clerk, medical researcher, and nurse.

“Service projects, guest lectures, internships, and other activities will help our students develop connections with the medical community here in Gwinnett County,” says Ms. Mosley. “Exposure to a range of careers in health science will prepare our students for whatever their future holds, from the operating room to the business office of a medical practice.”

Students will have plenty of ways to be active in the new school, including co-curricular associations, service organizations, leadership opportunities, a variety of clubs, and dance and theater. Intramurals and a focus on personal wellness and fitness will help ensure that students learn well and live well.
The new school will use school design and flexibility to connect students with hands-on learning and off-campus experiences supported by community, business, and postsecondary partners. Learning hubs, collaboration suites, and additional science labs will support research and investigation, with studio and performance space for the fine arts. Opportunities to accelerate learning may allow some students to graduate early, and dual-language classes will prepare students to provide language support in a healthcare setting.

The school’s first priority is to serve students in the Meadowcreek Cluster, offering much-needed relief to Meadowcreek HS. Because the theme school is part of the cluster, there’s no need to redraw boundary lines or change feeder patterns for elementary and middle schools. Transportation will be provided for students living in the cluster. However, if the school has slots available after its initial registration period, it will accept permissive transfers from students who attend other Gwinnett high schools. Note that transportation is not provided for students on a permissive transfer.

Go to the website— www.gcpsk12.org/healthsciencehsto find frequently asked questions and registration information for GCPS’ newest theme school.
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District deploys new technology in local schools
Need-to-know highlights of this story:
The Information Management and Technology team has completed infrastructure, projector, and computer phases in the technology retrofit for high schools, and will complete additional phases in the spring.
The retrofit for middle schools is underway.
Elementary schools will see a technology refresh after the middle school projects are completed.
GCPS also will replace a large number of district-provided student laptops in early spring 2019 to help support spring online testing requirements.

“… Appropriate technological tools and resources that are part of students’ everyday, media-rich lives will be incorporated into the school day, making learning real and relevant to a student population that has never known a world without sophisticated technology.… Innovative technology will facilitate teaching and learning, enhance communication, strengthen the link between school and home, and ensure operational and analytical excellence in the day-to-day operations of the school system.”
GCPS’ Strategic Priorities for 2010–2020

Ensuring that our students and staff have the technology resources that they need is an ongoing process, one requiring our Information Management and Technology (IMT) team to maintain a level-based schedule of retrofits across the district. Here are the latest tech updates:

  • High School Retrofit: Infrastructure, projector, and computer phases are now complete. Students are reaping the benefits of updated technology, including a seamless, faster networking experience and equipment that fully supports their classroom learning. Each media center includes an interactive flat panel, and select fine arts spaces are equipped with an audio enhancement/recording system to foster self- and formative assessments of progress. IMT will complete updates to broadcast studios and refresh most school printers in the spring.

  • Middle School Retrofit: The retrofit process— including upgrades for infrastructure, projectors, and computers— is underway in our middle schools. Highlights of the retrofit include providing schools with upgraded wireless access points and switches, new projectors and screens, schoolwide laptops (one student laptop for every five students), and an innovation lab for every school. Regardless of when schools are scheduled for the computer deployment phase of the retrofit, both schoolwide laptops and innovation lab laptops will arrive prior to March 1 to help support spring online testing requirements. As with high schools, the middle school retrofit will include upgrading equipment in the broadcast studio, implementing an audio enhancement/recording system in select fine arts spaces, and refreshing most printers.

  • Elementary School Retrofit: Elementary schools are scheduled for a retrofit after the completion of the middle school refresh, likely in 2020–21. In the meantime, the district is replacing a large number of district-provided student laptops at many elementary schools in early spring 2019 in order to meet the specifications of running the Windows 10 operating system.
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  • School and district leaders approved by Board
    The following school and central office appointments were announced in November:

    Name
    New Position
    Current/Previous Position
    Dr. Clay
    Hunter
    Assistant Superintendent
    for Curriculum and
    Instructional Support,
    Curriculum and
    Instructional Support
    Assistant Superintendent,
    School Improvement and Operations
    Kaneshia
    Robinson
    Principal, Berkmar MS
    Assistant Principal, Duluth MS
    Paul Willis
    Principal, Cooper ES
    Principal, Fort Daniel ES
    Dr. Steve
    Frandsen
    Principal,
    International Transition Center
    Principal, Annistown ES
    Kevin Payne
    Principal, Lovin ES
    Assistant Principal, Baggett ES
    Adrienne
    Tedesco
    Principal, Meadowcreek ES
    Assistant Principal,
    Chesney ES
    Tim Hemans
    Director of
    Academies, Career and Technical Education, Curriculum and Instructional Support
    Coordinator of
    Academies, Career and Technical Education,
    Curriculum and
    Instructional Support
    Gregory Turmel
    Director of Programs Management and Data Integrity, Data Governance
    Director, Data Warehouse,
    University System of Georgia
    Cheri Trainor
    Director of Compensation
    and Substitute Management,
    Human Resources and
    Talent Management
    Assistant Director of
    Gwinnett Retirement, Business and Finance

    Dr. Hunter, Mr. Hemans, and Mr. Turmel step into positions created in GCPS’ recent reorganization. Ms. Robinson takes over her new post as Nicole Mosley leaves Berkmar to open the new health science high school. Dr. Donna R. Bishop’s retirement opens the leadership spot for Mr. Willis at Cooper. Dr. Frandsen moves into his new role with ITC with the retirement of Dr. Bob Burgess. As Dr. Janet Blanchette closes out her career, Mr. Payne takes on the leadership role at Lovin. Ms. Tedesco becomes Meadowcreek’s principal as Laurie Gardner retires. Ms. Trainor moves to her new position in HR with Laura Saucedo’s transfer to a position in Facilities and Operations.

    Dr. Clay
    Hunter
    Kaneshia
    Robinson
    Paul Willis
    Dr. Steve
    Frandsen
    Kevin Payne
    Adrienne
    Tedesco

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    Board approves recommended changes to AKS curriculum

    The GEMS Oversight Committee convenes each year to review and provide feedback on the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. This year’s meeting was held Nov. 1, with more than 50 educators and community members participating. The Committee made recommendations on course standards in the following curriculum areas: career and technical education, ESOL, fine arts, foreign language, language arts, mathematics, and social studies. The group provided recommendations to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the School Board. The Board approved the changes as recommended by the GEMS Oversight Committee.

    “This year’s GEMS Oversight Committee was another great success,” says Jadd Jarusinski, GCPS’ director of instructional resources and support. “We would like to thank the teachers, administrators, community members, business leaders, and parents who reviewed curriculum for over 300 courses and provided feedback and recommendations."
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    Delivering on The Promise every day
    Need-to-know highlights of this story:
    A consistent presence in the classroom is a foundational premise to student success
    A group of 300 teachers had perfect attendance during the 2017-18 school year.
    Gwin Oaks ES, Dacula MS, and Mill Creek HS had the highest attendance rates by level, with Gwin Oaks ES earning the Superintendent’s Cup for the overall highest attendance rate for the second consecutive year.

    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) celebrates our educators and the work they do to deliver on The Promise of Gwinnett! We know that what happens each and every day in the classroom helps our students to fulfill their promise. That is one reason why
    GCPS salutes its teachers who had perfect attendance for the 2017–18 school year.
    GCPS created a Teacher Attendance Recognition Program to recognize teachers who have perfect attendance each school year. In 2017–18, a group of 300 Gwinnett teachers met the perfect attendance criteria. These teachers were recognized at the October and November 2018 meetings of the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

    As part of the Teacher Attendance Recognition Program, the school system also honors the elementary, middle, and high schools with the highest teacher attendance rate, with the school with the highest overall teacher attendance rate awarded the Superintendent’s Cup. Those honors for this past year go to Gwin Oaks ES, Dacula MS, and Mill Creek HS, with Gwin Oaks winning the Superintendent’s Cup for the second consecutive year.

    GCPS salutes these teachers and realizes that their consistent presence in the classroom is a foundational premise to student success. No question about it... They deliver on The Promise of Gwinnett every day, making a difference in the lives of students!

    Alcova ES
    Brooke Jordan

    Annistown ES
    Laura Baptiste

    Arcado ES
    Mike Hitchcock

    Archer HS
    Chad Deal
    Rachel Diamond
    Rebecca Kasmier
    Tiffany Myers
    David Nelson

    Baggett ES
    Shelly Johnson

    Baldwin ES
    Ken Almon
    Jennifer Kim
    Rebecca Patterson

    Bay Creek MS
    Douglas Edington

    Beaver Ridge ES
    Trudy Ives

    Benefield ES
    Rebekah Barton
    Anita DeNicola

    Berkmar HS
    Anthandus Beauford
    Rosina Diaz
    Joseph Edwards
    Ricardo Farfan
    Liliana Gomez
    Brandon Horsley
    Leah dee Kilgore
    Mariela Medina
    Donyale Miller
    Trevan Moore
    Benoit Nzombeng
    Christopher Pae
    James Pinyan
    Jacob Sagel
    Tony Sellers
    Melissa Vitrano
    Sean Young

    Berkmar MS
    Amanda Myers

    Bethesda ES
    Katie Manna
    Lee Phillips

    Britt ES
    Nicole Camps
    Luann Hammami

    Brookwood HS
    John Chvatal
    Melissa Kim
    Michelle Leyva
    David Lockwood
    Cristy Mathews
    Joel McLendon
    Greg Puckett

    Burnette ES
    Cindy Ho

    Centerville ES
    Elizabeth Staden

    Central Gwinnett HS
    Brandice Cook
    Gary Garvin
    Sheila Lamb
    Kim Matthews
    Andres Serna Lopez

    Chattahoochee ES
    Jeff Bradford

    Chesney ES
    Paige Bright
    Bridget Hyde
    Misty Jackson
    Coleman MS
    Val Mickish
    Jan Rebel
    Erin Roberts

    Collins Hill HS
    Tori Cimo
    Andrew Hudson
    Mary Ellen West

    Corley ES
    Kelly Baker
    Jason Huttinga
    Esther Lee
    Stephanie Shane
    Jerry WHSam

    Craig ES
    Carol Garreau
    Vickie Rowe

    Creekland MS
    Robert Grunduski
    Henry Hadden
    John Iverson

    Crews MS
    Jessica Harper
    Michael Hessler

    Curriculum and Instructional
    Support Division

    Lindsey Brown
    Brooke Newton

    Dacula HS
    John Bailey
    Andrea Marchese
    Juan Rico

    Dacula MS
    David Bethea
    Josh Lord
    Beth Wall

    Discovery HS
    Brian Moler

    Duluth HS
    Megan Hembree
    Lisa McKay
    Robert Myles

    Duluth MS
    Harriet Staley

    Duncan Creek ES
    Marie Abreu

    Dyer ES
    Kristie Burton

    Five Forks MS
    Stephen Santana

    Fort Daniel ES
    Mark Mitchell

    GIVE Center East
    Vickie Rea
    Stephanie Reed
    Donald Southerland

    GIVE Center West
    Emily Eigel

    Graves ES
    Pat Rainer
    Grayson ES
    Jody Dawson

    Grayson HS
    Bill Batchelor
    Tara Gunter

    Gwin Oaks ES
    Tina Cramer
    Ashley Hagerty
    Stephanie Siren

    Gwinnett Online Campus
    Melissa Amir Smith

    Gwinnett School
    of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

    Kristen Blanchard
    Patricia Caldwell
    Anisio Dos Santos
    Rhonda Rackley
    Jennifer Sweat
    Ryan Taylor

    Harbins ES
    Kayla Sapp

    Harmony ES
    Jennifer Branch

    Harris ES
    Jenaya Shaw

    Hopkins ES
    LeAnne Hatfield

    Hull MS
    Dana Holmes
    Tommy Malcom
    Suzanne Shaw

    International
    Transition Center

    Erica Poole

    Ivy Creek ES
    Chandler Teasley

    Jackson ES
    Erica Beale
    Allie Brock
    Melia Morris

    Jenkins ES
    Jason Burke
    Kimberly Cox

    Kanoheda ES
    Mildred Mills
    Donald Parks
    Barbara Walling

    Knight ES
    Kenneth deGeus
    Kirsten Harper
    Peter Rozboril

    Lanier HS
    Buffy Hamilton
    Tyler Henry
    Tracy Kay
    David Metrio
    David Palmer

    Lanier MS
    William Ragsdale
    Inna York

    Lawrenceville ES
    Edel Joan Cuenca
    Tonya May

    Lilburn ES
    Keri Duncan
    Jennifer Peters
    Austin Rideout

    Lilburn MS
    Michael Doyne

    Mason ES
    Julie Alexander

    Maxwell HS
    of Technology

    Richard Getrum
    John Sorah
    Bryan Wilson

    McConnell MS
    Amanda Edwards

    Meadowcreek ES
    Jennifer Cacsire-Guzman

    Meadowcreek HS
    Zonya Barfield
    Timothy Baumann
    Marcus Budner
    Barbara Caldwell
    Elizabeth Chirico
    Leslie Dunham
    Desmond Edwards
    Christina Kurinzi

    Mill Creek HS
    Dale Buff
    Neal Harris
    Leah Hester
    Crystal Love
    Mary Morris
    Pam Perry
    Tim Schroer
    Tania Washington
    Brooks Witter
    Rhonda Zambo
    Jeffrey Zmistowski

    Minor ES
    Lisa Maness
    Tyler Smith

    Moore MS
    Vikas Darji

    Mountain View HS
    Ricky Aspinwall
    Jared Drach
    Billy Jones

    Mulberry ES
    Nicole Provence

    New Life Academy
    of Excellence

    Jennifer Ha

    Norcross ES
    Lynn Albright
    Mary Hennessey
    Scarlett Mack

    Norcross HS
    Nathaniel Brooks
    Cedric Cooks
    Elizabeth Frisbee
    Phyllis Gerard
    Gregory Heilman
    Diana Jennings
    Monan Lu
    Candace McRae
    Monique Santana
    Leah Versteeg

    North Gwinnett HS
    Eleanor Burton
    Andrea deVarona
    Whitley Greene
    Kristin Gresham
    John Payne
    William Stewart
    Kristina Stinson
    Joy York
    North Gwinnett MS
    Carol Edge
    Rebecca Jubon
    Fermin Leonard
    Thomas Manning
    Holly Paszkowski
    Jill Price

    Northbrook Center
    Anna Colley
    Shawn Kilpatrick
    Grace King

    Northbrook MS
    Jamie Savoie

    Norton ES
    Lori Brown
    Portia LeBlanc
    Teellia Rice

    Oakland
    Meadow School

    Angela Patrick

    Parkview HS
    Jon Aldrich
    Jami Baars
    George Brennen
    Heidi Cooley
    John Foulk
    Kelly Hayden
    Laura Kimbro
    Sanja Knezovic
    Allen Murphy
    Anna Pilarte
    Sandra Quillian
    Keith Toda
    Layton Walker

    Parsons ES
    Cheryl Bonds
    Whitney Cooper

    Partee ES
    Kayla Turner

    Peachtree ES
    Elizabeth Gazzo

    Peachtree Ridge HS
    Margaret Crook
    Allen Dean
    Li Guo
    Rossie Kennedy
    Courtney Lee
    Andrew Pasarilla
    Reginald Stancil
    Corey Wellmaker

    Phoenix HS
    Cheryl Deas
    Walt Henry
    Jennifer-Joy Llorente
    Oscar Valdes

    Pinckneyville MS
    Amanda Heaton
    Antonio Whitehead

    Richards MS
    Ron Hickman
    Shelly Hodges
    Monique Jones
    Alina Karmelin
    Venita Ogletree
    Joseph Reid
    Heather Stevens

    Rock Springs ES
    Lori Steele

    Rockbridge ES
    Katherine Raines

    Rosebud ES
    Victoria Barry

    Shiloh ES
    Amy Toro

    Shiloh HS
    Vincent Tran
    David Floyd
    Sang Ha
    Kayla Heath
    Anastasia James
    Brenda King
    Stephen Lindsay
    Patrick Norton
    Casey Ramel-Hoeksema
    Kimberly Schmidt
    Daria Williamson
    Julie Wood

    Shiloh MS
    Johnathan Ancell
    Nicole Emrick
    Allan Forbes
    Shernita Spence

    Snellville MS
    Irene Aikhomu
    Robin Butler
    Jonathan Kerr

    South Gwinnett HS
    Natilee Brown-Van
    Shawn Carter
    Michael Dawson
    Simone Grant
    Terri Peace
    Jennifer Reynolds
    Rebecca White
    Tracey Wilson

    Starling ES
    Kristi Hickson

    Stripling ES
    Chelsea Gill
    Elissa Machol

    Sugar Hill ES
    Tooran Zolghadr

    Summerour MS
    Rebecca Woofter

    Suwanee ES
    Medina Kovacevic
    Laura Thomas

    Sweetwater MS
    Kevin Thompson

    Sycamore ES
    Beverly Carlan
    Jennifer Soloff

    Trickum MS
    Stephen Cochran
    Andy Paulson
    Jeff Verdi

    Trip ES
    Tiffany Wagner

    Twin Rivers MS
    Jayne Day
    Scott Terman
    Sandy Wise

    Walnut Grove ES
    Ashley Freeman

    Winn Holt ES
    Amy Boldin

    Woodward Mill ES
    Jennifer Alden
    Sheryl Johnston

    Student achievement is directly related to teacher attendance. The consistent presence of an effective teacher is a foundational premise to student success.

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    This holiday season, give the gift of literacy!
    Need-to-know highlights of this story:
    GCPS' two book mobiles provide free books to students during school events.
    You can make a donation to support this literacy effort.
    Donate through the Foundation, make a purchase during a Barnes & Noble book drive by Dec. 31, or donate new books.

    If you want to give a holiday gift that will keep on giving, consider a donation to GCPS’ “fleet” of Book Mobiles!

    The two well-stocked Book Mobiles— called Pow! and Explore! to match their brightly colored exterior design— are converted school buses that drive neighborhood routes in the Meadowcreek and Norcross clusters to encourage summer reading.

    During the school year, the specially renovated buses visit Gwinnett schools for literacy events, school parades, and other school-sponsored events. For these events, the Book Mobile is stocked with new books— purchased with donations or provided by sponsors— that students can take home for free to add to their own personal library. To date, 28,000 schoolchildren have received a new book through this program!

    You can help put books in students’ hands in one of three ways (or all of them!)…
  • Make a donation to the designated Book Mobile fund maintained by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation.

  • Participate in Barnes & Noble’s book drive to benefit the GCPS Book Mobiles through Dec. 31. Visit the store in The Forum in Peachtree Corners or the Mall of Georgia store and select from among the books on display near the registers.

  • The Book Mobile also accepts new, unused books with pre-approval from district staff. Send an email to bookmobile@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or call 678-301-6431 regarding book donations.
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  • Charters and other GCPS programs announce
    registration plans for 2019–20 year

    Need-to-know highlights of this story:
    GCPS' special schools, programs, and charter schools have scheduled registration for 2019-20.
    GSMST registration is open now, and enrollment for new students at New Life Academy of Excellence opens Dec. 15.
    Registration for Grayson HS Technical Education Program and Maxwell HS of Technology opens in January, and Gwinnett Online Campus will register students in February.
    North Metro Academy of Performing Arts has not yet announced its schedule

    The school district’s charter schools and a number of other special school programs have scheduled information sessions and registration dates for students interested in attending one of the schools in the 2019–20 school year. (North Metro Academy of Performing Arts has not yet announced its schedule.) Upcoming deadlines include the following :

  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST): GSMST registration for next school year is open through Jan. 25. Remaining information sessions for rising 9th graders and their families are set for Dec. 11 and Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the school. The registration lottery will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center.

  • Maxwell HS of Technology: Registration for the 2019–20 school year begins online on Jan. 14, with an Open House set for Feb. 21 between 5 and 7 p.m. at the school. Information visits will be held at GCPS high schools between Jan. 14 and Feb. 11. Dates and times of high school visits will be posted on the Maxwell website. New this year, students may apply from their Student Portal account from anywhere they have internet access.

  • Grayson HS Technical Education Program: Online registration opens Jan. 14, with the Winter Open House set for Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. Information visits will be held at GCPS high schools between Jan. 14 and Feb. 15. Students may access an application via their Student Portal account.

  • Gwinnett Online Campus: (GOC): Students in grades 4–12 interested in attending GOC full time for 2019–20 must complete the registration process during the month of February. Interested families are encouraged to attend an open house and tour at the school’s campus from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan 29, Jan. 30, Jan. 31, Feb. 12, Feb. 13, or Feb. 14. An informational meeting is set for Feb. 27, 6:30–7:30 p.m., or check out informational videos online. Once a grade level is full, a waiting list will be established. GOC does not offer mid-year enrollment.

  • New Life Academy of Excellence: The window for re-enrollment for current students runs through Jan. 19. Open enrollment for new students is set for Dec. 15 to Feb. 1. School tours are available on Dec. 1 and Jan. 19. Sign up for a tour online. If needed, a registration lottery will be held on Feb. 18.
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  • Share upcoming job fairs with potential GCPS teachers
  • STEM Teacher Career Fair– Dec. 15 : Do you know anyone certified to teach science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), working toward certification, or working in a STEM field and interested in teaching? Make sure to share this upcoming opportunity to join the Gwinnett teaching corps! Gwinnett County Public Schools will host a STEM Teacher Career Fair on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to noon at Paul Duke STEM HS. (The deadline to register is Dec. 12.) The fair is by invitation only and consists of pre-scheduled interviews. Once an applicant has requested to attend the fair at gcpsjobs.org, files are reviewed and interviews will be extended based upon file completion. Registering to attend the fair does not guarantee an interview. Those selected for an interview will receive an email confirmation. Interested teachers can review these frequently asked questions to learn more about teaching in Gwinnett. For additional information or questions, email gcpsteach@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

  • Special Education Teacher Career Fair– Jan. 26 : Pass the word… GCPS is holding an invitation-only job fair for special education teachers on Jan. 26, and the district will be offering contracts at the event for the 2019–20 school year! Prospective teachers can register online later this month. Candidates eligible to attend must be certified (or will be by July of 2019) in any field of Special Education.
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  • Behavioral health and counseling services support employees
    Need-to-know highlights of this story:
    Benefits-eligible employees have access to free behavioral health and counseling services.
    Counseling sessions are tailored to individuals and their needs— in-person, by phone, or via video chat— for up to five sessions per event.

    The one predictable thing about life is that it’s unpredictable. Grief comes in many forms and affects us in different ways. For those going through hard times, the holiday season may be particularly difficult.

    Behavioral health and counseling services— offered to all benefits-eligible employees through MetLife— can help. This free service is provided by LifeWorks, a nationwide company that employs more than 30,000 licensed counselors. Whether it’s help coping with a loss or serious medical diagnosis, navigating financial hardships, or dealing with a divorce or other major life change, LifeWorks counselors are ready to provide professional and confidential support during life’s difficult times, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Counseling sessions are tailored to individuals and their needs— in-person, by phone, or via video chat— for up to five sessions per event. For those needing additional sessions, counselors can help find professional services that fit their specific needs, preferences, finances, and health insurance coverage.

    To speak with a LifeWorks counselor, call 1-888-319-7819, then press 1. To access online resources, visit https://metlifegc.lifeworks.com (username: metlifeassist, password: support).

    In addition to confidential counseling, find self-help resources online to help employees work through the grieving process at their own pace. Topics include end-of-life issues, what to do after the death of a loved one, grieving well and getting better, funeral and memorial planning, adult care for surviving elders, and single parenting.
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    Fight flu! Get your family vaccinated!
    When you or your children are sick with the flu, you risk missing work, missing school, and missing important life events. Fight flu this season by getting your flu vaccine, vaccinating your children, and encouraging others to protect themselves and their loved ones by doing the same. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are gearing up for the flu season. Most seasonal flu activity occurs between October and May, and peaks between December and February. Georgia is already seeing moderate flu activity, but it’s not too late to get protected against the flu!

    Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself and your family from flu and its potentially serious complications. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October. Flu vaccines, including the nasal spray flu vaccine, have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you.
    For more on seasonal flu, check out news and information from the CDC and find resources about infection prevention, flu preparedness, and more on the Health and Wellness page on the GCPS website.

    Did you know?
    Did you know that if your children are between the ages of 6 months and 8 years old, they may need two doses of flu vaccine?

    The CDC recommends that children in that age range— whether getting a flu vaccine for the first time or who having gotten only one dose of flu vaccine previously— get two doses of the flu vaccine. If your child needs two doses, be sure to begin this process early to ensure your child is protected before flu activity begins in your community.

    All children who have previously gotten two doses of flu vaccine (at any time) only need one dose of flu vaccine this season.

    Talk to your child’s health care professional about this season’s flu vaccine, and learn more about which flu vaccine is right for your child on the CDC’s website.

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    Check out Bulletin Board items with the latest on... a newly named theater, scholarship opportunities for GCPS seniors, Communiqué stories, recent GCPS TV videos, the next Spotlight, Perks, and commute alternatives

    Brookwood HS names arts center for Lindahls… Next time Ken and Patty Lindahl attend a theater performance at Brookwood HS, it will be in a performing arts center that now bears their name. The School Board recently approved the naming request from Brookwood’s local school council. Prior to their retirement, the Lindahls produced and directed more than 200 plays and musicals during their 30-year tenure as the school’s theater directors. Inductees in the Georgia Thespian hall of Fame, the Lindahls continue to serve the program and the students of Brookwood as volunteers.
    Dec. 7 is deadline for scholarship apps… Students graduating in May still have a few days to apply for applications administered by the GCPS Foundation Fund. The deadline to apply is Dec. 7. Annually, the Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to GCPS seniors. Find the 2019 GCPS Foundation Scholarship Catalog online. The Foundation will announce scholarship recipients in May.
    Find the latest from Communiqué… The latest posts to the online Communiqué  include a special field trip, “sweet success” for a recent grad, a very BIG check, plus calendar updates, dates and deadlines on the Bulletin Board, and the latest episode of In5ive. Coming up? Principal for a Day, Sounds of the Season, inclement weather reminders, and more! Check the magazine frequently for the latest news! Story ideas? Great photos? Feedback? Let us know at communique@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
    Watch recent Focus Moments on GCPS TV… These are just a few of the recent videos from GCPS TV:
    Teacher of the Year: Celebrate a special evening with our top teachers, including profiles of our six finalists! If you want to experience the whole evening, find full coverage of the banquet online.
    DLI visit for future teachers: A visit to Bethesda ES' dual language immersion program gave a group of Meadowcreek HS a window to a future teaching career.
    Something to celebrate?… Share your good news with your colleagues in Spotlight. If you have earned a state or national award, earned a degree, made a presentation, or had work published, send the information to the Spotlight mailbox  via Lotus Notes, or to the Communication and Media Relations Department through the courier. Submissions for the winter issue are due Jan. 4. The fall issue of Spotlight is available now.
    Stretch your holiday budget with employee discounts… Special offers and discounts from local and national businesses are as close as a computer or smartphone for GCPS employees. They're easy to find online at the Employee Perks tab on the GCPS Foundation web page or via the new app for your phone, available from Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
    Also, watch for occasional “perks” newsletters with rundowns on special offers and the latest deals.
    Check out Georgia Commute Options… Sign up for Georgia Commute Options programs, find carpool partners, and log your commute trips to earn cash and win prizes online. On the Commute Options website, you can:
    Find out how much you’re spending on your commute by using Georgia Commute Options Commute Calculator.
    Manage everything, from ride-matching to incentives;
    Use easy “drag and drop” features to log your commute;
    Set text or e-mail log reminders for any day of the week and any time;
    Set alerts via text or e-mail when new carpool or vanpool matches become available;
    Check current enrollment status in any of the Georgia Commute Options incentive programs;
    Find Park and Ride locations and transit routes in the Atlanta region; and
    View or share public pages through Facebook or Twitter log-in.

    A mobile-friendly version of the system is available so users can log commute trips on the go. Go to the website to learn how to improve the way you get to and from work. If you have any questions, call 1-877-9-GA-OPTIONS.

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