Volume 41 , Number 6February 26, 2021

Governor expands vaccine eligibility
to teachers, school staff as of March 8

In a Feb. 25 news conference, Gov. Brian Kemp announced the expansion of vaccine eligibility to include K–12 teachers and school staff as well as pre-K staff, parents of children with complex medical issues, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Gov. Kemp noted that eligibility could be expanded further to include adults under age 65 with serious, underlying medical conditions later in March as long as the state has available vaccine. (Gov. Kemp has indicated that the state will no longer refer to phases in the plan as 1A, 1A+, 1B, etc. Instead, the state will communicate the current list of eligible groups.)

In a January employee survey, more than 13,000 of the school district’s employees (52%) indicated interest in receiving the two-part COVID-19 vaccine through GCPS’ partnership with the Gwinnett Newton Rockdale (GNR) Health Department. Of the district’s teachers, counselors, media specialists, and local school technology coordinators, approximately 7,500 (61%) indicated interest in this vaccination opportunity.

While having more of our staff members qualify for the vaccine is good news, it’s important to remember that vaccine availability continues to hinder the vaccination process.

Here are the facts we know at this time about the process and related challenges:

—The Health Department is releasing appointments only for the amount of vaccine currently in stock. Health officials say access to vaccine continues to be a limiting factor.

—Nearly 500 GCPS employees are eligible under current criteria—due to age (65+) or job assignment (clinic staff or school resource officer). The Health Department has contacted these individuals to schedule an appointment before the March 8 expansion.

Once teachers and school staff become eligible, the Health Department believes it will be able to vaccinate approximately 600 GCPS employees each day for at least the first two weeks, with more than 7,000 employees expected to receive their first vaccination between March 8 and March 20. After the first two weeks, vaccine availability will determine how many GCPS employees will be scheduled each week.

During these first two weeks, vaccine appointments will be prioritized for classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, and school nutrition staff. These staff members are in contact with the highest number of students on a daily basis and in situations when social distancing may not be possible.

Using a scheduling program, appointments will be assigned, ensuring that only a small number of staff members from a location are scheduled on any given day. With the exception of six large high schools, all other schools will have fewer than 10 teachers scheduled throughout the school day. This will help to ensure that schools are able to cover for staff members who are away from school for their vaccination appointments.

—Appointments for GCPS staff members will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. so some staff will have appointments after their workday ends and some may have appointments scheduled on Saturdays. For example, appointments for all bus drivers and School Nutrition Program staff who expressed interest in this opportunity will be scheduled on a Saturday.

As a partner in this process, GCPS is providing six nurses and six non-clinical staff members on a daily basis to assist the Health Department in distributing vaccine to the wider community as part of GNR’s mass vaccination clinic, located at Gwinnett Place Mall.

—Eligible employees (who indicated interest in the January survey) will receive an email with the date and time of their scheduled appointment, most likely the week before the appointment. (Note that appointments cannot be rescheduled.) Scheduling will take into account vaccine availability, other eligible individuals who still await vaccinations, and those who must be scheduled for their second dose.

Because the Health Department’s vaccine supply is limited, GCPS is working to find other providers. Partner providers will schedule appointments for interested employees once they become eligible.

—The Health Department and school district encourage employees interested in the vaccine to continue to seek appointments outside of this opportunity. You can visit the Vaccine Locator online, and pre-register with MyVaccineGeorgia.com to receive email updates and to learn when you will be eligible to receive the vaccine. If you make a vaccination appointment with your primary physician or other healthcare provider, please click here to remove your name from the list that is being used by the Health Department and our other partners for scheduling purposes.

Remember… At this time, COVID-19 vaccine is available only for those eligible under Georgia’s Vaccination Plan. GCPS leaders will continue meeting with Health Department staff to finalize plans so that we will be ready to begin the process on March 8. That said, plans may be adjusted after that date, based on vaccine availability and direction from the Health Department.

An important reminder for all staff members
Stay home from school or work if you…
are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms;
have tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID;
are awaiting test results; or
have been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID or someone with COVID symptoms who is waiting for test results.

It’s important that we all do our part to keep ourselves and others healthy. Remember to follow these four important steps… social distancing when feasible, wearing a mask that covers nose and mouth, washing your hands, and staying home if you do not feel well or have been exposed to illness.

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Traveling outside the U.S.?
When you get home, stay home 7 days!

If you have international travel plans for Spring Break, make sure to build in an extra week away from work. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding international travel. The CDC recommends that all international travelers get tested three to five days after returning and self-quarantine at home for seven days after travel.

So, what does that mean for travelers?

Travelers who test positive must isolate based on current guidance for a confirmed case.

Even travelers who test negative should self-quarantine at home for the full 7 days. In other words, students and staff who travel outside the U.S. will not be able to return to school or work for at least 7 days after their return to the U.S.

Travelers who choose not to be tested should self-quarantine at home for a full 10 days after travel.

During self-quarantine, make sure to monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, seek testing immediately and follow guidance for a suspected case.

Employees traveling outside the U.S. will not be eligible to work from home upon return, and will need to use personal, vacation, or sick days during the self-quarantine period. Employees with questions about international travel guidelines and their work schedule should speak with their supervisor.
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XFATs explore pandemic-related topics
As part of its commitment to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), GCPS uses a number of avenues to gather input from stakeholders, study issues of concern, and develop recommendations to address those concerns. One of the district’s most useful tools in the CQI toolbox is the Cross-Functional Action Team or XFAT. In response to the pandemic, GCPS launched three related XFATs, which have been meeting since mid-January:

Addressing Prior-Year Achievement Gaps—The 14 members of the team working to address prior-year achievement gaps seek to develop processes and structures to address academic deficiencies from previous school years to better support students’ learning in the 2021-22 school year.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Implementation and Training—The 11 XFAT members focusing on social and emotional learning are developing a comprehensive framework to address expectations, the development of SEL training, and the implementation of SEL strategies to ensure a positive impact for GCPS students and staff.

Post-COVID-19 Learning Models—The 12-member team studying post COVID-19 learning models has been charged with researching the benefits and potential issues associated with producing a learning model that meets the needs of all stakeholders.

Once the work of these teams is completed, they will present a report and recommendations to the Board of Education.
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Federal stimulus funding supports district’s pandemic response
Federal stimulus funding is helping school districts, city and county governments, and other local and state agencies manage the extraordinary expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic response. For GCPS, that financial support is coming from two federal funding packages. GCPS is allotted $32.5 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, known as CARES Act I, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. In the second round of federal funding, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, GCPS is allotted $125.7 million. (CRRSA was signed into law on Dec. 23, 2020.) CARES I funding must be used by Sept. 30, 2022, while CRSSA funding expires Sept. 20, 2023.

The federal monies reside with the state. Entities like GCPS submit a proposal for qualifying expenses, then request reimbursement up to the district’s approved amount.

To date, the district’s CARES I funding has been used to pay COVID-related expenses, including personal protective equipment, internet connectivity for digital learners, technology expenses such as the purchase of Chromebooks, salaries and benefits associated with leave available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and costs associated with serving meals at no cost to students as part of the school nutrition waiver during the pandemic.

The district is in the planning stages for how it will use the second round of federal funding. GCPS Chief Financial Officer Joe Heffron says the work of the current XFATs will help determine how some of the funds are used as they address the impact of the pandemic on students’ social-emotional well-being and academic progress.

GCPS typically does not establish new positions using one-time funding like the federal stimulus monies because the district would have challenges sustaining the positions once the funding expires.
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GCPS suspends HS Gateway writing assessment for 2021, waives graduation requirement for seniors, previous classes
Due to the ongoing pandemic, GCPS will suspend Gateway testing for the remainder of the 2020–21 school year and waive the test as a graduation requirement for this year’s seniors. The district’s High School Gateway writing assessments measure students’ ability to write effectively about Gwinnett’s Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History.

Students must pass High School gateway Writing Assessments in both science and social studies to graduate with a GCPS diploma. However, with the suspension of testing, the district will waive this graduation requirement for seniors in the Class of 2021. In addition, members of previous classes who met all other graduation requirements except passing the High School Gateway will be eligible to receive a diploma. This waiver accommodates students and former students who were unable to take advantage of additional opportunities to take and pass the Gateway due to the pandemic. The process for former students to apply for this waiver will be posted on the GCPS website on March 1.
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Give feedback on state’s proposed health education standards
Employees, families, and community members are invited to give feedback on the state’s proposed Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for K–12 health education.
If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2021–22 school year. The review survey is available through 5 p.m. on March 19.

The draft standards were developed based on a formal review and evaluation process that included a range of stakeholders. The current review period comes prior to a vote by the State Board of Education on whether to approve the new standards.
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Board approves February leadership appointments
The School Board approved the following leadership appointments at its regular monthly Board Meeting on February 18, 2021.
New Position
Current/Previous Position
Dr. Alfred
“Al” J. Taylor
Interim Associate Superintendent,
School Improvement and Operations
Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools, School Improvement and Operations
Dr. Dranita L. Morrow
Principal, Kanoheda Elementary School
Assistant Principal,
Ferguson Elementary School
Charles “Charley” T. Humble
Executive Director of Transportation,
Facilities and Operations
Director of
Business Solutions,
Information Management and Technology
Dr. W. K.
“Kyle” Jones
Director of
Academies, Career and Technical Education,
Curriculum and Instructional Support
Coordinator of
Academies, Curriculum and Instructional Support
Patrick J. Burke
Director of Planning,
School Improvement
and Operations
Chief Operations Officer,
Fulton County (Ga.) Schools

Dr. Taylor takes the interim position for School Improvement and Operations as Dr. Steve Flynt transitions to his new post as superintendent of Columbia County Schools. Dr. Morrow moves to Kanoheda as the former principal, Dr. Nicole White, becomes executive director of Special Education and Psychological Services. Mr. Humble transfers to the leadership post in Transportation with the upcoming retirement of Don Moore. Dr. Jones fills the role previously held by Tim Hemans, now executive director of the department. Mr. Burke comes to GCPS to fill the spot held by Greg Stanfield, who recently retired.

February Leadership Appointments
Dr. Al Taylor
Dr. Dranita Morrow
Charley Humble
Dr. Kyle Jones
Patrick Burke

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Give feedback on proposed instructional resources
Staff, parents, students, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum resources for three high school courses—Portuguese I, Forest Science, and Natural Resources Management. Additional resources for select courses will be added March 1. The virtual public review of all resources will run through March 12.

Before adopting instructional resources for classroom use, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) holds an extensive review. The curriculum content offices and the Office of Instructional Resources and Support jointly convene multiple committees involving various stakeholder groups to select resources to consider for adoption submitted by publishers. The resources were reviewed for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Data from the reviews and a pilot with students will be considered in making adoption recommendations to the Board of Education. For more about the instructional resources review process, contact the Office of Instructional Resources and Support at 678-301-6828.
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CQI mindset leads to positive outcomes
for students at Maxwell HS of Technology, NASA

“Eye on Quality” is a regular feature that puts the spotlight on people, quality work, and improvement efforts that are making a difference for our kids, schools, and community so that we can celebrate and take pride in our accomplishments together.

One of the primary tenets of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is its strong focus on customer service and on ensuring positive outcomes for an organization’s stakeholders, both internal and external. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, that improvement focus helps to enhance the relationship among all of its stakeholders and the local schools.
At Maxwell HS of Technology, the CQI mindset clearly connects the school, its students, and its partners in the business sector.

“At Maxwell, we are always trying to be better than we were yesterday,” says Dr. Jeff Hall, Maxwell principal. “Pushing ourselves to continually improve is our daily way of thinking. The industries that support our programs are always changing and we must continue to improve to maintain credibility within the industry.”

Flexibility and the ability to adapt and to innovate are essential when ensuring student access to the most current industry standards in the 18 programs that Maxwell offers—from Flight Operations and Welding to Therapeutic Services and Manufacturing.

“We are cutting-edge at Maxwell and always try to stay in lock step with industry standards and emulate what the business community looks for in their employees,” says Dr. Hall. “We strive to be the school that people think about when they talk about innovation, creativity, and a
A CQI mindset allows for the continual innovation and adaptation needed for such a project and that improvement focus starts with classroom culture.
forward-thinking mindset.”

A partnership with NASA and the space agency’s High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program is a great example of this forward-thinking approach. Designed to empower and inspire students, the HUNCH program gives students opportunities to work on “out of this world” real-world projects that support NASA’s mission. This partnership and the opportunity for positive outcomes for Maxwell students is a result of the CQI mindset at the school.

In Brandon Myers’ classroom, work on the HUNCH project is reinforcing the Manufacturing program’s motto—Draw It. Build It. Test It. Prove It. Mr. Myers’ students are designing and creating a utility device for use on the International Space Station. Working on the devices, the students are expected to hold dimensions to a tolerance—the room for error—as thin as 1/3 of a human hair! NASA will use high-fidelity mock-ups of the devices in astronaut training.

“An effective use of CQI in the classroom is really built in the culture,” Mr. Myers says. “We have to build a culture of leadership. We have to build a culture of innovation.” Noting that his students have embraced this CQI culture and focus on how they can improve each day, he says “We always consider what else is possible. What else can we do?”

Check out this GCPS TV video highlighting the CQI mindset at Maxwell HS of Technology.
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Take United Way’s 21-day Racial Equity Challenge
GCPS encourages staff, students, families, and community members to join the 21-day Racial Equity Challenge, a free community activity sponsored by United Way of Greater Atlanta.
Studies show that disparities across race and zip codes—around Metro Atlanta and among Gwinnett neighborhoods—limit the opportunities for some young residents. United Way’s Racial Equity Challenge is a powerful opportunity to “learn more, grow as an ally, and advocate and reimagine a united path forward” for a more equitable community that ensures all children and young people are on the path to fulfilling their potential.

The self-guided learning activity will explore the history and impact of racism and how it has shaped child well-being across Greater Atlanta. Participants will gain insights, explore tools for courageous conversations, find resources for healing, and make connections to a network of equity-centered community leaders.

Registration is free, and anyone can participate—individually or with a group. Starting in March and continuing for seven weeks, participants will receive three emails each week with readings, videos, podcasts, and ways to take action, including invitations to virtual events and social media groups that are exclusively for challenge participants.

To participate, send your name and email address to racialequitychallenge@unitedwayatlanta.org. You will receive a sign-up link by email.

On the United Way website, learn more about the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund and United Way's efforts to advance an equitable community.

“We hope that Gwinnett residents who complete the challenge will choose to stay engaged with this work,” says Rachael Warnsley, United Way’s senior director of development. “The Gwinnett Racial Equity and Healing Initiative will continue to provide local learning and engagement opportunities around racial equity and healing.” To stay involved with the Gwinnett initiative, send your name and email address to gwinnett@unitedwayatlanta.org.

About United Way: United Way of Greater Atlanta brings together people and resources to tackle complex issues and drive sustainable, positive change to help our community thrive. Part of United Way’s global non-profit network, United Way of Greater Atlanta prioritizes investments to support children and families, including programs to build Strong Learners, to help young people become College- and Career-Ready, to support Economic Stability for families, and to ensure a Brighter Future in communities with low Child Well-Being scores.

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GPEE identifies issues to watch
in addressing state’s equitable road to recovery

Annually, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) produces an annual “Top Ten Issues to Watch” publication to help guide conversations among policymakers, educators, and business and community leaders about the challenges and opportunities that face Georgia’s education reform efforts. Online, find one-page summaries of GPEE’s identified issues, including:
Equity– The Imperative for Recovery to Success

Funding– Essential for Achieving Equity

Early Learning– The Foundation for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

Delivery of Instruction– New Approaches to Learning

Teachers– Professionalism, Pay, and Preparation

Accountability and Assessments– The Opportunity to Rethink and Get it Right

Parent Engagement– Positioning Families as Partners

Post-Secondary Completion– A Pathway to Prosperity

Georgia’s Workforce Pipeline– Creating Equitable Access and Opportunities

Reinventing Education in Georgia– A Call for Leadership and Collaboration
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During Tax Time, beware of tax-related scams
Tax Day—April 15—is just around the corner. During tax-preparation season, the number of tax-related scams is on the rise. Criminals may pose as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a tax accounting service, such as TurboTax or H&R Block, in order to gain access to personal information and steal your tax refund.

What should you look out for?
Be on the alert for anyone asking you for personal or financial information via emails, phone calls, letters, social media accounts, and even text messages. The IRS will not initiate contact with you via email, text message, or social media. They will not threaten or demand immediate payment. Beware of websites claiming to be the IRS or other tax-related sites. Don’t click on links or download information contained in a suspicious email or post. When providing your personal information on a website, look for the lock icon beside the URL as this symbol indicates that the website owner has secured the site and your information can be safely sent.

What should you do if you receive a suspicious email requesting personal or financial data?
Do not reply or click on any links. Don’t download attachments as they might contain malware that could infect your computer or smartphone. Forward any suspicious emails sent to your GCPS email inbox to phishing.spam@gcpsk12.org—the “Phishing Spam” mailbox—and then delete the email from your inbox, sent, and trash folders. Whether received through your personal email or your GCPS email, suspicious IRS-related email should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov. Learn more about IRS scams on the IRS website.
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Invite someone to SHINE, earn a referral incentive for new hires!
District employees are some of our best “recruiters” when it comes to hiring new employees. To sweeten the deal, employees can earn a referral incentive by recommending qualified candidates who are hired by the district in these high-need areas:
Special education teachers (any field) ($300);
Regular education teachers ($250) (Mathematics, Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, Foreign Language, and Language Arts); and
Speech-language pathologists ($500).

There are two ways to make a referral: First, you can email your referral to Human Resources at GCPSteach@gcpsk12.org. Please type GCPS Teacher/SLP Referral in the subject line, and include the name and contact information of the candidate in the email. Second, the teacher/SLP candidate may list the name of the person who referred him or her in the referral section of the online application at gcpsjobs.org. Some important notes—The referral should be received prior to the employee’s hire date. The referral incentive for teachers and SLPs would be included in the referring employee’s paycheck once the candidate is hired and has worked a minimum of 60 days. The candidate must be a new employee to GCPS (not a returning employee or a contracted employee from a previous year).

Another high-need area is in Transportation …

Bus Drivers ($250)
With the district’s Bus Driver Referral Program, employees can earn up to $250 for referring a qualified candidate who is hired as a school bus driver for GCPS. The Bus Driver Referral Program provides a payment of $100 as soon as the individual is hired, and an additional $150 once the new driver has completed 60 days on the job. There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make or referral rewards you can earn! Email Dawn.Head@gcpsk12.org for assistance.
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February is CTE Month!
When it comes to entering the workforce, the vast majority of our students will need some form of postsecondary study beyond high school, whether that’s a certification program, a trade school, a two-year technical college, or a four-year university degree or beyond. And that’s where GCPS’ cutting-edge, rigorous, and relevant Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs come in, preparing students for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, in-demand careers with real-life opportunities to explore the world of work and explore their future! As a result, they are more engaged in their studies, perform better in the classroom, and graduate at higher rates. In case you missed it… Check out the recent story in Communiqué with more on CTE in GCPS and meet a few of our CTE students and see how their classroom experiences are preparing them for the work world and their future success!

Join us for the CTE Student of the Year celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23! Watch the awards ceremony on the GCPS TV app, available for Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, and Roku devices; or go to www.gcpstv.org and click “watch live.”

#CTEDelivers #ExploreYourFuture
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What's on the Bulletin Board?
Need-to-know Highlights of this story:
Check out Bulletin Board items with the latest on… a celebration of the arts, the Virtual Transition Fair, dates for your calendar, a retirement reminder, a call for mentors, scholarship deadlines, deadline to register for the mentoring program's golf tourney, GCPS TV videos, Spotlight submissions, podcast platforms, recent online Communiqué stories, and Perks.
Celebrate our student artists!… Enjoy the 2021 Tapestry exhibit at the Instructional Support Center (ISC) through Mon., March 29, or check our student art in the virtual exhibit through the end of the year.
Virtual Transition Fair set for March 20… On March 20, GCPS will host the 2021 Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. Starting at 8 a.m., participants can “drop in” to the virtual event to view pre-recorded sessions about community services and resources for young people who have disabilities and may need assistance as they transition to adulthood. (The link to the event will be live on the day of the fair.) Attendees will have the opportunity to watch virtual presentations from local agency representatives regarding various options available for school-aged students as well as transitional services to post-school activities and employment. Presentations and resources will cover a number of topics, including day programs, community living supports, vocational and career services, transition resources, and recreation and leisure opportunities. For those who can’t participate that day or who want to reference information after the event, links to the recorded sessions will be available on the website through May 26. Questions? Send an email to Transition.Fair@gcpsk12.org.
Graduation schedule available March 15… Coming soon… GCPS’ schedule for high school graduation ceremonies! District leaders will release the schedule on March 15.
Schedule appointment if considering retirement… Employees planning to retire at the end of the school year should schedule an appointment with a retirement counselor in March to complete paperwork and ensure prompt first payments from the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia or Public School Employees Retirement System. Contact Retirement Services at (678) 301-6267 or (678) 301-6269 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., at locations in Suwanee and Lawrenceville.
Become a Mentor!… The district is seeking both men and women to serve as mentors. In fact, many GCPS staff members have stepped up to fill this important role for a student. Prospective mentors, who must be 21 or older, must follow these steps. Prospective mentors must complete a mentor application, attend a Volunteer Mentor Training Session (currently online), and complete the fingerprinting and background check process. The district matches mentors who have completed all steps in the application process with student mentees, and provides ongoing support and resources for a successful mentoring experience.
Apply for staff scholarships… March 8 is the deadline to apply for a $1,500 GCREA scholarship from the Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association. Find an application online. Time’s almost up to apply for one of 25 Career Advancement Scholarships offered by Peach State Federal Credit Union Apply for one of the $2,000 scholarships by Feb. 26. Learn more about both scholarships in the last Education Briefs.
Hit the links for our mentoring program… GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament is set for Monday, March 22! The money raised will go toward college scholarships, resources, enrichment activities, and background-building experiences for students in the mentoring program. Registration for golfers—$125 per individual and $500 per foursome—is open through March 5, and includes tournament entry, breakfast, entry in the Hole-In-One Contest, entry in the Longest Drive Contest, and the Awards Luncheon. The district also is seeking sponsors for the event. Learn more about GCPS’ mentoring program online. #GCPSMentoring #PowerOfOne
Watch recent Focus Moments on GCPS TV… These are just a few of the recent videos from GCPS TV: We’ve had lots to celebrate with award-winning staff members, including 2021 Georgia MS Principal of the Year Dr. Keith Thompson of Northbrook MS, Georgia Distinguished School Administrator of the Year Will Bishop of Norcross HS for his support of media services, the district’s Media Specialist of the Year Dr. Angelyne Collins of Brookwood HS and Media Clerk of the Year Allison Thomson of Mill Creek HS, and GCPS counseling honorees Lauren Butler of Ivy Creek ES, Fabiana Fischer of Dacula MS, Dr. Boone Benton of Brookwood HS, and Principal Denise Showell of Hull MS. (Watch for more on these and other state and local winners in the spring issue of Spotlight.) Other recent GCPS TV videos include virtual Career Connections, community support for Play 2 Learn and for athletic programs at Berkmar HS, an innovative art teacher at Grayson ES, a new playground for Oakland Meadow, and a walk with an AI pup named Spot for GSMST students.
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 an email to the Spotlight mailbox, or send the information to the Communication and Media Relations Department through the courier. Find the Fall issue online. Submissions for the Spring issue are due March 9.
Check out the latest episode of ‘Teaching Gwinnett’… “Teaching Gwinnett”—a district-produced podcast hosted by Bernard Watson, GCPS’ director of media and community relations—features in-depth and informative interviews. Find the podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Google Play Music, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Overcast, Pocket Casts, iTunes, the Apple Podcast app, and the district website. Subscribe today!
Find the latest from Communiqué… Recent and upcoming posts to the online Communiqué include a gallery of Black History Month celebrations, student art in Tapestry, a host of staff honors, and more. Check the magazine frequently for the latest news! Story ideas? Great photos? Feedback? Let us know at communique@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
Make the most of your paycheck with employee discounts… Get "GCPS Perks" at your fingertips with the Foundation’s mobile app. GCPS employees have easy access to employee perks and discounts via their smartphone! Perks include special offers and discounts from local and national businesses. With the app, users also can make a donation, purchase event tickets, catch up on Foundation news, and contact the Foundation team. Download the app today for your iOS or Android device.

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