Honoring our Military Veterans
Gainesville City School System celebrates our U.S. military veterans for their outstanding service to our country. We salute these men and women for their courage and sacrifice, and we are grateful for their bravery in protecting our country and our freedom!
GCSS Graduation Rate Increases
The Gainesville City School System is pleased to announce an increase in graduation rates for the 2014-2015 school year. The overall 4-year cohort graduation rate for the district increased from 68.7% in 2014 to 79.5% in 2015 and surpassed the state average of 78.8%.
Gainesville High School's graduation rate increased significantly from 79.8% in 2014 to 87.9% in 2015, while Woods Mill High School's graduation rate was stable. These rates were the result of an intense focus on ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate in four years and a summer.
Superintendent Dr. Wanda Creel stated, "We are so pleased with the outcomes achieved this past year through our students, teachers, and parents being committed to having our students graduate on time." Increased graduation rates are a focus of the district's strategic plan, as well as the school improvement plans of the high schools.
Lending a Helping Hand
New Holland's PTA recently received assistance from a special group of volunteers. Our high school athletes donated their time to help with the school's Fall Festival. The younger students enjoyed being around the high school students and were in awe of the students in their uniforms. It was a great experience for all of the students, and the younger children are looking forward to entering high school and getting involved just like their high school mentors.
The festival was a huge success, and everyone had a great time. The funds raised from the event will provide incentives to students with "Owl-Standing" behavior and outstanding academic achievement as well as other special incentives during the school year. New Holland is pleased with the outcome of this year's festival and is very appreciative of the high school students for their assistance in making the event a success.
Planting the Seeds of Knowledge
A school garden has been the dream of art teacher, Tracy Troutman, and STEAM teacher, David Howard, for a long time. Now that Fair Street IB World School is back in its true home, work on the garden has begun. Mr. Howard, Mrs. Troutman and supportive volunteers have already spent many hours designing, planning, and building the garden. A composting program has begun schoolwide, using biodegradable refuse from students' fruit and vegetable snacks. Students have visited the garden to see decomposers, such as worms, already in action. Mrs. Troutman won a $1000 grant from Keep Hall Beautiful to purchase trees for the garden. The grant was the prize for Fair Street's winning float in the Spring Chicken Festival parade. Students will help choose the types of trees to be planted in the garden
by voting at the school's annual Harvest Festival on November 19th. The garden is in its infancy, and Fair Street is eager to watch it grow.
Career Day at GEA
At Gainesville Exploration Academy, students are often asked "So what do you want to be when you grow up?" GEA believes one of the best ways to help students answer this question is to host a Career Day. When people from the community come to the school to discuss their careers, it helps students understand the variety of career options available to them.
On Friday, November 13th, Career Day was held for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Students went from booth to booth receiving information on forty different careers such as logistics, law, graphic design, restaurant management, public safety, dairy farming, and aviation.
Students were encouraged to ask questions about the careers of interest. Their questions were about what it takes to be in that profession, how much post-secondary school is required, what a typical work day is like, and what made the person choose that profession.
Prior to Career Day, students took part in career lessons in the classroom. Teachers participated in lessons that brought awareness to a variety of cluster professions available to students, and identified particular jobs within that cluster of which students may not have been aware.
Overall, the students enjoyed a fun- filled morning interacting and learning about future careers.
Early Signing for Three GHS Athletes
On November 11th, three Gainesville High School athletes committed to colleges of their choice in front of family, friends, and supporters in a special ceremony at the GHS Performing Arts Center. Jonathan Gettys, Demarcus Simonds, and Spencer Ralston officially confirmed that they will play sports at a collegiate level next year. Jonathan will attend Louisiana State University on a baseball scholarship. Demarcus will attend Georgia State University on a basketball scholarship, and Spencer will play golf at the University of Georgia. We are proud of these young men for their remarkable achievements, and we look forward to their continued success in college!
The Big Red Machine makes History
Congratulations to the members of the Gainesville High School Big Red Machine!
On Saturday, October 17th, the marching band made history at the Hart County Invitational Marching Band contest in Lake Hartwell, Georgia.
The band members competed against eighteen of the finest bands in Georgia.
In addition to receiving superior awards (the highest possible scores) in the categories of Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion, and Overall Band, the band also received first place class awards in each of these same categories.
The band received the following overall awards: second
place in Drum Majors, third
place in Color Guard, second p
lace in Percussion, and first
place in Band. M
ost notably, for the first time in the history of the GHS Big Red Machine, the marching band was awarded the Overall Grand Champion trophy which is presented to the highest achieving band of the entire competition.
CTAE Students Job Shadow for a Day
Nine Gainesville High School CTAE students recently participated in Job Shadow Day sponsored by the Gainesville Rotary Club. The students were able to job shadow a Rotarian for two hours, and then they participated in an Interview Skills program presented by Rotarians Martha Nesbitt, Lydia Sartain, and Lee Hemmer. The students also enjoyed the Rotary Club lunch meeting sponsored by entrepreneur, Mrs. Emilie Howard, the co-founder of Southern Proper.
Students participating in the event were:
- Khyri Ali with Rotarian Kevin Wetzel of Memorial Park Funeral Home
- Anna Diaz with Rotarian Christina Jones of Wells Fargo Advisors
- Angel Hernandez with Rotarian Chris Slate of Southern Realty
- Bill Hood with Rotarian Abit Massey of the GA Poultry Federation
- Anna Leneski with Rotarian Ann Nixon of Habitat for Humanity
- Hannah Martin with Rotarian Mike McGraw of Pride Staff
- Ally Roberts with Rotarian David Morrison of Brenau College- Communications
- Susie Sartain with Rotarian Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver
- Max Sumner with Rotarian Bill Hall of Murray Plastics, Inc.
Job Shadow Day was a great opportunity for the students to interact with local business leaders and to gain a better understanding of what each profession entails.
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