Thank You for Your Support of ESPLOST!  
Investing in our Future
On November 3rd, voters from Gainesville/ Hall County voted in favor of  ESPLOST to fund future capital outlay projects for the Gainesville City School System, Hall County School System, and Buford City Schools.   Superintendent Wanda Creel stated, "We are grateful to the citizens of Gainesville/Hall County for their passage of the continuation of the ESPLOST sales tax.  The children will benefit by having quality buildings in which to learn.  We look forward to sharing additional details regarding our capital outlay plan with our community in the very near future."  The district is appreciative of the many citizens who support us in our mission in providing quality education to all children as we prepare them to become successful leaders of our future.

Early Readers to Future Leaders 
Read & Rise team joins Fall Festival
The GCSS "Read and Rise" team was happy to join the Housing Authority and the Boys & Girls Club in offering a Fall Festival of Fun to parents and students at the Melrose Innovation Station location.  Spooky stories, pumpkin painting, yummy snacks, and a costume contest were enjoyed by all!  Parents were also able to leave with a treat bag full of early education materials including books, crayons, marker boards, and suggestions for making early literacy a priority. 

Fourth Grade Students visit Stone Mountain
New Holland students at Stone Mountain
Fourth graders at New Holland Knowledge Academy visited Stone Mountain Park for the Indian Festival and Pow-Wow. As a part of the fourth grade social studies standards, students experienced Native American culture through live demonstrations. They observed the central role of dance in native culture as real Native Americans from across the U.S. and Central America competed in intertribal dance and drum competitions. Students learned about primitive skills such as flint-knapping, bow making, fire starting, open fire cooking and pottery. They were also able to see actual tipis and other traditional native dwellings. Students visited the top of Stone Mountain and learned that Native Americans used this area of the mountain as a meeting and ceremonial place.  Through this experience, students learned about the rich culture and many contributions of Native Americans.

     Thanking Our Servicemen and Women
Letters to Our Soldiers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Now's our chance to say thanks, and it all starts with one letter! For the past several years, Gainesville Exploration Academy has participated in "Bert's Big Thank You" initiative.  This program enables students to write thank you letters to servicemen and women serving our country overseas. The goal is to give a hand-written letter to each soldier on Thanksgiving Day.  GEA collected almost four hundred letters for our soldiers with the assistance of a special volunteer Will Tims  who made sure that these letters were mailed.  Students were excited about doing something special for our soldiers, and there is no doubt that the troops will be appreciative of  the thoughtfulness shown by these students. 
GMS Students prepare French Cuisine
Students enjoy French feast
At Gainesville Middle School, students are learning about French cuisine. In fact, Mr. Pondo's French class put together group projects based on creating a traditional French meal. Students created a menu and table decorations, prepared the food, and even dressed for the special occasion. This was a great way of incorporating hands-on instruction in the classroom and to eat good food while learning! Bon App├ętit!

 Crazy "CHEMOween" Chemistry
Wacky CHEMOween Experiments
"CHEMOween" was an event facilitated by GHS science teacher Laura Elsarelli to incorporate elementary science standards with high school chemistry standards. The event required three weeks of preparation which included researching experiments and relating them to standards, getting supplies, working out logistics, and a few late nights of carving pumpkins. Mrs. Izaguirre's first grade class and Mrs. Sheli Jones & Mrs. Lothridge's third grade class  of Centennial Arts Academy were invited to participate in the fun.    

Activities included six interactive experiments and three demonstrations that involved elements related to science standards. Students rotated around stations and then came together as a group to watch the demonstrations.  The stations included  exciting themes such as Lycopodium Fireballs, Dry Ice Bubbles, Pumpkin Flame Tests, Halloween Feel Boxes, Frankenstein's Hand Polymers and Bloody Bags.  The special demonstrations  included Propane Bubbles, Puking Pumpkins, and the grand finale Exploding Pumpkin. 

The event involved a spooky combination of sixty five elementary kids, twenty five high school students, several adults, fire and chemicals!  All of the students enjoyed engaging in the mini science lessons evident through the many smiles, gasps, and laughter that filled the room. Both elementary and high school students connected with each other to learn how science can be a BLAST!  
Gainesville City BOE Work Session
November 2, 2015
The Gainesville City Board of Education held its work session on Monday, November 2nd at the School Board Office.  The Board reviewed and approved agenda items submitted by district personnel.  To view the board agenda and reports, please click the links listed below.

  • Gainesville City School System - @GCSSK12 
  • Centennial -  @GCSS_CAA
  • Enota -  @enotamiacademy
  • Fair Street -  @GCSS_FS
  • Gainesville Exploration - @GCSS_GEA
  • New Holland -  @GCSS_NH
  • Gainesville Middle School  - @GCSS_GMS
  • Gainesville High School -  @GCSS_GHS
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Wanda Creel, Ed.D.

Board Members

Delores Diaz, Chair
Brett Mercer, Vice Chair
Willie Mitchell
Sammy Smith
Maria Calkins

Important  Dates

November 2
BOE Work Session

November 10
Progress Report

   November 16 
BOE Meeting

November 23-27 
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