Student Registration and Choice Enrollment 
for 2016-2017  

Gainesville City School System is pleased to announce Choice Enrollment, Pre-K Registration, and Kindergarten Registration for the 2016-17 school year.
 
Pre-K registration will begin February 1-5 at New Holland Knowledge Academy located at 170 Barn Street. The lottery drawing for all Pre-K slots will be held on February 15th.
 
Parents or guardians should register rising kindergarten students at the elementary school they would like their child to attend for the upcoming 2016-17 school year on January 11-22 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parents should bring the following documents: birth certificate, immunization form #3231, ears, eyes and dental certificate #3300, social security card (if available), and 2 proofs of residency documents which include one of the following: current lease/mortgage/purchase agreement, current warranty or quit claim deed, current paycheck stub, current homeowner's insurance policy AND a copy of a current (within 30 days) utility (gas, water, electric, cable/internet bill with service address), and photo ID of parent or guardian.  The elementary schools are: 
  Centennial Arts Academy    852 Century Place       770 287- 2044
  Enota MI Academy              1340 Enota Ave NE    770 532- 7711
  Fair Street IB World School             695 Fair Street            770 536- 5295
  Gainesville Exploration Academy    1145 McEver Road    770 287- 1223
  New Holland Knowledge Academy  170 Barn Street         770 287- 1095
 
Choice Enrollment forms will be sent home with currently enrolled kindergarten through 11th grade students on January 8th. Parents should complete and return choice enrollment forms to the schools by January 22nd. Choice forms that are not returned by January 22nd will result in the child being automatically placed at the currently selected school for 2016-17.
 
Newly enrolling city resident students in Grades 1 - 11 should register at the Gainesville City School Board Office located at 508 Oak Street from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Parents or guardians should bring the following documents: birth certificate, immunization form #3231, ears, eyes and dental certificate #3300, social security card, school transcripts/records, 2 proofs of residency documents which include one of the following: current lease/mortgage/purchase agreement, current warranty or quit claim deed, current paycheck stub, current homeowner's insurance policy AND a copy of a current (within 30 days) utility (gas, water, electric, cable/internet bill with service address), and photo ID of parent/guardian.
 
Newly enrolling non-residents for the upcoming 2016-17 school year should register at the Gainesville City School Board Office located at 508 Oak Street beginning January 11 - 22 from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Parents should bring the following documents: birth certificate, immunization form #3231, ears, eyes and dental certificate #3300, social security card, photo ID of parent/guardian, and school transcripts/records. Parents will be notified of acceptance or denial on or before February 1st.
 
For additional information, please contact  the Gainesville City School Board Office at 770-536-5275.
Clemson/Alabama Football Championship Game Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
January 11, 2016
 
Gainesville City School System will be celebrating Clemson vs. Alabama Game Night at Buffalo Wild Wings of Gainesville at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 11th.   Please come out to show your support of GHS Red Elephant alum and Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson as he competes for the College Football National Championship.  Wear "Orange" or your "Red Elephant" spirit wear to show your pride! Door prizes will be given away!  A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Gainesville City School System. Please be sure to mention to the hostess that you are part of the GCSS Game Night Celebration!  We hope to see you there! 
   

Fair Street Tigers support Clemson Tiger Deshaun Watson

District Launches Aspiring Leaders Program 
GCSS Aspiring Leaders

Gainesville City School System partnered with the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) in July 2015 to launch the Gainesville City Schools Aspiring Leaders Program, designed to help district personnel identify and develop highly qualified school leaders. The Design Team, comprised of Superintendent Wanda Creel and six other district and school leaders, launched the program by developing the Gainesville City School System Leadership Essentials and Priorities, a set of leadership guidelines for Gainesville City School System leaders. GLISI, working with the Design Team, then developed a rigorous, performance-based recruitment and selection process designed to attract high-quality candidates to build the capacity of current and future school leaders.

Twenty-six teachers, instructional coaches, assistant principals and other school leaders have been selected to spend the FY16 school year learning and practicing the GCSS Leadership Essentials and Priorities, as facilitated through nine rigorous performance-based modules. To further support this learning, GLISI provides custom coaching for all seated principals to ensure they have the knowledge and capacity to implement the GCSS Leadership Essentials and Priorities within their schools. At the program's conclusion, all participants will present capstone projects based on their schools' data-driven instructional needs.

   District-wide Participation in Hour of Code
Students learn computer science basics 

Students throughout the school district participated in the United States Hour of Code in December. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and to show that anybody can learn the basics of coding. There were several different programming themes and games that students were able to choose, which helped connect with students' interests.

The Hour of Code was organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of various ethnicities. An unprecedented coalition of partners came together to support the Hour of Code including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the College Board.
 GEA Classroom Receives Special Donation
Classroom receives new Chrome Books
                                    
On January 5th, excitement was in the air in Mrs. Spindola's fourth grade classroom at Gainesville Exploration Academy. The class received two Chrome Books funded by two generous donors on DonorsChoose.org.  The classroom already has three Chrome Books, and the students enjoy using them to finish assignments on Google Classroom. Mrs. Spindola's goal is to have a paperless classroom within the next two years. 
 
DonorsChoose.org is an organization that helps teachers gather donations for certain projects for their classrooms, after school groups, and clubs. It is free for all educators to join, and donors across the country are able to provide donations to fund classroom projects. Mrs. Spindola has had two projects funded this year which included hands-on science materials and the Chrome Books. 
 Classroom Champions Organize Food Drive
Fair Street students tour local food bank
                                    
Ms. Daily and Mrs. Hortman's second grade students, known as the "Classroom Champions", organized a food drive for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Altogether, Fair Street collected and donated 1,051 pounds of food. Students were able to tour the facility after dropping off their donated food items.
 
The second graders spent the morning packing over 175 bags of food for families in need! Students also painted soup bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank's Annual Empty Bowl Lunch Fundraiser. Corporate sponsors and guests to the Empty Bowl Lunch Fundraiser will take home hand-painted bowls as a special thank you for their contributions. It was a great way to give back to our community, and it was an incredible experience for our students.

Crimson Chorus Performs at Macy's
Crimson Chorus at Macy's -  Mall of GA
                                    
While students were heading home on the last day of school in December, the Gainesville High School Crimson Chorus was performing at Macy's at the Mall of Georgia. The Beginning Treble Chorus sang at both the mall entrance and the second floor escalator landing. The Advanced Mixed Chorus sang on the first floor and third floor escalator landing.  The chorus members truly enjoyed spreading holiday cheer to shoppers, and they ended the 2015 year on a positive "note"!
   Gainesville City Board of Education
Work Session
January 4, 2016    


The Gainesville City Board of Education held its work session on January 4th at the School Board Office.  Board members John Filson, Willie Mitchell, and Sammy Smith were sworn in by the Honorable Bonnie Oliver of the Hall County Superior Court. The 2016 Board Officers will remain as the following:  Board Chair Dr. Delores Diaz,  Vice Chair Brett Mercer, and Board Treasurer Willie Mitchell. Mr. Enoch Smith, Jr., a U.S. military veteran, was awarded his Gainesville High School diploma. The Board reviewed and approved agenda reports submitted by district personnel.

To view the agenda and the reports, please click the links below.

 

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