Local Foundation Honors GCSS Leaders
L to R: Bertha Shields, Will Campbell, Myrtle Figueras, Audrey Simmons, Donna Allen, Lesa Hartley,  Kim Davis and Gwenell Brown
 
The Grady Young Foundation celebrated its 13th Annual Memorial Scholarship Celebration honoring Partners in Education on March 19th at Fair Street IB World School. The event honored GCSS school leaders who have consistently provided outstanding service and support to the success and enhancement of the Grady Young Foundation. Those honored were Myrtle Figueras (retired GCSS educator), Bertha Shields, Will Campbell, Audrey Simmons, Donna Allen, Lesa Hartley, Kim Davis,  Gwenell   Brown,  Chad Crumley, and J.D. Mutchler. The Gainesville High School NJROTC Color Guard Unit participated in the presentation of colors at the event.

The Grady Young Foundation honors the life and legacy of the late Grady Young, a lifelong resident of Gainesville/Hall County.  The mission of the foundation is to provide spiritual and financial support to the communities of Gainesville/Hall County and other related communities by offering scholarships, various training and research programs, collaborative work, and community service to contribute to the advancement of the Gainesville/Hall County community. 
 
GHS JROTC Color Guards

Kindergarteners Solve Leprechaun Problems
Ms. Posey's students pose in front of their traps at Enota MI Academy

Do you have a problem with leprechauns? If you do, then you need to contact Ms. Posey's kindergarten class immediately. The students made leprechaun traps in honor of Saint Patrick's Day. It was a great way to promote family involvement, creativity, and fine motor skills.

Ms. Posey said, "I am so proud of my class. Our kids were so creative and they did it all independently at home." Haily Eschete added, "My mom gave me a box and I colored it and put glitter on it. Then I glued a note for the leprechaun and I drew a rainbow that led to a pot of gold."

Jordan Ambergy explains how she made her leprechaun trap,  "We spray painted the box and rocks to turn them into gold. It was fun to spend time with my grandparents and make the trap." Isaac Smith also worked with his family to make his trap and explained, "I had to spray paint the box green and I spray painted the gold with my mom. We used a pudding cup for the pot of gold. It was really fun. We used fake grass to trick the leprechaun."

The leprechaun left gold and Oreos for everyone in the class. Even though he escaped all of the kindergarteners' traps, he did leave a message for the students which stated " Dear. Ms. Posey's class, Nice try catching me, good luck next time. P.S. I hope you're wearing green today.  Love, Lucky the Leprechaun."  

The students hope to have better luck catching a leprechaun next year. Nevertheless, they were happy that they caught "a pot of gold and Oreos" which was a much better catch for them!

Spencer Sumner Chosen for Leadership Tour
GHS student Spencer Sumner
                  
Congratulations to GHS sophomore Spencer Sumner on being chosen as one of four students in the Jackson Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) service area to attend the Washington Youth Tour on June 9-16th in Washington, DC. Spencer was selected based on his outstanding academic performance, school and community involvement, letters of recommendations, essay writing and interview skills. 

The all expense-paid leadership tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity that brings together more than 1600 students sponsored by electric membership cooperatives across the country to learn about American History, US Government, and leadership. S tudents learn firsthand about our nation's capital and interact with peers of similar age groups from around the country. They will visit museums and monuments as well as historical sites such as the US Capitol and the Supreme Court. Before flying to Washington, the Georgia delegates will spend a day in Georgia where they will attend a banquet and participate in team building and leadership activities.  
GMS Tome Society Claims First Place Title
GMS Tome Society Literary Group
                       
On March 17th, the GMS Tome Society Literary group attended the Tome16 State Conference held at the University of North Georgia. All of the students did an amazing job which is no surprise considering they have been been working hard all year on digital and literary projects for the fall and spring competitions.  The team competed in the live Reading Bowl and Book Talk competition and received first place in the Reading Bowl Team State Competition. The team members who received individual awards were Bailey Morris, Bailey Becker, Kelin Mendoza, Emma Fockle, Josie Boyd, Sierra Hyatt, Martha Carrera, and Whitley Wright.   

The GMS Tome chapter has been in place for three years and has grown steadily each year with a current total of 28 members. While the Tome Society offers the Reading Bowl, it also offers competition in book print video production, theme essay writing, comic book design, poetry, and much more. Students are able to express their creativity, learn additional technology skills, and explore their love for reading. 

Team coach LeeAnn Pittman stated, "I am so proud of this group for their hard work and dedication each week.  All of their hard work paid off and the talent at GMS shined through."


Team members at competition

Gainesville Bands Earn Superior Ratings


Bands from all over northeast Georgia traveled to Jefferson High School's Performing Arts Center on March 16-18th to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association's (GMEA)  Large Group Performance Evaluation .  This evaluation is equivalent to an End Of Course Test or the Georgia Milestones Test.  All bands had to prepare three music selections chosen from an approved list published by GMEA.  The bands' performances, which are a culmination of several months' preparation, were then judged by a panel of four GMEA certified adjudicators.  Our Gainesville Band program had four groups to participate in the three day event. Gainesville Middle School was represented by a 7 th grade and an 8 th grade Concert Band.  Gainesville High School was represented by a 9 th -10 th grade Concert Band and an 11 th -12 th grade Concert Band.  A ll four bands earned Superior Ratings which is the highest possible honor!

We are proud of these students for their outstanding musical performances, and everyone is encouraged to make plans to hear these award winning groups at their respective Spring Concerts.  The 7th grade band will perform on Thursday, May 5th in the GMS gymnasium at 7:00 p.m. The 8th grade and High School Bands will present a "Patriotic" themed program at Lakewood Baptist Church on Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. The Gainesville Bands are under the direction of Lawrence Miller, Craig Bailey and Joey Forbes.
FCCLA Competes in State Conference
FCCLA State Winners:  Krystal Sanchez and Riley White
         
Gainesville High School's Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently competed at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Athens, Georgia and earned several awards in various categories.  Riley White and Krystal Sanchez claimed first place with their Environmental Ambassador Project entitled "The Greener Way is the Better Way." The duo will travel to the 2016 National Leadership Conference in San Diego, California this summer. 

Ashley Dabney competed in Food Innovations entitled "Tropical Oasis" and won sixth place.   Sammy Lara, Sergio Martinez and Cesar Marquez competed in the area of Advocacy with their project "Ending Chronic Homeless in Gainesville" and won fourth place out of thirty teams. Danna Flores and Bianca Ortiz  competed in the Digital Delish Dish entitled "Cinnamon Rolls" and earned an 88% for their outstanding work in preparing food and in creating a video.    Ms. Whittney McPherson serves as the FCCLA sponsor.

Riley and Krystal are looking forward to networking with fellow FCCLA members across the nation, attending workshops, and competing in their STAR event at the national conference.  We wish them much success as they represent our school district and our state.
Eighth Graders Prepare for New Transition
Students and parents visit Ninth Grade Center
         
On Thursday, March 24th, eighth graders and their parents visited the GHS Ninth Grade Center and were able to get a glimpse of life inside of their future school.  Faculty and staff were readily available to assist students and parents and to answer questions regarding high school expectations, freshman summer camp, athletic programs, and extracurricular activities.  Students received their course requests to determine their schedules for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.   They also toured the campus, met some of their ninth grade teachers, and even got a chance to purchase GHS spiritwear. Both parents and students found the event to be very informative and helpful which eased some of their anxieties. Overall, it was a great experience for the eighth graders as they begin their much anticipated transition to high school. 
Gainesville City Board of Education Meeting
March 21, 2016  
 

The Gainesville City Board of Education Meeting was held on Monday, March 21st at the Public Safety Complex.  Several individuals and school groups were recognized for their outstanding achievements. The Board reviewed and approved agenda items submitted by district personnel.

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

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