Gainesville City BOE named Exemplary Board

L to R:  Board Chair Dr. Delores Diaz & GSBA Executive  

              Director Valerie Wilson

Congratulations to the Gainesville City Board of Education as a 2015 GSBA Exemplary Board! At its annual conference held in Atlanta, Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) recognized the Gainesville City School Board along with 34 school boards across the state that qualified for the Exemplary Board program. To be considered for the distinction, school boards must meet certain criteria that parallel governance standards defined by the State Board of Education. The board will also be recognized at its meeting on Monday, December 7th, at the Public Safety Complex.  Board members are Maria Calkins, Dr. Delores Diaz, Brett Mercer, Willie Mitchell, and Sammy Smith.
Governor's Honors Program Nominees Selected

Standing L to R: Sarah Hastings, Michelle Razo, Guillermo Beltran, Thomas Alexander, Boone Alexander, Ally Kimpling, and David Davenport - Sitting L to R: Anna Diaz, Sophia Casey, and  Daniel Cannon

Ten Gainesville High School students were selected as the Gainesville City School District Governor's Honors Program nominees. They are Boone Alexander (Social Studies), Thomas Alexander (Mathematics), Guillermo Beltran (Science), Sophia Casey (Communicative Arts), Daniel Cannon (Communicative Arts), David Davenport (Social Studies), Anna Diaz (Dance), Sarah Hastings (Visual Arts), Ally Kimpling (Theatre), and Michelle Razo (Communicative Arts).
The district nominees will compete at the state level for an opportunity to attend the prestigious Georgia Governor's Honors Program. Students must complete an online application and a task or performance related to their subject area. After online submissions from students throughout the state of Georgia have been evaluated, a select number of qualified students will interview at the state semi-finals. In March, the top finalists will be notified of their selection to the program which will be held at Valdosta State University in June and July 2016.
The Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who are rising juniors and seniors. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment.
Enota Show Choir Spreads Holiday Cheer
Enota Show Choir performs for audience

Across Hall County, crowds have been delighted to hear performances from Enota's Show Choir this year. Led by veteran Enota faculty members Rebecca Ann Goebbel and Sheila Rogers, the show choir will perform at several locations in Gainesville during the month of December. The performances will feature old winter holiday standards interspersed with more contemporary songs.
Performances will be held at Christmas on Green Street at 5:30 p.m. on December 6th, Gainesville Civic Center at 9:00 a.m. on December 12th, and Lanier Villages Estates at 9:30 a.m. on December 18th. The community is invited to attend any of the performances to celebrate the holiday season!
Fair Street's Festival unites Families  
Students enjoy festival activities
If you missed Fair Street's International Harvest Festival on November 19th, then you missed a good time that included fun-filled activities available for all ages! Students and their families ran the horse-racing relay and the Australian Marsupial Pouch Race. They constructed tissue paper flowers and origami tigers. The children had their faces painted with Aboriginal art and also made African and Mardi Gras masks. There was even a movie-making set for those who like to see themselves on the big screen. Of course, the festival was a success with live music, good food, and an amazing book fair!
GEA Elebots Compete in Regional Competition
GEA Elebots create Trash Trekker invention
The GEA Elebots will participate in the Georgia First Lego League Regional Robotics Competition at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center on December 5th, competing against many schools within the area. This team of terrific students have designed and built a working robot and programmed many complex missions for the robot to complete. They have also utilized the Core Values of Teamwork to design and build an innovative invention called the Trash Trekker. This invention was created to solve the problem of trash on the GEA playground. There is no denying the fact that the Elebots are ready for competition! To view the video of the team's invention, please click Elebots in Action
Ninth Graders practice Gardening Skills
Ninth graders create a special garden
There is much excitement growing at the Ninth Grade Center, and students are responsible!  Inspired by Newberry Medal-Winning author Paul Fleishman's Seedfolks, ninth grade students in Ms. Sandy Blankenship and Mrs. Connie Henderson's classes planted tulips and daffodils in one of the Ninth Grade Center's courtyards. Gardening was a new experience for these students, so they were understandably excited about the project.
After completing the novel Seedfolks about a vacant lot-turned-garden by a nine year-old girl, the ninth graders had to research information about the type of plants that could be planted in the fall, the best kind of soil and fertilizer, how closely the plants should be planted to each other, and how frequently they should be watered.
The students then created the garden and placed popsicle sticks as markers to identify their flower bulbs. All are anxious to see whether or not the plants will sprout in the spring and to see if they have mastered their gardening skills!
   Christmas on Green Street    
Annual Christmas on Green Street Festival

On Sunday, December 6th, the Hall County Historical Society will present the annual Christmas on Green Street. The festival will run from 4:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. and will begin with an antique car procession. Activities will include face painting, ornament making, storytelling, miniature train rides, live musical performances, and much more.
The community is invited to join the fun and to see performances from several of our schools.  The following groups will perform at varying times and locations on Green Street:
  • Centennial Show Choir - 5:15 p.m. at 756 Green St.
  • Enota Show Choir - 5:30 p.m. at 718 Green St.
  • GEA Show Choir - 5:30 p.m. at 625 Green St.
  • New Holland Show Choir - 5:30 p.m. at 505 Green St.
  • GMS Band - 5:15 p.m. at 616 Green St.
  • GHS Crimson Chorus - 5:45 p.m. at 380 Green St.
The festival will conclude with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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Board Members

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

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December 7 
BOE Work Session & Regular Meeting

December 7-18
High School
Milestone Testing

December 18
First Semester Ends

December 21-Jan 1
Winter Break Holidays

Jan 4 
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 (Weather Make-up)

Jan 5 
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