Gainesville City School System will
be closed for Winter Break
December 21 - January 1

*Teacher Workday:  January 4, 2016
**Students Return:  January 5, 2016
Construction Plans for New Enota School

The Gainesville/Hall County community recently passed a renewal of the ESPLOST, which provides funding for capital projects such as renovations or construction of schools.  The school district is pleased to announce that plans are underway for construction of a new Enota school building on the current school site.
Please click the link below for information regarding the plans for the new school. 
GCSS Cafeterias receive Perfect Scores
GCSS School Nutrition Staff

Congratulations to all of our school cafeterias for receiving perfect scores on their health inspections.  We appreciate your hard work and commitment in maintaining our cafeterias and in providing nutritious meals to our students daily!
   Fair Street presents Holiday Concert 
Performances by Fair Street students

Whether singing, playing musical instruments, dancing, narrating, gesturing, or part of the artistic crew, every student had a role in the Fair Street Holiday Concert held on December 11th. The gym was filled to the brim with performers and their families, all looking forward to the holiday season. Fair Street music teacher, Dr. Insun Ko, recruited helpers of all ages to build sets, create costumes, and write scripts. When the program ended, everyone experienced feelings of joy and happiness and all hearts were filled with the holiday spirit!
 READBOX Program at Centennial
Students participate in reading initiative
Centennial Arts Academy has implemented a school-wide reading program, READBOX, that encourages students to read rather than watch television. The average movie length is 100 minutes, so when students spend time reading instead of viewing movies they are exercising their brains to improve their success in school. The READBOX is the hook to teach students that 100 minutes of reading is better than watching 100 minutes of movies or television. 

Students who read 100 minutes will get their names placed on the READBOX wall in the front lobby and will be recognized during the morning announcements. Other incentives include a celebration luncheon and a spirit stick to add to their collection.

Fourth and fifth grade students were the first grade levels to participate in this program, and there are close to 80 students who have read 100- 500 minutes of their self selected, independent books. After only three weeks, many third graders have been busy reading books of interest, and there are already 32 readers represented on the wall. Even the adults at Centennial are reading to be role models for the students by tracking their independent reading time to be displayed on the wall.  When students return from the holiday break, kindergarten, first, and second graders will receive their family READBOX cards and can either read independently or at home with a parent or guardian. 

Excitement over this program has grown since its start in early November. The goal is to have the READBOX program to expand to readers outside of Centennial, and anyone is welcome to participate. For additional information, please contact Kelly Kennedy at

Happy Holidays from GMS
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Student places in Chinese Speech Contest  
Jennifer Jimenez at Chinese Speech Contest
GHS student Jennifer Jimenez won third place in the First Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest for Georgia High School Students held on  October 31st at Emory University.  Twenty one contestants from nine high schools across Georgia participated in this first year contest. 

The contest gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the Chinese language by reciting a speech they wrote themselves. Students were also challenged in their knowledge of Jiangsu culture, including history and geography. Jennifer, who takes Chinese III at Gainesville High School, presented a speech entitled "I Love Chinese". In her speech, she explained how she was initially scared when first taking Chinese and described how she eventually fell in love with the language.

Huangfa Zhang, the deputy director of the Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center, was very impressed with all of the students' performances. Aimin Cheng, the dean of the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University, China, stated that he had been to many college Chinese speech contests around the world, but this was the first high school Chinese speech contest he had ever attended.  Mr. Cheng said that he was surprised by both the proficiency and the passion the students displayed during the contest.

GHS wins Wrestling Championship
GHS Wrestling Team and Coaches
Congratulations to the GHS Varsity Wrestling team as the 2015 Hall County Wrestling Championship winners!  This marks the first time in 20 years that the team, currently under the leadership of Coach Millwood, has won the championship. We are proud of the team members and coaches for this outstanding accomplishment.
56th Annual Lanierland Basketball Tournament
December 28 - 30, 2015
The 56 th Annual Lanierland Basketball Tournament is scheduled for December 28 - 30th.  Johnson High School will host teams for 8 first round games, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 28th.  On Tuesday, December 29th, the tournament will be held at East Hall High School for consolation games and for the girls and boys semi-finals, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  On Wednesday, December 30th, the girls and boys championship finals will be held at East Hall High, preceded by consolations games that begin at 9:00 a.m.  Admission is $7 each day. Only GHSA and corporate sponsor Jackson EMC passes will be honored.  Due to limited parking at East Hall High School, shuttle service will be provided from the East Hall Stadium parking lot. Please come out to support our Red Elephants and Lady Elephants basketball teams! To view the tournament brackets, please click here.
   Gainesville City Board of Education Meeting
December 17, 2015    

The Gainesville City Board of Education held a called meeting on December 17th at the School Board Office.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and approve plans regarding Centennial Cafeteria renovations.

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

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Brett Mercer, Vice Chair
Willie Mitchell
Sammy Smith
Maria Calkins

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December 7 
BOE Work Session & Regular Meeting

December 7-18
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Milestone Testing

December 18
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December 21-Jan 1
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Jan 5 
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