Louisiana Tech Honors Pam Ware
Award Recipients (second & third from left): Dr. Bill and  Pamela Ware
Gainesville High School Theatre director, Pamela Ware, and her husband, Dr. Bill Ware, former Brenau University's Dean of the College of Education, were named Louisiana Tech University's College of Education Distinguished Alumni for 2015.
Pam Ware has produced more than 400 musicals and plays at Gainesville High School and in her role as director for Gainesville Parks and Recreation's summer theater program. She has also established two intensified summer workshops in musical theater for elementary children. Over the years, Mrs. Ware has received numerous awards and accolades for her work with the high school theatre program. With over 40 years of service in education, Mrs. Ware has greatly influenced the lives of current and former Gainesville High students.
Pam and Bill Ware are dedicated supporters of the school district, and we are truly proud of their outstanding achievement!  
 QuestBridge College Match Recipient
Joy Nish 
GHS Senior Joy Nish shows WLU pride
GHS senior, Joy Nish, has been selected as a 2015 QuestBridge National College Match recipient.  She has earned a full four-year scholarship to the prestigious Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.  The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, books, travel and other expenses. 
QuestBridge is a national program that pairs talented high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation's top colleges. This year, 657 exceptional low-income students from 44 states have been selected as College Match Scholarship Recipients.
Students selected for the program are "matched" to a partner college with a guaranteed full, four-year scholarship based on their academic achievement and high financial need.  QuestBridge partners with 36 of the most rigorous and selective colleges in the nation, including Emory, Stanford, Williams, Yale, and MIT.
GHS Supports Former Alum Deshaun Watson
GHS shows support of Watson

Gainesville High School graduate Deshaun Watson has received much support from the Red Elephant family over the past several weeks. However, nothing can compare to the support shown on Friday, Dec 4th when the GHS family organized a "GHS Loves Deshaun Day" to celebrate his earning the distinction as the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and to send well-wishes for his Heisman Trophy candidacy.  A large number of GHS faculty, staff, and students wore Clemson University 's school colors and Deshaun's # 4 jersey to express their support and pride for his amazing accomplishments. Considering that the group included avid UGA and Georgia Tech fans, this was truly an act of solidarity in support of one of our own Red Elephants.
Second Graders Write Biographies
Principal Roach speaks with second graders

Second graders at Enota are learning about biographies. What they didn't know was who they were writing biographies about - their own principals! Mr. Roach and Ms. Westbrook, Enota's principal and assistant prinicipal, gave a brief talk about their lives to second grade classes. The students then had an opportunity to interview Mr. Roach and Ms. Westbrook with their own questions. Afterwards, students wrote a short biography about their school leaders.
Ms. Payne, a second grade teacher, said, "Second graders are interviewing Ms. Roach and Ms. Westbrook to research and write biographies on them. The kids are having a great time. We've already written biographies on famous Georgians, and the interviews were a great extension to be able to get to know our school leaders better."
The students deeply valued the opportunity to learn about their principals, and it was a great way for them to extend their knowledge about biographies.
Can Balloons Make Learning Fun? 
Students learn using balloons
If you visited Ms. Tisby's third grade class at Fair Street, you might have thought that students were preparing for a party especially after seeing them holding balloons. Although the students would have loved to party, they were actually learning verb tenses with the assistance of their balloons. E ach child received a balloon to pop which contained a past, present,  or future tense verb. Students found the most energetic ways  to pop the balloon, read their verb, and glue the verb to the clip board that matched its correct tense. Even though the students did not have a party,  they still had a lot of fun with their balloons and were successful in learning their verb tenses as well. 

GEA Elebots Win Robotics Award
GEA Elebots at Regionals
On December 5th, the  GEA Elebots robotics team won the award for Strategy and Innovation in Technical Design at the Georgia First Lego League Regional Robotics Competition in Gwinnett County. Twenty two schools with teams competing in 4th - 8th  grade levels participated in the regional competition.  The GEA Elebots advanced to the state competition which will be held at Georgia Tech University. 

Members of the team include Jose Ruiz-Zepeda, Genesis Ortiz, Alfredo Ruiz-Zepeda, Abinadab Valladares, Bryan Cordova, Daniel Alba, Alex Aguirre, Diego Nabor, and Fernando Garcia-Perez.  The team's coaches are Evelyn Cruz, Mallory Drew, Kathleen Huguenard, and Dawn Watkins.   
GMS Robotics Teams Dominate Regionals
GMS Robotics Teams (kneeling) with GEA Elebots (standing)
Congratulations to our GMS Robotics teams for their awards earned at the Georgia First Lego League Regional Robotics Competition.  Gainesville Middle School was represented by two talented teams, Team Trunks and Team Robopachyderms. 
Team Trunks earned the Gracious Professionalism award.  The team members include Holden Casey, Charlie Burns, Ben Jessup, Brady VanTassel, Blaze Ward , and Kalle Watt.  

Team Robopachyderms earned the robotic award for Highest Performance Score on the Robotic Challenge. They also won First Place Overall in the competition. The team members are Ali Patrick, Lily Wallace, James Michael Harrison, Parker Magahey, and Rishi Patel.

The teams are appreciative of the GMS faculty and staff for their support and of Mrs. Ross for her time and feedback on their project presentations.  

All of our robotics teams have shown a tremendous display of hard work, perseverance, and team spirit, and we are proud of each of them for their outstanding representation of our school district!
   School Board Member Maria Calkins Retires
Family and friends attend Calkins reception

Gainesville City School System honored retiring school board member Maria Calkins of Ward 2 at a special reception held at the Public Safety Complex with a host of family, friends, district and school personnel in attendance.  

Joining the school board in January 2008, Mrs. Calkins has served as board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and as a member of the finance committee.  Throughout her tenure, Mrs. Calkins has been an advocate for quality education for all students and has been dedicated to bridging a connection between parents, the community, and the school district. 

Mrs. Calkins thanked everyone for their support and commitment to serving our children and expressed her gratitude for being part of an amazing team.  Although she is retiring from the school board, she will remain involved with our students and their families through her role with the Gainesville Housing Authority. 

The district commends Mrs. Calkins for her outstanding leadership and service. Best wishes to Mrs.Calkins as she embarks on new and exciting ventures within the Gainesville community!
   Gainesville City Board of Education Meeting
December 7, 2015    

The Gainesville City Board of Education held a combined work session/regular meeting on December 7th at the Public Safety Complex.  Guests recognized at the meeting included Gainesville Exploration Academy (Highest Student Attendance), GCSS Transportation (Highest Employee Attendance), Crystal Lively (New Holland Faculty on Fire), New Holland "Owl"standing Student Representatives, GHS retiree Wyoma Newman, Citizens for Better Education Committee members, Governor Honors Program Nominees, GHS WADE Artists & Brenau Art Scholarship Recipients, 11/12th Grade & 9/10th Grade Academic Bowl Teams, GCSS Honor Chorus Directors, GHS Boys Cross Country Team, and the GHS Varsity Football Team.  The School Board was recognized for its outstanding accomplishment as a 2015 GSBA Exemplary Board. Dr. Delores Diaz welcomed Leadership Hall guests who were in attendance, and the Board reviewed and approved agenda items as submitted by district personnel.  

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

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  • 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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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 
Teacher Planning
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Jan 5 
Students return from
Winter Break
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