COMMUNITY COMMUNICATOR
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In This Issue
GSCS HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2016
  • The district's graduation rate continued moving up all the way to 73% with both traditional high schools exceeding 75%.
  • The Griffin Region College and Career Academy began classes in the fall with an enrollment of over 150 students from Spalding, Butts and Pike counties. Renovation work began at the old Flynt Middle School site to transform that grand building into the permanent home of the College and Career Academy.
  • System averages on the SAT and ACT increased.
  • Total enrollment moved up slightly in 2016 after a couple of years of small declines.
  • The GSCS nutrition staff shined this year with every kitchen earning a perfect score on health inspections on both the spring and fall reviews.
  • Both high school football teams made it to the third round of their respective division playoffs.
  • Many athletic and academic teams earned honors for outstanding performance at all levels.
  • In December, 15 A. Z. Kelsey Academy students received their high school diplomas and every student had definite plans for their future whether it be post-secondary education, military service or other careers.
TIFFANY TAYLOR NAMED GEORGIA SECONDARY PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
Carver Road Middle School Principal Dr. Tiffany Taylor is the Georgia Secondary Principal of the Year.
 
Dr. Taylor has served as principal of Carver Road Middle School (CAMS) since 2014. Under her leadership, CAMS was recognized as a 2016 and 2017 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education for its innovative practices. The Georgia Department of Education also recognized Carver Road Middle as one of three middle schools in the state for having the largest percentage decline in the number of students missing 15 or more days of school and also having a School Climate Star Rating of 4.
 
Dr. Taylor has almost 20 years of experience in education. She began her career in administration for the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) at Griffin High School as an assistant principal in 2010. Her experience also includes teaching English/Language Arts and serving as a graduation and instructional coach. Dr. Taylor received her Bachelor's degree from the University of West Georgia and completed her Master's and PhD in Educational Leadership at Mercer University.
GSCS PREPARES FOR ADVANCED ACCREDITATION VISIT
The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) is preparing for an AdvancED re-accreditation visit in March.

Currently, GSCS and each of its schools are fully accredited. Every school in the Griffin-Spalding School System meets or exceeds the accreditation standards that support student achievement. The school district will host an AdvancED External Review Team to certify our district's accreditation for another five years.

An AdvancED External Review Team, made up of four to six evaluators, will make a four-day visit to the school system. This team will gather data and evidence during their visit by interviewing a wide range of system and school- level stakeholders as well as visiting schools. In preparation for this visit, both the school district and each of its schools has:
  • Conducted and analyzed stakeholder surveys from parents, students and certified staff,
  • Analyzed and summarized student achievement data from state and local assessments,
  • Conducted a self-assessment of the current level of performance in regard to the five AdvancED accreditation standards, and
  • Developed an executive summary from the information in the self-assessment.
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GSCS OFFERS SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

This year, the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) will offer a Summer Enrichment Program. The program will provide selected students with an opportunity to improve academic performance and become college and career ready through an engaging and enriching experience of high quality instruction.

The goal of the Summer Enrichment Program is to strategically support the achievement of students by providing additional support in English Language Arts (ELA). Based on reading measures of academic progress, the program will target kindergarten (rising first grade), second grade (rising third grade and seventh grade (rising eighth grade) students. A summer program will also be offered for high school students needing to recover credit in ninth grade Literature. The curriculum will mainly focus on ELA but will incorporate math and science literacy standards.
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CONNECT EARLY WITH GSCS


CARNIVAL OF FUN

Connect early with GSCS at the Carnival of Fun for students age three to five. 

Date: April 8, 2017
Time: 10am - 12 noon
Location: Park at 6th
Activities include: games, face painting, bouncy houses and snacks
Contact: Pearla Hodo
770-229-3700 Ext. 10395

* No activities for grades 1-12

Click HERE for flyer.
2017-18 PRE-K MEETING AND REGISTRATION

Parents or guardians of prospective Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Pre-Kindergarten students are invited to attend a parent meeting on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in the Griffin Auditorium, 233 E. Taylor St. During the information session, families will learn about the Pre-K program, the registration process and will receive the complete registration packet.
 
The 2017-18 Pre-K registration is open from March 30-April 7 at the Parent Service Center, 234 East Taylor Street. Registration hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Students must be four years old on or before September 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year's Pre-K program.
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GSCS SCORES ABOVE AVERAGE IN SCHOOL CLIMATE
Thirteen of the 18 Griffin-Spalding County Schools System (GSCS) schools received a four-star rating out of a possible five, meaning above average, in the Georgia Department of Education's 2016 School Climate Star Ratings. The district received an average of four stars at the elementary level, three stars for middle schools and four stars for high schools.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) refers to school climate as the quality and character of school life that can foster learning, development, academic success and career-skill improvement. All Georgia schools receive star ratings between one and five measuring from unsatisfactory to excellent, but does not affect a school or district's College and Career Ready Performance Index score (CCRPI).

School Climate Star Ratings are based on data from the Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0, Georgia School Personnel Survey, and Georgia Parent Survey, as well as student discipline data and attendance records for students, teachers, staff and administrators.
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GSCS SPRING EDUCATOR JOB FAIR
 
SHOUT-OUT TO GSCS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR & ATHLETES


GSCS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR RECOGNIZED AS A CERTIFIED MASTER ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR

GSCS Athletic Director Eddie Payne has been recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

Eddie earned this distinction for demonstrating exemplary knowledge and participating in ongoing professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses and professional contributions. It is culminated with a practical written project.

Eddie Payne is one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

GSCS STUDENT ATHLETES EXCEL ON AND OFF FIELD


During the 2015-2016 school year, the graduation rate for student athletes was 96.5 at Griffin High School (GHS) and 98.7 at Spalding High School (SHS).

Last semester, GSCS student athletes were hard at work, doing what they do best, excelling both academically in the classroom and competitively on the field. This hard work is proven in the team's grade point averages.

FALL SPORTS TEAM GPA
GHS
GPA
SHS
Football 2.98 2.99
Softball 3.53 3.52
Volleyball 3.46 3.54
Competitive Cheer 3.51 3.54
Cross Country 3.12 3.73

GSCS Athletic Director Eddie Payne stated, "For a team's GPA to be over 3.0 is excellent. During fall sports, eight of our 10 teams had a GPA over 3.0 and the other two teams were just under 3.0. I am proud of our athletes for the commitment they have shown not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. These students exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete at GSCS."
THE YOUNG GENTS OF CAMS

At the February Board of Education meeting, the Young Gents of Carver Road Middle School were recognized for their leadership and service in the school and in the community.   Pictured: (L-R): CAMS Assistant Principal Gregory Gardner, Young Gents of CAMS and CAMS Principal Tiffany Taylor
HELPING GSCS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES BE SUCCESSFUL
TRANSITION FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The GSCS Special Education
department is sponsoring a Road to Success GSCS Transition Fair for students with disabilities and their families. Vendors from local businesses, agencies and
colleges will attend to discuss life after high school and
available options after graduation.


Date: March 23, 2017
Time: 5p.m. - 7p.m.
Location: Stuckey Auditorium
(UGA-Griffin Campus)

Event contact:
District Special Education Supervisor Kristi Smith
kristi.smith@gscs.org
770-229-3775 Ext. 28164

Click HERE for flyer.

MAPPS SPRING SESSIONS

This Spring, GSCS families are invited to join Math and Parent Partners (MAPPS) for more fun math activities, food and fellowship with other families! Parents will learn how to help their students with math. Families can attend any, or all, of the sessions. Childcare will be available. To register, please return the registration form to your school, call 770-229-3477 or http://www.ugagriffincontinuinged.com and click on "Community Outreach."

Where: UGA Griffin Stuckey Auditorium (1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223)
Topic: Fractions, Decimals & Percents
Who: GSCS K-8 parents, students, teachers, administrators, etc.
When: 
2/2 -  6-8pm
2/11- 10am-noon
2/16- 5:30-7:30pm
3/2- 6-8pm
3/11- 10am-noon
3/16- 5:30-7:30 pm
3/30- 6-8pm

Questions: Call 770-229-3477 or email vetrece.jefferson@gscs.org

Click HERE for flyer/registration form.
2017-18 SCHOOL CHOICE - FEB. 8 - MARCH 10, 2017
Under House Bill 251, districts must annually notify parents regarding which schools have available space and which schools parents may choose to request a transfer for their student. 

Under Senate Bill 10, e ligible specials needs students can request a transfer under the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship (GSNS).

School Choice transfer requests must be made between February 8 - March 10, 2017.

Click  HERE for more school choice information and the School Transfer Request Form.
UPCOMING BOE MEETINGS

The mission of the Griffin-Spalding County School System is to empower students to graduate college and career ready.
Laura Beaber, Editor
Communications & Partnerships Department