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END OF SCHOOL/GRADUATION PLANS ANNOUNCED
Graduation for Spalding High is May 26, 7 pm at Memorial Stadium while Griffin High students will graduate on May 27, 9 am at Memorial Stadium. AZ Kelsey students will graduate May 26, 9:30 am in the Griffin Auditorium.

Entrance tickets are required for all graduations. Students will receive their tickets during graduation practice the week of graduation. Gates open one hour prior to the graduation ceremony. Police and deputies will be on hand to guide and direct you. Handicapped parking and drop off is accessible by using 4th Street. Poplar Street from 3rd to 6th will be pedestrian only. 5th Street will be blocked at College Street. Parking behind the stadium is restricted to those with passes.

There will be an information tent between the two entrance gates to the stadium. School board members will present the diplomas.

Baccalaureate for GHS and AZK is May 24, 7 pm at the First Assembly of God. Spalding High will have their baccalaureate at First Baptist on May 22, 6:30 pm.

Griffin High has 280 seniors, Spalding High 243 seniors and AZK 20 seniors.

The last day of school for GSCS students is May 26.

Click HERE to view the map.
BOE NAMES FOUR NEW GSCS EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education named four new executive directors at its May 2 meeting.

Dr. Norman Sauce, Dr. Donald Warren, Sara Jones and Anthony Aikens will join GSCS as executive directors.

Dr. Kiawana Kennedy, current assistant superintendent, was named deputy superintendent at the same meeting. These appointments are based on the recommendations of our recent curriculum audit.

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FIRST GSCS REACH SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS NAMED
Congratulations to Carlos Alvarez, Cowan Road Middle student; Diego Deliz, Rehoboth Road Middle student; Marcoiya Sutton, Kennedy Road Middle student; Thavious Neal, Rehoboth Road Middle student and Emily Van Eps, Carver Road Middle student, who were named recipients of a $10,000 REACH Scholarship.

This year, Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) became a member of REACH Georgia, a scholarship program for needy middle school seventh grade students. Recipients of this scholarship will receive a $10,000 scholarship upon graduation that can be used at any University System of Georgia School.

Low-income, academically promising seventh graders with good attendance and no behavior issues were identified and mailed packets in early March. Of the 180 qualified students, 35 applied for the five scholar slots available for 2017. Using a rubric, a panel of community members judged the applications and determined the winners.

These five recipients must sign a contract to maintain a 2.5 GPA along with good attendance and good behavior. Parents of the recipients will also sign a contract to support their student over the next five years through high school graduation, college enrollment and college graduation. To help ensure their success, GSCS provides each recipient with a mentor and academic coach.

Superintendent Jim Smith stated, "We are pleased that REACH Georgia is providing scholarships for these first five GSCS students. Now the school system must raise $1,500 per student for any future REACH scholars. Our goal is to raise $6,000 locally by August 2018 to continue this exciting and worthwhile program. This is a great return on our local investment."

Anyone may donate to the scholarships by sending your check to Partners in Education, PO Drawer N, Griffin 30224 and mark your check for REACH.
Pictured (L-R): Kennedy Road Middle Assistant Principal Gamal Kemp, Marcoiya Sutton and Superintendent Jim Smith
2016-17 GSCS ANNUAL REPORT

Click HERE and check out the new GSCS 2016-17 annual report which includes GSCS information, statistics, test scores, accomplishments, achievements and much more.
SEAMLESS SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
The Griffin-Spalding County School Nutrition Program will be participating in the federally funded Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Under the program, nutritious meals are provided to all children 18 years and under free of charge at the following sites:

 
Serving Days
Breakfast Serving Time
Lunch Serving Time
Cowan Road Elementary
Monday-Thursday
7:45-9:00
11:30-1:00
Cowan Middle School
Monday-Thursday
7:45-9:00
11:30-1:00
Orrs Elementary
Monday-Thursday
7:45-9:00
11:30-1:00
Jordan Hill Elementary
Monday-Thursday
7:45-9:00
11:30-1:00
Kennedy Road Middle 
Monday-Thursday
7:45-9:00
11:30-1:00
Futral Road Elementary 
Monday-Thursday
7:45-9:00
11:30-1:00
Griffin High School
Monday-Thursday
8:45-9:45
11:30-1:00
Spalding High School
Monday-Thursday
8:45-9:45
11:30-1:00
City Park
Monday-Friday
 
11:30-1:00
Fairmont Park
Monday-Friday
8:00-9:00
11:30-1:00
AMBUCS Park
Monday-Friday
 
11:30-1:00
Flint River Regional Library
Monday-Friday
 
11:30-1:00
UGA Kid's Enrichment
Monday-Friday
8:00-9:00
11:30-1:00

Meals will be provided June 5-July 21. No meals will be served the week of July 3-7.
No adult meals will be served.

For more information, contact the GSCS Nutrition Department at 770-229-3700.
BACK TO SCHOOL FOR 2017-18

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES

August 3, 2017:  Open House
3PM-7PM  (All GSCS schools)

August 9, 2017:
First Day of School for Students
Elem. - 8AM
Middle - 8:30AM
High - 7:40AM

*Stay tuned to our website at www.spalding.k12.ga.us for the
full 2017-18 school calendar.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

Click HERE to view the 2017-18 school supply list for elementary students.

Click HERE to view the 2017-18 school supply list for middle school students.

JOHNSTON NAMED MEDIA SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR
Jordan Hill Elementary Media Specialist Dixie Johnston is the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) Library Media Specialist of the Year (LMSOTY).

The LMSOTY is awarded for individual excellence in the library media field through service to students, teachers and community at the K-12 level. First nominated by her Principal Anthony Aiken and then having her application receive the highest score by the judging committee, Mrs. Johnston was identified as the school system's candidate for the state competition.

Jordan Hill Elementary Principal Anthony Aiken stated, "Mrs. Johnston serves on and leads various committees for our school such as the leadership and technology teams. She also partners with staff, students, parents and community volunteers to promote effective and innovative media programs. Mrs. Johnston exemplifies what we strive for here at Jordan Hill Elementary and the Griffin-Spalding County School System as an exemplary media specialist."
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NEW APPOINTEES FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR
ENGLISH NAMED 2017-18 PRINCIPAL OF JORDAN HILL ELEMENTARY

Ms. Dottie English is a new principal for the Griffin-Spalding County School System. The Board of Education approved her appointment at its May 15 meeting.

Ms. English will become the principal at Jordan Hill Elementary on July 1. She replaces Anthony Aikens who will become Executive Director of Administrative Services. Ms. English is currently the assistant principal at Moreland Road Elementary in Griffin. She holds a Masters of Education, Administration and Supervision from the University of West Georgia. She was a middle school math teacher and an elementary teacher prior to becoming assistant principal.
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BEARDEN NAMED DISTRICT
PRE-K/ESOL COORDINATOR

At the May 15 Board of Education meeting, Dr. LaCriessia (Chris) Bearden was appointed as the new Pre-K/English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) coordinator for the Griffin-Spalding County School System.

Dr. Bearden will begin her position on
July 1. She replaces Pearla Hodo who will become the principal of Anne Street Elementary. Ms. Bearden has been a GSCS educator for 25 years. She currently serves as the ESOL Specialist at Beaverbrook Elementary and Carver Road Middle School. She also taught both kindergarten and third grade at Beaverbrook Elementary and was named the Teacher of the Year in 2009.
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GSCS TRANSPORTATION ACES STATE INSPECTIONS
In March, the Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) transportation department had their annual Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) inspection. A total of 124 GSCS buses were inspected and no serious defects were detected. No buses were taken out of service and only eight minor defects were identified. None of the discovered defects were safety related but rather minor leaks.

DPS Officer Daniel Dixon stated, "This is one of the best inspections I have seen in my 10 years of experience inspecting buses for the state."

GSCS Transportation Director Todd Harris stated, "Officer Dixon is known for being one of the most meticulous and precise inspectors in the state so this is a huge compliment. In short, out of 124 buses and 6200 official individual inspection points we had eight minor defects. That equates to being 99.8% effective. Our technicians and Shop Foreman Kenneth Brooks have set the bar extremely high."

"This is outstanding! I am very pleased with the great work of our transportation department. Their daily efforts to ensure the safety of our students should be recognized," stated Superintendent Jim Smith.
TALENTED STUDENTS SHINE


GHS STUDENT PRODUCES WINNING VIDEO
On March 27, State Superintendent Richard Woods attended an award ceremony at Griffin High School to recognize GSCS for being a 2016 Family Engagement Month State of Georgia Video Contest Winner. The GSCS Family Engagement Department and the GHS student who produced the video, Katelin Ussery, were recognized for their achievement.
SHS LITERACY TEAM NAMED REGIONAL CHAMPS
The Spalding High School Literary Team was named Region Champions (in an unprecedented tie with Howard High School) at the GHSA Literary Competition in March. The students competed against Howard, Mary Persons, Perry, Upson-Lee and West Laurens. The SHS team placed first in five individual categories which was the most of any team at the competition. 
GSCS NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK
Stakeholder input on district plans and policies is a key part of tailoring our school system to meet the needs of the families we serve. We would love to have families, community members and businesses be a part of this revision process.

Attend one of these 75 min. sessions to hear about the state of GSCS and provide needed input for the District Comprehensive Needs Assessment and the Parent and Family Engagement Policy.
May 18 @ 6:30 pm
May 23 @ 10:00 am
May 23 @ 6:00 pm
*All sessions will be held in the GSCS Learning Center at 216 South Sixth Street.

For more information, please contact Melinda Owens at (770) 229-3710 Ext. 10363 or melinda.owens@gscs.org.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS


GRIFFIN ROTARY PROMOTES LITERACY TO GSCS MIDDLE SCHOOLS
Members of the Griffin Rotary Club presented each GSCS middle school with 50 copies of the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.
FNB SPONSORED 34TH ANNUAL OUTSTANDING STUDENT BANQUET
First National Bank sponsored the 34th Annual Outstanding Student and Scholarship Banquet on March 21. One hundred and seventeen Griffin and Spalding High School Seniors and 154 Griffin and Spalding High Juniors were recognized for having an 89.5 and above grade average.
UPCOMING BOE MEETING

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