GCSS Milestone Waiver & Retest Information  

Due to statewide technology interruptions within the online testing platform, the State Board of Education has waived the rule that requires results from the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade tests to be a factor for promotion and/or retention for the 2015-2016 school year. All students will receive scores from the Milestones test this year; however, those scores will not determine grade placement for students in grades 3, 5, and 8, regardless of mode of testing (paper/pencil or online).
Given that scores will be slightly delayed because of the interruptions, the state realizes that some systems may not have time to offer retests. Gainesville City Schools' retest window was designated to take place May 17-19. Due to the delay in receiving scores, we will not participate in the retests.
Gainesville City Schools will continue to use its established local protocols for informing promotion and/or retention decisions. This protocol includes analyzing multiple data sources to determine each student's readiness for the next grade level. More information about this policy can be found on our eBoard site by clicking here.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Georgia Milestones, please do not hesitate to contact the school for further information.

Celebrating our School Nurses

National School Nurse Day was held on Wednesday, May 11 in honor of all school nurses who care for children in schools.  The theme was "School Nurses: Better Health. Better Learning."  School nurses play an integral part in students' well-being which directly impacts their education. Their responsibilities require them to juggle a vast array of medical and social issues each day.   
Our school district understands the significant roles of school nurses and values their commitment to caring for our students. We express our sincerest gratitude to Diane Marlow (Centennial), Ruby Clark (Enota), Beverly Smith (Fair Street), Elaine Nalley (GEA), Elaine Nuckles (New Holland), Amanda Anderson (GMS), Leigh Wiley (GMS), Paula Sawyer (GHS) and substitute school nurses Sue Byles, Jennifer Griffin, and Sue Stuart for their roles in fostering a nurturing and caring environment and for their dedication to serving the needs of all students.
GEA Completes ADVANCE Program    
GEA students attend ADVANCE ceremony
Students at Gainesville Exploration Academy were honored in an ADVANCE (Avoiding Drugs, Violence And Negative Choices Early) graduation on Friday, April 29th. Parents, Superintendent Wanda Creel, Chief Professional Services Officer Priscilla Collins and police officers were invited to attend the ceremony.   As part of the ADVANCE program, students competed in a poster and essay contest about avoiding negative choices. 

The program is designed to give students the skills they need to help resist the pressures that they may face. The lessons included topics such as searching for positive alternatives, understanding and avoiding peer pressure, gangs, violence, media influences, and how to say "NO".  The Gainesville Police Department in conjunction with the Gainesville City School System facilitated the program which is offered to all fifth grade students attending the district's five elementary schools.
District Hosts Farm To School Meeting
Surrounding districts receive latest school nutrition updates

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the GCSS School Nutrition Department hosted a Farm to School meeting which included school nutrition directors, coordinators, and personnel from surrounding Northeast Georgia districts.  The purpose of the meeting was to update districts on the Golden Radish awards criteria for October 2016 and to discuss challenges and solutions for Farm to School programs in other districts.

"Hosting the meeting was a pleasure. It is nice to have an event in the city," says Penny Fowler, GCSS Director of School Nutrition. "It is very beneficial to have discussions and to share ideas with other districts especially since Gainesville City School Nutrition plans to apply for the Golden Radish Award again this upcoming school year."

Farm to School is a program in which local farmers provide fresh produce to school cafeterias. The program enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Through the program, students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.
        "Eye On Gainesville" Features GCSS         
Dr. Wanda Creel with Catiel Felts
The Gainesville City School System has been featured on "Eye On Gainesville" hosted by Catiel Felts, City of Gainesville Communications and Tourism Director.  Ms. Felts recently had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Wanda Creel, Superintendent, about specific topics regarding the school district.  Please click here to view the video. 
FCCLA Member Selected As Region Officer
GA FCCLA Region 2 Officer Areli Albarran
Areli Albarran was selected to serve as Region 2 Officer for the State Executive Council for Georgia FCCLA.  Her duties as Region Officer will include compiling articles for the state website, attending office meetings and functions, and visiting other schools to promote CTAE and CTSO participation in schools. 
Areli, a junior, has been an FCCLA member since her freshman year at GHS. Initially, she was a shy student who would never speak up or give presentations. However, over the years she has become more confident.  This past year,  Areli  stood on a stage in front of thousands of FCCLA members from around the state and gave speeches and presentations with poise. Maintaining a 3.8 GPA, she is a member of the GHS Big Red Machine, is a Communiversity graduate and was recently selected to participate in Youth Leadership Hall next school year. Areli volunteers at her church, St. Michael's, as a teacher and at the Salvation Army Center for Hope. In addition to the many extracurricular activities in which she is involved, Areli works after school and on weekends while finding the time to help her parents with her younger siblings. 

FCCLA sponsor Whittney McPherson says, "As a leader, Areli leads by serving. She is the first to arrive and the last to leave. She puts 100% effort into everything that she does."  Mrs. McPherson states, " Areli is strong, smart and brave. She has consistently broken the barriers for what others expect for her. I cannot imagine where she will end up if she has the opportunities in life that she deserves."
Areli plans to work in healthcare after graduation.  She will complete her high school pathway in Healthcare Science and has applied for both dual-enrollment and the Healthcare Science Work-Based Learning Hospital Rotations at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Seniors Are College Ready on Decision Day 
GHS Decision Day

Gainesville High School hosted the first annual GHS Decision Day ceremony on Friday, May 13th in the GHS New Gymnasium.  The event, inspired by the NCAA's National Signing Day for athletes, recognized Gainesville High School seniors who plan to attend college after graduation. The event coincides with National College Decision Day which is held annually on May 1st, the deadline that most high school seniors must inform the college of their choice of their enrollment plans.   
Sixty two seniors marched into the gymnasium wearing "Decision Day" shirts and were seated at designated areas.  Assistant Principal Adrian Cromwell began the introductions, followed by remarks from Dr. Wanda Creel and a slideshow presentation.  Students were recognized individually in accordance to the college that he or she plans to attend.  The ceremony concluded with the students reciting and "signing" the National College Signing Day Pledge.

The inaugural GHS Decision Day was a huge success, and Gainesville High School looks forward to more student participation next year.  Congratulations to all of the students who were recognized at the event! We wish them continued success in their future endeavors.  
GCSS Graduation Events for Class of 2016
Countdown to Graduation

Gainesville High School will hold Graduation Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2016 on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at City Park Stadium.   Guest parking for the event will be available at designated areas. Shuttles to the stadium will be located at First Baptist Church and Lakewood Baptist Church. Please be aware that Longstreet Circle will be closed from Riverside Drive to Longstreet Place to allow special guest parking and bus shuttle drop-off/pickup. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Green Street traffic will be stopped periodically to allow guests to cross the street.  Please click here to view the GHS Graduation Parking Map.  

Other upcoming events include the GHS Baccalaureate on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church.  Also, a reception will be held honoring the GHS Honorary Diploma recipients prior to the baccalaureate at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Banquet Hall.

Wood's Mill High School's Graduation Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the GHS Performing Arts Center. 
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BOE Work Session

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HS Milestone Testing

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BOE Meeting 

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Last Day of School 

GHS Graduation 

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May 23-24

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May 27 

4th Quarter MS & HS Report Cards Mailed

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