Brainstorming Sessions For New Enota School

Members of the Enota community are invited to attend two brainstorming sessions regarding the new Enota building project and transition plan on Saturday, April 30th at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Enota cafeteria.  Attendees may attend one or both sessions. The topics will include Campus Operations, Garden Planning, Communications, and Events/Programs.  Participants will be able to offer ideas related to the session topics to assist in the planning process of the new school.

Students A.D.V.A.N.C.E. at Centennial
Students learn important values

This year, fifth grade students at Centennial Arts Academy participated in the A.D.V.A.N.C.E. program, a partnership between the Gainesville City School System and the Gainesville Police Department.  School Resource Officer Joel Carter and the police department facilitated the program with the help of fifth grade teachers and activity teachers.  

The program focused on helping students Avoid Drugs, Violence, Alcohol, and Negative Choices Early (ADVANCE).  Students learned through different activities aimed at helping them know how to react when in certain situations and how to be ready, respectful, and responsible role models in their communities. Centennial looks forward to continuing this partnership next school year! 
GEA Community Creates Nature Trail  
Everyone works hard on the new trail
Teachers, parents, students, and other community members gathered at Gainesville Exploration Academy to begin work on the new "Pachyderm Path", a nature trail behind the school.  "This has been a goal at GEA for several years," says Dr. Kerri Palmer, STEAM lab teacher.   "Students need to be outside exploring the world around them instead of always being inside in front of the TV or playing video games," says Titia Sargent, GEA Academic Coach.

The purpose of this area is to provide outdoor educational opportunities for the students of Gainesville Exploration Academy. Trails, bridges, decks, tables, and benches will make the area more accessible and user friendly to students and staff. Teachers will be able to take classes out for lessons or a leisurely hike.

Community groups, companies, and local scouts seeking Eagle projects have provided money and labor for projects which will enhance the learning value of the site and increase its usefulness to our school. Principal Renee Boatright shares, "It's always great to see how the students, parents, teachers and the community can go above and beyond to make learning fun for kids! The Pachyderm Path will be a great asset to GEA for years to come."

Gainesville Exploration Academy wants to see children learn by seeing and doing, and the Pachyderm Path is a great place to do just that!
Defeating the Milestones Giants  
The Milestones Giants
Last Friday, Enota students faced off against the test that everyone is talking about - the Georgia Milestones. Two faculty members, Ms. Julie Oliver and Ms. Ashley Dial, dressed up in "giant" outfits at the Milestones rally. During the rally, representatives of third, fourth, and fifth grades engaged the Milestone giants in a match of tug of war. It was a hard struggle, but Enota students pulled down the Milestone giants every match.

Principal Wesley Roach explained the importance of the Milestones assessments to students and gave advice on how to prepare. At the end of the rally, Good Morning Enota revealed a new song and video starring Enota students entitled "We're Ready for the Milestones", which was a big hit with faculty and students!

To view the "We're Ready" video, please click here.
Student Artwork Featured Midtown Gainesville
Zoe Head's "Paroxysm"

GHS student Zoe Head is very proud of herself - and she should be! Her artwork is now on display as a Gainesville City Free Range Art Piece, located behind the Gainesville Fire Department building in Midtown Gainesville. Her creation, entitled "Paroxysm", was selected last year at the annual Youth Art Month exhibition and received the coveted Quinlan Award. Zoe is the youngest local to be a part of this collaborative event featuring large-scale reproductions of featured artwork. The initiative promotes public artworks in our local community.  Her work is presented to the city of Gainesville along with other professional and local artists who were selected in a call of local art.   We are proud of Zoe for her remarkable art piece and for her representation of our school district!
GCSS Students Receive D.A.R. Awards      
D.A.R. Awards Ceremony

Seven students of Enota MI Academy received awards at the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) Awards Ceremony held on April 14th at the Northeast Georgia History Center.  The award recipients included  Samuel Partee,  Tristin Johnson,  Yuna Cheng,  John Tran,  Sarah Becker,  Marcos Moreno, and  Arianna Banks. 

Ms. Beth Hester's homeroom students are members of the "D.A.R. Junior Citizens" organization, sponsored by the D.A.R. and supported by retired GCSS teacher and volunteer Helen Martin. The students entered into the contest, which included an essay, a poster, a stamp design, and a banner based on the theme "Celebrating America". They also studied facts about the U.S. flag, its proper care, and handling.   Many area schools in Gainesville and Hall County participated in the event, which highlighted the principals of the democratic government, good citizenship, and appreciation of American heritage and history.
30th Anniversary of Ivey-Watson Complex 
The community joins anniversary celebration 
Gainesville High School celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Ivey-Watson Baseball Complex on April 15th.  Many members of the community came out to show their support.  A special tribute was presented to the 1996 State Championship Baseball team and coaches. Mrs. Colleene Ivey and Mrs. DaAnne Watson Hardaman were ready for the first pitch with GHS baseball players Jack Langford and Banks Griffith.  The former Voice of the Gainesville Red Elephants Walt Snelling also made a special appearance to the event.  It was a great way to celebrate a remarkable milestone, which concluded with the GHS baseball team's sweet victory over the Lanier Longhorns.
 GHS Red Elephants Win Region in Golf
Front Row (L to R): Davis Weaver, Spencer Ralston,  Drew Lasseter & Brady Holcomb Back Row: Hunter Worley, Brooks Turner,  Ryan Hogan, Brody Simmons, AD Winston & Bo Roberts

The Gainesville High School Men's Golf Team won the 8AAAAA Region Championship on Monday, April 18th at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. T eam members include  Hunter  Worley , Brooks Turner, Ryan Hogan, Brody Simmons, AD Winston, Bo Roberts,  Davis Weaver, Spencer Ralston, Drew Lasseter, and Brady Holcomb.

The victory was the Men's Golf program's 38th Region Championship overall and sixth consecutive victory in the tournament. The team shot a one-under team total of 287, which broke the Region record of 288 (even par) set by the 2014 team.

Senior Spencer Ralston (UGA Signee) was the Individual Champion with a four-under 68. Davis Weaver (71), Ryan Hogan (72), AD Winston (76) and Drew Lasseter (76) rounded out the scoring for the Red Elephants.

Head Coach Bryson Worley stated, " I thought all of the guys played really well. Spencer did what elite players and team leaders do - he rose to the occasion and set the tone for preparation and how we played. He's invaluable as a player and a leader."

The Golf Elephants will play at The Invite on  April 29th-30th  at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. The State AAAAA Championship Tournament is scheduled for  May 16th  at the Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans, Georgia.  
Gainesville City Board of Education Meeting
April 18, 2016
The Gainesville City Board of Education meeting was held on Monday, April 18th at the Public Safety Complex.  Special guests recognized at the meeting included Gainesville Middle School (Highest Student Attendance), Gainesville Exploration Academy (Highest Employee Attendance), Wood's Mill High Student Recognitions, Sheryl Williams (Wood's Mill High Faculty on Fire), Featherbone Master Teachers Courtney Hagans and Sandy Rivera, Governor's Honors Program Finalists, Moody's Math Challenge Teams, FCCLA State Award Recipients, State Literary Award Recipients,  and Youth Art Scholarship Award Recipients.  The Board reviewed and approved the agenda reports as submitted by district personnel.

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

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