Gainesville City School System will be closed on
Monday, January 18th in observance of 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday!
Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Georgia Parent Survey Available Online

Parents are encouraged to participate in the online Georgia Parent Survey.  The data obtained from the survey will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. Parents can complete the survey using a personal computer, smart phone, or tablet and can  click here to access the online survey.
 A Guide to Understanding FAFSA
 It is time for students and parents to begin completing FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year as students begin to prepare for college .  Applying early is the best way to maximize the amount of money a student gets to put toward college. Parents are encouraged to learn the basics regarding federal student aid programs (such as grants, work-study, and loans).  For additional information regarding FAFSA and to learn the steps involved in completing the application process, please c lick here
Local Author Visits New Holland
Students enjoy visit from special guest
Local author Emily Gaddy stopped by New Holland's  Media Center to share her new book, "Go Bulldogs", with kindergarten and first grade students. Mrs. Gaddy shared her experiences about becoming an author, how it felt to see her book in stores, and the importance of doing book research. Mrs. Gaddy ended her visit by reading her book to the students and revealing why she chose to write about UGA.
Enota Students Display Their Art Smarts
Contest winners (l to r): Ebot Agborsangaya, Jackson Newton, John Tran

Three Enota students were winners of the "I Speak for the Trees" art contest sponsored by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce. The contest was open to third and fifth graders throughout Gainesville and Hall County. Their artwork and essays will be displayed prominently at the Elachee Nature Science Center on February 19 during the annual Arbor Day Celebration.
Jackson Newton, a winner of the contest, was excited about the celebration. "It feels good to win," he said. Ebot Agborsangaya, an essay contest winner, wrote about how trees are helpful. "It was a lot of fun but hard work too. I had to write over 300 words!" Finally, Enota winner John Tran wrote about how trees help reduce carbon dioxide and global warming. "It was a great experience!" John explains. We  are so proud of our Arbor Day contest winners!
  Former Graduate Commissioned by U.S. Navy
 Anel Tavira with MSgt. Jack Reese during Ceremony and First Salute

Congratulations to GHS alum Anel Tavira!  Anel, who  was the first Hispanic female from Gainesville High School to be awarded an NJROTC Scholarship, was recently the first GHS graduate to be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy. 

When asked about his former cadet, GHS NJROTC instructor MSgt. Jack Reese stated, "Anel was a great student and cadet.  Never have I seen a person with so much drive and heart."  He then shared a story of an incident that happened  at an  ROTC Summer Training camp at Ft. Stewart Army Base regarding Anel. 

Reese stated, "Anel was a sophomore, and she was our Unarmed Regulation Drill Team Commander.  She was also a member of the Armed Regulation, Armed Exhibition, Unarmed Exhibition Teams and the Color Guard.  In other words, she participated on all 5 drill teams.  On the second day of an eight-day camp, we were preparing to go eat lunch.  The cadets were coming out of their barracks when I heard a heart-stopping scream from the girls' barracks.  I immediately ran to the barracks, and I saw Anel crying and holding her right hand.  There was blood pouring from in between her fingers, and I glanced down on the ground and her little finger was laying on the floor.  It had been severed from the first joint.  While going out of the door, it had closed on her finger before she could get out of the way.  I tied a tourniquet around the partial finger and rushed her to the base hospital with the other half in hand. Once she had calmed down enough to talk, the first words out of her mouth were, "MSGT, I AM NOT GOING HOME. I WILL NOT LEAVE MY TEAM".  To make a very long story short, Anel spoke with her mother and stayed the rest of the camp.  Taking nothing more than ibuprofen, she remained at the camp and never missed a practice session.  HEART !!! Miles and miles of heart."

From this incident, Anel went on to become GHS's Battalion Commanding Officer.  She then applied for an NJROTC Scholarship at Savannah State University, and the rest is history.  

As an Ensign, Anel is now a Naval Officer at a pay grade of 0-1.  The scholarship was paid for by the Navy, and now Anel is on her pay back tour of 5 years.  Ensign Tavira has been assigned to the USS Cole which is stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia.  Her job title is Surface Warfare Officer.  She will be eligible for a promotion to Lieutenant Junior Grade in two years.   Without a doubt, we can expect more amazing achievements from this outstanding young lady. 

GCSS Faculty and Staff Support Clemson QB

Faculty and staff show their pride

Although former GHS Red Elephant and Clemson Tigers QB Deshaun Watson was unable to secure a National Championship, he still had a stellar performance and is the "true champion" in our eyes.  Watson's hometown was full of pride as we watched him play in one of the most amazing games of his life with poise and dignity.  All of his fans and supporters (including loyal UGA fans...and a few Alabama supporters) donned orange spirit wear in support of Watson. Some supporters even sported shirts that stated "Won More 4".  Fans were also in high attendance at the GCSS Game Night celebration at Buffalo Wild Wings to cheer for their hometown's favorite quarterback.  And although Deshaun had an amazing game performance setting an all-time record with the most total yards in a national championship game, we all know that the best is still yet to come!  
   Gainesville City Board of Education
Joint Meeting with City Council
January 11, 2016    
Joint Meeting with School Board and City Council
The Gainesville City Board of Education and Gainesville City Council held  a joint meeting on January 11th at the School Board Office.  Council members in attendance were Mayor Danny Dunagan, Zack Thompson, George Wangemann, Barbara Brooks, Sam Couvillon, and Ruth Bruner. City officials present were City Manager Bryan Lackey, Asst. City Manager Angela Sheppard, and City Clerk Denise Jordan.  The joint group discussed topics in relation to the school district and the city and were in agreement of having future joint meetings at least biannually or as needed throughout the year. 

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


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Brett Mercer, Vice Chair
Willie Mitchell
Sammy Smith
John Filson

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BOE Work Session

January 5
Second Semester Begins
January 12
2nd Quarter Report Cards

January 18
Dr. ML King Holiday

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