March 24-30, 2017
In This Issue

I want to thank all of our staff, board of education and community supporters who helped with our recent visit from the AdvancED accreditation team (formerly known as SACS). The visit went very well. From my perspective, the timeline was well developed and flawlessly executed while the team of six education experts visited our central office and six school sites over three days. The team reported how impressed they were with what was observed at the schools. You welcomed them openly into buildings that were well maintained and classrooms teeming with learning. What more could they want? What more could I have asked of you? Well done to all.

In the end, the highlight is the recommendation that GSCS continue as an accredited school district under AdvancED. This is important since a district's accreditation status influences how colleges and universities view applicants who are graduates of the district. Having our instructional program measured against established standards and found satisfactory in meeting those standards is huge for the whole district. The team did make two recommendations which we will be required to address in future responses, but, quite frankly, neither involved issues of which we weren't already aware. Our process toward change and improvement continues with the added input of AdvancED to guide our work. All of this is good.

Special thanks goes to Sara Jones and so many others who served as chairs of specific standards response committees along with principals and teachers who spent hours gathering documentation about individual school practices. So many have termed it a real learning experience which can only help us get even better. I agree. GSCS, you represented yourselves well. 

Have a great weekend!
Jim Smith 
Superintendent
GSCS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITIONS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS
At Tuesday's called Board of Education meeting, the board approved the new organizational chart. GSCS is moving forward with advertisement for four Executive Director positions, Administrative Services, Instructional Services, Secondary Education and Elementary Education. These positions are posted and applications will be accepted. The deadline for submitting applications for the Elementary and Secondary positions is noon on Tuesday, March 28. Click HERE to view these opportunities. 

GSCS is also proactively advertising for applicants to go into a pool for any principal positions that might become open as a result of the Executive Director hiring process. 

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. Rev. Bryan L. Brooks, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN, was the featured speaker.  
2017-18 PRE-K REGISTRATION FOR GSCS EMPLOYEES
Pre-K registration for GSCS employees' students is now open. Pre-K registration for the general public begins on March 30. All registrations must be complete by April 7. Students registered after April 7, will automatically go on the waiting list for their zoned school.

If you have any questions, please contact Central Registration at ext. 10408. 
"If everyone is against you, it means you are absolutely wrong - or absolutely right."
-Albert Guinon
KIWANIS KIDS CLUB BASEBALL LEAGUE
Each year the Kiwanis Club of Griffin sponsors a sports league for children with special needs and it's time for BASEBALL!

The games will be on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning April 8 and continuing on the following dates: April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13 and May 20 at the First Christian Church of Griffin (291 S. Pinehill Road).

For more information and to sign up, please contact Sylvia Hollums at s.hollums@att.net or 404-697-4681.

Sign up sheets will also be available at the Kiwanis Office from 9a.m.-5p.m. beginning March 27.

This is one of the Kiwanis Club of Griffin's favorite projects since 2004! It's all about the kids and having fun!!!
INNOVATION FUND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES 
The Governor's Office of Student Achievement is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity - The Innovation Fund Tiny Grant Program!

What is a Tiny Grant?
Tiny grants will provide traditional public schools, charter schools, and school districts between $1,000 and $10,000 to implement an innovative project that will deeply engage students. An innovative project solves an existing problem in an inventive way and has the potential to have a large and lasting impact on the academic environment.

Tiny Grant-funded programs or projects must align with one of the following priority areas:
  • Applied Learning with a Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education;
  • Development and Replication of Blended Learning School Models; or
  • Birth to Age Eight Language and Literacy Development.
For more information and to apply click...  https://gosa.georgia.gov/innovation-fund-grant-opportunities-0

PIEDMONT COLLEGE INFORMATION MEETING
Piedmont University will provide an information session regarding their:
  • Griffin-Spalding/Fayette County Off-Campus Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Early Childhood Educ., Middle Grades (ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science), Secondary Educ. (English, Math, History, Science), Music Education, Art Education
  • Griffin-Spalding/Fayette County Off-Campus Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) Program in Curriculum and Instruction
They will also provide information regarding their NEW:
  • Certificate-Only and Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree Program in Instructional Technology: Instructional Design and Development.
If you'd like to hear more about their programs, please be sure to attend.

INFORMATION MEETING

When: March 29, 2017
Where: Large Board Room
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

ATLANTA HAWKS SPECIAL TICKET OFFER
Ticket Discounts
Thursday, April 6th @ 8:00pm - Boston Celtics
Sunday, April 9th @ 3:30pm - Cleveland Cavaliers

Please click HERE to purchase tickets.
* Special Access Code: GSCS

Ticket prices and availability are subject to change. Order today! TICKETS WILL SELL OUT!

To purchase better seats or additional games? Contact:
Ryan Coller | 404-878-3714 | ryan.coller@hawks.com
GADOE UPDATES SPRING 2017

Click HERE for the Spring 2017 GaDOE newsletter.

HIGH SCHOOL EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
A.Z. KELSEY ACADEMY
Greg Deluzio
Mr. Deluzio does an excellent job working with students academically. He utilizes a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of his students. He offers them choice and voice in determining how they will master the standards. Mr. Deluzio has built positive relationships with our students. It is clear to see that he genuinely wants to see our students succeed. He is a great asset to our team!

GRIFFIN HIGH SCHOOL
Cheryl Clark and Col. Jesse Pugh
Ms. Clark has worked very hard to increase academic excellence in ELA knowledge and skills. She is always professional, prepared and works hard to build positive relationships throughout the school. Col. Pugh is an excellent leader who is very helpful to the new teachers at GHS. He is always prepared, respectful towards others and gives back to the community through his service and activities.

MAINSTAY ACADEMY
Mainstay Paraprofessionals
Without a doubt, our paraprofessionals are one of the hardest working groups of employees we have. They are expected to take on the same GNETS training as our certified staff. They accept responsibilities of class coverage, instruction, crisis intervention and data collection equal to those of their certified peers. They are committed to excellence and give an extremely demanding job 100% every day.

SPALDING HIGH SCHOOL
Melissa Dingler
Ms. Dingler is the embodiment of professionalism; faithfully maintaining and elevating her profession. Kindness and compassion are extended to all that come in contact with her. Whether she is placing a bandage on a day-old wound while listening to a student who simply needs to be comforted or responding to a crisis situation that requires her level of knowledge and skill; she answers the call with patience and precision. She can often be seen moving quietly about the building with her red backpack in tow. All who know her are convinced that she is concealing either wings or a cape under that backpack. The Spalding High School Family proudly salutes our resident Florence Nightingale, Melissa Dingler.

GSCS wants to recognize and thank Vietnam War Veterans.

April 20 - 30, 2017
Performances:
Thursday - Saturday, 7:30pm
Sundays 3pm
Box Office - 770-229-9916