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March 2020, Vol. 18, No. 7
GCPS Scenes from...
Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and these scenes from  Jenkins Elementary School, Shiloh High School , and  Trip Elementary School represent a few of the engaging learning activities and celebrations that took place across the school district, including
Board appoints leader
--At its February Board meeting , the Gwinnett County Board of Education appointed the following leader to a new role:
  • Jennifer E. Johnson - Principal, Radloff Middle School
COVID-19 update for GCPS families
Health officials say the risk to Americans currently is very low but expect more cases in the U.S. If COVID-19 is confirmed locally, officials will notify GCPS and provide guidance. GCPS is updating response plans based on direction from the CDC and state and county health officials. Click here to learn more about COVID-19 and resources to keep families healthy.
2020 Graduation schedule now available online
Get ready to celebrate your Gwinnett graduate! The 2020 graduation schedule is now available for GCPS' 24 high schools.

21 GCPS high schools named AP Honors Schools

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) recently released the list of Advanced Placement (AP) Honors Schools and 21 Gwinnett County high schools made one or more of the lists. Archer; Duluth; Grayson; and Lanier high schools earned honors in six categories while Brookwood; Discovery; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Mountain View; Mill Creek; North Gwinnett; Parkview; and Peachtree Ridge high schools were honored in five categories.
Gwinnett recognizes Counselors of the Year

As part of National School Counseling Week, celebrated this year Feb. 3-7 , Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) highlighted the key role school counselors play in the academic success and overall well-being of all Gwinnett schoolchildren. For 2020, the school district recognized four educators , pictured left to right, Laura Spencer, Teshia Dula, Joyce Gonzalez , and Dr. Angelique Mitchell , as its top counseling award winners.
Burnette's Costilow named top Media Specialist
Burnette Elementary School Media Specialist Traci Costilow is Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2020 GCPS Library Media Specialist of the Year. The award honors a K-12 library media specialist whose services have resulted in exemplary library media programs. Costilow’s leadership helped earn Burnette Elementary’s media program recognition as the Georgia Library Media Association’s (GLMA) Exceptional Library Media Program in 2019. She will now go on to compete for the Metro Area Library Media Specialist of the Year award sponsored by the GLMA. Pictured left to right: Karen Willingham, Media Services; Mary Barbee, Director of Media Services; Traci Costilow; Kim Reed, Burnette Elementary Principal; Julie Richardson, Media Services; and Jan Wilson, Media Instruction.
Brookwood senior and educator honored as 2020 STAR Student and STAR Teacher

Hollis Zeng of Brookwood High School was recognized as Gwinnett County’s STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student. The STAR student honor is bestowed on the senior in the top 10% of his or her class with the highest SAT score. Hollis selected his 12th grade AP Economics teacher, Craig Witmer, as his STAR Teacher. Pictured left to right: Brookwood High School Principal William Bo Ford, Partnership Gwinnett Vice President Adam Forrand, Gwinnett STAR Student Hollis Zeng, Gwinnett STAR Teacher Craig Witmer, and Brookwood Counselor William Blair.
Summer School registration opportunities
  • High School Summer School High school students looking to make up a class or get ahead can take summer classes through Gwinnett Online Campus or the district’s face-to-face summer program. Summer classes for both online and face-to-face will run June 8 to June 30, Monday through Friday. Online registration for both programs is handled at Health and PE classes are open to rising 9th graders. The cost for each one-semester class is $250 for current GCPS students. Registration for Online Summer School continues through May 31. Face-to-Face Summer School classes will be offered at Grayson, Lanier, and Meadowcreek high schools. Online registration for face-to-face classes is available through June 1, with in-person registration available at Meadowcreek on June 1. Summer graduation is set for July 2.

  • Elementary and Middle Summer School Dates for Elementary and Middle Summer School are June 8–26 on a Monday-Friday schedule. Students in grades 3–8 who do not meet promotion requirements may have the opportunity to attend summer school for targeted instruction. Elementary School summer school will be provided in two separate sessions each day— one for language arts and one for mathematics. Depending on their needs, students will be recommended for one or both of the sessions. Middle schools also hold a.m. and p.m. sessions, addressing the four core academic areas.
Registration for GCPS' Dual Language Immersion Program
opened for families March 2
Families of rising kindergartners interested in GCPS’ Dual Language Immersion program at nine schools— Spanish at Annistown , Baldwin , Bethesda , Camp Creek , Ivy Creek , Level Creek, and Meadowcreek elementary schools; French at Trip ES; and Korean at Parsons ES— can learn more on the district website. Registration for the 2020–21 school year runs through May 10 at 3 p.m. (Families also must register at the school to which their child is zoned.) The schools will accept transfers if available slots are not filled by students in the school zone. Out-of-zone families must provide transportation.
Certified Teacher Career Fair set for March 21
GCPS will host its Certified Teacher Career Fair on Sat., March 21, at the Infinite Energy Center, from 8 a.m. to Noon. Registration for the event is required, and interviews will take place for pre-screened applicants.
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