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September 2020, Vol. 19, No. 2
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Freddie Falcon's Back-to-School Bash visits
Kelsi Hamilton of Trickum Middle School (shown above with her family) and Sanica Walker of Rockbridge Elementary School each received a surprise Back-to-School Bash Delivery from Freddie Falcon, NFL mascot for the Atlanta Falcons. Each teacher received a tote bag filled with goodies and a $250 gift card for their classrooms.
2020 E-SPLOST Information
On Nov. 3, 2020, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax). Over the years, Gwinnett students and school communities have benefited from the E-SPLOST which has provided thousands of classrooms as well as technology improvements. This is not a new tax, but the same penny collected on sales in the county since Gwinnett voters first approved the E-SPLOST in 1997. Projects funded by the E-SPLOST would benefit every cluster and every school. Online, learn more in an informational insert about the E-SPLOST and find Gwinnett County Voter Information.
GCPS provides meals five days per week
Under a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and with guidance from the Georgia Department of Education, the Gwinnett County School Nutrition Program is providing breakfast and lunch at no charge for anyone 18 or younger through Dec. 31. Meals for in-person students are available at all schools. Curbside pick-up is available at 132 sites for digital learners and all others. Families can pick up meals each school day, Monday through Friday. Check with the school for specific pick-up location and times. Learn more and find curbside pick-up locations here:
Georgia voters go to the polls on Feb. 5
Last day to register to vote in the General Election is Oct. 5
The last day to register to vote for the general election is Oct. 5, and in-person advance voting is scheduled for Oct. 12 through Oct. 30. Registered voters can check their registration status by visiting It will be important for Georgians to request an absentee ballot as soon as possible if they want to vote by mail. A completed application to vote absentee must be received by the Elections Office before an absentee ballot is issued.
Does your student have a passion for the arts?
Current 8th and 9th graders are invited to attend a virtual information session on Oct. 17 or Oct. 24 to learn more about this unique "arts-centric" learning experience available at the new School of the Arts @ Central Gwinnett High School (SOTA), opening in August 2021. At SOTA, students from across the district can pursue their artistic vision and learn from industry professionals in Art and Design, Dance, Music Technology and Audio Production, Theatre, and Voice.
AKS curriculum review... your input is needed
The annual review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum runs through Oct. 12. This review is addressing AKS for language arts, science, social studies, health and PE, and career and technical education. Input on these courses will be given via an online survey. Click here to learn more about the AKS review.
Join a winning team and make a difference in the lives of students!
Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring individuals with two or more years of college to work as part of our substitute team! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format-- you get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day. logo available to GCPS students
In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), provides an online tutoring resource for students, with coaching to improve study skills. Live tutoring support is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Learn more about how to access
Interested in becoming a mentor?
The Power of One... one caring adult can change a child's life. Could you be the one? GCPS' Community-Based Mentoring Program is seeking mentors to support its three initiatives:
Slaten, Bourdonnay recognized with honors
Save the date...
Calendar notes...  
  • Oct. 8-12 is Fall Break for students. Oct. 12 is a teacher workday/staff development day.
  • The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its October meeting in person on Thurs., Oct. 15. The work session and business meeting are available online for viewing through GCPS TV.
  • Oct. 21-22 is early release for grades K-8.
  • Find the 2020-21 calendar online.
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