Gainesville City Schools

Elephant Tracks 2/17/12

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2/16 Called School Board Meeting SBO Conference Room 5:00 pm
2/17 Furlough Day- No School
2/20 President’s Day School Holiday
2/21 A Team Meeting @ SBO Conference Room 9:00 am
        Race to the Top Informational Meeting Gainesville Exploration Academy 5:00

        School Board Meeting GAINESVILLE EXPLORATION ACADEMY 6:00 pm
2/21-22 MindSet (Crisis Intervention & Restraint) Training.  Contact Jimmie Minor
              jimmie.minor@gcssk12.net for information.
School of Choice Form/Residency Form Deadline
2/27 Gifted Teachers Meeting GMS Media Center 4:00 pm
        ESOL Contact Teachers Meeting @ GMS Media Center 9:00 am
        SPED GAA Teachers SBO Board Room 1:00-3:00 pm

        SPED Teachers SBO Board Room  Elementary 3:00 pm Middle & High 4:15
        Pre-K Teachers @ Wood’s Mill 3:15 pm

Content Area                                       Audience                               Date                       Time
     Math                                      3rd Grade                   2/28/12                 10-12
     Math                                      9th Grade                   2/28/12                  2-4

      ELA                                      6th Grade                   2/29/12                  10-12
      ELA                                      3rd Grade                   2/29/12                  2-4 

Content Area                                       Audience                               Date                       Time
      Math                                     4th Grade                      3/1/12                10-12
      Math                                     10th Grade                    3/1/12                 2-4
      Math                                     5th Grade                      3/6/12                 10-12
      Math                                     11th Grade                    3/6/12                 2-4
       ELA                                     5th Grade                     3/13/12                10-12

       ELA                                     9th & 10th                      3/13/12               2-4
       ELA                                     8th Grade                      3/14/12               10-12
       ELA                                     1st Grade                       3/14/12                2-4
2/21 Superkids Coaches @ Centennial

2/22 Arts in School K,1,3 8:30 am  2,4,5 9:25 am
        ESOL Reports Due
        Italian Ice Money Due
        CCGPS with Wiley
        Superkids Coaches @ Centenial
2/23 Tech Support/Creasman
        Superkids Coaches @ Centennial
        SpEd, Mpact Grade Level 2:50
        PTA Meeting International Tasting 6:00 pm
2/24 Italian Ice
2/21 ACCESS Testing Continues for ESOL Students
      Stomp Out Bullying Assemblies with Bully Buster Club & GHS Step Team Gym
              PreK-2nd 12:45  3rd-5th 1:30-2:00

       Leadership Team Meeting 3:00 pm
2/22 3rd Grade Writing Test Training w/Ms. Dowdy & Ms. Bell 7:30-11:30

        Orthodontic Visit for 5th Grade in Gym 12:45-1:30
2/23 Action Team Meetings 3:00

2/21 5th Grade Bake Sale
2/22 5th Grade Bake Sale
        2nd Grade to Elachee Star Lab
2/23 4th Grade to Carter Library in Atlanta
2/24 Student Council Meeting 11:45 am
2/21 Leadership Meeting 7:20 am

2/22 GAN Meeting During Planning
3/2 Read Across America Day
2/21 Leadership Meeting 2:45
2/22 Faculty Meeting 2:45
        ESOL/EIP/Connection PLC
2/23 PLC 3,2,1
        Assembly:  The Puppet Guy 9:00 am & 10:00 am
        Community Outreach A Night of Talent 6-7 pm
2/24 PLC K,4,5

2/18 Baseball 100 Inning Game @ Ivey Watson 9:00 am
2/21 Baseball @ Jefferson 4:30 pm

        Soccer vs. South Hall @ Allen Creek 5:00 pm
2/22 Baseball vs. Habersham Central @ Ivey Watson 5:55 pm
2/23 Soccer @ Allen Creek vs. South Hall 5:00 pm

        Parent Meeting Media Center 6:00 pm
               United Way & Gateway House Information
2/17 Varsity Basketball Region Semifinals @ GHS
        Varsity Wrestling State Traditional @ Gwinnett Arena
2/18 Baseball 100 Inning Game @ Ivey Watson 9:00 am
         Varsity Wrestling State Traditional @ Gwinnett Arena
         Basketball Region Finals @ GHS Girls 7:00 pm Boys 8:30 pm
2/20 Varsity Baseball vs. Habersham @ Home 5:55 pm

2/21 Varsity Tennis @ Lanier 4:00 pm
         JV Soccer @ Lumpkin Co. Girls 5:30 pm Boys 6:30 pm

         Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Collins Hill @ Home 7:30 pm
2/22 JV. Boys Tennis @ Lumpkin Co. 4:30 pm

        JV Soccer @ Johnson Girls  5:00 pm Boys 6:30 pm
        Girls Lacrosse @ Blessed Trinity 5:00 pm
        Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Athens Academy @ Home 5:30
         Broadway Musical Review Pam Ware PAC 7:30 pm

2/23 NJROTC Varsity Air Rifle Tournament vs. North Gwinnett @ Home
         Varsity Tennis @ Johnson 4:00
         Football Cheerleading Tryout Informational Meeting Media Center 6:00 pm
2/24 Basketball First Round of State

         Varsity Soccer vs. Stephens County @ Home Girls 5:30 pm Boys 7:30 pm
         Varsity Baseball vs. West Laurens @ Ivey Watson 7:00 pm
2/25 Basketball 1st Round of State
        Speech & Debate Northern Mountain District
        Women’s Golf Lady Bear Classic @ Waynesboro CC 1:00 pm
        Varsity Baseball vs. West Laurens @ Ivey Watson 1:00 pm
        Young Americans Performance Pam Ware PAC 2:00 pm (See Below)
        Young Americans Performance Pam Ware PAC 7:00 pm (See Below)

Directions to:
Allen Creek Soccer Complex-Go 129 S.  past Burger King & Cargill.  Cross I-985. Go to second light after you cross the bridge.  Turn right on Monroe Drive .  Complex will be approximately one mile on left.

Blessed Trinity High School -  Go Dawsonville Highway/GA 53 9.7 miles.  Turn left onto GA 306/Keith Bridge Road.  Go.  7.9 miles.  Go GA 400 South toward Atlanta.  Go 21.2 miles.  Take Exit 17  (Holcomb Bridge Road/GA140 W) toward Roswell. Holcomb Bridge Road becomes Crossville Rd//GA92.  Go 2.8 miles.  Turn left onto Woodstock Road.  Go .3 miles.   11320  Woodstock Road.  Roswell, GA  30075

Gwinnett Arena- Go 985 S. to 85 S.  Take the Old Peachtree Road Exit (Exit 109).  Take the ramp toward Sugarloaf Parkway.  Turn right on to Sugarloaf Parkway.  Turn left.  6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA.

Ivey-Watson Baseball Field – Go Highway 53 West past the mall and Publix. You will pass McDonald's on your left. There will be a BP Station on the right. Turn left onto Lanier Valley Road. Continue to the entrance to Lanier Pointe Park.  Ivey-Watson is the first field on the left after you enter the park.

Jefferson High School-Take US-129 South towards Jefferson .  After you cross over I-85 continue on US-129. Go until you see a Kroger on the right-hand side of the road.  Turn left at that light onto Old Pendergrass Road.  Go to deadend and school will be in front of you.

Johnson High School-Go 985 South to Exit 16 (Oakwood).  Go left when you get off the Interstate.  Go approximately 1/2 mile to big intersection and take left onto Atlanta Highway .  Entrance to school will be just past South Hall Middle School on your right.
3305 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville, GA

LanierHigh School- Go 985 S. to exit 4.  Turn right on Highway 20.  Go 1.3 miles.  Turn left on Buford Hwy. US 23.  Go 1.4 miles. 918 Buford Highway, Sugar Hill, GA will be on your right.

Lumpkin Co. High School-Take Highway60 N. to Dahlonega.  In Dahlonega, go part of way around Square.  Take Highway 19 North.  School will be approximately 1 mile on left past middle school on right.

Waynesboro Country Club Golf Course – Go US 129 S. toward Athens Go 35.5 miles.  Turn left to merge onto GA-10 Loop US129 S toward Watkinsville.  Take exit 10C for Us 129 south toward Watkinsville/Lexington.  Merge onto 129 S.  Go 2.2 miles.  Take Exit 8 for US 78/GA 10.  Turn right onto GA 10/E/Lexington Road.  Turn right onto GA10/GA 17/US78.  Go 42.1 miles.  Turn right onto GA10/GA17/US78.  Go 21.8 miles. Turn left to merge onto I-20 East.  Go 24 miles.  Take the exit toward I520 East.  Keep right at the fork and merge onto I520 E.  Take exit 7 for Windsor Springs Road toward Peach Orchard Road.  Keep left at the fork to continue toward GA 121S/US25 Peach Orchard Road.  Turn right onto GA 121/US 25 S/Peach Orchard Goad.  Go 21.7 miles.  Turn right onto N. Liberty Street.  Go 1.5 miles.  Turn right onto W 4th St/Old Herndon Road.  Continue onto Herndon Road.  336 Herndon Road, Waynesboro, GA  30830
The Gainesville City Board of Education will have a Called Board Meeting today at 5:00 p.m. at the School Board Office located at 508 Oak Street NW.  The Board will immediately adjourn into Executive Session to discuss matters regarding student records.


The Gainesville City Board of Education will have a regular board meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Gainesville Exploration Academy,located at 1145 McEver Road. The board agenda is located on the district website under School Board Governance and will be available for the public to view on Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Please join us for our monthly Race to the Top Informational Meeting on February 21, 2012 @ Gainesville Exploration Academy @ 5:00 PM located at 1145 McEver Road.
Topics under discussion include:
  • Teacher Keys Evaluation System Pilot
  • Career Ladder
  • Common Core Updates
  • Georgia Longitudinal Data System
REMINDER-The deadline for returning forms and residency verification is February 24, 2012 TO BE ENROLLED FOR THE 2012-13 SCHOOL YEAR IN YOUR SCHOOL OF CHOICE.
Registration Information 2012-13
School registration and choice enrollment for Gainesville City Schools for the 2012 – 2013 school year will take place from January 9, 2012 – February 24, 2012.
Current K – 11 Students
·        All students currently enrolled in grades K–11 must complete a preliminary enrollment form and provide the school with a copy of a current verification of address (i.e. lease agreement or electric, water, or gas bill) in order to be enrolled for 2012-2013.  The deadline for returning forms and residency verification is February 24, 2012.
Kindergarten and Newly Enrolled Students Grades 1-8
·        Registration for Kindergarten and for new students enrolling in grades 1-8 will take place at the Wood’s Mill Registration Center.
City Residents:  January 17-February 10
Non-Residents:  February 13- February 24
                Parents should bring a birth certificate, immunization form #3231, ear,
                eyes, and dental certificate #3300, social security card (if available) and 
                residency verification (i.e.  lease agreement or electric, water or gas bill).
                Parents of non-resident students must complete a non-resident application 
                upon registration.  Tuition fees will be not be collected until acceptance is
                confirmed.  Parents (of non-resident students) will be notified on March 5,
                2012 of their status of acceptance.
Newly Enrolled Students Grades 9-12
·        Registration for students enrolling in grades 9-12 will take place at Gainesville High School.
Pre-K Lottery Drawing                         
·        Pre-K sign-up for the lottery drawing will occur on Monday, March 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Wood’s Mill Registration Center.   The drawing will take place by April 1, 2012.

The ASSET test will be administered at Gainesville High School  on Thursday, February 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Any student who wants to attend Lanier Tech or any 2-year technical college must take the ASSET test. The test measures a student's reading, writing, and mathematical skills. The test is free of charge, is not a pass or fail test, and is only used for placement. If a student would like to prepare for the ASSET test, instruct the student to go to:
Go to admissions
For those students taking the test, please ask them to bring a No.2 pencil and a calculator. If they don't have it, those materials will be provided.
Please encourage those students who are interested to sign up in the Guidance Office.
The point of contact for the ASSET Test is Mr. Michael Jackson and if you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Mr. Jackson.

Wednesday, February 22nd. at 7:30 PM
The Pam Ware Performing Arts Center
$5 - General Admission
Tickets will be sold the night of the show only
Box Office opens at 6:30p.m.
Come enjoy a musical showcase of GHS talented students featuring songs from WICKED,
 This upbeat musical is jam packed with a variety of group and solo numbers that will have every audience member on the edge of their seats and toes will be tapping.

The next production of the GHS Drama will be GYPSY from March 6-8.  All shows start at 7:30 pm and will be in the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center (The Ware House).  Tickets will be sold on performance dates from 11:30 am-2:00 pm in the GHS Front Lobby or e-mail ticket requests to ghstheatre@bellsouth.net.
Gypsy, is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother Rose whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.”  It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of show business life.  The musical contains many songs that became popular standards.  Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers..
The UGA Young Scholars Program is a six-week summer internship for high school students interested in math, science, agriculture, or engineering. Through the program, young scientists are given the opportunity to study within an agricultural field, such as entomology, poultry science, genetics, etc., and learn about applied science in agriculture. Students work side by side with a mentor, with whom they will interact on a daily basis to develop a research project and create a presentation. At the end of the program, each participant presents their research and findings. One of the benefits of the program is that students will have the opportunity to earn money for six weeks during the summer working with animals, plants, insects, machinery, scientific lab equipment, etc.
Students who might be interested should come to the Guidance Office for more information.

Young Americans are coming to Gainesville High School on Feb 23-25.

The Young Americans company of 50 staff, singers and dancers present a 3 day workshop program filled with music, dance and fun!!  The college - age members of The Young Americans are from throughout the usa and other countries around the world.  The workshop is aimed at providing an experience that brings every student enjoyment and benefit.  The first 2 days of the workshop are filled with classes, staging and rehearsal exercises (the students are placed into grade groups for ease in teaching and learning on appropriate levels).  On the 3rd day, the students perform with The Young Americans on stage in a concert for the community, featuring the students and their personalities, talents, and newly discovered abilities.
The Workshop is open to 4 - 12 grade students from Gainesville City Schools and Lakeview.

 Forms can be found at each school.  $57 total -  $47 plus $10 for a t-shirt
checks should be made payable to ghs theatre friends
To Culminate this exciting workshop, two performances will be held to showcase the talent of our participants and the young americans.  You won’t want to miss this high-energy, talent-filled production.
Saturday, February 25        2:00 PM
Saturday, February 25 7:00 pm
Pam Ware Performing Arts Center
Tickets:  Students & Seniors - $5.00
Adults - $8.00

 For more information about The Young Americans visit www.youngamericans.org.
The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Gainesville Area Employer Committee, Lanier Technical College and WDUN AM-FM radio will sponsor a Job Fair and Career Expo on March 28, 2012 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. The event will be held at the Georgia Mountains Center, located at 301 main Street, SW, Gainesville, GA 30501. Employers will share information about their company and recruit qualified job seekers.
The Beulah Rucker Museum and Brenau University's WBCX Radio will present African American Places of Hall County, beginning February 1st and running through February 29th in observance of Black History Month. 
As a follow up of the series, African American Achievers of Hall County Georgia, these are vignettes of historical establishments, recreational facilities, schools, or churches that no longer exist, but served as an integral part of the success of African Americans in the early years.  You can listen for these individual sites each day in the month of February,  multiple times daily on 89.1, WBCX-FM. Listeners will be surprised at what once stood in places that they pass on a daily basis.  February is traditionally celebrated as "Black History Month" and this 29 part series will celebrate the month, and honor these former places that was once in the African American community.
The vignettes will air multiple times daily, at 9:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.   The series was produced by Rojene Bailey, Volunteer Executive Director of the Beulah Rucker Museum, and researched by Linda Rucker Hutchens and Ella J. Wilmont Smith, authors of the Black America Series, "Hall County Georgia."  WBCX is located at 89.1 on your FM dial.
Additional programs offered in recognition of Black History Month by the Beulah Rucker Museum are "Movie Night At The Museum."  Each Tuesday evening in February we will show videos on the history of Gainesville and Hall County, and The African-American Journey and Experience to this country from 1450 through 1865. This is a great opportunity for the entire to learn some history of Gainesville, and African-American history in general. You will see documentaries on the Underground Railroad, The Tuskegee Airmen, and even local African American History on Palmour Street, and our namesake, Beulah Rucker...This is the perfect outing for the family, students, or anyone that wants to learn about the rich African American History......
The showings are free to the public on a first come first serve basis and seating is limited. You may also reserve your seat by emailing rojene@charter.net. Show times are 7 pm each Tuesday in February. The Beulah Rucker Museum is located at 2101 Athens Highway.... Movie Night at the Museum is every Tueday night,  February 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
For additional information, email Rojene at rojene@charter.net, or visit the web site at www.brmuseum.org.
The Drug Free Coalition of Hall County invites all middle and high school students in Hall County to participate in our face it… Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest.
The contest is designed to give groups of middle and high school students the opportunity to create and deliver innovative and effective substance abuse prevention video messages to their peers and the greater Hall County community.
Attached to this email are:
·         Video Contest Flyer
·         Video Contest Guidelines
·         Participating Group Information Form
·         Parental Permission Form
For further information and download these forms visit the Coalition website – www.faceitpeople.org
To schedule a face-to-face presentation for your group contact Lauren Markovich and Lana Wirsig at prevention@faceitpeople.orgor call the Coalition at 770-534-1080 x277.

Students in grades K-6 who participate in the online program Read to Succeed can earn a free ticket when they complete six hours of non-school-related reading.  Teachers with 10 or more students who complete the program also can earn free tickets.  Register at discoveryeducation.com/readtosucceed.  The deadline for registration is March 1, but teachers should register early to give students enough time.

Please consider joining the Gainesville Booster Club.  The Booster Club provided approximately $10,000 in funds last school year to the GCSS classrooms and sports that were not sanctioned by GHSA.  The membership drive is the sole source of fundraising for the club. The club needs your support.  For additional information, e-mail Karen.jackson@gcssk12.net
More than 20 scholarship funds are available for high school seniors graduating in 1012, as part of funds administered by the North Georgia Community Foundation.  Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria, according to a press release from the foundation, and awards vary in size depending on the amount available in each fund.  Last year more than $185,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 150 students in the 15 counties the foundation serves.  Application forms, eligibility information, and directions for applying for each scholarship are available on the scholarships page of the foundation’s website, www.ngcf.org/scholarships.  Applications will be accepted through March 1 unless otherwise specified. 
J. Geyer Advertising (located across the street from the high school) has letter jackets for sale with a 2 week turn-around.  For additional information contact  Lisa Geyer @ (770) 718-0062 or lisa@jgeyer.com.
The Boys & Girls Club is offering free membership for all high school students this school year. Please contact the Boys & Girls Club for more information.
The Hall County Quilt Guild is sponsoring the 2012 Chicken Festival Quilt Show and Contest for students grades 5-12.  The Show will be April 28 at the Georgia Mountain Center.  Students are encouraged to create a quilt wall hanging 20 inches by 20 inches.  The quilt must represent the quilter as a chicken.  For ex., a quilter who is a bus driver makes her quilt of a chicken driving a school bus or a student makes his/her quilt pertaining to school.  There will be prizes given to each age group and to the viewer’s choice.  The deadline is April 1, 2012.  For more information or questions contact:  Judy Wangemann @ 770-534-5861 or jartwang@yahoo.com.
Gainesville High School was well recognized at the Georgia Thespian Conference this past weekend.   Isaac Hopkins was awarded the top scholarship of $ 2,500 as well as having a staged reading of a scene from his latest original play TWEEN  THEM AND THOSE CHICKEN BOOTS which received rave reviews.Isaac and Lauren Carter received straight superiors for their duet acting selection from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and were selected to perform in the Closing Ceremonies Showcase before an audience of 3,200.  The 16 young ladies in "Cleaning Women" group musical  from WORKING  received straight superiors as did Abby Cooley in solo musical with "Come To Your Senses" from TICK! TICK! BOOM!
Evan Maine, Frank Preyer, Jake Graham, and Damion Graysonall placed this past weekend at sectionals to advance to the GHSA AAA State Wrestling Tournament held at the Gwinnett Arena this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 
The Gainesville Jaycees recently held their first ever football awards banquet.  GHS sophomore Deshaun Watson was named Player of the Year. 
The Times Athlete of the Week Honor Roll:
Shaquan Cantrell – 18 points in a win over Monroe Area
Colin Managhan – Fifth in the 200 individual dedley at State Swim Meet.
Andy Doan – Sixth in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 100 backstroke at the State Swim Meet.
Jake Graham-160 pounder finished fourth at the Class AAA East Sectionals
Frank Preyer -113 poinder finished fifth at the Class AAA East Sectionals
Damion Grayson – 220 pounder finished fifth at the Class AAA
East Sectionals
Evan Maine – 145 Pounder finished seventh at the Class AAA East Sectionals
Gainesville High School Star Student Cody Stephens gets a Full-Ride Scholarship to Emory University.
GHS Swimmer Colin Monaghan is 5th in the 200 Individual Medley and GHS Swimmer Andy Doan is 6th in 50 Yard Freestyle and 10th in 100 Yard Backstroke at the State Swim Meet
GHS grad Katie Connor is fashion editor for Marie Claire Magazine.
She is very involved in fashion week this week in NYC.  Her picture was in the New York Times.  Go to this site to see her.  She’s in the green skirt on the right.
GHS Boys Basketball Ends Season

GHS Girls Soccer 11-1 Over Lakeview Academy

Soccer vs. Flowery Branch

Soccer Is About to Begin
Fire Department Donates Hoses to GHS student for Eagle Project
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Locations Telephone Fax
School Board Office 770.536.5275 770.287.2019
508 Oak Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Centennial Arts Academy 770.287.2044 770.287.2047
852 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy 770.532.7711 770.287.2011
1340 Enota Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501
Fair Street IB School 770.536.5295 770.287.2016
695 Fair Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville Exploration Academy 770.287.1223 770.535.3798
1145 McEver Road Extension, Gainesville, GA 30504
New Holland Core Knowledge Academy 770.287.1095 770.718.9935
170 Barn Street, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville Middle School 770.534.4237 770.287.2022
1581 Community Way, Gainesville, GA 30501
Gainesville High School 770.536.4441 770.287.2031
830 Century Place, Gainesville, GA 30501
Wood's Mill Academy 770.287.2021
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
The International Center 770.536.0081 770.536.6771
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Wood's Mill Learning Academy 770.287.8751 770.287.8639
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Daycare 770.287.2024 770.287.2025
715 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
Maintenance & Bus Shop 770.536.8312 770.287.2008
816 Wood's Mill Road, Gainesville, GA 30501