Gainesville City Schools

Elephant Tracks 8/17/12

Gainesville City Schools Celebrating 120 Years of Educating our Students
Established 1892 

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8/18 Joy Ministry Respite Hopewell Baptist Church 4:00
8/19 NEGA History Center Family Day Cherokee of NE Georgia 1-4 (See Below)
8/19 Teacher Appreciation Day at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center 11-6
8/20-9/28 Elementary School Pretest Window
8/20 School Board Meeting SBO Board Room 6:00 pm
8/23 6-12 Academic Coaches Meeting @ SBO 3:00 pm

        K-5 Academic Coaches Meeting @ Centennial 4:00 pm
8/17 Summer Readers Donut Breakfast Media Center
8/20-9/28 Elementary School Pretest Window
8/21 PTA Board Meeting 11:30 am

8/17 Attendance Team Meeting 9:00 am
        Fire Drill 1:45
8/20-9/28 Elementary School Pretest Window
8/20 Grade Level/Team Planning Meetings 3:00

8/21 Leadership Team Meeting 3:00
        PTA Meeting Media Center 7:00 pm
8/22 TKES Pre-Evaluation Conference Meetings During Planning
        Permanent Records Afternoon Checkout 3-5

8/23 Action Team Meetings 3:00
        Governing Council Meeting in Media Center

8/20-9/28 Pretest Window
8/22 Fire Drill 1:30
8/23 School Governing Council 11:00 am

        Student Council Meeting 1:00-1:30 Lower School Library
8/20-9/28 Elementary School Pretest Window
8/20-24 Common Core Collaborative Lesson Planning
8/20 Leadership Meeting 7:15 am
8/21 – 23 Intern Interviews

8/20-9/28 Elementary School Pretest Window
8/20 Math Pretest Week

        Boys and Girls Club Afterschool Begins
8/21 Leadership Team Meeting 2:30
8/22 Faculty Meeting 2:45
8/23 PLC for Grades 3, 4, and 5
8/24 PLC for Grades K, 1, and 2


8/13-9/7 Pretest Window
8/22 Volleyball @ Flowery Branch 6:00 pm
        Softball @ Flowery Branch 6:00 pm
8/23 Volleyball Habersham @ GMS 5:00 pm
        Softball vs. Habersham @ GMS 5:00 pm

8/24 Volleyball @ North Hall Middle 6:00 pm
        Softball @ North Hall Middle 6:00 pm
8/25 Volleyball All League Jamboree 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00

8/10-8/17 Pretest Window

8/17 SLO Pretest
        Underclass Portraits 9:00 am
        Freshmen Boys Meeting 9:50 am
        Varsity Softball vs. Mountain View @ W. Jackson Park  5:30 pm

        Varsity Football Scrimmage at Creekview 7:30 pm
8/18 Varsity Softball vs. Dacula @ W. Jackson Park 8:30 am
        Varsity Softball vs. Dawson County @ W. Jackson Park 12:30
8/20 D Day-All School Rules Are to be Enforced Fairly

        JV Softball vs. Lakeview @ Lanier Point 5:30 pm
        Band Parents” Meeting  HS Band Room 6:00 pm
8/21 Faculty Meeting Media Center 3:40-4:15

        Varsity Softball vs. Clarke Central @ Lanier Point 5:55 pm
8/22 Make-up Faculty Meeting Room 105 7:30-8:00
        JV Softball vs. North Hall @ Lanier Point 5:30 pm
8/23 Varsity Softball @ Salem 5:55

8/24 Freshmen Friday & the FreshStart Program 2:00 pm
        Softball South Forsyth JV Tournament @ Fowler Park
              North Gwinnett 5:45 pm  North Forsyth 7:30 pm
        Back to School Dance Frances Meadows Center 8:30 -11:00

8/25 Chattahoochee 10:15 am  Woodstock 12:00 Noon  Cambridge 3:30 pm
8/26 Open House 2-4

8/17 Leadership Team Meeting 7:30 am
Creekview High School - Go Dawsonville Highway (GA-53) for 9.6 miles.  Turn left onto Keith Bridge Road.  Go 9.0 miles.  Turn slight left onto Dahlonega Highway/GA 306.  Continue on GA-306.  Take a slight  right onto Canton Highway/GA 20 and go 9.7 miles.  Turn left onto Arbor Hill Road.  Go 2 miles.  Turn right onto Owens Store Road.  School will be approximately 1/2 mile.  1550 Owens Store Road.
35 miles. 
Flowery Branch High School-Take 985 South to Spout Springs Road exit.  Turn left at the end of the exit ramp.  Go 2.5 miles.  School is on left hand side of road.  6603 Spout Springs Road.

Fowler Park
-Go Hwy 53 Dawsonville Highway 9.9 miles.  Turn left onto Keith Bridge Road.  Go 6.6 miles.  Turn right onto Hwy 369 Brown’s Bridge Road.  Turn left onto US 19.  Go 8.7 miles.Take exit to GA 141/N. Peachtree Parkway.  Turn right onto Peachtree Parkway.  Turn left onto GA 9 S./Atlanta Highway.  Go 2.5 miles and turn left onto Carolene Way.  4110 Carolene Way, Cumming, GA.

Lanier Pointe Park Softball Fields–
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.  Go to the end of the road for the softball fields.

Salem High School (Conyers)
- Go 985 S. to I-85 S.  Take Exit 95A to I285 Bypass.  Go 12.1 miles and merge onto I20 East.  Go 17.5 miles.  Take Exit 84 (GA 164/Salem Road).  Turn right on Salem Road.  Go 2.2 miles.  Turn right onto Old Salem Road.  Go .9 miles and turn left onto Underwood Road.  Go .6 miles.  3551 Underwood Road, Conyers is on the right.

West Jackson Park
-Go Atlanta Highway-GA 13 South for 4.8 miles.  Turn left on GA 53.  Go 11.9 miles.  Turn right on W. Broad Street. Go .4 miles.  Turn right onto Cabin Drive.  374 Cabin Drive, Hoschton, GA is on the right.

The Gainesville City Board of Education will have a regular board meeting onMonday, August 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the School Board Office located at 508 Oak Street.    The board agenda is located on the district website under "School Board Governance System" and will be available for public viewing on Friday at 4:00 p.m.


  a.  Retirement Recognition - Rebekah Whelchel (Gainesville Exploration Academy)

  b.  Class of 1954 Grand Reunion Organizers: Bruce Glover, Anne Ledford Hicks, Bronnez Thompson Hudgins, Kenneth Hudgins, Margaret Elrod Nichol

  c.  BOE Recognition of Heroic Actions: Wendy Clements (Centennial Arts Academy)

  d.  Recognition for Fifth Grade Honor Chorus Musical Production: Fancy Pettit (Centennial), Sheila Rogers (Enota), Insun Ko (Fair Street), Amber Brock (GEA), Tammy Miller (New Holland), Jodi Graham (GMS), Portia Burns (GMS); Julia Hamilton (GHS), and Bobby Ivey (Brenau University)

  e.  Recertification for Construction Program - Darrell Lucas (GHS)

  f.  GA High School Football Daily "10 Best Coaching Hires since 2000" - Coach Bruce Miller (GHS)

  g.  Sunbelt Athletic Association Hall of Fame - Wayne Vickery

  h.  Finalist for the 2012 Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders - Pam Ware (GHS)

  i.  Newtown Florist Club Girls Leadership Program

  j.  Generation Inspiration Graduates: Anthony Divangracia, Gerado Flores, Kash Jones, Alexis McGarvey, Justin Owens, Kacie Wimpye, Diordre Rias, Austin Grabeal, Dameon Greyson, Jack Comisky, Christin Wright, Kimberly Casas, Katy Clements, Diego Gonzalez, Alexis Smith, Gerardo Gonzalez, Jasmine Rucker, and Mr. Ashley Bell (founder)

  k.  Back Pack Program: Chase Andrews, Executive Director of Variety of Georgia

  l.  Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program for 2012-2013: Gainesville Exploration, New Holland and Fair Street

  m.  Board Commendations
Elementary Schools              7:30-2:30
GMS                                       8:20-3:30
GHS                                        8:30-3:30
August 10
November 10
February 10
May 10
The Gainesville Athletic Club will sponsor the Big Red Cup Golf Tournament benefiting Gainesville’s student athletes on September 28, 2012 at the Chattahoochee Golf Club.  To reserve your spot, contact Scott Collison at (770) 654-5520 or email scott.collison@charter.net.
The dedication of the P.K. Dixon Field House at Bobby Gruhn Field in City Park will be on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend.

Gainesville High School football season tickets will be available for purchase at the school’s main office from 11 am to 2 pm each weekday.  Tickets are $50.00 and cover admission to each of the Red Elephants’ five home games.
2012 GHS Varsity Football Schedule
Date Opponent Mascot Colors
August 30 (Thurs) West Forsyth Wolverines Navy/Gold
September 7 @Buford Wolves Green/Gold
September 14 *@Winder Barrow Bulldogs Black/Red
September 21 *Apalachee Wildcats Blue/Gold
September 28 *Heritage Patriots Red/Blue
October 5 *@Cedar Shoals Jaguars Blue/Orange
October 12 *@Salem Seminoles Crimson/Gold/Black
October 19 *Clark Central Gladiators Red/Gold
October 26 Bye    
November 2 *Loganville Red Devils Black/Red
November 9 *@Flowery Branch Falcons Red/Black
November 16 State Play-off Game 1  
November 23 State Play-off Game 2  
November 30 State Play-off Quarterfinals  
December 7 Semifinals  
December 14-15 Championships @ Georgia Dome  
  • All games start at 7:30 p.m.
  • Scrimmage at Creekview  August 17 at 7:30p.m.
  • *Denotes Region Games
                            JV Schedule        GMS Schedule
September 6 Flowery Branch @Davis Middle
September 13 @Clarke Central Clark Central
September 20 Cedar Shoals @Cedar Shoals
September 27 @White County  
October 4 @Habersham Central Habersham Central
October 11 Stephens County(6:30) Madison County (5:00)
October 18   @St. Pius (6:30)
October 25 @Cedar Shoals Cedar Shoals
  • All games start at 5:30 p.m unless otherwise noted.
The GHS Junior Class is sponsoring a tailgate on Thursday, August 30 from 5-7 at the Green Street Pool Parking Lot.  It will be catered by the Varsity.  A large meal (2 hotdogs, choice of fries or onion rings, and a soft drink) is $8.00 and a small meal (1 hotdog, choice of fries or onion rings, and a soft drink) is $6.50.  Fried apple and peach pies are available for $3.00 each.  You can get an order form at the Gainesville High School Office or for order form to be e-mailed to you, please e-mail beverly.nordholz@gcssk12.net.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County will expand after school programs to all five Gainesville City elementary schools this year with each site serving approximately 50 students.  For info:   www.boysgirlsclubs.com

SAVE THE NEW DATE:  The Athletic Club’s Third Annual Stomp and Chomp will be on Saturday, October 20th at the event center of the new Scott’s on the Square (the old Pilgrim-Estes Building on Bradford.  The first two year’s contribution to the Gainesville City sports programs has been around $50,000.  Over 250 people attended the event both of the first two years.  If anyone is interested in buying a table or donating an item for the live or silent auction, please contact Kris Nordholz at knordholz@fullmedia.com.

Teacher Appreciation Days at the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center

Sundays, August 19 and 26
Receive 1 Free Admission with Teacher ID

Northeast Georgia History will have their August Family Day on August 19  from 1-4 pm.  The theme is The Cherokee of Northeast Georgia.  Activities include shooting a bow and arrow, making dart and blowgun, sample Cherokee foods, pounding corn, and more.  There will be a Scavenger Hunt which begins at 2:00 pm.  Exhibits are the Cherokee alphabet/syllabary, the seven Eastern Cherokee clans, and pre-tribal Georgians.  You are invited to visit the Land of Promise in the galleries and Chief White Path’s cabin, which has recently been restored to represent the early 1800’s.   Free admission  is courtesy of North Georgia Eye Clinic and Laser Center.

Beginning in August, the History Center is offering a new series of hands-on classes or workshops focusing on skills and practices from the past. We are pleased to announce that Dean Smith, folk naturalist, is the instructor.  Classes are scheduled for the 3rdSaturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m., August through December, 2012.  Each class has a different topic.  Register in advance to assure your space in the class.  Walk-ins are accepted for classes if all spaces are not filled beforehand.   There is a fee for attending each class, which covers supplies and other expenses; the fee varies by subject matter.  History Center members receive preferential rates for each of the classes.  Though the classes are geared toward adults, children older than 10 years are permitted to attend.  The class size is limited to twelve.  First come, first reserved. We appreciate your prompt response.  If you have questions, please contact Julie Carson at 770-297-5900 or jcarson@brenau.edu

For all your runners out there or anyone that has been affected by cancer in any way, please consider participating in the Kickin' Cancer 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run to be held at Crow's Lake on October 13, 2012.  It will be inn honor of Norah Cornett (3) who was diagnosed with Type ALL B Leukemia, as well as, Mary Jo Lathrop and Kale Corbett. Norah’s uncle is Steven Cornett currently a teacher at GHS and her grandmother is Linda Cornett, former GCSS teacher. Her great-uncle Steve Wilson is a former GHS football coach. All proceeds will be going towards the fight against Leukemia and Ovarian Cancer. You can sign up on http://www.active.com/running/jefferson-ga/kickin-cancer-5k-2012or you can also see information on www.facebook.com/KickinCancer5k.

Start: Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
Additional Date Information

9:30am - Fun
10:15am - 5K
Crows Lake
155 Crows Lake Drive Jefferson, GA
5K & Fun Run - $25 until 10/8, $35 therefater
No Shirt - $15

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September 18th
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Flat Creek Reclamation Facility Training Room
2641 Old Flowery Branch Road (off of Memorial Park)
55 gallon Rain Barrels are $35 with workshop attendance
Barrels equipped with spigot, overflow adapter, and debris filter
Registration is REQUIRED-please call Jennifer Flowers at 770-532-7462 or email Jflowers@gainesville.org

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Free Lunch Program Saves City Time and Money

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Softball Season Starts

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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