Instructional Resource Review Committee Applications Now Available
GCPS invites community members to participate in the resource review committee.
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is inviting parents and community members to apply for the district’s Instructional Resources Review Committee (IRRC), a group charged with evaluating print and digital instructional resources. Feedback from the IRRC and teacher reviews will be considered in the selection of resources to pilot in the district. This year’s IRRC will convene on Feb. 22 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center (ISC) located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee. Instructional resources will be reviewed for courses in the areas of Health (grades K-9), Mathematics (grades K-5 and select High School courses), Career and Technical Education (select courses in grades 6-12), and Social Studies (select elective courses in grades 9-12). Learn more about the IRRC and complete the application online. The deadline to submit completed applications is Jan. 24. instructional
Jamie Garcia Caycho, 1st Grade Teacher
Arcado Elementary School
7 years in education, all with GCPS
One of Jamie Garcia Caycho’s goals is to make learning accessible for all. She empowers students by providing opportunities for them to see their cultures and backgrounds represented in the
classroom as well as gain an understanding and appreciation of others’ cultures and backgrounds. She explains, “When children see examples of people that look, talk, or come from places just like them, that affirms that their own backgrounds are valuable and important. I use my students’ home languages to make connections to new concepts, vocabulary, content and skills.”
Mrs. Garcia Caycho has a first-hand understanding of the challenges many families face supporting their children academically as she and her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was seven years old. As a result of her experiences, she decided to take action when she saw that Hispanic students in her school were underperforming in academic areas in comparison to other groups of students. She explains, “Knowing that I have a unique advantage of speaking Spanish fluently, I initially thought of hosting parent workshops for my class in Spanish, but, through collaboration with my colleagues, this idea transformed into something bigger and better.”
Her initial outreach to her administration led to the establishment of a parent outreach program called H.E.R.O.E. (Hispanos Esforzandose por Resultados, Oportunidades, y Exito, which translates to Hispanics Making Efforts for Results, Opportunities, and Success). The outreach program consists of administrators, ESOL teachers, the parent liaison, and Mrs. Garcia Caycho and encompasses professional learning for teachers as well as community-building and instructional support for families.
“Throughout the year, the school hosts H.E.R.O.E. nights for families to share dinner, build relationships with school personnel, and participate in workshops led by teachers, all in Spanish,” Mrs. Garcia Caycho says. “These workshops provide families with important information, lessons, tools, and resources that they can use to support their children at home and overall become more involved in school.”
The Free and Reduced Meals Program is more than just breakfast and lunch. The program provides additional funding (money) to the school to support students and their education as well as funding for technology and internet access for students in class and at home. We encourage parents of eligible students to apply as soon as possible http://bit.ly/GCPS-FRMeals
El Programa de Comidas Gratuitas y Reducidas es más que solo desayuno y almuerzo. El programa proporciona fondos adicionales (dinero) a la escuela para apoyar a los estudiantes y su educación, así como fondos para la tecnología y el acceso a Internet para los estudiantes en clase y en casa. Le pedimos a los padres de estudiantes elegibles que apliquen lo antes posible. http://bit.ly/GCPS-FRMeals
Our Car Rider Line is a
NO CELL PHONE ZONE
Students Arriving to School by Car
- Cars are not to enter the parking lot before 7:45am. The parking lot is reserved for teachers and staff until 7:45am. This allows time for staff to arrive to work and be able to find a parking space.
- All cars are to enter campus via the gravel driveway to the left of the school building.
- The gravel driveway is one way. This driveway is an entrance NOT an exit.
- The gravel driveway is a 2-lane drive. The purpose of the 2 lane is to minimize traffic on Arcado Road in the morning.
- Do NOT park in the grass to the side of the gravel driveway. This is NOT A DROP OFF OR PARKING SITE.
- When the school bell rings at 7:45am, cars can begin to enter the parking lot with caution.
- Go with the flow of traffic and pull all the way up behind the car in front of you. We have signs labeled...A, B, C, D, E, F, G, h. Use these signs as directional sign.
- DO NOT get out of your car! Allow the staff to assist your child out of the car.
- Have your child ready to exit the car when you have stopped at the sidewalk.
We know that by following these expectations while on our school campus will allow for a smooth arrival for students, parents, and staff.
Student Password ResetOn July 23, 2021, your student’s password was reset to reflect their birthday. To access the student portal, your student will be required to type their numeric birthday in the password field using two digits for their birth month, two digits for their birthday, and four digits for their birth year. For example, if your student’s birth occurred on June 9, 2015, their reset password would be 06092015.