Building opened: June 1, 2010
First day of school: August 9, 2010
Dedication ceremony: October 24, 2010
2010-2015-Dr. Dot Schoeller
2015-present-Dr. Michele Smith
Teacher of the Year
2014- Andrea Dougherty
2015- Stephanie Smith
History of Jenkins Elementary School
Jenkins Elementary School is named after Bartow Jenkins, former teacher, coach, and mayor of Lawrenceville. It was established in 2010 as a Title I school and opened for 950 students on August 9, 2010. The initial staff roster included 95 people under the leadership of Dr. Dot Schoeller, Principal. The selected faculty and staff made a surprise walk-through visit at the first faculty meeting that was held on May 2, 2010. The first team-building working retreat at the school was held on June 2-3, 2010. The first community open house to see the building was held on July 19, 2010. In honor of Bartow Jenkins, on October 24, 2010, the building dedication ceremony was held with the Gwinnett County School Board, Lawrenceville City Officials and his family members The 2nd graders sang the national anthem and the chorus sang an inspirational song. The first PTA sponsored fall festival was held on October 30, 2010. It was a fun time with hay rides, trunk or treat, a costume parade, face painting, and lots of sports activities. The first international night was held on January 27, 2011 with over 600 people attending! Each grade level presented writing pieces and art work for a different region of the world. Food tasting was a big hit in each region as families toured the different region presentations.
Jenkins Elementary has acquired exemplary academic success since it opened in 2010 as a result of the hard work of the teaching staff and strong collaboration connections amongst all professionals. Jenkins Elementary has also been identified as a high performing Title I school achieving student achievement results categorized amongst the top 15% of Gwinnett elementary schools. Jenkins has hosted numerous eCLASS visits for other schools to see technology integration in action. Several teachers have hosted other local schools for classroom observation and have served as model classrooms. Teachers are often video taped for the county's teacher connection web site and for modeling best instructional practices. Through higher level partnerships, Jenkins serves as a host elementary school for student interns at various universities to learn and complete their student internships.
Dr. Michele Smith was appointed to Principal in 2015 and Jenkins the motto of "Creating the Path and Leading the Way" continued..... Jenkins went to higher heights and was acknowledged the focus of teaching and learning expanded towards earning the 2016 Bronze Governors Award from the Office of Student Achievement Greatest Gains under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System, 2017 GOLD Governors Award from the Office of Student Achievement Greatest Gains under Georgia's Single Statewide Accountability System, 2016 Bronze Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll Award, 2017 Gold Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll Award, 2018 Platinum Governor's SHAPE Honor Roll Award, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Green & Healthy Schools Achievement Award, GCPS district level acknowledgements for closing the achievement gap and positive perception feedback from parents and community partners. As the legacy of Bartow Jenkins continues to reign with building strong communities, Jenkins Elementary continues to stay focused on teaching and learning and striving for excellence in everything we do.