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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Spring 2024 Essentials

Science Fair 2024

A Message from Dr. Calvin J. Watts

Celebrating Achievements and Looking Forward to a Bright Future

     As we wrap up the 2023-24 school year, I am filled with immense pride and gratitude for the incredible work done by our dedicated staff, supportive families, and engaged community members. Together, we have navigated through challenges, celebrated successes, and remained committed to providing the best education possible for each and every student in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS).

     This year has been particularly remarkable as we witnessed exceptional teaching and learning experiences across our schools. Our educators, instructional leaders, and support staff have gone above and beyond to create engaging classrooms, foster a love for learning, and ensure every student reaches their full potential. I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all our teachers, administrators, and staff for their unparalleled dedication and passion. As we reflect on the past year, it’s important to acknowledge the significant support we received through the ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds. These funds played a crucial role in addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic, enhancing safety measures, and providing additional resources to support student learning and well-being. While the ESSER funding period is coming to an end for all school districts across the country in September, the impact of these investments and of the pandemic itself will continue to be revealed for years to come.

     Looking ahead, I am excited about the future of GCPS. We remain steadfast in our commitment to academic excellence, equity, and inclusivity. Our focus on the whole learner will continue to be at the forefront of everything we do. Together, we will create a nurturing and safe learning environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.

     The 2024–25 school year will be year three of our five-year strategic plan, our halfway point in the Blueprint. With the 2024–25 school year data, we will be able to look for trends and identify opportunities to support improved student
outcomes and staff performance. Our focus in the 2024–25 school year will not be new initiatives or concerns. As the pandemic becomes firmly in place in our rearview mirror, we will concentrate our collective efforts and resources on college and career readiness, literacy proficiency, and safe and welcoming schools for each and every GCPS student.

     As we embark on the next chapter, let us carry forward the spirit of collaboration, resilience, and optimism that defines our community. I am confident that by working together, we will achieve our goals and provide our students with
the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world in the college or career that they choose. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. Together, we make GCPS a place where each and every child succeeds.

Staff Excellence Across the District

Teachers, leaders, and support staff inside and outside the classroom are recognized by their peers and professions across the county and throughout the state for excellence.

Throughout the year, GCPS recognizes our “OTYs”—our academic, school, and student support professionals in a variety of “…Of The Year” celebrations. These events shine a light on the dedication the winners—and all GCPS staff—show in supporting belonging, safety, and academic achievement for each and every student.

..of the Year Winners with Names

Join TeamGCPS

     GCPS’ teachers and staff are passionate about supporting students in their journey from Kindergarten to graduation.
If you’re passionate about teaching and want to make a difference in a community where you can grow, join TeamGCPS! Be part of a team of regionally and nationally recognized teachers and support staff who are dedicated to helping students succeed.
     The support of students and teachers is a priority in GCPS. Our district employs a variety of support personnel, such as substitute teachers, school nutrition staff, bus drivers, custodians, and paraprofessionals. We offer an outstanding benefits package and paid training for those who need it.
     Learn more about joining TeamGCPS on our website, or attend a job fair to decide which position might be the right fit for you. Explore our open positions and apply today!

It’s time to join the Kindergarten Squad!

     Do you have a rising Kindergartner or know someone who does? We’re looking forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students in the 2024–25 school year! All kindergarten students and all new students enrolling in Gwinnett County Public Schools need to register for the 2024–25 school year. Registration is online, and you can upload required documents instead of having to bring them to school. After your student’s online registration is complete, you will receive instruction on how to complete the enrollment process before the start of the school year at your child’s school. Your child’s school website is a great source of information for preparing your child for the Kindergarten classroom.

WHO: Parents or guardians of rising kindergartners—children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2024.
WHAT: Register your child for the 2024–25 school year in an easy, two-step process.
WHY: Completing online registration will help us be ready to welcome your new kindergartner and make sure your child is eligible for summer enrichment activities.
HOW: Much of the registration process, including the uploading of required documents, will be completed online. Visit the Kindergarten Registration page on the GCPS website.

You can view the 2024–25 School Calendar on our website and download a copy to help you prepare for the new school year! The first day of school next year is Monday, August 5, 2024 for all GCPS students.

Kindergarten Squad - Registration for the 2025 school year has begun!

Addressing Concerns at School

Addressing Concerns At School for Essentials

GCPS finds that the quickest and most effective way to resolve a concern regarding your child is by addressing it at the most direct level.
In our school district, we care about each and every student. We also believe that open and honest communication between parents and teachers is key to student success. Thank you for partnering with your child’s teacher and school to address any concerns.

  1. Teacher First, talk to your child’s teacher or a counselor at school for assistance. Most concerns are resolved at the classroom level.
  2. Assistant Principal If the concern is not resolved at the classroom level, please visit with your child’s assistant principal.
  3. Principal If working with the assistant principal does not adequately address the issue, please meet with the school
  4. Cluster Superintendent If the issue persists, please call 678-301-6000, and ask to speak to the cluster superintendent who is assigned to the school your child attends.
  5. Chief of Schools If, after following steps one through four, your concern has not been resolved to your satisfaction,
    please contact the Chief of Schools for School Improvement and Operations.

Other Resources

If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency criminal concern, please contact local law enforcement.

You can share safety concerns through the anonymous tip tool.

There are three ways to contact us without disclosing your identity:

  • Go to and complete the tip form.
  • Download the GCPS Tips app for your Apple or Android device and use it to communicate with school leaders. You do not have to provide your name.
  • Call 770-822-6513 or text GCPS to 738477 to help keep our schools safe!

Use the anonymous tip line options
…if you believe someone may be considering self-harm;
…if you think someone may be carrying a weapon, drugs, or alcohol on school property; or
…if you believe that you or someone you know have been the target of violence or threats, or have witnessed violent or threatening conduct by another person.

More options to stay connected

     This school year GCPS adopted ParentSquare, a school-to-home communication tool. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with your child’s school and Gwinnett County Public Schools.

     ParentSquare provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to receive and send information, such as:

  • Weather-related closings and delays
  • School and class information
  • Safety updates
  • Calendar items
  • Upcoming class activities

Information is sent to you via email, phone message, and/or text via ParentSquare. For even more convenience, download the ParentSquare app (available for free for iOS and Android devices). Parents can adjust the settings to control when they receive messages and notifications, and will receive the communication in the language indicated in the student information system.

ParentVUE/Parent Portal information

Now families can access enhanced ParentVUE, allowing for easier access to your student’s information in Gwinnett County Public Schools. The new look includes a tile view and access to Parent
Resources within ParentVUE.

If you haven’t already signed into the ParentVUE app, you can download it for free from the Apple App or Google Play stores.

ParentSquare Logo
ParentVUE Logo

Class of 2024

Congratulations to our seniors! In May, we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2024. Twenty-five GCPS Graduation ceremonies will be held from May 15 through May 27. The full calendar is available on the calendar page on the district website, and we cannot wait to celebrate with our students and families. Be sure to share your photos on social media using #GCPSClassof2024.

Celebrate the Class of 2024 on social media by using #GCPSClassof2024

Spring is the Season to Recognize our Students

Amy Fillippone of North Gwinnett HS is the 2024 Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Student of the Year.

Parv Mahajan, from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and Jillian Vacha, of North Gwinnett HS are Gwinnett County’s 2024 STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student award winners. This honor recognizes seniors ranking in the top 10 percent of their class with the highest SAT score. Student honorees choose a teacher who has significantly impacted their academic journey. Parv selected Julia Rachkovskiy, and Jillian chose Andrea Boyce as her STAR Teacher.

Keep up with spring student honors, scholarship winners, and more under the News section at

Connect to Your School

  • The most important tool for connecting to your school is the ParentSquare app, available from the App Store or Google Play Store. ParentSquare provides two-way communication between families, schools, and the school district.
  • Keep up with news and events on the district and school websites and social media. Find links to the district social media accounts at the bottom of the district website.
  • Watch for weekly email newsletters sharing district news, students and staff celebrations, GCPS TV programming, GCPS  Links, "Coffee with Calvin" segments, and more! You can find current and archived GCPS newsletters in the District News and Communication on the district website.
  • Download the GCPS TV app. Catch GCPS TV on Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, and Roku devices, or stream online at

Spring 2024 Essentials Featured Topic

Have you heard of E-SPLOST? E-SPLOST is a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for education. One-cent is added to every retail purchase made in Gwinnett County, funding capital projects like buildings, furnishings, buses, and computers for the school district. Learn about the improvements that have been made around the district using the E-SPLOST funds.

With the General Primary and Nonpartisan elections approaching, it's important for constituents to exercise their right to vote. Learn how and where to register to vote. Are you unsure of your registration status? We've added information on where you can check your registration status.

Learn more about the E-SPLOST Spring 2024 Update