Greene Notes

News & Notices for Team Tigers - December 2022

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From the Superintendent

Greetings GCSS Team,

Thank you all for your contributions that have made 2022 a successful year! Mark Twain said "the secret of getting ahead is getting started" and we created a solid start to achieving our goals for this school year. This is a time for gratitude as we count our many blessings over the past year. As I reflect on all that I am grateful for this year, our GCSS family is top of mind.

I am inspired by all of you, our outstanding staff who work incredibly hard every day for the success of our students; I am grateful for the ongoing support of our parents, families, and community partners to ensure student achievement; and I am thankful for every GCSS student for their resilience and dedication to growth. Student success is a team effort, and we each play a critical role in ensuring the district mission and vision is realized for every student to create a thriving future for themselves and their community.

I wish you and your family a restful and safe holiday break, and a very Happy New Year!

GCHS hosts Winter Wonderland at Greene College & Career Academy for pre-k and primary school students

Students from Greene County Primary School and CBJ Preschool enjoyed a magical Winter Wonderland at Greene County High School on Dec. 8th! Students decorated ornaments and gift bags, enjoyed face and hand painting in the art lab, took photos with Santa in the audio/visual technology lab, decorated Christmas cookies in the culinary lab, colored Christmas coloring sheets in the school cafe, wrote letters to Santa in the library, and watched The Polar Express! Thank you to all of our students in the Greene College & Career Academy and their teachers for creating such a wonderful holiday experience for the younger students. Watch the video below, produced by GCCA Audio Visual Technology & Film pathway students, to view magical moments and smiles from Winter Wonderland, and click here to view more photos.
GCHS Winter Wonderland 2022

STEM Highlight: GCSS Student Technology Competition

In conjunction with the Georgia State Technology Competition, the Greene County School System held a district-wide Student Technology Competition for all students in Grade 3-12. The students completed a technology project in one of 14 categories and competed against projects in their grade classification. Students could create a project on their own or they could partner with one other student. We had 38 projects submitted and 58 participants in grades 5-9 submit a project for judging. On December 2, each project was scored and the winners were announced in the buildings on Wednesday, December 7.

Winning projects included stop-motion animation, 3-D design, composition of original music using online programs, graphic design, creation of an interactive internet game, and more! Our winning projects are invited to the Regional Student Technology Competition on January 21 in Barrow County to compete against winners form other schools in our region. If a project wins at Regional, they will be invited to the State Competition in March at Kennesaw State University.

We would like to thank all of the students for participating and the teachers that embraced this opportunity for their students to use our technology to create and learn something new about technology. We look forward to taking our large group of winners to Barrow County for the Regional competition. A special thanks to our media specialists, instructional coaches, and district office staff for judging the projects.

December Parent University Recap

We had a great turnout for Parent University at GCHS on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. Parent University is designed to equip parents with tools & knowledge to help their children succeed in school. Attendees heard an inspiring keynote message from Dr. Stephen Peters (retired superintendent and author of One: A Process for Success for Every One and Everyone) as well as breakout sessions on digital citizenship, student behavior and academic success, literacy and Title III for English learners, a health and wellness session from our DPH partners, and more. Congratulations to our door prize winners who took home gift cards and other prizes! The next Parent University session will be on February 11, 2023.

Reminder: Certified staff Letters of Intent form due January 3rd!

As we begin planning for the 2023-2024 school year, it is important that we know the intentions of our current teachers and other certified employees. Please complete your letter of intent for the coming school year by completing the short survey by accessing the link below this message. Remember that the letter of intent is used as a planning tool and is non-binding for both the employee and the school system. Your response is appreciated!

When you complete the survey, you will need to enter your GCSS employee number. This is to verify that the proper person is completing the form. If you do not know your employee number, it is listed on the top left-hand corner of your payroll stub accessed through SoftDocs, or from yourprincipal or supervisor.

As part of the survey, you may indicate whether you would like to remain in your current position or transfer to another school. Keep in mind that any transfers will be contingent upon available positions, programmatic needs, certification of the employee, and other factors.

Please complete the Letter of Intent by the end of the workday on January 3rd, 2023.

As always, thank you for the service you provide to the children of Greene County. I hope you have an amazing break and awesome second semester!

Russell H. Brock, Ed.D.

Executive Director of Human Resources and Student Services

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

December 19, 2022-January 2, 2023

System Closed for Holiday Break

All schools and the District Office will be closed for Holiday Break.

January 3, 2023

Teacher Workday/Student Holiday

This is a teacher workday for staff and holiday for all students. (Letters of Intent form for certified staff due by the end of the day.)

January 4, 2023

Staff PL Day/Student Holiday

This is a Professional Learning day for staff and holiday for all students.

January 5, 2023

Students Return

Students return to school from Holiday Break.