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Gilbert Public Schools Family Newsletter | February 2, 2022

Message from the Superintendent

Dear GPS Parents and Families,

Welcome to February 2022! I continue to be impressed by the dedication and commitment of our students, staff, and families during this school year. Our focus continues to be on keeping our students at the center of everything we do, and your partnership in this means a great deal.

Please read this latest edition of our family newsletter for celebrations, updates, information, and valuable resources for you and your student(s). Thank you, as always, for your continued support, we appreciate you!


Shane McCord, Ed. D.


Gilbert Public Schools

Connect - Create - Care

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Gilbert Gold celebrates everything that makes Gilbert Public Schools such a special place to be. Gold stories highlight the many accomplishments of our students, employees, and community.

GPS elementary and junior high students compete in District Spelling Bee

The annual competition went for 27 rounds at Campo Verde High School. | Read more

GPS Family Resource Center making a difference in the lives of students and employees

The center provides basic necessities and more for struggling GPS families and youth on their own. | Read more

Mesquite High students celebrate their heritage at the school’s first-ever Latin America Fest

Students shared their cultural history and more with their classmates. | Read more

Valley radio station honors Highland Junior High School band director

Chip Durham was named the “Fulton Homes and 94.5 KOOL-FM Favorite Music Teacher of the Month.” | Read more
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Governing Board Brief - February 1, 2022

The Governing Board met for a scheduled 'Work-Study and Brief Board Business Meeting' on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | Read more

Arizona Aggregate Expenditure Limit

Information regarding the Aggregate Expenditure Limit | Read More

Gilbert Public Schools partners with Engage Arizona and Graduation Alliance

Gilbert Public Schools is proud to announce our partnership with Engage Arizona and Graduation Alliance. This is a referral program free to GPS High School students and families designed to help struggling students re-engage with school, attendance, and get back on track for graduation. We will be referring students to the program, or if you think this may help your student, please reach out to your child's school guidance counselor. Graduation Alliance will be reaching out by phone, email, text, and social media. If you hear from them, please know that we are partnered together and care about your student. You are not required to accept these services, but we encourage you to give it a chance; they have an excellent success rate. | Read more

Curriculum Adoption Pilot and Public Review

In early 2021, Gilbert Public Schools’ Curriculum Department began the process to adopt new curriculum resources for both Secondary English Language Arts and Mandarin in grades seven through twelve. Last night the Governing Board granted approval to begin a pilot and open a 60-day public review for the following recommendations:

English Language Arts 7- 12: Savvas Learning Company - My Perspectives

Mandarin: Carnegie Learning - Zhen Bang

Teachers who will be participating in the pilot will be notifying families directly. In addition, the curriculum resources will be available for public review, and we would like to welcome all families and community members to participate in providing feedback.

Public review displays will be available starting February 18th at the following locations:

7-12 English Language Arts

  1. District Office Building B Lobby

  2. Campo Verde High School Front Office

  3. Desert Ridge Junior High School Front Office

  4. GPS Global Academy

7-12 Mandarin

  1. District Office Building B Lobby

  2. Gilbert High School Front Office

  3. Greenfield Junior High School Front Office

Frequently asked questions can be found on the Curriculum Department website that will include a space for addressing additional questions as needed. This will be a growing document to effectively communicate with our community.

THRIVE - Complete Your FAFSA

The Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) provides more than $120 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds every year to help pay for college or career school. State governments, many colleges, and career schools may also use FAFSA information to award their aid. | Read more

Celebrating CTE Month

February is Career & Technical Education (CTE) month. The national celebration honors the value of CTE programs across the country. Gilbert Public Schools offers students at our five comprehensive high schools the chance to explore their career interests through CTE programs like Digital Photography, Sports Medicine, AgriScience, and more. Many of our CTE classes are also available for high school and community college credit. | Read more

Arizona School Tax Credits

As an Arizona taxpayer, you have the unique opportunity to redirect a portion of your state tax dollars to support public education. The credit allows you to contribute $200 per individual tax return or $400 per joint tax return to any school's extracurricular program. You can make your tax contribution now through April 2022. | Read more

No-Cost COVID-19 Testing Available

We want to remind our GPS students, families and staff that no-cost COVID-19 testing is available to the community at the GPS Global Academy drive-thru site located at 55 N Greenfield Road during the week, and a new Maricopa County testing site at Mesquite High on the weekends. | Read more
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