The Keys To Learning

Special Edition November 2015

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Parkview Cluster Redistricting

The preliminary school boundary lines for the 2016-2017 school year will be published on Monday, November 16. The proposed redistricting maps do effect Arcado Elementary School.

The criteria for redistricting is current enrollment, existing identifiable boundaries, school locations, and student transportation.

The purpose of redistricting is to provide housing for the majority of students in standard classrooms, relieve overcrowding of schools, balance enrollment among schools, and when possible, minimize disruption of students.

As a member of the Arcado community you are invited to provide input on the proposed school boundary lines. Maps and School Boundary Input Forms are available on Gwinnett County Public Schools website, as well as our school website and front office.

In addition, you are invited to attend our next School Council meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 8:00AM in the cafeteria. At this meeting we will share the maps and will have input forms available.

Our parent representative, Mr. Tom Hinson, will be available at the School Council meeting to answer your questions.

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Georgia Milestones Assessment Release

Dear Gwinnett County Public Schools Parents and Guardians,

We anticipate the state will soon release system and school results from last year’s

administration of the Georgia Milestones Assessment which was taken in April of 2015. As you may remember, last spring was the first time our students took this new state assessment which took the place of the old Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and High School End of Course Tests (EOCT). Here are a few things to know about these results…

- Previously, with the CRCT and EOCT, student achievement was reported in three categories of achievement (Does Not Meet, Meets, or Exceeds). The Milestones results will be reported using four categories of achievement (Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner, and Distinguished Learner).

- Because the CRCT, EOCT, and Georgia Milestones are totally different tests, with different expectations and different scoring, you cannot compare scores between the tests.

- As the Georgia Milestones set higher expectations for student achievement, it is

likely that fewer students will achieve scores in the top achievement categories. This

does not mean that our students know less; it is simply a reflection that the achievement bar has been raised.

- As with any new assessment, we anticipate that scores will initially be lower than they will be in future years as students and teachers become more accustomed to the new test and its format.

- While system and school scores will be available initially, the school system has not received individual student reports. As soon as the district receives the individual student reports (possibly as late as the end of the semester) we will place this information in the Parent Portal. At that time, you will be able to go to your Parent Portal account to see your student(s) results.

Gwinnett County Public Schools is committed to providing students a quality education that helps them to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and careers. Ensuring that parents and the public are informed about how well our students are doing is a key piece to that success. As a district, we are looking forward to reviewing last year’s Milestones results, digging into what they tell us about our students, their achievement, and what we can do to help students achieve at higher levels. Thank you for your continued support of our students, our schools, and GCPS.


Jonathan Patterson

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support

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REMINDER Star Climate Survey

Parents, as part of our annual state accountability report, the GA Department of Education survey parents about their child's current school. The results are translated into stars, hence called the Star Climate Rating.

Our goal this year is to become a 5 STAR SCHOOL in the State of Georgia.

Will you please take a few minutes and complete this survey? Thank you so much!

Use the link below.

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New Buzz In System Effective Wednesday 11/11/15

We are excited to share that our new visitor management system is installed and we will begin using the new system Wednesday, November 11, 2015. The new system, which requires visitors to be “buzzed” into the school, is intended to enhance the safety and security of both students and staff by establishing greater door control at the primary entrance to the school.

So, what does this mean for you and your student?

1. During normal arrival and dismissal times, there will be no change.

2. Once the school day begins (8:15 am), our doors will be locked and visitors will need to press the bell button to gain entry to the school. (If your child arrives late to school, you must come to the office to sign in your child. Please do not drop off your child after the start of school and allow him or her to come to the locked entrance alone.)

3. Upon entering the school, visitors will follow our normal visitor procedure and sign in to receive a Visitor’s Badge.

4. When visitors are ready to leave, they should exit the school building through the main entrance and officially check out.

This is an example of your tax dollars at work as county SPLOST dollars are helping to fund safety initiatives. Our new visitor management system is just one more example of the proactive approach we are taking to ensure the safety of students, staff members, and campus visitors.

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