Level Creek eBLAST

Monday, November 16

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Media Center Changes

We have some big changes coming for students in the Media Center! We are currently in the middle of our technology retrofit which upgrades our computer hardware. We are very happy about this! Our teacher and student technology has been well loved and updated systems will help accelerate student learning.


In addition to classrooms, our Media Center technology has been retrofit. Our Level Creek PTA is updating additional technology and furniture. As a result, several projects will change the look of our Media Center in the coming weeks. We want you to know that the Media Center will remain open for students during this time.


We are excited about the new look of our Media Center and will hold an open house for parents and students upon completion. Thank you to parents and our PTA for the fundraiser which makes much of this possible and to the voters for voting YES for SPLOST which funds the technology retrofit!

Safety Changes

There will be several changes coming to Level Creek in January of 2016. First and foremost, the county will install a buzzer system which will be used to admit visitors to LCES. The doors will remain locked and a push of a button will let our clerks know that you are at the door. If you have a child at North Gwinnett Middle School then you are already familiar with this system. Again, our buzzer system will go live in January. We want to give you advance warning.


We are also reviewing changes to our visitor policy. We plan on keeping both the Front Office and downstairs Welcome Desk open. We will be reviewing possible changes with the LCES Safety Team, School Council, PTA, and the Suwanee PD before we implement them.


If you have questions, please call the front office. Thank you for your understanding of these changes as we work to keep our students safe.

Parent Survey

Dear parents,


If you have not already taken our brief, confidential survey, please take a moment to do so. We value your opinion! Gwinnett County Public Schools will use the results of this survey along with student achievement results and other school data to rank Level Creek for the 2016-2017 school year. This survey will be accessible through December 10th. Hard copies are available in the front office as well. Thank you!


Parent Survey Link

Media Center Volunteers

Do you like books? We need you to volunteer in the Level Creek Media Center! We need parent volunteers to help shelve books and for various other projects. If you are interested, please click on the link below to sign up. Thanks!


Volunteer Sign Up

Milestones

The following information regarding the Georgia Milestones Assessment was sent home Friday and is also here for your convenience.


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.


Sincerely,

Jonathan Patterson

Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support

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Art on the Chattahoochee Art Market Flyer (Information on the Graphic Design Contest)
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Contact Information

Level Creek Elementary

4488 Tench Road

Suwanee, GA 30024

(P) 770-904-7950

(F) 770-904-7952

www.levelcreek.org