Orenda Superintendent Newsletter

March and April 2023



2023-24 Draft School Calendars

The 2023-24 Draft School Calendars are posted on each campus website and on the district website here.

There are a few changes to the school hours, which are listed at the bottom of each school calendar, so that bad weather make-up minutes are already planned into each calendar to be used to make-up the first two bad weather days. The scheduled bad weather days will only be used for days beyond the first two if we are not able to get a waiver for those days.

ESSER 6-Month Review Survey

Under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, schools are required to review their Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan each six months with stakeholder input. We are asking our staff, students, and parents to participate in a short ESSER Survey to get feedback on our “Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of

Services Plan”. Responses to this survey are due by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 12,


GCPS - Phase 4 Construction Update

Much has changed since we first rolled out construction plans for a new high school annex...a slowing economy, changes in local governing permits, etc. Please take a moment to watch the latest update regarding summer construction on the Gateway Prep campus.

What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination, AVID, is a a college readiness system implemented in K-12 at Gateway College Preparatory, Nolan Creek, and Kingsland Schools. Students learn study skills, notetaking, organization, goal setting, time management, and college readiness such as researching colleges and careers, writing college essays, and completing college applications and financial aid. Teachers implement learning strategies in the areas in of writing, inquiry, reading, organization, and collaboration to build the skills needed for not only K-12 but for postsecondary training, education, and the workforce.
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AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction

Gateway College Preparatory School was recently honored as having been certified as an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction for grades 9-12. An AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction represents the highest level of AVID implementation demonstrating excellence in instructional practice and the promotion of college readiness school wide. To become an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction, 60 percent of teachers need to be certified as AVID Center-trained, school leadership must be actively involved in the workings of the AVID site team and AVID strategies must be routinely used across content areas. Gateway College Preparatory School has been implementing AVID since 2013.

Nolan Creek, Kingsland, and Gateway College Preparatory grades K-8 are all certified AVID Elementary campuses, which is highest level currently available for AVID K-8 programs.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

April 7 - Orenda District Office and All Campuses Closed for Good Friday/Spring Holiday

April 17 - Orenda Board Meeting 5:30 pm at Gateway College Preparatory School
April 18-21 and April 25-28 - State Testing Days