Week of April 14-18, 2014

Wishing you a relaxing Spring Break!



On Monday, April 14 we will open our new car rider lane for arrival and dismissal. This new traffic pattern is due the high volume of parents bringing their children to school and picking them up in the afternoon. As always, I strongly encourage you to utilize bus transportation to and from school for your children.

We now have a 3rd entrance to our school. Please take notice that the new entrance is located at the power towers to the left of our school. This new driveway will be used between 7:45AM-8:15AM and 3:10PM-3:50PM. The other hours of the school day, please continue to use the original parking lot entrance to the school.

The new driveway has two one-way traffic lanes that are to be used. If you are coming to school using Arcado Road from Lilburn Stone Mountain Road you will turn left and use the left hand lane of the driveway. Coming down Arcado Road from Rockbridge Road, you will turn right and use the right hand lane of the driveway.

You will need to obey all traffic signs including the STOP sign where the new drive comes into the school parking lot. During arrival and dismissal a school employee will be at the intersection to direct traffic. It is imperative you watch and follow the directions. Failure to follow directions/commands could result in a traffic accident and ticketing by the police.

Again, this new traffic plan will begin Monday, April 14. We appreciate your patience as we learn how to manage and control this new plan.


Over the last few weeks, IMT has noticed concerns with the amount of bandwidth used on a daily basis. Gwinnett County Public Schools internet capacity reached its maximum on Thursday, March 27. Some of the sites using the most bandwidth are not linked as strongly to the instructional framework as others. We would like your help to resolve this issue without disrupting teachers' ability to innovate their lessons using technology. The impact of limited bandwidth will lead to the blocking of sites that could be seen as non-instructional, such as these listed here:

itunes video (and audio) streaming


These websites are also high usage and have been recommended for blocking


As online testing become more pervasive, it is essential that we limit disruptions to the internet. Thank you for your support monitoring and reducing the amount of unnecessary bandwidth usage.

Staff Development Opportunities for Teachers on the GTES Performance Standards

GTES Differentiated Instruction Standard Training

During this course participants will: explore the key components of Differentiated Instruction, examine the rubric connected with the Gwinnett Teacher Effectiveness System, complete a self-assessment identifying current practices, observe teachers in action and Identify next steps for your practice.

What: Self-paced Online Course, Course #12016

When: Ongoing

Where: Professional Learning Management System

GTES Academically Challenging Environment Standard Training

During this course participants will: explore the key characteristics of an academically challenging environment, examine the rubric connected with the Gwinnett Teacher Effectiveness System, complete a self-assessment identifying current practices, observe teachers in action and Identify next steps for your practice.

What: Face to Face Course (2 sessions), Section #13030

When: April 24, 2014 4:30 - 7:30 pm

May 1, 2014 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Where: Both sessions will be held at the ISC, Building 200, Collins Hill/Dacula Rooms

Support Staff Development Course Offerings

Participants will learn best practices for workplace interactions and use meaningful tools and resources to increase efficiency on the job. This course provides a foundation of fundamental skills necessary for all support staff to be successful.

What: Office Etiquette*

When: April 22, 2014 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Section #13627

Where: ISC Building 200, Central Gwinnett Room Rm 2.111

*Registrants meet face-to-face on April 22 and will have six weeks to complete online coursework.

14/15 Staffing Updates

Moving within the school:

Ann Rust- 2nd grade

Sarah Sauls- 2nd grade

Kristi Anderson- 3rd grade

Lydia Dartt- Gifted

New HIres:

Jessica Barrows- Kindergarten

Laura Stafford- Kindergarten

Laura Davis- 3rd grade


Angel Coleman- 2nd grade

Dr. Georgia Hubbard- 5th grade

Robin Finlayson- Art

Pink & Blue Cards

Placement cards will be provided to each classroom teacher again this year. Teachers, please support teachers new to Arcado in completing this task prior to class list development. You will receive the cards on Wednesday, April 30.

Class List Development Days

Monday, May 12- 2nd/3rd grade

Thursday, May 15- Kindergarten

Friday, May 16- 1st & 4th grade

GCPS: On Course for Continued Success?

Over many years, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) has earned the reputation as a high-performing school district that provides a quality and effective education for every student. To sustain our success, we must continuously review where we are and envision what the district must be in the future.

That is why GCPS is revisiting its vision, mission, and strategic goals this year. These foundational components of our strategic direction have served the district well for almost two decades, keeping us focused on the main thing— teaching and learning—

and pushing us to become better in all that we do. If we are to be a system of world-class schools that is responsive to 21st century demands, we must be sure our vision, mission, and goals remain relevant and resonate with our community.

That’s where you come in. GCPS invites you to help answer the question “Are we on course for continued success?” An online survey will be available through April 30. Please take the survey. If you don't have time now, you can visit the district's website and find the link there, as well. We look forward to hearing from you!

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