Greene Notes

News & Notices from Team Tigers

From the Superintendent

It's Spring Break time! Congratulations on making it to the final 9 weeks of the school year. Your hard work, dedication to Greene County's children, and innovation in these extraordinary times have demonstrated once again that the Greene County School System's teachers and staff are some of the best around at educating, inspiring, challenging, and supporting students. It was just over a year ago that the COVID-19 pandemic closed our schools and our way of life completely changed. I am so grateful that today, in-person teaching and learning is going strong and the future looks a little brighter each day.

Thank you to all the staff members who will be giving up a portion of your Spring Break to facilitate Spring Intersession and continue addressing the learning loss caused by the pandemic. Recent research suggests that extending the school year through intersessions and summer school along with implementing high-dosage tutoring will be crucial to helping close the learning gap for our students most affected by the past year's disruption to their education.

Enjoy the break; I hope it is a safe, restful, and peaceful one.

- Dr. Chris Houston

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🌸 Spring Break!

Monday, March 29th, 7am to Friday, April 2nd, 5pm


Enjoy a well-deserved break and the beautiful weather, everyone!

🏫 National Assistant Principals' Week

Monday, April 5th, 7am to Friday, April 9th, 5pm


The first full week in April is National Assistant Principals' Week! Please take the time to express your special appreciation to:

  • Dr. Laurie Weaver, AP at GCPS
  • Mrs. DeAndra Lanier, AP at CMS
  • Mrs. Tanisha Wright, AP at CMS
  • Ms. Jessie Draper, AP at GCHS
  • Ms. Mariana Mansfield, AP at GCHS

for their leadership, the incredible work they do, and their impact on our students' success inside and outside the classroom.

⚕️ Vaccine 2nd Dose Day

Thursday, April 8th, 8am

All Schools

Greene County Health Department staff will return to our schools on Thursday, April 8th to administer the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to staff who received their first doses on March 9th.

💻 Distance Learning Day

Friday, April 9th, 8am

All Schools

Superintendent Houston has announced that Friday, April 9th will be a distance learning day for staff and students in order to eliminate the need for schools to locate already-scarce substitutes for anyone who may experience side effects from receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine dose on April 8th. If you have any questions regarding remote work or distance learning on April 9th, please contact your building leader.

🌿 FFA Spring 2021 Plant Sale

Wednesday, April 14th, 3:30pm to Friday, April 16th, 6pm

1002 South Main Street

Greensboro, GA

When: April 14-16, 3:30-6:00 p.m. each day

Where: Greene County High School Greenhouse (located behind the high school)

What: An assortment of summer annuals and vegetables planted by Greene College & Career Academy Basic Agriculture Science & General Horticulture Students!

• Geraniums

• Colias

• Wandering Jew

• Begonias

• Petunias

• Marigolds

• Tomatoes

• Banana Peppers

• Jalapeño Peppers


Monday, April 19th, 6pm

101 E 3rd Street

Greensboro, GA

You can click here to visit our Simbli site to view the meeting agenda on the Friday prior to the meeting.

📝 National Administrative Professionals' Day

Wednesday, April 21st, 8am


National Administrative Professionals’ Day recognizes the professionals who keep an office running smoothly every day. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Central to any organization, these professionals keep an office organized and efficient.

📖 District Professional Learning Day

Friday, April 30th, 7:30am

All Schools

Students will participate in distance learning at home while teachers participate in professional development sessions.

Alumni Spotlight: Claire Sanders

Claire Sanders, GTCHS Class of '01, is a Senior Political Lecturer in the Department of Government and Sociology at Georgia College in Milledgeville. Mrs. Sanders was recently featured in Georgia College Connection, the university's alumni magazine, for her role in local and national media coverage during the 2020 election season. In her appearances on these news outlets, she shared her expertise on Georgia's recent electoral transition, helped sort through incoming election night results, and discussed the state's legal challenges and recounts.

Classroom Spotlight: Marketing and Entrepreneurship with Mrs. Mize at GCHS

The Tigers’ Den store is up and running with Mrs. Kati Mize’s Marketing & Entrepreneurship students. The store is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during each of the three lunch periods. Store offerings have been researched by students, and they are coming up with new items frequently. In the Tigers’ Den you can find spirit shirts (short-sleeve, long-sleeve, and hoodies), masks, headbands, wristbands, snacks, drinks, water bottles, and much more. In addition to selling to students and staff during lunches, these students also operate a school-based apparel printing business that is located within the Tigers’ Den. Students design and make shirts, bags, and other apparel for various groups including sports teams, clubs, local businesses, church groups, and more.

During class when the store is not open, entrepreneurship students are learning all about starting a business and are working on ideas to start their own business. These future entrepreneurs recently had the opportunity to have a Google Meet with local entrepreneur, Kari Chitwood. Kari and her husband, Derek, started Empire South and Peach State Pride, both based out of Watkinsville. During her talk Kari told how they got started with their business, challenges they have faced, and gave advice for students who plan to open their own business.

School Nutrition News

Nutrition Director Mrs. Targie Folds shares a recent edition of the Georgia Student Wellness Newsletter that contains important information regarding adult wellness education, including the Total Worker Health Program from the CDC Workplace Health Resource Center.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended nationwide waivers that allow all Greene County students to continue to receive meals from the GCSS Nutrition Department at no cost through September 30, 2021. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Wraparound Program Virtual Brochure

The Wraparound Program now has an virtual brochure (click on the brochure image to view it) that tells the story of how Wraparound got started in our school system, how the program serves students via the Care Closet and Backpack Meal Program, and how the community can get involved by donating toward student needs on Purposity. Check it out and share the brochure with your friends!

Continuing Education Opportunity for Certified Staff

Piedmont College specializes in bringing graduate programs to schools using a Cohort model. They are now offering their off-campus cohorts fully online. The classes give you an opportunity to meet together in an online environment and/or to work independently.

They have two delivery options, synchronous and asynchronous, so that you can choose the best option for your schedule. All instructors hold terminal degrees (Ed.D., Ph.D.) and are either full time faculty from Piedmont, or real, live practitioners from schools and school districts.

Piedmont wants the work to be highly context-specific and applicable. Classes for the M.A. and Ed.S. will begin in the summer and fall 2021 semesters. Please see the links below if you are interested in joining one of the school's Zoom informational meetings to learn more.

Every Thursday through April 1st. Join Zoom Meeting at 4:30 pm

Every Monday through May 24th. Join Zoom Meeting at 5:30 pm

  • Contact Graduate Admissions for information on other ZOOM meetings at
  • Deadline to apply – April 15th for Summer semester; July 1st for Fall semester. Currently the admissions tests for the MA and EDS have been waived.
  • Click here for additional information on the programs.

Dr. Kathy Breithaupt, Professor of Education and Regional Program Coordinator, and Stephanie Austin Campbell from the office of Graduate Admissions will answer your questions and help you explore this option for your advanced degree. If you have questions about the program please contact Dr. Breithaupt at

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