GCSS Community Update

Greene County School System News & Notes for the Community

In this Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • BOE wins state Exemplary Board designation
  • 2022 Annual Report
  • GCHS & Pre-K kick off Pen Pal mentoring program
  • Get to know the Teachers of the Year
  • How to Get Involved
  • Upcoming Events & Important Dates

From the Superintendent

Welcome to our brand-new Community Update newsletter! This newsletter is designed to share updates about the Greene County School System’s activity and achievements with those in the community who may not be directly involved with our schools. However, we would love for you to become involved by volunteering as a Reading Buddy or participating in our after-school programs! Check out the volunteer opportunities we have available in the Get Involved section of this newsletter. Please share this email with your communication circle and encourage them to sign up on this form so we can include them on our mailing list for future updates. We want as many community members to sign up as possible so no one is left out! Thank you for your support as we strive to educate, inspire, challenge, and support Greene County’s students.

Board of Education wins state Exemplary Board designation

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For a second consecutive year, the Greene County Board of Education has received the Georgia School Boards Association’s (GSBA’s) Exemplary School Board recognition, the highest award level in GSBA’S 3-tier Board Recognition Program.

The GSBA recognition program is designed to showcase best practices in school governance and leadership and requires a high level of commitment from school boards and individual members. GSBA recognizes good school board governance to foster educational community cultures in order to advance student learning and achievement. The ultimate goal is to provide a platform based on governance standards which challenges boards but creates a culture of success for students and communities. In order to obtain the Exemplary Board award, the Greene County Board of Education met a comprehensive set of criteria set forth by GSBA.

“The process of obtaining this award really began with the implementation of our district strategic plan, which requires continuous improvement by the Board of Education in the form of training on legal issues, board ethics, school finance and state funding, equity, and more,” said Dr. Chris Houston, Superintendent. “I would like to congratulate our Board on achieving this recognition of their excellence in self-governance.”

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GCHS students kick off Pre-K Pen Pal mentoring program

Recently Greene County High School students from Dr. Rhym's dual enrollment English class visited CBJ Preschool to kick off their Pen Pal mentoring program. The session was a get-to-know-you activity where the high school students shared "About Me" books they'd made for the Pre-K students, who in turn shared about themselves and their interests with the high school class. We love to see this learning opportunity shared between our older and younger students!

Get to Know the 2022-2023 Teachers of the Year

How YOU Can Get Involved

Volunteer - Reading Buddies (GCPS & CMS)

Help a 2nd grader at Greene County Primary School or a 4th grader at Carson Middle School by becoming a Reading Buddy! You can make a REAL difference with just 1 hour per week by sparking conversations, building relationships and social skills, and helping children foster a love of reading. Interested? Contact Beth Thomas at beth.thomas@greene.k12.ga.us or 706-347-0750.

Volunteer - After School Enrichment (CMS)

Want to help students learn golf, tennis, or sewing? We'd love to have you join our After School Enrichment Program to help students master these skills or to get involved with our Robotics program or Pollinators Protectors club! For more information, contact Beth Thomas at beth.thomas@greene.k12.ga.us or 706-347-0750.

Donate - Wraparound Program (GCHS)

Focusing on the “whole child”, GCSS Wraparound Services address student needs that exist or occur outside the classroom but may impact the student’s ability to be successful in the classroom. These may include physical needs such as clothes, food, hygiene products, and bedding, or other types of support such as mental health counseling. You can donate to our Care Closet by bringing clothing and shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and hygiene products to the school. For cash donations, you may make a check payable to GCHS with Wraparound in the memo. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

October 10-14, 2022

Fall Break

This week is Fall Break for students and school staff. The District Office will be open.

October 17, 2022

Special Called Joint Board of Education Meeting with LOA Board of Governors

The Greene County Board of Education and LOA Board of Governors will hold a joint Special Called Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room located at 101 E. Third St. in Greensboro. To view Board of Education agendas and minutes, please click here.

October 18, 2022

REACH Georgia Scholars Signing Day

Each year, five GCSS 8th graders receive the REACH Georgia Scholarship. REACH Georgia is a needs-based scholarship that begins in 8th grade. Scholars must maintain good grades, behavior and attendance through middle school and high school. Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded college scholarships valued at $10,000 spread over four years. Join us at 5:00 p.m. in the Greene County Board of Education Meeting Room for the REACH Georgia Signing Day, a celebration to recognize these students and their commitments.

October 20, 2022

Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting

The Greene County Board of Education will hold its October Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Meeting Room located at 101 E. Third St. in Greensboro. To view Board of Education agendas and minutes, please click here.

We want to hear from you!

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