Jaguar Journal

February 2020

Jaguar Journal is your student produced monthly guide to what's happening at GIVE Center East.

New Teacher Spotlight


Let’s welcome a new teacher at GIVE Center East, Mrs.Jodi Byrd. When asked why she became a teacher, she responded with she loves kids and wanted to be a teacher ever since she was in kindergarten. She says the best part of her job is when she helps a student and they really get the content. Mrs. Byrd has mostly worked out of state in California, but here are some of the states she has worked in California, Maryland and Georgia. When asked what problems youth face today she said too many distractions and social media. Some fun facts about Mrs.Byrd is that she has six tattoos, loves to shop on amazon and she has a little seven year old. When asked about how she feels at GIVE Center East she said it depends on the day, but she did say we have good students and good teachers here. Mrs.Byrd teaches middle school science.

My Payments Plus

Our School-Family Compact is now available for your review and acknowledgement at MyPaymentsPlus. In case you weren't aware, with My Payments Plus, you can also add money to your child's cafeteria account or pay for GIVE East Spiritwear. Contact kim_mccarthy@gwinnett.k12.ga.us if you need assistance setting up an account. Here is the link to set up a FREE My Payments Plus account: https://www.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome (There is also an app.)

Important Dates

February 1 , 2020 - Black History Month Begins


February 6, 2020 - Title I eClass for Families Information Session 12:00 PM Media Center


February 10-13, 2020 - Spring EOC Mid-Month and Retests


February 11, 2020 - Coffee Carpool


February 13, 2020 - Bagels with Brandon Bell 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM Media Center


February 14, 2020 - Student Holiday


February 17, 2020 - Student Holiday and Teacher Work Day


February 28, 2020 - Black History Month Concert -" Life with a Halo"




Mission Statement

The mission of GIVE Center East is to meet the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of our students in a safe and structured environment that builds a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Vision Statement

GIVE Center East will empower students to reach their full potential.