Bronco Bulletin


September 25, 2015

Message from Administration


Thank you so much for a successful conference week!!!! Here are some of the emails I received about teachers:

"Our boys have been blessed to have them as teachers thus far. We are extremely thankful for the support and care they have given as the boys have adjusted well to Gwin Oaks."

"I felt like the teacher was very knowledgeable and she knows my child. I left feeling very confident about my child's year."

"She is amazing. He is not a writer, but after being with her, he's made so much progress in writing."

I had many more parents just pop by and tell me how happy they are too! I know the week is long and stressful, but please know that parents appreciate all you do for their kids. This week is an important week that helps us strengthen the relationship between home and school which is critical for continued success. On Monday, don't bother bringing your own breakfast... just stop by the mail room for a treat from the admin team to you! This is a small token of our appreciation for your hard work. :)

A few fun community events coming up...

These will be advertised soon, but wanted to give you a heads up.

- Brookwood Homecoming Parade is Friday, October 9th. It leaves Brookwood High School and goes through down Dogwood and Holly Brook. Bring the family! This event will be followed by the Homecoming game.

- Brookwood High School has changed the way they are doing their annual Pep Rally. Instead of a school-day event, the pep rally will now be open to the community and will be held on Friday, October 29th at 6:30pm. More details soon! (This is the same night as our Bingo night, but I think that will be just fine.)

- Medieval Times Brookwood Night- The Brookwood Schools Foundation is hosting a night at Medieval Times for our community. Saturday, November 7th. A link to order tickets will be sent soon. Proceeds from each ticket will go back to the foundation.

Bridging the STEM Educational Gap for Latinos in Georgia Conference

The GoSTEM-Georgia Tech program in partnership with the Latin American Association would like to invite the teachers at GCPS to participate in a free professional development conference for K-12 teachers that will be will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 9:15am-2:15pm, at the Georgia Tech campus. This conference will focus on issues related to culturally sensitive strategies for teaching Latino students, involving Latino families in school, and effective practices in STEM education. The event will include light breakfast, lunch with keynote lectures by Latino leaders in STEM (Dr. Julián Rímoli, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and Ms. Luz Rivas, Founder and Executive Director of DIY Girls in Los Angeles, CA).Registration is limited to 150 folks.

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:15 AM - 2:15 PM

Where: Georgia Tech • Klaus Advanced Computing Building 266 Ferst Dr Atlanta, GA 30332

Please register here:

Classroom Laptops

EVERY teacher in K, 1, 2 building, (K-1 SID/PID and Preschool teachers too) bring one of your classroom laptops to the PLC room on Wednesday, Sept. 30th. Use a name label in the lab when you drop it off. Laptops can be picked up on Oct. 8th.

EVERY teacher in 3, 4, 5 (2-5 SID/PID, IRR teachers too), and trailers will need to bring one of your classroom laptops to the Art Room on Wednesday, Sept. 30th. Use a label in the lab when you drop it off. Laptops can be picked up on Oct. 8th.

DDA Testing

Please check the DDA testing schedule for changes and updates in OneNote. Online testing begins Oct 1.

Grade 3, 4, 5 will use Grade Cam for Science and Social Studies (See Jennifer Mimms' directions)

When students are finished, they can access the leveled readers on myeclass. You can bring your own scratch paper for Math.

Call the office if you are having issues.

Remember, the icon on your portal does not say SchoolNet, it says Assessment.

Please check for your code and write it down prior to coming to testing. Make sure you select math or reading from your options to get the right code. Make sure to bring the handout Jennifer gave. Once kids are in the system and have entered their code, let them go ahead and start the test. If you wait for everyone to get the code entered, the first kids will start timing out.

On the student test it will ask if they want to start the test sometimes 2 or 3 times. The button moves around so check the bottom corner if you don't see it right away.

Make sure to bring headphones in Grades 1 & 2.

IRR students and SLD self contained students will use paper/pencil.

Vision Cohort 7

We are asking two teachers from each grade level to attend Vision Cohort 7. Please determine that and let Tiffany know who will attend from your grade level by Oct. 1. It is an expectation that all staff members participate in professional learning each year. If you have not attended within 3 years, please consider doing so. Registration is now open in PD&E.

The Offices of LA, MA and SC are partnering to offer professional development that promotes a workshop model classroom and encourages cross-curricular reading and writing. Our learning topics this year include the Gradual Release of Responsibility, the craft of reading and writing and learning through inquiry. K-5 sessions have a STEM focus; 6-10 classes will have a science literacy focus.

What: Vision Cohort 7

When: 10/24, 11/14, 12/5, 1/9 and 1/30

Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Peachtree Ridge HS

Please register by 10/01/2015 via the PD&E tool: Vision Cohort 7

(Participants should register in sections by grade level: K– #21383; 1st Grade– #21384; 2nd Grade- #21385; 3rd Grade- #21386, 4th Grade - #21387; 5th Grade- #21388)


On November 3, 2015, Gwinnett voters will be asked to consider continuing the E-SPLOST (education special purpose local option sales tax). Over the years, Gwinnett students and school communities have benefited from the E-SPLOST which has provided thousands of needed classrooms in nearly 60 new schools and nearly 80 school additions, as well as technology improvements that are essential to teaching and learning. Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote for the upcoming election. Absentee and Early Voting begins Oct. 12.

Brookwood High School will be getting a renovation/addition if this passes! Become familiar with what this means for our county. Staff should be familiar with the information posted on this link. Thanks!

Coming Soon...Whoo Appreciates You Board. A place where you have the chance to recognize your colleagues for their hard work and support while here at Gwin Oaks. Be looking in the front mailroom for changes to the bulletin board above the water fountains.


Calendar - Upcoming events

September 28-30....Book Fair Buying

September 28..........LA Vertical Team @ GOES

September 29..........Fall Pictures

September 29..........Math IF

September 29..........Special ED Vertical @ BHS

September 29..........SIT Team Meeting 3:15

September 30..........Math Vertical Team @ BES

October 1-8..............DDA Testing

October 1.................Literacy IF

October 1.................4th Grade Art Club 2:45 Begins

October 2.................Turn in Reflections

October 5.................Enrichment Begins

October 6.................eClass Workshop

October 6.................Tech Tips - QR Codes - 3:00 PLC

October 7.................Gifted Referral Meeting - 11:30

October 8.................Lit IF

October 9.................End of 1st Nine Weeks

October 9.................BHS Homecoming Parade & Football Game


Kim Hennessey works tirelessly, with an unconditional love for the special needs children in her class. She proctors during testing and willingly does anything else that is asked of her, then at the end of the day, still has the energy to do bus duty (in all kinds of weather), with a cheerful smile and that same gentle, calm spirit. Thank you for serving our students and staff so well, and for this, you deserve the “lifesaver” award!


Reflections Turn-In Schedule for students. Send students to the cafeteria at the following times on Friday, October 2nd.

8:35 - Kindergarten

8:50 - Fifth Grade

9:05 - Fourth Grade

9:20 - Third Grade

9:35 - First Grade

9:40 - Second Grade



Grades Due:

Grades are due Sunday, October 11th, at 11pm

Terri will print verification sheets Monday, October 12th

Verification sheets are due to Tonya on Wednesday, October 14th, by 4pm

Terri will print final report cards Thursday, October 15th

Report cards go home Friday, October 16th

Your gradebook will reflect the new QTR. Please click on the bottom tabs to the left to change back to QTR1.

Also Handouts are available in Everything GOES in the C&I.

Also be aware that the parent portal switched over, too. Therefore, no grades are posted in parent portal after October 9th. Only in student course history.


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