Simonton ES Parent Newsletter

Friday, July 16, 2021

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Message from Ms. Perkins

Click on the link below to view a special message from Ms. Perkins.

New GCPS Superintendent

The Gwinnett County Board of Education has taken the next step to identify the district's next superintendent. On July 15, 2021, the members of the Board voted 5-0 to approve Dr. Calvin Watts—a former GCPS school leader and assistant superintendent who has most recently served as Superintendent of Kent School District in Washington—as its sole finalist for superintendent. After the announcement, Dr. Watts joined the meeting virtually. In his remarks, Dr. Watts said he considered his tenure as a leader in Gwinnett as a highlight of his career, touting many things he learned during his 13 years in GCPS. He spoke of the great legacy retiring superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks is leaving and said he looks forward to leading GCPS into its next chapter. In saying how humbled and honored he is to be named as the district’s next leader, he shared his motto, which is to “reach and teach all students as if they had his last name.”

Click on the link below to learn more about Dr. Calvin Watts

1st Day of School

The first day of school for all students is August 4, 2021. Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade and ASD students (K-5) are the on students returning for in-person instruction that day. All other students will join their teachers online for instruction. See the schedule below for student return for in-person instruction dates.

August 4 ~ Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st & ASD Students (K-5)

August 5 ~ 2nd & 3rd Grade

August 9 ~ 4th and 5th grade

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We are so excited to begin preparations for the 2020-21 school year. Simonton Elementary will continue to use MyPaymentsPlus (MPP) for you to electronically review and digitally sign required Gwinnett County Public Schools orientation forms. We encourage all families to create a MPP account. No purchase is necessary to have a MPP account. You will be able to read and digitally sign documents and/or make necessary payments. It is a great way for you to manage and keep track of all of your student payments and forms in one place throughout the school year.

MyPaymentsPlus is linked directly to your school’s student information system (SIS), enabling us to show real-time balances and invoices, and eliminating the need to call or visit your school in search of information.

Whether you’re viewing what your 2nd grader ate for lunch, renting a locker for your middle schooler, or purchasing a parking permit for that new driver in your family, MyPaymentsPlus ensures you never miss a beat, from Pre-K to graduation day.

Simply create a free MyPaymentsPlus account to get started today.

Parent Portal

We know that families want easy access and one, go-to location for need-to-know information about their student's education— from records to resources. Just as important, you want an easy way to stay in touch with the school. The Updated Parent Portal (coming soon!) gives parents access to grades, assignments, and communication with teachers. The Parent Portal gives families a direct line to the classroom, with 24/7 real-time information and anytime, anywhere access, with in-portal translation in multiple languages. And that's just the beginning...
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Free and Reduced Lunch Application

The application for free and reduced lunch is now available. If you received this service last year, and you feel you still qualify, you must complete an application again this year.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Frequently Asked Questions about free and reduced lunch

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Open House/Meet Your Teacher Day!

At Simonton, we are committed to starting our school year building a strong relationship with students and families. We also understand the importance of keeping everyone healthy and safe. Please see the schedule for Open House that will take place on Friday, July 30, 2021.

8:00 - 10:00 am ~ Student last name A-M

10:00 - 12:00 pm ~ Student last name N-Z


GCPS endeavors to notify parents in a timely manner relative to any schoolwide or districtwide emergencies or campus safety concerns. While letters may be sent home to parents affected by the occurrence, when circumstances require a more immediate notification, this information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the GCPS website (, Facebook page, and Twitter account (@GwinnettSchools). In addition, the district and local schools will communicate to families using phone numbers and email addresses provided by the parent/guardian. This contact information is used by GCPS to send emergency notifications such as school closings and safety alerts by phone, text, and/or email via SchoolMessenger. General/non-emergency notifications will be sent by email using SchoolMessenger.

In addition to verifying that your cell phone number is accurate in the system, you also will need to subscribe to the text message service if you wish to receive emergency texts from the school system. You can do so by texting the word “SUBSCRIBE” to the number 67587. You will receive an immediate response by text. If you do not, please contact your wireless provider, as some providers do not accept texts that use short code (SMS) messages. (Note: If you subscribed to receive text messages last year, there is no need to resub­scribe unless your number changed.)

SchoolMessenger messages from Gwinnett County Public Schools will come from the number 1-844-248-6644. Please add this phone number to your contacts so you can easily identify the call as coming from Gwinnett County Public Schools. If you miss a phone message, you can call this number back to retrieve and replay phone notifications.

Please note that an individual can opt out of receiving SchoolMessenger messages at any time. Press “5” on your phone while listening to a phone message broadcast through SchoolMessenger to initiate the opt-out process. Parents also can go to, logging in with the email address they provided to the school, and select “Prefer­ences” to make changes regarding the various types of messages that may be sent.



Simonton is committed to dynamic high quality instruction resulting in a passion for learning, leading and excelling.

Core Belief

Every Student Every Day, Deserves to Learn, Lead, and Excel


  • We commit to giving our students a fresh start every day.

  • We commit to preparing quality and engaging lessons that will prepare our students to be successful in school.

  • We commit to teaching, modeling and holding our students accountable for appropriate school behavior.

  • We commit to providing our students with a structured and safe learning environment.

  • We commit to a great year of learning, leading, and excelling


Superintendent- Mr. J. Alvin Wilbanks

Assistant Superintendent- Dr. Terry Watlington

Board Member- Mr. Steven B. Knudsen

Principal- Tamara G. Perkins

Assistant Principal- Daphne Miles

Assistant Principal- Nicole Tomlinson

Assistant Principal- Emily Young