News & Notes for Parents in the Greene County School System
From the Superintendent
Greetings GCSS Families,
We’ve made it to Spring Break! I hope your family is able to take some well-deserved time to rest and recharge over the next week as we prepare for testing season beginning next month.
Your involvement has been especially visible this month during our schools’ STEM Expos. Thank you! Each school had record-breaking parent attendance at STEM night, and we were grateful to see every one of you. However, attendance at Parent University this year has been low. The creation of Parent University was our response to a request from parents for the school district to provide educational sessions to help parents understand the many tools and programs we offer to your student and your family, and to give parents practical tools to help your children succeed in school. Each of the sessions offered at all four Parent University programs this year have been designed to do just that. Yet, we have very few parents in attendance. Please come to the Parent University at the end of next month on Saturday, April 29th. There are some great sessions planned, as you will see on the flyer below. Next year we hope to even better tailor both the timing of Parent University sessions and the workshops offered at them to your needs and interests. In return, we ask that each of you be more involved by attending and giving us your feedback.
As we prepare for Georgia Milestones testing season, I want to congratulate you and your students on the improved NWEA test results we saw in January. Many of our students have made great gains this year, and we are excited for them to demonstrate their progress on the state tests. There are many practical steps you can take at home to help your student prepare for test day. A good night’s sleep will help them to feel well-rested and stay alert throughout long testing sessions. A balanced breakfast will help them to have a great start to the day and feel energized throughout the morning. And just like in athletics, proper hydration plays an important role in helping your student deliver their best performance.
Enjoy Spring Break and this beautiful weather, and we look forward to seeing to seeing your students return on April 10th.
Dr. Chris Houston
College Acceptances Roll in for GCHS Seniors
Jai'Lyn Armour Racks up 50 Acceptances
GCHS senior Jai’Lyn Armour has committed to attending the University of Georgia close to home in Athens this fall, although he did not have a shortage of options. Jai’Lyn has been accepted to 50 colleges and universities, as far north as Pennsylvania (Lincoln University) as far west as St. Louis, Missouri (Harris-Stowe State University) and as far south as Miami, Florida (Florida Memorial University).
Jai’Lyn said he applied to so many schools because the current college admissions scene is extremely competitive. He had heard that many students are often waitlisted or deferred from the schools at the top of their lists. “I knew I couldn’t have just a plan A, B, and C,” he said. “I also wanted to have a plan X, Y, and Z.”
So, he started early, in July 2022, and applied to a college or two each week until January. He was accepted everywhere he applied but was especially overjoyed to receive the acceptance letter from his first choice. “UGA has always been my dream school,” he said. “I am very grateful that I get to attend my Plan A school.”
Jai’Lyn plans to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Read more of Jai'Lyn's story here on our website.
GA Tech Admissions Team Visits GCHS to Surprise Aiden Turner
Mariah Leslie receives band scholarship to Savannah State University
1 Million Word Reader at GCPS
Join us for the GCSS Fine Arts Festival on April 11th!
Read Across America Week
Monday - "Hats off to reading!" (Wear a hat)
Tuesday - Reading jogs your mind. (Wear exercise clothes)
Wednesday - Dress for success! (Dress up as your favorite profession)
Thursday - Reading gives you superpowers! (Dress like a superhero)
Friday - Cozy up with a good book. (Wear your pajamas)
GCCA students participate in SkillsUSA Statewide Competition
Special Education Parent Expo big success in 2nd year
STEM Highlight: Scenes from District-wide STEM Expo
GCPS hosts Career Carousel for students
Early Enrollment for 2023-2024 now open at CBJ Preschool!
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
(Please check your child's school calendar for more school-specific events and important dates. Click here for the GCPS calendar, here for the CMS calendar, and here for the GCHS calendar.)
April 3-7, 2023
District Closed for Spring Break
All schools and the District Office will be closed for Spring Break.
April 11, 2023
GCSS Fine Arts Festival
Join us at Festival Hall in Downtown Greensboro on Tuesday, April 11th from 5-8 p.m. to view the talents of GCPS, CMS, GCHS, and LOA art students! Refreshments will be provided by OPAS and GCHS Culinary Arts Department. The Art Reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and musical performances by the GCHS band, OPAS, and others begin at 6:00 p.m.
April 20, 2023
Board of Education Regular Monthly Meeting
The Greene County Board of Education will hold its April 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.
April 29, 2023
The next Parent University session is on Saturday, April 29th at Greene County High School from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., with a hot breakfast served beforehand from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Parent University is designed to equip parents with tools & knowledge to help their children succeed in school, with topics coming up in the April session such as Social Emotional Learning, End-of-Year Testing, School Nutrition, and more!