November 13, 2015

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America Recycles Day!

Sunday, November 15th is America Recycles Day and to celebrate it, our Environmental Club recently is holding a sneaker recycling drive which has been extended through Thursday, November 19th. Thanks for your donations! Here are some facts about recycling in Georgia provided by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful:

  • One-third of all plastic beverage containers recycled in North America are recycled into carpet in Georgia.
  • Georgia’s Paper Industry recycles almost 8% of all paper consumed in the U.S. and is comprised of 16 paper mills using recycled content.
  • One of the world’s largest aluminum recyclers, Novelis, is based in Atlanta, GA with a recycling plant in Greensboro, GA.
  • These companies need more material... and you can help!

Book Fair!

Our Media Center is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair November 16th - 20th. All students will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair during the week. Parents are welcome to stop by and visit the Book Fair any time that week during school hours. Also, here's a link to order online!

Principal for a Day!

Thursday, November 19th, FFMS will host Mr. Mark Reiswig as our 'Principal for a Day.' He is the Emergency Preparedness and Response Director for Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments and will be visiting our school as part of a GCPS program in conjuction with American Education Week. He has four grown daughters and two of them attended Five Forks! Click here for his bio. Welcome, Mr. Reiswig!


As mentioned in last week’s communication, the STEAM Committee has developed six objectives to guide our work this year as we seek the Georgia Department of Education’s STEM certification. For this week’s article, we’ll provide greater clarity on the first three objectives.

Objective 1: Focus on Project-based & Problem-based learning – Several of our STEAM Committee teachers have participated in PBL staff development facilitated by district representatives and Buck Institute instructors. As these teachers implement their lessons, they have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from Dr. Jonathon Wetherington (Director of Science), Ms. Bonnie Brush (Director of Mathematics), and Ms. Jen Johnston (STEM Program Coordinator). These teachers have also created a library of PBL resources for the entire faculty to use, which is located on our shared drive.

Objective 2: Develop a STEAM brand and communicate to the larger community – In an effort to highlight our STEAM initiatives, we have created a website: and will continue to update content. In addition, we have printed 12 posters using our new poster maker displaying our very own students engaged in collaborative learning and enriching hands-on activities. Finally, we have plans to create a brochure that highlights our STEAM initiatives, which we will distribute to community members.

Objective 3: Generate revenue for a STEAM program – Our goal is to manage a self-sufficient program that does not depend upon revenues from the school’s general operating funds. Through grants, donations, and a portion of the monthly vending machine sales, our STEAM program has generated over $2,300 since the start of the year. These funds will be used on teacher supplies, equipment, and technology associated with STEAM initiatives.

Next week, we look forward to sharing information on objectives 4-6 in our pursuits to obtain STEM certification.

Bidding for Good!

Parents, please support our Brookwood Cluster by participating in the "Bidding For Good" fundraising auction! Funds generated are used to make improvements to our cluster schools and to help purchase valuable equipment and technology to provide rich and engaging lessons for students. Click here for a link to the online auction! We appreciate your support!

Parent Survey!

Parents, we need your help! Please visit the Parent Portal and take a brief, confidential survey that will help us improve our school! The survey should pop up on log-in at

We Love Our Five Forks Family!

Each week, we highlight a member of our staff with the "Count Me In" award so that others will get a glimpse of the awesome work going on within the building. We hope you enjoy learning about our fantastic staff!
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GSMST Lottery Process!

The GSMST Lottery Application is now available for students to apply for a lottery number to be part of the 2016-17 freshman class at GSMST. Enrollment is open to all 8th grade students who are residents of the Gwinnett County school district attendance zone; who are successfully promoted to 9th grade by the end of spring semester 2016; and who successfully complete an 8th grade math curriculum that is a full Carnegie-eligible Algebra I Course or higher. We highly encourage interested families to attend one of the three informational meetings to gain a better understanding of the academic rigor provided at GSMST. The lottery drawing will be held on February 8, 2016. Click here for further information.

Dates To Remember!

11/14 - Saturday Opportunity School, 9:00-11:00am

11/16 - Scholastic Book Fair in Media Center (through November 20th)

11/19 - Principal for a Day

11/19 - Basketball vs McConnell MS, 5:00, BHS Gold Gym

11/23 - Thanksgiving Holidays (through 27th) - School Not in Session