Titan-Up Weekly

May 13, 2016


We are still actively looking for the following items and need your help! Please help us locate these items.

  • SMART Response PE Receiver
  • MITSUBISHI CART W/LCD/DLP PROJ DVD ETC (Look at the number on the projector.)

Ms. Henfield sent photos earlier this week of the above-mentioned items. Thank you in advance for your help in locating these items.

Book bags on the last day of school.....

Please allow your students to bring their book bag on the last day of school as they still need their bus tags. The transportation office prefers that students bring book bag empty, With the excitement on that day, this will allow the drivers, or breakdown drivers, to be sure the students are on the right bus and getting off at the right stop. Supervisors and team leaders will be helping with bus turn in and this will help to prevent lost students.

Please see your grade level AP if you have questions. Thanks for all you do.

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Teachers may apply for loan forgiveness if they meet certain requirements determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers may apply for loan forgiveness by completing an application provided by their loan servicer(s). Separate applications must be submitted to each servicer if applying for more than one loan or if the loans are through differentservicers.

Teachers should complete the top portion of the applications and submit them to the Division of Human Resources & Talent Management (Attention: Tiffany Wright). Human Resources will complete the applications and send them back to the employee. The employee is responsible for providing the completed applications to the necessary

loan servicer(s). For more information regarding teacher loan forgiveness applications, please visit U.S. Department of Education.

Lost & Found is in the gym.


A certificated employee who enters into a contract of employment with the Gwinnett County Board of Education for the 2016-17 school year is bound by his or her contract and expected to fulfill all of the obligations detailed in the contract for the duration of the contract. The contract signing process through the GCPS portal will require certificated employees to read the Release from Contract of Employment Information document included in the email all principals were to forward to their staff. Employees will click "OK" before electronically signing the contract.

If a certificated employee who has signed a contract for the 2016-17 year wishes to be released from that contract, he or she must submit that request to the principal of his or her school on or before June 1, 2016. The deadline to request release from the 2016-17 contract is June 1, 2016.

A certificated employee who has accepted a contract of employment for 2016-17 may not resign after June 1, 2016, without breaching his or her contract, unless there is mutual agreement between the employee and the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Requests for release received after June 1, 2016, will only be considered in circumstances beyond the employee’s control or in an emergency situation. A written request, including any supporting documentation, must be MAILED to:

Dr. Frances E. Davis

Associate Superintendent Division of Human Resources and Talent Management Gwinnett County Public Schools

437 Old Peachtree Road, NW

Suwanee, GA 30024

End of year (EOY) ceremonies have been changed to ensure a comfortable experience for our guests. EOY ceremonies are as follows:

May 16 - 3rd grade (9:30-10:30)

May 17 - 2nd grade (9:30-10:30)

May 19 - 1st grade (9:30-10:30)

May 20 - Kindergarten (9:30-10:30)

May 23 - 4th grade (9:30-10:30)

May 24 - 5th grade promotion ceremony (9:30-11:00)

Congratulations to Kierstyn Kirkland, 5th grader in Ms. Wootton's class, who received Gifted Student of the Year for Benefield ES and to Ms. Victoria Maselli, who received GAGE's 2015-16 Gifted Teacher of the Year Award.

Schedule for Barcoded Textbook Check-In

Monday, May 16 - 1st Grade @ 3:30

Tuesday, May 17 - Kinder @ 8:00 and 5th Grade @ 3:30

Wednesday, May 18 - 3rd Grade @ 3:30

Thursday, May 19 - 4th Grade @ 3:30

Monday, May 23 - 2nd Grade @ 3:30

Check-in includes both teacher editions and student textbooks. See Mr. Knight, Ms. vanLeeuwen or Ms. Thomas-Lee if you have questions.

Upcoming Calendar of Events

Monday, May 16

  • Local School Council nominations
  • 5th Grade Spirit Week begins
  • Faculty Book Study Club, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., J. Robinson's Room, Ms. Bronkema
  • 3rd Grade Awards, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Gym
  • Parent Nutrition Class, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Ms. McNally
  • WOW Day - SPED

Tuesday, May 17

  • Local School Council nominations
  • 2nd Grade Awards, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Gym
  • 5th Grade Promotion Practice 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym
  • 1st Grade Career Day, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.,
  • Reading Recovery End of Year Check in, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18

  • Local School Council nominations
  • Volunteer Breakfast, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Cafe', Ms. Cross
  • Parent Workshop, 10:30 - 12:30 p.m., Trailer 3669, Ms. McNally
  • 5th Grade Promotion Practice 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym
  • Reading Recovery End of Year Check in, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • PTA Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 19

  • Local School Council nominations
  • 1st Grade Awards, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Gym
  • Kindergarten Promotion Rehearsal, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Gym, Ms. Robinson
  • DHS Mentoring, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Cafe', Ms. Bronkema
  • Reading Recovery Graduation, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20

  • Local School Council nominations
  • Titan Leaders Meeting 9:10 a.m., Front Office Conference Room
  • Kindergarten Awards, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Gym
  • 1st Grade Market Day on the Black Top, 1:00 - 2:40 p.m.
  • Girl Scouts (last session for SY), 3:15 - 5:30 p.m., Cafe'
  • Reading Recovery End of Year Check In, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 21

  • Kinder Readiness Workshop, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Ms. Henfield & Cross
  • Building Open, 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Countdown to summer! Mrs. Milburn and Mrs. Carter's classes enjoyed their Reader's Workshop time outside for "O" day.

Advance Notice Calendar of Events

Monday, May 23

  • Faculty Book Study Club, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., J. Robinson's Room, Ms. Bronkema
  • 4th Grade Awards, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Gym
  • 4th Grade Safety Patrol Ceremony; 10:45 a.m.; Cafeteria
  • Reading Recovery End of Year Check-In, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Perm Record Filing in Media Center Conference Room during planning
  • Richards Middle School 8th grade promotion ceremony; 6 p.m. Sunrise Baptist Church

Tuesday, May 24

  • 5th Grade Awards, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., Gym
  • Kindergarten Fun Day, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 25

  • 5th Grade Picnic
  • 1st Grade EOY Celebration, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Grade EOY Celebration, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • 2nd & 4th Grade EOY Celebration, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 26

  • Reading Recovery Retirement Party, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Ms. Henfield will send the agenda for 5/26
  • Discovery High School graduation; 9 a.m. Gwinnett Infinite Center

Friday, May 27

  • EOY Staff Meeting & catered Luncheon, 11:00 a.m., Cafe'
  • Ms. Henfield will send the agenda for 5/27

Field Day 2016

Let's celebrate the following May birthdays:

  • Krysti McNeil - 10th
  • Michael Sweat - 13th
  • Mary Lou Carter- 15th
  • Sarah Graham - 18th
  • Susan Arduino - 20th
  • Karen Freed - 21st
  • Marguerite Culberson - 23rd
  • Amy Kruger - 25th
  • Vanessa Bronkema - 25
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The following BES staff members were recognized by their colleagues for having IT!

Ms. Bendelius, Mr. Knight, and Ms. Kruger have IT! Thank you for supporting our school and EL's during the EL Cafe on Tuesday!!! Another thank you goes to Mr. Knight for his words and ideas needed for our EL brochure and display board!!

Mr. Hossack has IT! Thank you for having IT during SPG week!!! Your quick thinking and locating of working laptops helped my third graders complete their Math SPG before their lunchtime.

Ms. Auten and Ms. Kahn have IT! They have IT for taking the time to pick-up the "racetrack" needed for third grade's STEM Day at The Home Depot.

Ms. Hugghins, Ms. Swift, and Mr. Knight have IT! They did an amazing job organizing yesterday's Kindergarten Registration Day!!! It went smoothly!!!

Ms. Arduino and Ms. Milburn have IT! Thank you for making adjustments to the Kindergarten Test for Kindergarten Registration Day!!! Your thoughtful planning and input was beneficial to the smooth testing environment. Great job ladies!!!

Ms. Stevens has IT! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity towards all the Kindergarten Registration teachers and staff members!!! We truly appreciated the delicious pizza you purchased for us!!! You were a lifesaver!!!

Ms. Ashimi has IT! She went above and beyond to stay late on her half day to help my sub and my students with their STEM projects! She exemplifies someone who values the importance of Math and Science in the education of our little ones! Thank you so much!

4th grade & Mrs. Brannick have IT! I had jury duty all last week & my team really stepped up to help me. They took care of my students & me all week, texted & called to see how it was going, and if there was anything they could do to help. LOVE THEM FOREVER!!! Mrs. Barry


Ms. Nancy Johnson has IT! She is relating our SS AKS about the American Flag to a real life experience. In the morning and the afternoon she has been taking her time to bring students down to watch the 5th graders use proper flag etiquette taking down and putting up the flag! Thanks for caring so much for our students Nancy!

Ms. Phillips has IT! I want to say thank you to Ms. Phillips for always enticing our children with fantastic technology projects. Our kids can't wait to go to their Innovations specials!

Ms. Shuman has IT! On behalf of ALL Benefield teachers, we'd like to thank Ms. Shuman for tireless work in putting the yearbooks together. Words can't express how much we appreciate your hard work!

Ms. Fortson and her Intern have IT! They have been turning off the Upstair Laminator ALL YEAR! We appreciate it So Much!

Ms. Hugghins and Ms. vanLeeuwen have IT! Always ready to step up and help when needed, They covered duty for Ms. Culberson and Ms. Schlenker because of Book Fair and Field Day. That's Teamwork!

Ms. Almedina has IT! She jumped in to help out in the front office without being asked and covered for lunch! What a much appreciated gift!! Thank You!

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