Bronco Bulletin


December 18, 2015

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Message from Administration

Building Hours

Because some of you have asked.... the building will be open on Monday, January 4th from 8am to 4pm.

STEAM Update

I am excited to announce that Gwin Oaks has been accepted into the 2nd cohort of the Gwinnett PBL (Problem Based Learning) grant! We have been invited to send a team of 6 educators to the Buck Institute this summer for intensive training on PBL unit writing. Jillian and I will be joining Michelle Webb, Jan Bradley, Albert McDaniel, Terica Peek, Tina Cramer, and Crissy Robison for this opportunity. We will also be receiving $3,000 in equipment for our STEAM lab! This is a great chance for us to take our STEAM program to the next level!


Our 5th grade chorus has been quite busy! Last Friday, we enjoyed our time at the Gladiator's game! Last night, we had a packed house for our holiday concert. They did a GREAT job! After going to Cannon yesterday plus two more shows today, Ms. Collins deserves a break! I am giving her next week off. LOL! Thank you, Claire, for all the hard work!

Please secure all of your technology items in a desk or cabinet, inside your classroom. This includes: student laptops, Mimios, document cameras, tablets, and/or any other technology device in your classroom. All student laptops that belong to a cart, must be placed back in the their respective carts, locked and left in your room.

It is my recommendation that you take your laptop with you over the break. If you would like me to store your laptop, please deliver your laptop to my office, by end of day Friday. Please make sure your laptop bag is labeled with your name on the outside.

If you have any questions, please let Tom know.

Preference Forms

Please turn in your preference forms to my box before leaving today! Thanks!

January 5th Work Hours 8-4


8:00-8:30 Teacher of the Year Breakfast

8:30-9:30 Faculty Meeting

Professional Development

Tech IF (all SLD & regular ed staff)

*10:00-11:00 K-2

* 11:00-12:00 3-5

Science IF (all SLD & regular ed. classroom teachers)

bring laptops for planning/review of frameworks

*10:00-11:00 3-5

*11:00-12:00 K-2

STORI & GAA Work Time

*10:00-12:00 Special Ed. Only

Lunch On Your Own

SAVE THE DATE: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference and Conference

Please mark your calendars for the second annual GCPS Teaching and Learning Conference! This year, the conference will take place at the ISC on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center. Several departments will offer pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 15 at various locations throughout the district. More details will come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Pre-Conference

When: June 15, 2016

Where: Various locations throughout the district. More to come in February.

What: Teaching and Learning Conference

When: June 16-17, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: J. Alvin Wilbanks Support Center


December 19 - January 4.....WINTER BREAK

January 5................Teacher Planning Day

January 5................TOTY Breakfast

January 5................Grades Due 11:00 pm

January 6................Students Return

January 7................DDA Data Chats

January 7................Spelling Bee Rehearsal Media Center 1:30

January 8................GKIDS Data Pull (State)

January 8................Math Cluster Collab K & 1 @ GOES

January 8................Spelling Bee 8:30

January 11..............Math Cluster Collab 2 & 3 @ GOES

January 11..............3rd Grade Skype Visit

January 12..............Math IF

January 12..............Tech Questions & Answers 3:00

January 12..............Dogwood Pizza Night

January 14..............Lit IF

January 15..............Bronco Bulletin Committee Meeting - 8:30

January 15..............Profile Data Sheets Due

January 15..............Math Cluster Collab 4 & 5 @GOES

January 15..............2nd Grade In-house Field Trip

January 15..............Report Cards go Home

January 18..............Martin Luther King Holiday


Congratulations to the Cafeteria staff. Thank you for your hard work as you cook, and for your kindness as you serve the Gwin Oaks family each and every day.


Chrome updates

Starting Monday, December 21, 2015 - Friday, January 8, 2016, the policy that was applied to block the Google Chrome automatic update functionality will be disabled. This will allow Google Chrome to process updates. Once Google Chrome is updated certain third party player applications may not be usable. These applications include: Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash, and Unity Web Player.

If certain functions in Chrome are not working due to the updates, Internet Explore (IE) can be used.

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Top 5 Teacher eCLASS teachers

(most student interaction on eCLASS)

Christina Michael

Rebecca Lawrence

Ashley Bettler

Jordan Myers

Jan Bradley


Mobile Device Wireless Connection

Teachers using their own devices for instructional purposes will need to reconnect to the GSPS-Mobile network whenever you are required to change your computer password.

Teachers using their own devices for student use need to receive a student access account from Jennifer Mimms so students don't have access to teacher level internet.

*** Teachers should NEVER be logged into devices that are for student use!

Questions? Please see Jennifer.

Grades Due

Grades are due Tuesday, January 5, at 11pm

Terri will print verification sheets Wednesday, January 6th

Verification sheets are due to Tonya on Friday, January 8th, by 4pm

Terri will print final report cards Tuesday, January 12th

Report cards go home Friday, January 15th

Your gradebook will reflect the new QTR after December 18th. Please click on the bottom tabs to the left to change back to QTR2.

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 the parent portal after December 18th. Only in student course history.

Importing grades from eCLASS to gradebook


eCLASS Updates

Deep Linking –

Direct links to eCLASS C&I via email. Users will be taken directly to the page or content upon logging in to Portal.

• Will take you to the Portal, Then to the actual page right after login • This works for content, drop boxes, discussions and assessments (if linked to the preview page). It does NOT work with news, surveys and rubrics.

Default Mobile View • Users of the eCLASS C&I Tool who login with mobile devices will now see the full desktop view rather than the mobile view, This has been done to provide for a consistent user experience across phones, tablets and computers.

eCLASS Parent Help

(Teachers please add to your Newsletters)

Need technical help with your eCLASS pages any time of the day?

Click on the question mark in the corner of course page to receive immediate tech help!


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