The Corley Cheer-Community Edition

October 3, 2022

Greetings Corley Community,

October has arrived! I am very excited to begin another month with you as the very proud principal of Corley Elementary School! The students, teachers, and support staff here work very hard to make every minute of the school day count! Parents, thank you for all you do to support our work. It is truly a team effort!

It was great to see so many of you during our Family Engagement Night! Each and every participant had the opportunity to work with members of our staff with fun and informative activities! I look forward to seeing you during the Conferences this month. Our partnership ensures the success of your students at Corley!

Please review the exciting updates below. We are #CorleyStrong! We can't wait to see you soon!

~Mrs. Duckworth


  • October 3rd: College Spiritwear Day

  • October 6th-October 10th: Fall Break

  • October 14th: The Taste Of Latin America

  • October 19th-October 20th: Early Release Day

  • October 27th: Mock Student Elections

Celebrating Ms. Blythers!

Congratulations to Ms. Blythers! She received the wonderful recognition as a member of the Top 25 Teacher Of The Year candidates! We are so proud of her!

Administrative And Counseling Team

Principal- Ms. Aleshia Duckworth

Assistant Principal- Ms. Jacquetta Baldwin, Grades 2 & 5

Assistant Principal- Mr. Gregory Jackson, Grades K, 4, and Special Needs

Assistant Principal- Ms. Tammy Knox, 1, 3, & English Language Learners

Assistant Principal- Dr. Leslie Retchko- Pre-K & Specials

Counselors- Ms. Joanie Huston & Ms. Dilanie Lewis


The early release dates for Gwinnett County Public Schools are October 19th and October 20th, 2022. During these days Corley will conduct parent teacher conferences.

Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday, October 20th, Corley Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. If your student is a car rider/day-care rider, please make any necessary transportation arrangements for your child. Buses will drop students off at their stop at an earlier time.

Conferences can be held in-person or virtually. We will offer the convenience of online conference scheduling that allows you to make and change your conference appointments more easily and choose times that best match your family’s schedule. If you will need translation, please bring a translator with you.

We will be utilizing an online scheduling system for this session of conferences. The online sign-up window will open on Monday, October 3rd at 4:00 PM and close on Thursday, October 13th at 4:00 PM. At 4:00 PM on Monday, October at 4:00 PM the parent-teacher conference sign-up link will be listed on the Corley Elementary home page.

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Corley Elementary has worked to celebrate each of the students that attend the school, as we continue to support a culture of belonging. We have implemented exciting ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We are so proud to celebrate such a wonderful culture with our students and staff!
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Gwinnett County Public Schools Calendars (2023-2024)

Gwinnett County Public Schools has created four calendar choices for the 2023-2024 school year. You will receive information about how you can provide feedback on your preference for the upcoming school year. Communication will be sent to each community soon and will conclude on October 30th. Please find the calendar choices as an attachment below!


Don't forget about the awesome Corley Spirit Wear that is available online! A variety of Corley Spiritwear shirts will be available on our school website. The wonderful shirts are available for parents, staff and students. This will include t-shirts, long-sleeved tops, hoodies and more! There are also options to select a variety of colors, based on your preference.

The company will send your purchased shirts to the school within three weeks of the purchase date. The digital spirit wear shop will be available on a 2-week cycle, resulting in the first day of purchasing beginning on October 3rd and concluding on October 17th.

Purchases can be made via the school website or through the flyer that will be sent home with your students on September 29th. Your purchases will be delivered to the school and sent home with your students after three weeks have passed since your purchase date. We can't wait to see you in your Corley attire!

College and Career Readiness

In conjunction with Goal 4.B from Our Blueprint For The Future, Corley Elementary will celebrate college and career readiness throughout the school year. This will range from educating our Corley Scholars about the many opportunities for colleges and careers after graduating high school. Our focus will be to work to ensure that we prepare our Corley Scholars with the skills that are necessary for being prepared for postsecondary and workforce readiness. The Blueprint indicates the importance of ensuring that our students have multiple pathways to success based on their demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests.

We encourage your wonderful students to join our staff as we dress up in an attire that supports a college that we love or attended. Please see the dates for this initiative.

  • October 3rd
  • November 7th
  • December 5th
  • January 9th
  • February 6th
  • March 6th
  • April 10th
  • May 8th
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Health And Wellness

GCPS schools have established reasonable and precautionary practices within the school to minimize the risk of infection and/or spread of COVID-19 and Monkeypox.

Guidance is subject to change based on updated recommendations from CDC/Department of Public Health and will be communicated to local school HRT members.

  • Provide opportunities for regular handwashing.
  • Implement the custodial schedule/processes to clean high-touch areas during the school day. ​​​​​​​
  • Clearly communicate and follow COVID-19/Monkeypox criteria for return to work/school in consultation with county nurses.
  • As of August 18th, masks are strongly recommended, but optional for staff in all GCPS facilities. In addition, at this time mask coverings are OPTIONAL for students, and visitors. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Action Items for School Plan

  • Ensure each common area and classroom will have hand sanitizer available for use.
  • Continue to provide ample time for restroom and handwashing opportunities.
  • A custodial schedule will be utilized to ensure cleaning of high-touch areas is occurring throughout the school day.

*Protocols for reporting COVID-19/Monkeypox contact exposure will be followed and reported immediately to administrators/district health officials. Please see additional information regarding Monkeypox procedures and CDC Guidelines from GCPS.