It is my pleasure to welcome you to Gordon County Schools, and I am glad you are visiting with us to learn more about our school system. This website has been designed with our stakeholders in mind, and I hope you find it easy to navigate and an informative way to stay connected with your child’s education. The Gordon County community at-large and our school system employees share a tradition of pride in our schools, students and community. Our citizens possess a unique understanding of how a quality education with high expectations and positive results for each student helps us follow our compass for developing a 21st century work ready community, comfortably committed to generating strong ties among students, teachers, and parents.
When a community is united in its commitment to the education of its youth, like Gordon County has demonstrated, good things happen. GCS students’ CRCT/EOCT criterion referenced test scores and performance assessments have documented that we are among the best school systems in the state of Georgia. All of our schools are fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, Fairmount Elementary is a “National Blue Ribbon School.”
The key to motivating our students to achieve high academic standards is a meaningful blend of supportive parent involvement, a strong engaging curriculum consisting of best practices, all brought to life by highly qualified and genuinely caring teachers. The students of Gordon County Schools are blessed by daily exposure to caring individuals, educators and non-educators alike. These qualities are plainly evident and serve as the foundation for the successes of Gordon County Schools. Again, welcome to our website, and I hope that you will find the information that you need. For further information, you may contact our central office at 706.629.7366. The mission of Gordon County Schools is to provide a relevant, rigorous, results-based education made possible through supportive, nurturing relationships.
MEET OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
The Gordon County School system offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12.
Agriculture, Wildlife and Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Automotive Business Management and Administration Early Childhood Education Engineering, Drawing and Design Healthcare Science Information Technology JROTC Marketing Mechatronics Work Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship
Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific prerequisite criteria should contact:
Alice Mashburn, Director of High School Programs 305 Beamer Road Calhoun, GA 30701 706-879-5370 email@example.com
Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:
Mike Evelti, Director Student Services 305 Warrior Path NE Calhoun, GA 30703 706-629-7366 firstname.lastname@example.org
DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS OF
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
In compliance with both Georgia Special Education Annual Program Plan Under P.L. 94-142 and Gordon County School System Comprehensive Plan for Special Education policy on destruction of data collected, maintained or used in the provision of a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities and/or exceptional children in the Gordon County School System, the Department of Special Education announces its intention for destruction of data.
Records on students, who were enrolled in a special education program who has reached the maximum age of 22 on or before May 2016. This is for students served in special education who graduated 2012. These records may be needed by the student or parent for Social Security or other reasons. The system plans to destroy these records in June of 2016. If you, as the student or parent of the student, desire copies of these records prior to destruction, you should contact Gordon County Schools Special Education office at 706-629-4474. Identification will be required.
There will be a meeting required by IDEA 2004 to discuss services and supports Gordon County Schools is obligated to provide to parentally placed private school/homeschool children with disabilities. They will discuss child find processes, determine proportionate share of federal funds available to serve parentally placed private/homeschool children with disabilities, and discuss equitable services to students with disabilities who attend private/homeschools located in the LEA without regard to where the children reside. They will also discuss how, where, and by whom special education and related services will be provided, including a discussion of the types of services (direct, alternative).
The meeting is scheduled for May 27, 2016 at the Gordon County Board of Education Green Room, 205 Warrior Path NE, Calhoun, GA 30701 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM.
Title I Parent Survey
We Need Your Help!
Please fill out a short District Title I Parent Involvement Survey. Your feeback will be used to help imporve or parent involvement program. There is an English and Spanish version.
HB 91; ELIMINATION OF GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST REQUIREMENT
An individual (hereinafter referred to as “Student”) no longer enrolled in a Georgia public school and who previously failed to receive a high school diploma in this state or was denied graduation solely for failing to achieve a passing score on one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests or its predecessor or the Georgia High School Writing Test or its predecessor may petition the local board of education in which he or she was last enrolled to determine the student’s eligibility to receive a high school diploma pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 20-2-281.1 based on the graduation requirements in effect when the student first entered ninth grade. For information on how to petition Gordon County Schools to determine eligibility for a student under this guidance, click here.
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS EXCEEDS STATE AVERAGE ON ACCOUNTABILITY SCORES
The Georgia Department of Education has publicly released the 2015 CCRPI accountability scores. Gordon County Schools' overall system average was above the state average, as well as most other neighboring school districts. The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement, after the U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver from NCLB. It measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance, helping parents and the public better understand how schools are performing in a more comprehensive manner than the pass/fail system previously in place under AYP. Because of changes to the way CCRPI is calculated – including but not limited to a new assessment system, changes in weights, and recalculated performance targets – a direct comparison between 2014 and 2015 CCRPI scores is not possible.
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS SHINE AT REGIONAL WRITING COMPETITION
At recent regional competition, Gordon County Schools had seven grade level winners out of the thirteen categories judged in the Young Georgia Authors' (YGA) Competition. The purpose of the YGA writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academies. Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition. Click here for a complete listing of all regional winners.
Pictured L-R: John Townsend, Ombudsman Director; Ann Bentley, Committee Member; Jackie Tow, Committee Member; Andrew Mincey, recipient; Tessa Lee Pierce, recipient; Marty Jackson, Committee Member; Lucy Hale, Committee Member; Kay Dixon, Committee Member; and Julie Turner, Committee Member (Not Pictured: Carrie Welch)
During the April meeting of the Gordon County Board of Education, the Floyd-Gordon Employer Committee presented three $500 scholarships to Gordon County Ombudsman students. Andrew Mincey plans to purse an electrical certification following graduation. Tessa Lee Pierce will enter postsecondary training in the field of nursing. The third recipient of the scholarships was Carrie Welch.
HEROD NAMED DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Beth Herod, a Gordon County native and Gordon Central High School alumnus, has been named Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Gordon County Schools. Herod, who has been with Gordon County Schools for five years, has been instrumental in the academic achievement of schools across the system in her previous role of Literacy Specialist. “She is a tremendous asset to our district. Her leadership and her knowledge of curriculum, particularly in the area of literacy, has been invaluable to the success of our students, and she will continue to work toward the goal of increased student achievement system-wide,” stated Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent. Full Story
GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS RECEIVES HIGH MARKS FROM ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE
Pictured L-R: Front: Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Nan Barnette, BOE member; Ashley Walls, AdvancEd Team member; Brittan Ayers, AdvancEd Team member; Virginia Massey, AdvancEd Lead Evaluator; Bobby Hall, BOE member. Back: Chris Johnson, BOE Vice-chair; Charlie Walraven, BOE member; Evan Horton, AdvancEd Team member; Cedric LeJune, AdvancEd Associate Lead Evaluator; Ricky Smith, BOE member; and Brenda Null, BOE Chair.
On March 28-31, AdvancEd conducted an accreditation review of Gordon County Schools. During the three-day visit, the team of educators from three states interviewed more than 170 stakeholders, including parents, community, teachers, Board of Education, Governance Team members, administrators, and students. The team reviewed the District’s self-study report, student achievement data, and evidence files. Utilizing a standardized scoring tool, team members observed classrooms and rated the level of student engagement.
During a called meeting of the Board of Education on the final day of the review, the AdvancEd team lead evaluator, Virginia Massey, delivered the team’s findings, including a numerical score for overall achievement, made up of four domains. Gordon County Schools exceeded the AdvancEd network average (278.34) by a considerable margin, with a score of 318.54. The domain considered the core business of the district - teaching and learning- scored exceptionally high, with an overall score of 333.33, as compared to the network average of 268.94. Further, the district was noted for its governance structure effectiveness, as well as its student and teacher advocacy and instructional coaching program. FULL STORY