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.
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.
STEPHENS NAMED GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS' TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Caroline Stephens from Tolbert Elementary School was named Gordon County Schools’ District Teacher of the Year during the Teacher of the Year Banquet held on April 20. Caroline was chosen following a lengthy process that included school nominations, applications, and observations. Other finalists included Christy Smith from Fairmount Elementary and Julie Thomas from Sonoraville Elementary School. Nominees were from Ashworth Middle- Jessica Westmoreland; Belwood Elementary- Sidney Shipley; Gordon Central High School- Penny Dobson; Red Bud Elementary School- Heather Duncan; Red Bud Middle School- Gwin Culberson; Sonoraville High School- Hannah Nelson; and W. L. Swain Elementary School- Meagan Rice. In addition to the gifts presented to the other finalists, Caroline received an Apple Watch, as well as the opportunity to attend any conference of her choice during the 2017-18 school year, with all fees and expenses paid by the school district. Caroline will go on the represent Gordon County Schools in Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.
The banquet was sponsored by Mohawk Industries, with First Bank of Calhoun and Farmer's Insurance- Kacee Smith agent contributing. Pictured L-R: Dr. Amy Parker, Director of Communications; Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Sket Angland, Tolbert Elementary Principal; Chris Johnson, Board of Education Chairperson; Caroline Stephens, District Teacher of the Year; and Jim Brunk, Mohawk Industries' Chief Accounting Officer, who represented Mohawk Industries in making the Teacher of the Year announcement.
GORDON CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AWARDED BEST ENSEMBLE AND BEST DIRECTION AT SHULERS
The Shuler Awards, fashioned after Broadway's Tony Awards and celebrating excellence in high school musical theatre. Gordon Central High School was named to the distinguished list of schools nominated for Overall Performance and performed their production of The Spitfire Grill during the April 20th awards show. Dr. Kim Watters, Mike Earnest, and Richard Bristow received the award for Best Direction, and the cast earned the honor of Best Ensemble. GPB will air the awards show again on Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m. for those who were not able to view it live. Complete list of all nominees