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
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.
BROCK TO LEAD RED BUD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
During the June 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Debra Brock was named Principal at Red Bud Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016. The move comes following an extensive interview process that began after the resignation of Katie Vaughan earlier this month. Debra Brock currently serves as the assistant principal for Red Bud Elementary.
Following a career in the business sector as a private business owner, Brock embarked on the world of education as an elementary school teacher. Since 2006, when she joined the Gordon County Schools’ family, Brock has served as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal. She holds undergraduate and specialist degrees in curriculum and instruction, and an additional graduate degree in Educational Leadership and Administration.
“I am thrilled to have Debra stepping into the role of principal at Red Bud Elementary School,” said Dr. Susan Remillard, Gordon County Schools’ Superintendent. “As a true leader of learning, she will be a tremendous asset to the stability and continued growth of RBES.” Skipper Stewart, Chairperson of the Red Bud Elementary Local School Governance Team expressed the following, “I could not be more pleased with the outcome of last week’s interviews. Mrs. Brock will bring familiarity and a strong background in teaching and learning to a school poised to go to the top. I appreciate the governance team allowing me to represent them on the interview committee and can say without hesitation, Mrs. Brock met every single quality that both the teachers and the governance council outlined as quality characteristics needed for Red Bud’s new principal.”
Brock is excited about the opportunity to lead the school she has helped to foster in various capacities since 2010. "I am honored and grateful to accept the responsibility of being the new principal of Red Bud Elementary School. In 2010 I became the math specialist at Red Bud, followed by assistant principal in 2013. Since that time, I have come to know and love each and every member of our faculty and staff, our students and the entire Red Bud community. I plan to maintain an open-door policy for all stakeholders, and I look forward to continuing to build on the reputation that Red Bud has established within the community."
GORDON CENTRAL'S LUMPKIN WINS NATIONAL TITLE
Gordon Central High School students, Gabe Soto and Sly Lumpkin, under the guidance of Advisor Tim Watkins, competed in National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY in late June. Soto faired well to finish 30th in the country, and Sly Lumpkin brought home the National title and was awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship and prize money. Congratulations to these Warriors! FULL STORY
GCHS AUTOMOTIVE TEAM QUALIFIES FOR NATIONALS
The team from GCHS burst on the scene earlier this year with a good showing at Hot Rodder’s of Tomorrow at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The students had to follow strict guidelines in the disassemble and reassemble process.
Nationals are held at two different events in October and December. “The events are SEMA car show in Las Vegas in October and PRI car show in Indianapolis in December,” said Watkins. “As of now, only 38 teams nationwide are qualified for Nationals. Of the two shows, we were selected to compete at SEMA in Las Vegas.”
The team consists of Tristan Barnette, Sly Lumpkin, Dixie Stwart, Chris Lane, Gavin Miller, and Jessi Brooks. Additionally, Sly Lumpkin and Gabe Soto will travel to Lousiville, KY to compete in the 2016 SkillsUSA National Competition in Motorcycle Technology and Collision Repair. FULL STORY
LT. GOV. APPLAUDS STATE BOE ON GORDON COUNTY TEN YEAR CHARTER SYSTEM RENEWAL
(ATLANTA)- On June 9, Gordon County School’s charter was renewed for a ten year term by the State Board of Education. This action will allow Gordon County Schools to expand on the initiatives already in place as they continue to institute changes proven to increase student achievement. Charter Systems have been instrumental in advancing innovative polices to realize new educational opportunities in Gordon County.
“Gordon County Schools have made tremendous strides in student achievement and performance since becoming a Charter System,” said Lt. Gov. Cagle. “I’m thrilled that the State Board of Education saw fit to extend their charter, allowing Gordon County to build on the foundation they already have in place. This is a great day for their community as they continue to incorporate innovative education policies that will benefit students, teachers and parents for years to come.” FULL STORY
HALL NAMED TO GOVERNOR'S ADVISORY COUNCIL
Brian Hall, an English teacher and alumnus from Gordon Central High School and Gordon County Schools’ 2016 Teacher of the Year, was recently asked to serve on the Governor’s Education Advisory Board to provide teacher perspective on recommendations from the Education Reform Commission. During the State of the State address in January, the Governor stated that he would appoint a Teacher Advisory Committee to review and provide input on the recommendations that specifically relate to teachers such as teacher recruitment and retention, the implementation of competency-based education, and the elements districts should consider including as they transition to new compensation models. The Governor’s Office solicited teacher recommendations from RESA directors, superintendents, other educational leaders throughout Georgia, and legislators. Hall will be one of fourteen members of the Teacher Advisory Board, representing teachers from across the state, who will advise the Governor and his administration on policy issues affecting classroom teachers and education as a whole.
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.