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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.