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 Pictured with Mr. Cortazal (center) are Mr. Bruce Potts , SHS Principal, Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent, and members of the custodial staff at SHS.

Joe Cortazal, custodian at Sonoraville High School, was awarded the November #GCS2ndMile Award when he arrived at work on Friday, January 5.  Mr. Cortazal was chosen in December to receive the award, but inclement weather delayed the announcement.  Joe received more nominations than any single nominee has received for this award, with 22 people submitting his name for consideration. FULL STORY


PICTURED L-R: Cortney Temples and Superintendent, Dr. Susan Remillard

Cortney Temples, Lead Nurse for Gordon County Schools, has been awarded the  #GCS2ndMile Award for the month of December. Cortney’s nomination included many references to her willingness to go the 2nd mile when it comes to student needs. FULL STORY


 PICTURED L-R: Dr. Susan Remillard, Superintendent; Celena Chastain, Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist; Chuck Langston, Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist; and Bryan Nicholson, Director of Technology

Calhoun, GA – Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital mediaand technology, has recognized Gordon County Schools as a Common Sense District.

Gordon County Schools has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our district's’ commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of Gordon County Schools for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, VP, Education Programs, Common Sense Education. "Gordon County Schools deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

Gordon County Schools has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide.

"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense District" said Bryan Nicholson, Director of Technology.  "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning."

 For more information about Gordon County Schools, go to www.gcbe.org. To learn more about the criteria Gordon County Schools met to become recognized as a Common Sense District, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-districts.



Gordon County Schools showed marked increases in its district CCRPI scores for 2016-17, scoring well above the state average and earning one of the highest CCRPI scores when compared to surrounding school districts. All levels – elementary, middle, and high- saw increases in scores over last year, with many of Gordon County’s individual schools seeing remarkable gains in their respective school scores. FULL STORY


Nomination forms are now available. Employees from various sectors will be recognized throughout the year, and nominations can be made up until the deadline for the award each month.  For more information on the Award, visit our website under the Board of Education tab.