CELEBRATION: Today, students from the Gordon County College and Career Academy of Design and Advanced Manufacturing competed at SkillsUSA! Jenna McCarty won 1st place in SkillsUSA Region 1 Pin Design. Tommy Roden and Kris Rooks won 2nd and 3rd place in the welding competition. Students that placed in the top 3 at today's event qualified for a spot to compete at State. Congratulations! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
about 12 hours ago, Gordon County Schools
Jenna McCarty
Kris Rooks and Tommy Roden
APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL: Gordon County Schools officials, school board members, Gordon Central High cheerleaders, and other guests joined the students and staff of Tolbert Elementary School today in celebration of the school’s designation as an Apple Distinguished School. TES is the only public elementary school in Georgia to receive this recognition two times. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning personal. Tolbert Elementary continues to be recognized for their use of Apple tools and applications to create pathways for students to explore the world in ways they not otherwise experience. Congratulations Tolbert Elementary! We are so incredibly proud of you!!
2 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A group stands together for a photo
Cheerleaders doing stunts
two students laughing together
A group stands together for a photo
LOCAL HERO: Fairmount Elementary School student, Lane Parker, became a hero when he recently took control of an unfortunate situation. During Thanksgiving break, he was involved in a house fire. He immediately called 911, calmly told them the needed information, and helped get his younger siblings and an elderly relative out of the structure. Captain Jessie Aliberti, Fire Investigator with Bartow County Fire and Emergency Services, was so impressed with Lane and his quick response that she presented him with a certificate and brought him gift cards for ice cream donated by The Southern Creamery. Way to go Lane!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
7 days ago, Gordon County Schools
a student stands holding a certificate
a group of adults stand with a student
PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT TIP OF THE WEEK: Have regular emotional check-ins with your children. During challenging times, children can easily pick up on the stress and worry of adults in their lives. Disruptions to schedules and troubling news stories can leave a child feeling confused and concerned. Set aside time to check in and connect with your child every day. Talk about your day and what will happen tomorrow. Ask them simple questions: “What was the best part of your day?” “Were there any hard parts?” “How did you feel?” “Do you have anything you would like to talk about?” Listen carefully to what your child says so they know their thoughts and emotions are important to you. Visit www.gcbe.org/pfe to learn more about GCS Parent & Family Engagement today. #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
8 days ago, Gordon County Schools
PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT TIP OF THE WEEK: Have regular emotional check-ins with your children.  During challenging times, children can easily pick up on the stress and worry of adults in their lives.  Disruptions to schedules and troubling news stories can leave a child feeling confused and concerned.  Set aside time to check in and connect with your child every day.  Talk about your day and what will happen tomorrow.  Ask them simple questions:  “What was the best part of your day?” “Were there any hard parts?” “How did you feel?” “Do you have anything you would like to talk about?”  Listen carefully to what your child says so they know their thoughts and emotions are important to you.   Visit www.gcbe.org/pfe to learn more about GCS Parent & Family Engagement today.
Good Afternoon Gordon County Schools families, We want to make you aware of recent activities and hoaxes that have been rapidly spreading across the state today. There is a new "challenge'' that references threats of violence on high school campuses. There have not been any threats made against our schools in the GCS system. We work closely with local police departments in our school communities to monitor these types of trends to ensure our schools remain safe. Please know, that should a threat of harm be made to any school within our system, it will be taken seriously and all emergency response protocols will be put into place. This “challenge” is yet another example of a national trend that encourages participation in the spread of false or misleading information. These types of messages disrupt the learning in our schools and create fear amongst our GCS community. As a system, we remain committed to the safety and security of all our students and staff. If you become aware of any concerning messages or behavior, please report it to school administrators and local police immediately. Thank you, Gordon County Schools Communications
10 days ago, Gordon County Schools
GCS Community Update
LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS HOST GEORGIA COLLEGE AND CAREER ACADEMY NETWORK REGIONAL MEETING Gordon County Schools, in partnership with the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce & Calhoun Schools, co-hosted the Georgia College and Career Academy Network (GCCAN) 2022 Northwest College and Career Academy Regional Meeting yesterday at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Nearly 100 local stakeholders, community partners, educators, and district and state leaders were in attendance to discuss local economic development, meeting workforce needs, innovations in industry and education, and highlighting the successes of college and career academies in the region. Gordon County Schools College and Career Academy of Design and Advanced Manufacturing Principal, Leah Newsom, discussed the recent re-branding of the GCS career academy and the expanding opportunities GCS is providing to our students to meet the needs of the growing local workforce. GCS students Hannah Jones and Tyler McGhee shared their experiences as students currently enrolled in the GCS career academy and provided insight as to how the program is helping to shape their career paths after they graduate. Gordon County Schools would like to thank technical college partner, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and lunch sponsor, Georgia Power, for hosting the event. #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
10 days ago, Gordon County Schools
Leah Newsom and Tyler McGhee
Dr. Fraker, Matt Barton and Dr. Taylor
A group shot of adults standing together
A candid group shot of 4 adults
VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMY APPLICATIONS: Gateway Virtual Learning Academy is now accepting applications for the second semester of the 2022-2023. Gateway Virtual Learning Academy is a program designed for high school students who desire a non-traditional route to a high school diploma. The program has both an in-person and online component with flexible scheduling options. All applications are due by December 13, 2022. For more information, visit: https://www.gcbe.org/gatewayacademy To apply today, visit: https://www.gcbe.org/gatewayapplication #GoCoSchools #OneBIGFamily #GETGCS
12 days ago, Gordon County Schools
Non-informative: Gateway Academy Logo
PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MONTH CONTEST: To celebrate Parent & Family Engagement Month, we posted weekly tips filled with activities and ideas to help parents/guardians to engage with their student(s). The GCS community shared photos and videos of their families engaging in the activities on our social media pages and emailed them to our Communications team. Each post received by the families served as an entry into the drawing of one of three Family Prize Packs! We received many entries, and we are excited to announce the winners: Elias Dallas, Becket Hall, and Kylan Daniel! CONGRATULATIONS to you all! Thank you to everyone that participated in the contest!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
22 days ago, Gordon County Schools
Kylan Daniel shows off the activity he completed
Becket Hall shows off the activity he competed
Elias Dallas shows off the activity that he completed
ICYMI: Gordon County School Nutrition has been serving up some excellent Thanksgiving Meals! Check out some of these wonderful dishes made with love by our nutrition staff! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily #MoreThanJustAMeal
22 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A picture of a thanksgiving lunch
A picture of a thanksgiving lunch
WARRIORS AGAINST CANCER: In October, Gordon Central High School launched the “Warriors Against Cancer” campaign where student athletes and members of the pep squad challenged the student body to raise awareness and money to help the local chemo warriors in our community. Through this campaign, students raised over $1,500 dollars to create care bags for patients undergoing chemotherapy and the medical staff that serve them. On Tuesday, students from GCHS visited AdventHealth Gordon to deliver the care bags to cancer patients and the gifts of appreciation for the health care providers at the Cancer Center. Principal Brian Hall, Athletic Director Billy Shackelford, and students from GCHS toured the AdventHealth Gordon Cancer Center and the AdventHealth Harris Radiation Therapy Center, met the cancer care team, and hand delivered care bags to patients who were undergoing chemotherapy treatments in the infusion center. Way to go Warriors!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
22 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A group of students and adults stand together with cancer patient bags
A group of adults stand around a table with gifts
A student presents a gift bag to a cancer patient
A student presents a gift bag to a cancer patient
GC YOUNG FARMERS NEWS: Last night, Gordon County Young Farmers Association hosted a legislator meet and greet at the Gordon County Agricultural Service Center. Senator Chuck Hufstetler, Senator Chuck Payne, and State Representative Matt Barton were present to give updates from the 2022 legislative session and to educate our young agricultural leaders on the legislative process! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
22 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A group of adults and students stand together for a picture
APPLE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL CELEBRATION: Recently, staff at Ashworth Middle School celebrated becoming the first Apple Distinguished Middle School in Georgia! Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence. They use Apple technology to connect students to the world, fuel creativity, deepen collaboration, and make learning personal. Ashworth Middle School has been recognized for the use of their iPad devices as an essential learning tool for finding inspiration, boosting creativity, gaining global insights, and helping students to apply critical thinking skills as they prepare for a successful career in high school and beyond. Congratulations Ashworth Middle!! We are so incredibly proud of you!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
23 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A group takes a picture with the ADS banner
A group takes a picture with the ADS certificate
A group takes a picture with the ADS certificate
A group takes a picture with the ADS banner
SYSTEM LEADERSHIP MEETING: Yesterday, Gordon County Schools system leadership joined together for our monthly leadership meeting. Leaders from across Gordon County Schools met to discuss teaching, learning, and student engagement across GCS. We are so grateful for our #OneBIGFamily and the work our teachers and support staff do daily to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS
23 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A group of adults sit together to discuss classroom engagement
A group of adults sit together to discuss classroom engagement
FIRE HYDRANT REDESIGN CONTEST: Fourth and fifth grade students across the Gordon County Schools system recently had the opportunity to participate in a fire hydrant redesign coloring contest, hosted by Suzanne Roberts and the Calhoun Downtown Development Authority. In each of our local elementary schools, students were given the creative freedom to design a fire hydrant! After receiving a ton of entries, a winner was selected at each GCS elementary school. Each of the six designs will be painted onto fire hydrants in downtown Calhoun by local student artists from Gordon Central High and Sonoraville High. Thank you to Ms. Suzanne Roberts and the Downtown Development Authority for providing this opportunity for our students!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
24 days ago, Gordon County Schools
student stands with a fire hydrant he designed
student stands with a fire hydrant she designed
student stands with a fire hydrant she designed
student stands with a fire hydrant she designed
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR - BOARD RECOGNITIONS: The inaugural Gordon County Schools Employee of the Year awards has been established to recognize the efforts of an individual from each Gordon County Schools department who has demonstrated exemplary support and dedication to their service, their department, the school they serve and the students/staff at their school of service. During the month of October and November, we recognized the first two departments: School Nutrition and Transportation. Joining the GCS Board of Education last night to receive recognition for this outstanding achievement were School Nutrition Employee of the Year, Tammy Fuller and Transportation Employee of the Year, Jane Ridley! Congratulations to you both!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
24 days ago, Gordon County Schools
GCS Board of Education stands with Jane Ridley and Tim Watkins
GCS Board of Education stands with Tammy Fuller and Nicole Head
TRAY OF THE WEEK BOARD RECOGNITION: In October of 2021, the Georgia School Nutrition program launched the Georgia Tray of the Week Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the consistently high-quality school meals served in Georgia schools. Having competed in the year-long, statewide competition, two Gordon County Schools were recognized for their outstanding dishes during the 2021-22 school year. Sonoraville Elementary School was selected as the Tray of the Week winners for their Pizza Power Pack and Sonoraville High School was selected as the winners for their Spaghetti entrée. Joining us at the board meeting last night to accept recognition for this outstanding accomplishment were Sonoraville Elementary School Nutrition Manager, Stacey Lemmermann and Sonoraville High School Nutrition Manager, Kristin Cronk! Congratulations!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
25 days ago, Gordon County Schools
 GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATIONS MEMBERS STAND TOGETHER WITH STACY LEMMERMAN AND KRISTIN CRONK
November is Parent and Family Engagement Month! To celebrate Parent & Family Engagement Month, we are posting weekly tips filled with activities and ideas to help you engage with your child. Please post photos or videos of your family engaging in the activities on our Gordon County Schools social media pages or email them to kpannell@gcbe.org -Each post made by your family will enter you in a drawing to win a Family Prize Pack. -The drawing will take place on November 18, 2022 and the winners will be announced on our website and social media channels! Week THREE tips are available below and on our website at www.gcbe.org/pfemonth #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily #FamilyEngagement
26 days ago, Gordon County Schools
Week Three: Tips for Reading Together - Reading aloud is a great way to boost your child’s vocabulary, listening skills, and problem-solving skills.  Long after children have learned how to read, they still benefit from read-aloud time.  Try these tips for keeping it fun as your child gets older.      Select books that you will both enjoy.  Ask the media specialist or librarian for titles of chapter books with plenty of plot twists and interesting characters.       Select some books that are a little too hard for your child to read alone.  Exposure to challenging books is a great way to increase vocabulary.      Let your child set the stage each day.  Ask your child to summarize what you read the previous day.  Take turns imagining what might happen next.      Take turns reading.  Alternate paragraphs, pages, or chapters.  Help your child sound out difficult words, and look up the meaning of new words.      Talk about what you read.  Ask questions, like “Have you ever faced a situation like the one in the book?” “Do you know anyone like the main character?”      Close the book at an exciting point – this will make you both want to read again tomorrow!
Parent and Family Engagement Month
VETERANS DAY IN GCS: Thank you to all of the members of our Gordon County Schools community for joining us for our Veterans Day Celebrations today. The weather may have not been the best, but that couldn't keep us from honoring our veterans! Thank you to ALL who served!! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
28 days ago, Gordon County Schools
A student stands with an adult
students holding signs
students holding signs
A family eats together
VETERANS DAY: Today we honor our country's military veterans who put their lives on the line for our freedom. Thank you to all who have served. 🇺🇸❤️ #VeteransDay #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
29 days ago, Gordon County Schools
Non-Informative: Gordon County Schools Veterans Day Post - featuring the american flag and veterans in the image
PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MONTH CONTEST: Don't forget to send in pictures of your family completing some of the weekly tips to be entered to win one of these amazing baskets! Parent & Family Engagement month contest tips are available now on our social media pages and on our website at www.gcbe.org/pfemonth Thank you to our Community Partners at Savoy Automobile Museum, Kroger, Jumping Jacks, and Cracker Barrel for your support of the Parent and Family Engagement program! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
about 1 month ago, Gordon County Schools
Non-Informative: Parent & Family Engagement Month Contest Baskets