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
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago, Gordon County Schools
Non-Informative: Parent & Family Engagement Month Contest Baskets
VETERANS DAY: Gordon County Schools will be celebrating Veterans Day at each of our local campuses. Check out the events happening this Friday! Ashworth Middle School- Veterans will be honored at the school’s Veterans Day Breakfast on 11/11/22 at 7:45 a.m. Belwood Elementary School- There will be a Veterans Day breakfast on November 11 at 8:00 a.m., followed by a program. Fairmount Elementary School- Veterans will be honored with a parade on November 11th at 8:00 a.m. Gordon Central High School- GCHS will be hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon on November 11th during your student's regularly scheduled lunch period. Red Bud Elementary School- RBES & RBMS will be hosting a Veterans Day Parade on November 11th at 9:00 a.m. Red Bud Middle School- RBES & RBMS will be hosting a Veterans Day Parade on November 11th at 9:00 a.m. Sonoraville Elementary School- SES & SHS will be hosting a Veterans Day Parade on November 11th at 10:00 AM Sonoraville High School- SES & SHS will be hosting a Veterans Day Parade on November 11th at 10:00 AM Tolbert Elementary School- TES will be hosting a Veterans Day Luncheon where students are encouraged to invite veterans to visit with them at lunch on November 11. W. L. Swain Elementary School- Students will honor veterans on November 11 at 8 a.m. with a special breakfast. For more detailed information about the Veterans Day events, check our Community Bulletin Board by visiting www.gcbe.org/bulletinboard #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
3 months ago, Gordon County Schools
Veterans Day Image - Honoring All Who Served
MENTORS WANTED: Help make a difference by becoming a REACH Scholarship Mentor! REACH mentors are volunteers from the community who provide support and guidance to encourage students in grades 8-12 in achieving academic, personal and occupational success. Interested? Contact Dr. Amy Parker at ajparker@gcbe.org for more information! #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
3 months ago, Gordon County Schools
Informative: REACH Scholarship Mentor - If you are interested in becoming a mentor please contact Dr. Amy Parker at ajparker@gcbe.org today!
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 TWO tips are available below and on our website at www.gcbe.org/pfemonth #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily #FamilyEngagement
3 months ago, Gordon County Schools
November is Parent and Family Engagement Month
Week 2 Activities: Turn Junk Mail Into An Effective Learning Tool      Try this fun tip for turning your families junk mail into a learning tool to help your child improve skills in geography, math, map reading, and more.      Appoint you child the family mail detective.  Ask them to examine each piece of mail to find where it came from.  Help search for a postmark and return address.  Once your child pinpoints the places of origin, work with them to:      Locate each place on a map.  Get or print out a large map of the United States.  Your child can use dots to mark where the mail came from.  Have him or her keep track and see if more mail comes from certain areas.  Watch to see if you can receive a piece of mail from each state.       Sort the mail using different criteria.  Sort by state or regions of the country, by climate or by which ocean or mountain range the mailer’s address is closest to.      Measure how far away each place is from your hometown.  Which piece of mail traveled the longest distance?  The shortest distance?      Use a highway map to plan a pretend trip.  Measure the mileage between where the mail originated and your home.  Go online to research interesting places to see or do on your imaginary trip.
Six Gordon County Schools middle school students have been named a Realizing Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholar. The REACH Georgia program provides support for students with academic promise, to help them successfully progress from middle school through college, with a goal of earning a degree. The students will receive scholarship funds upon high school graduation. The GCS REACH Scholar signing day will be held December 5th at the Gordon County College and Career Academy of Design and Advanced Manufacturing. Congratulations to our 2022 REACH Scholars! Emma Derrick MacKenzie Holland Madison Richards Leonardo Parra-Torres Carla Ramirez Hope Loveday
3 months ago, Gordon County Schools
Reach Scholars: Congratulations to our 2022 REACH Scholars!  Emma Derrick MacKenzie Holland Madison Richards Leonardo Parra-Torres Carla Ramirez Hope Loveday
FIRED UP FOOD DRIVE: The annual fired up food drive starts MONDAY! November 7-11, Gordon County Schools will be participating in the Fired Up Food Drive to benefit our community partner, the Voluntary Action Center (VAC). The VAC is looking to collect items that are either canned goods or unopened non-perishable items. #GoCoSchools #GETGCS #OneBIGFamily
3 months ago, Gordon County Schools
VAC Fired Up Food Drive - November 7-11