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Upcoming Events
8/3/2014
- Registration Day at GSD
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8/4/2014
10/9/2014
- School Council Meeting
2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
 
School Announcements

 
Are You Ready for the New School Year?
Please use the lists above to prepare yourself for the start of school! To view or print the list, click on the images above, and a pdf will open. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 706-777-2200.

Whitworth: No Summer Football Practice at GSD 

GSD WILL NOT be hosting summer football practice for the 2014 season. Practice will start on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. All players need to report to school on Sunday, Aug. 3, for Registration, not on Sunday, July 27.  
 

Georgia Announces New Testing System

June 4, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Education will implement a new testing system, the Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and the EOCT.
 
Georgia Milestones will be aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) and will require more from students than the CRCT and EOCT it replaces, in order to better prepare students for college and career and to provide a more realistic picture of academic progress. A major benefit of the new system is that it is one consistent testing program across grades 3-12, whereas previously students took a series of individual tests.
 
The increased expectations for student learning reflected in Georgia Milestones may mean initially lower scores than the previous years’ CRCT or EOCT scores. That is to be expected and should bring Georgia’s tests in line with other indicators of how our students are performing, State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said.
 
“We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level but with rigorous, relevant education, to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states,” Dr. Barge said.
 
The new testing system will include open-ended questions to better gauge students’ content mastery. With some exceptions for special education students with specific testing accomodations, Georgia Milestones will be administered entirely online by the fifth year of implementation, compared to 35 percent online administration of the EOCT in 2013-2014.
 
The State of Georgia awarded a bid on Wednesday, May 28 to CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop the new testing system. The award is for a $107.8-million, five-year contract.

Free Summer Meals Offered by the USDA

For many kids, summertime means two things: fun and friends. But when school’s out, that also means that families can’t count on their kids eating meals at school, and already tight family food budgets have to be stretched even further. Parents also know that growing kids have big appetites.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids across Georgia similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, except meals are free to all kids that come to a registered summer meals site.

Summer Meals Programs Details:
  • Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals sites
  • Free summer meals will help families save money and stretch their already tight food budgets
  • Food served at summer meal sites follows USDA nutrition guidelines and are paid for by the USDA
  • Summer meals sites are at safe places for kids to go such as schools, churches, community centers and other places that are safe for kids and teens to go to
  • Many sites offer educational and recreational activities that kids of all ages can participate in so they can eat, hang out with friends and take part in activities offered
  • Parents don’t need to apply to the program to get a free summer meal for their kids. They can simply bring their child to a summer meals site in their community and their kids can enjoy it without the hassle of having to fill out an application.
Find a Summer Meals Site Near You: http://ga.nokidhungry.org/free-summer-meals