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GCPS transitions to digital learning Jan. 19-22

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Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announced that it will temporarily transition all in-person learners to digital instruction beginning Tuesday, January 19. (Monday, January 18, is a school holiday.) District leaders will monitor the COVID situation and its effects on staffing to determine its ability to resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 25.

In making this decision, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said “As students returned to in-person and digital instruction this semester, we acknowledged the need to monitor the impact the rising COVID numbers within our community might have on our schools. The reality is that our school system—like our community and the state— is feeling the results of the holidays and winter break. We are experiencing higher numbers of cases, suspected cases, and close contacts among our in-person students and staff. The move to 100% digital learning for the coming week will allow us to effectively serve students while also doing what is best for our students and staff given the current situation.

“The decision to shift to digital is not one that is made lightly,” he said. “However, it is a possibility we have planned for, knowing that the safety of students and staff and our ability to effectively serve students are priorities. While we fully intend to honor the choices our families made for their children in regard to receiving instruction in-person or digitally, the bottomline is that we must have the staff on hand in order to be able to do so.”

Mr. Wilbanks noted that the post-break impact on the district’s ability to effectively staff schools and serve students is a concern. On January 12, GCPS experienced 125 new reports involving employees who tested positive, were suspected of having COVID and were being tested, or had been identified as close contacts. These new cases brought the district’s total number of staff out of school or work to 785, with 460 of those being teachers. This issue is compounded by the shortage of substitutes available, an issue that school districts across the nation are experiencing.

The shift to digital learning next week for all students, coupled with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 18), will provide the time needed for many of our employees who are currently quarantined to return to work. “We understand that the move to 100 percent digital may create hardships for families. That said, we do feel that this is a necessary measure that will provide time for ill employees to get well and for those who are quarantined to be cleared for return to school and work,” Mr. Wilbanks said.

Students will be expected to complete their lessons digitally each day and attendance will be documented. Teachers will report to their schools to deliver their digital lessons. As was done last spring, teachers who have school-aged children will be allowed to bring them to school.

GCPS will offer meal service during this transition to digital learning (Jan. 19-22). Meals will be available for curbside pick-up at schools, and, the district will deliver meals along all bus routes countywide during this time. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route. 

Updates regarding the return to in-person learning on Monday, January 25, will be shared on the district website and through SchoolMessenger messages.

Source: GCPS release

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PCBA’s Accepting Applications for Two Scholarships

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The Peachtree Corners Business Association (PCBA) is excited to announce our eighth annual scholarship opportunity for local high school Seniors who demonstrate community spirit and initiative and meet the requirements.  The scholarship program was established to raise awareness among high school students of the need to give back to the local community & school.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 – 2021 Student Scholarship Program.  The PCBA will award two $1,000 scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors.

Students are invited to apply now by completing the Scholarship Application through midnight on March 17, 2021.  Submit your COMPLETE application by March 10, 2021 to enter a special raffle.

Applications should be emailed to scholarship@peachtreecornersba.com.

Sealed Transcripts may be sent to the PCBA office at
4989 Peachtree Parkway Suite 200
Peachtree Corners, GA  30092.

Click Here for the Current Scholarship Application for Eligible Graduating Seniors

Qualifications Include:
– Must be a Senior & at least one of the following to qualify:
– Resident of Peachtree Corners
– Senior at Norcross HS, Wesleyan HS, Paul Duke HS, or Duluth HS
– Child of PCBA Member

Applications must include the application form, a copy of the student’s sealed, or official transcript showing cumulative GPA, and essay of 500 words or less describing why you are the best candidate for the scholarship including three (3) things you have learned during Covid-19 that you believe will help you in the future and a separate page listing any of the following the student has been associated with, and give a brief description of your involvement:

  1. School Organization Affiliation
  2. Sports Affiliation and Extra-Curricular Activities
  3. Areas of Community Involvement
  4. Personal time donated to Charitable/Humanitarian causes
  5. Activities completed or participated in due to Covid-19 restrictions to support the community, healthcare workers, first responders, and others.

Click Here for the Current Scholarship Application for Eligible Graduating Seniors

“The PCBA is proud to continue this scholarship opportunity, which recognizes local students who have positively impacted the community,” says Mona Lippitt and Janice Crosby, the PCBA Community Outreach Co-Chairs.  “In previous years, we were impressed at the dedication to community service we saw from applicants. We look forward to honoring the deserving students who receive these scholarships, especially during these challenging times” shares Lippitt and Crosby.  Funds for the scholarships are raised throughout the year from PCBA membership, sponsorship, and our annual charity event.

For questions regarding the scholarship program, please email scholarship@peachtreecornersba.com

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Greater Atlanta Christian School students celebrate Chinese New Year

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John Cong, a 10th grader, performed a Chinese traditional guitar melody, which he self-taught. Photos from GAC press release information.

Greater Atlanta Christian School‘s Chinese international students shared the Chinese New Year’s rich history with the high school on Friday, February 12th. A core group of students planned for weeks to incorporate the food, décor, and fellowship during a special celebratory school lunch. A traditional fare of dumplings with black vinegar, fried cabbage, jasmine rice, kung pao chicken, and green tea ice cream was served amidst the festive Chinese lanterns, fans, and door couplets.

Eva Zhao and Miranda Cao enjoying a Chinese New Year meal

Students Bob Yu, Eva Zhao, and John Cong created a video inspired by their experiences in China and America, which played during the meal.  Bob, a 12th grader, shared a prayer about his arduous travels as a result of the pandemic and his recent return to his “home” at Greater Atlanta Christian School (GAC).  Eva, a 12th grader, expressed her personal sacrifices of staying in the US instead of returning to China to be with her birth family.  John, a 10th grader, performed a Chinese traditional guitar melody, which he self-taught.

GAC’s high school international students are from China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, and Russia.  Many have chosen a “homestay” option where they live with GAC families and begin their high school studies and graduate from GAC.

Source: GAC Press Release

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Paul Duke Stem HS students place in DECA competition

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DECA competitors from Paul Duke Stem HS. Photo Courtesy of Paul Duke Stem HS.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an international organization that provides high school and college students networking opportunities, social interactions, real life business scenarios and guest speakers from the business community. DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Paul Duke Stem Highschool recently competed in DECA’s virtual conference. Please congratulate these Paul Duke Stem Highschool DECA students and DECA Sponsor Lauren O’Connor!

They had some winners last week! Their students worked really hard and several placed in the top 8 to move on to the international level in April. The top 8 won medals and the top 3 won trophies.

● JJ Mauney – 5th Place Principles of Business & Admin

● Faith Nnakwe – 4th Place Principles of Finance

● Aidan Ventimiglia – 2nd Place Business Finance

● Kasha Salia – 4th Place Quick Service Restaurant

 Abigail Sirakoulis – 3rd Place Job Interview

 Candace Cang & Sarah Tan – 2nd Place Personal Financial Literacy

Candace Cang & Sarah Tan – 6th Place Business Law & Ethics

● Grayson Preston & Jasmine Monroy – GOLD Re-Certified for School-Based Enterprise

● Serenity Howell & Marth Reyes-Sanchez – 1st Place Chapter Chronicles

These students were also competitors and while they didn’t place, they will always be winners to us! Congratulate them on completing a competition in a virtual setting during a pandemic: Landon Shell, Iam Garcia, and Yazarah Jack

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