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The 2013-14 State of Schools Greatness comes from within.

Welcome from John Hall

Forsyth County Schools is proud to be one of the top districts in Georgia and the United States. We are graduating more students and posting higher test scores than ever before. School districts throughout North America are visiting our schools to learn how to utilize technology to increase student achievement and improve operational efficiency. And we are expanding our partnerships with local businesses to approach education differently and prepare the future workforce. Our success has been accomplished through dedication to our mission and a commitment to continuous improvement through the cooperative efforts of all stakeholders.

The Forsyth County News is excited to be a partner with the school system to provide you the 2013-14 State of the Schools, which features a wealth of valuable information in one convenient publication. Additionally, we also provide coverage of our local students, staff and schools in both the Forsyth County News and the South Forsyth News. Our newspapers are also complimented with breaking news and video at www.

After completing three very successful strategic plans, the district is launching a new Strategic Plan this school year to guide us to 2016. This plan was developed with student, staff and community input. It describes our priorities and provides a strong Path to Greatness. As the third fastest growing school district in the United States, Forsyth County Schools has added over 8,000 new students in five years. Additionally, during this period six new schools have opened to total 34 brick and mortar schools and one virtual 6-12 school. As the ninth largest school district in Georgia, Forsyth County Schools continues to maintain the lowest tax rate in metro-Atlanta and the lowest expenditures per child.

Great is accepting no limits. For 15 years Forsyth County Schools annually opened new schools or modified existing schools. However, 2013-14 will be the second consecutive year that there are no funds available for capital improvements to support the student growth, such as renovations, additions and new school construction. 16 schools are over capacity, including four of the five county’s high schools. Across the district, class sizes are at their max and the number of trailers has doubled since last year. Our growth is projected to continue, with an estimated 8,000 new students being added in the next five years.

We are also pleased to be able to bring you valuable advertisements from local businesses. In Forsyth County, we believe a strong school-community partnership is essential for the success of both the school system and our community. As such, I encourage you to take advantage of the offers from local businesses found within these pages. John Hall, Publisher Forsyth County News

To relieve overcrowding and provide room for growth, Forsyth County Schools is working on two projects. The first is redistricting, which will occur this fall for implementation during the 2014-15 school year. More information on this process, as well as opportunities for input, will be communicated in early August. The second is the 2014-2019 Facilities Plan to address instructional (such as curriculum programs, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, special education, and technology support), facilities, safety and security improvements, and financing needs for the next five years. Forsyth County Schools looks forward to working with you to continue moving the bar higher for every child. The district appreciates your continued support and involvement as we continue our Path to Greatness. L.C. (Buster) Evans, Superintendent Forsyth County Schools

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About this publication The 2013-14 State of the Schools is produced by the Forsyth County School’s Public Information and Communication Department. For information, contact jcaracciolo@forsyth. Copyright 2013, Forsyth County Schools


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The FCS Strategic Plan 2013-16: Path to Greatness Core Values Vision: Quality Learning and Superior Performance for All Mission: The mission of Forsyth County Schools is to prepare and

Forsyth County Schools is proud to be one of the top districts in Georgia and the United States. This success has been accomplished through dedication to our mission and a commitment to continuous improvement through the cooperative efforts of all stakeholders. The district’s 2013-2016 Strategic Plan supports achieving our vision. With clear goals and outcomes, the plan describes our priorities and provides a strong Path to Greatness.

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Who We Serve Forsyth County Schools’ primary customer is the individual student. The district works collaboratively with other customers, such as staff, parents, citizens and businesses, to support the primary customer.

Our Path to Greatness: 2013-16 Strategic Plan After completing three very successful Strategic Plans, Forsyth County Schools dedicated the 2012-2013 school year to constructing a new plan to guide the district from 2013 to 2016. This plan, which was approved in February 2013, was developed with broad community and staff input using multiple methods that included one-on-one conversations, focus groups, meetings, and online input.

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School lunches provide a variety of healthy choices to help students fuel up for learning In addition to meeting the high nutrition standards, Forsyth County Schools’ nutrition program is reaching out to local farmers to discuss farm to school partnerships. These partnerships will bring more locally grown products into the cafeterias as well as to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about the foods they eat. School meals are also a great value, with no increase in costs for 201314. Breakfast at school is a convenience for busy families and a great way to get the benefit of the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is $1.25 at elementary school, $1.35 at middle school, and $1.45 at

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orsyth County Schools and The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to create a Free Wi-Fi Directory for students. This online directory provides a list and interactive map of free Wi-Fi hotspots, sponsored by organizations and businesses in Cumming-Forsyth County. The Free Wi-Fi Directory is available at www.forsyth.k12. and also accessible from the school district and school websites. Business owners that want to be added to the Free Wi-Fi Directory can visit www.forsyth. to add their business. General phone: 770-781-9840 • eAudiobooks • eResources • eBooks • eVideos

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Members of the Cabinet include, photographed left to right beginning with the front row:

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orsyth County Schools is projected to serve over 40,300 students this school year, and is the largest employer in the county with over 4,200 full-time employees and 1,500 substitutes. Out of 180 school districts, FCS is the ninth largest school system in Georgia. From the 2011-12 to 2012-13 school year, the district added 1,722 new students. 16 of the district’s schools have outgrown the student enrollment capacity of their schools. 99 trailers are on school campuses to accommodate the growth. FCS is projected to grow to 47,278 students by 2018.

FCS is home to 35 schools: • 20 elementary • 9 middle • 5 high schools • The Academies for Creative Education (A.C.E.) that includes one 6-12 online school, iAchieve Virtual Academy. A.C.E. also has two programs, Forsyth Academy/ Academy @ Night for high school students, and Gateway Academy, an alternative program for middle and high school students. To contact a principal or assistant principal, visit www.forsyth.k12.

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Left to right:

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Forsyth Dental Partners announces the addition of Dr. Leslie M. McGuinn to our practice. At Forsyth Dental Partners you can feel comfortable entrusting our team of professionals with the dental health of your family. We’ve built our reputation through years of providing comprehensive dental care focused on your individual needs and goals in a low-pressure, comfortable environment. The primary office of Forsyth Dental Partners has been located at 312 Tribble Gap Road in Cumming, GA for 19 years. We have recently opened a second location at 2390 Thompson Road, Dawsonville, GA. For your convenience, Dr. Leslie McGuinn can be reached at both locations.

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Left to right, beginning with the first row:

Principal, School

2013-14 Projected Enrollment

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The Board of Education

Video broadcasts of board meetings are available at the Friday after each meeting and also on TV Forsyth, Comcast Channel 23


he Forsyth County Board of Education consists of five members who are elected by district to staggered, four-year terms. The primary role of the board is the legislation of the school system policies, which are executed under the direction of the school superintendent. Meetings of the board are held monthly, with agendas and meeting minutes available for review at boe. Video broadcasts of the meetings are available at www. the Friday after each meeting and also on TV Forsyth, Comcast Channel 23. 2013 monthly meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays: August 15, September 19, 24

October 17, November 14 and December 12. Meetings are open to the public and held at 1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming. Communicate with your Board of Education at the email addresses listed by each board member’s name on the map or by mail to Board of Education, Forsyth County Schools, 1120 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, GA 30040. Highlights of Board of Education work sessions and regular meetings are communicated to the public in Board Briefs, which are sent by email the Friday after each regular meeting. To subscribe visit

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Left to right, beginning with the first row:

Principal, School 2013-14 Projected Enrollment Alyssa Degliumberto, Johns Creek ES 860 Barbara Vella, Chattahoochee ES 814 Debbie Smith, Coal Mountain ES 583 Ron McAllister, Kelly Mill ES* 1181 (2 trailers) Charlley Stalder, Matt ES 1007 Tracey Smith, Mashburn ES 592 Paige Andrews, Silver City ES 933 Polly Tennies, Chestatee ES 1069 Amy Davis, Haw Creek ES 801 Eileen Nix, Sawnee ES 1266

Elementary School

Pam Pajerski, Cumming ES Rebecca Johnson, Shiloh Point ES* Kristan Riedinger, Vickery Creek ES* Todd Smith, Midway ES* Kathy Braswell, Brookwood ES Amy Bartlett, Sharon ES Lee Anne Rice, Settles Bridge ES* Sherri Black, Big Creek ES Lynne Castleberry, Whitlow ES* Eric Ashton, Daves Creek ES*

959 1267 (5 trailers) 1061 (2 trailers) 799 (11 trailers) 736 837 1045 775 1124 1236 (4 trailers)

*Student enrollment growth has surpassed the capacity that the school was built to accommodate.

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itslearning Program The integration of itslearning with Infinite Campus provides for a streamlined experience for students, parents and teachers


orsyth County Schools is excited to introduce a new instructional learning platform called itslearning for students and teachers. itslearning replaces several educational tools used in the district including ANGEL (learning management) and Edusoft (classroom assessment). The integration of this system with Infinite Campus (student information system) provides for a streamlined experience for students, parents and teachers.

Benefits for Students: • View assignments from all classes in one screen • View current and past due assignments across courses • Immediate feedback on submitted assessments • Recommended learning activities based on learning preferences Links to itslearning are provided on the district and school websites. It can also be accessed at https://forsyth. More information and video trainings for parents are posted on the site. ■



Benefits for Teachers:

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• Single platform for instructional content, assessments, grades and attendance • Standards aligned instructional resource library • Online and offline assessments • Communities of Practice for collaboration and professional development

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Benefits for Parents: • Single log in to view all children • Access to instructional content • View of current and past due assignments across courses • Access to student grades (6-12) • Overview of each student’s performance against standards

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Job Opportunities for High School Students To place a listing as an employer or search jobs as a student, visit jobboard


orsyth County Schools is pleased to provide a new online Job Board for opportunities specifically available to high school students. Job posting services are available to local businesses and organizations for assistance in seeking qualified employees or interns. To place a listing as an employer or search jobs as a student, visit jobboard.


ual Enrollment is when high school students take college courses, such as from the University of North Georgia or Lanier Technical College, while enrolled as a high school student, and receive credit both at the high school and college. The program offers meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students, including those who might not otherwise have access to early college opportunities. For more information about Dual Enrollment, including 2013-14 information nights, contact your school counselor or


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training based on competency standards developed by business and industry, an intense focus on soft skill development/employability skills, support through a work-site mentor, a school WBL coordinator, and a Career Development Coordinator at the district level. Consult your school counselor, school WBL coordinator, or visit for more information.

visit dualenrollment. Forsyth County Schools’ Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities are structured experiences that connect a high school student’s career goal and career pathway with a productive work environment. The WBL program includes on-the-job training guided by a skilled work-site mentor, State of Schools 2013-2014

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What can you do to avoid getting the flu? • Vaccination. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. • Wash hands with soap and water or, if not available, use hand sanitizer. • Avoid close contact with people who show flu-like symptoms. • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. These are entry points for germs to get into bodies. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. • Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet.

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Courtney Stokes Brookwood Elementary Kristen Miskovsky Chattahoochee Elementary Lisa Lucas Chestatee Elementary Amelia Wolfer Coal Mountain Elementary Denise Webb Cumming Elementary Edna Webb Daves Creek Elementary Suzanne Pitz Gateway Academy John Lents Haw Creek Elementary Gail Gilmartin Johns Creek Elementary Tricia Reichling Kelly Mill Elementary Kathleen May Mashburn Elementary  Pat Rice Matt Elementary Joy Dee Cooper Midway Elementary Julie Wolfrum Sawnee Elementary Bethany McBrayer Settles Bridge Elementary Sarah Rising Sharon Elementary Jackie Smith Shiloh Point Elementary Scott Gaglione Silver City Elementary Brandi Helms Vickery Creek Elementary Andrea Summervill Whitlow Elementary Eva Bumgardner Lakeside Middle Laurie Cook Liberty Middle  Josh Tyree Little Mill Middle Christine Davis North Forsyth Middle Tamera Holzer Otwell Middle Beth Richardson Piney Grove Middle Theresa Witalis Riverwatch Middle Mary Cartenuto South Forsyth Middle Liz Watterson Vickery Creek Middle Tylene Foster Forsyth Central High Lucas Roof Lambert High Joe Hannaford North Forsyth High Jodie Marshall South Forsyth High Nick Crowder West Forsyth High Anita Perez-Studdard Big Creek Elementary

2013 Forsyth County Teacher of the Year 2013 High School Teacher of the Year Nick Crowder – South Forsyth High School, (Engineering) Technology Education Nick received his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining South Forsyth High School in 2008, he taught at Forsyth Central High School and Vickery Creek Middle School. Nick advises the Technology Student Association where they sponsor at least two community events each year such as food drives, collecting for Toys for Tots and various other non-profits. He is a member of Browns Bridge Church where he also serves as the producer on the Tech Team.

TOTY finalists included: 2013 Middle School Teacher of the Year Liz Watterson – South Forsyth Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade Math 2013 Elementary School Teacher of the Year Courtney Stokes – Big Creek Elementary School, 2nd Grade 2013 Forsyth County Counselor of the Year: High School: Tom Neighbour Middle School: Connie Hohulin 34

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Career, Technical and Agricultural Education


orsyth County Schools’ Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program is a partnership with business/ industry to provide “seamless” instruction that connects academic and technical skills to future educational and career opportunities. Programs are supported through advisory councils comprised of community, business, and educational leaders that have on-going discussions about economic and workforce initiatives impacting Forsyth County and how best to shape CTAE programs based on the local needs of our community.

Areas include:

• Agriculture/Plant Science • Arts, A/V, Technology, and Communications • Biotechnology Research and Development • Business Management and Administration • Computer Information Support and Services • Computer Networking

• Computer Programming • Cosmetology • Culinary Arts • Education and Training • Engineering and Technology • Fashion Marketing • Food and Nutrition • Finance/Accounting • Government/JROTC • Health Science • Manufacturing Technology • Marketing and Management • Small Business Development • Sports and Entertainment Marketing • Transportation/ Automotive Service Technician • Web and Digital Communications After leaving high school, CTAE students continue at colleges, universities, and two-year technical colleges. For more information visit http://www.forsyth.k12. State of Schools 2013-2014


The 2013 Celebration of Excellence was attended by 550 people, and was a great success! Thank you to our title sponsor,

and our other sponsors. Mentor of the Year: Robert Scott Friend of the School: Jack Schiff of Rewarding Minds Volunteer of the Year: Mentor Me and Ali Margelli Silver Program of the Year: Evan Profeta State Farm Insurance  and Ned Colley of Texas Instruments Gold Program of the Year: Sawnee EMC and Hansgrohe, Inc. Don Hendricks Partnership of the Year Award: Siemens, Inc.

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Retirees Congratulations to Forsyth County Schools’ 2013-14 retirees! Thank you for your dedication and devotion to the students, and making FCS one of the best school districts in the nation! Jody Bancroft Psychologist CO Peggy Bertasi Grade 1 Teacher CHA Patsy Bray Custodian NFM Gladys Bruce Food Service Asst NFM Rebecca Buck Sp Ed Facilitator CO Margo Carnes Art Teacher WFH Beverly Carter Math Teacher SFM Nancy Claxton Grade 5 Teacher CHA Wayne Clements Art/Drama Teacher CME Patricia Crocker Sp Ed Coordinator CO Reba Culpepper IRR Teacher GWE Sue Derison Dir Inf Systems HEC Connie Dyer English Teacher FCA Deborah Earnest Custodian CME Robertine Finnemore Bus Driver TRANS Joanie Fowler K Parapro SPE Carol Franklin IRR Teacher NFM Dora Freeman Food Service Asst NFM Norma Goss Bus Monitor TRANS Diana Graf LA Teacher LMM Gracie Grant Bus Monitor TRANS Doris Gravitt Food Service Asst MAT Linda Gravitt Food Service Asst MID Phyllis Green K Parapro SAW Carolyn Greene Bus Monitor TRANS Cathy Grindle Media Specialist CHE Jeanette Grindle Custodian CHA Cindy Hansard Graduation Coach NFM Raylene Hubbard HR Manager CO Mary Jarrell Bus Driver TRANS Myltreda Jensen 50% SLP SFM Marian Jordan Media Center Parapro FCH Cynthia Kierbow K Teacher CME Pamela Knatt Counselor BCE Thomas Lamb 50% EIP Teacher MAS Gerry Ledsinger Sp Ed Para CHATT Janet Little Pre-K Parapro GWE Donna Lynch Grade 1 Teacher VCE Edward Magee Custodian LHS Wayne Martin Bus Driver TRANS

Steve Mashburn Coor Online Lear Janet McDaniel K Teacher Sue McDonald Science Teacher Donna Morris Principal Linda Newman Media Specialist Susan Newman Grade 5 Teacher Dien Nguyen Custodian Bonnie O’Neil Counselor P. Suzette Orr English Teacher Patricia Owens Teacher/Sp Ed Para Nancy Perkins Comp Lit Teacher Earnest Pickelsimer Electrician Irene Pless Science Teacher Joanna Poynton Counselor Grace Privette SLP Lenora Pruitt Food Service Beth Richardson Gifted Teacher Barbara Robinette ESOL Teacher Maggie Roe Food Service Asst Lisa Schenk Math Teacher Brenda Shivers DHH Teacher Terri Shugart Math Teacher Doris Stockman Grade 5 Teacher Janice Stokes Pre-K Parapro Patricia Terrell LA Teacher Geraldine Terry Food Service Asst Janis Titshaw English Teacher Doris Treadwell Bus Monitor Susan Turner Assistant Principal Carol Underhill DHH Teacher Kathryn Vogan Gifted Teacher Maureen Wareham Counselor Patrick Webb Gifted Teacher Lavonne Wheeler Sec/Student Records Arlene Wiley Grade 1 Teacher Linda Williams Bus Driver Rhonda Williams Grade 5 Teacher Elizabeth Wood K Parapro Linda Wright Gifted Teacher Carol Zomer Grade 2 Teacher

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schools have the opportunity to gain bonus points to increase their score.

ormerly, school accountability was measured through Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), in which reading, English/ language arts, and math for grades 3-8 and grade 11 were measures of success.

Achievement calculations are derived from all subject tests in the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in grades 3-8 and from all End-of-Course Test (EOCT) subject tests at the high school level. Progress points are based on individual student achievement over time. Schools gain points in this area by having students with normal to high growth as compared to academically similar students across the state. Achievement Gap is calculated by comparing the difference between the mean scale scores for the state and the school’s highest need students. Schools attain high scores in this area by either reducing this gap every year or by maintaining a small gap as compared to the state.

Schools are now held responsible for overall accountability in a more thorough and rigorous measure called the College and Career Ready Performance Indicators (CCRPI). The CCRPI has multiple indicators to determine a school’s performance. A numerical

In May 2013, the state released the CCRPI scores for the 2011-2012 school year, which are posted at www.forsyth.k12. . Forsyth County Schools’ scores were very favorable in comparison to the state. CCRPI scores for the 2012-2013 school year are expected to be published by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in the Fall of 2013.

score (out of 100 points) is given to every school in the state based on a weighted average of Achievement (70 points), Progress (15 points), and Achievement Gap (15 points). Additionally, all 40

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Note: All Holidays are subject to


revisions due to inclement weather.

1-7 5 6 8 28

Early Release Days End of Semester First/Last Day of School Inclement Weather Days Pre/Post Planning/Prof. Dev. Prof. Dev. (Student Holiday) Student/Staff Holidays

July 2013 M T W T 1 2 3 4 7 8 9 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 21 22 23 24 25 28 29 30 31

Preplanning Open House MS Open House ES First Day of School Early Release/Prof.Dev.

August 2013 S M T W T F 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30


17 Days September 2013 M T W T F 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 16 17 18 19 20 23 24 25 26 27 30

S 3 10 17 24 31


2014 T F S 2 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30 31

S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28


18 Days March 2014 M T W T F

25-29 Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

17 Days May 2014 T W T 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 20 21 22 27 28 29

F 2 9 16 23 30

19 End of 1st Semester (89 Days) 20-31 Holiday Break (No School)

16 Days December 2013 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

17 Days June 2014 T W T 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26

F S 6 7 13 14 20 21 27 28



4 5 11 12 18 19 25 26

S M 1 2 8 9 15 16 22 23 29 30

14 Days

Elementary I Elementary II Middle High

Begin 7:40 a.m. 8:20 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 8:25 a.m.

End 2:20 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 3:40 p.m.

1-3 6 20

Holiday Break (No School) Prof.Dev.(Student Holiday) MLK Day (No School)

14 17

Prof. Dev. (Student Holiday) Student/Staff Holiday (President's Day)

14 17 31

Early Release/Parent Conf. (K-12) Inclement Weather Day (#1) Spring Break(No School)

1-4 21

Spring Break (No School) Inclement Weather Day (#2)

18 Days February 2014 M T W T F

22 Days November 2013 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

16-17 Early Release/Parent Conf. (K-12) 18 Student/Staff Holiday

S 7 14 21 28

January M T W 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29 S

20 Days October 2013 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Labor Day (No School) Early Release/Prof. Dev.

S 1 8 15 22 29

F S 5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 19 Days April 2014 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

2 18


Approved 11/15/2012

Early Release 11:50 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 12:55 p.m.

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23 23 26 27-28

Elementary II: 8:20 a.m. Daves Creek Johns Creek Mashburn Midway Sawnee, Silver City Whitlow

Last Day of School End of 2nd Semester (89 Days) Memorial Day Post Planning (Prof. Dev.)

TOTAL DAYS: 178 - Students 187 - Staff

Elementary I: 7:40 a.m. Big Creek, Brookwood Chattahoochee, Chestatee Coal Mountain, Cumming Haw Creek, Kelly Mill, Matt Settles Bridge, Sharon Shiloh Point, Vickery Creek



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The new State of Schools magazine for the 2013-2014 school year!