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Tonight's 7th and 8th grade basketball games are CANCELED!  (01/30)
Upcoming Events
2/2/2015
2/3/2015
Repeating Event - Playgroup
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Girl Scout Meeting
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
2/4/2015
Repeating Event - Community Volleyball
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
 
FWSU NEWS
WARNING OF ANNUAL SCHOOL MEETINGS
We invite the community to access the following legal warnings:
FWSU NAMED APPLE DISTINGUISHED PROGRAM
   
Franklin West Supervisory Union is pleased to announce its recent recognition as a 2014-2016 Apple Distinguished Program. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments. FWSU began implementing a 1:1 iPad program three years ago. The program now includes all students in grades 5/6 through 12 across three member schools including BFA Fairfax, Fletcher Elementary, and Georgia Elementary Middle School.

“I’m excited for all of our schools to receive this recognition from Apple.  Over the past three years, FWSU has gained incredible momentum in realizing its four goals: student-centered learning, student leadership, community engagement, and flexible learning environments.  The 1:1 iPad implementation has developed unparalleled customized learning opportunities for our students,” states Superintendent Ned Kirsch.  “The selection of FWSU as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our rising success.  We are designing innovative and compelling learning environments that engage students in the digital age."

Read the full press release here.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Talent Night!
The 23rd Annual Celebration of Talent Night will be held Friday, February 6th in the big gym beggining at 7:00 PM. Please join our community as we celebrate the young talent in our town! These performances are always fun and memorable! Admission is $2 with a maximum of $6 for families. Performers are free!
 

Tardies and Absences
Pleaes remember to call the GEMS main office if your child/ren will be tardy or absent, even if you have told the classroom teacher.  You can call 524-6358 and leave a message if it is after school hours or on a weekend, or email Corrina at cfavreau@fwsu.org or Aleta at aburns@fwsu.org.  Thank you.
 

January is Step Into Your Future Month

During January all students in grades 7&8 meet in small groups once a week to enjoy a luncheon, and discuss the next steps in their education.  Teachers who lead the groups work with The Step Into Your Future Curriculum designed to help the students prepare for the transition to high school. This program is planned and implemented by the enrichment program and the guidance program.
 

The seventh grade strand provides a foundation for decision making and includes the following topics:  role models and goal setting, developing self knowledge, understanding human behaviors, coping strategies for the demands of high school and planning for the future.  The eighth grade strand has practical information about the value of an education, different types of education, earning potential as it relates to educational levels; drop out statistics, high school graduation requirements and college admission information, and self-advocacy strategies.  Both strands include journal writing and maintain a focus on the importance of resilience. These groups meet on January 8, 13, 20 and 29.  On January 28th the eighth grade students will also meet with a panel of high school seniors who are GEMS graduates.
 

Over the years GEMS students have shown a great deal of appreciation for this program, they tell us it helps with this big transition in their education.

 



 

Gone Fishin'
Mr. Emery spends time in Ms. Johnson's preschool classroom, working with children on identifying letters.  This child is saying, "It's an I!"  The principal confirms.  It's a catch and release program.








 

Sixth Grade teacher
Check here for some up-to-date information on our sixth grade teacher position, and prepare to welcome Katrina Antonovich to the GEMS Staff!
 

2015 Spring Soccer
Registration for the upcoming 2015 Georgia Spring Soccer season is now open. Please complete the attached registration form and return it along with all the required paperwork.  Registrations are due by January 31st!

 Download the form directly Here

This form can also be downloaded from the Georgia soccer website;
www.leaguelineup.com/georgiasoccer

 


 
2015 - 2016 School Registration
It's already time to start thinking about next school year!!  If you have a child who will be age eligible to attend preschool or kindergarten in the fall and they do not currently attend school at GEMS, please email Corrina Favreau at cfavreau@fwsu.org or call the main office to get more information and a registration form



 
Live Y'ers After School Program
 Are you looking for child care? The YMCA After School Program in Georgia has openings.  Are you looking for five days a week for your child? Or are you looking for 3 days?  We can do that as well.  Our schedule follows the school year calendar.  We offer excellent child care.  Throughout the afternoon, children have an opportunity to be outside, do homework,, do amazing crafts and participate in gym games.  They also get a chance to go on field trips.   Please call our main branch in Burlington and ask for Julie Peterson with questions.  802-652-8152