November 15, 2018
Valley Point Middle School Parents and Staff,
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the status of the temporary driveway that enters the VPMS campus from Old Field Road. Over the last several weeks, we have received several complaints about the condition of the driveway. Although the construction contractor has made every effort to repeatedly grade the drive as potholes develop, it has proven to be a futile effort. This is especially true given the extremely wet weather we have experienced in recent months.
Our Facilities Department has enlisted the help of the school system’s architect and geo-technical engineering firm to find a cost-effective solution that will improve and maintain the driveway in an acceptable condition for the next eighteen months. I am happy to report that while students are out next week on Thanksgiving break, contractors will be re-grading the driveway and installing a surface stabilization compound designed to harden the current gravel surface into a solid form. Our geo-technical engineer advises us that this compound will prevent the driveway from washing out or developing potholes in the future.
As a reminder, this is a temporary driveway and not intended to be a public road. For the safety of everyone involved, we ask that all motorists adhere to a 10 mph speed limit. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding while we work to build a great new facility for the awesome students, staff, and community of Valley Point Middle School.
Assistant Superintendent for Operations
16 de Noviembre de 2018
Estimados Padres y personal de la Escuela Secundaria Valley Point:
Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para informarle sobre el estado del camino de entrada temporal para ingresar al campus de VPMS desde Old Field Road. Durante las últimas semanas, hemos recibido varias quejas sobre la condición del camino de acceso. Aunque el contratista de la construcción ha hecho todos los esfuerzos para que el camino este en buenas condiciones se siguen haciendo baches y es un esfuerzo inútil. Esto es especialmente cierto dado el clima extremadamente húmedo que hemos experimentado en los últimos meses.
Nuestro Departamento de Instalaciones ha solicitado la ayuda del arquitecto del sistema escolar y la firma de ingeniería geotécnica para encontrar una solución rentable que mejore y mantenga el camino de entrada en condiciones aceptables durante los próximos dieciocho meses. Me complace informar que mientras los estudiantes estén la próxima semana en el receso de Acción de Gracias, los contratistas volverán a arreglar el camino de entrada e instalarán un compuesto de estabilización de superficie diseñado para endurecer la superficie de grava actual en una forma sólida. Nuestro ingeniero geotécnico nos aconseja que este compuesto evitará que el camino de entrada se humedezca o desarrolle baches en el futuro.
Como recordatorio, este es un camino temporal y no pretende ser una vía pública. Para la seguridad de todos los involucrados, pedimos que todos los conductores se adhieran a un límite de velocidad de 10 mph. Muchas gracias por su paciencia y comprensión mientras trabajamos para construir una gran instalación nueva para nuestros increíbles estudiantes, el personal y la comunidad de la Escuela Secundaria Valley Point.
Asistente del Superintendente de Operaciones
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New Traffic Pattern at Valley Point Middle School
Valley Point Middle School will implement a new traffic flow at the start of the school year. All parent traffic will now enter the school from Old Field Road. Click here to view a map of the new traffic pattern.
*Please note that this change will not effect the Valley Point Elementary School traffic pattern.
In Georgia, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) prepares Georgia’s State, Local, and School Annual Report Cards. The Annual Report Cards contain test results as well as other information relevant to school performance toward the goals of student achievement and school completion. The Report Card is in compliance with both state and federal laws with respect to reporting requirements. GOSA partners with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to produce the K-12 Public Schools Reports since much of the data comes from GaDOE.
Whitfield County Schools participates in a gifted screening process each year. The consideration window and nomination for the testing process for elementary and middle schools will begin in January. School personnel and parents may nominate their child for this consideration. Testing will be conducted in February. Please contact your child's school if you have any questions.
The Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 provides Georgia public schools with a measurement system to satisfy all requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The survey is also used to guide school prevention and intervention programs and for grant funding. The GSHS 2.0 for middle and high school students covers topics such as school climate and safety, graduation, school dropouts, alcohol and drug use, bullying and harassment, suicide, nutrition, and sedentary behaviors. The GSHS 2.0 for elementary students includes school safety and school climate questions.
Whitfield County Schools is one of four recipients in Georgia to receive an Innovative Fund grant from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. The grant, totaling over 550 thousand dollars, will fund Beyond the Classroom, a program that will serve over 1,500 children and parents throughout the year in Learning Academies, Power Lunches, Summer Literacy Camps, and other literacy events through partnerships with Dalton State College, the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership, and the Northwest Georgia Regional Library.
As of November 1, the Department of Education has published its new financial data reporting tool as required by HB 139. HB 139 required the aggregation and publication of a variety of financial information for all school districts, such as revenue and expenditure data, capital construction costs, recent audits, and similar reports. The reporting system can be found at the link above.