News You Can Use - 05/17/2004

During the school year, the Department of Communication & Media Relations produces a media tip sheet called "News You Can Use, which is distributed to metro Atlanta news outlets electronically. This publication provides school and system news, including recent honors, upcoming events, calendar items, and photo opportunities at local schools and central office locations. The tip sheet is sent out at the end of each week, and covers news and GCPS items of interest for the coming 7-10 days.

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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
05/17/2004 - 05/23/2004

Nancy Fuhrman, a Sycamore Elementary teacher, was one of 53 metro Atlanta teachers recognized at the metro Atlanta Wal-Mart/Sam's Club 2004 Teacher of the Year breakfast. Winners were awarded a $1,000 to purchase something for their school. For more information, contact Principal Brenda Anderson at 678-714-5770.

Anne Holloway of R.D. Head Elementary was named the Atlanta Metro Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year. Ms. Holloway was chosen from among representatives from DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties and Atlanta City Schools. For more information, call 770-972-8050.

Following is a list of GCPS state-level winners in the PTA Reflections contest. Angela Chaves of Bethesda Elementary went on to the National PTA level competition, where she represented the state of Georgia as the Intermediate Division entry for Visual Arts. The number of state-level award recipients this year was 166, with 16 advancing to national. For more information, contact Joan Duff, Georgia PTA Reflections Chair, at 770-479-3017.
Angela ChavesBethesda ElementaryFirst - Natl Participant
Joel ThompsonBrookwood HighSecond
James KraemerBrookwood HighFirst
McKenzie CarnazzoChattahoochee ElementaryThird
Evan RanftCreekland MiddleFirst
Philip ReesmanDacula HighSecond
Nicholas McReynoldsGwin Oaks ElementarySecond
Kendall MerrittLawrenceville ElementaryFirst
Joyce RorabaughNorcross HighThird
Anna-Marie SmithNorth Gwinnett HighThird
Michelle FontaineNorth Gwinnett HighSecond
Derek VannPinckneyville MiddleSecond
Molly SmithRichard Hull MiddleSecond
Hanna LinRichard Hull MiddleFirst
Alexis KohliSugar Hill ElementarySecond

Winners from Riverside Elementary in the state future problem-solving bowl are Kristen Caroler, Sarah Graham, May Stuck, and Erica Tech. For more information, call 678-482-1000.

Two Parkview High stock market teams won second place statewide in the 2003-04 Stock Market Game, one in the fall and one in the spring. Fall 2003 team members include Chris Gerald, Ben Leathers, and Mark Mange, advised by Mark Leviton. Spring 2004 team members include Megan McDonald, Jesse Myers, and Adrienne Waldrop, advised by Joni Prillaman. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

GCPS held its Regular Education Bus Safety Road-e-o on May 7. The following bus managers won at the Road-e-o competition. Jennifer West of the North Gwinnett cluster took first place. Wendy Watson, a driver in the South Gwinnett cluster, won second place. Elizabeth Fortner, also South Gwinnett cluster driver, won third place. Ms. West and Ms. Watson will progress to the District Competition in Newton County on May 22.

Corie Bolt of Arcado Elementary was recognized May 11 by the Lilburn City Council for her art work, which was judged “best in show” by the Lilburn Women's Club. Her work will be on permanent display in the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

Listed below are the winners of the Law-Related Education Week contests:
Poster Contest
From Berkeley Lake Elementary: Ben Pazol, first place; Jesus Rosas, second place; and Donnkan Lund, third place
From Sycamore Elementary: Nick Maracher, first place
From Lilburn Elementary: Gregorio Rodriquez, second place; Elizabeth Reyer, third place
Essay Contest
From Duluth High: Tyler Davis, first place, Carol Kim, second place
In addition, Tyler Davis, of Duluth High, earned a $500 scholarship. Candace Buckner of South Gwinnett High, Leslie Hankins of Norcross High, and Stephanie Nguyen of Duluth High were named Outstanding Law Students.

Pauline Chung, of Lilburn Elementary, has earned the most Accelerated Reader points this year. She has earned an 300% of her yearly goal. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

All students at G.H. Hopkins Elementary will participate in field days. The schedule includes events arranged by P.E. teachers Jeremiah Eye and Laura Massey for May 17 (Kindergarten), May 18 (1st grade), May 19 (2nd grade and 3rd grade), May 20 (4th grade), and May 21 (5th grade) . For more information, call 770-564-2661.

Ivy Creek Elementary is sponsoring a welcome home event for a soldier returning from a year-long deployment in Iraq. Teacher Mary Albrecht's husband, Gary, will be honored May 18 at 9:45 a.m. The school chorus will sing and the Gwinnett County Firemen's Color Guard will present colors. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

The Sycamore Elementary Student Council was invited to participate in the groundbreaking for a new Krispy Kreme in Buford. A community celebration will be held on May 19 at 10 a.m. The event will feature "Digging for Dollars," in which area schools and non-profit organizations will dig with shovels to uncover approximately $15,000 in fundraising prizes from Krispy Kreme. Sycamore Elementary Student Council officers and 5th grade class representatives will participate, accompanied by Student Council sponsor Kristine Joplin and Principal Brenda Anderson. Student participants are Hannah Bush, president; Ashley Grandchamp, vice-president; Heather Coulson, secretary; Laura Joplin, historian; and 5th grade class representatives David Cruz, Taylor Fedance, Paolette Matute, Mario Orozco, Ryon Riggins, and Kaleb Swanda. For more information, contact Principal Brenda Anderson at 678-714-5770.

The 5th grade Awards Ceremony for G.H. Hopkins Elementary students will be on May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Meadowcreek High Theater. For more information, call 770-564-2661.

G.H. Hopkins Elementary will hold a volunteer tea on May 24 at 10 a.m. to recognize all the volunteers who supported the school this year. For more information, call 770-564-2661.

Meadowcreek Elementary will distribute books purchased through the Reading is Fundamental grant for the third and final time May 24. Through the grant, each child in the school receives a book of his or her choice. The school received the grant last year. In addition, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a sponsor of Reading is Fundamental, will award the school 14 classroom book collections in August. For more information, call 770-931-5701.

Four Berkmar High students will host French students this summer (July 10-30) as part of the North Georgia State College exchange program. The French students are from a high school in Toulouse, France. Hosting students are Ashley Creek, Laura Morena, Aazil Nazarali, and Denisse Pineda. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary is sponsoring Camp Invention, a week-long summer enrichment day camp, for rising 2nd through 6th graders. The camp is scheduled for July 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $199. The camp will foster creativity, teamwork, inventive thinking skills, and science. Call Genie Quinn, camp director, at 770-232-3370, or email Ms. Quinn at For more information, visit

This summer, Sallie Barrett, Richard Hull Middle gifted program teacher, and Lauren Baggett, a former Richard Hull Middle student and current 9th grader at Peachtree Ridge High, have been selected by the Girl Scouts of the USA for the “Natural Science in the Tetons” program to be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 24-30. Every year, Girl Scout councils around the world offer a variety of trips to Girl Scouts through a program called “Destinations.” Lauren and Ms. Barrett will participate in a national bird-banding effort while hiking through the Grand Teton National Park. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Lawrenceville Elementary after-school environmental club created a Colt mascot wall sculpture, which will be displayed permanently at the school. This sculpture is made entirely of recycled items. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

Alton C. Crews Middle Student Council President Coco Keevan presented a paper at the Georgia Schools of Excellence banquet at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 7. She presented a paper, titled “In the Middle: The Georgia Middle School Student,” before 1,500 banquet attendees, including state Superintendent of Education Kathy Cox. Coco was chosen by the Department of Education to represent all middle school students in Georgia. For more information, call Patti Hilley at 770-982-6948.

Students and faculty at Brookwood High celebrated National Library Week April 19-23 with a variety of activities. The Media Center sponsored a book fair featuring the summer reading list. William Wilder, from Young Audiences of Atlanta, entertained students with a rich sampling of stories from the American Revolution and the Civil War. Former professional football quarterback Bobby Hebert, “The Cajun Cannon,” delighted audiences with his stories of growing up in Louisiana. Brookwood High Science Teacher Jamie Chroninger brought her personal reptile zoo to school and thrilled students with her 12-foot boa constrictor, geckos, turtles, and an iguana. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Arcado Elementary students shared their favorite poems at a poetry reading event at the Mountain Park Public Library. Student participants were Quinny Ananthasan, Michelle Ashenfelter, Breanne Case, Katherine Gordon, Katie Jones, Katie McMahon, Madison Reasoner, and Rachel Rice. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

Activities from G.H. Hopkins Elementary:
3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students enjoyed Career Day in the gym on May 5. Students spoke with visitors about becoming an engineer, chef, flight attendant, Delta Marketing representative, cosmetologist, neuroscientist, interior designer, nurse, loan consultant, construction company manager, and U.S. Army drill sergeant.
Kindergarten classes enjoyed "Get Buggy," by High Touch-High Tech on May 10, 11, and 12. The in-school field trip gave the students the opportunity to discover the incredible world of bugs, as well as explore the many ways bugs help our world.
The 1st grade classes enjoyed a Red Cross water safety program on May 12, titled “Whale Tales.” The program helps children learn about safe behavior in and around the water.
The 3rd grade classes participated in an in-school field trip May 13. The activity was a mobile mining adventure allowing students to compare and contrast rocks and minerals.

New immunization laws will be in effect for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Immunizations must be recorded on a Department of Human Resources Form 3231 and on file in the student's in Georgia permanent school record. This information must be documented by the Health Department or your personal physician. Documentation of the following immunizations is mandatory for all 6th, 7th and 8th graders for school attendance:
All students must have a three-part series Hepatitis B (three shots).
All students must show that they have received the Varicella/Chickenpox vaccination or show proof of immunity which indicates that they have already had chickenpox. All students must have at least two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine).
This information must be recorded on the proper GEORGIA FORM (#3231). For more information, contact one of the local health departments- Buford at 770-614-2401, Lawrenceville at 770-339-4283, or Norcross at 770-638-5700.

Web registration for online courses through Buchanan High School of Technology will be open from now until June 3. Online courses are open to high school students and adult learners. The cost for online courses is $285 per course. For summer course offerings and registration, visit the Web site at

This week (May 17-23), tune into Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
“GCPS Focus,” airing at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. each day.
“In Five,” a five-minute news update, airing at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 10 p.m. daily.
Adelphia on Channel 20 BellSouth Entertainment on Channel 21
Charter Communications on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or send an e-mail to A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Better Hearing and Speech Month, and National Physical Fitness Sports Month.

May 23, 24, and 25 are early release days for high school exams.

May 25 is the last day of school.

May 31 is Memorial Day and a GCPS systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m, June 17, 2004, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during May. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.