News You Can Use - 10/30/2006

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/30/2006 - 11/05/2006

Mill Creek High’s senior honors and gifted British Literature students will sponsor the 2nd Annual Medieval Festival on Oct. 27 during the day. Students spent eight weeks researching the middle ages. They will be in period costume performing ballads they have written. For more information, call Christa Naylor at 678-714-5850.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band received Superior Ratings in all categories at the Greater Atlanta Area Marching Band Festival and contest on Oct. 14. The Color Guard was awarded the Grand Champion Award. In addition, the band took 7th place at the Tournament of Champions competition in North Carolina earlier this month. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

The Comet Climate Group of South Gwinnett High will host a Parent Open Forum on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the school theater. For more information, call 770-972-4840.

Five Forks Middle will host the 2nd annual Family Literacy Night on Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Science Facts and Science Fiction: What if…?” Stations will be set up around the school to explore scientific ideas presented in some of the great science fiction books. For example, how realistic is the idea of cloning DNA in “Jurassic Park”? When Jules Verne wrote “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” did he think we could actually travel to the depths of the ocean? What if… it was all true? Additional stations will include displays on astronomy, plant life, a forensics play, nanotechnology, and a planetarium. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

On Nov. 3, Rebecca Minor Elementary will host the school’s third annual “Moon Over Minor” event, a family camping experience. Activities will revolve around science and nature during the evening hours. Families will spend the night in tents on the school field. For more information, call Sherie Green at 678-380-7249.

GCPS will hold a Certified Teacher Job Fair on Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Peachtree Ridge High, located at 1555 Old Peachtree Rd. in Suwanee. Applications may be obtained at by calling the Application Line at 678-301-6073.

Mill Creek High Military History Club members will host a Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 10. Throughout the day, classes will participate in the event. A panel of teachers who have served in the military will be available for questions. Military uniforms will be on display for students to view. For more information, call 678-714-5863.

The annual Miss Mill Creek Scholarship Pageants will be held in the theater on Nov.10 and 11. The pageants are open for ages 3 to 12th grade. The middle school pageants will be held Nov. 10. The remainder of the pageants will be held on Nov. 11. High school interviews will take place on Nov. 5. For more information, call 678-714-5850 or visit

A Berkmar High community celebration is on the schedule for Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Interested alumni are gathering regularly to plan the event. The last planning meetings is Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Berkmar High Media Center. The planning committee is looking for memorabilia to be part of the “Berkmar over Time” display. For more information, call Diana Preston at 770-921-3636, or visit

Duluth Center Stage Alliance presents the musical “Mame” Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m. in the Duluth High Theatre. The Duluth High theatre group has a cast of more than 60 actors, singers, technicians, and musicians who bring to life one America’s most entertaining musicals. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in November from Vanette Vedder at the school, and also at the door. For more information, visit

The Peachtree Ridge High Robotics Club members have been working on eight separate robot designs involving 45 students, three faculty members and two parent mentors. The robots are moving at this time and the student teams are in heated discussions over their final designs. For more information and to arrange taking photos, email Larry Block at,or Diane Clausen at

Instructional Materials Review runs through Oct. 31. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for social studies for grades 6–12. The review runs through Oct. 31. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center, Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee, or at the Grayson HS Technical Education Program Building, located at 40 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville. For information on the instructional materials review process, contact Lisa Burleson at 678-301-7011.
Instructional Support Center:
Monday–Friday, through Oct. 31, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Grayson HS Technical Education Program Building:
Monday–Friday, through Oct. 31, 7 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Gwinnett County Public Schools invites community members and employees to participate in its annual review of Gwinnett's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Employees and community members have until Friday, Nov. 3, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. Click here for the AKS Review Form.

Mill Creek High has several fundraisers sponsored by the Key Club for the upcoming months. Students will work at a car wash on Nov. 4 at the Buford Sam’s Club to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Funds will be donated in the name of one Mill Creek’s students, Courtney Brissey, who will run a half marathon to benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. Late in October, students will collect canned goods and money for UNICEF. The Key Club will collect money and food to be distributed at Thanksgiving. Students are planning a toy collection for a local shelter for Christmas. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

“The Author in You - Carmen Deedy” Entertaining audiences with her energetic and charming style, Carmen Deedy has been telling tales of growing up Cuban in Decatur, Ga., for more than a decade. Best known for her award-winning children’s books “The Library Dragon” and “The Yellow Star,” Ms. Deedy also is a critically acclaimed professional storyteller. Tune in to learn more about her thoughts on being a writer and hear her share a rich and compelling story of giving back to the world. This 30-min. program airs Oct. 30-Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Telling Stories: Nikki Grimes- Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Born and raised in New York City, Nikki Grimes began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing poems and stories ever since. Ms. Grimes has received numerous honors for her books, including the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and recognition from the American Library Association and NAACP. During this program, Ms. Grimes reads from and discusses two of her well-known books— “What is Goodbye?” and “Talkin About Bessie”— with moderator Maria Salvadore. This 60-min. program airs live on Fri. Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This program, a valuable language resource and learning opportunity, is now airing on GCPS TV. The 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially to the needs of educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday–Sunday, through Nov. 19. (A new class will air each week, beginning on Monday.)

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through Oct. 31 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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Nov. 6-10 is School Psychology Week.

Nov. 7 is a Student and Teacher Holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Nov. 10 is the federal observance of Veteran’s Day.

Nov. 12-18 is American Education Week.

National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week run Nov. 13-19.

Nov. 15-16 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

Nov. 16 is National Parental Involvement Day.

Nov. 19-25 is National Family Week.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 21.

Nov. 22-24 is Thanksgiving break for students and teachers.

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

Alford Elementary
Alton C. Crews Middle
Arcado Elementary
B.B. Harris Elementary
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Bethesda Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Brookwood High
Collins Hill High
Corley Elementary
Creekland Middle
Dacula Elementary
Dacula High
Dacula Middle
Duluth High
Duluth Middle
Duncan Creek Elementary
Five Forks Middle
Fort Daniel Elementary
Frank N. Osborne Middle
Freeman's Mill Elementary
Grayson Elementary
Henry Partee Elementary
J.C. Magill Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle
J.G. Dyer Elementary
J.P. McConnell Middle
Kanoheda Elementary
Knight Elementary
Level Creek Elementary
McKendree Elementary
Meadowcreek Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Monarch School
Mountain Park Elementary
Nesbit Elementary
Norcross High
Parkview High
Parsons Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
Rebecca Minor Elementary
Rock Springs Elementary
Rockbridge Elementary
Snellville Middle
South Gwinnett High
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary
Sycamore Elementary
W.C. Britt Elementary
Walnut Grove Elementary