News You Can Use - 09/11/2006

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.

View All Archived News You Can Use

News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/11/2006 - 09/17/2006

Gwinnett County Online Campus has been awarded the 2006 Silver Award for Best Practice in Distance Learning Programming by the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the nation’s premier distance learning association. The award is presented to organizations that have designed and delivered outstanding and comprehensive Best Practices for individual programs or a series of programs through online, videoconferencing, and satellite delivery technologies. For more information, call 770-326-8082.

Three GCPS high schools were among the “Top 25” Georgia high schools recognized by Gov. Sonny Perdue for having the highest average SAT scores for 2006. The schools are Brookwood—1629, Duluth—1593, and Parkview—1590. For more information, visit the Georgia Department of Education website at

Deborah Harris and Kelly Walter of Meadowcreek High presented at the National High Schools That Work Conference in Orlando, Fla. They presented on the Meadowcreek High School 9th Grade Success Academy. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

Beginning in September, Duluth High will extend the operating hours of the school’s media center to 6 p.m. on Thursdays for Wildcat Study Time. Students may use computers, study, work in groups, and complete classroom projects with the help of media staff. The media center opens at 6:45 a.m. each school day. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The first meeting of the Duluth High Reader’s Rally Club is set for Sept. 14 at 2:15 p.m. in the media center. The club offers students a place on the school’s reading bowl team, and an opportunity to vote for a favorite book from the Teen Peach Nominee list. All students are welcome to join the monthly meetings. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform its 2006 show “Going Somewhere?” on Sept. 16 at the Suwanee Day Parade. In addition, the band will enter three marching competitions this year. One competition will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. The band will also travel to Hawaii to participate in the Waikiki Holiday Parade in November. For more information and a schedule, visit

Mill Creek High will host a visit from award-winning author Jackie Hardrick on Sept. 29. Ms. Hardrick will visit with small groups of students in the media center, and be available for book signings after school. For more information on this author, visit For more information, call Patricia Lowrie at 678-714-5850.

“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus...Quality-Plus teaching in Gwinnett schools, an international professional learning experience, planning for growth, and a look at Gwinnett’s newest students. This 30-min. program airs Sept. 11-17 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.

“Spanish for Educators” This program, a valuable language resource and learning opportunity, returns to GCPS TV on Monday, September 11. This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for 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, September 11 through November 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--

Sign up to receive Gwinnett County Public Schools’ e-newsletter... a quick, easy way to learn more about Georgia's largest school system. In this newsletter, you'll find stories on teaching and learning, school leadership and governance, and the partnerships that make Gwinnett County Public Schools successful. Go to the school system's homepage for sign-up information ( and to check out the e-News archives.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.

9/1/06 Alton C. Crews MS earns national school of distinction award (PDF)

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 14, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Patriot Day is Sept. 11.

Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Constitution Week begins Sept. 17.

Citizenship Day is Sept. 17.

Georgia School Bus Safety Week begins Sept. 18.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test on Sept. 27.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during September. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Kanoheda ElementarySeptember 21
South Gwinnett High September 19