News You Can Use - 02/06/2006

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
02/06/2006 - 02/12/2006

Glenn Burrows of Mill Creek High was awarded the Georgia Teacher Excellence Award for the high school level by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). Mr. Burrows will receive his award at the ITEA’s annual conference in Maryland on March 26. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Four GCPS teams competed in the PAGE Academic Bowl Middle Grades semi-finals in January. They were Duluth Middle, Lanier Middle, J. P. McConnell Middle, and Trickum Middle. After placing in the top four teams in the event, the Duluth Middle team advances to the state finals on Feb. 11 at the Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. For more information, call Linda Koch at 770-476-3372.

Nearly 350 GCPS students made the 2006 Middle and High All-State band, chorus, and orchestra. For a complete list of names, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

Berkmar High junior Jonathan Walker was elected president of Georgia BETA Club for the 2006-07 school year. Jonathan will attend the national BETA Club convention in June where he will be running for president of national BETA Club for the 2006-07 year. For more information, please call Diana Preston at 678-245-3467 or Jan Baker at 678-924-5380.

Berkmar High’s Novice Certamen team won second place at the Eastside High School Certamen Tournament. The team's members are Nick Flores, Jeff Kimble, Kyle Remley, and Grace Uttarotai. Certamen is equivalent to Academic Bowl for Latin. Students answer questions about the culture, history, literature, mythology, and language of the ancient Romans. For more information, please call Diana Preston at 678-245-3467 or Jan Baker at 678-924-5380.

Frank N. Osborne Middle will host guest author Roland Smith on Feb. 6 and 7. For more information, call Louise Doughty at 770-904-5400.

The Bethesda Elementary Parent Center will host a Family Health Fair on Feb. 8 in the cafeteria from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will include the Gwinnett County Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Gwinnett Parks and Recreation, Gwinnett County Board of Health, ADVANCE, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, Fitness International, Swim Atlanta, Department of Family and Children’s Services, Diabetes Association of Atlanta, Right from the Start Medicaid, American Heart Association, Making Friends, Atlanta School of Gymnastics, Dentistry 4 Kids, and the Gwinnett Gladiators. For more information, call 770-921-2000.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary is collaborating with ArtWorks to display framed student artwork. Almost 800 works of art will be framed and professionally hung for a fund-raiser art show on Feb. 8 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the school. For more information, call 678-542-2300.

Celixia Slayton and Lauren Monteon of Grayson Elementary will have their work displayed at the Twin Towers Building near the Capitol during the current legislative session. The Georgia Art Education Association hosts the student art exhibit. These students will be honored at a reception on Feb. 8, during which they will be able to meet the lawmakers from the district. The show will remain open to the public through Feb. 24. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Lawrenceville Elementary Parent Center will sponsor several parent activities during the month of February.
· A Study Skills Conference will be presented on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. Childcare will be provided for children from the age of two to four years of age.
· A math night for second grade students and parents will be held on Feb. 16 beginning at 6 p.m.
· Parents can attend an interactive African-American Heritage workshop on Feb. 24 from 10 to 11 a.m.
· Technology Night will be held on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
For more information on any of these events, call 770-963-1813.

K.E. Taylor Elementary will host guest author Tedd Arnold Feb. 13-15. For more information, call 770-338-4680.

The Duluth High Band Booster Association will host the “Savory Sounds of Duluth” on Feb. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Southeast Railway Museum. There will be a silent and live auction with guest auctioneers, Dr. Brooks Colemen and Bill Russell. Events include savory dishes from local restaurants and performances by local musicians. To purchase tickets, contact Dan Miller at, Mary Buck at, or Phyllis Stewart at 770-598-0415. The proceeds will go toward instruments and a trailer.

Alton C. Crews Middle will host a Curriculum Night on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Parents of sixth and seventh graders will hear information on testing, while eighth grade parents will learn about the transition to high school. For more information, call 770-982-6942.

On Feb. 14, pre-K students will visit Harbins Elementary and make Valentine cards. Fourth grade students will assist them. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Trickum Middle will host the school’s second annual International Expo on Feb. 23, beginning with a Parade of Nations. Students and parents are encouraged to wear their national dress. Activities will include student performances and displays, and food tasting. For more information and to volunteer, contact Lana Berry at 770-279-2295, or e-mail or Radha Vettraino at

Grayson Elementary will host the school’s annual Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 24. Magic Moment Photographs will be set up for photos at 5:30 p.m. The dance is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Mill Creek High academic decathlon team received a wild card invitation to the state competition on Feb. 24 and 25. After two days of competition, they will join teams from around the state at an awards ceremony and banquet. Team members are Alex Giardina, Ameenay Khan, Destin Loo, Samuel Soto, Kenneth Tagajanan, Jeff Tatum, and Maurice Williams. Lee Hayes and Ian Martin coach the team. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

The District 3 Spelling Bee will be held at Collins Hill High on Feb. 25. The top two spellers from the District 3 competition will go on to the state bee at Georgia State University on March 24. For a complete list of GCPS county participants, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

The Grayson Elementary PTA will host Game Show Night on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. “Who Wants To Be A Ram-Millionaire?” will be played. One ‘contestant’ from each grade level will be picked to try and answer 10 questions and win prizes. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

A college fair—Accessing Resources for College-Bound Special Needs Students—will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center on Feb. 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The college fair will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a general program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Information will be presented on SAT, college admissions, and graduation requirements. A panel of current UGA college students with disabilities will share their college experiences. Cosponsors of the event are Gwinnett PTA Council, Gwinnett Extension Service, and GCPS. For more information, call the extension service at 678-377-4010.

The Berkmar High band and chorus performed at Home Depot’s Lilburn location during the store’s Jan. 25 Grand Opening Ceremony. Home Depot presented the school with a check for $1,000. For additional information, contact Diana Preston at 678-245-3467 or Jan Baker at 678-924-5380.

Grayson Elementary will celebrate Black History Month in February. School activities include daily facts presented during the morning announcements, research classes and discussions on African American inventors, a student essay contest, and presentations of information on African American music and movies. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Sweetwater Middle has many activities planned to commemorate Black History Month. Activities include:
· A Black History bulletin board display.
· A Black Awareness Night program set for Feb. 28, starting at 6 p.m. with a performance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with students from all levels, and a Parade of Fashions showcasing fashions from different cultures.
· A Black Inventors exhibit fair scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28.
· A Black Inventor's Exhibit Fair scheduled for February 27 and 28, and
· A luncheon served in the cafeteria Feb. 28 for parents, students and staff.
Sweetwater Middle has a Power Over Prejudice Club (POP) that will assist with these activities. For more information, call 770-923-4131.

“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus, students throughout Gwinnett will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the GCPS social studies curriculum teaches students about participation in society; and Gwinnett’s top spellers take to the stage. Don't miss these stories and more on GCPS Focus, your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs daily at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Chained to the Land - Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip” Plantation masters exploited enslaved African Americans by using their labor to create a successful agricultural economy. Explore the economic, social, and racial development of plantation life from the perspective of both master and slave. This 60-min. program airs live Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Hot Air: The Story of Brass Instruments”- PW/Kennedy Center This unique and celebrated brass quintet presents highlights of the development of brass instruments from the earliest trumpets to the present day. Students are treated to a rare glimpse into the past as they hear music performed on a collection of historical instruments from the 16th to the 19th centuries. This 60-min. program airs Feb. 6-12 at 6:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through March 19.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air through Feb. 9. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and is repeated 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 678-985-5233, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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February 8 and 9 are early release days for elementary and middle school students for parent-teacher conferences.

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

Feb. 20 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alton C. Crews Middle
Arcado Elementary
Berkmar High
Berkmar Middle
Brookwood Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Centerville Elementary
Corley Elementary
Dacula Elementary
Dacula Middle
Duluth High
Duluth Middle
Five Forks Middle
Fort Daniel Elementary
Frank N. Osborne Middle
Freeman's Mill Elementary
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
GIVE Center
Grayson High
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Harbins Elementary
Ivy Creek Elementary
J.C. Magill Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Jackson Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary
Kanoheda Elementary
Lilburn Elementary
Louise Radloff Middle
Meadowcreek Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Monarch School
Mountain Park Elementary
Nesbit Elementary
Norcross High
Parkview High
Peachtree Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
R.D. Head Elementary
R.L. Norton Elementary
Rebecca Minor Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Riverside Elementary
Shiloh High
Shiloh Middle
Simpson Elementary
Snellville Middle
Sugar Hill Elementary
Summerour Middle
Susan Stripling Elementary
Suwanee Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
T. Carl Buice School
W.J. Cooper Elementary