News You Can Use - 10/23/2006

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
10/23/2006 - 10/29/2006

Amy Bradley of Brookwood High earned 1st place at the American Academy of Ballet National Performance Awards competition in New York. To qualify for the national competition, Amy won a gold medal in a qualifying event held in Atlanta this summer. As a national winner, she received a cash scholarship award from Pointe Magazineand gift certificates for ballet equipment. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Elise Marie Longnecker of Grayson High won the grand prize from the Gwinnett County Public Library Poetry and Writing Contest. Elise received a $500 gift certificate for her poem, “Windowsill Eulogy.” Contest winner at the Middle School level is William Michael Britt, Jr. of Creekland Middle with his entry, “Water.” Honorable mentions in their respective levels were Brian Bjorklund and Christina Bradley Rogers, both of Trickum Middle, and Jalesa Harper of Norcross High. For more information, call the local schools.

G. H. Hopkins Elementary received a $400 grant from the Beta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma to purchase books. The school will be awarded a check on Oct. 27. In addition, more than half of Hopkins students participated in the Gwinnett Gladiator Hat Trick for Reading Program. For more information, call Stacie Gadlage at 770-931-7010.

Alton C. Crews Middle student Joey Whyte won the stock market challenge in Rod Hames, computer class and received a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy. To learn more, visit For more information, call 770-982-6942.

The Central Gwinnett Cluster schools are bringing “Arts in the Park” to the courthouse square in Lawrenceville on Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Student artwork from all seven schools will be on display at the courthouse. The public is invited to listen to chorus, orchestra, and band performances by elementary, middle, and high schools. For more information, call the local school in the Central Gwinnett Cluster.

The Trickum Middle Media Center and PTA will co-host “Literary Night” on Oct. 26. The PTA meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, followed by “Literary Night.” Classwork with a connection to literature will be on display. The 6th grade math classes will display a “Literacy and Math” exhibit. The PTA will serve coffee in the media center where visitors can view a video of student drama productions. Art, science, and social studies students will display reading in the world around us. For more information, call 770-921-7205.

Sweetwater Middle will host a Fall Festival Fundraiser on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per family. For more information, call 770-601-3593.

On Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., GCPS will host a Child Find Screening and Information Fair at the Norcross Human Service Center located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. Working with the medical community and service agencies throughout the county, the school system seeks to identify children diagnosed with, or in need of, further evaluation for mental, physical, or emotional/behavioral disabilities. A Spanish interpreter will be available. Representatives will conduct developmental, vision, hearing, and speech screenings for Gwinnett children ages 0–21. Pass the word to others in the community about this opportunity. For more information, call 678-301-7244.

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.

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. Meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Berkmar High Media Center on these Tuesdays: Oct. 24 and Nov. 7. 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 of the 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

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.

The Duluth High Swim and Dive Team is sponsoring “Penny Wars– Kiss a Pig Contest.” A teacher will be selected by students and staff to kiss a real pig. The winner is the person collecting the most pennies – all other denominations of money will be deducted from the total. Swimmers and divers will man the penny jars during all lunch periods and before school in the cafeteria. The pig kissing will take place next week. Proceeds will benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America as well as the Duluth Swim and Dive Team. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Mill Creek High has several fundraisers planned 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 for Lymphoma and Leukemia. 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.

“ArtStage – Mozart’s Requiem” Join GCPS TV for a grand evening of music as the Grayson High Mixed Chorus, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Symphonic Band perform “Mozart’s Requiem,” one of the great masterworks in the classical repertoire. 2006 marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birththe occasion we celebrate with this performance. This 60-min. program airs Oct. 23-28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“The Real George Washington”- Fairfax Network. Hosted by award-winning journalist Cokie Roberts, this program will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough. Mr. McCullough will share his insights into George Washington’s significance in the founding of our nation. This 45-min. program airs live on Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.

“Shakespeare and The Moor’s Pavane- Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” For nearly 60 years, the Jose Limon Dance Company has championed the pioneering movement technique and philosophy of theater developed by Mexican-American choreographer Jose Limon. Through detailed demonstration and explanation of the basic elements of dance space, time, gesture, and energy, students learn what to look for and how to interpret the dancer’s movements in the graceful and nuanced dramatic performance of “The Moor's Pavane,” based on an Italian legend - the same story Shakespeare used for his tragedy, “Othello.” This 60-min. program airs live on Oct. 27 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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Oct. is Computer Learning month.

Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

Oct. 23 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

The Iowa Test of Basic Skills runs through Oct. 27.

Oct. 28 is Make a Difference Day.

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.

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

Craig Elementary
Alford Elementary
Parkview High
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