News You Can Use - 11/15/2004

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/15/2004 - 11/21/2004

Duluth High teacher Joe Marelle was named Coach of the Year for Coaches VS Cancer by the American Cancer Society. Mr. Marelle received the award for contributions he made in assisting Cancer patients. The award was presented by former NBA legend Julius Erving and coaches from more than 30 colleges were in attendance. This is the first time a coach from the state of Georgia has received this award.

Rachel Bush and Alison Lumpkin, speech-language pathologists at the T. Carl Buice School, will present a poster session at the national American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 18-20. The session is titled “Using video modeling to teach children with Autism/PDD more complex, interactive, scripted play.” For more information, call 770-271-5060.

Simpson Elementary teacher Elisa Brown conducted a workshop at the 38th Annual National Conference of Foreign Language Teachers on Oct. 29, in Raleigh, NC. The workshop featured games, interactive reading activities, and oral activities with simple, everyday materials such as overhead transparencies, masking tape, paper bags, and index cards. For more information, call 770-417-2400.

The following GCPS employees were named state winners by the Georgia School Counselors’ Association: Dr. Vicki Hoffman of North Gwinnett HS, Georgia HS Counselor of the Year; David Young, Brookwood ES counselor, Georgia Writer of the Year; and Karen Robinson, principal of Shiloh MS, Georgia Advocate of the Year. These state winners previously had been honored as Region II winners, along with Kathy Bond of Sugar Hill ES, Region II ES Counselor of the year.

The Collins Hill High Screamin’ Eagle Band ranked 13th in preliminaries and competed in the semifinals in the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis, Nov. 4-6. For more information, call Richard Marshall, Collins Hill High band director, at 770-682-4100.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band scored superior in all captions at the Lassiter Marching Showcase and the Marching Classic at Brookwood competitions. Percussion and Woodwind sections earned “Best in Class.” The band also won 2nd place in overall competition at the 19th Annual Southern Marching Classic at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University on Oct. 30. The Roaring Lions band has been invited to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade to be held in Washington D.C. on April 9, 2005. For more information, call Jan Madert at 770-476-4973.

The Georgia All-State Chorus selected 29 Collins Hill High students to participate. The students will travel to Savannah in February. The Collins Hill High choral directors are Becky Duvall and David Langley. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

The Norcross High Drama Department earned 1st place in Region 7AAAAA competition. Whitney Sciberras and Sarah Hodges were named to the all-star cast and Laura Hall earned Best Actress in region competition. In addition, Whitney and Laura were named to the all-star cast and Sarah earned Best Actress in sub-region competition. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Dr. Connie Burch of Professional Development; Alexis Jones, Collins Hill High assistant principal; and Dr. Colin Martin, director of Research and Accountability have been selected as 2004-05 Leadership Gwinnett participants.

Norcross High was awarded a $5000 grant by the Nordson Corporation to assist with the school’s robotics program. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Norcross High honored several students recently. Lauren Sallarulo was selected as the Norcross High Lions Club Student of the Month for November. Teacher Kirsten Mixter nominated her. Claudia Caycho was selected as Norcross High Super Senior for November. Teacher Sheila Hughes nominated her. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Collins Hill High students Alexandra Barkett, Emma Buckelew, and So Yeon Choe; and David Bonilla of Grayson High have their art work displayed at Brenau University in the All State Festival of Art and Design. The juried exhibit runs through Nov. 12. For more information, call the local school.

Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) has selected Lilburn Middle 7th grader Terese Atkins to present a segment of “Great American Moments.” Her school will receive a check for $250 from TBS Public Affairs. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

Five Forks Middle student Emma Harris was awarded top All American medal at the University of Georgia cheerleading camp this past summer. In addition, the Five Forks cheerleading team was awarded “top team” at the camp. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

The Mill Creek High PTSA will hold a meeting on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Information on the AKS curriculum will be discussed. Lisa Burleson of the GCPS Curriculum Development/Instructional Support Office, along with Mill Creek High department heads, will present core curriculum information. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Trickum Middle will host a Scholastic Book Fair the week of Nov. 15. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Peachtree Elementary students from the classes of Carol Kovar and Andy Chappell will perform at the Norcross Spalding Corners Publix Holiday Fest on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will include singing, choreographed ribbon dancing, and circle dancing. For more information, call 770-448-8710.

The Meadowcreek High dance department will hold its 2004 fall production Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. The show will feature many different kinds of dance, including ballet, modern, African, musical theater, jazz, hip-hop, and tango. Admission is $1 for advanced tickets and $2 at the door. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

The Susan Stripling Elementary chorus will perform at the Norcross Peachtree Square Publix Winter Celebration on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 18, the school chorus will perform a winter concert at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Meadowcreek High will host a Town Hall meeting on Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Information will be available on colleges, student resource, and scholarships. The program is sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and will be presented in Spanish. For more information, call 770-992-8841 or 770-992-4259.

Taylor Wilson of Suwanee Elementary is working on a Bronze Award for her Junior Girl Scout Troop 1155 to encourage reading and literacy. Taylor has collected CDs and books to donate to the Susan Stripling Elementary Parent Center. Taylor will present the materials to the Parent Center on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-945-5763.

Richard Hull Middle will host the Gwinnett County Scholars Bowl on Nov. 20. Gwinnett County middle schools will compete for a spot in the regional Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) competition in January. The top four teams will advance to region. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Norcross Foundation for Excellence will light the $35,000 matrix board in front of Norcross High on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The sign will promote school activities and events. The school will host the reception for the families who made this sign a possibility. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Buchanan High School of Technology will begin Web registration for 7th period and online classes beginning on Nov. 29. Online courses are open to high school students, as well as adult learners. Cost for face-to-face classes is $205 and online classes are $285. Both require a $25 refundable materials deposit. The cost for Advanced Placement classes is $350. Visit our Web site to register for spring course offerings at For more information, call 770-326-8000.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on the following Saturdays in building F on Dec. 4, and Jan. 22. Preregistration is required. The new SAT, which will include a writing portion, will be administered beginning in the spring of 2005. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Media Specialist School Children’s Book Week Activity
Teresa Cruce Henry Partee ES Student contest
Juliana Anglada Five Forks MS Book fair
Tammy Smith Sugar Hill ES Book fair
Marguerite Noga Lilburn MS Book fair, posters throughout school, and daily announcements asking “What Are You Reading?”
Elaine Norton Suwanee ES Book fair and mystery reader on announcements.
Judy Kavanagh Pharr ES Students will participate in a character parade, dressing as their favorite book characters.
Meg Reed McKendree ES Radio Disney is recording an episode of their “Reading Rocks” program with 2nd graders.
Stacie Gadlage G. H. Hopkins ES Book fair. Favorite books of teachers will be displayed.
Ann Cummings Lawrenceville ES Book fair with a Read, White & Blue theme. Student will vote on their favorite item at the fair. Students have created “Uncle Sam” jackets to wear.
Anne Newhouse Susan Stripling ES Mystery readers.
Cindy Brooks Harbins ES Student book reviews on morning announcements. “Caught Reading” posters of staff, and promotions of “Book It” program.
Suzanne Skeen Parsons ES Book illustration contest. Students draw picture of scenes from their favorite books. Winning pictures will be displayed for a year.
Contact the schools for details.

Steven Giles 4th grade class at R.D. Head Elementary has entered the holiday card competition sponsored by Stone Mountain Park. The holiday card will be displayed at the Crossroads attraction inside the park. Judging will take place the week of Nov. 15-19. For more information, call 770-972-8050.

Julie Shively’s students from Margaret Winn Holt Elementary arranged a Veterans Day Celebration. Relatives and teachers who are veterans were invited to the classroom for a Nov. 11 celebration. For more information, call 678-376-8600.

Knight Elementary students planted pansies in honor of the school’s hardworking bus drivers. In addition, students were recognized for outstanding behavior on school buses and in the classroom. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

American Education Week - Celebrating the American Dream
Watch GCPS TV November 15-21 for a special collection of public service announcements that support the excellent education offered to students in Gwinnett County Public Schools.

“A Glimpse of Excellence” GCPS TV presents a special tribute to the 2005 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year finalists: Sallie Barrett of Richard Hull Middle, IV Bray of Berkmar High, Diane A. Clack of Parsons Elementary, Joann Morse of R.D. Head Elementary, Rosemarie Placek of Peachtree Ridge High, and Deborah West of Level Creek Elementary. The 18-minute program airs daily 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.

“Highlighting Excellence: Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year” GCPS TV presents a special broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year awards ceremony. The 2 1/2 hour program airs Nov. 19-21 and Nov. 26-28 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate National Childrens’ Book Week with “Meet the Author––Stuart J. Murphy”
Stuart J. Murphy’s “MathStart” series has students looking forward to doing math. The series was named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Series for Young Children by the American Library Association's “Booklist” magazine,. This 30-minute program airs Nov. 15-20 at 2:30 p.m.

“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 Nov. 1 through Dec. 2 on GCPS TV. The program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. The program repeats at 1 a.m. each evening and in a block on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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--

November is American Indian Heritage Month.

November 14-20 is American Education Week.

November 15-21 is National Children’s Book Week.

November 17 is Educational Support Professionals Day.

November 18 is National Parental Involvement Day.

November 21-27 is National Family Week.

November 24-26 is Thanksgiving break for schools.

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

Alford ElementaryNov. 18678-924-5300Lanier MiddleNov.770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews MiddleNov. 9770/982-6940Lawrenceville ElementaryNov.770/963-1813
Annistown ElementaryNov. 15770/979-2950Lilburn ElementaryNov.770/921-7707
Arcado ElementaryNov.770/925-2100Lilburn MiddleNov.770/921-1776
B. B. Harris ElementaryNov. 23770/476-2241Mason ElementaryNov. 12770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ElementaryNov.770/447-6307McConnell MiddleNov. 29770/554-1000
Benefield ElementaryNov.770/962-3771McKendree ElementaryNov. 5678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ElementaryNov. 9770/446-0947Meadowcreek ElementaryNov. 16770/931-5701
Berkmar HighNov.770/921-3636Meadowcreek HighNov.770/381-9680
Bethesda ElementaryNov. 16770/921-2000Mountain Park ElementaryNov. 22770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary770/736-4360Nesbit ElementaryNov.770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross ElementaryNov.770/448-2188
Camp Creek ElementaryNov. 5770/921-1626Norcross HighNov. 11770/448-3674
Cedar Hill ElementaryNov. 4770/962-5015North Gwinnett HighNov. 16770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary770/972-2220Norton ElementaryNov.770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett HighNov. 8770/963-8041Oakland CenterNov.770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ElementaryNov.770/497-9907Parkview HighNov. 23770/921-2874
Collins Hill HighNov.770/682-4100Parsons ElementaryNov. 1678/957-3050
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Partee ElementaryNov.770/982-6920
Corley ElementaryNov. 16678-924-5330Peachtree ElementaryNov.770/448-8710
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HighNov.678/957-3100
Creekland MiddleNov. 18770/338-4700Pharr ElementaryNov. 18770/985-0244
Dacula ElementaryNov. 5770/963-7174Pinckneyville MiddleNov. 16770/263-0860
Dacula High770/963-6664R.D. Head ElementaryNov. 19770/972-8050
Dacula MiddleNov.770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ElementaryNov.770/925-9543
Duluth HighNov. 16770/476-5206Richard Hull MiddleNov. 19770/232-3200
Duluth MiddleNov.770/476-3372Riverside ElementaryNov. 18678/482-1000
Duncan Creek Elementary678/714-5800Rock Springs ElementaryNov.770/932-7474
Five Forks MiddleNov. 12770/972-1506Rockbridge Elementary770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ElementaryNov. 5770/932-7400Shiloh ElementaryNov.770/985-6883
Freeman's Mill ElementaryNov.678/377-8955Shiloh HighNov. 16770/972-8471
GIVE CenterNov.770/338-4898Shiloh MiddleNov.770/972-3224
Grayson ElementaryNov.770/963-7189Simonton ElementaryNov.770/513-6637
Grayson HighNov.770/554-1071Simpson ElementaryNov. 5770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ElementaryNov. 12770/972-3110Snellville MiddleNov.770/972-1530
Harbins ElementaryNov. 16770/682-4270South Gwinnett HighNov. 16770/972-4840
Harmony ElementaryNov. 8770/945-7272Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Hopkins ElementaryNov.770/564-2661Sugar Hill ElementaryNov. 4770/945-5735
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Summerour MiddleNov. 9770/448-3045
J. G. Dyer ElementaryNov. 8770/963-6214Suwanee ElementaryNov. 18770/945-5763
J.C. Magill ElementaryNov.770/554-1030Sweetwater MiddleNov.770/923-4131
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133Sycamore Elementary678/714-5770
Jackson ElementaryNov.770/682-4200T. Carl Buice CenterNov.770/271-5060
K. E. Taylor ElementaryNov.770/338-4680Trickum Middle770/921-2705
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Knight ElementaryNov. 22770/921-2400Walnut Grove ElementaryNov. 18770/513-6892