News You Can Use - 11/13/2006

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
11/13/2006 - 11/19/2006

Grayson High 2006 graduate and Future Farmers of America (FFA) member Shari Ack recently placed 7th in the National FFA Agriscience Fair. The event was held during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in October. Ack's project placed first in the Biochemistry division of the Georgia FFA Agriscience Fair in May. For more information, call 770-554-1071.

At All-State Orchestra auditions, GCPS has 116 students who passed the district level audition and will be auditioning at the state level in January for positions in the All-State Orchestra. For a complete list of student names, call Sue Peterson at 770-301-6020.

The Duluth High cheerleaders won 1st place in a November co-ed competition. The Duluth CLAW Squad will travel to Columbus, Ga., for state competition this month. In addition, the boys cross country team won 2nd place at their regional meet– a region with six of the top teams in the state. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Michael Britt of Creekland Middle won the Gwinnett County Library’s Teen Read Week 2006 Poetry and Writing Contest. Michael received a $500 Office Depot gift card for his winning poem entry entitled “Water.” For more information, call 770-338-4700.

GCPS Board of Education Vice Chairman, Louise Radloff, was recently honored by having the New Gwinnett County Board of Health headquarters building named in her honor. The Louise Radloff Administration Center hosted an open house in November.

Demetrius Howard of R.L. Norton Elementary is the elementary level winner of the Turner Broadcasting System’s Teacher Appreciation Award. For more information, call 770-736-2005.

The 2005-06 recipients of the Nutrition Education Leader of the Year Awards are Roxanna Castro of Corley Elementary, Karen Johnson of Lilburn Middle, and Stacy Stewart of Norcross High, currently manager at Shiloh High. For more information, call 687-301-6246.

Accelerated Reader High Achiever awards were distributed at Creekland Middle recently. More than 383 students reached the ‘atomic’ level— the highest level; 80 students reached the gold level; 160 reached the silver level; and 260 students reached the bronze level. Media specialists Sandy Wise and Dorothy Meyers run the program at the school. For more information, call 770-338-4700.

Sheuli Rajput’s class at Lilburn Middle won1st place in the Gwinnett County Special Olympics Basketball Skills competition for their level. For more information call 770-921-1776.

Susan Dietz and Barbara Wilson of Central Gwinnett High will present at the National Council of Teachers of English convention in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 16-19. The presentation subject is critical reading, and entitled “Critical Critters for the Complete Classroom.” For more information, call 770-963-8041.

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 Collins Hill High Theatre will present “Our Town” on Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m. in the theatre. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

To celebrate National Education Week at Oakland School, Pam Walker, the 2007 Georgia Teacher of the Year, will visit the school on Nov. 21, at 8 a.m. Ms. Walker will speak on the topics “Effective Teachers are Good Dancers” and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teachers.” For more information, call David Ashton at 770-513-6800.

Level Creek Elementary will sponsor an “Empty Bowls Dinner” on Nov. 28 (Grades K-2nd) and on Nov. 30 (Grades 3-5) from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria. For a $3 per person donation, participants will receive a meal of soup and a roll, and take home a student made clay bowl. Donations will benefit the North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. In addition, there will be student performances and an opportunity to meet Maureen Kornowa, the Executive Director of the North Gwinnett Co-op. For more information, call 770-904-7950.

Lilburn Middle is displaying a “Math= Fun” wall in the gym. Students are using physical education to improve student understanding of the Georgia Performance Standards Curriculum. Students in P.E. classes described their favorite activities in math and then created displays for the wall in the gym using those concepts. Students were encouraged to find the relationship math plays in everyday life. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

Creekland Middle hosted the annual Georgia Industrial Technology Education Association conference in November. Technology Education teachers from across the state met to share ideas and tour local industrial facilities. For more information, call 770-338-4700.

Pinckneyville Middle Girls As Leaders (GALs) recently donated more than 1,100 items to the Battered Women’s Shelters in Gwinnett and Fulton counties. A presentation about domestic violence was made to GALs members. The next service project for the girls will benefit the Norcross Food Bank. Students will begin collecting items for a community garage sale on Dec. 2 and 3 to be held at the school. Gift cards will be purchased for the shelter and canned goods collected for the food bank. For more information, call Bridget Guenthner at 770-263-0860.

“GCPS Focus”- Coming this week on GCPS Focus... This years Teacher of the Year, an honor for a Gwinnett middle school, and Berkmar High celebrates 40 years. This 30-min. program airs Nov. 13-16 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. and Nov. 17-19 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“Highlighting Excellence: Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year”- Join GCPS TV for a special presentation of the 2006-07 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year awards ceremony. This 2 hr. program airs Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 24-26 at 8 p.m.

“Degrees of Latitude”- Colonial Williamsburg Charting the New World was the task of American surveyors and European mapmakers. This is a 21st-century look at the craftsmanship and importance of 18th-century mapmaking revealing to student historians the geography of a rapidly changing world. This 60-min. program airs live Thursday, Nov. 16, at 10 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 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Nov. 6 through Dec. 10 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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11/07/2006National Children’s Book Week: Nov. 13-17: Chattahoochee Elementary students encouraged to read during “Camp Wanna Read” event (pdf)
11/06/2006Gwinnett schools to observe Veterans Day (pdf)
11/02/2006Tiffany English of Sugar Hill Elementary named 2007 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year (pdf)

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 Elementary11/30Kanoheda Elementary11/30
Alton C. Crews Middle11/14Knight Elementary11/10
Arcado Elementary11/13Level Creek Elementary11/9
B.B. Harris Elementary11/28McKendree Elementary11/17
Berkeley Lake Elementary11/2Meadowcreek Elementary11/20
Bethesda Elementary11/14Meadowcreek High11/30
Brookwood Elementary11/13Monarch School11/3
Brookwood High11/9Mountain Park Elementary11/20
Collins Hill High11/14Nesbit Elementary11/9
Corley Elementary11/28Norcross High11/9
Creekland Middle11/16Parkview High11/28
Dacula Elementary11/17Parsons Elementary11/10
Dacula High11/10Pinckneyville Middle11/16
Dacula Middle11/14Rebecca Minor Elementary11/3
Duluth High11/14Rock Springs Elementary11/30
Duluth Middle11/14Rockbridge Elementary11/9
Duncan Creek Elementary11/9Snellville Middle11/9
Five Forks Middle11/10South Gwinnett High11/28
Fort Daniel Elementary11/3Summerour Middle11/7
Frank N. Osborne Middle11/10Suwanee Elementary11/16
Freeman's Mill Elementary11/16Sycamore Elementary11/2
Grayson Elementary11/10W.C. Britt Elementary11/30
Henry Partee Elementary11/9Walnut Grove Elementary11/9
J.C. Magill Elementary11/3
J.E. Richards Middle11/14
J.G. Dyer Elementary11/20
J.P. McConnell Middle11/27
Kanoheda Elementary11/30