News You Can Use - 01/31/2005

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
01/31/2005 - 02/06/2005

Dr. Connie Burch and Dr. Lea Arnau of professional learning and Dr. Rita Cantrell of Suwanee Elementary have graduated from the National Staff Development Council Academy XIV for Staff Developers. For more information, call Joellen Killion at 303-432-0958.

The Georgia Reading Association named several GCPS winners for 2005. Susan Patton, GCPS literacy coach, was named Georgia Secondary Reading Teacher of the Year. Paul Yoon, nominated by Fern LeMasters of Alton C. Crews Middle, was named Georgia’s Bob Jerrold’s Reading Achievement winner. John Ortiz, nominated by Susan Dietz of Central Gwinnett High, was named Georgia’s Lindy-Lopez Butner Award for ESOL Achievement winner. For more information, call Val Mickish at 770-338-4700.

The Duluth Middle Academic Bowl team is one of four teams to advance to the state finals of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades on Feb. 7. Team members include Archit Bhise, Allison Burrell, Scott Cummins, Shilpa Darivemula, Jessica Efird, Brian Hysell, Roger Ou (captain), Mary Thumaty, Sean Valentine, and Michelle Wang. Teacher Linda Koch coaches the team. Duluth Middle’s Academic Team will be recognized by Mayor Lassiter at the Feb. 28 meeting of the Duluth City Council. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

Susan Stripling Elementary will host a “Tribute to Motown” on Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a visit from Carmen Agra Deedy, an award-winning author, on Feb. 1. Ms. Deedy is a storyteller and author of numerous best-selling children’s books. For more information, call Linda McMahon at 770-447-2691.

The Knight Elementary staff and faculty will present “Charlotte’s Web” at the Parkview High theater on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., and on Feb. 5 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and can be ordered from classroom teachers. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

Knight Elementary will sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair in the media center Feb. 4-11. Parents can visit during early release conferences. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

The 2005 Gwinnett County STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) luncheon will be held at noon on Feb. 11 at The 1818 Club in the Chamber of Commerce building. For more information, call Gail Macrenaris at 770-232-8803.

Author Jose Aruego will visit K.E. Taylor Elementary Feb. 14-16. Mr. Aruego has written several books and illustrated many books by other authors. For more information and a schedule of times, call Rhonda Taylor at 770-338-4690.

Ivy Creek Elementary will sponsor a “Taste of the World” dinner on Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit the tsunami relief effort. Please R.S.V.P. to Allision Hunter at 678-714-3673.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor the Annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance on Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym. Dinner will be catered by Frontera in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Photos will be taken and may be purchased beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

W.C. Britt Elementary is hosting the program “Values of a Champion” sponsored by Arby's. The program features Courtney Shealy, 2000 Olympic medal winner at the Sydney games, who will teach the six Arby's Values (Dream Big, Work Hard, Get It Done, Play Fair, Have Fun and Make a Difference.) She will meet with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on Feb. 24. For more information and performance times, call 770-972-4500.

The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees moved on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee on Jan. 29. The top 10 spellers from the county Bee will compete in the regional (district) bee, which will be held Feb. 26 in the Collins Hill High theater. For a list of the top 10 spellers in the county bee, e-mail Cindy Gaskins at

The Grayson Elementary PTA will have its next meeting on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Chris Rumble, also known as the "Reading Guitar Man." Mr. Rumble promotes literacy through music. He is a singer, musician, author, and illustrator. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The next SAT I test will be administered on March 12 in building F. Preregistration is required. This is the first administration of the new SAT, which includes a writing portion. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Simpson Elementary sponsored a fundraiser, “Hand in Hand-Heart to Heart, Simpson Superstars Reach Out to Tsunami Victims.” Students collected money to donate to the tsunami victims in Southeast Asia. Student letters were collected and sent with donations to the American Red Cross. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Grayson Elementary students contributed more than $1,400 to the tsunami relief effort. The student council collected the donations for the American Red Cross Tsunami Victims’ Fund. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Mill Creek High surpassed its goal of $25,000 in the student-initiated “Wave of Hope” fundraising campaign for tsunami victims. As of Jan. 25, students had raised $25,905.59 for the American Red Cross Tsunami Victims’ Fund, and donations could top $26,000. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Richard Hull Middle gifted science students recently created “Experiments to Go” for Parsons Elementary and Jackson Elementary 5th-grade students. For more information, call 770-232-3215.

“GCPS Focus” This week, GCPS Focus explores Gwinnett’s 2004 “Top Ten” in education, looks at outstanding student leadership in our schools, and takes a visit to the Monarch School, a special education facility. This 30-minute program airs Jan. 31-Feb. 6 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.

“Telling Stories-Patricia McKissack” In honor of Black History Month, GCPS TV will rebroadcast “Telling Stories-Patricia McKissack.” Ms. McKissack— Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King award-winning author, storyteller— talks about “Color Me Dark,” an inspiring story from Scholastic's popular “Dear America” series. Students gain insight into this story of family love, different kinds of racism, and inner strength, and also see scenes from the newly adapted stage version of the book. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 31-Feb. 5 at 1:30 and 8 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air Jan. 24-March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and 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--

February 8 and 9 are early-release days for elementary and middle schools to allow time for parent-teacher conferences. Visit the Parents section of the GCPS Web site——to find seven ways to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences.

February is Black History month and American Heart month.

February 9-10 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 10, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville, Prior to the regular meeting, a public forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. to allow persons not on the agenda an opportunity to address the board.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford ES678-924-5300Lanier MS
Alton C. Crews MSFeb770/982-6940Lawrenceville ES
Annistown ES7-Feb770/979-2950Lilburn ES
Arcado ESFeb770/925-2100Lilburn MS
B. B. Harris ES22-Feb770/476-2241Mason ES770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ESFeb770/447-6307McConnell MS770/554-1000
Benefield ESFeb770/962-3771McKendree ES678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ES770/446-0947Meadowcreek ES
Berkmar HSFeb770/921-3636Meadowcreek HS
Bethesda ES770/921-2000Mountain Park ES
Brookwood ES28-Feb770/736-4360Nesbit ES
Brookwood HS770/972-7642Norcross ES
Camp Creek ES25-Feb770/921-1626Norcross HS
Cedar Hill ES770/962-5015North Gwinnett HS
Centerville ES23-Feb770/972-2220Norton ES
Central Gwinnett HS770/963-8041Oakland Center
Chattahoochee ESFeb770/497-9907Parkview HS
Collins Hill HSFeb770/682-4100Parsons ES678/957-3050
Cooper ES770/554-7050Partee ES
Corley ES15-Feb678-924-5330Peachtree ES
Craig ES770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HS
Creekland MS770/338-4700Pharr ES
Dacula ES4-Feb770/963-7174Pinckneyville MS
Dacula HS25-Feb770/963-6664R.D. Head ES
Dacula MSFeb770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ES
Duluth HS15-Feb770/476-5206Richard Hull MS
Duluth MS770/476-3372Riverside ES678/482-1000
Duncan Creek ES678/714-5800Rock Springs ES
Five Forks MS11-Feb770/972-1506Rockbridge ES770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ES4-Feb770/932-7400Shiloh ES
Freeman's Mill ESFeb678/377-8955Shiloh HS
GIVE CenterFeb770/338-4898Shiloh MS
Grayson ESFeb770/963-7189Simonton ES
Grayson HSFeb770/554-1071Simpson ES770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ES11-Feb770/972-3110Snellville MS
Harbins ES770/682-4270South Gwinnett HS770/972-4840
Harmony ES770/945-7272Stripling ES
Hopkins ESFeb770/564-2661Sugar Hill ES770/945-5735
Ivy Creek ES4-Feb678/714-3655Summerour MS
J. G. Dyer ES7-Feb770/963-6214Suwanee ES
J.C. Magill ESFeb770/554-1030Sweetwater MS
J.E. Richards MS8-Feb770/995-7133Sycamore ES678/714-5770
Jackson ES10-Feb770/682-4200T. Carl Buice Center
K. E. Taylor ESFeb770/338-4680Trickum MS
Kanoheda ES3-Feb770/682-4221W. C. Britt ES770/972-4500
Knight ES770/921-2400Walnut Grove ES