News You Can Use - 05/02/2005

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
05/02/2005 - 05/08/2005

Dr. James R. Kahrs, Principal of Peachtree Ridge High, has been selected as one of “75 Who Made a Difference,” an honor from the University of Oklahoma, his alma mater. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Krystie Flynt and Lisa Lang, Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders, presented "Answering Important Questions: Looking at Action Research to Effect Educational Change" at the 2005 National Leadership Academy and Teacher Leader Institute in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 770-682-4196.

The Duluth High academic team placed second in the state in the Knowledge Master Open and have been invited to participate in national tournament competition. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Richard Hull Middle original video short “A Day in the Life” won a silver award at the prestigious World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany. The video short, written and directed by Christopher Gegen, Technology School Technician, and executive produced by Dr. Gwen Tatum, Hull Middle principal. The piece was automatically invited to compete at the World Media Festival after winning the Cine Golden Eagle award last year. For more information, contact Christopher Gegen at 770-262-3222 or e-mail

Three GCPS educators were honored by the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF). Funmi Oke of the United Kingdom, a 2nd grade teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary, was named Outstanding Cultural Ambassador. Fatima Ahmed of India, a 2nd grade teacher at Knight Elementary, was honored for Excellence in International Education. Terry Watlington, Kanoheda Elementary principal, was recognized for Excellence in Cultural Education. For more information, call VIF’s Ned Glascock at 919-967-5144, ext. 5107.

Corley Elementary 4th grader Milan Brown is one of nine U.S. students selected as a 2005 READ 180 All-Star Award winner. Milan will receive a $1,000 scholarship and congratulations from Muhammad Ali. Winning students and nominating teachers will receive $1,000 worth of READ 180 materials. For more information, visit

The Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary Odyssey of the Mind (OM) team placed first at state competition. The team will represent Georgia in the World Finals next month, competing against finalists from other states and countries. The team is coached by Charlotte Bankston and Gloria Monk. Members include Amber Bailey, Adam Brandon, Darby Gentry, Haley Monk, Courtney Musick, Kia Quinlan, and Jack Winfrey. Photo available upon request. For more information, call OM’s Rachel Hadley or Alfred DeForest at 866-755-6810 ext. 1224, or

Of the 643 GCPS 7th grade GCPS students participating in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, 15 earned Grand Recognition by scoring in the top 2% nationally on the SAT or ACT test, while 276 qualified for State Recognition by scoring in the top 25% on the SAT or ACT. For more information, visit

Erin Eidson of Brookwood High won a regional Scholastic Writing Award from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. Erin won in the Nonfiction Portfolio category and will advance to national competition. At the regional level, 624 works were selected from more than 5,000 pieces submitted. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Brookwood High had four finalists in the 29th Annual Georgia Drawing Competition, sponsored by the Atlanta College of Art. Of the 667 state entries, 68 finalists were chosen for the exhibition. Winners are Jeff DiMaggio for scratchboard; Stephanie Hedlund for glue, ink, and watercolor; Nikolai Loparev for charcoal; and Abby Wilhelm for pen and ink. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Annistown Elementary will host a Volunteer Breakfast on May 3 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the cafeteria. Annistown parent volunteers, community volunteers, and business partners are invited to attend. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Peachtree Elementary will sponsor the school’s 4th annual International Block Party on May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Norcross community is invited to the celebration, which will include ethnic dance groups, singers, magicians and games. Ethnic food will be available for purchase. For more information, call 770-448-8710.

The Brookwood High Theater department will present “Anything Goes!” a Cole Porter musical comedy, May 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster Web site at, or call the Performing Arts Department at 770-985-0653.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor the school’s last Skate Night of the year on May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Duluth High Chorus has several events scheduled. The Choral Awards Banquet will be held at Winfield Hall on May 6. "Peach Jam" will take place in the school auditorium on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

SAT testing will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the year. The SAT test will be administered on May 7 and June 4 in building F. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host a Relay for Life Fun Run and Health Fair on May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. The one-mile run will begin at 8 a.m. and be followed by a PTA-sponsored health fair, which will include guests from Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Department, Curves, LA Fitness, Ingles, Kroger, American Red Cross, SwimAtlanta, Lawrenceville School of Ballet, and the Gwinnett Fire Department. Reading stations, snack stations, and nutritional and exercise information will be available. For more information, call Bridget Dandaraw, Cedar Hill Elementary PTA Co-President at 678-985-3849.

Rebecca Minor Elementary will sponsor an International Fiesta Night of Multicultural Music and Dance on May 10 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Margaret Winn Holt Elementary kindergarten classes will hold “A Georgia Experience” through May 11. Classes will rotate through a different part of Georgia each day for 12 school days. Highlights will include Dahlonega gold mining, Augusta golf, Callaway Gardens butterflies, Varsity hot dogs, the Atlanta Zoo, a swamp canoe trip, beaches, mountains, and more. For more information, call Debbie Swofford at 678-376-8600 or email

Simonton Elementary will host a Kindergarten Open House on May 12 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. An information meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The PTA General Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a musical performance by our current kindergarten students. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Rebecca Minor Elementary students from Kathy Barrett’s classes will visit the David and Mary Kistner Nature and Art Center in Snellville on May 13. The 1st graders will have a hands-on art and nature experience with the education director of the Walter Anderson Museum in Mississippi. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

The Collins Hill High Chorus will perform “The Beat Goes On,” May 12-14, at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium more than 300 students from the choral program will sing and dance to music from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Simonton Elementary will host a Kinder Camp for children who will enter kindergarten in August of 2005. Kinder Camp will run from June 27- July 1, 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $30 per child. The schedule will include classroom centers, cafeteria tour, snacks, media center visits, and bus tours. Parents will be responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Payment is due to the front office by May 12. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

The Brookwood High Choral department will perform music from Tony Award-winning shows on May 13 and 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster website at, or call the Performing Arts Department at 770-985-0653.

Berkmar High science students will facilitate the State Elementary Science Olympiad competition for the fourth year in a row. The competition will be held at Kennesaw State University on May 14. Berkmar students design the event, carry out the competition, and evaluate each team’s performance. For more information, call Dr. Vicki Drake at 770-638-2300.

Simonton Elementary will sponsor a dinner on May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Snellville Steak ‘n Shake. 10% of all sales will be donated back to the school. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Richard Hull Middle will sponsor a Sidewalk Chalk Festival on May 18 (rain date: May 19) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants may vote for a favorite sidewalk drawing by dropping spare change into the bucket next to the drawing. Proceeds will benefit the Richard Hull Middle art club. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Simonton Elementary Community Night is scheduled for May 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The program features short sessions on “Parent's Tips for a Meaningful Summer,” and ends with a block party in the circle drive with a D.J., dance performances by some of our students and teachers, and hot dogs and lemonade. To encourage summer reading, Scholastic Book Fair items will be offered at half-price, and students can sign up for the Gwinnett Public Library Summer Reading Program. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Richard Hull Middle celebrated National Youth Service Day by planting more than 100 plants around the bus lanes and the front parking lot. More than two dozen students and faculty members worked for several hours each day pulling weeds, turning soil, mixing 20 bags of mulch, and planting plants and bulbs. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

Trickum Middle 7th grade gifted science classes and teacher Brian Lucy participated in PhysicsQuest, solving physics mysteries, and placed in the running for the Grand Prize. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

The Trickum Middle Physical Education department raised $5654.20 to donate to the American Heart Association. Student Bradley Atkinson was the top fundraiser with $200. Sheila Haynes organized and sponsored the fundraising events. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Grayson Elementary had a successful community outreach program this school year. Donations were made to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op Center, Emory Eastside Medical Center, and Gwinnett Department of Family and Children Services. Kindergarten classes won the grade-level food drive competition. For more information, e-mail Margie Peden at

“GCPS Focus” This week “GCPS Focus” takes an early morning tour of what goes on in schools before the bell rings, looks at community and parental support for students and schools, and highlights the success of Gwinnett's foreign language learning programs. This 30-min. program airs May 2-8 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.

“Tribute to Teachers” Teacher Appreciation Week and an appreciation of good teaching go hand in hand. Tune into GCPS TV daily for a special "Tribute to Teachers" as we feature encore presentations of the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Teacher of the Year Finalists videos. Don't miss this opportunity to meet some of Gwinnett's finest professional educators. This 60-min. program airs May 2-8 at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“Live - Space Day 2005 - Return to the Moon” - Presented live from the National Air and Space Museum's dynamic new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. More than 30 years ago the last person to walk on the moon returned to Earth. There were no plans to send another, until now. America's consideration of a return to the moon brings with it the prospect of even more spectacular journeys― to Mars and beyond. This electronic field trip offers students the chance to learn more about the future of space exploration.

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--


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, National Sight-Saving Month, and National Physical Fitness Sports Month.

May 1-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 3 is National Teacher Day.

Kindergarten registration will be held on May 5 at elementary schools.

Custodian Appreciation Week starts May 9.

May 11 is School Nurse Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 12, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.
The second public hearing and final adoption of the budget will be held May 12 at 7 p.m.

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

Name of school
Phone numberName of school
Phone number
Alford Elementary
678-924-5300Lanier Middle
Alton C. Crews Middle
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elementary
Annistown Elementary
770/979-2950Lilburn Elementary
Arcado Elementary
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
B. B. Harris Elementary770/476-2241Mason Elementary
Beaver Ridge Elementary
770/447-6307McConnell Middle770/554-1000
Benefield Elementary
770/962-3771McKendree Elementary678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary
770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary770/931-5701
Berkmar High
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
Bethesda Elementary
770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
770/736-4360Nesbit Elementary
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
770/921-1626Norcross High
Cedar Hill Elementary
770/962-5015North Gwinnett High
Centerville Elementary
770/972-2220Norton Elementary
Central Gwinnett High770/963-8041Oakland Center
Chattahoochee Elementary
770/497-9907Parkview High770/921-2874
Chesney Elementary
Parsons Elementary678/957-3050
Collins Hill High
770/682-4100Partee Elementary
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Peachtree Elementary
Corley Elementary
678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge High
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Pharr Elementary
Creekland Middle
770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary
770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary
Dacula High770/963-6664Rebecca Minor Elementary
Dacula Middle
770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle
Duluth High770/476-5206Riverside Elementary
Duluth Middle
770/476-3372Rock Springs Elementary
Duncan Creek Elementary
678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary
Five Forks Middle
770/972-1506Shiloh Elementary
Fort Daniel Elementary
770/932-7400Shiloh High
Freeman's Mill Elementary
678/377-8955Shiloh Middle
GIVE Center
770/338-4898Simonton Elementary
Grayson Elementary
770/963-7189Simpson Elementary
Grayson High
770/554-1071Snellville Middle
Gwin Oaks Elementary
770/972-3110South Gwinnett High
Harbins Elementary
770/682-4270Stripling Elementary
Harmony Elementary770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary
Hopkins Elementary
770/564-2661Summerour Middle
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary
770/963-6214Sweetwater Middle
J.C. Magill Elementary
770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133T. Carl Buice Center
Jackson Elementary
770/682-4200Trickum Middle
K. E. Taylor Elementary
770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary
770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary
Knight Elementary770/921-2400