News You Can Use - 01/17/2005

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/17/2005 - 01/23/2005

Collins Hills High student Yuji Huang is one of two Georgia students and 104 students nationwide to be selected for the 43rd annual United States Senate Youth Program. Miss Huang will travel to Washington, D.C., in February to spend a week in the nation’s capital, and also wins a $5,000 college scholarship.

Norcross High teacher Cathie Hudnall has been selected by the National Music Educators Association as National Orchestra Mentor for the month of January.

The Parkview High math team earned 8th place in the 2004 Ciphering Time Trials, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing. Henry Xu placed 11th in the 12th-grade division. In the 10th-grade division, Linda Liu placed 3rd, and William Drobny placed 10th. Parkview High will participate in the next National Assessment & Testing contest on Feb. 3. For more information, call 770-921-2874 or

Riverside Elementary is one of 20 schools in the state recognized as a 2005 Georgia School of Excellence in Student Achievement. Dr. Craig Barlow is the Riverside Elementary principal. Riverside was selected for this honor because the school performed in the top 10 percent in student achievement in reading/language arts and math. All of the Schools of Excellence honorees will be recognized at a banquet on April 29, 2005.

Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year Debi West of Level Creek Elementary has been named one of 10 finalists in the state, one step closer to being named Georgia's 2006 Teacher of the Year. She and the other finalists were selected from a pool of 133 applicants. In the coming weeks, a panel of judges will make site visits to each finalist's school to observe the teachers in their classrooms and conduct interviews. The 2006 Georgia Teacher of the Year will be announced at an awards celebration on March 18, 2005.

Norcross High activities director Mike Emery has been named Athletic Director of the Year for region 7-AAAAA. He will now compete for state athletic director of the year.

GCPS had several gold and/or silver winners in the 2005 Scholastic Art Awards competition, sponsored by the Atlanta College of Art. Winners include Brookwood High students Laura Cadenhead, Taylor Clark, Caitlin Faulkner, Nikolai Loparev, James Moore, and Ashley Tate; and Norcross High student Erin Holstein. For more information, call Jennifer Sheeha-Lyutskanov at 404-733-5104.

The Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) announced winners of the Citizenship Education Teacher Award and Student Essay Contests. Linda Cashion of R.L. Norton Elementary won the Citizenship Education Teacher Award for District IX from the Georgia VFW. Parkview High student Saranya Selvaraj won 2nd place in District IX in the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay. Previously, Ms. Cashion and Miss Selvaraj were honored by the Lawrenceville VFW Post 5255. Other local winners in the Post 5255 competition include Siang Yi and Allison Medlock of Duluth High; and Patrez Height and Neema Rashidee of Trickum Middle. Winning district IX entries will move on to state competition. For more information, contact Amy Dean at 770-448-9363.

Allison Medlock of Duluth High won first place in the American Legion oratorical contest for the Gwinnett County Chapter. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Representatives from the Atlanta Hawks visited Henry Partee Elementary in January to present a reading program during two assemblies. Students learned that reading helps them learn and explore, achieve their dreams, and is fun. The Atlanta Hawks donated books to the school. Students were given Atlanta Hawks bracelets or vouchers for tickets to games. For more information, call 770-982-6920.

Lawrenceville Elementary will host “Snuggle-Up and Read a Book Night” on Jan. 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the media center for 1st and 2nd grade students and their parents. The staff and guests are invited to come dressed in their warmest pajamas and join one of three reading groups. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Students can make book marks at a craft table. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Trickum Middle PTSA will sponsor an International Fair on Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Staff and community members will share their heritage with those attending. Booths representing various countries will be set up to display cultural music and visual arts. Ethnic foods will be available. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Henry Partee Elementary will host a student recognition program Jan. 21 at 8:30 for Pre-K-2nd grade, and at 10 a.m. for 3rd-5th grades. Parents are invited. Students will be recognized for their achievements during the last nine-week grading period. For more information, call 770-962-6920.

Kanoheda Elementary will celebrate the 100th day of school on Jan. 21. Students are encouraged to wear a collection of 100 items. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative collection in each grade level. Judging will be held in the Atrium immediately after the 9 a.m. AM Kanoheda news. For more information, call 770-682-4221.

Laughing Matters, a comedy team, will perform for Grayson Elementary 5th graders and their parents on Jan. 21 from 6-8 p.m. in the gym. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on Jan. 22 in building F. 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.

The Grayson Elementary Parent Academy will sponsor a session on writing strategies on Jan. 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school. The session will offer parents information on developing instructional strategies to support learning at home. For more information, call Lora Thompson at 770-962-6766.

The Grayson High mixed chorus, under the direction of Renée Wilson-Wicker, has been selected to perform for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference in Savannah this month. The Grayson High Mixed Chorus is one of four high school choirs in the state to be recognized and invited to perform. Students will be singing a 30-minute program in Savannah’s historic Christ Church as part of the Grand Concert on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The chorus will perform the same program for the community on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Grayson High theater. For more information, call 770-554-1071.

An award-winning ensemble of Brookwood High students will present an encore performance of “Into the Woods” on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The musical features the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and Jack the Giant Killer. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster website at

The Brookwood High Dance Department will sponsor a Girl Scout workshop on Jan. 29 (for Brownies) and on Feb. 5 (for Juniors and Cadets) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the theater. This workshop is a fun-filled day of dancing with other Girl Scouts in the area to earn a Dance patch. The cost is $12 per girl, which includes a snack and the Dance Patch. To register or for more information, call 770-985-0653, ext. 21.

The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Mill Creek HS theater. Regional (district), state, and national bees also are held later in the spring. For more information about upcoming spelling bee activities, contact Cindy Gaskins at 770-904-5450.

Students at W.C. Britt Elementary participated in the essay contest sponsored by the United Ebony Society.

Shiloh High is co-sponsoring, for the second year, a Teen Dream Walk on MLK Day. Several groups will participate with Karen Young's GOT HOT (Gwinnett Organized Teens - Hope Of Tomorrow) Teen group. Participants will walk from Shiloh Elementary to the new gym at Shiloh High on Jan. 17 at 9:30 a.m. After arriving at the gym, the public will be entertained by speakers, dancing, singing, and dramatic performances. This will be the 3rd year that the GOTHOT group has organized this celebration of unity for the community.

At Brookwood High, teachers are doing in-class activities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The video broadcasting class will film a presentation about the life of Dr. King to present on the school news show, “Around Brookwood in Minutes.”

Level Creek Elementary will honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the following activities the week of Jan. 18–21.
  • “I have a Dream Too!” writing celebration. Students will participate in a schoolwide writing activity. Students will write on “I have a dream that one day this nation will . . .” to be completed by Jan. 21.
  • An interesting fact will be shared on morning announcements about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. each day.

The Grayson High Student Council is collecting funds through Jan. 17 to aid victims of the tsunami. Donations will be sent to the American Red Cross Tsunami Victims Fund.

Berkmar High will collect donations for victims of the tsunami in containers located throughout the school through Jan. 21. The school marquee will notify community members who wish to make a donation. Checks should be made out to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Berkmar Care program is targeted for immediate relief work. As the areas damaged by this disaster begin to rebuild, Berkmar High plans to continue its efforts based on the specific needs of the area.

Rockbridge Elementary counselors are collecting donations to aid victims of the tsunami during the week of Jan. 17.

K.E. Taylor Elementary will collect donations to be distributed to UNICEF to help children affected by the tsunami in Asia.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary is continuing its relief fund drive through next week. Items collected will be donated to The Foster Children's Foundation. Duluth Mayor Shirley Lassiter and Randy Pirkle of Southeastern Railway Museum are accepting the donations and housing the items at the museum.

Level Creek Elementary “Leopard Helpers” and C.O.P.S. (two student leader groups) will sponsor a fundraiser to help the tsunami victims. Representatives from the groups will be in the hallways as students come in from the buses and carpool line. For their contribution (of any amount) students will be able to write their name on a paper hand that will represent "Level Creek Students Lending a Helping Hand." These hands will be displayed on banners located in the school.

“ArtStage-Gloria” This program will feature students from Duluth High, Grayson High, and Peachtree Ridge High. This historical choral collaboration includes concert performances of John Rutter’s “Gloria” and Handel’s “Hallelujah.” This 60-minute program airs Jan. 17-23 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use-No Child Left Behind 3rd Anniversary Show: Stories of Success” This program celebrates the law’s 3rd anniversary by presenting videotaped success stories from past shows to help tell the story of how No Child Left Behind is changing the face of American education. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 18-23 at 9 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--

January 17 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a systemwide holiday. All locations will be closed.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford ES20-Jan678-924-5300Lanier MSJan.770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews MS11-Jan770/982-6940Lawrenceville ESJan.770/963-1813
Annistown ES770/979-2950Lilburn ESJan.770/921-7707
Arcado ESJan.770/925-2100Lilburn MSJan.770/921-1776
B. B. Harris ES11-Jan770/476-2241Mason ES14-Jan770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ESJan.770/447-6307McConnell MS31-Jan770/554-1000
Benefield ESJan.770/962-3771McKendree ES21-Jan678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ES770/446-0947Meadowcreek ES770/931-5701
Berkmar HSJan.770/921-3636Meadowcreek HSJan.770/381-9680
Bethesda ES18-Jan770/921-2000Mountain Park ES770/921-2224
Brookwood ES31-Jan770/736-4360Nesbit ESJan.770/414-2740
Brookwood HS27-Jan770/972-7642Norcross ESJan.770/448-2188
Camp Creek ES28-Jan770/921-1626Norcross HS13-Jan770/448-3674
Cedar Hill ES13-Jan770/962-5015North Gwinnett HS770/945-9558
Centerville ES770/972-2220Norton ESJan.770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett HS770/963-8041Oakland CenterJan.770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ESJan.770/497-9907Parkview HS25-Jan770/921-2874
Collins Hill HSJan.770/682-4100Parsons ES24-Jan678/957-3050
Cooper ES10-Jan770/554-7050Partee ESJan.770/982-6920
Corley ES678-924-5330Peachtree ESJan.770/448-8710
Craig ES31-Jan770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HSJan.678/957-3100
Creekland MS20-Jan770/338-4700Pharr ES770/985-0244
Dacula ES7-Jan770/963-7174Pinckneyville MS18-Jan770/263-0860
Dacula HS28-Jan770/963-6664R.D. Head ES12-Jan770/972-8050
Dacula MSJan.770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ESJan.770/925-9543
Duluth HS770/476-5206Richard Hull MS14-Jan770/232-3200
Duluth MS11-Jan770/476-3372Riverside ES11-Jan678/482-1000
Duncan Creek ES13-Jan678/714-5800Rock Springs ESJan.770/932-7474
Five Forks MS770/972-1506Rockbridge ES770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ES7-Jan770/932-7400Shiloh ESJan.770/985-6883
Freeman's Mill ESJan.678/377-8955Shiloh HS18-Jan770/972-8471
GIVE CenterJan.770/338-4898Shiloh MSJan.770/972-3224
Grayson ESJan.770/963-7189Simonton ESJan.770/513-6637
Grayson HSJan.770/554-1071Simpson ES7-Jan770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ES21-Jan770/972-3110Snellville MSJan.770/972-1530
Harbins ES18-Jan770/682-4270South Gwinnett HS Jan. 18770/972-4840
Harmony ES20-Jan770/945-7272Stripling ES770/582-7577
Hopkins ESJan.770/564-2661Sugar Hill ES6-Jan770/945-5735
Ivy Creek ES678/714-3655Summerour MS11-Jan770/448-3045
J. G. Dyer ES10-Jan770/963-6214Suwanee ES770/945-5763
J.C. Magill ESJan.770/554-1030Sweetwater MSJan.770/923-4131
J.E. Richards MS770/995-7133Sycamore ES11-Jan678/714-5770
Jackson ES770/682-4200T. Carl Buice CenterJan.770/271-5060
K. E. Taylor ESJan.770/338-4680Trickum MS770/921-2705
Kanoheda ES770/682-4221W. C. Britt ES20-Jan770/972-4500
Knight ES24-Jan770/921-2400Walnut Grove ES27-Jan770/513-6892