News You Can Use - 05/31/2004

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
05/31/2004 - 06/06/2004

This is the last News You Can Use… for the 2003-04 school year. The publication will return in August.

Yuji Huang of Collins Hill High won a $25,000 award, sponsored by Discover Card and American Association of School Administrators, in the Arts & Humanities Studies category of the 2004 Discover Card Tribute Award program. Yuji also was a state winner along with Zenobia Azeem from Duluth High. As state winners, both students received a $2,500 scholarship. For more information, visit

Creekland Middle students recently won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition entered by more than 240,000 students annually. The team placed second in the nation in the Gold Division. The team is coached by Susan Clymer, Rick Duncan, and David Ulkins, all Creekland MS teachers. Student Greg Kyle earned highest honors for year-long individual achievement. Christina Boyt, Emily Flood, and Greg Kyle earned perfect scores at the meet. Students who achieved outstanding results in the year’s final meet are Natalie Forbes, Courtney Hinton, Jessica Joiner, Katherine Krajec, Megan McFalls, Matthew Muong, Taylor Phillips, Jordyn Wagner, and Ashley Woodhead. For more information, call 770-338-4700.

Fourteen GCPS students earned Merit Scholarship awards financed by colleges and universities from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. The scholarship winners are Jonathan Dees and Sundeep Jolly, both from Berkmar High; Cheryl Scott of Brookwood High; Valerie Longo of Central Gwinnett High; Matthew Elliott, Jennifer Krause, Rebecca Kreh, and Noelle Teh, all from Collins Hill High; David Rutter of Grayson High; Sara Swart of Norcross High; Amy Conway of North Gwinnett High; and Tulasi Gude, Hemant Ramachandran, and Casey White, all from Parkview High. For more information, call 847-866-5100.

Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary is sponsoring Camp Invention, a week-long summer enrichment day camp, for rising 2nd through 6th graders. The camp is scheduled for July 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fee is $199. The camp will foster creativity, teamwork, inventive thinking skills, and science skills. Call Genie Quinn, camp director, at 770-232-3370, or email Ms. Quinn at For more information, visit

Sallie Barrett, Richard Hull Middle gifted program teacher, and Lauren Baggett, a former Richard Hull Middle student rising 10th grader at Peachtree Ridge High, have been selected by the Girl Scouts of the USA for the “Natural Science in the Tetons” program to be held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 24-30. Every year, Girl Scout councils around the world offer a variety of trips to Girl Scouts through a program called “Destinations.” Lauren and Ms. Barrett will participate in a national bird-banding effort while hiking through the Grand Teton National Park. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

For students interested in the Dacula High Lady Falcon softball team, tryouts are July 26-30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the softball field. A summer conditioning program will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 6:30 to noon, June 2-July 23, in the field house. For more information, call coach Tracy Keefer at 770-963-6664.

Duluth Middle students who met their Accelerated Reading stretch goals all four quarters of the school year celebrated their accomplishment at an Accelerated Reading “field day” event with food, games, and prizes. The Duluth Middle PTA sponsored this event. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

Simpson Elementary FOCUS students and teachers learned about homeless students from Greg Pyne of the Brooklyn Cafe. Mr. Payne shared information about organizations in Atlanta that help the homeless. Students donated enough food to make 300 sandwiches for the Atlanta Union Mission. Rotary International volunteers delivered the sandwiches to the mission. For more information, visit the Brooklyn Cafe website at

New immunization laws will be in effect for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Immunizations must be recorded on a Department of Human Resources Form 3231 and on file in the student's Georgia permanent school record. This information must be documented by the Health Department or your personal physician. Documentation of the following immunizations is mandatory for all 6th, 7th and 8th graders for school attendance:
All students must have a three-part series Hepatitis B (three shots).
All students must show that they have received the Varicella/Chickenpox vaccination or show proof of immunity, which indicates that they have already had chickenpox. All students must have at least two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine).
This information must be recorded on the proper Georgia Form (#3231). For more information, contact one of the local health departments: Buford at 770-614-2401, Lawrenceville at 770-339-4283, or Norcross at 770-638-5700.

Web registration for online courses through Buchanan High School of Technology will be open from now until June 7. Online courses are open to high school students and adult learners. The cost for online courses is $285 per course. For summer course offerings and registration, visit the Web site at

This week (May 31-June 6), tune into Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
“GCPS Focus,” airing at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. each day.
“In Five,” a five-minute news update, airing at 7 a.m., 3 p.m., and 10 p.m. daily.
Adelphia on Channel 20 BellSouth Entertainment on Channel 21
Charter Communications on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or send an e-mail to A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

May 31 is Memorial Day and a GCPS systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 17, 2004, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

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