News You Can Use - 10/31/2005

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
10/31/2005 - 11/06/2005

22 GCPS high school art students were regional winners in the All State Festival of Art and Design. They will be competing at the state level. For more information, call Barbara Willis at 770-972-7642.

Lawrenceville Elementary joined with Junior Achievement to form a partnership with Gwinnett Health Systems. During the week of Oct. 31 students will learn the basics of city planning and business structures using hands-on activities supervised by Gwinnett Health Systems employee volunteers. On Nov. 4, closing activities will include a volunteer breakfast, parade, and a video. For more information, call Lawanna Caudle at 770-963-1813.

Norcross High will sponsor a financial aid night for Norcross High students and parents on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the commons area. Information will be presented by the Georgia Student Finance Commissioner on the HOPE scholarship, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and student loans. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor “Skate Night” on Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sparkles. Students are asked to wear red shirts in support of Red Ribbon Week. For more information, call Janet Hart at 770-513-1431 or e-mail

The annual GCPS Peer Leadership Conference will be held on Nov. 4 at Hebron Church in Dacula. Dr. Billy Britt, former Board member, will welcome peer leaders to the conference at 8:45 a.m. There will be break-out sessions on a variety of topics, and Hollywood Brown, former Harlem Globetrotter and motivational speaker, will address the students, beginning at 11:45 a.m. For more information, call Carol Lane at 770-982-6951 or e-mail

Grayson Elementary will sponsor a Community Outreach Holiday Charity Drive Nov. 7. Each grade level may donate assigned items. The grade level bringing in the most items will win an ice cream party at the end of the school year. Items may be dropped off at bus and car pool drop-off locations at the school. For more information, call Margie Peden at 770-338-2733 or e-mail

The Grayson Elementary PTA will sponsor a Reflections Awards Ceremony at its general meeting, which will be held on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The Reflections entries will be on display in the school, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The PTA meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the gym. For more information, call Pam Jackson, PTA President, at 770-962-7732 or e-mail

The Gwinnett County Teen Driving Expo will take place at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds on Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is open to all, free of charge, rain or shine. For more information, call 770-823-7823 or visit

J.P. McConnell Middle will sponsor a parent resource seminar entitled “Being a Savvy Internet Parent” on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the staff development room in the front office. The program will include tips and information for parents on students and the Internet. For more information, call 770-554-1000.

Sycamore Elementary will have a visit from North Carolina author Paul M. Howey on Nov. 16. Mr. Howey will talk with students about being an author, the writing and editing process, and publishing books. For more information, call 678-714-5770.

The Cedar Hill Elementary health and PE teachers and PTA will host a Family Fun Health and Fitness Day on Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Centers will be set up to learn about health, nutrition, and fun and inexpensive ways of incorporating physical activities into daily life. Each center will include instructions in English and Spanish. Take-home materials, such as sidewalk chalk and jump ropes, will be available. Cedar Hill recently received a Georgia PTA Grant that will be used to fund this event. Also, on Nov. 18, a committee made up of staff and parents will complete a School Health Index. This self-assessment tool will guide staff in supporting wellness at the school. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

The Peachtree Ridge High band was selected from among 70 bands to participate in the 7th Annual 2006 Waikiki Holiday Parade on Nov. 24 in Hawaii. Students will perform at the USS Battleship Missouri and the USS Arizona Memorial. For more information, call Eric Willoughby, band director, at 678-957-3100.

“Painting the Corners: Examining the Art and Inspiration of the American Pastime” - E3 Electronic Field Trip. Join noted film critic Jeffrey Lyons and a cast of cultural icons as a discussion of sports in popular culture unfolds, with the galleries of the national Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum as the backdrop. See how the poetry of the game has made an impact on the American vernacular since the 19th century. Step out of the batter's box and buy your ticket at the box office for this blockbuster program on America's love affair with the art of the game. This 90-min. program airs Oct. 31 through Nov. 6 at 8 p.m.

“Saving a Species: The Sea Turtle” - Shamu TV. Did you know that all species of sea turtles are either endangered or threatened? Each year, SeaWorld parks rescue dozens of turtles— either ill or injured from entanglement, watercraft collisions, ingestion of non-food items, and other causes. Viewers will follow the story of one of these special sea turtles and witness round-the-clock rehabilitation efforts. This 30-minute program airs Oct. 31 through Nov. 6 at 9:30 p.m.

“Reactions in Chemistry” Annenberg/CPB. This video workshop blends chemistry content, history, and technological applications with a range of classroom lessons to provide high school teachers with updated knowledge and new approaches. This 60-min. program airs Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 and Nov. 7 through Nov. 10 at 11 a.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--

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Nov. is American Indian Heritage Month.

A Certified Teacher Job Fair will be held on November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mill Creek High School, 4400 Braselton Hwy./Hwy. 124, in Hoschton, Ga. Applications may be obtained at or by calling the GCPS Application Line at 678-377-8909

Nov. 7-11 is School Psychologist Week.

Nov. 8 is Election Day.

Nov. 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., Nov. 10, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Veterans’ Day is Nov. 11.

Nov. 13-19 is American Education Week.

National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week begin Nov. 14.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 15.

Nov. 16 is Educational Support Professionals Day.

Nov. 17 is National Parental involvement Day.

National Family Week begins Nov. 20.

Nov. 23-25 is Thanksgiving break for schools.

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