News You Can Use - 01/24/2005

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
01/24/2005 - 01/31/2005

Richard Hull Middle students tied for 9th place nationally in the WordMasters competition in December. The team competed against 174 other teams and more than 225,000 students in the Gold Division. The 8th grade team is coached by teacher Dimitra Hill. Student Nancy Ouyang earned a perfect score in the meet. Eighth-grade students achieving outstanding results were Charles Chong, Tyler Droll, Caitlin Eldred, Ben Jackson, Caroline Jugus, Hanna Lin, Taylor Russell, Megan Tierney, and Hunter Vance. Seventh graders, coached by Luann Kosa, achieving outstanding results include Carolyn Davenport, Sam Evans, Tucker Green, Sandy Jiang, Elizabeth Landers, Angela Lee, Katie Nykanen, Grace Oh, Claire Putnam, Jordan Simpson, Cecilia Trode, and Ben Wolk. Sixth graders, coached by Laura Gordon and Kyle Wade, achieving outstanding results include Tyler Bahnman, Joseph Bogle, Kelsey Musick, Heather Payne, Cameron Tedone, and James Williams. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Trickum Middle Academic Bowl Team earned 1st place in the PAGE regional competition. Trickum Middle students qualified to represent the region at the State semifinals in Macon. Team members include Glenn Branscomb, Nick Eberhardt, Charles Fang, Captain Kristen Jolley, Timmy Philip, Pranav Ramesh, David Rhodes, Deep Datta Roy, and Joshua Wong. The team went undefeated for all seven rounds. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

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.

The Simpson Elementary PTA will host Stuart J. Murphy, author of “MathStart,” during the day on Jan. 27. “MathStart” is one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Series for Young Children according to Booklist magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. Mr. Murphy will speak with parents regarding math strategies from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, followed by student-led math activities for families. Mr. Murphy’s will be available to sign his books at the end of the evening. For more information, call 770-417-2400.

Gwinnett County residents, and those in surrounding communities, have the opportunity to participate in a “Community Conversation.” On Jan. 27, Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox will lead a statewide “Community Conversation” to create Georgia’s definition of educational excellence. Twenty public schools will serve as sites for this landmark engagement that will have parents, business leaders, community members, educators and others talking about what makes a public school great. Citizens may participate in person by attending the local event at Peachtree Ridge High located at 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. The event will take place on Jan. 27 from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for seating on a first-come first-served basis. An opening 30-minute program, featuring Governor Perdue and Superintendent Cox, will be broadcast to all locations via Georgia Public Broadcasting. Online participants may visit to watch the conversation through video streaming give their input via email. In addition, after watching the broadcast on Georgia Public Television, beginning at 7 p.m., participants may mail in comments. For more information, call the Georgia Department of Education at 404-656-2800.

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 Web site 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.

Susan Stripling Elementary will host a “Tribute to Motown” on Feb. 1, in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. 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 students at Beaver Ridge Elementary in partnership with Harriet Beecher Stowe School 64 in Indianapolis, Indiana, will participate in a Read-A-Thon through Jan. 31 to help the children of South Asia and Africa. Participants may donate $1 for every book they read to the Save the Children Fund. Beaver Ridge Elementary has raised more than $200.00 with 14 classrooms reporting. For more information, call Joan Johnson at 404-242-9032.

“The Author in You-Barbara Robinson” Known by students for her book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and its sequel “The Best School Year Ever,” author Barbara Robinson joins GCPS TV for a special edition of The Author in You. This 30-minute program airs Jan. 24 to Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 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 parent section of the GCPS Web site——to find 7 ways to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences.

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