News You Can Use - 10/15/2007

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
10/15/2007 - 10/21/2007

Jackson Elementary and Scientific Atlanta have been selected to receive the 2008 Junior Achievement School/Business Partnership of the Year Award. The award will be presented in March of 2008 by Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc. at the 19th Annual Atlanta Business Hall of Fame celebration. For more information, call 770-682-4200.

Lanier Middle’s Meagan Shaw, an 8th grade band student, has been selected to participate in the 2007 Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program. Meagan auditioned for this prestigious group and will receive free private lessons from a member of the Atlanta Symphony for the next four years. This program is offered to students throughout the metro Atlanta area. For more information, visit

Schools in the Peachtree Ridge Cluster were awarded the Environmental Achievement Award by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GC&B). Peachtree Ridge High Teacher Laura Kohnke was awarded the LINK Award for her efforts in Leading, Involving, Networking, and sharing her Knowledge with other environmental teachers and PTA representatives within the cluster. Peachtree Ridge Cluster had 100% participation in the 2006-07 Environmental Achievement Profile (EAP). GC&B and GCPS share a 27-year partnership and strive to be leaders in the area of environmental programs, practices, and educational efforts to improve the environment. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

GCPS had two winners in the 2007 Gwinnett County School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Amita Sarker from Chattahoochee Elementary won in Division I- K-2, and Cody Hernandez from Annistown Elementary won in Division II- grades 3-5. For more information, call the local school. Photos of drawings available upon request.

Peachtree Ridge High will host International Night on Oct. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the commons area at the school. Parents, students, and community members from Peachtree Ridge cluster schools are invited to attend. Information from more than 40 countries will be displayed at the event. Entertainment will include native dancing, and a food tasting event. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Frank N. Osborne Middle will host a tribute to former Teacher Diane Overton on Nov. 2. An update will be given on the morning Hawkeye School News Show about resources purchased for the Media Center with donations made in her name. The teacher resource room in the media center will be named the Diane Overton Professional Resource Room in her honor. Ms. Overton’s husband and parents will be present for the dedication. For more information, call Media Specialist Louise Doughty at 770-904-5416.

Grayson High has been awarded a Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) grant to enhance the existing SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Chapter. The Grayson GOHS/SADD Chapter will organize and sponsor several activities during the grant period including Red Ribbon Week, In a Split Second, and Prom-Promise. Additionally, the Grayson SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership-training program in October. For more information, call Grayson High contact Lawrence Finocchi at 770-554-1071.

As part of the school’s wellness program, Harbins Elementary staff members have a personal trainer available to them for up to four days a week. Working with a group who wants to increase fitness and reduce inches, has turned into a fun, teambuilding, healthy activity. Members share successes and encourage each other to keep focused on fitness. The next step for Harbins Elementary will be to share the ‘focus on fitness’ with kids, helping them make healthier lifestyle choices. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Maxwell High School of Technology students and teachers participated a community service project day. More than 50 students worked to beautify the playground at St. Patrick’s Preschool. Mulch was spread and Maxwell students built and assembled benches for the playground. For more information, call Eleanor Green at 770-963-6838.

Part science and nature center, part energy institute, and part history center, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) is a collaborative educational initiative. Partners are GCPS, Gwinnett County Government, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The Center is dedicated to student field studies and activities Mon.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at or call 770-904-3500.

Oct. 20, 1 - 3 p.m., Hawks, Falcons and Owls? Oh My!, free
Bring the family to the Central Pavilion for a presentation by the Georgia Falconry on the importance of protecting these birds and their habitats.

Oct. 27, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Bat Basics, $3 per person, $10 for a family of four
You’ve heard the stories¯ they’re creepy, they get in your hair, they're blind, and they all have rabies. Get the scoop on what bats are really like and search the grounds for real bats with a bat detector. Call 770-904-3500 to register by Oct. 25.

Oct. 27, 3 - 4 p.m., Nature Kids Environmental Club, $5 per child, free to GEHC members
Birds in Black¯ Come join us in discovering the cool tricks of crows, vultures, blackbirds, and others in our world of feathered friends. We’ll take a bird walk and look for birds, nests, and feathers. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water. Limited to 16 participants in grades 2-4. Center admission additional fee. Pre-register by calling 770-904-3500.

“ArtStage: 2007 Marching Band Exhibition, Part 1” Get in step with your favorite GCPS marching band. During the weeks of Oct. 15 and 22, GCPS TV’s “ArtStage” will give you a spectacular look at local bands performing their halftime show exhibitions. Don’t miss this opportunity to tune in and support your local band. Part 1 showcases bands from Berkmar High, Brookwood High, Central Gwinnett High, Grayson High, Parkview High, Shiloh High, and South Gwinnett High, and airs Oct. 15-20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Tails from the Tetons” Ball State Electronic Field Trip-- Few landscapes in the world are as striking and memorable as Grand Teton National Park in Northwestern Wyoming. The mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, and skies are home to an amazing variety of animal communities. This electronic field trip, we will focus on the Grand Teton’s intact temperate ecosystems and the animals that inhabit them, including wolves, bears, buffalo, antelope, and many others. Come along as we explore this majestic national park and study its amazing inhabitants. This 60-min. program airs live on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

“Higher, Faster, Farther!” Flight School restarts its engines at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The second of four live and interactive electronic field trips, “Higher, Faster, Farther!” will examine how the knowledge of the forces of flight inspired engineers and aviators to go higher, faster, and farther than ever before. From propellers to jet engines, from subsonic to supersonic speeds, participants will explore revolutionary innovations in flight speed, distance, and aviation technology as well as showcase many of the pioneering women and men of yesterday and today who made it possible. This 45-min. program airs live on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air through Oct. 25 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 1” This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday, through Oct. 21. A new class will airs each week beginning on Monday.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site--

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October is Computer Learning Month and Physical Therapy Month.

During the week of Oct. 8-12, students in grades 3, 5, and 8 will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

October 15 is a Student Holiday, Teacher Planning/Professional Learning day.

National School Lunch week runs from October 15-19.

During the week of Oct. 17-26, students in grades 3, 5, and 8 will take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Students may participate in the PSAT on Oct. 17.

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

School Psychology Week runs from Nov. 5-9.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Instructional materials review runs through Oct. 31. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for mathematics (grades K–5, 6, 7, and 9), social studies (grades K–5) and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (grade 9 Chinese and engineering). All materials may be reviewed at the following locations and times:
· Instructional Support Center (ISC) in the Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee,(678-301-6000); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
· Lovin Elementary, located at 1705 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville, (678-518-6940); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
For more about the review process, contact Lisa Burleson in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 678-301-6831.

GCPS invites community members and employees to participate in its annual review of Gwinnett’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Employees and community members have until Friday, November 9, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. The GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS, will consider all suggestions at their annual meeting. That committee then will recommend changes to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education for implementation in the 2007-08 school year. The Review Form is available on the school system’s web site at

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Oct. and Nov. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Date - Oct.
Date - Nov.
Alford Elementary
B.B. Harris Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Craig Elementary
Centerville Elementary
Dacula High
Collins Hill High
Dacula Middle
Creekland Middle
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Dacula Middle
Fort Daniel Elementary
Fort Daniel Elementary
Grayson Elementary
Freeman's Mill Elementary
Ivy Creek Elementary
Harbins Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle
Lilburn Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Louise Radloff Middle
Mill Creek High
Lovin Elementary
Norcross Elementary
Meadowcreek Elementary
North Gwinnett High
Mountain Park Elementary
North Gwinnett High
Oakland School
Parkview High
Parsons Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
Rebecca Minor Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Sugar Hill Elementary
Sycamore Elementary
Trickum Middle
W.C. Britt Elementary
Walnut Grove Elementary