News You Can Use - 11/05/2007

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
11/05/2007 - 11/11/2007

GCPS will hold a Certified Teacher Job Fair on Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Peachtree Ridge High located at 1555 Old Peachtree Rd. in Suwanee. Every GCPS school will be represented at this system-wide fair. Certified teachers, out-of-state teachers, student teachers, and December graduates are invited to attend. For more information, call 678-301-6000 or visit

The Central Gwinnett High Basketball Tip Off Club will host a “Taste of Lawrenceville” on Nov. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. More than 25 restaurants will offer delicious cuisine to sample. Activities include a silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the counseling office. Proceeds will benefit the Central Gwinnett basketball program. For more information, call 770-963-8041.

Duluth High student chefs Victoria Moore, Brene Herbert, and Martike Henson earned the bronze medal at the Culinary Competition at Berkmar High in October. For more information, call Media Specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter at 770-232-3336.

Richard Hull Middle teacher Sallie Barrett served as lead facilitator for the summer Georgia Intern-Fellowship for Teachers (GIFT) program, a non-profit organization managed by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing. Mrs. Barrett worked with a group of educators who experienced cutting-edge research and new technologies in various settings at universities and corporations, such as Georgia Tech, Emory University, the University of Georgia, Street Smarts, and Scientific Atlanta. Facilitators assist teachers in translating their summer work experience to their classroom by providing information about inquiry methods, best practices, and National Standards as well as guiding them through the development of an Action Plan. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

Rockbridge Elementary received a $400 grant for the school’s media center. The Beta Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma will present the grant on Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. For more information, call Media Specialist Stacie Gadlage at 770-448-9363.

The Duluth High Chamber Orchestra will perform a Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic program on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the school theatre. Guest conductors-- Dr. Richard Prior from Emory University, Kelly Taylor from Duluth Middle, Duluth High Band Director Danelle Keck, and Directors Shawn Morton and Dr. Peter Lemonds-- will lead the orchestra through the program which will also be performed in Chicago on Dec. 19 at the Merle Reskin Theatre. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor a Bruster’s Night on Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Christy Umans, a Grayson Elementary teacher, and her family. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Duluth High JUNTOS Club and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund will host a College Fair for Latino students on Nov. 7 during the school day. Freshmen and sophomores will meet with the Hispanic Scholarship representatives and college students for information on college preparation, the importance of having a good GPA, extracurricular activities, and attendance. Juniors and seniors will attend information sessions on financial aid, scholarships, and college applications. Students will have the opportunity to meet with bilingual college representatives from Georgia colleges and universities. For more information, call Media Specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter at 770-232-3336.

Sycamore Elementary will honor Veterans with a luncheon and a student program on Nov. 9. A musical tribute will be performed by 3rd and 5th grade students. Veterans in attendance will be presented with a certificate and a medal from the school in appreciation for their service. Veterans will speak to 5th grade classes about their service. For more information, call Assistant Principal Deb Murphy at 678-714-5770.

The Grayson Elementary PTA will host a Mother and Daughter Event on Nov. 11. Mothers and daughters are invited to create a scrapbook together and share dessert. For more information, email Alaina Wilson at

South Gwinnett High will host a Multicultural International Club Fall Festival on Nov. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Events will include face painting, hair braiding, children’s games, a silent auction, and more. Participants are invited to bring their favorite international dish to share at a potluck picnic from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Donna Aker at 770-845-7286.

Norcross High will host a College Fair on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be on hand to speak with students and parents. A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will be on hand with information about the HOPE scholarship and financial aid. Visit for a complete list of schools. For more information, call the Norcross High counseling department at 770-447-2648.

Peachtree Ridge High will host a performance by the Kendall Honor Orchestra and the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony (GCYS) on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Guest soloist James Graseck of New York City will perform with the Kendall Orchestra. Scott Hammond, Duluth High orchestra director; and Bernadette Scruggs, Peachtree Ridge High orchestra director; will lead the orchestra. The GCYS’s performance will be led by Cathie Hudnall, Brookwood High orchestra director; and Dr. Peter Lemonds, Duluth High orchestra director. For more information, call Scott Hammond at 770-963-6664, or email

J.P. McConnell Middle will host a Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers may purchase handmade student ornaments, crafts, one-of-a-kind items, and food. For more information, email Teresa Mistretta at, or call 770-318-4702.

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.

Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adopt-A-Stream Introduction/Chemical Monitoring Workshop, free
Learn what is required to be an Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer. If you care about your streams, you’ll want to be here. The workshop includes basic stream ecology, chemical monitoring, and lots of fun. Bring lunch and boots if you have them. Call 770-904-3505 to register.

Nov. 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Eco-Explorer Brownie Scout, $9 per Brownie
Brownies are introduced to ecology and how plants and animals live together in the environment. Have fun with a scavenger hunt, make a food chain, and learn how you can help endangered species. Badge is included. Contact Sabrina Jones at or call 678-420-6870 for registration information. Program minimum 15 participants, maximum 50. Center admission additional fee.

Nov. 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Environmental Science Merit Badge, $10 per Boy Scout
Investigate the exciting experiments for requirement 3; get the background you need to complete requirement 3E on your own, and get started on this challenging Eagle Scout required merit badge. Call 770-904-3500 to pre-register.

Nov. 14, 2 to 5 p.m., African Wild Conservation Lesson, $7 per adults, $3 per student, free for GEHC members
Home school families will learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to help save the African wild. Students are challenged to apply these conservation efforts in their communities. Activity is ideal for grades 6-8. Program minimum 5, maximum 10. Pre-register and pay by Nov. 12.

Nov. 15, 1 to 5 p.m., GIS Scavenger Hunt, $7 per adult, $3 per child, free for GEHC members
Students enjoy two fun activities. The Gwinnett County GIS Department will lead a scavenger hunt using hand held GPS devices. In addition, learn how this technology is used in a variety of ways. The African Wild Conservation Lesson plan will be repeated during this time period. This activity is ideal for grades 6-8. Program minimum 10, maximum 20. Pre-register and pay by Nov. 12.

Nov. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Making Fossils, $2 per child
Kids, join us as you create your own fossils in this fun hands-on activity. Fossils are imprints of plants and animals that lived a long time ago and can be very small or big (like dinosaurs). Learn fun facts about paleontology. Center admission additional fee.

“Music of the Andes” The vibrant, energetic music of the Andes region of South America is performed in its most authentic form by Andes Manta, professional musicians and native of the Ecuadorian Andes. Andes Manta musicians discuss the history, music, and traditions of their culture and perform traditional folk music. This 60-min. program airs Nov. 5-10 at 1 p.m.

“ArtStage: Veterans Day Concert” GCPS TV is proud to rebroadcast a special Veterans Day Program performed by the Norton Elementary 4th and 5th grade chorus. You won't want to miss this patriotic celebration! This 60-min. program airs Nov. 9-10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 2” This 10-part advanced Spanish language series is designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday, through January. A new class will airs each week beginning on Monday.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through Dec. 25 on GCPS TV. This 60-minute program airs Mon.–Thurs. at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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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School Psychology Week runs from Nov. 5-9.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

American Education Week is Nov. 11-17.

Nov. 12-18 is National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 13.

Nov. 14-15 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

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 Nov. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Date - Nov.
B.B. Harris Elementary
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Centerville Elementary
Collins Hill High
Creekland Middle
Dacula Middle
Fort Daniel Elementary
Freeman's Mill Elementary
Harbins Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Louise Radloff Middle
Lovin Elementary
Meadowcreek Elementary
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