News You Can Use - 08/13/2004

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
08/13/2004 - 08/22/2004

The Georgia Department of Education selection committee chose Leanne Lutrell, a teacher at Sycamore Elementary, as one of three Georgia state-level finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Program. One of those three teachers will be selected to represent Georgia as a national Presidential winner. For more information, call 678-714-5770.

Dr. Cindy Loe, associate superintendent for Organizational Advancement, had an article published in a national education publication. “Gateways to the Future: A district’s no-nonsense response to changing demographics paves the path to success,” was published in the June 2004 issue of “American School Board Journal.” For more information, call 678-377-3890.

The following teachers were selected to participate in the Teachers as Leaders Class of 2004-05: Sophia Barton, Lilburn Elementary; Sarah Black, Lanier Middle; Elisa Brown, Simpson Elementary; Cheri Carter, Brookwood Elementary; Belinda Chancey, Chattahoochee Elementary; Cheryl Cole, Brookwood Elementary; Stacey Cummings, Peachtree Ridge High; Mary Edelberg, Five Forks Middle; Lynne Franks, Walnut Grove Elementary; Marilyn Gates, Kanoheda Elementary; Vernay Gilliard, G.H. Hopkins Elementary; Mary Ruth Hambrick, Rock Springs Elementary; Anne Hawkins, Grayson High; Adrianne Hayes, Lawrenceville Elementary, Susan Headley, Bethesda Elementary; Emily Heck, Sycamore Elementary; Christina Hilfiger, Jackson Elementary; Nancy Johnson, Benefield Elementary; Linda King, Duluth Middle; Leslie Livaditis, Riverside Elementary; Kirsten Mixter, Norcross High; Vernita Moore, Shiloh High; Denise Newman, Bethesda Elementary; Cathy Payne, Kanoheda Elementary; Terri Poffenberger, Fort Daniel Elementary; Julia Owens, Shiloh Middle; Brian Segool, Rock Springs Elementary; Stephen Straughan, Bethesda Elementary; Cathy Sytsma, Susan Stripling Elementary; and Mardrey Worthy, Berkeley Lake Elementary.

The following GCPS staff members graduated in May from the 2003-04 Leadership Academy: Mark Albertus, Parkview High; Mary Britt, Alton C. Crews Middle; Donna Curl, Creekland Middle; Vivian Daniel, Central Gwinnett High; Nina Gilbert, GIVE West; Shelly Goff, Richard Hull Middle; Lisa Green, Kanoheda Elementary; Calvin Horton, Sweetwater Middle; Sheila Hughes, Norcross High; Theresa Jarrell, Brookwood High; Rynna Kidd, K.E. Taylor Elementary; Melanie Little, Level Creek Elementary; Michael McDougald, Lanier Middle; Eric Parker, Shiloh High; Donna Patrick, Sugar Hill Elementary; Malinda Reagin, Arcado Elementary; Jody Reeves, North Gwinnett High; Linda Retter, Alton C. Crews Middle; Tammy Truitt, Bethesda Elementary; Ed Williams, Five Forks Middle; and Christina Wimmer, Kanoheda Elementary.

Student and teacher honorees in the 2004 Atlanta Toyota Recognizes Excellence Scholarship Program include Berkmar HighPatrick Harazin and Inspiring Teacher IV Bray; Brookwood HighVan My Lu and Inspiring Teacher Kristine Halcomb; Central Gwinnett HighRohit Malhotra and Inspiring Teacher Dr. Evelyn Grant; Collins Hill HighChristopher Bland and Inspiring Teacher John “Marty” Murray (Creekland Middle); Dacula HighLindsey Hobdy and Inspiring Teacher Lyle Cruse; Duluth HighSalima Barday and Inspiring Teacher Sydney Mellard (Alton C. Crews Middle); Grayson HighJoshua Golden and Inspiring Teacher Nicole Davis; Maxwell High School of TechnologyRobert Wise and Inspiring Teacher Patricia Cincotta (Alcova Elementary, formerly of Benefield Elementary); Norcross HighVicky Chau and Inspiring Teacher James “Neil” Nichols; North Gwinnett HighJason Alexander and Inspiring Teacher Patrick Yaggy; Parkview HighBarna De and Inspiring Teacher Christy Coates (Trickum Middle); Peachtree Ridge HighYunjiang Jiang and Inspiring Teacher Sarah Skinner; Phoenix HighNick Whitmire and Inspiring Teacher Dorothy Moore; Shiloh HighAnna Van Devender and Inspiring Teacher Stephen Dartt; and South Gwinnett HighJaclyn Lisa Ortiz and Inspiring Teacher Alexandra Boyle. The students each received $2,000 scholarships, and their “Inspiring Teachers” were awarded $1,000 each.

Laura Manger of Rebecca Minor Elementary presented “Teaching and Fostering Creativity” at the Alabama Gifted Conference in July. Ms. Manger also had a book published— “Researching Adventures: Challenging GLYPH— Making Activities.” For more information, call 770-925-9543.

Dr. Dale Carter, director of Psychological Services, has been elected chair of Division G— the Child and Adolescent Psychology Division— of the Georgia Psychological Association for the 2004-05 year. For more information, call 770-822-6470.

At its annual high school honors luncheon last spring, the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants recognized four Gwinnett County Public Schools high school students as outstanding accounting students. Those honored were Akpan Anani of Brookwood High, Casey Crawley of North Gwinnett High, David Knorr of Parkview High, and Ashley Schier of Shiloh High.

Salle Komar, Collins Hill High science teacher, and Gail Stansell, Berkmar High science teacher, participated in a workshop at Fernbank Museum of Natural History this summer. The workshop featured hands-on activities that explored DNA, genes, and their functions. For more information, call Poul Olson of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at 404-463-9433.

Tyler Mineo, Lanier Middle 8th grade student, earned two gold medals in Tai Kwan Do this summer at Ft. Lauderdale, a national competition, and the Junior Olympics in Des Moines. For more information, call 770-945-8419.

The following GCPS employees were awarded the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Career Advancement Scholarship in the amount of $1,100 each: Stephen Dudley of Duluth Middle, Bobby Hokett of Lilburn Elementary, Joan McMillian of Information Management, Leslie Reed of Henry Partee Elementary, Tracy Schofield of Dacula High, Carmel Silver of Hooper Renwick, and Nonia Smith of Psychological Services. For more information, call Ellen Hartsock at 770-963-5679 or 770-428-2654.

The Local School Administrators Association recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to Christina Barrett, a Brookwood High graduate; Lucy Strother, a Brookwood High teacher; and F. A. Huard, Camp Creek Elementary assistant principal.

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:
Ÿ All students must have a three-part series Hepatitis B (three shots).
Ÿ 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.

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 BellSouth Entertainment on Channel 21
Charter Communications on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
Ÿ Watch “GCPS Focus daily for all the essential news you need to know about GCPS. Airs daily at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. each day.
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--

Berkmar Middle will hold a PTA/Curriculum night on August 29 at 7 p.m.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 6 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

September 8 is International Literacy Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 9, 2004, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

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