News You Can Use - 08/27/2007

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
08/27/2007 - 09/03/2007

Duluth High’s Chorus Director Greg Smith has been accepted into the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC) as one of only 5 vocalists chosen from more than 250 participants who auditioned. Mr. Smith was the only male voice added to the chorus this year. The ASOC will travel to Berlin to perform a master choral work with the Berlin Philharmonic, one of the top five orchestras in the world. The chorus will also perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in London. For more information, call Jean Ann Moale, publicity contact for the Duluth High chorus, at 770-623-7252.

Creekland Middle’s Engineering & Technology Education teacher Bob Kraushaar will serve on the state Department of Education Committee for Middle School Connections Curriculum. The group will determine how best to prepare middle school students for transitioning to high school and from there to the workforce, using the connections program. Mr. Kraushaar will also serve as the curriculum writing facilitator for Engineering & Technology Education. For more information, call Brenda Whiting, local school technology coordinator, at 770-338-4725.

Two GCPS teachers contributed to “Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency,” a Latin textbook project. Latin teachers Neil Beers from Grayson High and Lindsey Campbell from Peachtree Ridge High made audio CDs for the book. For more information, visit the web site

The Guidance and Counseling Department at Brookwood High will present a program for parents of seniors on Aug. 29th at 7 p.m. in the commons area of the school. The program will provide information to help parents guide their students on the path to graduation and achieving their goals for higher education and a career. Information on financial aid and HOPE scholarships will be available for parents. For more information, call the Brookwood High counseling office at 770-978-5060.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band completed two weeks of Band Camp during the summer— one at the school and the other at LaGrange College. Band members, colorguard, percussion, and horn line worked through the summer, both individually and in sectional rehearsals, laying the groundwork for the camps. This group of students has worked countless hours to rehearse music, practice marching fundamentals, and learn drill for their 2007 show “The Art of Sports: Train, Compete, Succeed,” which will debut at a football game on Aug. 31st. In addition to performing at all Peachtree Ridge High football games, the Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform in the Duluth Fall Festival parade Sept. 29, and compete in three marching competitions. The schedule may be viewed at For more information, call Giesela Zavodny, communication officer, at 770-476-1299 or email

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 on weekday mornings and is open to the public weekday afternoons, Monday - Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at or call 770-904-3500.

August 25, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Science in Action Badge, $6 per Brownie
Participate in fun, hands-on activities, including a science and technology hunt, balloon blowing, make a butterfly of many colors, and the construction of a magnetic box. Come learn about science. (Minimum participants - 15, maximum - 30.) Spots fill quickly, pre-registration strongly recommended. Call 770-904-3500 to register.

September 22, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monarchs Across Georgia, 5-hour teacher workshop, $50 to register
Discover ways to bring scientific concepts to life in your classroom using the Monarch butterfly. Participate in hands-on activities, research projects, and online scientific investigation. To register, send the registration form from the web site with $50 to Monarchs Across Georgia, c/o Susan Meyers, 1497 Candleberry Court, Lilburn, GA 30047. Contact workshop facilitator, Susan Meyers at 404-388-8228 or email for more information.

“GCPS Focus” Coming up on GCPS Focus… Gwinnett teachers prepare for the school year, thousands of students engaged in summer learning, and a look at what’s happening at the Gwinnett Heritage and Environmental Center. This 30-min. program 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.

“The Author in You: Summer Writing Institute - Special Teacher Edition” GCPS TV is proud to present this inside look at the 2007 GCPS Summer Writing Institute. Held at Peachtree Ridge High, the Institute welcomed more than 200 teachers and provided them with writing tips and tools to get their classrooms blooming this fall. Guest authors featured on the program include Stephanie Harvey, Georgia Heard, and Tom Romano. This 30-min. program airs Aug. 27-Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science” Through real-world examples, demonstrations, animations, still graphics, and interviews with both scientists and children, this Annenberg professional learning workshop explores science topics. Each of the eight one-hour video programs features elementary school classroom footage of exemplary science instruction, along with background information on featured authors and analysis of their work. Programs 1-4 of this 8-part workshop air Aug. 27-30 at 1 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 daily in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. through October 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Aug. 27 through Sept. 27 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.

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 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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08/21/200710 additional Gwinnett graduates earn college-sponsored scholarships (pdf)
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08/17/200711 GCPS graduates honored as 2007 Byrd Scholars (pdf)

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 4 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

Patriot Day is September 11.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 13, 2007, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.