News You Can Use - 10/16/2006

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
10/16/2006 - 10/22/2006

Naquira Cox and Angela Etheridge, Berkmar High juniors, have been selected as delegates to the Anti-Defamation League’s eighth annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. They are part of a group of 10 ethnically, religiously, and racially diverse high school students from throughout the metro Atlanta area who will participate in the Mission. For more information about the National Youth Leadership Mission, the Anti-Defamation League, or its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, please call Shelley Rose, Associate Director, ADL Southeast Region, at 404-262-3470 or e-mail

Rodney Wayne, a W.C. Britt Elementary teacher, is one of 40 “Class Act” teacher selected from a pool of 300 candidates in the metro area by Channel 11. For more information, call 770-972-4500.

The Duluth High marching band earned Superior ratings in several categories at the Heart of Georgia Marching Band competition this month. The band placed 5th overall. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Shiloh High will host a visit from author Robert Fanney on Oct. 17. For more information, call 770-972-4840.

The Duluth High Wildcat Table Tennis Tournament, open to all Duluth High students, is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in the gym. Duluth High teachers Jonathan Hemingway and Dr. Peter Lemonds will demonstrate the game. Participants may challenge the experts in an exhibition game. The entry fee is $10. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Mill Creek High drama students will perform “Cyrano de Bergerac” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19-20 in the school theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students under 18. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Mill Creek High will send 21 students to the 7th Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference at Georgia State University on Oct. 21. The conference provides an opportunity to spend a day in dialogue with community leaders on topics such as leadership development, higher education, cultural awareness, and challenges facing todays youth. This year’s keynote speaker will be Ralph de la Vega, chief operating officer for Cingular Wireless. Mr. De la Vega will address attendees, motivating them to excel in life despite barriers of language, legal status, and life struggles. For more information and a list of attendees, call Lisa Rodriguez at 678-714-5850.

The annual Duluth High Concert on the Diamond is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the school’s baseball team and orchestras. Bring your picnic basket and blankets to sit under the stars and listen to good music. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call Coach Bobby Link at 770-232-5375 or send an e-mail to

The Central Gwinnett Cluster schools are bringing “Arts in the Park” to the courthouse square in Lawrenceville on Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Student artwork will be on display at the courthouse. Music will be performed by band, orchestra, and chorus students from Central Gwinnett High, Phoenix High, J.E. Richards Middle, Cedar Hill Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, Margaret Winn Holt Elementary, and Simonton Elementary. For more information, call the local school.

Sweetwater Middle will host a Fall Festival Fundraiser in Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 per family. For more information, call 770-601-3593.

On Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., GCPS will host a Child Find Screening and Information Fair at the Norcross Human Service Center located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. Working with the medical community and service agencies throughout the county, the school system seeks to identify children diagnosed with, or in need of, further evaluation for mental, physical, or emotional/behavioral disabilities. A Spanish interpreter will be available. Representatives will conduct developmental, vision, hearing, and speech screenings for Gwinnett children ages 0–21. Pass the word to others in the community about this opportunity. For more information, call 678-301-7244.

The annual Miss Mill Creek Scholarship Pageants will be held in the theater on Nov.10 and 11. The pageants are open for ages 3 to 12th grade. The middle school pageants will be held Nov. 10. The remainder of the pageants will be held on Nov. 11. High school interviews will take place on Nov. 5. For more information, call 678-714-5850 or visit

A Berkmar High community celebration is on the schedule for Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Interested alumni are gathering regularly to plan the event. Meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Berkmar High Media Center on these Tuesdays: Oct. 24 and Nov. 7. The planning committee is looking for memorabilia to be part of the “Berkmar over Time” display. For more information, call Diana Preston at 770-921-3636, or visit

Duluth Center Stage Alliance presents the musical “Mame” Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m. in the Duluth High Theatre. Duluth High theatre group has a cast of more than 60 actors, singers, technicians, and musicians who will perform this musical. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in November from Vanette Vedder at the school and also at the door. For more information, visit

Instructional Materials Review runs through Oct. 31. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for social studies for grades 6–12. The review runs through Oct. 31. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center, Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee, or at the Grayson HS Technical Education Program Building, located at 40 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville. For information on the instructional materials review process, contact Lisa Burleson at 678-301-7011.
Instructional Support Center:
Monday–Friday, through Oct. 31, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Grayson HS Technical Education Program Building:
Monday–Friday, through Oct. 31, 7 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Gwinnett County Public Schools 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 3, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. Click here for the AKS Review Form.

The Peachtree Ridge High Future Business Leaders of America (FLBA) chapter teamed up with Chili’s Bar and Grill at Discover Mills to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Peachtree Ridge FBLA members were stationed at Discover Mills on weekends during September. The students learned about service and organization through this project, and raised $4,500. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Mill Creek High's Key Club has several fundraisers planned for the upcoming months.
  • More than 30 students volunteered for Lighting of the Pumpkins at Sterling on the Lake Oct. 20 and 21. The proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp Sunshine.
  • Students will work at a car wash on Nov. 4 at the Buford Sam's Club to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Funds will be donated to the fundraising efforts of Mill Creek student Courtney Brissey, who is running a half marathon to benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.
  • Late in October, students will collect canned goods and money for UNICEF. The Key Club will collect money and food to be distributed at Thanksgiving.
  • Students also are planning a toy collection for a local shelter for Christmas.
For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Sweetwater Middle is hosting a book fair with Barnes & Noble Books in Snellville Oct. 15-22. Barnes & Noble will donate to the school a percentage of every sale accompanied by a Sweetwater Middle book fair voucher. These vouchers are available at the school or online at will hold a Spirit Day Oct. 21 at Barnes & Noble from noon to 4 pm. Events include a storytelling session by Principal Angela Moton; musical performances by band, orchestra, and chorus students; poetry and story readings by student winners of the PTA Reflections contest; and a musical performance by Robert Gama, a teacher at Sweetwater. The store is located at 1350 Scenic Highway.
For more information, contact Alicia Cannon by e-mailing or by calling 770-931-7039.

Mill Creek High began the school’s 2006 United Way pledge drive. This year’s theme is “Use Your Superpowers for Good.” Mill Creek’s goal is $9,361, an increase of more than $3,000 over last year. The Interact Club, sponsored by Amanda Dominy, will be the student-driven force behind this year’s campaign. Many student activities are planned. Interact students will partner with Ray Boohr of the Braselton Rotary Club who will assist students in soliciting donations from the community. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

The Duluth High Chorus Advanced Women’s Ensemble has been selected by the Georgia Music Educators Association to perform at the 2007 State Music Teacher’s Conference in Savannah in January 2007. The chorus is asking the community for financial support. Please send donations made out to “DCBA”; to Greg Smith, choral director, Duluth High School, 3737 Brock Road, Duluth, GA 30096.

Several of the athletic teams, clubs, and organizations at Duluth High are mounting a schoolwide fundraiser in cooperation with Bogey’s Neighborhood Grill in Duluth. The fundraiser will run through Oct. 20. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

“Freedom in America: Some Assembly Required - Ball State Electronic Field Trip (EFT)” Learn about our nation’s “firsts” as we make our first stop aboard the EFT Express in historic Philadelphia. Discover the sights the "City of Brotherly Love" has to offer as we visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many more prominent landmarks where pivotal events took place in the "assembly" of the USA. Find out what struggles our forefathers encountered during the difficult process of drafting the Declaration of Independence and learn more about those responsible for writing this famous document. This 60-min. program airs live on Oct. 17 at 10 a.m.

“12 Angry Men - Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Join members of the cast of “12 Angry Men” as they explore the connections between the play’s themes— the influence of personal history and perspective on decision-making, the balance between civic responsibility and personal goals, and the power of a persuasive argument. Emmy winner Richard Thomas (TV's "The Waltons") and six-time Emmy nominee George Wendt (TV’s ‘Cheers’) star in this revival of an American classic. This 60-min. program airs live on Wed. Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

“Yorktown - Colonial Williamsburg EFT” Join us for the story of the small town of York during the Revolutionary War siege in 1781, the ripples it caused internationally, and how it defined future events. Learn how the military planned, how soldiers fought, and how civilians fared. This 60-min. program airs live on Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This program, a valuable language resource and learning opportunity, is now airing on GCPS TV. The 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially to the needs of 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 Nov. 19. (A new class will air 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 Oct. 31 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily 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:
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 678-301-6460, 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.

October 14 -21 is National School Bus Safety Week.

October 16 is a student holiday and teacher workday.

October 18 is a PSAT testing day for Grade 10.

Oct 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

Oct 23 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

October 28 is Make a Difference Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

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

Camp Creek Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Craig Elementary
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Duluth High
Fort Daniel Elementary
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Parkview High
R.D. Head Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Snellville Middle
Suwanee Elementary