News You Can Use - 11/01/2004

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/01/2004 - 11/07/2004

The Norcross High marching band earned the Grand Championship trophy at the 31st Annual Peach State Marching Festival in Rome, Ga. The band earned superior ratings in drum major, drum line, color guard, and band. The band also earned the Don Everett Award for Outstanding Music Performance, Best in Show, capturing the Outstanding Achievement Award for straight superior ratings and the Gene Englis Award for Best in Show for Class AAA, Class AAAA, and Open Class Grand Champions. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Collins Hill High Screamin’ Eagle Band placed 8th in the Bands of America Super Regional competition. The band has been invited to the Bands of America Grand Nationals competition in Indianapolis, Ind. Nov. 4-6. For more information, call Richard Marshall, Collins Hill High band director, at 770-682-4100.

Dr. Terry Oatts, Meadowcreek High assistant principal, will be included in the 8th edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Mr. Oatts received this honor for his service as a high school assistant principal at Glynn Academy from 1999-2004. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

The following teachers were recognized at Georgia State University on Oct. 19 for participating in all 10 Music Educators Leadership Institutes during the past five years: Joe Bader of Five Forks Middle, Frank Folds of Alton C. Crews Middle, Joyce Hunt of Henry Partee Elementary, Debbie Jenkins of Creekland Middle, Linda Pinner of Creekland Middle, Richard Shivers of Riverside Elementary, Janice Smith of Simpson Elementary, and Kathy Wallace of Frank N. Osborne Middle.

Mallory McCloy and David Bonilla of Grayson High have their work on display at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgins Children's Center for the Arts Museum at the Gwinnett Civic Center. A reception will be held on Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. to honor the students. Their work will be displayed from Nov. 15 through Jan. 15. For more information, call Tammy Whitworth at 770-554-1071.

K.E. Taylor Elementary students will learn about the presidential election by reading books explaining the president’s job, completing elections activities, making campaign posters, and singing patriotic songs. After registering to vote, students will participate in a schoolwide mock election on Nov. 1. For more information, call 770-338-4680.

Winning Reflections entries will be displayed at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts during the Reflections Exhibition through Nov. 13. Exhibition hours are from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students in kindergarten through grade 12. The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by National PTA Board Member Mary Lou Anderson. It was developed to interest students, parents, teachers, and communities in the arts in education. About one-half million students participate annually and more than 10 million students have participated in the program through the years. For more information, call the Hudgens Center for the Arts at 770-623-6002.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on the following Saturdays in building F: Nov. 6, Dec. 4, and Jan. 22. Preregistration is required. The new SAT, which will include a writing portion, will be administered beginning in the spring of 2005. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Joseph Epps, a Five Forks Middle student, will compete in an international Tae Kwon Do tournament in South Korea during the month of November. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

Five Forks Middle students in the Quilting Club are currently creating quilts for The Fisherman's House, a transitional facility for the homeless of Gwinnett County. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

Media Specialist School Children’s Book Week Activity
Teresa Cruce Henry Partee ES Student contest
Juliana Anglada Five Forks MS Book fair
Tammy Smith Sugar Hill ES Book fair
Marguerite Noga Lilburn MS Book fair, posters throughout school, and daily announcements asking “What Are You Reading?”
Elaine Norton Suwanee ES Book fair and mystery reader on announcements.
Judy Kavanagh Pharr ES Students will participate in a character parade, dressing as their favorite book characters.
Meg Reed McKendree ES Radio Disney is recording an episode of their “Reading Rocks” program with 2nd graders.
Stacie Gadlage G. H. Hopkins ES Book fair. Favorite books of teachers will be displayed.
Ann Cummings Lawrenceville ES Book fair with a Read, White & Blue theme. Student will vote on their favorite item at the fair. Students have created “Uncle Sam” jackets to wear.
Anne Newhouse Susan Stripling ES Mystery readers.
Cindy Brooks Harbins ES Student book reviews on morning announcements. “Caught Reading” posters of staff, and promotions of “Book It” program.
Suzanne Skeen Parsons ES Book illustration contest. Students draw picture of scenes from their favorite books. Winning pictures will be displayed for a year.
Contact the schools for details.

On Oct. 7, Joshua Erickson, former sergeant of the 3rd Infantry Division in the United States Army, spoke to Doreen Williams’ 8th grade social studies classes at Shiloh Middle about his time in Iraq. He shared what life was like while he was there, how the Iraqi people felt about the soldiers being there, and the effect of the war on children. Mr. Erickson is the son of Shiloh Middle teacher Alice Erickson. For more information, call Nancy Moon at 770-736-4565.

Ashley Austin and Tyler Parker of Collins Hill High have been nominated by Principal Glenn McFall for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. This award recognizes high school seniors who exemplify the attributes of a student, citizen, scholar, and athlete. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Five Forks Middle student Nadia Chaucair performed with the Atlanta Youth Choir on the National Public Radio program “From the Top.” Nadia’s performance took place on October 29. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

“Telling Stories: Richard Peck,” part of the Prince William Network/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series. Author Richard Peck, a former English teacher-turned-writer, talks about his Newberry award-winning book, “A Long Way from Chicago” and its sequel, “A Year Down Yonder.” This 60-minute program airs live Friday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m.

“Hostages of Two Worlds - Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip” Learn how Native American children were brought to the Brafferton School in Colonial Williamsburg and taught to become “civilized Englishmen.” This 60-minute program airs live Thursday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 2) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Nov. 1–Dec. 2 on GCPS TV. Watch Monday - Thursday at 9 p.m. The program repeats at 1 a.m. each evening, or watch the week’s shows in a block on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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 678-985-5233, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

November is American Indian Heritage Month.

November 2 is Election Day, and a student and teacher holiday.

November 7-13 is School Psychology Week.

November 10-11 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

November 14-20 is American Education Week.

November 15-21 is National Children’s Book Week.

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

Alford ElementaryNov. 18678-924-5300Lanier MiddleNov.770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews MiddleNov. 9770/982-6940Lawrenceville ElementaryNov.770/963-1813
Annistown ElementaryNov. 15770/979-2950Lilburn ElementaryNov.770/921-7707
Arcado ElementaryNov.770/925-2100Lilburn MiddleNov.770/921-1776
B. B. Harris ElementaryNov. 23770/476-2241Mason ElementaryNov. 12770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ElementaryNov.770/447-6307McConnell MiddleNov. 29770/554-1000
Benefield ElementaryNov.770/962-3771McKendree ElementaryNov. 5678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ElementaryNov. 9770/446-0947Meadowcreek ElementaryNov. 16770/931-5701
Berkmar HighNov.770/921-3636Meadowcreek HighNov.770/381-9680
Bethesda ElementaryNov. 16770/921-2000Mountain Park ElementaryNov. 22770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary770/736-4360Nesbit ElementaryNov.770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross ElementaryNov.770/448-2188
Camp Creek ElementaryNov. 5770/921-1626Norcross HighNov. 11770/448-3674
Cedar Hill ElementaryNov. 4770/962-5015North Gwinnett HighNov. 16770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary770/972-2220Norton ElementaryNov.770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett HighNov. 8770/963-8041Oakland CenterNov.770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ElementaryNov.770/497-9907Parkview HighNov. 23770/921-2874
Collins Hill HighNov.770/682-4100Parsons ElementaryNov. 1678/957-3050
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Partee ElementaryNov.770/982-6920
Corley ElementaryNov. 16678-924-5330Peachtree ElementaryNov.770/448-8710
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HighNov.678/957-3100
Creekland MiddleNov. 18770/338-4700Pharr ElementaryNov. 18770/985-0244
Dacula ElementaryNov. 5770/963-7174Pinckneyville MiddleNov. 16770/263-0860
Dacula High770/963-6664R.D. Head ElementaryNov. 19770/972-8050
Dacula MiddleNov.770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ElementaryNov.770/925-9543
Duluth HighNov. 16770/476-5206Richard Hull MiddleNov. 19770/232-3200
Duluth MiddleNov.770/476-3372Riverside ElementaryNov. 18678/482-1000
Duncan Creek Elementary678/714-5800Rock Springs ElementaryNov.770/932-7474
Five Forks MiddleNov. 12770/972-1506Rockbridge Elementary770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ElementaryNov. 5770/932-7400Shiloh ElementaryNov.770/985-6883
Freeman's Mill ElementaryNov.678/377-8955Shiloh HighNov. 16770/972-8471
GIVE CenterNov.770/338-4898Shiloh MiddleNov.770/972-3224
Grayson ElementaryNov.770/963-7189Simonton ElementaryNov.770/513-6637
Grayson HighNov.770/554-1071Simpson ElementaryNov. 5770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ElementaryNov. 12770/972-3110Snellville MiddleNov.770/972-1530
Harbins ElementaryNov. 16770/682-4270South Gwinnett HighNov. 16770/972-4840
Harmony ElementaryNov. 8770/945-7272Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Hopkins ElementaryNov.770/564-2661Sugar Hill ElementaryNov. 4770/945-5735
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Summerour MiddleNov. 9770/448-3045
J. G. Dyer ElementaryNov. 8770/963-6214Suwanee ElementaryNov. 18770/945-5763
J.C. Magill ElementaryNov.770/554-1030Sweetwater MiddleNov.770/923-4131
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133Sycamore Elementary678/714-5770
Jackson ElementaryNov.770/682-4200T. Carl Buice CenterNov.770/271-5060
K. E. Taylor ElementaryNov.770/338-4680Trickum Middle770/921-2705
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Knight ElementaryNov. 22770/921-2400Walnut Grove ElementaryNov. 18770/513-6892