|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
12/13/2004 - 12/19/2004
Loretta Mirandola's Advanced Placement Government students at Berkmar High have become experts on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and will represent the 7th Congressional District when they travel to the Capitol in Atlanta to compete in the state finals of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition on Dec. 11. Students representing the 7th Congressional District are John Bottley, Matthew Caldwell, Khanh Dac, Jeannette Diaz, Linh Do, Aneeth Geetha, Suzanne Gonzalez, Mehedi Hassan, Chad Hixon, Jason Junker, Stephen "Chris" Knight, Lee Nguyen, Stephen Oakley, Dan Thanh Vo, and Karla White. For more information contact Debbie Daniell at 770-513-6623. For information about the program, contact Dr. John Hoge, State Coordinator, at 706-542-4416 or 818-591-9321.
Dr. Judy Stephenson of Riverside Elementary presented “Dialogue Dance: Using Book Clubs for Professional Development” at the National Reading Conference in Texas. For more information, call 678-482-1000.
Dr. Jim Curtiss of Margaret Winn Holt Elementary was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Georgia Art Education Association. Dr. Curtiss was nominated by Letha Kelly of Grayson Elementary as “an administrator who demonstrates exemplary support of the arts.” For more information, call 678-376-8600.
Dr. Rich Holland, Glen C. Jones Middle principal, was named the recipient of the Georgia Music Educators Association Administrative Leadership Award for his support of the Fine Arts programs. Dr. Holland was nominated by Dr. Tonya Millsap, the band director at Glen C. Jones Middle. For more information, call 770-904-5450.
Fifteen Phoenix High students participated in a United Nations simulation project sponsored by Georgia State University. Phoenix High fielded delegations representing France and Iran. Students earned awards as outstanding delegates in committee. Students representing Iran also won Outstanding Delegation for their work. Amalia Narvaez, Anthony Teems, and Matt Toedtli were honored as outstanding delegates for exceptional performance for negotiation, use of correct debate procedure, and consistency in representing the character and policy positions of the country. For more information, call 770-513-6862.
The following GCPS art students are winners in the All-State Festival of Art and Design competition held at Brenau University. Thomas Scott of North Gwinnett High was a gold award winner. Darilyn Chu of North Gwinnett High was a silver award winner. The bronze award winners were David Bonilla of Grayson High and SoYeon Choe of Collins Hill High. For more information, call Barbara Willis at 770-972-7642.
Recently, the Norcross High Technology Student Association (TSA) spent three days at the annual Georgia TSA Fall Leadership Conference. The team members are Ashley Mock, Grayson Moss, Tin Nguyen, Alex Provence, and Charles Vongvichai. For more information, call 770-448-3674.
Duluth Middle placed 2nd in the Westminster Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament held in November. For more information, call 770-476-3372.
The Duluth Middle Academic Team A will represent Gwinnett at the PAGE Regional Competition in January. For more information, call the local school.
Brenda Moore, health teacher at Bethesda Elementary, was awarded the Promoting Healthy Habits Grant through the Georgia PTA. The grant will be used to promote student participation in physical activity 80 minutes a week, and to educate parents on the importance of physical activity and good nutrition for good health. The grant was awarded in the amount of $1,000. For more information, call Maria Butler at 770-717-7363.
EMS Technologies will sponsor Norcross High’s FIRST Robotics team. On Jan. 8, the “game” will be unveiled in a live teleconference from FIRST headquarters over NASA TV to educational locations around the country. The six-week competition attracts more than 800 high school teams globally and will conclude with a Championship Event at the Georgia Dome in April. For more information, call 770-448-3674. For more information about FIRST, contact Anne Sartent of EMS Technologies at 770-263-9200 Ext. 4326.
The Brookwood High chorus groups will present their annual holiday concert on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. The choruses are directed by Kim Peeples. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster Web site at www.bpab.info, or call the Performing Arts department at 770-985-0653.
The Duluth High after-school ensemble will perform at the Governor’s Mansion on Dec. 13 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 770-232-3332.
Two Lilburn Elementary 5th grade students won the annual poster context of the Button Gwinnett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. On Dec. 14 at 11 a.m., Terry Manning, president of the chapter, will present awards to the students in Laura Byrd's class. The 1st place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local toy store and the 2nd place winner will receive a $25 certificate. The class of 25 5th graders drew posters and will be recognized with an outstanding citizenship certificate. For the presentation, Mr. Manning will dress in authentic George Washington guard attire. Posters will be on display at the Gwinnett Historical Society. For more information, call 770-921-1776.
Brian Lucy’s 6th grade gifted science classes at Trickum Middle will participate in “junkyard wars” on Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The students will have two minutes to shop from a junk heap and 90 minutes to build a structure. Each group project will be judged on final appearance, originality, and function according to structure. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
Friday mornings in December, Ms. Pockets will visit Peachtree Elementary. Ms. Pockets, a parent dressed as an elf, visits every classroom and collects pocket change from students. The money collected is used by the Peachtree Care Team to help families in need throughout the year. In the past, more than $1,500 has been collected.
SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on Jan. 22 in building F. 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.
The Grayson PTA has joined efforts with our Student Council this December, and will place a Giving Tree at the school for volunteers to decorate with mittens, gloves, socks, scarves and hats for children. Gifts may be donated under the tree for Toys for Tots in the community. For more information, contact Margie Peden at email@example.com.
Grayson Elementary held a canned food drive in November. The event was a success and will help feed many community members this holiday season. Students, parents, and faculty members supported this event. Contact the local school for more information.
Grayson, Pharr, and W.J. Cooper elementary schools raised more than $21,000 to purchase a STARLAB for schools in the Grayson Cluster. A STARLAB is a portable planetarium capable of accommodating up to 35 students at a time. For more information, call 770-963-7189 or visit http:www.starlab.com.
GCPS TV HIGHLIGHTS
“Meet the Author- Lemony Snicket” Lemony Snicket's darkly hilarious book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, has engrossed more than 22 million readers worldwide since the release of the first book in 1999. This 30-minute program airs on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and reairs Dec. 17-19 at 1 and 7 p.m.
“Exploring the World of Music” Gain an understanding of the basic elements of music with this series, an introduction to music with a global perspective. This 60-minute video instructional series (Programs 1-12) air Dec. 13-18 at 11 a.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
December 15-17 are early release days for high school exams.
December 17 is the last day of school before Winter Break. Students return to school on Jan. 5, 2005.
The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during December. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
|Alford Elem||678-924-5300||Lanier Middle|
|Alton C. Crews Middle|
|Annistown Elem||770/979-2950||Lilburn Elem|
|B. B. Harris Elem||770/476-2241||Mason Elem||770/232-3370|
|Beaver Ridge Elem|
|Berkeley Lake Elem||770/446-0947||Meadowcreek Elem||770/931-5701|
|Bethesda Elem||770/921-2000||Mountain Park Elem||770/921-2224|
|Brookwood Elem||770/736-4360||Nesbit Elem|
|Camp Creek Elem||770/921-1626||Norcross High||770/448-3674|
|Cedar Hill Elem||770/962-5015||North Gwinnett High||770/945-9558|
|Central Gwinnett High||770/963-8041||Oakland Center|
|Collins Hill High|
|Cooper Elem||770/554-7050||Partee Elem|
|Corley Elem||678-924-5330||Peachtree Elem|
|Craig Elem||770/978-5560||Peachtree Ridge High|
|Creekland Middle||770/338-4700||Pharr Elem||770/985-0244|
|770/963-6664||R.D. Head Elem||770/972-8050|
|770/963-1110||Rebecca Minor Elem|
|Duluth High||770/476-5206||Richard Hull Middle||770/232-3200|
|Duluth Middle||770/476-3372||Riverside Elem||678/482-1000|
|Duncan Creek Elem||678/714-5800||Rock Springs Elem|
|Five Forks Middle||770/972-1506||Rockbridge Elem|
|Fort Daniel Elem|
|Freeman's Mill Elem|
|Gwin Oaks Elem|
|Harbins Elem||770/682-4270||South Gwinnett High||770/972-4840|
|Harmony Elem||770/945-7272||Stripling Elem||770/582-7577|
|770/564-2661||Sugar Hill Elem||770/945-5735|
|Ivy Creek Elem|
|J. G. Dyer Elem||770/963-6214||Suwanee Elem||770/945-5763|
|J.C. Magill Elem|
|J.E. Richards Middle|
|Jackson Elem||770/682-4200||T. Carl Buice Center|
|K. E. Taylor Elem|
|770/682-4221||W. C. Britt Elem||770/972-4500|
|Knight Elem||770/921-2400||Walnut Grove Elem|