News You Can Use - 03/07/2005

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
03/07/2005 - 03/13/2005

The Duluth High Chamber Orchestra earned the honor of highest rated public school orchestra in the nation after performing at the National Orchestra Festival Competition in Reno, Nevada. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Berkmar High Academic Decathlon team won the Georgia Academic Decathlon (GAD) championship for the 3rd year in a row. Team members are Brandon Ball, Stewart Barnes, Michael Brown, Matthew Caldwell, Katie Harazin, Chris Knight, Jami Mathewson, Greggory Rothmeier, and Matthew Treager. The team is coached by IV Bray. As GAD champion, the team will represent Georgia at the United States Academic Decathlon competition to be held April 13-16 in Chicago. Berkmar’s team won 1st place trophies in all events, including Super Quiz Oral Relay, Overall Super Quiz, Championship Team in Division I (the large school division), and Overall Championship Team. Chris Knight had the overall highest score (gold medal) in the Scholastic category, Matthew Caldwell scored the second highest overall (silver medal) in the Honors category, and Jami Mathewson scored the second highest overall (silver medal) in the Scholastic category. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

The North Gwinnett High literary magazine, “The Filament,” and the Shiloh High literary magazine, “Dreamscape,” were “Recommended for Highest Award” by the National Council of Teachers of English. Contact the schools for more information.

The Web site of Gloria Howard's 2nd grade class at Walnut Grove Elementary at is featured as the Spotlight Class Web site on the EduHound Web site. Educators from around the country routinely view this site. Visit to view the class Web site, For more information, call 770-513-6892.

Two GCPS students placed in the top spots in the District III Spelling Bee and will compete in the state Spelling Bee on March 25. Eric Chen from Alton C. Crews Middle and Daniel Horenstein from J.E. Richards Middle placed 1st and 2nd, respectively. The state bee will be held at the Georgia State University Student Center beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, email

The Trickum Middle MATHCOUNTS team placed 1st in Gwinnett County at the Chapter Competition. The MATHCOUNTS team members are Charles Fang, Tom Hui, Pranav Ramesh, and Deep Datta Roy. Deep Datta Roy placed 1st in the individual competition for GCPS. The faculty sponsors are Elizabeth Knupp and Suzanne McClean. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

The Trickum Middle Science Olympiad teams earned 2nd and 6th places at the regional competition held at Gainesville College in February. The team will go on to state competition in April. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Justin Sperin from Centerville Elementary competed in the state wrestling competition recently held at Parkview High. Justin placed 1st in the Midget Division (87 pound.) For more information, call 770-979-2220.

The Collins Hill High Chorus will present its spring concert at First Baptist Duluth church on March 10. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

The Dacula Elementary 5th Grade Soaring Singers will be featured in a broadcast of The World's Largest Concert, sponsored by MENC, The National Association of Music Educators. The concert will air on March 10 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on local PBS stations. The theme for this year's celebration is “Music: the Heart of Education.” Students will be featured in the song “Younger Generation.” Dacula Elementary was selected from schools across the nation to be included in the broadcast. For more information, call 770-963-7174.

Centerville Elementary will play Annistown Elementary in a parent/teacher basketball game on March 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Shiloh High, and admission is $6 for a family or $2 for individual tickets. Pizza, soda, and other refreshments will be available for purchase in the commons area from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-972-2220.

Grayson Elementary will host a mother and son night on March 11. Wildlife Wonders will present a Reptile Encounter Show. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Chorus will present a concert on March 12 at 3 p.m. at Mount Carmel Christian Church, located at 6015 Old Stone Mountain Road in Stone Mountain. The Elementary Honor Chorus is a select group of 5th grade students from schools throughout Gwinnett County. Karen Blooding, an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University, will conduct the 156-member chorus. The Brookwood High Choir also will perform under the direction of Kim Peeples. The GCPS’ Fine Arts Coordinator Robert Andrews and the school system’s music teachers invite you to attend. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 770-972-4500.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The next SAT I test will be administered on March 12 in building F. Preregistration is required. This is the first administration of the new SAT, which includes a writing portion. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Alcova Elementary math students in Patty Cincotta’s class will participate in Pi Day activities in the math lab on March 14. Activities include hearing stories about pi, singing songs about pi, making necklaces, and eating pie. Students who have a “pi day” birthday will be honored on the school news, and the hall outside the math room is decorated for the event. For more information, call Patty Cincotta at 678-376-8500.

Knight Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students will have the opportunity to meet Pam Alexander, a Georgia illustrator and publisher on March 17. Ms. Alexander will share her “Yumion” books which feature the Vidalia onion and focus on Georgia attractions and places of interest. Ms. Alexander will also show students how books are made and how photographs are transformed into illustrations. After the presentation, she will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her books. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

The Norcross High Players will present the musical “Footloose” March 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 20 at 2 p.m. Preferred seating tickets are $9 and general seating tickets are $6. Call the Norcross High Drama Hotline at 770-447-2667 for more information.

Simonton Elementary will host a Community Night on March 17 at 5 p.m. The Local School Advisory Council will meet in the cafeteria. Simonton parents are welcome to join this group. While visiting the Media Center, students may check out books, use the computer, read stories, and play board games. The following classes will be offered: Parenting with Love and Logic; Promotion Requirements for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students; and Nurturing Intelligence in Your Child: Questions You May Ask When You Feel That Your Child is Gifted and Talented. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Grayson Elementary students will present the play “Wonderland” at 7 p.m. on March 18 and 19 and at 3 p.m. on March 20 in the Grayson Elementary gym. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Tricia Harris, Knight Elementary art teacher, will host an art show for grades 3-5 beginning March 21, the night of the 3rd grade PTA program. Children’s Artwork will be displayed in the main, entry, and intermediate hallways. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

To celebrate Brookwood High’s 25th Anniversary, a hall of fame will be created to recognize former faculty and outstanding graduates of the school. The deadline for nominations is April 1. Nominees will be sent a packet of information to submit to the selection committee by May 16. Nominees must be former Brookwood High students who graduated more than five years ago, or a former faculty member who served at the school more than five years ago. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Grayson Elementary will host a Summer Computer Camp at the school from June 27 to July 1. Cathy Clements and Lisa Davis will facilitate the morning and afternoon sessions. The cost is $90 for each session. Maximum class size is 25 students. Students will explore the use of technology for reading and writing, use technology for research and information, create compositions, explore the Internet, and make math flashcards. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Simonton Elementary is offering English classes for adults. The two sessions are held on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. Both sessions are held in the media center and will run through the remainder of the school year. Snacks and free childcare are provided. Call Biljana Cepic at 678-985-4913 or Maria Minue at 770-513-6681 for more information.

Simonton Elementary families are invited to eat dinner at Steak ‘n Shake, located at 1610 Scenic Highway in Snellville, on March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Ten percent of all sales will be donated back to the school.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host a Relay for Life Spring Cleaning Yard Sale on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

Trickum Middle raised $3,275 to donate to the tsunami relief efforts. “Hat Day” sponsored by IMPACT, raised more than $400. The Beta Club sold doughnuts and raised more than $700. Student Council sold Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits and Trickum Tags to collect more than $2,100. Contributions will be donated to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief.

“Meet the Author– Anthony Fredericks” Anthony D. Fredericks’ humorous books deal with the sciences and draw parallels between the communities of animals and the communities in which students live. A former teacher and reading specialist, he has more than 30 years of classroom experience and loves his job as a children’s author and professional storyteller. This program airs March 7- March 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Jazz: The Legacy of Dizzy Gillespie– Prince William Network/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Considered to be America's leading spokesman for jazz, Dr. Billy Taylor― with his trio and trumpeter Jon Faddis― presents a program of performance and demonstration focused on trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie. Program airs March 7– March 12 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and 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--

March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Middle Level Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Women’s History Month, Social Work Month, and Youth Art Month.

March 7 is a student holiday and a planning and professional learning day for teachers.

National School Breakfast Week begins March 7.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 10, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

March 25 is a student and teacher holiday.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during March. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Name of schoolMarPhone numberName of schoolMarPhone number
Alford Elementary17-Mar678-924-5300Lanier MiddleMarch770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle7-Mar770/982-6940Lawrenceville ElementaryMarch770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary770/979-2950Lilburn ElementaryMarch770/921-7707
Arcado ElementaryMarch770/925-2100Lilburn MiddleMarch770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary770/476-2241Mason Elementary11-Mar770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ElementaryMarch770/447-6307McConnell Middle28-Mar770/554-1000
Benefield ElementaryMarch770/962-3771McKendree Elementary4-Mar678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary17-Mar770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary770/931-5701
Berkmar HighMarch770/921-3636Meadowcreek HighMarch770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary15-Mar770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary28-Mar770/736-4360Nesbit ElementaryMarch770/414-2740
Brookwood High24-Mar770/972-7642Norcross ElementaryMarch770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary11-Mar770/921-1626Norcross High10-Mar770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary3-Mar770/962-5015North Gwinnett High15-Mar770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary770/972-2220Norton ElementaryMarch770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High14-Mar770/963-8041Oakland CenterMarch770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ElementaryMarch770/497-9907Parkview High770/921-2874
Chesney Elementary4-Mar678-542-2300Parsons Elementary30-Mar678/957-3050
Collins Hill HighMarch770/682-4100Partee ElementaryMarch770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Peachtree ElementaryMarch770/448-8710
Corley Elementary678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge HighMarch678/957-3100
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Pharr Elementary770/985-0244
Creekland Middle24-Mar770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle15-Mar770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary4-Mar770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary9-Mar770/972-8050
Dacula High18-Mar770/963-6664Rebecca Minor ElementaryMarch770/925-9543
Dacula MiddleMarch770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle11-Mar770/232-3200
Duluth High770/476-5206Riverside Elementary8-Mar678/482-1000
Duluth Middle8-Mar770/476-3372Rock Springs ElementaryMarch770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary10-Mar678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary10-Mar770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle770/972-1506Shiloh ElementaryMarch770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary4-Mar770/932-7400Shiloh High15-Mar770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill ElementaryMarch678/377-8955Shiloh MiddleMarch770/972-3224
GIVE CenterMarch770/338-4898Simonton ElementaryMarch770/513-6637
Grayson ElementaryMarch770/963-7189Simpson Elementary7-Mar770/417-2400
Grayson HighMarch770/554-1071Snellville MiddleMarch770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary11-Mar770/972-3110South Gwinnett High15-Mar770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary15-Mar770/682-4270Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary3-Mar770/945-5735
Hopkins ElementaryMarch770/564-2661Summerour Middle5-Mar770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary14-Mar770/963-6214Sweetwater MiddleMarch770/923-4131
J.C. Magill ElementaryMarch770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary8-Mar678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133T. Carl Buice CenterMarch770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary20-Mar770/682-4200Trickum Middle9-Mar770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor ElementaryMarch770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary24-Mar770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary31-Mar770/513-6892
Knight Elementary770/921-2400