News You Can Use - 09/27/2004

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/27/2004 - 10/03/2004

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) announces 97 local school Teachers of the Year TOTY, completing the first step in selecting the 2005 GCPS Teacher of the Year. All local school honorees will be considered for the districtwide honor. From the 97 local winners, twenty semifinalists will be chosen in early October. Six finalists will be named in mid-October. The annual TOTY banquet and the announcement of this year’s GCPS TOTY will be held on Nov. 9, 2004. Media inquiries about the Teacher of the Year program are directed to Dr. Lea Arnau, director of professional learning, at (770) 513-6652. Note: Seven of GCPS’ new schools did not select a Teacher of the Year for their inaugural year. In addition, Buchanan High School of Technology and Hooper Renwick did not select a TOTY. For a complete listing of TOTY winners, contact Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

The National Interscholastic Coaches Association has selected Dustin Burke, Jesse Cass, and Christine Keys, all Duluth High 2004 graduates, as Academic All-American Swimmers. Forty-two students in Georgia were chosen. Duluth High is one of only two Gwinnett schools with more than one student to be selected, while only 14 schools statewide had students honored. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Brookwood High Academic Team won the Gwinnett County Academic Team championship, qualifying them to represent Gwinnett in Channel 2’s High Q competition. The Brookwood High Academic team was represented at the county tournament by captain Nick Rolader and team members Tom Devlin, Rachel Foley, Taylor Kulp, Julie Reynolds, and Rob Sale. The team is coached by teachers J. R. Barry and Nancy Neace and will participate in 15 more state and regional competitions for the 2004-05 season. Brookwood High will host the largest high school academic team tournament in the nation—the 17th Annual Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl— Nov. 20. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Rebecca Minor Elementary will hold a dedication ceremony on Oct. 1 at 2:30 p.m. for the observation deck Richport Properties built for the school’s outdoor learning classroom. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

Susan Stripling Elementary will participate in the annual Norcross Fall Festival parade on Oct. 2. The Student Kindness Club will sponsor the students, parents, and teachers marching in the parade. For more information about the festival and the Student Kindness Club, call 770-582-7577.

Bethesda Elementary will host the school’s annual Fall Cultural Festival on Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food from several countries will be available for purchase and students will perform in native dress. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon to rededicate the school’s outdoor classroom. Students also may participate in the Nickelodeon Day of Play with an obstacle course race, hurdle run, fun run, and basketball throw contest. For more information, call 770-921-2000.

Knight Elementary will host the school’s second “Family Math Knight” on Oct. 4. Math games begin at 7 p.m. Dinner from Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

Duluth High Theater will present “Proposals” by Neil Simon on Oct. 14-17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Harbins Elementary PTA will host the annual Harbins Hoe Down on Oct. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. Entertainment and food will be available. Admission is $5 per person (free admission for children under 3). For more information, call 770-682-4270.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT test will be administered on the following Saturdays in building F: Oct. 9, 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.

“The Author in You - Michael P. White” Award-winning illustrator Michael P. White demonstrates how pictures help bring a story to life. Tune in to hear about his career as an illustrator, and learn techniques for turning simple shapes into colorful illustrations. Popular books illustrated by Michael White include “The Library Dragon” and “The Secret of Old Zeb.” This 30-minute program airs daily Sept. 27-Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Teachers Up Close - Parent/School Involvement” This week’s program features educators discussing parental involvement. This 30-minute GCPS TV original 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.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 began reairing August 23 and runs through October 19 on GCPS TV. Watch Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. with a repeat at 1 a.m. The week’s four episodes may be viewed each 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--

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

October is Computer Learning Month October also includes heritage and cultural celegrations for Americans of Polish, Italian, Czech heritage.

The Alcova Elementary dedication ceremony is set for October 3 at 2 p.m.

The Monarch School dedication ceremony is set for October 3 at 4 p.m.

October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 6 is German American Heritage Day.

October 8 is a student and school staff holiday.

October 10-16 is National Metric Week and National School Lunch Week.

October 11 is a holiday for students and some staff; however, most school staff will be participating in professional learning and planning activities.

New schools will host dedication ceremonies on the dates and times listed below. Call the local school to RSVP.
School Name Date Time RSVP
Level Creek Elementary October 17 1:30 p.m. 770-904-7950
Glenn C. Jones Middle October 17 3:30 p.m. 770-904-5450
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary October 24 1:30 p.m. 678-542-2300
Duluth Middle October 24 3:30 p.m. 770-476-3372

Instructional Materials are available for public review Oct. 4 to Oct. 30 at the following locations:
Buchanan HS of Technology— 2595 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, 770-326-8000
Lawrenceville East— 723 Hi-Hope Road, Lawrenceville, 770-338-4832
Materials may be reviewed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursday evenings, Oct. 14 and 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Materials up for review are Language Arts- grades 9-12; Foreign Language- grades 6-12; High School Science- two electives; and materials for the Grayson High Technical Education Program.

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, Oct. 29, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. Visit the GCPS Web site at for a review form. Submit the Word document as an attachment by e-mail to or mail a printed copy to:
Curriculum Development Office
Lawrenceville East
P.O. Box 343
Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0343

The GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS, will consider all suggestions when members meet in February. That committee then will recommend changes to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education for implementation in the 2005-2006 school year.

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

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