News You Can Use - 01/10/2005

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/10/2005 - 01/16/2005

The Collins Hill High Marching Band is one of three recipients in the nation of the Sudler Shield Award for outstanding marching bands. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Sixteen of Georgia’s top educators and policymakers including Duluth High Principal Pat Blenke traveled to the United Kingdom, where they studied U.K. best practices on school financial decision-making as part of a new partnership developed by the British Council USA (BCUSA) and the state of Georgia. Mr. Blenke is president-elect of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principles. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Collins Hill High earned an 8th place ranking in the Mathmatics Honor Society competition in December for Region III, which includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. This is the first of three rounds of tests throughout the year. The 2004-2005 Mu Alpha Theta “Log1” Contest is a national mathematics competition administered by National Assessment & Testing— for Mu Alpha Theta—,the national high school mathematics honor society. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary received a grant worth approximately $8,000 from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA). The grant was received for the Artist in Residence program at Chesney Elementary. Jeff Mathers is a site sculptor who worked with students at Chesney Elementary and created a sculpture for the school. For more information, call 678-542-2300.

Laura Magner, Rebecca Minor Elementary teacher received a $365 grant from Kids in Need and the Shopa Foundation. The grant will fund a unit called Teaming Up to Teach Tolerance. Students will create and publish a book about the world’s religions, families, education, and philanthropy. For more information, call 770-922-9543.

Buchanan High School of Technology web registration is open through Jan. 13 for 7th period and online classes. Online courses are open to high school students, as well as adult learners. Cost for face-to-face classes is $205 and $285 for online classes. Both require a $25 refundable
materials deposit. The cost for Advanced Placement classes is $350. Visit the web site to register for spring course offerings at For more information, call 770-326-8000.

The top two spellers from each Gwinnett elementary and middle school will compete in School Board District Spelling Bees on Jan. 11. The five Gwinnett County School Board District Spelling Bees will be held at 6 p.m. in theatres at the following schools:
District I: Central Gwinnett HS
District II: Mill Creek HS
District III: Duluth HS
District IV: Shiloh HS
District V: Meadowcreek HS
The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees will move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Mill Creek HS theater. Regional (district), state, and national bees also are held later in the spring. For more inforrmation about upcoming spelling bee activities, contact Cindy Gaskins at 770-904-5450.

Trickum Middle PTSA will sponsor an International Fair on Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Staff and community members will share their heritage with those attending. Booths representing various countries will be set up to display cultural music and visual arts. Ethnic foods will be available. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

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 Elementary Parent Academy will sponsor a session on writing strategies on Jan. 25. The session will offer parents information on developing instructional strategies to support learning at home. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

North Gwinnett High students have been following news stories about the tsunami. The students are participating in a school-wide relief effort coordinated by the ROTC students and teachers. Other school organization committed to assisting this effort include the Student Government Association, Future Educators of America, Advanced Placement science classes, Interact Club, Key Club, and the Junior Civitan. In addition the varsity basketball cheerleaders will collect money at Friday night’s game. On Jan. 14 the school will sponsor a “hat day” fundraiser. All contributions will be donated to Americares. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

“In the General's Secret Service-Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip” Learn about British and American spies and the secret war of the American Revolution on this Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Jazz on 42nd Street-Prince William Network/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Through performance and demonstration, Dr. Billy Taylor and his Trio showcase the many styles of jazz performances from the 1940s and show how these styles have evolved over time. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 11-16 at 8 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--

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford ES20-Jan678-924-5300Lanier MSJan.770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews MS11-Jan770/982-6940Lawrenceville ESJan.770/963-1813
Annistown ES770/979-2950Lilburn ESJan.770/921-7707
Arcado ESJan.770/925-2100Lilburn MSJan.770/921-1776
B. B. Harris ES11-Jan770/476-2241Mason ES14-Jan770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ESJan.770/447-6307McConnell MS31-Jan770/554-1000
Benefield ESJan.770/962-3771McKendree ES21-Jan678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ES770/446-0947Meadowcreek ES770/931-5701
Berkmar HSJan.770/921-3636Meadowcreek HSJan.770/381-9680
Bethesda ES18-Jan770/921-2000Mountain Park ES770/921-2224
Brookwood ES31-Jan770/736-4360Nesbit ESJan.770/414-2740
Brookwood HS27-Jan770/972-7642Norcross ESJan.770/448-2188
Camp Creek ES28-Jan770/921-1626Norcross HS13-Jan770/448-3674
Cedar Hill ES13-Jan770/962-5015North Gwinnett HS770/945-9558
Centerville ES770/972-2220Norton ESJan.770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett HS770/963-8041Oakland CenterJan.770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ESJan.770/497-9907Parkview HS25-Jan770/921-2874
Collins Hill HSJan.770/682-4100Parsons ES24-Jan678/957-3050
Cooper ES10-Jan770/554-7050Partee ESJan.770/982-6920
Corley ES678-924-5330Peachtree ESJan.770/448-8710
Craig ES31-Jan770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HSJan.678/957-3100
Creekland MS20-Jan770/338-4700Pharr ES770/985-0244
Dacula ES7-Jan770/963-7174Pinckneyville MS18-Jan770/263-0860
Dacula HS28-Jan770/963-6664R.D. Head ES12-Jan770/972-8050
Dacula MSJan.770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ESJan.770/925-9543
Duluth HS770/476-5206Richard Hull MS14-Jan770/232-3200
Duluth MS11-Jan770/476-3372Riverside ES11-Jan678/482-1000
Duncan Creek ES13-Jan678/714-5800Rock Springs ESJan.770/932-7474
Five Forks MS770/972-1506Rockbridge ES770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ES7-Jan770/932-7400Shiloh ESJan.770/985-6883
Freeman's Mill ESJan.678/377-8955Shiloh HS18-Jan770/972-8471
GIVE CenterJan.770/338-4898Shiloh MSJan.770/972-3224
Grayson ESJan.770/963-7189Simonton ESJan.770/513-6637
Grayson HSJan.770/554-1071Simpson ES7-Jan770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ES21-Jan770/972-3110Snellville MSJan.770/972-1530
Harbins ES18-Jan770/682-4270South Gwinnett HS Jan. 18770/972-4840
Harmony ES20-Jan770/945-7272Stripling ES770/582-7577
Hopkins ESJan.770/564-2661Sugar Hill ES6-Jan770/945-5735
Ivy Creek ES678/714-3655Summerour MS11-Jan770/448-3045
J. G. Dyer ES10-Jan770/963-6214Suwanee ES770/945-5763
J.C. Magill ESJan.770/554-1030Sweetwater MSJan.770/923-4131
J.E. Richards MS770/995-7133Sycamore ES11-Jan678/714-5770
Jackson ES770/682-4200T. Carl Buice CenterJan.770/271-5060
K. E. Taylor ESJan.770/338-4680Trickum MS770/921-2705
Kanoheda ES770/682-4221W. C. Britt ES20-Jan770/972-4500
Knight ES24-Jan770/921-2400Walnut Grove ES27-Jan770/513-6892