News You Can Use - 03/10/2008

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
03/10/2008 - 03/16/2008

The Duluth High Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will host a Charity Dodge Ball Tournament on March 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Duluth High FBLA chapter. Faculty, middle school and high school students will compete in the tournament. In addition to the game, there will be music and food. Tickets may be purchased for $5 for adults, $2 for students. There is no charge for children under the age of 5. For more information contact FBLA Advisor Jo Anne Woods at,or call 770-476-5206 or 770-232-3339.

Norcross Elementary will host a free Health Fair on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information will be shared on how to become healthy and stay healthy. Screenings will be offered for vision, diabetes, blood pressure, nutritional assessments, and safety and security practices for home and school. Other activities include a bike rodeo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and child safety seat inspections from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The school teamed up with the Latin American Association, State Farm, the Norcross Police Department, Safe Kids Georgia and other community providers for the event. Food will be available for purchase and proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. For more information, call 770-448-2740.

The Brookwood High Dance Team has been invited to perform at the 9th National High School Dance Festival at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia on March 12-14. The dance team will perform a piece choreographed by senior Katie Fletcher. For more information, call Teacher Anna D’Antonio at 770-972-7642.

Susan Stripling Elementary will hold a fashion show to benefit Relay for Life on March 13 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Student and staff models have been asked to pick a favorite outfit from their closet to model for the show. Tickets may be purchased for $3 for adults, $1 for students, and admission is free for children younger than kindergarten age. In addition, there will be entertainment from students and staff members. For more information, call Teacher LaRae Trummell at 770-582-7575.

Meadowcreek High will sponsor the “2008 Creek Mustangs Love to Read Festival” on March 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and on March 14 from 9:40 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local authors, journalists, storytellers, poets, and parents will share their stories and poems with students. For more information, email,or call 770-931-7122.

The Parkview High, SAVE/SADD (Students Against Violence Everywhere/Students Against Drunk Driving) chapter is the recipient of a $2,000 Highway Safety Grant awarded by the Governor’ office of Highway Safety. The chapter used the funds last semester to celebrate Red Ribbon Week, promote safe driving and seat belt use through workshops. This semester the funds will be used to implement a safe driving campaign encouraging teens to turn off their cell phones while driving and buckle up at all times. In addition, the chapter will host a town hall meeting March 13 in the school’s theater, entitled “Is it Worth the Risk”. Last but not least, the grant will also support both the Prom Promise and Good-Bye Prom campaigns. For more information, call Teacher Margaret Shortreed at 770-921-2874.

Duluth Middle will host the school’s first annual Flea Market on March 15th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the bus parking lot. Spaces are available to rent for $25 by individuals and school clubs. Proceeds will benefit school programs including academic and student clubs and organizations. For more information, email,, or

K.E. Taylor Elementary will host the school’s 2nd Annual Taylor RocketFest competition on March 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the playground. The competition is for K.E. Taylor Elementary students. The safety briefing begins promptly at 10:45 a.m. Student will be introduced to some basic principles of rocketry, aerodynamics, physics (Newton’s Third Law of Motion) by designing, constructing, and launching a rocket using a plastic 2-liter bottle. For more information, call 770-338-4680.

Students with disabilities, their parents, and educators are invited to the GCPS’ Transition Fair to learn more about services and programs to prepare special education students for the transition from high school to adulthood. Participants may review information from local providers in the areas of employment options, residential services, day-habilitation, and recreation and leisure. Speakers will address topics such as Medicaid waivers, using Benefits Navigator to help maximize benefits, Transition 101 for students and parents, and accessing employment supports, including vocational rehabilitation. The Fair is set for March 15 at Monarch School. For more information, contact Cathy Schmidt at 678-301-7107.

The Pride of Mill Creek Marching Band has been selected to perform in the 2008 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City on March 17 at 11 a.m. The parade will end at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

J.E. Richards Middle will celebrate the school’s 20th anniversary at 7 p.m. on March 18. The event will include performances by students in the band, orchestra, and chorus; and performances by cheerleaders, the Dance Team, RMS Steppers, and the basketball team. For more information call 770-995-7133.

GCPS will host the last of three free parenting workshops on student engagement and safety on March 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Meadowcreek High Community School. The Gwinnett Unity Group and Gwinnett County Public Schools provided these workshops for parents to increase the awareness of student issues, to encourage better school participation of parents and students, and to empower parents. For more information, call Meadowcreek High Community School at 770-806-2230.

Students from Jonathan Clifton’s Economic class at Mill Creek High will sponsor a Car Show on March 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. A $15 donation to the American Cancer Society allows participants to show their car, truck, import, or bike. Trophies will be awarded to the Top 10 Favorites and prizes will be awarded-- including a car stereo. The event is free to spectators. Other activities include a silent auction and BBQ for sale. For more information, visit,or email

Lawrenceville Elementary will host “International Night” on March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate and highlight the diversity of the student body. The evening will showcase a parade featuring students from the different countries represented at Lawrenceville Elementary. Entertainment will feature student performances, arts and crafts displays, and food samples from different countries. For more information, call Glenda Ramos, Parent Outreach Liaison, at 678-376-8634.

Corley Elementary will host a Math, Science, Technology Night on March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students and parents will take a Jurassic Journey participating in math, science and reading activities, perform science experiments, listen to stories and view presentations. Kindergarten students will perform dinosaur songs. For more information, call Dr. Angela Broughton at 678-924-5350.

Brookwood Elementary will hold a charity rock concert on March 28, to benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Two bands featuring staff members Vicki Miller (The Vicki Miller Band), and David Young (The Amazing Mongooses) will perform. Pictures available upon request. For more information, call 770-736-4360.

Lanier Middle will relocate for the 2008-09 school year. A schoolwide celebration of the school’s history will take place on March 28 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-945-8419.

The Duluth High Center-Stage Alliance will present the student-written comedy “Saturday Night Live, The Best of Duluth High School: Every Child Left Behind” on March 28 and 29 at 7 p.m., and March 30 at 2:30 p.m., with an encore presentation on April 3rd at 6 p.m. Visit for more information on The Duluth Center-Stage Alliance. Tickets may be purchased for $6 and can be bought from Vanette Vedder at the school, or purchased at the door. Groups of ten or more will receive a group discount. For more information, call Vanette Vedder at 678-473-6249 or email

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation will host the 5th Annual Lions Golf Classic at the Tournament Players Club Sugarloaf on March 31. Activities include golf at 11 a.m., lunch on your cart, and an awards and dinner reception after the tournament. Foursomes are available, as well as sponsorships, by calling Foundation Executive Director Lynn Brunatti at 678-957-3166.

Norcross Elementary will host an Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social and Montage Arts Show on March 31, at 6 p.m. in the gym. Proceeds will benefit the Norcross Cooperative. For more information, call Art Teacher Lauren Phillips 770-448-2188.

The Gwinnett Chamber is initiating a new program called Schoolink as part of their Education Forum. The Chamber collaborated with Lilburn Middle to recruit mentors from the business community to work with students in their HOSTS program. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

The Duluth High Red Cross Club students collected 72 pints of blood during the March blood drive. Samantha Marino and Rachel Allen sponsor the club. For more information, call Duluth High Media Specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter at 770-232-3336.

Harmony Elementary sponsored several activities during Read Across America Week. Dr. Seuss cupcakes were served in the cafeteria, students enjoyed a visit from the Mill Creek Hawk, and celebrity readers visited classrooms to read during the day. In addition, Georgia Force players and Gladiators read to students. For more information, call 770-945-7272.

The 5th Annual Miss Peachtree Ridge Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Peachtree Ridge Foundation, was held in February. This year’s theme was Masquerade. More than 50 young ladies competed for the titles of Miss Freshman, Miss Sophomore, Miss Junior, and Miss 2008 Peachtree Ridge. The winner received a $1,000 cash scholarship. The winners are: Miss Freshman Katie Turner, Miss Sophomore Becca Smith, Miss Junior Lauren Bennett, and Miss 2008 Peachtree Ridge Mary Kathryn White. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Part science and nature center, part energy institute, and part history center, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) is a collaborative educational initiative. Partners are GCPS, Gwinnett County Government, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The Center is dedicated to student field studies and activities Mon.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at or call 770-904-3500.

Scout Programs
March 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Webelos Naturalist, $7/scout
Learn about the natural world while working on the Naturalist Activity Badge, with an emphasis on the requirements that are harder to complete at home. Be prepared to spend time outdoors. Pre-register by March 1.

March 22, 1 to 4 p.m., Brownies - Eco-Explorer (Ages 6-8), Center admission not included
This event introduces girls to ecology and how plants and animals live together in the environment. Come and learn how to explore nature around you. The badge is included. For registration information please contact Sabrina Jones at 678-420-6870.

March 29, 1 to 4 p.m., Jr. Girl Scouts - Ready for Tomorrow Badge, Center admission not included
Participants will complete 6 requirements for this badge. Learn how to cook with the sun using a solar oven, how you can help endangered species, develop your own personal credo for the environment, design a seal of approval for products, and participate in a trash pickup along the center’s trails. Prepayment is required for this event. Call 770-904-3500 for more information. Registration deadline is March 15.

“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus will take a closer look at opening new schools, the story behind the numbers in the GCPS budget, and CSI-style problem-solving at one of our high schools… don’t miss these stories and more on this week’s GCPS Focus. This 30-minute 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 3)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air March 10 through April 3 on GCPS TV. This 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through April 6.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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March is National Nutrition Month.

March 10 is a student holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 13, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

March 17-28 is the Grade 3 Writing Assessment Evaluation.

March 21 is a student and teacher holiday.

The Georgia High School Graduation Test for 11th grade students is scheduled for March 31 through April 3.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during and March. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
    Alford Elementary
    B.B. Harris Elementary
    Berkmar High
    Brookwood High
    Camp Creek Elementary
    Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
    Collins Hill High
    Dacula Elementary
    Dacula High
    Dacula Middle
    Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
    GIVE Center West
    Glenn C. Jones Middle
    Grayson Elementary
    Harbins Elementary
    Harmony Elementary
    J.C. Magill Elementary
    J.E. Richards Middle
    J.G. Dyer Elementary
    Jackson Elementary
    K.E. Taylor Elementary
    Lovin Elementary
    Norcross High
    North Gwinnett High
    Peachree Ridge High
    Peachtree Elementary
    Pinckneyville Middle
    Richard Hull Middle
    Riverside Elementary
    Rockbridge Elementary
    Shiloh Elementary
    Snellville Middle
    South Gwinnett High
    Sugar Hill Elementary
    Sweetwater Middle
    T. Carl Buice School
    Trickum Middle
    Walnut Grove Elementary