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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/22/2004 - 12/05/2004
Note: GCPS schools will be closed Nov. 24-26. News You Can Use… will return Dec. 3.
Chris Vigardt, J.P. McConnell Middle art teacher, is capping off American Education Week with the help of the school’s teachers and staff. These educators will gather throughout the day to put finishing touches on a collaborative piece of artwork. The 8’ by 4’ impressionist painting will be displayed in the front office. For more information, call 770-554-1000.
Norcross High students earned straight superior ratings at the Georgia Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition. The following students participated in solo performance: Katie Baumgarten, Josh Crowe, Andrew Lyu, Melissa Ting, and Duy Vu. These students performed in ensemble: Katie Baumgarten, Lin Chen, Josh Crowe, Jason Holben, Daniel Hsu, Deanna Joe, Erin Kirby, Andrew Lyu, Ricky Phosai, Michelle Razumov, Scott Simpson, Melissa Ting, Will Toole, Ginger Tsai, and Duy Vu. For more information, call 770-448-3674.
The following GCPS art students are winners in the All-State Festival of Art and Design competition held at Brenau University.
Gold Award: Thomas Scott North Gwinnett High “Twist”
Silver Award: Darilyn Chu North Gwinnett High “Still Life 1”
Bronze Award: David Bonilla Grayson High “New Directions”
SoYeon Choe Collins Hill High “La Musique”
For more information, call the local school.
Norcross High drama students placed 3rd in the state One-Act Play competition for their performance of “Steel Magnolias.” Cast members— directed by Gina Parrish— include Laura Hall, Sarah Hodges, Ashleigh Sanders, Lindsay Sanders, Whitney Sciberras, and Laura Warner. For more information, call 770-448-3674.
The Nordson Corporation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Norcross High to build a robot for the FIRST robotics competition. Students will decide on a goal/topic for the year’s competition and take approximately six weeks to design, build, test, and ship a robot. For more information, call 770-448-3674.
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful recognized Cedar Hill Elementary as second-place recycler during America Recycles Day. For more information, call Connie Wiggins of the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett at 770-822-5187.
For more information, call the local school.
Peachtree Elementary is working with Norcross Cooperative Ministries to collect food for Thanksgiving and Winter Holidays. The collection will be turned into a learning activity as the students keep a tally of the different kinds of food that are donated.
Creekland Middle has sponsored a canned food drive. Special Education classes are responsible for sorting and distributing the food to families within the community and school. Surplus food will be distributed to other food pantries in the community.
Shiloh Elementary kindergarten students cook a Thanksgiving feast and gather together to eat. This activity is a culmination of their study of the first Thanksgiving.
Chattahoochee Elementary has traditional celebrations for Thanksgiving. One 1st grade teacher cooks a turkey with her students and shares the feast. The cafeteria manager and crew are in the process of sewing Pilgrim and Indian outfits that will be worn by the cafeteria staff and administrators. Parents are invited for the annual Thanksgiving feast in the cafeteria.
Parsons Elementary kindergarten students will perform a Thanksgiving play, followed by a feast.
Sycamore Elementary kindergarten students will present a Thanksgiving play on Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. The school conducted a canned food drive during the week of Nov. 15-19. Sycamore Elementary served a traditional Thanksgiving lunch on Nov. 18.
McKendree Elementary will have an open Thanksgiving lunch for families.
Knight Elementary teacher Sue Ellen Wortzel will lead a discussion on gratitude and recognizing the positive aspects of life as an American.
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary activities:
-- Donna Bates’ 2nd graders are learning about Native Americans of the Plains and Eastern Woodlands. A Native American parent presented to the class on Nov. 15.
-- Another teacher built an Indian village and Pilgrim settlement for comparison. The students made Indian teepees and Pilgrim log cabins. The students also make Indian and Pilgrim crafts.
-- Parents and families were invited to visit the cafeteria on Nov. 16-18 to celebrate American Education week with a Thanksgiving feast.
-- On Nov. 23 kindergarten classes plan to have a feast in which with half of the students will dress as Indians and half will dress as Pilgrims.
Henry Partee Elementary’s preschool special needs classes will have a Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 22 at noon. Families are invited to participate.
Sugar Hill Elementary teacher Dale Ioannides had his students read “Long Ago and Today,” which shows aspects of colonial life compared to today. A pumpkin dessert will be prepared in a slow cooker on Nov. 23. Lee Alice Plemons’ 1st grade class invited parents to bring a dessert and share in a Thanksgiving feast.
Rockbridge Elementary activities:
--The classes of Kim Butler and Gloria Stewart celebrated an International Day of Thanks on Nov. 19. The students were asked to bring their favorite dish to share at 1 p.m.
-- Students in Jaque Burkhart and Pat Shepley's classes held a Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 19, with one class of Pilgrims, and one class of Native Americans. They served soup, cornbread, apple juice, and pumpkin pies. Students discussed what the first Thanksgiving was like.
--To celebrate Thanksgiving, Eugenia Byrd's students will dress like Pilgrims and Lisa Boaz's students will dress as Native Americans. They will make cornbread and tell each other what we are thankful for.
-- Toni Case's class ties its Thanksgiving studies into the Colonies and where the idea for the celebration originated. They talk about what other countries do to show thankfulness.
-- Teachers Gwen Cordner and Amy Dean helped their students cook a traditional feast on Nov. 12.
Susan Stripling Elementary activities:
--Kindergarten students will read “Stone Soup” and stories about the first Thanksgiving feast. They will make stone soup and dress as Pilgrims and Indians.
--Stripling Elementary 2nd graders will perform a play about the first Thanksgiving.
--Stripling 4th grade students will complete their unit on colonization with a Colonial Day. Classes will rotate among the rooms and enjoy different activities representing that era.
Centerville Elementary classes are hosting harvest celebrations such as an Alphabet Feast or a Vegetable Harvest. Several classes are making Stone Soup.
Annistown Elementary will host grade-level Thanksgiving feasts. Classroom centers will be used to celebrate Thanksgiving, study colonization, bake bread, shake cream to make butter, and to write about what “I Am Thankful For…" Some students will dress as Indians or Pilgrims.
Ivy Creek Elementary activities:
--Students are studying an Indian and Colonists unit. A Thanksgiving feast will be served.
--Another class of students will interview the oldest relative that they visit with over the holiday. When they return the class will do an immigration unit that will discuss family histories. One part of the unit looks at their favorite family recipe. The kids are welcome to bring examples of this "delicacy" when they present their report. Later, a Classroom Recipe book, representing our many cultures, will be prepared as a gift for Mother’s Day.
-- Another class does a play about Gov. Bradford, and the Pilgrims giving thanks with Squanto and the Native Americans. The teacher tapes the play and sends a copy home with each student.
-- Another class has planned a program about Pilgrims and Indians that will be followed by a feast. Students will dress in costume.
-- In addition to learning about Pilgrims in social studies, one class will complete a family tree. During the holiday, students are encouraged to discuss where their ancestors are from and why they came to this country. The class will tally its results and make a graph of how many students are from which countries.
-- Another class is studying the Eastern Woodland Indians and the Plains Indians. Students will have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Students will read the book, watch the movie, and then compare and contrast the two.
--All kindergarten classes are participating in a Friendship Feast on Nov. 22 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. as a culmination of their studies of Thanksgiving. Many classes focused on the Pilgrims or Native Americans and early life in this country and in Georgia. Classes discussed the communities and how they are alike and different from today. All students are learning a song to share about Thanksgiving before sharing foods typical of a Thanksgiving dinner. They represent those who come together to give thanks for all they are fortunate to have.
At R.D. Head Elementary, Laura Boone's kindergarten class celebrates Thanksgiving by recreating the first Thanksgiving. Students bring food to share with the class that the Pilgrims and Indians might have served for their feast. The students dress in the Pilgrim or Indian costumes made in class. Corn, cornbread, nuts, berries, and popcorn are usually among the favorites.
The Norcross Foundation for Excellence will light the $35,000 matrix board in front of Norcross High on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The sign will promote school activities and events. The school will host the reception for the families who made this sign a possibility. For more information, call 770-448-3674.
Friday mornings in November and 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 Peachtree Care Team to help families in need throughout the year. In the past, more than $1,500 has been collected. For more information, call 770-448-8710.
Twenty Collins Hill High teachers and their students will decorate trees for a local Festival of Trees competition. The competition will be held on Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the media center. One tree will be selected to be donated to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Festival of Trees, which opens Dec. 4 at the Georgia World Congress Center. A reception also will be held on Nov. 29, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The money raised will go to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Trees are available for advance order at $50. Classes can design décor to fit a business theme or lobby. For additional information, contact Kristy Verdi at 770-682-4100 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Beginning on Nov. 29, Buchanan High School of Technology will begin Web registration for 7th period and online classes. Online courses are open to high school students and adult learners. The cost for face-to-face classes is $205, and online classes are $285. Both require a $25 refundable materials deposit. The cost for Advanced Placement classes is $350. Visit their Web site to register for spring course offerings a www.buchananhs.org. For more information, call 770-326-8000.
Members of the Collins Hill High Chorus will add their choral magic to the Disney World Candlelight Processional at Epcot on Dec. 2. Approximately 125 students will join the mass choir led by the Liberty Singers from Epcot in performances at the American Gardens Theater at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m. The choir is accompanied by the Walt Disney World Orchestra, and narration is provided by Kirk Franklin. To be invited to perform at Disney, each choir must send a videotape of their group singing two musical selections— one of their choice and "Joy to the World." This will be Collins Hill High’s fifth performance at Disney. The students will return and join other chorus members for the Holiday Concert, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Collins Hill High Commons Area. Selections from their Disney trip will be performed. For more information, call 770-682-4100.
The Susan Stripling Elementary Chorus will perform at a candlelight luncheon in the cafeteria on Dec. 2 and 3. The chorus will sing during the lunch schedule. Parents are invited to eat lunch with students by candlelight. For more information, call 770-582-7577.
The Norcross Players, along with Simpson Elementary students, will present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec. 2, 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. on. Tickets are available at the door an hour before each show for $6. For more information, call the drama hotline at 770-447-2667.
Bethesda Elementary will host a Family Math Night on Dec. 2. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a PTA meeting and chorus performance. Sessions will include “Tips on Helping Your Child with Math” and “Math Testing Tips.” Both sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. Games and interactive activities will be available for the students. For more information, call 770-717-7363.
Simpson Elementary 5th grade students will participate in an Ellis Island simulation to learn about immigration on Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. The students will go through examination centers staffed by parents who speak another language, and be allowed to either enter or be deported, depending on country quotas from 1910, their physical and mental health, and whether they can "bribe" the officials. For more information, call 770-417-2400.
SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on Dec. 4, and 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.
GCPS TV HIGHLIGHTS
“ArtStage-2004 Gwinnett County High School Marching Band Exhibition: Part Two”
This program features Gwinnett County high school marching bands performing their 2004 half-time shows. Featured schools include Collins Hill High, Dacula High, Duluth High, Meadowcreek High, Mill Creek High, Norcross High, and Peachtree Ridge High. This 60-minute GCPS TV original program airs Nov. 22-25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Nov. 26-27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“Highlighting Excellence: Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year” GCPS TV presents a special broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year awards ceremony. The 2-½ hour program airs Nov. 26-28 at 8 p.m.
“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Nov. 1 through Dec. 2 on GCPS TV. The program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. The program repeats at 1 a.m. each evening and in a block on 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 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
November is American Indian Heritage Month.
November 21-27 is National Family Week.
November 24-26 is Thanksgiving break for schools.
The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during November. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
|Alford Elementary||Nov. 18||678-924-5300||Lanier Middle||Nov.||770/945-8419|
|Alton C. Crews Middle||Nov. 9||770/982-6940||Lawrenceville Elementary||Nov.||770/963-1813|
|Annistown Elementary||Nov. 15||770/979-2950||Lilburn Elementary||Nov.||770/921-7707|
|Arcado Elementary||Nov.||770/925-2100||Lilburn Middle||Nov.||770/921-1776|
|B. B. Harris Elementary||Nov. 23||770/476-2241||Mason Elementary||Nov. 12||770/232-3370|
|Beaver Ridge Elementary||Nov.||770/447-6307||McConnell Middle||Nov. 29||770/554-1000|
|Benefield Elementary||Nov.||770/962-3771||McKendree Elementary||Nov. 5||678/377-8933|
|Berkeley Lake Elementary||Nov. 9||770/446-0947||Meadowcreek Elementary||Nov. 16||770/931-5701|
|Berkmar High||Nov.||770/921-3636||Meadowcreek High||Nov.||770/381-9680|
|Bethesda Elementary||Nov. 16||770/921-2000||Mountain Park Elementary||Nov. 22||770/921-2224|
|Brookwood Elementary||770/736-4360||Nesbit Elementary||Nov.||770/414-2740|
|Brookwood High||770/972-7642||Norcross Elementary||Nov.||770/448-2188|
|Camp Creek Elementary||Nov. 5||770/921-1626||Norcross High||Nov. 11||770/448-3674|
|Cedar Hill Elementary||Nov. 4||770/962-5015||North Gwinnett High||Nov. 16||770/945-9558|
|Centerville Elementary||770/972-2220||Norton Elementary||Nov.||770/985-1933|
|Central Gwinnett High||Nov. 8||770/963-8041||Oakland Center||Nov.||770/513-6800|
|Chattahoochee Elementary||Nov.||770/497-9907||Parkview High||Nov. 23||770/921-2874|
|Collins Hill High||Nov.||770/682-4100||Parsons Elementary||Nov. 1||678/957-3050|
|Cooper Elementary||770/554-7050||Partee Elementary||Nov.||770/982-6920|
|Corley Elementary||Nov. 16||678-924-5330||Peachtree Elementary||Nov.||770/448-8710|
|Craig Elementary||770/978-5560||Peachtree Ridge High||Nov.||678/957-3100|
|Creekland Middle||Nov. 18||770/338-4700||Pharr Elementary||Nov. 18||770/985-0244|
|Dacula Elementary||Nov. 5||770/963-7174||Pinckneyville Middle||Nov. 16||770/263-0860|
|Dacula High||770/963-6664||R.D. Head Elementary||Nov. 19||770/972-8050|
|Dacula Middle||Nov.||770/963-1110||Rebecca Minor Elementary||Nov.||770/925-9543|
|Duluth High||Nov. 16||770/476-5206||Richard Hull Middle||Nov. 19||770/232-3200|
|Duluth Middle||Nov.||770/476-3372||Riverside Elementary||Nov. 18||678/482-1000|
|Duncan Creek Elementary||678/714-5800||Rock Springs Elementary||Nov.||770/932-7474|
|Five Forks Middle||Nov. 12||770/972-1506||Rockbridge Elementary||770/448-9363|
|Fort Daniel Elementary||Nov. 5||770/932-7400||Shiloh Elementary||Nov.||770/985-6883|
|Freeman's Mill Elementary||Nov.||678/377-8955||Shiloh High||Nov. 16||770/972-8471|
|GIVE Center||Nov.||770/338-4898||Shiloh Middle||Nov.||770/972-3224|
|Grayson Elementary||Nov.||770/963-7189||Simonton Elementary||Nov.||770/513-6637|
|Grayson High||Nov.||770/554-1071||Simpson Elementary||Nov. 5||770/417-2400|
|Gwin Oaks Elementary||Nov. 12||770/972-3110||Snellville Middle||Nov.||770/972-1530|
|Harbins Elementary||Nov. 16||770/682-4270||South Gwinnett High||Nov. 16||770/972-4840|
|Harmony Elementary||Nov. 8||770/945-7272||Stripling Elementary||770/582-7577|
|Hopkins Elementary||Nov.||770/564-2661||Sugar Hill Elementary||Nov. 4||770/945-5735|
|Ivy Creek Elementary||678/714-3655||Summerour Middle||Nov. 9||770/448-3045|
|J. G. Dyer Elementary||Nov. 8||770/963-6214||Suwanee Elementary||Nov. 18||770/945-5763|
|J.C. Magill Elementary||Nov.||770/554-1030||Sweetwater Middle||Nov.||770/923-4131|
|J.E. Richards Middle||770/995-7133||Sycamore Elementary||678/714-5770|
|Jackson Elementary||Nov.||770/682-4200||T. Carl Buice Center||Nov.||770/271-5060|
|K. E. Taylor Elementary||Nov.||770/338-4680||Trickum Middle||770/921-2705|
|Kanoheda Elementary||770/682-4221||W. C. Britt Elementary||770/972-4500|
|Knight Elementary||Nov. 22||770/921-2400||Walnut Grove Elementary||Nov. 18||770/513-6892|
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|