News You Can Use - 05/12/2008

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
05/12/2008 - 05/18/2008

Gwinnett families are invited to learn more about nutrition and making healthy choices at the Peachtree Ridge Cluster Nutrition Fair on May 10 in the Peachtree Ridge High Commons Area from 10 a.m. to noon. This free community event is open to parents of all clusters. A chef will prepare two easy and nutritious recipes that can be made in any home with a minimal amount of culinary skill. Participants also can enjoy free samples of fruit, vegetables and vegetarian products, information on specific nutritional and health topics, a fitness program, access to “Nutri-Cafe,” and more. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

GCPS Latin students participated in the National Latin Exam taken by approximately 160,000 students this year, nationwide. GCPS students earned honors in the following categories:
· Summa Cum Laude (gold medal): 77 awards, including nine perfect papers (four students at North Gwinnett
High, four students at Duluth High, and one student at Brookwood High)
· Maxima Cum Laude (silver medal): 110 awards
· Magna Cum Laud: 66 awards
· Cum Laude: 78 awards
For more information, call Patrick Yaggy, North Gwinnett High Latin Teacher, at 770-945-9558.

Five GCPS middle school theater programs participated in a Dramarama recently at Dacula High. Students from Lanier, Lilburn, Pinckneyville, Louise Radloff, and Sweetwater middle schools earned several honors from superior performance to best actress. For more information, call Brandy Meadows, Sweetwater Middle teacher, at 770-923-4131.

Karen Ashley of South Gwinnett High, Chuka Okafor of Berkmar High, and Irene Rivera of South Gwinnett High have been selected to receive a 2008 Belli Memorial Scholarship Award from among 133 applicants. This $20,000 scholarship is a permanent endowment from Mr. and Mrs. Roy Belli in memory of their son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. The scholarship is offered to a GCPS’ minority, immigrant, and economically disadvantaged senior and provides $5,000 annually for four years to assist with college expenses. For more information, call the community Foundation for Northeast Georgia at 770-813-3380.

Trent Jarrett of Mill Creek High has been named Jr. Olympic National Academic All American based on the recommendation of his coach, Mill Creek counselor, and first quarter grades. He will compete in the Men’s National Jr. Olympic Gymnastics Championships in Battle Creek, Michigan. Trent earned his berth to the National Competition by competing alongside more than 100 other Level 10 Gymnasts from seven southern states at the Regional Competition in Hunstivlle. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Corley Elementary will sponsor a Career Fair on May 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. A Police officer, fireman, reporter, professor, teacher, cosmetologist, nurse, lawyer, and others will share information about their careers with the students. For more information, call 678-924-5330.

Corley Elementary will partner with the Seimens Corp. for a hands-on science event for 4th grade students on May 13. Sixteen employees will conduct science experiments helping students learn about gravity, water filtration, and lung power. Students will receive prizes and certificates for their participation. For more information, call 678-924-5330.

Berkmar Middle will host a Career Fair on May 16 from 9:30 to 11:50 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to circulate through career booths and gather information to fill out a questionnaire they bring with them to the fair. For more information, call Graduation Coach Lisa Hunt at 770-638-2328.

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
05/08/2008Gwinnett fine arts students earn national spotlight (pdf)
05/07/2008Gates Millennium Scholars: Three of Gwinnett’s brightest students earn full scholarships (pdf)
05/06/2008Gwinnett County School Nutrition Program: Gwinnett families invited to learn more about healthy choices (pdf)
05/05/200836 … the perfect ACT score achieved by two in Gwinnett (pdf)
05/02/2008National Merit Scholarship Winners: Six Gwinnett students honored with National Merit Scholarship (pdf)
05/01/2008Gwinnett mathematicians to test their skills during Witzzle Pro Tournament (pdf)

Trickum Middle honored students in academics, arts, and athletics at the school’s first Academic Team Awards Banquet. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

“GCPS Focus” This week on Focus... Visit with the Valedictorians of the Class of 2008, get reacquainted with some former Gwinnett graduates, and celebrate one student’s inspiring personal journey toward graduation. This 30 min. program airs May 12-18 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.

“2008 Student Media Festival Showcase” GCPS TV is proud to present this special showcase of award-winning student produced videos. The featured videos were selected as winners at the Georgia Student Media Festival, and will be entered into the International Festival this November. This
60 min. program airs May 12-17 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“Hakata Kinjishi Taiko and Hakata Komo” Listen to a style of drumming with music from the Lion Dance (a traditional dance used to bring good luck), and traditional Hakat Top-spinning. These taiko drummers use a wide-range of stick percussion instruments to meld their drumbeat with other genres, such as jazz and rock, while integrating a traditional Hakata Top-spinning act into this unique sound experience. This 60-min. program airs May 12-17 at 1 p.m.

“French in Action” This Annenberg Media series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz’s proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and background. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. This 60-min. program airs May 16-18 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 29 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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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Each year, the Gwinnett County School Board reserves key dates relating to the development of the next year’s budget. Remaining budget dates for
FY 2009 include:
May 8-- Second public hearing on budget, final adoption of budget, tentative millage rate set
June 2-- First public hearing on tax millage rate
June 9-- Second and third public hearing on tax millage rate and adoption of millage rate

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 8, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

May 12-16 is Reading is Fun Week.

Advanced placement Exams and the Georgia End-of-Course Test are scheduled through May 16.

May 19-21 is early release for high school exams.

May 21 is the last day of school.

Memorial Day on May 26 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during April. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
    Alford Elementary
    Alton C. Crews Middle
    Berkmar Middle
    Camp Creek Elementary
    Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
    Dacula Elementary
    GIVE Center East
    GIVE Center West
    Glenn C. Jones Middle
    Harbins Elementary
    Henry Partee Elementary
    K.E. Taylor Elementary
    Mountain Park Elementary
    North Gwinnett High
    Patrick Elementary
    Peachree Ridge High
    R.D. Head Elementary
    Rockbridge Elementary
    Suwanee Elementary
    Sweetwater Middle
    Trickum Middle
    W.J. Cooper Elementary

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 www.gwinnettEHC.comor call 770-904-3500.

May 10, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rain Barrel Workshop, $40/barrel
Make a rain barrel and take it home the same day! Participants receive a 55 gallon barrel, complete with screening and a spigot, ready to collect rain water. Limited to 20 participants each session, pre-register by calling 770-904-3500. Enjoy the Center while you are here for an additional admission fee.

May 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Travel Through Time, Family of 4-$12, Members Family of 4-$6
Celebrate Archaeology Month. Fun for the whole family as we take a journey through the time periods of Georgia’s rich archaeological story. Interactive stations include: Deciphering the Documents, Primitive Tool Making, Typology Teaser, Archaeojeopardy, and more. Come learn about the fascinating world of archaeology and how you can protect Georgia’s past. Enjoy the Center while you’re here for an additional admission fee. Pre-register and pay by May 9 by calling 770-904-3500. Individual tickets $5 each.

May 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., The Warriors of the Rainbow, $5/child
Kids in grades 3-6 explore what it means to be a warrior and become a warrior for the environment. Discover the Cree Native American legend. Build a bracelet and help design a poster to tell others about this eco-friendly tradition. Pre-register and pay by May 3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy the Center while you're here for an additional admission fee.

May 17, 1 p.m - 2:30 p.m., Club Method
High school and middle school students are exposed to the great outdoors. Bring a friend and gain work and team building skills for future resumes, develop problem solving skills, participate in environmental challenges and earn community service hours. Enjoy the Center while you're here for an additional admission fee. Please pre-register by May 3 by calling 770-904-3500.

June 7, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Nature Kids, $5/child
Calling all 2-4 grade kids -- track down prints that animals leave behind as they travel through the woods. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please pre-register by calling 770-904-3500 by May 24. Enjoy the Center while you’re here for an additional fee.

June 21, 11 a.m. - noon, and 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Going Green Neighborhood, Free with center admission and to members
Build a streetscape model to learn about “green” building. Kids will compare their neighborhood to a neighborhood that doesn't use eco-friendly practices. Great for kids 6 and up. Please pre-register by calling 770-904-3500 by June 7.

June 27, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Exploring the Night Sky, Adults $10, Kids $5, Family of 4-$25
Explore the beautiful night sky with a guided walk and tour of the summer constellations and listen to the stories surrounding them. Learn about the three planets visible in our summer skies--Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. In case of clouds or rain, the program is rescheduled for Friday, July 11. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Call 770-904-3500 to pre-register and pay by June 13.