News You Can Use - 08/25/2008

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
08/25/2008 - 08/31/2008

Parkview High has been designated a Naval Honors School by the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Va. The school’s JROTC unit was selected for attaining the highest overall rating during the 2007-08 school year. This designation was received by only 20% of the JROTC units in the nation for exemplary performance during inspections, drill competitions, community service, marksmanship, and scholastic achievement. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

G.H. Hopkins Elementary Teacher Yanira Alfonso was the recipient of the GA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Travel Award to the Peru TESOL Convention in Trujillo, Peru, where she presented “Changing Their World at Home and at School: A sight words project, meeting the needs of struggling readers and English Language Learners, integrating Power Point and wave files.” The project was created with the help of 39 Hopkins Elementary teachers and administrators during staff development. For more information, call 770-564-2661.

Shanon Lutz of Ivy Creek Elementary will host a Curriculum Night for her 3rd grade parents on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. For the past 15 years, Ms. Lutz has had her ‘expert’ students present the class program to their parents including Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops, and information on mathematics, science, and social studies. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

Lanier Middle will host an information meeting for Hispanic parents on Aug. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Topics will include school attendance, discipline, academic requirements, and community awareness. Childcare and interpreters will be available. A representative from the local PTSA and public library will be on hand also. There will be refreshments and door prizes. For more information, call Assistant Principal David Strickland at 770-945-8419.

The Peachtree Ridge High Marching Band will debut the performance Joyride at their first home football game on August 29. In addition to performing at all Peachtree Ridge High football games, the Roaring Lions Marching Band is scheduled to appear in the Duluth Fall Festival Parade September 27, and will enter three marching competitions and an exhibition. The band will travel to Philadelphia where they have been invited to perform in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. For more information, call Joe Hale, communications officer at 678-407-0625.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.

08/18/2008Gwinnett honored with three state counseling awards (pdf)
08/15/2008Gwinnett’s Green named “Outstanding Educator” by Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus will take a tour of the system’s newest schools, welcome new teachers into Gwinnett’s classrooms, review online resources that support student success, and hear an important message from CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks on the district's new “Be There” campaign for parents. This 30-min. program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“The Author in You - Summer Writing Institute: Special Teacher Edition” This special edition of “The Author in You” features award-winning authors Christopher Paul Curtis and Patricia McKissack. Both authors presented at the 2008 Summer Writing Institute held at Margaret Winn Holt Elementary. This 50-min. program airs at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS 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. and 8 p.m. repeating daily through Sunday in those time slots. The series runs through October 26.

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 and 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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September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 1 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

Patriot Day is September 11.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 11, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in August. Call the local school for the time and location.

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.

August 23, 10 a.m., Mushroom Walk, no charge
Join Mary Woehrel of the Mushroom Club of Georgia for a presentation and mushroom walk along one of the center's trails. This program is ideal for adults.

August 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Water Everywhere Patch Program, $8 per girl
This badge program introduces girls to water conservation, the differences between salt water and fresh water, what types of animals live in salt water and fresh water, and learning the importance of water to living plants and animals.