News You Can Use - 09/04/2006

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
09/04/2006 - 09/10/2006

Judson Bridges, GCPS’ 2003-04 Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the year in 2005, was featured on the cover of the University of Georgia College of Education magazine cover. Mr. Bridges teaches Spanish to students at Collins Hill High. For more information, call 678-682-4100.

Jimmy Zhong of Central Gwinnett High won 1st place at Visual Basic Programming at the state Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition last spring. He placed seventh at the National FBLA competition over the summer. In addition, Jim Taulman of Central Gwinnett High earned 3rd place in Site Navigation at the WebChallenge Design Your Future competition, sponsored by Georgia Tech. For more information, call 770-963-8041.

On designated days throughout the year, Dr. M.H. Mason, Jr. Elementary students may meet at assigned stops and walk or ride their bikes to school in a group. Sept. 8 has been designated as a “Walk and Roll to School Day.” For more information, call Lisa Carthy at 770-814-9276.

Louise Radloff Middle will host a Community Open House on Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the media center. Parents and community businesses are invited for lunch and a tour of the school. Volunteer opportunities will be shared with those in attendance. For more information, call Pam Webb at 678-245-3414.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform their 2006 show “Going Somewhere?” on Sept. 16 at the Suwanee Day Parade. In addition, the band will enter three marching competitions this year. One competition will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. The band will also travel to Hawaii to participate in the Waikiki Holiday Parade in November. For more information and a schedule, visit

“Connections: Science and Music with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO)” The Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” You probably have heard about connections between science and music, but can you actually hear them? When do musicians use science? Why do scientists study music? In this stimulating multimedia performance, NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers, with a mixed ensemble of NSO musicians, explores scientific and musical concepts in acoustics, medicine, computer science, and psychology. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 4-7 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 8-10 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author - R.L. Stine” Get goose bumps? Like to laugh? Meet author R. L. Stine. During the program, this joke writer, magazine editor, and storyteller of scary stories will explain how he plans for a series of stories, how he establishes the role of character and plot, and how he gets words to tickle readers. This 30-minute program airs Sept. 4-9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through Oct. 31 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 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 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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Gwinnett County Online Campus registration will be held through Sept. 3 (online only). Fall classes begin Sept. 9.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Labor Day is Sept. 4, a systemwide holiday.

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 14, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Patriot Day is Sept. 11.

Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Constitution Week begins Sept. 17.

Citizenship Day is Sept. 17.

Georgia School Bus Safety Week begins Sept. 18.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test on Sept. 27.