News You Can Use - 11/06/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/06/2006 - 11/12/2006


HONORS
Berkmar High students Nikki Cox and Angela Etheridge have been selected as delegates for the Anti-Defamation League's 8th annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-15. They are among a group of 10 ethnically, religiously, and racially diverse high school students from throughout the Atlanta area who will participate in the Mission. For more information, call Shelley Rose of the Anti-Defamation League, at 404-262-3470. See attached photos.

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The Duluth High Wildcat Marching Band ended the competition season on Oct. 28 at the Peach State Marching Competition in Rome, Ga. The band earned the following awards: 1st place flagline, 2nd place drum majors, 3rd place band, and superior ratings in all categories. The band earned one of six special plaques given to bands achieving superior ratings in all categories. There were 28 bands competing at this event. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Peachtree Ridge fencing team defeated Vanderbilt University to win gold medals in two foil events on Oct. 28. The tournament, held in Nashville, pitted the PRHS Lions against fencers from Vanderbilt University and Memphis University. Angela Stamm led the Lions to victory in Saturday's Mixed Foil, capturing first place and the gold medal for the school and earning an “E” national ranking in foil. Angela becomes the second Peachtree Ridge fencer to be nationally ranked in both foil and epee. Angela also took the gold medal and first place in Women’s Foil with teammate Erin Cook winning the bronze medal. The team also competed against fencers from Vanderbilt and the University of Tenn. in epee tournament events on Oct. 28. For more information, call Dr. Robert J. Fryman at 678-957-3100.

UPCOMING
The Gwinnett Gladiators will host the Second Annual Gwinnett DECA Night on Nov. 6. Student events begin at 3 p.m. with a behind-the-scenes tour, guest speakers, and merchandise discounts. The game will follow at 7:35 p.m. Students are asked to wear school spirit wear. For more information, call Tammi Maness at 770-476-5206.

The Duluth Center-Stage Alliance will move to the next level of competition with the performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.” The cast of three— Ethan Parlo, Aum Patel, and Adryan Williams— along with crew members, gave an outstanding performance. The Duluth Center-Stage Alliance moves on to compete at the Gwinnett Center on Nov. 7. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Mill Creek High Military History Club members will host a Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 10. Throughout the day, classes will participate in the event. A panel of teachers who have served in the military will be available for questions. Military uniforms will be on display for students to view. For more information, call 678-714-5863.

The annual Miss Mill Creek Scholarship Pageants will be held in the theater on Nov.10 and 11. The pageants are open for ages 3 to 12th grade. The middle school pageants will be held Nov. 10. The remainder of the pageants will be held on Nov. 11. High school interviews will take place on Nov. 5. For more information, call 678-714-5850 or visit www.millcreekhighschool.org.

A Berkmar High community celebration is on the schedule for Sunday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Interested alumni are gathering regularly to plan the event. The last planning meeting is Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Berkmar High Media Center. The planning committee is looking for memorabilia to be part of the “Berkmar over Time” display. For more information, call Diana Preston at 770-921-3636, or visit www.berkmar.com.

Duluth Center Stage Alliance presents the musical “Mame” Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m. in the Duluth High Theatre. The Duluth High theatre group has a cast of more than 60 actors, singers, technicians, and musicians who bring to life one America’s most entertaining musicals. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in November from Vanette Vedder at the school, and also at the door. For more information, visit www.dhstheater.com.

To celebrate National Education Week at Oakland School, Pam Walker, the 2007 Georgia Teacher of the Year, will visit the school on Nov. 21, at 8 a.m. Ms. Walker will speak on the topics “Effective Teachers are Good Dancers” and “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teachers.” For more information, call David Ashton at 770-513-6800.

FUNDRAISER
Pinckneyville Middle Girls As Leaders (GALs) recently donated more than 1,100 items to the Battered Women’s Shelters in Gwinnett and Fulton counties. A presentation about domestic violence was made to GALs members. The next service project for the girls will benefit the Norcross Food Bank. Students will begin collecting items for a community garage sale on Dec. 2 and 3 to be held at the school. Gift cards will be purchased for the shelter and canned goods collected for the food bank. For more information, call Bridget Guenthner at 770-263-0860.

Chattahoochee Elementary Principal Cynthia Burgess challenged students to raise at least $600 to benefit United Way. She promised that if they met the challenge in one week that she would kiss a live pig. As an added incentive, the class raising the most money would have their teacher kiss the pig, too. Students rose to the challenge, raising $1,212, and the pig-kissing was held Nov. 2 during morning announcements. Joining Ms. Burgess in kissing the pig was 4th grade teacher Caroline Pena.

The Duluth High Tip Off Club is sponsoring a tailgate party fund-raiser for the basketball teams on Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., before the Duluth-Peachtree Ridge football game. The party will feature the band Kindler. Tickets are $5 and will be on sale in the school cafeteria during lunch or may be purchased from any basketball coach. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

ONGOING
The Duluth High Swim and Dive Team is sponsoring “Penny Wars– Kiss a Pig Contest.” A teacher will be selected by students and staff to kiss a real pig. The winner is the person collecting the most pennies – all other denominations of money will be deducted from the total. Swimmers and divers will man the penny jars during all lunch periods and before school in the cafeteria. The pig kissing will take place Nov. 10 at the football game. Proceeds will benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America as well as the Duluth Swim and Dive Team. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

GCPS TV
“Education News Parents Can Use - Keeping our Children Safe and Secure: Pandemic Flu & Emergency Preparedness” The November broadcast of this U.S. Department of Education program will answer these questions: “What is known about the pandemic flu and the possibility of a future outbreak?” “What kinds of questions should parents ask their children’s schools about their pandemic flu and emergency preparedness plans?” and, “In the event of an outbreak, what measures would schools take, and how would families be notified?” This 60-min. program airs Nov. 6-11 at 1 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Sharon Creech”- Fairfax Network. Author Sharon Creech, who taught literature in an American school in England, uses memories from her childhood and experiences with her students to write for her audience. Her first book published in America, “Walk Two Moons,” was a Newbery Medal winner. During this program, Ms. Creech talks about her life, her books, and her writing process. This 30-min. program airs Nov. 6-11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This program, a valuable language resource and learning opportunity, is now airing on GCPS TV. The 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially to the needs of educators and other school employees. 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 Nov. 19. (A new class will air each week, beginning on Monday.)

“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. 6 through Dec. 10 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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CALENDAR
Nov. 6-10 is School Psychology Week.

Nov. 7 (Election Day) is a student and teacher holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 9, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Nov. 10 is the federal observance of Veteran’s Day.

Nov. 12-18 is American Education Week.

National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week run Nov. 13-19.

Nov. 15-16 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

Nov. 16 is National Parental Involvement Day.

Nov. 19-25 is National Family Week.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 21.

Nov. 22-24 is Thanksgiving break for students and teachers.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during November. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Nov
Alford Elementary
11/30
    Kanoheda Elementary
11/30
Alton C. Crews Middle
11/14
    Knight Elementary
11/10
Arcado Elementary
11/13
    Level Creek Elementary
11/9
B.B. Harris Elementary
11/28
    McKendree Elementary
11/17
Berkeley Lake Elementary
11/2
    Meadowcreek Elementary
11/20
Bethesda Elementary
11/14
    Meadowcreek High
11/30
Brookwood Elementary
11/13
    Monarch School
11/3
Brookwood High
11/9
    Mountain Park Elementary
11/20
Collins Hill High
11/14
    Nesbit Elementary
11/9
Corley Elementary
11/28
    Norcross High
11/9
Creekland Middle
11/16
    Parkview High
11/28
Dacula Elementary
11/17
    Parsons Elementary
11/10
Dacula High
11/10
    Pinckneyville Middle
11/16
Dacula Middle
11/14
    Rebecca Minor Elementary
11/3
Duluth High
11/14
    Rock Springs Elementary
11/30
Duluth Middle
11/14
    Rockbridge Elementary
11/9
Duncan Creek Elementary
11/9
    Snellville Middle
11/9
Five Forks Middle
11/10
    South Gwinnett High
11/28
Fort Daniel Elementary
11/3
    Summerour Middle
11/7
Frank N. Osborne Middle
11/10
    Suwanee Elementary
11/16
Freeman's Mill Elementary
11/16
    Sycamore Elementary
11/2
Grayson Elementary
11/10
    W.C. Britt Elementary
11/30
Henry Partee Elementary
11/9
    Walnut Grove Elementary
11/9
J.C. Magill Elementary
11/3
J.E. Richards Middle
11/14
J.G. Dyer Elementary
11/20
J.P. McConnell Middle
11/27
Kanoheda Elementary
11/30