News You Can Use - 02/14/2005

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
02/14/2005 - 02/20/2005

The North Gwinnett High Marketing Lab earned Gold Level National Certification. North Gwinnett was the only school in the state to earn the gold designation. Dr. Jacqueline Huffman coordinates the program. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

The dissertation research of Dr. Terry Oatts, Meadowcreek High assistant principal, was featured in the March 2004 edition of the Journal of American History. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

Two Parkview High students captured top honors in the 2005 Atlanta Brain Bee. Saranya Selvaraj and Andrew Wilmont won first and second places, respectively, in the Brain Bee, which was held Feb. 5 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The annual competition, modeled after a traditional spelling bee, included two rounds of written and oral trivia questions on neuroscience. More than 60 metro Atlanta high school students competed in this year's Brain Bee, which is sponsored by the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University. As the first place winner, Ms. Selvaraj will compete in the International Brain Bee in March at the University of Maryland. For more information, call Poul Olson at 404-463-9433.

Simonton Elementary will offer an English literacy skills class to adult learners. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., and on Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. All sessions will be held in the media center and will run through the remainder of the school year. Snacks and free childcare will be provided. For more information, call Biljana Cepic at 678-985-4913 or Maria Minue at 770-513-6681.

Author Jose Aruego will visit K.E. Taylor Elementary Feb. 14-16. Mr. Aruego has written several books and illustrated many books by other authors. Mr. Aruego has published cartoons in the Saturday Evening Post, Look Magazine, The New Yorker, and other magazines. In 1976, Mr. Aruego was honored by the government of the Philippines with the Outstanding Filipino Abroad in the Arts Award. For more information and a schedule of times, call Rhonda Taylor at 770-338-4690.

Trickum Middle will host a visit from award-winning author Gail Karwaski on Feb. 15. Ms. Karwaski will teach writing workshops for the 6th grade classes throughout the day, and be available to autograph copies of her books. Ms. Karwaski is a former Georgia teacher. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host an International Night on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. There will be traditional costumes, foods, games, music, and entertainment. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

The Annistown Elementary PTA will host a “Wax Museum,” presented by 2nd grade students on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Students will showcase what they have learned about famous Americans by dressing in appropriate attire and sharing facts with the audience. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Ivy Creek Elementary will sponsor a “Taste of the World” dinner on Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Donations will be accepted, and all proceeds will benefit the tsunami relief effort. Please R.S.V.P. to Allison Hunter at 678-714-3673.

Author Diane Z. Shore will visit Cedar Hill Elementary on Feb. 18. Ms. Shore will share poems, stories, riddles, and her recently released Rookie Reader, “Rosa Loves to Read.” For more information, call 770-962-5015.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor the Annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance on Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym. Dinner will be catered by Frontera in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Photos will be taken beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will be available for purchase. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Shiloh High will host an assembly on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. featuring the Rev. Dr. Mark Thompson of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church. Dr. Thompson will speak to students, staff, and community members about the contributions African Americans have made to the country. To make a reservation, call Kristie Barksdale at 770-978-5588, or send an e-mail to, by Feb. 15.

W.C. Britt Elementary is hosting the program “Values of a Champion,” sponsored by Arby's. The program features Courtney Shealy, 2000 Olympic medal winner at the Sydney games, who will teach the six Arby's Values (Dream Big, Work Hard, Get It Done, Play Fair, Have Fun, and Make a Difference.) She will meet with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on Feb. 24. For more information and performance times, call 770-972-4500.

The top 10 GCPS spellers from the Feb. 6 county Bee will compete in the regional (district) bee on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Mill Creek High theater. For more information, e-mail Cindy Gaskins at

The Simonton Elementary PTA will sponsor an International Night on Feb. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. Students and their families will share food, wear costumes, present artifacts, and showcase their talent. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

The Grayson Elementary PTA will have its next meeting on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Chris Rumble, also known as the "Reading Guitar Man." Mr. Rumble promotes literacy through music. He is a singer, musician, author, and illustrator. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The next SAT I test will be administered on March 12 in building F. Preregistration is required. This is the first administration of the new SAT, which includes a writing portion. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Grayson Elementary will host a Summer Computer Camp at the school from June 27 to July 1. Cathy Clements and Lisa Davis will facilitate the morning and afternoon sessions. The cost is $90 for each session. Maximum class size is 25 students. Students will explore the use of technology for reading and writing, use technology for research and information, create compositions, explore the Internet, and make math flashcards. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

During the month of February, Grayson Elementary students will celebrate Black History Month. Students will research famous black Americans to learn facts that could help them answer trivia questions and win prizes. Each class will design a “quilt square” to be assembled and displayed in the main office. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Simonton Elementary will sponsor a family dinner on Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Steak ’n Shake in Snellville. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to the school. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Peachtree Elementary is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day service project called “Hearts That Help.” Students may order flowers or small gifts (candy, bookmarks, and stamp sets) for $1. The Valentine gifts will be delivered to students on Feb. 14. Peer leaders will promote the program with posters and announcements. Donations will benefit the Peachtree Care Team, which provides emergency aid for students and families. For more information, call 770-448-8710.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host a Relay for Life Spring Cleaning Yard Sale on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

During the month of February, Trickum Middle student groups will sponsor activities to raise funds to donate to the American Red Cross for the tsunami relief effort. On Feb. 8, the Student Council sold Chick-fil-A biscuits before school. IMPACT and ARC students held a “Hat Day” and gave stickers to students who donated money on Feb. 10. The Junior Beta Club will sell doughnuts before school on Feb. 15 and 17. The Student Council will provide “Trickum Tags” to students who donate $3. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Centerville Elementary students collected money to donate to the tsunami relief effort. Students were allowed to purchase Hershey Kisses for 25¢. The drive lasted 10 days and raised $1,548.32. For more information, call 770-972-2220.

“Gwinnett County Spelling Bee” GCPS TV proudly presents a replay of the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, held on Sunday, Feb. 6 at Mill Creek High. Tune in to hear spellers battle over words such as "siccative" and "allotropic" and see who is crowned champion. Program airs Feb. 18–20 at 8 p.m.

“The Holocaust Museum Experience - E3 Electronic Field Trip” During this Electronic Field Trip, experienced museum educators will use the artifacts and stories in the Museum's permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, to help students explore the Nazi rise to power and how countless individuals, traditionally relied upon to uphold the public good, became active participants in civil rights violations. Through the lens of history, students will be asked to explore the consequences of their own decisions, both on their immediate environment and the world at large. This 90-minute program airs Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use— Drug and Alcohol Prevention: Keeping Kids on the Right Track” The February broadcast of Education News will explore how parents, schools, and the community are working together to provide students with the knowledge and tools necessary to make wise, informed choices to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. This 60-minute U.S. Dept. of Education program airs Feb. 15 at 8:00 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

February is Black History Month and American Heart month.

February 21 is a student and teacher holiday OR snow make-up day (priority 1).

Presidents’ Day is February 21.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford ES678-924-5300Lanier MS
Alton C. Crews MSFeb770/982-6940Lawrenceville ES
Annistown ES7-Feb770/979-2950Lilburn ES
Arcado ESFeb770/925-2100Lilburn MS
B. B. Harris ES22-Feb770/476-2241Mason ES770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ESFeb770/447-6307McConnell MS770/554-1000
Benefield ESFeb770/962-3771McKendree ES678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ES770/446-0947Meadowcreek ES
Berkmar HSFeb770/921-3636Meadowcreek HS
Bethesda ES770/921-2000Mountain Park ES
Brookwood ES28-Feb770/736-4360Nesbit ES
Brookwood HS770/972-7642Norcross ES
Camp Creek ES25-Feb770/921-1626Norcross HS
Cedar Hill ES770/962-5015North Gwinnett HS
Centerville ES23-Feb770/972-2220Norton ES
Central Gwinnett HS770/963-8041Oakland Center
Chattahoochee ESFeb770/497-9907Parkview HS
Collins Hill HSFeb770/682-4100Parsons ES678/957-3050
Cooper ES770/554-7050Partee ES
Corley ES15-Feb678-924-5330Peachtree ES
Craig ES770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HS
Creekland MS770/338-4700Pharr ES
Dacula ES4-Feb770/963-7174Pinckneyville MS
Dacula HS25-Feb770/963-6664R.D. Head ES
Dacula MSFeb770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ES
Duluth HS15-Feb770/476-5206Richard Hull MS
Duluth MS770/476-3372Riverside ES678/482-1000
Duncan Creek ES678/714-5800Rock Springs ES
Five Forks MS11-Feb770/972-1506Rockbridge ES770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ES4-Feb770/932-7400Shiloh ES
Freeman's Mill ESFeb678/377-8955Shiloh HS
GIVE CenterFeb770/338-4898Shiloh MS
Grayson ESFeb770/963-7189Simonton ES
Grayson HSFeb770/554-1071Simpson ES770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ES11-Feb770/972-3110Snellville MS
Harbins ES770/682-4270South Gwinnett HS770/972-4840
Harmony ES770/945-7272Stripling ES
Hopkins ESFeb770/564-2661Sugar Hill ES770/945-5735
Ivy Creek ES4-Feb678/714-3655Summerour MS
J. G. Dyer ES7-Feb770/963-6214Suwanee ES
J.C. Magill ESFeb770/554-1030Sweetwater MS
J.E. Richards MS8-Feb770/995-7133Sycamore ES678/714-5770
Jackson ES10-Feb770/682-4200T. Carl Buice Center
K. E. Taylor ESFeb770/338-4680Trickum MS
Kanoheda ES3-Feb770/682-4221W. C. Britt ES770/972-4500
Knight ES770/921-2400Walnut Grove ES