News You Can Use - 10/04/2010









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
10/04/2010 - 10/10/2010


HONORS
Meadowcreek Elementary fifth grade student Monica Sok won 1st place in the state in the “Peanuts, Plains, and President” Georgia themed card contest. Monica and her teacher, Purna Ahuja, traveled to Plains, Georgia to receive her medal and a certificate, and a book from [former] President Jimmy Carter. For more information, call 770-931-5701.

More than 200 GCPS middle and high school student musicians were selected by audition to participate in the Kendall Orchestra, the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra. For more information, call Robert Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7015. For a list of student names, call communication and media relations at 678-301-6020.

UPCOMING
Gwinnett County elementary students will participate in the international Read for the Record on Oct. 7. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record©, presented in partnership with Pearson, is Jumpstart’s world record breaking campaign that brings children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over the world. The campaign also kicks off Jumpstart’s yearlong program, preparing preschool children in low-income neighborhoods for success in school and life. Local schools will be participating in Read for the Record, with guest readers from the Instructional Support Center, from the community, and from among their parents. In addition, GCPS TV has filmed Nesbit Elementary Principal Clayborn Knight reading “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, which will be broadcast five times on Oct. 7.

Magill Elementary will participate in “2010 Fall Sweaters for Seniors”— a program that collects sweaters and donates them to Gwinnett County Senior Services. This will be the 3rd year Magill students participate in the program, and this year Magill is the flagship school. For more information, call Sharna Fulton of Alternative Home Care for Seniors at 770-736-7977.

The students, faculty, and staff at Gwinnett’s eight new facilities invite their communities to take part in the formal dedication of the buildings Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) opened for the first time in August. A series of dedication ceremonies have been taking place this fall. Remaining events are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, October 10: Sunday, October 17:
Roberts Elementary, 1:30 p.m. Grace Snell Middle, 2 p.m.
251 Buford Highway, Suwanee 3800 Brushy Fork Rd., Loganville
Lanier High, 3 p.m.
918 Buford Highway, Sugar Hill

Sunday, October 24: Sunday, November 7:
Jenkins Elementary, 2:30 p.m. Burnette Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
12 Village Way, Lawrenceville 3221 Burnette Rd., Suwanee

Shiloh Elementary will celebrate 20 years of teaching and learning by hosting a community event on Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school. For more information, call 770-985-6883.

Norton Elementary invites community members, staff, and students to the school’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. A special program begins at 3 p.m. Current and former students, staff, parents, and community members are invited to view a slide show presentation highlighting the school’s history. Students will perform a musical program and participants may view an exhibit of 25 years of school history. For more information, call 770-985-1933.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Norcross Elementary will host Hispanic Night on Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym. Parents may bring cultural food and dress their children in native costumes for the night. Parents also will be invited to share their talent at a performance that night. Activities during the weeks leading up to the celebration include an essay contest and exhibit, display of art and posters, interviews with Hispanic-American staff members at the school, and trivia questions for the school news. For more information, call Teacher Rosa Escandell at 770-448-2188.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor the most current News Releases.
09/28/2010Search for Gwinnett's top teacher narrows to 25 (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Read for the Record” Join us in reading “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats and help us set a world record! This 5-min. program airs Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Our One Ocean - Shamu TV” Our oceans are all connected, so really, there is only one ocean on earth, affecting all life on the planet. We’ll explore our relationships with the ocean and discover diverse projects and inspiring people dedicated to preserving this essential resource. This 30-min. program airs Oct. 4-9 at 1:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series is taught by Elisa Brown, Hopkins Elementary assistant principal. This program is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through Nov. 5 (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: 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Instructional Materials Review through Oct. 29— Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum materials in the curriculum areas of Mathematics, Science, and Technical Education, through Oct. 29. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center (ISC) Building 200 Lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee, during the times listed: Monday–Friday, through Oct. 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 21, 5–8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

CALENDAR
Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

October is Computer Learning Month.

Oct. 11 is a student holiday and staff furlough day.

Oct. 11-15 is National School Lunch Week.

The PSAT for 10th graders is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Oct. 18 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Oct. 18-22 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

Oct. 18-24 is Teen Read Week.

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) for grades 3, 5, and 8 is scheduled for Oct. 18-27.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 21, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
SchoolOctober
Alford Elementary
18-Oct
Arcado Elementary
4-Oct
Archer High School
18-Oct
Berkeley Lake Elementary
15-Oct
Berkmar Middle
7-Oct
Buice School
22-Oct
Camp Creek Elementary
4-Oct
22-Oct
Cooper Elementary
5-Oct
Couch Middle
8-Oct
Craig Elementary
25-Oct
Crews Middle
21-Oct
Dacula High
1-Oct
Dacula Middle
12-Oct
Duluth Middle
15-Oct
Fort Daniel Elementary
1-Oct
GIVE Center West
28-Oct
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1-Oct
Harbins Elementary
21-Oct
Harmony Elementary
15-Oct
Ivy Creek Elementary
15-Oct
Jones Middle
28-Oct
Lanier Middle
October
Level Creek Elementary
12-Oct
Lilburn Elementary
21-Oct
Lovin Elementary
21-Oct
Magill Elementary
1-Oct
McConnell Middle
4-Oct
Mill Creek High
26-Oct
Norcross Elementary
15-Oct
Norcross High
7-Oct
North Gwinnett High
15-Oct
North Gwinnett Middle
12-Oct
Norton Elementary
29-Oct
Parkview High
26-Oct
Parsons Elementary
7-Oct
Partee Elementary
28-Oct
Richards Middle
4-Oct
Riverside Elementary
12-Oct
Roberts Elementary
22-Oct
Rosebud Elementary
15-Oct
Shiloh Elementary
5-Oct
Shiloh Middle
15-Oct
Simpson Elementary
29-Oct
South Gwinnett High
19-Oct
Starling Elementary
1-Oct
Summerour Middle
21-Oct
Suwanee Elementary
12-Oct
Trickum Middle
4-Oct
Walnut Grove Elementary
21-Oct

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
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. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at http://www.gwinnettehc.org/News.232.0.html or call 770-904-3500.

October
1 & 8
Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts
Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?

5
Georgia's Past and Present
Junior Master Gardener Level 1
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages

6
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-K-2nd
Botany 101
Herbs In Our Heritage
Science and Math Process Skills

9
Harvest Season