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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/31/2011 - 02/06/2011
Minor Elementary will host the school’s first annual International Night on Jan. 28 to commemorate the multicultural heritage of the student body and parents. The event will feature music, dance, food and a display of artifacts from six continents. For more information, call Teacher Pamela Archer at 770-925-9543.
100TH DAY OF SCHOOL EVENTS—FRIDAY, JAN. 28
Several schools are holding special activities to celebrate the 100th Day of School this year.
· Puckett’s Mill Elementary students will host a 100 Book Club Celebration. Students who read 100 books by the 100th day of school will be recognized at the celebration. Students tracked their reading progress from the first day of school.
· Camp Creek Elementary will celebrate the 100th day of school with a scavenger hunt for balloons numbered from one to 100. Math lessons will include problems relating to the number 100. First grade students will rotate to different classrooms to experience an activity relating to the number 100 by each teacher. Two of the kindergarten classes will participate in a 100 Day Ball. The news show students (5th graders) will wear 100-day glasses that become 1000-day glasses since it will be their 1000th day of school.
· Mulberry Elementary will celebrate with a Boosterthon Fun Run for students and community members.
· Norton Elementary activities will include making 100 Day T-shirts, banners, and students will participate in math activities.
· Chattahoochee Elementary will perform Math All Day in conjunction with the100th Day of School celebration.
· Walnut Grove Elementary kindergarten students will estimate which bags of items contain 100 items, make headbands, journal on what $100 might buy, draw what we will look like at 100, count to 100, and complete a 100 cell chart.
The 2011 Gwinnett County spelling bee will be held at Central Gwinnett High on Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. Registration will take place from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. The oral bee begins approximately 30 minutes after the written portion of the bee. For more information, call Jones Middle teacher Louis Mair at 770-904-5450.
Peachtree Ridge High COED Competition Cheerleaders earned a second consecutive AAAAA state title. For more information, call 678-957-3100.
The Parkview High stock market team won 1st place in Georgia in the Fall Stock Market Game, increasing the value of the portfolio from $100,000 to $278,000 in 10 weeks. The team beat 3,713 other teams in Georgia. For more information, call 770-921-2874.
Trickum Middle is among four of the top teams to advance to the PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Finals. For more information, call Lynn G. Varner of the PAGE Foundation at 770-216-8555.
Simpson Elementary will host a visit from Kelly Miyahara of the television game show Jeopardy! Clue Crew on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Ms. Miyahara will play a game of Jeopardy with students in Leigh Conley’s 3rd grade class and Rhea Oberholtzer’s 4th grade class. For more information, visit http://www.jeopardy.com/classroom jeopardy.
The Brookwood High Drama Club will present “Charlotte’s Web” on Feb. 3, 4, and 5 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 (adults) and $6 (students and senior citizens). The public is invited to this event. For more information, email Donna Faulkner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 678-344-6302.
Shiloh High will hold the 19th Annual African American History Program on Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Saluting African American Living Legends.” Students will showcase the talents and accomplishments, of some of our great leaders who continue to make major contributions to our nation. For more information, call 770-972-4281.
Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor the most current News Releases.
Since first opening last August, Anderson-Livsey Elementary has had a productive year adding new programs, earning grants, and soliciting book donations for the school.
· Teacher Lauren Blanchard was awarded a $1,500 grant from Wal-Mart which was used to purchase musical instruments.
· The Watch D.O.G.S. Program was started by the National Center for Fathering in 1998 to bring positive and active male role models into the education process. The Anderson-Livsey Elementary Watch D.O.G.S. support the school by monitoring school property and by working one-on-one with students.
· Anderson-Livsey Elementary is working to establish strong School-Family-Community Relationships. These relationships play an important role in improving student achievement. A partnership with United Stationers Charitable Foundation has increased the number of books and other educational materials in the Parent Center. More than 117 books have been donated to the school.
For more information on these programs, call 678-344-2082.
Beginning in August of 2011, Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer students a new way to earn a diploma… online through Gwinnett Online Campus. Registration for the new school is ongoing through Feb. 28, 2011. Registration materials and information about the online high school and online learning can be found on the district website and at gwinnettonlinecampus.com.
“ParenTVision - Whey They Say Jump” Sometimes peer pressure is positive...but too often, it can be destructive. Peer pressure encourages teens to make decisions they wouldn’t make under normal circumstances. This program helps to minimize the power peer pressure has over students by showing them how to recognize it in their own life. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 31-Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“Aerospace Academy - Paper Airplane Design” Investigate, discover, and soar! Aerospace Academy is a series of learning labs where students become test pilots with paper airplanes, observe the forces of flight with boomerangs, and examine the concepts of space exploration. In this Aerospace Academy lab, students create paper airplanes then manipulate the weight to test the center of gravity and center of lift of the design. Using the scientific method, students conduct the experiment, collect data, and track results to prove or disprove their hypothesis. This 30-minute program airs Jan. 31-Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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 email@example.com. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.
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February is National African American History Month and National Technical Education Month.
February 2 and 3 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.
February 6 is Scout Sunday.
National SkillsUSA Week is February 6-12.
February 7-11 is National School Counseling Week.
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., February 10, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
February 21 is a snow make-up day, school is in session.
The following schools will hold School Council Dates in February. Call the local school for the time and location.
|Archer High School|
|Bay Creek Middle|
|Beaver Ridge Elementary|
|Berkeley Lake Elementary|
|Camp Creek Elementary|
|Duncan Creek Elementary|
|Five Forks Middle|
|Fort Daniel Elementary|
|Freeman's Mill Elementary|
|GIVE Center East|
|GIVE Center West|
|Ivy Creek Elementary|
|Level Creek Elementary|
|Louise Radloff Middle|
|Mill Creek High|
|Mountain Park Elementary|
|Peachree Ridge High|
|Rock Springs Elementary|
|South Gwinnett High|
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.