News You Can Use - 01/31/2011









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/31/2011 - 02/06/2011


FRIDAY
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.

SATURDAY
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.

HONORS
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.

UPCOMING
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 donna_faulkner@gwinnett.k12.ga.us, 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.
01/27/2011College Board names more than 2,200 GCPS AP Scholars (pdf)
01/26/2011DOE’s list names 33 GCPS “Distinguished Title I Schools” (pdf)
01/25/2011Spelling champions to show their skills at Gwinnett competition (pdf)
01/24/2011Georgia group honors Creekland Middle's Opferman (pdf)
01/21/2011Ray named principal of Gwinnett County Online Campus (pdf)
01/21/2011Registration Begins for New Online High School in Gwinnett (pdf)


ONGOING
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.

GCPS TV
“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 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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CALENDAR
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.

School
February
Alcova Elementary
15-Feb
Alford Elementary
7-Feb
Anderson-Livsey Elementary
8-Feb
Annistown Elementary
8-Feb
Arcado Elementary
7-Feb
Archer High School
28-Feb
Bay Creek Middle
11-Feb
Beaver Ridge Elementary
10-Feb
Benefield Elementary
22-Feb
Berkeley Lake Elementary
1-Feb
Berkmar Middle
24-Feb
Bethesda Elementary
14-Feb
Britt Elementary
8-Feb
Brookwood Elementary
28-Feb
Brookwood High
8-Feb
Burnette ES
11-Feb
Camp Creek Elementary
18-Feb
Centerville Elementary
4-Feb
Chesney Elementary
25-Feb
Cooper Elementary
15-Feb
Creekland Middle
10-Feb
Crews Middle
17-Feb
Dacula Elementary
11-Feb
Duluth High
15-Feb
Duluth Middle
8-Feb
Duncan Creek Elementary
23-Feb
Dyer Elementary
23-Feb
Five Forks Middle
18-Feb
Fort Daniel Elementary
4-Feb
Freeman's Mill Elementary
4-Feb
GIVE Center East
8-Feb
GIVE Center West
3-Feb
Grayson Elementary
11-Feb
Grayson High
4-Feb
Harbins Elementary
17-Feb
Head Elementary
23-Feb
Hopkins Elementary
18-Feb
Ivy Creek Elementary
18-Feb
Jackson Elementary
10-Feb
Jones Middle
10-Feb
Knight Elementary
11-Feb
Lanier High
15-Feb
Lawrenceville Elementary
24-Feb
Level Creek Elementary
22-Feb
Louise Radloff Middle
17-Feb
Lovin Elementary
17-Feb
McKendree Elementary
4-Feb
Meadowcreek Elementary
14-Feb
Mill Creek High
15-Feb
Monarch School
18-Feb
Mountain Park Elementary
7-Feb
Nesbit Elementary
15-Feb
Norcross Elementary
11-Feb
Norcross High
10-Feb
Norton Elementary
25-Feb
Parkview High
22-Feb
Peachree Ridge High
17-Feb
Pharr Elementary
17-Feb
Roberts Elementary
25-Feb
Rock Springs Elementary
10-Feb
Rockbridge Elementary
24-Feb
Rosebud Elementary
11-Feb
Shiloh High
1-Feb
Shiloh Middle
11-Feb
South Gwinnett High
15-Feb
Starling Elementary
4-Feb
Stripling Elementary
10-Feb
Sweetwater Middle
1-Feb
Trickum Middle
15-Feb
Trip Elementary
18-Feb

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.

January-February

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Your House, My House
February 01
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LFS: Winter 2010 Homeschool Days-Who Was Abraham Lincoln
Monthly Science Class for Winter 2011-Understanding Genetics-All Ages
02
Your House, My House
Monthly Science Class for Winter 2011-Understanding Genetics-K-2nd
Junior Master Gardener Level 1
Recycled Threads
Mongolia: A Slice of the Steppes
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Your House, My House
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Your House, My House
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