News You Can Use - 05/25/2009

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
05/25/2009 - 05/31/2009

Shiloh High’s AFJROTC GA-871 unit was awarded the national 2008-09 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit Award. The unit is one of 393 in the nation to receive this honor. This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community, while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America. For more information contact Shiloh High principal Dr. Gwen Tatum or the Air Force Junior ROTC department at Shiloh High at 770-736-4386.

Three GCPS seniors earned Principal’s Leadership Award scholarships for 2008-09. The Georgia finalists are Yanfeng Ou of Duluth High, Chibueze Ihenacho of Shiloh High, and Ji Kim of Brookwood High. NASSP, in partnership with Herff Jones Inc., sponsors the Principal’s Leadership Award national scholarship program. One hundred members of the Class of 2009 were chosen from among 4,500 nominees. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship as outstanding students from across the nation. For more information, visit

GCPS has been recognized for environmental leadership by the Clean Air Campaign. The system was awarded the Georgia Economic Education Program of Excellence award for comprehensive K-12 implementation of economic education. For more information, call 678-301-7028.

Peachtree Ridge High seniors Andrew Schrichte and Evan Gilchrist were awarded Suwanee Business Alliance scholarships. Andrew will be attending Cornell University in the Fall, majoring in Applied Economics and Management; and Evan plans to study Biology/ Pre-Medicine at the University of Georgia, and subsequently Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.The Suwanee Business Alliance (SBA) is an association of local businesses working to facilitate business relations between members and the community, and support local community activities and charitable organizations. The SBA awards 2 scholarships each year to local high school seniors, based on academic and non-academic achievements, references from school and community mentors, and community and voluntary service activities. This is the first year that both scholarships have been awarded to seniors from Peachtree Ridge High. For more information, contact Barry Coates at 770-315-8533 or .

The following students are the winners of the Norcross Elementary 4th grade Spanish Spelling Bee Contest:
5th Grade:
Lizeth Nunez Ms. McLaughlin, teacher 1st Place
Alejandra Vega Ms. Bulter, teacher 2nd Place
4th Grade:
Fernanda Vazquez Ms. Williams, teacher 1st Place
Rolando Heredia Ms. Copeland, teacher 2nd Place
For more information, call 770-448-2188.

Peachtree Ridge High will host Gwinnett Student Leadership Team’s Leadership Summit, “The Power of One,” on May 28 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As many as 650 students, principals, and community members are expected to attend. For more information, call Nancy Ward at 678-301-7207.

Maxwell High School of Technology will offer a Summer Career Camp June 8 through 12 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders interested in exploring careers. This week-long session with hands-on learning activities will include a variety of programs such as Graphic Design, Automotive Services, Cosmetology, Health Care and Medical Services, Early Childhood Education, Georgia Pre-K Camp Counselors, Public Safety, and Welding. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration is $40. For more information and to register, visit or call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4625.

Students who must retake one or more sections of the state-required Georgia High School Graduation Tests/Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSGT/GHSWT) are encouraged to participate in free remediation classes prior to the retest opportunity in mid-July. Both remediation classes and summer retests will be held at Phoenix High. Information on registering for remediation classes and taking GHSGT/GHSWT retests follows:
Summer Remediation Classes
Classes will be held June 29 through July 10. July 3, is a Student/Teacher Holiday. Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday, and are available at the following times:
1st Period
8 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
2nd Period
10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
3rd Period
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts
Social Studies
To register for Summer Remediation Classes students should come to Phoenix High on either June 25, or June 26, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Summer remediation classes are free.
GHSGT/GHSWT Summer Testing
English Language ArtsMonday, July 138 a.m.
ScienceTuesday, July 148 a.m.
Writing TestWednesday, July 158 a.m.
Social StudiesThursday, July 168 a.m.
MathFriday, July 178 a.m.
Students should arrive at Phoenix High at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled testing start time. Student results will be sent to the student’s home school. Students are required to present a valid picture I.D. in order to be admitted to testing. This may be a driver’s license, passport, student I.D., or state I.D. Note: This is the only GHSGT/GHSGWT state testing window during the summer. The next administration will be given in September at each local high school.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.

“GCPS Focus” This week’s Focus congratulates Gwinnett’s graduating seniors, celebrates the system’s involvement with Relay for Life, and spotlights the district’s road to the Broad Prize. This 30-min. program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use - Restoring American Leadership in Higher Education” The May edition of Education News profiles effective practices in college access and completion; provides resources for families to help plan and finance college; and features a live discussion with federal, state and foundation leaders and local educators committed to the goal of establishing America’s leadership in higher education. This 60-min. program airs May 25-31 at 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS TV original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 21 (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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Memorial Day on May 25 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 18, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Call your local school for information on Local School Council dates and times.

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at or call 770-904-3500. For more information on events, visit the GEHS public calendar on the web site.
May 30