News You Can Use - 01/30/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/30/2006 - 02/05/2006


THIS WEEKEND
The Gwinnett County Spelling Bee will be held on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek High beginning with a Written Bee (not open to the public). The Oral Bee will begin at 11:30 a.m. The top 11 students from the Gwinnett County bee will compete in the state's District 3 bee at Collins Hill High on Feb. 25. The top two spellers from District 3 will go on to the state bee at Georgia State University on March 24. For a complete list of participants, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

HONORS
Two Gwinnett science educators recently earned honors. Michele Wills of Lanier Middle was selected as the District 12 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Science Teachers Association, while Camp Creek Elementary science specialist, Felicia Hester, was named District 12 Elementary School Science Teacher of the Year. For more information, call GCPS Science Director Nikki Mouton at 678-301-7036.

Andriana Valencia of Berkmar High received a “Liga De Campeones Wendy's” (Wendy's League of Champions) award sponsored by Wendy's and Univision 34 Atlanta. Adrianna is being honored for her academic achievement. For more information, call Diana Preston at 678-245-3467 or Jan Baker at 678-924-5380.

Simone Dreifuss of Lilburn Elementary has been awarded the Georgia Science Teacher Association (GSTA) mini-grant for 2006. Ms. Dreifuss will collaborate with Laura Flaherty, a gifted education teacher at Lilburn Elementary, on the project “Gizmo goes to Mars.” The award will be presented at a reception on Feb. 18, in Columbus, Ga. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

Leslie Watkins of Brookwood High has been honored by the National Forensic League with a Diamond Key Coach recognition. For more information, call the National Forensic League at 920-748-6206.

Six Berkmar High students participated in the University of Georgia Music Festival held in January. Andrew Bascas, Angie Brown, Mark Caldwel, Michael Carter, Richard Dempsey, and Tonya Mitchell were selected from more than 4,000 students who applied. For more information, call Diana Preston at 678-245-3467 or Jan Baker at 678-924-5380.

The Mill Creek High Redhotz Dance Team earned four awards at the UGA Dance Team Invitational held Jan. 21-22. Awards included: 1st place in the Hip Hop Division; 2nd highest overall score; 1st place in Small Group Division for Gina Privett and Sam Andrew and 2nd place in Small Group Division for Kristen Henderson, Josette Pimenta, Jenna Weinand, and Nneka Witter. Members of the Redhotz are Arianna Allen, Sam Andrew, Shelby Andrews, Lyndsey Beck, Erin Day, Tiffany Hayes, Kristen Henderson, Josette Pimenta, Gina Privett, Tori Rodriguez, Ariana Stamatiou, Jenna Weinand, Abby Whitley, and Nneka Witter. Seth Smith is the team manager. Teacher Lisa Rodriguez coaches the team. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

UPCOMING
Harbins Elementary will sponsor the school’s First Annual FAR (Fathers as Readers) Night on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in pre-K through 5th grade and their fathers (uncles, grandfathers, etc.) are invited to meet in the cafeteria for cookies and cocoa and then proceed to the media center for reading time. Students may wear their pajamas and slippers. For more information, e-mail Wrae Croom at wrae_croom@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Duncan Creek Elementary will open its student-run bookstore on Feb. 3. The Book Shop will be open every Friday from 8:20 to 8:50 a.m. Fourth grade students will run the bookstore under the management of Melanie Mount, Duncan Creek Reading Specialist. Books will be offered at a reasonable price to students. For more information, call Ms. Mount at 678-714-5800.

The Central Gwinnett Cluster Annual Witzzle Pro Math Tournament will be held at Cedar Hill Elementary on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. More than 100 students from cluster schools— Cedar Hill Elementary, Margaret Winn Holt Elementary, and Simonton Elementary— will be competing in solving challenging math puzzles called Witzzles. For more information, call Jane Moore at 770-822-1263 or e-mail jan_c_moore@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Frank N. Osborne Middle will host guest author Roland Smith on Feb. 6 and 7. For more information, call Louise Doughty at 770-904-5400.

The Bethesda Elementary Parent Center will host a Family Health Fair on Feb. 8 in the cafeteria from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will include the Gwinnett County Fire Department, the American Red Cross, Gwinnett Parks and Recreation, Gwinnett County Board of Health, ADVANCE, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, Fitness International, Swim Atlanta, Department of Family and Children’s Services, Diabetes Association of Atlanta, Right from the Start Medicaid, American Heart Association, Making Friends, Atlanta School of Gymnastics, Dentistry 4 Kids, and the Gwinnett Gladiators. For more information, call 770-921-2000.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary is collaborating with ArtWorks to display framed student artwork. Almost 800 works of art will be framed and professionally hung for a fund-raiser art show on Feb. 8 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at the school. For more information, call 678-542-2300.

Grayson Elementary will celebrate Black History Month in February. School activities include daily facts presented during the morning announcements, research classes and discussions on African American inventors, a student essay contest, and presentations of information on African American music and movies. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Celixia Slayton and Lauren Monteon of Grayson Elementary will have their work displayed at the Twin Towers Building near the Capitol during the current legislative session. The Georgia Art Education Association hosts a student art exhibit. These students will be honored at a reception on Feb. 8, during which they will be able to meet the lawmakers form the district. The show will remain open to the public through Feb. 24. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

K.E. Taylor Elementary will host guest author Tedd Arnold Feb. 13-15. For more information, call 770-338-4680.

The Duluth High Band Booster Association will host the “Savory Sounds of Duluth” on Feb. 11 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Southeast Railway Museum. There will be a silent and live auction with guest auctioneers, Dr. Brooks Colemen and Bill Russell. Events include savory dishes from local restaurants and performances by local musicians. To purchase tickets, contact Dan Miller at danmiller@speedfactory.net, Mary Buck at marybuck1@bellsouth.net, or Phyllis Stewart at 770-598-0415. The proceeds will go toward instruments and a trailer.

Alton C. Crews Middle will host a Curriculum Night on Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Parents of sixth and seventh graders will hear information on testing, while eighth grade parents will learn about the transition to high school. For more information, call 770-982-6942.

On Feb. 14, pre-K students will visit Harbins Elementary and make Valentine cards. Fourth grade students will assist them. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Grayson Elementary will host the school’s annual Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 24. Magic Moment Photographs will be set up for photos at 5:30 p.m. The dance is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

GCPS TV
“Lewis Latimer - Renaissance Man” Brad Brewer's “Crowtations” presents a puppet play that tells the story of African American inventor Lewis Latimer. Although he was a member of the Edison Pioneers, a group associated with the famous inventor Thomas Edison, Latimer is not a well-known figure. Through the unique artistry of puppet theater, the Brewery Troupe tells Latimer's exciting story—a self-educated son of slaves who rose to become an inventor, a poet, and an activist. This 30-min. program airs Jan. 30 - Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Writing Matters - Children as Authors” RIF Exchange-- Writing is an essential part of a child’s literacy development. Explore ways educators and parents encourage children to put their thoughts on paper and express themselves through the written word. Spark a child’s creativity using the power of the pen. Program spotlights the GCPS Writing Institute and Aimee Buckner, a teacher at Brookwood Elementary. This 30-min. program airs Jan. 30 - Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through March 19.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air through Feb. 9. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and is repeated at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
February 8 and 9 are early release days for elementary and middle school students for parent-teacher conferences.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. in Suwanee.

Feb. 20 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January and February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
January
School
February
Annistown
1/17
Alton C. Crews Middle
2/7
Arcado
1/26
Arcado Elementary
2/13
Berkmar Middle
1/12
Berkmar High
2/20
Brookwood Elementary
1/13
Berkmar Middle
2/2
Brookwood High
1/17
Brookwood Elementary
2/27
Buice Center
1/24
Camp Creek Elementary
2/24
Central Gwinnett
1/30
Centerville Elementary
2/22
Chattahoochee
1/19
Corley Elementary
2/21
Corley
1/20
Dacula Elementary
2/17
Creekland
1/12
Dacula Middle
2/16
Dacula High
1/6
Duluth High
2/21
Duncan Creek
1/13
Duluth Middle
2/21
Five Forks
1/20
Five Forks Middle
2/10
Grayson Elementary
1/31
Fort Daniel Elementary
2/3
Hopkins
1/26
Frank N. Osborne Middle
2/10
Jackson
1/10
Freeman's Mill Elementary
2/9
Lawrenceville
1/6
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
2/22
Level Creek
1/6
GIVE Center
2/7
Lilburn Middle
1/30
Grayson High
2/24
Magill
1/13
Gwin Oaks Elementary
2/17
Minor
1/12
Harbins Elementary
2/21
Mountain Park
1/24
Ivy Creek Elementary
2/17
Nesbit
1/27
J.C. Magill Elementary
2/3
North Gwinnett
1/13
J.E. Richards Middle
2/21
Norton
1/24
J.G. Dyer Elementary
2/13
Oakland
1/30
Jackson Elementary
2/9
Pinckneyville
1/10
K.E. Taylor Elementary
2/17
Radloff
1/26
Kanoheda Elementary
2/23
Shiloh Middle
1/23
Lilburn Elementary
2/9
Simonton
1/27
Louise Radloff Middle
2/2
Simpson
1/12
Meadowcreek Elementary
2/27
Snellville
1/17
Meadowcreek High
2/7
Suwanee
1/26
Monarch School
2/22
Sycamore
1/12
Mountain Park Elementary
2/27
Nesbit Elementary
2/23
Norcross High
2/9
Parkview High
2/28
Peachtree Elementary
2/16
Pinckneyville Middle
2/14
R.D. Head Elementary
2/8
R.L. Norton Elementary
2/24
Rebecca Minor Elementary
2/17
Richard Hull Middle
2/10
Riverside Elementary
2/14
Shiloh High
2/14
Shiloh Middle
2/3
Simpson Elementary
2/24
Snellville Middle
2/9
Sugar Hill Elementary
2/2
Summerour Middle
2/14
Susan Stripling Elementary
2/2
Suwanee Elementary
2/27
Sweetwater Middle
2/23
T. Carl Buice School
2/7
W.J. Cooper Elementary
2/6