News You Can Use - 12/07/2009

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/07/2009 - 12/13/2009

GCPS and the Area II PTA will co-host a College Fair for Students with Disabilities on Dec. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at the GCPS Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. GCPS invites students with disabilities and their parents to meet with college representatives and learn about higher education options. Topics include financial options, accommodations at the postsecondary level, and preparing for college during high school. Representatives from the military also will be present. For more information, call Jennifer Fornek, director of instructional services at 678-301-7107.

Art teachers Lauren Christine Phillips of Norcross Elementary and Debi West of North Gwinnett High have articles published in this month’s Arts & Activities magazine (Dec. 09). Lauren’s article is entitled “Sensational Shacks Inspired By Beverly Buchanan” (p.34) and Debi’s article is entitled, “Alpha Art...The ABCs of Art: “F” Finster’s Fantastic Folk Art (p. 18). For more information, visit

The Shiloh High Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) won the state T-shirt Competition and will be highlighted in an article at the Georgia FBLA web site. For more information, call Dr. Jamilya Mayo at 770-972-8471.

Stripling Elementary’s Kindergarten Garden Club will be featured in an article on the Green Education Foundation (GEF) Green Thumb web site for their efforts to beautify Stripling Elementary. The non-profit organization provides educational resources promoting environmental friendly activities for children, families, and communities. For more information, call GEF Program Manager Jessica Drench at 508-668-2278, or visit the web site

Mill Creek High student Alexandra Dezii is the winner of a Greater Atlanta Chapter-National Football Foundation $1000 scholarship for college as a Scholar Student Manager. Alexandra will be honored at a ceremony on Dec. 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon in conjunction with the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. For more information, call Dennis Caniglia, president, Greater Atlanta Chapter, at 404-313-2706, or email

Collins Hill High Latin Teacher Julie Condor has been selected to present research at a national conference in Oklahoma City, and at the University of Georgia, on the Tomb of the Haterii, located in the Vatican Museum. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

North Gwinnett High’s Technology Students Association (TSA) won 1st place in the Georgia TSA Boat Armada competition in St. Simons. In addition, the Chapter earned two Achievement Certificates for Outstanding Membership. For more information, call Tarry Hackett, North Gwinnett High TSA advisor, at 770-945-9558.

GCPS has 18 student artists from Brookwood, Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, and Parkview high schools, who are among the 50 finalists in the 2010 Georgia High School Drawing Competition sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Finalists, their families, and teachers are invited to attend the exhibition of the work on display in Atlanta from Jan. 11 to Jan. 22; and in Savannah from Jan. 26 to Feb. 6. For more information, call 800-869-7223 or 912-525-5100, or send an e-mail to

Shiloh High student Corbyn Nchako won the title of Academic All Star Athlete from Georgia Public Broadcasting. Corbyn had to meet strict qualifications including lettering in one sport, have a 3.7 GPA, received a 3 or better in an Advanced Placement class, and have an SAT combined score of 1880, or an ACT score of 28. For more information, call Kate Hoppenrath, media specialist, at 770-736-4356.

Ivy Creek Elementary will host Reading Night and a 5th grade holiday chorus performance of “North Pole Exposure” on Dec. 10. Reading Night will begin at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students and parents are invited to bring a blanket, their favorite books, and to wear comfortable pajamas. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. After the monthly PTA meeting at 7 p.m., the Winter Holiday Program will begin. Music Teacher Julie Spence has created an exceptional performance. For more information, contact Assistant Principal Tammy Glausier at 678-714-3655.

Shiloh High students have opened a thrift store at the school. A Wal-Mart grant was used to start the endeavor along with donations from faculty and a local retailer. The store was set up, designed, and is run entirely by students. For more information, call Teacher Nancy Christman at 770-972-8471.

The Duluth High Student Council and Key Club are hosting Toys for Tots for the Duluth community. Duluth residents may bring new unwrapped toys to Duluth High through Dec. 11. The clubs will host a holiday movie series at 7 p.m. in the gym following the freshmen basketball game on Dec. 11. Several Marines and the Atlanta 501st Legion (Star Wars characters) will attend the event. The movies that will be shown are “The (true) Grinch That Stole Christmas”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, and “Elf”, starring Will Ferrell. The admission price is the donation of a new, unwrapped toy (for Toys for Tots). Food will be available for purchase. Families are invited to attend the event. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist at 770-232-3336.

GCPS middle school art teachers have 118 student works of art on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Concourse E through December as part of the Atlanta Airport Art Show. This artwork will be on display throughout the holiday season. A tour is scheduled for Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. For more information, call Trickum Middle Teacher Dr. Aimée Burgamy at 770-921-2705.

Shutter Sense and Non-Sense, a high school photography exhibit, began as a way to showcase Gwinnett County Public Schools photography students’ work in a professional gallery space. Photographs in the exhibit are judged by professional photographers. Middle school students will exhibit their photographs for the first time in this year’s Shutter Sense and Non-Sense Photography Exhibit. There are approximately 50 photographs at the middle school level. A reception and awards presentation for the middle and high school photography students will be held on January 8, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. For more information, call Alexandra Kates, Parkview High teacher, at 770-921-2874.

Registration information for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) for the 2010-11 freshman class is available on the GCPS web site and on the GSMST web site. Middle school information sessions about GSMST will be taking place in November and December, as well. The registration deadline is January 22, 2010. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment is open to all current Gwinnett County 8th grade students who complete the 8th grade requirements and who reside in Gwinnett County. The school focuses on advanced and challenging studies in the fields of engineering, biosciences, and emerging technology. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs of all students. As this is a school of choice, it is highly recommended that parents and students review the GSMST curriculum and learn more about the school’s offerings before making a decision to register.

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

11/30/2009Parkview High's Cotton top advisor to technology students (pdf)
11/24/2009Gwinnett student artists advance to nationals with display (pdf)
11/20/2009GCPS' college fair for special needs students set for Dec. 5 (pdf)

Waiting for Godot - PrinceWilliam/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Two men meet by the roadside, and endlessly wait for someone-or something-named Godot. Samuel Beckett's most popular work masterfully examines the tedium and hope of human existence. Students experience “the closest production we will ever get to the perfect official Godot” (The Irish Times) in a discussion with director Walter Asmus and cast members, along with video excerpts for the production by Gate Theatre in Dublin. The 60-min program airs Dec. 7-13 at 1 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. through Dec. 13 (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 GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS Web
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The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Dec.10, 2009, at the Instruction al Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee. Beginning in January, GCPS Board meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. and the ISC.

Georgia End of Course Test Window is from Dec. 16-18.

Early release days for Final Exams are scheduled for Dec. 16-18.

Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 is winter break for all students and staff.

Jan. 4 is a Teacher Planning/Staff Development, student holiday.

Students return to school Jan. 5.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in December. Call the local school for the time and location.
Annistown Elementary8-Dec
Berkeley Lake Elementary17-Dec
Brookwood High1-Dec
Centerville Elementary4-Dec
Dacula High4-Dec
Duluth High15-Dec
Glenn C. Jones Middle10-Dec
Kanoheda Elementary10-Dec
Level Creek Elementary1-Dec
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary1-Dec
Mill Creek High8-Dec
Nesbit Elementary8-Dec
Norcross High4-Dec
Parkview High1-Dec
Parsons Elementary3-Dec
R.D. Head Elementary9-Dec
Riverside Elementary8-Dec
Rock Springs Elementary10-Dec
Rockbridge Elementary10-Dec
South Gwinnett High15-Dec
Starling Elementary4-Dec

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 or call 770-904-3500.

December 12
Community Involvement

December 12
Super Saturday Visitor Services
Up-Cycle for the Holidays

Center closed Dec. 23-27.