News You Can Use - 12/15/2008

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
12/15/2008 - 12/19/2008

The Duluth High Chorus will present a Winter Concert on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. A silent auction fundraiser will be held in the lobby before the performance. Items available for bid are gift baskets, gift items, and certificates for services. For more information, call Jean Ann Moale at 770-623-7252.

Harbins Elementary 4th and 5th grade chorus and environmental clubs will join forces to present “Santa Goes Green” — to save the environment— on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This musical features singing, choreography, sign language, and much more. Students are planning backdrops made from recycled materials and the program will be printed on recycled paper. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Maxwell High School of Technology students are collecting holiday gifts for Gwinnett County children, with the support of Quinn House, a Lawrenceville charity that helps needy families. Maxwell High classes adopted children and raised funds by selling services they learned in their classes such as an oil change or a manicure, in addition to donating their own money. On the morning of Dec.12, the gifts will be assembled in the media center and driven to the Quinn House. Last year Maxwell High students furnished clothing and gifts to more than 50 children. For more information, call Elanor Green at 770-963-6838.

Central Gwinnett High had five finalists for the Questbridge College Match Scholarship Program. Questbridge is a scholarship program that matches bright students with top notch universities such as Princeton, Yale, Emory, MIT, and many others. These finalists are Thejas Hiremath, Amanda Hutson, Awan Rahman, Melissa Reyes, and Nathan Yohannes. Nathan Yohannes was selected as a recipient and will attend Princeton University this fall with a full four-year scholarship valued at $200,000. Nathan is also the recipient of the Nordstrom Scholarship of $10,000. For more information, call 770-963-8041.

Mill Creek High senior Morgan Bullock was named 2008 AAAAA State Player of the Year in baseball, and Coach Kelly Murdock was named 2008 AAAAA State Coach of the Year in baseball. Amberlie Saxton was named 1st-Team All-State for the 3rd consecutive year, while Hannah Graham and Devin Dossman were both named 2nd Team All-State. This is Hannah's 3rd consecutive year of recognition and Devin's 2nd. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Nesbit Elementary Art Teacher Jeanine Jones was published in the December issue of “Arts & Activities” magazine. Her article was titled “Kente Cloth-Inspired Weavings.” For more information, call 770-414-2740.

Beaver Ridge Elementary 2nd grade students and teachers will host a visit from and Bucky Johnson, the Mayor of Norcross, on Dec. 19 from 10:25 to 11:15 a.m. in the gym. Students will receive free books and enjoy a story from Mayor Johnson, whom they have studied as a government leader in social studies. Captain Tommy Rutledtge of the fire department will also be a guest reader for the students. For more information, call 770-447-6307.

Level Creek Elementary students Charlie Dixon and Chris Varela, in Michelle Jones’ class, were recently honored by Gov. Sonny Perdue for their fundraising efforts and participation in the school’s Gingerbread Wall and Toys for Tots charity projects. Level Creek Elementary staff members are working to effectively implement the Quality Plus Teaching Strategy of goal setting. Besides teaching the students to set academic goals, several teachers coach the students to set and meet community service goals. For example, Deena Nowicki’s 2nd grade class is focused upon collecting a certain number of toys for the Toys for Tots campaign, instead of bringing gifts/toys for classmates. Allan Gehrich’s 5th grade class is providing Christmas gifts for a family identified through the Salvation Army. Kelli Headley’s 5th grade class has become pen pals with senior citizens at Delmar Gardens. For more information, call 770-904-7950.

Grayson Technical Education Program will host a recruitment Open House for prospective students on Jan. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information call 770-554-1071 or visit the school web site at

Maxwell High School of Technology will host an Open House for prospective students on Jan. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information call Brett Pendley, career technical instruction coordinator, at 770-963-6838.

Registration for the 2009–10 freshman class of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is underway. Registration materials are available in all GCPS middle schools and on both the GCPS web site and the school web site Registration packets must be submitted by January 23, 2009.

The Parkview High Marine Corp JROTC Program will hold the school’s 3rd annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Last year the program collected $10,000 in toys and merchandise. The Parkview MCJROTC began the 2008 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign with an anonymous donation of $25,000 in merchandise. The cadets will collect toys and donations at locations around the county. For a complete collection schedule please visit For more information, email Robin Cardiges, secretary, Parkview MCJROTC Association, Inc., at

Snellville Middle hosted a visit from Tomas Lefkovits, a Holocaust survivor, and Michael Weinroth, the coordinator for the state on interviews and Holocaust education speakers. Both Mr. Lefkovits and Mr. Weinroth are from the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. For more information, call 770-985-7493.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
12/05/2008Gwinnett student artwork on display, selected pieces included in national exhibit for national competition (pdf)

“ArtStage: Sounds of the Season” A holiday tradition continues with GCPS TV’s “Sounds of the Season” featuring student performances across the county. It’s a musical celebration sure to put a smile on your face. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 15-28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Author in You: Barbara Robinson” Known by students everywhere for her unforgettable book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and its hilarious sequel “The Best School Year Ever,” author Barbara Robinson joins GCPS TV for a special edition of “The Author in You. Robinson discusses her early start in writing (3rd grade) and sheds light on the quirky but lovable Herdman clan. This 30-min. program airs Dec. 15-21 at 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m., through Jan. 4.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, 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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Georgia’s End-of-Course Test Window will take place through Dec. 19.

December 17-19 is early release for high school exams.

Dec. 22-Jan. 2 students will be on Winter Break. (Gwinnett Offices closed Dec. 21-31 with a holiday Jan. 1.

Jan. 2 is Teacher Planning/Staff Development, student holiday.

Students return to school Jan. 5.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 8, 2008, (tentative) at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Jan. 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a systemwide holiday.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in December. Call the local school for the time and location.

Berkmar Middle
Duluth Middle
Duncan Creek Elementary
Glenn C. Jones Middle
Mulberry Elementary
R.D. Head Elementary
Rock Springs Elementary
Rockbridge Elementary
Susan Stripling Elementary
Sweetwater Middle

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.

Dec. 20, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Winter Walk, $3 per person, GEHC members Free
Enjoy a winter walk with our Program Specialists as they take you on an incredible hike through the property. See beautiful landscapes that are usually inaccessible during the spring and summer months. Winter walks are perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors. The program is limited to 12 participants each session, please register by calling 770-904-3500.