News You Can Use - 04/18/2005









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
04/18/2005 - 04/24/2005


TODAY
Simonton Elementary will host “Radio Disney” and special guest Jason Sarvis on April 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in a live broadcast. Following the program, Mr. Sarvis’ race car will be on display and he will answer questions. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

The Grayson Elementary PTA will host "Movie Under the Stars" at 7 p.m. on April 15. Fifth grade students and their families are invited to view the movie "Shrek 2." Families may bring a picnic dinner or pre-order Kentucky Fried Chicken to eat before the movie. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

THIS WEEKEND
The GCPS Tapestry exhibit is now displayed at the Gwinnett County Justice Administration Center. Artwork from Berkmar, Brookwood, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Phoenix and Shiloh clusters will be displayed through April 18. Artwork from Collins Hill, Dacula, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, and South Gwinnett clusters will be displayed April 21-25. Artwork from Central Gwinnett, Duluth, Grayson, Mill Creek, and Norcross clusters, and the Give East and West centers will be displayed April 28-May 2. For more information, call Robert Andrews at 770-513-6788.

HONORS
Leanne Luttrell of Sycamore Elementary is a winner in the 2004 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teaching in these fields. For more information, call 703-276-2772, ext. 18, or visit www.paemst.org.

GCPS was recognized in “Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America,” a survey conducted by a partnership of leading music and educational organizations. The list includes school districts from 34 states with a commitment to quality music education. For more information, visit www.amc-music.org.

GCPS had 73 students selected to participate in the 2005 Governor’s Honors Program. More than 10% of the Governor’s Honors participants this summer will be from GCPS. For a list of finalists and alternates, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) recognized GCPS students and staff at the annual awards reception held at Berkmar High for their accomplishments throughout the year. Tina Gay of Taylor Elementary was named Gifted Program Teacher of the Year, Dr. Craig Barlow of Riverside Elementary was named Administrator of the Year, and Dr. Sandi Gollmar of Charles Brant Chesney Elementary received the Hughes Award for outstanding contributions. For more information and a complete list of scholarship winners and outstanding gifted students, call Brenda Sizemore at 678-482-1000.

The National Museum of Patriotism and the Kamaron Institute named the following schools and their bus drivers national finalists for the 2005 “KC3™ Citizenship in Motion Award:”
    Kanoheda Elementary
Terry Watlington, Principal
    Knight Elementary
Dr. Burrelle Meeks, Principal
    Lawrenceville Elementary
Dorothy Hines, Principal
    Lilburn Elementary
Jackie Beasley, Principal
    Simonton Elementary
Dr. Dot Schoeller, Principal
For more information, call Grant Reppert, GCPS Director of Transportation, at 770-513-6855.

R.D. Head Elementary student Joseph Lee won 1st place in the Georgia Manufacturers' Group art contest for his entry. He won a $500 prize. For more information, call 770-972-8050.

The Arcado Elementary Community Future Problem Solving Team won 1st place in state competition with the Exercise Xtra Everytime Recess Comes Is Super for Everyone project. The team will compete at international conference in Lexington, Ky., this summer. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

The Collins Hill High 2005 Literary Team won its first ever state championship at the State Literary Tournament. Team members include: Jeff Akana, Caitlin Andrews, Matt Barbato, Jordan Dalton, Spencer Estes, Laura-Ann Jacobs, Tommy Melvin, Kelly Mokris, Tyler Nichols, Rachel Peacock, Stephanie Schulte, Carrie Smith, Ginger Tanton, and Daniel Treuman. For more information, call David Langley or Dr. Beverly Johnston at 770-682-4100.

GCPS sent 165 entries for judging in the State Media Festival, which will be hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting on April 22. For more information, call Deborah Gray at 770-822-6428.

Duluth High student Jessica Moody has been awarded the Gwinnett County Retired Educators Scholarship.

Lisa Bryan of Louise Radloff Middle, Lisa Lee of Curriculum and Instruction, Greta Loeber of Simpson Elementary, Nina MacKellar of Brookwood Elementary, and Barbara Schmich of Centerville Elementary presented “The Math Institute: A Model for Engaging Students and Teachers” at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Anaheim, Ca.

UPCOMING
Knight Elementary Kindergarten and Readiness students will present “Mother Goose Theatre” on April 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. For more information call 770-921-2400.

The Duluth High Chorus has several events scheduled. The Classical Voice recital will take place on April 21. The Choral Awards Banquet will be held in Winfield Hall on May 6. "Peach Jam" will take place in the school auditorium on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Meadowcreek High will sponsor "Arts by the Creek" in the school auditorium on April 22 at 7 p.m. The fine arts gala will feature performances from students attending schools in the Meadowcreek Cluster. Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at any Meadowcreek school beginning April 19, or at the door. For more information, call 770-806-2206.

The next meeting of the Grayson Elementary PTA will be held on April 25 at 7 p.m. The meeting will focus on Environmental Education. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Summerour Middle will celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary on April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. Norcross alumni, former faculty, and former employees are asked to contact Isabel Serrano at 770-448-3045 or email isabel_serrano@gwinnett.12.ga.us.

Author Robert Fanney will visit Duluth High language arts classes on April 28. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Richard Hull Middle Theatre Arts class will perform “Stepford Students” April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

RECENTLY
Cedar Hill Elementary hosted a Literacy Collaborative celebration on April 12. Literacy accomplishments over the past 10 years were recognized. Former principal Debbie Allred, who initiated Literacy Collaborative, was honored by having the school’s bookroom dedicated to her. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus- (Rebroadcast)” This week GCPS Focus re-airs Accountability in Gwinnett's schools, a look at the budget process, and a look back at a decade of tremendous growth for our school system. This 30-min. program airs April 18-23 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

“ArtStage- Duluth High School Chamber Orchestra” Tune in to a special edition of GCPS TV's “ArtStage” to hear a performance from the #1 public school orchestra in the nation― Gwinnett County's Duluth High Chamber Orchestra. See the professionalism, musicality, spirit, and repertoire that earned the students highest public school honors at the 2005 National Orchestra Festival Competition. This 45-min. program airs April 18-23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Teen Driving”- North Gwinnett High Resource Officer and Peachtree Ridge Driver's Education Instructor Carlos J. Oliva delivers an important presentation to high school students on “Teen Driving.” Tune in to learn the biggest mistakes teens are making behind the wheel, and gain important tips on how students can improve their driving. This 30-min. program airs April 18-23 at 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 2) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air March 28 through April 28 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
April is Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month, and School Library Media Month.

GCPS’ Area Board Meetings will be held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give staff and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of remaining meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Citizens may attend any of the meetings.
April 19—District II at Mill Creek HS
April 21—District IV at South Gwinnett HS
April 26—District I at Grayson HS
April 28—District III at Norcross HS

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during April. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Name of schoolAprilPhone numberName of schoolAprilPhone number
Alford Elementary
4/12/05
678-924-5300Lanier Middle
April
770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle
4/12/05
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elementary
April
770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary770/979-2950Lilburn Elementary
April
770/921-7707
Arcado Elementary
April
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
April
770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary
4/12/05
770/476-2241Mason Elementary770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge Elementary
April
770/447-6307McConnell Middle
4/26/05
770/554-1000
Benefield Elementary
April
770/962-3771McKendree Elementary678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary
4/28/05
770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary
4/18/05
770/931-5701
Berkmar High
April
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
April
770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary
4/12/05
770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary
4/21/05
770/736-4360Nesbit Elementary
April
770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross Elementary
April
770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary
4/12/05
770/921-1626Norcross High
4/14/05
770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary770/962-5015North Gwinnett High770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary
April
770/972-2220Norton Elementary
April
770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High
4/11/05
770/963-8041Oakland Center
April
770/513-6800
Chattahoochee Elementary
April
770/497-9907Parkview High
4/26/05
770/921-2874
Chesney ElementaryParsons Elementary
4/19/05
678/957-3050
Collins Hill High
April
770/682-4100Partee Elementary
April
770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary
4/11/05
770/554-7050Peachtree Elementary
April
770/448-8710
Corley Elementary
4/12/05
678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge High
April
678/957-3100
Craig Elementary
4/25/05
770/978-5560Pharr Elementary
4/26/05
770/985-0244
Creekland Middle770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary
4/13/05
770/972-8050
Dacula High
4/26/05
770/963-6664Rebecca Minor Elementary
April
770/925-9543
Dacula Middle
April
770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle770/232-3200
Duluth High
4/19/05
770/476-5206Riverside Elementary
4/19/05
678/482-1000
Duluth Middle770/476-3372Rock Springs Elementary
April
770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle
4/21/05
770/972-1506Shiloh Elementary
April
770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary
4/1/05
770/932-7400Shiloh High
4/12/05
770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill Elementary
April
678/377-8955Shiloh Middle
April
770/972-3224
GIVE Center
April
770/338-4898Simonton Elementary
April
770/513-6637
Grayson Elementary
April
770/963-7189Simpson Elementary770/417-2400
Grayson High
April
770/554-1071Snellville Middle
April
770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4/15/05
770/972-3110South Gwinnett High770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary770/682-4270Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-5735
Hopkins Elementary
April
770/564-2661Summerour Middle
4/12/05
770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary
4/19/05
678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary
4/18/05
770/963-6214Sweetwater Middle
April
770/923-4131
J.C. Magill Elementary
April
770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle
4/19/05
770/995-7133T. Carl Buice Center
April
770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary770/682-4200Trickum Middle770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor Elementary
April
770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary
4/28/05
770/513-6892
Knight Elementary
4/13/05
770/921-2400