News You Can Use - 08/31/2009









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
08/31/2009 - 09/06/2009


FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Arcado Elementary will unveil the school’s history book titled “Inspiring Stories From Around the Old Oak Tree” on August 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will celebrate a yearlong effort of current and former Arcado staff, parents, and students who wrote about their memories highlighting the Old Oak Tree, a cornerstone at the school. The mayor of Lilburn will be present to accept a copy of the book for City Hall and a representative from the library will receive a copy to place at the Mountain Park library branch. For more information, call Cindy McCormick at 770-925-2100.

Grayson High will host the school’s first annual Back to School Block Party on Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will kick-off the school’s year-long celebration of “A Decade of Excellence” at Grayson High. Families are invited to enjoy fun and games, activities, face painting, concessions, music, a dunking booth, and more. For more information, call 770-554-1071.

Arcado Elementary will host a Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 29. State Representative Clay Cox (R-GA, 102nd District) and Principal Joe Ahrens volunteered to sit in the dunking booth. Other activities include inflatable bouncers, carnival games, face painting, spin art, a yard sale, raffle, and silent auctions beginning at 8 a.m. Family activities begin at 9 a.m. Admission to the Back-to-School Bash is free. Tickets to the other activities may be purchased at the event. Community members attending will include the Fire Safety House from the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s office, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Gwinnett CERT, Gwinnett Humane Society, Mountain Park Library, and Lilburn MOPS. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

HONORS
Teacher Jonathon Wetherington of Brookwood High was honored with an ING Unsung Heroes Award and a check for $2,000. Mr. Wetherington was selected from among 100 finalists nationwide for his innovative project titled “Bio-tech-nology.” For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Peachtree Ridge High senior Kami Finkel won 3rd place in the Ayn Rand Institute’s 2009 essay contest on “The Fountainhead.” More than 7,000 essays were entered into this year’s international contest. Kami was presented with an award certificate and a check for $1,000 in honor of this achievement. For more information, call 679-957-3100.

UPCOMING
Britt Elementary will commemorate the schools 40th anniversary with a celebration on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. In 1969 Britt Elementary first opened its doors. The event will honor four decades of academic success while paying tribute to the school’s rich history. The celebration will take place in the school cafeteria from 2 to 4 pm. For more information, call 770-972-4500.

Oakland Meadow School will host a curriculum night on Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a program to discover Hawaii through the six senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, seeing, and movement. Participants will experience the beach, volcanoes, rainforests, a taste of Hawaiian foods, and a preview of computer activities. For more information, call Kathleen Pelletier, Oakland Meadow teacher; or Eleanor Coppedge, media specialist; at 770-513-6800.

Kanoheda Elementary has been chosen from among more than 100 schools to host a visit by the Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders on Sept. 29. The players will participate during class and share with students the importance of doing well in school and being leaders. Several Kanoheda Elementary 4th grade classes will be visited by the Falcons players. The Falcons First Down Fitness Challenge program provides classrooms with P.E. equipment and fitness information to use during recess and at home. For more information, call Teacher Amanda Parker at 770-682-4221.

ONGOING
The Duluth High faculty will be photographed with their favorite book for the schools’ literacy campaign. The photographs will become READ posters displayed in the halls of the school. READ posters are a trademark of the American Library Association’s literacy message to encourage personal reading habits. For more information, call Marsha Hunter, media specialist at 770-232-3336.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor the most current News Releases.
08/25/2009Gwinnett SAT scores increase on all sections (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Allan Harris: Cross That River” Students go on a musical journey with Allan Harris and the Cross That River Band as they venture back in time and explore America’s West during the 19th century. Through song, narration, and imagery, students experience a story of triumph as the lives and struggles of African American cowboys are depicted in this song cycle that chronicles their escape from slavery and journey to freedom. Interweaving fiction with historical fact, each song in the cycle presents a different page in this chapter of American history. This 60-min. program airs at 9 a.m. this week.

“Space Station 411” Students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology hold a conversation with International Space Station crew members Bill McArthur and Valery Tokarev (taped during their 2005 mission). Program guests discuss the history of the International Space Station, the experiments performed there, and the lessons learned from space. This 60-min program airs August 31-Sept. 5 at 2 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This 10-part GCPS TV original series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 18 (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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS Web site--www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 7 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 10, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

School
September
School
September
Alcova Elementary
15-Sep
Level Creek Elementary
29-Sep
Alton C. Crews Middle
11-Sep
Lilburn Middle
24-Sep
Annistown Elementary
29-Sep
Louise Radloff Middle
10-Sep
Arcado Elementary
21-Sep
Lovin Elementary
17-Sep
B.B. Harris Elementary
24-Sep
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
29-Sep
Beaver Ridge Elementary
17-Sep
McKendree Elementary
4-Sep
Benefield Elementary
17-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary
14-Sep
Berkmar High
22-Sep
Monarch School
11-Sep
Bethesda Elementary
21-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary
21-Sep
Brookwood Elementary
21-Sep
Mountain View High School
25-Sep
Brookwood High
22-Sep
Mulberry Elementary
16-Sep
Camp Creek Elementary
21-Sep
Norcross Elementary
10-Sep
Cedar Hill Elementary
10-Sep
North Gwinnett High
15-Sep
Centerville Elementary
25-Sep
North Gwinnett Middle
10-Sep
Central Gwinnett High
11-Sep
Oakland School
15-Sep
Chattahoochee Elementary
22-Sep
Parkview High
21-Sep
Collins Hill High
22-Sep
Patrick Elementary
4-Sep
Corley Elementary
29-Sep
Peachree Ridge High
24-Sep
Couch Middle
11-Sep
Peachtree Elementary
15-Sep
Creekland Middle
17-Sep
Pharr Elementary
24-Sep
Dacula Elementary
25-Sep
Pinckneyville Middle
3-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
11-Sep
Puckett's Mill Elementary
10-Sep
Duluth Middle
8-Sep
R.L. Norton Elementary
25-Sep
Duncan Creek Elementary
10-Sep
Rebecca Minor Elementary
11-Sep
Five Forks Middle
11-Sep
Richard Hull Middle
25-Sep
Fort Daniel Elementary
4-Sep
Riverside Elementary
15-Sep
Frank N. Osborne Middle
9/4/2009 9-18
Rock Springs Elementary
10-Sep
Freeman's Mill Elementary
18-Sep
Rockbridge Elementary
10-Sep
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
11-Sep
Shiloh High
10-Sep
GIVE Center East
8-Sep
Shiloh Middle
18-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle
17-Sep
Sugar Hill Elementary
14-Sep
Grayson Elementary
18-Sep
Summerour Middle
24-Sep
Grayson High
18-Sep
Susan Stripling Elementary
10-Sep
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4-Sep
Suwanee Elementary
9-3 & 9-28
Harbins Elementary
17-Sep
Sweetwater Middle
9-Sep
Harmony Elementary
17-Sep
Sycamore Elementary
11-Sep
Ivy Creek Elementary
18-Sep
Trickum Middle
21-Sep
J.C. Magill Elementary
4-Sep
Trip Elementary
18-Sep
J.E. Richards Middle
21-Sep
Twin Rivers Middle
14-Sep
J.G. Dyer Elementary
30-Sep
W.C. Britt Elementary
15-Sep
Jackson Elementary
10-Sep
Walnut Grove Elementary
24-Sep
K.E. Taylor Elementary
18-Sep
White Oak Elementary
3-Sep
Kanoheda Elementary
10-Sep
Woodward Mill Elementary
11-Sep
Knight Elementary
21-Sep
Lanier Middle
15-Sep

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
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 www.gwinnettehc.orgor call 770-904-3500.

September 9, 16, 20, 30 Junior Master Gardener Level 1, Native Origins History
September 12 Transportation & Housing
September 18, 25 Science Process Skills
September 30 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference