News You Can Use - 10/29/2012

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/29/2012 - 11/04/2012

Gwinnett County Public Schools students were honored at the annual German poetry contest while competing with eight different high schools. Students placed in several categories including:
  • German 1 second place: North Gwinnett High- James Bartow, Matthew Jenni, Ryan Lynch, and Brandon Wischmeier
  • German 1 third place: Mill Creek High- Juane Schoeman
  • German 2 second place: North Gwinnett High- Dae Hoon Kim
  • German 3 first place: Parkview High- Asaada Corley
  • German 4 / AP second place: Mill Creek High- Jeannie Henry
  • German 4 / AP third place: Parkview High- Lydia Pearson
For more information, call Susanne Kelley, Kennesaw State University, at 678-797-2383.

GCPS submitted 544 student entries in the Gwinnett Student Media Festival. Of those, 291 went on to state competition, and from there 159 went onto to International competition. At the International level, 97 entries were recognized. GCPS winners include six entries rated “Best of Festival”; 12 entries rated “Excellence in Media Production & Judge’s Favorite”; and 79 entries rated “Excellence in Media Production”. For more information on the winners, visit For more information, call Deborah Gray, service and support manager, at 678-301-6428.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) recently garnered honors at several events.
  • GSMST’s RoboDragons Robotics team earned the title of State Champions at the Southern Polytechnic competition for the Best Design Award, in addition to three other Best Awards. The RoboDragons will compete in the Southern U.S. BEST Robotics Championship in Auburn AL in December.
  • GSMST’s Math Team took 2nd place in the UGA math tournament— one of the most difficult competitions in the state. In addition, three GSMST students were in the top 10. More than 300 students representing 43 schools and 82 teams competed in this competition.
  • GSMST earned 1st place at the Rockdale Magnet School Invitational Science Olympiad Tournament to kick off 2013 Science Olympiad Competition.
For more information, call Laura Ridderhof, administrative assistant, at 678-518-6700.

Gwinnett Medical Center will recognize two former Maxwell High School of Technology students at the center’s awards banquet for Excellence in Healthcare. Through the “Make the Mark” program, Maxwell students were hired by Gwinnett Medical, opening the door for 18 year-olds to enter the workplace in the medical field. For more information, call 678-963-6838.

Joseph Diaz of Partee Elementary and Lynne Wiggins of Creekland Middle have been selected to receive Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance grants in the amount of $1,000. Nominated candidates must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class academically and must have shown high aptitude for teaching while in college. For more information, contact Emelyne Williams at 404-506-4263 or Melanie Burks at 404-506-7834.

Brookwood High student Charles Chang has been nominated to serve on the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council for State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge.

Dyer Elementary students have been busy decorating pumpkins for the Dyer Elementary United Way Pumpkin Patch. Classes are using story book characters for inspiration. The character pumpkins will be judged on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. For more information, call Teacher Matt Bonk at 770-963-6214.

The Central Gwinnett High Key Club will host the school’s annual “Safe Trick or Treat” event on Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Elementary and middle school students from the Central Gwinnett Cluster schools are invited to attend the event in their costumes and trick-or-treat for candy and prizes. In addition, there will be more than 25 candy and game stations and booths sponsored by clubs, organizations, and booster clubs. For more information, call Barbara Miller at 770-963-8041.

Trip Elementary will sponsor the school’s annual Monster Math Night for students, parents, faculty and staff on Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants will rotate through 40 different stations, each featuring a family math game to teach fractions. There will be a pumpkin character contest with proceeds benefitting Relay for Life. Students may dress up and concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call the school at 678-639-3850.

Gwin Oaks Elementary students will take part in a national mock presidential election on Oct. 30. The school will take on the look and feel of a typical voter precinct. When students enter the polling location they will present their voter registration card, be directed to a computer to vote, and receive an “I Voted Today” sticker. During October, student announcements have included information on the upcoming elections, including biographies of the candidates. Results from the Gwin Oaks Elementary Mock Election will be announced the following morning on the school’s morning news show. For more information, call Sharon Amolo at 770-736-3278 or 770-972-3110.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a Literacy Night filled with reading activities on Oct. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants will hear the book “If you give a mouse a cookie,” read out loud in both English and Spanish. Students will enjoy milk and cookies while they listen to the story. Activities will be incorporated into the night for Hispanic Heritage Month including a Parade of Nations. For more information, call the school at 770-447-6307.

Norcross Elementary will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a “Stomp Out Drugs” program at the school. Students will participate in a Fun Walk Fund Raiser around the campus on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Guidance Counselor Amy Crapo at 770-447-2628.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will join with a local community sponsor – One Heart Church to sponsor a School Clean-Up Project. The event takes place on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Community members and staff members will work together to keep Beaver Ridge Elementary clean and tidy for students. For more information, call the school at 770-447-6307.

The Dr. Jim L. Markham Golf Classic at Chateau Elan Golf Club has been re scheduled for Nov. 6. The event, named in honor of Mill Creek High’s retiring principal, is an 18-hole Foursome Golf Scramble benefitting Relay for Life. The schedule of events includes registration, breakfast, silent auction, and practice. Golf begins at 9 a.m. and there will be awards and prizes. The deadline for registration is Oct. 30. For more information about registration, email

Central Gwinnett High theater students return to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville for an exciting afternoon of theater games Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. The Central Theater students are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), and volunteer by teaching theater in the community to earn ITS honor points. This group is led by Central Gwinnett High senior Skylar Jackson. For more information, call teacher Lisa Bell at 404-861-5066, or email

Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a Thanksgiving Event for Families on Nov. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the help of their local community sponsor Perimeter Church. Families will enjoy a festive meal with fall décor celebrating all the things thankfulness. For more information, call the school at 770-447-6307.

Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC) is a public GCPS charter school. Parents who are interested in registering students in grades 6-12 should write a letter stating their intent to register for January, 2013 enrollment. Letters may also be mailed or faxed to the GOC campus. The due date for the GOC Board of Trustees to receive your letter is December 5, 2012. Parents and students must come to GOC to register on December 7th or December 10th. After December 10th, no registrations will be accepted for the current school year. At GOC, students participate in a learning environment that differs from the traditional school. Students log into their courses to participate in learning activities Monday through Friday. Seat time and workloads are similar to more traditional counterparts, but the online environment allows students to log into their classes on a more flexible schedule. Additionally, this flexibility also allows teachers and staff at Gwinnett Online Campus to provide individual attention and support for all of our students. GOC is offering an Informational Meeting on November 13th on its campus. The session begins at 7:00 p.m. in Building “F”. Please visit or contact the office at 770-326-8082.

Thanks to a grant from the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence, Norcross High piloted an after school program in the spring. “After School Matters” was designed to make after school time productive and fun for Norcross High students. The mission of the program is to increase the graduation rate and prepare students for a career or college. The results of the pilot program far exceeded expectations for the program. For more information, call the school at 770-448-3674.

The Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders and Harry the Hawk recently visited South Gwinnett High to congratulate students for their high academic performance. An Academic Pep Rally took place at the school that included Britt Elementary students joining the cluster high school for the event. Harry and cheerleaders gave out rally towels, danced and entertained while Hawks coach Larry Drew led the team’s practice. For more information, call the school at 770-972-4840.

During Hispanic Heritage month, Meadowcreek High teachers invited several guests to visit the school and speak with students about their careers. Among the guests, Univision personality Mariela Romero, host of "Nuestra Georgia" on Univision 34. Ms. Romero visited the class of language arts teacher Ms. Cecily Lewis and Spanish teacher Mr. Conway Clements.
Ms. Romero is pictured here surrounded by Mr. Clement's students.

“Love That Book - Duck, Duck, President!” Join Carmen Agra Deedy this week on the season premiere of Love That Book! In this special election themed program, Carmen highlights the book “Duck for President” and helps out neighbor Olivia who is running for Student Council President. This 10-minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“GCPS FOCUS” Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new GCPS FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 20-minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Watch this week’s Focus Moment, “Sculpture” t

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, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. 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 TV web site--

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October is Computer learning Month® and Physical Therapy Month.

Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 23-31.

November 4-10 is National health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Month.

November 6 is a student and teacher holiday, and Elections Day.

American Education Week is November 11-17.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 15, 2012, at the ISC, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold Local School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
Craig Elementary29-Oct
Cooper Elementary30-Oct
Sweetwater Middle30-Oct
GIVE Center West31-Oct
Alford Elementary2-Nov
Alton C. Crews Middle15-Nov
Anderson-Livsey 13-Nov
Archer High School12-Nov
B.B. Harris Elementary15-Nov
Bay Creek Middle13-Nov
Beaver Ridge Elementary15-Nov
Benefield Elementary30-Nov
Berkmar High30-Nov
Berkmar Middle30-Nov
Bethesda Elementary12-Nov
Brookwood Elementary16-Nov
Burnette ES13-Nov
Camp Creek Elementary30-Nov
Cedar Hill Elementary28-Nov
Central Gwinnett High15-Nov
Chattahoochee Elementary13-Nov
Chesney Elementary9-Nov
Collins Hill High13-Nov
Corley Elementary30-Nov
Couch Middle16-Nov
Creekland Middle8-Nov
Dacula Elementary16-Nov
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary16-Nov
Duluth High27-Nov
Duluth Middle13-Nov
Duncan Creek Elementary28-Nov
Five Forks Middle2-Nov
Fort Daniel Elementary2-Nov
Freeman's Mill Elementary30-Nov
GIVE Center East13-Nov
Grace Snell MS13-Nov
Harbins Elementary8-Nov
Harmony Elementary2-Nov
J.E. Richards Middle12-Nov
J.G. Dyer Elementary28-Nov
J.P. McConnell Middle27-Nov
Jackson Elementary8-Nov
Jenkins Elementary15-Nov
Kanoheda Elementary30-Nov
Knight Elementary16-Nov
Lanier High13-Nov
Lanier Middle13-Nov
Lawrenceville Elementary13-Nov
Level Creek Elementary15-Nov
Lilburn Middle13-Nov
Louise Radloff Middle15-Nov
Lovin Elementary15-Nov
McKendree Elementary2-Nov
Meadowcreek Elementary13-Nov
Meadowcreek High2-Nov
Monarch School1-Nov
Moore Middle School9-Nov
Mountain Park Elementary12-Nov
Mountain View High School16-Nov
Mulberry Elementary14-Nov
Nesbit Elementary27-Nov
Norcross High15-Nov
North Gwinnett High15-Nov
Parkview High27-Nov
Peachree Ridge High15-Nov
Pharr Elementary29-Nov
Pinckneyville Middle1-Nov
Puckett's Mill Elementary8-Nov
R.D. Head Elementary14-Nov
R.L. Norton Elementary16-Nov
Richard Hull Middle2-Nov
Riverside Elementary27-Nov
Roberts Elementary30-Nov
Rockbridge Elementary15-Nov
Rosebud Elementary30-Nov
Shiloh High13-Nov
Simonton Elementary15-Nov
Snellville Middle15-Nov
Starling Elementary9-Nov
Stripling Elementary14-Nov
Summerour Middle13-Nov
Suwanee Elementary15-Nov
Sweetwater Middle30-Nov
T. Carl Buice School9-Nov
Twin Rivers Middle5-Nov
W.C. Britt Elementary13-Nov
Walnut Grove Elementary15-Nov

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.

Rivers Alive Stream CleanupsNov. 3
Green Living SeriesNov. 18, Dec. 21
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberNov. 26