News You Can Use - 02/28/2011

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
02/28/2011 - 03/06/2011

Archer High will sponsor the schools first annual Black History Month program on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. The theme is “I AM... Royalty, Legendary, History, Educated, Fashion, Music, and the Future.” Throughout the month of February, students have submitted artwork to be displayed and explored African-American contributions to society. The production of “I am…” will journey through time to explore legend, history, music, fashion, and more. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $5 and at the door for $7. For more information, call 678-407-7700.

Shiloh High will hold the 19th Annual African American History Program on Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Saluting African American Living Legends.” Students will showcase the talents and accomplishments of leaders who continue to make major contributions for our nation. For more information, call 770-972-4281.

Sycamore Elementary kindergarten students will participate in smART stART, an 8 week program integrating art and early literacy, on Feb. 25. This program, presented by Young Audiences and the Woodruff Arts Center, helps kindergarten students develop important reading readiness skills taught by one of the Young Audiences’ professional teaching artists. On Feb. 25 at 9 a.m., students will present their smART stART projects to parents in their classrooms. From there, students will go from class to class to view other student projects. For more information, call 678-714-5770.

Beaver Ridge Elementary students have created a display of artifacts that will be displayed in the ‘museum’ in the media center through Feb. 28 in honor of Black History month. For more information, call 770-447-6307.

Norcross Elementary will celebrate Read Across America March 2-4. The school will host visits from business persons, community persons, parents, and members from the National Football League, all volunteering their service and time to read to students. Reading will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-448-2188.

Berkeley Lake Elementary will host a visit from Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal, for the school's Read Across America Celebration on March 3 at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Deal will read “Yumion Goes to the City,” written and illustrated by Georgia citizens. A number of readers will visit classrooms during March 1-4. For more information, call Media specialist Melinda O'Herron at 770-582-7520.

Sweetwater Middle will complete a series of informational sessions on March 1 with Operation Hope, a financial literacy partner educating students and communities. Students and parents have been working with Operation Hope partners and financial institutions in an effort to improve knowledge in three distinct areas: student financial literacy, adult financial counseling, and emergency preparedness. For more information, visit

The Duluth High Chorus will perform at the Pre-Large Group Performance Evaluation Concert on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. This concert is open to the public. In addition, the Chorus has the honor of performing the National Anthem at the Gwinnett Arena before the Gladiators Hockey Game on March 23. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Brookwood High Advanced Theater Students will perform “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” on March 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. Audience members are treated as guests at a wedding by the interactive, improvisational comedy cast. Tickets may be purchased for $16 for adults and $14 for student/senior citizens. The ticket includes a catered Italian dinner. Prepaid reservations are required, limited to 200 guests, and should be made by March 1. Call 678-344-9367 to reserve seats. For more information, call Patty Lindahl at 678-344-9367 or email

GCPS will hold a Transition Fair on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge High for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. This event will provide information about services and resources to help prepare students transitioning from the school system. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives to discuss and research the options available as they transition to post-school activities and employment. In addition, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants may attend breakout sessions to learn more about topics such as Medicaid Waivers, Social Security Benefits, Estate Planning and Guardianship, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Assistive Technology, and Vocational and Community Programs. For more information call Middle and High Schools Program Coach Alison Vernon or Community Skills Program Coach Tamra King at 678-301-7121.

Beginning in August of 2011, Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer students a new way to earn a diploma… online through Gwinnett Online Campus. Registration for the new school is ongoing and has been extended through March 31, 2011. Registration materials and information about the online high school and online learning can be found on the district website and at

Grayson High School Technical Education Program, housed on the Grayson High campus, is currently accepting applications for classes in 2011-12. For more information and an application, visit

Maxwell High School of Technology offers exciting, innovative courses of study for all students in Gwinnett County. Maxwell High School of Technology is currently registering students for classes in 2011-12. Maxwell is recognized as one of the premier career and technical high schools in Georgia. Visit for more information and to register.

A number of students from Maxwell High School of Technology competed at the SkillsUSA Georgia Region III Championships held at Atlanta Technical College in February. All 13 first place and nine second place Region winners advance to compete at the SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference on March 11-13. For more information, contact any of the four SkillsUSA advisors Jessica Stallings, Jennifer Penn, Tricia Floyd, or Harry Ehrenborg at 770-963-6838.

Rockbridge Elementary Teacher Leslie Potter is featured in an online article for Penn State College of Education. Visit Potter to access the article.

Students from Rockbridge Elementary, Trickum Middle, and North Gwinnett High were awarded $100 savings bonds for their entries in a regional poster contest sponsored by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling poster contest. Daisy Acosta of Rockbridge Elementary (Teacher Marjorie Haders); Jessica Solomon of Trickum Middle (Teacher Dr. Aimee Burgamy); and Ha Truong of North Gwinnett High (Teacher Debi West) are the winning students. For more information, call John McCosh, CredAbililty public relations manager, at 404-260-3108.

Duncan Creek Elementary student Keaton Anthony will represent Northeast Georgia in the next round of the Elks Hoop Shoot competition on March 19. Keaton will compete against the winners from Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi in the regional meet. To reach the regional meet, Keaton won the school competition at Duncan Creek, the lodge meet held in Grayson, the district meet in Calhoun, and state in Conyers. At state, he completed 25 of 25 free throws attempted. On March 19, he will compete in the Southeast Regional meet in Valdosta. If he wins there, he will fly to Massachusetts for the national finals set for April 28-May 1. For more information, call Dayna Alkire, Duncan Creek Elementary teacher, at 678-714-5800, or visit

GCPS students won a total of 16 Gold and 17 Silver medals in individual and team events in the Georgia Special Olympic Winter Games. For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and develop belief in themselves. For more information, call Lynnette Swanson, Oakland Meadow teacher, at 770-513-6800.Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.

“ParenTVision - The Digital Age” - Facebook. Cellphones. Texting. Technology is the way kids communicate today— and a new twist on the challenge of parenting and keeping kids on the right track. Hear from kids themselves about what they’re really up to and in to online– and advice from experts on what parents need to know to protect even tech-savvy kids from others and their own behavior. This 60-minute program airs Feb. 28-March 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus takes a look at how Gwinnett’s PTA supports teaching and learning, uncovers the truth to counter a few nutrition myths, and celebrates the ideals highlighted during Black History Month. Join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus, your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools, winner of the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education. This 30-minute program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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 TV web site--

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
02/24/20112011 Redistricting: Central Gwinnett, Duluth, Peachtree Ridge, and Shiloh Clusters (pdf)
02/23/2011Trickum Middle’s Whaley honored as outstanding student (pdf)
02/23/2011GCPS honors its 2011 STAR students and teachers (pdf)
02/21/2011Berkmar High to defend its title on GCPS TV (pdf)
02/17/2011Six Gwinnett educators complete national program (pdf)
02/15/2011Academic honor for Collins Hill HS and Parkview HS athletes (pdf)
02/11/201117 Gwinnett schools earn AP Honor Schools title (pdf)
02/11/2011Five educators honored as GCPS’ top counseling professionals (pdf)
02/10/2011GSMST receives 611 applications; Lottery to be held Monday, Feb. 14 (pdf)
02/10/2011Gwinnett BOE approves five leadership positions, including principal for new Moore MS (pdf)
02/08/2011Thousands expected to rally at 2011 Gwinnett Readers Rally (pdf)
02/07/2011Simpson ES and Parkview HS earn state recognition as “Georgia Schools of Excellence” (pdf)

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March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Nutrition Month, and Youth Art Month.

The Grade 5 Georgia Writing Assessment Test is scheduled for March 2.

March 6-12 is Newspapers in Education Week.

March 7-13 is National Foreign Language Week and Exceptional Children’s Week.

The High School Gateway Field Test is scheduled for March 8 and 10. (Grades 9-10, Science – March 8; Grade 10, Social Studies – March 10)

March 13 is Daylight Saving Time (advance clocks one hour).

March 14 is a snow make-up day (Priority 2) —school in session.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 17, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council meetings in February. Call the local school for the time and location.
Archer High School28-Feb
Brookwood Elementary28-Feb

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.