News You Can Use - 09/01/2008









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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/01/2008 - 09/07/2008


THIS WEEKEND
Duluth High will host the school's annual Wildcat Football Tail Gate party on August 29 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Duluth High parking area near the gym. Chicken, hamburgers, or cheeseburgers; chips and a drink may be purchased for $6 per meal. Cheerleaders and the drum line will be performing. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Peachtree Ridge High Marching Band will debut the performance Joyride at their first home football game on August 29. In addition to performing at all Peachtree Ridge High football games, the Roaring Lions Marching Band is scheduled to appear in the Duluth Fall Festival Parade September 27, and will enter three marching competitions and an exhibition. The band will travel to Philadelphia where they have been invited to perform in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. The complete schedule is available at www.prbba.org. For more information, call Joe Hale, communications officer at 678-407-0625.

HONORS
Duluth High graduate Juan Quintero was awarded the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community, a prestigious national award given to only 10 students. Each recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship, participates in a leadership retreat in Maryland, and is honored at a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in October. Recipients were selected from among 192 nominees. For more information, visit http://servicelearning.org/static/link/pages/272.html.

Shiloh High Principal Dr. Gwen Tatum participated in the Oxford Round Table on curriculum in Oxford, England over the summer. Forty-seven educators were selected from around the world to participate in the forum. The topic was “Balancing National and State Curricula: Trends and Choices.” For more information, call 770-972-3224.

Four GCPS principals have been selected to participate in Leadership Gwinnett. Dr. Nancy Kiel of Level Creek Elementary; Dr. Dot Schoeller of Simonton Elementary; Deborah Fusi of Duluth Middle; and Terry Watlington of Kanoheda Elementary will participate in this year's program. Leadership Gwinnett is a nine-month program providing a diverse group of existing and emerging leaders with a unique opportunity to experience many of the challenges facing Gwinnett. For more information, call the local school.

UPCOMING
Maxwell High School of Technology will host an Open House for current students on Sept. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., allowing parents of current students an opportunity to meet their students’ teachers. For more information, call Brett Pendley at 770-338-4828.

Peachtree Ridge High will host a College Fair Night on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in the commons area at the school. Representatives from Georgia State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Georgia, Vanderbilt, the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Auburn, Georgia Southern, Gwinnett Tech and other schools will be present. This event is open to Peachtree Ridge High students. For more information, call Dolly Glisson or Keisha Rogers, Peachtree Ridge High counselors, at 678-957-3121.

Arcado Elementary will honor grandparents Sept. 8 through 12 at the school’s annual Grandparents’ Week celebration. Activities will include eating lunch with grandparents and receiving a framed digital photo of the special day together. This year’s theme will be “Arcado Votes to Honor Grandparents.” This has been a tradition at the school since 1981. Last year more than 400 grandparents were in attendance throughout the week-long event. For more information, call Dr. Kathy Dean, teacher, at 770-925-2100.

Creekland Middle counselors and PTA will co-host a college financial planning seminar for parents on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Program topics will include the rising costs of attending college, different types of funding available, where to find grants and scholarships, and avoiding scholarship scams. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, call 770-338-4735.

Brookwood High will host “Heart Screens for Teens” on Sept.27. Ultrascan, Inc. has teamed up with Children’s Cardiovascular Medicine to offer an affordable, safe screening program to schools, sports teams, and other organizations interested this program. Please contact Gayla Malkiel at gaylamail@aol.com for registration dates and times and to schedule an appointment for screening. For more information, contact Stephanie Naus from Ultrascan, Inc. at 770-813-8323.

RECENTLY
Recently Charles Brant Chesney Elementary focused on reading by inviting special guests to visit the school. State Representative Brooks Coleman read “Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride” to Beth White’s class. Gwinnett County Commissioner Charles Bannister read “Knuffle Bunny” to the kindergarten classes. Photos available upon request.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor the most current News Releases.
08/27/2008Parkview High designated a Naval Honors School (pdf)
08/26/2008GCPS’ 2008 SAT test-takers top state, national averages on SAT (pdf)
8/25/2008Grant to allow for additional resources in Gwinnett's driver's education program (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Gwinnett Prep Rally” Get ready for football ’08-’09 with Gwinnett Prep Rally. This Gwinnett County original high school sports television program, featuring high school sport highlights from across the county, returns exclusively to GCPS TV this week. This program airs Tuesday’s at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Wed. through Fri. at 7:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS original series, this 10-part program is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. repeating daily through Sunday in those time slots. The series runs through October 26.

“French in Action” This Annenberg Media series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz's proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and background. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. This 60-min. program airs August 22-24 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 1 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

Patriot Day is September 11.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 11, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Citizenship day is Sept. 17.

Constitution Week runs Sept. 17-23.

Elementary and middle students will take the Cognative Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of Sept. 23-26.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test on Sept. 24.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
Sept
School
Sept
Alcova Elementary
9-Sep
Jackson Elementary
11-Sep
Alton C. Crews Middle
12-Sep
K.E. Taylor Elementary
19-Sep
Annistown Elementary
23-Sep
Kanoheda Elementary
11-Sep
Arcado Elementary
9-Sep
Knight Elementary
26-Sep
B.B. Harris Elementary
25-Sep
Lanier Middle
9-Sep
Beaver Ridge Elementary
25-Sep
Level Creek Elementary
30-Sep
Benefield Elementary
18-Sep
Louise Radloff Middle
11-Sep
Berkmar High
9-Sep
Lovin Elementary
25-Sep
Bethesda Elementary
22-Sep
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
30-Sep
Brookwood Elementary
22-Sep
McKendree Elementary
5-Sep
Brookwood High
23-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary
15-Sep
Camp Creek Elementary
26-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary
15-Sep
Cedar Hill Elementary
11-Sep
Mulberry Elementary
18-Sep
Centerville Elementary
26-Sep
Nesbit Elementary
25-Sep
Chattahoochee Elementary
16-Sep
Norcross High
11-Sep
Collins Hill High
23-Sep
North Gwinnett High
16-Sep
Corley Elementary
30-Sep
Oakland School
18-Sep
Creekland Middle
11-Sep
Parkview High
23-Sep
Dacula High
19-Sep
Patrick Elementary
5-Sep
Dacula Middle
16-Sep
Peachree Ridge High
29-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
18-Sep
Peachtree Elementary
16-Sep
Duluth Middle
9-Sep
Pinckneyville Middle
18-Sep
Duncan Creek Elementary
11-Sep
Puckett's Mill Elementary
4-Sep
Five Forks Middle
12-Sep
R.L. Norton Elementary
26-Sep
Fort Daniel Elementary
5-Sep
Rebecca Minor Elementary
12-Sep
Frank N. Osborne Middle
19-Sep
Richard Hull Middle
12-Sep
Freeman's Mill Elementary
19-Sep
Riverside Elementary
16-Sep
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
9-Sep
Rock Springs Elementary
11-Sep
GIVE Center East
9-Sep
Rockbridge Elementary
4-Sep
GIVE Center West
26-Sep
Shiloh High
15-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle
18-Sep
Shiloh Middle
11-Sep
Grayson Elementary
12-Sep
Snellville Middle
18-Sep
Grayson High
19-Sep
South Gwinnett High
9-Sep
Gwin Oaks Elementary
5-Sep
Summerour Middle
4-Sep
Harbins Elementary
8-Sep
Suwanee Elementary
22-Sep
Harmony Elementary
26-Sep
Sycamore Elementary
5-Sep
Ivy Creek Elementary
19-Sep
Trickum Middle
11-Sep
J.E. Richards Middle
22-Sep
W.C. Britt Elementary
23-Sep
J.G. Dyer Elementary
24-Sep
Walnut Grove Elementary
25-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.com or call 770-904-3500.

Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walking in the Moccasin Prints of the Cherokee: Part One: Knowing the Plants, (ages 12 and up) $35 for members, $45 for non members, registration deadline August 30
In this class you will learn the language of plants; how to study them, recognize them, know where to look for them, use them as remedies for migraine headache, poison ivy rash, stomach upset, poultice/antidotes for bee and ant stings, and more. You’ll discover natural insect repellents, how to weave cordage, make added insulation for clothing, and find pain relievers. You'll learn how plants communicate with one another. Bring a notebook, pen, sack lunch, water bottle, and rain gear. This course is taught by Mark Warren, director of Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega.

Sept. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Club Method (middle and high school club) $5 per student
Spend your Saturday with Club Method as they take an exciting approach to environmental involvement. Through the use of environmental challenges, teens will gain team-building skills, develop problem solving skills, and have the opportunity to participate in club only programs such as job training, off trail hikes, and community service hours. Registration is required by August 23.

Sept. 13, 1 to 2 p.m., Nature Kids, $5 per student
Have fun with our youngest environmental club as they explore the trails and learn new things about nature. Experience amazing adventures as Nature Kids enjoy all that nature has to offer. Registration is required by August 23.

Sept. 20, 11 to 12 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products, $5 per person
Participants will learn how to use everyday items found in the kitchen to make cleaning products. They will discover what makes these an alternative to traditional cleaning products. Participants will also learn how to read eco-labels on store-bought products--what do they really mean and how are they beneficial to the environment? Registration required by August 30.