News You Can Use - 05/28/2007

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
05/28/2007 - 06/03/2007

This is the last issue of “News You Can Use…” for the 2006-07 school year. The publication will return in August.

The Duluth High 9th grade Geography Team placed 1st in the National Geography Challenge, sponsored by the National Council for Geographic Education. Sean Valentine took 1st place on the individual competition. Team members are Jessica Efird, Daniel Espinel, Harrison Falk, Alanna Fox, SuJi Kang, Daniel Karasek, Jonathan Kim, Emily Nicholos, Sean Sims, and Kyle Whitaker. The team is coached by Geri Flannery. For more information, call Debbi Daniell, director of social studies, at 678-301-7028.

Three students from Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary were recently recognized in the AT&T Georgia Statewide Essay Contest. Alexander Peed and Sam Weyen won honorable mention for their essays, and Leesa Quinlan won 2nd place for hers. The contest was sponsored by AT&T, the Center at the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Atlanta, and the Atlanta History Center. More than 2,000 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students participated. For more information, call 770-232-3370.

Berkmar High teacher Greg Owen was nominated for Georgia Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and Berkmar High was nominated for Georgia Outstanding School of the Year by the Georgia Association for the Deaf. For more information, call Eva Parks, Special Education Coordinator-D/HH Program, at 678-301-7121.

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 Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett County Government, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The Center is dedicated to student Field Studies and activities weekday mornings and is open to the public weekday afternoons Monday - Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sundays). Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.comor call 770-904-3500.

May is Teacher Appreciation Month
Free admission for teachers (with school ID) -- Win a free Field Study Program or Annual Family Membership.

May 26, 1-2:30 p.m., Greenway Gurus (3rd-5th grade), $10 per student
Join us as we learn about cooking and eating outdoors. Limited to 15 participants. Please register at Center admission is an additional fee.

June 2, 2 p.m., Flutter By Butterflies! Free with paid admission and for GEHC members
Join Susan Myers of Monarch Across Georgiaas she takes you on a personal guided walk. Please register in advance by calling 770-904-3500 or visit

June 9, 8 a.m., Bird Walk, $3 per person, free for GEHC members
Join Judy Stoops of Wildbirds Unlimitedas she takes you on a personal guided walk. Please register in advance for this event by calling 770-904-3500 or visit

June 9, 2 p.m., Georgia Rocks! Free with paid admission and to GEHC members
Are you interested in geology? Are you an avid rock collector? Join Kerry Cornwell from the Weinman Mineral Museum to learn more about the different type of rocks found in Georgia.

“China - Shen Wei Dance Arts” Hailed by the New York Times as “startlingly imaginative” and widely acclaimed wherever performances take place, Shen Wei Dance Arts fuses the art forms of dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting, sculpture, and Western and Eastern cultures. In the program, the ensemble performs segments of Shen Wei’s most recent work, Connect Transfer,which involves dancers painting the canvas floor as they dance. This 60-minute program airs May 28-June 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 1” This video telecourse is an advanced Spanish Language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. This series airs in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday through July 1. (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air through June 21 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 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 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
05/23/200713 GCPS students receive college-sponsored scholarships (pdf)
05/23/2007Public hearings scheduled as Board prepares to adopt millage rate (pdf)
05/23/2007GCPS school nutrition employees serve their culinary skills (pdf)
05/22/2007Maxwell High School of Technology principal recognized as Patriotic Employer (pdf)
05/21/2007GCPS students earn best in the world recognition during international competition (pdf)
05/18/2007Parkview High team earns second place in national competition (pdf)

Visit for graduation dates and information on summer school.

Memorial Day on May 28 is a systemwide holiday and all locations are closed.

Remaining Dates in the FY 2008 Budget Process
June 4, 2007, 7 p.m.-- First public hearing on tax millage rate
June 11, 2007, 11:45 a.m.-- Second public hearing on tax millage rate
June 11, 2007, 7 p.m.-- Third and final public hearing and adoption of millage rate
(All meetings will be held at the Instruction Support Center)
Sept. 2007-- Transmit adopted budget to State Department of Education.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 21, 2007, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during June and July. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Duluth High
Parkview High