News You Can Use - 03/29/2010









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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
03/29/2010 - 04/04/2010


Duluth High will perform “GREASE Rocks,” a musical, from March 25 through March 28. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist at 770-232-3336.

Brookwood Elementary will celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary on March 25, at 4:30 p.m., with staff members who opened the school 25 years ago and former principals Hal Beaver and Maxine Rithmire, and current Principal Karen Head, who will blow out the candles on the cake. All staff and former staff members, along with PTA members are invited. For more information, call Beth Peters, administrative assistant, at 770-736-4369.

HONORS
Duluth Middle’s Maria Warshal was named Gwinnett Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Paraprofessional of the Year, and went on to win at the state level. Sue Hamilton of Winn Holt Elementary was named Gwinnett CEC Teacher of the Year. Andrea Littleton and Amy Riker of Puckett’s Mill Elementary were named Gwinnett CEC Co-Teaching Team of the Year. A list of students is available upon request. For more information, call the local schools.

Duluth Middle and North Gwinnett Middle teams placed 2nd and 3rd in state respectively in the 2010 PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Academic Bowl championship competition for Middle Grades State Finals. The Duluth Middle team, coached by Linda Koch and Sylvia Barteaux, received First Runner-up honors, North Gwinnett Middle, coached by Scott Johnson, John Rhilinger, Mike Young and Laura Burgess, was named Second Runner-up. For more information, call Lynn Varner, Manager of Public Relations and Development PAGE Foundation at 770-216-8555, ext. 130, or email lvarner@pageinc.org.

Ninety-two students and staff of Gwinnett County Public Schools were honored for their achievement in reading at the Gwinnett Reading Council’s Reading Awards Ceremony at Central Gwinnett High. Based on an essay, “What Reading Means to Me,” and teacher recommendation, six students were spotlighted as county winners in the following categories:
  • Readers of the Year: PreK-2nd— Mackenna Basteyns, Ivy Creek Elementary
  • 3rd-5th Grade— Jairyn Honore, Sugar Hill Elementary
  • Middle School— Eniola Ibisanmi, Shiloh Middle School
  • High School— Sara Vogel, Meadowcreek High School
  • Lindy Lopez-Butner Reading Award:* Lan Dang, Meadowcreek High, * Lindy Lopez-Butner Reading Award is named for a former Gwinnett ESOL teacher and goes to an ESOL student of any age who has overcome obstacles to succeed in literacy.
  • Bob Jerrold’s Reading Achievement Award:* Kyri Phillips, Lovin Elementary Bob Jerrold’s Reading Achievement Award is for a person showing growth in reading performance.
These winners will be nominated for the 2010 Georgia Reading Association Awards. In addition, two staff members were honored for their contribution to the reading achievement of students at their schools.
The recipients were:
  • Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year: Colby Bross, Parsons Elementary
  • Reading Leadership: Lisa Eickholdt, Puckett’s Mill Elementary
  • Olivia Mugenga, a graduating senior from Collins Hill High, was awarded an ESOL scholarship to pursue postsecondary education.
For more information, call Melissa Madsen, Britt Elementary assistant principal, at 770-972-4500, or visit the link to the winning art and article in Atlanta Arts Education Examinerat http://ww.examiner.com/x-25831-Atlanta-Arts-Education-Examiner~y2010m3d22-Istanbul-Center-announces-the-winners-of-4th-Annual-Art-and-Essay-Contest.

UPCOMING
The Berkmar High PTA will host “Teens and the Law: What Every Parent and Teen Needs to Know” on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Free pizza and refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The program will inform parents and students about consequences for youth offenders and a panel of experts will include Honorable Judge Robert Waller, Sheriff Butch Conway, Gwinnett County, Corporal Ron Silver, Gwinnett, County Special Task Force, and Caran Smith of HopeLine: Abuse in Teen Dating. The program and includes a skit by the Berkmar Drama Department. For more information call Helen Frick, PTA representative, at 678-978-2621.

Dacula Cluster schools will hold the 3rd Annual Dacula Cluster Choral Concert on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Worship Center. This concert is in conjunction with the celebration of 100 years of education in Dacula. Choruses from Alcova, Dacula and Mulberry elementary schools will perform with Dacula Middle and Dacula High. In addition, other talent will be highlighted and student art work will be displayed. Admission to the concert is free. The Dacula High Student Council is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive at the event. For more information, call Beth Warzon, Alcova Elementary music specialist, at 678-3676-8500.

Trip Elementary students and their parents are invited to participate in preparing for the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests by attending Trivia Nights on March 29 at Johnny’s New York Pizza in Grayson. Concessions may be purchased at 6:15 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Participants will be equipped with tools and prizes that will prepare them for testing. For more information, call 678-639-3850.

Hopkins Elementary has been selected by the U.S. Census Bureau to host a visit from Sesame Street. The Count and some of his Sesame Street friends will be at the school on March 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 770-564-2661.

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. seeks nominations for the Gwinnett County Hall of Fame. The induction will be held at Gwinnett Braves game on June 6. Nominations currently are being accepted for inductees to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc., Georgia Power, All American Specialties, and Scholastic Images/Balfour. The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame will honor athletes who have competed in any facet of Gwinnett County athletics through public or private school, or who have represented the citizens of Gwinnett with honor on a state or national stage. The first annual induction event will be a joint celebration with the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field on June 6, during the 2:30 p.m. game. The celebration of Gwinnett’s finest athletes begins at 1 p.m. with a Home Run Derby, silent auction, and raffle. All proceeds from this charitable event will support academic initiatives benefiting the 159,000 students in the 123 schools of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The nomination form is available at www.gcps-foundation.org, or by request at 678-301-6077 or 678-301-7287.

Artwork from 44 GCPS art students was accepted into this spring’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 16-18. The Festival received almost 600 submissions from 58 high schools. 170 pieces will be displayed in this spring’s exhibit. For more information visit http://www.cherylmyrbo.com/dogwoodlink.html.

The GCPS Instructional Support Center (ISC) Relay for Life Team will sponsor a 5K run/walk to benefit the American Cancer Society on April 17 at 8 a.m. at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Building 200, Suwanee. Early registration for adults (by April 1) is $15; 12 and under $10. Registration received after April 1 and on race day is $20 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under. All pre-paid participants will receive a t-shirt. Limited t-shirts will be available on race day for those who register the day of the race. Awards will be given. For more information and to register, call CoTinna Harris at 678-301-7257 (cotinna_harris@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) or Patrice Pendergast at 678-301-6076 (patrice_pendergast@gwinnett.k12.ga.us).

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 6. Kindergarten registration is held at the local school. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2010, are invited to register their children for the 2010-11 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering their child: proof of residency in an attendance zone; a Georgia certificate of immunization; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year; a photo ID; proof of custody/guardianship; a child’s social security number; and a copy of the pre-K progress report. The Planning Department phone number is 678-301-7085 and may be called to find out which school a child will attend. Additional information may be viewed on the system web site www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

ONGOING
Gwinnett County residents will experience the ambiance of an art gallery next time they visit the school district’s Instructional Support Center (ISC) in Suwanee, as hundreds of pieces of student art work will be on display in the district headquarters’ welcome area. Gwinnett County Public Schools students enrolled in K-12 fine arts programs will exhibit what they have learned and created in the classroom during the annual “Tapestry Display.” Gwinnett County parents, community members, students, and staff are welcome to view the artwork through March 30 with three opening nights at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, in Suwanee. The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 3, through March 31: Archer, Collins Hill, Duluth, GSMST, Give East & West, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, and Shiloh. (Reception night: March 23, 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be open for public viewing from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the Fine Arts office at 678-301-7015.

GCPS’ Area Board Meetings will be held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give staff and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of the meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
April 13-- District II at
Mountain View High – Clusters: Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge
April 20-- District III at Duluth High – Clusters: Duluth, Norcross
April 22-- District V at
Meadowcreek High – Clusters: Berkmar, Meadowcreek, Parkview
April 27-- District I at
Archer High – Clusters: Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson
April 29-- District IV at
Shiloh High – Clusters: Brookwood, Shiloh, South Gwinnett

RECENTLY
The Duluth High Red Cross Club collected 67 pints of blood during a recent blood drive. The generosity from Duluth High students will save 201 lives thanks do their donation of blood. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist, at 770-232-3336.

North Gwinnett High recently dedicated a sculpture created by 35 special education and visual art students to the outdoor classroom on March 25. The team of students was guided by Jeff Mather, a visiting artist. This sculpture represents students working together, appreciating that a school is made up of all people, overcoming their fears, and learning to be comfortable in the environment. This sculpture is dedicated to the memory of Art Teacher Debi West’s son Croy West.

Britt Elementary received a grant from the South Gwinnett Cluster Foundation to fund a literacy project entitled “The Britt Elementary Great Poetry Race: A Real Life Way to Develop Fluent Readers.” The project began in March. Each grade level selected a challenging poem to explore the meaning, sentence structure, rhyming words, sight words, vocabulary, and print concepts for their grade level. Students were encouraged to read to neighbors and family members to improve their reading ability. For more information, call Betsy Gresh, teacher, at 770-972-4500.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.

GCPS TV
“ParenTVision: Young Guns” A single bullet can have so many victims: someone injured or killed, another sent to prison, and countless mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors who grieve for them both. According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, almost 30 thousand Americans are shot and killed by guns each year. In the nation’s capitol alone, on average, there is a murder every other day. Kenny Barnes, Sr., M.S. is founder and CEO of the non-profit, gun violence prevention group ROOT, Inc. It stands for Reaching Out to Others Together, and is based in Washington, D.C. Barnes is one leader among a new wave of social activists who say the only way to stop the violence is to empower, support and trust community leaders in the very areas devastated by guns. Get involved; watch, “Young Guns.” This episode of ParenTVision also features a discussion with Margaret Cheeley, Collins Hill High graduation coach and host of ParenTVision; Tony Lockard, school resource officer; and Joseph Warren, school social worker. This 60-minute program airs March 29-April 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Author in You – Writer’s Toolbox: Diane Z. Shore” Award winning children’s author Diane Z. Shore discusses the rhythm and rhyme of poetry with students from Mason ES. Her books “Bus-a-Saurus Bop” and “How to Drive Your Sister Crazy” are fun-filled favorites for students of all ages. This 15-minute program airs March 29-April 4 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Limon Dance Company: The Traitor” Limón Dance Company returns to the Kennedy Center with “The Traitor,” a significant work of the 1950’s modern dance era. “The Traitor” was Limón’s response to the McCarthy hearings and the climate of betrayal that haunted the arts and entertainment fields during this period. Against Gunther Schuller’s musical score of violence, passion, and tenderness, the tragedy of Judas and the theme of betrayal are portrayed in a detailed demonstration and explanation of the dancers’ movements followed by the full-length performance of Limón’s signature piece. This 60-minute program airs March 29-April 3 at 1 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
March is Music in Our Schools Month and National Nutrition Month.

The Georgia High School Graduation Tests (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies subtests) are scheduled for March 22-25 for Grade 11.

April is Occupational Therapy Month, School Library Media Month, and Young Peoples Poetry Month.

April 2 is a Student/Teacher holiday, and International Children’s Book Day.

April 5-9 is spring break for schools.

April 9 is a systemwide spring holiday for GCPS. All locations will be closed.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., April 15, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
April
Alcova Elementary
27-Apr
Alford Elementary
28-Apr
Alton C. Crews Middle
27-Apr
Annistown Elementary
20-Apr
B.B. Harris Elementary
20-Apr
Bay Creek Middle
16-Apr
Berkeley Lake Elementary
20-Apr
Berkmar Middle
22-Apr
Brookwood High
27-Apr
Centerville Elementary
13-Apr
Central Gwinnett High
27-Apr
Chattahoochee Elementary
20-Apr
Chesney Elementary
15-Apr
Corley Elementary
22-Apr
Craig Elementary
26-Apr
Creekland Middle
13-Apr
Dacula High
27-Apr
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
20-Apr
Duluth High
20-Apr
Duncan Creek Elementary
13-Apr
Freeman's Mill Elementary
23-Apr
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
16-Apr
Grayson Elementary
27-Apr
Grayson High
27-Apr
Harmony Elementary
13-Apr
Henry Partee Elementary
13-Apr
Ivy Creek Elementary
13-Apr
J.E. Richards Middle
19-Apr
J.G. Dyer Elementary
27-Apr
J.P. McConnell Middle
1-Apr
Kanoheda Elementary
27-Apr
Lawrenceville Elementary
Apirl 27
Lilburn Middle
22-Apr
Louise Radloff Middle
15-Apr
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
27-Apr
McKendree Elementary
13-Apr
Meadowcreek Elementary
19-Apr
Meadowcreek High
22-Apr
Mill Creek High
13-Apr
Monarch School
30-Apr
Mountain Park Elementary
29-Apr
Mulberry Elementary
27-Apr
Nesbit Elementary
22-Apr
Norcross Elementary
1-Apr
Norcross High
2-Apr
North Gwinnett High
13-Apr
Oakland School
20-Apr
Parsons Elementary
13-Apr
Pharr Elementary
29-Apr
Pinckneyville Middle
20-Apr
Puckett's Mill Elementary
13-Apr
Rebecca Minor Elementary
30-Apr
Richard Hull Middle
20-Apr
Rock Springs Elementary
13-Apr
Shiloh Elementary
29-Apr
Shiloh High
15-Apr
Simonton Elementary
27-Apr
Simpson Elementary
20-Apr
South Gwinnett High
29-Apr
Starling Elementary
27-Apr
Sugar Hill Elementary
13-Apr
Summerour Middle
22-Apr
Susan Stripling Elementary
22-Apr
Sweetwater Middle
22-Apr
T. Carl Buice School
23-Apr
Trickum Middle
13-Apr
Trip Elementary
27-Apr
W.C. Britt Elementary
29-Apr
W.J. Cooper Elementary
1-Apr
Walnut Grove Elementary
22-Apr
Woodward Mill Elementary
30-Apr

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. 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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/News.232.0.html or call 770-904-3500.

March 29
Worm Moon Hike
March 30
Homeschool: Wildlife Gardener Series: Insects
Homeschool: The Forces Within
March 31
Homeschool: Operation Water: Junior Master Gardener Level II
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Little Hands: The Ants Go Marching
Homeschool: Monthly Lab Extension
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Science Process Skills