News You Can Use - 03/08/2010









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
03/08/2010 - 03/14/2010


FRIDAY
Ivy Creek Elementary celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Week with a special visit from guest reader John Oxendine, Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner and candidate for Governor. On March 5, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal is scheduled to be a guest reader at the school. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

HONORS
School Psychologists Amanda Robertson and Tara Raines presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Convention. In addition, School Psychologists Chuck Cancilla and Karen Talley presented research at the National Youth At-Risk Conference on the Academic Success Program—an after-school intervention program for at-risk students. For more information, call Tom Owen, director of psychological services, at 678-301-7100.

Kate Brambrut, a Berkmar Middle counselor, co-authored a resource book for elementary counselors.
In “A Book for Every Story,” 13 of the most common emotional challenges that children face were addressed. For more information, call 770-638-2300.

Brookwood High’s Mock Trial Team is one of 16 teams advancing to the Georgia High School Mock Trial Competition March 13-14. The team is sponsored by Teacher Coleen Blankenship and has been active since 1995, winning several regional titles. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Duluth High student Chelsea Sharpe performed the Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra at the Georgia College Performance Competition for Strings. For her efforts, she received a $300 cash prize and a trophy. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist, at 770-232-3336.

UPCOMING
Jeff Mather, a master teaching artist, will visit North Gwinnett High during the first two weeks in March for Youth Art Month. Mr. Mather will help art and special education students design and build an onsite sculpture honoring Croy West, North Gwinnett High Art Teacher Debi West’s son, who passed away in 2008. This year’s Youth Art Month theme is “Going Green” and Mr. Mather held an initial meeting with 25 art students and students from the autistic spectrum program who knew Croy. In addition to the sculpture, students will work on an outdoor classroom. Ms. West is using a grant she received as a Woodruff Arts Honoree to fund the project. Donations of materials for the project will be accepted. For more information, call Ms. West at 770-945-9558.

Ivy Creek Elementary 4th grade students will host a visit from performer Scott Hodges on March 10 to view history “Through a Looking Glass.” Mr. Hodges will reenact the life of a Revolutionary War soldier. His dramatic portrayal will enable students to experience a more personal view of colonial life and the life of a Revolutionary War soldier. For more information, call Tammy Glausier, assistant principal, at 678-714-3655.

North Gwinnett High will sponsor the 3rd annual Art Auction on March 16. More than 500 student works of art will be available at the silent auction in the cafeteria. There will also be cookies, sodas, and fruit, available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. There will be a live auction at the end of the silent auction. Entertainment will include performances by the school’s orchestra and chorus. Local framing businesses will professionally frame the art for a fee, and donate 50% of the money back to the Relay for Life team. For more information, call Debi West, art teacher, at 770-945-9558.

Shiloh Elementary will host a Reading Round Up Literacy Night on March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Pizza will be served from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by three sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The evening will close with door prizes. Each student will receive a coupon for a free book. The book store will be open for parents to purchase books. Reading and writing web sites will be shared in the computer lab. Students may participate in a “book walk” for free books. Public library staff members will be available to sign up for library cards. For more information, call Teacher Jessica Evans at 770-985-6883.

Berkmar Middle is participating in a Fundred Dollar Bill Project to collect as many as 4,000 original, hand-drawn interpretations of the U.S. hundred dollar bills between now and March 18. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project is raising nationwide awareness of the environmental threat of lead contamination and lead-poisoning by collecting the funds necessary for a model remediation effort in New Orleans. New Orleans is the initial focus of this project as 30-50% of inner city children are affected by elevated blood lead levels and at risk for severe learning disabilities and behavioral problems. For more information, visit www.fundred.org.

GCPS and the Gwinnett Interagency Transition Council will hold its annual Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their families, and educators on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee. This event will focus on providing information on services and resources to prepare students transitioning from the school system. Students with disabilities and their 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. Featured participants include representation in the areas of employment support, residential services, day-habilitation programs, recreation and leisure, assistive technology, and support organizations. In addition, participants can attend breakout sessions to learn more about topics such as Medicaid waivers, SSI, financial planning and guardianship, transition planning, and employment support options. For more information, call 678-301-7137.

Norcross High will host the fourth in a series for immigrant families on achieving academic success in U.S. schools on March 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The title of this program is “Parenting Your Student to Academic Success in the U.S. (Middle and High School) Session IV – What the Future Holds.” Information will be shared on how to achieve graduation and what happens next, opportunities for students, and skills needed to succeed. For more information, or to request an interpreter, call Amy Valverde-Jensen, at 678-616-5180 a week before the workshop.

FUNDRAISER
The Duluth High Key Club reached the goal of raising $500 by collecting pennies (any type of currency) for Pennies for Patients. Almost $600 was collected. Pennies for Patients is a fund raising program sponsored by Key Club International in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. The Duluth Kiwanis Club helped with donation during February and March. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist, at 770-232-3336.

ONGOING
Tripp Elementary students and their parents are invited to participate in preparing for the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests by attending Trivia Nights on March 15, 22, and 29 (Mondays in March) 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.

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 23 with three opening nights at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, in Suwanee.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 1, through March 10: Berkmar, Dacula, Grayson, Grayson High Technical Ed Program, Mountain View, Norcross, and South Gwinnett.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 2 March 16-19: Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Meadowcreek, North Gwinnett, and Parkview Clusters, Oakland Meadow, and Phoenix.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 3, March 23-31: Archer, Collins Hill, Duluth, GSMST, Give East & West, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, and Shiloh.
There will be a reception on each opening night from 6 to 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.

READ ACROSS AMERICA—Dr. Seuss’ birthday
The Hull Middle PTSA Literacy Committee held a reading contest— Hull Reads for Pleasure/Raising the Bar— during Read Across America Week. The school sponsored a grade level competition to encourage student reading. Students read outside of class time. Students who meet the contest goal earned prizes. For more information, call Scott Frandsen, assistant principal, at 770-232-3263.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
03/01/2010DOE salutes GCPS for special needs graduates (pdf)
02/26/2010Four chosen as 2010 Technical Education Students of Year (pdf)
02/25/2010Gwinnett celebrates the arts with "Tapestry" showcase (pdf)

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus looks in on what’s brewing with school-based coffee houses, discusses the changing face of Gwinnett leading up to the 2010 Census, and experiences the sights and sounds of the 2010 Science Fair...join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus - your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. 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.

“Readers Rally Quiz Bowl Competition” GCPS TV and Media Services are proud to present the 2010 GCPS Readers Rally—a quiz bowl event testing students’ knowledge of books previously read by the school teams. This year’s Readers Rally show includes teams competing at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Schools represented in the finals are: Cedar Hill Elementary, Chesney Elementary, McKendree Elementary, Mulberry Elementary, Crews Middle, Sweetwater Middle, Berkmar High and Brookwood High. Tune in to watch these talented teams in action. This 60-minute program airs March 8-14 at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Rights of Youth - Colonial Williamsburg” Imprisonment, whipping, forced transportation, and even death were some of the punishments that courts sentenced children to in the eighteenth century. Witness how justice was administered at a time when criminal laws and sentencing guidelines made few or no exceptions for children. This 60-minute program airs live March 11 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 Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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

March 8-12 is National School Breakfast Week and National Foreign Language Week.

March 12 is a student holiday.

March 15 is a Flood Make-Up Day for Sept. 22, 2009.

March 15-26 is the Georgia Writing Evaluation Window for Grade 3 and 7.

March 17 is the Gateway Mathematics Reasoning Test for Grade 4.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 18, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

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

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in March. Call the local school for the time and location.

School
March
Archer High School
8-Mar
Benefield Elementary
18-Mar
Berkmar High
16-Mar
Berkmar Middle
9-Mar
Buice School
19-Mar
Camp Creek Elementary
26-Mar
Cedar Hill Elementary
18-Mar
Central Gwinnett High
19-Mar
Chattahoochee Elementary
9-Mar
Chesney Elementary
12-Mar
Collins Hill High
16-Mar
Cooper Elementary
15-Mar
Corley Elementary
16-Mar
Couch Middle
19-Mar
Crews Middle
19-Mar
Dacula Elementary
26-Mar
Dacula High
26-Mar
Duluth Middle
9-Mar
Dyer Elementary
31-Mar
GIVE Center West
11-Mar
Harbins Elementary
18-Mar
Harris Elementary
25-Mar
Jackson Elementary
11-Mar
Jones Middle
25-Mar
Lanier Middle
9-Mar
Lawrenceville Elementary
9-Mar
Lilburn Middle
25-Mar
Lovin Elementary
18-Mar
McConnell Middle
8-Mar
Mountain View High School
12-Mar
Mulberry Elementary
17-Mar
Norcross Elementary
11-Mar
North Gwinnett High
16-Mar
North Gwinnett Middle
11-Mar
Osborne Middle
19-Mar
Parkview High
23-Mar
Patrick Elementary
26-Mar
Peachree Ridge High
25-Mar
Pinckneyville Middle
25-Mar
Puckett's Mill Elementary
18-Mar
Richard Hull Middle
19-Mar
Richards Middle
15-Mar
Riverside Elementary
16-Mar
Shiloh Elementary
11-Mar
Simpson Elementary
26-Mar
Snellville Middle
11-Mar
Sugar Hill Elementary
22-Mar
Summerour Middle
25-Mar
Suwanee Elementary
22-Mar
Sweetwater Middle
17-Mar
Taylor Elementary
19-Mar
Twin Rivers Middle
22-Mar
Walnut Grove Elementary
18-Mar

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 9
Homeschool: HLS: Women Inventors
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
March 10
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
March 12
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
Homeschool: Intro to Orienteering
March 13
Stormwater Management
March 16
Homeschool: WGS: Mammals
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Little Hands: The Ants Go Marching
March 17
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
March 19
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
Homeschool: Intro to Orienteering
March 23
Homeschool: HLS: Natural Dyes
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Little Hands: The Ants Go Marching
March 24
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
Homeschool: Guided Trail Hikes
March 25
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
Homeschool: Intro to Orienteering