News You Can Use - 09/10/2012

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
09/10/2012 - 09/16/2012

Two GCPS educators are among the finalists selected by the Woodruff Arts Center for the 2012 Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education leaders recognition program. This school principal and teacher were chosen for their exemplary leadership in the use of arts in education and their impact on the community, state, and discipline they serve. One honoree will be selected from each category at the 5th Annual Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders recognition ceremony on Sept. 15 during National Arts in Education Week. Each honoree will receive a $2,500 award for an arts program of their choice. GCPS finalists are Crystal Collins, principal, Magill Elementary, nominated in the Education Leadership School category; and Dr. Aimee Burgamy, Trickum Middle, nominated in the Visual Arts Specialist area. Dr. Burgamy is Gwinnett’s 2009 Teacher of the Year. For more information, visit

Three GCPS leaders have been selected to participate in 2012-2013 Leadership Gwinnett, a program of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. This year’s participants are Jorge Gomez, executive director for administration & policy in the CEO/Superintendent’s office; Jennifer Fero, assistant principal at Grayson High Technical Education Program; and Jennifer Dunn, Pharr Elementary teacher and 2012 Teacher of the Year.

18 GCPS local school administrators have been selected for Cohort 7 of the school district’s Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program. The following individuals, who currently serve the school district as assistant principals, will participate in the 2012-2013 session.
· Clifton Alexander, Meadowcreek Elementary
· Tamara Candis, Rockbridge Elementary
· Laurie Gardner, Parsons Elementary
· Connie Hawkins, Rock Springs Elementary
· Lynn Howard, Central Gwinnett High
· Randolph Irvin, Brookwood High
· Sheldon Jefferson, Chattahoochee Elementary
· David W. Jones, Shiloh Elementary
· Christopher Martin, Meadowcreek High
· Phyllis Owen, Lilburn Middle
· Wenda Peltz, Lanier Middle
· Ben Pope, Hull Middle
· Gretchen Runaldue, Peachtree Elementary
· Daniel Skelton, McConnell Middle
· Michele Smith, Jenkins Elementary
· Ruth Westbrooks, Partee Elementary
· Durrant Williams, Berkmar High
· Carrie Yougel, Harris Elementary

Oakland Meadow School will commemorate Patriot’s Day with a program from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 11. Students and staff at Oakland Meadow School and North Metro have created a quilt for a fallen soldier. The school will host several speakers including students, staff, and special guests at the event. Those in attendance include Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Johnson, Gwinnett School Board member Carole Boyce, Daniel Alvarado of the U.S. Marine Corps., John M. Robertson (Sons of the American Revolution), Susan Gordan (Regional Coordinator of the Quilts of Valor), Chopper (mascot) of the Gwinnett Braves, Fire Department (No. 9), Wendy Downing of Gwinnett County Police, and other retired veterans and military personnel. For more information, call 770-513-6800.

GCPS will host a leadership conference for elementary peer leaders on Oct. 11. The registration deadline is September 17. The conference will be held at Hebron Church in Dacula. For more information, call Mason Elementary Counselor Robin Zorn at 770-232-3370.

Brookwood High advanced theater students present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” on Sept.20 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Adult tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088 or email

GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program invites the public to participate in the Third Annual Golf Tournament to benefit GCPS’ mentoring program on Oct. 8 at the Legacy Golf Course at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Sign-in is at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The deadline to enter is October 1. Registration is $100 per individual and $400 per foursome. Registration includes tournament entry, breakfast, entry in the Hole-In-One contest and the Longest Drive contest, lunch, snacks during the tournament, and participant gift bags. (The golf coordinator will assemble 4-person teams and assign overall handicaps if needed.) Collar shirts are required. No denim clothing or metal spike shoes will be allowed on the course. (Rules will be enforced.) Register online at

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct 15) with a special event on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Students from the concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and honor orchestra will perform compositions from Latin American countries at an Orchestra Concert titled “Mundo Latino.” For more information, call the school at 678-518-6700.

Jones Middle Public Speaking and Journalism teacher Catalina Kreider will take the student mentors on a field trip to Four Oaks Manor for a formal luncheon on Oct. 23. Students will share their etiquette projects and experience a formal meal using the knowledge they gained during class. Nearly 90 students and parents will attend this event. Ms. Kreider leads the Student Leadership Academy and is the Student Mentor Advisor. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

The Dr. Jim L. Markham Golf Classic at Chateau Elan Golf Club has been rescheduled for Nov. 6. The event, named in honor of Mill Creek High’s retiring principal, is an 18-hole foursome golf scramble benefitting Relay for Life. The schedule of events includes registration, breakfast, silent auction, and practice. Golf begins at 9 a.m. and there will be awards and prizes. The deadline for registration is Oct. 30. For more information about registration, email

Gwinnett County Public Schools invites parents and members of the community to join GCPS staff members by participating in a review of proposed curriculum materials. Parents may provide input on the proposed materials by participating in the public review. GCPS holds an extensive review before adopting materials for classroom use. Materials submitted by publishers are reviewed by teachers, administrators, and parents for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. During the review, scheduled to run from September 17-28, GCPS staff and members of the Gwinnett community will review non-fiction books for grades K-12, teacher resources for grades K-8 Language Arts, and Advanced Placement Latin materials. Reviews are scheduled as follows:
Instructional Support Center
Building 200 Lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee
Monday–Friday, Sept. 17-28, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Based on all input gathered from this review, a recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for adoption of materials. For more information about the instructional review process, please contact Lisa Burleson, Director of Instructional Materials, at 678-301-6831.

“GCPS FOCUS” The new year brings a new format for GCPS FOCUS. Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 20-minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6p.m. and 11 p.m. Click here to watch GCPS TV’s Focus Moments,

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Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: Charter on Channel 22, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. 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 for the most current News Releases.
09/04/2012Gwinnett BOE thanks community mentors, recognizing the difference they make in young lives (pdf)
08/28/2012GCPS 2011-2012 Advanced Placement: More Gwinnett students master college-level work (pdf)
08/27/2012GCPS Social Studies program earns state recognition (pdf)

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September 11 is Patriots Day.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 17-23 is Constitution Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 20, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
Arcado Elementary18-Sep
Archer High School17-Sep
Bay Creek Middle18-Sep
Berkmar Middle14-Sep
Bethesda Elementary20-Sep
Centerville Elementary13-Sep
Collins Hill High11-Sep
Cooper Elementary18-Sep
Corley Elementary11-Sep
Craig Elementary14-Sep
Duluth Middle26-Sep
GIVE Center West27-Sep
Grace Snell Middle12-Sep
Grayson High27-Sep
Harmony Elementary13-Sep
Hull Middle18-Sep
Jones Middle25-Sep
Knight Elementary25-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary21-Sep
Magill Elementary11-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary21-Sep
Minor Elementary17-Sep
Monarch School21-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary25-Sep
Mulberry Elementary13-Sep
Norcross High20-Sep
Oakland School18-Sep
Parkview High14-Sep
Radloff Middle27-Sep
Richards Middle11-Sep
Rosebud Elementary25-Sep
Simpson Elementary27-Sep
Trickum Middle28-Sep
Trip Elementary9/10 and 9/21
White Oak Elementary21-Sep

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.

Beginner's and Intermediate Rug Hooking ClassSep. 15
3rd Annual Honeybee FestivalSep. 15
Be a Detective! Sep. 22, 29
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberSep. 24
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15