News You Can Use - 09/28/2009









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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/28/2009 - 10/04/2009


News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Tip Sheet for the News Media
September 28-October 4, 2009

SATURDAY
GCPS will host Super Saturday Title I Be There Fairs in several clusters on Sept. 26. The events will include information sessions on Title I, tips and tools for school success, refreshments, and fun activities for children. The event also will focus on the importance of parents “being there” for their children to support their success in school. The programs will be offered to families served by Title I schools. Fairs will be organized by cluster, with a few exceptions. Participating clusters are Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Meadowcreek, Norcross, and Shiloh/South Gwinnett (combined). Only a cluster's Title I schools will participate in the fair. This project is being coordinated by GCPS’ Federal and Special Programs office. Visit the system website for times and locations. For more information, call Carol Grady, director of federal and special programs, at 678-301-7059.

HONORS
Dreana Trent, a Gwinnett County bus driver, was recently honored by the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross with the highest honor— a Certificate of Merit— for her quick action to save the life of nine-year-old passenger Walter Williams III on Dec.15, 2008. Ms. Trent used the Red Cross CPR skills she had learned through the school system to revive the boy. On Oct. 8, Ms. Trent will receive a certificate of recognition from State Superintendent Kathy Cox at the State Board Meeting.

Craig Elementary Teacher Penny Servies was named Special Education Teacher of the Year for the Metro Council for Exceptional Children by the Gwinnett Chapter. For more information, call 770-978-5560.

UPCOMING
Kanoheda Elementary has been selected from among more than 100 schools to host a visit by the Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders on Sept. 29. The players will participate during class and share with students the importance of doing well in school and being leaders. Several Kanoheda Elementary 4th grade classes will be visited by the Falcons players. The Falcons First Down Fitness Challenge program provides classrooms with P.E. equipment and fitness information to use during recess and at home. For more information, call Teacher Amanda Parker at 770-682-4221.

Parsons Elementary PTA received a $5,000 Home Depot Foundation grant-funded work day (Sept. 29) for improvements outside of the school. Home Depot will send more than 100 volunteers to provide picnic tables, benches, and mulch, replace broken ties on the playground, stain the wood, and make repairs to the Peace Garden. Parsons received one of only 30 grants awarded. For more information, call 678-957-3050.

As a result of a letter writing campaign, Freeman's Mill Elementary will host a visit from Georgia's First Lady Mary Perdue on Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m. Ms. Perdue will read to students and present a book to the media center. She will also share the importance reading and the important role reading has had on her life as a community member. For more information, call 678-377-8955.

The Peachtree Players and Mary Our Queen Catholic Church will perform “Lilies of the Field” by F. Andrew Leslie on Oct. 1-4 at the Lionheart Theatre at the College Street Playhouse in Norcross, and on Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 at the New Dawn Theater in Duluth. Proceeds will benefit the Peachtree Elementary fund to assist students and their families. Tickets may be purchased for $15/single or $10/group. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 678-994-5666. For more information, visit http://www.maryourqueen.com/index.cfm?load=news&newsarticle=46&page=1.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation will host Blue Hawaii, the 5th Annual Foundation Fling-2009, on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Magnolia Hall in Lawrenceville. Live and silent auctions will benefit the students of the Peachtree Ridge cluster schools. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and entertainment including ‘Elvis’. For more information, visit www.peachtreeridgefoundation.org or call Jane Denton, Executive Director, at 678-957-3166.

Sweetwater Middle will host an Awards Day on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. to reward students who have displayed exemplary behavior during the first nine weeks of school. Approximately 30 motorcyclists will ride to school and share the importance of getting an education with students. For more information, call 770-932-4131.

Gwinnett elementary students will participate in an international Read for the Record on Oct. 8. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an international campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grown-ups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world.
  • Berkeley Lake Elementary kindergarten and 1st grade classes will have “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” read to them by the Mayor of Duluth, Nancy Harris. Ms. Harris is a former Gwinnett County educator and former principal of B.B. Harris Elementary. Ms. Harris will be reading at the school at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8.
  • Harbins Elementary will host a visit from Georgia’s First Lady Mary Perdue on Oct. 8. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Grayson High will host a screenwriting workshop and contest for GCPS students on Oct. 10. A commercial for the Grayson Technical Program will be taped on campus. For more information, call Assistant Principal Isabelle Beach Jones at 770-554-7394.

Norcross High will host the second part of a four-part series for immigrant families on achieving academic success in school on Oct. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the school. Session II is titled Progress Reports and So Much More. What are Progress Reports, and now that you have received one what should you do? What does a Parent-Teacher Conference involve and how can it benefit your student? For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Duluth High Theater has scheduled the following performances for the 2009-10 school year. For more information, call Gwyn Jones, theater director, at 770-476-5206, or email gwyn_jones@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
Oct. 22 and 23 “Heart’s Desire” A One-Act Comedy by Caryl Churchill
Nov. 12 and 13 “30/60” 30 plays in 60 minutes! (Yes! 30 plays in 60 minutes)
Nov. 20 and 21 “The Wizard of Children’s Theatre for the whole family in one-act Wonderland”
Feb. 18 and 19 “30/60” 30 plays in 60 minutes!
March 25– 28 “Grease” The fabulous 50’s Rock’n’Roll Musical
April 29 and 30 “Fools” Neil Simon’s Hilarious full-length Comedy

GCPS will hold several dedication celebrations at new schools throughout the fall. Dates are listed below.
Oct. 4– Archer High (1:30 p.m.) and Bay Creek Middle (3 p.m.)
Oct. 18– White Oak Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and North Gwinnett Middle (3 p.m.)
Oct. 25– Woodward Mill Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and Dyer Elementary (3 p.m.)
Nov.1– Starling Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and Couch Middle (3 p.m.)

ONGOING
Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials, including textbooks for nine new/updated high school courses in the areas of science, mathematics, health, and technical education. The review will begin Oct. 1 and will run through Oct. 30. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center in the Building 200 Lobby. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) holds an extensive review before adopting instructional materials for classroom use. The directors of Science, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, and Technical Education convened committees to select materials to consider for adoption from those submitted by publishers. The materials were reviewed for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. During the review process, materials are piloted in GCPS classrooms. Data from the reviews and pilots will be considered in making textbook adoption recommendations to the Board of Education in early 2010. For more about the instructional materials review process, contact Lisa Burleson in the Instructional Materials Office at 678-301-6831.
Review Dates and Hours
Monday–Friday, Oct. 1–30, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 3 and 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 and 22, 5–8 p.m.

Norcross Elementary has several activities planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) including an essay contest, art display, and talent show. The month’s activities will end with a celebration at the school on Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym. Families will be asked to bring food and wear native clothing. For more information, call 770-448-2188.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
09/23/2009Title I parents invited to "Be There" at school fairs (pdf)
09/18/2009Gwinnett begins search for 2009-10 Teacher of the Year (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Parentvision: The Risk Within” Experts say that today’s number one killer of adolescents is not a disease or illness; it is accidental injury, often caused by risky behavior. Kids’ lives depend on the choices they make—choices to drink and drive, to take drugs, to be sexually active or to say no. What can parents do to help children make smart choices? How can they prevent their students from hurting themselves or others? Kids don’t always listen to adult warnings about the consequences of risky behaviors. But they will listen to the kids in “The Risk Within.” These are kids they can relate to... stories they can learn from and talk about with parents and teachers. This 60-min program airs Sept. 14-19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus shares tips for staying healthy during flu season, provides an update on the “Be There” parent involvement campaign, and spotlights a new online tool for parents… join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs Sept. 28-Oct. 4 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.

Meet the Author: Adriana Trigiani” Adriana Trigiani, author of “Big Stone Gap”, enters the world of young adult literature with “Viola in Reel Life”. This story is about 14-year-old Viola, who hates the idea of moving from her Brooklyn home to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade while her parents finish a film project in Afghanistan. This 30-min. program airs Sept. 28-Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This 10-part GCPS TV original series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 18 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 8, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Oct. 9 is a student holiday and staff furlough day.

Oct. 12 is a student teacher holiday.

Oct. 12-16 is National School Lunch Week.

Oct. 18-24 is Teen Read Week.

Oct. 19 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Oct. 19-23 if Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

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

School
Date
School
Date
Annistown Elementary
29-Sep
Archer High School
19-Oct
Arcado Elementary
21-Sep
Berkeley Lake Elementary
13-Oct
B.B. Harris Elementary
24-Sep
Berkmar Middle
6-Oct
Berkmar High
22-Sep
Brookwood High
27-Oct
Bethesda Elementary
21-Sep
Centerville Elementary
13-Oct
Brookwood Elementary
21-Sep
Craig Elementary
26-Oct
Brookwood High
22-Sep
Dacula High
2-Oct
Camp Creek Elementary
21-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
16-Oct
Centerville Elementary
25-Sep
Duluth High
20-Oct
Chattahoochee Elementary
22-Sep
Duluth Middle
13-Oct
Collins Hill High
22-Sep
Fort Daniel Elementary
2-Oct
Corley Elementary
29-Sep
GIVE Center West
1-Oct
Dacula Elementary
25-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle
29-Oct
Frank N. Osborne Middle
9/4/2009 9-18
Gwin Oaks Elementary
2-Oct
J.E. Richards Middle
21-Sep
Harmony Elementary
22-Oct
J.G. Dyer Elementary
30-Sep
Henry Partee Elementary
29-Oct
Knight Elementary
21-Sep
Ivy Creek Elementary
16-Oct
Level Creek Elementary
29-Sep
J.C. Magill Elementary
2-Oct
Lilburn Middle
24-Sep
J.G. Dyer Elementary
29-Oct
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
29-Sep
J.P. McConnell Middle
5-Oct
Mountain Park Elementary
21-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary
6-Oct
Mountain View High School
25-Sep
Level Creek Elementary
22-Oct
Parkview High
21-Sep
Lilburn Elementary
22-Oct
Peachree Ridge High
24-Sep
Lilburn Middle
8-Oct
Pharr Elementary
24-Sep
Mill Creek High
20-Oct
R.L. Norton Elementary
25-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary
20-Nov
Richard Hull Middle
25-Sep
Norcross Elementary
8-Oct
Summerour Middle
24-Sep
Norcross High
15-Oct
Suwanee Elementary
9-3 & 9-28
North Gwinnett High
6-Oct
Trickum Middle
21-Sep
North Gwinnett Middle
8-Oct
Walnut Grove Elementary
24-Sep
Parsons Elementary
1-Oct
Peachree Ridge High
30-Oct
R.D. Head Elementary
14-Oct
Riverside Elementary
13-Oct
Shiloh Elementary
15-Oct
Simonton Elementary
6-Oct
Simpson Elementary
30-Oct
Snellville Middle
15-Oct
South Gwinnett High
27-Oct
Suwanee Elementary
28-Oct
T. Carl Buice School
2-Oct
White Oak Elementary
1-Oct

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.- 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 www.gwinnettehc.org or call 770-904-3500.

September 30 Junior Master Gardener Level 1, Native Origins History
September 30 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference
October 6 Junior Master Gardener Level 2
Homeschool: Newton's Laws of Motion
Little Hands: Spooky or Not so Spooky?
October 7 Homeschool: Newton's Laws of Motion
October 9 Science Process Skills
Orienteering and Map Skills
October 10 Food & Shopping
2nd Annual Ella’s Run