|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
12/17/2012 - 01/07/2013
News You Can Use… will return in January, 2013.
20 Gwinnett student artists are semifinalists in the DREAM@50 Art Competition and will represent Gwinnett County Public Schools in the next level of competition. The student artists represent Duncan Creek, Ferguson, Jenkins, and Kanoheda elementary schools; Trickum Middle, Dacula High, Duluth High, GIVE Center East, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Meadowcreek High, Mill Creek High, North Gwinnett High, Parkview High, and Shiloh High. From among the semifinalists representing participating districts and organization, judges will select one grand prize winner, a first place winner, and two runners up for three categories (elementary, middle, and high school) for a total of 10 winners. Atlanta winners will be announced Jan.19. For more information, visit http://thedreamartcontest.com/2012/.
Berkmar Middle student Jessica Pham will be honored by Georgia Tech’s Women’s Basketball team for reading nearly 10,000 pages during the annual “Jacket 2 Jacket” reading program. Jessica earned the highest place for a7th grade reader and will receive halftime recognition at the Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn game on Dec. 16. In addition, Jessica will receive an autographed poster from the Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball team and two tickets to the Dec. 16 game. The Jacket 2 Jacket program recognizes individuals from each grade level with the highest individual total of pages read, the highest class total, and the highest school total. For more information, visit http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/w-baskbl/Jacket2Jacket.html.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology will host a silent auction of decorated wreaths along with a talent competition on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. during the Festival of Trees event at the school. Proceeds from this event will benefit Street Grace and bring awareness to the organization and human trafficking. For more information, call Teacher Jeni Prince at 678-518-6700.
The Brookwood High Music Tech Classes are proud to offer their album, “Holiday Finesse”, as a free download this holiday season. Donations will be accepted and will benefit “Helping Hands and Hearts.” The 26 tracks represent the best of more than 85 submissions for this project. Visit www.soundcloud.com/brookwoodmusictech to download the album and make a donation. For more information, call Dr. Chris Costigan, director of music technology, at 770-736-3364 or visit www.brookwoodband.org.
The Brookwood High Visual Arts Department will exhibit student art in the Community Room of Snellville City Hall through Dec. 30. This exhibition is open to the public and is the first showing of its kind in City Hall. The City of Snellville expects this exhibition to be ongoing and open to high school students in the Snellville area. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088 or email email@example.com.
The school district’s charter schools and a special technical education program have scheduled information sessions and registration dates as they prepare for the 2013–14 school year.
- Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), GCPS’ diploma-granting, virtual charter school, will serve grades 4–12 next year. GOC will hold information sessions around the district on Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, and Feb. 7. Registration for full-time students will be open Feb. 1–28.
- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), the district’s STEM-focused charter high school, will hold informational meetings for interested 8th graders on Jan. 15. The registration packet is available for download with a Feb. 1 deadline. If more registrations are received than available seats, the school will hold a public lottery on Feb. 11.
- Maxwell High School of Technology begins online registration on Feb. 1. Maxwell is GCPS’ technical career-focused charter high school. Students attend classes at both Maxwell and their regular GCPS school.
- Grayson High Technical Education Program is a career-focused special program housed at Grayson HS. An information session for the 2013–14 school year is scheduled for Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration applications will be available online Feb. 1.
- New Life Academy of Excellence, a system-approved charter school with two locations, will serve grades K–8 next year. Kindergarten families may register Jan. 7–11 at the Norcross campus. If more registrations are received than available seats, the school will hold a public lottery.
“artSTAGE Sounds of the Season” A holiday tradition continues with GCPS TV’s “Sounds of the Season,” featuring lively student performances from across the county. It’s a musical celebration that is sure to delight the whole family. This 90-minute program airs Dec.18-30 at 2 p.m. and 8 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.
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A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., December 13, 2012, at the ISC, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
December 17-19 are early release days for high school exams.
December 20-31 is Winter Break for schools.
December 21 is a planned furlough day for 12-month staff, and December 24-31 is winter break for 12-month staff, all Gwinnett central offices will be closed.
January 1 is New Year’s Day and a systemwide holiday for all employees.
January 2 is a student holiday/teacher planning staff development day.
The following schools will hold Local School Council Dates in December and January. Call the local school for the time and location.
|Camp Creek Elementary|
|Rock Springs Elementary|
|Camp Creek Elementary|
|Cedar Hill Elementary|
|Central Gwinnett High|
|Collins Hill High|
|Five Forks Middle|
|GIVE Center West|
|Grace Snell MS|
|Gwin Oaks Elementary|
|Henry Partee Elementary|
|Ivy Creek Elementary|
|Level Creek Elementary|
|Margaret Winn Holt Elementary|
|Mason Jr. Elementary|
|Moore Middle School|
|Mountain View High School|
|North Gwinnett High|
|South Gwinnett High|
|Sugar Hill Elementary|
|Twin Rivers Middle|
|Walnut Grove Elementary|
|White Oak Elementary|
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/ or call 770-904-3500.