News You Can Use - 12/11/2006

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/11/2006 - 12/17/2006

News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Tip Sheet for the News Media
December 11-17, 2006

The Duluth High Center Stage Alliance presents “30/60 and a 50-minute version of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged” on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. in the school theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $6. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Mill Creek High will host the school’s 2nd annual “Taste of Mill Creek” on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s commons area. As many as 35 restaurants will provide a “taste” of their cuisine. Musical entertainment will be provided by schools in the Mill Creek Cluster. The school’s Soccer Goal Club will sponsor a craft fair. A silent auction, poinsettia sale, cake walk, kid’s crafts, and an inflatable obstacle course will also be available. Advanced tickets are $10, entitling a person to seven food-tasting coupons and an entry in the grand prize drawing. For more information, e-mail Deb Conroy at Lisa Reed at

At least seven GCPS students recently had perfect scores on the ACT and the SAT college entrance exams. Calley Mersmann of South Gwinnett High, Long Chen of Norcross High, and Cullen Graham of Parkview High, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. Maylene Xie of Parkview High, Clara Yang of Brookwood High, Elinor Willis of Meadowcreek High, and Steven Lau of Duluth High scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT. For more information, call the local school.

Several GCPS teachers and administrators presented at the 2006 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Convention and Career Tech Expo, which took place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from Nov. 30–Dec. 2. From Maxwell High School of Technology were Principal Donna Powers, and teachers Tamsen Boone and Linda Corley. Also presenting were Jacqueline Huffman of North Gwinnett High, Robert O'Keefe, of Grayson High, and GCPS apprenticeship coordinator Carla Steele. More than 6,500 career and technical educators from across the nation participated in this professional learning event dedicated to the career and technical education field. For more information, call Jody Reeves at 678-301-6050.

Rockbridge Elementary teacher Don Caron entered the art work of his 4th and 5th grade art club students in the Stone Mountain Park “A Stone Mountain Christmas” Greeting Card Project for elementary students and they earned 1st place in the competition. The cards will be on display at the park through Dec. 30. As a 1st place winner, Mr. Caron’s club will receive 50 complimentary all-attraction passes to distribute to participating students. For more information, call 770-413-5080 or visit

The Duluth High Chorus will perform their Winter Concert on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Students, parents, community members, and staff, are invited to attend. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Peachtree Ridge High will host Hispanic Night on Dec. 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. Representatives from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Peachtree Ridge High International Club, the Peachtree Ridge High School Community Foundation, school counselors, and the Mexican Consulate will speak to students and parents about educational opportunities and student achievement. For more information, call Heather Toner at 678-957-3100.

As part of the school’s wellness program, Duluth High is starting an after-school walking program. Principal Pat Blenke presented each staff member with a pedometer. Bo Ford and Tina Larou, Duluth High teachers, are in charge of the after-school walking program, which takes place on the school track. Each afternoon staff members are encouraged to walk for 30 to 40 minutes around the outside track. On rainy days, walkers may use the track inside the new gym. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) is seeking public input on revised state rules guiding special education. Next month, the GDOE will hold public input sessions in Gwinnett County about the proposed special education rules. Gwinnett’s sessions are one of nine hearings held around the state. The changes are being made to put state rules in full compliance with 2004 revisions to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The public input hearings will run through Jan. 18. Each location will host two hearings. To view the proposed rules and get more information, including the address for written comments, visit The Gwinnett sessions will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Suwanee, 678-301-7286.

The Duluth High Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) is teaming up with the United States Marine Corps to sponsor the 1st annual Duluth High Toys for Tots drive. Toys will be collected through Dec.15. The class collecting the most toys will win a pizza party. The toys will be delivered to the Duluth American Legion on Dec. 16 to be distributed to needy children for the holidays. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Math Rules - MR² A mathematically charged learning adventure is coming your way this week on Math Rules - GCPS TV’s innovative and educational math series for elementary students and their parents. Join hosts Lisa Lee, K-12 math coach, and Greta Loeber, Simpson Elementary math specialist, and special guest students as they learn the rules of “Oh No! 99” and “Uncover It.” It’s all fun and games, with a focus on learning. This 30-min. program airs Dec. 11-16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

ArtStage - Swan Lake GCPS TV is proud to present Brookwood High’s enchanting performance of “Scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.” This special encore presentation features performances from the Brookwood Honors Orchestra and Dance Department. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 11-14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 15-17 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“Buying Respectability - Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip”- By 1700, the demand for goods and services led to a consumer revolution. Explore the changing economy of the 18th century, including the status symbols of this class society, social mobility, taxation, the monetary system, and the impact of British mercantilism on America. This 60-min. program airs live, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air Dec. 11 through Jan. 7 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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The Georgia End-of-Course Test Window runs through Dec. 20.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 14, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Dec. 18, 19, and 20 are early release days for high school exams.

Dec. 21-Dec. 29 is winter break, with student holidays Jan. 1 and 2. Students return to school on Jan. 3.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during December. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Annistown Elementary12/12
Centerville Elementary12/13
Dacula Elementary12/15
Dacula High12/15
Henry Partee Elementary12/14
R.D. Head Elementary12/13
Riverside Elementary12/13
Rockbridge Elementary12/14