News You Can Use - 02/07/2011

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
02/07/2011 - 02/13/2011

The Brookwood High Drama Club will present “Charlotte’s Web” on Feb. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 (adults) and $6 (students and senior citizens). The public is invited to this event. For more information, email Donna Faulkner at, or call 678-344-6302.

A Collins Hill High graduate has been awarded the National Gold Key for her art submission. Victoria Nikolich was granted this prestigious honor for her mixed media collage, which she entered into the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards last year. Her artwork will be displayed in a New York City gallery over the summer, and then exhibited in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Krishtian Sonny, a 5th grade chorus student from Rosebud Elementary, has been selected to be a member of the choir in the movie “Joyful Noise” filming in Atlanta. The performance will include singing and dancing. For more information, call 678-639-3800.

Sweetwater Middle will partner with Operation Hope, a financial literacy partner educating students and communities with financial information and understanding. Students will have the opportunity to meet for four one-hour mentoring sessions during the months from Feb. 8 through May 1. Operation Hope partners with financial institutions in an effort to improve communities in three distinct areas: student financial literacy, adult financial counseling, and emergency preparedness. For more information, call Sweetwater Middle at 770-923-4131, or visit

Dacula Middle will host the 3rd Annual Math and Science Family Carnival on Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The math and science departments will conduct an evening of fun for families by using hands-on activities and engaging math and science activities. In addition, there will be food, prizes, and music. For more information, call Dr. Horace Buckley or Patti Orsi at 770-963-1110.

Shiloh High will hold the 19th Annual African American History Program on Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Saluting African American Living Legends.” Students will showcase the talents and accomplishments of leaders who continue to make major contributions for our nation. For more information, call 770-972-4281.

Beginning in August of 2011, Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer students a new way to earn a diploma… online through Gwinnett Online Campus. Registration for the new school is ongoing through Feb. 28, 2011. Registration materials and information about the online high school and online learning can be found on the district website and at

Recently Duluth High hosted a visit from U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall. U.S. History students participated in a town hall meeting with Rep. Woodall. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Gwinnett high school coaches raised $4,430 at the Coaches vs. Cancer event, benefitting The American Cancer Society. Berkmar High and Parkview High alone raised $2,973.50 in donations and t-shirts sales. For more information, call Mike Emery, director of athletics, student activities and community schools, at 678-301-7276.

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
02/03/2011Jackson EMC donates funds to robotics program at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (pdf)
02/02/2011North Gwinnett High's West to serve as Honorary Educator (pdf)
02/01/2011Science students, professionals share a day of learning (pdf)
01/28/2011GSMST registration period extended through Feb. 4; Lottery to take place Feb. 14 (pdf)

“From Page to Stage” Have you ever wondered how all the elements of a theater production come together to form the final product? Join award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson as she talks with moderator Maria Salvadore about the creation and adaptation of her book, Locomotion, for the stage. This new production, a Kennedy Center co-commission with Orlando Repertory Theater, is an inspiring story of the journey of an eleven-year-old African American boy as he moves from tragedy to hope, losing one family and gaining another. This 60-minute program airs Feb. 7-12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Christopher Paul Curtis” - Newbery Honor Book winner Christopher Paul Curtis has a heartfelt respect for the power of words. Harnessing that power, Curtis wrote “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” in 1963, which won both the Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, in addition to other national awards. His book, “Bud, Not Buddy”, is a Newbery Medal Book and focuses on a boy’s search for his father and his home. During the program, Curtis reads from his books and elaborates on the writing process. This 30-minute program airs Feb. 7-13 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 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 GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

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February is National African American History Month and National Technical Education Month.

National SkillsUSA Week is February 6-12.

February 7-11 is National School Counseling Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., February 10, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

February 21 is a snow make-up day, school is in session.

The following schools will hold School Council meetings in February. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alcova Elementary15-Feb
Alford Elementary7-Feb
Anderson-Livsey Elementary8-Feb
Annistown Elementary8-Feb
Arcado Elementary7-Feb
Archer High School28-Feb
Bay Creek Middle11-Feb
Beaver Ridge Elementary10-Feb
Benefield Elementary22-Feb
Berkmar Middle24-Feb
Bethesda Elementary14-Feb
Britt Elementary8-Feb
Brookwood Elementary28-Feb
Brookwood High8-Feb
Burnette ES11-Feb
Camp Creek Elementary18-Feb
Chesney Elementary25-Feb
Cooper Elementary15-Feb
Creekland Middle10-Feb
Crews Middle17-Feb
Dacula Elementary11-Feb
Duluth High15-Feb
Duluth Middle8-Feb
Duncan Creek Elementary23-Feb
Dyer Elementary23-Feb
Five Forks Middle18-Feb
GIVE Center East8-Feb
Grayson Elementary11-Feb
Harbins Elementary17-Feb
Head Elementary23-Feb
Hopkins Elementary18-Feb
Ivy Creek Elementary18-Feb
Jackson Elementary10-Feb
Jones Middle10-Feb
Knight Elementary11-Feb
Lanier High15-Feb
Lawrenceville Elementary24-Feb
Level Creek Elementary22-Feb
Louise Radloff Middle17-Feb
Lovin Elementary17-Feb
Meadowcreek Elementary14-Feb
Mill Creek High15-Feb
Monarch School18-Feb
Mountain Park Elementary7-Feb
Nesbit Elementary15-Feb
Norcross Elementary11-Feb
Norcross High10-Feb
Norton Elementary25-Feb
Parkview High22-Feb
Peachree Ridge High17-Feb
Pharr Elementary17-Feb
Roberts Elementary25-Feb
Rock Springs Elementary10-Feb
Rockbridge Elementary24-Feb
Rosebud Elementary11-Feb
Shiloh Middle11-Feb
South Gwinnett High15-Feb
Stripling Elementary10-Feb
Trickum Middle15-Feb
Trip Elementary18-Feb

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.