News You Can Use - 10/08/2012

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
10/08/2012 - 10/14/2012

Peachtree Elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in the Kids Vision for Life Program. This program offers vision screenings and glasses for students attending Title I schools. The school’s three-day event ends Friday, October 5, and runs in conjunction with World Sight Day. For more information, call the school at 770-448-8710.

Volunteers from throughout Gwinnett County will visit several GCPS schools as part of Great Days of Service. Some of the projects are listed below.
  • Gwinnett Tech is providing 20 volunteers to Sweetwater Middle on Oct. 5 to work on the front of the building. The volunteers will plant an herb garden and rebuild fences, picnic tables, and benches. For more information, call the school at 770-717-2160, or visit
  • Students in the Junior Leadership Corps at Summerour Middle will participle in a school beautification project on Oct. 6. The students will work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. painting the amphitheater. They will also volunteer their time to complete landscape projects in the same area. Parent volunteers will join in the activities with their students. For more information, call Andrea C. Steele, coordinator, at 678-301-7372.
  • Beaver Ridge Elementary is the recipient of five picnic tables donated from Gwinnett Technical College, and furniture for the Media Center donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement through Gwinnett Great Days of Service. These items will arrive at the school and be assembled on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the school at 770-447-6307.

Teacher Jill Moore of Sycamore Elementary was selected by OfficeMax® to receive ‘A Day Made Better’ award. OfficeMax® joined with Adopt-A-Classroom to create A Day Made Better— a one-day event that awards more than 1,000 teachers with more than $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. For more information, visit

GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program invites the public to participate in the Third Annual Golf Tournament to benefit GCPS 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. 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 a participant gift bag. (The golf coordinator will assemble 4-person teams and assign overall handicaps if needed.) Register online at

Brookwood High advanced theater students perform”Dracula” on Oct. 11 and 13, at 7 p.m. in the theater. Adult tickets may be purchased at the door for $7, and student and senior citizen tickets are $6. For more information, contact Donna Faulkner at or 770-736-2088.

GCPS will host a leadership conference for elementary peer leaders on Oct. 11. The conference will be held at Hebron Church in Dacula. Speakers for the conference include a GCPS principal, counselor, teachers, and many more informative leaders. For more information, call Mason Elementary Counselor Robin Zorn at 770-232-3370.

The Duluth High Chorus has scheduled a Fall Concert open to the public on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the school. For more information, call Jean Ann Moale, of the Duluth Chorus boosters Association at 770-476-5206.

Dyer Elementary students have been busy decorating pumpkins for the Dyer Elementary United Way Pumpkin Patch. Classes are using story book characters for inspiration. The character pumpkins will be judged on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. For more information, call Teacher Matt Bonk at 770-963-6214.

Central Gwinnett High theater students return to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville for an exciting afternoon of theater games Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. The Central Theater students are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), and volunteer by teaching theater in the community to earn ITS honor points. This group is led by Central Gwinnett High senior Skylar Jackson. For more information, call teacher Lisa Bell at 404-861-5066, or email

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 re scheduled 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

Parents may now use a mobile app available at the Apple® App Store™ to MyPaymentsPlusSM to purchase K-12 school meals, check account balances, review purchase history, and make payments right from their iPad or iPhone. For more information visit or call Ken Yant, Director of School Nutrition Program at 678-301-6246.

“The Will of the People - Colonial Williamsburg” The presidential campaign of 1800 was perhaps the most bitter in U.S. history. Thomas Jefferson explains to modern students how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the republic's earliest days. This 60 minute program airs Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.

“GCPS FOCUS” This year, GCPS FOCUS brings a new format to the show. 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.

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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.
10/02/2012BOE salutes Trickum MS Academic Team (pdf)
10/01/2012Close to 30 GCPS seniors in the running for National Achievement honor (pdf)
09/27/2012Read for the Record 2012: Gwinnett students join children from around the globe in reading "Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad" (pdf)

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October is Computer learning Month® and Physical Therapy Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 18, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 8 is a Student Holiday and Planned Furlough Day.

October 14-20 is Teen Read Week and National Teen Driver Safety Week.

October 15 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

October 15-19 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week, National School Bus Safety Week; and National School Lunch Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 18, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 23-31.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
Archer High School
Benefield Elementary
Berkmar High
Berkmar Middle
Brookwood Elementary
Buice School
Cooper Elementary
Craig Elementary
Crews Middle
GIVE Center West
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Hopkins Elementary
Jones Middle
Lanier High
Lanier Middle
Level Creek Elementary
Lilburn Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Mill Creek High
Norcross Elementary
North Gwinnett High
North Gwinnett Middle
Oakland School
Osborne Middle
Parkview High
Partee Elementary
Peachtree Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Roberts Elementary
Shiloh Middle
Simpson Elementary
South Gwinnett High
Sugar Hill Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
Sycamore Elementary
Trickum Middle
Walnut Grove Elementary
White Oak Elementary

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.

Rivers Alive Stream CleanupsOct. 20, Nov. 3
Harvest Season – Nature’s Fall BountyOct. 13, 20, 27
Green Living SeriesOct. 8, Nov. 18, Dec. 21
GEHC Lego Legacy Bricks Oct. 13
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15
FestivalsOct. 19, 20
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberNov. 26