News You Can Use - 04/26/2009









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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
04/26/2009 - 05/03/2009


FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary will host Brant Chesney Day on April 24. Mr. Chesney was an avid volunteer and the community will commemorate the school's 5th year by having volunteers read to classes for 30 minutes. Our “Half Hour Heroes” will include firemen, police officers, community representatives, and Mr. Chesney’s mother, Ms. Mary Ann Thomas. Our evening events will include games, food, and music. For more information, call Dr. Melissa Underwood, media specialist, at 678-542-2307.

Margaret Winn Holt Elementary will host a Relay for Life fundraiser on April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but a minimal charge for activities and concessions. Participants may walk the track in preparation for the county event. Other events include face painting, games, luminaria lighting at dusk, Karaoke, hair design, a nail salon, cake walk, and entertainment. For more information, contact the school at 678-376-8600.

Former students and staff members from J.G. Dyer Elementary are invited to the “Retire Dyer Celebration” as the school moves to a new building for the 2009-10 school year. The event takes place at the school on April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. The retirement celebration will be an opportunity to share memories and visit with past administrators, faculty, and staff. The Dyer Elementary Spring Festival will follow the retirement event from noon to 4 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, call 770-963-6214, or email rosalyn_jones@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The 13th annual Duluth High Peach Jam will be held in the auditorium on April 25 and 26. This event will be professionally choreographed by Grammy Award winner Arif Vega. This year’s theme is “Reel to Real,” a tribute to movie music. Tickets are $10 for April 25 at 7 p.m. and $8 for the April 26 matinee at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Jean Ann Moale, Duluth High chorus teacher, at 770-232-3354.

HONORS
Of the 650 GCPS Media Festival entries, 332 entries will advance to the State Media Festival on May 1 at Georgia Public Broadcasting. To qualify, the entries had to earn a score of 96 or above. The categories are Animation, Live Action Video, Interactive and Sequential Stills, and Web Sites. For a complete list of winners contact Communication and Media Relations at 678-301-6020.

UPCOMING
Norcross High will host Sandra Cisneros, author of “The House on Mango Street” on April 27 for the county library program. For more information, contact Michelle Long, director of public relations, at mlong@gwinnettpl.org , or call 770-822-5326.

Mulberry Elementary will host “Careers on Wheels” on April 29. Students will have an opportunity to explore different careers in a hands-on fashion featuring community experts exhibiting work vehicles that include a helicopter, bucket truck, an airplane fuselage, the ArcheoBus, an ambulance, a fire truck, and an 18 wheeler. Students will have time to explore the vehicles and learn about career choices. For more information, call 678-226-7460.

Mulberry Elementary 4th grade students wrote to their favorite authors, asking them to sign their name to quilt squares. The squares were pieced together to create a wall quilt that will be displayed in the media center. The students have stories to share, along with responses received from the authors. The students are now 5th graders. For more information, call Becky Rabalais, media specialist, at 678-226-7460.

The Peachtree Ridge High Playhouse will perform “Beauty and the Beast” on April 30 and May 2 at 2:30 p.m. and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before each performance for $10, and at the school beginning April 27. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

On May 2 and 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, GCPS will host a Child Find Screening and Information Fair in the Central Gwinnett Room (Building 200) at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee. Private and home schooled students and their parents are invited to participate in a “drop-in” informational meeting sponsored by the Department of Special Education and Psychological Services. For more information, call 678-301-7110.

Rockbridge Elementary will host a community health fair on May 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. This event will conclude a series of Friday afternoon family fitness activities. There will be food, vendors, as well as a local radio station. An invitation is extended to the community and GCPS. For more information, call E-Chia Chihade, parent instructional support coordinator at 770-326-8090.

ONGOING
GCPS’ Area Board Meetings are being held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give staff and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of the meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
April 28-- District V at
Parkview High – Clusters: Berkmar, Meadowcreek, Parkview
April 30-- District II at Mill Creek High – Clusters: Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge

Maxwell High School of Technology will offer a Summer Career Camp June 8 through 12 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders interested in exploring careers. This week-long session with hands-on learning activities will include a variety of programs such as Graphic Design, Automotive Services, Cosmetology, Health Care and Medical Services, Early Childhood Education, Georgia Pre-K Camp Counselors, Public Safety, and Welding. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration is $40. For more information and to register, visit www.maxwellhigh.comor call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4625.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.

04/22/2009R.L. Norton Elementary’s Mixon-Lockaby named a top special education paraprofessional in state (pdf)
04/21/2009Peachtree Ridge High’s Feldman inducted into Thespian Hall of Fame (pdf)
04/21/2009Upcoming summer learning opportunities for GCPS students (pdf)


GCPS TV
“Parentvision: Civil Wars” Hosted by Collins Hill High counselor and graduation coach Margaret Cheeley, “Parentvision” explores topics relating to raising teens in the 21st century. This month’s show features the Connect With Kids Network (CWK) program “Civil Wars.” Many believe young people today are the most uncivil generation in our history. “Civil Wars” examines this generation and the culture that surrounds it. The program also looks at how parents can help their children be more respectful and responsible, and how two schools became award-winning “National Schools of Character.” This week’s episode features a discussion with Margaret Cheeley; Mary Anne Meeks, Duluth High Advanced Placement Psychology teacher; and a panel of senior high school students. This 60-min. program airs April 27-May 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“GCPS Focus” This week’s Focus spotlights the system’s newly Adapted Sports program, our students’ adventures in Broadcasting, and the school naming process…join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs daily 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.

“The Author in You - Writer's Toolbox” GCPS TV is proud to present an exciting new format for “The Author in You.” Each 15-minute episode will now feature an author and GCPS students discussing the art of writing, with special emphasis on sharing specific writing tips and suggestions for improving the writing process. Targeted toward students, this new format will prove a great teaching tool for the classroom. This week’s program features wildlife photographer and author Patsy Smith Roberts and students from Corley Elementary. This 15-min. program airs April 27-May 2 at 1 and 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English, Yes I Can! - Level 3” This video telecourse is designed to teach advanced English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air through May 7 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs 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: 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. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
April is Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month, Occupational Therapy Month, and School Library Media Month.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

May 4-8 is Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week.

May 5 is National Teacher Day.

Kindergarten Registration is May 7.

May 4-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 13 is Child Nutrition Employee Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 14, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

May 18-20 is early release for high school exams.

May 20 is the last day of school.

Gwinnett high schools will hold graduation ceremonies May 18-23, 2009. The GCPS graduation schedule may be viewed on the system website.

Memorial Day on May 25 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April and May. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
April
School
May
Bethesda Elementary
4/28
Alford Elementary
5/4
Craig Elementary
4/27
Alton C. Crews Middle
5/8
Creekland Middle
4/30
Arcado Elementary
5/11
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
4/30
Beaver Ridge Elementary
5/7
Duncan Creek Elementary
4/30
Benefield Elementary
5/14
Freeman's Mill Elementary
4/24
Berkeley Lake Elementary
5/7
K.E. Taylor Elementary
4/30
Berkmar Middle
5/14
Kanoheda Elementary
4/28
Brookwood Elementary
5/4
McKendree Elementary
4/30
Camp Creek Elementary
5/15
Meadowcreek Elementary
4/20 4/28
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
5/15
Meadowcreek High
4/28
Dacula Elementary
5/15
Mill Creek High
4/28
Dacula Middle
5/12
Parkview High
4/28
Duncan Creek Elementary
5/7
Parsons Elementary
4/1, 4/30
Five Forks Middle
5/1
Rock Springs Elementary
4/30
Fort Daniel Elementary
5/1
Susan Stripling Elementary
4/30
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
5/12
Suwanee Elementary
4/30
GIVE Center East
5/12
Sycamore Elementary
4/30
Glenn C. Jones Middle
5/14
Grayson High
5/8
Harbins Elementary
5/14
J.P. McConnell Middle
5/4
Jackson Elementary
5/14
K.E. Taylor Elementary
5/15
Knight Elementary
5/8
Lanier Middle
5/5
Lilburn Elementary
5/7
Lovin Elementary
5/14
Meadowcreek High
5/7
Mountain Park Elementary
5/11
Norcross High
5/16
North Gwinnett High
5/12
Peachree Ridge High
5/11
Puckett's Mill Elementary
5/7
Rebecca Minor Elementary
5/1
Richard Hull Middle
5/8
Riverside Elementary
5/5
Rock Springs Elementary
5/14
Rockbridge Elementary
5/7
Shiloh High
5/4
Shiloh Middle
5/8
Simonton Elementary
5/4
Simpson Elementary
5/1
Snellville Middle
5/14
South Gwinnett High
5/12
Sugar Hill Elementary
5/4
Summerour Middle
5/14
Suwanee Elementary
5/11
Sycamore Elementary
5/8

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.com or call 770-904-3500. For more information on events, visit the GEHS public calendar on the web site.
April 24: Night at the Museum: Save the Earth
April 25 and 27: Little Hands: April Showers Bring May Flowers
April 25: Sustainability and Solar Energy: Understanding Green Roofs, Adventures with Eco-Heroes Series, Green Power Patch, Energy 101 Workshop, and Solarbots
May 2: Understanding the Importance of Wetlands and Improve Your Air
May 4: Little Hands: Happy Mother's Day, Mother Nature