News You Can Use - 11/09/2009









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
11/09/2009 - 11/15/2009


HONORS
The Siemens Foundation selected four GCPS students as semifinalists in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Phillip Cheng, Anisha Hegde, and Arjun Meka, all from Brookwood High; and Emily Summerbell of Collins Hill High placed as semifinalists in the competition. The Siemens Competition is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, the national leader in supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with contributions surpassing $7 million each year. For more information, visithttp://www.siemens-foundation.org/en/competition.htm.

Vanessa Gallegos of Central Gwinnett High is one of only 53 students from around the state selected to serve on the state superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. These students will meet three times throughout the school year to advise Superintendent Cox on how state policies are having an impact in the classroom. The Student Advisory Council also will discuss other education-related issues and will serve as the Superintendent’s ambassadors for their schools. For more information, call 770-963-8041 or visit the student advisory council web site at http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/sup.aspx?PageReq=SUPSAC.

Six Shiloh High Entrepreneurial Ventures students have been selected to participate in the Junior Achievement Fellows Program, a 20-week “learning-by-doing” after-school program for self-motivated teens. Julius Bryant, Ashley Hendrix, Robert Ousley, Robert Quarterman, Justin Wofford, and Jamile Yesuf will meet at Cisco/Scientific Atlanta one evening a week for the remainder of their high school careers and benefit from participating in the following programs:
Scholarship, award, and travel opportunities
Make contacts with students from the metro-Atlanta area
Start their own business and manage a company, while earning a salary
Interact with business volunteers and business leaders
Gain experience for college applications and internships
Develop leadership, communication, networking, and success skills
Collaborate with students in Europe and Africa on joint business ventures
For more information, visit http://www.ja.org/programs/programs_high_overview.shtml or call 770-972-8471.

The Duluth High Orchestra Program has been named by Gwinnett Magazine a “Best of Gwinnett Winner 2009” in the category of Best Artistic/Cultural Scene. The orchestra will be noted in the January issue of the magazine and is the only school program to be selected for this category. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Lawrenceville Elementary received a plaque from the Department of Defense and an American flag from the spouse of an employee at the school who was deployed to Afghanistan. The flag was flown in Afghanistan during operation “Enduring Freedom.” The school was honored with this gift for the support received by the soldier and his family during his deployment. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

UPCOMING
Sweetwater Middle will host a Health Fair on Nov. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria. Activities include competing for prizes by jumping rope, using exercise balls and DVD’s. Nutrition information will be available. Other activities include a Red Cross blood drive, exercise demonstrations and classes, and the Gwinnett Police will provide information on Home Alone Safety, Seat Belt Safety, Bike Safety and Drug Awareness. The Gwinnett Fire Department will provide Fire Safety information. Healthy snacks may be purchased, and face painting will be available. For more information, call 770-923-4131.

ONGOING
GCPS middle school art teachers have 118 student works of art on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Concourse E beginning Nov. 10 as part of the Atlanta Airport Art Show. This artwork will be on display throughout the holiday season and tours are scheduled for Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. For more information, call Trickum Middle Teacher Aimée Burgamy at 770-921-2705.

GCPS students will participate in the upcoming Shutter Sense & Non-Sense Exhibit and Competition, a unique high school photography event that is open to all schools public and private in Gwinnett and Buford City. The exhibit begins with an open house on Nov. 8 and ends with an award ceremony on Jan. 9. Shutter Sense exists for the development of student photographers attending public and private schools. The exhibit will include digital work, traditional black and white prints, and alternatively-processed pieces. The competition is judged by professional photographers. Shutter Sense strengthens the classroom experience by promoting growth and art awareness. For more information, call Alexandra Kates at Parkview High, or Becky Raffalovich at Phoenix High.

RECENTLY
Ivy Creek Elementary and the PTA recently sponsored a Camp at the Creek—Family Camp Out. Families and community members were invited to spend the night in tents around a campfire. The night provided an opportunity for families to unplug, get back to nature, enjoy getting to know each other, and build community. A night by the campfire was enjoyed by all, including teachers, and their families. Moms, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, sisters, and brothers laughed and had fun together. More than 30 families spent the night. REI sent representatives to educate students and families about the environment, show ways to be active outdoors, share safe camping practices, and to demonstrate the use of camping equipment. Students were entertained with an inflatable slide and jump house. When the sun went down, stories were shared at the campfire while roasting weenies and marshmallows for S’mores. For more information, call Tammy Glausier at 678-714-3655. (Picture available upon request.)

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
11/05/200934 Gwinnett schools make DOE's "Distinguished Title I Schools" list (pdf)
11/03/2009GCPS' Teacher of the Year named Great American Teacher (pdf)
11/02/2009GCPS seeks participation in review of curriculum (pdf)

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus turns the spotlight on the 2010 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year and the five other impressive finalists. We’ll take a look at how the system is helping students achieve their highest potential with accelerated learning, and rallying community support and participation in systemwide mentoring initiatives … join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your GCPS news show This. 30-min program airs Nov. 9-15 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.

“First in War - George Washington and the American Revolution” Through dedication and determination, George Washington accomplished the impossible by leading the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolution. Our panel of historians will explore how Washington’s leadership was instrumental in securing American independence. Discussion topics will include Washington’s relationship with his generals as well as the common soldier, the British perspective of the war, the turning point at Valley Forge, and the quelling of a rebellion at Newburgh. Key themes will include leadership, perseverance, and teamwork and cooperation to achieve a goal. This 45-minute program airs Nov. 9-15 at 9:30 a.m.

“ArtStage: Veterans Day Concert” In recognition of Veterans Day, GCPS TV is proud to rebroadcast a special Veterans Day Program performed by the Norton Elementary 4th and 5th grade chorus. It’s a patriotic celebration you won’t want to miss. This 45-min program airs Nov. 9-15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS TV 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 Dec. 13 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS Web site--www.gcpstv.org.
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CALENDAR
Nov. 1-30 is American Indian Heritage Month.

Nov. 9-13 is School Psychology Week.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

Nov. 11and 12 are early release days for elementary and middle school parent-teacher conferences.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 12, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Nov. 15-21 is American Education Week.

National Parental Involvement Day is Nov. 19.

National Family Week is Nov. 22-28.

Nov. 25-27 are Thanksgiving holidays for schools, central offices locations are also closed.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
November
Alcova Elementary
17-Nov
Alford Elementary
9-Nov
Alton C. Crews Middle
13-Nov
Arcado Elementary
16-Nov
Archer High School
16-Nov
B.B. Harris Elementary
19-Nov
Beaver Ridge Elementary
19-Nov
Benefield Elementary
19-Nov
Berkmar High
10-Nov
Bethesda Elementary
9-Nov
Brookwood Elementary
16-Nov
Camp Creek Elementary
20-Nov
Chattahoochee Elementary
10-Nov
Collins Hill High
10-Nov
Corley Elementary
17-Nov
Couch Middle
13-Nov
Creekland Middle
12-Nov
Duluth Middle
10-Nov
Duncan Creek Elementary
19-Nov
Five Forks Middle
13-Nov
Frank N. Osborne Middle
13-Nov
Freeman's Mill Elementary
13-Nov
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
13-Nov
GIVE Center East
10-Nov
Grayson Elementary
20-Nov
Harbins Elementary
19-Nov
Ivy Creek Elementary
20-Nov
J.E. Richards Middle
9-Nov
J.G. Dyer Elementary
18-Nov
J.P. McConnell Middle
9-Nov
K.E. Taylor Elementary
20-Nov
Lanier Middle
17-Nov
Lilburn Middle
19-Nov
Louise Radloff Middle
12-Nov
Lovin Elementary
19-Nov
Meadowcreek Elementary
16-Nov
Meadowcreek High
12-Nov
Monarch School
13-Nov
Mountain Park Elementary
16-Nov
Mountain View High School
20-Nov
Mulberry Elementary
18-Nov
Oakland School
17-Nov
Patrick Elementary
17-Nov
Peachree Ridge High
19-Nov
Peachtree Elementary
17-Nov
Pharr Elementary
19-Nov
Pinckneyville Middle
12-Nov
Puckett's Mill Elementary
19-Nov
Rebecca Minor Elementary
20-Nov
Richard Hull Middle
13-Nov
Rosebud Elementary
13-Nov
Shiloh Middle
13-Nov
Sugar Hill Elementary
16-Nov
Susan Stripling Elementary
19-Nov
Sweetwater Middle
11-Nov
Trickum Middle
10-Nov
Trip Elementary
20-Nov
Twin Rivers Middle
9-Nov
W.C. Britt Elementary
17-Nov
W.J. Cooper Elementary
16-Nov
Walnut Grove Elementary
19-Nov
Woodward Mill Elementary
13-Nov

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.- 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 www.gwinnettehc.orgor call 770-904-3500.

November
10
Junior Master Gardener Level 2
Homeschool: Light
Little Hands: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Acorns
11
Homeschool: Light
13
Introduction to Chemistry
Orienteering and Map Skills
14
Waste Management & Reduction
17
Homeschool: Light
18
Homeschool: Light
Little Hands: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Acorns
20
Introduction to Chemistry
21
Saturday Activities at the GEHC
30
Little Hands - Pumpkins, Gourds, and Acorns