News You Can Use - 09/03/2007

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
09/03/2007 - 09/09/2007

Mill Creek High will honor Special Olympic athletes who lettered last spring at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31, prior to the football game. Students will be introduced and presented letters and certificates on the 50-yard line. For more information, call Laura Dunnigan, athletic secretary, at 678-714-5909.

Six GCPS schools ranked in the top 30 in each of their divisions during the 28th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Grayson Elementary, Parsons Elementary, Duncan Creek Elementary, Richard Hull Middle, Trickum Middle and Peachtree Ridge High participated with more than 800 teams from around the country and the world in the creative problem solving competition. For more information, visit

The Duncan Creek Elementary PTA will host a book fair through Sept. 6. Students may visit the media center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily to purchase books. Proceeds will benefit the media center. For more information, call Media Specialist Terry Starner at 678-714-5822.

Maxwell High School of Technology will host an open house on Sept. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parents are invited to meet program instructors, tour the training labs, and view displays of student work. For more information, call 770-963-6838.

Grayson Elementary will host Skate Night and a Library Card Sign-up event on Sept. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sparkles Roller Rink in Lawrenceville. The Gwinnett County Public Library will be there assisting with library card sign-ups and providing library information. The first 50 students to arrive will receive a gift. In addition, the school is collecting donated books to benefit the community. For more information, email Janet Hart at

Arcado Elementary will hold a week-long celebration honoring grandparents from Sept. 10-14. Activities will include lunch with grandparents-- including a complementary framed photo commemorating the day. Each grade level will host grandparents on a different day of the week. For information on times and dates, call the school at 770-925-2100.

Grayson Elementary will hold the school’s second annual PTA Father and Son Cookout on Sept. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Entertainment will include karate demonstrations. For more information, contact Alaina Wilson at

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform in the Duluth Fall Festival parade Sept. 29. The schedule may be viewed at For more information, call Giesela Zavodny, communication officer, at 770-476-1299 or email

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 on weekday mornings and is open to the public weekday afternoons, Monday - Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.comor call 770-904-3500.

September 22, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monarchs Across Georgia, 5-hour teacher workshop, $50 to register
Discover ways to bring scientific concepts to life in your classroom using the Monarch butterfly. Participate in hands-on activities, research projects, and online scientific investigation. To register, send the registration form from the web site along with $50 to Monarchs Across Georgia, c/o Susan Meyers, 1497 Candleberry Court, Lilburn, GA 30047. Contact workshop facilitator, Susan Meyers at 404-388-8228 or email for more information.

“Achieving Excellence - Hands on Literacy” We are living in an era when educators are using interactive techniques to capture the attention and concentration of learners. This strategy sheds new light on the saying “learn by doing” and can be seen in many Georgia schools through the arts programs. When a classroom teacher creates a special partnership with a teaching artist, students can learn new techniques, lessons, and strategies for demonstrating what they have learned. This 30-min. program airs Sept. 3-9 at 10:30 a.m.

“Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science” Through real-world examples, demonstrations, animations, still graphics, and interviews with scientists and children, this Annenberg professional learning workshop explores science topics. Each of the eight one-hour video programs features elementary school classroom footage of exemplary science instruction, along with background information on featured authors and analysis of their work. Programs 5-8 of this 8-part workshop air Sept. 3-6 at 1 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 1” This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Aug. 27 through Sept. 27 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:
AT&T on Channel 21 Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24 & 26

For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site--

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September 4 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

Patriot Day is September 11.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 13 at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Citizenship Day is Sept. 17.

Georgia School Bus Safety Week begins Sept. 17.

Constitution week runs from Sept. 17-23.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Test on Sept. 26.