News You Can Use - 05/31/2010









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
05/31/2010 - 06/06/2010


HONORS
Dacula High student Rachel Grap is the recipient of a National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Herff Jones, Inc. Leadership Award Scholarship. One hundred national state Principal Leadership Award winners were chosen from among more than 3,100 applications. Rachel was one of Georgia’s three state winners to receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, call JoAn Adams, Dacula High college career coordinator, at 770-227-4466.

Maxwell High School of Technology students in the Certified Nursing Program will be honored at a ceremony on June 12 at 1 p.m. in the Grayson Room at the Instructional Support Center. These students will be eligible to sit for the State of Georgia Certified Nursing Assistant exam and begin working in hospitals and long term care facilities. Pinning Ceremonies are unique to the Healthcare field, and this is a first for GCPS. Local community members from Gwinnett Medical Center, Delmar Gardens, Georgia Perimeter College, and Gwinnett Technical College will be in attendance as members of the advisory board. For more information, call Dr. Jade Gillispie, Maxwell High School of Technology Healthcare Science Technology Education, instructor, at 770-963-6838.

UPCOMING
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have chosen Peachtree Ridge High as the site for the media event where they will unveil the much-talked-about “common core standards” for the nation’s public schools. NGA and CCSSO invite dignitaries, business leaders, educators, parents, citizens, and students to the theater at Peachtree Ridge to witness the rollout of the proposed curriculum standards that have been in development for the last many months. Governor Sonny Perdue will be a key participant, along with other Governors and state school superintendents. The one-hour program begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2.

Support Gwinnett schools and enjoy a Gwinnett Braves baseball game when you purchase a $12 ticket to the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, June 6, at Coolray Field in Buford. A portion of the ticket price for this inaugural event will go to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. Ticketholders also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes, including a flat screen TV, round-trip AirTran tickets, a round of golf for a foursome at Canongate, a $100 Publix card, tickets to Stone Mountain, Georgia Aquarium admission, and more. Find a ticket order form online at http://www.gcps-foundation.org/. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 each or three for $10. The deadline to order is May 26. Tickets will be mailed by June 1. The June 6 event begins at 2:05 p.m., and includes the induction ceremony, the Gwinnett Braves vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees game, and a silent auction to benefit the Foundation. For more information, call the GCPS Foundation Fund, Inc., at 678-301-7287.

Ivy Creek Elementary staff members are supporting a fundraising opportunity “Golf Fore Grace” at the Hamilton Mill Golf Course on June 16. Proceeds will benefit the family of Ivy Creek Elementary student Grace Callahan, who was diagnosed with an enlarged heart at 11 days of age. Grace recently received a long-awaited heart transplant. For more information, or to make your reservation, call Sheri Lawton at 678-468-2574 or Sara Norris at 404-384-4139. All proceeds from this event will go to “Hearts for Grace”.

Jones Middle students in Ann Hince’s 8th grade class earned 1st Place in state in the Georgia Project Citizen Showcase with the team’s “Water Wars” project, advancing to national Project Citizen competition July 25-28. Project Citizen is a program for middle grade students promoting participation in local and state government. The program helps young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy. For more information, call Debbie Daniell, social studies director, at 678-301-7028.

RECENTLY
During the month of May, the Boy Scouts of America celebrated the Centennial Celebration with a tree dedication to show appreciation for the partnership held with GCPS. The Northeast Georgia Council designated the Instructional Support Center as a recipient of a Centennial Tree project commemorating 100 years of scouting.

Chattahoochee Elementary students sponsored a Teddy Bear Drive for orphaned Haitian children. The final count of donated new and gently used stuffed animals came to 2,202. For more information call Chattahoochee Elementary at 770-497-9907.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
05/26/2010Gwinnett says thank you to more than 300 retirees (pdf)
05/25/2010School times set for Gwinnett's 2010-2011 school year (pdf)

GCPS TV
Operation PTV: GCPS TV has designated the month of June as Operation PTV, a campaign challenging parents to jumpstart their connection with their teens. Beginning June 7, each of GCPS TV’s 16 “ParenTVision” shows will be rebroadcast with the addition of a conversation starter, to help get parents and teens talking. The programs will be divided into 4 categories: Issues for a New Generation, What Parents Don't Know..., Self-Management, and Internal Compass. For a complete listing of programs and schedule details, log onto www.gcpstv.org.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday through June 20, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot.

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 TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
May 31 is Memorial Day, a systemwide holiday.

Final adoption of millage rate is scheduled for June 14.

High school Summer School classes are scheduled for June 15 through July 14 (July 5 holiday, no school on Fridays).

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 17, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

K-8 Academic Summer School for qualifying students is June 21 through July 15 (July 5 holiday, no school on Fridays).

All GCPS schools and offices will be closed for Independence Day on July 5.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., July 15, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

August 9 is the first day of school for the 2010-11 school year.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., August 19, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in June. Call the local school for the time and location.
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Parkview High22-Jun

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. 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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/News.232.0.html or call 770-904-3500.
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CENTER CLOSED-MEMORIAL DAY
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Homeschool: Maps!
Little Hands: Magical Mysteries of the Forest
Homeschool: Maps!
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Little Hands: Magical Mysteries of the Forest
Homeschool: Maps!
Homeschool: Maps!
Opening Night Reception: BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Homeschool: Maps!
Little Hands: Magical Mysteries of the Forest
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark
Homeschool: Maps!
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Summer Nature Camp: Water's Wonders
Summer Specialty Camp: Camper vs. Wild
Summer Heritage Camps: Achaeology/Ancient World
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Summer Nature Camp: Water's Wonders
Summer Specialty Camp: Camper vs. Wild
Summer Heritage Camps: Achaeology/Ancient World
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Summer Nature Camp: Water's Wonders
Summer Specialty Camp: Camper vs. Wild
Summer Heritage Camps: Achaeology/Ancient World
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Summer Nature Camp: Water's Wonders
Summer Specialty Camp: Camper vs. Wild
Summer Heritage Camps: Achaeology/Ancient World
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
Summer Nature Camp: Water's Wonders
Summer Specialty Camp: Camper vs. Wild
Summer Heritage Camps: Achaeology/Ancient World
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BBQ Joints and the Good Folks Who Own Them
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