News You Can Use - 09/26/2005









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/26/2005 - 10/02/2005


THIS WEEKEND
The Duluth High orchestra— including 200 violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists— will perform in the Duluth Fall Festival Parade on Sept. 24. The orchestra is one of the only marching orchestras in the country. The parade starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Five Forks Middle student Corinne Weintraub will perform with the Atlanta Workshop Players in the musical “Masquerade.” The show is set for Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tweed Theater in Alpharetta. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

HONORS
Duluth High student Anni Pullagura earned 1st place in the Georgia’s Young Authors Contest. For more information, call 770-476-5406.

SkillsUSA Georgia, the state affiliate of a nationwide club for vocational students, held its annual Fall Leadership Conference September 16-17 at the Jekyll Island Convention. Maxwell High School of Technology sent 31 students and three advisors to the conference for leadership training. The following students attended the conference: Denise Alcantar, Amber Atkinson, Tierra Bagby, La’Quandra Baker, Angel Barajas, Joseph Beverly, Jymon Bobb, Eric Colom, Yadira Cornejo, Jimmy Cougler, Brandon Cradduck, Chad Davis, Angelina Delamater, Denise Dews, Kiomi Dudley, Hailey Iona, Kevin Jackson, Diana Jaramillo, C.J. Lafever, Alejandra Macias, Brandi Maddox, Faraz Rasul, Samantha Reynolds, Sheri Russell, Delia Santa, Eric Santana, Patrick Sewell, Yesenia Thornton, Jonathan Varela, Thalia Villalon, and Carolina Villasmil. The following Maxwell students earned their Statesman Award: Amber Atkinson, Tierra Bagby, La’Quandra Baker, Joseph Beverly, Jymon Bobb, Yadira Cornejo, Denise Dews, Hailey Iona, Diana Jaramillo, Brandi Maddox, Samantha Reynolds, Sheri Russell, Delia Santa, Yesenia Thornton, Jonathan Varela, and Carolina Villasmil. Maxwell’s 31 students were honored with the Enthusiasm Award, along with the Membership Award for registering 268 students during a membership drive. For more information, call 770-963-6838.

Ernie Blankenship of Grayson High was named BellSouth High School Educator of the Year at the Braves game on Sept 20. He was awarded $1,000 check from the BellSouth Foundation. For more information, call 770-554-1071. (Photo available upon request.)

UPCOMING
The Brookwood High Visual Arts Department is hosting a 25th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibit at the school through Oct. 3. Brookwood alumni will display their work in the areas of architecture, graphic design, animation, interior design, web design, industrial design, fashion design, and landscape architecture. For more information, call Barbara Willis at 770-972-7642.

Creekland Middle students will participate in the 10th Annual Power Over Prejudice Summit on Sept. 28 at the Georgia Tech campus. The Summit is conducted each year by the Anti-Prejudice Consortium. For more information, call 770-338-4700.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host the school’s 4th annual Math Carnival on Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Math games and activities have been planned for parents and students. There will be an inflatable slide and “moon walk.” For more information, call 770-962-5015.

Brookwood High will sponsor the Maroon and Gold Forensic Classic Tournament on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The tournament generally attracts more than 30 schools from several states. This event is open to the public on Friday evening. For more information, e-mail Leslie Watkins at Leslie_Watkins@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The Mill Creek High band will hold an art auction on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in the commons area. There also will be a silent auction conducted for items and services donated by local businesses. Tickets are $5 per family, including food and drinks. The band will perform. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

A group of 14 gifted elementary students will visit Grayson High School of Technology on Oct. 6 and participate in a biotechnology activity. For more information, call Michael Garrett at 770-554-7094.

The Duluth High Center-Stage Alliance presents “Some Assembly Required” on Oct. 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call Vanette Vedder at 678 473 6249.

Hopkins Elementary will host author Peter Parente on Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. in the gym. He will bring several animals from a rain forest, including a sloth and a kinkajou. Mr. Parente writes books about endangered animals, saving their habitats, and helping our world. For more information, call Stacie Gadlage at 770-564-2661.

W.J. Cooper Elementary has many activities planned for Career Month in October. Lessons on careers will be taught in the classroom. Each grade level will sponsor a career contest. On Oct. 14, students in the 5th grade will listen to speakers. On Oct. 28, 2nd grade students will explore and learn about different careers at hands-on Career Centers. For more information, call Christy Armstrong at 770-554-7050.

Alton C. Crews Middle 8th grade band students will perform music of Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award- winning composer Michael Colgrass at the Rialto Theater in Atlanta on Oct. 18. The band will perform as part of the program featuring Mr. Colgrass. The concert at the Rialto is part of the Music Education Leadership Institute, sponsored by Georgia State University. For more information, call 770-982-6940.

Glenn C. Jones Middle will host a celebrity reading event on Oct.19 to celebrate Teen Read Week. Students will visit with local celebrities who will read from books, poems, and articles, and talk about their careers and lives. The school expects visitors ranging from government officials to local TV and radio personalities. This is an all-day event in which each celebrity will spend one hour with a group of students. If you are interested in being a guest reader, contact Julie Richardson at 770-904-5484.

Duluth High drama students will compete in sub-region One Act competition against Centennial High, Norcross High, Peachtree Ridge High, and Northview High with a 50-minute version of “Some Assembly Required” at Norcross High on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF EFFORTS
Following is an update on additional projects and fundraisers planned by GCPS schools. For more information on these specific projects, contact the local school. (A list of school phone numbers is available on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us, or by calling Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.) Contact Sloan Roach, executive director for Communication and Media Relations, at 770-822-6506 for recent additions.
Cedar Hill Elementary students donated more than 2,300 pounds of food for hurricane victims. A student in Terri Mylander’s 1st grade class was concerned about the children losing their toys and began a toy drive. The PTA sponsored a Hat Day and children paid $1 to wear a hat, raising $550. The MOMS Club of Lawrenceville donated backpacks filled with school supplies, which were given to the new Cedar Hill students who evacuated from the area of the storm. The MOMS Club will sponsor a clothing and toy sale in the Cedar Hill parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds.
Alton C. Crews Middle has raised a total of $11,871 from their “Crews Cares for Katrina” fundraiser.
Duluth Middle sponsored a car wash on Sept. 15 and raised approximately $300 in donations for the school Care Team. During the week of Sept. 19-23, canned goods and personal items were collected for the Duluth Co-op ministries to distribute to evacuee families in the community. Sept. 30 was hat day with donations benefiting the Katrina Relief Fund. During the week of Oct. 24-31, Mardi Gras beads will be sold to raise money for hurricane victims. Other events and projects will be planned throughout the year by the Katrina Relief Committee.
Duluth High teacher Amy Enter involved three of her German classes in raising a total of $1,012.75 for Katrina victims. Approximately $500 was used to purchase school supplies and gift cards for students new to metro Atlanta schools. The remainder will be donated to the American Red Cross.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
Mill Creek High will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a number of events organized by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). The media center has displayed books by Hispanic authors. The Poetry Club members read poetry from Hispanic poets on Sept. 21. Students will participate in community service events throughout October that include peer tutoring, mentoring students, raising money for America’s Wave of Hope, and volunteering at the Salvation Army and Hands Across Atlanta. Students may participate in the Gwinnett Hispanic Advisory Committee’s essay contest. The theme for the essay is Hispanic Role Models. The school will sponsor a Fiesta on Oct. 4 in the commons area from 6 to 9 p.m. Students, teachers, family, and community members are invited to share Hispanic culture, music, food, and fun. There will be presentations on the food, dance, and culture of Latin America countries. Tickets may be purchased from LASO members through Sept. 30. For more information, e-mail Lisa Rodriguez at Lisa_Rodriguez@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

GCPS TV
“Meet the Author - Sharon Creech.” Known for her classic voice and unique style, Creech is the bestselling author of the Newbery Medal winner “Walk Two Moons” and Newbery Honor Book “The Wanderer.” During this live program, Creech will discuss her latest novel, “Replay,” a book about self-discovery and fitting in. This 30-min. program airs live Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. and is rebroadcast Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

“America’s Rain Forests” - Prince William Network. Join U.S. Forest Service experts on a distance-learning adventure to America’s Rain Forests. Scientists, researchers, and students will explore the tropical rain forest in the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico and the temperate rain forest in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 30 through Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

“Developing Writers” Annenberg/CPB. “Developing Writers: A Workshop for High School Teachers” presents practical and philosophical advice for teaching writing, while examining issues every teacher faces, such as assessments and working with students with different abilities. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 26-29 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” English...Yes, I Can!, a GCPS TV production, returned to the air on Sept. 19 with the premiere of Series 3. This final installment of the program is designed to further enhance the English literacy skills of adult learners. The 16 one-hour shows in Series 3 are scheduled to air through Oct. 13 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
October is Computer Learning Month.

October 7 is a student and school staff holiday.

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 10 is a holiday for students and some staff; however, most school staff will be participating in professional learning and planning activities.

October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week and Teen Read Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

October 16-22 is National School Bus Safety Week.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during September and October. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Sept.
Phone Number
School
Oct.
Phone Number
Alton C. Crews Middle
9/13
770-982-6940Alcova Elementary
10/27
678-376-8500
Berkmar High
9/9
770-921-3636Alford Elementary
10/20
678-924-5300
Berkmar Middle
9/9
770-638-2300Berkmar High
10/10
770-921-3636
Bethesda Elementary
9/20
770-921-2000Brookwood Elementary
10/17
770-736-4360
Camp Creek Elementary
9/30
770-921-1626Camp Creek Elementary
10/28
770-921-1626
Centerville Elementary
9/18
770-972-2220Cedar Hill Elementary
10/13
770-962-5015
Chattahoochee Elementary
9/13
770-497-9907Chattahoochee Elementary
10/11
770-497-9907
Collins Hill High
9/19
770-682-4100Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
10/14
678-542-2300
Corley Elementary
9/23
678-924-5330Craig Elementary
10/31
770-978-5560
Creekland Middle
9/22
770-338-4700Alton C. Crews Middle
10/4
770-982-6940
Dacula Elementary
9/2
770-963-7174Dacula Elementary
10/14
770-963-7174
Dacula High
9/2
770-963-6664Dacula High
10/14
770-963-6664
Five Forks Middle
9/9
770-972-1506Duluth Middle
10/18
Fort Daniel Elementary
9/2
770-932-7400Duncan Creek Elementary
10/6
678-714-5800
Frank N. Osborne Middle
9/9
770-904-5400J.G. Dyer Elementary
10/3
770-963-6214
Freeman's Mill Elementary
9/8
678-377-8955Fort Daniel Elementary
10/14
770-932-7400
GIVE Center
9/13
770-338-4898Grayson High
10/21
770-554-1071
Grayson Elementary
9/16
770-963-7189Gwin Oaks Elementary
10/21
770-972-3110
Gwin Oaks Elementary
9/9
770-972-3110Harmony Elementary
10/13
770-945-7272
Harbins Elementary
9/20
770-682-4270B.B. Harris Elementary
10/11
770-476-2241
Ivy Creek Elementary
9/30
678-714-3655R.D. Head Elementary
10/12
770-972-8050
J.C. Magill Elementary
9/2
770-554-1030Richard Hull Middle
10/14
770-232-3200
J.P. McConnell Middle
9/26
770-554-1000Ivy Creek Elementary
10/28
678-714-3655
Louise Radloff Middle
9/8
678-245-3400Jackson Elementary
10/13
770-682-4200
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
9/15
678-376-8600Glenn C. Jones Middle
10/20
770-904-5450
McKendree Elementary
9/2
678-377-8933J.C. Magill Elementary
10/14
770-554-1030
Meadowcreek Elementary
9/29
770-931-5701Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
10/14
770-232-3370
Mountain Park Elementary
9/26
770-921-2224Meadowcreek High
10/11
770-381-9680
Norcross High
9/8
770-448-3674Norcross High
10/13
770-448-3674
Parkview High
9/27
770-921-2874North Gwinnett High
10/4
770-945-9558
R.D. Head Elementary
9/14
770-972-8050Frank N. Osborne Middle
10/14
770-904-5400
R.L. Norton Elementary
9/30
770-985-1933Parkview High
10/25
770-921-2874
Rebecca Minor Elementary
9/9
770-925-9543Parsons Elementary
10/3
678-957-3050
Riverside Elementary
9/13
678-482-1000Riverside Elementary
10/4
678-482-1000
Shiloh High
9/15
770-972-8471Shiloh Elementary
10/20
770-985-6883
Shiloh Middle
9/15
770-972-3224Simonton Elementary
10/24
770-513-6637
Simpson Elementary
9/30
770-417-2400Simpson Elementary
10/28
770-417-2400
Snellville Middle
9/8
770-972-1530Snellville Middle
10/13
770-972-1530
South Gwinnett High
9/19
770-972-4840Sugar Hill Elementary
10/4
770-945-5735
Sugar Hill Elementary
9/2
770-945-5735Summerour Middle
10/11
770-448-3045
Susan Stripling Elementary
9/1
770-582-7577Suwanee Elementary
10/4
770-945-5763
Sweetwater Middle
9/29
770-923-4131Sweetwater Middle
10/27
770-923-4131
Sycamore Elementary
9/8
678-714-5770Sycamore Elementary
10/4
678-714-5770
W.C. Britt Elementary
9/29
770-972-4500K.E. Taylor Elementary
10/21
770-338-4680