News You Can Use - 05/30/2005









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
05/30/2005 - 06/05/2005


This is the last “News You Can Use…” for the 2004-05 school year. The publication will return in August.

HONORS
Duluth Middle student Serena Zhang won 3rd place in the World Refugee Day poster contest, sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Serena’s work will be displayed at the 2005 World Refugee Day celebration at the National Geographic building in Washington, D.C., May 19th to July 17th. Her poster is also on the “USA for UNHCR” Web site http://www.usaforunhcr.org. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

Thirteen GCPS students will receive college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These scholarships are offered to finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. The scholarship winners are William Barnes of Berkmar High, Shannon Curry of Peachtree Ridge High, Bradley Dolphyn of North Gwinnett High, Irshaad Goedar of Norcross High, Songnam Hwang of Peachtree Ridge High, Keith Jones of Brookwood High, Jim Lu of Parkview High, Shane Lu of Parkview High, Matthew Pavlovich of Shiloh High, Sarah Richards of South Gwinnett High, Nicholas Rolader of Brookwood High, Adnaan Velji of Parkview High, and Saurabh Zarapkar of Duluth High. For more information, call 847-866-5100.

Four GCPS school teams competed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Denver. These schools are Creekland Middle, Dacula High, Richard Hull Middle, and Dr. M. H. Mason Jr. Elementary. For more information, call 770-513-6861.

Teams from Pinckneyville Middle and Simpson Elementary competed in the State Future Problem Solving Bowl at the University of Georgia. Simpson Elementary’s team placed 2nd overall and 3rd in the Team Presentation and Best Solution categories. Fifth grader A.J. Greenway placed 1st in individual competition. Pinckneyville Middle’s team placed 1st in Team Presentation and Best Solution, and placed 1st in overall competition. Arcado Elementary placed first in the community Future Problem Solving Team event based on a community project done during the school year. The Simpson team was coached by Kathy Russo. The Pinckneyville team was coached by Traci Balwin. Kathy Dean coached the Arcado team. Simpson student A.J. Greenway, the Pinckneyville Middle team, and the Arcado Elementary Team will represent Georgia at international competition at the University of Kentucky in June. For more information, call 770-513-6861.

Alton C. Crews Middle, Lilburn Elementary, Shiloh High, Shiloh Middle and Sweetwater Middle competed in the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville. For more information, call 770-513-6861.

Parkview High placed 9th in the Science Olympiad Nationals. Meadowcreek High placed 31st.

The 2005-06 Teachers as Leaders Class has been named by the Teachers as Leaders, Inc. and the TAL Board of Trustees. The following GCPS employees were named: Kathi Abraham of Simonton Elementary, Traci Baldwin of Pinckneyville Middle, Rose Ball of Brookwood Elementary, Lisa Braby of K.E. Taylor Elementary, Jill Bryson of Sweetwater Middle, Marketa Bullard of Norcross Elementary, Lacy Byerly of Shiloh High, Brad Callahan of Duluth Middle, Lisa Carlton of Brookwood Elementary, Sharon Coleman of Simpson Elementary, Tiffany Coleman of Simonton Elementary, Andie Derricho of Shiloh High, Kimberly Fye of Shiloh High, Beth Granger of Benefield Elementary, Amie Gravitt of Harbins Elementary, Wendy Harben of Fort Daniel Elementary, Todd Hamilton of Pinckneyville Middle, Krista Herron of Norcross High, Angela Hoffman of Harbins Elementary, Janet Jonas of Simpson Elementary, Felicia Jones of Creekland Middle, Pam Kern of Benefield Elementary, Susan Kramer of Peachtree Ridge High, Debbie Lifsey of Parkview High, Linda Nichols of Bethesda Elementary, Jasmine Nye of Peachtree Ridge High, Deborah Obenschain of Bethesda Elementary, Ann Schintzius of Norcross High, Christina Spivey of Fort Daniel Elementary, Kimberly Stewart of North Gwinnett High, Lucy Strother of Stripling Elementary, Diane Treuman of Jackson Elementary, Kellie Wall of Louise Radloff Middle, and Katherine Wentworth of Duluth Middle.

Central Gwinnett High student Cherelle Tucker will attend LeadAmerica’s 2005 Congressional Student Leadership Conference in Leadership July 12-17 in Washington, D.C.

Trickum Middle students had their writing published in “A Celebration of Young Poets: Georgia-Fall 2004.” In addition, Trickum Middle students will be published in “Creative Communications: Spring 2005,” which is due to be released in the fall of 2005. For a list of student names, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

Erika Gemzer of Dacula High was named Student of the Year by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Aydeen Munoz of Mill Creek High and Maxwell High School of Technology, received the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Challenge Award. Erika received a $1,000 scholarship and Aydeen received a $500 scholarship.

GCPS TV
“Envisioning a System of World-Class Schools... Our Strategic Direction” Gwinnett County Public Schools is focused on becoming a system of world-class schools. To achieve that, the school system must be strategic, looking to the future with a realistic eye for what has been, what is now, and what could be. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks' Area Board Meeting address provides an overview of the school system's strategic direction. This 30-min. program airs May 30-June 5 at 8:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.

“Georgia Economic Education Awards” The Georgia Council on Economic Education recognizes the Gwinnett County Public School System as the recipient of the 2005 Georgia Economic Education Program of Excellence Award and honors the 2005 Georgia Economic Teachers of the Year. This 15-min. program airs May 30-June 5 at 7:05 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 3:05 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 10:05 p.m.

“The Author in You- Michael White” Award-winning illustrator Michael P. White demonstrates how pictures help bring a story to life. Popular books illustrated by Michael White include the “Library Dragon” and “The Secret of Old Zeb.” This 30-min. program airs May 30-June 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 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.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
May 30 is Memorial Day (systemwide holiday.)

The first public hearing on the proposed millage rate will be held at 7 p.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 6. The second public hearing will be held at 11:45 a.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 13. The third public hearing on millage rate and adoption of final millage rate will be held at 7 p.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 13.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 23, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during June. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford ES
23-Jun
678-924-5300
Lanier MS
June
770-945-8419
Alton C. Crews MS
770-982-6940
Lawrenceville ES
June
770-963-1813
Annistown ES
770-979-2950
Lilburn ES
June
770-921-7707
Arcado ES
June
770-925-2100
Lilburn MS
June
770-921-1776
B. B. Harris ES
770-476-2241
Mason ES
770-232-3370
Beaver Ridge ES
June
770-447-6307
McConnell MS
770-554-1000
Benefield ES
June
770-962-3771
McKendree ES
678-377-8933
Berkeley Lake ES
770-446-0947
Meadowcreek ES
770-931-5701
Berkmar HS
June
770-921-3636
Meadowcreek HS
June
770-381-9680
Bethesda ES
770-921-2000
Mountain Park ES
770-921-2224
Brookwood ES
770-736-4360
Nesbit ES
June
770-414-2740
Brookwood HS
770-972-7642
Norcross ES
June
770-448-2188
Camp Creek ES
770-921-1626
Norcross HS
770-448-3674
Cedar Hill ES
770-962-5015
North Gwinnett HS
770-945-9558
Centerville ES
770-972-2220
Norton ES
June
770-985-1933
Central Gwinnett HS
770-963-8041
Oakland Center
June
770-513-6800
Chattahoochee ES
June
770-497-9907
Parkview HS
21-Jun
770-921-2874
Chesney ES
678-542-2300
Parsons ES
678-957-3050
Collins Hill HS
June
770-682-4100
Partee ES
June
770-982-6920
Cooper ES
13-Jun
770-554-7050
Peachtree ES
June
770-448-8710
Corley ES
678-924-5330
Peachtree Ridge HS
June
678-957-3100
Craig ES
770-978-5560
Pharr ES
770-985-0244
Creekland MS
16-Jun
770-338-4700
Pinckneyville MS
770-263-0860
Dacula ES
770-963-7174
R.D. Head ES
770-972-8050
Dacula HS
770-963-6664
Rebecca Minor ES
June
770-925-9543
Dacula MS
June
770-963-1110
Richard Hull MS
770-232-3200
Duluth HS
21-Jun
770-476-5206
Riverside ES
678-482-1000
Duluth MS
770-476-3372
Rock Springs ES
June
770-932-7474
Duncan Creek ES
678-714-5800
Rockbridge ES
770-448-9363
Five Forks MS
770-972-1506
Shiloh ES
770-985-6883
Fort Daniel ES
770-932-7400
Shiloh HS
770-972-8471
Freeman's Mill ES
June
678-377-8955
Shiloh MS
June
770-972-3224
GIVE Center
June
770-338-4898
Simonton ES
June
770-513-6637
Grayson ES
June
770-963-7189
Simpson ES
770-417-2400
Grayson HS
June
770-554-1071
Snellville MS
June
770-972-1530
Gwin Oaks ES
770-972-3110
South Gwinnett HS
770-972-4840
Harbins ES
770-682-4270
Stripling ES
770-582-7577
Harmony ES
770-945-7272
Sugar Hill ES
770-945-5735
Hopkins ES
June
770-564-2661
Summerour MS
7-Jun
770-448-3045
Ivy Creek ES
678-714-3655
Suwanee ES
770-945-5763
J. G. Dyer ES
770-963-6214
Sweetwater MS
June
770-923-4131
J.C. Magill ES
June
770-554-1030
Sycamore ES
678-714-5770
J.E. Richards MS
14-Jun
770-995-7133
T. Carl Buice School
June
770-271-5060
Jackson ES
770-682-4200
Trickum MS
770-921-2705
K. E. Taylor ES
June
770-338-4680
W. C. Britt ES
770-972-4500
Kanoheda ES
770-682-4221
Walnut Grove ES
770-513-6892
Knight ES
13-Jun
770-921-2400