News You Can Use - 11/12/2012

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
11/12/2012 - 11/18/2012

Dacula Elementary will host a celebration to honor veterans at the school on Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. for grades K-2 and 9:55 a.m. for grades 3-5. For more information, call the school at 770-963-7174.

Grace Snell Middle will host the school’s second annual Veterans Day Program on Nov. 9 at 12:45 p.m. in the gymnasium. This year the orchestra will perform “God Bless America”, the Leadership Class will present the flag and lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, and the chorus will sing the National Anthem. Seventh grade students clad in red, white, and blue, will serenade invited Veterans and guests with patriotic songs and the official songs of the United States Armed Forces. Seventh grade students will present the history of Veterans Day, the flag, and the military branches of service. Students will honor Veterans in attendance by presenting them with a certificate and a medal for their service to the country. For more information, call 770-554-7750.

Central Gwinnett High theater students return to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville for an exciting afternoon of theater games Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. The Central Theater students are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), and volunteer by teaching theater in the community to earn ITS honor points. This group is led by Central Gwinnett High senior Skylar Jackson. For more information, call teacher Lisa Bell at 404-861-5066, or email

White Oak Elementary received the 2012 Pace Award for 2011-2012 Clean Air School of the Year. Principal Jean Loethen-Payne, a parent, and several students attended the Pace Award Ceremony to receive an award for White Oak Elementary. For more information, visit

Kanoheda Elementary Teacher Michael Clyne has been honored with the Atlanta Falcons Symetra Heroes Award. This honor included a visit from a Falcons representative, cheerleaders, and a SunTrust representative to award Mr. Clyne with two VIP tickets to the Nov. 18 game, and a $1,000 grant. For more information, call the school at 770-682-4221.

Shiloh Elementary cafeteria employee “Granny” Martha Strickland will be surprised with a celebration for her 88th birthday. Staff and students are working together to create a “Granny Garden” in appreciation of service to the school and dedicate it to Granny on Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the unveiling. New flowers shrubs will be planted. The Shiloh Elementary Chorus and several classes will be on hand to sing Happy Birthday and wish her well. During lunch time Granny will be giving out happy birthday cookies and hugs to everyone coming through the lunch line. As a tribute to Granny, students and staff will wear red or purple that day to honor her involvement in Relay for Life (purple) and the Red Hat Society (red and purple). For more information, call 770-985-6883.

Dyer Elementary students, who won the AMEC Earth Day Poster Contest, will participate in a tree planting event in their honor on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. A framed copy of the winning poster will be placed by the tree. Special guests include Kathy Tabor of AMEC--the school’s business partner, representatives from Dyer’s Clean and Beautiful group, and Principal Michael Difilippo. For more information, call Teacher Dawn Garner at 770-963-6214.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a Thanksgiving Event for Families on Nov. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with the help of their local community sponsor Perimeter Church. Families will enjoy a festive meal with fall décor celebrating all the things thankfulness. For more information, call the school at 770-447-6307.

The school district’s charter schools and a special technical education program have scheduled information sessions and registration dates as they prepare for the 2013–14 school year.
  • Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), GCPS’ diploma-granting, virtual charter school, will serve grades 4–12 next year. GOC will hold information sessions around the district on Nov. 13, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, and Feb. 7. Registration for full-time students will be open Feb. 1–28.
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), the district’s STEM-focused charter high school, will hold informational meetings for interested 8th graders on Nov. 13, Dec. 13, and Jan. 15. The registration packet is available for download, with a Feb. 1 deadline. If more registrations are received than available seats, the school will hold a public lottery on Feb. 11.
  • Maxwell HS of Technology begins online registration on Feb. 1. Maxwell is GCPS’ technical career-focused charter high school. Students attend classes at both Maxwell and their regular GCPS school. A winter open house is set for Feb. 21.
  • Grayson HS Technical Education Program is a career-focused special program housed at Grayson High. An information session for the 2013–14 school year is scheduled for Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration applications will be available online Feb. 1.
  • New Life Academy of Excellence, a system-approved charter school with two locations, will serve grades K–8 next year. Families of kindergartners may register Jan. 7–11 at the Norcross campus. If more registrations are received than available seats, the school will hold a public lottery. A tour and information session is scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Duluth campus.

Norcross Elementary kindergarten students participated in a mock election on election day. The candidates were Clifford the Big, Red, Dog and the Cat in the Hat. Staff and students wore red, white, and blue clothing, and ‘election hats’ created by students. Students showed their photo IDs to poll workers in the computer lab and received a ballot with a picture of each ‘candidate’ on it to take to the booth. Students received an “I Voted” sticker. Clifford the Dog won the election with 155 votes and The Cat in the Hat came in second with 38 votes. There was one write-in vote, six undecided votes, and three votes for both candidates. For more information, call the school at 770-447-2675.

“Celebrating Excellence: 2013 Teacher of the Year Banquet” GCPS TV is proud to present a special broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet. Join local school recipients, administrators, and Board members for an evening of recognition and celebration. Program highlights include award presentations to the local winners, videos honoring the six TOTY finalists, and the announcement of the level winners and the 2013 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. This two-hour program airs Nov. 16-25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“GCPS FOCUS” Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new GCPS FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 20-minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Watch this week’s Focus Moment, “Maxwell Early Childhood Education” at

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, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
11/02/2012Norcross HS’ Nebel named 2013 Teacher of the Year (pdf)
11/02/2012DOE names Rewards Schools (pdf)
11/01/20122012 International Student Media Festival Close to 100 projects recognized with six earning Best of Festival (pdf)

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American Education Week is November 11-17.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 15, 2012, at the ISC, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

Thanksgiving break for schools is Nov. 19-23.

Nov. 21 is a planned furlough day and all GCPS offices will be closed.

Thanksgiving is Nov. 22.

All offices will be closed November 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving break for 12 month staff.

The following schools will hold Local School Council Dates in November. Call the local school for the time and location.
Anderson-Livsey 13-Nov
Archer High School12-Nov
Bay Creek Middle13-Nov
Beaver Ridge Elementary15-Nov
Benefield Elementary30-Nov
Berkmar High30-Nov
Berkmar Middle30-Nov
Bethesda Elementary12-Nov
Britt Elementary13-Nov
Brookwood Elementary16-Nov
Burnette Elementary13-Nov
Camp Creek Elementary30-Nov
Cedar Hill Elementary28-Nov
Central Gwinnett High15-Nov
Chattahoochee Elementary13-Nov
Collins Hill High13-Nov
Corley Elementary30-Nov
Couch Middle16-Nov
Crews Middle15-Nov
Dacula Elementary16-Nov
Duluth High27-Nov
Duluth Middle13-Nov
Duncan Creek Elementary28-Nov
Dyer Elementary28-Nov
Freeman's Mill Elementary30-Nov
GIVE Center East13-Nov
Grace Snell MS13-Nov
Harris Elementary15-Nov
Head Elementary14-Nov
Jenkins Elementary15-Nov
Kanoheda Elementary30-Nov
Knight Elementary16-Nov
Lanier High13-Nov
Lanier Middle13-Nov
Lawrenceville Elementary13-Nov
Level Creek Elementary15-Nov
Lilburn Middle13-Nov
Lovin Elementary15-Nov
Mason Jr. Elementary16-Nov
McConnell Middle27-Nov
Meadowcreek Elementary13-Nov
Mountain Park Elementary12-Nov
Mountain View High School16-Nov
Mulberry Elementary14-Nov
Nesbit Elementary27-Nov
Norcross High15-Nov
North Gwinnett High15-Nov
Norton Elementary16-Nov
Parkview High27-Nov
Peachree Ridge High15-Nov
Pharr Elementary29-Nov
Radloff Middle15-Nov
Richards Middle12-Nov
Riverside Elementary27-Nov
Roberts Elementary30-Nov
Rockbridge Elementary15-Nov
Rosebud Elementary30-Nov
Shiloh High13-Nov
Simonton Elementary15-Nov
Snellville Middle15-Nov
Stripling Elementary14-Nov
Summerour Middle13-Nov
Suwanee Elementary15-Nov
Sweetwater Middle30-Nov
Walnut Grove Elementary15-Nov

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 or call 770-904-3500.
Young Architect - Come BUILD your creativity!Nov. 17, 24
Green Living SeriesNov. 18, Dec. 21
Green Living Kids: Where did all the water go?Nov. 19
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberNov. 26
Certified Interpretive Guide WorkshopDec. 4
Green Living Kids: Become A Waste Warrior-Fighting Waste Through The Power Of RecyclingDec. 21
Young Architect: Designing the FutureJan. 13