News You Can Use - 11/01/2010









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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/01/2010 - 11/07/2010


FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Walnut Grove Elementary students will display decorated, book-themed pumpkins Oct. 25-30. On Oct. 30, the school carnival will take place. Students may donate money to ‘vote’ for their favorite pumpkin. Proceeds will benefit the school’s United Way campaign for the school Care Team. The pumpkins include book characters such as Cat in the Hat, Captain Underpants, Harry Potter, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. For more information, call 770-513-6892.

Berkeley Lake Elementary students have been celebrating Red Ribbon Week and supporting a United Way Fund Drive during the month of October with many activities. On October 29, students will participate in a Book Character Dress Up Day to wrap up the month’s activities. For more information, call Melinda O’Herron, Berkeley Lake Elementary media specialist, at 770-582-7520.

The Meadowcreek community is invited to gather for a Homecoming Parade on Oct. 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at Kroger on Singleton Road and end at Meadowcreek High. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

HONORS
Thirteen GCPS visual arts teachers presented at the 2010 Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Fall Conference at Callaway Gardens. Participants were Dr. Bruce Bowman of North Gwinnett High, Dr. Aimee Burgamy of Trickum Middle, Joyce Dorian of Cedar Hill Elementary, Jackie Ellett of Duncan Creek Elementary, Dallas Gillespie of Osborne Middle, Lynn Gilpin of Crews Middle, Alexandra Kates of Parkview High, Yvette Kim of North Gwinnett High, Keagan O’Mara of Sweetwater Middle, Lauren Christine Phillips of Nesbit Elementary, Becky Raffalovich of Phoenix High, Patricia Spencer of White Oak Elementary, and Debi West of North Gwinnett High. GCPS had eight teacher works of art displayed in the GAEA Members Juried Exhibit and 29 student works of art displayed in the Student Art Exhibit.

UPCOMING
Students at Holt Elementary will take a field trip to Alexander Park on Nov. 1. Students will have the opportunity to investigate six stations around the park to develop math concepts such as finding the circumference of living things, calculate using football math, and participate in a math scavenger hunt. Students will use their science skills to test water quality, dissolved oxygen levels, and the temperature and Ph of the park pond. Volunteers from Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Gwinnett Heritage and Environmental Center, and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream will be on hand. For more information, call 678-376-8600.

Pharr Elementary will celebrate 20 years of teaching and learning with a community event on Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-985-0244.
The students, faculty, and staff at Gwinnett’s eight new facilities invite their communities to take part in the formal dedication of the buildings Gwinnett County Public Schools opened for the first time in August. Burnette Elementary will host the community at a dedication scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3221 Burnette Rd., Suwanee.

Patrick Elementary will honor the work of Gwinnett firefighters as a tribute to Bobby Patrick, the school’s namesake, during an Annual Stakeholders’ Breakfast. This year the event will take place on Nov. 19 at 8:30 a.m. Students are held to the high standards of work ethic and team spirit as demonstrated by local firefighters. A yearly data report will be presented to show student progress. Students will give insight into the “day in the life” of a Patrick Elementary student, and chorus students will perform for the firefighters. Bobby Patrick Mentors (20 firefighters who work with the students) will be honored with a special recognition. For more information, call 678-765-5260.

GCPS and the Area II Gwinnett County Council of PTAs will present a College Fair for Students with Disabilities at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee on Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Session topics include Navigating GACollege411.org and exploring financial options for college, Accommodations at the postsecondary level, Choosing a career path, and Preparing for college and organizing your college search. Students and parents will have the opportunity to visit with College Admissions and Disability Services representatives from colleges across the state. For more information, contact the GCPS Department of Special Education and Psychological Services at 678-301-7138, or email Allison Vernon at allison_vernon @gwinnett.k12.ga.us or Keysha DuPont at keysha_dupont @gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

GRANTS
Berkeley Lake Elementary is the recipient of a $700 Exxon Mobile grant sponsored by a local service station. Station manager Kenny Shin nominated the school to receive the grant. The grant will be presented to the school on Oct. 29 at 2:45 p.m. Exxon Mobil has a history of supporting education, local communities, and society through programs focusing on math and science. For more information, call Melinda O’Herron, Berkeley Lake Elementary media specialist, at 770-582-7520.

Meadowcreek Elementary kindergarten classes participated in a grant-funded field trip on Oct .28 to visit the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center in Johns Creek. The Canopy Fund awarded the funds for this trip. Students will explore the center’s stream walk and pond discovery program. The trip would include 220 students and 20 teachers and paraprofessionals. This will be a hands-on outdoor experience for the students. For more information, call Assistant Principal Tonya Burnley at 678-380-5705.

Crews Middle students in Computer Science class received gift cards worth from Texas Roadhouse restaurant. The gift cards were awarded as prizes for the student participation in a class investment project. For more information, call 770-982-6940.

RECENTLY
Kerrie Garrett’s students recently completed a service project at North Gwinnett Middle. The students created a fall display at the front entrance of the school that has served as a focal point for students, staff, and visitors. The school improvement project has enhanced the appearance of the school allowing a backdrop for fine arts performances and photographs. Attached

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
10/27/2010Gwinnett BOE approves Davis as Alford ES principal (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Meet the Author - James L. Swanson” Born on Lincoln’s birthday, author James L. Swanson first became fascinated with Abraham Lincoln when he was just ten years old. His book “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer” is a New York Times bestseller. “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” is the young people’s version of Swanson’s “Manhunt”. Swanson, an attorney, a Lincoln scholar, and a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, uses archival materials, trial transcripts, and Lincoln relics to document the day-by-day search for Lincoln’s assassin. This 30-min. program airs November 1-6 at 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

“Colonial Williamsburg - The Will of the People” One of the most bitter presidential campaigns in U.S. history is part of a surprising lesson for a 21st-century student. Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the earliest days of the republic. This 60-min. program airs November 1-6 at 2 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series is taught by Elisa Brown, Hopkins Elementary assistant principal. This program is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through Nov. 5 (A new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Annual AKS review runs Nov. 1 - Dec. 3
Gwinnett County Public Schools invites community members and employees to participate in its annual review of Gwinnett's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum, set for Nov. 1 - Dec. 3.Employees and community members have until Friday, Dec. 3, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. Visit the GCPS website to print a review form. Submit one Word document as an attachment by e-mail to AKS_Review@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or mail a printed copy to:
Curriculum Development Office
Instructional Support Center
437 Old Peachtree Rd., NW
Suwanee, GA 30024-2978
The GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS, will consider all suggestions at the committee’s annual meeting. That committee then will recommend changes to CEO/Superintendent
J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education for implementation in the 2010-11 school year.

CALENDAR
November is American Indian Heritage Month.

November 2 is a student teacher holiday and Election Day.

Standard Time begins November 7.

November 7-13 is National Occupations Student Organization (HOSA) Week.

November 8-12 is School Psychology Awareness Week.

November 10 and 11 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

November 11 is Veterans Day.

American Education Week is November 14-20.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 18, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

November 22-26 is Thanksgiving break for schools.

November 24 is a furlough day for 12-month staff.

November 25 is Thanksgiving Day.

November 25-26 is Thanksgiving break for 12-month staff.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in November. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
Date
Alcova Elementary
16-Nov
Alford Elementary
8-Nov
Arcado Elementary
29-Nov
Archer High School
15-Nov
Bay Creek Middle
12-Nov
Beaver Ridge Elementary
11-Nov
Benefield Elementary
12-Nov
Berkmar High
9-Nov
Bethesda Elementary
15-Nov
Britt Elementary
16-Nov
Brookwood Elementary
15-Nov
Burnette ES
19-Nov
Cedar Hill Elementary
4-Nov
Central Gwinnett High
10-Nov
Chattahoochee Elementary
16-Nov
Chesney Elementary
5-Nov
Collins Hill High
9-Nov
Corley Elementary
16-Nov
Creekland Middle
11-Nov
Crews Middle
18-Nov
Dacula Middle
9-Nov
Duluth High
16-Nov
Duluth Middle
9-Nov
Duncan Creek Elementary
17-Nov
Fort Daniel Elementary
5-Nov
Freeman's Mill Elementary
12-Nov
GIVE Center East
9-Nov
Grayson Elementary
12-Nov
Harbins Elementary
18-Nov
Harmony Elementary
19-Nov
Harris Elementary
18-Nov
Head Elementary
17-Nov
Hull Middle
12-Nov
Ivy Creek Elementary
19-Nov
Jackson Elementary
4-Nov
Jenkins Elementary
15-Nov
Kanoheda Elementary
18-Nov
Knight Elementary
5-Nov
Lanier High
16-Nov
Lanier Middle
16-Nov
Lilburn Middle
16-Nov
Louise Radloff Middle
18-Nov
Lovin Elementary
18-Nov
Mason Elementary
19-Nov
McConnell Middle
6-Nov
McKendree Elementary
5-Nov
Meadowcreek Elementary
15-Nov
Meadowcreek High
11-Nov
Minor Elementary
5-Nov
Monarch School
15-Nov
Mountain Park Elementary
15-Nov
Mountain View High School
19-Nov
Mulberry Elementary
17-Nov
Nesbit Elementary
30-Nov
Norcross High
11-Nov
North Gwinnett High
18-Nov
North Gwinnett Middle
18-Nov
Osborne Middle
12-Nov
Parkview High
30-Nov
Patrick Elementary
12-Nov
Peachree Ridge High
18-Nov
Peachtree Elementary
16-Nov
Pharr Elementary
4-Nov
Pinckneyville Middle
11-Nov
Puckett's Mill Elementary
4-Nov
Richards Middle
15-Nov
Rockbridge Elementary
19-Nov
Shiloh High
2-Nov
Simonton Elementary
4-Nov
Snellville Middle
16-Nov
Sugar Hill Elementary
16-Nov
Suwanee Elementary
18-Nov
Sweetwater Middle
2-Nov
Sycamore Elementary
5-Nov
Trickum Middle
16-Nov
Trip Elementary
19-Nov
Twin Rivers Middle
8-Nov
Walnut Grove Elementary
18-Nov
White Oak Elementary
17-Nov
Winn Holt Elementary
4-Nov
Woodward Mill Elementary
12-Nov

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.
Ongoing through Dec. 18 Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA): Beyond Bricks & Sticks

November
2
Junior Master Gardener Level 1
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages

3
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-K-2nd

6
Take A Hike

9
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-3rd-5th
Junior Master Gardener Level 1

10
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-Middle School

13
Take A Hike
Green Living Kids: Energy Detective
Energy
Rainbarrel Workshop

16
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-High School

17
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages

20
Take A Hike