News You Can Use - 09/20/2004

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
09/20/2004 - 09/26/2004

Maria Eschbach of South Gwinnett High has been selected to participate in the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 2-7. Ms. Eschbach is one of approximately 400 outstanding student scholars from around the country who will attend the conference. For more information, call Rena Hanson at 770-972-4840.

Duluth High students Joy Hung and Richard Park have been selected as delegates for the Anti-Defamation League's 7th annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17-20. They are among a group of 10 ethnically, religiously, and racially diverse high school students from throughout the Atlanta area who will participate in the Mission. For more information, call Shelley Rose of the Anti-Defamation League, at 404-262-3470.

Fifty-five GCPS seniors are among the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists nationwide. Semifinalists are selected based on their scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test in the fall of their junior year. These students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards. For a list of semifinalists, contact Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508. For more information about the program, contact the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at 847-866-5100.

Brookwood High students Alan Adams and Akpan Anani attended the Accounting High School Residency Program at the University of Georgia this summer. The program is sponsored by the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Students received hands-on experience through accounting case studies and computer classes. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Chief Master Sergeant Thomas J. Held of Shiloh High is the recipient of the 2003-04 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Outstanding Instructor Award. In addition, Shiloh High Air Force Junior ROTC Unit GA-871 won the state's Distinguished Unit Award for Academic Year 2003-04. The award is limited to the top 20% of the nation’s 744 Air Force Junior ROTC units. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

Berkmar High Head Football Coach Wendell Early has been named the Atlanta Touchdown Club “Coach of the Month.” This is the first time in the club's 28-year history that a Berkmar High coach has been named. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

The Brookwood High Honors Orchestra and Dance Department will perform a ballet version of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. In addition, the students will present Saint-Saéns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” a narrated “Grand Zoological Fantasy.” To purchase tickets, contact Anna D’Antonio by e-mail at Anna_D’, or call 770-985-0653. Advanced ticket purchase is suggested.

Glenda Young of Norcross High will hold an annual family “Math Night” on Sept. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Math stations will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. Former students will assist Ms. Young. A potluck dinner will be available from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Shiloh Middle Academic Bowl team will host the school’s first academic bowl on Sept. 25 at the school. The competition will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 15 teams from around the state will compete. For more information, call 770-972-3224.

Knight Elementary will host the school’s second “Family Math Knight” on Oct. 4. Math games begin at 7 p.m. Dinner from Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

“Flashing Red Means Stop Ahead” is the theme for the School Bus Safety Poster Contest held during Georgia School Bus Safety Week, Sept. 19-25. GCPS winners from each division will advance to the state competition on Oct. 4. For more information, call Bonnie Pinson at 770-271-5057.

“Education News Parents Can Use -- Back to School: Ready to Read, Ready to Succeed” This fall marks the beginning of the third full school year since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and already the benefits to America's schoolchildren are evident. This good news will be the focus of September’s edition of “Education News Parents Can Use” as the program focuses on the importance of reading for America’s students. This hour-long program airs live on Sept. 21, at 8 p.m., and will be rebroadcast Sept. 22-26 at 8 p.m.
“Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish” teaches speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in Spanish. This telenovela, or Spanish soap opera, immerses students in everyday situations with native speakers and introduces the cultures, accents, and dialects of Mexico, Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Programs 5 & 6 (30-minute segments running back-to-back) air Sept. 24-26 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. The target audience is high school students and adult learners.
“English...Yes, I Can! ” (Series 1)This video telecourse is designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 began reairing August 23 and runs through October 19 on GCPS TV. Watch Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. with a repeat at 1 a.m. The week’s four episodes may be viewed each 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 19-25 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week.

The Berkmar Middle dedication ceremony is set for September 26 at 1:30 p.m.

The Margaret Winn Holt Elementary dedication ceremony is set for September 26 at 3:30 p.m.

New schools will host dedication ceremonies on the dates and times listed below. Call the local school to RSVP.
School Name Date Time RSVP
Alcova Elementary October 3 2 p.m. 678-376-8500
Monarch School October 3 4 p.m. 678-542-2330
Level Creek Elementary October 17 1:30 p.m. 770-904-7950
Glenn C. Jones Middle October 17 3:30 p.m. 770-904-5450
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary October 24 1:30 p.m. 678-542-2300
Duluth Middle October 24 3:30 p.m. 770-476-3372

Instructional Materials are available for public review Oct. 4 to Oct. 30 at the following locations:
Buchanan High— 2595 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, 770-326-8000
Lawrenceville East— 723 Hi-Hope Road, Lawrenceville, 770-338-4832
Materials may be reviewed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursday evenings, Oct. 14 and 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Materials up for review are Language Arts- grades 9-12; Foreign Language- grades 6-12; High School Science- two electives; and materials for the Grayson High Technical Education Program.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during September. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.