News You Can Use - 05/28/2012

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
05/28/2012 - 06/03/2012

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Grace Johnson from Grayson High and Samir Jain and Nina Gummadi, both from Peachtree Ridge High, were recognized with scholarships awarded by the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) at an annual event. In addition, staff members receiving recognition are:
  • Gifted Program Teacher of the Year: Lisa Vaughn, Riverside Elementary
  • Gifted Cluster Teacher of the Year: Dot Poss, Lovin Elementary
  • Outstanding Administrator of the Year: Principal Clayborn Knight, Nesbit Elementary
  • Hughes Award: Sandi Gollmar, Chesney Elementary
For more information, call Laura Magner, White Oak Elementary teacher, at 678-546-5550.

Eight GCPS seniors received $1,000 Georgia Association of Education Foundation scholarships. The 2012 High School Senior Scholarship Awards of $1,000 each were awarded to:
  • Raven Alyssa Lingerfelt, Archer High
  • Chelsie Anntionette Richards, Central Gwinnett High
  • Caroline Igraine Barkley, Dacula High
  • Abbey Elizabeth Rikard, Grayson High
  • Angelina Rose Faria, Grayson High
  • Kyle William Brown, Mill Creek High
  • Danielle Elizabeth Roach, North Gwinnett High
  • Crystal Delauren Jackson, South Gwinnett High
For more information, call Creekland Middle Counselor Maria Grovner at 770-338-4735.

Teacher and coach Jason Guzzardo of Dacula High was named Gwinnett County Goal Club Coach of the Year as the top rated girls soccer coach in Gwinnett county. This is the first time a Dacula High coach has been honored with this recognition. For more information, call 770-963-6664.

The 2012-13 GCPS Teachers As Leaders Class has been selected and will offer the following members quality teacher leadership development. The Teachers As Leaders program is designed to provide teachers with cutting-edge leadership skills that will enhance student learning. Participants are introduced to a curriculum of leadership principles and provided opportunities to explore leadership skills through a series of retreats and program days that include meeting with community, state, and national leaders in both education and business. The program also includes a study group component that meets to discuss how each program relates to leadership. The teachers selected for the program will be challenged to expand and extend the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, the educational community, and the community-at-large for the purpose of improved instruction and individual student success. For more information, call Nancy Ward at 678-301-7207.
Sheryl AckersDacula High
CeciliaAndersonAnderson-Livsey Elementary
Brandon BellNesbit Elementary
Kara BohannonNorcross Elementary
Lynne BombardPeachtree Ridge High
Sheri BoutinCamp Creek Elementary
Hope BoydJenkins Elementary
Mona BrawleyPartee Elementary
Jennifer ChambersTrickum Middle
Darryl ColleyMountain View High
Veronica CrawfordGrayson High
Jennifer DaltonHarbins Elementary
LaTonya Davis-RossNew Life Academy
Kinsey EdwardsLanier Middle
Lynn FaganWalnut Grove Elementary
KatieFordHopkins Elementary
Paula FowlerNorth Gwinnett High
Monique FrazierBethesda Elementary
Karlene HamiltonLawrenceville Elementary
KimberlyHobgoodRock Springs Elementary
Brian HoweMcConnell Middle
Melissa JeffersRiverside Elementary
Grace KingMonarch School
Elizabeth LoosKanoheda Elementary
Logan T.MalmNorcross High
Jody MathewsStarling Elementary
Nancy McLellenMason Elementary
Rebecca MdabePeachtree Elementary
JamesMeadowsCooper Elementary
Casey NestorHarris Elementary
Erica ParkmanDuluth Middle
Karen A.PhillipsTrip Elementary
Vanessa PlattoCreekland Middle
Jennifer PrinceGwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
Alison StoverBeaver Ridge Elementary
Amy ToroShiloh Elementary
Emily TreumanPhoenix High
Melissa Van SantCraig Elementary
Derico WhiteSweetwater Middle
Whitney YoungIvy Creek Elementary

The GCPS Office of Technical Education, Computer Science, and Work-based Learning and the Science Office recently sponsored the 3rd annual Gwinnett FLARE competition at the Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. Students from more than 70 Gwinnett schools engineered their own solar ovens and solar powered sprint cars to demonstrate that solar energy, a free and clean source of power, can be used as energy to cook food and as a source of transportation. Elementary students competed in a solar cooking event using ovens they engineered to create recipes of their own design.
  • Best Recipe winners were 1st place Britt Elementary; 2nd place Dacula Elementary; and 3rd place Kanoheda Elementary.
  • Best Design winners were 1st place Kanoheda Elementary; 2nd place Annistown Elementary; and 3rd place Berkeley Lake Elementary.
Middle and high school teams demonstrated their engineering skills in solar powered sprint car races. In addition to the race time, the solar powered cars were judged on technical merit and design. Students applied engineering and scientific concepts that they learned in class.
  • High School Fastest Car winners were 1st and 2nd place Brookwood High and 3rd place Lanier High.
  • High School Best Design winners were 1st place Brookwood High and 2nd and 3rd place Mountain View High.
  • Middle School Fastest Car winners were 1st place North Gwinnett Middle, 2nd place Dacula Middle, and 3rd place Snellville Middle.
  • Middle School Technical Merit winners were 1st and 2nd place North Gwinnett Middle, and 3rd place Trickum Middle.
For more information, call Dr. Jonathon Wetherington, science director, at 678-301-7036.

Gwinnett County Public Schools is seeking parents and community members as well as GCPS employees who are interested in applying to become part of the district’s committee which provides input on the school system’s curriculum. Individuals are invited to apply to become members of the school system’s GEMS Oversight Committee. The application deadline is Friday, June 1, 2012. The GEMS Oversight Committee is a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Committee members serve three-year terms. Completed applications should be returned by June 1 to the attention of Dr. Calvin Watts, associate superintendent for Teaching and Learning Support, at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Rd., NW, Suwanee, 30024. Interested individuals can find the application on the school district’s web site,

High school students who need to make up a class or want to get ahead, including rising 9th graders may take designated classes during the summer. Registration is ongoing at the following locations and online.
Face-to-Face ClassesOnline Classes
When: June 12 to July 11 (July 4 holiday)
    • 1st Period: 7:30-11:00 a.m.
    • Lunch: 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
    • 2nd Period: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Mountain View High, Peachtree Ridge High, and South Gwinnett High.
How: Learn more about face-to-face summer school. Students may register online for face-to-face classes through June 4 or register in person on May 31 at Peachtree Ridge High.
When: June 11 to July 10 (July 4 holiday)
Where: Offered through Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC).
How: Register online. Online registration closes June 4.
Face-to-face meeting required for final exams and for selected classes (health, PE, and science labs).
Important information for face-to-face and Online Campus summer school students:
  • Transportation is not provided for face-to-face summer school classes or for the face-to-face sessions required for Online Campus courses.
  • A student should take no more than two summer classes: two face-to-face classes, two online classes, or a combination.
  • All tuition fees are due at the time of registration.
  • Any student planning to participate in the summer school graduation ceremony must take all summer classes with Gwinnett County Public Schools.
  • Both the Face-to-Face classes and the online programs will follow a Monday-to-Thursday schedule. Face-to-face and online summer classes will not meet on Fridays.

The 2012 Academic Summer School for Qualifying Students in Grades 3-8 will begin on June 18 and run through July 9, with no classes on Fridays, or July 4. The 15-day session will take place at some schools and some combined “cluster” summer school sites due to construction and maintenance projects. Participating students will be notified of location for summer school. Parents of eligible students will be notified that their student may participate in the free session and given specifics about location and hours. Most summer school sites will not offer transportation. Those schools with additional federal funding to offer transportation will notify parents regarding availability. The free academic summer school is for students who were not successful on tests required for promotion or who did not meet promotion criteria at their grade level. Students are given an opportunity to retake the CRCT subtest(s) at the end of summer school in order to meet promotion criteria and earn promotion to the next grade.

Norcross Elementary students were motivated to give their best on the CRCT. Students received testing incentives for showing up and doing their best. The grand prize was a visit from the Game Truck for students in grades 3-5 who exceeded state standards on specific subtests required for promotion. A total of 230 students participated in this activity.

“ParenTVision - Teen Finance” Certified Financial Counselor, Parkey Thompson, leads a lively discussion with host and Collins Hill High Counselor Margaret Cheeley and a panel of students on the basics of money management. Topics covered include ways to save, budget and manage money. Wes Moss, radio talk show host of “Money Matters,” also provides financial tips for teens during the program. This 35 minute program airs this week at 1 p.m.

“ArtStage - Marching Band Exhibition: Part 1” This special edition features marching bands from Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Shiloh, South Gwinnett, and Parkview high schools, and a concluding performance by the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band. Support your school by tuning in and getting ready for a great program of music and marching. This 30 minute program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m.,7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Hopkins Elementary Assistant Principal Elisa Brown, 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.

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05/23/2012Shiloh High granted International Baccalaureate (IB) status (pdf)
05/22/2012GCPS recognized for technology know-how (pdf)
05/18/2012Three Gwinnett leaders appointed as school principals (pdf)
05/17/2012North Gwinnett HS student earns national computing award (pdf)

May 28 is Memorial Day, a systemwide holiday.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 21, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in May. Call the local school for the time and location.
Cooper Elementary29-May

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.

Ways of Water
June 2
Strawberry Moon Hike
June 4
Crime Lab Detective Exhibit
July 14-Oct. 15