News You Can Use - 04/05/2010









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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
04/05/2010 - 04/18/2010


HONORS
North Gwinnett High student Tian Chen received the Helen Fleming Stone Scholarship through the Georgia Art Education Association. The scholarship of $1,000 is given annually to one graduating National Art Honor Society high school senior. For more information, call Teacher Debi West at 770-945-9558.

Trickum Middle Teacher Dr. Aimee Bugamy has been selected by the Toyota International Teachers Program to travel to Costa Rica to study ecology and biodiversity this summer. Dr. Bugamy is one of only 26 educators in the nation selected from among 800 applicants for the program. For more information, call 770-921-2807.

Lovin Elementary Teacher Jeannette Anthos was published in a recent issue of the online magazine Arts & Activities. For more information, call 678-518-6940. To view Ms. Anthos work, “Works of HeART: Help for Haiti”, visit http://pubdev.ipaperus.com/ArtsandActivities/AAApril2010/?page=20.

North Gwinnett High senior Sauleja Satkute and Norcross Elementary 1st grader Michael Omoigui had their art work displayed on the Georgia Youth Art Month flag. Michael drew one of the leaves on the tree, and Sauleja drew the tree trunk. To view the artwork, visit http://www.gaea.armstrong.edu/yam.html. For more information, call 770-448-2188.

Brookwood High staff member Debbie Carter won a bronze medal in two events at the Indoor Masters National Championship in Boston. She competed in the 60 meter race and the 200 meter race. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

UPCOMING
Artwork from 44 GCPS art students was accepted into this spring’s Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 16-18. The Festival received almost 600 submissions from 58 high schools. 170 pieces will be displayed in this spring’s exhibit. For more information visit http://www.cherylmyrbo.com/dogwoodlink.html.

Brookwood High and Greening Youth Foundation will focus on recycling with an Earth Day Fun Festival on April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Partnering with Brookwood Elementary, Craig Elementary and Crews Middle, community members, students, and staff are invited to recycle old laptop computers, cell phones, batteries, printers, cartridges, tennis shoes, plastic bags, aluminum, plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard to earn tickets to play carnival games. Eco-vendors will be present to share “green” initiatives with the community. Students will entertain participants with singing, dancing, puppetry, and a parade. For more information, visit www.gyfoundation.org,or call Beth Peters of Brookwood Elementary at 770-736-4369.

The GCPS Instructional Support Center (ISC) Relay for Life Team will sponsor a 5K run/walk to benefit the American Cancer Society on April 17 at 8 a.m. at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Building 200, Suwanee. Registration received after April 1 and on race day is $20 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under. All pre-paid participants will receive a t-shirt. Limited t-shirts will be available on race day for those who register the day of the race. Awards will be given. For more information and to register, call CoTinna Harris at 678-301-7257 (cotinna_harris@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) or Patrice Pendergast at 678-301-6076 (patrice_pendergast@gwinnett.k12.ga.us).

The Dacula community will celebrate 100 years of education with alumni and special guests on April 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will include greeting 100 years of Dacula alumni from 2 to 3 p.m. An introduction of education and political leaders will also include reading of presidential and Congressional Letters of Proclamation from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the Dacula High Commons Area. For more information, call Dee Picket, at 770-338-4855.

Brookwood High Robotics and Computer Club will use a Home Depot grant to build a robot to compete in the Aquabot underwater robot competition on April 24. The 2010 Gray’s Reef Southeast Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) Competition will be held in Savannah. For more information, call Brookwood High Teacher Theresa Friedman at 770-972-7642.

Norcross Elementary will host the school’s annual International Night on April 27 in the gym. Each grade level will select two countries or islands to represent with research and exhibits. Displays will include food, drinks, literature, creative writings, artifacts, and attire. The community is invited to attend the event. For more information, call 770-447-2675.

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 6. Kindergarten registration is held at the local school. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2010, are invited to register their children for the 2010-11 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering their child: proof of residency in an attendance zone; a Georgia certificate of immunization; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year; a photo ID; proof of custody/guardianship; a child’s social security number; and a copy of the pre-K progress report. The Planning Department phone number is 678-301-7085 and may be called to find out which school a child will attend. Additional information may be viewed on the system web site www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

ONGOING
GCPS’ Area Board Meetings will be held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give parents, staff, and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of the meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
  • April 13-- District II at Mountain View High – Clusters: Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge
  • April 20-- District III at Duluth High – Clusters: Duluth, Norcross
  • April 22-- District V at Meadowcreek High – Clusters: Berkmar, Meadowcreek, Parkview
  • April 27-- District I at Archer High – Clusters: Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson
  • April 29-- District IV at Shiloh High – Clusters: Brookwood, Shiloh, South Gwinnett
The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. seeks nominations for the Gwinnett County Hall of Fame. The induction will be held at Gwinnett Braves game on June 6. Nominations currently are being accepted for inductees to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc., Georgia Power, All American Specialties, and Scholastic Images/Balfour. The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame will honor athletes who have competed in any facet of Gwinnett County athletics through public or private school, or who have represented the citizens of Gwinnett with honor on a state or national stage. The first annual induction event will be a joint celebration with the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field on June 6, during the 2:30 p.m. game. The celebration of Gwinnett’s finest athletes begins at 1 p.m. with a Home Run Derby, silent auction, and raffle. All proceeds from this charitable event will support academic initiatives benefiting the 159,000 students in the 123 schools of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The nomination form is available at www.gcps-foundation.org,or by request at 678-301-6077 or 678-301-7287.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
03/30/2010Chavannes named principal of Duncan Creek Elementary (pdf)
03/29/2010"Little Kids Rock" in Gwinnett schools with addition of instruments (pdf)
03/26/2010Kirksey named Ga. School Social Worker of Year (pdf)
03/25/2010Three honored for their service transporting students (pdf)
03/24/2010Parsons Elementary's media specialist Gwinnett's best (pdf)
03/22/2010Chatham named principal of McConnell Middle (pdf)


GCPS TV
“Meet the Author: Jackie Urbanovic” Jackie Urbanovic loves the Marx Brothers, Popeye, Bugs Bunny and a slew of other comic characters so much that her own picture book stories and illustrations are infused with a joyful, wacky vision of delight and escapade, including “Duck Soup” and “Duck And Cover.” During the program, Urbanovic talks about how humor fuels the inspiration behind her “Max the Duck” series. She also answers questions posed by students via video and telephone. This 30-minute program airs April 5-11 at 10:30 a.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot.

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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CALENDAR
April is Occupational Therapy Month, School Library Media Month, and Young Peoples Poetry Month.

April 2 is a Student/Teacher holiday, and International Children’s Book Day.

April 5-9 is spring break for schools.

April 9 is a systemwide spring holiday for GCPS. All locations will be closed.

Graduation ceremonies for high schools have been scheduled from May 26-29. Visit the GCPS web site at http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/pages/2010GraduationScheduleto view dates, times, and locations.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., April 15, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
April
Alcova Elementary
27-Apr
Alford Elementary
28-Apr
Alton C. Crews Middle
27-Apr
Annistown Elementary
20-Apr
B.B. Harris Elementary
20-Apr
Bay Creek Middle
16-Apr
Berkeley Lake Elementary
20-Apr
Berkmar Middle
22-Apr
Brookwood High
27-Apr
Centerville Elementary
13-Apr
Central Gwinnett High
27-Apr
Chattahoochee Elementary
20-Apr
Chesney Elementary
15-Apr
Corley Elementary
22-Apr
Craig Elementary
26-Apr
Creekland Middle
13-Apr
Dacula High
27-Apr
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
20-Apr
Duluth High
20-Apr
Duncan Creek Elementary
13-Apr
Freeman's Mill Elementary
23-Apr
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
16-Apr
Grayson Elementary
27-Apr
Grayson High
27-Apr
Harmony Elementary
13-Apr
Henry Partee Elementary
13-Apr
Ivy Creek Elementary
13-Apr
J.E. Richards Middle
19-Apr
J.G. Dyer Elementary
27-Apr
J.P. McConnell Middle
1-Apr
Kanoheda Elementary
27-Apr
Lawrenceville Elementary
Apirl 27
Lilburn Middle
22-Apr
Louise Radloff Middle
15-Apr
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
27-Apr
McKendree Elementary
13-Apr
Meadowcreek Elementary
19-Apr
Meadowcreek High
22-Apr
Mill Creek High
13-Apr
Monarch School
30-Apr
Mountain Park Elementary
29-Apr
Mulberry Elementary
27-Apr
Nesbit Elementary
22-Apr
Norcross Elementary
1-Apr
Norcross High
2-Apr
North Gwinnett High
13-Apr
Oakland School
20-Apr
Parsons Elementary
13-Apr
Pharr Elementary
29-Apr
Pinckneyville Middle
20-Apr
Puckett's Mill Elementary
13-Apr
Rebecca Minor Elementary
30-Apr
Richard Hull Middle
20-Apr
Rock Springs Elementary
13-Apr
Shiloh Elementary
29-Apr
Shiloh High
15-Apr
Simonton Elementary
27-Apr
Simpson Elementary
20-Apr
South Gwinnett High
29-Apr
Starling Elementary
27-Apr
Sugar Hill Elementary
13-Apr
Summerour Middle
22-Apr
Susan Stripling Elementary
22-Apr
Sweetwater Middle
22-Apr
T. Carl Buice School
23-Apr
Trickum Middle
13-Apr
Trip Elementary
27-Apr
W.C. Britt Elementary
29-Apr
W.J. Cooper Elementary
1-Apr
Walnut Grove Elementary
22-Apr
Woodward Mill Elementary
30-Apr

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.

April
05
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Hidden World Activities
06
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Hidden World Activities
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
07
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Hidden World Activities
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
08
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Hidden World Activities
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
09
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Hidden World Activities
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Members Event: Preview Our New Water S(our)ce Art Exhibit
10
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Hidden World Activities
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Gardening & Landscaping
11
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
12
Kids Art & Photo Contest-What Does Earth Day Mean To You?
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
13
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: HLS Weaving & Textiles
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Little Hands: Bird Beak Buffet
14
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Homeschool: High School Physics Short course
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
15
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
16
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
17
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
EARTH DAY 2010
1819
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
20
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: WGS: Reptiles & Amphibians
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Little Hands: Bird Beak Buffet
21
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: High School Physics Short course
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Guided Trail Hikes
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
22
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
23
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
24
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Hidden World Activites
Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop
2526
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Pink Moon Hike
27
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: HLS Heritage Cooking
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
28
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Little Hands: Bird Beak Buffet
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
Homeschool: Monthly Lab Extension
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
2930
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark