News You Can Use - 02/07/2005

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
02/07/2005 - 02/13/2005

Berkmar High teacher IV Bray is one of 18 teachers from across the nation to win the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement for excellence in Science and Mathematics. He was recognized in the February 1st issue of USA Today, which featured a full page ad from the College Board and Siemens highlighting student, teacher, and school winners.

These 14 GCPS students are among 2,600 students selected nationwide as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program based on their performance on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Next, 500 semifinalists will be selected, based on their leadership, and participation in activities. Later in the spring, up to 141 Presidential Scholars will be announced.
Steven Knight, Brookwood High
David Koperda, Collins Hill High
Ginger Tanton, Collins Hill High
Jennifer Ryu, Duluth High
Shuo Zhang, Duluth High
David Kim, North Gwinnett High
Henry Li, North Gwinnett High
Lucas Bermudez, Parkview High
Leo Chen, Parkview High
James Ren, Parkview High
Saranya Selvaraj, Parkview High
Henry Xu, Parkview High
Chelsea Feustel, Peachtree Ridge High
Sarah Richards, South Gwinnett High
For more information on the program visit

Brookwood High gifted students won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge, a national competition for high school students. Participating with 534 high school teams from across the country, Brookwood’s 9th grade team tied for 2nd place, the 10th grade team placed 4th, the 11th grade team tied for 7th, and the 12th grade team placed 2nd. Students achieving high honors for individual achievement are Annette Clemons, David Malkiel, Elizabeth Perkins, Patrick Russum, Julia Schuchard, and Rico Sisney. Freshmen team members who placed among the 62 highest scorers nationally at their grade level include Katie Dix, Mick Gallagher, Kelly Hall, Jennifer Hood, Yoon Mun, and Landon Woodward.

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce honored GCPS CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks as Citizen of the Year. Mr. Wilbanks was honored at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce 57th Annual Meeting dinner on Jan. 29.

The North Gwinnett High Marketing Lab, taught by Dr. Jacqueline Huffman, earned National Certification, Gold Level. North Gwinnett High is the only school in Georgia to earn Gold Level certification this year. The school will be recognized at the National conference in the spring. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

Anne Newhouse of Susan Stripling Elementary is Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Media Specialist of the Year. Ms. Newhouse was chosen for her leadership in using technology to expand access to and uses of information and her use of innovative techniques to provide media services. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Laura McCain from Norcross High is the winner of the Outstanding Gifted Student Award. Applicants submitted an application indicating what they have gained from the gifted program. Ms. McCain will be recognized at a dinner at Berkmar High School in March.

Norcross High band director Rudy Gilbert received the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence.

GCPS had 43 regional winners at the Region Future Business Leaders competition in January. The students will advance to state competition on March 18-19 in Atlanta. For more information and a list of winners, call June Sweat at 770-513-6704.

During the month of February, Frank N. Osborne Middle will sponsor the “Love a Book” program to help build the school’s library book collection. Books may be purchased with tax-deductible donations of $10 per book. These books may be donated in honor or memory of a loved one. A bookplate will be placed in the book as a special remembrance. For more information on how to choose a book, call Louise Doughty, media specialist, at 770-904-5400.

Lawrenceville Elementary will sponsor a Parent Fair on Feb. 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. to coincide with parent-teacher conferences at the school. More than 27 vendors and community programs will participate in the event. Drawings will take place throughout the day for a chance to win items donated by vendors. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Knight Elementary will sponsor a Scholastic Book Fair in the media center through Feb. 11. Parents are encouraged to visit the book fair before or after parent-teacher conferences. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

The Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair (GRSEF) will be held Feb. 11 at the Gwinnett County Fair Grounds in Lawrenceville. Nearly 175 projects will be on display from 5 to 7 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Thirty 1st-place winners from the GRSEF will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Georgia State Science and Engineering Fair in Athens April 6–9. Winners at the state level may be chosen to exhibit at the International Science and Engineering Fair, May 7-14, in Phoenix. For more information, call Nikki Mouton at 770-513-6629.

The 2005 Gwinnett County STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) luncheon will be held at noon on Feb. 11 at The 1818 Club in the Chamber of Commerce building. For more information, call Gail Macrenaris at 770-232-8803.

Author Jose Aruego will visit K.E. Taylor Elementary Feb. 14-16. Mr. Aruego has written several books and illustrated many books by other authors. Mr. Aruego has published cartoons in the Saturday Evening Post, Look Magazine, The New Yorker, and other magazines. In 1976, Mr. Aruego was honored by the government of the Philippines with the Outstanding Filipino Abroad in the Arts Award. For more information and a schedule of times, call Rhonda Taylor at 770-338-4690.

Trickum Middle will host a visit from award-winning author Gail Karwaski on Feb. 15. Ms. Karwaski will present writing workshops to the 6th grade classes throughout the day, and be available to autograph copies of her books. Ms. Karwaski is a former Georgia teacher. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Ivy Creek Elementary will host a “Taste of the World” dinner to aid the tsunami relief efforts. The dinner will take place on Feb. 17 from 6:30–8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5. Patrons may sample foods from different countries. Proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

The Annistown Elementary PTA will host a “Wax Museum,” presented by 2nd grade students on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Students will showcase what they have learned about famous Americans by dressing in appropriate attire and sharing facts with the audience. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Ivy Creek Elementary will sponsor a “Taste of the World” dinner on Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit the tsunami relief effort. Please R.S.V.P. to Allision Hunter at 678-714-3673.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor the Annual Father Daughter Dinner Dance on Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gym. Dinner will be catered by Frontera in the cafeteria at 6 p.m. Photos will be taken beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will be available for purchase. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

W.C. Britt Elementary is hosting the program “Values of a Champion,” sponsored by Arby's. The program features Courtney Shealy, 2000 Olympic medal winner at the Sydney games, who will teach the six Arby's Values (Dream Big, Work Hard, Get It Done, Play Fair, Have Fun, and Make a Difference.) She will meet with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students on Feb. 24. For more information and performance times, call 770-972-4500.

The top 10 GCPS spellers from the Feb. 6 county Bee will compete in the regional (district) bee on Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Mill Creek High theater. For more information, e-mail Cindy Gaskins at

The Grayson Elementary PTA will have its next meeting on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Chris Rumble, also known as the "Reading Guitar Man." Mr. Rumble promotes literacy through music. He is a singer, musician, author, and illustrator. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The next SAT I test will be administered on March 12 in building F. Preregistration is required. This is the first administration of the new SAT, which includes a writing portion. For more information, call 770-326-8000.

Grayson Elementary will host a Summer Computer Camp at the school from June 27 to July 1. Cathy Clements and Lisa Davis will facilitate the morning and afternoon sessions. The cost is $90 for each session. Maximum class size is 25 students. Students will explore the use of technology for reading and writing, use technology for research and information, create compositions, explore the Internet, and make math flashcards. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Joseph Cox of Meadowcreek High was awarded a $750 Science Teaching Tools Award from the Armed Forces and Electronics Association Atlanta Chapter. Mr. Cox will use this award to provide physics instruction through the use of technological resources. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

During the month of February, Grayson Elementary students will celebrate Black History Month. Students will research famous black Americans to learn facts that could help them answer trivia questions and win prizes. Each class will design a “quilt square” to be assembled and displayed in the main office. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Peachtree Elementary is sponsoring a Valentine’s Day service project called “Hearts That Help.” Students may order flowers or small gifts, (candy, bookmarks, and stamp sets) for $1. The Valentine gifts will be delivered to students on Feb. 14. Peer leaders will promote the program with posters and announcements. Donations will benefit the Peachtree Care Team which provides emergency aid for students and families. For more information, call 770-448-8710.

“No Master Over Me―Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip” Ann Ashby tells of her life as a free black person during the days of slavery. Discover a life delicately balanced between slave and white communities in this poignant reminder of what freedom really means. This 60-minute program airs live Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Meet the Author―Christopher Paul Curtis” Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis discusses his books “The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963” and “Bud, Not Buddy” was the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award. This 30-minute Fairfax Network program airs Feb. 7-13 at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and 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--

February 9 and 10 are early-release days for elementary and middle schools to allow time for parent-teacher conferences. Visit the Parents section of the GCPS Web site——to find seven ways to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences.

February is Black History Month and American Heart month.

February 21 is a student and teacher holiday OR snow make-up day.

Presidents’ Day is February 21.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 10, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville, Prior to the regular meeting, a public forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. to allow persons not on the agenda an opportunity to address the board.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford ES678-924-5300Lanier MS
Alton C. Crews MSFeb770/982-6940Lawrenceville ES
Annistown ES7-Feb770/979-2950Lilburn ES
Arcado ESFeb770/925-2100Lilburn MS
B. B. Harris ES22-Feb770/476-2241Mason ES770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ESFeb770/447-6307McConnell MS770/554-1000
Benefield ESFeb770/962-3771McKendree ES678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ES770/446-0947Meadowcreek ES
Berkmar HSFeb770/921-3636Meadowcreek HS
Bethesda ES770/921-2000Mountain Park ES
Brookwood ES28-Feb770/736-4360Nesbit ES
Brookwood HS770/972-7642Norcross ES
Camp Creek ES25-Feb770/921-1626Norcross HS
Cedar Hill ES770/962-5015North Gwinnett HS
Centerville ES23-Feb770/972-2220Norton ES
Central Gwinnett HS770/963-8041Oakland Center
Chattahoochee ESFeb770/497-9907Parkview HS
Collins Hill HSFeb770/682-4100Parsons ES678/957-3050
Cooper ES770/554-7050Partee ES
Corley ES15-Feb678-924-5330Peachtree ES
Craig ES770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HS
Creekland MS770/338-4700Pharr ES
Dacula ES4-Feb770/963-7174Pinckneyville MS
Dacula HS25-Feb770/963-6664R.D. Head ES
Dacula MSFeb770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ES
Duluth HS15-Feb770/476-5206Richard Hull MS
Duluth MS770/476-3372Riverside ES678/482-1000
Duncan Creek ES678/714-5800Rock Springs ES
Five Forks MS11-Feb770/972-1506Rockbridge ES770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ES4-Feb770/932-7400Shiloh ES
Freeman's Mill ESFeb678/377-8955Shiloh HS
GIVE CenterFeb770/338-4898Shiloh MS
Grayson ESFeb770/963-7189Simonton ES
Grayson HSFeb770/554-1071Simpson ES770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ES11-Feb770/972-3110Snellville MS
Harbins ES770/682-4270South Gwinnett HS770/972-4840
Harmony ES770/945-7272Stripling ES
Hopkins ESFeb770/564-2661Sugar Hill ES770/945-5735
Ivy Creek ES4-Feb678/714-3655Summerour MS
J. G. Dyer ES7-Feb770/963-6214Suwanee ES
J.C. Magill ESFeb770/554-1030Sweetwater MS
J.E. Richards MS8-Feb770/995-7133Sycamore ES678/714-5770
Jackson ES10-Feb770/682-4200T. Carl Buice Center
K. E. Taylor ESFeb770/338-4680Trickum MS
Kanoheda ES3-Feb770/682-4221W. C. Britt ES770/972-4500
Knight ES770/921-2400Walnut Grove ES