News You Can Use - 05/04/2009

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
05/04/2009 - 05/10/2009

The Peachtree Ridge High Playhouse will perform “Beauty and the Beast” on April 30 and May 2 at 2:30 p.m. and May 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before each performance for $10, and at the school beginning April 27. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

On May 2 and 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, GCPS will host a Child Find Screening and Information Fair in the Central Gwinnett Room (Building 200) at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee. Private and home schooled students and their parents are invited to participate in a “drop-in” informational meeting sponsored by the Department of Special Education and Psychological Services. For more information, call 678-301-7110.

North Gwinnett High and Peachtree Ridge High robotics students were recently invited by Governor Sonny Perdue to join him as he signed the new math and science bill into law, which encourages individuals to pursue math and science teaching careers. The Gwinnett robotics students recently participated in the 2009 FIRST World Championship at the Georgia Dome. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization which motivates students to be science and technology leaders, through a variety of programs and competitions at several levels. North Gwinnett High competed for the world title after first earning the top spot at the regional level, the FIRST Palmetto Regional, where it competed against teams from several states in the southeast. While at this tournament, the team also was selected as the recipient of the “General Motors Industrial Design Award.” Norcross High robotics students also competed during this event where they earned the “Autodesk Visualization Award,” and competed against North Gwinnett as a regional finalist. Peachtree Ridge also competed in the Palmetto Regional, and made it to the semi-finals. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Jamie Stebell of South Gwinnett High and David “Carter” Zimmerman of Brookwood High have been selected to receive the 2009 FBLA/DECA Snellville Commerce Club award of a $1,000 scholarship each. Both students have demonstrated academic achievement while volunteering time to the Snellville Community. For more information, call Jimmy Norton 404-625-2114 or email or visit

Phoenix High student Kao-zong Thao and North Gwinnett High student Kaden Shallat won the Best of Show Awards at the 18th Annual Pace Photography Competition. The event is sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Other North Gwinnett High winners include three 1st Place, three 2nd Place and three 3rd Place awards, 18 Exceptional Merit awards, and 30 Honorable Mention awards. For more information visit

Rockbridge Elementary will host a community health fair on May 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. This event will conclude a series of Friday afternoon family fitness activities. There will be food, vendors, as well as a local radio station. An invitation is extended to the community and GCPS. For more information, call E-Chia Chihade, parent instructional support coordinator at 770-326-8090.

Maxwell High School of Technology will offer a Summer Career Camp June 8 through 12 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders interested in exploring careers. This week-long session with hands-on learning activities will include a variety of programs such as Graphic Design, Automotive Services, Cosmetology, Health Care and Medical Services, Early Childhood Education, Georgia Pre-K Camp Counselors, Public Safety, and Welding. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration is $40. For more information and to register, visit www.maxwellhigh.comor call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4625.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.

04/29/200956 Gwinnett school custodians earn district’s top honor (pdf)
04/28/2009Corporations award scholarships to three Gwinnett students (pdf)
04/27/2009Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to May 7 kindergarten registration (pdf)

“The Making of Ragtime - Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Go behind the scenes of the new Kennedy Center production “Ragtime” with moderator Michael Kerker, director of Musical Theater at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), as he explores the musical partnership between composer and lyricist. students also get a glimpse of the many elements— stage sets, lights, and costumes— needed to make a production come to life, and hear some of the well-known songs from the musical performed by cast members. This 60-min. program airs May 4-9 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Soldier of Liberty - Colonial Williamsburg” Enlist in the 2nd Virginia Regiment with young recruit Nathaniel Hutcheson and experience the everyday life of a soldier during the American Revolution. March into battle with Nathaniel as he encounters for the first time the noise, confusion, and horror of war. This 60-min. program airs May 4-9 at 2 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use - Investing in Innovation, Securing America's Future”
The April edition of Education News will feature a taped interview with Secretary Duncan, plus live discussion with state and local education administrators and policymakers. The program spotlights the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its promise for generating urgently needed reform in schools across the country. This 60-min. program airs May 4-10 at 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English, Yes I Can! - Level 3” This video telecourse is designed to teach advanced English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air through May 7 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 p.m.

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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

May 4-8 is Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week.

May 4-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Advanced Placement Exams and Georgia End-of-Course Tests will be given May 4-15.

May 5 is National Teacher Day.

Kindergarten Registration is May 7.

May 13 is Child Nutrition Employee Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 14, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

May 18-20 are early release days for high school exams.

May 20 is the last day of school.

Gwinnett high schools will hold graduation ceremonies May 18-23, 2009. The GCPS graduation schedule may be viewed on the system website.

Memorial Day on May 25 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April and May. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alford Elementary
Alton C. Crews Middle
Arcado Elementary
Beaver Ridge Elementary
Benefield Elementary
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Berkmar Middle
Brookwood Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
Dacula Elementary
Dacula Middle
Duncan Creek Elementary
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
GIVE Center East
Glenn C. Jones Middle
Grayson High
Harbins Elementary
J.P. McConnell Middle
Jackson Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary
Knight Elementary
Lanier Middle
Lilburn Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Mountain Park Elementary
Norcross High
North Gwinnett High
Peachree Ridge High
Puckett's Mill Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Riverside Elementary
Rock Springs Elementary
Rockbridge Elementary
Shiloh High
Shiloh Middle
Simonton Elementary
Snellville Middle
South Gwinnett High
Sugar Hill Elementary
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary
Sycamore Elementary

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 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. For more information on events, visit the GEHS public calendar on the web site.
May 1 Wildlife Forensics Crime Scene Class
May 2
  • Improve Your Air
  • Understanding the Importance of Wetlands
  • Little Hands: Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Nature!
  • Boogie Woogie Bullfrog, Grade Level: K-3
  • May 3 and 4
  • Little Hands: Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Nature!
  • What Is a Stream?
  • May 5Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants
    May 7What Is a Stream?
    May 9
  • Little Hands: Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Nature!
  • Composting Workshop
  • Wildflower Walk
  • Nature Kids
  • Adventures with Eco-Heroes Series
  • May 11Little Hands: Happy Mother’s Day, Mother Nature!