News You Can Use - 10/29/2007

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
10/29/2007 - 11/04/2007

Grayson Elementary will host an Art Camp on Oct. 27 from 8:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the art room of the school. Students will use a variety of materials to make Halloween art. Registration is $30. For more information, please email Christi Umans at,or call the school at 770-963-7189.

Duluth High Social Studies Teachers Beverly Jerrim and Jim Reason will serve as leaders for Advanced Placement workshops sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE). Principal Pat Blenke recommended these teachers to lead one of three workshops sponsored by the DOE. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Duluth High student Albert Liao has been selected to participate on the State Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Albert is one of 50 students chosen from among 550 students statewide. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Maxwell High School of Technology students will participate in a shadowing event with several Gwinnett car dealerships through the Automotive Youth Educational Systems, Inc., national initiative. This event will take place on Oct. 20-Nov. 1. Future auto technicians from Maxwell High will spend 12 hours with certified technicians learning what it would be like to work as an auto technician. For more information, call Eliot Lawrence, auto service instructor, at 770-963-6838.

On Nov. 2, Rebecca Minor Elementary will host the school’s third annual “Moon Over Minor” event, a family camping experience. Activities will revolve around science and nature during the evening hours. Families will spend the night in tents on the school field. For more information, call Patti Grindo at 770-925-9543.

On Nov. 2, Frank N. Osborne Middle will host a tribute to Diane Overton, a former teacher who passed away. A teacher collection of resources in the media center will be named the Diane Overton Professional Resource Room in her honor. The morning Hawkeye School News Show will give an update on resources purchased for the Media Center with donations made in her name. Ms. Overton’s husband and parents will be present for the dedication. For more information, call Media Specialist Louise Doughty at 770-904-5416.

GCPS will hold a Certified Teacher Job Fair on Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at Peachtree Ridge High located at 1555 Old Peachtree Rd. in Suwanee. Every GCPS school will be represented at this system-wide fair. Certified teachers, out-of-state teachers, student teachers, and December graduates are invited to attend. For more information, call 678-301-6000.

The Duluth High Chamber Orchestra will perform a Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic program on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the school theatre. Guest conductors-- Dr. Richard Prior from Emory University, Kelly Taylor from Duluth Middle, Duluth High Band Director Danelle Keck, and Directors Shawn Morton and Dr. Peter Lemonds-- will lead the orchestra through the program which will also be performed in Chicago on Dec. 19 at the Merle Reskin Theatre. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Grayson Elementary will sponsor a Bruster’s Night on Nov. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Christy Umans, a Grayson Elementary teacher, and her family. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Grayson Elementary PTA will host a Mother and Daughter Event on Nov. 11. Mothers and daughters are invited to create a scrapbook together and share dessert. For more information, email Alaina Wilson at

South Gwinnett High will host a Multicultural International Club Fall Festival on Nov. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Events will include face painting, hair braiding, children’s games, a silent auction, and more. Participants are invited to bring their favorite international dish to share at a potluck picnic from 4 to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Donna Aker at 770-845-7286.

Norcross High will host a College Fair on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be on hand to speak with students and parents. A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will be on hand with information about the HOPE scholarship and financial aid. Visit for a complete list of schools. For more information, call the Norcross High counseling department at 770-447-2648.

Peachtree Ridge High will host a performance by the Kendall Honor Orchestra and the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony (GCYS) on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Guest soloist James Graseck of New York City will perform with the Kendall Orchestra. Scott Hammond, Duluth High orchestra director; and Bernadette Scruggs, Peachtree Ridge High orchestra director; will lead the orchestra. The GCYS’s performance will be led by Cathie Hudnall, Brookwood High orchestra director; and Dr. Peter Lemonds, Duluth High orchestra director. For more information, call Scott Hammond at 770-963-6664, or email

J.P. McConnell Middle will host a Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers may purchase handmade student ornaments, crafts, one-of-a-kind items, and food. For more information, email Teresa Mistretta at, or call 770-318-4702.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will begin a conservation campaign called “Every Drop Counts.” The program will run through Nov. 16 and give students and community members the opportunity to learn about the importance of creating and sustaining an adequate and clean water supply. Activities will take place at the school for the next several weeks. For more information, call Nancy Koehler at 770-447-6307.

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 www.gwinnettEHC.comor call 770-904-3500.

Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Great Migration, free with paid admission
Dave Decker of the Atlanta Audubon Society, will present a program on bird migration. Come early to observe birds in their habitat, and stay for the presentation. Ages 15 and up.

Nov. 3, 1 to 5 p.m., Native American Heritage, $5 per person, free for GEHC members
Learn how American Indians used plants to create native dyes in this fun family activity. Our special guest, Paula Vester, explores the plants and demonstrates how these dyes were used in Cherokee and Creek Indian culture. Center admission additional fee. Central Pavilion.

Nov. 3, 1 to 5 p.m., Architecture and Environmental Design Girl Scout Badge, $7 per Girl Scout
Explore the GEHC as an example of new architectural technologies and see the building’s impact on the environment. Learn about Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) that helps reduce water use, energy consumption, and storm water runoff, while improving indoor air quality. Interview an environmental designer and learn how to draw like an architect. Badge and snack are included. Call 770-904-3500 or email to register. Program minimum 15 participants, maximum 30. Center admission additional fee.

Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adopt-A-Stream Introduction/Chemical Monitoring Workshop, free
Learn what is required to be an Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer. If you care about your streams, you’ll want to be here, workshop includes basic stream ecology, chemical monitoring, and lots of fun. Bring lunch and boots if you have them. Call 770-904-3505 to register.

Nov. 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Eco-Explorer Brownie Scout, $9 per Brownie
Brownies are introduced to ecology and how plants and animals live together in the environment. Have fun with a scavenger hunt, make a food chain, and learn how you can help endangered species. Badge is included. Contact Sabrina Jones at or call 678-420-6870 for registration information. Program minimum 15 participants, maximum 50. Center admission additional fee.

Nov. 10, 1 to 4 p.m., Environmental Science Merit Badge, $10 per Boy Scout
Investigate the exciting experiments for requirement 3; get the background you need to complete requirement 3E on your own, and get started on this challenging Eagle Scout required merit badge. Call 770-904-3500 to pre-register.

Nov. 14, 2 to 5 p.m., African Wild Conservation Lesson, $7 per adults, $3 per student, free for GEHC members
Home school families will learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used to help save the African wild. Students are challenged to apply these conservation efforts in their communities. Activity is ideal for grades 6-8. Program minimum 5, maximum 10. Pre-register and pay by Nov. 12.

Nov. 15, 1 to 5 p.m., GIS Scavenger Hunt, $7 per adult, $3 per child, free for GEHC members
Students enjoy two fun activities. The Gwinnett County GIS Department will lead a scavenger hunt using hand held GPS devices. In addition, learn how this technology is used in a variety of ways. The African Wild Conservation Lesson plan will be repeated during this time period. Activity is ideal for grades 6-8. Program minimum 10, maximum 20. Pre-register and pay by Nov. 12.

Nov. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Making Fossils, $2 per child
Kids, join us as you create your own fossils in this fun hands-on activity. Fossils are imprints of plants and animals that lived a long time ago and can be very small or big (like dinosaurs). Learn fun facts about paleontology. Center admission additional fee.

Nov. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Bring your high school and middle school friends or make new ones. Enjoy fun, hands-on science activities, and learn to be a leader while having fun. Center admission additional fee.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 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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October is Computer Learning Month and Physical Therapy Month.

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

School Psychology Week runs from Nov. 5-9.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

American Education Week is Nov. 11-17.

Nov. 12-18 is National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 13.

Nov. 14-15 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

Instructional materials review runs through Oct. 31. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for mathematics (grades K–5, 6, 7, and 9), social studies (grades K–5) and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (grade 9 Chinese and engineering). All materials may be reviewed at the following locations and times:
· Instructional Support Center (ISC) in the Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee,(678-301-6000); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
· Lovin Elementary, located at 1705 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville, (678-518-6940); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
For more about the review process, contact Lisa Burleson in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 678-301-6831.

GCPS invites community members and employees to participate in its annual review of Gwinnett’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Employees and community members have until Friday, November 9, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. The GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS, will consider all suggestions at their annual meeting. That committee then will recommend changes to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education for implementation in the 2007-08 school year. The Review Form is available on the school system’s web site at

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Oct. and Nov. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Date - Oct.
Date - Nov.
Alford Elementary
B.B. Harris Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Craig Elementary
Centerville Elementary
Dacula High
Collins Hill High
Dacula Middle
Creekland Middle
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Dacula Middle
Fort Daniel Elementary
Fort Daniel Elementary
Grayson Elementary
Freeman's Mill Elementary
Ivy Creek Elementary
Harbins Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle
Lilburn Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Louise Radloff Middle
Mill Creek High
Lovin Elementary
Norcross Elementary
Meadowcreek Elementary
North Gwinnett High
Mountain Park Elementary
North Gwinnett High
Oakland School
Parkview High
Parsons Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
Rebecca Minor Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Sugar Hill Elementary
Sycamore Elementary
Trickum Middle
W.C. Britt Elementary
Walnut Grove Elementary