News You Can Use - 04/24/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
04/24/2006 - 04/30/2006


HONORS
GCPS had eight Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The winners are Alexandra Barkett of Collins Hill High; Carmen Rodriguez of Norcross High; Amanda Brouillette, Ashley Brouillette, Philip Newberry, and Tim Soo, all of Parkview High; Emily Zavodny of Peachtree Ridge High; and Spencer Johnson of South Gwinnett High. For more information, call 847-866-5100.

The Parkview High Science Olympiad Team won the State Science Olympiad Championship for the fourth consecutive year. Parkview’s team will go to national competition at Indiana University in May. This team is coached by Phil Heier and Susan Parker. Team members are Nourine Ahmed, Ting Gou, Seema Jabar, Archana Kumar, Linda Liu, Andrew McDowell, Shailini Ramachandran, Sumi Selvaraj, Tiffany Soo, Tim Soo, Aneesha Thobani, Sheena Varghese, Cathy Vu, Stephanie Wang, and Hamilton Wen. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

Parkview High’s team earned first place at the State Science Bowl competition at Georgia College and State University last month. Ten teams from across the state competed. The Science Bowl Coach is Steve Kuninsky. Students members are Zane Blanton, Jasshan Mehrotra, Andrew McDowell, Aradhna Seth, and Andrew Wilmot. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

Three student projects are advancing to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis in May. The students’ trips are being funded by a grant from Jackson EMC. The students are:
· Suman Nag of Brookwood High (microbiology category)
· Bryn Trussel and Jonathan Walker of Berkmar High (chemistry category)
· Matthew Newcomb of Peachtree Ridge High (environmental category)
Matthew Newcomb of Peachtree Ridge High also won the MVA Pinnacle Award at the state science fair for best project in the senior division. He received a $1,000 check and a trophy. For more information, call Nikki Mouton at 678-301-7036.

Lilburn Elementary’s school nurse, Ann Bonislawski, is one of 10 finalists in the State of Georgia Nurse of the Year competition. The state winner will be announced at a May 10 luncheon. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

Dr. J.J. Shah of The Gwinnett Clinic is providing an academic award to each GCPS valedictorian. The Gwinnett Award for Excellence in Academics recognizes the valedictorians’ accomplishments and expresses the community’s pride in these stellar students. A letter form Dr. Shah and a check for $300 will be presented to each valedictorian at each schools’ senior award night. For times and dates, call the local high school.

Norcross High Boys’ Basketball team won the state AAAAA championship. The team is coached by Eddie Martin. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Carlos Franklin, of Maxwell High School of Technology, has been awarded a $500 scholarship by Univision/Wendy’s.

UPCOMING
Students in the classes of Dr. Michael Brasel, who teaches U.S. history, European history, and macroeconomics at Mill Creek High, will create a display of the Holocaust in time for viewing by Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the school theater. Students will act as curators, producers, and guides to the display. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Meadowcreek High is sponsoring the schools’ 2nd Annual Literary Festival-- 2006 Creek Mustangs Love to Read-- on April 27 and 28 from 8:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Events will include authors reading and signing their books, writers critiquing student work, story telling, and student poetry recitations. Book vendors and authors will be selling books. For more information, call Angela Reid at 770-806-2236 or 404-435-3873, or email Ms. Reid at Angela_Reid@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The Central Gwinnett High Key Club is hosting a Child Safety Bicycle Rodeo on May 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. Central Gwinnett Cluster elementary students have been invited to participate in this event. Students can have their bicycle’s tire air pressure and brakes inspected; ride through a safety awareness obstacle course; and participate in stations on car safety, seat belt use, bicycle helmet safety, and water safety. First Bank of the South is sponsoring free T-shirts for the first 50 children attending. Instructional materials from Kohl’s and Indiana’s Car Safety Program will be available. For more information, call DeAnne Varitek, Key Club sponsor, at 770-963-8041.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus...an innovative learning environment at T. Carl Buice School, coverage of Gwinnett’s Special Olympics, the system's first-ever Reading Rally, students putting their culinary skills to the test, and a look into Gwinnett County Public Schools’ future. This 30-min. program airs April 24-29 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.

“Education News Parents Can Use - Inspiring Excellence: Great Teachers, Great Principals” The April edition of “Education News Parents Can Use” will showcase award-winning educators and schools; explore how effective teaching is at the core of America’s long-term economic competitiveness; highlight alternative strategies to recruit, train, and reward effective teachers and principals; and reveal how programs like the Adjunct Teacher Corps, Teacher-to-Teacher, and the American Competitiveness Initiative are strengthening our nation’s teachers, schools, and students. This 60-min. program airs April 24-29 at 1 p.m.

“Rewind” Coming up this week on this video-magazine created, directed, and anchored by high school students for GCPS high school students— a look at Relay for Life and how Gwinnett County high schools support the cause, dangers in teen driving if the right safety precautions aren't taken, and a glimpse at several award-winning 2006 Media Festival entries. This 30-min. GCPS program airs April 24-29 at 12:30 and 7 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 May 23 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute program airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., with the week’s shows rebroadcast on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This GCPS TV original series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. However, the community is invited to watch and learn as well. The 10-part series will air in hour-long segments through May 28. Each week, a new show will premiere at 8 p.m. on Monday, then be rebroadcast in that same time slot Tuesday through Sunday.

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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Employees and citizens have five opportunities in April to hear about proposed budget plans for 2006–07 and discuss education topics with their elected officials in a public forum. One meeting is scheduled in each of the School Board members’ districts. The remaining Area Board Meetings are
• April 25, Dr. Robert McClure’s District IV meeting (for Brookwood, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett clusters), hosted at Brookwood High; and
• April 27, Louise Radloff’s District V meeting (for Berkmar, Meadowcreek, and Parkview clusters), hosted at Parkview High.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for information on GCPS prom dates, graduation dates, high school summer school registration (beginning online May 1), and kindergarten registration (May 4).

April is Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month, and School Library Media Month.

April 19-25 The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are administered in grades 3–5.

April 25-27 The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) are administered in grades 1 and 2.

Registration for face-to-face summer school will be held online May 1–June 3. Students should register at www.gwinnettk12online.net. The 2006 Face-to-Face summer school session for high school students will take place June 7–July 11. Classes are available at Brookwood High, Collins Hill High, and Norcross High.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held May 11, 2006, at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during April and May. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
April
School
May
Alcova Elementary
4/6
Bethesda Elementary
5/16
Berkmar Middle
4/27
Britt Elementary
5/18
Cedar Hill Elementary
4/11
Cedar Hill Elementary
5/11
Centerville Elementary
4/25
Centerville Elementary
5/17
Chattahoochee Elementary
4/18
Chesney Elementary
5/12
Cooper Elementary
4/18
Corley Elementary
5/9
Corley Elementary
4/27
Creekland Middle
5/18
Craig Elementary
4/24
Duncan Creek Elementary
5/11
Dacula High
4/18
Fort Daniel Elementary
5/19
Fort Daniel Elementary
4/21
Give Center
5/2
Freeman's Mill Elementary
4/13
Grayson High
5/19
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4/28
Harbins Elementary
5/16
Harris Elementary
4/11
Lanier Middle
5/9
Jones Middle
4/11
Mason Elementary
5/12
McConnell Middle
4/18
Mountain Park Elementary
5/8
Meadowcreek Elementary
4/17
Norcross Elementary
5/11
Meadowcreek High
4/18
North Gwinnett
5/6
Mountain Park Elementary
4/27
Osborne Elementary
5/5
Norcross Elementary
4/13
Radloff Middle
5/11
Parkview High
4/25
Riverside Elementary
5/16
Parsons Elementary
4/11
Simonton Elementary
5/15
Riverside Elementary
4/11
Simpson Elementary
5/19
Shiloh High
4/25
Snellville Middle
5/11
Shiloh Middle
4/20
South Gwinnett
5/16
Sweetwater Middle
4/27
Stripling Elementary
5/4
Sweetwater Middle
5/18