News You Can Use - 09/12/2011

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
09/12/2011 - 09/18/2011

Duluth High students Larry Davis, Victoria Haney, and Brennen Madison were nominated by staff members at the school for the PAW award, a bi-monthly student recognition. Nominated students exhibit outstanding citizenship, perform Above and Beyond the Call (ABC) of duty, and show improvement in behavior and academics. Winning students have their picture displayed in the 600 Building at the school. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Shiloh High Teacher Allisin Thomas’ students are participating in a research and T-shirt design project on the attendees of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Students are asked to write a one-page paper describing the important contributions made by the delegates to the organization, delegation, and ratification of the United States Constitution. Students are then asked to design a T-shirt to wear on Sept. 16 represents the delegate and state represented, and includes a political slogan. For more information, call Allison Thomas at 770-736-4400.

The Fine Arts Department at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology invites the community to an event - In Remembrance of 9/11: A Tribute to Resilience- on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria and atrium. Artwork will be displayed, the band and orchestra will perform, and there will be a special concert by the Air National Guard Rock Band “Space-A.” For more information, call 678-518-6700.

Ivy Creek Elementary will host “Celebrate Freedom” on the evening of Sept. 9. Participants are invited to bring a picnic to school, or hot-dogs and funnel cakes will be available for purchase. Entertainment will include a live band and the school yard will be decorated with American flags. Staff and students are invited to wear red, white, and blue clothing throughout the week. Students will review the Pledge of Allegiance and what it means, and listen to patriotic music. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

Oakland Meadow School will honor the lives of military personnel with a week-long event culminating with a “Patriot Day” celebration on Sept. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff members will focus on themes of patriotism, freedom, respect, diversity, flag etiquette, writings of what it means to be an American, books, videos, and history. Students will create a Freedom Wall and Freedom Fence at the school. Many branches of the service will attend along with the Mayor of Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-513-6800.

Stripling Elementary Music Teacher Merle Soodyall and Counselor Deborah Desalvo have worked together to coordinate activities for commemorating 9/11. Firefighters from Station 1 and local policemen will visit the school on Sept. 9. Ms. Doherty’s class will read about the symbolism of the U.S. flag. Mr. Green’s “Boys of Tomorrow” will present original poetry. The chorus will perform and Ms. Stachiw’s classes will have patriotic art on display. For more information, call 770-582-7584.

Meadowcreek Elementary Media Specialist Kim Thames has organized HERO Day to help commemorate 9/11. Fire fighters from Station 23, police officers, and Army veterans will visit the school on Sept. 9 throughout the day. Members of the media may visit from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. For more information, call 770- 931-5701.

The Dacula High Law and Contemporary Issues class is an elective for upperclassmen who are interested in law, legal issues, and current events. This semester, Teacher Alex Kesler has invited an all-star lineup of guest speakers to address real-world issues and how the law affects what we do. Students have already heard from civil litigator Jody Campbell, and they will hear from GCPS Executive Director of Administration and Policy Jorge Gomez on Sept. 12. Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks will address the students on October 27th. For more information, call Alex Kesler at 770-513-0847.

Atlanta Falcon football players will visit Meadowcreek Elementary on Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. to help kick off Falcons First Down for Fitness. The program is designed to challenge students to participate in fitness activities, eat healthy, and lead a healthy lifestyle. For more information, call Kelly Stopp, Meadowcreek Elementary teacher, at 770-931-5701.

Back by popular demand, Minor Elementary will host not one, but two Girls on the Run groups. New Balance Shoes will visit the school on Sept. 14 at 4:15 p.m. to fit the girls with tennis shoes for running. The girls and staff members are very excited about launching two groups this year. Girls on the Run teaches the girls about healthy living and builds self-esteem. For more information, call Teacher Shawna Voigt or Beth S. Peterson, Parent Instructional Support coordinator, at 770-806-2227.

Roberts Elementary will host a visit from WWII Veteran Henry “Hank” Freedman on Sept. 15. Mr. Freedman is the father-in-law of Holly Freedman, Roberts Elementary parapro, and will speak to 5th grade students about his experiences in the war. Mr. Freedman was awarded the French Legion of Honor by the French Consulate at the American Legion in Smyrna. Mr. Freedman's diary resides at the Jewish War Veteran Museum. For more information, call Shay Woody, Business Partner Liaison, at 678-745-2378.

Brookwood High invites the community to participate in upcoming Homecoming events. A parade is scheduled for Sept. 16 at 4:30 p.m., and will include the marching band, drama department, fencing demonstration, floats from Brookwood Cluster middle and elementary schools, candy for kids, and much more. The parade begins at Brookwood Elementary and ends in front of the high school. The football game begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Brookwood Community Stadium. The halftime show includes the crowning of the king, queen, prince, and princess. Tickets are $7 at the gate. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-344-6302.

Rock Springs Elementary students in Shelly Everett’s classes will participate in an international “Pinwheels for Peace” installation ( Student pinwheels will be on display Sept. 11 through Sept. 21, in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11. Photo images of past pinwheel installations and the ground zero memorial will be shared with students during morning announcements for the duration of the school’s 10 days of peace celebration. Fifth grade students will study memorials and design a memorial of their own, along with writing a dedication speech. For more information, call 770- 932-7474.

Puckett’s Mill Elementary fine arts teachers are participating in an international “Pinwheels for Peace” installation ( Students are creating pinwheels to house feelings and thoughts on peace. The pinwheels will be “planted” in the ground in conjunction with International Peace Day on Sept. 21. Students in each grade level will be taught a song inspired by the thought of peace. Students will sing the songs outside the school while installing the pinwheels throughout the day. After 1 p.m., more than 1,100 student/faculty pinwheels will be displayed in the front of the school. For more information, call Beau Pezoldt, teacher at 678-765-5110.

Brookwood High Advanced Theater students present “My Imaginary Pirate” on Sept. 22 and 24 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Don't miss his all-ages show about a new kid in town and his imaginary friend, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Adult tickets may be purchased at the door on performance night for $7 and $6 for senior citizens and students. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 678-344-6302.

Duluth High students Ashwinni Guruswami and Veronica Macias have been selected to attend the Georgia State Bar Association Law Academy in Athens this fall (Sept. 22-25). Both students are Duluth High Mock Trial members. For more information, visit The Law Academy provides pre-mock trial season training for student team leaders and extensive instruction on trial procedure. The Law Academy is made up of attorneys from across Georgia who are Mock Trial veterans. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Rock Springs Elementary invites the community to the school’s first Science and Technology Night on Sept. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the school. Participants will be traveling to a variety of engaging science sessions which teach earth, life, chemistry, and physical science content through hands-on activities. Students will be given the opportunity to build their own whirly birds, listen to their heartbeats, race magnetic cars, observe snakes and spiders, and participate in other activities. The night is designed to inspire students and their families to explore the world of science and technology. The presenters are teachers and students from Stripling Elementary, McConnell Middle, Moore Middle, Radloff Middle, Snellville Middle, Berkmar High, and Collins Hill High. Other presenters include faculty members from the school and the Department of Federal and Special Programs. For more information, call 770-932-7474.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation announces “Flicks for the Foundation”— a family movie night for Peachtree Ridge cluster schools. Movies will be shown on Sept. 30 on the high school practice field. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Guests can come early to view the silent auction booths filled with themed baskets donated by cluster schools and the Peachtree Ridge High booster clubs. Children can play in the bounce houses and families can enjoy dinner from the concession stand provided by the Touchdown Club. Donations of $5 per person will be accepted (children four and under are free). For more information contact Jane Denton, Executive Director at 770-495-5415 or

Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall (7th District) will speak on the Flat Tax and events in Washington, D.C., including the national debt, to Peachtree Ridge High Teacher Linda Brimmer’s Financial Literacy class on Oct. 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Peachtree Ridge High at 678-957-3100.

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus celebrates Gwinnett’s award-winning counselors, takes a closer look at the system’s charter schools, and checks out the options for school clubs and activities. Join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus - your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-minute program airs this week 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.

“The Author in You - Tedd Arnold” Tedd Arnold is an award-winning author and illustrator of zany and humorous children’s picture books, including “No More Jumping on the Bed” and “No More Water in the Tub.” His eye-popping illustrations and hilarious text have made him an all-time favorite author. Arnold’s colorful characters, from Huggly to Fly Guy to Green Wilma, make us laugh and keep coming back for more. This 30-minute program airs this week at 6:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” Spanish for Educators is a valuable language resource and learning opportunity provided by GCPS TV. This 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday.

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09/06/2011Lanier HS awarded $40K Motorola Solutions Foundation grant (pdf)

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 15, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 17-23 is Constitution Week.

October is computer Learning Month® and Crime prevention Month.

October 3 and 4 are Early Release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 10 is a Student Holiday and Planned Teacher Furlough Day.

October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alford Elementary16-Sep
Annistown Elementary27-Sep
Arcado Elementary12-Sep
Archer High School19-Sep
B.B. Harris Elementary29-Sep
Beaver Ridge Elementary29-Sep
Berkmar Middle22-Sep
Bethesda Elementary12-Sep
Brookwood Elementary19-Sep
Brookwood High20-Sep
Burnette ES16-Sep
Camp Creek Elementary30-Sep
Chattahoochee Elementary20-Sep
Collins Hill High20-Sep
Creekland Middle15-Sep
Dacula Middle20-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary16-Sep
Duluth High20-Sep
Duluth Middle13-Sep
Duncan Creek Elementary21-Sep
Ferguson Elementary16-Sep
G.H. Hopkins Elementary30-Sep
GIVE Center East20-Sep
GIVE Center West29-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle15-Sep
Grace Snell MS12-Sep
Grayson High16-Sep
Ivy Creek Elementary16-Sep
J.E. Richards Middle26-Sep
J.G. Dyer Elementary28-Sep
Knight Elementary16-Sep
Lanier High20-Sep
Louise Radloff Middle15-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary12-Sep
Monarch School23-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary19-Sep
Mountain View High School16-Sep
Mulberry Elementary14-Sep
Nesbit Elementary20-Sep
North Gwinnett Middle15-Sep
Peachree Ridge High22-Sep
R.D. Head Elementary15-Sep
R.L. Norton Elementary30-Sep
Rebecca Minor Elementary22-Sep
Riverside Elementary13-Sep
Rockbridge Elementary13-Sep
Shiloh High27-Sep
Starling Elementary30-Sep
Sugar Hill Elementary13-Sep
Suwanee Elementary20-Sep
Sycamore Elementary16-Sep
Trickum Middle13-Sep
Trip Elementary30-Sep
Twin Rivers Middle16-Sep
W.C. Britt Elementary13-Sep
Walnut Grove Elementary29-Sep
White Oak Elementary14-Sep

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 or call 770-904-3500.

Living In Space Exhibit
    Sept. 12-Oct. 1
Moon Light Monday: Harvest Moon Hike
    Sept. 12
An Astronauts Life: Be a Space Scientist for a Day
    Sept. 17
Pioneer School
    Sept. 17
Constitution Day
    Sept. 17
Just Passing Through
    Sept. 24
Honeybee Festival
    Sept. 24
An Astronauts Life: Be a Space Scientist for a Day
    Oct. 1