News You Can Use - 05/19/2008

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
05/19/2008 - 05/25/2008

Berkmar Middle will host a Career Fair on May 16 from 9:30 to 11:50 a.m. Students will have the opportunity to circulate through career booths and gather information to fill out a questionnaire they bring with them to the fair. For more information, call Graduation Coach Lisa Hunt at 770-638-2328.

The Tourette Syndrome (TS) Association of Georgia will hold the 1st Annual Ride for TICS on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. The ride will begin at Frazier’s Harley-Davidson in Buford and visit two schools, including Lanier Middle in Buford. The cost is $20 per bike plus $10 per passenger. Lunch and a T-shirt are included in the registration. There will be door prizes and a raffle. Riders will have a police escort. Proceeds will help fund a Program at Camp Twin Lakes for families dealing with TS. Visit www.georgiatourette.orgfor more information, and to download registration forms.

North Gwinnett High Teacher Jacqueline Huffman is the recipient of the 2008 University of Georgia College of Education Crystal Apple Award. The recipient of the Crystal Apple Award is a distinguished undergraduate or graduate alumni in K-12 education for teaching, administration, or counseling, that has made a significant impact on his/her students and/or school, school district, and student performance. Photo available upon request. For more information, call Ms. Huffman at 770-945-9558.

Susan Stripling Elementary 5th grade student Pristine Disnute was one of two Georgia State Finalists in the Doodle 4 Google Contest (4th-6th grade division), winning a Google Art Kit and a State Finalist Certificate. Her work will compete at the regional competition level for her age group, representing Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Norcross High student Kristin Lofgren is one of 35 students selected statewide to attend the University of Georgia’s Accounting Residency Program this summer. The Program is sponsored by the Georgia Society of CPAs who pays for the students’ fees. The 4 day program includes presentations from national and local accounting firms, industry, and government to illustrate job opportunities in accounting and finance. Students attend classes on a wide variety of subjects including business ethics, financial literacy, leadership skills, and business etiquette. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Lanier Middle 8th grade percussionists performed at the 62nd annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago. This conference is attended by 16,000 music educators each year. Lanier Middle’s percussion ensemble is the first middle school percussion section to be featured at this prestigious event. This is the third time a group from Gwinnett County has been invited to perform. For more information, call Teacher Hunter McRae at 770-945-8419, or visit the Midwest web site at

Doug Jones of Mill Creek High was named Coach of the Year in Region 7AAAAA. In addition, Mill Creek High’s baseball team was voted team of the year. Johnny Knight was named co-player of the year with a student from another school system. For more information, contact 678-714-5850.

The "Focus on Education" program sponsored by Gwinnett Place Ford in partnership with Peachtree Ridge High has selected Brittany Carmack as the recipient of the 2008 Principal's Award. This award recognizes a junior with a GPA of 93 or above, who exemplifies the highest standards in academics, leadership, citizenship, and community service. Brittany will receive a 2008 Ford Focus donated by Mr. and Mrs. Casey Coffey, owners of Gwinnett Place Ford. Picture available upon request. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Summerour Middle students and teachers participated in a Water Educational Exchange project sponsored by the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE). They earned 1st place for the project and a check for $500. The participating 6th grade classes plan to use the money to invest in more water collection containers and recycling bins for plastic, glass, and aluminum. For more information, call 770-448-3045.

Lilburn Elementary will host a visit from the knights at Medieval Times on May 19 at 9:30 a.m. Medieval Times sponsores a "Knight Time Reading Program." The knights will perform demonstrations and visit classrooms where Mediveal stories are being read by students. Students in Gael Goin's classes will greet the knights at 9:30 a.m. in Medieval dress with flags waving. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

Riverside Elementary students recently welcomed to their school State Superintendent of Schools Cathy Cox. Ms. Cox took a tour of the school stopping by several classrooms. She participated in a class activity with 5th graders.

Nesbit Elementary recently held field day activities which were managed by 5th grade students. The events included chariot races, climbing, hula hoops, soccer, and many more activities. For more information, call Sean Coffey, Nesbit Elementary teacher, at 770-414-2740.

The Sweetwater Middle Cinema Club held a red-carpet premier for their first movie “The Aquarium.” “The Aquarium” is a comedy about a group of middle school students who lose track of their teacher while on a trip to the Aquarium. Little do they know the reason their teacher is missing is because there is something fishy going on. For more information, call Keith Hampton at 770-923-4131.

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
05/12/2008National PTA honors three Gwinnett students for artistic skills (pdf)
05/09/2008Class of 2008 Largest-ever class maintains high standards (pdf)
05/09/2008Gwinnett appoints four principals, effective July 2008 (pdf)

“Jazz Reach: She Said/She Says” This program is a celebration of women’s achievements and music in jazz from the early 20th century to the present day. This high-energy program is filled with music, narration, film, and stunning lighting, scenic, and projection designs. Students will explore the lives of women composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and vocalists who have dedicated their lives to jazz. This 60 minute program airs May 19-24 at 1 p.m.

“French in Action” This Annenberg Media series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre
Capretz's proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and background. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. This 60-minute program airs May 23-25 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 29 (a new class airs each week, beginning on Monday).

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 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 19-21 is early release for high school exams.

May 21 is the last day of school.

Memorial Day on May 26 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

Remaining dates for the FY 2009 Budget Process
June 2-- First public hearing on tax millage rate
June 9-- Second and third public hearing on tax millage rate and adoption of millage rate
(All meetings will be held at the Instructional Support Center)

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 19, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during May. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alton C. Crews Middle5/16
Camp Creek Elementary5/16
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary5/16
Dacula Elementary5/16
Henry Partee Elementary5/19
K.E. Taylor Elementary5/16
Patrick Elementary5/16
W.J. Cooper Elementary5/19

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.

May 17, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., The Warriors of the Rainbow, $5/child
Kids in grades 3-6 explore what it means to be a warrior and become a warrior for the environment. Discover the Cree Native American legend. Build a bracelet and help design a poster to tell others about this eco-friendly tradition. Pre-register and pay by May 3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy the Center while you're here for an additional admission fee.

May 17, 1 p.m - 2:30 p.m., Club Method
High school and middle school students are exposed to the great outdoors. Bring a friend and gain work and team building skills for future resumes, develop problem solving skills, participate in environmental challenges and earn community service hours. Enjoy the Center while you're here for an additional admission fee. Please pre-register by May 3 by calling 770-904-3500.

June 7, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Nature Kids, $5/child
Calling all 2-4 grade kids -- track down prints that animals leave behind as they travel through the woods. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please pre-register by calling 770-904-3500 by May 24. Enjoy the Center while you’re here for an additional fee.

June 21, 11 a.m. - noon, and 3 p.m. - 4 p.m., Going Green Neighborhood, Free with center admission and to members
Build a streetscape model to learn about “green” building. Kids will compare their neighborhood to a neighborhood that doesn't use eco-friendly practices. Great for kids 6 and up. Please pre-register by calling 770-904-3500 by June 7.

June 27, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Exploring the Night Sky, Adults $10, Kids $5, Family of 4-$25
Explore the beautiful night sky with a guided walk and tour of the summer constellations and listen to the stories surrounding them. Learn about the three planets visible in our summer skies--Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. In case of clouds or rain, the program is rescheduled for Friday, July 11. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Call 770-904-3500 to pre-register and pay by June 13.