News You Can Use - 09/17/2012

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.

View All Archived News You Can Use

News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/17/2012 - 09/23/2012

Jenkins Elementary 5th graders will visit Georgia Gwinnett College on Sept. 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. for a college and career readiness initiative. Students will return to school and link the trip to a writing project exploring college and career options. Students are encouraged to attain high marks on an advanced track in middle school to prepare them for Advanced Placement courses in high school. Parent chaperones are also invited to attend. For more information, call 678-407-8900.

GCPS students interested in learning how to apply for a full college scholarship are invited to attend an educational workshop sponsored by the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) on Sept. 15 at Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee. Juniors and seniors are invited to attend the 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. session, and sophomores may attend the 1 to 2:30 p.m. session. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, was established in 1999 with a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. The goal of GMS is to educate “Leaders for America’s Future”™ by providing eligible students with the opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in the discipline of their choice and continue through to a doctoral degree in seven GMS funded fields.
Who Should Attend? Students who are:
· African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American; and
· 10th graders who have attained a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above and 11-12th graders who have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, both on a 4.0 unweighted scale, and those who have earned a GED
Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend. Register at For more information, call Dianne Thompson, director of Advisement and counseling, at 678-301-7372.

17 GCPS central office administrators have been selected for the inaugural District Leader Program Cohort 1, Class of 2012-13. The District Leader Program is an induction and launching plan for district level leaders, at coordinator and above positions. This program is designed to orient and instruct leaders in the knowledge, skills, and talents needed to become a Quality-Plus leader at the district level in Gwinnett County Public Schools, and to provide an opportunity for leaders to improve their performance and increase individual capacity.
  • Dr. Bob Burgess, Director, Student Discipline and Behavioral Interventions
  • Mary Elizabeth Davis, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Tina Duncan Director, Special Education
  • Deidra Eubanks, ID – Mi. Coordinator, Community Skills
  • Erin Hahn, Title I Coordinator
  • Diana Hammond, Mild Autism Coordinator
  • Jennifer Marie Jones, Coordinator, Special Education
  • Emily Klein, Moderate/Severe Autism Coordinator
  • Dr. Alicia McCartney, Director, Language Arts
  • Edilynn Miner, Coordinator, Special Education
  • Eniko Nagy, Coordinator, Research and Evaluation
  • Susan O’Neil, EBD Coordinator
  • Susan Potts-Datema, Coordinator, Special Education
  • Holly Rutledge, Coordinator of Assessment – High School
  • Anthony Smith, Director, Mathematics
  • Dr. Jonathon Wetherington, Director, Science
  • Elizabeth Webb, Director of ELL Programs

Brookwood High advanced theater students present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” on Sept.20 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Adult tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088 or email

Two schools will participate in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace. McConnell Middle and art teacher Clair Bertram will design and assemble pinwheels for the “Pinwheels for Peace Project” during Art Club meetings. These pinwheels will be displayed outside the school on Sept.21, the National Day of Peace. For more information, contact assistant principal Rachel Ernst at or 770-554-1000.
Puckett’s Mill Elementary will take part by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace and positive solutions at their school on Sept. 21. Puckett’s Mill is connecting the concept of peace with the themes of kindness, cooperation, working together toward positive solutions, zero tolerance for bullying, and community. All students at Puckett’s Mill Elementary will create pinwheels. For more information, go to or contact Joyce Dorian at 678-765-5110.

Gwinnett’s Mill Creek High marching band has been invited to perform at both the London New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, 2014 and the Rome People’s Christmas Celebration. Youth Music of the World and the Lord Lieutenancy for Greater London will officially invite the marching band to perform during a formal ceremony scheduled on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers from the school, county, and England will be present. This is the second invitation for Mill Creek High. For more information, call Erik Mason, band director, at 678-714-5850.

GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program invites the public to participate in the Third Annual Golf Tournament to benefit GCPS on Oct. 8 at the Legacy Golf Course at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Sign-in is at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The deadline to enter is October 1. Registration is $100 per individual and $400 per foursome. Registration includes tournament entry, breakfast, entry in the Hole-In-One Contest, entry in the Longest Drive contest, lunch, snacks during the tournament, and participant gift bags. (The golf coordinator will assemble 4-person teams and assign overall handicaps if needed.) Collar shirts are required. No denim clothing or metal spike shoes will be allowed on the course. (Rules will be enforced.) Register online at

GCPS will host a leadership conference for elementary peer leaders on Oct. 11. The registration deadline is September 17. The conference will be held at Hebron Church in Dacula. For more information, call Mason Elementary Counselor Robin Zorn at 770-232-3370.

Central Gwinnett High theater students return to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville for an exciting afternoon of theatre games Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. The Central Theatre students are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), and volunteer by teaching theater in the community to earn ITS honor points. This group is led by Central Gwinnett High senior Skylar Jackson. For more information, call Lisa Bell at 404-861-5066, or email

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct 15) with a special event on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Students from the concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and honor orchestra will perform compositions from Latin American countries at an Orchestra Concert titled “Mundo Latino.” For more information, call the school at 678-518-6700.

Jones Middle Public Speaking and Journalism teacher Catalina Kreider will take the student mentors on a field trip to Four Oaks Manor for a formal luncheon on Oct. 23. Students will share their etiquette projects and experience a formal meal using the knowledge they gained during class. Nearly 90 students and parents will attend this event. Ms. Kreider leads the Student Leadership Academy and is the Student Mentor Advisor. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

The Dr. Jim L. Markham Golf Classic at Chateau Elan Golf Club has been re scheduled for Nov. 6. The event, named in honor of Mill Creek High’s retiring principal, is an 18-hole Foursome Golf Scramble benefitting Relay for Life. The schedule of events includes registration, breakfast, silent auction, and practice. Golf begins at 9 a.m. and there will be awards and prizes. The deadline for registration is Oct. 30. For more information about registration, email

Gwinnett County Public Schools invites parents and members of the community to join GCPS staff members by participating in a review of proposed curriculum materials. Parents may provide input on the proposed materials by participating in the public review. GCPS holds an extensive review before adopting materials for classroom use. Materials submitted by publishers are reviewed by teachers, administrators, and parents for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. During the review, scheduled to run from September 17-28, GCPS staff and members of the Gwinnett community will review non-fiction books for grades K-12, teacher resources for grades K-8 Language Arts, and Advanced Placement Latin materials. Reviews are scheduled as follows:
Instructional Support Center
Building 200 Lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee
Monday–Friday, Sept. 17-28, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Based on all input gathered from this review, a recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for adoption of materials. For more information about the instructional review process, please contact Lisa Burleson, Director of Instructional Materials, at 678-301-6831.

ArtStage: The Ying Quartet Though their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, the world renowned Ying Quartet will perform for the students at the Gwinnett School of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. This 30-minute program airs this week at 2 p.m.

“Love That Book - Carmen Grows a Garden” New York Times best-selling children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy shares her love of gardening by taking students on a visit to Harvest Farm in Suwanee, GA. Carmen explores the colorful butterfly garden and shares her favorite gardening book “And Then It’s Spring.” This 15-minute program airs Sept. 17 and 18 at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“GCPS FOCUS” This year, GCPS FOCUS brings a new format to the show. Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 20-minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6p.m. and 11 p.m. This week’s program features a congratulatory video recognizing Simpson Elementary as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

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, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
09/11/2012Gwinnett communities celebrate their Teachers of the Year (pdf)
09/10/2012Public invited to participate in review of curriculum materials (pdf)
09/07/2012U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan names Simpson ES a Blue Ribbon School (pdf)
09/04/2012Gwinnett BOE thanks community mentors, recognizing the difference they make in young lives (pdf)
08/28/2012GCPS 2011-2012 Advanced Placement: More Gwinnett students master college-level work (pdf)
08/27/2012GCPS Social Studies program earns state recognition (pdf)

Sign up to receive Gwinnett County Public Schools’ e-newsletter, GCPS eNews... a quick, easy way to learn more about Georgia’s largest school system. In this newsletter, you’ll find stories on teaching and learning, school leadership and governance, and the partnerships that make Gwinnett County Public Schools successful. Go to the school system’s homepage for sign-up information ( and to check out the e-News archives.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Emergency Preparedness Month (

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 17-23 is Constitution Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 20, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

October is Computer learning Month® and Physical Therapy Month.

October 1 and 2 are Early Release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

October 1-5 is National Technology Student Association Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
Arcado Elementary18-Sep
Archer High School17-Sep
Bay Creek Middle18-Sep
Bethesda Elementary20-Sep
Cooper Elementary18-Sep
Duluth Middle26-Sep
GIVE Center West27-Sep
Grayson High27-Sep
Hull Middle18-Sep
Jones Middle25-Sep
Knight Elementary25-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary21-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary21-Sep
Minor Elementary17-Sep
Monarch School21-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary25-Sep
Norcross High20-Sep
Oakland School18-Sep
Radloff Middle27-Sep
Rosebud Elementary25-Sep
Simpson Elementary27-Sep
Trickum Middle28-Sep
Trip Elementary9/10 and 9/21
White Oak Elementary21-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.

Beginner's and Intermediate Rug Hooking ClassSep. 15
3rd Annual Honeybee FestivalSep. 15
Be a Detective! Sep. 22, 29
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberSep. 24
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15