News You Can Use - 09/04/2012

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.

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/04/2012 - 09/09/2012

Annistown Elementary and Bethesda Elementary have been selected to receive $25,000 “Give with Target” grants to support education. Target’s fall giving campaign awarded $5 million in support of education to 100 schools across the nation, two schools located within GCPS. For more information, call Cossette Gutierrez, Target manager, education; at 612-761-1968.

The GCPS Social Studies Department invites staff, students, and community members to the presentation of “American History: Examining Years of Economic Strides” on Sept. 5 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville. This event notes the beginning of the 3rd year of GCPS’ Teaching American History Grant. Dr. Robert Dallek of Boston University — a Presidential Historian, Bancroft Prize winner, and Pulitzer Price nominee— will give the keynote address on “Presidential leadership in the 20th Century—the Making and Unmaking of American Presidents.” RSVP to , or call 678-301-7028 for more information.

Mulberry Elementary is sponsoring the 3rd annual Mulberry READS event scheduled to kick off on Sept. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at the Mall of Georgia. The program offers an opportunity for community members to come together, share the common experience of reading the same book and participate in a community-wide conversation about the book. This year’s book is “The Chocolate Touch.” Free wristbands will be provided to students, parents, and community members who commit to reading the book. Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of the purchases to Mulberry Elementary. For more information, contact the Mulberry Elementary media center at 678-226-7472.

The Central Gwinnett High Fine Arts Department in conjunction with the North Gwinnett Arts Association, Inc. will hold an open reception for the new Back Alley Gallery, a student art gallery at Central Gwinnett High. The opening reception will be held on Sept. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The community is invited to come and view the talents of the budding artists. This gallery will showcase the talents and skills of the art students at Central Gwinnett. Students, parents, and community members will have the opportunity to view a rotating art show throughout the year in addition to special events show casing student work. The Back Alley Gallery was the brainstorm of the fine arts teachers Jason Collier and Vickie Johnson, in an effort to encourage budding artists and provide a real-world application for students within advanced art classes. North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA), a local non-profit organization of artists, writers, musicians, and art lovers ( provided funding for the project through a grant from the Gwinnett Braves. For more information, call the school at 770-963-8041.

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 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 rescheduled 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.

“Shamu TV - The Manatee Story” Learn about manatee biology, survival, threats, and ways humans can help save this special species for future generations. This 30-minute program airs this week at 3:30 PM.

Click here to watch GCPS TV’s Focus Moments, video briefs which share events and recognitions, feature exciting interviews, and spotlight classroom initiatives from GCPS.

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 the most current News Releases.
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)

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

September 3 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

September 11 is Patriots Day.

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.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.

Alcova Elementary6-Sep
Arcado Elementary18-Sep
Archer High School17-Sep
Bay Creek Middle18-Sep
Berkmar Middle14-Sep
Bethesda Elementary20-Sep
Centerville Elementary13-Sep
Collins Hill High11-Sep
Cooper Elementary18-Sep
Corley Elementary11-Sep
Craig Elementary14-Sep
Dacula Elementary7-Sep
Duluth Middle26-Sep
GIVE Center West27-Sep
Grace Snell Middle12-Sep
Grayson High27-Sep
Gwin Oaks Elementary7-Sep
Harmony Elementary13-Sep
Hopkins Elementary6-Sep
Hull Middle18-Sep
Jones Middle25-Sep
Knight Elementary25-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary21-Sep
Magill Elementary11-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary21-Sep
Minor Elementary17-Sep
Monarch School21-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary25-Sep
Mulberry Elementary13-Sep
Norcross High20-Sep
Oakland School18-Sep
Osborne Middle6-Sep
Parkview High14-Sep
Partee Elementary7-Sep
Phoenix High6-Sep
Pinckneyville Middle6-Sep
Radloff Middle27-Sep
Richards Middle11-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.

Be a Detective! Sep. 8, 22, 29
Beginner's and Intermediate Rug Hooking ClassSep. 15
3rd Annual Honeybee FestivalSep. 15
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberSep. 24
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15