News You Can Use - 10/22/2007









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
10/22/2007 - 10/28/2007


SATURDAY - OCT. 20
Meadowcreek High will sponsor a homecoming parade on Oct. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The homecoming court and Meadowcreek Cluster Teachers of the Year will be transported in Ford Mustangs along the parade route. Members of school clubs and organizations have been busy creating beautifully decorated floats. For more information, call Chris Diffley at 770-381-9680.

HONORS
Kandra Oldham of Suwanee Elementary, Kate Secor of Berkmar High, and Amanda Dominy of Mill Creek High have been selected to participate in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Teacher Academy. The Academy is designed to enhance the skills of teachers with fewer than four years of experience who show great promise.

UPCOMING
Peachtree Ridge High will host International Night on Oct. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the commons area at the school. Parents, students, and community members from Peachtree Ridge cluster schools are invited to attend. Information from more than 40 countries will be displayed at the event. Entertainment will include native dancing and a food tasting event. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

The Gwinnett PTA is sponsoring a Memory Walk-a-thon on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Tribble Mill Park. Registration is $35 and begins at 10 a.m. at Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville. Students who raise $100 in sponsorships will have their registration fee waived. The event will promote safe teen driving and benefit driver’s education programs. For more information, call Bill or Diane Richardson at 770-267-7945, or email diane@itwonthappentome.org.

On Nov. 2, Frank N. Osborne Middle will host a tribute to Diane Overton, a former teacher who passed away. A teacher collection of resources in the media center will be named the Diane Overton Professional Resource Room in her honor. The morning Hawkeye School News Show will give an update on resources purchased for the Media Center with donations made in her name. Ms. Overton’s husband and parents will be present for the dedication. For more information, call Media Specialist Louise Doughty at 770-904-5416.

GCPS will hold a Certified Teacher Job Fair on Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Peachtree Ridge High located at 1555 Old Peachtree Rd. in Suwanee. For more information, call 678-301-6000.

The Duluth High Chamber Orchestra will perform a Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic program on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the school theatre. Guest conductors -- Dr. Richard Prior from Emory University, Kelly Taylor from Duluth Middle, Duluth High Band Director Danelle Keck, and Directors Shawn Morton and Peter Lemonds will lead the orchestra through the program which also will be performed in Chicago on Dec. 19 at the Merle Reskin Theatre. Guest soloist, Helen Kim will perform the Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

RECENTLY
John and Maria Upchurch, Tom and Patsy Upchurch, and the Warren and Ava Sewell presented the Peachtree Ridge Foundation with grants in the amounts of $5,000, $1,500 and $1,500 respectively, for the purchase of school blazers. These blazers will be loaned to student groups on official business representing Peachtree Ridge. Photo available upon request. For more information, call Diane Clausen at 678-957-3138.

Community volunteers worked with students from Norcross Elementary helping them with reading. The volunteers also worked with students in an after-school program on an outdoor education project involving gardening, and a beautification project that included painting swing sets. For more information, call Carolyn Lee at 770-326-8006.

The Duluth High Media center celebrated Teen Read Week with a Gwinnett County Library card sign-up day and a student poster display. The five student winners pictured on the poster with their favorite books were Adam Blackwell– “The Poet” by Michael Connelly; Machelle Gilliland– “Raising Dragons” by Bryan Davis; Callie Howington– “Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe”; Ina Ivanova- “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyers; and Paul Myers– “The Lurker at the Threshold” by H.P. Lovecraft. These students were featured on Duluth High TV during weekly broadcasts, talking about their favorite book and author. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Duluth High Navy Junior ROTC was invited to perform Color Guard duties at the Republican state dinner held in October. Gov. Sonny Perdue, Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, and senior Republican politicians were in attendance. This is the third invitation the Duluth High NJROTC has received in the past six months. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
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.com or call 770-904-3500.

Oct. 27, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Bat Basics, $3 per person, $10 for a family of four
You’ve heard the stories they’re creepy, they get in your hair, they’re blind, and they all have rabies. Get the scoop on what bats are really like and search the grounds for real bats with a bat detector. Call 770-904-3500 to register by Oct. 25.

Oct. 27, 3 - 4 p.m., Nature Kids Environmental Club, $5 per child, free to GEHC members
Birds in Black― Come join us in discovering the cool tricks of crows, vultures, blackbirds, and others in our world of feathered friends. We’ll take a bird walk and look for birds, nests, and feathers. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water. Limited to 16 participants in grades 2-4. Center admission additional fee. Pre-register by calling 770-904-3500.

GCPS TV
“ArtStage: 2007 Marching Band Exhibition, Part 2” Get in step with your favorite GCPS marching band. GCPS TV’s “ArtStage” gives a spectacular look at local bands performing halftime exhibitions. Don’t miss this opportunity to tune in and support your local band. The 2007 Marching Band Exhibition, Part 2, showcases bands from Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Meadowcreek, Mill Creek, Norcross, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge high schools. The program airs Oct. 22-27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“GCPS Focus” October brings a focus on Internet safety, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discusses the system’s growth and redistricting, and the ‘greening’ of GCPS gets the spotlight. Don’t miss these stories and more on this week’s GCPS Focusyour news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs daily 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.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air through Oct. 25 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 p.m.

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 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
October is Computer Learning Month and Physical Therapy Month.

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

School Psychology Week runs from from Nov. 5-9.

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Instructional materials review runs through Oct. 31. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for mathematics (grades K–5, 6, 7, and 9), social studies (grades K–5) and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (grade 9 Chinese and engineering). All materials may be reviewed at the following locations and times:
--Instructional Support Center (ISC) in the Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee,(678-301-6000); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.– 4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
--Lovin Elementary, located at 1705 New Hope Road in Lawrenceville, (678-518-6940); Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 11 and 25, 5–8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
For more about the review process, contact Lisa Burleson in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 678-301-6831.

GCPS invites community members and employees to participate in its annual review of Gwinnett’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Employees and community members have until Friday, November 9, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. The GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS, will consider all suggestions at their annual meeting. That committee then will recommend changes to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education for implementation in the 2007-08 school year. The Review Form is available on the school system’s web site at AKS_Review@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Oct. and Nov. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Date - Oct.
School
Date - Nov.
Alford Elementary
10/8
    B.B. Harris Elementary
11/29
Camp Creek Elementary
10/26
    Berkeley Lake Elementary
11/29
Chattahoochee Elementary
10/16
    Brookwood Elementary
11/12
Craig Elementary
10/29
    Centerville Elementary
11/28
Dacula High
10/12
    Collins Hill High
11/13
Dacula Middle
10/9
    Creekland Middle
11/15
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
10/12
    Dacula Middle
11/13
Fort Daniel Elementary
10/5
    Fort Daniel Elementary
11/2
Grayson Elementary
10/26
    Freeman's Mill Elementary
11/16
Ivy Creek Elementary
10/26
    Harbins Elementary
11/29
J.G. Dyer Elementary
10/17
    J.E. Richards Middle
11/13
Lilburn Elementary
10/25
    J.G. Dyer Elementary
11/28
Lovin Elementary
10/25
    Louise Radloff Middle
11/8
Mill Creek High
10/30
    Lovin Elementary
11/29
Norcross Elementary
10/19
    Meadowcreek Elementary
11/19
North Gwinnett High
10/2
    Mountain Park Elementary
11/12
    North Gwinnett High
11/27
    Oakland School
11/5
    Parkview High
11/27
    Parsons Elementary
11/12
    Pinckneyville Middle
11/8
    Rebecca Minor Elementary
11/30
    Simpson Elementary
11/2
    Sugar Hill Elementary
11/5
    Sycamore Elementary
11/1
    Trickum Middle
11/29
    W.C. Britt Elementary
11/27
    Walnut Grove Elementary
11/29