News You Can Use - 01/09/2006









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
01/09/2006 - 01/15/2006


HONORS
Debi West of Level Creek Elementary was selected as the 2006 Marion Quin Dix Leadership Award Recipient by the National Art Education Association. For more information, call 770-904-7950.

Dr. Lea Arnau presented at the 2005 National Staff Development Council’s annual conference on Georgia’s coaching initiatives. For more information, call 678-301-7095.

The Brookwood High Dance Department has been selected to perform at the National High School Dance Association Festival in Miami from March 30 through April 2. For more information, call 770-972-7642. In addition to performing, the dancers will take master classes and audition for scholarships.

The GCPS 8th Grade Social Studies Program was recognized as the 2005 Program of Excellence by the Georgia Council for Social Studies. For more information, Dr. Debbie Daniell at 678-301-7028.

Glenn Burrows of Mill Creek High was selected by the International Technology Education Association as the Georgia Teacher Excellence Award winner at the High School level. For more information, call 678-714-5863.

The following GCPS teams won 2005-06 AAAAA State Championships: Collins Hill High Girls Softball Team and Cross Country Team, Parkview High Boys Cross Country Team, and Peachtree Ridge High Cheerleading Squad. For more information, call the local school.

The North Gwinnett Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $16,800 in grants and scholarships to the North Gwinnett cluster schools. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

During the month of November, The Gwinnett County Association for Educators held a media contest for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels in each cluster. The theme for this year was “A Great America Starts with Great Public Schools.” Students submitted art, posters, brochures, essays and poems, or slideshows for judging. For a complete list of GCPS winners contact the Gwinnett County Association of Educators.

UPCOMING
Online Campus Spring 2006 registration runs through Jan. 14. Class dates are Jan. 21 through May 13, 2006. For more information, visit www.gwinnettk12online.net.

Trickum Middle will hold a “Coffee and Conversation” for parents on Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. This is an open forum for parents to ask questions and discuss concerns with Principal Lynne Davis. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

The top two spellers from each Gwinnett elementary and middle school will compete in School Board Districts Spelling Bees on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees will move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held Jan. 28 at the Mill Creek High theater. Regional (district), state, and national bees will be held later in the spring. For more information about upcoming spelling bee activities, contact Cindy Gaskins at 770-904-5450.

Creekland Middle’s Heritage Club will sponsor an assembly on Jan. 13 in the gym. Mr. Bennie Boswell Jr., from Wachovia Bank will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Audrey Flowers at 770-338-4700.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host a visit from inspirational speaker Milton Creagh at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

Maxwell High School of Technology will host an open house on Jan. 19 for interested sophomores and juniors and their parents. Classrooms and labs will be open from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-338-4612.

The Grayson High School Technology Education Program Open House is set for Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 770-554-7082 to learn more.

ONGOING
Bethesda Elementary is working with Cigna Company’s Healthy Kids Challenge to create a healthy message throughout the school. KidLink team members are teaching mini lessons to parents and kids, organizing cafeteria tours, and displaying nutrition bulletin boards to promote good health awareness. For more information, call Brenda Moore at 770-931-5690.

GCPS TV
“Spanish for Educators" Spanish for Educators, a valuable language resource and learning opportunity is coming to GCPS TV. This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers 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. Monday - Sunday, January 9 through March 19 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“In Pursuit of Science” Live Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip. Follow a young colonial boy in his exploration of science and the world around him. Discover the important scientific exploration that took place in the early years of our country. This 60-min. program airs live Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 2) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Jan. 9 through Feb. 9 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again 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:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 12, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Rd., Suwanee, Ga.

Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and a systemwide holiday.

Feb. 20 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
January
Annistown
1/17
Arcado
1/26
Berkmar Middle
1/12
Brookwood Elementary
1/13
Brookwood High
1/17
Buice Center
1/24
Central Gwinnett
1/30
Chattahoochee
1/19
Corley
1/20
Creekland
1/12
Dacula High
1/6
Duncan Creek
1/13
Five Forks
1/20
Grayson Elementary
1/31
Hopkins
1/26
Jackson
1/10
Lawrenceville
1/6
Level Creek
1/6
Lilburn Middle
1/30
Magill
1/13
Minor
1/12
Mountain Park
1/24
Nesbit
1/27
North Gwinnett
1/13
Norton
1/24
Oakland
1/30
Pinckneyville
1/10
Radloff
1/26
Shiloh Middle
1/23
Simonton
1/27
Simpson
1/12
Snellville
1/17
Suwanee
1/26
Sycamore
1/12