News You Can Use - 10/10/2005

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/10/2005 - 10/16/2005

Dr. Lea Arnau, director of Professional Learning, received The President’s Award for her significant contributions to and support of the Georgia Staff Development Council (GSDC). Dr. Arnau recently was inducted as president of the GSDC. For more information, call 770-513-6652.

The following students are “Paying for College Tour” scholarship winners. Winta Getregeris and Tam Tran, both of Meadowcreek High, won $250 each; and Rondrell Rouse of Norcross High won $500.
For more information, call Megan Pohorylo at 703-741-7505.

Teri Wilson, Parkview High language arts teacher and department chair, is one of 25 high school teachers nationwide to receive the Yale Teaching Award. Ms. Wilson was nominated by one of her former students. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

Christy Meyers, a Parkview High language arts teacher, was selected this past summer as one of 13 new fellows to participate in the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions marching band scored well in the 15th Annual Marching Classic at Brookwood. The band performed its 2005 field show, “CROSSROADS.” The Band received superior ratings in all captions including drum major, colorguard, percussion, and band. In the Open Class, the band received “Best in Class” awards for the brass section, the drumline, and the full band. In addition, the band earned the “Susan P. Cotton Music Award” for the highest music score, and was named “Grand Champion Runner-up.” For more information, call Eric Willoughby, band director at 678-957-3100.

The United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc., will sponsor the 23rd Annual Educator’s Reception on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration building. For more information, call 770-963-9356.

GCPS’ Annual School Bus Safety Road-e-o and Family Fun Day will be held at the Suwanee training center on Oct. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The top 10 regular education drivers will compete in a pre-trip inspection and driving course competition. The top six special needs driver/monitor teams will compete in a driving course competition, and events such as emergency evacuation and securing adaptive equipment. Activities include games for both children and adults. Relay for Life fundraisers, door prizes, and a hay ride. For more information, call Charlene Majors at 770-271-5056.

The Duluth High Center Stage Alliance presents “Some Assembly Required” on Oct. 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. and on Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call Vanette Vedder at 678 473 6249.

The Norcross High Drama department will perform “The Boys Next Door” on Oct. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour before the performances. General admission tickets are $6, and preferred seating tickets are $9. For more information, call the hotline at 770-447-2667.

Mill Creek High British literature students in Christa Naylor’s classes will participate in a simulation of a King Arthur’s Pot-luck Feast on Oct. 14. Students will wear costumes, bring food, read historic letters, and perform ballads of the medieval time period. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

W. J. Cooper Elementary has many activities planned for Career Month in October. Lessons on careers will be taught in the classroom. Each grade level will sponsor a career contest. On Oct. 14, students in the 5th grade will listen to speakers. On Oct. 28, 2nd grade students will explore and learn about different careers at hands-on Career Centers. For more information, call Christy Armstrong at 770-554-7050.

Lawrenceville Elementary will sponsor a Technology and Science event on Oct. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents will meet in a computer lab and explore science-based instructional Web sites that support student use of technology. Information on helping students with science projects also will be discussed. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Lawrenceville Elementary will sponsor a Kindergarten Literacy Night on Oct. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Parent Center will be open to support parents at that time. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

J.P. McConnell Middle will sponsor a parent resource seminar on “Gang and Drug Awareness” on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Captain Greg Vaughn and fellow officers of the Lawrenceville Police Department will speak to the community. For more information, call 770-554-1000.

Alton C. Crews Middle 8th grade band students will perform music of Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-winning composer Michael Colgrass at the Rialto Theater in Atlanta on Oct. 18. The band will perform as part of the program featuring Mr. Colgrass. The concert at the Rialto is part of the Music Education Leadership Institute, sponsored by Georgia State University. For more information, call 770-982-6940.

Glenn C. Jones Middle will host a celebrity reading event on Oct.19 to celebrate Teen Read Week. Students will visit with local celebrities who will read from books, poems, and articles, and talk about their careers and lives. The school expects visitors ranging from government officials to local TV and radio personalities. This is an all-day event in which each celebrity will spend one hour with a group of students. If you are interested in being a guest reader, contact Julie Richardson at 770-904-5484.

Trickum Middle will commemorate its 30th anniversary during a special PTSA program and Literary Night on Oct. 20. Past Trickum faculty members, principals, and PTSA presidents will be honored during a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, followed by a PTSA meeting at 6:30 p.m. Speakers include CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks; Louise Radloff, Board member; Lynne Davis, principal; and Phillip Curtis, a 30-year staff member. Student literary works and books from the past 30 years will be on display in the Media Center. All current and former Trickum students are invited to attend. This 30th anniversary year will be the school’s last one in its current building on Cole Drive. The new Trickum Middle replacement facility is under construction on Killian Hill Rd. and is scheduled to open for the 2006-07 school year. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Riverside Elementary will sponsor a Family Fun Night on Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be games and activities for kids, a silent auction, food, and music. For more information, call Kavi Sarver at 678-482-1000.

Members of the Mill Creek High Technology Student Association are competing in the BEST robotics competition. The competition is hosted by Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. This year’s theme is the “Mission to Hubble.” Each team is required to design and build a robot that can remove and replace old batteries on a simulated Hubble Telescope. Statewide competition will be held at Southern Polytech on Oct. 22. The regional championship will be held at Auburn University a few weeks later. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Grayson Elementary will host a carnival on Oct. 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. Activities include a silent auction, moon jumps, obstacle course, giant slides, cake walk, games, food, spin art, and action sports. Advanced tickets are $12 or tickets may be purchased for $15 at gate. The price includes all events. For more information, call Jennifer Pender at 678-377-7443 or e-mail

Duluth High drama students will compete in sub-region One Act competition against Centennial High, Norcross High, Peachtree Ridge High, and Northview High with a 50-minute version of “Some Assembly Required” at Norcross High on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Suwanee Elementary will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a dunk tank and a silent auction. For more information, call 770-945-5763.

Mill Creek High theater students will perform “Macbeth” Oct. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

The Alton C. Crews Middle PTSA will host a Career Fair on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Parents and students are invited to find out more about career opportunities. For more information call 770-982-6940.

Sycamore Elementary will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 29. For more information, call 678-714-5770.

“SPLOST” - GCPS TV presents an important informational message regarding the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Watch and learn how the pennies citizens have invested in their schools have made a difference in every community. This 20-minute program airs daily at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“America's Rain Forests - A Distance Learning Adventure” - Rain forests provide a haven for the largest diversity of plants and animals on Earth. Join experts on location in the tropical and temperate rain forests to learn about current research in the important ecosystems and be inspired by America's vast public lands as the U.S. Forest Service celebrates 100 years of service in 2005. This 90-min. program airs live Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.

“Social Studies in Action” Annenberg/CPB - This video workshop provides a methodology framework for teaching social studies, with a focus on creating effective citizens. The eight video programs feature K-5 teachers exploring social studies themes, theories of learning, teaching strategies, and ways to connect social studies to the world beyond the classroom. This 60-min. program airs Oct. 11-14 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” English...Yes, I Can!, a GCPS TV production, returned to the air on Sept. 19 with the premiere of Series 3, designed to further enhance the English literacy skills of adult learners. The 16 one-hour shows in Series 3 are scheduled to air through Oct. 13 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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October is Computer Learning Month.

Oct. 7 is a student and teacher holiday.

Oct. 10 is a holiday for students and some staff. However, most school staff will be participating in professional learning and planning activities.

Oct. 10-14 is National School Lunch Week and Teen Read Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Oct. 16-22 is National School Bus Safety Week.

Oct. 22-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

Make a Difference day is Oct. 22.

Red Ribbon Week begins Oct. 23.

Oct. 24 is Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

A Certified Teacher Job Fair will be held on November 5 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Mill Creek High School, 4400 Braselton Hwy./Hwy. 124, in Hoschton, Ga.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during October. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Phone Number
Alcova Elementary
Alford Elementary
Berkmar High
Brookwood Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Cedar Hill Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
Craig Elementary
Alton C. Crews Middle
Dacula Elementary
Dacula High
Duluth Middle
Duncan Creek Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Fort Daniel Elementary
Grayson High
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Harmony Elementary
B.B. Harris Elementary
R.D. Head Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Ivy Creek Elementary
Jackson Elementary
Glenn C. Jones Middle
J.C. Magill Elementary
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Norcross High
North Gwinnett High
Frank N. Osborne Middle
Parkview High
Parsons Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Shiloh Elementary
Simonton Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Snellville Middle
Sugar Hill Elementary
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
Sycamore Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary