News You Can Use - 03/01/2010

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
03/01/2010 - 03/07/2010

Level Creek Elementary students will participate in a project to benefit a local animal shelter with donations of money, supplies, sponsorships, adoptions, and volunteer caregivers. Team G-Force and Team Leopard will host a pet adoption day at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (S.P.C.A.) shelter on Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students may bring towels, blankets, litter, and animal toys, to school to be delivered to the shelter. For more information, visit or call the school at 770-904-7950.

Deborah Stringfellow of Crews Middle is among 10 finalists for 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Georgia Teacher of the Year Banquet on May 14 at the Georgia Aquarium. For more information, visit

Jeff Mather, a master teaching artist, will visit North Gwinnett High March 1-12 during Youth Art Month. Mr. Mather will help art and special education students design and build an onsite sculpture honoring Croy West, North Gwinnett High Art Teacher Debi West’s son, who passed away in 2008. This year’s Youth Art Month theme is “Going Green” and Mr. Mather held an initial meeting with 25 art students and students from the autistic spectrum program who knew Croy. In addition to the sculpture, students will work on an outdoor classroom. Ms. West is using a grant she received as a Woodruff Arts Honoree to fund the project. Donations of materials for the project will be accepted. For more information, call Ms. West at 770-945-9558.

Sweetwater Middle will host Holocaust speaker Dr. Eugene Schnoefeld on March 2. Dr. Schnoefeld will speak to 8th grade students about his personal experiences of the Holocaust. Students will be completing a language arts unit on the Holocaust in addition to visiting the Anne Frank exhibit in Sandy Springs. Having survived the ghetto and internment in Germany’s infamous camps, Dr. Schnoefeld immigrated to the United States to rebuild his life and complete his formal education. Schoenfeld now resides in Atlanta with his wife, Jean. For more information, call Georgann C. Eaton, principal, at 770-931-7059.

Berkmar High will host the 2nd Annual Greater Lilburn Business Expo on March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lilburn businesses will have an opportunity to promote their businesses to each other and the community at this event. More than 100 businesses are expected to participate in this event produced in partnership with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Lilburn Business Association, and the Lilburn Community Partnership. Graphic design students in Berkmar High teacher Gerry Patureau’s class are seeing their work in lights in a collaborative effort with the Clear Channel Outdoor billboard company. Students were assigned a project to develop advertising graphics for the Greater Lilburn Business Expo. Students submitted designs for a Clear Channel billboard that are on display at this time for the Expo. For more information, visit,or call Diana Preston, assistant principal, at 678-230-9058, or email

Ivy Creek Elementary 4th grade students will host a visit from performer Scott Hodges on March 10 to view history “Through a Looking Glass.” Mr. Hodges will reenact the life of a Revolutionary War soldier. His dramatic portrayal will enable students to experience a more personal view of colonial life and the life of a Revolutionary War soldier. For more information, call Tammy Glausier, assistant principal at 678-714-3655.

North Gwinnett High will sponsor the 3rd annual Art Auction on March 16. More than 500 student works of art will be available at the silent auction in the cafeteria. There will also be cookies, sodas, and fruit, available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. There will be a live auction at the end of the silent auction. Entertainment will include performances by the school’s orchestra and chorus. Local framing businesses will professionally frame the art for a fee, and donate 50% of the money back to the Relay for Life team. For more information, call Debi West, art teacher, at 770-945-9558.

Shiloh Elementary will host a Reading Round Up Literacy Night on March 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Pizza will be served from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by three sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The evening will close with door prizes. Each student will receive a coupon for a free book. The book store will be open for parents to purchase books. Reading and writing web sites will be shared in the computer lab. Students may participate in a “book” walk for free books. Public library staff members will be available to sign up for library cards. For more information, call Teacher Jessica Evans at 770-985-6883.

Berkmar Middle is participating in a Fundred Dollar Bill Project to collect as many as 4,000 original, hand-drawn interpretations of the U.S. hundred dollar bills between now and March 18. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project is raising nationwide awareness of the environmental threat of lead contamination and lead-poisoning by collecting the funds necessary for a model remediation effort in New Orleans. New Orleans is the initial focus of this project as 30-50% of inner city children are affected by elevated blood lead levels and at risk for severe learning disabilities and behavioral problems. For more information, visit

GCPS and the Gwinnett Interagency Transition Council will hold its annual Transition Fair for people with disabilities, their families, and educators on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee. This event will focus on providing information on services and resources to prepare students transitioning from the school system. Students with disabilities and their families will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives to discuss and research the options available as they transition to post-school activities and employment. Featured participants include representation in the areas of employment support, residential services, day-habilitation programs, recreation and leisure, assistive technology, and support organizations. In addition, participants can attend breakout sessions to learn more about topics such as Medicaid waivers, SSI, financial planning and guardianship, transition planning, and employment support options. For more information, call 678-301-7137.

Norcross High will host the fourth in a series for immigrant families on achieving academic success in U.S. schools on March 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The title of this program is “Parenting Your Student to Academic Success in the U.S. (Middle and High School) Session IV – What the Future Holds.” Information will be shared on how to achieve graduation and what happens next, opportunities for students, and skills needed to succeed. For more information, or to request an interpreter, call Amy Valverde-Jensen, at 678-616-5180 a week before the workshop.

Creekland Middle students and staff raised nearly $8,000 for the Red Cross with fundraisers for Haiti. Students organized theme days including “Hat” day and “Tacky” day to stimulate interest and generosity. Creekland Middle students are aware of community civic responsibility, and responded to the call with generous donations. Many families in America were affected by the tragedy. The funds are earmarked to aid the Red Cross in providing the necessary resources for those in Haiti who require medical supplies and attention. For more information, call Teacher John Iverson at 770-338-4700.

Tripp Elementary students and their parents are invited to participate in preparing for the CRCT in April by attending Trivia Nights on March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 (Mondays in March) at Johnny’s New York Pizza in Grayson. Concessions may be purchased at 6:15 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Participants will be equipped with tools and prizes that will prepare them for testing. For more information, call 678-639-3850.

70 GCPS art students had their work selected for display in the Capitol Art Exhibit through Feb. 27. The Capitol Art Exhibit is cosponsored by the Georgia Art Education Association and the Office of the Secretary of State during Youth Art Month. This exhibit displays the exceptional creative ability of Georgia’s students to legislators and the public. For more information, visit

Gwinnett County residents will experience the ambiance of an art gallery next time they visit the school district’s Instructional Support Center (ISC) in Suwanee, as hundreds of pieces of student art work will be on display in the district headquarters’ welcome area. Gwinnett County Public Schools students enrolled in K-12 fine arts programs will exhibit what they have learned and created in the classroom during the annual “Tapestry Display.” Gwinnett County parents, community members, students, and staff are welcome to view the pieces of art through March 23 with three opening nights at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, in Suwanee.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 1, March 2-10: Berkmar, Dacula, Grayson, Grayson High Technical Ed Program, Mountain View, Norcross, and South Gwinnett.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 2 March 16-19: Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Meadowcreek, North Gwinnett, and Parkview Clusters, Oakland Meadow, and Phoenix.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 3, March 23-31: Archer, Collins Hill, Duluth, GSMST, Give East & West, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, and Shiloh.
There will be a reception on each opening night from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be open for public viewing from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week , 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the Fine Arts office at 678-301-7015.

Students at Chesney Elementary conducted a school-wide census in conjunction with the 2010 Federal Census. Students in 5th grade gifted classes created census questions to determine student age, gender, ethnicity, where their parents were born, occupation, and the number of students in each grade. Teachers at Chesney used the resources provided by the Scholastic U.S. Census Bureau from a program called 2010 Census: It’s About Us. Students will report their findings on Chesney’s WCBC closed-circuit news program and during their annual Chesney International Night Program in March. For more information, call Dr. Melissa P. Underwood, media specialist, at 678-542-2300; or Victoria Deibig, 678-542-2300.

READ ACROSS AMERICA—Dr. Seuss’ birthday
Harmony Elementary will celebrate Read Across America with several planned events beginning March 1. During the week, high school students from Mill Creek High will come each day at 2:30 p.m. to read to classes. Green eggs and ham will be served for lunch in the cafeteria on March 2, and a “Drop everything and Read” event is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 4 is student and staff book character dress up day with a parade scheduled at 2 p.m. Books will be available for purchase from 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. in the cafeteria. Bedtime stories are scheduled to be read by teachers at 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m. Students can come in their pajamas. For more information, call 770-945-7272.

All across America, children will be reading on March 2 to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Camp Creek Elementary teachers have planned special events in their classrooms and many guest readers will be dropping by to read to students. In addition, students will walk to Parkview High to watch original productions based on children’s books and created by Sharon Morrow's drama students. The Parkview Beta Club will host classes in the media center in reading centers. For more information, call Linda Houghton, media specialist at 770-806-3778.

Berkeley Lake Elementary will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday during Read Across America Week March 1-5. Activities will include guest readers in classrooms. For more information, call Melinda O’Herron, media specialist, at 770-582-7520 or 678-291-4240.

Kanoheda Elementary is planning a storybook celebration for Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2). Students dressed as a favorite storybook characters will arrive at school on March 2. The hallways will be transformed into storybook settings by staff members who will also be dressed as a favorite character from a book. County office employees, business partners, parents, and other community members will be guest readers in classrooms. Later in the day, students and staff members will form a Reading Chain around the building to sit linked together and read for a period of time. For more information, call 770-682-4221.

Centerville Elementary will celebrate National Breakfast Month and Read Across America on March 5th. Parents are invited to join in the fun at 8 am. by purchasing breakfast for $1.25. Everyone who purchases a breakfast will receive a goody bag and to pick out a book. Entertainment will include celebrity guest readers. Students and staff members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character. Costumes will be judged and prizes will be given for the best dressed character from each class. For more information, call Kimberly Adcock, media specialist, at 678-639-3707.

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“Meet the Author: Cokie Roberts” Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News. In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Cokie Roberts has written several bestsellers including “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation,” and “Ladies of Liberty.” This 30-minute program airs live, on March 3 at 1 p.m.

“Up Close and Personal - Sheldon Harnick – Prince Williams/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick’s words have delighted audiences on Broadway and beyond for more than half a century. His long list of celebrated works includes “Fiddler on the Roof,” “She Loves Me,” “The Apple Tree,” as well as the Kennedy Center original production for young people of The Phantom Tollbooth. This 60-minute program airs March 1-2 and March 4-6 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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, and Comcast on Channel 24 and 26. 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--

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March is Music in Our Schools Month and National Nutrition Month.

March 1 begins Read Across America Week. March 2 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

March 1-6 is Newspapers in Education Week.

March 3 is the Georgia Writing Assessment date for Grade 5.

March 7 is Girl Scout Sunday.

March 8-12 is National School Breakfast Week and National Foreign Language Week.

March 12 is a student holiday.

March 15 is a Flood Make-Up Day for Sept. 22, 2009.

March 15-26 is the Georgia Writing Evaluation Window for Grade 3 and 7.

March 17 is the Gateway Mathematics Reasoning Test for Grade 4.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 18, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The Georgia High School Graduation Tests (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies subtests) are scheduled for March 22-25 for Grade 11.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in March. Call the local school for the time and location.
Archer High School
Bay Creek Middle
Benefield Elementary
Berkmar High
Berkmar Middle
Buice School
Camp Creek Elementary
Cedar Hill Elementary
Central Gwinnett High
Chattahoochee Elementary
Chesney Elementary
Collins Hill High
Cooper Elementary
Corley Elementary
Couch Middle
Crews Middle
Dacula Elementary
Dacula High
Duluth Middle
Dyer Elementary
Fort Daniel Elementary
GIVE Center West
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Harbins Elementary
Harris Elementary
Jackson Elementary
Jones Middle
Lanier Middle
Lawrenceville Elementary
Lilburn Middle
Lovin Elementary
Magill Elementary
Mason Jr. Elementary
McConnell Middle
Mountain View High School
Mulberry Elementary
Norcross Elementary
North Gwinnett High
North Gwinnett Middle
Osborne Middle
Parkview High
Patrick Elementary
Peachree Ridge High
Pinckneyville Middle
Puckett's Mill Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Richards Middle
Riverside Elementary
Shiloh Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Snellville Middle
Starling Elementary
Sugar Hill Elementary
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
Sycamore Elementary
Taylor Elementary
Twin Rivers Middle
Walnut Grove Elementary
White Oak Elementary

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.

March 1
Snow Moon Hike
March 2
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
March 9
Homeschool: HLS: Women Inventors
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
March 10
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
March 12
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
Homeschool: Intro to Orienteering
March 13
Stormwater Management