News You Can Use - 12/19/2011









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/19/2011 - 01/08/2012


News You Can Use… will return in January, 2012.
THURSDAY
Minor Elementary will host the school’s annual International Night on Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will allow visitors to travel around the world in a single evening. Participants will create crafts and engage in activities as they learn about the customs and traditions of people around the world. The evening will begin in the gym with a winter concert performance by the Minor Patriot Chorus and conclude with a “Parade of Nations” as students, staff and guests showcase native costumes and dress. There is no charge for the event. Food and drinks will be sold in the cafeteria and proceeds will benefit the Minor Elementary PTA, United Way, and Relay For Life. For more information, call Beth Peterson, Parent Instructional Support Coordinator, at 770-925-9543.

HONORS
Several GCPS middle school bands were honored with an invitation to play at the 21st Annual University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival. Jones Middle 8th Grade Honor Band under the direction of Dr. Tonya Millsap; Crews Middle 8th Grade Band under the direction of Frank Folds, and Amanda Hertel; and the North Gwinnett Middle 8th Grade Symphonic Band under the direction of Mary Wilson and Hunter McRae were among the five middle school bands in the state invited to perform at the event. All of the band directors received the Citation of Excellence presented by representatives of the National Band Association. In addition, Pinckneyville Middle Band under the direction of Roland Ventura performed at the Southeastern United States Middle School Band Clinic at Troy University. For more information, call Director of Fine Arts Robert E. Andrews at 678-301-7004.

Members of the Brookwood High Chamber Orchestra were invited to perform at the Governor’s Mansion in December. For more information, call the school at 770-972-7642.

Peachtree Ridge High Teacher of the Year (TOTY) and GCPS TOTY finalist Lindsey Cafarella was awarded $2,500 by Gwinnett Place Ford in recognition of this achievement. For more information, call the school at 770-962-5015.

11 Gwinnett student artists are semifinalists in the DREAM Art Competition and will represent GCPS in the next level of competition. The students represent 11 schools including Britt, Head, and Kanoheda elementary schools; North Gwinnett Middle; Lanier, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Parkview, and Shiloh high schools; and Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and GIVE Center East. From among the semifinalists representing participating districts and organization, judges will select one grand prize winner, a first place winner, and two runners up for three categories (elementary, middle, and high). Winners will be announced Feb. 3. A ceremony will be held Feb. 4. Photo available upon request, 678-301-6020. For more information, visit http://thedreamartcontest.com/.

UPCOMING
Benefield Elementary is the recipient of a grant from the YMCA benefitting 30 Hispanic students ages 5-8. These students will receive after school opportunities focusing on enhancing literacy, numeracy, and science skills. Benefield partners with the YMCA and will use this opportunity to build on a current program. For more information, call 770-962-3771.

The Grayson High School Technical Education Program invites students and families to an Open House on Jan. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Technical Building located on the Grayson High School campus. Potential students and their families will find information about the programs offered such as Biotechnology, Commercial Photography, Computer IT and Network Systems, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Design and Animation, Engineering, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Music Recording, Music Technology, Sports Medicine, Veterinary Technology, and Video Production and Television Broadcasting. For more information, call 770-554-7082.

Gwinnett County Public Schools is hosting a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Fair on Jan. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the campus of Maxwell High School of Technology. The Career Fair is open to all high school students attending GCPS high schools. More than 50 vendors will be in attendance at the fair. CTE prepares students and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees. CTE prepares students to be “college- and career-ready.” Students learn: core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities; employability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area; and job-specific, technical skills related to a specific career pathway. For more information, call Maxwell High School of Technology at 770-963-6838.

HOLIDAY SERVICE PROJECTS
Northside Hospital and Lanier Middle joined together to help members in the community. For the past two years, Northside Hospital has donated funds to help more than a 120 families for the holiday season. Lanier Middle purchased coats and gift cards for needy families with the donations. In return, Lanier Middle had the opportunity to give back to the Northside Cancer Care Program. Lanier Middle students and Northside Hospital worked together by sponsoring a Celebration of Lights fundraiser. Students purchased and decorated holiday cards for patients in the hospital. Lanier Middle raised $595 to benefit cancer research programs. For more information, call Counselor Andi Hodgin at 770-271-5114.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology sponsored an exhibit of decorated trees in the school Atrium. The National Art Honors Society students asked community members and businesses to donate holiday trees. Schools and businesses were then given the opportunity to sponsor the decoration of the trees. More than $1,000 has been raised to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For more information, call Teacher Jennifer Prince at 678-578-6700.

ONGOING
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option, will offer informational sessions providing the information needed to make an informed decision about enrolling at Online Campus full-time.
Middle School Meetings: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; High School Meetings: 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 5: Grayson High, Theater
  • Jan. 12: Mill Creek High, Theater
  • Jan. 19: Collins Hill High, Theater
  • Jan. 26: North Gwinnett High, Commons Area
  • Feb. 2: Duluth High, Theater
Registration for the 2012-13 school year will run Feb. 1-29, 2012. Students can get more information through the counselor’s office at the local middle or high school and on the GOC website.
Click here to learn more about the GOC charter high school or Gwinnett’s virtual middle school, opening in August of 2012.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) registration information sessions run through Feb. 3, 2012. Information for the 2012-13 freshman class will be available through all GCPS middle schools, on the GCPS web site (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us) and on the school web site (www.gsmst.org). Registration Forms must be submitted by February 3, 2012, for consideration. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all students who are residents of the Gwinnett County School System district attendance zone and have completed the 8th grade. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs or interests of all students. As this is a school of choice, it is highly recommended that parents and students review the GSMST curriculum and learn more about the school’s offerings before making a decision to register.

RECENTLY
Britt Elementary Comets were surprised with a visit from the regional promotion coordinators for Academy Sports announcing a new Academy Sports store opening in Snellville. At the grand opening event 30 bicycles were awarded to students who earned special honors for academic performance, attendance, and outstanding character in the first quarter of school. For more information, call Sandy Grizzard, assistant principal, at 770-972-4500.

GCPS TV
“Celebrating Excellence: 2012 Teacher of the Year Banquet” GCPS TV is proud to present a special broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year banquet. Join local school recipients, administrators, and Board members for an evening of recognition and celebration. Program highlights include award presentations to the local winners, a video honoring the six TOTY finalists, and the announcement of the level winners and the 2012 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. This 2 hour program airs December 19-24 at 4 p.m.

“ArtSTAGE: Watch GCPS TV for encore broadcasts of the “Sing for Santa” concert, featuring more than 24 Gwinnett County Public School elementary school choirs. The concert, which took place during intermission of the Dec. 11 and 12 Gwinnett Gladiators game, is an annual tradition that is about as “cool” as it gets. The program airs Dec. 19-25 at 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday.

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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
12/13/2011DOE names Level Creek ES a “Georgia School of Excellence" (pdf)
12/09/2011GCPS TV launches new season of ParenTVision: It’s a new world. See it from your child’s eyes (pdf)

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CALENDAR
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., December 15, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

December 19-30 is Winter Break for schools.

New Year’s Day is observed December 30, a systemwide holiday.

January 2 is a Student Holiday and Teacher Planning/Staff Development day.

Students return to school from winter break on January 3.

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

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., January 19, 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 January. Call the local school for the time and location.

School
January
Alcova Elementary
10-Jan
Alford Elementary
20-Jan
Alton C. Crews Middle
19-Jan
B.B. Harris Elementary
19-Jan
Berkmar High
24-Jan
Camp Creek Elementary
27-Jan
Cedar Hill Elementary
19-Jan
Central Gwinnett High
18-Jan
Chattahoochee Elementary
10-Jan
Chesney Elementary
13-Jan
Collins Hill High
17-Jan
Corley Elementary
19-Jan
Craig Elementary
30-Jan
Dacula High
27-Jan
Dacula Middle
17-Jan
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
20-Jan
Duluth Middle
10-Jan
Five Forks Middle
19-Jan
Fort Daniel Elementary
6-Jan
Frank N. Osborne Middle
20-Jan
GOC - Online Campus (has a Board of Trustees)
26-Jan
Gwin Oaks Elementary
6-Jan
Harbins Elementary
19-Jan
Harmony Elementary
13-Jan
Henry Partee Elementary
25-Jan
Ivy Creek Elementary
20-Jan
J.C. Magill Elementary
6-Jan
J.P. McConnell Middle
10-Jan
Jenkins Elementary
30-Jan
Kanoheda Elementary
12-Jan
Lanier Middle
24-Jan
Level Creek Elementary
6-Jan
Lilburn Elementary
17-Jan
Lilburn Middle
31-Jan
Lovin Elementary
19-Jan
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
26-Jan
Meadowcreek High
19-Jan
Mountain View High School
13-Jan
Mulberry Elementary
18-Jan
Norcross High
12-Jan
North Gwinnett High
19-Jan
Oakland School
17-Jan
Parkview High
24-Jan
Peachtree Elementary
6-Jan
Pinckneyville Middle
12-Jan
R.L. Norton Elementary
27-Jan
Richard Hull Middle
13-Jan
Riverside Elementary
10-Jan
Roberts Elementary
16-Jan
Shiloh Elementary
10-Jan
Shiloh Middle
20-Jan
Simonton Elementary
12-Jan
Simpson Elementary
27-Jan
Snellville Middle
10-Jan
Starling Elementary
20-Jan
Stripling Elementary
12-Jan
Suwanee Elementary
24-Jan
Sycamore Elementary
20-Jan
T. Carl Buice School
27-Jan
Twin Rivers Middle
9-Jan
Walnut Grove Elementary
19-Jan
White Oak Elementary
11-Jan

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. 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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/ or call 770-904-3500.
12/13/2011DOE names Level Creek ES a “Georgia School of Excellence" (pdf)
12/09/2011GCPS TV launches new season of ParenTVision: It’s a new world. See it from your child’s eyes (pdf)