News You Can Use - 04/30/2012

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
04/30/2012 - 05/06/2012

Brookwood High Musical Theater presents “Anything Goes” on April 28 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Don’t miss the madcap antics aboard an ocean liner voyage from New York to London. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088 or email

Sweetwater Middle’s award winning “Sweetwater Players” have placed in the top three schools in State Theater competition for two years in a row in addition to several members of the players winning individual awards. The Sweetwater Players will perform the musical “Fame, Jr.” on April 28 at 6 p.m. More than 200 student performers will be on stage with the help of 30 student technicians. Tickets may be purchased for $5 in advance beginning April 9 or at the door for $6. Parents and community members who need more information or to purchase tickets, can call the Sweetwater Middle Parent Center at 770-923-4131.

Duluth High’s Chorus will perform Peach Jam on April 28 at 7 p.m. This program is the last performance for the school year. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

North Gwinnett High student Emily Ritter won the National Computing Aspirations Award. The National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Emily was among 20 young women in Georgia who were picked for their interests and capabilities in computer science. Emily’s teacher sponsor is Deepa Muralidhar. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

GCPS teams have won several 2012 AAAAA state championships including Collins Hill High’s wrestling team, Brookwood High’s Girls swim and dive team, Parkview High’s Boys swim and dive team, and the Gwinnett HEAT adapted sports basketball team.

Brookwood High Boys soccer coach Danny Klinect and Dacula High Girl soccer coach Jason Guzzardo have been named Region 8-AAAAA Boys and Girls Soccer Coach of the Year, respectively.

Parkview High senior John Fiscian was awarded the Theater of the Stars Musical Theater Scholarship at the Shuler Hensley Awards for High School Musical Theater. The awards were sponsored by the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

Two North Gwinnett High students earned 2nd place finishes at the state technology fair. Patrick Caruso placed in the category of Project Programming: 9-10th grade and Abhishek Somasundaram placed in Project Programming: 11-12th grade. The Georgia Educational Technology Consortium sponsors an annual State Technology Fair to showcase projects that students have created. The projects are based on originality, clarity, documentation, appropriateness, and design. For more information, call North Gwinnett High at 945-9558.

Meadowcreek High will host the school’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 30. A reception will take place at 6 p.m. at the school. For more information, call Assistant Principal Adrienne Wylie at 770-381-9680.

Robert Elementary students will hold a “Skype” session with student pen pals in Rwanda on May 1 at 9 a.m. Throughout the school year, donations have been collected and students will present the final donations to the school and students. A session will take place where the students will be able to speak to the Headmaster and Rwanda students to whom they have been corresponding throughout the year. For more information, call 678-745-2370.

On May 2 at 2:45 p.m., Hull Middle will attempt to gain access into the Guinness Book of World Records ensemble event for the largest string instrumental ensemble. For more information, call Assistant Principal Dianne DiDio at 678 473-6298.

Roberts Elementary will host an Arts and Science Night on May 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Activities and displays include student-made art available for purchase, “Art Beyond Borders” to showcase various artists from around the world, science fair projects, experimental demonstrations, a choral performance, and orchestra students playing strings throughout the building during the event. For more information, call 678-745-2370.

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 3 at the local school. Parents may call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085 to find which school their student will attend. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2012, are invited to register their children for the 2012-13 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering their child: an official document showing proof of birth date, proof of residency in an attendance zone; a Georgia certificate of immunization; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year; a photo ID of the person registering the child; proof of custody/guardianship; a child’s social security number; and a copy of the pre-K progress report. Additional information may be viewed on the school system’s web site

The GCPS Foundation Fund will present the 2012 Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame fundraiser for World Class Schools at the Gwinnett Braves Stadium on May 5 at 6 p.m. Gwinnett County’s best athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sponsorships are available by calling 678-301-7287, or by visiting

Gwinnett DFCS will sponsor a 2nd Annual Foster Care Awareness Celebration on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 33 South Clayton St., Lawrenceville. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Elaine Cannick, Resource Development Supervisor, at 770-339-2370.

Shiloh High will dedicate the “Tom Marley” Fieldhouse during an openhouse on May 6, at 3 p.m. The fieldhouse is located behind the Community Stadium at the Bethany Church Rd. entrance. Parents and community members wishing to attend should RSVP to 678-344-2440 or Katherine_Watkins, or 678-344-2300 or by May 1.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will welcome Gwinnett County Police Officers to the school on May 7 at 8:30 a.m. to participating in the “Books and Badges Reading Program.” This program offers the opportunity for schools to build a relationship with the local police department, and encourages students to read. For more information, call the school at 770-447-6307.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a Science Family Night and Book Fair on May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 770-447-6307.

North Gwinnett Middle’s 6th grade social studies department will host an in-house field trip on May 9. This activity will take place in the media center from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. The presentation will consist of an exhibit of animals unique to Australia and its ecosystems. Teachers are preparing a variety of auxiliary activities to support the exhibition. For more information, call Assistant Principal David Strickland at 678-745-2300.

Rock Springs Elementary will host Zane Collins Science Day on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zane Collins Science Day is an event honoring Zane Collins, a student who lost his life in an accident. His parents and Publix donated money to create a science lab in his honor. Each year, Zane’s parents and Publix fund this event at the school. This year the theme is the Ocean. Students will visit exhibits including the shark room and the sea turtle encounter. Teachers will conduct ocean lessons and visit student created displays about more than 50 different ocean animals. This event is for all students at the school. Special invited guests include the family of Zane Collins, the Vice President of Publix, GCPS Central Office staff and Board member Daniel Seckinger. Activities and exhibits include a shark room hosted by Collins Hill High teachers and students; a turtle encounter hosted by Berkmar High and Snellville Middle teachers; a Fishing for Facts math activity hosted by the math coach; and a Beach Reading literacy activity hosted by a literacy coach. Artwork includes a life-sized octopus sculpture along with classroom lessons and activities. For more information, call Assistant Principal Julie Mosley at 770-932-7474.

The 3rd Annual Gwinnett FLARE (Focus on Leadership and Advancement in Renewable Energy) Competition brings together students from elementary, middle, and high school to celebrate innovation in alternative energy. The vision of FLARE is to provide a venue for students to integrate science and engineering concepts in order to consider the impact of alternative energy on our community. The competition categories include: Elementary School: Solar Cookers; Middle School: Junior Solar Sprint; and High School: Senior Solar Sprint. The event takes place on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Instructional Support Center parking lot, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. For more information, call Director of Science Dr. Jonathon Wetherington at 678-301-7045.

Grayson Elementary hosts the school’s 5th Grade Gifted Historical Interactive Museum on May 17 at 6 p.m. The title of this year’s museum is “Courage...Experiencing the Historical Events of the Great Depression, WWII, and the Holocaust...Through A Child’s Eyes.” The performance includes a Power Point portrayal of actual children who lived through these dark times. To make a reservation or for more information, email Kristie Horn at

Sweetwater Middle families and community leaders will join Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful for Good Neighbor Community Days on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Projects will include graffiti paint-out on fences, litter pick up, and right-of-way beautification. The Cruse Road Project includes 13 work sites from James Road to Bethesda School Road designated as Good Neighbor Project Locations. Event sign in and parking is at 2933 Club Drive, Lawrenceville; and additional parking is available at Sweetwater Middle after signing in at Club Drive. Registration is required and may be completed by filling out the form from your student and returning it to the teacher, or visit Families and community members interested in participating should select the Cruse Road Project in the “drop down” list and name Sweetwater Middle as their group.

Parkview High is hosting an art exhibit in the main office lobby area at the school through April 30. Art Teachers Alexandra Scott and Judy Nollner have made the display possible. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

Maxwell High School of Technology is holding a Middle School Summer Camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from across the district interested in exploring careers in Architecture Drawing and Design, Auto Collision, Auto Services, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electronics, Graphic Communications and Design, Healthcare, Law and Justice, and Pre-k Camp Counseling. The camp is scheduled to take place June 11-14 from 8 to 11 a.m. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration runs through May 7, and the registration fee is $50. For more information and to register your child today, visit or call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4603 or Sherri Stephenson at 770-338-4625.

High school students who need to make up a class or want to get ahead, including rising 9th graders may take designated classes during the summer. Registration is ongoing at the following locations and online.
Face-to-Face ClassesOnline Classes
When: June 12 to July 11 (July 4 holiday)
  • 1st Period: 7:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • 2nd Period: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Mountain View High, Peachtree Ridge High, and South Gwinnett High.
How: Learn more about face-to-face summer school. Students may register online for face-to-face classes through June 4 or register in person on May 31 at Peachtree Ridge High.
When: June 11 to July 10 (July 4 holiday)
Where: Offered through Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC).
How: Register online. Online registration closes June 4.
Face-to-face meeting required for final exams and for selected classes (health, PE, and science labs).
Important information for face-to-face and Online Campus summer school students:
  • Transportation is not provided for face-to-face summer school classes or for the face-to-face sessions required for Online Campus courses.
  • A student should take no more than two summer classes: two face-to-face classes, two online classes, or a combination.
  • All tuition fees are due at the time of registration.
  • Any student planning to participate in the summer school graduation ceremony must take all summer classes with Gwinnett County Public Schools.
  • Both the Face-to-Face classes and the online programs will follow a Monday-to-Thursday schedule. Face-to-face and online summer classes will not meet on Fridays.

The 2012 Academic Summer School for Qualifying Students in Grades 3-8 will begin on June 18 and run through July 9, with no classes on Fridays, or July 4. The 15-day session will take place at some schools and some combined “cluster” summer school sites due to construction and maintenance projects. Participating students will be notified of location for summer school. Parents of eligible students will be notified that their student may participate in the free session and given specifics about location and hours. Most summer school sites will not offer transportation. Those schools with additional federal funding to offer transportation will notify parents regarding availability. The free academic summer school is for students who were not successful on tests required for promotion or who did not meet promotion criteria at their grade level. Students are given an opportunity to retake the CRCT subtest(s) at the end of summer school in order to meet promotion criteria and earn promotion to the next grade.

“ArtStage - Tapestry 2012” Join GCPS TV for a virtual tour of the 2012 Tapestry Art Exhibit, featuring creative art work from schools across Gwinnett County. Art works showcased in Tapestry include drawings and paintings, three-dimensional artwork, photography, mixed media, pottery, computer art, jewelry and other media. This 60 minute program airs April 30 through May 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“ParenTVision - Parenting in the Age of Alcohol” In the lives of American teens, there is no drug more likely to be used, none more often consumed nor in greater amount, and none more likely to result in harm than alcohol. This television special features real students, true stories, experts and educators … a way to help parents and teens start a conversation about a critical issue facing teens today. Guests on the program include Judge Robert Rodantus, Gwinnett County Juvenile Court; and Ari Russell, Executive Director of GUIDE (Gwinnett United In Drug Education). This 60 minute program airs April 30 through May 6 at 1 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Hopkins Elementary Assistant Principal Elisa Brown, 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.

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04/26/2012More than 30 Gwinnett students take DECA state honors (pdf)
04/25/2012Eight seniors win local GCPS Foundation scholarships (pdf)
04/25/20122012 kindergartners to register May 3 (pdf)
04/23/2012Five Gwinnett student-artists advance to national PTA contest (pdf)
04/20/2012Three principals set to lead new schools next August (pdf)
04/19/2012Collins Hill High’s Frilot earns top media specialist honor (pdf)
04/19/2012Dates set for Gwinnett’s 2012 summer learning opportunities (pdf)
04/17/2017Two Gwinnett students earn top credit union scholarships (pdf)
04/19/2012Collins Hill High’s Frilot earns top media specialist honor (pdf)
04/19/2012Dates set for Gwinnett’s 2012 summer learning opportunities (pdf)
04/16/2012Gwinnett High Schools Receive Advanced Placement Support (pdf)
04/12/2012Sweetwater Middle’s Wade honored for Holocaust education (pdf)

May is National Physical Education and Sports Month and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Kindergarten registration day is May 3.

May 7-11 is School Nutrition Employee Week and Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8.

National School Nurse Day is May 9.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 17, 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 May. Call the local school for the time and location.
Bay Creek Middle18-May
Beaver Ridge Elementary17-May
Brookwood Elementary7-May
Camp Creek Elementary11-May
Chesney Elementary18-May
Cooper Elementary29-May
Couch Middle18-May
Dacula Elementary4-May
Duluth High15-May
Fort Daniel Elementary4-May
Freeman's Mill Elementary4-May
GIVE Center East1-May
Grayson High4-May
Harbins Elementary17-May
Head Elementary9-May
Hopkins Elementary4-May
Jackson Elementary10-May
Jones Middle10-May
Knight Elementary4-May
Lanier Middle8-May
Level Creek Elementary4-May
Lilburn Elementary15-May
Lovin Elementary17-May
Meadowcreek High3-May
Mill Creek High15-May
Mountain Park Elementary14-May
Mountain View High School5-May
Norcross High3-May
North Gwinnett Middle1-May
Partee Elementary16-May
Peachtree Elementary4-May
Pinckneyville Middle3-May
Richard Hull Middle11-May
Riverside Elementary1-May
Roberts Elementary4-May
Rock Springs Elementary10-May
Rosebud Elementary4-May
Shiloh High8-May
Snellville Middle15-May
Stripling Elementary10-May
Suwanee Elementary15-May
Taylor Elementary18-May
Twin Rivers Middle7-May
White Oak Elementary9-May

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.

Our Shared Birds –The International Feathered Tourist May 5, 12, 19
Pioneer School at McDaniel FarmMay 5
Night Hike: Flower MoonMay 7
Intro to Rug Hooking Class for Youth Ages 10 to 17May 12
Exploring The EnvironmentMay 16
World Turtle DayMay 26