News You Can Use - 08/22/2011









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
08/22/2011 - 08/28/2011


SUNDAY
The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) invites principals, teachers and educators to attend an Educator Expo at the GEHC on August 21, from noon to 4 p.m. The Educator Expo will provide educators (public, private, and homeschool) with an opportunity to explore the GEHC and gather information on field studies, grade specific programs, and new outreach offerings and exhibits. Teachers will experience classroom activities to better prepare their students for a field study to the Center, meet the GEHC’s world class science educators, and discover the new history and culture program. Childrens’ activities will be provided for ages 4-12, and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served and educators will be eligible for door prizes. For more information and directions, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.

UPCOMING
Parkview High will host a Clubs and Activities Fair on Aug. 26th during lunch period. Students are encouraged to “PLUG- into Parkview” and explore the clubs and activities available to them as students of the school. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes. For more information, call Carla Hamilton, Parkview High assistant principal, at 770-921-2874.

Oakland Meadow School will honor the lives of military personnel with a week-long event culminating with a “Patriot Day” celebration on Sept. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff members will focus on themes of patriotism, freedom, respect, diversity, flag etiquette, and writings of what it means to be an American, using books and videos, and noting history. Students will create a Freedom Wall and Freedom Fence at the school. Many branches of the service will attend along with the Mayor of Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-513-6800.

Peachtree Ridge High Teacher Linda Brimmer’s Financial Literacy class will host a visit from Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall (7th District) on Sept. 29 from 8-9:30 a.m. Congressman Woodall will speak on the Flat Tax and events in Washington, D.C., including the national debt. For more information, contact Peachtree Ridge High at (678) 957-3100.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation announces “Flicks for the Foundation”— a family movie night for Peachtree Ridge cluster schools. Movies will be shown on Sept. 30 on the high school practice field. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Guests can arrive early and stroll through silent auction booths filled with gift baskets donated by cluster schools and Peachtree Ridge High booster clubs. Children can play in the bounce houses and families can enjoy dinner from the concession stand provided by the Touchdown Club. Donations of $5 per person will be accepted (children four and under are free). For more information contact Jane Denton, Executive Director at 770-495-5415 or jane.denton@peachtreeridgefoundation.org.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus welcomes new teachers and students, learns more about the impact of digital textbooks in the classroom, and celebrates the opening of a new school.... join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus - your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-minute program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“Gwinnett Prep Rally” Gwinnett County’s original high school sports television program, featuring high school sport highlights from across the county, returns exclusively to GCPS TV this week. This 30-minute program airs Tues. at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Wed.-Fri. at 7:30 a.m., 7 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

Spanish for Educators - Level 2” Spanish for Educators is a valuable language resource and learning opportunity provided by GCPS TV. This 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.usfor the most current News Releases.
08/15/2011Foundation’s Hall of Fame event supports schools, academic programs
08/12/2011Minor changes to Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting take effect with August meeting

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CALENDAR
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., August 18, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 5 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

September 11 is Patriots Day.

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

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 17-23 is Constitution Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in August and September. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
August
School
September
Benefield Elementary
25-Aug
Alford Elementary
16-Sep
Camp Creek Elementary
26-Aug
Annistown Elementary
27-Sep
Chesney Elementary
12-Aug
Arcado Elementary
12-Sep
Craig Elementary
29-Aug
Archer High School
19-Sep
Henry Partee Elementary
24-Aug
B.B. Harris Elementary
29-Sep
Jenkins Elementary
29-Aug
Beaver Ridge Elementary
29-Sep
Level Creek Elementary
19-Aug
Berkmar Middle
22-Sep
Lovin Elementary
11-Aug
Bethesda Elementary
12-Sep
Mill Creek High
16-Aug
Brookwood Elementary
19-Sep
Norcross High
11-Aug
Brookwood High
20-Sep
Oakland School
30-Aug
Burnette ES
16-Sep
Peachtree Elementary
26-Aug
Camp Creek Elementary
30-Sep
Simpson Elementary
26-Aug
Cedar Hill Elementary
8-Sep
W.J. Cooper Elementary
16-Aug
Centerville Elementary
9-Sep
Woodward Mill Elementary
26-Aug
Chattahoochee Elementary
20-Sep
Chesney Elementary
9-Sep
Collins Hill High
20-Sep
Creekland Middle
15-Sep
Dacula Middle
20-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
16-Sep
Duluth High
20-Sep
Duluth Middle
13-Sep
Duncan Creek Elementary
21-Sep
Ferguson Elementary
16-Sep
Fort Daniel Elementary
2-Sep
Frank N. Osborne Middle
2-Sep
9-Sep
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
30-Sep
GIVE Center East
20-Sep
GIVE Center West
29-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle
15-Sep
Grace Snell MS
12-Sep
Grayson Elementary
9-Sep
Grayson High
16-Sep
Gwin Oaks Elementary
2-Sep
Ivy Creek Elementary
16-Sep
J.C. Magill Elementary
2-Sep
J.E. Richards Middle
26-Sep
J.G. Dyer Elementary
28-Sep
Jackson Elementary
8-Sep
Kanoheda Elementary
10-Sep
Knight Elementary
16-Sep
Lanier High
20-Sep
Louise Radloff Middle
15-Sep
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
1-Sep
McKendree Elementary
2-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary
12-Sep
Monarch School
23-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary
19-Sep
Mountain View High School
16-Sep
Mulberry Elementary
14-Sep
Nesbit Elementary
20-Sep
Norcross High
8-Sep
North Gwinnett Middle
15-Sep
Parsons Elementary
1-Sep
Peachree Ridge High
22-Sep
Pinckneyville Middle
8-Sep
Puckett's Mill Elementary
8-Sep
R.D. Head Elementary
15-Sep
R.L. Norton Elementary
30-Sep
Rebecca Minor Elementary
22-Sep
Riverside Elementary
13-Sep
Roberts Elementary
9-Sep
Rockbridge Elementary
13-Sep
Rosebud Elementary
2-Sep
Shiloh High
27-Sep
Shiloh Middle
9-Sep
Simonton Elementary
8-Sep
Starling Elementary
30-Sep
Sugar Hill Elementary
13-Sep
Summerour Middle
8-Sep
Suwanee Elementary
20-Sep
Sycamore Elementary
16-Sep
T. Carl Buice School
9-Sep
Trickum Middle
13-Sep
Trip Elementary
30-Sep
Twin Rivers Middle
16-Sep
W.C. Britt Elementary
13-Sep
Walnut Grove Elementary
29-Sep
White Oak Elementary
14-Sep

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.

Beauty on the WingAug 27, Sept. 3
Adopt-A- Stream Chemical Monitoring WorkshopAug 20
More Herbs Less SaltAug 27
Beauty on the WingAug 27, Sep 3, 10
Farmtastic Friday: All About BirdsSep 9
Grandparents Day TeaSep 10
Living In Space ExhibitSep 12, 13, 14, 15
Moon Light Monday: Harvest Moon HikeSep 12