News You Can Use - 12/08/2008









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/08/2008 - 12/12/2008


THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
The Mill Creek High visual arts department will host a Fall Semester Art Show on Dec. 4 and 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 1,000 student works of art will be exhibited including drawings, ceramic pieces, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and more. For more information, call Teacher Kelly Guyotte at 678-714-5850.

Sixty members of the Shiloh High Concert Choir earned $5,000 and the opportunity to sing back-up with finalists from “American Idol” at the Classic Center in Athens on Dec. 5 and 6. Seven choirs initially auditioned for the honor. For more information, call Craig Johnson, choral director, at 770-972-8471.

The Lanier Middle chorus has been invited to perform for more than 5,000 people in the Forsyth County Celebration of Lights on Dec. 6. Lanier’s chorus has been designated as the finale performance and students will sing as the Christmas tree is lit and fireworks go off. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a parade at Buford Dam Rd. and ends at the Northside/Forsyth hospital where Lanier students will perform at 6:10 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Northside Hospital’s Fight against Cancer. For more information, visit http://www.northside.com/community/CelebrationofLightsEvents.aspx.

HONORS
Mill Creek High has won several AAAAA championships this year including Softball and Competitive Cheerleading. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

W.C. Britt Elementary Health Teacher Rodney Wayne was voted a Walmart Teacher of the Year at store #1720 in Snellville. Mr. Wayne was presented with a $100 gift certificate and the school received a $1,000 check. Mr. Wayne developed a program of healthy changes in eating and exercise at the school that attained national recognition. For more information, call 770-972-4500.

UPCOMING
The Parkview High Marine Corp JROTC Program will hold the school’s 3rd annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign. Last year the program collected $10,000 in toys and merchandise. This week the Parkview MCJROTC begins the 2008 Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign with an anonymous donation of $25,000 in merchandise. The cadets will collect toys and donations at locations around the county. For a complete collection schedule please visit http://parkviewmcjrotc.com/communitysvc.html. For more information, email Robin Cardiges, secretary, Parkview MCJROTC Association, Inc., at robin_cardiges@bellsouth.net.

Lawrenceville Elementary will host “Exceptional Children Orientation,” an informative parent meeting, on Dec. 8 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Snacks will be provided and there will be a drawing for Aurora Theatre tickets. For more information and to make a reservation, call 770-963-1813.

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES/EVENTS
Harbins Elementary 4th and 5th grade chorus and environmental clubs will join forces to present “Santa Goes Green” — to save the environment— on Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. This musical features singing, choreography, sign language, and much more. Students are planning backdrops made from recycled materials and the program will be printed on recycled paper. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

The J.P. McConnell Middle Jr. Beta Club students will pack boxes to send to soldiers serving overseas again this year. Two police officers, one is the director of Operation One Voice, will assist students in collecting and packing items for the soldiers. For more information, call Teacher Brian Howe at 770-554-1000.

Maxwell High School of Technology students are providing holiday gifts for Gwinnett County children with the support of Quinn House, a Lawrenceville charity that helps needy families. Maxwell classes will adopt children and raise funds by selling services they learned in their classes such as an oil change or a manicure, in addition to donating their own money. On the morning of Dec.12, the gifts will be assembled in the media center and driven to the Quinn House. Last year Maxwell students furnished clothing and gifts to more than 50 children. For more information, call Elanor Green at 770-963-6838.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
12/02/2008Parkview High JROTC cadet ranked among tops in nation (pdf)
11/24/2008Collins Hill High teacher earns national recognition for coaching success (pdf)
11/21/2008Gwinnett’s Brookwood High named a Georgia School of Excellence (pdf)
11/20/200864 Gwinnett student entries garner wins at International Media Festival (pdf)

ONGOING
Registration for the 2009–10 freshman class of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is underway. Registration materials are available in all GCPS middle schools and on both the GCPS web site (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us) and the school web site (www.gsmst.org). Registration packets must be submitted by January 23, 2009.

RECENTLY
Lanier Middle gifted students in Rena Bechwith’s and Helon Hogan’s classes held “A Cell-A-Bration of Science” earlier this month. Parents were invited to see student projects, biome pop-up booklets, endangered species auto tags, and “Where’s Waldo?” camouflage pictures celebrating their child’s accomplishments. The feature presentation of the morning’s event was a video of the students performing a Cell Rap Song. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

GCPS TV
“Making History Live” What makes history come alive? Take a behind-the-scenes look at how historical African American character portrayals are created for Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. From research through performance, experienced museum interpreters share their techniques for bringing the past to life. This 60-min. program airs live on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.

“Meet the Author: John McCutcheon” This special edition of “Meet the Author” focuses on John McCutcheon’s Christmas in the Trenches. When sworn enemies meet on an open field during World War I, it becomes known as the Christmas Truce. John McCutcheon heard the story from a backstage janitor, which inspired a song, which later became a children’s book. This 30-min. program airs Dec. 8-14 at 7 p.m.

“Dr. Billy Taylor and Young Jazz Musicians” Join Dr. Billy Taylor, the Kennedy Center’s artistic director for jazz, and his trio (Chip Jackson on bass and Winard Harper on percussion) as they coach and perform with three young jazz musicians. Experience the best jazz has to offer from both seasoned professionals and up-and-coming students in this lively and informative program. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 8-10 at 1 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 12-14 at 1 and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m., through Jan. 4.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, 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. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
Georgia’s End-of-Course Test Window will take place from Dec. 8-19.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., December 11, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

December 17-19 is early release for high school exams.

Dec. 22-Jan. 2 students will be on Winter Break. (Gwinnett Offices closed Dec. 21-31 with a holiday Jan. 1.

Jan. 2 is Teacher Planning/Staff Development, student holiday.

Students return to school Jan. 5.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 8, 2008, (tentative) at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in December. Call the local school for the time and location.

School
Dec
Annistown Elementary
12/9
Berkmar Middle
12/11
Duluth Middle
12/17
Duncan Creek Elementary
12/18
Glenn C. Jones Middle
12/18
Mulberry Elementary
12/18
R.D. Head Elementary
12/10
Riverside Elementary
12/9
Rock Springs Elementary
12/11
Rockbridge Elementary
12/11
Sugar Hill Elementary
12/8
Susan Stripling Elementary
12/11
Sweetwater Middle
12/17

UPCOMING 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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.com or call 770-904-3500.

Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tune Into the Holidays: Decorating With Nature, $25 per family, GEHC members $10, includes center admission
Come join us as we celebrate the holiday season. We will provide living, edible, natural decorations for our wildlife friends. Attend a holiday concert by Ritmo Blu World Percussion Trio as they perform music representing Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa as they travel through the traditions from Europe to Israel and back to the United States. Receive eco-friendly decorating tips. This activity is perfect for families.

Dec. 13, 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m., Winter Walk, $3 per person, GEHC members Free
Enjoy a winter walk with our Program Specialists as they take you on an incredible hike through the property. See beautiful landscapes that are usually inaccessible during the spring and summer months. Winter walks are perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors. The program is limited to 12 participants each session, please register by calling 770-904-3500.

Dec. 13, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Club Method (middle and high School), Free
Registration is required by Nov. 22, limited to 25 students.

Dec. 13, 1 to 2 p.m., Nature Kids (Grades 2 - 4), Make and Take an Evergreen Garland Centerpiece, $5 per child
We will make small evergreen garlands to freshen our rooms with traditional holiday scents from pine, cedar and fur trees. We will learn a little bit about evergreen trees while we are making our crafts. Registration is required by Nov.22, limited to 15 children.

Dec. 20, 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Winter Walk, $3 per person, GEHC members Free
Enjoy a winter walk with our Program Specialists as they take you on an incredible hike through the property. See beautiful landscapes that are usually inaccessible during the spring and summer months. Winter walks are perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors. The program is limited to 12 participants each session, please register by calling 770-904-3500.