News You Can Use - 04/25/2005









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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
04/25/2005 - 05/01/2005


HONORS
Correction: Leanne Luttrell of Sycamore Elementary is a winner in the 2004 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for teaching in these fields. For more information, call 703-276-2772, ext. 18, or visit www.paemst.org.

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 50th annual National Merit® Scholarship Program. Approximately 1,070 of this year’s academically talented high school seniors who advanced to the finalist level will receive corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards financed by some 300 companies, foundations, and other business organizations. GCPS winners are Adrienne Foote of Brookwood High, Henry Li of North Gwinnett High, Nitin Perumbeti of Norcross High, and Andrew Sternad of Norcross High.

Dr. Lynda Luckie, GCPS mathematics coordinator, presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference on April 7. Dr. Luckie presented “Get into Shapes! Geometry Sense through Problem Solving.”

Teachers Stephen Beall and Michael Heyes of Meadowcreek High, Bronwyn Hogan of South Gwinnett High, and Loren Hauck of Mill Creek High gave two presentations at the National Science Teachers Association convention. They presented “20+ Activities to Use in Teaching Honors/Gifted Chemistry Students” and “20+ Activities to Use in Teaching Technical Students.”

Several GCPS school psychologists presented at the National Association of School Psychologists conference. Odalis Smith and Dr. Maria Torres-Villa presented “Comparison between the DAS and the UNIT in Hispanic Students.” Patrick Kane and Emily Douglas presented “Teacher Perceptions of Children’s Emotional Displays.” Dr. Karen Musgrove presented “Peer Relationships and School Adjustment: Aggression, Withdrawal, and Friendships.”

GCPS students earned outstanding achievement on the National German Exam. Dylan Lovin of Dacula High had the highest score of any of the 259 students in Georgia who took the Level 2 exam. Iva Franjkic and Anita Miocevic from Collins Hill High tied for the highest score in the state among students taking the fourth-year exam. Jasmine Ford of Mill Creek High won a German summer study trip and Lauren Edson of Collins Hill High was a senior summer study trip nominee.

For a complete list of GCPS students who ranked in the top 10 in the state on the National French Exam, (the Grand Concours) and students who rated in the top 10 nationally, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

Teachers James Nebel of Creekland Middle and Jamie Paige of Riverside Elementary were selected as 11 Alive “Class Act” winners this year. They will be honored at a reception on May 2. For more information, call Bob Walker at 404-892-1611.

Joe Fang of North Gwinnett High earned a perfect 1600 on the SAT on his first attempt. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

Stacey Cummings of Peachtree Ridge High was selected as the Georgia German Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

The North Gwinnett High and Peachtree Ridge High DECA chapters competed at the 2005 Georgia DECA Career Development Conference. A number of students won awards and are qualified to attend the International Career Development Conference in California on April 26. In addition North Gwinnett DECA Chapter won the National DECA CEO Membership Award and the Gold Publicity Award. In School-Based Enterprise, North Gwinnett was the only chapter in Georgia to earn Gold Level for “Dawg House.” North Gwinnett student Chris Morris was elected 2005-06 Georgia DECA President and Emily Knight earned Georgia Marketing Credentials. For a list of North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge High winners, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

The Parkview High and Meadowcreek High Science Olympiad Teams earned 1st and 2nd places, respectively, at state competition. Both teams will represent Georgia at the National Science Olympiad at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on May 20-21. For the third year in a row, Motorola awarded first place team members with a $500 scholarship to the college or university of their choosing. For more information, call the school.

The Georgia State PTA Arts and Scholarship Reception was held on April 17. Awards for this year’s Ann Weeks Music and Performing Arts Awards and the Reflections Program Awards were announced. For a complete list of GCPS winners, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

Lilburn Middle earned 2nd place overall for one-act play in the Central 6A Middle School Fine Arts Competition. Students earned five individual awards: Chad Charoenlap and Jimmy Tran― Outstanding Comedic Duo; Jamaal Bush― Outstanding Male Cameo; Thomas Hines― Outstanding Supporting Actor; Juli Lopez― Outstanding Acting Achievement; and Hazhal Amedi, Aisha Arby, Marquis Faircloth, Ana Garcia, Jessie Garcia, André Gray, Kaniesha Grant, Aaron Kersey, Takara Lawrence, Minh Nguyen, LaShané Walker Outstanding Technical Crew. For more information or photos, call Nikki Starr at 770-921-1776.

UPCOMING
The next meeting of the Grayson Elementary PTA will be held on April 25 at 7 p.m. The meeting will focus on Environmental Education. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Shannon Deveault's 3rd grade class at Fort Daniel Elementary will host a visit from Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks on April 27. Mayor Wilbanks plans to talk with the students about the history of Dacula, his role as the mayor, and the impact of the local government on the community. In addition, Ms. Deveault's class is creating a publishing company. The class is putting together a book about the Dacula area. The book will be available for purchase by students, parents, local merchants and the community. The class plans to donate the proceeds from the book to a local charity. For more information, call 770-932-7400.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary will unveil the school’s site sculpture in a dedication ceremony on April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at PTA Fine Arts night. Participants will view documentary film of the Georgia Council for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Program. Chesney received a $7,000 grant to fund the Artist-in-Residence program. For more information, call 678-542-2300.

Author Robert Fanney will visit Duluth High language arts classes on April 28. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The GCPS Tapestry exhibit is on display at the Gwinnett County Justice Administration Center through May 2. Artwork from Central Gwinnett, Duluth, Grayson, Mill Creek, and Norcross clusters, and the GIVE East and West centers will be displayed April 28-May 2. For more information, call Robert Andrews at 770-513-6788.

The Richard Hull Middle Theatre Arts class will perform “Stepford Students” April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

Summerour Middle will celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary on April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 770-448-3045, or email isabel_serrano@gwinnett.12.ga.us.

The Duluth High Chorus has several events scheduled. The Choral Awards Banquet will be held at Winfield Hall on May 6. "Peach Jam" will take place in the school auditorium on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

GCPS TV
“The Author in You- Roland Smith” This week, Roland Smith, award-winning author of young adult books, talks about his book “If You Can Read, You Can Do Anything.” Mr. Smith explains, step-by-step how he writes a novel― from the initial idea to the finished manuscript. Books written by Roland Smith include “Zach's Lie” and “Thunder Cave.” This 30-min. program airs April 26-30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use- Early Childhood Development: What Parents Need to Know” The April edition of “Education News” explores questions such as: What do effective preschool and early literacy programs look like? What activities can parents do, in and out of the home, to help lay the important foundation for reading? What resources are available to parents/teachers to prepare children to be successful in school? This 60-min. program airs April 25-30 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Discovering Our American Spirit- Live from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY” Join students around the globe in a vintage game of Town Ball where every base represents moments or milestones in crafting a collective identity known as the American Spirit. From the melting pot to the meeting places of the 1800s, men and women, immigrants, Native Americans, and people of all colors come together to create a new game and a new nation at the same time. This 90-min. program airs live April 26, at 10 a.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

RECENTLY
For his Eagle Scout project, Sam Crews, a former Simpson Elementary student and a current senior at Norcross High created a map of the U.S., a hop scotch drawing, and four-square templates on the Simpson Elementary blacktop. For more information, call 770-417-2400.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
April is Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month, and School Library Media Month.

GCPS’ Area Board Meetings are held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give staff and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of remaining meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Citizens may attend any of the meetings.
April 26—District I at Grayson HS
April 28—District III at Norcross HS

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, National Sight-Saving Month, and National Physical Fitness Sports Month.

May 1-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 3 is National Teacher Day.

Custodian Appreciation Week starts May 9.

May 11 is School Nurse Day.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during April and May. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Name of schoolAprilPhone numberName of schoolAprilPhone number
Alford Elementary
4/12/05
678-924-5300Lanier Middle
April
770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle
4/12/05
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elementary
April
770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary770/979-2950Lilburn Elementary
April
770/921-7707
Arcado Elementary
April
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
April
770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary
4/12/05
770/476-2241Mason Elementary770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge Elementary
April
770/447-6307McConnell Middle
4/26/05
770/554-1000
Benefield Elementary
April
770/962-3771McKendree Elementary678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary
4/28/05
770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary
4/18/05
770/931-5701
Berkmar High
April
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
April
770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary
4/12/05
770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary
4/21/05
770/736-4360Nesbit Elementary
April
770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross Elementary
April
770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary
4/12/05
770/921-1626Norcross High
4/14/05
770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary770/962-5015North Gwinnett High770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary
April
770/972-2220Norton Elementary
April
770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High
4/11/05
770/963-8041Oakland Center
April
770/513-6800
Chattahoochee Elementary
April
770/497-9907Parkview High
4/26/05
770/921-2874
Chesney ElementaryParsons Elementary
4/19/05
678/957-3050
Collins Hill High
April
770/682-4100Partee Elementary
April
770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary
4/11/05
770/554-7050Peachtree Elementary
April
770/448-8710
Corley Elementary
4/12/05
678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge High
April
678/957-3100
Craig Elementary
4/25/05
770/978-5560Pharr Elementary
4/26/05
770/985-0244
Creekland Middle770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary
4/13/05
770/972-8050
Dacula High
4/26/05
770/963-6664Rebecca Minor Elementary
April
770/925-9543
Dacula Middle
April
770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle770/232-3200
Duluth High
4/19/05
770/476-5206Riverside Elementary
4/19/05
678/482-1000
Duluth Middle770/476-3372Rock Springs Elementary
April
770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle
4/21/05
770/972-1506Shiloh Elementary
April
770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary
4/1/05
770/932-7400Shiloh High
4/12/05
770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill Elementary
April
678/377-8955Shiloh Middle
April
770/972-3224
GIVE Center
April
770/338-4898Simonton Elementary
April
770/513-6637
Grayson Elementary
April
770/963-7189Simpson Elementary770/417-2400
Grayson High
April
770/554-1071Snellville Middle
April
770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4/15/05
770/972-3110South Gwinnett High770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary770/682-4270Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-5735
Hopkins Elementary
April
770/564-2661Summerour Middle
4/12/05
770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary
4/19/05
678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary
4/18/05
770/963-6214Sweetwater Middle
April
770/923-4131
J.C. Magill Elementary
April
770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle
4/19/05
770/995-7133T. Carl Buice Center
April
770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary770/682-4200Trickum Middle770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor Elementary
April
770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary
4/28/05
770/513-6892
Knight Elementary
4/13/05
770/921-2400
Name of school
May
Phone numberName of school
May
Phone number
Alford Elementary
5/19/05
678-924-5300Lanier Middle
May
770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle
5/10/05
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elementary
May
770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary
5/9/05
770/979-2950Lilburn Elementary
May
770/921-7707
Arcado Elementary
May
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
May
770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary770/476-2241Mason Elementary
5/13/05
770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge Elementary
May
770/447-6307McConnell Middle770/554-1000
Benefield Elementary
May
770/962-3771McKendree Elementary678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary
5/10/05
770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary770/931-5701
Berkmar High
May
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
May
770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary
5/17/05
770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary
5/9/05
770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary
5/23/05
770/736-4360Nesbit Elementary
May
770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross Elementary
May
770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary
5/13/05
770/921-1626Norcross High
5/12/05
770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary
5/5/05
770/962-5015North Gwinnett High
5/10/05
770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary
5/18/05
770/972-2220Norton Elementary
May
770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High770/963-8041Oakland Center
May
770/513-6800
Chattahoochee Elementary
May
770/497-9907Parkview High770/921-2874
Chesney Elementary
5/9/05
Parsons Elementary678/957-3050
Collins Hill High
May
770/682-4100Partee Elementary
May
770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Peachtree Elementary
May
770/448-8710
Corley Elementary
5/10/05
678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge High
May
678/957-3100
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Pharr Elementary
5/19/05
770/985-0244
Creekland Middle
5/5/05
770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary
5/6/05
770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary
5/11/05
770/972-8050
Dacula High770/963-6664Rebecca Minor Elementary
May
770/925-9543
Dacula Middle
May
770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle
5/13/05
770/232-3200
Duluth High770/476-5206Riverside Elementary
5/10/05
678/482-1000
Duluth Middle
5/10/05
770/476-3372Rock Springs Elementary
May
770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary
5/5/05
678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary
5/19/05
770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle
5/3/05
770/972-1506Shiloh Elementary
May
770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary
5/6/05
770/932-7400Shiloh High
5/10/05
770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill Elementary
May
678/377-8955Shiloh Middle
May
770/972-3224
GIVE Center
May
770/338-4898Simonton Elementary
May
770/513-6637
Grayson Elementary
May
770/963-7189Simpson Elementary
5/6/05
770/417-2400
Grayson High
May
770/554-1071Snellville Middle
May
770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary
5/13/05
770/972-3110South Gwinnett High
5/17/05
770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary
5/17/05
770/682-4270Stripling Elementary
5/5/05
770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary
5/11/05
770/945-5735
Hopkins Elementary
May
770/564-2661Summerour Middle
5/10/05
770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary
5/9/05
770/963-6214Sweetwater Middle
May
770/923-4131
J.C. Magill Elementary
May
770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary
5/3/05
678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133T. Carl Buice Center
May
770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary
5/12/05
770/682-4200Trickum Middle
5/11/05
770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor Elementary
May
770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary
5/5/05
770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary
5/19/05
770/513-6892
Knight Elementary770/921-2400