News You Can Use - 09/27/2010

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
09/27/2010 - 10/03/2010

The Shiloh High Air Force Junior ROTC Unit has been named a 2009-10 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit by the Department of the U.S. Air Force for outstanding performance. The unit distinguished itself for exceptional service to the school and community. For more information, call Master Sergeant Demetris Cook at 770-972-8471.

The North Gwinnett High Girls Soccer Team won the 2009-10 AAAAA State Championship. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

Summerour Middle is a recipient of a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s for the beautification of the school campus. This grant will be used to bring Summerour Middle from “Good to Great” by enhancing the school grounds. Summerour parents and Community Partners will donate their time and talent to a beautification project at the school from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2. A fall festival and day of celebration will take place on Oct. 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Food will be served and there will be games for attendees. For more information, call 770-448-3045.

The students, faculty, and staff at Gwinnett’s eight new facilities invite their communities to take part in the formal dedication of the buildings Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) opened for the first time in August. A series of dedication ceremonies have been taking place this fall. Remaining events are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, October 3:
Anderson Livsey Elementary, 2 p.m.
4521 Centerville Highway, Snellville

Sunday, October 10: Sunday, October 17:
Roberts Elementary, 1:30 p.m. Grace Snell Middle 2 p.m.
251 Buford Highway, Suwanee 3800 Brushy Fork Rd., Loganville
Lanier High, 3 p.m.
918 Buford Highway, Sugar Hill

Sunday, October 24: Sunday, November 7:
Jenkins Elementary, 2:30 p.m. Burnette Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
12 Village Way, Lawrenceville 3221 Burnette Rd., Suwanee

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
09/21/2010Mill Creek High student earns perfect ACT score (pdf)
09/20/2010National Merit names 51 from Gwinnett (pdf)
09/17/2010Riverside Elementary's Sebastian honored for decades of work (pdf)

GCPS Focus This month, GCPS Focus takes a look at the Positive Behavior Support system, spotlights a home-grown approach to nutrition education, and celebrates a notable achievement of the award-winning broadcast team from GCPS TV...join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus-your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 30-min. 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.

ParenTVision - The Myth of Self-Esteem In the critically acclaimed program, The Myth of Self-Esteem,you’ll hear from real children exposed to both sides of the self-esteem debate. Learn about what works – and what doesn’t. Experts share perspectives about the harmful effects of false praise and rewarding mediocre behavior – and the power of love. This episode of ParenTVision also features a discussion with Margaret Cheeley, Collins Hill High graduation coach, and host of ParenTVision; Lisa Earle McLeod, author and motivational speaker; and a panel of students The.60-min. program airs September 27-October 2 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series is taught by Elisa Brown, Hopkins Elementary assistant principal. This program 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, through Nov. 5 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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 GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

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Instructional Materials Review through Oct. 29— Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum materials in the curriculum areas of Mathematics, Science, and Technical Education, beginning Oct. 4 through Oct. 29. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center (ISC) Building 200 Lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee, during the times listed: Monday–Friday, through Oct. 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 21, 5–8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

The Georgia High School Writing Test will be administered on September 29 for 11th grade students.

October is Computer Learning Month.

Oct. 11 is a student holiday and staff furlough day.

Oct. 11-15 is National School Lunch Week.

The PSAT for 10 graders is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Oct. 18 is Georgia school Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Oct. 18-22 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

Oct. 18-24 is Teen Read Week.

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) for grades 3, 5, and 8 is scheduled for Oct. 18-27.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 21, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
Annistown Elementary
Corley Elementary
GIVE Center West
Lanier High
Level Creek Elementary
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
Nesbit Elementary
Rockbridge Elementary
Suwanee Elementary

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.

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