News You Can Use - 09/20/2010

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.

View All Archived News You Can Use

News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/20/2010 - 09/26/2010

Bay Creek Middle was honored with the “Rookie of the Year” award at the Power Over Prejudice Summit, a one day workshop on prejudice and discrimination to help students learn about cultural, racial, ethnic, socio-economic and physical differences. Bay Creek Middle received this award for the quality of the school's diversity programs. For more information, call 678-344-7570.

Collins Hill High Counselor Leslie Harper was honored as the Gwinnett Braves’ “10th man” for community spirit as a person who “Best Embodies the Spirit of Gwinnett.” For more information, call 770-682-4100.

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 and increasing the functionality of the extended learning environments. On Sept. 18 the school will host a campus clean-up day to prepare for the Oct. 2 Beautification Day during Gwinnett Great Days of Service. Summerour parents and Community Partners will donate their time and talent to the beautification project from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2 in preparation for the fall festival and day of celebration 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.

Brookwood High and Mill Creek High will host the 2010 GCPS High School Marching Band Exhibition. Brookwood High welcomes the southern portion of the county on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brookwood Community Stadium. Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett high schools will perform, along with the Georgia Tech Marching Yellow Jackets. High schools located in the northern portion of the county will be hosted at the Mill Creek High stadium on Sept.21 at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Lanier, Mill Creek, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge high schools. Tickets are $7. For more information, call Rudy Wilson at Brookwood High at 770-972-7642, or Erik Mason at Mill Creek High at 678-714-5850.

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 dedication ceremony for each of the new schools will take place this fall as follows:

Sunday, September 19:
Ferguson Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
1755 Centerview Dr., Duluth
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology, 3:30 p.m.
970 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville

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

Sunday, October 10:
Roberts Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
251 Buford Highway, Suwanee
Lanier High, 3 p.m.
918 Buford Highway, Sugar Hill

Sunday, October 17:
Grace Snell Middle 2 p.m.
3800 Brushy Fork Rd., Loganville

Sunday, October 24:
Jenkins Elementary, 2:30 p.m. .
12 Village Way, Lawrenceville

Sunday, November 7:
Burnette Elementary, 1:30 p.m
3221 Burnette Rd., Suwanee,

Arcado Elementary students recently honored grandparents during the school’s annual Grandparents’ Week celebration. Grandparents enjoyed lunch with their grandchild and were given a framed digital photo to commemorate the day. Arcado Elementary hosts an annual grandparent’s celebration during Grandparents’ Week. There are several grandparents who visit Arcado throughout the school year as volunteers in classrooms, the media center, and some work with students needing extra help. For more information, call Dr. Kathy Dean at 770-925- 2100

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
09/16/2010Gwinnett teachers honored as their school's best (pdf)
09/15/2010Brookwood High's Dees named Outstanding Educator (pdf)
09/13/2010Gwinnett's SAT increase tops state and nation (pdf)

“The Author in You - Matt Tavares” When Matt Tavares was studying art at Bates College, he had no intention of becoming a children’s book writer and illustrator. Then, during his junior year, a friend showed him several books by author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg and Tavares was hooked. He began his new career right away, with his college thesis, and created a story that embodies every young baseball fan’s wildest dream. In “Zachary's Ball”, Tavares used the game of baseball as a theme for his other self-illustrated titles as well, including “Mudball, Oliver’s Game”, and “Henry Aaron’s Dream”. This 15-minute program airs this week at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“ArtStage - Elementary Honor Chorus” Join GCPS TV for a special presentation of “ArtStage” featuring the 2010 Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Chorus and the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde. This 60-minute program airs Sept. 20-26 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--

Sign up to receive Gwinnett County Public Schools’ e-newsletter... a quick, easy way to learn more about Georgia’s largest school system. In this newsletter, you’ll find stories on teaching and learning, school leadership and governance, and the partnerships that make Gwinnett County Public Schools successful. Go to the school system’s homepage for sign-up information ( and to check out the e-News archives.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to elementary and middle school students September 20-24.

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
B.B. Harris Elementary
Beaver Ridge Elementary
Berkmar High
Brookwood Elementary
Brookwood High
Chattahoochee Elementary
Collins Hill High
Corley Elementary
GIVE Center West
Knight Elementary
Lanier High
Level Creek Elementary
Lilburn Middle
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
Mountain Park Elementary
Nesbit Elementary
Parkview High
Peachree Ridge High
Pharr Elementary
Roberts Elementary
Rockbridge Elementary
Suwanee Elementary
Walnut Grove 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.

Ongoing through Dec. 18 Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA): Beyond Bricks & Sticks
Square Foot Gardening at its Best
Georgia's Past and Present
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-High School
Botany 101
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages
Herbs In Our Heritage
Science and Math Process Skills

Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts

Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?
Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop
The Green Life

Georgia's Past and Present

Botany 101
Herbs In Our Heritage

Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts
Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?