News You Can Use - 02/20/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
02/20/2006 - 02/26/2006


HONORS
The GCPS Science Office was recently awarded a Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $296,000. These funds will support the use of on-line professional learning geared toward content and lesson development for middle grades science teachers. GCPS has identified Georgia Tech as its partner in this venture. For more information, call Nikki Mouton at 678-301-7036.

Bernadette (Bernie) Rainey and Penny Salamun won first place in the state Special Needs Safety Road-e-o Competition. Ms. Rainey and Ms. Salamun will represent Georgia at the Nationals in Orlando on March 4. In addition, Sharon Cook and Doris Sadler placed sixth. For more information, call Charlene Majors at 770-271-5056.

The GCPS 4-H Hi Hat Horse Club earned second and third place in the Northwest Regional Horse Quiz Bowl competition. Both teams competed at the 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl State Championship at the University of Georgia Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens. The Senior team earned first place in state and will compete nationally in Louisville, Ky. Members are Margaret Dixon of Berkmar High, April Therrien of Central Gwinnett High, Rachel Palinski and Jenney Kliesrath of Collins Hill High, Laura McMillan of Dacula High, Lauren Bailey of Creekland Middle, Sarah Riscalla of Dacula Middle, Kaitlyn Chandler of Five Forks Middle, and Hannah Carruth of J.E. Richards Middle. For more information, call Lynne Kliesrath at 770-963-1979, or Mary Palinski at 770-962-1537.

Duluth Middle earned first Runner-up at the 2006 PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Academic Bowl for Middle Grades State Finals on Feb. 11. The team is coached by Linda Koch and Sylvia Barteaux. For more information, call Lynn Varner at the PAGE Foundation at 800-334-6861.

Several GCPS students placed at the 2006 Georgia Thespian Conference. Marc Megahee from Parkview High earned a superior rating for his Solo Musical Theatre performance. Galen Crawley of Brookwood High won a $2,000 performance scholarship. Terry McGonigle, Technical Theatre Arts teacher at Grayson High School Technical Education Program, was inducted into the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame. Caitlyn Martin from Meadowcreek High received scores of excellent from all 3 judges. For more information, call Robert Andrews, fine arts director, at 678-301-7004.

UPCOMING
The Lawrenceville Elementary Parent Center will sponsor several parent activities during the month of February.
· Parents can attend an interactive African-American Heritage workshop on Feb. 24 from 10 to 11 a.m.
· Technology Night will be held on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.
For more information on any of these events, call 770-963-1813.

Simpson Elementary will sponsor a Science Fair on Feb. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. The public viewing of projects and judges’ interviews will be held in the new building from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The evening also will include student interviews, and an award ceremony in the cafeteria. For more information, call Dr. Nancy Kiel at 770-417-2400.

The North Gwinnett High Art Honor Society will present “Shuttersense & (Nonsense),” a lightly juried exhibition of photographic images from GCPS high school students. The event will take place through Feb. 24 at Carisma Gallery in Buford. For more information, call Ren Hullender at 770-945-9558.

Trickum Middle will host the school’s second annual International Expo on Feb. 23, beginning with a Parade of Nations. Students and parents are encouraged to wear their national dress. Activities will include student performances and displays, and food tasting. For more information and to volunteer, contact Lana Berry at 770-279-2295, or e-mail Lana.berry@atlanta-airport.com or Radha Vettraino at vettrai@bellsouth.net.

Grayson Elementary will host the school’s annual Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 24. Magic Moment Photographs will be available to take photos at 5:30 p.m. The dance is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

The Mill Creek High academic decathlon team received a wild card invitation to the state competition on Feb. 24 and 25. After two days of competition, they will join teams from around the state at an awards ceremony and banquet. Team members are Alex Giardina, Ameenay Khan, Destin Loo, Samuel Soto, Kenneth Tagajanan, Jeff Tatum, and Maurice Williams. Lee Hayes and Ian Martin coach the team. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

The District 3 Spelling Bee will be held at Collins Hill High on Feb. 25. The top two spellers from the District 3 competition will go on to the state bee at Georgia State University on March 24. For a complete list of GCPS county participants, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

The Grayson Elementary PTA will host Game Show Night on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. “Who Wants To Be A Ram-Millionaire?” will be played. One “contestant” from each grade level will be picked to answer 10 questions and win prizes. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

A college fair— Accessing Resources for College-Bound Special Needs Students— will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center on Feb. 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The college fair will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a general program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Information will be presented on SAT, college admissions, and graduation requirements. A panel of current University of Georgia college students with disabilities will share their college experiences. Co-sponsors of the event are the Gwinnett PTA Council, the Gwinnett Extension Service, and Gwinnett County Public Schools. For more information, call the extension service at 678-377-4010.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
Norton Elementary students participated in the United Ebony Society’s 2006 King Day Celebration which included an essay writing activity, a parade, and a reading event. The multicultural committee has planned activities including a trivia contest, an art and literature display bulletin board, and a teacher activity calendar. For more information, call Sabrina Ackerman at 770-985-1933.

Peachtree Elementary will host a celebration of African American History from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. Visitors can tour a “museum” of African American Inventions in the media center, have dinner “from and for the soul” in the cafeteria, and be entertained. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. For more information, contact Laquanda Bruce at 770-448-8710.

Grayson Elementary will celebrate Black History Month in February. School activities include daily facts presented during the morning announcements, research and class discussions on African American inventors, a student essay contest, and presentations of information on African American music and movies. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Sweetwater Middle has many activities planned to commemorate Black History Month. Activities include:
· A Black History bulletin board display.
· A Black Awareness Night program set for Feb. 28, starting at 6 p.m., with a performance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” speech with students from all levels and a Parade of Fashions showcasing fashions from different cultures.
· A Black Inventors Exhibit Fair scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28.
· A luncheon served in the cafeteria Feb. 28 for parents, students, and staff.
Sweetwater Middle has a Power Over Prejudice (POP) Club that will assist with these activities. For more information, call 770-923-4131.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus, students throughout Gwinnett will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; the GCPS social studies curriculum teaches students about participation in society; and Gwinnett’s top spellers take to the stage. Don't miss these stories and more on GCPS Focus, your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs daily at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use - Math and Science Education” To create a new generation of innovators that will lead America into the 21st Century, President Bush has called for a renewed focus on improving science and mathematics education. Entitled the American Competitiveness Initiative, the proposal includes increasing the number of highly qualified math and science teachers in America's classrooms; expanding Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate programs in math and science; creating incentives for students to major in high-tech and engineering fields; and increasing funding for programs that provide extra help for students struggling in math and science. This month’s “Education News Parents Can Use” will explore this initiative and will answer questions such as: What is the “global economy” and what does it demand of our students and educational system? and, How can parents encourage their children to learn math and science outside the classroom? This 60-min. program airs live, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. and reairs Feb. 22-23 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 24-25 at 1 p.m.

“2006 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee” GCPS TV proudly presents highlights of the 2006 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, held on January 28 at Mill Creek High. Tune in to learn about the new written portion of the Bee and find out which hard working student was crowned champion. This 60-min. program airs Feb. 24-26 at 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through March 19.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 3) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air Feb. 20 through March 16 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.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.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Feb. 20 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.

March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Middle Level Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Women’s History Month, Social Work Month, and Youth Art Month.

March 2 is Read Across America Day.

National Foreign Language Week, National School breakfast Week, Exceptional Children’s Week and Newspaper in Education Week start March 6 and 7.

The Gwinnett Center will be the site of GCPS’ Certified Teacher Employment Fair on March 6 from 8:30 to 4 p.m. The school system expects to hire 1,200 teachers for 2006-07. Critical need areas include all areas of special education, ESOL teachers, speech language pathologists, and teachers for upper-level math and science. Interviews are by appointment only. Student teachers and those currently enrolled in an alternate certification program are welcome to make appointments. Applications are available online at the GCPS Web site or by calling 678-301-6073.

March 10 is a student holiday and teacher planning/professional learning day.

March 13 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held March 9 at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. in Suwanee.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
February
Alton C. Crews Middle
2/7
Arcado Elementary
2/13
Berkmar High
2/20
Berkmar Middle
2/2
Brookwood Elementary
2/27
Camp Creek Elementary
2/24
Centerville Elementary
2/22
Corley Elementary
2/21
Dacula Elementary
2/17
Dacula Middle
2/16
Duluth High
2/21
Duluth Middle
2/21
Five Forks Middle
2/10
Fort Daniel Elementary
2/3
Frank N. Osborne Middle
2/10
Freeman's Mill Elementary
2/9
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
2/22
GIVE Center
2/7
Grayson High
2/24
Gwin Oaks Elementary
2/17
Harbins Elementary
2/21
Ivy Creek Elementary
2/17
J.C. Magill Elementary
2/3
J.E. Richards Middle
2/21
J.G. Dyer Elementary
2/13
Jackson Elementary
2/9
K.E. Taylor Elementary
2/17
Kanoheda Elementary
2/23
Lilburn Elementary
2/9
Louise Radloff Middle
2/2
Meadowcreek Elementary
2/27
Meadowcreek High
2/7
Monarch School
2/22
Mountain Park Elementary
2/27
Nesbit Elementary
2/23
Norcross High
2/9
Parkview High
2/28
Peachtree Elementary
2/16
Pinckneyville Middle
2/14
R.D. Head Elementary
2/8
R.L. Norton Elementary
2/24
Rebecca Minor Elementary
2/17
Richard Hull Middle
2/10
Riverside Elementary
2/14
Shiloh High
2/14
Shiloh Middle
2/3
Simpson Elementary
2/24
Snellville Middle
2/9
Sugar Hill Elementary
2/2
Summerour Middle
2/14
Susan Stripling Elementary
2/2
Suwanee Elementary
2/27
Sweetwater Middle
2/23
T. Carl Buice School
2/7
W.J. Cooper Elementary
2/6