News You Can Use - 05/29/2006

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
05/29/2006 - 06/04/2006

This is the last “News You Can Use…” for the 2005-06 school year. The publication will return in August.

The School Board honored nine GCPS students who earned perfect scores on the National Latin Exam. Less than 1% of the more than 135,000 students who took the exam worldwide earned a perfect score. The National Latin Exam is co-sponsored by the American Classical Association and the National Junior Classical League.
Honored students include:
· Latin I: Amanda Hoffman, Jonathon Laime, Tangirala Reddy, and Perrinh Savang, all of Brookwood High.
· Latin II: Carolyn Booth of Brookwood High; Seth Herren, Kalin McHale, and Karan Patel, all of North Gwinnett High.
· Latin III: Joe Fang of North Gwinnett High earned a perfect score on the Latin I exam in 2005, skipped Latin II, and scored a perfect paper in Latin III Poetry.

Three Mill Creek High students earned highest honors from the National Honor Thespian and International Honor Thespian competition. Blair Morton was named National Honor Thespian and Kristina Kee and Courtney Shelton were both named International Honor Thespians.

Parkview High students Brandan Case, Daniel Gatch, and Brandon Smith were recognized for placing first in the Georgia Stock Market Game this spring, turning $100,000 in virtual money into more than $153,000 by trading stocks and mutual funds in the twice-yearly simulation. More than 30,000 Georgia students participate in the game, which is sponsored by the Georgia Council on Economic Education.

Twenty-one GCPS students earned the designation of Georgia Scholar. This scholarship is funded annually by the State Legislature. Eligibility is based on achieving a score of at least 1360 on the SAT and maintaining a 3.75 grade point average, or being in the top 10 percent of the graduating class. Students must begin planning in the 9th grade to meet curriculum, leadership, attendance, and academic requirements. Qualified students receive partial tuition assistance while attending a Georgia postsecondary institution or university.
Listed below are GCPS Georgia Scholars.
Brookwood High Andrea Barrett
Brookwood High Alexander Reihm
Central Gwinnett High Jacqueline Mirahdola
Collins Hill High Nivedh Manohar
Collins Hill High Abigail Palmer
Collins Hill High Johanna Underwood
Duluth High Katlin Best
Duluth High Caitlin Burns
Duluth High Jeehon Choi
Duluth High Long Lin
Duluth High Zachary Peters
Duluth High Stephen Pety
Duluth High Chenguang Wu
Grayson High Sagar Amin
Grayson High Benjamin Johnson
Mill Creek High Jasmine Ford
Norcross High Crystal Fang
Norcross High LwAnne Nguyen
Norcross High Ginger Tsai
South Gwinnett High Chelsea Duttweiler
South Gwinnett High Coleman Porter

Continuing its long-standing commitment to support excellence in education, Gwinnett Federal Credit Union recently awarded scholarships to GCPS students and staff members. Six GCPS seniors majoring in education and planning to return to Georgia to teach, were each a recipient of a $2,000 Legacy Scholarship. This scholarship honors past and present board members who have served for more than 20 years and credit union employees who have 30 years or more of service. This year’s winners were: Heather Freeburn of South Gwinnett High, Alicia Garrett of Mill Creek High, Whitney Riker of Dacula High, Jessica Skeels of Central Gwinnett High, Kaitlin Spooner of Brookwood High, and Jasmine Underwood of Grayson High. Additionally Vedat Mahmuti of South Gwinnett High received this year’s $2,000 Louise Radloff scholarship. Six $1,250 Career Advancement Founders Scholarships were awarded to adult credit union members to assist them in continuing their education. This year’s GCPS winners were: Barbara A. Bucey (Artley) of Grayson High, Kay Cooksey of Shiloh High, Robert Todd Izzo of Grayson High, La’Keisha Queener of Nesbit Elementary, Sandra L. Wilson of Pickneyville Middle, and Amanda Yetter of Pharr Elementary. For more information, call Katie Sweeny at 770-963-4066.

The following GCPS District 12 schools earned 1st Place 2006 Georgia PTA Awards. J.C. Magill Elementary received a Community Outreach award for elementary school over 1,000. Phyllis Barnes of J.C. Magill Elementary, was named Outstanding School Nurse. Grayson Elementary and Mill Creek High received Legislative/Advocacy awards for elementary over 1,000 and high school.

The Central Gwinnett High Odyssey of the Mind team won the State Championship at Columbus State in May and will represent Georgia at World Finals at Iowa State University in late May. Central Gwinnett students built a hand-powered car for the competition. For more information, call 770-963-8041.

The cafeteria at Charles Brant Chesney Elementary received a perfect grade on the health inspection— the fourth one since the school opened. Additionally, Chesney cafeteria staff completed a year of nutrition education activities in the school and was awarded the Gold level in the Team of Excellence Program for Gwinnett County School Nutrition. Carol Murphy, school nutrition manager, recently earned the national ServeSafe certification.

The Charles Brant Chesney Elementary Relay for Life Team raised money for the American Cancer Society throughout the school year. The most recent fundraiser was a contest to see which of the staff members would receive a “pie in the face.” Students voted for their favorite staff member by donating money. Principal Carlotta Rozzi received the most votes and received the pie on May 22 during the school’s news program. The fundraiser raised $250 toward the team goal of $4,000.

“GCPS Focus” (Rebroadcast of the August 2005 program) This week on GCPS Focus...the new student attendance protocol, AYP success stories at three Gwinnett schools, and summer learning for students and staff members. This 30-min. program airs May 29-June 4 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.

“Keeping Kids Healthy - Education News Parents Can Use” This edition of Education News will focus on ways schools and families can help students to begin developing the skills, knowledge and habits to stay healthy and fit throughout their lives. This 60-min. program airs May 29-June 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Connections: History & Music - Prince William Network” What do Mozart, Marie Antoinette, and Benjamin Franklin have in common? That question and many others will be answered in this fast-paced, multimedia program developed by National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) cellist Yvonne Caruthers, which explores the connections between history and music. An ensemble of NSO musicians brings to life the history and music of colonial Jamestown, the Lewis and Clark expedition, the post-Civil War era, and the turbulent twentieth century. History as you have never “heard” it before! This 60-minute program airs May 29-June 1 at 1 p.m. and 9 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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Three new elementary schools are due to open in August 2007. They will be located in the Dacula Cluster, Mill Creek Cluster, and Grayson/Dacula Cluster. Naming committees have been formed within the clusters where the new schools will be built to develop a list of recommended names to submit to the superintendent. Individuals and organizations of Gwinnett County may submit names to the committees. Information on submitting names is available on the GCPS Web site and at the local elementary schools within the clusters where the new schools will be built.

GCPS high school students may register online (through June 3) for both face-to-face Summer School classes and the summer session of Gwinnett County Online Campus. The 2006 face-to-face summer school session for high school students will take place June 7-July 11. Classes are available at Brookwood High, Collins Hill High, and Norcross High. Online classes will be conducted June 6-July 12. Check the GCPS Web site for more information on dates, fees, and available classes.

Remaining Dates in the FY2007 Budget Process
Monday, June 5 First public hearing on millage rate, 7 p.m., Board Room, ISC
Monday, June 12 2nd public hearing on millage rate, 11:45 a.m., Board Room, ISC
Monday, June 12 3rd public hearing on millage rate and final adoption, 7 p.m., Board Room, ISC, 7 p.m., Board Room, ISC

Memorial Day on May 29 is a systemwide holiday and all locations are closed.

June 2 is the deadline to apply for openings on the GEMS Oversight Committee. The committee meets annually for one to two days to review input from educators and community members on suggested revisions, deletions, and additions to the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. The group’s recommendations are presented to the superintendent for adoption by the Board of Education. Applications are available online.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held June 22, 2006, at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during June. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.