News You Can Use - 10/15/2012

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/15/2012 - 10/21/2012

Brookwood High advanced theater students will perform” Dracula” on Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in the theater. Adult tickets may be purchased at the door for $7, and student and senior citizen tickets are $6. For more information, contact Donna Faulkner at or 770-736-2088.

Dr. Aimée Burgamy, Trickum Middle art teacher, has been recognized by Artsonia the world’s largest online kid’s art museum for outstanding leadership in the area of Art Education. The school’s online art gallery ranks # 5 in the state, according to Artsonia. The Leadership Award presented to Dr. Burgamy honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in art education. The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program. During the 2011-2012 schoolyear, the Trickum Middle gallery exhibited 4,030 works of art. Artsonia donates 20 percent of their annual product revenue back to the school art program. Dr. Burgamy is GCPS’ 2009 Teacher of the Year. For more information visit

Two GCPS students were named State winners in the 2012 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black.” Division 1 first place winner is Diana Hincapie of Trip Elementary, and Division 3 second place winner is Aman Luthra of Trickum Middle. Diana’s poster will compete at the NAPT National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. For more information, call the local school.

GCPS Teachers Lynn Wiggins of Creekland Middle and Joseph Diaz of Partee Elementary will receive a New Teacher Assistance Grant from Southern Company/Georgia Power in the amount of $1,000. Ms. Wiggins will be presented her award on Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m. For more information call the local school.

The Duluth High Chorus has scheduled a Fall Concert open to the public on Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. For more information, call Jean Ann Moale of the Duluth Chorus Boosters Association, at 770-476-5206.

Dyer Elementary students have been busy decorating pumpkins for the Dyer Elementary United Way Pumpkin Patch. Classes are using story book characters for inspiration. The character pumpkins will be judged on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. For more information, call Teacher Matt Bonk at 770-963-6214.

Central Gwinnett High theatre students return to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville for an exciting afternoon of theatre games Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. The Central Theatre students are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), and volunteer by teaching theater in the community to earn ITS honor points. This group is led by Central Gwinnett High senior Skylar Jackson. For more information, call teacher Lisa Bell at 404-861-5066, or email

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct 15) with a special event on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Students from the concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and honor orchestra will perform compositions from Latin American countries at an Orchestra Concert titled “Mundo Latino.” For more information, call the school at 678-518-6700.

Jones Middle Public Speaking and Journalism teacher Catalina Kreider will take the student mentors on a field trip to Four Oaks Manor for a formal luncheon on Oct. 23. Students will share their etiquette projects and experience a formal meal using the knowledge they gained during class. Nearly 90 students and parents will attend this event. Ms. Kreider leads the Student Leadership Academy and is the Student Mentor Advisor. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

The Dr. Jim L. Markham Golf Classic at Chateau Elan Golf Club has been re scheduled for Nov. 6. The event, named in honor of Mill Creek High’s retiring principal, is an 18-hole Foursome Golf Scramble benefitting Relay for Life. The schedule of events includes registration, breakfast, silent auction, and practice. Golf begins at 9 a.m. and there will be awards and prizes. The deadline for registration is Oct. 30. For more information about registration, email

Parents may now use a mobile app available at the Apple® App Store™ called MyPaymentsPlusSM to purchase K-12 school meals, check account balances, review purchase history, and make payments right from their iPad or iPhone. For more information visit or call the School Nutrition Program at 678-301-6246.

GCPS held a leadership conference for elementary peer leaders on Oct. 11. The conference took place at Hebron Church in Dacula. Speakers for the conference included a GCPS principal, counselor, teachers, and many more informative leaders. For more information, call Mason Elementary Counselor Robin Zorn at 770-232-3370.

“Meet the Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman” Marc Tyler Nobleman talks about his books, “Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman” and Bill: The Boy Wonder. This 30 minute program airs Oct. 15-21 at 5:30 p.m.

“The Will of the People - Colonial Williamsburg” The presidential campaign of 1800 was perhaps the most bitter in U.S. history. Thomas Jefferson explains to modern students how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the republic’s earliest days. This 60 minute program airs Oct. 15-21, at 2 p.m.

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October is Computer learning Month® and Physical Therapy Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

October 14-20 is Teen Read Week and National Teen Driver Safety Week.

October 15 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

October 15-19 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week, National School Bus Safety Week; and National School Lunch Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 18, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

Red Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 23-31.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
Archer High School
Berkmar High
Cooper Elementary
Craig Elementary
GIVE Center West
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Hopkins Elementary
Level Creek Elementary
Lilburn Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Mill Creek High
North Gwinnett High
North Gwinnett Middle
Oakland School
Osborne Middle
Partee Elementary
Peachtree Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Roberts Elementary
Shiloh Middle
Simpson Elementary
South Gwinnett High
Sugar Hill Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
Trickum Middle
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.

The GEHC is hosting a “green” pumpkin carving contest as a part of its annual Creatures of the Night Festival. Participants are encouraged to create an eco-themed or nature carving for their fall pumpkins and have them displayed during the festival on Oct. 19. Come experience the wonders of nocturnal animals and their amazing adaptations at the Creatures of the Night Festival on October 19. The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Rivers Alive Stream CleanupsOct. 20, Nov. 3
Harvest Season – Nature’s Fall BountyOct. 20, 27
Green Living SeriesNov. 18, Dec. 21
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15
FestivalsOct. 19, 20
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberNov. 26