News You Can Use - 05/10/2010

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
05/10/2010 - 05/16/2010

Cristy Lenski of South Gwinnett High will represent Congressman John Linder’s district in the 2010 House Fellows Program, an intensive week-long program in Washington, D.C. from July 26 to July 30. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet Representatives and participate in a variety of activities that will assist in the development of their school’s curricular materials on the history and practices of the House of Representatives. For more information, call 770-972-4840.

Julia Guyton of Berkeley Lake Elementary is the first regular education teacher and first metro Atlanta teacher to win the Georgia Parent to Parent Education Impact Award, earning a $500 grant for her classroom. Parent to Parent of Georgia provides support and information services and training and leadership opportunities for families who have children and youth with disabilities. For more information visit

Duluth High media specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter was recently nominated to two appointments:
  • Membership on the International Reading Association’s Standing Committee on Intellectual Freedom for a minimum term of two years;
  • Selection to a summer teacher institute at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Gwinnett Heat adapted sports football team won the state championship. For more information, call Mike Emery, director of athletic activities and community schools, at 678-301-7274.

North Gwinnett Middle families are invited to “Celebrate North” on May 10 in conjunction with the PTSA meeting. North Gwinnett Middle will showcase many great events occurring at the school. For more information, call David Strickland, assistant principal at 678-745-2300.

Norcross Elementary will host a visit from award winning author Diane Z. Shore on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ms. Shore will promote reading, discuss poetry, describing the job as an author and how her books and poems came into being. For more information, call Debbie May, media specialist at 770-417-2495.

Shiloh High received a grant from Walmart and Georgia Master Gardeners to create a memory garden for students and faculty to enjoy the outdoors. The garden will be dedicated on May 13 at 9 a.m. The memory garden will be made up of plants and trees native to Georgia. Benches and trees have been donated in honor and memory of various people who are important to Shiloh High. For more information, call Shiloh High Media Specialist Kate Hopperath at 770-736-4356.

Grayson Elementary 5th grade gifted students will host an interactive history museum entitled “Experiencing Historical Events Through A Child’s Eyes” on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. In addition, special guests who experienced World War II, the Holocaust, or the Great Depression will be honored. For more information, email Kristie Horn at

Using a Walmart grant, Shiloh High special education students were able to open the Silver Lining Consignment Store. Students created a space to sell new and gently used items to students and staff members. The store was set up and is currently run entirely by special education students. These students will enter the workforce after graduation and this school opportunity will introduce them to a real world experience in how to run and operate a store. For more information, call Shiloh High Media Specialist Kate Hopperath at 770-736-4356.

The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame induction will be held at the Gwinnett Braves game on June 6. The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame will honor athletes who have competed in any facet of Gwinnett County athletics through public or private school, or who have represented the citizens of Gwinnett with honor on a state or national stage. The first annual induction event will be a joint celebration with the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field on June 6, during the 2:30 p.m. game. The celebration of Gwinnett’s finest athletes begins at 1 p.m. with a Home Run Derby, silent auction, and raffle. All proceeds from this charitable event will support academic initiatives benefiting the 159,000 GCPS students. For more information, call the GCPS Foundation Fund, Inc. at 678-301-7287.

Creekland Middle hosted the 1st Annual Green Summit in May. Parents and community members were invited to participate in educating students about the importance of the environment. There were environmental displays and examples of student work on display. Many items were collected to be recycled. For more information, call 770-338-4700.

Twin Rivers Middle hosted an inaugural 8th Grade Career day in May. Nearly 50 speakers shared information about their careers with eighth grade students. For more information, call Jennifer Moore, Twin Rivers Middle counselor, at 678-407-7583.

Visit the school system web site at the most current News Releases.
05/06/2010Gwinnett students to soak up the sun in competitive solar event (pdf)
05/04/2010Parkview High and Shiloh High students named Presidential Scholars (pdf)
04/30/2010Gwinnett welcomes new kindergartners for 2010 registration (pdf)

“ParenTVision: Shattered” This month's program features the Connect With Kids Network (CWK) program “Shattered,” the extraordinary story of one night that changed lives forever. A young girl driving under the influence of alcohol, was speeding and out of control when her car crashed into another car, killing the driver. There are interviews with eyewitnesses and their 911 call before, during and after the crash. There are also interviews with the driver, her boyfriend and family, footage of her in prison, and interviews with the family of the man who was killed. This episode of Parentvision features a discussion with Margaret Cheeley, Collins Hill High graduation coach and host of Parentvision; Pam South, State Court Judge, Gwinnett; and Andre Castro, Youth Development Coordinator for the East Metro Health District. This 60-minute program airs May 10-16 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author: Rob Cleveland” Master storyteller Rob Cleveland brings new insight to an ancient tradition— telling stories. A former special education teacher, Cleveland is a storyteller-in-residence at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. As an author, comedian, actor, and educator, Rob Cleveland doesn’t just write stories; he performs them. This 30-minute program airs May 10-16 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, 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 through June 20, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot.

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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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams are scheduled to take place through May 14.

The Georgia End of Course Test Window for grades 9-12 is scheduled for May 10-21.

Georgia End of Course Tests for Grade 8 are scheduled for May 12.

May 17-23 is Custodial Appreciation Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 20, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

May 24-26 is early release for high school final exams.

May 26 is the last day of school.

Graduation ceremonies for high schools have been scheduled from May 26-29. Visit the GCPS web site at view dates, times, and locations.

May 31 is Memorial Day, a systemwide holiday.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in May. Call the local school for the time and location.
Benefield Elementary
Berkmar High
Couch Middle
Dacula Elementary
Duncan Creek Elementary
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
GIVE Center East
Glenn C. Jones Middle
Harbins Elementary
Jackson Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary
Lilburn Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Mountain Park Elementary
Mountain View High School
North Gwinnett High
North Gwinnett Middle
Peachtree Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
R.D. Head Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Rosebud Elementary
Snellville Middle
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary
Sycamore 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.

May 11

Homeschool: Weateher and Storms
Little Hands: Let's Celebrate with Mother Nature!
Homeschool: Operation Water: Junior Master Gardner Level II Homeschool: Weather and Storms
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark
Hidden World Saturdays
Homeschool: Weather and Storms
Little Hands: Let's Celebrate with Mother Nature!
Homeschool: Weather and Storms
Guided Trail Hikes
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark
World Turtle Day
Flower Moon Hike
Homeschool: Weather and Storms
Homeschool: Weather and Storms
Little Hands: Let's Celebrate with Mother Nature!
Homeschool: Monthly Lab Extension
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark
Hidden World Saturdays