News You Can Use - 01/25/2010

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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01/25/2010 - 01/31/2010

Berkmar High Patriots will host the Harlem Legends at a Celebrity Basketball Game on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. Former Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas leads the Legends, which are comprised of former Harlem Globetrotters, NBA and NFL players, and past Olympians. Proceeds from the event will benefit health awareness, and encourage students to keep their heads “above the rim.” There will be refreshments, prizes, and family entertainment. During halftime and at the end of the game, the Harlem Legends will sign autographs and be available for photos. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

Atlanta will host a National College Fair open to middle school and high school students on Jan. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center, Halls A and B. Students should register for this free event at may watch a video at a complete overview of the fair. For more information, contact local event chairperson Judy Lowder, Trickum Middle counselor, at 770-921-2705.

Ivy Creek Elementary Literacy Coach Lisa Burkett was selected to attend the 4th annual Coaching Institute at The Teachers College (Columbia University) in New York City. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) has been a national and international leader in professional development for 30 years. Their mission is to support literacy instruction, including K-8 reading and writing, coaching, and large scale school reform. Ms. Burkett is one of only 150 teachers from across the nation who were accepted to the Coaching Institute from Feb. 9-13. For more information, contact Tammy Glausier at 678-765-5245.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST) is the winner of a state-wide video contest sponsored by the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA)—the “New Media Education Foundation of Georgia and Skills USA Georgia” video competition for dairy products and farmers. Currently enrolled Georgia Broadcast Video Production students (grades K to 12) submitted entries about the dairy industry for consideration. The videos focused on the nutrient-rich value of dairy foods and the dairy farmers who produce them. As the award recipient, GSMST will receive $500 to help further their programming efforts. An award ceremony will be held on Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. To view the winning video visit, more information about SUDIA’s wellness and nutrition programs, visit more information, call Amanda Trice at 1-800-343-4693,

Minor Elementary will host an International Night on Jan.28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Each grade level will create crafts and activities, and serve snacks representing a country of origin from our student population. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the student's heritage and celebrate different cultures. For more information, call Stacia L. Quintero, ESOL teacher, at 770-925-9543.

Ivy Creek Elementary 3rd grade classes will host the annual Family Feast on Jan. 29 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. Families are invited to bring a special dish to share with their child’s class. Some dishes are old favorites that have been handed down from generation to generation and others are simply a tasty new dish that everyone enjoys. Since classrooms are a “home away from home,” this is an opportunity to share family traditions. The recipes are compiled into a cookbook and given out to each child. For more information, please contact

The annual districtwide Gwinnett County Spelling Bee competition will be held Jan. 30 at Central Gwinnett High. Registration takes place from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The group of 88 students seeking the countywide honor includes 65 elementary students and 23 students from the middle school level. At 8:30 a.m., these top spellers will participate in the written portion of the competition, known as the written bee. The top 12 spellers, as determined during the written bee, will compete in the public oral bee following the written bee. The top 12 spellers also will move on to represent GCPS in the District 3 Bee. The District 3 Bee takes place at 10 a.m. on Feb. 27, inside the North Gwinnett High theatre, located at 20 Level Creek Rd. in Suwanee. For more information, contact communication and media relations at 678-301-6020.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation presents the Miss Peachtree Ridge Scholarship Pageant 2010 on Feb. 20. The theme of this year’s pageant is The Time of My Life - A Tribute to the music of the 80’s. For more information or tickets, contact Jane Denton at 678-957-3166 or email

Berkmar High will host the 2nd Annual Greater Lilburn Business Expo on March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lilburn businesses will have an opportunity to promote their businesses to each other and the community at this event. Spaces may be rented through Jan. 28, for $35. Event sponsorships also are available and include a premium space. More than 100 businesses are expected to participate in this event produced in partnership with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Lilburn Business Association, and the Lilburn Community Partnership. Gail Macrenaris, Director of Leadership and Education for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, will conduct a pre-event seminar on February 11 at Berkmar High, advising participants on how to maximize business exposure at the Expo. For more information, visit,or call Diana Preston, assistant principal, at 678-230-9058, or email

Pharr Elementary students are taking the initiative when it comes to combating hunger. Students in the multi-age classrooms at Pharr heard that the food cooperative was in need of supplies. The students in these classes have challenged the entire school to collect 100 food items by the 100th day of school, which is Jan. 25. Students, parents, and community members can contribute food items Monday through Friday during the school’s business hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 770-985-0244.

Cedar Hill Elementary art teachers Joyce Dorian and Anna Murphy area leading their students in the initiative “Homes for Haiti.” Art Club members plan to create ‘tiny’ houses and sell them to the Cedar Hill community to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. For more information, visit or call 770-962-5015.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
01/19/2010Gwinnett top spellers to compete for 2010 county title (pdf)
01/14/2010GCPS names fourth class of Aspiring Principal Program (pdf)
01/14/2010Gwinnett BOE Refinances Bonds, Saves Millions (pdf)
01/13/2010GSMST registration deadline fast approaching (pdf)
01/12/2010Gwinnett students invited to tour Maxwell HS of Technology (pdf)
01/11/201028 Gwinnett schools on Georgia's Outstanding Achievement report card (pdf)
01/08/2010Two new courses in 2010 for students at Grayson High Technical Education Program (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This month’s program follows participants in this year’s Principal for a Day program, takes a closer look at the impact of Title I, and celebrates the state’s first nationally certified culinary arts program, right here in Gwinnett… join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-minute program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“The Suzanne Farrell Ballet: Deconstructing Divertimento” Renowned ballerina and Balanchine collaborator Suzanne Farrell and her acclaimed ballet company present a performance and demonstration titled Deconstructing Divertimento. This program is designed to give students a unique vantage point as the company breaks down the choreographic theme and variations that define the classic 1956 Balanchine tutu ballet, Divertimento No. 15. This 60-minute program airs this week at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Author in You - Writer's Toolbox: Laurel Snyder” Author Laurel Snyder shares her love of words and writing with students at Rock Springs Elementary on this week’s edition of The Author in You. Best known for her books, “Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains” and “Any Which Wall,” Snyder easily connects with audiences with her whimsical sense of humor and childlike imagination. This 30-minute program airs this week at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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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The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., January 21, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee. Beginning in January, GCPS Board meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the ISC.

February is National African American History Month.

February 1-7 is National School Counseling Week.

February 3-4 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

February 7 is Scout Sunday.

February 7-13 is National SkillsUSA Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in January. Call the local school for the time and location.
B.B. Harris ES
Camp Creek ES
Corley ES
Craig ES
Dacula ES
Dacula HS
Henry Partee ES
Dyer ES
Level Creek ES
Lilburn MS
Parkview HS
Patrick ES
Pharr ES
Norton ES
Simpson ES
Summerour MS

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.

January 26, 27
Homeschool: Volcanoes
February 9, 10
Homeschool: Rocks
February 12
Homeschool: Advance Science Process Skills
Homeschool: Chemistry II for High schoolers
Homeschool: Intro to Physical Science
February 13
Water Conservation