News You Can Use - 04/19/2010









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
04/19/2010 - 04/25/2010


SATURDAY
Brookwood High and Greening Youth Foundation will focus on recycling with an Earth Day Fun Festival on April 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Partnering with Brookwood Elementary, Craig Elementary and Crews Middle, community members, students, and staff are invited to recycle old laptop computers, cell phones, batteries, printers, cartridges, tennis shoes, plastic bags, aluminum, plastic bottles, paper, and cardboard to earn tickets to play carnival games. Eco-vendors will be present to share “green” initiatives with the community. Students will entertain participants with singing, dancing, puppetry, and a parade. For more information, visit www.gyfoundation.org,or call Beth Peters of Brookwood Elementary at 770-736-4369.

The GCPS Instructional Support Center (ISC) Relay for Life Team will sponsor a 5K run/walk to benefit the American Cancer Society on April 17 at 8 a.m. at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, Building 200, Suwanee. Registration received after April 1 and on race day is $20 for adults and $15 for those 12 and under. All pre-paid participants will receive a t-shirt. Limited t-shirts will be available on race day for those who register the day of the race. Awards will be given. For more information and to register, call CoTinna Harris at 678-301-7257 (cotinna_harris@gwinnett.k12.ga.us) or Patrice Pendergast at 678-301-6076 (patrice_pendergast@gwinnett.k12.ga.us).

SUNDAY
The Dacula community will celebrate 100 years of education with alumni and special guests on April 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will include greeting Dacula alumni from 2 to 3 p.m., an introduction of education and political leaders, reading of Presidential and Congressional Letters of Proclamation from 3 to 4 p.m., and a reception in the Dacula High Commons Area will take place following the presentation. For more information, call Dee Picket, at 770-338-4855.

HONORS
Taylor Elementary student Ibaad Khan earned national recognition in the Continental Math League. Ibaad won the Euclidean Division for Grade 5. For more information, call Taylor Elementary FOCUS Teacher Tina Gay at 770-338-4680.

Parkview High’s Marine Corps JROTC team won 1st Place in the National Orienteering. The team also won 2nd Place overall in the Varsity High School Interscholastic Championship. John Williams, a Parkview High senior, was named the overall Varsity Inter-Scholastic Champion. The team is coached by Amy Williams and assisted by Gunnery Sergeant David Erwin. Team members are Billy Gausphol, Louie Roger, Rob Romaine, and John Williams. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

During the State Special Olympics Winter Games two North Gwinnett High students won silver medals in the Unified Division of Powerlifting (includes both special athletes and regular athletes). Elementary and middle school students earned 5th place in basketball. Other schools competing and winning medals include Winn Holt Elementary, Lilburn Middle, Brookwood High, and Mill Creek High. These students will compete in the summer Special Olympics during May 21-23. For more information, call Lynnette Swanson, Certified Adaptive Physical Education Specialist and GCPS Special Olympics Coordinator, at 678-226-7700.

UPCOMING
The Shiloh Community Foundation will sponsor “Come for the Art, Stay for a Taste”, the 1st Annual Taste of Shiloh and Arts Festival on April 24 at Shiloh High. The Arts Festival— with performances by local artists and musicians— will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Taste of Shiloh from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Entertainment will include a car show, live music, a Community Partners Fair, silent auction, play area for children, and lots of food provided by 40 of Gwinnett’s favorite restaurants. Tickets may be purchased for $10. For more information, call Adie Shimandle at 678-372-9257, or visit http://www.shilohcommunityfoundation.org/.

The Duluth High chorus will perform “Turn the Beat Around” at the 2010 Peach Jam on April 24 at 7 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. on April 25. The show features music from genres including pop, Broadway, jazz and more. The show is professionally choreographed with 200 choral students. Tickets may be purchased for $10 (4/24) and $8 (4/25) at the auditorium one hour before each show. For more information, call 770-232-3354.

The Brookwood High Robotics and Computer Club will use a Home Depot grant to build a robot to compete in the Aquabot underwater robot competition on April 24. The 2010 Gray’s Reef Southeast Regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) Competition will be held in Savannah. For more information, call Brookwood High Teacher Theresa Friedman at 770-972-7642.

Norcross Elementary Spanish Club students will participate in the annual Spanish Spelling Bee on April 27. For more information, call Rosa Escandell, teacher, at 770-448-2188.

Norcross Elementary will host the school’s annual International Night on April 27 in the gym. Each grade level will select two countries or islands to represent with research and exhibits. Displays will include food, drinks, literature, creative writings, artifacts, and attire. The community is invited to attend the event. For more information, call 770-447-2675.

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 6. Kindergarten registration is held at the local school. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2010, are invited to register their children for the 2010-11 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering their child: proof of residency in an attendance zone; a Georgia certificate of immunization; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year; a photo ID; proof of custody/guardianship; a child’s social security number; and a copy of the pre-K progress report. The Planning Department phone number is 678-301-7085 and may be called to find out which school a child will attend. Additional information may be viewed on the system web site www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Grayson Elementary 5th grade FOCUS 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 Kristie_horn@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

RECENTLY
Ivy Creek Elementary staff members recently hosted a fundraiser for Grace, a student at the school in need of a heart transplant. Staff members from Ivy Creek Elementary, Jones Middle (where Grace’s father teaches), and Mill Creek High (where Grace’s mother teaches) competed in “Goals for Grace,” a basketball tournament where cluster schools competed against each other. Nearly $22,000 was raised for Grace. For more information visit http://www.ivycreek.com/or http://www.millcreekhighschool.org/index.php,or call Tammy Glausier, Ivy Creek assistant principal, at 678-714-3655.

RELAY FOR LIFE
Winn Holt Elementary will hold a Mini Relay for Life Night on April 23 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Activities will include games, karaoke, a nail and hair salon, face painting, Dizzy Bat, a Moonwalk and more. Entertainment will include performances by the Winn Holt Orff Ensemble and the Norcross High Percussion group. Food will be available. Once the sun sets, a traditional Luminary Walk will honor the memory of all heroes. For more information, call 678-376-8600.

ONGOING
Starling Elementary 5th grade FOCUS students are reaching out to their community through their involvement in a year-long independent service project. Students researched service options online at home with their families. The Changing Our World at Starling (C.O.W.S.) project challenged students to explore the worldwide contributions of similar-aged peers, select a cause of personal interest, and apply the CPS (Creative Problem Solving) process and research skills in order to develop a plan of action to make an impact on their chosen cause. This spring, these students will be making a difference in their neighborhoods, communities, and the world as they carry out their plans with the collaborative support of local businesses, churches, school, neighbors, and family members. For more information, visit http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/pages/StarlingFOCUSstudentschangetheirworldwithserviceprojects?OpenDocument&0~QuickLinks or call Starling Elementary FOCUS Teacher Darlene Bartik 678-344-6100.

GCPS’ Area Board Meetings will be held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give parents, staff, and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of the meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
April 20-- District III at Duluth High – Clusters: Duluth, Norcross
April 22-- District V at Meadowcreek High – Clusters: Berkmar, Meadowcreek, Parkview
April 27-- District I at Archer High – Clusters: Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson
April 29-- District IV at Shiloh High – Clusters: Brookwood, Shiloh, South Gwinnett

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. seeks nominations for the Gwinnett County Hall of Fame. The induction will be held at Gwinnett Braves game on June 6. Nominations currently are being accepted for inductees to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc., Georgia Power, All American Specialties, and Scholastic Images/Balfour. 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 students in the 123 schools of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The nomination form is available at www.gcps-foundation.org,or by request at 678-301-6077 or 678-301-7287.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
04/07/2010Twelve seniors earn National Achievement Scholarships (pdf)
04/05/2010A growing system, GCPS to add teachers for critical areas (pdf)
03/30/2010Chavannes named principal of Duncan Creek Elementary (pdf)
03/29/2010"Little Kids Rock" in Gwinnett schools with addition of instruments (pdf)
03/26/2010Kirksey named Ga. School Social Worker of Year (pdf)
03/25/2010Three honored for their service transporting students (pdf)
03/24/2010Parsons Elementary's media specialist Gwinnett's best (pdf)
03/22/2010Chatham named principal of McConnell Middle (pdf)


GCPS TV
“ArtStage: Gwinnett County Dance Performance” Join GCPS TV for a special presentation of the second annual Gwinnett County Dance Performance. Student dancers from 12 Gwinnett high schools: Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Collins Hill, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Mill Creek, Mountain View, North Gwinnett, Parkview, Peachtree Ridge and South Gwinnett, practiced together to present a spectacular joint performance. This 60-minute program airs April 19-25 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Treasure Keepers - Colonial Williamsburg” You have seen their work in every museum, but what do conservators really do? Learn how conservators prevent or slow the damage caused by “agents of destruction.” Explore how and why preserving history is important for future generations. This 60-minute program airs live at 1 p.m. on April 22.

“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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
GCPS set start and end times for schools for the 2010-11 school year. Visit the system web site to view changes for some schools start and end times.

April is Occupational Therapy Month, School Library Media Month, and Young Peoples Poetry Month.

April 18-24 is Keep America Beautiful Week.

April 19-23 is the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test for Grades 3-5 and 6-8.

April 20 and 22 is the High School Gateway for Grade 10.

April 22 is Earth Day.

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

May 2-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 3-7 is Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week.

Advanced Placement (AO) Exams are scheduled for May 3-14.

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 http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/pages/2010GraduationScheduleto view dates, times, and locations.

May 31 is Memorial Day, a systemwide holiday.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
April
Lawrenceville Elementary
Apirl 27
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
16-Apr
J.E. Richards Middle
19-Apr
Meadowcreek Elementary
19-Apr
Annistown Elementary
20-Apr
B.B. Harris Elementary
20-Apr
Berkeley Lake Elementary
20-Apr
Chattahoochee Elementary
20-Apr
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
20-Apr
Duluth High
20-Apr
Oakland School
20-Apr
Pinckneyville Middle
20-Apr
Richard Hull Middle
20-Apr
Simpson Elementary
20-Apr
Berkmar Middle
22-Apr
Corley Elementary
22-Apr
Lilburn Middle
22-Apr
Meadowcreek High
22-Apr
Nesbit Elementary
22-Apr
Summerour Middle
22-Apr
Susan Stripling Elementary
22-Apr
Sweetwater Middle
22-Apr
Walnut Grove Elementary
22-Apr
Freeman's Mill Elementary
23-Apr
T. Carl Buice School
23-Apr
Craig Elementary
26-Apr
Alcova Elementary
27-Apr
Alton C. Crews Middle
27-Apr
Brookwood High
27-Apr
Central Gwinnett High
27-Apr
Dacula High
27-Apr
Grayson Elementary
27-Apr
Grayson High
27-Apr
J.G. Dyer Elementary
27-Apr
Kanoheda Elementary
27-Apr
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
27-Apr
Mulberry Elementary
27-Apr
Simonton Elementary
27-Apr
Starling Elementary
27-Apr
Trip Elementary
27-Apr
Alford Elementary
28-Apr
Mountain Park Elementary
29-Apr
Pharr Elementary
29-Apr
Shiloh Elementary
29-Apr
South Gwinnett High
29-Apr
W.C. Britt Elementary
29-Apr
Monarch School
30-Apr
Rebecca Minor Elementary
30-Apr
Woodward Mill Elementary
30-Apr

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/News.232.0.html or call 770-904-3500.

The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Foundation and Right To Hike, Inc. will co-host the 4th annual Earth Day Festival on April 17. The event will take place at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival is free to the public. This year’s festival will feature numerous family activities, eco-friendly crafts, nature walks, recycling opportunities, food, music, and the Eco-Expo, which showcases environmentally friendly products and services. The day will also feature the annual Eco Run, a 5K race across a challenging course with multiple surfaces. The Eco Run is set to begin at 10 a.m. A one mile Fun Run will start at 11:30 a.m. as well. To registration for the race, visit www.active.com. Participants can also register on-site the day of the race. There is a registration fee for both the Eco Run and the Fun Run.

April
19
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
20
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: WGS: Reptiles & Amphibians
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Little Hands: Bird Beak Buffet
21
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: High School Physics Short course
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Guided Trail Hikes
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
22
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
23
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
24
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Hidden World Activites
Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop
26
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Pink Moon Hike
27
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: HLS Heritage Cooking
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
28
Water S(our)ce Exhibit
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Homeschool: The Earth's Atmosphere
Little Hands: Bird Beak Buffet
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
Homeschool: Monthly Lab Extension
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
2930
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark