News You Can Use - 09/13/2010









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
09/13/2010 - 09/19/2010


FRIDAY
Centerville Elementary will sponsor an activity for students and their fathers and father-figures on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The Dads Of Great Students (D.O.G.S.) Program will begin the school year at Centerville Elementary with a Watch DOGS Pizza Night in the cafeteria. Keith Schumacher, National Training Coordinator for Watch DOGS, will be the guest speaker for the event. Watch Dogs is a safe schools initiative of the National Center for Fathering. For more information, call 770-972-2220, or visit www.fathers.com.

UPCOMING
Brookwood High and Mill Creek High will host the 2010 GCPS High School Marching Band Exhibition. Brookwood High welcomes the southern portion of the county on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brookwood Community Stadium. Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett high schools will perform, along with the Georgia Tech Marching Yellow Jackets. High schools located in the northern portion of the county will be hosted at the Mill Creek High stadium on Sept.21 at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Collins Hill, Dacula, Duluth, Lanier, Mill Creek, Mountain View, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge high schools. Tickets are $7. For more information, call Rudy Wilson at Brookwood High at 770-972-7642, or Erik Mason at Mill Creek High at 678-714-5850.

The students, faculty, and staff at Gwinnett’s eight new facilities invite their communities to take part in the formal dedication of the buildings Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) opened for the first time in August. A dedication ceremony for each of the new schools will take place this fall as follows:

Sunday, September 19: Sunday, October 3:
Ferguson Elementary, 1:30 p.m. Anderson Livsey Elementary, 2 p.m.
1755 Centerview Dr., Duluth 4521 Centerville Highway, Snellville
Gwinnett School of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology, 3:30 p.m.
970 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville

Sunday, October 10: Sunday, October 17:
Roberts Elementary, 1:30 p.m. Grace Snell Middle 2 p.m.
251 Buford Highway, Suwanee 3800 Brushy Fork Rd., Loganville
Lanier High, 3 p.m.
918 Buford Highway, Sugar Hill

Sunday, October 24: Sunday, November 7:
Jenkins Elementary, 2:30 p.m. Burnette Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
12 Village Way, Lawrenceville 3221 Burnette Rd., Suwanee

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
09/03/2010Eight new GCPS facilities invite communities to dedications (pdf)
09/02/2010Three educators named Georgia's top counselors (pdf)

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This month’s program takes a look at the Positive Behavior Support system, spotlights a home-grown approach to nutrition education, and celebrates a notable achievement of the award-winning broadcast team from GCPS TV. 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., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Adriana Trigiani” Adriana Trigiani, author of “Big Stone Gap”, enters the world of young adult literature with “Viola in Reel Life”, the first in a series. Roommates, dates, ghosts, and moviemaking are part of the mix for Viola. During the program, Trigiani shares the factors that influenced her writing and her approach to the writing process. This 30-minute program airs Sept. 13-18 at 1 p.m.

Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series is taught by Elisa Brown, Hopkins Elementary assistant principal. This program is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through Nov. 5 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Patriots Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 16, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to elementary and middle school students September 20-24.

The Georgia High School Writing Test will be administered on September 29 for 11th grade students.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
September
Alford Elementary
13-Sep
Anderson-Livsey
28-Sep
Annistown Elementary
28-Sep
B.B. Harris Elementary
23-Sep
Beaver Ridge Elementary
23-Sep
Benefield Elementary
15-Sep
Berkmar High
21-Sep
Bethesda Elementary
13-Sep
Brookwood Elementary
20-Sep
Brookwood High
21-Sep
Chattahoochee Elementary
21-Sep
Chesney Elementary
17-Sep
Collins Hill High
21-Sep
Corley Elementary
28-Sep
Creekland Middle
16-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
17-Sep
Duluth Middle
14-Sep
Duncan Creek Elementary
14-Sep
Five Forks Middle
17-Sep
Freeman's Mill Elementary
17-Sep
GIVE Center East
14-Sep
GIVE Center West
30-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle
16-Sep
Grayson High
17-Sep
Harbins Elementary
16-Sep
Harmony Elementary
17-Sep
K.E. Taylor Elementary
17-Sep
Knight Elementary
24-Sep
Lanier High
28-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary
16-Sep
Level Creek Elementary
28-Sep
Lilburn Middle
23-Sep
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
30-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary
13-Sep
Monarch School
17-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary
20-Sep
Mountain View High School
17-Sep
Nesbit Elementary
28-Sep
Parkview High
21-Sep
Peachree Ridge High
23-Sep
Pharr Elementary
23-Sep
R.D. Head Elementary
15-Sep
Roberts Elementary
24-Sep
Rockbridge Elementary
30-Sep
Snellville Middle
14-Sep
Stripling Elementary
16-Sep
Sugar Hill Elementary
14-Sep
Suwanee Elementary
27-Sep
Sycamore Elementary
17-Sep
Trickum Middle
14-Sep
Twin Rivers Middle
13-Sep
W.C. Britt Elementary
14-Sep
Walnut Grove Elementary
23-Sep

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.
September
Ongoing through Dec. 18 Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA): Beyond Bricks & Sticks
14
Square Foot Gardening at its Best
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-3rd-5th
15
Botany 101
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-Middle School
Science and Math Process Skills
17
Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts
Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?
18
Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup
The Green Life
21
Square Foot Gardening at its Best
Georgia's Past and Present
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-High School
22
Botany 101
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages
Herbs In Our Heritage
Science and Math Process Skills
24
Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts
Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?
25
Adopt-A-Stream Chemical Monitoring Workshop
The Green Life