News You Can Use - 01/28/2008









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/28/2008 - 02/04/2008


SATURDAY-JAN. 26
The 2008 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee will be held in the Central Gwinnett High Theater with registration from 7:15-8:15 a.m. One winner from the 76 participating GCPS elementary and middle schools will compete in the Written Bee beginning at 8:30 a.m. The top 12 spellers will compete in the Oral Bee immediately following the Written Bee, and also will represent GCPS in the District 3 Bee on Feb. 23. Spectators may attend the Oral Bee. For more information, contact Carey McDurmon, the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee Coordinator, at carey_mcdurmon@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. The Gwinnett County Spelling Bee is cosponsored by the Gwinnett County Association of Educators and The Gwinnett Daily Post.

Brookwood Elementary will host “Literacy for a Cure,” a literacy conference, on Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 125 teachers from around the state will participate in this literacy conference. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The cost of the conference is $40. Several educational publishers and area vendors have donated materials and food for the event. A silent auction will include $10,000 worth of donated staff development materials and a Braves autographed baseball and ticket packages. For more information, visit http://www.brookwoodelementary.com/Literacyforthecure/index.htm or call Teacher Aimee Buckner at 770-736-4360.

HONORS
Duluth Middle and Trickum Middle will advance to the semifinals of the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) state academic competition on Jan. 26 in Macon. The PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades features teams of middle school students fielding questions on subjects ranging from Georgia history to mathematics, science, literature, and the performing arts. The questions are developed using the Georgia middle school curriculum. Four winning teams from that competition will compete for the state championship on Feb. 9 at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. For more information, call Linda Koch, coach, at 770-978-8810.

UPCOMING
GCPS elementary students will decorate posters to hang at the Atlanta Veterans Medical Center on Clairmont Rd. Vulcan Materials Co. is providing personalized posters to each school to decorate for the veterans as part of the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans event during the week of Feb. 10-16.

Norcross Elementary staff and students will sponsor “Give To The Troops,” a letter and card writing activity. These cards and letters will be sent to the troops for Valentine’s Day. For more information, call 770-447-2675.

Math specialists from Corley Elementary will host a Math Strategies Night for students in grades 2-5 students on January 29. Parents and students will learn math games and receive game pieces to practice at home. Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. and babysitting will be provided. A translator will be available. For more information, call 978-924-5330.

Rebecca Minor Elementary will host the 4th annual International Night on Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Activities include sampling traditional foods, making arts and crafts, viewing demonstrations and clothing from around the world, and a performance by the chorus. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

The Shiloh Middle counselors will host a “No Parent Left Behind” Resource Fair on Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students and parents from the Shiloh Cluster are invited to attend. Information will be provided regarding graduation requirements, career and college choices. Activities will include a performance by the Shiloh High choir and free refreshments, pizza, and door prizes. For more information, call 770-972-3224.

The Gwinnett County Extension Service and the Gwinnett Council of PTAs will sponsor “Growing Up and Understanding It” on Jan. 29 and 31 for girls ages 9-13, and on Feb. 8 for boys. The program is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium. Topics include the physical and emotional aspects of human growth and development, puberty, hygiene, exercise, and taking care of yourself. The program is designed for parents to attend with their child. For more information and to make a reservation, call 678-377-4010.

Rock Springs Elementary students will participate in a Japanese Tea Ceremony on Jan. 31. Teacher Caroline Whitten will teach students proper etiquette for the ceremony. The students also will eat fried rice with chopsticks and ramen noodle soup. Parents and teachers will cook the food for the event. For more information contact Teacher Peggy Hernandez at 770-932-7474.

Monarch School will host a visit from the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Education Board for schools in Pakistan on Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. to observe how special needs students are served in Gwinnett. Staff members from Monarch School traveled to Pakistan this past summer to lead teacher training sessions on how to work with special needs students, and taught principals to write and use local school plans for improvement. From there Ms. Javid will visit Level Creek Elementary. For more information, call 678-542-2332.

The Duluth Center Stage Alliance will perform “Godspell” on Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Duluth High Theatre. Tickets may be purchased for $8 at the school and the door. For more information, visit www.dhstheater.com.

GCPS will host the 3rd annual Readers Rally on Feb. 2 at 8:30 a.m. at Collins Hill High. The Gwinnett Readers Rally is a quiz-bowl competition for students in grades 4-12. Registration will be followed by an opening ceremony and recognition of teams. Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris (a former GCPS principal) will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The two winning middle and high school teams will move on to the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, a regional competition, scheduled for Feb. 9 in Augusta. State playoffs will take place March 1 during the Children’s Literature Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens. For more information, call Media Specialist Leslie Greer at 770-232-3255.

Dacula Middle Starfleet cadets will host a visit from Specialist Nicholas Breeding, currently serving in the army, on Feb. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Specialist Breeding is one of two soldiers adopted by 7th grade students at the school. He will share his experiences as a soldier. This 23-year-old young man, a true American hero, will be leaving this spring for his second tour of duty in Iraq. For more information, call Teacher Jayne Lawson or Commander Celisa Edwards at 770-963-7174.

Peachtree Ridge High recently sponsored a Science Fair at the school. Of the 97 projects that competed, 30 earned 1st place awards and will advance to District level competition on Feb. 8 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. Archit Bhise earned the top honor for his project. For more information, call Teacher Rosemarie Placek at 678-957-3100.

Georgia’s first lady will visit Mill Creek High on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. Student Tory Rodriguez received the “Champion for Children Award,” which is sponsored by Ms. Perdue. Tory was honored for her work with the Prom-o-rama program, which collects prom dresses, shoes, and jewelry and donates them to a foster shelter so young girls can attend their prom and not miss the experience. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary will hold a garage sale on Feb. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. during early release. Proceeds will be used to purchase Scholastic books for classroom libraries. Parents are invited to shop before and after student-teacher conferences. Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the school between 8 and 10 a.m. For more information, call 678-542-2300.

The Peachtree Ridge High Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club will sell cakes for Valentine’s Day in February at the Mane Event school store. They may be purchased for $7. This student-run business will bake and ice cakes every Monday after school. The goal is to support organizational needs, while empowering students to participate in a real business world endeavor. For more information, call Linda Brimmer at 678-957-3100.

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.com or call 770-904-3500.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This week on Focus...a closer look at Gwinnett’s community school program, information for parents and community members about the 2008 General Obligation Bond referendum, and the positive impact community partnerships have on our schools. This 30-minute program airs daily Jan. 28-Feb. 3 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 - Adrian Fogelin” Award winning author, Adrian Fogelin, writes fiction novels that deal with complex issues and emotions most middle school age students can relate to. Through her novels, Fogelin says, “I want to tell a good story. I want readers to meet characters they can care about, and even learn from. I always hope that some ethical question is raised, and that, no matter what problem the characters encounter the foundational truth remains; the world is a good place.” This 30-minute program airs live, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program 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, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through April 6.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers advisement materials for grades 6–12. The review will run through Jan. 31 Reviews are scheduled at the following locations and times:
Instructional Support Center, Building 200, Room 2.101, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee
Monday-Friday, through Jan. 31, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Safety & Security Building, 52 Gwinnett Drive, Lawrenceville, Monday-Friday, through Jan 31, 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Grayson HS Technical Education Program Building, 50 Hope Hollow Road, Loganville Monday-Friday, through Jan 31, 7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Duluth Middle School, 3200 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, Monday-Friday, through Jan 31, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Diane Thompson, director of advisement and counseling at 770-277-4488.

GCPS invites parents and members of the community to join the school system’s staff in a review of purposed technology-based instructional materials for mathematics in grades K-8. The technology-based instructional materials to be reviewed are intended as a supplemental instructional piece. They will be used to support the elementary and middle school levels mathematics textbooks adopted by the Gwinnett Board of Education. These materials will be available in a computer lab as part of the review process. The review will be held Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 at the GCPS’ Instructional Support Center (ISC) in Building 200 (POD lab, room 2.271) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To ensure that technical support is available during the review, parents and community members must make an appointment to participate by calling Sheila Manley, math office program assistant, at 678-301-7037.

CALENDAR
February is Black History Month and Technical Education Month.

Feb. 1 is the registration deadline for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

Feb. 3 is Scout Sunday.

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4-8.

Feb. 10 is South Gwinnett High's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences is Feb. 13-14.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 14, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Feb. 18 is a student/teacher holiday or Snow make-up day.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Jan. and Feb. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Jan
School
Feb
Alford Elementary
1/15
Alton C. Crews Middle
2/1
B.B. Harris Elementary
1/31
Annistown Elementary
2/12
Camp Creek Elementary
1/25
Arcado Elementary
2/4
Centerville Elementary
1/16
Berkeley Lake Elementary
2/21
Chattahoochee Elementary
1/15
Berkmar High
2/26
Collins Hill High
1/22
Berkmar Middle
2/28
Corley Elementary
1/22
Bethesda Elementary
2/7
Craig Elementary
1/28
Brookwood High
2/12
Dacula Elementary
1/25
Central Gwinnett High
2/25
Dacula High
1/25
Creekland Middle
2/14
Frank N. Osborne Middle
1/18
Dacula Middle
2/19
Glenn C. Jones Middle
1/31
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
2/8
Grayson Elementary
1/18
Five Forks Middle
2/8
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1/18
Fort Daniel Elementary
2/1
Harbins Elementary
1/24
Freeman's Mill Elementary
2/15
Harmony Elementary
1/18
GIVE Center East
2/12
Henry Partee Elementary
1/24
GIVE Center West
2/14
J.G. Dyer Elementary
1/30
Grayson High
2/15
J.P. McConnell Middle
1/14
Harmony Elementary
2/15
Lilburn Elementary
1/24
Ivy Creek Elementary
2/22
Lovin Elementary
1/31
J.E. Richards Middle
2/12
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
1/30
J.G. Dyer Elementary
2/27
Nesbit Elementary
1/31
Jackson Elementary
2/7
Parkview High
1/22
K.E. Taylor Elementary
2/15
Pinckneyville Middle
1/24
Kanoheda Elementary
2/7
Rockbridge Elementary
1/16
Knight Elementary
2/8
South Gwinnett High
1/15
Louise Radloff Middle
2/7
Sugar Hill Elementary
1/28
Lovin Elementary
2/28
Suwanee Elementary
1/14
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
2/27
Sweetwater Middle
1/17
McKendree Elementary
2/8
T. Carl Buice School
1/17
Meadowcreek Elementary
2/11
Trickum Middle
1/24
Mill Creek High
2/12
Walnut Grove Elementary
1/17
Mountain Park Elementary
2/25
Nesbit Elementary
2/28
Norcross Elementary
2/8
Norcross High
2/14
North Gwinnett High
2/12
Oakland School
2/7
Parkview High
2/26
Patrick Elementary
2/8
Peachree Ridge High
2/25
Pharr Elementary
2/21
R.D. Head Elementary
2/13
R.L. Norton Elementary
2/1
Rebecca Minor Elementary
2/1
Shiloh High
2/4
Shiloh Middle
2/7
Simpson Elementary
2/1
Snellville Middle
2/14
Suwanee Elementary
2/11
Sweetwater Middle
2/21
W.C. Britt Elementary
2/5
Walnut Grove Elementary
2/21