News You Can Use - 02/14/2011

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
02/14/2011 - 02/20/2011

Collins Hill High student Katie Siegel, art student of Karen Campbell, won 2nd place and a cash prize of $500 in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia competition. She earned the top honor with her watercolor and ink entry titled “Inversion.” For more information, visit; or call Robert Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7004.

The GCPS School Nutrition Program has been selected to receive a Great American Salad Bar grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Food Family Farming Foundation. The grant covers the cost of the equipment needed for a salad bar line in the Summerour Middle cafeteria, as well as online training tools. For more information, call Karen Crawford, nutrition education coordinator, at 678-301-6245.

Osborne Middle will host a parent session on high-risk behavior in a digital world on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. Christopher Wells, GCPS director of information technology policies and communications, will facilitate the presentation. For more information, call 770-904-5400.

Dacula Middle will host the 3rd Annual Math and Science Family Carnival on Feb. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The math and science departments will conduct an evening of fun for families by integrating math and science into hands-on activities. In addition, there will be food, prizes, and music. For more information, call Dr. Horace Buckley or Patti Orsi at 770-963-1110.

Shiloh High will hold the 19th Annual African American History Program on Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Saluting African American Living Legends.” Students will showcase the talents and accomplishments of leaders who continue to make major contributions to our nation. For more information, call 770-972-4281.

GCPS will hold a Transition Fair on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge High for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. This event will provide information about services and resources to help prepare students transitioning from the school system. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives to discuss and research the options available as they transition to post-school activities and employment. In addition, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants may attend breakout sessions to learn more about topics such as Medicaid Waivers, Social Security Benefits, Estate Planning and Guardianship, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Assistive Technology, and Vocational and Community Programs. For more information call Middle and High Schools Program Coach Alison Vernon or Community Skills Program Coach Tamra King at 678-301-7121.

Beginning in August of 2011, Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer students a new way to earn a diploma… online through Gwinnett Online Campus. Registration for the new school is ongoing through Feb. 28, 2011. Registration materials and information about the online high school and online learning can be found on the district website and at

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
02/10/2011GSMST receives 611 applications; Lottery to be held Monday, Feb. 14 (pdf)
02/08/2011Thousands expected to rally at 2011 Gwinnett Readers Rally (pdf)
02/07/2011Simpson ES and Parkview HS earn state recognition as “Georgia Schools of Excellence” (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” - This month’s Focus takes a look at how Gwinnett’s PTA supports teaching and learning, uncovers the truth to counter a few nutrition myths, and celebrates the ideals highlighted during Black History Month. Join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus, your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools, winner of the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education. 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.

“Freedom Bound” - Choice, hope, and escape from slavery are highlighted in stories spanning three centuries. Examine the options for slaves willing to risk their lives for freedom. Where could they run? Who could they trust? Learn how these answers changed over time, from the American colonies’ first slave laws to the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. This 60-minute program airs Feb. 14-19 at 1 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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February is National African American History Month and National Technical Education Month.

February 21 is a snow make-up day, school is in session.

March is Music in Our schools Month, National Nutrition Month, and Youth Art Month.

March 6-12 is Newspapers in Education Week.

March 7-13 is National Foreign Language Week and Exceptional Children’s Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 17, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council meetings in February. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alcova Elementary15-Feb
Archer High School28-Feb
Benefield Elementary22-Feb
Berkmar Middle24-Feb
Bethesda Elementary14-Feb
Brookwood Elementary28-Feb
Camp Creek Elementary18-Feb
Chesney Elementary25-Feb
Cooper Elementary15-Feb
Crews Middle17-Feb
Duluth High15-Feb
Duncan Creek Elementary23-Feb
Dyer Elementary23-Feb
Five Forks Middle18-Feb
Harbins Elementary17-Feb
Head Elementary23-Feb
Hopkins Elementary18-Feb
Ivy Creek Elementary18-Feb
Lanier High15-Feb
Lawrenceville Elementary24-Feb
Level Creek Elementary22-Feb
Louise Radloff Middle17-Feb
Lovin Elementary17-Feb
Meadowcreek Elementary14-Feb
Mill Creek High15-Feb
Monarch School18-Feb
Nesbit Elementary15-Feb
Norton Elementary25-Feb
Parkview High22-Feb
Peachree Ridge High17-Feb
Pharr Elementary17-Feb
Roberts Elementary25-Feb
Rockbridge Elementary24-Feb
South Gwinnett High15-Feb
Trickum Middle15-Feb
Trip Elementary18-Feb

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.

Join the GEHC and local Girl Scouts from the Apalachee Service Unit to celebrate World Thinking Day on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, call Jason West, Director of Development, at 770-904-3542.