News You Can Use - 09/08/2008









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
09/08/2008 - 09/14/2008


UPCOMING
Arcado Elementary will honor grandparents Sept. 8 through 12 at the school’s annual Grandparents’ Week celebration. Activities will include eating lunch with grandparents and receiving a framed digital photo of the special day together. This year’s theme will be “Arcado Votes to Honor Grandparents.” This has been a tradition at the school since 1981. Last year more than 400 grandparents were in attendance throughout the week-long event. For more information, call Dr. Kathy Dean, teacher, at 770-925-2100.

Ivy Creek Elementary will host the school’s annual Patriot’s Day Commemoration on Sept. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the school playground. This event has take place since the opening of the school in 2003. The event promotes patriotism and school-community spirit. Ivy Creek families are invited to dress in red, white, and blue, bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs, and enjoy patriotic music. For more information, call Tammy Glausier at 678-714-3655.

Lawrenceville Elementary 5th grade students will help the Gwinnett Braves select a new mascot on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Students in Todd Langley’s class will use graphs for visuals and math implications for the mascot challenge sponsored by the Gwinnett Braves. For more information, call Mr. Langley at 770-963-1813.

Creekland Middle counselors and PTA will co-host a college financial planning seminar for parents on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Program topics will include the rising costs of attending college, different types of funding available, where to find grants and scholarships, and avoiding scholarship scams. Refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, call 770-338-4735.

Brookwood High will host “Heart Screens for Teens” on Sept.27. Ultrascan, Inc. has teamed up with Children’s Cardiovascular Medicine to offer an affordable, safe screening program to schools, sports teams, and other organizations interested this program. Please contact Gayla Malkiel at gaylamail@aol.com for registration dates and times and to schedule an appointment for screening. For more information, contact Stephanie Naus from Ultrascan, Inc. at 770-813-8323.

ONGOING
Peachtree Ridge High’s summer reading program— Reading Across the Ridge— is in full swing this school year on the third Friday of each month. Students will participate in discussion groups and complete assessments based on the book they chose to read over the summer. More than 100 books were available for the students to choose from. The Reading Across the Ridge program began in August of 2005. For more information, call Suzanne Gordon at 678-985-0244.

RECENTLY
Mill Creek High senior Nateja Diaz was crowned Miss Teen Atlanta 2008. Nateja competed against 191 contestants for the title and was awarded $20,000 in scholarships and prizes. She will move on to national competition in Orlando Fla. in December. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
09/03/2008 Three Gwinnett school media centers named “Exemplary Media Centers” by Georgia DOE (pdf)
09/02/2008 Maxwell High School of Technology to hold Open House (pdf)

GCPS TV
Parentvision: teen issues for concerned parents” premieres Sept. 8 on GCPS TV. This new series of programs, hosted by Collins Hill High Counselor and Graduation Coach Margaret Cheeley, explores topics relating to raising teens in the 21st century. Each episode takes an in-depth look at this “millennial” generation, and helps parents understand the issues facing teens today. Whether you’re a parent, an educator, or a concerned caregiver, you’ll want to mark your calendars and “be there” for the season premiere. The first program in this series, based upon the Connect With Kids (CWK) Network program “The Teenage Brain,” airs Sept. 8-14 at 7 p.m.

“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus will take a look at mentoring program in our schools, celebrate Gwinnett’s AYP success stories, and take a fantastic journey through the human body. This 30-min. program airs 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.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS 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. and 8 p.m. repeating daily through Sunday in those time slots. The series runs through October 26.

“French in Action” This Annenberg Media series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz’s proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and background. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. This 60-min. program airs Aug. 22-24 at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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 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. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Patriot Day is September 11.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 11, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Citizenship day is Sept. 17.

Constitution Week runs Sept. 17-23.

Elementary and middle students will take the Cognative Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of Sept. 23-26.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test on Sept. 24.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
    School
Sept
    Alcova Elementary
9/9
    Alton C. Crews Middle
9/12
    Annistown Elementary
9/23
    Arcado Elementary
9/9
    B.B. Harris Elementary
9/25
    Beaver Ridge Elementary
9/25
    Benefield Elementary
9/18
    Berkmar High
9/9
    Bethesda Elementary
9/22
    Brookwood Elementary
9/22
    Brookwood High
9/23
    Camp Creek Elementary
9/26
    Cedar Hill Elementary
9/11
    Centerville Elementary
9/26
    Chattahoochee Elementary
9/16
    Collins Hill High
9/23
    Corley Elementary
9/30
    Creekland Middle
9/11
    Dacula High
9/19
    Dacula Middle
9/16
    Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
9/18
    Duluth Middle
9/9
    Duncan Creek Elementary
9/11
    Five Forks Middle
9/12
    Frank N. Osborne Middle
9/19
    Freeman's Mill Elementary
9/19
    G.H. Hopkins Elementary
9/9
    GIVE Center East
9/9
    GIVE Center West
9/26
    Glenn C. Jones Middle
9/18
    Grayson Elementary
9/12
    Grayson High
9/19
    Harbins Elementary
9/8
    Harmony Elementary
9/26
    Ivy Creek Elementary
9/19
    J.E. Richards Middle
9/22
    J.G. Dyer Elementary
9/24
    Jackson Elementary
9/11
    K.E. Taylor Elementary
9/19
    Kanoheda Elementary
9/11
    Knight Elementary
9/26
    Lanier Middle
9/9
    Level Creek Elementary
9/30
    Louise Radloff Middle
9/11
    Lovin Elementary
9/25
    Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
9/30
    Meadowcreek Elementary
9/15
    Mountain Park Elementary
9/15
    Mulberry Elementary
9/18
    Nesbit Elementary
9/25
    Norcross High
9/11
    North Gwinnett High
9/16
    Oakland School
9/18
    Parkview High
9/23
    Peachree Ridge High
9/29
    Peachtree Elementary
9/16
    Pinckneyville Middle
9/18
    R.L. Norton Elementary
9/26
    Rebecca Minor Elementary
9/12
    Richard Hull Middle
9/12
    Riverside Elementary
9/16
    Rock Springs Elementary
9/11
    Shiloh High
9/15
    Shiloh Middle
9/11
    Snellville Middle
9/18
    South Gwinnett High
9/9
    Suwanee Elementary
9/22
    Trickum Middle
9/11
    W.C. Britt Elementary
9/23
    Walnut Grove Elementary
9/25

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.

Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Walking in the Moccasin Prints of the Cherokee: Part One: Knowing the Plants, (ages 12 and up) $35 for members, $45 for non members, registration deadline August 30
In this class you will learn the language of plants; how to study them, recognize them, know where to look for them, use them as remedies for migraine headache, poison ivy rash, stomach upset, poultice/antidotes for bee and ant stings, and more. You’ll discover natural insect repellents, how to weave cordage, make added insulation for clothing, and find pain relievers. You'll learn how plants communicate with one another. Bring a notebook, pen, sack lunch, water bottle, and rain gear. This course is taught by Mark Warren, director of Medicine Bow Wilderness School in Dahlonega.

Sept. 13, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Club Method (middle and high school club) $5 per student
Spend your Saturday with Club Method as they take an exciting approach to environmental involvement. Through the use of environmental challenges, teens will gain team-building skills, develop problem solving skills, and have the opportunity to participate in club only programs such as job training, off trail hikes, and community service hours. Registration is required by August 23.

Sept. 13, 1 to 2 p.m., Nature Kids, $5 per student
Have fun with our youngest environmental club as they explore the trails and learn new things about nature. Experience amazing adventures as Nature Kids enjoy all that nature has to offer. Registration is required by August 23.

Sept. 20, 11 to 12 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products, $5 per person
Participants will learn how to use everyday items found in the kitchen to make cleaning products. They will discover what makes these an alternative to traditional cleaning products. Participants will also learn how to read eco-labels on store-bought products--what do they really mean and how are they beneficial to the environment? Registration required by August 30.