News You Can Use - 01/09/2012









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
01/09/2012 - 01/15/2012


HONORS
The American Scholastic Press Association has awarded Brookwood High’s literary magazine, “Pegasus,” first place among magazines from high schools with enrollment above 2501 students. In addition, Brookwood High 2011 graduate William Smith, was awarded the Outstanding Art Award for his drawing “Tree of Life,” which was published in the 2010-11 edition of “Pegasus.” For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088.

UPCOMING
Riverside Elementary will join the citizens of New Hampshire in holding a Presidential Primary vote next Tuesday, January 10. The campaigns are already underway as 1,100 Riverside students consider the candidate who will run against President Barack Obama next November. Fifth grade students from Riverside will hold a rally for students next Tuesday morning to prepare student voters to cast their ballots. Voting will take place electronically throughout the day on Tuesday. For more information, call Emmy Ligertwood at 678-482-1004.

Winn Holt Elementary will host the school’s 5th Annual Math Night— “Knights of the Math Table”— on Jan.10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prior to the event, food will be available for purchase in the school cafeteria. Teachers will host math games in classrooms for students and parents. Activities will include door prizes, and decorated classroom doors. For more information, call Teacher Jennifer McGhee at 678-376-8600.

The Grayson High School Technical Education Program invites students and families to an Open House on Jan. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Technical Building located on the Grayson High School campus. Potential students and their families will find information about the programs offered such as Biotechnology, Commercial Photography, Computer IT and Network Systems, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Design and Animation, Engineering, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Music Recording, Music Technology, Sports Medicine, Veterinary Technology, and Video Production and Television Broadcasting. For more information, call 770-554-7082.

Gwinnett County Public Schools is hosting a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Fair on Jan. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the campus of Maxwell High School of Technology. The Career Fair is open to all high school students attending GCPS high schools. More than 50 vendors will be in attendance at the fair. CTE prepares students and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees. CTE prepares students to be “college- and career-ready.” Students learn: core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities; employability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area; and job-specific, technical skills related to a specific career pathway. For more information, call Maxwell High School of Technology at 770-963-6838.

GCPS will participate in the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration sponsored by the United Ebony Society. The January 15 program at Meadowcreek High begins at 3:30 and includes essay readings and performances by students. A parade to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse will take place on January 16 at 10 a.m. Transportation will be provided from Central Gwinnett High to the Courthouse from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. For more information, visit the website www.unitedebonysociety.org; or contact M. Taylor-Crawford, President, at tcraw.ed@gmail.com; Penny Poole, Parade Coordinator, at pennypoole77@gmail.com; or Lois Solomon, Media Relations, at mspepsi500@bellsouth.net.

ONGOING
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option, will offer informational sessions providing the information needed to make an informed decision about enrolling at Online Campus full-time.
Middle School Meetings: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; High School Meetings: 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 5: Grayson High, Theater
  • Jan. 12: Mill Creek High, Theater
  • Jan. 19: Collins Hill High, Theater
  • Jan. 26: North Gwinnett High, Commons Area
  • Feb. 2: Duluth High, Theater
Registration for the 2012-13 school year will run Feb. 1-29, 2012. Students can get more information through the counselor’s office at the local middle or high school and on the GOC website.
Click here to learn more about the GOC charter high school or Gwinnett’s virtual middle school, opening in August of 2012.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) registration information sessions run through Feb. 3, 2012. Information for the 2012-13 freshman class will be available through all GCPS middle schools, on the GCPS web site (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us) and on the school web site (www.gsmst.org). Registration Forms must be submitted by February 3, 2012, for consideration. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all students who are residents of the Gwinnett County School System district attendance zone and have completed the 8th grade. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs or interests of all students. As this is a school of choice, it is highly recommended that parents and students review the GSMST curriculum and learn more about the school’s offerings before making a decision to register.

GCPS TV
“artSTAGE - County Dance Day 2011” The 2011 County Dance Day event, pre-recorded at Peachtree Ridge High, features the performances of talented student dancers from across the school district. More than 200 dancers are represented in the broadcast. Dance routines included in the program range from ballet to modern dance, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and ballroom. This 60 minute program airs Jan. 9-15 at 2 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, 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.

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.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
12/16/2012BOE appoints Todd Langley as Alcova ES principal; Five principals tapped to become area superintendents (pdf)

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CALENDAR
January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a systemwide holiday.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., January 19, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

February is National African American History Month and National Technical Education Month.

February 5 is Scout Sunday.

February 6-10 is National School Counseling Week.

National SkillsUSA Week is February 13-17.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in January. Call the local school for the time and location.

School
January
Alcova Elementary
10-Jan
Alford Elementary
20-Jan
Alton C. Crews Middle
19-Jan
B.B. Harris Elementary
19-Jan
Berkmar High
24-Jan
Camp Creek Elementary
27-Jan
Cedar Hill Elementary
19-Jan
Central Gwinnett High
18-Jan
Chattahoochee Elementary
10-Jan
Chesney Elementary
13-Jan
Collins Hill High
17-Jan
Corley Elementary
19-Jan
Craig Elementary
30-Jan
Dacula High
27-Jan
Dacula Middle
17-Jan
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
20-Jan
Duluth Middle
10-Jan
Five Forks Middle
19-Jan
Frank N. Osborne Middle
20-Jan
GOC - Online Campus (has a Board of Trustees)
26-Jan
Harbins Elementary
19-Jan
Harmony Elementary
13-Jan
Henry Partee Elementary
25-Jan
Ivy Creek Elementary
20-Jan
J.P. McConnell Middle
10-Jan
Jenkins Elementary
30-Jan
Kanoheda Elementary
12-Jan
Lanier Middle
24-Jan
Lilburn Elementary
17-Jan
Lilburn Middle
31-Jan
Lovin Elementary
19-Jan
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
26-Jan
Meadowcreek High
19-Jan
Mountain View High School
13-Jan
Mulberry Elementary
18-Jan
Norcross High
12-Jan
North Gwinnett High
19-Jan
Oakland School
17-Jan
Parkview High
24-Jan
Pinckneyville Middle
12-Jan
R.L. Norton Elementary
27-Jan
Richard Hull Middle
13-Jan
Riverside Elementary
10-Jan
Roberts Elementary
16-Jan
Shiloh Elementary
10-Jan
Shiloh Middle
20-Jan
Simonton Elementary
12-Jan
Simpson Elementary
27-Jan
Snellville Middle
10-Jan
Starling Elementary
20-Jan
Stripling Elementary
12-Jan
Suwanee Elementary
24-Jan
Sycamore Elementary
20-Jan
T. Carl Buice School
27-Jan
Twin Rivers Middle
9-Jan
Walnut Grove Elementary
19-Jan
White Oak Elementary
11-Jan

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/ or call 770-904-3500.

Winter All Ages-Human Body Adventure
1/18, 2/15
Green Living Kids: Our Mission Is Nutrition
1/14, 2/18
Aldo Leopold Birthday Celebration
1/14
Arbor Day
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Fashion Uncorked 2012
2/11
World Thinking Day
2/25