News You Can Use - 05/16/2005









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
05/16/2005 - 05/22/2005


HONORS
Kanoheda Elementary, Knight Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, and Lilburn Elementary, in partnership with the GCPS Transportation department, were among 12 schools in the country to receive the National KC3 Citizenship in Motion Award, sponsored by the National Museum of Patriotism and the Kamaron Institute. For more information, call Grant Reppert at 770-513-6855.

CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks was recognized as 2004-05 Distinguished Kappan by Gwinnett Chapter 1495 of the Phi Delta Kappa education fraternity for his leadership in public education.

Shiloh High’s Unit GA 871 has been selected as one of 200 units nationally to receive the 2004-05 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award for outstanding service to the school and community. For more information, call Dr. Bill Kruskamp, principal, at 770-972-8471, or Major Lourdes Trujillo in the Air Force Junior ROTC department at Shiloh High at 770-736-4386.

The Duluth Middle Academic Team placed second in its division and fourth overall in the 44th Knowledge Master Open, international academic competition. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

Duluth Middle student Sean Valentine earned fourth place in the 2005 Georgia Geography Bee. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

A number of schools recently earned industry certification. The construction program at Maxwell High School of Technology earned Industry Certification, awarded by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia. The business programs at Central Gwinnett High and Norcross High earned Industry Certification, awarded by the Society for Human Resource Management. The Berkmar High, Dacula High, Meadowcreek High, and Shiloh High marketing programs earned Industry Certification from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Atlanta. GCPS received State Industry Certification grants of $180,000, which translates into $15,000 per program, to assist with the Industry Certification process. These programs will be recognized by the Department of Education during July at the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators' conference. For more information, call June Sweat at 770-513-6704.

The Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education named Tina Gay of K.E. Taylor Elementary the Gifted Program Teacher of the Year. Dr. Craig Barlow of Riverside Elementary was named Administrator of the Year. Dr. Sandi Gollmar of Charles Brant Chesney Elementary received the Hughes Award for outstanding contributions to gifted children.

The following exemplary head custodians were recognized at the 17th annual Head Custodian Appreciation Breakfast on May 10: Senada Ajanic of McKendree Elementary, Valerie Anderson of Norcross Elementary, Wesley Barrett of Five Forks Middle, Julie Beverly of Alton C. Crews Middle, Travis Blalock of J.A. Alford Elementary, David Duncan of Mill Creek High, Dean Eklund of Duluth High, Loretta English of Bethesda Elementary, Loyd Eubanks of Grayson Elementary, Deborah Free of Jackson Elementary, Connie Fulcher of Sycamore Elementary, Gloria Green of Level Creek Elementary, Vickie Hendrix of Freeman's Mill Elementary, Lisa Hodge of Central Gwinnett High, Ron Johnston of Grayson High, Nina Khokhlan of W. J. Cooper Elementary, Carol Logan of Margaret Winn Holt Elementary, Chris MacArthur of Peachtree Ridge HS, Debra McGaha of Dacula HS, Beth Mundy of Craig Elementary, Dan Murphy of Pharr Elementary, Steve Nunley of Frank N. Osborne Middle, Bianca Portwood of Louise Radloff Middle, Carl Reese of Collins Hill High, Ana Sanchez of Hooper Renwick/GIVE Center, Cliff Shedd of Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary, John Sousa of Gwin Oaks Elementary, Shawn Staley of J.P. McConnell Middle, Pat Thrasher of Riverside Elementary, Joan Tullis of Harbins Elementary, Beth Wilson of Monarch School, Joe Wimmer of Fort Daniel Elementary, Sandra Woodyard of Berkmar High, and Branka Zubcevic of Oakland School. For more information, call Brad Coury at 770-513-6766.

UPCOMING
Simonton Elementary will sponsor a dinner on May 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Snellville Steak ‘n Shake, with 10% of all sales donated back to the school. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Annistown Elementary will host the annual Student Recognition Night on May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Annistown Road Baptist Church. Awards and honors will be presented to students who have excelled during the 2004-05 school year. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Mill Creek High will sponsor a fashion show on May 18 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased for $5. Complimentary refreshments will be served after the show. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Centerville Elementary will hold a Leadership Awards Ceremony for students who participated in Student Council, Peer Leading, the Student Ambassador Program, and the Media Crew. The ceremony will be held on May 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-972-2220.

Richard Hull Middle will sponsor a Sidewalk Chalk Festival on May 18 (rain date: May 19) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants may vote for a favorite sidewalk drawing by dropping spare change into the bucket next to the drawing. Proceeds will benefit the Richard Hull Middle Art Club. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Simonton Elementary Community Night is scheduled for May 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The program features short sessions on “Parent's Tips for a Meaningful Summer,” and ends with a block party in the circle drive with a DJ, dance performances by students and teachers, and hot dogs and lemonade. To encourage summer reading, Scholastic Book Fair items will be offered at half-price, and students can sign up for the Gwinnett Public Library Summer Reading Program. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Glenn C. Jones Middle will sponsor Jones Jaguars Jungle Run on May 22. The 1K run will begin at 3 p.m., and the 5K run will begin at 3:30 p.m. Registration begins at 2 p.m. The race will be professionally timed and is part of the Run and See Georgia Series. Refreshments will be available after the race. The cost to enter the race is $15 per person, if postmarked by May 15, and $20 thereafter. Family registration is $45. To register, visit www.active.com. Mail-in registration is available. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

The Centerville Elementary PTA is sponsoring a Family Night Picnic on May 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The picnic will take place on the hill in front of the school, and will include a cow kissing contest, yearbook signing, and games. All dinners must be preordered by May 20. An adult meal may be purchased for $5 and a child’s meal is $3. Make checks payable to Chick-fil-A. In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved to Chick-fil-A for the regularly scheduled spirit night. For more information, call 770-972-2220.

Trickum Middle will sponsor an Activity Day on May 24 from noon until 2 p.m. for 7th graders, and from 2 to 4 p.m. for 6th graders. Tickets may be purchased for $6, beginning the week of May 16. All activities and refreshments are included for the price of a ticket. For more information, call Martha Abner at 770-279-0080, or Susan Yenney at 770-931-4999.

The 5th grade commencement for Annistown Elementary will be held on May 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Annistown Road Baptist Church, located at 4554 Annistown Road, in Lithonia.

RECENTLY
Centerville Hosts an Author:
On May 6, Centerville Elementary hosted author Charles Haddad. Mr. Haddad spoke with 2nd and 3rd grade classes about three books he wrote, and he read the first chapter of his book “Meet Calliope Day.” Mr. Haddad shared how to become an author. After each session, Mr. Haddad signed copies of his latest book and visited with students.

GCPS TV
“ArtStage- Tapestry”― Join GCPS TV for a virtual tour of the 2005 Tapestry Art Exhibit, featuring exemplary student art work from schools across Gwinnett County. Hosted by Debi West, Gwinnett County's Teacher of the Year, "Tapestry" includes performances by the Mill Creek High and Meadowcreek High dance groups. Tune in and be inspired by the creative genius of our students. This 60-min. program airs May 16-22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Summer Reading” RIF Exchange― This special summer edition of RIF Exchange explores ways to help students plunge into summer reading and build literacy skills when school is out. This 30-min. program airs May 16-22 at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“Looking at Learning... Again” Annenberg/CPB― Through personal interviews, teacher discussions, and classroom video footage, this workshop encourages educators to analyze existing theories about how children learn and examine how those beliefs influence teaching. This 60-min. program airs May 16-19 at 11 a.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include:
Adelphia on Channel 20 (Ch. 97 without converter) BellSouth on Channel 21
Charter on Channel 22 Comcast on Channel 24
For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-985-5233, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, National Sight-Saving Month, and National Physical Fitness Sports Month.

The second public hearing and final adoption of the FY2006 budget will be held May 12 at 7 p.m.

May 23, 24, and 25 are early release days for high school exams.

May 25 is the last day of school.

May 30 is Memorial Day (systemwide holiday.)

The first public hearing on millage rate will be held at 7 p.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 6.

The second public hearing on millage rate will be held at 11:45 a.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 13. The third public hearing on millage rate and adoption of final millage rate will be held at 7 p.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 13.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 23, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during May. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.

Name of school
May
Phone numberName of school
May
Phone number
Alford Elementary
5/19/05
678-924-5300Lanier Middle
May
770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle
5/10/05
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elementary
May
770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary
5/9/05
770/979-2950Lilburn Elementary
May
770/921-7707
Arcado Elementary
May
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
May
770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary770/476-2241Mason Elementary
5/13/05
770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge Elementary
May
770/447-6307McConnell Middle770/554-1000
Benefield Elementary
May
770/962-3771McKendree Elementary678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary
5/10/05
770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary770/931-5701
Berkmar High
May
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
May
770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary
5/17/05
770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary
5/9/05
770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary
5/23/05
770/736-4360Nesbit Elementary
May
770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross Elementary
May
770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary
5/13/05
770/921-1626Norcross High
5/12/05
770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary
5/5/05
770/962-5015North Gwinnett High
5/10/05
770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary
5/18/05
770/972-2220Norton Elementary
May
770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High770/963-8041Oakland Center
May
770/513-6800
Chattahoochee Elementary
May
770/497-9907Parkview High770/921-2874
Chesney Elementary
5/9/05
Parsons Elementary678/957-3050
Collins Hill High
May
770/682-4100Partee Elementary
May
770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Peachtree Elementary
May
770/448-8710
Corley Elementary
5/10/05
678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge High
May
678/957-3100
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Pharr Elementary
5/19/05
770/985-0244
Creekland Middle
5/5/05
770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary
5/6/05
770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary
5/11/05
770/972-8050
Dacula High770/963-6664Rebecca Minor Elementary
May
770/925-9543
Dacula Middle
May
770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle
5/13/05
770/232-3200
Duluth High770/476-5206Riverside Elementary
5/10/05
678/482-1000
Duluth Middle
5/10/05
770/476-3372Rock Springs Elementary
May
770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary
5/5/05
678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary
5/19/05
770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle
5/3/05
770/972-1506Shiloh Elementary
May
770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary
5/6/05
770/932-7400Shiloh High
5/10/05
770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill Elementary
May
678/377-8955Shiloh Middle
May
770/972-3224
GIVE Center
May
770/338-4898Simonton Elementary
May
770/513-6637
Grayson Elementary
May
770/963-7189Simpson Elementary
5/6/05
770/417-2400
Grayson High
May
770/554-1071Snellville Middle
May
770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary
5/13/05
770/972-3110South Gwinnett High
5/17/05
770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary
5/17/05
770/682-4270Stripling Elementary
5/5/05
770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary
5/11/05
770/945-5735
Hopkins Elementary
May
770/564-2661Summerour Middle
5/10/05
770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary
5/9/05
770/963-6214Sweetwater Middle
May
770/923-4131
J.C. Magill Elementary
May
770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary
5/3/05
678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133T. Carl Buice Center
May
770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary
5/12/05
770/682-4200Trickum Middle
5/11/05
770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor Elementary
May
770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary
5/5/05
770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary
5/19/05
770/513-6892
Knight Elementary770/921-2400