News You Can Use - 11/10/2008









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
11/10/2008 - 11/16/2008


THURSDAY
The Berkeley Lake Elementary PTA will host Science Night on Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Several groups will be there to facilitate hands-on learning, seminars, and competitions. These include the Georgia Institute of Technology Robotics Team, the Duluth High Robotic Club, and the Atlanta Hobby Robotics Club— all who will demonstrate “real live” robots. Pilots from Air Tran will demonstrate aerodynamics instruction and hold competitions. The Atlanta Astronomy Club and an astronomer from Fernbank Science Center will focus their telescopes on night skies and answer astronomy questions. A representative from the CDC will share information about chemistry, and the Doctor of Fun Show will demonstrate the magic and mystery of science. A representative from AT&T will facilitate a session on communication. For more information, call 770-446-0947.

SATURDAY
Suwanee Elementary will unveil the school’s new outdoor classroom, build by the Dads’ Club, at a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the Fall Festival on Nov. 8. The fall festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes rides, inflatable jumping activities, cotton candy, clowns and more. For more information, email PTA Co-President Amy Staehling at amy68@bellsouth.net or call 404-295-7903.

HONORS
Nicole Melvin and Elizabeth Miller, Trickum Middle teachers; and Heather Tone, a Parsons Elementary teacher; have been selected to participate in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Teacher Academy. The Academy is designed to enhance the skills of teachers with fewer than four years experience who show great promise. For more information, call PAGE at 770-216-8555, or the local school.

Maximiliano Vazquez III, a senior at Peachtree Ridge High, was named a first-place winner of the Fire Safety Essay contest, open to students in grades 6 to 12. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

A number of GCPS high school marching bands have placed in 2008 band competitions this fall. These bands represent Berkmar HS, Brookwood HS, Central Gwinnett HS, Collins Hill HS, Grayson HS, Norcross HS, Parkview HS, Peachtree Ridge HS, and South Gwinnett HS. For a complete listing of winners, call Sue Peterson of media relations at 678-301-6020.

UPCOMING
On Nov. 10, Creekland Middle students will participate in the program “Take a Veteran to School”— sponsored by the History Channel. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of WWI and WWII conflicts and what it means to be involved in a war. Students will gain a better appreciation for local veterans and for the sacrifices they made for the country as they speak to classes. For more information about the program, visit www.veterans.comor call Teacher Mike Krolak at 770-338-4700.

Sycamore Elementary will host the school’s 3rd annual Veteran’s Day luncheon on Nov. 11 beginning at 9:30 in the gym. Fifth grade classes will honor veterans in attendance with a certificate and a medal, and students will have their picture taken with the veterans. Student will perform songs during the program. For more information, call Jayne Tanner at 678-714-5770.

Lawrenceville Elementary will host a Parent Fair on Nov. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria. The school will share information and resources for community members and families. More than 20 vendors will participate. Businesses donating door prizes include the Lawrenceville Police Dept., Angel Food Ministries, the Lawrenceville Fire Dept., Fidelity Bank, Costco, Publix, Chick-Fil-A, the Aurora Theatre, Gwinnett Medical, the United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville, Personalized Keepsakes, Books-A-Million, Lawrenceville Travel and Tourism, Kumon, Bank of America, Gwinnett Helpline, Lawrenceville on the Square, the Dept. of Transportation, The Sunshine House, Gwinnett Braves, and Stars and Strikes. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Creekland Middle will host a parent seminar onAffluenza-- the unfulfilled, relentless feeling resulting from trying to buy all the latest stuff and keep up with the Jones’, on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Collins Hill High Counselor Margaret Cheeley is the guest speaker. To reserve a spot, call Carla Winkler, Creekland Middle staff member, at 770-338-4700.

Norcross High will host a college fair on Nov. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Families and students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend. Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities including Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, the University of Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University, Washington University at St Louis, Vanderbilt University, and Auburn University will be available in the Commons Area to speak with students and parents. There will also be a representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission to discuss the HOPE scholarships in addition to the financial aid process. A complete list of attending colleges and universities may be found on the Norcross High website www.norcrosshigh.org. For more information, call Brent Henderson, counselor, at 770-447-2639.

Lawrenceville Elementary will host a Homework Academy for parents on Nov. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. Staff members will share ideas and strategies to help students with organization and homework. Refreshments will be served. The Gwinnett Braves mascot “Chopper” will be a guest reader during “Reading Takes You Around the World.” For more information, call Nury Crawford, Parent Center coordinator, at 770-513-6879, or email nury_crawford@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Walnut Grove Elementary will host Trailblazer Day on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $10 and include access to inflatable fun, slides, pony rides, putt putt golf, a cake walk, a live DJ, games, cotton candy, and popcorn. There will be a Basket Auction in the cafeteria at noon. Holiday shopping will be available at the gym “Marketplace” where vendor's items may be purchased. Lunch from the Varsity and funnel cakes may be purchased for $2. The Scholastic Book Fair will have books on display. For more information, and to order tickets, call Stacey Sparks at 770-614-7143.

Walnut Grove Elementary will hold the school’s Scholastic Book Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Nov. 15 in the Media Center. Extended hours will be held on Nov. 12 and 13 to 6 p.m. For more information, call the Media Center at 770-513-6895.

The Sweetwater Middle chorus will perform at the Gwinnett Gladiators game on Nov. 19. For more information, call the school at 770-923-4131.

Maxwell High School of Technology will host an Open House for prospective students and their parents on Nov. 20 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. Teachers, counselors, administrators, and current students will be on hand to answer questions and guide people around the campus. For more information, call Brett Pendley at 770-338-4828.

Peachtree Ridge High will host an International Night on Nov. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. The program will include music, dancing, and food from around the world. Student displays from different countries will be available for viewing. International Clubs from local universities will be featured. For more information, call Heather Toner, ESOL teacher, at 678-957-3100.

Walnut Grove Elementary is holding a fundraiser for Relay for Life on Nov. 21 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and on Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tanner Photography will take family portraits for a $15 donation. This donation will purchase an 11” X 14” portrait— limit one per family. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Additional photos will be available to order, including canvas wall portraits, framing and holiday cards. For more information, call Joyce Shaffer at 770-513-6892 to schedule your appointment.

HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES
The Mill Creek High dance department will perform “The Toy Shop II” on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Nov. 22 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the school and at the door of the theater for $5. For more information, call Suzanne Kross at 678-765-5296.

60 members of the Shiloh High Concert Choir earned $5,000 and the opportunity to sing back-up with finalists from “American Idol” at the Classic Center performances on in Athens on Dec. 5 and 6. Seven choirs initially auditioned for the honor. For more information, call Craig Johnson, choral director, at 770-972-8471.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.

10/28/2008Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology: Registration for 2009-10 freshman class begins Nov. 1 (pdf)

ONGOING
Gwinnett County 8th grade students interested in joining the 2009-10 freshman class of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) now can learn more about registration. Registration information is available in all GCPS middle schools and on the school district’s web site, www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us, as well as the school’s web site www.gsmst.org. Registration documents must be completed by the registration deadline of Jan. 23, 2009.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus will introduce the 2009 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year and the five finalists. We’ll take a look at how parents and grandparents are supporting student achievement, and celebrate with our learning communities around the system. This 30-min. 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.

“Our Whitehouse: Looking In, Looking Out” Nationally recognized creators of books for young people, Katherine Paterson, Steven Kellogg, and Mary Brigid Barrett, share insights into a recently released book titled “Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.” This book is a compilation of history, historical fiction, personal essays, poetry, drama, and original art by 108 renowned authors and illustrators that offers a view of American History as seen through the eyes of the White House. “Our White House” was created by the National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance, NCBLA, in an effort to combat illiteracy and to get students excited about reading. This 60-min. program airs Nov.10-12 and Nov.14-15 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Yorktown - Colonial Williamsburg” Explore the story of the key turning point in the Revolutionary war. Follow the people who converged on the village of York in October 1781: the military leaders, common soldiers, and civilians whose lives were changed forever by the siege. Learn why Yorktown was the place where American independence was finally secured. This 60-min. electronic field trip airs live on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.

“Monarch Live: A Distance learning Adventure” The annual migration cycle of the monarch butterfly is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. Each year, millions of delicate but hearty monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada and the United States to Mexico. During the 2008-09 schoolyear, Prince William Network will offer a number of interactive field trips for classrooms across the U.S., highlighting monarch biology, citizen science research, and stewardship. This 60-min. program airs Nov. 10-15 at 2 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m., Monday-Sunday, through Jan. 4.

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
Nov. 10-14 is School Psychology Week.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

Nov. 12-13 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 13, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Nov. 16-22 is American Education Week.

Nov. 20 is National Parental Involvement Day.

National Family Week if Nov. 23-29.

Nov. 26-28 are Thanksgiving holidays for schools (other GCPS locations Nov. 27-28.)

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October and November. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
Nov
Alcova Elementary
11/18
Alton C. Crews Middle
11/14
Arcado Elementary
11/10
B.B. Harris Elementary
11/20
Benefield Elementary
11/20
Berkmar High
11/11
Bethesda Elementary
11/10
Brookwood Elementary
11/24
Camp Creek Elementary
11/21
Cedar Hill Elementary
11/13
Chattahoochee Elementary
11/11
Collins Hill High
11/11
Corley Elementary
11/18
Creekland Middle
11/13
Dacula Elementary
11/21
Dacula Middle
11/11
Duluth High
11/18
Duluth Middle
11/11
Five Forks Middle
11/14
Frank N. Osborne Middle
11/14
Freeman's Mill Elementary
11/21
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
11/11
GIVE Center East
11/11
Grayson Elementary
11/14
Grayson High
11/28
Harbins Elementary
11/20
Harmony Elementary
11/21
Ivy Creek Elementary
11/21
J.E. Richards Middle
11/11
J.G. Dyer Elementary
11/19
J.P. McConnell Middle
11/10
Jackson Elementary
11/13
K.E. Taylor Elementary
11/21
Lanier Middle
11/18
Louise Radloff Middle
11/13
Lovin Elementary
11/20
Meadowcreek Elementary
11/17
Mountain Park Elementary
11/17
North Gwinnett High
11/25
Parkview High
11/25
Patrick Elementary
11/21
Peachree Ridge High
11/17
Peachtree Elementary
11/18
Pharr Elementary
11/20
Pinckneyville Middle
11/20
Rebecca Minor Elementary
11/21
Richard Hull Middle
11/14
Snellville Middle
11/13
South Gwinnett High
11/11
Sugar Hill Elementary
11/18
Susan Stripling Elementary
11/20
Suwanee Elementary
11/20
Trickum Middle
11/11
W.C. Britt Elementary
11/18
W.J. Cooper Elementary
11/17
Walnut Grove Elementary
11/20

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.

Nov. 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Exploring the Night Sky, Adults $10, Kids $5, Family of Four-$25
Explore the beautiful night sky with a guided walk and tour of the fall constellations and listen to the stories surrounding them. Learn about the planets visible in our fall skies--Venus and Jupiter. This program will occur rain or shine. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Program minimum 15, maximum 35. Spots fill quickly, call 770.904.3500 to pre-register and pay by Nov. 7.

Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ocean Awareness Day, free for teachers
The theme of this workshop is "Bring in the Ocean: Connecting Ocean Science to your Classroom Standards." Participants can choose to participate in Physical Science, Earth Science, or Life Science activities to use with your students. Note: Registration is required; forms are available on our website or by emailing carol.flaute@gwinnettcounty.com. Register by Oct.31; limited to 42 participants.

Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Ready for Tomorrow Badge Program, $8 per girl
Join us for this badge as we complete 6 requirements. Learn how to cook with the sun using a solar oven, how you can help endangered species, develop your own personal credo for the environment, design a seal of approval for products, and participate in a trash pickup along the Center's trails. This program is limited to 20 participants each session, please register by Nov.1.