News You Can Use - 08/20/2012

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
08/20/2012 - 08/26/2012

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Division of Human Resources has been recognized by the Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators (GASPA) with a Platinum Award in the field of recruitment materials and in the field of highly qualified status for the 2010-2011 schoolyear. The award honors personnel professionals for outstanding achievement in the areas of human resources. For more information, visit

An article written by GCPS Director of Foreign Language David Jahner was published in the August issue of “The Language Educator,” a national magazine published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The article contained a survey of 4,500 upper-level language students conducted last spring. “The Language Educator” is read by more than 12,000 ACTFL members from across the country. For more information, call 678-301-7020.

Collins Hill High Girls 2011-12 Swim and Dive team, coached by Jennifer Weaver, Micah Porter and Brian Collins, was recognized with the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) Scholar Team Silver Award for earning a combined GPA of 3.628. The NISCA Scholar Team Award recognizes teams achieving academic excellence. The award is based on the average cumulative GPA of an entire varsity team (single gender) of 12 or more athletes. The Collins Hill High team is one of only four schools in the state to earn this award. For more information, visit

Mill Creek High senior Paola Rivera was chosen to attend the 69th annual session of the Junior Statesmen Summer School for future leaders at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Participants attended college-level courses in American government, international relations, and speech, and participated in nightly student debates on public policy issues. Students met with a group of leaders from the government, business, and the media. Paola hopes to study international relations and psychology in college. Paola is an honor student; active in the Gwinnett Bar Association’s Law Explorers, and a member of the Mill Creek Mock Trial Team, Latin Club/Junior Classical League, National Honor Society, and Yearbook. She also volunteers with TOPSoccer. This summer, she interned at GALEO, the Georgia Association of Latino-Elected Officials, by supporting and promoting their Georgia Latino Vote campaign and registration efforts. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Gwinnett’s Quality-Plus Leader Academy was featured in the June issue of “Learning Forward’s JSD Journal.” Gwinnett’s work with The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative is described in an article titled “Principals in the Pipeline: Districts construct a framework to develop school leadership.” For more information, visit

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) has been named a finalist in the first annual S.T.E.M. education awards, sponsored by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed). These honors recognize and celebrate schools, extracurricular programs, public-private partnerships, science agencies, and post-secondary education outreach programs for supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education in Georgia. GSMST was named a finalist in the High School Category for inspiring interest in STEM and incorporating the advancement of STEM education with curriculum and community partnerships. Winners will be announced on September 14 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. To learn more, visit

Through the “Drive For Perfection” program, Brookwood High received an award of $4,050 from Nash Chevrolet. In addition, Grayson High will receive an award of $2,000 next week. Nash Chevrolet selected these two high schools to sponsor seniors with a 98% or higher attendance rate. The entire donation represents $50 increments awarded by the dealership for each test drive by someone mentioning Brookwood or Grayson high schools at the dealership. The award will be used by the Student Government Association and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to offer positive programs and activities for students throughout the school year. For more information, contact Donna Faulkner at or 770-736-2088.

Collins Hill High media specialist Holly Frilot has been selected as the District Library Media Specialist of the Year for the Metro District. She is now one of seven district winners eligible for selection as the state Library Media Specialist of the Year. GLMA (Georgia Library Media Association) and GAIT (Georgia Association of Instructional Technology) co-sponsor the Georgia School Library Media Specialist of the Year award recognizing K-12 library media specialists whose services have resulted in exemplary library media programs. The state Library Media Specialist of the Year is selected from among the seven district winners. For more information, call Mary Barbee, director of media services and technology training, at 678-301-6432.

The City of Snellville has been chosen to receive a “Create Community Award” from ARC in recognition of its partnership with South Gwinnett High and the South Gwinnett High School Entrepreneurship Alliance. For more information, call Eric G. Van Otteren, Economic Development Manager for the City of Snellville, at 770-985-3502.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Great American Cleanup Gwinnett Challenge winners include Mill Creek High’s Key Club in the category of the “Stash the Trash.” Eighty-five volunteers donated 255 hours to remove litter from Little Mulberry Park in Dacula, making it a cleaner, greener place for residents. The current Gwinnett Teacher’s As Leaders group was honored as the “Recycle Now Winner” for collecting more than 1,100 books for children being treated at Gwinnett Medical Center. Thanks to this project, the children receive a free book when they check out of the hospital. For more information, visit

The Brookwood Cluster’s night at Coolray Field is scheduled to take place on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. as the Gwinnett Braves take on the Syracuse Chiefs. Attendees will celebrate Brookwood community pride and spirit with a night of family, fun, and fireworks. Brookwood Cluster students will march in a pregame parade. The Brookwood High Chorus will sing the National Anthem, and the Brookwood High drumline will perform. A student will throw out the first pitch of the game and elementary students will lead the 7th inning stretch singing. Tickets may be purchased for $5 or $7 at by using the code: BROOKWOOD for a discounted price. For more information, contact Donna Faulkner at or 770-736-2088.

The Central Gwinnett High 9th grade PRIDE Academy held a back-to school tailgating event before school started. More than 300 students and parents attended the event making the inaugural tailgate a tremendous success. Activities offered at the event included an information session presented by current and former students, distribution of club information, activity booths, and a tour of the campus. For more information, call Todd Hamilton, assistant principal, at 770-513-6651.

The South Gwinnett High student newspaper, “The Comet” featured environmental related editorials and articles in the 2011-12 edition. Each article had a different focus for students and staff to learn about the subject. Titles included “Defaced Lockers Reflect Self-Worth”; “South Gwinnett, School or Trash Dump?”; “Custodians help the South Comet Shine!”; and “South Gets Green.” The article summarizing the yearlong efforts of students and staff, “Recycling Programs are Taking Many Shapes at South” (4/20/12), offered a big picture of the efforts to improve student apathy, increase awareness, and educate uninformed students and staff about the environment. In these articles, students identified issues that are relevant to them, showing steps the school and the community can implement towards protecting the environment. For more information, contact Beth Reed, South Gwinnett High Green and Healthy School representative, at

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, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. 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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A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., August 16, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 3 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

September 11 is Patriots Day.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

September 17-23 is Constitution Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 20, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in August and September. Call the local school for the time and location.
School August
Craig Elementary27-Aug
Duncan Creek Elementary22-Aug
Glenn C. Jones Middle23-Aug
Lilburn Elementary21-Aug
Lovin Elementary16-Aug
Mill Creek High13-Aug
Norcross High16-Aug
Parkview High21-Aug
Woodward Mill Elementary31-Aug
Alcova Elementary6-Sep
Arcado Elementary18-Sep
Archer High School17-Sep
Bay Creek Middle18-Sep
Berkmar Middle14-Sep
Bethesda Elementary20-Sep
Centerville Elementary13-Sep
Collins Hill High11-Sep
Corley Elementary11-Sep
Craig Elementary14-Sep
Dacula Elementary7-Sep
Duluth Middle26-Sep
Frank N. Osborne Middle6-Sep
G.H. Hopkins Elementary6-Sep
GIVE Center West27-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle25-Sep
Grace Snell MS12-Sep
Grayson High27-Sep
Gwin Oaks Elementary7-Sep
Harmony Elementary13-Sep
Henry Partee Elementary7-Sep
J.C. Magill Elementary11-Sep
J.E. Richards Middle11-Sep
Knight Elementary25-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary21-Sep
Louise Radloff Middle27-Sep
Meadowcreek Elementary21-Sep
Monarch School21-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary25-Sep
Mulberry Elementary13-Sep
Norcross High20-Sep
Oakland School18-Sep
Parkview High14-Sep
Phoenix HS6-Sep
Pinckneyville Middle6-Sep
Rebecca Minor Elementary17-Sep
Richard Hull Middle18-Sep
Rosebud Elementary25-Sep
Simpson Elementary27-Sep
Trickum Middle28-Sep
Trip Elementary9/10 and 9/21
W.J. Cooper Elementary18-Sep
White Oak Elementary21-Sep

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.

Lady Beetles: Our favorite insect and ravenous garden pest protectorAug. 25
More Herbs, Less Salt at McDaniel FarmAug. 25
Green Corn Moon Hike in AugustAug. 27
Be a Detective! Sep. 1, 8, 22, 29
Beginner's and Intermediate Rug Hooking ClassSep. 15
3rd Annual Honeybee FestivalSep. 15
Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberSep. 24
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15