News You Can Use - 01/24/2011

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
01/24/2011 - 01/30/2011

Starling Elementary students and parents are invited to attend the Literacy Carnival on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote literacy at home and raise money. Students will have the opportunity to compete in more than 30 literacy stations to receive prizes. The money collected from student pledges will purchase books for the school. In addition to literacy activities, carnival food will be available to purchase. For more information, call Kristie Michalowski, media specialist, at 678-344-4988.

21 Gwinnett student artists are among the 50 finalists for SCAD scholarships and awards. Below is a list of the GCPS visual arts students who were named SCAD Challenge Finalists for 2D, 3D and Poster Design competitions.
· Brookwood High 3D: Brandon Sowers and Maureen Dudley
· Collins Hill High 2D: Emily Kaman and Jessica Archer
· Mill Creek High 2D: Kara Yogan, Makaela Davis, Eun-Ji Kang; 3D: Nicole Jackson; Poster: Emily Berry, Jessica Brewer, Andy Cho, Jorday Lowery, Yana Nikolaeva, Hannah Oh, Jana Rossouw, Ashley Sanchez, Annesha Watson, and Crystal Weaver
· North Gwinnett High 2D: Reed Rosser
· Peachtree Ridge High Toy Design: Anny Ha
· South Gwinnett High 3D: Raven White
The SCAD Challenge is a nationwide competition where submissions were judged by a panel of SCAD faculty. The Top 50 finalists (25 seniors and 25 juniors) were invited to participate in an exhibition at SCAD and will be published in a catalog and receive recognition at a closing reception and awards ceremony. The finalists’ artwork will be on display at SCAD’s DeFINE Art Festival, Feb. 22-26 in Atlanta.

Gwinnett schools earned four of the 17 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants awarded in Georgia through the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. These schools received grants during the fall 2010 grants cycle, and are some of the more than 480 schools or parent organizations that were awarded a grant for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting K-12 public education across the United States. Grants were awarded to Meadowcreek High, $5,000 for Classroom for Independent Living Skills; Nesbit Elementary, $5,000 for Navigating Pathways of Success through a Green Education; Corley Elementary, $2,525 for Lowe’s Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle Garden; and Hopkins Elementary, $2,000 for Outdoor Classroom and Garden. For more information, call Gerard Littlejohn, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., at 704-758-4337.

The Collins Hill High media center will host an annual panel discussion for Phi Delta Kappa, a teacher organization, on Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. This year, technology and 21st century skills will be the topic. Parents, teachers, and community members are invited. Panel members will introduce themselves and discuss their role with technology, followed by an open forum question session. Participants may submit questions by emailing Dr. Stacy Byous at

The 2011 Gwinnett County spelling bee will be held at Central Gwinnett High on Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. Registration will take place from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. The oral bee begins approximately 30 minutes after the written portion of the bee. For more information, call Jones Middle teacher Louis Mair at 770-904-5450.

The Brookwood High Drama Club will present “Charlotte’s Web” on Feb. 3, 4, and 5 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 (adults) and $6 (students and senior citizens). The public is invited to this event. For more information, email Donna Faulkner at, or call 678-344-6302.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
01/20/2011Brookwood High WordMasters place first in nation (pdf)
01/19/2011GCPS selects 22 for Aspiring Principal Program, cohort V (pdf)
01/18/2011Gwinnett's Lewis: Ga.'s social studies educator of year (pdf)
01/07/2011Blanchette to lead Lovin Elementary (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus takes a look at how Gwinnett celebrated the Broad Prize win, explores how technology is creating new and different structures for student learning, and shares the touching story of two very special Dacula High students. Join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-minute program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“Poets and Presidents” - President John F. Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy believed strongly in the power of words and the value of poetry for their children. In “The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” and “A Family of Poems: My favorite Poetry for Children,” Caroline Kennedy has gathered together poems about nature, heroism, adventure, and imagination by celebrated poets Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Grimes, and Carl Sandburg; poems her parents loved and read to her during her childhood. As part of the Kennedy Center’s The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, several well-known poets of today read and discuss their poems and show how these important themes are continued in their work today. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 24-30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Author in You - Tim Green” Tim Green, former Atlanta Falcons defensive end and New York Times best-selling author of “The Big Time,” discusses his thoughts on writing and the joy and benefits of reading. After writing more than a dozen books for grown-ups, Tim began a series of best-selling novels for kids taken from his own experiences as an athlete and a coach. This 15-min. program airs Jan. 24-30 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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 GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

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

February 2 and 3 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

February 6 is Scout Sunday.

National SkillsUSA Week is February 6-12.

February 7-11 is National School Counseling Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., February 10, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

February 21 is a snow make-up day, school is in session.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in January. Call the local school for the time and location.
Buice School
Camp Creek Elementary
Corley Elementary
Craig Elementary
Dacula High
Harris Elementary27-Jan
Henry Partee Elementary
Lilburn Middle25-Jan
Norton Elementary
Parkview High
Patrick Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Starling Elementary
Summerour Middle
White Oak Elementary

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.