News You Can Use - 09/21/2009









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/21/2009 - 09/27/2009


SATURDAY
The Shiloh High Onstage theater group will present the final performance of “The Apple Tree” by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $6. “The Apple Tree” is a musical based on “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” by Mark Twain, a peek into the lives of the first couple. The cast includes: Haley Burns as Eve, Sean Patterson as Adam, and Seth Bagwell as the Snake. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

HONORS
Osborne Middle Spanish teacher Sergio Parra received a $5,000 scholarship for being named a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) fellow. Mr. Parra is participating in Hispanic Heritage Month activities in Washington, D.C., sponsored by CHCI. The week culminates with a gala dinner, which will be attended by President Obama. For more information, call 770-904-5400.

Duluth High orchestra students Chelsea Sharpe (11th grade) and Joo Whan (Jason) Yoo (12th grade) have been accepted to the National High School Honors Orchestra. Jason is one of only 16 cellists selected for this group, and Chelsea is one of only 36 violinists selected from hundreds of high school orchestra students. The National High School Honors Orchestra performs every other year, and students from around the nation are selected through a competitive audition process. These students had to pass a screening at the state level and be selected at the national level. This orchestra is made up of the top high school musicians from around the county and will perform professional orchestra literature under the direction of an internationally recognized conductor. The orchestra will spend a week rehearsing togethe rin February before performing at the American String Teachers Association National Conference in Santa Clara, California. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

UPCOMING
Cedar Hill Elementary art teachers and their 5th grade students will participate in an International Day of Peace called the Pinwheels for Peace Project on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Fla. art teachers as a way for students to express their feelings. Cedar Hill students wrote their expressions about peace on the pinwheels they designed in art class. Each 5th grade student created a pinwheel fused with some of their thoughts and hopes for world peace. Students will participate in an installation of pinwheels forming a large peace sign that will be on display in front of the school. The project has grown from 500,000 pinwheels planted the first year, to 2 million pinwheels in 2008. For more information, call 770-962-5015.

Students and staff of GCPS will support the annual Great Days of Service with donations from Sept. 21-Oct. 2. For more information, call Galen Reavis, counseling coordinator, at 770-277-4488.

Camp Creek Elementary dads will gather for a breakfast event with their children (K-2) on Sept. 25 at 7 a.m. in the cafeteria as part of the Dad Initiative at the school. The group will focus on activities such as reading to the classroom and help dads get involved with the PTA at Camp Creek. The Georgia PTA Dad's Initiative mission is to enhance positive relationships between fathers and their children and encourage cooperative parenting by educating, empowering and encouraging fathers to stay actively involved in their children's lives. The PTA and the school are sponsoring Breakfast with Dad. Students in grades 3-5 met earlier for their breakfast. Camp Creek PTA is a National PTA Parent Involvement School of Excellence. This award is given by the National PTA to local units which continually excel in having parents participate in the PTA and school activities.

GCPS will host Super Saturday Title I Be There Fairs in several clusters on Sept. 26. The events will include information sessions on Title I, tips and tools for school success, lunch, and fun activities for children. The event will focus on the importance of parents “being there” for their children to support their success in school. The programs will be offered to families served by Title I schools. Fairs will be organized by cluster, with a few exceptions. Participating clusters are Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Meadowcreek, Norcross, and Shiloh/South Gwinnett (combined). Only a cluster's Title I schools will participate in the fair. This project is being coordinated by GCPS’ Federal and Special Programs office. Visit the system website for times and locations. For more information, call Carol Grady, director of federal and special programs, at 678-301-7059.

Kanoheda Elementary has been chosen from among more than 100 schools to host a visit by the Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders on Sept. 29. The players will participate during class and share with students the importance of doing well in school and being leaders. Several Kanoheda Elementary 4th grade classes will be visited by the Falcons players. The Falcons First Down Fitness Challenge program provides classrooms with P.E. equipment and fitness information to use during recess and at home. For more information, call Teacher Amanda Parker at 770-682-4221.

Parsons Elementary PTA received a $5000 Home Depot Foundation grant-funded work day (Sept. 29) for improvements outside of the school. Home Depot will send more than 100 volunteers to provide picnic tables, benches, and mulch, replace broken ties on the playground, stain the wood, and make repairs to the Peace Garden. Parsons received one of only 30 grants awarded. For more information, call 678-957-3050.

The Peachtree Players and Mary Our Queen Catholic Church will perform “Lilies of the Field” by F. Andrew Leslie on Oct. 1-4 at the Lionheart Theatre at the College Street Playhouse in Norcross, and on Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22 at the New Dawn Theater in Duluth. Proceeds will benefit the Peachtree Elementary Emergency Fund to assist students and their families. Tickets may be purchased for $15/single or $10/group. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 678-994-5666. For more information, visit http://www.maryourqueen.com/index.cfm?load=news&newsarticle=46&page=1.

Gwinnett elementary students will participate in an international Read for the Record on Oct. 8. In addition, GCPS TV will record a media specialist reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” airing that day. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is an international campaign to bring preschool children together with valued grown-ups in their lives to read the same book, on the same day, in communities all over the world. Berkeley Lake Elementary kindergarten and 1st grade classes will have “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” read to them by the Mayor of Duluth, Nancy Harris. Ms. Harris is a former Gwinnett County educator and former principal of B.B. Harris Elementary. Ms. Harris will read at the school at 2 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Grayson High will host a screenwriting workshop and contest for GCPS students on Oct. 10. A commercial for the Grayson Technical Program will be taped on campus. For more information, call Assistant Principal Isabelle Beach Jones at 770-554-7394.

GCPS will hold several dedication celebrations at new schools throughout the fall. Dates are listed below.
Sept. 20-- Twin Rivers Middle (1:30 p.m.) and Mountain View High (3 p.m.)
Oct.4-- Archer High (1:30 p.m.) and Bay Creek Middle (3 p.m.)
Oct. 18-- White Oak Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and North Gwinnett Middle (3 p.m.)
Oct. 25-- Woodward Mill Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and Dyer Elementary (3 p.m.)
Nov.1-- Starling Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and Couch Middle (3 p.m.)

ONGOING
Norcross Elementary has several activities planned to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 14-Oct. 15) including an essay contest, art display, and talent show. The month’s activities will end with a celebration at the school on Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym. Families will be asked to bring food and wear native costumes. For more information, call 770-448-2188.

RECENTLY
During the recent Walnut Grove Elementary fund raiser “Hats on for Cancer” day, students raised $890 to benefit CURE, a local group raising funds for cancer research. For more information, call 770-513-6892.

Atlanta Falcons’ Justin Peelle recently visited Five Forks Middle to honor the September Blazin’ Bronco Students of the Month. The Blazin’ Bronco Program recognizes students for exhibiting positive behaviors such as respect, honesty, optimism, encouragement, punctuality, organization, obedience, motivation, responsibility and academic excellence. Students recognized were Elion Bufi, Ron Chemmalakuzhy, Chase Fretwell, Laurel Fox, Brian Hall, Cody Lewis, Mindy Luong, George Onyeguble, Adrian Plascencia, Sarah Rainwater, Jonathan Sloan, Ena Tabakovic, and Alina Vadsaria. Students received autographed T shirts and game tickets. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
09/17/200939 GCPS seniors named National Merit semifinalists (pdf)
09/16/2009GCPS to hold dedication ceremonies for 10 new facilities (pdf)
09/15/2009Primerica contributes $10K for school programs (pdf)
09/14/2009Perfect ACT and SAT scores for Parkview High and Shiloh High students (pdf)

GCPS TV
“The Author in You - Writer's Toolbox: Katie Wood Ray” GCPS TV traveled on-location to the 2009 Gwinnett County Summer Literacy Institute for a special interview with author Katie Wood Ray. Ray discusses the importance of reading like a writer, and shares her thoughts on the writing process. 15-min. program airs this week at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“ArtStage: Elementary Honor Chorus” This month’s program features the 2009 Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Chorus and the Shiloh High Concert Choir Ensemble. More than 48 Gwinnett County elementary schools are represented in this lively and energetic concert performance. The program was pre-recorded at Mount Carmel Church. The 60-min. program airs Sept. 21-26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This 10-part GCPS TV original series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 18 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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 Web site--www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15.

Citizenship Day is Sept.17.

Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23.

Elementary and middle school students will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) the week of Sept. 21-25.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test on Sept. 24.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 8, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Oct. 9 is a student holiday and staff furlough day.

Oct. 12 is a student teacher holiday.

Oct. 12-16 is National School Lunch Week.

Oct. 18-24 is Teen Read Week.

Oct. 19 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Oct. 19-23 if Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September and October. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
Date
School
Date
Annistown Elementary
29-Sep
Archer High School
19-Oct
Arcado Elementary
21-Sep
Berkeley Lake Elementary
13-Oct
B.B. Harris Elementary
24-Sep
Berkmar Middle
6-Oct
Berkmar High
22-Sep
Brookwood High
27-Oct
Bethesda Elementary
21-Sep
Centerville Elementary
13-Oct
Brookwood Elementary
21-Sep
Craig Elementary
26-Oct
Brookwood High
22-Sep
Dacula High
2-Oct
Camp Creek Elementary
21-Sep
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
16-Oct
Centerville Elementary
25-Sep
Duluth High
20-Oct
Chattahoochee Elementary
22-Sep
Duluth Middle
13-Oct
Collins Hill High
22-Sep
Fort Daniel Elementary
2-Oct
Corley Elementary
29-Sep
GIVE Center West
1-Oct
Dacula Elementary
25-Sep
Glenn C. Jones Middle
29-Oct
Frank N. Osborne Middle
9/4/2009 9-18
Gwin Oaks Elementary
2-Oct
J.E. Richards Middle
21-Sep
Harmony Elementary
22-Oct
J.G. Dyer Elementary
30-Sep
Henry Partee Elementary
29-Oct
Knight Elementary
21-Sep
Ivy Creek Elementary
16-Oct
Level Creek Elementary
29-Sep
J.C. Magill Elementary
2-Oct
Lilburn Middle
24-Sep
J.G. Dyer Elementary
29-Oct
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
29-Sep
J.P. McConnell Middle
5-Oct
Mountain Park Elementary
21-Sep
Lawrenceville Elementary
6-Oct
Mountain View High School
25-Sep
Level Creek Elementary
22-Oct
Parkview High
21-Sep
Lilburn Elementary
22-Oct
Peachree Ridge High
24-Sep
Lilburn Middle
8-Oct
Pharr Elementary
24-Sep
Mill Creek High
20-Oct
R.L. Norton Elementary
25-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary
20-Nov
Richard Hull Middle
25-Sep
Norcross Elementary
8-Oct
Summerour Middle
24-Sep
Norcross High
15-Oct
Suwanee Elementary
9-3 & 9-28
North Gwinnett High
6-Oct
Trickum Middle
21-Sep
North Gwinnett Middle
8-Oct
Walnut Grove Elementary
24-Sep
Parsons Elementary
1-Oct
Peachree Ridge High
30-Oct
R.D. Head Elementary
14-Oct
Riverside Elementary
13-Oct
Shiloh Elementary
15-Oct
Simonton Elementary
6-Oct
Simpson Elementary
30-Oct
Snellville Middle
15-Oct
South Gwinnett High
27-Oct
Suwanee Elementary
28-Oct
T. Carl Buice School
2-Oct
White Oak Elementary
1-Oct


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.- 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 www.gwinnettehc.org or call 770-904-3500.

September 25 Science Process Skills
September 30 Junior Master Gardener Level 1, Native Origins History
September 30 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference