News You Can Use - 05/09/2005









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
05/09/2005 - 05/15/2005


HONORS
Nine GCPS students received $2,500 National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These students are among 2,500 seniors chosen from a group of approximately 15,000 finalists from throughout the country. The scholarship winners are Lucas Bermudez of Parkview High, Sophia Fisher of Duluth High, Chelsea Fuestel of Peachtree Ridge High, David Kim of North Gwinnett High, Carole Miller of Brookwood High, James Ren of Parkview High, Saranya Selvaraj of Parkview High, Joseph Song of Brookwood High, and Ginger Tanton of Collins Hill High. In addition, two GCPS students received a $2,500 Corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. The scholarship winners are Yoonsoo Kim of Duluth High and Shuo Zhang of Duluth High. For more information, call 847-866-5100.

Creekland Middle recognized 32 high-scoring students in the National Science League competition. For more information and a complete list of winners, call Memorie Reesman at 770-338-4700.

The Norcross High Philharmonic Orchestra recently attended the “Dixie Classic Festival: National Adjudicators Invitational” in Washington, D.C. The orchestra earned overall Superior ratings for its performance, earned 1st place in the Division 6 level, and placed 2nd in overall competition. In addition, violinist Erin Kirby received an “Outstanding Soloist Award.” For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Norcross High Advocateearned an Excellent rating at the Georgia Scholastic Press Association Awards. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Of the 165 GCPS entries in the State Student Media Festival, 77 earned a Superior rating and will compete in the International Student Media Festival, which will be judged over the summer. For more information, call Deborah Gray in Broadcast and Distance Learning at 770-822-6428.

UPCOMING
Rebecca Minor Elementary will sponsor an International Fiesta Night of Multicultural Music and Dance on May 10 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Margaret Winn Holt Elementary kindergarten classes will hold “A Georgia Experience” through May 11. Classes will rotate through exhibits on a different part of Georgia each day for 12 school days. Highlights will include Dahlonega gold mining, Augusta golf, Callaway Gardens butterflies, Varsity hot dogs, the Atlanta Zoo, a swamp canoe trip, beaches, mountains, and more. For more information, call Debbie Swofford at 678-376-8600 or email Debbie_Swofford@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Simonton Elementary will host a Kindergarten Open House on May 12 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. An information meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The PTA General Meeting will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a musical performance by the school’s current kindergarten students. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Rebecca Minor Elementary students from Kathy Barrett’s classes will visit the David and Mary Kistner Nature and Art Center in Snellville on May 13. The 1st graders will have a hands-on art and nature experience with the education director of the Walter Anderson Museum in Mississippi. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

The Collins Hill High Chorus will perform “The Beat Goes On” May 12-14 at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. More than 300 students from the choral program will sing and dance to music from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Simonton Elementary will host a Kinder Camp for children who will enter kindergarten in August of 2005. Kinder Camp will run from June 27- July 1, 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $30 per child. The schedule will include classroom centers, cafeteria tour, snacks, media center visits, and bus tours. Parents will be responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Payment is due to the front office by May 12. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

The Brookwood High Choral department will perform music from Tony Award-winning shows on May 13 and 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster website at www.bpab.info, or call the Performing Arts Department at 770-985-0653.

Berkmar High science students will facilitate the State Elementary Science Olympiad competition for the fourth year in a row. The competition will be held at Kennesaw State University on May 14. Berkmar students design the event, carry out the competition, and evaluate each team’s performance. For more information, call Dr. Vicki Drake at 770-638-2300.

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

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 at 3 p.m. for the 1K run and 3:30 p.m. for the 5K run. 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, $20 thereafter, and $45 for a family. To register visit www.active.com. Mail-in registration is also available. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

GCPS TV
“Ballet Hispanico” Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series― “Ballet Hispanico” has been recognized around the world as the foremost dance interpreter of Hispanic culture in the United States. The company provides theatrical and entertaining insight into the cultures of Latin American countries through a spirited blend of narrative and dance, including Mexico’s folklorico, Brazil's samba, and Honduras' punta. This 60-min. program airs May 9-15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Non-Native Species Worldwide” E3 EFT― This Electronic Field Trip will investigate the cause and consequences of the arrival of organisms not native to America's coastal waters. Students will join Software Engineering Research Center (SERC) researchers in the San Francisco Bay area to sample and study the foreign organisms found there, learning how they arrived, how they have adapted, and how they affect the overall ecosystem. This 90-min. program airs live, Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m.

“Literacy: A Parent Primer”― RIF Exchange When parents take an active role in their child's education, both at school and in the home, great things happen. This program offers parents practical tips and strategies to support their child's language and literacy growth. This 30-min. program airs May 9-15 at 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.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.

Custodian Appreciation Week starts May 9.

May 11 is School Nurse Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 12, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

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 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