News You Can Use - 01/14/2013









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/14/2013 - 01/20/2013


JANUARY 13, 2013
Lori Sturgess, director of The Nest, a Norcross arts center, collaborated with Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology Art Teacher Jennifer Prince and student artists to create a series of sculptures called "Talk, Talk, Talk.” The sculptures will be dedicated on Jan. 13 at a ceremony from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Norcross Arts Center located in Heritage Park (17 College Street, 30071). City of Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will be in attendance. For more information, call Molly McAuliffe 678-518-6696; or email Lori Sturgess of The Nest at lori.sturgess@gmail.com.

HONORS
Sweetwater Middle Players had the opportunity to produce Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” with a grant from iTheatrics of New York. The grant also funded participation in the upcoming Junior Theater Festival for the school’s advanced theater students Jan. 18-20. Produced by iTheatrics and Theater of the Stars, the Junior Theater Festival is the largest festival dedicated to young people and musical theater. The Junior Theater Festival brings together students, teachers, and Broadway professionals to celebrate outstanding student musical theater production. Groups have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops lead by Broadway and West End professionals, meet celebrities, participate in professional development, and attend a world-class professional production. For more information, call the school at 770-717-2160.

The Georgia Athletic Directors Association has named Lanier High Activities Director Billy Wells as Region 8-AAAAAA Athletics Director of the Year and Norcross High Activities Director Kirk Barton as Region 7-AAAAAA Athletics Director of the Year. For more information, call the local school.

UPCOMING
Eastside Medical Center will unveil “The Art of Healing” art exhibit at the grand opening of the hospital’s new patient tower on Jan. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to the reception to view original artwork created by students from Brookwood, Berkmar, Grayson, and South Gwinnett high schools. For more information, call Donna Falkner at 770-313-6038.

Dyer Elementary will hold a school-wide Science Fair on Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. More than 200 projects will be displayed for judging at the event. For more information, call Matt Bonk, Dyer Elementary teacher, at 770-963-6214.

The 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration, sponsored by the United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County, Inc., will take place on Jan. 20 and 21. The essay performance will take place at Meadowcreek High beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 20. On Jan. 21, a parade will begin at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville, and conclude at Moore Middle on Hwy. 29. For more information and to register for the parade, visit www.unitedebonysociety.org or call 678-856-7602.

The 2013 Gwinnett Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, will be held at Central Gwinnett High on Feb. 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be held at 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. The oral portion of the bee will begin approximately 30 minutes after the written portion of the bee. For more information, call Louis Mair, with the Gwinnett County Association of Educators, at 770-638-2300.

More than 200 colleges and universities will be represented at the National College Fair in Atlanta. Open to middle school and high school students, the event is scheduled to take place on Feb.10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. Information on financial aid and college admissions will be available at workshops during the fair. Students may register at www.gotomyncf.com, and watch a video with more information at http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/students-parents/resources/Pages/video.aspx for a complete overview of the fair.

Maxwell High School of Technology will hold an Open House on Feb. 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for sophomores and juniors interested in attending the school next year. Programs of study include Aircraft Flight Operations, Early Childhood Education, Architecture, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Services, Construction Welding, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drawing and Design, Electronics, Graphic Communications and Design, Healthcare, Interior Design, Law and Justice, Medical Services, Nursing, and Sciences: Diagnostics. The school is located at 990 McElvaney Lane, Lawrenceville, GA. For more information, call 770-963.6838 or visit www.maxwellhigh.com to register online beginning Feb. 1.

The 2013 Gwinnett Regional Science & Engineering Fair will take place on Feb. 22, at the Gwinnett Center, beginning at 9 a.m. An open house will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the event concludes with an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate science and engineering and take part of inspiring the next generation of leaders in Gwinnett County. Call 678-301-7036 or visit the Science Fair website— www.gwinnettsciencefair.com— for more information or to sign up to support the 2013 Science and Engineering Fair as a sponsor or judge.

The 2013 Miss Peachtree Ridge High Scholarship Pageant will be held on Feb.23, 2013. This year’s theme is Pretty in Pink and will honor contestants’ friends and family members by making a donation to the American Cancer Society with a portion of the proceeds. The Miss Freshman/Miss Sophomore Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. and the Miss Junior/Miss Peachtree Ridge High Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in the school theater. For more information, visit the school website at www.peachtreeridge.org.

ONGOING
Public review for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) runs through January 29. Georgia is among 26 states leading development of the standards in natural science and engineering for grades K-12. The NGSS process is being managed by Achieve, a non-partisan education non-profit. The movement is designed to increase readiness for college and careers in science as studies expect growth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) jobs will continue to outpace those of non-STEM jobs. Georgia has not adopted the Next Generation Science Standards and will form working groups to study their adoption after the final version of the standards is released by the end of March 2013. The public’s feedback is welcomed. To provide comments, go to www.nextgenscience.org and click on any of the links that say “Go to the NGSS Survey.”

The school district’s charter schools and a special technical education program have scheduled information sessions and registration dates as they prepare for the 2013–14 school year.
  • Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), GCPS’ diploma-granting, virtual charter school, will serve grades 4–12 next year. GOC will hold information sessions around the district on Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, and Feb. 7. Registration for full-time students will be open Feb. 1–28.
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), the district’s STEM-focused charter high school, will hold informational meetings for interested 8th graders on Jan. 15. The registration packet is available for download with a Feb. 1 deadline. If more registrations are received than available seats, the school will hold a public lottery on Feb. 11.
  • Maxwell High School of Technology begins online registration on Feb. 1. Maxwell is GCPS’ technical career-focused charter high school. Students attend classes at both Maxwell and their regular GCPS school.
  • Grayson High School Technical Education Program is a career-focused special program housed at Grayson High. An information session for the 2013–14 school year is scheduled for Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Registration applications will be available online Feb. 1.

RECENTLY
Shiloh Middle Student Council members recently participated in The Soul Project by collecting shoes for children and adults in Ghana, Africa. Through the Soul Project, new shoes, old shoes, and serviceable clean shoes were collected for children and adults and donated to the people of Ghana. For more information, contact Parent Instructional Support Coordinator Angelyne Collins at 770-736-4003. For more information about The Soul Project, visit http://www.soulprojectint.org/.

GCPS TV
“GCPS FOCUS” Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new GCPS FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 20 minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“artSTAGE - Sixth Grade Honor Chorus” Join GCPS TV for a special presentation of artSTAGE spotlighting the Gwinnett County Schools Sixth Grade Honor Chorus. This 30 minute program airs January 7-13 at 2 p.m. and 8 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, 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., January 17, 2013, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a systemwide holiday for all employees.

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

February 3 is Scout Sunday.

February 4-8 is National School Counseling Week.

The following schools will hold Local School Council Dates in January. Call the local school for the time and location.

School
January
Alford Elementary
25-Jan
Anderson-Livsey Elementary
15-Jan
Benefield Elementary
25-Jan
Berkmar High
14-Jan
Camp Creek Elementary
25-Jan
Cedar Hill Elementary
30-Jan
Central Gwinnett High
17-Jan
Collins Hill High
18-Jan
Cooper Elementary
29-Jan
Craig Elementary
28-Jan
Creekland Middle
17-Jan
Crews Middle
17-Jan
Dacula High
25-Jan
GIVE Center West
30-Jan
Grace Snell MS
15-Jan
Gwin Oaks Elementary
23-Jan
Harbins Elementary
24-Jan
Harris Elementary
14-Jan
Ivy Creek Elementary
18-Jan
Jenkins Elementary
24-Jan
Lanier Middle
15-Jan
Level Creek Elementary
23-Jan
Lilburn Elementary
15-Jan
Lovin Elementary
17-Jan
Mason Elementary
18-Jan
McConnell Middle
15-Jan
Mulberry Elementary
16-Jan
North Gwinnett High
24-Jan
Norton Elementary
18-Jan
Osborne Middle
18-Jan
Parkview High
22-Jan
Partee Elementary
23-Jan
Shiloh Elementary
15-Jan
Simonton Elementary
17-Jan
Simpson Elementary
25-Jan
Snellville Middle
24-Jan
South Gwinnett High
17-Jan
Starling Elementary
18-Jan
Stripling Elementary
29-Jan
Sugar Hill Elementary
29-Jan
Suwanee Elementary
28-Jan
Sycamore Elementary
17-Jan
Trickum Middle
15-Jan
Walnut Grove Elementary
24-Jan
White Oak Elementary
23-Jan
Winn Holt Elementary
31-Jan

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. 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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/ or call 770-904-3500.

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