News You Can Use - 12/18/2009









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
12/18/2009 - 01/07/2010


FRIDAY
Minor Elementary students who are hearing impaired, will have the opportunity to ‘sign’ their holiday wishes to Santa on Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Santa is a Berkmar High teacher who is hearing impaired. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

HOLIDAY EVENTS
The Alcova Elementary PTA sponsored Adopt-A-Platoon of deployed soldiers for the holidays. They pledged to send 50 stockings to the soldiers, but ended up collecting enough for 176 stockings. Gift packages were also sent to staff members’ family serving in Afghanistan. For more information, call Teri Curlew, local school technology coordinator, at 678-376-8509.

GCPS’ fine arts groups from Summerour Middle, Norcross High, Brookwood High, Sweetwater Middle, and Parkview High have performed at the Governor’s mansion during holiday season. The Summerour Middle String Ensemble will perform on Dec. 16.

Magill Elementary recently held a Recycled Ornament Fundraiser. Students used their creativity to transform a household item into a festive holiday decoration. On Dec. 17 and 18, the student ornaments will be on display in the school front lobby and may be purchased for a $1. Proceeds will be used to purchase science supplies. For more information, call teachers Sarah Toldt or Billy McKnight at 770-554-1030.

HONORS
Teachers Karen Rockey of Grayson High and Tiffany Coleman of Simonton Elementary have graduated from the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Academy for Staff Developers, a prestigious learning experience aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning in all schools. The two Gwinnett educators were among 40 members of NSDC’s 19th academy. They began their work in July 2007. For more information, contact NSDC at 303-432-0958.

Brookwood High student musician Benito Thompson will perform with the American High School Honors Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in June, 2010. For more information, call Cathie Hudnall, Brookwood High Orchestra teacher, at 770-985-7441.

Kanoheda Elementary students earned the school top prize in the Lady Jackets’ reading contest “Jacket 2 Jacket.” The school will be recognized at the Lady Yellow Jackets Basketball game on Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. The highest class winner overall recognition went to Mr. Clyne’s 5th grade class. Jose Estrada was honored as the Overall Student Winner. Student participants included 138 students from the school who read 196,912 pages. For more information, call Melanie Wible, media specialist, at 770-682-4229.

Euramax International executives served as guest speakers on business ethics for Lisa Chawla’s computer applications class at Norcross High. This fall, the students raised $325 through various classroom activities, using skills learned in class. In a culminating event this week, students were asked to determine how they would use the money raised, based on their semester discussions on business ethics. The class chose to donate a portion of the funds to the school’s Care Team, which supports Norcross families in need. In addition, Euramax donated $1,000 to the Care Team. The donation will benefit the entire Norcross community.

UPCOMING
Parents of students with special needs are invited to Duncan Creek Elementary events during Exceptional Children’s Week (Jan. 11-15). Duncan Creek Elementary has fun activities held each day of the week to celebrate children with special needs and the professionals who work with them. The three events listed below are open to all Gwinnett County residents.
  • Jan. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Gwinnett Parent Mentors will speak on “Effective Communication between the home and school”
  • Jan. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Parent to Parent will be giving a workshop on writing IEPs from “Making the IEP Count: Focusing on a Vision and Strengths to Get to Measurable Goals.” IEP room 1.126. Participants should RSVP to Candice@sophtware.com.
  • Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: “Healthy Living for Children with Special Needs” by Debbie Underwood, a former physical therapist and special needs parent
For more information, call 678-714-5800.

Berkmar High will host the 2nd Annual Greater Lilburn Business Expo on March 4, 2010, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Lilburn businesses will have an opportunity to promote their businesses to each other and the community at this event. Spaces may be rented through Jan. 28, 2010, for $35. Event sponsorships are also available and include a premium space. More than 100 businesses are expected to participate in this event produced in partnership with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Lilburn Business Association, and the Lilburn Community Partnership. Gail Macrenaris, Director of Leadership and Education for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, will conduct a pre-event seminar on February 11 at Berkmar High, advising participants on how to maximize business exposure at the Expo. For more information, visit www.lilburnexpo.com, or call Diana Preston, assistant principal, at 678-230-9058, or email dianapreston@bellsouth.net.

ONGOING
GCPS middle school art teachers have 118 student works of art on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Concourse E through December as part of the Atlanta Airport Art Show. This artwork will be on display throughout the holiday season. A tour is scheduled for Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. For more information, call Trickum Middle Teacher Dr. Aimée Burgamy at 770-921-2705.

The Shutter Sense and Non-Sense, a high school photography exhibit, is currently on display at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. It began as a way to showcase Gwinnett County Public Schools photography students’ work in a professional gallery space. Photographs in the exhibit are judged by professional photographers. Middle school students will exhibit their photographs for the first time in this year’s Shutter Sense and Non-Sense Photography Exhibit. There are approximately 50 photographs at the middle school level. A reception and awards presentation for the middle and high school photography students will be held on Jan, 8, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. For more information, call Alexandra Kates, Parkview High teacher, at 770-921-2874.

Registration information for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) for the 2010-11 freshman class is available on the GCPS web site and on the GSMST web site. Middle school information sessions about GSMST will be taking place in November and December, as well. The registration deadline is Jan. 22, 2010. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment is open to all current Gwinnett County 8th grade students who complete the 8th grade requirements and who reside in Gwinnett County. The school focuses on advanced and challenging studies in the fields of engineering, biosciences, and emerging technology. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs of all students. As this is a school of choice, it is highly recommended that parents and students review the GSMST curriculum and learn more about the school’s offerings before making a decision to register.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.

GCPS TV
“ArtStage: Sounds of the Season” A holiday tradition continues with GCPS TV featuring student performances from across the county. It’s a lively musical celebration filled with holiday cheer. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 21-26 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Celebrating Excellence: Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony” GCPS TV is proud to present a special re-broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony. Join local school recipients, administrators, and Board members for an evening of recognition and celebration. Program highlights include award presentations to the local winners, a video honoring the six TOTY finalists, and the announcement of the level winners and the 2010 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. This two-plus hour program airs Dec.21-27 at 4 p.m.

“Up Close and Personal: Charles Strouse – Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” With a career that spans decades, Charles Strouse is a luminary of Broadway, Hollywood, television, and pop and concert music. Best known for his legendary Tony Award winning Broadway musical compositions, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Applause”, and “Annie”, his other credits range from the 1958 girl group hit, “Born Too Late” to motion picture scores and the theme from “All in the Family.” Join Charles Strouse for an intimate interview with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Michael Kerker and live music by vocalists Liz Callaway, Karen Morrow, and Jason Graae, and pianist Chris Denny performing the best of Charles Strouse. This 60-min program airs Dec. 14-19 at 1 p.m.

Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS TV original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through Dec. 27 (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
The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., January 21, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee. Beginning in January, GCPS Board meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the ISC.

Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 is winter break for all students and staff.

Jan. 4 is a Teacher Planning/Staff Development, student holiday.

Students return to school Jan. 5.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in January. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
January
B.B. Harris ES
28-Jan
Benefield ES
14-Jan
Berkmar HS
19-Jan
Berkmar MS
12-Jan
Camp Creek ES
29-Jan
Cedar Hill ES
14-Jan
Central Gwinnett HS
15-Jan
Chattahoochee ES
12-Jan
Chesney ES
8-Jan
Collins Hill HS
19-Jan
Corley ES
26-Jan
Couch MS
15-Jan
Craig ES
25-Jan
Dacula ES
29-Jan
Dacula HS
29-Jan
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES
8-Jan
Duluth MS
12-Jan
Fort Daniel ES
8-Jan
Frank N. Osborne MS
15-Jan
G.H. Hopkins ES
15-Jan
Gwin Oaks ES
8-Jan
Harbins ES
21-Jan
Harmony ES
14-Jan
Henry Partee ES
28-Jan
J.C. Magill ES
8-Jan
J.G. Dyer ES
27-Jan
J.P. McConnell MS
11-Jan
Lanier MS
12-Jan
Lawrenceville ES
12-Jan
Level Creek ES
26-Jan
Lilburn ES
21-Jan
Lilburn MS
28-Jan
Meadowcreek HS
21-Jan
Mountain View HS
15-Jan
Mulberry ES
20-Jan
Norcross ES
7-Jan
North Gwinnett MS
14-Jan
Parkview HS
26-Jan
Patrick ES
29-Jan
Peachree Ridge HS
21-Jan
Peachtree ES
19-Jan
Pharr ES
28-Jan
Pinckneyville MS
14-Jan
Puckett's Mill ES
14-Jan
R.L. Norton ES
29-Jan
Richard Hull MS
8-Jan
Riverside ES
12-Jan
Shiloh ES
7-Jan
Simonton ES
12-Jan
Simpson ES
29-Jan
Snellville MS
14-Jan
Sugar Hill ES
11-Jan
Summerour MS
28-Jan
Suwanee ES
11-Jan
Sweetwater MS
20-Jan
Sycamore ES
15-Jan
T. Carl Buice School
15-Jan
Walnut Grove ES
14-Jan

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

December 19
Super Saturday Visitor Services
Up-Cycle for the Holidays

December 23-27
Center closed

January 9
Energy

January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Homeschool: Volcanoes