News You Can Use - 10/11/2010

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
10/11/2010 - 10/17/2010

The announcement of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, the largest education award in the nation, is just days away. It’s an event that carries a healthy dose of excitement. Earlier this spring Gwinnett County Public Schools was nominated for the prestigious Broad Prize for the second year in a row. It’s the school district’s work on closing the achievement gap between different groups of students that once again attracted the attention of the Broad Foundation … naming Gwinnett one of five top performing districts nationwide. As a finalist, GCPS is guaranteed to receive a quarter of a million dollars in scholarship money. Thirteen Gwinnett graduates from the Class of 2010 each received a 20-thousand dollar scholarship as a result of Gwinnett’s finish as a finalist last year. If the school district is named the winner during this year’s announcement… it will receive a million dollars in scholarship money for the Class of 2011. You can watch Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announce this year’s winner on GCPS TV live from New York. The announcement takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday October 19.

Brookwood High invites the community to participate in upcoming Homecoming events.
· A parade will take place on Oct. 15 beginning at 4:45 p.m. and include the marching band, horses representing the Bronco mascot, the dance Step Team, fencing demonstrations, the Lawrenceville Trolley, candy for all the kids, and much more. The parade begins at Brookwood Elementary, winds through Brookwood Manor subdivision, and continues down Dogwood Road in front of Brookwood High. Dogwood Road will be closed between Webb Gin House and Brookwood Manor from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 15.
· The homecoming football game begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct.15 at the Brookwood Community Stadium. The half-time show includes the crowning of homecoming King, Queen, Prince and Princess. Tickets may be purchased for $7 at the gate.
For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-978-5088, or email

Magill Elementary will participate in “2010 Fall Sweaters for Seniors”— a program that collects sweaters and donates them to Gwinnett County Senior Services. This will be the 3rd year Magill Elementary students participate in the program, and this year Magill is the flagship school. For more information, call Sharna Fulton of Alternative Home Care for Seniors at 770-736-7977.

The students, faculty, and staff at Gwinnett’s eight new facilities invite their communities to take part in the formal dedication of the buildings Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) opened for the first time in August. A series of dedication ceremonies have been taking place this fall. Remaining events are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, October 17:
Grace Snell Middle, 2 p.m.
3800 Brushy Fork Rd., Loganville

Sunday, October 24: Sunday, November 7:
Jenkins Elementary, 2:30 p.m. Burnette Elementary, 1:30 p.m.
12 Village Way, Lawrenceville 3221 Burnette Rd., Suwanee

Shiloh Elementary will celebrate 20 years of teaching and learning by hosting a community event on Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school. For more information, call 770-985-6883.

Norton Elementary invites community members, staff, and students to the school’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. A special program begins at 3 p.m. Current and former students, staff, parents, and community members are invited to view a slide show presentation highlighting the school’s history. Students will perform a musical program and participants may view an exhibit of 25 years of school history. For more information, call 770-985-1933.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
10/07/2010Kanoheda Elementary students recipients of corporate support (pdf)
10/04/2010GCPS seeks public input on instructional materials (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus joins the system in celebrating National School Lunch Week, applauds award-winning counselors heading for national recognition, and takes a closer look at how South Gwinnett High’s parents are putting safety first under the Friday Night lights...join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus-your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“Meet the Author: A.J. Stern” With resume, business cards, and a love for office supplies, Frannie Miller is off to find the perfect office job. The aspiring career girl tries hard to behave in grown-up ways, but instead of finding the perfect job, she finds only trouble. Author A.J. Stern has written novels for adults and middle grade students. Stern’s new chapter book series, “Frankly, Frannie”,will have young readers following this spunky heroine from one job search to another. This 30-min. program airs Oct. 11-16 at 1:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series is taught by Elisa Brown, Hopkins Elementary assistant principal. This program is an introduction to the Spanish language, tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through Nov. 5 (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 GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

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Instructional Materials Review through Oct. 29— Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum materials in the curriculum areas of Science and Technical Education, through Oct. 29. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center (ISC) Building 200 lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee, during the times listed: Monday–Friday, through Oct. 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 21, 5–8 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

October is Computer Learning Month.

Oct. 11 is a student holiday and staff furlough day.

Oct. 11-15 is National School Lunch Week.

The PSAT for 10th graders is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Oct. 18 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Oct. 18-22 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

Oct. 18-24 is Teen Read Week.

The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) for grades 3, 5, and 8 is scheduled for Oct. 18-27.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 21, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alford Elementary
Archer High School
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Buice School
Camp Creek Elementary
Craig Elementary
Crews Middle
Duluth Middle
GIVE Center West
Harbins Elementary
Harmony Elementary
Ivy Creek Elementary
Jones Middle
Lanier Middle
Lilburn Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Mill Creek High
Norcross Elementary
North Gwinnett High
Norton Elementary
Parkview High
Partee Elementary
Roberts Elementary
Rosebud Elementary
Shiloh Middle
Simpson Elementary
South Gwinnett High
Summerour Middle
Walnut Grove 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.
Ongoing through Dec. 18 Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA): Beyond Bricks & Sticks
Georgia's Past and Present
Junior Master Gardener, Level 1
Monthly Science Class for Fall

Botany 101
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-Middle School
Herbs In Our Heritage
Science and Math Process Skills

Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts
Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?

Harvest Season
Green Living Kids
Stormwater Management

Harvest Moon Hike

Georgia's Past and Present
Junior Master Gardener Level 1
Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-High School

Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages
Herbs In Our Heritage
Science and Math Process Skills

Let’s Take A Closer Look…
Little Sprouts
Want to Navigate Like Lewis and Clark?

Right to Hike-Ella's Run
Creatures of the Night Festival

Georgia's Past and Present
Junior Master Gardener Level 1

Herbs In Our Heritage

Harvest Season