News You Can Use - 11/19/2007









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/19/2007 - 11/29/2007


Note: GCPS schools will be closed Nov. 21-23 for Thanksgiving Break, students return Nov. 26. The next News You Can Use… will be distributed Nov. 29.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
In keeping with America Recycles Week, Arcado Elementary’s Green Team has been collecting used tennis shoes and gently used soccer gear. The shoes will be counted and transported to Nike Town to be recycled into playgrounds for underprivileged children. For more information, call Teacher Kathy A. Dean at 770-925-2100.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
J.P. McConnell Middle will host a Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers may purchase handmade student ornaments, crafts, one-of-a-kind items, and food. For more information, email Teresa Mistretta at teresa@mistretta.org, or call 770-318-4702.

HONORS
The Duluth High Co-Ed Varsity Competition Cheerleading CLAW Squad won the 2007 Georgia High School State Cheerleading Championship for the third time. The squad was also named 2007 National Team of the Year by Cheer Ltc. and 2007 Georgia Team of the Year by the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association. For more information, call Coach Lindsay Norcom at 770-364-6796 or Lindsay_norcom@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

GCPS had a total of 66 winners at Regional Scholastic Art Competition. Of those, 23 Gold Key winners will go on to national competition. Students earned 24 Silver Key awards and 19 Honorable Mention awards. For more information, visit http://www.scholastic.com/artandwritingawards/enter.htm. For a complete list of winning students call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

Six GCPS teachers were nominated for Georgia High School Art Teacher of the Year. Karen Campbell of Collins Hill High, Alexandra Kates of Parkview High, Devi Knapp of Rock Springs Elementary, Mike Lasseter of Mill Creek High, Lauren Phillips of Norcross Elementary, and Marcy Williams of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology were all nominated for this prestigious award. For more information, call the school.

Duluth High Science Olympiad team finished 4th competing against 14 other teams at the Westminster Invitational. The following students received medals finishing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their events: Jimmy Cai, Stephen Cox, Harrison Falk, Alice Li, Albert Liao, Silki Modi, Darryl Vanover, and Serena Zhang. For more information, call Media Specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter at 770-232-3336.

UPCOMING
Duncan Creek Elementary will host the school’s 5th annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Fifth-grade students will run through a course around the school. Top runners will receive prizes for Thanksgiving dinner-- Turkey, ham, pumpkin pies etc. For more information, call 678-714-5800.

The Duluth High Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is teaming with 11-Alive’s Can-a-thon to collect donations for the Atlanta Food Bank through Nov. 20. FBLA has set a goal of collecting 2,000 non-perishable food items. A pizza party will be donated to the class collecting the most cans. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Patrick Elementary will host a Polar Express night for the community on Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Staff members will read holiday stories, cookies and milk will be served, and the chorus will perform carols. Families are invited to bring their children dressed in winter pajamas. For more information, call 678-765-5260.

Principal Betty Ann Schoeneck of Shiloh Elementary will play ‘Mother Ginger’ in the “Nutcracker” at the Gwinnett Ballet on Dec. 7 at 11:45 a.m. The Shiloh Elementary chorus will be in attendance at the performance. For more information, call 770-985-6883.

RECENTLY
The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band had a successful competition season.
--- During the 8th Annual Eagles Nest Invitational competition, the band received superior ratings for Percussion, Colorguard, Drum Major, and Band. Drum Majors Daniel Kosmala, Kyle Pate, and Sade Seaborne received Best in Class as did the Woodwinds. The Lions placed 3rd in Class AAAA. The Band also was awarded 2nd runner-up Grand Champion at the Invitational.
--- The Roaring Lions received Superior ratings at the McEachern Marching Festival in Powder Springs. The Guard and Drum Majors received 1st place and Percussion and Band received 2nd place in class AAAA. The Guard and Drum Majors were named Champions in class AAA/AAAA combined.
--- At the annual Greater Atlanta Marching Festival in Rockdale County, the band received Superior ratings in all categories, Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion and Band. The Roaring Lions also received 1st place in Class AAAA for Drum Major, Color Guard, Percussion and Band. In addition, the Peachtree Ridge Lions were awarded the Gold Division Grand Champion Award in Band, Percussion and Color Guard.
--- The 27th Annual Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade extended an invitation to the Peachtree Ridge Roaring Lions Marching Band to perform in the parade on Dec. 1. For more information, call Giesela Zavodny of the Booster’s Club at 770-476-1299, or email dzavodny@bellsouth.net or visit prbba.org.

The Duluth High Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) sponsored a Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) event at the school. Results of a teen survey and a plan of action were discussed at the school. For more information, call 770-476-5206 or visit the TDS web site www.t-driver.com.

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.com or call 770-904-3500.

Dec. 1, noon to 4 p.m., Science with Santa, $12.00 per child, $8.00 per adult (13 and over), advanced registration required
Join Santa and his “elves” for this unique holiday celebration! Fun games, prizes and special activities in Santa’s Secret Lab. Call 770-904-3500 for reservations, limited to the first 300 children. The cost is $15 per child and $10 per adult at the door.

Dec. 8, 1 to 3 p.m., Great Gift Idea-Beeswax Ornaments, $20 per participant
Using natural beeswax, we will melt, pour, and form ornaments to decorate and scent your house. During hardening time students will learn about beeswax, its uses, and enjoy some natural honey with crackers. Limited to 10 students ages 12 and up. Please pre-register for this event by
December 1.

Dec. 8, 3 to 3:45 p.m. Where’s the North Pole? Free with paid admission
Join GEHC staff in learning how to make a homemade compass. Can you find the North Pole? This activity is appropriate for young scientists.

Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Back-to-Basics Bird Feeder, family activity, $5 per family
Make your own bird feeder for feathered friends to enjoy during winter. GEHC staff will help you assemble them and participants will receive a free poster.

Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Adopt-A-Stream Introduction/Chemical Monitoring Workshop, free
Have you ever wondered what might be lurking in your nearby stream? Find out about the creepy crawly critters that live in streams and indicate water quality. If you care about your streams you will want to be here. Bring your lunch, boots if you have them, and call 770-904-3505 to register.

GCPS TV
“GCPS 2007-08 Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony” Join GCPS TV for a special presentation of the 2007-08 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year TOTY awards ceremony. Program highlights include award presentations to the local winners, “A Glimpse of Excellence” video honoring the six TOTY finalists, and the announcement of the level winners and the Gwinnett County TOTY. This 2-hour program airs Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 2” This video telecourse is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. This GCPS TV original series airs in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday, through Jan. 6 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through Dec. 25 on GCPS TV. This 60-minute program airs Mon.–Thurs. at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
Nov. 18-24 is National Family Week.

Nov. 21-23 are Thanksgiving holidays for schools (other GCPS locations Nov. 22-23.)

Dec. 3-20 is the Georgia End-of-Course Test Window.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 13, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Early release for high school exams is Dec. 18-20.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Nov. and Dec. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Nov.
School
Dec
B.B. Harris Elementary
11/29
Annistown Elementary
12/11
Berkeley Lake Elementary
11/29
Brookwood High
12/4
Brookwood Elementary
11/12
Camp Creek Elementary
12/14
Centerville Elementary
11/28
Dacula High
12/7
Collins Hill High
11/13
Fort Daniel Elementary
12/7
Creekland Middle
11/15
Glenn C. Jones Middle
12/13
Dacula Middle
11/13
Ivy Creek Elementary
12/7
Fort Daniel Elementary
11/2
Kanoheda Elementary
12/7
Freeman's Mill Elementary
11/16
Mill Creek High
12/11
Harbins Elementary
11/29
Norcross Elementary
12/7
J.E. Richards Middle
11/13
Patrick Elementary
12/7
J.G. Dyer Elementary
11/28
R.L. Norton Elementary
12/7
Louise Radloff Middle
11/8
Riverside Elementary
12/11
Lovin Elementary
11/29
Rock Springs Elementary
12/6
Meadowcreek Elementary
11/19
Rockbridge Elementary
12/12
Mountain Park Elementary
11/12
Suwanee Elementary
12/10
North Gwinnett High
11/27
Sweetwater Middle
12/13
Oakland School
11/5
Parkview High
11/27
Parsons Elementary
11/12
Pinckneyville Middle
11/8
Rebecca Minor Elementary
11/30
Simpson Elementary
11/2
Sugar Hill Elementary
11/5
Sycamore Elementary
11/1
Trickum Middle
11/29
W.C. Britt Elementary
11/27
Walnut Grove Elementary
11/29