News You Can Use - 05/23/2005









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
05/23/2005 - 05/29/2005


FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
The Trickum Middle 8th Grade Players will perform “The Emperor’s New Clothes” on May 20 at 7 p.m. and May 21 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Parkview High theatre. Tickets may be purchased for $4 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

HONORS
GCPS has been awarded the Georgia Economic Education Program of Excellence Award for implementation of its Georgia Economic History Project. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Georgia Council on Economic Education at the Carter Center on May 13. For more information, call Debbie Daniell at 770-513-6623.

A number of Norcross High students performed well on the National Spanish Exam:
Alexandra Arellano (Spanish III, bilingual) 6th in state
Gina Gleason (Spanish III, bilingual) 4th in state
Filiberto Hernandez (Spanish VI, bilingual) 1st in state, 5th in nation
Andrew Lyu (Spanish IV) 2nd in state, 5th in nation
Halina Maladtsova (Spanish IV) 5th in state
Srijita Mukherjee (Spanish V) 5th in state
Lilian Obando (Spanish III, bilingual) 5th in state
Carmen Rodriguez (Spanish IV, bilingual) 1st in state, 2nd in nation
Nick Sorel (Spanish I) 6th in state
For more information, call 770-448-3674.

GCPS won several state championships and were honored by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA). Winners include: Collins Hill High— Wrestling, Boys Swimming, and Girls Cross Country; Duluth High— Co-Ed Cheerleading; Parkview High— Girls Soccer, Boys Cross Country, and Boys Soccer. In addition, Mike Emery of Norcross High was named State AAAAA Athletic Director of the Year; Mike Phillips, Grayson High athletic director, completed the Certified Master Athletic Administrator program; Mark Kimbro, Central Gwinnett High athletic director, completed the Certified Athletic Administrator program; and Angie Hembree of Collins Hill High was named 7AAAAA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year by the GHSA and Peach State Basketball Inc., and Atlanta Tip-Off Club Girls Coach of the Year.

Susie Dupree of Parsons Elementary was nominated to the Original Works Art Institute Spring 2005 Art Honor Roll. For more information, call David Morrissey of Original Works at 1-800-421-0020.

Parkview High was ranked 7th in a Sports Illustrated article on the top 25 high school sports programs in the magazine’s May issue. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

Lilburn Elementary was one of only 3 programs to receive the Afterschool Champion Award for exceptional afterschool programs awarded by the Afterschool Alliance. Afterschool Alliance members include groups that provide extended day programs. For more information, call 770-921-7707.

During the 2004-05 school year, 13 GCPS Technical Education programs began the certification process and have been awarded industry certification. Each program was awarded a $15,000 certification grant for a total of $180,000. The schools, programs, and coordinators are listed below.
Berkmar High Marketing Lisa Lankford
Brookwood High Technology Ed. Gordon Parker
Central Gwinnett High Business Elaine Elliott
Dacula High Marketing Tammi Maness
Maxwell High Construction Marc White
Maxwell High Construction Tony Shore
Maxwell High Drafting Liz Pharr
Meadowcreek High Business Becky Cook
Meadowcreek High Marketing Marilynn Hollis
Meadowcreek High Technology Ed. Craig Doyon
Norcross High Business Beverly Mayes
Shiloh High Marketing Lisa Chawla
South Gwinnett High Technology Ed. Charles Kachmar
For more information, call June Sweat at 770-513-6704.

Denise Breheim of Phoenix High was recognized as a 2005 John Linder Congressional Art Show winner in Commercial Photography.

Six GCPS students received a GoldStar Academic Achievement for outstanding achievement during the 2004-05 school year. Students include Dimitry Alriche of Snellville Middle, April Bridges of Richard Hull Middle, Freddy Ford of Louise Radloff Middle, Jessee Garcia of Pinckneyville Middle, Angelica Martinez of Glenn C. Jones Middle, and Janee Phillips of Duluth Middle. For more information, call Myrna Moore at 404-885-0900.

R.L. Norton Elementary teachers Carrie Newman and Sheila Smith were selected as 2005 GALAXY Teacher Hero Science Education Award winners by Best Practice Networks. Students Tom Cooper and Xarius Hampton were selected as GALAXY Student Heroes. As an Exemplary School, Norton Elementary will receive $12,000 in hands-on kits and materials to support future exploration. For more information, call 770-985-1933.

A team of Brookwood High freshmen took 1st place in the Southeast regional finals in the 2004-2005 eCYBERMISSION competition, a Web-based science, math, and technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Army. As 9th grade finalists for the region, the students are invited to Washington, D.C., for the National Judging and Educational Event June 4-10. For more information, call the RDECOM Public Affairs Office at 410-436-4345.

John LaMattina of R.L. Norton Elementary was named Teacher of the Year by the Atlanta Chapter of Brigham Young University Alumni. This award is given to teachers who help students excel in the classroom and in their personal lives. For more information, call 770-985-1933.

Brookwood High students Anna Bleau and Craig Smith earned a spot on Walton Electric Membership Corporation’s Washington Youth Tour. The 2005 tour takes place in June. The students are part of a larger delegation of winners from across Georgia who will spend time in Atlanta and Washington. Students will attend leadership development sessions, lunch with Georgia’s congressional delegation, and tour Washington. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The following GCPS staff members are recipients of a $1,250 Founders Scholarship award toward continuing their education from the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union: Lori Draper of Suwanee Elementary, Kim Foster of Frank N. Osborne Middle, Elizabeth Gulley of Henry Partee Elementary, Cynthia Muhammad of Parsons Elementary, Mary Jo Schwartz of Craig Elementary, Linda Story of Collins Hill High, Carla Whitehead Youmans of North Gwinnett High, Sandra Wilson of Pinckneyville Middle, and Amanda Yetter of Pharr Elementary.

The Gwinnett PTA Council awarded six $1,000 scholarships to seniors at its annual May business meeting. Winners include Brendon Carrasquillo of Grayson High, Brooke Noell of Central Gwinnett High, Destiny Owens of South Gwinnett High, Jordan Tobias (Toby) Whiting of North Gwinnett High, Vanessa Wragg of Norcross High, and Zena Yusuf of Grayson High.

Eight GCPS teachers are among 89 educators from the metro Atlanta area who were named Wal-Mart Teachers of the Year. Wal-Mart awarded $1,000 grants to their schools and $50 shopping card for themselves along with other gifts. The teachers are Sheila Batchelor of Harmony Elementary, Betty Bruce of Charles Brant Chesney Elementary, Andie Criminger of Lanier Middle, Lonnee Dickson of Alton C. Crews Middle, Joanie Hess of Gwin Oaks Elementary, Sharon O’Connor of Berkmar Middle, Marta Tunez of Central Gwinnett High, and Hazel White of Creekland Middle.

Allison Will of Parkview High and Rashad Burroughs of Shiloh High each received a $2,500 scholarship that stemmed from an award presented to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks by the Education Research and Development Institute, Inc. As the recipient of the organization’s 2004 “Excellence in Educational Leadership Award,” Mr. Wilbanks was asked to designate two students to receive the scholarship, funded by Coca-Cola North America.

Brookwood High seniors Nick Rolader and Keith Jones were among 210 students designated as Beta Scholars by the National Beta Club from 1,200 candidates. Both students will receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Amy Hensey of Norcross High received the Honorable Mention Award in the 2005 John Linder Congressional Art Contest. Miss Hensey also was named a SCAD Scholar Award winner. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

UPCOMING
The Centerville Elementary PTA is sponsoring a Family Night Picnic on May 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The picnic will take place on the hill in front of the school, and will include a cow kissing contest, yearbook signing, and games. Meals must have been pre-ordered. In the event of rain, the picnic will be moved to Chick-fil-A for the regularly scheduled spirit night. For more information, call 770-972-2220.

Trickum Middle will hold an 8th grade awards program on May 23 at 7 p.m. at Mountain Park First Baptist Church. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Trickum Middle will sponsor an Activity Day on May 24 from noon until 2 p.m. for 7th graders, and from 2 to 4 p.m. for 6th graders. Tickets may be purchased for $6. All activities and refreshments are included for the price of a ticket. For more information, call Martha Abner at 770-279-0080, or Susan Yenney at 770-931-4999.

The 5th grade commencement for Annistown Elementary will be held on May 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Annistown Road Baptist Church, located at 4554 Annistown Road, in Lithonia. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

FUNDRAISER
Norcross High raised more than $60,000 in this year’s Relay for Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society, surpassing the school’s $45,000 goal. Starting May 19, Athletic Director Mike Emery spent 24 hours on the school’s roof to fulfill his “day on the roof” challenge to students and staff. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

RECENTLY
The Local School Council at Walnut Grove Elementary awarded a Gateway computer to 2nd grade student Esteban Susa for his winning essay about why he needed a home computer. For more information, call 770-513-6892.

GCPS TV
“Science Education: Preparing Students for the Global Economy” - Education News Parents Can Use― With the advent of the information age, virtually all jobs- not just those in scientific fields- are demanding a deeper understanding of science than was necessary in previous generations. The May broadcast of “Education News Parents Can Use” explores strategies that effective teachers use to focus on science skills across the curriculum, and innovative practices that have been successful in improving student performance on science assessments. This 60-min. program airs May 23-29 at 8 p.m.

“The Author in You- Nikki Grimes” GCPS TV welcomes noted poet and award-winning author Nikki Grimes on “The Author in You.” Best known for “Bronx Masquerade” and “Jazmin's Notebook,” Ms. Grimes discusses how she overcame personal obstacles and developed her unique writing voice. This 30-min. program airs May 23-29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Looking at Learning... Again” Annenberg/CPB― Through personal interviews, teacher discussions, and classroom video footage, this workshop encourages educators to analyze existing theories about how children learn and examine how those beliefs influence teaching. This 60-min. program airs May 23-26 at 11 a.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.

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 first public hearing on millage rate will be held at 7 p.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 6. The second public hearing on millage rate will be held at 11:45 a.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 13. The third public hearing on millage rate and adoption of final millage rate will be held at 7 p.m., in the Board Room, at Lawrenceville East on June 13.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 23, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

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