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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/24/2005 - 01/31/2005
Richard Hull Middle students tied for 9th place nationally in the WordMasters competition in December. The team competed against 174 other teams and more than 225,000 students in the Gold Division. The 8th grade team is coached by teacher Dimitra Hill. Student Nancy Ouyang earned a perfect score in the meet. Eighth-grade students achieving outstanding results were Charles Chong, Tyler Droll, Caitlin Eldred, Ben Jackson, Caroline Jugus, Hanna Lin, Taylor Russell, Megan Tierney, and Hunter Vance. Seventh graders, coached by Luann Kosa, achieving outstanding results include Carolyn Davenport, Sam Evans, Tucker Green, Sandy Jiang, Elizabeth Landers, Angela Lee, Katie Nykanen, Grace Oh, Claire Putnam, Jordan Simpson, Cecilia Trode, and Ben Wolk. Sixth graders, coached by Laura Gordon and Kyle Wade, achieving outstanding results include Tyler Bahnman, Joseph Bogle, Kelsey Musick, Heather Payne, Cameron Tedone, and James Williams. For more information, call 770-232-3200.
The Trickum Middle Academic Bowl Team earned 1st place in the PAGE regional competition. Trickum Middle students qualified to represent the region at the State semifinals in Macon. Team members include Glenn Branscomb, Nick Eberhardt, Charles Fang, Captain Kristen Jolley, Timmy Philip, Pranav Ramesh, David Rhodes, Deep Datta Roy, and Joshua Wong. The team went undefeated for all seven rounds. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
The Grayson Elementary Parent Academy will sponsor a session on writing strategies on Jan. 25 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the school. The session will offer parents information on developing instructional strategies to support learning at home. For more information, call Lora Thompson at 770-962-6766.
The Grayson High mixed chorus, under the direction of Renée Wilson-Wicker, has been selected to perform for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference in Savannah this month. The Grayson High Mixed Chorus is one of four high school choirs in the state to be recognized and invited to perform. Students will be singing a 30-minute program in Savannah’s historic Christ Church as part of the Grand Concert on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. The chorus will perform the same program for the community on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Grayson High theater. For more information, call 770-554-1071.
The Simpson Elementary PTA will host Stuart J. Murphy, author of “MathStart,” during the day on Jan. 27. “MathStart” is one of the Top Ten Nonfiction Series for Young Children according to Booklist magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. Mr. Murphy will speak with parents regarding math strategies from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 27, followed by student-led math activities for families. Mr. Murphy’s will be available to sign his books at the end of the evening. For more information, call 770-417-2400.
Gwinnett County residents, and those in surrounding communities, have the opportunity to participate in a “Community Conversation.” On Jan. 27, Gov. Sonny Perdue and state Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox will lead a statewide “Community Conversation” to create Georgia’s definition of educational excellence. Twenty public schools will serve as sites for this landmark engagement that will have parents, business leaders, community members, educators and others talking about what makes a public school great. Citizens may participate in person by attending the local event at Peachtree Ridge High located at 1555 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee. The event will take place on Jan. 27 from 6:45 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for seating on a first-come first-served basis. An opening 30-minute program, featuring Governor Perdue and Superintendent Cox, will be broadcast to all locations via Georgia Public Broadcasting. Online participants may visit www.ie2.org to watch the conversation through video streaming give their input via email. In addition, after watching the broadcast on Georgia Public Television, beginning at 7 p.m., participants may mail in comments. For more information, call the Georgia Department of Education at 404-656-2800.
An award-winning ensemble of Brookwood High students will present an encore performance of “Into the Woods” on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The musical features the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and Jack the Giant Killer. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster Web site at www.bpab.info.
The Brookwood High Dance Department will sponsor a Girl Scout workshop on Jan. 29 (for Brownies) and on Feb. 5 (for Juniors and Cadets) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the theater. This workshop is a fun-filled day of dancing with other Girl Scouts in the area to earn a Dance patch. The cost is $12 per girl, which includes a snack and the Dance Patch. To register or for more information, call 770-985-0653, ext. 21.
The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Mill Creek HS theater. Regional (district), state, and national bees also are held later in the spring. For more information about upcoming spelling bee activities, contact Cindy Gaskins at 770-904-5450.
Susan Stripling Elementary will host a “Tribute to Motown” on Feb. 1, in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-582-7577.
Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a visit from Carmen Agra Deedy, an award winning author, on Feb. 1. Ms. Deedy is a storyteller and author of numerous best-selling children’s books. For more information, call Linda McMahon at 770-447-2691.
The students at Beaver Ridge Elementary in partnership with Harriet Beecher Stowe School 64 in Indianapolis, Indiana, will participate in a Read-A-Thon through Jan. 31 to help the children of South Asia and Africa. Participants may donate $1 for every book they read to the Save the Children Fund. Beaver Ridge Elementary has raised more than $200.00 with 14 classrooms reporting. For more information, call Joan Johnson at 404-242-9032.
GCPS TV HIGHLIGHTS
“The Author in You-Barbara Robinson” Known by students for her book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and its sequel “The Best School Year Ever,” author Barbara Robinson joins GCPS TV for a special edition of The Author in You. This 30-minute program airs Jan. 24 to Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air Jan. 24-March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
February 8 and 9 are early-release days for elementary and middle schools to allow time for parent-teacher conferences. Visit the parent section of the GCPS Web site—www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us—to find 7 ways to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences.
The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
|Alford ES||20-Jan||678-924-5300||Lanier MS||Jan.||770/945-8419|
|Alton C. Crews MS||11-Jan||770/982-6940||Lawrenceville ES||Jan.||770/963-1813|
|Annistown ES||770/979-2950||Lilburn ES||Jan.||770/921-7707|
|Arcado ES||Jan.||770/925-2100||Lilburn MS||Jan.||770/921-1776|
|B. B. Harris ES||11-Jan||770/476-2241||Mason ES||14-Jan||770/232-3370|
|Beaver Ridge ES||Jan.||770/447-6307||McConnell MS||31-Jan||770/554-1000|
|Benefield ES||Jan.||770/962-3771||McKendree ES||21-Jan||678/377-8933|
|Berkeley Lake ES||770/446-0947||Meadowcreek ES||770/931-5701|
|Berkmar HS||Jan.||770/921-3636||Meadowcreek HS||Jan.||770/381-9680|
|Bethesda ES||18-Jan||770/921-2000||Mountain Park ES||770/921-2224|
|Brookwood ES||31-Jan||770/736-4360||Nesbit ES||Jan.||770/414-2740|
|Brookwood HS||27-Jan||770/972-7642||Norcross ES||Jan.||770/448-2188|
|Camp Creek ES||28-Jan||770/921-1626||Norcross HS||13-Jan||770/448-3674|
|Cedar Hill ES||13-Jan||770/962-5015||North Gwinnett HS||770/945-9558|
|Centerville ES||770/972-2220||Norton ES||Jan.||770/985-1933|
|Central Gwinnett HS||770/963-8041||Oakland Center||Jan.||770/513-6800|
|Chattahoochee ES||Jan.||770/497-9907||Parkview HS||25-Jan||770/921-2874|
|Collins Hill HS||Jan.||770/682-4100||Parsons ES||24-Jan||678/957-3050|
|Cooper ES||10-Jan||770/554-7050||Partee ES||Jan.||770/982-6920|
|Corley ES||678-924-5330||Peachtree ES||Jan.||770/448-8710|
|Craig ES||31-Jan||770/978-5560||Peachtree Ridge HS||Jan.||678/957-3100|
|Creekland MS||20-Jan||770/338-4700||Pharr ES||770/985-0244|
|Dacula ES||7-Jan||770/963-7174||Pinckneyville MS||18-Jan||770/263-0860|
|Dacula HS||28-Jan||770/963-6664||R.D. Head ES||12-Jan||770/972-8050|
|Dacula MS||Jan.||770/963-1110||Rebecca Minor ES||Jan.||770/925-9543|
|Duluth HS||770/476-5206||Richard Hull MS||14-Jan||770/232-3200|
|Duluth MS||11-Jan||770/476-3372||Riverside ES||11-Jan||678/482-1000|
|Duncan Creek ES||13-Jan||678/714-5800||Rock Springs ES||Jan.||770/932-7474|
|Five Forks MS||770/972-1506||Rockbridge ES||770/448-9363|
|Fort Daniel ES||7-Jan||770/932-7400||Shiloh ES||Jan.||770/985-6883|
|Freeman's Mill ES||Jan.||678/377-8955||Shiloh HS||18-Jan||770/972-8471|
|GIVE Center||Jan.||770/338-4898||Shiloh MS||Jan.||770/972-3224|
|Grayson ES||Jan.||770/963-7189||Simonton ES||Jan.||770/513-6637|
|Grayson HS||Jan.||770/554-1071||Simpson ES||7-Jan||770/417-2400|
|Gwin Oaks ES||21-Jan||770/972-3110||Snellville MS||Jan.||770/972-1530|
|Harbins ES||18-Jan||770/682-4270||South Gwinnett HS|| Jan. 18||770/972-4840|
|Harmony ES||20-Jan||770/945-7272||Stripling ES||770/582-7577|
|Hopkins ES||Jan.||770/564-2661||Sugar Hill ES||6-Jan||770/945-5735|
|Ivy Creek ES||678/714-3655||Summerour MS||11-Jan||770/448-3045|
|J. G. Dyer ES||10-Jan||770/963-6214||Suwanee ES||770/945-5763|
|J.C. Magill ES||Jan.||770/554-1030||Sweetwater MS||Jan.||770/923-4131|
|J.E. Richards MS||770/995-7133||Sycamore ES||11-Jan||678/714-5770|
|Jackson ES||770/682-4200||T. Carl Buice Center||Jan.||770/271-5060|
|K. E. Taylor ES||Jan.||770/338-4680||Trickum MS||770/921-2705|
|Kanoheda ES||770/682-4221||W. C. Britt ES||20-Jan||770/972-4500|
|Knight ES||24-Jan||770/921-2400||Walnut Grove ES||27-Jan||770/513-6892|