News You Can Use - 12/12/2005









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
12/12/2005 - 01/11/2006


Note: News You Can Use… will return Jan. 13, 2006.

THIS WEEKEND
Twenty members of the newly formed Louise Radloff Middle Step Team will march and perform in the City of Lilburn Christmas Parade on Dec. 10. For more information, call Mae Donnell at 678-245-3400.

HONORS
In late November, 43 Gwinnett teachers learned that they had successfully completed the process for National Board Certification. (Teachers who began the process in another school system may not be included in this total.) Gwinnett’s group of National Board-Certified Teachers is the largest of any Georgia school system, accounting for about 13% of the state's certified teachers this year. All total, more than 200 GCPS educators hold Board certification. For a list of newly certified teachers, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508, or visit the GCPS Web site.

Robert Andrews, director of fine arts, was named Georgia Art Education Association’s (GAEA) 2006 Administrator of the Year. In addition, the following GCPS visual art teachers were accepted in the GAEA Member’s Juried Exhibit: Purna Ahuja of Meadowcreek Elementary, Karen Campbell of Collins Hill High, Lauren Phillips of Norcross Elementary, and Debi West of Level Creek Elementary.

Georgia’s All State Jazz Band has selected three GCPS students as participants. The students are Josh Allen of Mill Creek High, Joe Sanchez of Norcross High, and Stephen Shealy of Shiloh High. For more information, call Robert Andrews, at 770-513-6788.

Four academic teams will represent Gwinnett in the PAGE Academic Bowl Regional Competition on Jan. 9. The teams are Duluth Middle, Lanier Middle, J.P. McConnell Middle, and Trickum Middle. For a list of team members, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

Ten Brookwood High students were regional winners at the All-State Festival of Art and Design. Student winners are Sara Adams, Greg Beals, Katie Brick, Shannon Darby, Elizabeth Debban, Lana Doan, Adam Edwards, Kelley Hogan, Lauren C. Hughes, and Holly Sabin. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Winners of the Lilburn Christmas Parade Art Contest, sponsored by the Lilburn Business Association, are 1st place- Madison Dean, Camp Creek Elementary; 2nd place- Maria Morales, Lilburn Elementary; and 3rd place- Jaida Franklin, Lilburn Elementary. Winners will ride on the float with Santa in the Lilburn Christmas Parade on Dec.10 beginning at 10 a.m., and will receive certificates and T-shirts with their artwork printed on them. For more information, call the local schools.

UPCOMING
Lawrenceville Elementary will hold a graduation ceremony on Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. in the gym for its 5th grade students to mark their completion of the ADVANCE program. ADVANCE (Avoiding Drugs, Violence And Negative Choices Early) is a program developed by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Board of Education, and Gwinnett United in Drug Education (GUIDE). Officer Mark Dau of the Lawrenceville Police Department has presented this program over a period of seven weeks. Lawrenceville Mayor Bobby Sikes will attend the ceremony along with Chief Randy Johnson, Major Paul King, Captain Greg Vaughn, and Lieutenant Gary Kotkiewicz. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

The top two spellers from each Gwinnett elementary and middle school will compete in School Board Districts Spelling Bees on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees will move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held Jan. 28 at the Mill Creek High theater. Regional (district), state, and national bees will be held later in the spring. For more information about upcoming spelling bee activities, contact Cindy Gaskins at 770-904-5450.

Creekland Middle’s Heritage Club will sponsor an assembly on Jan. 13 in the gym. Mr. Bennie Boswell Jr., from Wachovia Bank will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Audrey Flowers at 770-338-4700.

ONGOING
Throughout the school year, student artwork from Mill Creek High, Glenn C. Jones Middle, and Frank N. Osborne Middle is displayed at the Hamilton Mill Starbucks. These illustrations are Reflections winners. For more information, call the local schools.

GCPS TV
“Connections: Science and Music with the National Symphony Orchestra”- The Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series. You have probably heard about connections between science and music, but can you actually hear them? When do musicians use science? Why do scientists study music? In this stimulating multimedia performance, NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers, with a mixed ensemble of NSO musicians, explores scientific and musical concepts in acoustics, medicine, computer science, and psychology. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 13-17 at 11 a.m.

“Meet the Author: Avi” This 2003 Newbery Medal winner for “Crispin: The Cross of Lead” is the author of numerous books, including “Nothing But the Truth,” and a Newbery Honor Book: “The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.” His books include tales of mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction for young readers of all ages. This 30-min. program airs Dec. 12-18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“The Arts in Every Classroom: A Video Workshop” Annenberg/CPB. The programs in this video library show classroom teachers and arts specialists using the arts in a variety of successful ways. Teachers featured in these programs include specialists in dance, music, theatre, and visual art, as well as classroom teachers from kindergarten through fifth grade. Programs 13-14 (two 30-min. programs airing back-to-back) of this 14-part workshop air Dec. 12 at 11 a.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 through Jan. 3 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 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.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Dec. 14-16 are early release days for high school exams.

Dec. 19-30 is Winter Break (for students) with student holidays Jan. 2 and 3. Students return to school Jan. 4.

Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and a systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 12, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Rd., Suwanee, GA.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during December and January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
December
Centerville
12/14
Fort Daniel
12/2
Grayson High
12/2
Meadowcreek High
12/2
Radloff
12/1
Riverside
12/13
Sweetwater
12/15
School
January
Annistown
1/17
Arcado
1/26
Berkmar Middle
1/12
Brookwood Elementary
1/13
Brookwood High
1/17
Buice Center
1/24
Central Gwinnett
1/30
Chattahoochee
1/19
Corley
1/20
Creekland
1/12
Dacula High
1/6
Duncan Creek
1/13
Five Forks
1/20
Grayson Elementary
1/31
Hopkins
1/26
Jackson
1/10
Lawrenceville
1/6
Level Creek
1/6
Lilburn Middle
1/30
Magill
1/13
Minor
1/12
Mountain Park
1/24
Nesbit
1/27
North Gwinnett
1/13
Norton
1/24
Oakland
1/30
Pinckneyville
1/10
Radloff
1/26
Shiloh Middle
1/23
Simonton
1/27
Simpson
1/12
Snellville
1/17
Suwanee
1/26
Sycamore
1/12