News You Can Use - 04/04/2005









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
04/04/2005 - 04/10/2005


News You Can Use will return on April 15, 2005.

HONORS
Six Gwinnett students are winners in the 2005 National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding Black American high school students. Winners receive $2,500 scholarships. The students are
· Courtland Allen of Brookwood High, National Achievement Scholarship
· Timothy Jones of Collins Hill High, Ernst & Young Foundation Achievement Scholarship
· Tiara Williams of Collins Hill High, National Achievement Scholarship
· Tracey John-Lewis of Dacula High, UPS Foundation Achievement Scholarship
· Ranni Tewfik of Meadowcreek High, National Achievement Scholarship
· Candace Buckner of South Gwinnett High, BellSouth Achievement Scholarship

Sandra Levent of Sugar Hill Elementary was named one of 10 Principals of the Year by the Georgia PTA. Ms. Levent will be recognized on April 30 at the State PTA Conference at the Gwinnett Civic Center. For more information, call 770-945-5735.

The Norcross High Business Education department received Industry Certification, awarded by Georgia Department of Education. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The following GCPS students placed 1st and 2nd in state Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition and will compete at National FBLA in Orlando:
School
Event
Place
Student
BrookwoodComputer Concepts
Technology Concepts
2nd
2nd
Christopher LaFay
Blake VanderWood
Central GwinnettAccounting II1stIgor Yarmurahy
DuluthEconomics1stSteven Brincks
MeadowcreekVisual Basic2ndHasan Soneji
ParkviewBusiness Calculation
Business Math
Economics
2nd
1st
2nd
Timothy Soo
Linda Liu
Lily Jang
Peachtree RidgeIntro to Business2ndHimali Patel
South GwinnettAccounting II2ndKyle Tait
For more information, call June Sweat at 770-513-6704.

Chris Fowler of North Gwinnett High won the Congress-Bundestag Scholarship and will spend his junior year attending high school in Germany. He will be honored at the Goethe Institute on May 5. In addition, North Gwinnett’s Miriam Branson and Kristen Fredriksen will be honored as being among the top five percent of German students in the U.S. based on National German Test results. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

GCPS named its 2005 Bus Managers and Monitors of the Year at a banquet on March 28. June Daniel, who drives in the Berkmar Cluster, was named Regular Education Bus Manager of the Year. Belinda Johnson, who transports Gwinnett students attending the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf and the Georgia School for the Deaf, was named Special Needs Bus Manager of the Year; and Rebecca Albritton, who serves students in the Grayson Cluster, was named Bus Monitor of the Year. For more information, call Cathy Shrader at 770-513-6700.

Norcross High student D'Andra Moss was selected for the All-Region 7AAAAA Girls Basketball team. Bryan Bostic, Daniel Emerson, and Jodie Meeks were selected for the All-Region Boys Basketball team for 7AAAAA . Eddie Martin was named Region Coach of the Year. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Richard Hull Middle 8th grade WordMasters team placed 4th nationally, and the 6th grade team placed 5th in the nation. Several students earned perfect scores at the meet: 8th graders Samantha Chancey, Julie Flynn, Nancy Ouyang, and Taylor Russell; 7th grader Tucker Green; and 6th graders Eric Ryba, Christine Walsh, and James Williams. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Richard Hull Middle MATHCOUNTS team earned 3rd place in chapter competition in March. At the state competition, Nancy Ouyang won 2nd place, and Nicholas Keith placed 3rd. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

The Trickum Middle Odyssey of the Mind teams recently participated in regional competition. The “In Your Dreams” and “Get the Message” teams placed second overall and will advance to state competition. “Laugh-a-thon” placed second in the spontaneous category and sixth overall. Trickum Middle’s banner won 3rd place. State competition will take place on April 16 in Milledgeville. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

In March, 16 GCPS middle school teams competed for the title of Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful Environmental IQ Bowl Champion at Berkmar Middle. The J.E. Richards Middle team won the competition. Frank N. Osborne Middle won 2nd place. Pinckneyville Middle won 3rd place, and Five Forks Middle won 4th place. For more information about the Environmental IQ Bowl or Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, please call 770-822-5187 or visit www.gwinnettcb.org.

At the National Art Education Association convention in Boston, Debi West of Level Creek Elementary presented “Art Detectives, Through Time,” facilitated “Kaleidoscope IV,” and was the keynote speaker at the elementary division luncheon. Karinna Moore of Pharr Elementary presented “Understanding Others Through Self-Reflection.” Alexandra Kates of Parkview High presented “Picture the Alternatives.”

The following Parkview High students won the 2005 Clark Atlanta University Annual Writers Competition:
Shalini Ramachandra, 1st place High School Essay- “The Reach of Humility”
Ting Gou, 2nd place Poetry- “Poinsettias” and High School Fiction Award- “Lines on the Sand”
Nourine Ahmed, 1st place High School Fiction- “Sphere”
Hanna Cho, 2nd place High School Fiction- “My Love, My Life”
Aryan Jolley, 3rd place High School Fiction- “Hope”

ONGOING
Richard Hull Middle is sponsoring an afterschool running club two days a week through the middle of May. Students will be instructed in running techniques, stretches, drills, and games. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

UPCOMING
The Duluth High Chorus has several events scheduled. The New York City Performance Tour takes place April 2-5. The Classical Voice recital will take place on April 21. The Choral Awards Banquet will be held in Winfield Hall on May 6. "Peach Jam" will take place in the school auditorium on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Knight Elementary will sponsor “Stevie B’s Pizza Knight” on April 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

Lawrenceville Elementary 1st grade teachers challenged all 1st grade students at the school to read 100 or more books at home between the months of September and April. More than half the students have surpassed that goal, reading a total of 15,000 books so far. The school will hold a celebration on April 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. that will include visits from guest readers and prizes. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Brookwood High students will perform an adaptation of “Frankie and Connie’s 1963 Prom” on April 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. 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 or call the Performing Arts Department at 770-985-0653.

The Duluth High Marching Band booster club will host “Savory Sounds of Duluth” on April 16 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. A silent auction and live auction will take place. There will be music performances and an assortment of dishes to sample. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Dan Miller at danmiller@speedfactory.net. For additional information, contact Marsha Anderson Bomar at marsha@streetsmarts.us or call 678-480-3801.

RECENTLY
Duluth High band students donated 140 of their old uniforms to the combined middle school and high school marching band in New Town, N.D. Additional uniforms were donated to the Tennessee School for the Deaf, which fields a percussion band, and the wardrobe departments of Aurora Theatre in Duluth and Duluth High's fine arts program. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

At the Georgia Association of Student Councils (GASC) annual conference, Norcross High juniors Michael Dermer and Lindsay Eierman were elected co-presidents of the GASC for the 2005-06 school year. The Norcross High council won awards in fund-raising, recognition, and service. Lauren Sallarulo won the senior service scholarship, and Kirsten Mixter was awarded GASC State Advisor of the Year award. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This week’s Focus program will feature accountability in Gwinnett schools, a look at the school system’s budget process, and a look back at a decade of tremendous growth for our school system. This 30-min. program airs April 4-10 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Into The Canyon” The Grand Canyon is one of the most studied geologic landscapes in the world. This distance learning journey explores the Grand Canyon's geological, biological, and cultural stories. This 60-min. program airs April 4-10 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 2) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air March 28 through April 28 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.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
April is Keep America Beautiful Month, National Poetry Month, and School Library Media Month.

April 4-8 is Spring Break for schools.

April 8 is a systemwide spring holiday for GCPS.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., April 14, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

GCPS’ Area Board Meetings will be held in April. The meetings are held in each of the Board member’s districts and give staff and community members an opportunity to get an update on school system issues. In addition, a public forum at each meeting allows for participants to discuss education topics with their elected officials. Following is a listing of the meeting dates. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. Citizens may attend any of the meetings.
April 12—District V at Berkmar HS
April 19—District II at Mill Creek HS
April 21—District IV at South Gwinnett HS
April 26—District I at Grayson HS
April 28—District III at Norcross HS

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during April. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Name of schoolAprilPhone numberName of schoolAprilPhone number
Alford Elementary
4/12/05
678-924-5300Lanier Middle
April
770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle
4/12/05
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elementary
April
770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary770/979-2950Lilburn Elementary
April
770/921-7707
Arcado Elementary
April
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
April
770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary
4/12/05
770/476-2241Mason Elementary770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge Elementary
April
770/447-6307McConnell Middle
4/26/05
770/554-1000
Benefield Elementary
April
770/962-3771McKendree Elementary678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary
4/28/05
770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary
4/18/05
770/931-5701
Berkmar High
April
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
April
770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary
4/12/05
770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary
4/21/05
770/736-4360Nesbit Elementary
April
770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross Elementary
April
770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary
4/12/05
770/921-1626Norcross High
4/14/05
770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary770/962-5015North Gwinnett High770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary
April
770/972-2220Norton Elementary
April
770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High
4/11/05
770/963-8041Oakland Center
April
770/513-6800
Chattahoochee Elementary
April
770/497-9907Parkview High
4/26/05
770/921-2874
Chesney ElementaryParsons Elementary
4/19/05
678/957-3050
Collins Hill High
April
770/682-4100Partee Elementary
April
770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary
4/11/05
770/554-7050Peachtree Elementary
April
770/448-8710
Corley Elementary
4/12/05
678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge High
April
678/957-3100
Craig Elementary
4/25/05
770/978-5560Pharr Elementary
4/26/05
770/985-0244
Creekland Middle770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary
4/13/05
770/972-8050
Dacula High
4/26/05
770/963-6664Rebecca Minor Elementary
April
770/925-9543
Dacula Middle
April
770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle770/232-3200
Duluth High
4/19/05
770/476-5206Riverside Elementary
4/19/05
678/482-1000
Duluth Middle770/476-3372Rock Springs Elementary
April
770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle
4/21/05
770/972-1506Shiloh Elementary
April
770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary
4/1/05
770/932-7400Shiloh High
4/12/05
770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill Elementary
April
678/377-8955Shiloh Middle
April
770/972-3224
GIVE Center
April
770/338-4898Simonton Elementary
April
770/513-6637
Grayson Elementary
April
770/963-7189Simpson Elementary770/417-2400
Grayson High
April
770/554-1071Snellville Middle
April
770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4/15/05
770/972-3110South Gwinnett High770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary770/682-4270Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-5735
Hopkins Elementary
April
770/564-2661Summerour Middle
4/12/05
770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary
4/19/05
678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary
4/19/05
770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary
4/18/05
770/963-6214Sweetwater Middle
April
770/923-4131
J.C. Magill Elementary
April
770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle
4/19/05
770/995-7133T. Carl Buice Center
April
770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary770/682-4200Trickum Middle770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor Elementary
April
770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary
4/28/05
770/513-6892
Knight Elementary
4/13/05
770/921-2400