News You Can Use - 04/03/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
04/03/2006 - 04/16/2006


News You Can Use… will return April 13, 2006.

TONIGHT
On March 30, the Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) will hold high school annual Awards Night at Berkmar High. Outstanding gifted student are being recognized at an awards reception. Five students will be awarded $100 scholarships to attend summer enrichment. Winners of the scholarships are Allison Fisher of Simpson Elementary and Jazmin Montoya of Pharr Elementary, Emily Summerbell of Creekland Middle, and Rachel Johnston and Luke Christensen, both of Grayson High. Four graduating seniors will be awarded Ruth Cowan Scholarships of $500 each. The recipients are Stephen Pety of Duluth High, Alexander Riehm of Brookwood High, Ming-Yee Lin of Shiloh High, and Joshua Mitchell of Central Gwinnett High. Amanda Sailors of Dacula High is the 2005-06 Gifted Classroom Teacher of the Year. The Gifted Program Teacher of the Year for 2005-06 is Mandy Collins of McKendree Elementary. Principal Mary Ray of Craig Elementary is the Administrator of the Year. The Parent of the Year is Saira Faisthalab. The Hughes Service Award winner is Gloria Ernest, secretary in GCPS’ Gifted and Talented Education Office. For a complete list of students honored, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

HONORS
The Peachtree Ridge High robotics team will head to world championship competition on April 27-29 at the Georgia Dome. The team won first place in the U.S. FIRST Peachtree Regional Robotics Competition. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

Parkview High Latin teacher Robert Patrick was awarded a grant in the amount of $3,600 by the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend the Summer Institute for “Houses of Mortals and Gods—Latin Literature in Context.” Mr. Patrick will travel to Baltimore, Md., and Rome, Italy, as part of the five-week program. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

Elizabeth Gulley, a Henry Partee Elementary preschool teacher, is the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Student in Special Education Award from Georgia State University. This recognition is for outstanding scholarship and service in the special education master's degree program. Ms. Gulley will receive the award at the Honors Day Ceremony on April 27 at 4 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, call 770-982-6920.

GCPS students performed well at the Georgia Music Educators Association District 13 Large Group Performance Evaluation for middle school orchestra. Fifteen middle schools earned ‘superior’ and ‘excellent’ ratings. For a list of schools, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

GCPS earned top honors in the Georgia Academic Team Association Scholar’s Bowl tournament on March 25 at Rutland High in Macon. A team from J.P. McConnell Middle won 1st place, Duluth Middle’s team won 2nd place, and a Trickum Middle team won 3rd place. For more information, call the local schools.

A number of GCPS Future Problem Solving teams qualified for 2005-06 State Bowl competition. Pinckneyville Middle qualified from the Middle Division. The team is coached by Carol Byess, and members include Allyson Adams, Meghan Feeney, Jamie Gilson, and Andrea Howard. The Junior Division teams include Norcross Elementary, coached by Danielle Rankin with members Genesis Aguilar, Sam Kick, Tyler Owens, and Courtney Pringle; Pinckneyville Middle, coached by Traci Baldwin with members Parker Buntin, A.J. Greenway, Mallory McEwen, and Amelia Watson; Riverside Elementary coached by Emily Brubaker, Brenda Sizemore, and Julie Denman, with members Lauren Aycock, Apoorva Gangavelli, Brianna Groll, and Emily Hyatt; Riverside Elementary coached by Marion Sebastian with members Brianna Avery, Alec Cook, Addie Owens, and Amanda Shimmin; Riverside Elementary coached by Lisa Vaughn with members Morgane Bulpin, Kian Pourak, Amelia Williams, and Meaghan Young; and Simpson Elementary coached by Katherine Russo with members Robert Hensey, Louisa Luranc, Emma Reidy, and Austin Zakas.

Kim Fye, a Shiloh High teacher, received the Georgia Perimeter College 2005-06 Stars Rising Award. Ms. Fye was nominated by her principal, Dr. Bill Kruskamp, as a teacher who exemplifies excellence in teaching, promotes academic excellence in students, and serves as a mentor to students. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

GCPS named its 2006 Bus Managers and Monitors of the Year at a banquet in March. June Thomason, who drives in the North Gwinnett Cluster, was named Regular Education Bus Manager of the Year. Robert Purcell, who drives for special needs East Sector, was named Special Needs Bus Manager of the Year; and Heather Mack, who serves students in the Berkmar Cluster, was named Bus Monitor of the Year. For more information, call Karen Stanow at 770-513-6855 x179.

UPCOMING
Duluth High will host 12 German exchange students and their teachers in April. The exchange is sponsored by the German-American Partnership Program. The students and teachers will arrive on April 8. The group will do some local sight seeing trips. In May, the tables will turn and Duluth High students will travel to Germany and live with the families of the German students they hosted in April. Duluth students will visit local and regional sights while improving their German by living with a German family for three weeks. For more information, call German teacher Amy Enter at 770-476-5206.

Berkmar High will host Heart Screenings for Teens, offering echocardiograms for students on April 15. A charge of $58 covers the cost of the test. A Board-certified pediatric cardiologist will read the results. Visit www.heartscreensforteens.com for more information and to download registration and consent forms. Appointments may be made by calling Candy Stanford at 770-638-8391.

Arcado Elementary will host a 25th Anniversary celebration on April 17, beginning at 7 p.m. in the gym. Former Arcado students— especially families with a second or third generation student at the school— are invited to contact the school to become a part of the celebration. For more information, call Koki Horner at 770-925-2100 or by email at koki_horner@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Duluth High will host a visit from Mark O’Connor and Appalachia Waltz Trio on April 17. This internationally acclaimed string trio will perform selections from their original compositions of American music. The Duluth Wildcat Fiddlers will perform before the main act. Tickets are $15, and checks may be made out to the Duluth Symphony and Orchestra Association. For information on how to purchase a ticket, call Reid Smith at 770-232-3393.

Annistown Elementary will sponsor a Garage Sale on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. until noon. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Students in the classes of Dr. Michael Brasel, who teaches U.S. history, European history, and macroeconomics at Mill Creek High, will create a display of the Holocaust, in time for viewing by Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the school theater. Students will act as curators, producers, and guides to the display. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Meadowcreek High is looking for local authors, storytellers, book enthusiasts, journalists, community service personnel, parents, and community members to participate in the 2006 Creek Mustangs Love to Read Festival, an event to promote and celebrate reading and literacy. The event will be held April 27-29 in the school’s media center. Events will include authors reading and signing their books, writers critiquing student work, story telling, and student poetry recitations. Book vendors will be present, and authors are invited to bring copies of their own books to sell. To volunteer for the event or for more information, call Angela Reid at 770-806-2236 or 404-435-3873, or email Ms. Reid at Angela_Reid@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

RECENTLY
The Mill Creek High National Art Honor Society and Art club raised $500 by holding bake sales and pottery sales. The money will be donated to the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. For more information, call 678-714-5863.

GCPS TV
“Meet the Author-Kevin Henkes” It was in his room at a card table when 19-year-old Kevin Henkes became an author and illustrator. From the Newbery Honor Book “Olive's Ocean,” to “Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse to Chester's Way” to his 2005 Caldecott Medal Winner, “Kitten's First Full Moon,” Henkes’ engaging characters and humor delights readers of all ages. During this live program, Henkes will discuss how he plans and illustrates his book, how he creates personality traits for his characters, and the role of action and consequences. This 30-min. program airs April 3-8 at 2 and 7 p.m.

“Teaching Reading 3-5” This video workshop shows elementary teachers how to help their students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” The series features leading experts who discuss current research on learning to read and teaching a diverse range of students. The research is illustrated by clips from real classroom lessons, allowing teachers to better understand and apply the research in their own classes. Programs 9 through 16 (two 30-min. programs airing back-to-back) air April 3-6 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 May 23 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This GCPS TV original series, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. However, the community is invited to watch and learn as well. The 10-part series will air in hour-long segments through May 28. Each week, a new show will premiere at 8 p.m. on Monday, then be rebroadcast in that same time slot Tuesday through Sunday.

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
Employees and citizens have five opportunities in April to hear about proposed budget plans for 2006–07 and discuss education topics with their elected officials in a public forum. One meeting is scheduled in each of the School Board members’ districts. Area Board Meetings are set for…
• April 11, Daniel Seckinger’s District II meeting (Collins Hill, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge clusters), hosted at North Gwinnett High;
• April 18, Carole Boyce’s District I meeting (Dacula and Grayson clusters), hosted at Central Gwinnett High;
• April 20, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy’s District III meeting (Duluth and Norcross clusters), hosted at Duluth High;
• April 25, Dr. Robert McClure’s District IV meeting (Brookwood, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett clusters), hosted at Brookwood High; and
• April 27, Louise Radloff’s District V meeting (Berkmar, Meadowcreek, and Parkview clusters), hosted at Parkview High.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for information on GCPS prom dates, graduation dates, and kindergarten registration.

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

April 3-7 is spring break for schools.

April 8 is a systemwide spring holiday for GCPS. All locations will be closed.

April 10-16 is Young People’s Poetry Week.

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

April 14 is a student and teacher holiday.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during March and April. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
March
School
April
Alcova Elementary
3/16
Alcova Elementary
4/6
Bethesda Elementary
3/21
Berkmar Middle
4/27
Britt Elementary
3/30
Cedar Hill Elementary
4/11
Chesney Elementary
3/17
Centerville Elementary
4/25
Collins Hill Elementary
3/27
Chattahoochee Elementary
4/18
Creekland Middle
3/23
Cooper Elementary
4/18
Dacula High
3/3
Corley Elementary
4/27
Duncan Creek
3/9
Craig Elementary
4/24
Fort Daniel Elementary
3/3
Dacula High
4/18
Grayson Elementary
3/17
Fort Daniel Elementary
4/21
Gwin Oaks Elementary
3/17
Freeman's Mill Elementary
4/13
Harbins Elementary
3/21
Gwin Oaks Elementary
4/28
Harris Elementary
3/28
Harris Elementary
4/11
Jackson Elementary
3/9
Jones Middle
4/11
Jones Middle
3/30
McConnell Middle
4/18
Lanier Middle
3/7
Meadowcreek Elementary
4/17
Mason Elementary
3/17
Meadowcreek High
4/18
McConnell Middle
3/27
Mountain Park Elementary
4/27
McKendree Elementary
3/31
Norcross Elementary
4/13
Norcross Elementary
3/9
Parkview High
4/25
North Gwinnett
3/14
Parsons Elementary
4/11
Osborne Middle
3/17
Riverside Elementary
4/11
Parsons Elementary
3/20
Shiloh High
4/25
Riverside Elementary
3/14
Shiloh Middle
4/20
Simpson Elementary
3/31
Sweetwater Middle
4/27
Snellville Middle
3/9
South Gwinnett
3/15
Sweetwater Middle
3/30
Sycamore Elementary
3/2