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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
08/29/2011 - 09/04/2011
Parkview High will host a Clubs and Activities Fair on Aug. 26 during lunch period. Students are encouraged to “PLUG- into Parkview” and explore the clubs and activities available to them as students attending the school. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes. For more information, call Carla Hamilton, Parkview High assistant principal, at 770-921-2874.
Peachtree Ridge High Teacher Debbie McAfee from was selected to participate in the annual Reading and Scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Examinations over the summer in English Language and Composition. For more information, call 678-957-3100.
Duncan Creek Elementary art student Brent Crader has had his work selected from more than 4,700 submissions nationwide to represent the state of Georgia in the VSA and CVS Caremark “All Kids Can CREATE” exhibition. The inclusive exhibition will feature the work of two artists per state and debuted at the Washington, D.C. Union Station over the summer before beginning a two-year tour to children’s museums across the country. Brent is the student of Art Teacher Jackie Ellett. His submission is titled “Dreaming Just Like Chagall.” for more information, contact Kelsey Acers, Kennedy Center Intern-VSA - The International Organization on Arts and Disability, at 202-628-2800, or visit vsart.org.
South Gwinnett High and Gwinnett County Public Schools have been awarded a three-year grant for a comprehensive after school program to support students. The grant funds support the FUTURE program that began as a successful partnership with South Gwinnett, three area churches, and several community organizations. The grant will support one hundred and fifty at-risk students each year for twelve hours a week in tutoring, credit recovery, graduation test requirements support, recreation, and skills development. Transportation home is part of the grant funding. The Grant award is $272,610 for the first year. For more information, call 770-972-4840.
GCPS winners of the 2011 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award are Mountain View High and Archer High. The award honors schools around the state that exhibit exceptional sportsmanship during competitive events. Georgia EMC is proud to sponsor the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award. For more information, call Mike Emery, Director of Athletics, Student Activities and Community Schools, at 678-301-7276.
The Teachers As Leaders Class of 2011-2012 has been announced by Teachers As Leaders, Inc. The Teachers As Leaders program is designed to provide teachers with cutting-edge leadership skills that will enhance student learning. Participants are introduced to a curriculum of leadership principles and provided opportunities to explore leadership skills through a series of retreats and program days that include meeting with community, state, and national leaders in both education and business. The program also includes a study group component that meets to discuss how each program relates to leadership. The teachers selected for the program will be challenged to expand and extend the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, the educational community, and the community-at-large for the purpose of improved instruction and individual student success. The following GCPS teachers have been accepted into this year’s class.
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce recently kicked off the 27th class of Leadership Gwinnett which will train Gwinnett’s newest leaders in the business, civic, and cultural communities from August 2011 to May 2012. From the nearly 800 nominations received each year for the nine-month experience, Leadership Gwinnett alumni selected the final group of 40 based on work experience, accomplishments, community involvement, education and other information from their individual applications. The 2011–2012 Leadership Gwinnett Class includes the following GCPS employees: Greg LaHatte, director of broadcast and distance learning; Molly McAuliffe, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology counselor; Ed Shaddix, North Gwinnett High principal; and Kendra Washington-Bass, assistant director of leadership development. Leadership Gwinnett Sustaining Partners, whose generous financial support helps to make the program possible, include Andersen, Tate & Carr, PC; Brand Banking Company, Brand Mortgage Group, Cisco, Georgia Gwinnett College, Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, King & Spalding, and McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP.
|Brittany Aarestad||Norcross High||Ashley Kirkland||Chattahoochee Elementary|
|Nelldra Allen||Duluth Middle||Anna Lawrence||Dacula Middle|
|Jennifer Bahr||Brookwood High||Amy Lopez||Mulberry Elementary|
|Sharon Black||Walnut Grove Elementary||April Mitchell||Radloff Middle|
|Mandi Burgess||Lovin Elementary||Dr. Vickie Nash||Arcado Elementary|
|Lindsey Cafarella||Peachtree Ridge High||Gary Neff||Pinckneyville Middle|
|Doug Callahan||Jones Middle||Lisa Noel||Partee Elementary|
|Shannon Carter||Beaver Ridge Elementary||Jill Reid||Mason Elementary|
|Mary Clelland||Riverside Elementary||Amber Russell||Anderson-Livsey Elementary|
|Jacquelyn Dargon||Benefield Elementary||Leslie Sazera||Buford Middle School|
|Robin Davis||North Gwinnett Middle||Leslie Sheppard||Buford Academy|
|Cappy Douglass||Shiloh High||Mary Siler||Minor Elementary|
|Mandy Goodwin||Lawrenceville Elementary||Donna Stimpson||Central Gwinnett High|
|Tarcida Hernandez||Creekland Middle||Candace Swords||Shiloh Elementary|
|Venice Hinds||Norcross Elementary||Lori VanBuskirk||Berkeley Lake Elementary|
|Brenda Hitchcock||Bethesda Elementary||Meaghan Wagar||Parsons Elementary|
|Bernita Houston-Craven||Rosebud Elementary||Katie Walker||Harbins Elementary|
|Mandee Jablonski||Berkmar Middle||Lauren Whiting||Hopkins Elementary|
|Eve Jones||B.B. Harris Elementary||Ginger Whitley||Camp Creek Elementary|
|Rosalita Kennedy||Jenkins Elementary||John Willis||Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology|
|Staci Kinsler||Ivy Creek Elementary|
Dacula High freshmen will learn the “Dacula Way” through an orientation program of sessions held during the first four weeks of school. Freshmen will hear from the principal, resource officer, and several assistant principals on topics ranging from getting involved and making their mark to understanding the damaging power of a zero averaged into their grades. In addition, these freshmen are introduced to some outstanding upperclassmen leaders, as well as enjoying the talents of the marching band and cheerleaders. For more information, contact Jeannie Hidalgo at 770-338-4767.
United Way Women’s Leadership Council in Gwinnett will honor Dr. Frances Davis, GCPS Chief Human Resources Officer, at the 8th Annual Legacy Awards on August 27 at the Gwinnett Marriott. Exemplary women will be honored for their Time, Talent, Treasure, and Legacy. For more information, email email@example.com.
Gwinnett County Public Schools educators will kick off Teaching American History with an event highlighting keynote speaker Ambassador Andrew Young on August 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville. Educators who teach U.S. History have additional resources to make sure their students master the subject thanks to a $1.4 million grant the school system earned from the U.S. Department of Education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that GCPS is one of only four school districts in Georgia selected for the Teaching American History grant. The funding will support more than 150 high school social studies teachers as they work to raise the achievement of Gwinnett students. For more information, call Debbie Daniell, K-12 Social Studies Director, at 678-301-7028.
Oakland Meadow School will honor the lives of military personnel with a week-long event culminating with a “Patriot Day” celebration on Sept. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff members will focus on themes of patriotism, freedom, respect, diversity, flag etiquette, writings of what it means to be an American, books, videos, and history. Students will create a Freedom Wall and Freedom Fence at the school. Many branches of the service will attend along with the Mayor of Lawrenceville. For more information, call 770-513-6800.
Puckett’s Mill Elementary fine arts teachers are participating in an international “Pinwheels for Peace” installation (www.pinwheelsforpeace.com). Students are creating pinwheels to house feelings and thoughts on Peace. The pinwheels will be “planted” in the ground in conjunction with international peace day on Sept. 21. Students in each grade level will be taught a song inspired by the thought of peace. Students will sing the songs outside the school while installing the pinwheels throughout the day. After 1 p.m., more than 1,100 student/faculty pinwheels will be displayed in the front of the school. For more information, call Beau Pezoldt, teacher at 678-765-5110.
The Peachtree Ridge Foundation announces “Flicks for the Foundation”— a family movie night for Peachtree Ridge cluster schools. Movies will be shown on Sept. 30 on the high school practice field. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Guests can come early and stroll the silent auction booths filled with themed baskets donated by cluster schools and the Peachtree Ridge High booster clubs. Children can play in the bounce houses and families can enjoy dinner from the concession stand provided by the Touchdown Club. Donations of $5 per person will be accepted (children four and under are free). For more information contact Jane Denton, Executive Director at 770-495-5415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall (7th District) will speak on the Flat Tax and events in Washington, D.C., including the national debt, to Peachtree Ridge High Teacher Linda Brimmer’s Financial Literacy class on Oct. 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Peachtree Ridge High at (678) 957-3100.
Pharr Elementary students will have a better understanding of the connection to the natural world by growing a garden. Over the summer the school contracted with a landscaping company to create raised gardens for growing fruits and vegetables. The gardens will be irrigated with a rain recovery system that stores rain from the cafeteria roof. Students will participate in the growing, care and eventual harvesting of the plants in the gardens. Pharr Elementary hopes to eventually grow enough produce to donate to a local food coop. For more information, call 770-985-0244.
Norcross High visual arts students recently hosted a visit from professional artists at Art Career Night. Architects, graphic designers, interior designer, photographers, web designer, and an animator came to Norcross High on Aug. 16 to show their portfolios in a joint meeting of the National Art Honor Society, Norcross High Art Club, and the La Voz Art Club. Students interacted with the professionals and discussed potential career pathways. For more information, call Barbara Willis, Norcross High visual arts teacher, at 770-448-3674.
“Going, Going, Faster - The Science of Speed” Students will have the opportunity to meet Indy and NASCAR drivers and follow them as they drive the race track and demonstrate Newton’s First Law. From the legendary oval track in Indianapolis, students will explore how technology is enhancing the ability to go faster and faster! This 60-min. program airs this week at 1 p.m.
“Gwinnett Prep Rally” Gwinnett County’s original high school sports television program, featuring high school sporting highlights from across the county, returns exclusively to GCPS TV this week. This 30-min. program airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Wed.-Fri. at 7:30 a.m., 7 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.
“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” Spanish for Educators is a valuable language resource and learning opportunity provided by GCPS TV. This 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday.
Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 and 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail email@example.com. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.
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September is Library Card Sign-up Month.
September 5 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.
September 11 is Patriots Day.
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 15, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 17 is Citizenship Day.
September 17-23 is Constitution Week.
The following schools will hold School Council Dates in August and September. Call the local school for the time and location.
|Benefield Elementary||25-Aug||Alford Elementary||16-Sep|
|Camp Creek Elementary||26-Aug||Annistown Elementary||27-Sep|
|Chesney Elementary||12-Aug||Arcado Elementary||12-Sep|
|Craig Elementary||29-Aug||Archer High School||19-Sep|
|Henry Partee Elementary||24-Aug||B.B. Harris Elementary||29-Sep|
|Jenkins Elementary||29-Aug||Beaver Ridge Elementary||29-Sep|
|Level Creek Elementary||19-Aug||Berkmar Middle||22-Sep|
|Lovin Elementary||11-Aug||Bethesda Elementary||12-Sep|
|Mill Creek High||16-Aug||Brookwood Elementary||19-Sep|
|Norcross High||11-Aug||Brookwood High||20-Sep|
|Oakland School||30-Aug||Burnette ES||16-Sep|
|Peachtree Elementary||26-Aug||Camp Creek Elementary||30-Sep|
|Simpson Elementary||26-Aug||Cedar Hill Elementary||8-Sep|
|W.J. Cooper Elementary||16-Aug||Centerville Elementary||9-Sep|
|Woodward Mill Elementary||26-Aug||Chattahoochee Elementary||20-Sep|
|Collins Hill High||20-Sep|
|Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary||16-Sep|
|Duncan Creek Elementary||21-Sep|
|Fort Daniel Elementary||2-Sep|
|Frank N. Osborne Middle||2-Sep|
|G.H. Hopkins Elementary||30-Sep|
|GIVE Center East||20-Sep|
|GIVE Center West||29-Sep|
|Glenn C. Jones Middle||15-Sep|
|Grace Snell MS||12-Sep|
|Gwin Oaks Elementary||2-Sep|
|Ivy Creek Elementary||16-Sep|
|J.C. Magill Elementary||2-Sep|
|J.E. Richards Middle||26-Sep|
|J.G. Dyer Elementary||28-Sep|
|Louise Radloff Middle||15-Sep|
|Margaret Winn Holt Elementary||1-Sep|
|Mountain Park Elementary||19-Sep|
|Mountain View High School||16-Sep|
|North Gwinnett Middle||15-Sep|
|Peachree Ridge High||22-Sep|
|Puckett's Mill Elementary||8-Sep|
|R.D. Head Elementary||15-Sep|
|R.L. Norton Elementary||30-Sep|
|Rebecca Minor Elementary||22-Sep|
|Sugar Hill Elementary||13-Sep|
|T. Carl Buice School||9-Sep|
|Twin Rivers Middle||16-Sep|
|W.C. Britt Elementary||13-Sep|
|Walnut Grove Elementary||29-Sep|
|White Oak Elementary||14-Sep|
EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
Part science and nature center, part energy institute, and part history center, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) is a collaborative educational initiative. Partners are GCPS, Gwinnett County Government, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The Center is dedicated to student field studies and activities Mon. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at http://www.gwinnettehc.org/ or call 770-904-3500.