News You Can Use - 03/07/2011









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
03/07/2011 - 03/13/2011


TONIGHT
Gwinnett PTAs, the Gwinnett League of Women Voters, and the AAUW of Georgia will co-host a candidates’ forum for the Gwinnett County Commission Chair candidates tonight— March 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (GJAC) auditorium. For more information, contact Rebecca Branstetter, Legislation and Advocacy Co-Chair, Gwinnett Council of PTAs, Area 3, at RebeccaArea3@GwinnettPTA.org, or 770-513-6152 or 678-735-1929.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Burnette Elementary Business Partner Publix will present $2,000 in PE equipment to the school on March 4 at 10 a.m. The PE equipment was obtained through the support of Publix and the Campbell's labels awards program. In addition, the school was recently awarded a Radio Disney Dance Party for being one of the top 20 schools in the nation for participation in the Blue Cross Blue Shield, Radio Disney “Get Fit, Get Active” school challenge. The PE equipment will allow Burnette Elementary to provide students a varied and engaging physical education experience. For more information, call Principal Kim Reed at 678-546-2170.

The Sweetwater Middle Players will travel to Columbus State University on March 5 to participate in the Georgia Junior Thespian Festival. Sweetwater Middle is one of only two schools in the state invited to perform at the festival. For more information, call 678-546-2170.

UPCOMING
To celebrate National School Breakfast Week, Meadowcreek Elementary will host a visit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 8 at 7:30 a.m. Power Panther, the USDA School Nutrition mascot, will be in attendance along with Lanna Kirk, Child Nutrition Regional Director, and Steve Hortin, Child Nutrition Deputy Director. For more information, call Karen Crawford, nutrition education coordinator, at 678-301-6245.

GCPS will hold a Transition Fair on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Peachtree Ridge High for students with disabilities, their families, and educators. This event will provide information about services and resources to help prepare students transitioning from the school system. Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives to discuss and research the options available as they transition to post-school activities and employment. In addition, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants may attend breakout sessions to learn more about topics such as Medicaid Waivers, Social Security Benefits, Estate Planning and Guardianship, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Assistive Technology, and Vocational and Community Programs. For more information call Middle and High Schools Program Coach Alison Vernon or Community Skills Program Coach Tamra King at 678-301-7121.

ONGOING
The artwork of GCPS’ many talented students will be showcased during Tapestry 2011. The event will be held for three weeks at the Instructional Support Center (ISC) with evening receptions on March 15, and March 22 at 6 p.m. The exhibit includes pottery, paintings, jewelry, etc. Call the Fine Arts Office at 678-301-7004 if you have any questions.
Tapestry Week 1 (March 1-8)
The following clusters/schools will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 1: the Meadowcreek, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, and South Gwinnett clusters; GIVE Center East; GIVE Center West; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Phoenix High.
Tapestry Week 2 (March 11-17)
The following clusters/schools will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 2: the Collins Hill, Dacula, Lanier, Mountain View, Norcross, Parkview, and Shiloh clusters.
· Reception: March 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tapestry Week 3 (March 22-29)
The following clusters/schools will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 3: the Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Duluth, and Grayson cluster; including the Grayson High Technical Education Program.
· Reception: March 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
Exhibit hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. during the week, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays.

Beginning in August of 2011, Gwinnett County Public Schools will offer students a new way to earn a diploma… online through Gwinnett Online Campus. Registration for the new school is ongoing and has been extended through March 31, 2011. Registration materials and information about the online high school and online learning can be found on the district website and at gwinnettonlinecampus.com.

Grayson High School Technical Education Program, housed on the Grayson High campus, is currently accepting application for classes in 2011-12. For more information and an application, visit http://www.graysontech.org.

Maxwell High School of Technology offers exciting, innovative courses of study for all students in Gwinnett County. Maxwell High School of Technology is currently registering students for classes in 2011-12. Maxwell is recognized as one of the premier career and technical high schools in Georgia. Visit http://www.maxwellhigh.com/registration.htm for more information and to register.

RECENTLY
Working through the Gwinnett Foundation, Kesslers Team Sports and The Sports Authority have donated 100,000 gift cards in the amount of $10 for all elementary, middle, and high school physical education students and staff. Additionally, these sponsors will donate PE and other sporting goods equipment to the school system and partner with the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame, a fundraising project benefiting academic programs of the district. For more information, call Kelly Herndon at 678-301-6077.

HONORS
Artwork from 24 GCPS art students was accepted into this spring’s 75th Atlanta Dogwood Festival, April 15-17. The Festival received 537 submissions from schools in the 12 metro counties; 88 pieces will be displayed in this spring’s exhibit. Exhibits will be shown in locations around Atlanta in March and April, with the main exhibit and awards event on April 16. GCPS schools represented are Brookwood, Mill Creek, Norcross, North Gwinnett, Parkview, and Phoenix. For more information, visit http://www.cherylmyrbo.com/dogwoodlink.html.

GCPS TV
“2011 GCPS Counselor Recognition Program” The Annual Counselor Recognition Program highlights the impact that comprehensive counseling programs make on student achievement. Tune in to learn more about the outstanding contributions this year’s recipients have made to their local schools and the school counseling profession. This 75-minute program airs March 7-13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Musical Theater: Stephen Schwartz” In this program, Academy Award, Grammy and Tony winner Stephen Schwartz talks with Michael Kerker, director of Musical Theater at ASCAP, about his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Wicked”. Schwartz also discusses his other musicals, including “Godspell”, “Pippin”, and the “Baker’s Wife”. Students hear a listen to a performance of a few of his well-known songs. This 60-minute program airs March 7-13 at 9:30 a.m.

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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor the most current News Releases.
03/01/2011Mill Creek High's Baek named U.S. Senate delegate (pdf)
02/28/2011Through “Tapestry” GCPS students show what they learn (pdf)


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CALENDAR
March is Music in Our schools Month, National Nutrition Month, and Youth Art Month.

March 6-12 is Newspapers in Education Week.

March 7-13 is National Foreign Language Week and Exceptional Children’s Week.

The High School Gateway Field Test is scheduled for March 8 and 10. (Grades 9-10, Science – March 8; Grade 10, Social Studies – March 10)

March 13 is Daylight Saving Time (advance clocks one hour).

March 14 is a snow make-up day (Priority 2) —school in session.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 17, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council meetings in March. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
March
Archer High School
21-Mar
Bay Creek Middle
13-Mar
Berkmar High
15-Mar
Buice School
29-Mar
Burnette ES
27-Mar
Camp Creek Elementary
25-Mar
Central Gwinnett High
16-Mar
Chattahoochee Elementary
8-Mar
31-Mar
Collins Hill High
15-Mar
Corley Elementary
15-Mar
Couch Middle
18-Mar
Creekland Middle
29-Mar
Crews Middle
17-Mar
Dacula High
25-Mar
Dacula Middle
8-Mar
Duluth High
31-Mar
Duluth Middle
31-Mar
Duncan Creek Elementary
29-Mar
Dyer Elementary
29-Mar
Ferguson Elementary
11-Mar
Fort Daniel Elementary
4-Mar
Frank N. Osborne Middle
11-Mar
GIVE Center West
3-Mar
Harbins Elementary
17-Mar
Harmony Elementary
3-Mar
29-Mar
Harris Elementary
24-Mar
31-Mar
Jackson Elementary
10-Mar
Jenkins Elementary
17-Mar
Jones Middle
24-Mar
Kanoheda Elementary
17-Mar
Lanier High
29-Mar
Lanier Middle
8-Mar
Level Creek Elementary
29-Mar
Lilburn Middle
31-Mar
Magill Elementary
4-Mar
Mason Elementary
18-Mar
McConnell Middle
7-Mar
McKendree Elementary
29-Mar
Mountain View High School
11-Mar
Mulberry Elementary
16-Mar
Norcross High
10-Mar
North Gwinnett High
15-Mar
North Gwinnett Middle
8-Mar
29-Mar
Norton Elementary
25-Mar
Parkview High
22-Mar
Parsons Elementary
3-Mar
29-Mar
Patrick Elementary
25-Mar
Peachree Ridge High
29-Mar
Pinckneyville Middle
24-Mar
Puckett's Mill Elementary
3-Mar
29-Mar
Rebecca Minor Elementary
11-Mar
Richard Hull Middle
11-Mar
29-Mar
Riverside Elementary
29-Mar
Rock Springs Elementary
29-Mar
Shiloh Elementary
8-Mar
Shiloh Middle
18-Mar
Simpson Elementary
31-Mar
Snellville Middle
15-Mar
Starling Elementary
4-Mar
Stripling Elementary
31-Mar
Sugar Hill Elementary
29-Mar
Summerour Middle
24-Mar
Suwanee Elementary
29-Mar
Sweetwater Middle
Sycamore Elementary
4-Mar
29-Mar
Taylor Elementary
18-Mar
Trickum Middle
22-Mar
Twin Rivers Middle
14-Mar
Walnut Grove Elementary
17-Mar
White Oak Elementary
16-Mar
Winn Holt Elementary
1-Mar
Woodward Mill Elementary
4-Mar

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.

Your House, My HouseMon Mar 7-12, 14-15
Little Hands Winter 2011Tue Mar 8-9
HS: Understanding Genetics-All AgesTue Mar 8
HS: Understanding Genetics-K-2ndWed Mar 9
HS: Junior Master Gardener Level 1Wed Mar 9
Family Life In FigiMar 12
Green Living Series (GLS): TransportationMar 12
GLS: Roll, Fly, FloatMar 12
History: Pioneer SchoolMar 12
Girl Scout Birthday TeaMar 12
Moon Light Monday: Crow Moon HikeMar 14

EVENTS AT GWINNETT COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION
http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/CommunityServices/ParksandRecreation/CalendarofEvents/CalendarEvents
March 11, 6-9 p.m.; March 12, 9-5 p.m.; TILT
TILT (Teens In Leadership Training) An opportunity for teens to learn leadership with a purpose, and gain experience prior to volunteering in the summer Counselors in Training (CIT) program. TILT is a pre-requisite for all new or returning CIT. Age 13-15, $35/person; pre-registration required by 3/5, call 770-418-2331, George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Buford Highway Suwanee. Code: VOLR15001

March 19 & 26, 9-11 a.m. - Breakfast with the Veterans
Have an interest in military history? Enjoy breakfast with our country’s finest war veterans. Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m., film presentation, Q & A session and then a tour of the Veterans Museum. A great, interactive experience for Scout troops. Age 9-up, $12/person; pre-registration required by March 17. For more information, call 770-822-5450. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 85 E. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville. Code: GHCH1505

March 12, 1-5 p.m. - Poetry Slam & Rap Battle
This competition brings our high school writers and poets together to showcase their skills. This competition will focus on the creative aspect of rap ~ no use of profanity or negative subject matter. The winner will be awarded a prize and music studio time. Admission is $3/person, $15 for performers age 14-18. Auditions will be held 2/19 & 2/26. For more information, call 770-417-2200. Pinckneyville Park Community Recreation Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Norcross. Code: PPCC14103.

March 19, 2-4 p.m. - Girl Scout Dance Party
Come learn about different dance styles, watch a dance performance, learn some dance moves, have a healthy snack and more! This event will meet the requirements for the Brownie Dancercize Try-It and the Junior Dance Badge and the patch is included! $9/person, pre-registration required, call 770-614-2060. Brownies, 2:00-3:30pm, Code: BPCC14100 or Juniors, 4:00-5:30pm. Bogan Park Community Recreation Center, 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford. Code: BPCC14101

March 19, 7-10 p.m. - Moon Over Paradise Prom
The perfect formal prom experience for Home School students. Have an awesome night with friends, live music, dancing and refreshments! Grades 9-12, required. Call 770-822-5450 to pre-register. Tickets may be purchased for $35/person or $60/couple. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 85 E. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville. Code: GHCH11050