News You Can Use - 02/27/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
02/27/2006 - 03/05/2006


FRIDAY, SATURDAY, & SUNDAY
Student members of “Young Voices United,” the Lilburn Middle drama club, will perform “Freedom on the Move,” to correspond with Black History Month. The presentation is a compilation of shows presented at the school this month. Performances will be held on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at Lilburn Elementary, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Children’s’ Art Museum at the Gwinnett Civic Center, Feb. 26 at 11a.m. at Suwanee Baptist Church, and Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

Two GCPS teams will compete in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Georgia Academic Decathlon at Berkmar High on Feb. 24-25 for the state championship. Berkmar High, the defending state champions, will field a team coached by IV Bray. The Mill Creek High team, coached by Lee Hayes and Ian Martin, will make its first appearance at the state meet. A total of 27 teams will compete. The state winner will represent Georgia at the U.S. Academic Decathlon in San Antonio. For more information, call Lynn Varner of PAGE at 800-334-6861.

Louise Radloff Middle students from Troupe #88743 have been invited by the International Thespian Society to perform at the Regional Junior Festival—East at the J.S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta on Feb. 24-26. Directed by Melanie Andrews, the Troupe will perform “Dreamcatchers.” For more information, call Julia Hedges at 513-421-3900.

HONORS
Eric Sever of Mill Creek High will present at the “Teachers Teaching with Technology” international conference in Denver on Feb 24-26. For more information, call 678-714-5863.

UPCOMING
The Grayson Elementary PTA will host Game Show Night on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. “Who Wants To Be A Ram-Millionaire?” will be played. One “contestant” from each grade level will be picked to answer 10 questions and win prizes. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

A college fair— Accessing Resources for College-Bound Special Needs Students— will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center on Feb. 27 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The college fair will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a general program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Information will be presented on SAT, college admissions, and graduation requirements. A panel of current University of Georgia college students with disabilities will share their college experiences. Co-sponsors of the event are the Gwinnett PTA Council, the Gwinnett Extension Service, and Gwinnett County Public Schools. For more information, call the extension service at 678-377-4010.

Charles Brant Chesney Elementary will celebrate Read Across America, beginning Feb. 27. Activities include mystery readers, dress-up days for students, and a special visit from Mother Goose. U.S. Rep. John Linder and Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, District 3 School Board representative, will visit on March 1. Both visitors will be featured on the morning news broadcast and read to classes in the media center. The cafeteria will be serving “Green Eggs and Ham” in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. In addition, parents, local firefighters, and other members of the community will be reading to students. For more information, call 678-542-2300.

Central Gwinnett High will host the school’s Annual Job Fair/Career Night on March 2 at 7 p.m. More than 50 business and training programs will share career information and interview for summer employment. For more information, call the school at 770-963-8041, or contact Nancy Innes at 770-338-4865.

Margaret Winn Holt Elementary will host a craft show to benefit Relay for Life on March 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Many crafts will be available for purchase including jewelry and clothing. Food and baked items will be for sale also. For more information, call 770-736-0423.

ONGOING
The Georgia Department of Education has adopted a new state curriculum, the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The first phase-in of this revised curriculum began in 2005-06, with Language Arts, grades K-12; Science, grades 6, 7 and 9-12; and Mathematics, grade 6. The second phase-in will occur in the 2006-07 school year and will include Mathematics, grades K-2 and 7, and Science, grades 3-5. Parents, staff and community members are invited to review the proposed AKS and provide input on the recommended curriculum revisions. Comments will be accepted through March 15, 2006. Visit the GCPS Web site at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor more information.

READ ACROSS AMERICA
Annistown Elementary will sponsor a variety of activities during Reading Celebration Week which runs from Feb. 27 through March 3. A Family Reading Night will be held on March 1 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the media center. There will be guest readers, refreshments, and door prizes. For additional information, call 770-979-2950.

GCPS will host the 2006 Gwinnett Reading Rally on March 4 at Mill Creek High from 9 a.m. to noon. The Gwinnett Readers Rally is a quiz-bowl competition for readers in grades 4-12. Twenty-six teams will compete for the countywide championship. Readers will compete in five-man teams using their knowledge of literature by answering questions based on a given list of books. Winning teams at the middle and high school levels will proceed to the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, a regional competition on March 11 in Carrollton. The state playoffs will be held April 21-22 during the Children’s Literature Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens. This is the initial year of what promises to be an annual event for Gwinnett. For more information, call Meg Reed at 678-377-8918.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
Norton Elementary students participated in the United Ebony Society’s 2006 King Day Celebration which included an essay writing activity, a parade, and a reading event. The multicultural committee has planned activities including a trivia contest, an art and literature display bulletin board, and a teacher activity calendar. For more information, call Sabrina Ackerman at 770-985-1933.

Grayson Elementary will celebrate Black History Month in February. School activities include daily facts presented during the morning announcements, research and class discussions on African American inventors, a student essay contest, and presentations of information on African American music and movies. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Sweetwater Middle has many activities planned to commemorate Black History Month. Activities include:
· A Black History bulletin board display.
· A Black Awareness Night program set for Feb. 28, starting at 6 p.m., with a performance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” speech with students from all levels and a Parade of Fashions showcasing fashions from different cultures.
· A Black Inventors Exhibit Fair scheduled for Feb. 27 and 28.
· A luncheon served in the cafeteria Feb. 28 for parents, students, and staff.
Sweetwater Middle has a Power Over Prejudice (POP) Club that will assist with these activities. For more information, call 770-923-4131.

GCPS TV
“National Symphony Orchestra Young People’s Concert: Flying Across America - PW/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” This NSO Young People's Concert, presented by the full National Symphony Orchestra in its 75th anniversary season, takes a whirlwind tour of our country through music. From the sounds of the small town band in Ives' Country Band March to the music of the American West with Copland’s “Buckaroo Holiday” to the sounds of the South with Grof's “Mississippi Suite,” this program explores America through the sounds of its people across our great land. This 60-min. program airs Feb. 27-March 2 at 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Michelle Green” Green wrote the true story of a female baseball player in “A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson.” She also wrote about a young girl living in the Depression era in the “Willie Pearl” series. These fictional stories were based on stories of the childhood of the author’s mother. President of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C., this award-winning author will share with students what a writer's life is really about. This 30-min. program airs Feb. 27 - March 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“2006 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee" GCPS TV proudly presents highlights of the 2006 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, held on January 28 at Mill Creek HS. Tune in to learn about the new written portion of the Bee and find out which hard-working student was crowned champion. This 60-min. program airs March 3-4 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through March 19.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air through Feb. 9. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., repeated 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon to 4 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
March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Middle Level Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Social Work Month, Women’s History Month, and Youth Art Month.

March 2 is Read Across America Day.

National Foreign Language Week, National School Breakfast Week, Exceptional Children’s Week and Newspaper in Education Week start the week of March 6 and 7.

The Gwinnett Center will be the site of GCPS’ Certified Teacher Employment Fair on March 6 from 8:30 to 4 p.m. The school system expects to hire 1,200 teachers for 2006-07. Critical need areas include all areas of special education, ESOL teachers, speech language pathologists, and teachers for upper-level math and science. Interviews are by appointment only. Student teachers and those currently enrolled in an alternate certification program are welcome to make appointments.
· Elementary School Staffing at 678-301-6122, 678-301-6085, or 678-301-6121
· Middle School Staffing at 678-301-6058 or 678-301-6052
· High School Staffing at 678-301-6125 or 678-301-6082
· Special Education Staffing at 678-301-6068 or 678-301-6050
Applications are available online at the GCPS Web site or by calling 678-301-6073.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held March 9 at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

March 10 is a student holiday and teacher planning/professional learning day.

March 13 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.



The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February and March. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
February
School
March
Alton C. Crews Middle
2/7
Sycamore Elementary
3/2
Arcado Elementary
2/13
Dacula High
3/3
Berkmar High
2/20
Fort Daniel Elementary
3/3
Berkmar Middle
2/2
Lanier Middle
3/7
Brookwood Elementary
2/27
Duncan Creek
3/9
Camp Creek Elementary
2/24
Jackson Elementary
3/9
Centerville Elementary
2/22
Norcross Elementary
3/9
Corley Elementary
2/21
Snellville Middle
3/9
Dacula Elementary
2/17
North Gwinnett
3/14
Dacula Middle
2/16
Riverside Elementary
3/14
Duluth High
2/21
South Gwinnett
3/15
Duluth Middle
2/21
Alcova Elementary
3/16
Five Forks Middle
2/10
Chesney Elementary
3/17
Fort Daniel Elementary
2/3
Grayson Elementary
3/17
Frank N. Osborne Middle
2/10
Gwin Oaks Elementary
3/17
Freeman's Mill Elementary
2/9
Mason Elementary
3/17
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
2/22
Osborne Middle
3/17
GIVE Center
2/7
Parsons Elementary
3/20
Grayson High
2/24
Bethesda Elementary
3/21
Gwin Oaks Elementary
2/17
Harbins Elementary
3/21
Harbins Elementary
2/21
Creekland Middle
3/23
Ivy Creek Elementary
2/17
Collins Hill Elementary
3/27
J.C. Magill Elementary
2/3
McConnell Middle
3/27
J.E. Richards Middle
2/21
Harris Elementary
3/28
J.G. Dyer Elementary
2/13
Britt Elementary
3/30
Jackson Elementary
2/9
Jones Middle
3/30
K.E. Taylor Elementary
2/17
Sweetwater Middle
3/30
Kanoheda Elementary
2/23
McKendree Elementary
3/31
Lilburn Elementary
2/9
Simpson Elementary
3/31
Louise Radloff Middle
2/2
Meadowcreek Elementary
2/27
Meadowcreek High
2/7
Monarch School
2/22
Mountain Park Elementary
2/27
Nesbit Elementary
2/23
Norcross High
2/9
Parkview High
2/28
Peachtree Elementary
2/16
Pinckneyville Middle
2/14
R.D. Head Elementary
2/8
R.L. Norton Elementary
2/24
Rebecca Minor Elementary
2/17
Richard Hull Middle
2/10
Riverside Elementary
2/14
Shiloh High
2/14
Shiloh Middle
2/3
Simpson Elementary
2/24
Snellville Middle
2/9
Sugar Hill Elementary
2/2
Summerour Middle
2/14
Susan Stripling Elementary
2/2
Suwanee Elementary
2/27
Sweetwater Middle
2/23
T. Carl Buice School
2/7
W.J. Cooper Elementary
2/6