News You Can Use - 05/11/2009

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
05/11/2009 - 05/17/2009

Norcross Elementary students will compete in a Spanish spelling bee at the school on May 8. Twenty-four 4th and 5th grade students will participate. The students have been competing in their classrooms all year to be a finalist. Principal Dr. Dora Hill will judge the competition. In addition, David Jahner, GCPS Foreign Language Director, will be a special guest. For more information, call Rosa Escandell, Spanish teacher, at 770-448-2188.

2009 marked the 33rd year of the Georgia Student Media festival, designed to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production. From the 325 entries at state, GCPS will be represented by 139 entries at the International Student Media Festival. The conference will take place in Louisville, KY in October. For more information, call Deborah Gray of IMD at 678-301-6428.

The Georgia School Counselor Association has selected three GCPS counseling professionals as Region 2 winners. They are Maria Grovner of Creekland Middle, Region 2 Middle School Counselor of the Year; Dr. Richard Holland of Glenn C. Jones Middle, Region 2 Advocate of the Year; and Cary Kennedy of Brookwood High, Region 2 Secondary School Counselor of the Year. For more information, call Diane Thompson, director of advisement and counseling, at 770-277-4488.

North Gwinnett High Counselor Kim Stewart received the 2009 Educator of Excellence Award from Gainesville State College for having a profound influence on one of her former students. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

Brookwood High has been awarded a 2009 Extend the Dream grant of $1,250 from the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling to support the school’s “Students with a Purpose” program in 2009-10. “Students with a Purpose” is an intervention program which provides additional support to students. Students can receive academic tutoring, access to credit recovery programs, mentors for social and personal counseling, drug and alcohol education, motivational speakers, post-secondary planning which would include career assessments, college tours, financial aid information and assistance with completing appropriate applications. For more information, call Joyce Ricks, graduation coach, at 770-972-7642.

Dorian Deraums of Collins Hill High has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. For more information, visit

Lawrenceville Elementary received a $500 grant from the Target Stores Foundation. The school will use the grant for a media center make-over. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Puckett’s Mill Elementary 4th grade students joined 500 schools around the world as it celebrated Space Day 2009 participating in Student Signatures in Space. Student Signatures in Space (S3) provides elementary and middle school students the opportunity to send their digitized signatures into space. Jointly sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin, S3 is one program of the award-winning Space Day educational initiative. The Space Shuttle mission carrying this year’s signatures has been identified as STS-129, a flight to the International Space Station that is scheduled for November. After the signatures return from space, the poster will be returned for permanent display to Puckett’s Mill Elementary, along with a flight certificate and picture of the crew that carried the signatures into space. For more information, call Lynda Westog at 678-765-5110.

Maxwell High School of Technology will offer a Summer Career Camp June 8 through 12 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders interested in exploring careers. This week-long session with hands-on learning activities will include a variety of programs such as Graphic Design, Automotive Services, Cosmetology, Health Care and Medical Services, Early Childhood Education, Georgia Pre-K Camp Counselors, Public Safety, and Welding. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration is $40. For more information and to register, visit www.maxwellhigh.comor call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4625.

Students who must retake one or more sections of the state-required Georgia High School Graduation Tests/Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSGT/GHSWT) are encouraged to participate in free remediation classes prior to the retest opportunity in mid-July. Both remediation classes and summer retests will be held at Phoenix High. Information on registering for remediation classes and taking GHSGT/GHSWT retests follows:
Summer Remediation Classes
Classes will be held June 29 through July 10. July 3, is a Student/Teacher Holiday. Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday, and are available at the following times:
1st Period
8 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
2nd Period
10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
3rd Period
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts
Social Studies
To register for Summer Remediation Classes students will come to Phoenix High on either June 25, or June 26, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register for classes. Summer remediation classes are free.
GHSGT/GHSWT Summer Testing
English Language ArtsMonday, July 138 a.m.
ScienceTuesday, July 148 a.m.
Writing TestWednesday, July 158 a.m.
Social StudiesThursday, July 168 a.m.
MathFriday, July 178 a.m.
Arrive at Phoenix High at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled testing start time. Student results will be sent to the student’s home school, not Phoenix High. Students are required to present a valid picture I.D. in order to be admitted to testing. This may be a driver’s license, passport, student I.D., or state I.D. Note: This is the only GHSGT/GHSGWT state testing window during the summer. The next administration will be given in September at each local high school.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
05/04/2009GCPS plans meeting for information on special needs services (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This week's program congratulates Gwinnett's graduating seniors, celebrates the system's involvement with Relay for Life, and spotlights the district's road to the Broad Prize. This 30-min. program airs May 12-17 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.

“ArtStage - Tapestry” Join GCPS TV for a virtual tour of the 2009 Tapestry Art Exhibit, featuring creative art work from schools across Gwinnett County. Hosted by North Gwinnett Teacher Debi West, this student-intern produced program showcases the artistry and talents of GCPS students. This 60-min. program airs May 11-17 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“English, Yes I Can! - Level 3” This video telecourse is designed to teach advanced English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air through May 7 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats at 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: 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Advanced Placement Exams and Georgia End-of-Course Tests will be given through May 15.

May 13 is Child Nutrition Employee Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 14, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

May 18-20 are early release days for high school exams.

Gwinnett high schools will hold graduation ceremonies May 18-23, 2009. The GCPS graduation schedule may be viewed on the system website.

May 20 is the last day of school.

Memorial Day on May 25 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April and May. Call the local school for the time and location.
Benefield Elementary
Berkmar Middle
Camp Creek Elementary
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
Dacula Elementary
Dacula Middle
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
GIVE Center East
Glenn C. Jones Middle
Harbins Elementary
Jackson Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary
Lovin Elementary
Norcross High
North Gwinnett High
Rock Springs Elementary
Snellville Middle
South Gwinnett High
Summerour Middle

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at or call 770-904-3500. For more information on events, visit the GEHS public calendar on the web site.
May 11
May 12 & 13
May 15
May 16
May 20
May 23
May 30