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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/31/2011 - 11/06/2011
Trip Elementary will host a Monster Math Night on Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students and parents are invited to attend a night with games that focus on computation, problem solving, and mathematical understanding. This year’s theme is based on dominoes with 30 different game tables set up in a casino-like atmosphere. At the end of the evening, parents will be given some supplies allowing them to practice and play the games at home with their student. Other activities include students dressing in their Halloween costumes, a book character pumpkin decorating contest that benefits Relay for Life, and concessions (hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, drinks, etc). For more information, call 678-639-3850.
The Shiloh High fall orchestra concert begins Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The program includes an evening of “spooky” music from classics such as “In the Hall of the Mountain King”, “Danse Macabre”, “Night of the Bald Mountain”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and “Thriller”. For more information, call Orchestra Director Whitney Duncan at 678-344-2728.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS
Archer High will hold the school’s 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. For more information, call Valerie Lewis at 678-407-7700.
Lanier High students Lindsey Bocech, Jordan Brannen, and Nivein Gobran will represent the state at the Anti-Defamation League’s 12th annual Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13-16. For more information about the National Youth Leadership Mission, the Anti-Defamation Leagues, or A World of Difference Institute, call Shelley Rose, Associate Director, ADL Southeast Region, at 404-262-3470 or e-mail Atlanta@adl.org.
Kenneth Mims, a teacher at Snellville Middle, has been chosen as a Marshall Memorial Fellows recipient. Mr. Mims teaches 8th grade physical science at Snellville Middle. He is involved in various civic activities, including groups helping seniors and those with mentoring activities for young people. Sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., the Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) program provides a unique opportunity for emerging leaders from across the U.S. to explore institutions, politics, and culture across the Atlantic. Fellows each visit five or six cities during the three-to-four-week travel program, meeting formally and informally with a range of policymakers, government, political, nonprofit and media communities. Before coming to Gwinnett, Mr. Mims taught science in Camden, NJ, and in Philadelphia. This year, Mims, who has a master’s degree in science education, started a consulting firm specializing in science and math curriculum, and professional development for educators. Mims also was elected – at the age of 25 – to the school board in Winslow Township, NJ. For more information, visit www.civicleagueatlanta.org.
North Gwinnett High Art Teacher Debi West and two of her students are featured in a video in conjunction with The Dream Art Competition. This documentary film by Richard Karz includes appearances by students Taylor Smith and Eyoel Tewdros with public figures discussing the Civil Rights Movement and America. For more information, call Debi West at 770-945-9558 or visit http://thedreamartcontest.com/.
Lanier High’s Music Department entry into the “Glee Give A Note” contest has made it past the first round of competition. The video may be viewed and voted on at http://www.gleegiveanote.com/vote_details.php?id=179 through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 7. If the video makes it to the top 100 most popular videos in the Southeast region, it moves to the final round of the competition and is eligible to receive a grant of $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000. For more information, call Renee Wilson-Wicker, Lanier High Director of Choral and Orchestral Activities and Fine Arts Department Chair, at 678-765-4780.
Gwinnett student photographers participated in a unique opportunity to show their work in a juried professional venue-- Shutter Sense & NonSense. The exhibit engages students in artistic dialogue with peers to showcases a wide variety of techniques and perspectives that take place in schools. At the high school level, 11 students placed 1st; 12 placed 2nd; and nine placed 3rd; with 67 students earning honorable mention. The middle school level students earned one best in show; two 1st place; and 12 honorable mentions. For more information, call Becky Raffalovich of Phoenix High at 770-513-6862. For a complete list of winning students call Sue Peterson of Communication and Media Relations at 678-301-6020.
SCANA Energy will open a homework center at Nesbit Elementary on Nov.1, with an appearance by Harry the Hawk--Atlanta Hawks mascot. Harry will present “1, 2, 3 Healthy Me”, a program that focuses on healthy eating and staying fit, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Nesbit Elementary Homework Center operates from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and serves 30 students. SCANA Energy Homework Centers provide a safe and structured study environment where students can complete their class assignments and learn proper study skills. Each homework center operates with two certified teachers. SCANA Energy provides funds for the teachers, an assistant, snacks, and student incentives. For more information, call Simone McKinney at 404-760-6282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
McKendree Elementary will host Reading Extravaganza, a night where teachers dress up as story book characters and read stories to students and their families. The event will be held on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. and celebrates a love of reading for families. Students will arrive in their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk before heading to “story time”. For more information, call the school at 678-377-8933.
Head Elementary will host a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Third grade students will honor the veterans in attendance by performing a selection of patriotic songs and speaking about the history and significance of the day. There will be a short video compilation in honor and in memory of the school’s veterans, and photographs will be taken. Students will present the veteran that they invited with a medal and certificate. All K-5th grade students will attend the final portion of the program. For more information, call Carol Suggs at 770-972-8050.
Minor Elementary will host a “Girls on the Run” race on Nov. 13. Staff members will be volunteer buddy runners with the girls. The race starts at 161 Arizona Avenue Soccer Complex in Atlanta. For more information, visit http://girlsontherunatlanta.org/ or call Beth S. Peterson, Parent Instructional Support Coordinator, at 770-806-2227.
Grayson High Technical Education Program will hold a Community Service Day on Nov.10. Students will focus their service on helping veterans. For more information, call 770-554-7082.
Grayson High will host an Art and Science Fair for the Grayson High Technical Education Program on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Student work will be displayed along with lab demonstrations. For more information, call 770-554-7082.
Shirley Lasseter, Gwinnett County Commissioner and Harbins Elementary Principal for a Day, will visit the school on Nov 16. Ms. Lasseter will share about the branches of government, the political process, and hold a town hall meeting at 1:45 p.m. answering students’ questions. Ms. Lasseter will also teach a session to students in the Leadership Academy. For more information, call 770-682-4270.
Gwinnett Online Campus, Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option, will offer informational sessions providing the information needed to make an informed decision about enrolling at Online Campus full-time.
Middle School Meetings: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; High School Meetings: 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Registration for the 2012-13 school year will run Feb. 1-29, 2012. Students can get more information through the counselor’s office at the local middle or high school and on the GOC website. Click here to learn more about the GOC charter high school or Gwinnett’s virtual middle school, opening in August of 2012.
- Nov. 3: South Gwinnett High, Theater
- Nov. 17: Parkview High, Theater
- Dec. 1: Meadowcreek High, Theater
- Dec. 8: Central Gwinnett High, Theater
- Jan. 5: Grayson High, Theater
- Jan. 12: Mill Creek High, Theater
- Jan. 19: Collins Hill High, Theater
- Jan. 26: North Gwinnett High, Commons Area
- Feb. 2: Duluth High, Theater
Grayson High School Technical Education Program, Lanier High, and Meadowcreek High hosted visits from The John Lennon Bus, a non-profit mobile recording studio that provides students with free hands-on opportunities to create original music and video projects. For more information, visit http://www.lennonbus.org, or call the school.
Norcross Elementary students expressed love, care and gratitude to the troops by participating in the “Bert Show” community project and writing “Letters to Troops” during the month of October. A total of 679 letters have been written and submitted for mailing to the troops. For more information, call 770-448-2188.
Brookwood High and Parkview High fans came out in droves to not only support their teams, but to raise 9,804 items for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry. As part of the Gwinnett CAN Challenge, sponsored by Holtkamp Heating and Air Conditioning, rival Gwinnett schools have been competing during the fall to see which school can collect the most donations for local food banks in the week leading up to the Friday night football game. The Brookwood-Parkview game on October 21 was by far the biggest haul taken in for one event. The final score was announced at halftime: Brookwood collected 7851 items and Parkview collected 1953. Brookwood earned a $500 grant and Parkview earned $250 grant from the Holtkamp Family Foundation. For more information visit www.holtkamphvac.com/app/webroot/blog/, or contact Donna Faulkner at email@example.com or 678-344-6302.
“ParenTVision” Host Margaret Cheeley, Collins Hill High counselor, introduces a new magazine style format for this season’s ParenTVision. Topics covered on the first show include connecting to schools via new technologies, Facebook and its appeal with teens, the college search process, changes in HOPE, and a look at just how much sleep students are getting. This 30-min. program airs this week at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.
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November is National Native American Heritage Month.
November 6-12 is National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Week.
November 8 is Election Day.
November 11 is Veterans Day.
November 13-19 is American Education Week.
November 14-18 is School Psychology Awareness Week.
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 17, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
November 18 is Substitute Educators Day.
November 21-25 is Thanksgiving break for schools.
November 24 is Thanksgiving Day.
November 24-25 is Thanksgiving break for 12-month staff.
The following schools will hold School Council Dates in November. Call the local school for the time and location.
|Archer High School||15-Nov|
|Bay Creek Middle||12-Nov|
|Beaver Ridge Elementary||11-Nov|
|Cedar Hill Elementary||4-Nov|
|Central Gwinnett High||10-Nov|
|Collins Hill High||9-Nov|
|Duncan Creek Elementary||17-Nov|
|Fort Daniel Elementary||5-Nov|
|Freeman's Mill Elementary||12-Nov|
|GIVE Center East||9-Nov|
|Grace Snell MS||8-Nov|
|Ivy Creek Elementary||19-Nov|
|Level Creek Elementary||18-Nov|
|Margaret Winn Holt Elementary||4-Nov|
|Mason Jr. Elementary||19-Nov|
|Mountain Park Elementary||15-Nov|
|Mountain View High School||19-Nov|
|North Gwinnett High||18-Nov|
|Peachree Ridge High||18-Nov|
|Puckett's Mill Elementary||4-Nov|
|Rebecca Minor Elementary||5-Nov|
|Richard Hull Middle||12-Nov|
|Sugar Hill Elementary||16-Nov|
|Twin Rivers Middle||8-Nov|
|Walnut Grove Elementary||18-Nov|
|White Oak Elementary||17-Nov|
|Woodward Mill Elementary||12-Nov|
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.