News You Can Use - 01/30/2012









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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/30/2012 - 02/05/2012


HONORS
The art work of North Gwinnett High student Doo Lee will be featured on the Youth Art Month flag as the overall winner. In addition, Doo Lee invited to Washington, D.C. for the flag ceremony. Addition honors went to students from Norcross Elementary and Trickum Middle who earned honorable mention in the art competition. All three students are invited to the Georgia Capitol Art exhibit on Feb. 8, where their art work will be showcased. For more information, visit NAEA National Conference website at
http://www.arteducators.org/news/national-convention/post-convention-information

A team of Brookwood High students won the state’s largest tournament, the school’s own Brookwood Invitational Science Olympiad. A team from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GSMST) won 2nd place at the tournament. Thirty-nine teams representing 21 high schools competed at the event. As 1st place winners, members of Brookwood High’s A team earned medals in 17 of 21 events. Brookwood High’s B team also had an impressive day, claiming 7th place overall. The team is coached by Science Teachers Martha Brick, Joe Cox, Jorge Diaz, Josh Farrell, Dan Miller, Carrie Settles, Cat Trouteaud, and Rachel Washburn. The GSMST Team is coached by head coach Patricia Caldwell, and assistant coaches Jeff Burmester, Dr. Susan Kramer, Hyunjin Son, Dr. Lindsey Stamm, Ana Vasileva, and John Willis. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088 or email donna_faulkner@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Gwinnett garnered several honors at the Fusion: 1st Annual ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards. GCPS Director of Fine Arts Robert Andrews received the Community Impact – Arts Educator – K-Higher Ed Award. Teacher Debi West of North Gwinnett High was awarded Honorable Mention, and the following GCPS Fine Arts teachers were recognized as nominees: Marissa Yurko of Britt Elementary, Heidi Creed of Jones Middle, and Marie Thomas of Brookwood High. Vickie Johnson of Central Gwinnett High was awarded the Community Impact – Artist Award. The Fusion was initiated to bring more recognition to the fine work of Gwinnett artists, arts organizations, businesses, and arts supporters. For more information, visit http://artworksgwinnett.org.

UPCOMING
Buice School is hosting an annual math night on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. The theme is “I Heart Math”. Students will have an opportunity to rotate through nine different instructional activities including matching, sorting, measuring, and making patterns. Parents will be able to interact with their children while they experience learning math through literacy, technology and movement. For more information, call the school at 770-271-5060.

Brookwood High invites the community to a performance of “Sleeping Beauty.” This production will be presented by advanced theater students on Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088, or email donna_faulkner@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Creekland Middle will host the 2012 Eastern Metro Atlanta Team Regional Chess Tournament on Feb. 4 beginning at 10 a.m. The tournament is open to students in grades K-8 attending school in Gwinnett or DeKalb counties. Attendees may register online at www.georgiachess.org/emar2012reg.php by Feb. 2 at midnight. The fee for registration is $25. For more information, email emar@georgiachess.org or anoktes@gmail.com, or call the Georgia Chess Association at 678-453-6640 and ask for Coordinators Ande Noktes or Matt Chappell.

Language Arts classes, the Reading Club, and the Writers Club at Brookwood High will host author Michelle Madow on Feb. 6. Ms. Madow is the author of “Remembrance” and will speak with students about her inspiration for the novel, how she approached writing the novel, and how the novel was brought to publication. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088.

Archer High has several activities to celebrate Black History Month in February. A “Give Back” program will take place on Feb.23, 24, and 25 at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on contributions to society. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit an organization or ministry to demonstrate “giving back.” Students will earn 10 volunteer service hours for completing the production. The school will sponsor a living museum highlighting figures and events from the past and present. Students have the opportunity to send a positive message of “service” to others. For more information, call the school at 678-407-7700.

ONGOING
GCPS will soon name its Gwinnett County Media Specialist of the Year. Nominations are being accepted for this award that recognizes school library media specialists whose services have resulted in an exemplary media program. It honors an innovative and enthusiastic media specialist who plans collaboratively, promotes literacy, and integrates technology, please nominate him or her for GCPS Media Specialist of the Year. Email nominations by February 8, 2012 to: Faye Curlee, Media Services & Technology Training, faye_curlee@gwinnett.k12.ga.us, or Mary Barbee, Director, Media Services & Technology Training, Gwinnett County Public Schools, or call 678-301-6432.

Brookwood High student Jordan Randles is sponsoring a program that “Sheds Light on Autism” with light bulb sales during lunch in the Commons Area. Jordan, a Junior Achievement member, has Asperger’s, a form of Autism, and is selling light bulbs to benefit World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, a time when communities are encouraged to “Light it Up Blue.” For more information, visit http://www.lightitupblue.org/site/c.cuLQK8OVLnK6E/b.7080639/k.BF2E/Home.htm.

Minor Elementary will collect ‘school memories’ now through Feb. 27 for a 25th anniversary celebration on March 18. Contributions may be made by coming to the school on any Friday morning between 9 and 11 a.m., setting an appointment by calling the school, or recording a memory and emailing it to minorelementary@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A memory could be a note, video, a picture or any other memorabilia. Please contact the school at 770-925-9543 for more information.

Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option, continues to offer informational sessions providing the information needed to make an informed decision about enrolling at Online Campus full-time. The remaining information session will take place at Duluth High.
Middle School Meeting: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; High School Meeting: 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
· Feb. 2: Duluth High, Theater
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.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) registration runs through Feb. 3, 2012. Information for the 2012-13 freshman class is available through all GCPS middle schools, on the GCPS website (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us) and on the school website (www.gsmst.org). Registration Forms must be submitted by February 3, 2012, for consideration. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all students who are residents of the Gwinnett County School System district attendance zone and have completed the 8th grade. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs or interests of all students. As this is a school of choice, it is highly recommended that parents and students review the GSMST curriculum and learn more about the school’s offerings before making a decision to register.

GCPS TV
“Colonial Williamsburg - The War of 1812” A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, and James Madison, as they struggle to determine the American nation's course. This 60 minute program airs January 30-Feb. 5 at 1 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV website-- www.gcpstv.org.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
01/25/2012Gwinnett art educators receive top honors (pdf)
01/24/201233 GCPS schools make DOE’s Title I Distinguished list (pdf)
01/20/2012Five schools to welcome new principals named by Gwinnett BOE (pdf)

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CALENDAR
February is National African American History Month and National Technical Education Month.

The Gwinnett spelling bee will take place Feb. 4 in Central Gwinnett High’s auditorium.

February 5 is Scout Sunday.

February 6-10 is National School Counseling Week.

National SkillsUSA Week is February 13-17.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., February 16, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in February. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
February
Anderson-Livsey
21-Feb
Annistown Elementary
7-Feb
Arcado Elementary
6-Feb
Archer High School
27-Feb
Bay Creek Middle
24-Feb
Beaver Ridge Elementary
9-Feb
Benefield Elementary
2-Feb
Berkeley Lake Elementary
9-Feb
Berkmar Middle
23-Feb
Bethesda Elementary
13-Feb
Britt Elementary
6-Feb
Brookwood High
7-Feb
Burnette ES
10-Feb
Camp Creek Elementary
24-Feb
Centerville Elementary
3-Feb
Chesney Elementary
10-Feb
Cooper Elementary
17-Feb
Couch Middle
24-Feb
Creekland Middle
9-Feb
Crews Middle
16-Feb
Dacula Elementary
3-Feb
Dacula Middle
21-Feb
Duluth High
21-Feb
Duluth Middle
7-Feb
Dyer Elementary
1-Feb
Ferguson Elementary
10-Feb
Five Forks Middle
23-Feb
Freeman's Mill Elementary
3-Feb
GIVE Center East
7-Feb
GIVE Center West
2-Feb
Grace Snell MS
2-Feb
Grayson Elementary
10-Feb
Grayson High
3-Feb
Head Elementary
22-Feb
Hopkins Elementary
10-Feb
Jackson Elementary
9-Feb
Jones Middle
9-Feb
Knight Elementary
24-Feb
Lanier High
7-Feb
Louise Radloff Middle
16-Feb
McConnell Middle
21-Feb
McKendree Elementary
3-Feb
Meadowcreek Elementary
13-Feb
Mill Creek High
14-Feb
Monarch School
10-Feb
Moore Middle School
3-Feb
Mountain Park Elementary
6-Feb
Nesbit Elementary
14-Feb
Norcross Elementary
10-Feb
Norcross High
9-Feb
North Gwinnett Middle
28-Feb
Norton Elementary
24-Feb
Parkview High
21-Feb
Patrick Elementary
24-Feb
Peachree Ridge High
16-Feb
Pharr Elementary
9-Feb
Puckett's Mill Elementary
2-Feb
Rebecca Minor Elementary
7-Feb
Richard Hull Middle
10-Feb
Richards Middle
13-Feb
Rock Springs Elementary
9-Feb
Rockbridge Elementary
14-Feb
Rosebud Elementary
10-Feb
Shiloh High
7-Feb
South Gwinnett High
21-Feb
Summerour Middle
9-Feb
Sweetwater Middle
14-Feb
Trickum Middle
14-Feb
Trip Elementary
24-Feb
Woodward Mill Elementary
10-Feb

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.

Winter All Ages-Human Body Adventure
2/15
Green Living Kids: Our Mission Is Nutrition
2/18
Arbor Day
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Fashion Uncorked 2012
2/11
World Thinking Day
2/25