News You Can Use - 10/03/2005

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
10/03/2005 - 10/09/2005

Twelve GCPS students are among the 1,600 National Achievement Scholarship Program semifinalists for Black American high school students. Achievement Scholarship finalists will be selected from the group, based on their abilities, accomplishments, and potential for academic success in college. Semifinalists are Mohamed Himedan of Berkmar High, Dana Moseley and Joel Thompson of Brookwood High, Lauren Eubanks and Andrea Soloman of Collins Hill High, Garrett Jennings and John Riley of Dacula High, Briean Truss of Meadowcreek High, Jasmine Ford of Mill Creek High, Corrine Harris of Parkview High, and Eric Beasley and Moses Soyoola of Shiloh High. For more information, call the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at 1-847-866-5100.

Brookwood High eCYBERMISSION team members Gaurav Gupta, Suman Nag, and Parth Tejani competed nationally in June in Washington D.C. They will be presented $6,500 savings bonds on Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. for their accomplishments. For more information, call Debra Dees at 770-972-7642.

Rosa Ponton of Brookwood High won first place for her poem “What Is” in the Young Georgia Authors’ Writing Competition. Rosa was recognized at the Georgia Board of Education meeting in Atlanta on Sept. 8. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

The Gwinnett branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People recently hosted the Freedom Fund and Image Awards banquet. Dr. Frances Davis, chief GCPS human resources officer, was the keynote speaker and James Rayford, principal of Lilburn Middle, received the Image Award for education.

Maddie Shea of Craig Elementary won a $3,000 savings bond for a drawing she entered in an art contest, sponsored by Claritin Allergy medicine. For more information, call 770-978-5560.

The Lawrenceville Elementary Parent Center will sponsor a series of classes for parents who would like to learn English. The class will be held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., beginning in October. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Brookwood High will celebrate the school’s 25th anniversary on Oct. 3, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and a program at 6 p.m. New members will be inducted into the Brookwood High Faculty and Student Hall of Fame. Members of the community will be honored with the Friends of Brookwood Award. For more information, call Dan Chelko at 770-978-5064.

Berkmar High will host a program on financial aid for college on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents and students are invited. The program is sponsored by the Sallie Mae Fund and a drawing will be held during the program for a $1,000 scholarship. Materials will be available in Spanish and English. A light meal will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. A brief PTSA meeting will precede the program at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

Grayson High Technology Program will sponsor the club’s first Adopt-A-Stream clean up day on Oct. 4. Students will clean the stream and then begin chemical and biological monitoring For more information, call Michael Garrett at 770-554-7094.

Grayson Elementary Principal Christopher Ray will host an informational meeting for parents of new Grayson Elementary students on Oct. 4. Mr. Ray will answer questions regarding the school, and counselors, assistant principals and teachers will be on hand to assist. A free pizza dinner will be provided at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Student Ambassadors from Grayson High will provide childcare in the gym. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

A group of 14 gifted elementary students will visit Grayson High School of Technology on Oct. 6 to participate in a biotechnology activity. For more information, call Michael Garrett at 770-554-7094.

G.H. Hopkins Elementary will host author Peter Parente on Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. in the gym. He will bring several animals from a rain forest, including a sloth and a kinkajou. Mr. Parente writes books about endangered animals, saving their habitats, and helping our world. For more information, call Stacie Gadlage at 770-564-2661.

The Norcross High Drama department will perform “The Boys Next Door” on Oct. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the theatre. Tickets may be purchased one hour before the performances at the door. General admission tickets are $6 and preferred seating tickets are $9. For more information, call the hotline at 770-447-2667.

The Duluth High Center-Stage Alliance presents “Some Assembly Required” on Oct. 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the theater. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door. For more information, call Vanette Vedder at 678-473-6249.

W. J. Cooper Elementary has many activities planned for Career Month in October. Lessons on careers will be taught in the classroom. Each grade level will sponsor a career contest. On Oct. 14, students in the 5th grade will listen to speakers. On Oct. 28, 2nd grade students will explore and learn about different careers at hands-on Career Centers. For more information, call Christy Armstrong at 770-554-7050.

Lawrenceville Elementary will sponsor a Technology and Science event on Oct. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents will meet in a computer lab and explore science-based instructional Web sites that support student use of technology. Information on helping students with science projects also will be discussed. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Lawrenceville Elementary will sponsor a Kindergarten Literacy Night on Oct. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Parent Center will be open to support parents at that time. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

J.P. McConnell Middle will sponsor a parent resource seminar on “Gang and Drug Awareness” on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Captain Greg Vaughn and fellow officers of the Lawrenceville Police Department will speak to the community about gangs and drugs. For more information, call 770-554-1000.

Alton C. Crews Middle 8th grade band students will perform music of Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy Award-winning composer Michael Colgrass at the Rialto Theater in Atlanta on Oct. 18. The band will perform as part of the program featuring Mr. Colgrass. The concert at the Rialto is part of the Music Education Leadership Institute, sponsored by Georgia State University. For more information, call 770-982-6940.

Glenn C. Jones Middle will host a celebrity reading event on Oct.19 to celebrate Teen Read Week. Students will visit with local celebrities who will read from books, poems, and articles, and talk about their careers and lives. The school expects visitors ranging from government officials to local TV and radio personalities. This is an all-day event in which each celebrity will spend one hour with a group of students. If you are interested in being a guest reader, contact Julie Richardson at 770-904-5484.

Trickum Middle will commemorate its 30th anniversary during a special PTSA program and Literary Night on Oct. 20. Past Trickum faculty members, principals, and PTSA presidents will be honored during a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria, followed by a PTSA meeting at 6:30 p.m. Speakers include Louise Radloff, Board member; Lynne Davis, principal; and Phillip Curtis, a 30-year staff member. Student literary works and books from the past 30 years will be on display in the Media Center. All current and former Trickum students are invited to attend. This 30th anniversary year will be the school’s last one in its current building on Cole Dr. The new Trickum Middle replacement facility is under construction on Killian Hill Rd. and is scheduled to open for the 2006-07 school year. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Riverside Elementary will sponsor a Family Fun Night on Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. There will be games and activities for kids, a silent auction, food, and music. For more information, call Kavi Sarver at 678-482-1000.

Grayson Elementary will host a carnival on Oct. 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. Activities include a silent auction, moon jumps, obstacle course, giant slides, cake walk, games, food, spin art, and action sports. Advanced tickets are $12 or tickets may be purchased for $15 at gate. The price includes all events. For more information, call Jennifer Pender at 678-377-7443 or e-mail

Duluth High drama students will compete in sub-region One Act competition against Centennial High, Norcross High, Peachtree Ridge High, and Northview High with a 50-minute version of “Some Assembly Required” at Norcross High on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Suwanee Elementary will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a dunk tank and a silent auction. For more information, call 770-945-5763.

The Alton C. Crews Middle PTSA will host a Career Fair on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Parents and students are invited to find out more about career opportunities. For more information call 770-982-6940.

Sycamore Elementary will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 29. For more information, call 678-714-5770.

Following is an update on additional projects and fundraisers planned by GCPS schools. For more information on these specific projects, contact the local school. (A list of school phone numbers is available on the GCPS Web site--, or by calling Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.) Contact Sloan Roach, executive director for Communication and Media Relations, at 770-822-6506 for recent additions.
Grayson Elementary relief efforts raised approximately $5,000 in one week for victims of the hurricane.
Mill Creek High students and staff raised more than $15,000 for the Katrina victims.
The Junior Beta Club at Trickum Middle began a “Cash for Katrina” fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Donations will be accepted through Oct. 13.
Grayson Elementary will host a “New Orleans” skate night on Oct. 6 at Sparkles. Canned goods may be donated at this time for Katrina victims. Students and staff are asked to wear royal blue and white clothing to show support for Louisiana. Prizes will be awarded for entering the coloring contest. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Mill Creek High will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a number of events organized by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). The media center has displayed books by Hispanic authors. Students will participate in community service events throughout October that include peer tutoring, mentoring students, raising money for America’s Wave of Hope, and volunteering at the Salvation Army and Hands Across Atlanta. Students may participate in the Gwinnett Hispanic Advisory Committee’s essay contest. The theme for the essay is “Hispanic Role Models.” The school will sponsor a Fiesta on Oct. 4 in the commons area from 6 to 9 p.m. Students, teachers, family, and community members are invited to share Hispanic culture, music, food, and fun. There will be presentations on the food, dance, and culture of Latin America countries. Tickets may be purchased from LASO members. For more information, e-mail Lisa Rodriguez at

“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus. . . a look at how Gwinnett schools emphasize reading and writing, Bethesda Elementary prepares to celebrate 100 years of teaching and learning, the role of public education in the community, and a look at how Gwinnett schools have responded to the Katrina disaster. This 30-min. program airs daily 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.

“Meet the Author - R.L. Stine” - Get goose bumps? Like to laugh? Meet R. L. Stine. The man who popularized scary books for children— and is pretty much credited for bringing boys back to books by creating a series called “Goosebumps”— introduces a new humorous series, titled “Rotten School.” During the program, this joke writer, magazine editor, and storyteller of scary stories will explain how he plans for a series of stories, how he establishes the role of character and plot, and how he gets words to tickle readers. This 30-minute program airs Oct. 3-8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip - A Public Education” - A free, public education for all Americans was not always the standard. Horace Mann traces the methods of education from the colonial period to the one-room schoolhouses of the 1840s for the purpose of universal education. This 60-min. program airs live, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“Social Studies in Action” Annenberg/CPB - This video workshop provides a methodology framework for teaching social studies, with a focus on creating effective citizens. The eight video programs feature K-5 teachers exploring social studies themes, theories of learning, teaching strategies, and ways to connect social studies to the world beyond the classroom. This 60-min. program airs Oct. 3-6 and Oct. 10-13 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” English...Yes, I Can!, a GCPS TV production, returned to the air on Sept. 19 with the premiere of Series 3. This final installment of the program is designed to further enhance the English literacy skills of adult learners. The 16 one-hour shows in Series 3 are scheduled to air through Oct. 13 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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October is Computer Learning Month.

October 7 is a student and school staff holiday.

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 10 is a holiday for students and some staff. However, most school staff will be participating in professional learning and planning activities.

October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week and Teen Read Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 13, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

October 16-22 is National School Bus Safety Week.

October 22-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

Make a Difference day is October 22.

October 24 is Georgia Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during October. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Phone Number
Alcova Elementary
Alford Elementary
Berkmar High
Brookwood Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Cedar Hill Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
Craig Elementary
Alton C. Crews Middle
Dacula Elementary
Dacula High
Duluth Middle
Duncan Creek Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Fort Daniel Elementary
Grayson High
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Harmony Elementary
B.B. Harris Elementary
R.D. Head Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Ivy Creek Elementary
Jackson Elementary
Glenn C. Jones Middle
J.C. Magill Elementary
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Norcross High
North Gwinnett High
Frank N. Osborne Middle
Parkview High
Parsons Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Shiloh Elementary
Simonton Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Snellville Middle
Sugar Hill Elementary
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
Sycamore Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary