News You Can Use - 02/08/2010









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
02/08/2010 - 02/14/2010


FRIDAY
The 32nd annual Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair takes place Feb. 5 at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Using the theme “Motivating the Next Generation of Science and Engineering Leaders,” the event allows students to apply their science knowledge, and highlights career opportunities that await Gwinnett students in the field of science. In addition to featuring science projects from students at several Gwinnett high schools, this year’s fair also includes a “Distinguished Research Forum” where a selected group of students will present their research findings to scientists and guests. For more information, call Mary Elizabeth Davis, director of science, at 678-301-7036.

HONORS
The North Gwinnett High School-based Enterprise, The Dawg House, earned Gold Certification from National DECA. The students who worked on the certification application will represent North Gwinnett High at the 2010 DECA International Career Development Conference in April. For more information, call Dr. Jacqueline Huffman, North Gwinnett High marketing coordinator, at 678-482-1025.

Lilburn Elementary’s “Legomatics” were one of only two qualifying elementary schools for the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition in the state. The team won 2nd place for teamwork for enthusiasm, spirit, partnership, and respect for teammates. In the regional competition, the students earned a 2nd place trophy for research. The Legomatics earned a 1st place trophy in Research and 4th place in Robot Performance at the Super Regionals. This year’s challenge titled “Smart Moves” required students to consider different ways of accessing people, goods, places, and services in a safe and efficient manner. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

GCPS had 296 Band, Chorus and Orchestra students selected to participate in the 2010 All-State competition by the Georgia Music Educators Association. For more information, call Fine Arts Director Robert Andrews at 687-301-7015.

GCPS had a total of 45 schools recognized by the state for high participation in school nutrition programs. For more information, call Ken Yant, director of school nutrition programs, at 678-301-6246.

Lawrenceville Elementary Principal Dorothy Hines was honored by City of Lawrenceville Mayor Rex Millsaps and the Lawrenceville City Council for her years of service in Lawrenceville. February 1, 2010, was proclaimed Mrs. Hines Day in Lawrenceville to honor the retiring principal for 10 years of service to the Lawrenceville community. Picture available upon request. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Camp Creek Elementary has been selected to receive a 2009 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant in the amount of $4,475 for the Camp Creek Outdoor Classroom Improvement Project. The grant funds are provided by the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. Camp Creek Elementary will use the funds to purchase a Tool Shed stocked with rakes, shovels, hoses, and other equipment for their outdoor classroom. In addition, the school will purchase weather stations that will allow students to monitor weather conditions in the community. The Camp Creek PTA Outdoor Classroom Sponsor, Doug Taylor, will be working with Principal Kathy Jones, Science Specialist Felicia Hester, and local Boy Scout troops to design field manuals to identify plants and wildlife in the outdoor classroom. For more information call Kathy Jones, principal, Camp Creek Elementary at 770-921-1626.

Suwanee Elementary student Shruthi Santhanam won the 2010 GCPS Spelling Bee and will be among the representatives listed from to compete in the District 3 Spelling Bee on Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the North Gwinnett HS theater. Chattahoochee Elementary student Henry Gao is this year’s runner up. For more information, call media relations at 678-301-6022.



UPCOMING
Dacula Middle will host the 2nd annual Math and Science Family Carnival on Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in both school gyms. The event is sponsored by the math and science departments. Families will explore hands-on math and science activities. In addition, there will be food, prizes, and music. For more information, call Dr. Horance Buckley, assistant principal, or Patti Orsi, assistant principal, at 770-963-1110.

Berkmar High will host the 2nd Annual Greater Lilburn Business Expo on March 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Lilburn businesses will have an opportunity to promote their businesses to each other and the community at this event. More than 100 businesses are expected to participate in this event produced in partnership with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Lilburn Business Association, and the Lilburn Community Partnership. Gail Macrenaris, Director of Leadership and Education for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, will conduct a pre-event seminar on February 11 at Berkmar High, advising participants on how to maximize business exposure at the Expo. For more information, visit www.lilburnexpo.com,or call Diana Preston, assistant principal, at 678-230-9058, or email dianapreston@bellsouth.net.

On Feb.18, from 3 to 7 p.m., the Auto Services and Collision Repair Department at Maxwell High School of Technology will host a “High Performance Homecoming” for alumni. The newly renovated automotive wing and new curriculum will be unveiled for second year automotive students. The program will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an award ceremony for business partners including Mercedes, Infiniti, Ferrari, and BMW among others. Vehicles will be on display. For more information, call Maxwell High School Auto Services Instructor Eliot Lawrence at 770-963-6838.

Gwinnett County’s most avid readers will be participating in the GCPS 5th Annual Gwinnett Readers Rally on Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.at Berkmar High. The Gwinnett Readers Rally is a quiz bowl competition for readers in grades 4 through 12. Schools prepare a team for the competition by having students read a preselected list of books. 86 GCPS teams are registered for the event. Berkmar High School’s Basketball Cheerleading Squads will be performing at the opening ceremonies. Author S. A. Harazin, author of “Blood Brothers,” a 2010 Georgia Peach Award nominee, will be attending the high school closing ceremony. The division winners from each school level will go on to compete in a Championship Readers Rally Competition on Feb. 25 at the Instructional Resource Center. For more information, call Jamie Jones, Grayson High media specialist, at 770-554-7041; or Anne Chapman of Jackson Elementary at 770-682-4204.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation presents the Miss Peachtree Ridge Scholarship Pageant 2010 on Feb. 20. The theme of this year’s pageant is The Time of My Life - A Tribute to the music of the 80’s. For more information or tickets, contact Jane Denton at 678-957-3166 or jane.denton@peachtreeridgefoundation.org.

ONGOING
Norton Elementary is sponsoring a Writing Boot Camp for 5th grade students on Mondays during the month of February. Students will report to “boot camp” to polish their writing skills in preparation for taking the Georgia State Writing Test. Administrators, counselors, teachers and other staff members are assisting the 5th grade teachers in presenting the lesson. For more information, call Laura Reed, Norton ES teacher at 770-985-1933.

Duluth High is collecting pennies (and all other currency) for Pennies For Patients on Feb. 5 and Feb. 26. Contributions from this fundraiser will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

RECENTLY
Ivy Creek Elementary 4th grade students celebrated 100 Days of School by collecting 100 items for those in need at the school. For more information, call Tammy Glausier, assistant principal, at 678-714-3655.

AID FOR HAITI
North Gwinnett High students will host an art exhibit on Feb. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. Haiti Houses “Heart” Works will offer student made pins, magnets, necklaces, and much more for sale. All proceeds will benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake. Community members are invited to enjoy music, refreshments and purchase some beautiful art. For more information, call 770-945-9558.

Suwanee Elementary recently sponsored “Scoops of Love” collecting student ice cream donations for the Haiti earthquake victims. Beginning Feb. 10-12 the school will sponsor “Hearts for Haiti” selling Valentines candy to benefit Haiti. For more information, call 770-945-5763.

Norton Elementary recently collected funds to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, call 770-985-1933.

The Junior Beta club of North Gwinnett Middle sold doughnuts and collected $2,500 to donate to the American Red Cross earmarked for Haiti earthquake relief. For more information, call David Strickland, North Gwinnett Middle assistant principal, at 678-745-2300.

Lovin Elementary students are making “Haiti Houses, tiny houses that make a BIG difference”. These houses are offered for a $1 donation to benefit Haiti. For more information, visit http://www.haitihouses.org,or call Jeannette Anthos, art teacher, at 678-518-6940.

Cedar Hill Elementary art teachers Joyce Dorian and Anna Murphy are leading their students in the initiative “Homes for Haiti.” Art Club members plan to create ‘tiny’ houses and sell them to the Cedar Hill community to benefit Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization. Currently they have raised $635. For more information, visit http://www.haitihouses.orgor call 770-962-5015.

Debbie Cornelison’s 5th grade class at Ivy Creek Elementary has been raising money for Haiti. Two students in her class have family members in Haiti, and one of the students has a relative who is still missing. The students are making a commercial for the morning announcements to inform students how to help earthquake survivors in Haiti by donating money. For more information, please contact Debbie Cornelison at 678-714-3655 or Tammy Glausier at 678-765-5245.

Pinckneyville Middle will sponsor “Healing Hearts for Haiti” in response to the need of the earthquake victims in Haiti. Staff and students will collect donations to benefit the American Red Cross. Each donation entitles participants to have their name printed on a paper heart and posted throughout the school. Pinckneyville has collected more than $1,000 for “Healing Hearts for Haiti.” As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, Pinckneyville looks for programs to develop an understanding and sense of community for students. For more information, call Frau Shashoua, IB teacher, at 770- 263-0860.

Hull Middle students are sponsoring “Hull Hat for Haiti Day” to benefit victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Participants may wear a hat to school for a donation of $1. All proceeds will be donated to a fund for Haiti. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
02/04/2010Counseling recognition for Radloff MS and Collins Hill HS (pdf)
02/03/2010GCPS science fair scientists and engineers to show what they know (pdf)
02/01/2010Gwinnett salutes top counseling professionals (pdf)
01/28/2010Lottery to select GSMST class to be held February 12 (pdf)
GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus visits a classroom of students who are learning the lessons of dressing for success; we take a closer look at the district’s efforts to support literacy and writing skills for students in grades K-12, and we learn more about the Anderson and Livsey families… join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about GCPS. This 30-minute program airs this week 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.

“Gwinnett County Annual Counselor Recognition Awards Presentation” Join GCPS TV for special coverage of this year’s Annual Counselor Recognition Awards Presentation. Taped on location at the Instructional Support Center, program highlights include recognition of the Gwinnett County Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Counselor of the Year; the Mary Joe Hannaford Counseling Advocate of the Year; and the Counselor Writer of the Year. This 60-minute program airs Feb. 8-14 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

“ParenTVision: Prescription for Trouble” This month’s program features the Connect With Kids Network (CWK) program “Prescription for Trouble.” The sub-culture of drug use in America has evolved, and now there is a new threat to our children: medicine, legal drugs that are sold in every pharmacy and found in every medicine cabinets. Sleeping pills, painkillers, muscle relaxers, ADHD pills, and cough medicine have become the drugs of choice. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, with the exception of marijuana, young people are more likely to abuse these legal drugs than any other. In fact, nearly one in five teens report using prescription medications to get high and one in ten are using cough medicine to get high. This episode of ParenTVision also features a candid discussion with Margaret Cheeley, Collins Hill High graduation coach and host of ParenTVision; Dr. Bryan Long, Director of Discipline and Student Interventions; Tim Greene, Gwinnett graduate; and his mother, Becky Greene. This 60-min program airs Feb. 8-14 at 2 and 8 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
February is National African American History Month.

February 7-13 is National SkillsUSA Week.

February 8 is the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary.

The First flood day Make-up Day is February 12.

Feb 14-20 is National Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Week.

A Snow Make-up Day is scheduled for February 15.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 18, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in February. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
February
Alcova Elementary
9-Feb
Alford Elementary
8-Feb
Annistown Elementary
9-Feb
Arcado Elementary
8-Feb
Archer High School
8-Feb
Bay Creek Middle
11-Feb
Beaver Ridge Elementary
25-Feb
Berkeley Lake Elementary
23-Feb
Bethesda Elementary
22-Feb
Britt Elementary
9-Feb
Brookwood Elementary
22-Feb
Brookwood High
9-Feb
Camp Creek Elementary
26-Feb
Carl Buice School
19-Feb
Cooper Elementary
8-Feb
Crews Middle
19-Feb
Duluth High
16-Feb
Duncan Creek Elementary
18-Feb
Dyer Elementary
24-Feb
GIVE Center East
9-Feb
GIVE Center West
11-Feb
Grayson Elementary
19-Feb
Grayson High
11-Feb
Ivy Creek Elementary
19-Feb
Jackson Elementary
11-Feb
Jones Middle
11-Feb
Kanoheda Elementary
11-Feb
Level Creek Elementary
23-Feb
Louise Radloff Middle
18-Feb
Meadowcreek Elementary
8-Feb
Mill Creek High
16-Feb
Monarch School
12-Feb
Mountain Park Elementary
22-Feb
Nesbit Elementary
8-Feb
Norcross Elementary
11-Feb
North Gwinnett High
9-Feb
Norton Elementary
26-Feb
Oakland School
16-Feb
Parkview High
23-Feb
Parsons Elementary
25-Feb
Peachree Ridge High
25-Feb
Rock Springs Elementary
11-Feb
Rockbridge Elementary
11-Feb
South Gwinnett High
23-Feb
Summerour Middle
25-Feb
Susan Stripling Elementary
11-Feb
Trickum Middle
9-Feb
Trip Elementary
19-Feb
Walnut Grove Elementary
18-Feb
Winn Holt Elementary
25-Feb
Woodward Mill Elementary
22-Feb

UPCOMING 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 www.gwinnettehc.org or call 770-904-3500.

February 9, 10
Homeschool: Rocks
February 12
Homeschool: Advance Science Process Skills
Homeschool: Chemistry II for High schoolers
Homeschool: Intro to Physical Science
February 13
Water Conservation
February 16
Homeschool: HLS Pottery Making
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
Homeschool: Rocks
Little Hands: Lunch for Bears
February 17
Homeschool: Rocks
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Guided Trail Hikes
February 19
Homeschool: Advance Science Process Skills
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Chemistry II for High schoolers
Homeschool: Intro to Physical Science
February 20
Super Saturday: Blue Planet
Super Saturday: Blue Planet
Super Saturday: Turtle Feeding
Super Saturday: Blue Planet
Super Saturday: Blue Planet
February 22
Water S(our)ce Exhibition: Call to Artist Deadline
February 23
Homeschool: WGS: Birds
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
Homeschool: Rocks
February 24
Homeschool: Rocks
Little Hands: Lunch for Bears
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Monthly Lab Extension