News You Can Use - 02/26/2007

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
02/26/2007 - 03/04/2007

Fort Daniel Elementary will host the FIRST Science Fair Feb. 22 beginning at 6:15 p.m. Student projects will be on display and judged in the categories of Consumer Science, Food, Life, Physical Science, and Environmental Science. All students will receive ribbons for their participation. For more information, call teacher Lisa Bradberry at 770-932-7400.

The District 3 Spelling Bee will be held on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. in the Collins Hill High theater. Approximately 32 students from area school systems will compete for the top 2 slots. Eleven of those students will represent GCPS schools. Both the winner and alternate of the District 3 Bee will compete in the State Spelling Bee in Atlanta on March 23 at 11 a.m. at the Georgia State University Student Center. For more information, call Donnis Terry at 770-945-4241.

Work by 13 GCPS student artists and photographers was selected for the Visual Vibes exhibit at the Dogwood Festival. The Dogwood Festival has featured the High School Art Exhibit in Piedmont Park during the Arts Festival of Atlanta for over 25 years. This highly competitive, juried exhibition showcased the best high school student entries from 14 regional Atlanta counties. For more information, call Barbara Willis, at 770-972-7642.

The Duluth High Winter Guard - an extension of the marching band - recently competed at Kennesaw Mountain High and earned first place. The Winter Guard will move up to the next competition level on March 10-11 at Forsyth Central High in Cumming. For more information, call Danelle Keck, Duluth High band director, at 770-232-3336.

Hopkins Elementary will host a visit from author David Lopez on March 2. Mr. Lopez has written two books and is planning ten more, all with historical references and all with female role models. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Pinckneyville Middle Girls As Leaders (GALS) will sponsor a fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life on March 3. A luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria followed by a fashion show at 2 p.m. in the gym. In addition, there will be a silent auction taking place the week before the fashion show. Items for auction will be on display in the school atrium. The mission of GALS is to provide 7th and 8th grade girls with appropriate leadership skills necessary for a positive contribution in the workforce. For more information, call Bridget Guenthner at 770-263-0860.

Middle and high school students with special needs, their parents, and teachers are invited to “Accessing Resources for the College-Bound Special Needs Student,” a college fair and program on March 5 sponsored by GCPS, the Gwinnett County Extension Service, and the Gwinnett County PTA Council. The event will take place at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville. The College Fair runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Representatives from four-year, two-year, and technical colleges will be in attendance. Information will be presented on SAT, college admissions, and graduation requirements. A panel of UGA students will talk about what college life is like for students with a disability. For more information, call 678-377-4010.

Parents, students, and community members are invited to the 4th Annual Arcado Elementary Bicycle Rodeo on March 10 from 9 a.m. until noon at the school. Admission is free, advance registration is required. The rodeo will be conducted by the Gwinnett Public Safety and Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services. Donations from local businesses will be shared with participants and a bicycle will be given away. For more information, visit

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation will sponsor the Fourth Annual Lions Golf Classic to be held at the Tournament Players Club at Sugarloaf on March 26. For more information and a registration brochure, visit or call Lynn Brunatti, executive director of the Foundation at 678-957-3166.

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 Gwinnett County Public Schools, county commissioners, the University of Georgia, and the Center’s foundation. The Center is dedicated to student field studies and activities weekday mornings and is open to the public weekday afternoons and weekends (closed Mondays). Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.comor call 770-904-3500.
  • March 3, 2 pm -- Herbal Bath and Body Products
Anne Shenk of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia will instruct participants how to make their own bath and beauty products using herbs and essential oils. Ages 13 - 17, $15/person, pre-register by calling 770-904-3500.
  • March 10, 11 pm and 2 pm-- Rain Barrel Workshop
Make a rain barrel. $35/person, pre-register by calling 770-904-3500.
  • March 13, 4 pm - 5:30 pm-- Greenway Gurus (3rd-5th Grade Kids)
Learn to “track” down clues leading to the discovery of local wildlife. The environmental club will learn about deer, raccoons, and other critters. Club dues are $10 per meeting, limited to 15 kids. For questions or to register, email
  • Summer Camps-- Applications are being accepted now for Summer Camps during June and July at the GEHC. Study archaeology or learn the history of the Cherokee people on one of the many week-long camps offered at the center. For more information visit To make a reservation call 770-904-3500.

“Education News Parents Can Use - Math and Science Education: Critical Skills for the 21st Century. Guests on the February edition of “Education News,” including U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, school practitioners, business leaders, and math and science experts, will talk about the American Competitiveness, Initiative, and explore such questions as: What is the “global economy” and what new demands does it place on our students and our schools? How can parents encourage their children to learn mathematics and science outside the classroom? And, how can we encourage all students— especially girls and minority students— to pursue math and science careers? This 60-min. program airs Feb. 26-Mar. 3 at 1 p.m.

“The Author in You - Neal Shusterman” Author Neal Shusterman wears many creative hats as a successful novelist, screenwriter and television writer. Hear him tell the “story behind the stories” of his award winning books for teens “Full Tilt,” “Everlost,” and “The Schwa was Here,” on this special edition of “The Author in You.” This 30-min. program airs Feb. 26-March 3 at 2 and 7 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through April 3 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily 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.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 2” This video telecourse is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. This series airs in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and
8 p.m. Monday - Sunday; through March 18 (a new class airs each week, beginning on Monday).

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 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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02/22/2007 GCPS to host Certified Teacher Job Fair (pdf)
02/21/2007 GCPS students to compete in first annual science and engineering fair (pdf)
02/19/2007 Spotlighting Black History Month in Gwinnett schools (pdf)
02/19/2007 Mill Creek High coach named: Georgia’s Female Coach of the Year (pdf)

Each year, the Gwinnett County School Board reserves key dates relating to the development of the next year’s budget. Budget dates for FY 2008 include:
March 29 and 30, 2007-- Superintendent’s Recommended budget to Board
April 14, 2007-- Board budget work session
April 17, 2007-- Board budget work session and adoption of tentative budget
May 4, 2007-- First public hearing on budget
May 10, 2007-- Second public hearing and final adoption
June 2007-- Adoption of millage rate
Sept. 2007-- Transmit adopted budget to State Department of Education

February is Black History Month, and National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Feb 19 is a student teacher holiday OR snow make-up day.

March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Middle Level Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Social Work Month, Women’s History Month, and Youth Art Month.

March 2 is Read Across America (Dr. Seuss’ birthday).

March 5-9 is Exceptional Children’s Week, National School Breakfast Week, National Foreign Language Week, and Newspapers in Education Week.

March 5-11 is Newspapers in Education Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 8, 2007, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during February and March. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
B.B. Harris Elementary2/27Alton C. Crews Middle3/13
Berkmar Middle2/27B.B. Harris Elementary3/27
Camp Creek Elementary2/23Benefield Elementary3/8
Centerville Elementary2/21Berkeley Lake Elementary3/15
Creekland Middle2/15Berkmar High3/27
Dacula Elementary2/16Bethesda Elementary3/20
Dacula Middle2/20Brookwood Elementary3/12
Duluth High2/20Brookwood High3/6
J.E. Richards Middle2/20Cedar Hill Elementary3/15
Kanoheda Elementary2/22Charles Brant Chesney Elementary3/16
Mountain Park Elementary2/26Collins Hill High3/20
Parkview High2/27Dacula Elementary3/16
Peachtree Elementary2/15Dacula High3/30
Pinckneyville Middle2/15Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary3/9
Rockbridge Elementary2/22Duluth Middle3/13
Suwanee Elementary2/26Duncan Creek Elementary3/8
Fort Daniel Elementary3/3
Frank N. Osborne Middle3/9
Glenn C. Jones Middle3/15
Grayson Elementary3/16
Gwin Oaks Elementary3/9
Harbins Elementary3/20
Harmony Elementary3/30
Henry Partee Elementary3/8
Ivy Creek Elementary3/16
J.C. Magill Elementary3/2
J.P. McConnell Middle3/26
Jackson Elementary3/8
Lawrenceville Elementary3/20
Level Creek Elementary3/15
Lilburn Elementary3/22
Lilburn Middle3/29
Louise Radloff Middle3/15
McKendree Elementary3/16
Meadowcreek High3/15
Nesbit Elementary3/22
Norcross High3/8
North Gwinnett High3/13
Oakland School3/8
Parsons Elementary3/2
Peachtree Elementary3/15
Pinckneyville Middle3/15
Richard Hull Middle3/9
Riverside Elementary3/13
Rock Springs Elementary3/29
Shiloh High3/5
Simpson Elementary3/30
Snellville Middle3/8
South Gwinnett High3/20
Summerour Middle3/13
Sweetwater Middle3/29
Sycamore Elementary3/1
T. Carl Buice School3/20
Trickum Middle3/13
Walnut Grove Elementary3/8