News You Can Use - 08/14/2006

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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
08/14/2006 - 08/20/2006

Debbie Daniell, GCPS social studies director and 7th District coordinator for We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and We the People: Project Citizen, attended a leadership conference on civic education in Washington, D.C., in June. These programs are used in grades 4, 8, and 11 in Gwinnett. Nearly 500 GCPS teachers have been trained to use these materials. For more information, call 678-301-7028 or the Center for Civic Education at 818-591-9321.

Six GCPS 2005-06 graduates earned Merit Scholarship awards financed by colleges and universities through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. The scholarship winners are Ashley Dronenburg of Collins Hill High, Rachel Foley of Brookwood High, Nancy Gunzenhauser of Dacula High, Keyan Rahimzadeh of Grayson High, Matthew Rapson of Peachtree Ridge High, and Rebekah Richards of South Gwinnett High. For more information, call 847-866-5100 or email

Twelve GCPS students were named as finalists in the 2005-06 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship competition. These students are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship for tuition costs at the college of their choice. The students are Katherine Amato of Mill Creek High, Andrea Barrett of Brookwood High, Ming-Yee Lin of Shiloh High, Prathysha Mididoddi of Peachtree Ridge High, Jacqueline Mirandola Mullen of Central Gwinnett High, Ngoc Nhi Le of Meadowcreek High, Katherine Park of North Gwinnett High, Stephen Petty of Duluth High, Carmen Rodriguez of Norcross High, Tiffany Soo of Parkview High, John Spencer of South Gwinnett High, and Michael Warren of Grayson High. For more information, call Dr. Joe Searle at the Department of Education at 404-657-0183.

North Gwinnett High teacher Mike Lasseter is one of 30 artists from around the world to have his work displayed in the 2006 Chelsea Global Showcase Art Competition, a distinguished juried museum-curated international art competition, sponsored by the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery. The exhibit is on display through August 25. For more information, call 770-271-5179.

A short story by Heath Gibson of South Gwinnett High is included in “Summer Shorts,” published by Blooming Tree Press this summer. For more information, call 770-972-4840.

Arcado Elementary, Fort Daniel Elementary, Kanoheda Elementary, and Knight Elementary are finalists in the Citizenship in Motion national schools competition, sponsored by the National Museum of Patriotism and the Kamaron Institute. The schools partner with their bus drivers to expand character education beyond the school and into the community. For more information, call Cindy Gaines at 770-513-6855 ext. 171.

“Highlighting Excellence,” a GCPS TV original video production, was recognized with a bronze award in the 27th Annual Telly Awards, an international competition. For more information, call 678-301-6460.

Ashley White of Maxwell High School of Technology placed 2nd in the multi-media event for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA state conference). She presented her entry at the 2006 National FBLA Leadership Conference in June. For more information, call 678-301-7050.

The Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA) recently named two Gwinnett Counselors as state winners. Kelly Cowart of Meadowcreek Elementary is 2005-06 Georgia Elementary School Counselor of the Year, and Brent Henderson of Norcross High is 2005-06 Georgia High School Counselor of the Year. Prior to being named the state’s top counselors, these two professionals were among four Gwinnett winners at the region level. Georgia School Counselor Association Region 2 winners are:
-- Kelly Cowart of Meadowcreek Elementary, Elementary School Counselor of the Year
-- Karen Bevak of Glen C. Jones Middle, Middle School Counselor of the Year
-- Brent Henderson of Norcross High, High School Counselor of the Year
-- Jim Markham, Mill Creek High principal, Advocate of the Year
For more information, call Dianne Thompson at 678-301-7063.

More than 50 Sweetwater Middle students created artwork to decorate the halls of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Surgery Center in Gwinnett. For more information, call 770-923-4131.

“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus... Summer learning for students and staff, preparations for the new school year, AYP success stories at two Gwinnett schools, and a look at the new Trickum Middle facility. This 30-min. program airs Aug. 14-20 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.

“Ready to Read, Ready to Succeed - Education News Parents Can Use” (U.S. Dept. of Education) This edition of “Education News” explores why the first and most important goal of education in America should be to ensure that every child develops proficiency in reading. This 60-min. program airs Aug. 14-20 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Kevin Henkes” Author Kevin Henkes discusses how he plans and illustrates his books, how he creates personality traits for his characters, and the role of action and consequences. From Newbery Honor Book Olive's Ocean to Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse to his 2005 Caldecott Medal Winner Kitten’s First Full Moon, Henkes’ engaging characters and humor delight readers of all ages. This 30-minute program airs Aug. 14-20 at 2 p.m. and 7 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 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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The Gwinnett County Board of Education will hold its monthly Board meeting tonight at 7 p.m., at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

Gwinnett County Online Campus registration will be held from August 14–September 3 (online only.) Info sessions will be held August 24 and 31 at Buchanan High School of Technology, Bldg. E, 2595 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross. Fall classes begin Sept. 9.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Labor Day is September 4, a systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 14, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.