News You Can Use - 05/03/2010









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
05/03/2010 - 05/09/2010


THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
The Peachtree Ridge High Playhouse presents the hit Broadway musical “Annie” on April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m., and May 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Come and see 40 talented Peachtree Ridge cluster elementary school girls and 40 high school actors perform. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door prior to show time. For more information, email Dean Feldman, arts academy teacher at Dean_feldman@gwinnett.k12.ga.us, or visit PRHStheatre.com.

SATURDAY
Hooper Renwick has been awarded a grant from LOWE’s in the amount of $9,600 to create a Recreational Outdoor Center (The ROC). The center will be an age-appropriate activity area for students. The installation will take place on May 1 and a ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on May 4. For more information, call Andrea Clifton of Hooper Renwick at 770-682-4293.

HONORS
GCPS was well represented with winners at the 6th Annual Georgia High Ceramic Arts and Awards Symposium.
  • Julio Garcia of Norcross High won the Vanguard Grand Prize - Best of Show; Martha Cook, teacher
  • Allison Eddy of North Gwinnett High won the Excellent Impulse Award For Expressiveness; Debi West, teacher
  • Wilson Hernandez of Norcross High won 1st Place Handbuilt; Martha Cook, teacher
  • Moses Lee of North Gwinnett High won the Human Condition Award For Figurative Work; Bruce Bowman, teacher
  • Hector Pacheco of North Gwinnett High won the Obsessed Artist Award For Labor Intensive Detail; Bruce Bowman, teacher
  • Malaya Saldana of Parkview High won the Mastermind Award for Concept; Alexandra Kates, teacher
For more information, call Robert Andrews, fine arts director, at 678-301-7004.

The Gwinnett Heat Adapted Sports Basketball Team ended its first year of varsity competition as the 2010 Adapted Sports Basketball State Runner Up. Mike Phillips coordinates the adapted sports program in Gwinnett. The team’s coaches are Jennifer Elinburg, Brian Elinburg, and Michaela Istone-Haupt. For more information, call Mike Emery, director of athletics, student services, and community schools at 678-301-7274.

UPCOMING
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology students will display 66 internship projects in the areas of Bioscience, Engineering, and Emerging Technologies at the Junior Fellowship Experience Symposium on May 3 at Duluth High. Presentations will take place from 6: 15 to 7 p.m., followed by an open house from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Molly McAuliffe, internship coordinator, at 678-473-6292.

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 6. Kindergarten registration is held at the local school. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2010, are invited to register their children for the 2010-11 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering their child: proof of residency in an attendance zone; a Georgia certificate of immunization; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year; a photo ID; proof of custody/guardianship; a child’s social security number; and a copy of the pre-K progress report. The Planning Department phone number is 678-301-7085 and may be called to find out which school a child will attend. Additional information may be viewed on the system web site www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

The Duluth High Theatre Workshop presents the comedy “Fools,” by Neil Simon, in the theatre at 7 p.m. on May 7th and 8th. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist, at 770-232-3336.

North Gwinnett Middle families are invited to “Celebrate North” on May 10 in conjunction with the PTSA meeting. North Gwinnett Middle will showcase many great events occurring at the school. For more information, call David Strickland, assistant principal at 678-745-2300.

Norcross Elementary will host a visit from award winning author Diane Z. Shore on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ms. Shore will promote reading, discuss poetry, describe her job as an author and how her books and poems came into being. For more information, call Debbie May, media specialist at 770-417-2495.

Shiloh High received a grant from Wal-Mart and Georgia Master Gardeners to create a memory garden for students and faculty to enjoy the outdoors. The garden will be dedicated on May 13 at 9 a.m. The memory garden will be made up of plants and trees native to Georgia. Benches and trees have been donated in honor and memory of various people who are important to Shiloh High. For more information, call Shiloh High Media Specialist Kate Hopperath at 770-736-4356.

Grayson Elementary 5th grade gifted students will host an interactive history museum entitled “Experiencing Historical Events Through A Child’s Eyes” on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. In addition, special guests who experienced World War II, the Holocaust, or the Great Depression will be honored. For more information, email Kristie Horn at Kristie_horn@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

ONGOING
The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. seeks nominations for the Gwinnett County Hall of Fame. The induction will be held at Gwinnett Braves game on June 6. Nominations currently are being accepted for inductees to the newly established Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc., Georgia Power, All American Specialties, and Scholastic Images/Balfour. The Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame will honor athletes who have competed in any facet of Gwinnett County athletics through public or private school, or who have represented the citizens of Gwinnett with honor on a state or national stage. The first annual induction event will be a joint celebration with the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field on June 6, during the 2:30 p.m. game. The celebration of Gwinnett’s finest athletes begins at 1 p.m. with a Home Run Derby, silent auction, and raffle. All proceeds from this charitable event will support academic initiatives benefiting the 159,000 students in the 123 schools of Gwinnett County Public Schools. The nomination form is available at, or by request at 678-301-6077 or 678-301-7287.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
04/27/2010Three graduating seniors named Corporate-Merit Scholars (pdf)
04/26/2010GCPS seeks input on school district's Strategic Priorities (pdf)
04/23/2010Osborne MS and North Gwinnett MS: Top scores on Grade 8 Writing Test (pdf)
04/23/2010Two GCPS schools receive grants for outdoor learning (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Celebrating Excellence: Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony” In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, GCPS TV is proud to present a special re-broadcast of the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony. Join local school recipients, administrators, and Board members for an evening of recognition and celebration. Program highlights include award presentations to the local winners, a video honoring the six TOTY finalists, and the announcement of the level winners and the 2010 Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year. This 2 hour program airs May 7-9 at 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author: Royce Buckingham” Royce Buckingham always dreamed of being a published author of fantasy stories, but needed a “real career” as a prosecuting attorney to pay his bills. His novel, “Demonkeeper,” was inspired by themes he would see in juvenile court. He still maintains his day job as an attorney, while pursuing his writing. During the program, Mr. Buckingham shares his story of perseverance. It took him 13 years to get his first novel published. He talks with the student audience about character development, the challenges for a first time writer, and his writing process. This 30-minute program airs May 3-9 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday through June 20, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot.

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
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

May 2-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 3-7 is Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week.

Advanced Placement (AO) Exams are scheduled for May 3-14.

The Georgia End of Course Test Window for grades 9-12 is scheduled for May 10-21.

Georgia End of Course Tests for Grade 8 are scheduled for May 12.

May 17-23 is Custodial Appreciation Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., May 20, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

May 24-26 is early release for high school final exams.

May 26 is the last day of school.

Graduation ceremonies for high schools have been scheduled from May 26-29. Visit the GCPS web site at http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf/pages/2010GraduationScheduleto view dates, times, and locations.

May 31 is Memorial Day, a systemwide holiday.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in May. Call the local school for the time and location.
School
May
Alton C. Crews Middle
7-May
Arcado Elementary
3-May
Bay Creek Middle
7-May
Beaver Ridge Elementary
6-May
Benefield Elementary
13-May
Berkmar High
11-May
Bethesda Elementary
3-May
Brookwood Elementary
3-May
Couch Middle
14-May
Dacula Elementary
14-May
Duncan Creek Elementary
27-May
Five Forks Middle
7-May
Fort Daniel Elementary
7-May
G.H. Hopkins Elementary
14-May
GIVE Center East
11-May
Glenn C. Jones Middle
13-May
Grayson High
7-May
Harbins Elementary
20-May
J.P. McConnell Middle
3-May
Jackson Elementary
13-May
K.E. Taylor Elementary
14-May
Knight Elementary
7-May
Lanier Middle
4-May
Lilburn Elementary
13-May
Lovin Elementary
20-May
Meadowcreek High
6-May
Mountain Park Elementary
10-May
Mountain View High School
14-May
Norcross Elementary
6-May
North Gwinnett High
11-May
North Gwinnett Middle
13-May
Peachtree Elementary
18-May
Pinckneyville Middle
13-May
R.D. Head Elementary
12-May
Richard Hull Middle
14-May
Riverside Elementary
4-May
Rock Springs Elementary
6-May
Rockbridge Elementary
6-May
Rosebud Elementary
14-May
Shiloh High
6-May
Shiloh Middle
7-May
Simpson Elementary
7-May
Snellville Middle
13-May
Sugar Hill Elementary
3-May
Summerour Middle
20-May
Suwanee Elementary
10-May
Sycamore Elementary
14-May
Twin Rivers Middle
3-May
White Oak Elementary
6-May

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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/News.232.0.html or call 770-904-3500.

May
05
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
07
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark
08
Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Rainbarrel Workshop
Segway Heritage Tour
11
Homeschool: Weateher and Storms
Little Hands: Let's Celebrate with Mother Nature!
12
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Homeschool: Weather and Storms
14
Junior Master Gardener Level I
Homeschool: Navigate Like Lewis & Clark