News You Can Use - 01/08/2007









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/08/2007 - 01/14/2007


HONORS
Simonton Elementary student Abri-Elle Price-Sivertsen recently won a contest sponsored by the Nestle Co. for her newly created flavor of ice pop— “Pink Princess Fluff.” Abri was the only winner from Georgia and one of 10 winners chosen from among 8,000 entries. She won a $1,000 savings bond, a huge lollipop, cards with “pink princess fluff,” a trip to a party in California, and an ice cream party for the entire school on January 12. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

A number of last year’s Gwinnett seniors have been honored for their success with AP exams during their high school careers. Based on College Board results reported to Gwinnett schools, nearly 1,100 students (more than 15% of the Class of 2006) were recognized by the College Board as AP scholars for earning a score of 3 or higher on at least 3 AP exams. For a complete list contact Laurie Kovach at 770-301-6019.

Five Forks Middle teacher Jerry Paxton was selected as the November Spotlight Winner for the University of Georgia’s Technology Training Center. Mr. Paxton and four of his students have been selected by the University of Georgia to present at the Capitol on Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

Peachtree Ridge High teacher Sara Heath has her student’s financial literacy project featured on the Web site Practical Money Skills for Life. Ms. Heath’s class developed the one hour lesson plan to teach money basics and to model good and bad financial behavior to a nearby 2nd grade class. For more information, visit http://practicalmoneyskills.com/english/at_school/teachers/innovative/1206_tea.php, or call 678-957-3162.

The Duluth High Navy Junior ROTC has been invited to attend the Governor’ Inauguration, on Jan. 8 at Phillips Arena. The unit will volunteer their time and efforts to assist in this historic event and will be personal guests of Governor Sonny Purdue at the Inaugural Ball later that night. The relationship with the Governor and the Duluth NJROTC unit dates back to the Duluth Fall Festival Parade where the Color Guard utilized its talents during the opening ceremony and was recognized by the Governor and his staff. For more information, call 770-232-3336.

UPCOMING
Berkmar Middle students with perfect attendance will have a luncheon at Smokey Bones restaurant on Jan. 10 to reward their accomplishment. Berkmar Middle supports a school-wide incentive program that encourages and rewards student attendance with treats, homeroom banners, academic pep rallies, certificates, positive letters and phone calls home. For more information, call 770-638-2309.

Parents, students, teachers, and community members are invited to visit the Grayson High Technology Education Program Open House on Jan 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors may tour the building, meet the instructors, and check out the program. Classes offered include Technical Theater (Scenery and Lighting or Costume and Makeup), Music Recording, Music Technology, Digital Media Design and Animation, Culinary Arts, Television Broadcast, Commercial Photography, Biotechnology, Veterinary Technology, Horticulture, Environmental and Conservation Science, Travel Planning/Hotel and Hospitality Management, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, and Computer Information Technology and Network Systems. The open house will be held in the Technical Education Program Building, located on the campus of Grayson High at 50 Hope Hollow Rd. in Loganville. For more information, call Kristie Martin at 770-554-7082.

The 2007 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee will be held on Jan. 20 in the Mill Creek High Theater with registration from 8:15-8:50. One winner from each of the 83 GCPS elementary and middle schools will compete in the Written Bee beginning at 9 a.m. The top 11 winners will compete in the Oral Bee immediately following the Written Bee, and will also represent GCPS in the District 3 Bee on Feb. 24. Spectators may attend the Oral Bee. For more information, Cindy Gaskins, the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee Coordinator, can be contacted at cindy_gaskins@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. The Gwinnett County Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by the Gwinnett County Association of Educators and The Gwinnett Daily Post.

Duluth Middle will host the Gwinnett County Middle School Drama Conference on Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference is open to all students. In the morning, students take classes in Improvisation, Audition Techniques, and Stage Movement from Atlanta professionals. After a pizza lunch, students will see student performances. The fee to attend is $25 per student which includes lunch and snacks. For more information, email kathy_gillcrist@gwinnett,k12.ga.us or call Duluth Middle at 770-476-3372.

The Brookwood High Dance Department will host the Nu Delta Alpha “Dance for Health” project on Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Girls are invited to learn about dance with “Girl Scouts Love to Dance” workshops. These workshops are open to local girl scouts in the brownie, junior, or cadet levels. The scouts often come with their troop to have fun while completing several requirements for their Try-Its, badges and Interest Project Patches. For more information, call 770-978-5075.

Trickum Middle will host a visit from author Neal Shusterman on Feb. 5. Mr. Shusterman will answer questions from students while visiting classes. His presentation is interactive, informing students about his writing and the process of writing. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

FUNDRAISER
The Duluth High Navy Junior ROTC, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps, sponsored the first annual Duluth High Toys for Tots drive. A total of 152 toys were collected from Dec. 4-15 and delivered to American Legion on Dec. 15 for distribution to needy children in the Duluth area in time for the holidays. Hermine Pasternack’s class made the largest donation to Toys for Tots by bringing in more than 70 toys, as well as $16 for the purchase of additional toys. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The annual “Holiday Share Drive” at Shiloh Middle was a huge success in 2006. The school’s goal was to collect $6,000. Principal Devon Williams agreed to dress up as a chicken and perform the “Chicken Dance” if the goal was met. The goal was doubled with a collection of more than $12,000. A donation of $8,000 was made to the Lilburn Cooperative Ministry to help local families. The remainder of the donations will be used for Shiloh Middle families in need, or donated to another worthy cause. For more information, call 770-972-3224.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” Coming up this week on GCPS Focus...The spirit of giving in Gwinnett schools, community support for quality education, and a look ahead at what 2007 will bring to GCPS. This 30-min. program airs Jan. 8-14 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.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 2” This GCPS TV original series premieres Jan. 8, on GCPS TV. Level 2 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 will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday, Jan. 8 through March 18 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

“Helping Hands: Having Fun While Giving Back - Fairfax Network” Through volunteering, teens learn that they can truly make a difference without traveling far from home to help those in need. A panel of six students discusses the importance of volunteering, share knowledge on how to get started, and talk about the sense of pride and satisfaction they get from volunteer experiences. This 30-min. program airs Jan. 8-14 at 12:30 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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CALENDAR
The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 11, 2007, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and a systemwide holiday.

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

Feb. 5-9 is National School Counseling Week.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Jan
Alford Elementary
1/25
Alton C. Crews Middle
1/30
B.B. Harris Elementary
1/30
Berkeley Lake Elementary
1/11
Bethesda Elementary
1/9
Brookwood High
1/30
Camp Creek Elementary
1/26
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
1/12
Chattahoochee Elementary
1/23
Collins Hill High
1/23
Craig Elementary
1/29
Dacula Elementary
1/19
Duluth Middle
1/9
Duncan Creek Elementary
1/11
Fort Daniel Elementary
1/5
Frank N. Osborne Middle
1/19
Grayson Elementary
1/12
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1/19
Henry Partee Elementary
1/11
J.C. Magill Elementary
1/5
J.P. McConnell Middle
1/29
Lilburn Elementary
1/25
Lilburn Middle
1/25
McKendree Elementary
1/19
Nesbit Elementary
1/25
Norcross High
1/11
Parkview High
1/23
Parsons Elementary
1/26
Peachtree Elementary
1/18
Pinckneyville Middle
1/18
Richard Hull Middle
1/12
Riverside Elementary
1/9
Rock Springs Elementary
1/25
Rockbridge Elementary
1/2
Snellville Middle
1/11
South Gwinnett High
1/16
Susan Stripling Elementary
1/11
Sycamore Elementary
1/4
Trickum Middle
1/16
Walnut Grove Elementary
1/11