News You Can Use - 10/24/2011

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/24/2011 - 10/30/2011

South Gwinnett High Advanced Placement U.S. Government students will host a City of Snellville mayoral debate beginning at 7 p.m. Both candidates have accepted the invitation. The debate, taking place in the school’s theater, will include opening statements from the candidates, questions from a student panel, rebuttals following each question, and closing statements. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 770-972-4840.

Shiloh High Onstage theater students will perform Alan Haehnel’s play “Andromeda’s Galaxy” on Oct. 20, 21, and 22 at 7 p.m. in the school theater. Tickets may be purchased for $6. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

Jessica Allison of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology and Seung Kwan Baek of Mill Creek High are two of 50 students named from around the state to serve on State Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge’s 2011-2012 Student Advisory Council. As members of the council, these students will meet twice throughout the school year to advise the Superintendent and the Georgia Department of Education on how state policies are impacting the classroom. The Student Advisory Council will also discuss other education-related issues and serve as the State Superintendent’s ambassadors in their respective schools. For more information, call Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, at 404-651-7358, or email

The Shiloh High Marching Brigade won several awards at the 9th Annual Adrian Carroll Official Historical Black College and University/High School Battle of the Bands in Class AAA and Overall competition. Honors include 1st place for Majorettes; 2nd place for General Effect and Drum Major; and 3rd place for Music and Dance. For more information, call Shiloh High Band Director Barrett Alexander at 770-736-4345.

Duluth High student athlete Nicholas Rea was named an ‘Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community’ that includes a $1,000 grant for Duluth High to support future community initiatives. Nicholas will be mentioned on the Falcons Community Relations blog at, receive tickets to the January 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and be featured in a taped interview with Atlanta radio station 790 The Zone. For more information, visit or call Duluth High Media Specialist Marsha Hunter, PhD, at 770-476-5206.

Duluth High student Abhi Ramachandrian has been selected to serve as the chairperson of the Model Atlanta Regional Commission. Students from 16 counties (50 high schools) serve on the commission and interact with leaders throughout the Metro-Atlanta area to examine issues facing the region. The topics addressed range from urban sprawl to traffic congestion and to historic preservation. This is the second year in a row that a leader has been selected from Duluth High. Each year Social Studies Teacher Geri Flanary nominates several Duluth students to serve in this leadership program. For more information, call Ms. Flanary at 770-476-5206.

Sweetwater Middle students will advance to state one-act play competition on Nov. 5 with their performance of Michele L. Vacca’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” For more information, call Teacher Brandy Meadow 770-923-4131.

Dyer Elementary classes will decorate pumpkins using story book characters for inspiration. Judging of the pumpkins will take place on Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. For more information, call Teacher Matt Bonk at 770-963-6214.

Grayson High Technical Education Program and Meadowcreek High will host visits from The John Lennon Bus, a non-profit mobile recording studio that provides students with free hands-on opportunities to create original music and video projects. The guest artist coming to work with Grayson students on Oct. 24 is Chuck Leavell ( The bus will stop at Meadowcreek High on Oct. 27. For more information, visit, or call the school.

The United Ebony Society will host the 29th Annual Reception for Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Educators, “Saluting Our Heroes,” on Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the GCPS Instructional Support Center in Suwanee. The late Ladeadrick “Bob” Jackson, former Meadowcreek High principal, will be honored posthumously with the Robbie S. Moore Community Service Award. For more information, visit

Archer High will hold the school’s 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. For more information, call Valerie Lewis at 678-407-7700.

Harbins Elementary 5th grade students experienced a live, face-to-face SKYPE session with children author Barbara O’Connor. Students developed questions to ask the author about her writing and her books. For more information, call Harbins Elementary at 770-682-4270.

“Love That Book -Carmen in the Dark” Carmen shares her love of reading silly, spooky books in the cozy comforts of an indoor fort. She’s set for the night with a good book —“I Need My Monster,” her best stuffed friend Bite; and her favorite snack of S’mores. During the program, Meadowcreek Elementary Media Specialist Kim Thames introduces “Wonder Struck” as a cool, new book, and Dr. Elaine Whitney shares her memories of a favorite oldie, but goodie, “Corduroy.” This 15-min. program airs this week at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday.

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October is computer Learning Month® and Crime prevention Month.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 20, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

November is National Native American Heritage Month.

Standard Time begins on Nov. 6.

Nov. 6-12 is National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Week.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

American Education Week is Nov. 13-19.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 17, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alford Elementary28-Oct
Berkmar High25-Oct
Camp Creek Elementary28-Oct
Craig Elementary31-Oct
Glenn C. Jones Middle27-Oct
Henry Partee Elementary26-Oct
Mill Creek High25-Oct
Parkview High25-Oct
R.L. Norton Elementary28-Oct
Simpson Elementary28-Oct
Walnut Grove Elementary27-Oct

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 call 770-904-3500.
Junior Master Gardener I
An Astronauts Life: Be a Space Scientist for a Day
Fall Historic Bus Tour
Living in Space Exhibit
Design & Build Your Own Planet
    11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Cherokee Double Basket
Recycling on Earth and Beyond…
    11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Moon Light Monday: Beaver Moon Hike
Green Living Series Fall 2011: Energy
Archaeology Merit Badge at McDaniel Farm Park