News You Can Use - 09/24/2012

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
09/24/2012 - 09/30/2012

Trickum Middle Visual Arts Teacher and GCPS 2009 TOTY Dr. Aimee Burgamy was selected from three finalists as the Georgia Arts in Education Leader by the Woodruff Arts Center. Dr. Burgamy received a $2,500 award for the art program of her choice and $500 for professional development. Dr. Burgamy will use a portion of the award to have the art honor society students create a mosaic for the proposed outdoor theater at Trickum Middle. The majority of the award will benefit the theater fund. In addition, Dr. Burgamy will attend the National Art Education Association conference to in Fort Worth, TX, in the spring. For more information, visit

Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders will visit Berkmar Middle at 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 for the First Down for Fitness Kick-Off. Falcons linebacker Sam Weatherspoon will speak to students about the program, which challenges children to participate in fitness activities, eat healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle. Students will then participate in the Gatorade Junior Training Camp to include Atlanta Falcon Cheerleaders. In addition, Berkmar Middle is teaming with two schools in Mexico City as partners in the First Down for Fitness Challenge. The schools will use Skype to discuss how they incorporate physical activity into the day. For more information about the event, call the school at 770-638-2300.

Mill Creek High’s marching band has been invited to perform at both the London New Year’s Day Parade on January 1, 2014, and the Rome People’s Christmas Celebration. Youth Music of the World and the Lord Lieutenancy for Greater London will officially invite the marching band to perform during a formal ceremony scheduled on Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. Guest speakers from the school, county, and England will be present. For more information, call Erik Mason, band director, at 678-714-5850.

Students in the Junior Leadership Corps at Summerour Middle will participle in a school beautification project on Oct. 6. The students will work from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. painting the amphitheater. They will also volunteer their time to complete landscape projects in the same area. Parent volunteers will join in the activities with their students. For more information, call Andrea C. Steele, coordinator, at 678-301-7372.

GCPS’ Community-Based Mentoring Program invites the public to participate in the Third Annual Golf Tournament to benefit GCPS on Oct. 8 at the Legacy Golf Course at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Sign-in is at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The deadline to enter is October 1. Registration is $100 per individual and $400 per foursome. Registration includes tournament entry, breakfast, entry in the Hole-In-One Contest, entry in the Longest Drive contest, lunch, snacks during the tournament, and participant gift bags. (The golf coordinator will assemble 4-person teams and assign overall handicaps if needed.) Collar shirts are required. No denim clothing or metal spike shoes will be allowed on the course. (Rules will be enforced.) Register online at

Peachtree Elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in the Kids Vision for Life Program. This program offers vision screenings and glasses for students attending Title I schools. The school will host the event in conjunction with World Sight Day on Oct. 11. For more information, call the school at 770-448-8710.

GCPS will host a leadership conference for elementary peer leaders on Oct. 11. The conference will be held at Hebron Church in Dacula. Speakers for the conference include a GCPS principal, counselor, teachers, and many more informative leaders. For more information, call Mason Elementary Counselor Robin Zorn at 770-232-3370.

Central Gwinnett High theatre students return to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville for an exciting afternoon of theatre games Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 7. The Central Theatre students are members of the International Thespian Society (ITS), and volunteer by teaching theater in the community to earn ITS honor points. This group is led by Central Gwinnett High senior Skylar Jackson. For more information, call teacher Lisa Bell at 404-861-5066, or email

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 15 - Oct 15) with a special event on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Students from the concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, and honor orchestra will perform compositions from Latin American countries at an Orchestra Concert titled “Mundo Latino.” For more information, call the school at 678-518-6700.

Jones Middle Public Speaking and Journalism teacher Catalina Kreider will take the student mentors on a field trip to Four Oaks Manor for a formal luncheon on Oct. 23. Students will share their etiquette projects and experience a formal meal using the knowledge they gained during class. Nearly 90 students and parents will attend this event. Ms. Kreider leads the Student Leadership Academy and is the Student Mentor Advisor. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

The Dr. Jim L. Markham Golf Classic at Chateau Elan Golf Club has been re scheduled for Nov. 6. The event, named in honor of Mill Creek High’s retiring principal, is an 18-hole Foursome Golf Scramble benefitting Relay for Life. The schedule of events includes registration, breakfast, silent auction, and practice. Golf begins at 9 a.m. and there will be awards and prizes. The deadline for registration is Oct. 30. For more information about registration, email

Duluth High students participated in activities at school during Constitution Week. Students dressed as Supreme Court Justices wearing black robes and carrying gavels. A PowerPoint packed full of information on the constitution was played on monitors throughout the school. For more information, call Geri Flannary at 770-232-3332, or visit, or

Brookwood and Parkview high schools will participate in the Gwinnett CAN Challenge this fall during varsity football games by collecting supplies to fill food bank shelves. Last year, nearly 10,000 cans were donated. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at Brookwood High at 770-972-7642. For more information on last year’s event, visit

Gwinnett County Public Schools invites parents and members of the community to join GCPS staff members by participating in a review of proposed curriculum materials. Parents may provide input on the proposed materials by participating in the public review. GCPS holds an extensive review before adopting materials for classroom use. Materials submitted by publishers are reviewed by teachers, administrators, and parents for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. During the review, scheduled to run through Sept. 28, GCPS staff and members of the Gwinnett community will review non-fiction books for grades K-12, teacher resources for grades K-8 Language Arts, and Advanced Placement Latin materials. Reviews are scheduled as follows:
Instructional Support Center
Building 200 Lobby, 437 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee
Monday–Friday, through Sept. 28, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Based on all input gathered from this review, a recommendation will be made to the Gwinnett County Board of Education for adoption of materials. For more information about the instructional review process, please contact Lisa Burleson, Director of Instructional Materials, at 678-301-6831.

“GCPS FOCUS” This year, GCPS FOCUS brings a new format to the show. Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 20-minute program airs this week at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6p.m. and 11 p.m. This week’s program features a congratulatory video recognizing Simpson Elementary as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

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Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: Charter on Channel 22, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
09/18/2012National Merit selects more than 50 from Gwinnett (pdf)
09/17/2012Maxwell High School of Technology: GCPS’ Flight Operations Program receives donation of flight simulation software (pdf)
09/17/2012Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) earns first annual S.T.E.M. Education Award (pdf)

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month and Emergency Preparedness Month (

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17-23 is Constitution Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 20, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

October is Computer learning Month® and Physical Therapy Month.

October 1 and 2 are Early Release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

October 1-5 is National Technology Student Association Week.

October 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 8 is a Student Holiday and Planned Furlough Day.

October 14-20 is Teen Read Week and National Teen Driver Safety Week.

October 15 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

October 15-19 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week, National School Bus Safety Week; and National School Lunch Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 18, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September. Call the local school for the time and location.
Duluth Middle26-Sep
GIVE Center West27-Sep
Grayson High27-Sep
Jones Middle25-Sep
Knight Elementary25-Sep
Mountain Park Elementary25-Sep
Radloff Middle27-Sep
Rosebud Elementary25-Sep
Simpson Elementary27-Sep
Trickum Middle28-Sep

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 or call 770-904-3500.

Harvest Moon Night Hike in SeptemberSep. 24; Nov. 26
Be a Detective! Sep. 29
Rivers Alive Stream CleanupsSept. 29, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3
Harvest Season – Nature’s Fall BountyOct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Green Living SeriesOct. 8, Nov. 18, Dec. 21
Crime Lab Detective ExhibitThrough Oct. 15
FestivalsOct. 19, 20