News You Can Use - 05/18/2009

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
05/18/2009 - 05/24/2009

Arcado Elementary 4th grade students will host a visit from Kim Morris-Zarneke, the education director for the Georgia Aquarium on May 15. These students will share PowerPoint presentations they have created on their favorite aquarium animal. Teacher Kathy Dean attended a Rivers to Reef teacher workshop sponsored by the Georgia Aquarium and NOAA, where she gained field experience and classroom lessons about the Georgia Coast. For more information, call Ms. Dean at 770-925-2100.

Shiloh High School teacher Dr. Sidney Rabsatt is a finalist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) InventTeam Grant. Dr. Rabsatt will attend Eurekafest at MIT in June. The EurekaFest is designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving. Dr. Rabsatt was selected from more than 100 applicants worldwide as one of 30 finalists. Finalists will learn about the invention process and have the opportunity to receive, if selected, a $10,000 grant for the 2009-2010 school year to help students foster an interest in invention engineering. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

“Beaver Ridge Elementary students Girma Adonnai and G.R. Salmeron had their artwork selected for the Healthy Communities Art Project calendar sponsored by AMERIGROUP. These students illustrated what “healthy” means to them and their community. For more information, call 770-447-6907.

U.S. Secret Service Agent Priscilla Johnson was a guest speaker for Career Day at Chesney Elementary earlier this month. Agent Johnson is responsible for protecting President Obama and the First Lady. For more information, call Melissa Underwood, media specialist, at 678-542-2307.

Maxwell High School of Technology will offer a Summer Career Camp June 8 through 12 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders interested in exploring careers. This week-long session with hands-on learning activities will include a variety of programs such as Graphic Design, Automotive Services, Cosmetology, Health Care and Medical Services, Early Childhood Education, Georgia Pre-K Camp Counselors, Public Safety, and Welding. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration is $40. For more information and to register, visit or call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4625.

Students who must retake one or more sections of the state-required Georgia High School Graduation Tests/Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSGT/GHSWT) are encouraged to participate in free remediation classes prior to the retest opportunity in mid-July. Both remediation classes and summer retests will be held at Phoenix High. Information on registering for remediation classes and taking GHSGT/GHSWT retests follows:
Summer Remediation Classes
Classes will be held June 29 through July 10. July 3, is a Student/Teacher Holiday. Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday, and are available at the following times:
1st Period
8 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
2nd Period
10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
3rd Period
1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts
Social Studies
Language Arts
Social Studies
To register for Summer Remediation Classes students should come to Phoenix High on either June 25, or June 26, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to register for classes. Summer remediation classes are free.
GHSGT/GHSWT Summer Testing
English Language ArtsMonday, July 138 a.m.
ScienceTuesday, July 148 a.m.
Writing TestWednesday, July 158 a.m.
Social StudiesThursday, July 168 a.m.
MathFriday, July 178 a.m.
Students should arrive at Phoenix High at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled testing start time. Student results will be sent to the student’s home school. Students are required to present a valid picture I.D. in order to be admitted to testing. This may be a driver’s license, passport, student I.D., or state I.D. Note: This is the only GHSGT/GHSGWT state testing window during the summer. The next administration will be given in September at each local high school.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
05/14/2009Gwinnett fine arts students in the national spotlight (pdf)
05/13/2009Eight Gwinnett graduating seniors make National Merit list (pdf)
05/12/2009Class of 2009 Largest-ever class maintains high standards (pdf)
05/11/2009Full scholarships for four of Gwinnett’s graduating seniors (pdf)

“Nation to Nation” This program explores George Washington’s Indian diplomacy and policies. Panelists will explore how his beliefs and practices shaped his politics and became part of his legacy. This 90-min. program airs May 18-24 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Hakata Kinjishi Taiko and Hakata Komo” Hakata Siblings Jyuraku and Syouraku Chikushi perform a style of drumming derived from music used for the Lion Dance, a traditional dance performed to bring good luck, and the traditional Hakata Top-spinning act. These taiko drummers use a wide range of stick percussion instruments to meld their drumbeat with other genres, such as jazz and rock, while integrating a traditional Hakata Top-spinning act into this unique sound experience. Playing with tops is a popular activity for children in many countries. This 60-min. program airs May 18-21 at 9 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS TV original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through June 21 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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

May 18-20 are early release days for high school exams.

Gwinnett high schools will hold graduation ceremonies May 18-23, 2009. The GCPS graduation schedule may be viewed on the system website.

May 20 is the last day of school.

Memorial Day on May 25 is a system holiday and all locations are closed.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 18, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Call your local school to find out when the next School Council meeting will be held.

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 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. For more information on events, visit the GEHS public calendar on the web site.
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