News You Can Use - 09/05/2005









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
09/05/2005 - 09/11/2005


HONORS
Seventy-seven Gwinnett students successfully auditioned for the Kendall Orchestra with six students selected as alternates, and 78 students earned a spot on the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony Orchestra with nine students selected as alternates. These orchestras are honors orchestras for Gwinnett County students in grades 6-9. For a complete list of names, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508. For more information, call 770-995-7133.

Rosa Ponton of Brookwood High and Anni Pullagura of Duluth High placed first in their grade levels in the Young Georgia Authors’ writing competition. These students and their teachers will be recognized in September at a meeting of the state Board of Education in Atlanta. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Duluth High students Brit Buell and Sam Lavoie are among the top 40 Georgia Cheerleaders of the year. Placing in the top 16, Ms. Lavoie made the All-State Cheering Squad. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Sixty GCPS schools were named 2004-05 Environmental Achievement Award winners by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. For a complete list, call Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

The Grayson Elementary PTA earned the 2004-05 Community Outreach Certificate of Excellence-- Third Place in the category of Elementary School larger than 1,000 Students. For more information, contact Sandi Porter at sandi@startwiththeinside.com or call 770-962-6766.

Rock Springs Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students participated in The World’s Longest Letter project and will have their work unveiled in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15. Rock Springs Elementary was the only school from Georgia chosen to participate. For more information, visit www.worldslongestletter.com.

Abbey Whitley of Mill Creek High participated in the American Ballet Theatre summer dance program. For more information, call Suzanne Kross at 678-714-5850.

Three Mill Creek High recent graduates earned scholarships with Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. A.J. Flores, Chad Jones, and T.J. Maurer were coached by Tim Schroer, boys’ head tennis coach at Mill Creek. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

UPCOMING
Duluth High will host an open house on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Duluth High Korean Club will meet on Sept. 14 and Sept. 28. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Trickum Middle will host an information meeting on Odyssey of the Mind for students and parents on Sept. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the media center. For more information, call Linda LaPerre, at 770-921-2705.

Duluth High will sponsor a student-faculty talent show Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $5. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

Grayson Elementary will hold a food drive, beginning on Sept. 12. Each grade level will be assigned a different food item to donate. For more information, contact Sandi Porter at
sandi@startwiththeinside.com or 770-962-6766.

Simonton Elementary will host a Community Night on Sept. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. During the event, parents and their children can play board and computer games, read stories, and check out books. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

The Simonton Elementary PTA will host Pizza and Bingo with prizes Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Students must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

GCPS TV
“GCPS Focus” This week on “GCPS Focus”. . . a look at the state curriculum changes being implemented in Gwinnett classrooms, a glimpse of new teachers and the mentors who help them get a great start, a feature about the new online tool that aims to boost SAT scores, and an appreciation for the caring folks who work in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Don't miss these stories and more on this week's GCPS Focus, your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30-min. program airs daily 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.

“Thoroughly Modern Millie - PW/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” The creators of the Broadway hit “Thoroughly Modern Millie” talk about their collaboration and singers perform musical selections from the Tony Award-winner for Best Musical. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 5–8 at 9 p.m.

“Write in the Middle” (Annenberg/CPB) “Write in the Middle” is an eight-part professional development workshop designed to share with teachers effective practices and strategies to use with middle school students in writing instruction. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 6-9, and Sept. 12-15 at 11 a.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 678-985-5233, 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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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Labor Day is September 5, a systemwide holiday.

September 8 is International Literacy Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 8, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Constitution Week begins September 17.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during August. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
September Date
School
September Date
School
September Date
Alcova
Duluth
Minor
Alford
Duncan Creek
Mountain Park
9/26
Annistown
Dyer
Nesbit
Arcado
Five Forks
Norcross
9/8
Beaver Ridge
Fort Daniel
9/2
North Gwinnett
Benefield
Freeman's Mill
9/8
Norton
9/30
Berkeley Lake
Give Center
9/13
Oakland
Berkmar Middle
9/9
Grayson Elementary
9/16
Osborne
9/9
Berkmar High
Grayson High
Parkview
9/27
Bethesda
9/20
Gwin Oaks
9/9
Parsons
Britt
9/29
Harbins
9/20
Partee
Brookwood Elementary
Harmony
Peachtree
Brookwood High
Harris
Pharr
Buice Center
Head
Phoenix
Camp Creek
Holt
Pinckneyville
Cedar Hill
Hopkins
Radloff
9/8
Centerville
9/18
Hull
Richards
Central Gwinnett
Ivy Creek
Riverside
9/13
Chesney
Jackson
Rock Springs
Chattahoochee
9/13
Jones
Rockbridge
Collins Hill
9/19
Kanoheda
Shiloh Elementary
Cooper
Knight
Shiloh Middle
9/15
Corley
9/23
Lanier
Shiloh High
9/15
Craig
Lawrenceville
Simonton
Creekland
9/22
Level Creek
Simpson
9/30
Crews
9/13
Lilburn Elementary
Snellville
9/8
Dacula Elementary
Lilburn Middle
South Gwinnett
9/19
Dacula Middle
Magill
9/2
Stripling
9/1
Dacula High
9/2
Mason
Sugar Hill
Maxwell
Summerour
McConnell
9/26
Suwanee
McKendree
9/2
Sweetwater
9/29
Meadowcreek Elementary
9/29
Sycamore
9/8
Meadowcreek High
Taylor
Mill Creek
Trickum
Walnut Grove