News You Can Use - 08/23/2010

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
08/23/2010 - 08/29/2010

Collins Hill High student Alykhan Lalani competed in the National History Day event in Maryland over the summer. This year’s theme was Innovation in History. Alykhan created a website entry entitled “The Printing Press.” For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Collins Hill High Teachers Tori Cimo and Terrae Fogarty traveled to China this summer with a study abroad program sponsored by the Teach East Asia Consortium, Columbia University, and the University of Georgia. Ms. Cimo also traveled to Japan in July. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

The Parkview High Marine Corps JROTC Orienteering Team competed in the National Orienteering Meet outside Cincinnati Ohio and won 1st place overall in the JROTC category. This is a first for a Marine JROTC team. The team also won 2nd place overall in the Varsity High School Interscholastic Championship. John Williams, a Parkview High senior, won the overall Varsity Inter-Scholastic Championship. The team is coached by Amy Williams and assisted by Gunnery Sergeant David Erwin. The team members include: John Williams, Louie Roger, Billy Gausphol, and Rob Romaine. For more information, call Gunnery Sergeant Dave Erwin, USMC(RET) Marine Instructor, Parkview High School Marine Corps JROTC; at 770-806-3897.

31 Grayson HS Technical Education Program students earned state SkillsUSA honors at the 46th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that partners with high school and college students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce that is prepared for careers in trade, technical, and skilled-service occupations. For a list of the students and events they participated in, call Jody Reeves, director of technical education, computer science, and work-based learning, at 678-301-7050.

Meadowcreek High visual arts student Michelle Lee was recognized in the 4th Congressional District Art Competition with a 3rd place honor, earning a $2,500 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta. Michelle’s teacher was Chris Hellyer. For more information, call Robert E. Andrews, director of fine arts at 678-301-7004.

Norcross High student Julio Garcia earned the Vanguard Grand Prize - Best of Show at the 6th Annual Georgia High Ceramic Arts and Awards Symposium. His teacher is Martha Cook. Other winners include:
· Allison Eddy of North Gwinnett High, Excellent Impulse Award For Expressiveness, teacher Debi West
· Hector Pacheco of North Gwinnett High, The Obsessed Artist Award For Labor Intensive Detail – School, teacher Bruce Bowman
· Moses Lee of North Gwinnett High, The Human Condition Award For Figurative Work, teacher Bruce Bowman
· Malaya Saldana of Parkview High, Mastermind Award for Concept, teacher Alexandra Kates
· Wilson Hernandez of Norcross High, 1st Place Handbuilt, teacher Martha Cook
For more information, call Robert E. Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7004.

Berkmar High Art students were named winners in the 2010 Youth International Art Contest with the theme “What about Peace?” Kennedy Maravilla won 1st place in Painting and a $300 certificate (Anna Laura Baldree, teacher). Victor Moua won Honorable Mention in Painting (Anna Laura Baldree, teacher). For more information, call 770-921-3636.

Several GCPS visual arts students earned awards and scholarships in the Seventh Congressional District Art Competition sponsored by Congressman John Linder. Chloe Zelano of Brookwood High, won a $10,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Atlanta for Mixed Media “Visions of Self”. Deb Sumpter is her teacher. Chloe’s artwork will be sent to Washington, D.C., to hang in the Cannon Tunnel to the U.S.Capitol and displayed for the next year. Second Place winner Elizabeth Garreau of Brookwood High won a $5,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Atlanta for her Scratchboard Drawing, “Pepaw’s Farm”. Chris Vigardt is her teacher. Third Place winner Demetria Donelson of Phoenix High won a $2,500 scholarship to The Art Institute of Atlanta. Her teacher is Becky Raffalovich. Honorable Mention went to Ye Do of Brookwood High for White Pastel Drawing, “Porcine”, teacher is Marie Thomas; and Jennifer Coe of Brookwood High for Computer Generated Graphic Design, “Running”, teacher Deb Sumpter. For more information, call Robert E. Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7004.

The Brookwood High School Jazz Combo under the direction of Ken Simpson received the “Outstanding Combo” award in the Combo Division at the Lakeside Jazz Festival in Port Orange, Florida, competing against 65 jazz ensembles including middle, high school, and college groups. The Brookwood High Jazz Combo has performed at the festival for the past four years. For more information, call Robert E. Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7004.

Collins Hill High Winterguard ranked 5th in Nation as finalist in international competition in the
Winterguard International World Championships. Members include Katelyn Botta, Rachel Crozier, Natalie Drescher, Kristen Irby, Emily Kaman, Holly Khorramzadeh, Blayne Kliesrath, Mallory Kliesrath, Katie Lee, Michelle McIntire, Lauren Speake, Courtney Swaim, Kendal Torrence, Kylie Torrence, Bronte Valyi, and Paula Wortel. For more information, call Ryan Bybee, Collins Hill Band teacher at 770-682-4109.

Sweetwater Middle art student Stacey Moncoeur, Collins Hill High art student Courtney Hinton, and Parkview High art student Eunsil Choi were the three Georgia Finalists for the Doodle for Google art contest from among 33,000 entries from across the nation and 400 chosen as State Finalists This year’s theme was “If I Could Do Anything, I Would.......”. Stacey’s artwork is entitled “Keep Moving”, Courtney’s artwork is entitled, “Stop and Smell the Roses”, and Eunsil’s artwork is entitled “Celebrate the International Language Day.” Visit to view the entries.

The Collins Hill High Varsity Football Cheerleaders attended a National Cheer Association (NCA) camp over the summer on Tybee Island. The Collins Hill High squads received superior ratings. In addition, All American Nominations included: Varsity Football– Ashley Hamilton, Amanda Henderson, Kylie Ridenour, Sarah Mantell, Britney Dean, Jasmin Revels, Hayley Keen, Jessica Hughes, Brooke Johnson, and Kailey Yong; Junior Varsity Basketball – Kellie Murphy; Junior Varsity Football– Brandi Ryan, Nicole Caspari, Kayla Whitaker, Reya Padilla, and Alyssa Quinones; and Freshmen– Brooke Jensen. Brittney Dean received a top award and was named Top All American by the NCA staff for varsity football. Honors were also given for “Best Champion Chant”, “Game Time” Top Team– Freshmen, and “Performance” Top Team. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
08/18/2010ACT scores improve, setting a new district record (pdf)
08/17/2010Georgia PTA honors Gwinnett leaders (pdf)

“ArtStage – Tapestry” Join GCPS TV for a virtual tour of the 2010 Tapestry Art Exhibit, featuring creative art work from schools across Gwinnett County. Hosted by Dr. Aimee Burgamy, Trickum Middle Art teacher, this student-intern produced program showcases the artistry and talents of GCPS students grades K-12. This 60-minute program airs Aug. 23-28 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Gwinnett Prep Rally” Gwinnett County’s original high school sports television program, featuring high school sport highlights from across the county, returns exclusively to GCPS TV this week. This 30-minute program airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday through August 29, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot.

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 GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

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A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., August 19, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 6 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

Patriots Day is September 11.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 16, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 17 is Citizenship Day.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in August. Call the local school for the time and location.
Camp Creek Elementary
Craig Elementary
Henry Partee Elementary
Lanier Middle
Parkview High
Simpson Elementary
Summerour Middle
Sweetwater Middle
Walnut Grove Elementary

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.

23 Red Moon Hike
28 Lady Beetles: Our favorite insect

1-15 MODA’s Atlanta: Beyond Bricks & Sticks
4 MODA’s Atlanta: Beyond Bricks & Sticks The Green Life
5-11 MODA’s Atlanta: Beyond Bricks & Sticks
7 HM: MMC-Square Foot Gardening at its Best, HS: Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-All Ages
8 HS: Monthly Science Class for Fall 2010-Electricity-K-2nd, HS: MMC-Botany 101
11 GLS: Water Conservation, Honey Bee Festival