News You Can Use - 08/15/2005









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
08/15/2005 - 08/21/2005


HONORS
During the summer Arcado Elementary Community Future Problem Solving Team competed in the world competition in Lexington, Ky., and finished 3rd in the world in the Junior Division for Health Concerns for “Project EXERCISE.” Team members are Kirstin Boe, Naveed Mitha, Nathan Nguyen, Morrison Nolan, Krisna Patel, Jessica Tasse, and Parick Wu. The team is coached by Kathy Dean. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

“Results for All,” a GCPS TV video production, was recognized as a winning entry in the 26th Annual Telly Awards, an international competition. For more information, call 770-822-6460.

Duluth High student Kent Kercher earned 1st place in the National Geography Challenge Exam, sponsored by National Council on Geography Education. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Richard Hull Middle 7th grade science team earned 1st place in Georgia and 3rd place nationally in the Life Science competition sponsored by the National Science League. Team members include Rashmi Anand, Elliotte Baik, Hannah Burke, McLaren Cardwell, Mitchell Dawkins, Scottie Finlayson, Spencer Frendt, Elizabeth Landers, Angela Lee, Taze Miller, Danny Montenegro, and Natasha Singh. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

June Sweat, Director of Program Planning for the Math/Science High School, has been named 2004-05 Administration Career and Technical Educator of the Year by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. For more information, call 770-513-6704.

Forty-one of the 77 GCPS entries in the International Media Festival won awards. For more information and a complete list of winners, contact Deborah Gray at 770-822-6428.

Six recent GCPS graduates received college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. The scholarship winners are Charles Doppelheuer of South Gwinnett High, Sheila Eshraghi of Collins Hill High, Steven Knight of Berkmar High, Daniel Noice of Mill Creek High, Julia Schuchard of Brookwood High, and Brian Wile of Grayson High. For more information, call 847-866-5100.

Three GCPS assistant principals were selected to participate in the National Staff Development Council’s Academy XVII. They are Kim Holland of T. Carl Buice School, Anne Marie Keskonis of Simpson Elementary, and Beverly Smith of Cedar Hill Elementary. For more information, call the local school.

Seven GCPS educators participated in the Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) summer program. Participants included April Gahn of Collins Hill High, Jennifer Gerhold of Norcross High, Megan McCollum of J.P. McConnell Middle, Greg Morris of Dacula Middle, Victoria Phillips of Summerour Middle, Kari Salomon of Richard Hull Middle, and Will Stoll of Norcross High.

Atlanta Toyota recently honored 16 GCPS graduates and their most inspiring teacher through the Atlanta Toyota Scholarship Program. The honored students each received a $2,000 scholarship and each "inspiring" teacher received $1,000. Over the past three years, Atlanta Toyota has provided $141,000 in scholarships to Gwinnett students and their teachers. Listed below are the student winners and the teacher honorees.
(Unless noted, the teacher taught at the graduate's high school).
-- Michael Adams (Norcross High graduate) and Dorothy Lewis (teacher)
-- Katherine Amato (Mill Creek High graduate) and Stanley Reynolds (North Gwinnett HS teacher)
-- Lauren Bloch (Brookwood High graduate) and Kristine Halcomb (teacher)
-- Katie Brewer (North Gwinnett High graduate) and John Bush (teacher)
-- Chelsea Feustel (Peachtree Ridge High graduate) and Marty Gerson (teacher)
-- Lamont Gardenhire (Shiloh High graduate) and Patrick Norton (teacher)
-- Jessica Greeson (Grayson High graduate) and Jackie Meadows (teacher)
-- Britney Hale (Parkview High graduate) and Emily Breland (teacher)
-- Jeremiah Johnson (Central Gwinnett High graduate) and Shelly Kaufmann (teacher at J.E. Richards Middle)
-- Shelly Jung (Phoenix High graduate) and Carol Nichols (teacher)
-- Jessica Moody (Duluth High graduate) and Kristen Mitchell (Berkeley Lake Elementary teacher)
-- Ailene Marie Murell (South Gwinnett High graduate) and Miffy Moore (Snellville Middle teacher)
-- Sarah Penn (Dacula High graduate) and Larry Neace (teacher)
-- Christa Price (Collins Hill High graduate) and Scott Wild (teacher)
-- Ranni Tewfik (Meadowcreek High graduate) and Ron Mangrum (teacher at Peachtree Ridge High)
-- Natacha Val (Berkmar High graduate) and Dr. Marsha Taylor (Norcross High teacher)

Nine GCPS teachers received $1,250 Founders Career Advancement Scholarships from Gwinnett Federal Credit Union (GFCU). The scholarships were awarded to Lori Draper of Suwanee Elementary, Kim Foster of Frank N. Osborne Middle, Elizabeth Gulley of Henry Partee Elementary, Cynthia Muhammad of Parsons Elementary, Mary Jo Schwartz of Craig Elementary, Carla Whitehead Youmans of North Gwinnett High, Sandra Wilson of Pinckneyville Middle, and Amanda Yetter of Pharr Elementary. For more information, call the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union at 770-963-5679.

Six GCPS graduates received $1,750 Legacy Scholarships from the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union. Scholarship winners are Amanda Alvarado of Duluth High, Katie Almand of South Gwinnett High, Amanda Carter of South Gwinnett High, Katie Rutlidge of Brookwood High, Suzanne Smethers of Parkview High, and Brenda Zickefoose of South Gwinnett High. For more information, call the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union at 770-963-5679.

The Georgia School Counselors Association (GSSA) has recognized several Gwinnett counselors as state winners. Award recipients will be honored in November at the state conference: Brenda Zellner of Freeman’s Mill Elementary—Elementary Counselor of the Year, Linda Kay Holleman of Freeman’s Mill Elementary—Secondary School Counselor of the Year, Gina Vines of J.E. Richards Middle—Writer of the Year, and Margaret Ackerman, principal of Meadowcreek Elementary—Counselor Advocate of the Year. In addition, Margaret Cheeley of Creekland Middle was recognized as the Region II Middle School Counselor of the Year. For more information, call Demetria Williams at GSSA at 1-888-455-0999.

Joanne Giel will serve as president of the Georgia Association of School Nurses and Jeannie Edwards will serve as president-elect. Both employees are from Oakland School. For more information, call 770-513-6800.

Anna Bleau, a Brookwood High senior and a Walton EMC Youth Tour delegate, has been elected to represent Georgia on the national Youth Leadership Council for the 2005-06 school year. For more information, visit www.waltonemc.com.

Duluth High’s media center has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to receive the 2005 We the People “Freedom” Bookshelf-- a classic works reflecting the theme of “freedom.” For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Duluth High swimming and diving coach Jim Reason was named the Gwinnett Swim League Coach of the Year for summer 2005. For more information, call 770-746-5206.

UPCOMING
Duluth High will hold a pep rally on August 18 at the Duluth Town Greene at 6 p.m. Food will be available and the pep rally begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Peachtree Ridge High Band will debut a new show “Crossroads,” on August 19 at the first football game. “Crossroads” is described as an interactive adventure for the audience. In addition the Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform at the Duluth Fall Festival Parade and will enter three marching competitions. The complete schedule is available at www.prbba.org. For more information, call 678-957-3100.

RECENTLY
John Hudson, a Shiloh High teacher, learned methods for teaching the neuroscience of animal behavior through professional learning held at Zoo Atlanta this past June. For more information, call 770-972-3224.

On August 5, Bethesda Elementary welcomed Mr. J.W. Benefield, former GCPS school superintendent and a Bethesda alumnus, and Alvin Ralph Thompson, oldest living Bethesda student, as part of their 100th anniversary celebration. For more information, call 770-921-2000.

Students in Sally Smeelk’s 6th grade language arts class at Creekland Middle will write letters to a classmate’s father, who is a soldier serving in the armed forces in Iraq. For pictures and more information, call Brenda Whiting at 770-338-4700.

GCPS TV
“In Five” Be sure to watch “In Five” for weekly updates on the latest in school and system news. This 5-minute program airs daily at 7 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“Count On It!” This program demonstrates that math is everywhere as two puppets, Blossom the Possum and Snappy the Snail, take their young viewers on adventures to familiar locations. This 30-min. program airs August 15-21 at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

“Insights into Algebra 1” This Annenberg/CPB production is video, print, and Web-based professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers. This 60-min. program airs August 15-18 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 2) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air August 1 through September 1 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.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.

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.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during August. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alcova
8/25
Fort Daniel
8/12
North Gwinnett
8/17
Alford
Freeman's Mill
Norton
Annistown
Give Center
Oakland
Arcado
Grayson Elementary
Osborne
Beaver Ridge
Grayson High
Parkview
8/23
Benefield
Gwin Oaks
Parsons
Berkeley Lake
Harbins
Partee
Berkmar Middle
Harmony
Peachtree
Berkmar High
Harris
8/30
Pharr
Bethesda
Head
Phoenix
Britt
Holt
Pinckneyville
Brookwood Elementary
Hopkins
Radloff
Brookwood High
Hull
Richards
Buice Center
Ivy Creek
Riverside
Camp Creek
Jackson
8/8
Rock Springs
Cedar Hill
8/18
Jones
8/25
Rockbridge
Centerville
Kanoheda
Shiloh Elementary
Central Gwinnett
Knight
Shiloh Middle
8/12
Chesney
8/12
Lanier
8/30
Shiloh High
8/16
Chattahoochee
Lawrenceville
Simonton
8/22
Collins Hill
Level Creek
Simpson
8/26
Cooper
8/29
Lilburn Elementary
Snellville
8/11
Corley
Lilburn Middle
South Gwinnett
Craig
8/29
Magill
8/12
Stripling
Creekland
Mason
8/19
Sugar Hill
Crews
8/9
Maxwell
Summerour
Dacula Elementary
McConnell
Suwanee
Dacula Middle
McKendree
Sweetwater
8/25
Dacula High
Meadowcreek Elementary
Sycamore
Duluth
Meadowcreek High
Taylor
Duncan Creek
8/25
Mill Creek
Trickum
Dyer
Minor
Walnut Grove
Five Forks
Mountain Park
Nesbit
Norcross
8/11