News You Can Use - 10/10/2011

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/10/2011 - 10/16/2011

Ivy Creek Elementary will host the school’s 3rd Annual Camp Night on Oct. 7. Families are invited to come for the evening or to spend the night. Activities will include concessions, a petting zoo, and some inflatables and rides. Families are invited to pitch tents and sleep under the stars giving them a chance to unplug and get back to nature. This event is an opportunity to build positive community connections between the school, the PTA, and families. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

A group of Trickum Middle students earned top honors in the Georgia Mathematics League competition. The math League provides contests for students in grades 4-8, as well as for students at the high school level. More than one million students from the U.S. and Canada participate in the Mathematics League competitions each year. The goal of the program is to encourage student interest and build confidence in mathematics by solving problems. Jason Fan earned 1st place and was named 2011 State Individual Winner at the 6th grade level. A team of Trickum Middle students, including Jason Fan, Tyler Draper, Kevin Mathew, Jake Wiley, and Mary Xu, won 2nd place in the 2011 State School Division for 6th grade students. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Crews Middle Orchestra and Hull Middle Orchestra received Exemplary Performance Awards from the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA). Students attended the All-State Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and received superior ratings at GMEA’s Large Group Performance Evaluation. The orchestra directors at Crews Middle are Ashley Phillips and Sydney Mellard. The orchestra directors at Hull Middle are Dana Lu, Amanda McClellan, and Janice Yoon. For more information, call the school.

The Shiloh High Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) unit GA-871 was selected for a 2010-11 Air Force Junior ROTC Outstanding Organization Award from the Department of the Air Force. This award recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and community. The Outstanding Organization Award is limited to top units within Air Force Junior ROTC. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

The Brookwood High Marching Band earned the title of Grand Champions at the Lake Lanier Tournament of Bands in Gainesville. Band directors are Laura Stanley and Rudy Wilson. In addition, Drum Majors, Band, Percussion and Guard all received superior ratings; Drum Majors and Percussion earned Second in Class; the Band earned First in Class and First in the Gold Division. The Band earned the highest musical performance score and was awarded the Ronald J. Evans Outstanding Musicianship Award; and the Gene Shadburn Salute to Marching Bands for Best Overall Score.

Several GCPS students placed in a German poetry contest sponsored by the Kennesaw State University German Studies Program. Entries included 227 poems from 10 different high schools. Winners in the German I category are 2nd place Isaac Broquist and 3rd place Jake Hansen, both from Mill Creek High. Winners in the German II category are 1st place Alexandria Treadway of Mill Creek High, and 2nd place Caren Martinez of Meadowcreek High. Winners in German III are 1st place Zachery Hein of Mill Creek High, and 2nd place Hildana Haileyesus of Parkview High. Teachers of German from the winning schools are Sylvia Holagh of Mill Creek High, Sanja Knezovic of Parkview High, and Gary Greene of Meadowcreek High. For more information, call the school.

Nesbit Elementary will host a Career Expo and Mentoring Day— “I Have a Dream: Creating Your Life Portfolio”— on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Students, parents, and teachers are invited to join persons with disabilities from the community in Awareness Day Activities. For more information, call the school at 770-414-2740; or Lisa Stockmann Karp, Communications & Media Specialist, at 404-667-9313.

Mill Creek High student Matthew Abraham has been selected as one of only 100 members of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The Army will visit Mill Creek High on Oct. 17 to present Matthew with his invitation. The school is planning an assembly for approximately 500 students at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Band Director Erik Mason at 678-714-5850.

Brookwood High Orchestra students will participate in a workshop with the Boston String Quartet on Oct. 19 and 20. During their two-day visit, students will engage in rehearsals, workshops, clinics, and roundtable discussions with musicians. This opportunity is provided to students by the Music Makers’ Foundation and other corporate sponsors of the Boston String Quartet. A culminating concert performance by both the Boston String Quartet and Brookwood High Orchestras will take place Oct. 20 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. in the theatre. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, call the school’s fine arts department at 678-639-3456.

Norton Elementary is hosting a Family Literacy Night on Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents and students may choose to attend sessions from a large group of activities including Making Words, Literacy and Art, Reader’s Theater, and Celebrating Norton Authors, to name a few. For more information, call the school at 770-985-1933.

Roberts Elementary will host a visit from Dr. Kelly Sink, a psychiatric neuroscientist from Emory University on Oct. 20 at 9:15 a.m. Dr. Sink will share with FOCUS students in Shay Woody’s third grade class about brain anatomy and function. Students will be given the opportunity to view brain tissue from different animal species and touch brain matter from Emory’s educational demonstration brain collection. For more information, call Ms. Woody at 678-745-2370.

Georgia Congressman Rob Woodall (7th District) will speak on the Flat Tax and events in Washington, D.C., including the national debt, to Peachtree Ridge High Teacher Linda Brimmer’s Financial Literacy class on Oct. 21 from 8-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Peachtree Ridge High at 678-957-3100.

Grayson High Technical Education Program and Meadowcreek High will host visits from The John Lennon Bus, a non-profit mobile recording studio that provides students with free hands-on opportunities to create original music and video projects. The guest artist coming to work with Grayson students on Oct. 24 is Chuck Leavell ( The bus will stop at Meadowcreek High on Oct. 27. For more information, visit, or call the school.

Rockbridge Elementary and SCANA Energy with 21st Century Leaders are partnering for a second year to provide enrichment and tutorial assistance in Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Technology to approximately 45 students. The program runs from October through March. Last year, students who participated in the program made significant gains academically and on the CRCT. The program also provides opportunities for the students to participate in field trips and activities to provide deeper understanding and connections to what they are learning in the classroom. Atlanta Hawks Mascots visited Rockbridge Elementary on Oct. 5. For more information, call Rockbridge Elementary at 770-326-8781.

Bethesda Elementary will host a Hispanic Heritage Program on Oct. 13 at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 770-921-2000.

Archer High will hold the school’s 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. For more information, call Valerie Lewis at 678-407-7700.

The 2nd annual Elementary School Peer Leadership Conference was recently hosted by Hebron Baptist Church. Speakers included principals, counselors, teachers and other leaders at GCPS. For more information, call Robin Zorn, Mason Elementary counselor, at 770-232-3370.

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus applauds academic competition at the Scholar’s Bowl, learns more about Internet safety and Operation Escape Key, and takes a closer look at students’ participation in the FitnessGram program. The program airs daily at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday.

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Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
10/03/2011Gwinnett County Public Schools earns EPA’s “ENERGY STAR” certification for superior energy efficiency (pdf)
09/30/2011More than 30 GCPS seniors up for National Achievement title (pdf)
09/29/2011Gwinnett students to read Llama Llama Red Pajama and contribute to reading record (pdf)

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Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

October is computer Learning Month® and Crime prevention Month.

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 10 is a Student Holiday and Planned Teacher Furlough Day.

October 10-14 is National School Lunch Week.

October 16-22 is Teen Read Week.

School and community members are invited to the dedication of Moore Middle October 16 at 2 p.m.

October 17 is Georgia Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

October 17-21 is Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 20, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.
Alcova Elementary11-Oct
Alford Elementary28-Oct
Alton C. Crews Middle20-Oct
Arcado Elementary11-Oct
Archer High School17-Oct
Berkmar High25-Oct
Camp Creek Elementary11-Oct
Chesney Elementary14-Oct
Craig Elementary31-Oct
Glenn C. Jones Middle27-Oct
Harmony Elementary21-Oct
Henry Partee Elementary26-Oct
Knight Elementary11-Oct
Lanier High20-Oct
Lanier Middle20-Oct
Level Creek Elementary13-Oct
Lilburn Elementary18-Oct
Lilburn Middle18-Oct
Lovin Elementary20-Oct
Mill Creek High25-Oct
Moore Middle School21-Oct
Mountain Park Elementary11-Oct
Norcross Elementary14-Oct
North Gwinnett High20-Oct
North Gwinnett Middle13-Oct
Oakland School11-Oct
Parkview High25-Oct
R.L. Norton Elementary28-Oct
Richard Hull Middle14-Oct
Riverside Elementary18-Oct
Simpson Elementary28-Oct
South Gwinnett High11-Oct
Sugar Hill Elementary18-Oct
Suwanee Elementary13-Oct
Sycamore Elementary18-Oct
T. Carl Buice School20-Oct
Trickum Middle11-Oct
Walnut Grove Elementary27-Oct
White Oak Elementary20-Oct

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