News You Can Use - 04/23/2012

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
04/23/2012 - 04/29/2012

The Shiloh High Department of Fine Arts presents symphonic and concert band performances featuring Shiloh Middle guest conductor Sumner Smith at Annistown Baptist Church on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call B. D. Alexander, Shiloh High band director, at 678-344-2439, or visit

Shiloh High Onstage will present the play “Dear Edwina” on April 19, 20, and 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $6. Shiloh High faculty and staff are given two complementary tickets. This is a family show appropriate for small children. The cast members include Ebony Baker, Baroque Bochenek, Darion Barnes, Amber Garrett, Dea Jones, Alexis Kelly, JaParis Key, Roman (Wilbur) Mitchell, Javier Prusky, Esther Reeves, and Rosa Rodriguez. Attendees who repeat the ‘secret’ phrase “You, Me, Dairy Queen” at the door, may purchase a ticket for a discounted price of $4. For more information, call Elisabeth Cooper, theater teacher at 770-972-8471.

Centerville Elementary students will come to school Friday morning to find their principal dressed in blue. As part of a challenge, Principal Kim McDermon will be dressed in blue from head to toe, all day. The students have been using the online test preparation site to motivate and engage students while preparing for the CRCT. Students were challenged to pass content topics and earn blue ribbons both at school and at home. Students earned enough blue ribbons to meet the goal of 20,000 blue ribbons— turning their principal blue and earned a Blue Pop Party sponsored by Brusters Ice Cream. The school will host a celebration at 2 p.m. For more information, call 770-972-2220.

Shiloh High will host The Taste of Shiloh and an Arts Festival on April 21. Activities include a 5K Road Race from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for the race may be completed at The Taste of Shiloh and Arts Festival take place from noon to 3 p.m., followed by a car and motorcycle show, and a silent auction at 4 p.m. Free activities include a playground and ‘moonwalk,’’ pastries and punch, animal balloons, and face painting. Taste tickets may be purchased for $10 for eight samples.

Lawrenceville Elementary is teaming up with the city to host a career assistance event for job seekers on April 21. Stepping Stones Career Assistance Program is free to Lawrenceville residents from 9 a.m. to noon at the school. Topics include resume building, interview skills with mock interviews, and how to create a personal budget. College Representatives from Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Tech will assist participants in applying for college and financial aid. Information will also be provided on getting a GED. Participants will receive an interview outfit at no charge and child care is available. For more information, call Lisa Johnson at Lawrenceville Elementary at 770-963-1813.

Art students from Brookwood, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge high schools won awards at the 5th annual Georgia Watercolor Society Scholarship Show. Mill Creek High winners taught by Mike Lasseter are 1st place— Andy Cho, $500 Binders gift card; Memorial Awards— Jay Shapiro and Kara Yogan, $450 gift cards; and 2nd place— WooJung Shin, $400 gift card. North Gwinnett High winners taught by Yvette Kim are Honorable Mention— Calene Stamps, $160 Binders gift certificate; American Society of Marine Artists student memberships and Young Marine Artist Search Awards— Kimberly Wang and Suzie Lee. Brookwood High winners taught by Marie Thomas are Honorable Mention— Sharon Pak, $150 Binders gift certificate; and American Society of Marine Artists student membership and a Young Marine Artist Search Awards— Whitney Dallas. Nayhun Chung, student of Hope Steele at Peachtree Ridge, is receiving a special prize for her artwork entitled “Peace.”

Congressman Rob Woodall held a reception at the Hudgens Art Center for the art students who competed in the 7th Congressional District Art Competition entitled “An Artistic Discover.” Congressman Woodall presented scholarships to the top three award winners from GCPS. In the competition there were 78 pieces of art representing 65 artists and the following 7 Gwinnett high schools: Archer, Brookwood, Collins Hill, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, and Phoenix high schools. The winners of this year’s competition are:
  • First Place – Kara Yogan, Mill Creek High
  • Second Place – Hannah Snyder, North Gwinnett High
  • Third Place – Angela Kwon, Collins Hill High
  • Honorable Mentions – Ha Troung, North Gwinnett High and Alicia Howard, North Gwinnett
For more information, call the local school.

GCPS students earned top awards in the state art and writing contest sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. The winning students will be recognized April 20 at the annual Days of Remembrance ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol. Student winners from Sweetwater Middle include Brittany Ramos, 3rd place for art and Clarissa Landaverde, 4th place for art; and Byron Moon and Violaine Muhemedi, 3rd and 4th place, respectively, for writing. Mountain View High winners include Matthew Woolridge, 1st place; and Amy Andrelchik, 4th place; both for writing. For more information, call the local school, or visit,2096,24114746_174262439,00.html.

Meadowcreek High technical education students won scholarships at the 2012 Technology Association of Georgia Web Challenge competition. Quang Vo, Erick Salgado, and Jose Santiago won 1st place in Best Concept and Grand Prize and each student received a $1166 scholarship. Judges Prize was awarded to Osama Sakhi and Viet Dang each receiving a $750 scholarship. Rigoberto Cisneros and Francisco Ozuna won 2nd place and a $500 scholarship each. Teacher Pintu Thaker received $500 for her web design class. For more information, call Technical Education Administrator Adrienne J. Wylie at 770-3811-9680.

The art work of Ashlee Wilson of Brookwood High will be displayed in the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition (AHSAE) at the Dogwood Festival. The work is entitled, “Just Keep Swimming” and will be on display this weekend at the Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. For more information, call Brookwood High Art Teacher Christopher Vigardt at 770-972-7642.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will hold a ‘Little Beavers’ information session for rising kindergartners on April 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents and students will learn what to expect in kindergarten and how to support their students. For more information, call Assistant Principal Nury Crawford at 770-447-6307.

Brookwood High Musical Theater presents “Anything Goes” on April 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the theater. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Don’t miss the madcap antics aboard an ocean liner voyage from New York to London. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088 or email or.

Meadowcreek High students will perform “Westside Story” on April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-381-9680.

Sweetwater Middle’s award winning “Sweetwater Players” have placed in the top three schools in State Theater competition for two years in a row in addition to several members of the players winning individual awards. The Sweetwater Players will perform the musical “Fame, Jr.” on April 27 and 28 at 6 p.m. More than 200 student performers will be on stage with the help of 30 student technicians. Tickets may be purchased for $5 in advance beginning April 9 or at the door for $6. Parents and community members who need more information or to purchase tickets, can call the Sweetwater Middle Parent Center at 770-923-4131.

Duluth High’s Chorus will perform Peach Jam on April 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. This program is the last performance for the school year. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Meadowcreek High will host the school’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on April 30. A reception will take place at 6 p.m. Call the school at 770-381-9680 for more information.

Shiloh High will dedicate the Tom Marley Fieldhouse during an openhouse on May 6, at 3 p.m. The fieldhouse is located behind the Community Stadium at the Bethany Church Rd. entrance. Please RSVP to 678-344-2440 or Katherine Watkins, or 678-344-2300 or by May 1.

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 3 at the local school. Parents may call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085 to find which school their student will attend. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2012, are invited to register their children for the 2012-13 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering their child: an official document showing proof of birth date, proof of residency in an attendance zone; a Georgia certificate of immunization; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year; a photo ID of the person registering the child; proof of custody/guardianship; a child’s social security number; and a copy of the pre-K progress report. Additional information may be viewed on the system web site

The GCPS Foundation Fund will present the 2012 Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame fundraiser for World Class Schools at the Gwinnett Braves Stadium on May 5 at 6 p.m. Gwinnett County’s best athletes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sponsorships are available by calling 678-301-7287, or by visiting

Gwinnett DFCS will sponsor a 2nd Annual Foster Care Awareness Celebration on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 33 South Clayton St., Lawrenceville. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Elaine Cannick, Resource Development Supervisor, at 770-339-2370.

Beaver Ridge Elementary will host a Science Family Night and Science and Book Fair on May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 770-447-6307.

North Gwinnett Middle’s 6th grade social studies department will host an in-house field trip on May 9. This activity will take place in the media center from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. The presentation will consist of an exhibit of animals unique to Australia and its ecosystems. Teachers are preparing a variety of auxiliary activities to support the exhibition. For more information, call Assistant Principal David Strickland at 678-745-2300.

Rock Springs Elementary will host Zane Collins Science Day on May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Zane Collins Science Day is an event honoring Zane Collins, a student who lost his life in an accident. His parents and Publix donated money to create a science lab in his honor. Each year, Zane’s parents and Publix fund this event at the school. This year the theme is the Ocean. Students will visit exhibits including the shark room and the sea turtle encounter. Teachers will conduct ocean lessons and visit student created displays about more than 50 different ocean animals. This event is for all students at the school. Special invited guests include the family of Zane Collins, the Vice President of Publix, GCPS Central Office staff and Board member Daniel Seckinger. Activities and exhibits include a shark room hosted by Collins Hill High teachers and students; a turtle encounter hosted by Berkmar High and Snellville Middle teachers; a Fishing for Facts math activity hosted by the math coach; and a Beach Reading literacy activity hosted by a literacy coach. Artwork includes a life-sized octopus sculpture along with classroom lessons and activities. For more information, call Assistant Principal Julie Mosley at 770-932-7474.

The 3rd Annual Gwinnett FLARE (Focus on Leadership and Advancement in Renewable Energy) Competition brings together students from elementary, middle, and high school to celebrate innovation in alternative energy. The vision of FLARE is to provide a venue for students to integrate science and engineering concepts in order to consider the impact of alternative energy on our community. The competition categories include: Elementary School: Solar Cookers; Middle School: Junior Solar Sprint; and High School: Senior Solar Sprint. The event takes place on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Instructional Support Center parking lot, 437 Old Peachtree Road, Suwanee, GA 30024. For more information, call Director of Science Dr. Jonathon Wetherington at 678-301-7045.

Grayson Elementary hosts the school’s 5th Grade Gifted Historical Interactive Museum on May 17 at 6 p.m. The title of this year’s museum is “Courage...Experiencing the Historical Events of the Great Depression, WWII, and the Holocaust...Through A Child’s Eyes.” The performance includes a Power Point portrayal of actual children who lived through these dark times. To make a reservation or for more information, email Kristie Horn at

Maxwell High School of Technology is holding a Middle School Summer Camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from across the district interested in exploring careers in Architecture Drawing and Design, Auto Collision, Auto Services, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electronics, Graphic Communications and Design, Healthcare, Law and Justice, and Pre-k Camp Counseling. The camp is scheduled to take place June 11-14 from 8 to 11 a.m. All camp programs are led by certified GCPS instructors with enthusiastic high school student aides. Registration runs through May 7, and the registration fee is $50. For more information and to register your child today, visit or call Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4603 or Sherri Stephenson at 770-338-4625.

High school students who need to make up a class or want to get ahead, including rising 9th graders may take designated classes during the summer. Registration is ongoing at the following locations and online.
Face-to-Face ClassesOnline Classes
When: June 12 to July 11 (July 4 holiday)
  • 1st Period: 7:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • 2nd Period: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: Mountain View High, Peachtree Ridge High, and South Gwinnett High.
How: Learn more about face-to-face summer school. Students may register online for face-to-face classes through June 4 or register in person on May 31 at Peachtree Ridge High.
When: June 11 to July 10 (July 4 holiday)
Where: Offered through Gwinnett County Online Campus (GOC).
How: Register online. Online registration closes June 4.
Face-to-face meeting required for final exams and for selected classes (health, PE, and science labs).
Important information for face-to-face and Online Campus summer school students:
  • Transportation is not provided for face-to-face summer school classes or for the face-to-face sessions required for Online Campus courses.
  • A student should take no more than two summer classes: two face-to-face classes, two online classes, or a combination.
  • All tuition fees are due at the time of registration.
  • Any student planning to participate in the summer school graduation ceremony must take all summer classes with Gwinnett County Public Schools.
  • Both the Face-to-Face classes and the online programs will follow a Monday-to-Thursday schedule. Face-to-face and online summer classes will not meet on Fridays.

The 2012 Academic Summer School for Qualifying Students in Grades 3-8 will begin on June 18 and run through July 9, with no classes on Fridays, or July 4. The 15-day session will take place at some schools and some combined “cluster” summer school sites due to construction and maintenance projects. Participating students will be notified of location for summer school. Parents of eligible students will be notified that their student may participate in the free session and given specifics about location and hours. Most summer school sites will not offer transportation. Those schools with additional federal funding to offer transportation will notify parents regarding availability. The free academic summer school is for students who were not successful on tests required for promotion or who did not meet promotion criteria at their grade level. Students are given an opportunity to retake the CRCT subtest(s) at the end of summer school in order to meet promotion criteria and earn promotion to the next grade.

Meadowcreek High Juniors traveled to Washington D.C. on a College Tour during spring break. Students visited Bennett College, Winston-Salem University, North Carolina A&T, Wake Forest University, Howard University, and Hampton University. For more information, call Adrienne Wylie at 678-714-5850.

Osborne Middle Spanish Teacher Sergio Parra was invited by the Ministry of Education and the Academy of Principals in Singapore to attend the 2012 International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology in Singapore. The theme of the conference was “Do It! Transform Learning, Shape the Future.” Mr. Parra’s journey in Asia, took him to top schools in Singapore and Beijing, and China. While visiting schools in Asia, Parra had the opportunity to experience innovative lessons and projects. Mr. Parra also connected with educators from Finland, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, and the South Asia Pacific. For more information, call 770-904-5400.

Dacula Elementary Principal Mary Lou Enright was presented with a $3,449 award from Community Coffee Company’s area sales manager James Gunja for winning this year’s Community Cash for Schools® Program. The school plans to use the funds to build an outdoor “Community Coffee Classroom,” named in honor of the 93-year old company. Each year, schools across the South exchange Community Brand product UPC labels for cash. This year, Dacula Elementary was one of the top earning schools, collecting 34,490 UPC labels. For more information, call Anna Ruth Williams of communications at 404-814-1330.

“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus explores the Common Core, learns more about the teacher evaluation process, and applauds the championship effort of the Gwinnett Heat and the Adapted Sports program… join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 30 minute program airs this week 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.

“The Rights of Youth - Colonial Williamsburg” Imprisonment, whipping, forced transportation, and even death were some of the punishments that courts sentenced children to in the eighteenth century. Witness how justice was administered at a time when criminal laws and sentencing guidelines made few or no exceptions for children. This 60 minute program airs April 23-29 at 1 p.m.

“ParenTVision - Behind The Wheel” This month’s ParenTVision features the Connect With Kids Network (CWK) program Behind the Wheel. A driver’s license opens the door to freedom for teens, along with risks. More than any other age group— with little experience, distractions from the cell phone, radio and friends - to name a few, and speed— teens are getting hurt behind the wheel. Tune in to learn more about the consequences of common driving mistakes and how teens can improve their safety. This episode of ParenTVision features a discussion with Collins Hill High Counselor Margaret Cheeley, host of ParenTVision; Stan Hall, Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office; Greg LaHatte, Director of Broadcast and Distance Learning; and a panel of students. This 60 minute program airs April 23-29 at 2 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Hopkins Elementary Assistant Principal Elisa Brown, 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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April is National Poetry Month, Occupational Therapy Month, and School Library Media Month.

A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., April 19, 2012, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.

April 22 is Earth Day.

May is National Physical Education and Sports Month and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Kindergarten registration day is May 3.

May 7-11 is School Nutrition Employee Week and Teacher Appreciation Week.

Teacher Appreciation Day is May 8.

National School Nurse Day is May 9.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in April. Call the local school for the time and location.
Brookwood High24-Apr
Craig Elementary30-Apr
Dyer Elementary25-Apr
Fort Daniel Elementary4-May

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.

Intro to Rug Hooking Class for Youth Ages 10 to 17Apr 28, May 12
e-Planetarium Show in AprilApr 28
Our Shared Birds –The International Feathered Tourist May 5, 12, 19
Pioneer School at McDaniel FarmMay 5
Night Hike: Flower MoonMay 7
Exploring The EnvironmentMay 16
World Turtle DayMay 26