News You Can Use - 08/21/2006

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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
08/21/2006 - 08/27/2006

Fifty of the 111 GCPS entries in the International Media Festival won awards and 17 of these entries also earned the Judge’s Favorite award. These international winners will be honored in a ceremony in Dallas in October. For a more information, visit See attachment for a complete list of GCPS winners.

Dr. Lea Arnau, Director of Professional Learning, published an article, “How Do I Learn?” in the May 2006 edition of The Learning System,a publication of the National Staff Development Council. For more information, call 678-301-7095.

This summer, five GCPS principals were recognized by Gov. Sonny Perdue, as Georgia High Performance Principals, as defined by SB468, passed in the last General Assembly. The honored principals are Lynne Davis of Trickum Middle, Kathy Jones of Camp Creek Elementary, Jane Stegall of Brookwood High, Vivian Stranahan of Shiloh Elementary, and Dr. LaVern Watkins of Norcross Elementary.

Linda Anderson, executive director of school improvement; Dr. Rita Cantrell, Suwanee Elementary principal; Jonathan Patterson, Norcross High principal; Bron Gayna Schmit, Simpson Elementary principal; and Calvin Watts, director of elementary staffing have been selected as 2006-07 Leadership Gwinnett participants.

Kanoheda Elementary and Knight Elementary, in partnership with the GCPS Transportation department, were among six schools to be named National Champions in the 2006 KC3 Citizenship in Motion Awards, sponsored by the National Museum of Patriotism and the Kamaron Institute. These National Champions will be honored at a celebration on Sept. 21 at the museum. In May, Arcado Elementary, Fort Daniel Elementary, Kanoheda Elementary, and Knight Elementary had been recognized as finalists for the Awards. For more information, visit www.museumof patriotism.organd

Yalanda Bell, marketing education teacher and sponsor of the Distributive Education Clubs of America program at Peachtree Ridge High was named Most Outstanding New Educator by the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators. Ms. Bell will represent Georgia at the Association for Career and Technical Educators National Conference in December.

Carmen Rodriguez, a Norcross High graduate, was selected as a member of the Presidential Scholars Program by the U.S. Department of Education. Miss Rodriguez will attend Purdue University this fall.

Deborah Grant of Meadowcreek High, Kristina Jackson of Nesbit Elementary, and Nykki Starr of Lilburn Middle will be recognized on Aug.31 at Georgia State University as participants of Georgia State’s Professional Development School Partnership.

Louise Radloff Middle will host a Community Open House on Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the media center. Parents and community businesses are invited for lunch and a tour of the school. Volunteer opportunities will be shared with those in attendance. For more information, call Pam Webb at 678-245-3414.

The Peachtree Ridge High Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform their 2006 show “Going Somewhere?” on Sept. 16 at the Suwanee Day Parade. In addition, the band will enter three marching competitions this year. One competition will be held at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. The band will also travel to Hawaii to participate in the Waikiki Holiday Parade in November. For more information and a schedule, visit

“Connections: History and Music with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) - The Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” What do Mozart, Marie Antoinette, and Benjamin Franklin have in common? That question and many others will be answered in this fast-paced, multimedia program developed by NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers. Exploring the connections between history and music, an ensemble of NSO musicians brings to life the history and music of colonial Jamestown, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the turbulence of the twentieth century. History as you have never “heard” it before! This 60-min. program airs Aug. 21-24 at 9 p.m. and Aug. 25-27 at 11 a.m.

“Supplemental Services: Helping All Students Achieve - Education News Parents Can Use” This edition of the U.S. Department of Education program Education News explores how supplemental services can help give students an equal chance at academic success and takes a look at school systems that have successfully put these services in place. This 60-min. program airs Aug. 21-27 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Meet the Author - Avi” Ask Avi how you know when you're a real writer and his answer is simple: “I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers.” Avi made up his mind to do that when he was a senior in high school. This Newbery Medal winner (Crispin: Cross of Lead) is the author of numerous books including Nothing But the Truth, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle,and Poppy. This 30-minute program airs Aug. 21-27 at 2 p.m. and 7 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 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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Gwinnett County Online Campus registration will be held through September 3 (online only). Info sessions will be held Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m. Buchanan High School of Technology, Bldg. E, located at 2595 Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross. Fall classes begin Sept. 9.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Labor Day is Sept. 4, a systemwide holiday.

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 14, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Patriot Day is Sept. 11.

Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Constitution Week begins Sept. 17.

Citizenship Day is Sept. 17.

Georgia School Bus Safety Week begins Sept. 18.

Juniors will take the Georgia High School Graduation Writing Test on Sept. 27.