News You Can Use - 08/28/2006

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
08/28/2006 - 09/03/2006

Mill Creek High Principal Jim Markham and the school’s PTA will sponsor a community Q&A session at the first meeting of the year on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. The informational night offers an opportunity to meet the principal and new PTA officers, become a member, and find out more about volunteer openings at the school. For more information, email Cassandra Bolden at

Mill Creek High senior Kevin Flores danced with the Atlanta Ballet Summer Program. Kevin recently received a letter of invitation, offering him a full scholarship to dance for the ballet this season. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Dr. M.H. Mason, Jr. Elementary will host the following PTA and Curriculum Nights for parents:
· Aug. 28— grades K and 1
· Aug. 29— grades 2 and 3
· Aug. 30— grades 4 and 5
The meetings begin at 7 p.m. Parents of children in the Gifted, Resource, and English Speakers of Other Languages programs also may attend a 6:30 p.m. meeting to learn more. For more information, call 770-232-3370.

Dr. M.H. Mason, Jr. Elementary’s PTA will sponsor a fundraiser-- “Mason on the Move Fun Run” on Aug. 31 during school hours. Throughout the day, students will run laps for pledges they have taken. All students will receive a T-shirt and a treat. For more information, call Johna Porter at 678-473-7599.

On designated days throughout the year, Dr. M.H. Mason, Jr. Elementary students may meet at assigned stops and walk or ride their bikes to school in a group. Sept. 8 has been designated as a “Walk and Roll to School Day.” For more information, call Lisa Carthy at 770-814-9276.

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

“The Author in You - GCPS Summer Writing Institute” Coming up on the season premiere of “The Author in You,” viewers get an inside glimpse at the GCPS Summer Writing Institute where students, teachers, and authors worked together to create a garden full of stories. Tune in to see the creative process in full bloom, and hear from noted authors Carmen Deedy, Terry Kay, Lester Laminack, and Ralph Fletcher. This 60-minute special airs Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“GCPS Focus” This week on “GCPS Focus”... Summer learning for students and staff, preparations for the new school year, AYP success stories at two Gwinnett schools, and a look at the new Trickum Middle School. This 30-min. program airs Aug. 14-20 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Special Education: Ensuring Excellence for All - Education News Parents Can Use” (U.S. Dept. of Education) This edition of “Education News” showcases successful inclusion programs in schools and profiles research-based, early identification and intervention initiatives. This 60-min. program airs Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. and 8 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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08/21/2006AYP transfer request process completed (pdf)
08/21/2006Gwinnett to host Japanese visitors (pdf)
08/18/2006Meadowcreek HS to host tutoring information night (pdf)
08/17/2006Gwinnett teacher dances summer away (pdf)
08/16/2006Gwinnett ACT scores up, topping state and nation (pdf)
08/11/2006Gwinnett graduate honored with presidential award (pdf)
08/07/2006Shiloh schools gear up with "One Voice, One Plan" (pdf)
07/27/2006Gwinnett County Board of Education participates in Broad workshop (pdf)
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.