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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/08/2004 - 11/14/2004
The Brookwood High production of “Into the Woods” was the Region 8AAAAA winner under the direction of Patty Lindahl. The students will perform Nov. 13 at state finals. For more information, call 770-972-7642.
The Berkmar High production of “No Problem” was the runner-up in Region 8AAAAA under the direction of Katherine Alexander. For more information, call 770-921-3636.
The Dacula High marching band was one of 16 bands to compete in the Cardinal Classic at Osborne High in Cobb County. The band received superior ratings in Music, Overall Effect, Color Guard, Percussion and Drum Major. In addition to the ratings, the band placed first in Visual Effect, Overall Effect, Percussion, and Drum Major. For more information, call Band Director Doug Harkness at 770-963-6664.
Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) has selected Lilburn Middle student Nikki Starr and Trickum Middle student Nabila Nazarali to present a segment of “Great American Moments.” Each of the schools will receive a check for $250 from TBS Public Affairs. For more information, call the local schools.
Joan Martin's 6th grade class of Trickum Middle will write letters of appreciation to Veterans during the month of November. This is the 10th year Ms. Martin has conducted this activity. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
Trickum Middle will host a Scholastic Book Fair the week of Nov. 15. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
Peachtree Elementary will honor veterans with a “Wall of Fame.” Beginning Nov. 4, pictures of servicemen and women are on display in a school hallway. Peachtree Elementary families and staff members will be honored on Nov. 8 with a breakfast to recognize veterans. In addition, students will honor veterans with songs, poems, and thank-you cards. This event is being organized by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sheryl Jefferson, a Peachtree Elementary teacher. For more information, call 770-448-8710.
Lawrenceville Elementary will sponsor a Parent Fair on Nov. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. The Parent Fair will run during early release days. Parents can stop by before or after they meet with their child's teacher. The fair will have community vendors on site to share information about services available for their families. Local businesses have donated items for door prizes. For more information, call 770-963-1813.
Martha Strickland, school food nutrition worker, will celebrate her 80th birthday on Nov. 12 at Shiloh Elementary. Smiles, hugs, well wishes, and birthday cake will be the order of the day. For more information, call 770-985-6883.
Winning Reflections entries by Gwinnett students will be displayed at the Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts during the Reflections Exhibition through Nov. 13. Exhibition hours are from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. County winners will go on to state competition. The Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students K-12 in kindergarten through grade 12. The Reflections Program was established in 1969 by National PTA Board Member Mary Lou Anderson. It was developed to interest students, parents, teachers, and communities in the arts in education. About one-half million students participate annually and more than 10 million students have participated in the program through the years. For more information, call the Hudgens Center for the Arts at 770-623-6002. For a complete list of county winners contact Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.
The Stripling Elementary chorus will perform at the Norcross Peachtree Square Publix Winter Celebration on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. On Nov. 18, the school chorus will perform a winter concert at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-582-7577.
Meadowcreek High will host a Town Hall meeting on Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Information will be available on colleges, student resource, and scholarships. The program is sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and will be presented in Spanish. For more information, call 770-992-8841 or 770-992-4259.
Taylor Wilson at Suwanee Elementary is working on a Bronze Award for her Junior Girl Scout Troop 1155 to encourage reading and literacy. Taylor has collected CDs and books to donate to the Susan Stripling Elementary Parent Center. Taylor will present the materials to the Parent Center on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 770-945-5763.
Richard Hull Middle will host the Gwinnett County Scholars Bowl on Nov. 20. Gwinnett County middle schools will compete for a spot in the regional Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) competition in January. The top four teams will advance to region. For more information, call 770-232-3200.
The Norcross Foundation for Excellence will light the $35,000 matrix board in front of Norcross High on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The sign will promote school activities and events. The school will host the reception for the families who made this sign a possibility. For more information, call 770-448-3674.
SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on the following Saturdays in building F: Nov. 6, Dec. 4, and Jan. 22. Preregistration is required. The new SAT, which will include a writing portion, will be administered beginning in the spring of 2005. For more information, call 770-326-8000.
CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK ACTIVITIES NOV. 15-21
Media Specialist School Children’s Book Week Activity
Teresa Cruce Henry Partee ES Student contest
Juliana Anglada Five Forks MS Book fair
Tammy Smith Sugar Hill ES Book fair
Marguerite Noga Lilburn MS Book fair, posters throughout school, and daily announcements asking “What Are You Reading?”
Elaine Norton Suwanee ES Book fair and mystery reader on announcements.
Judy Kavanagh Pharr ES Students will participate in a character parade, dressing as their favorite book characters.
Meg Reed McKendree ES Radio Disney is recording an episode of their “Reading Rocks” program with 2nd graders.
Stacie Gadlage G. H. Hopkins ES Book fair. Favorite books of teachers will be displayed.
Ann Cummings Lawrenceville ES Book fair with a Read, White & Blue theme. Student will vote on their favorite item at the fair. Students have created “Uncle Sam” jackets to wear.
Anne Newhouse Susan Stripling ES Mystery readers.
Cindy Brooks Harbins ES Student book reviews on morning announcements. “Caught Reading” posters of staff, and promotions of “Book It” program.
Suzanne Skeen Parsons ES Book illustration contest. Students draw picture of scenes from their favorite books. Winning pictures will be displayed for a year.
Contact the schools for details.
Annistown Elementary exceeded its goal for the American Red Cross Canned Food Drive during the week of Oct. 18-22. More than 2,422 cans were collected during the drive. Students exceeded their goal by 922 canned goods. As a reward for donating canned food, students will see principal Calvin Watts perform the “Cha Cha slide” in his pajamas during morning announcements. For more information, call 770-979-2950.
Students in the classes of Sallie Barrett and Cindy Dziwura, both Richard Hull Middle teachers, attended an environmental education program at the Jekyll Island 4-H Center on Oct. 20-22. Students hiked through the maritime forest over freshwater sloughs and climbed a 100-year-old tree. For more information, call 770-232-3200.
More than 50 students from Richard Hull Middle participated in the Ebenezer ALIVE Education program near Savannah on Oct. 20-22 with teachers Donna Gwyn and Luann Kosa. Among the favorite activities of the students were a Revolutionary War campfire, water-quality testing, and beach ecology on Tybee Island. For more information, call 770-232-3200.
Lilburn Middle’s Kathleen Hobbs and her class had a visit from the “BIO Bus, Module-Microbes and You” sponsored by the Department of Biology at Georgia State University in Oct. The “Microbes and You” Module is designed to educate students about the diverse world of bacteria in their environment. For more information, call 770-921-1776.
To teach 8th grade Algebra, Lilburn Middle is one of three schools with the “I Can Learn” computer lab. Students move at their own pace through lessons, practice problems, and assessments. Teachers work as facilitators. For more information, call 770-921-1776.
GCPS TV HIGHLIGHTS
“GCPS FOCUS” This 30-minute educational news and information program showcases GCPS’ ongoing commitment to academic excellence. This edition includes Teacher of the Year finalists, a look at the gifted program, and a look at how three GCPS schools got their names. Airs daily at 6:30, 8:30, and 10:30 a.m., and 3:30, 7:30, and 11 p.m.
“Into The Canyon - E3 Electronic Field Trip (EFT)” This distance-learning program explores the Grand Canyon's geological, biological, and cultural story. This EFT program airs live Nov. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and 1 to 2:30 p.m.
“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air Nov. 1 through Dec. 2 on GCPS TV. The program airs Monday-Thursday at 9 p.m. The program repeats at 1 a.m. each evening and in a block on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
November is American Indian Heritage Month.
November 7-13 is School Psychology Week.
November 10-11 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.
November 14-20 is American Education Week.
November 15-21 is National Children’s Book Week.
The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during November. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
|Alford Elementary||Nov. 18||678-924-5300||Lanier Middle||Nov.||770/945-8419|
|Alton C. Crews Middle||Nov. 9||770/982-6940||Lawrenceville Elementary||Nov.||770/963-1813|
|Annistown Elementary||Nov. 15||770/979-2950||Lilburn Elementary||Nov.||770/921-7707|
|Arcado Elementary||Nov.||770/925-2100||Lilburn Middle||Nov.||770/921-1776|
|B. B. Harris Elementary||Nov. 23||770/476-2241||Mason Elementary||Nov. 12||770/232-3370|
|Beaver Ridge Elementary||Nov.||770/447-6307||McConnell Middle||Nov. 29||770/554-1000|
|Benefield Elementary||Nov.||770/962-3771||McKendree Elementary||Nov. 5||678/377-8933|
|Berkeley Lake Elementary||Nov. 9||770/446-0947||Meadowcreek Elementary||Nov. 16||770/931-5701|
|Berkmar High||Nov.||770/921-3636||Meadowcreek High||Nov.||770/381-9680|
|Bethesda Elementary||Nov. 16||770/921-2000||Mountain Park Elementary||Nov. 22||770/921-2224|
|Brookwood Elementary||770/736-4360||Nesbit Elementary||Nov.||770/414-2740|
|Brookwood High||770/972-7642||Norcross Elementary||Nov.||770/448-2188|
|Camp Creek Elementary||Nov. 5||770/921-1626||Norcross High||Nov. 11||770/448-3674|
|Cedar Hill Elementary||Nov. 4||770/962-5015||North Gwinnett High||Nov. 16||770/945-9558|
|Centerville Elementary||770/972-2220||Norton Elementary||Nov.||770/985-1933|
|Central Gwinnett High||Nov. 8||770/963-8041||Oakland Center||Nov.||770/513-6800|
|Chattahoochee Elementary||Nov.||770/497-9907||Parkview High||Nov. 23||770/921-2874|
|Collins Hill High||Nov.||770/682-4100||Parsons Elementary||Nov. 1||678/957-3050|
|Cooper Elementary||770/554-7050||Partee Elementary||Nov.||770/982-6920|
|Corley Elementary||Nov. 16||678-924-5330||Peachtree Elementary||Nov.||770/448-8710|
|Craig Elementary||770/978-5560||Peachtree Ridge High||Nov.||678/957-3100|
|Creekland Middle||Nov. 18||770/338-4700||Pharr Elementary||Nov. 18||770/985-0244|
|Dacula Elementary||Nov. 5||770/963-7174||Pinckneyville Middle||Nov. 16||770/263-0860|
|Dacula High||770/963-6664||R.D. Head Elementary||Nov. 19||770/972-8050|
|Dacula Middle||Nov.||770/963-1110||Rebecca Minor Elementary||Nov.||770/925-9543|
|Duluth High||Nov. 16||770/476-5206||Richard Hull Middle||Nov. 19||770/232-3200|
|Duluth Middle||Nov.||770/476-3372||Riverside Elementary||Nov. 18||678/482-1000|
|Duncan Creek Elementary||678/714-5800||Rock Springs Elementary||Nov.||770/932-7474|
|Five Forks Middle||Nov. 12||770/972-1506||Rockbridge Elementary||770/448-9363|
|Fort Daniel Elementary||Nov. 5||770/932-7400||Shiloh Elementary||Nov.||770/985-6883|
|Freeman's Mill Elementary||Nov.||678/377-8955||Shiloh High||Nov. 16||770/972-8471|
|GIVE Center||Nov.||770/338-4898||Shiloh Middle||Nov.||770/972-3224|
|Grayson Elementary||Nov.||770/963-7189||Simonton Elementary||Nov.||770/513-6637|
|Grayson High||Nov.||770/554-1071||Simpson Elementary||Nov. 5||770/417-2400|
|Gwin Oaks Elementary||Nov. 12||770/972-3110||Snellville Middle||Nov.||770/972-1530|
|Harbins Elementary||Nov. 16||770/682-4270||South Gwinnett High||Nov. 16||770/972-4840|
|Harmony Elementary||Nov. 8||770/945-7272||Stripling Elementary||770/582-7577|
|Hopkins Elementary||Nov.||770/564-2661||Sugar Hill Elementary||Nov. 4||770/945-5735|
|Ivy Creek Elementary||678/714-3655||Summerour Middle||Nov. 9||770/448-3045|
|J. G. Dyer Elementary||Nov. 8||770/963-6214||Suwanee Elementary||Nov. 18||770/945-5763|
|J.C. Magill Elementary||Nov.||770/554-1030||Sweetwater Middle||Nov.||770/923-4131|
|J.E. Richards Middle||770/995-7133||Sycamore Elementary||678/714-5770|
|Jackson Elementary||Nov.||770/682-4200||T. Carl Buice Center||Nov.||770/271-5060|
|K. E. Taylor Elementary||Nov.||770/338-4680||Trickum Middle||770/921-2705|
|Kanoheda Elementary||770/682-4221||W. C. Britt Elementary||770/972-4500|
|Knight Elementary||Nov. 22||770/921-2400||Walnut Grove Elementary||Nov. 18||770/513-6892|