News You Can Use - 11/08/2004

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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.

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 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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 ElementaryNov. 18678-924-5300Lanier MiddleNov.770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews MiddleNov. 9770/982-6940Lawrenceville ElementaryNov.770/963-1813
Annistown ElementaryNov. 15770/979-2950Lilburn ElementaryNov.770/921-7707
Arcado ElementaryNov.770/925-2100Lilburn MiddleNov.770/921-1776
B. B. Harris ElementaryNov. 23770/476-2241Mason ElementaryNov. 12770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ElementaryNov.770/447-6307McConnell MiddleNov. 29770/554-1000
Benefield ElementaryNov.770/962-3771McKendree ElementaryNov. 5678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake ElementaryNov. 9770/446-0947Meadowcreek ElementaryNov. 16770/931-5701
Berkmar HighNov.770/921-3636Meadowcreek HighNov.770/381-9680
Bethesda ElementaryNov. 16770/921-2000Mountain Park ElementaryNov. 22770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary770/736-4360Nesbit ElementaryNov.770/414-2740
Brookwood High770/972-7642Norcross ElementaryNov.770/448-2188
Camp Creek ElementaryNov. 5770/921-1626Norcross HighNov. 11770/448-3674
Cedar Hill ElementaryNov. 4770/962-5015North Gwinnett HighNov. 16770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary770/972-2220Norton ElementaryNov.770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett HighNov. 8770/963-8041Oakland CenterNov.770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ElementaryNov.770/497-9907Parkview HighNov. 23770/921-2874
Collins Hill HighNov.770/682-4100Parsons ElementaryNov. 1678/957-3050
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Partee ElementaryNov.770/982-6920
Corley ElementaryNov. 16678-924-5330Peachtree ElementaryNov.770/448-8710
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge HighNov.678/957-3100
Creekland MiddleNov. 18770/338-4700Pharr ElementaryNov. 18770/985-0244
Dacula ElementaryNov. 5770/963-7174Pinckneyville MiddleNov. 16770/263-0860
Dacula High770/963-6664R.D. Head ElementaryNov. 19770/972-8050
Dacula MiddleNov.770/963-1110Rebecca Minor ElementaryNov.770/925-9543
Duluth HighNov. 16770/476-5206Richard Hull MiddleNov. 19770/232-3200
Duluth MiddleNov.770/476-3372Riverside ElementaryNov. 18678/482-1000
Duncan Creek Elementary678/714-5800Rock Springs ElementaryNov.770/932-7474
Five Forks MiddleNov. 12770/972-1506Rockbridge Elementary770/448-9363
Fort Daniel ElementaryNov. 5770/932-7400Shiloh ElementaryNov.770/985-6883
Freeman's Mill ElementaryNov.678/377-8955Shiloh HighNov. 16770/972-8471
GIVE CenterNov.770/338-4898Shiloh MiddleNov.770/972-3224
Grayson ElementaryNov.770/963-7189Simonton ElementaryNov.770/513-6637
Grayson HighNov.770/554-1071Simpson ElementaryNov. 5770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks ElementaryNov. 12770/972-3110Snellville MiddleNov.770/972-1530
Harbins ElementaryNov. 16770/682-4270South Gwinnett HighNov. 16770/972-4840
Harmony ElementaryNov. 8770/945-7272Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Hopkins ElementaryNov.770/564-2661Sugar Hill ElementaryNov. 4770/945-5735
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Summerour MiddleNov. 9770/448-3045
J. G. Dyer ElementaryNov. 8770/963-6214Suwanee ElementaryNov. 18770/945-5763
J.C. Magill ElementaryNov.770/554-1030Sweetwater MiddleNov.770/923-4131
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133Sycamore Elementary678/714-5770
Jackson ElementaryNov.770/682-4200T. Carl Buice CenterNov.770/271-5060
K. E. Taylor ElementaryNov.770/338-4680Trickum Middle770/921-2705
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221W. C. Britt Elementary770/972-4500
Knight ElementaryNov. 22770/921-2400Walnut Grove ElementaryNov. 18770/513-6892