News You Can Use - 01/23/2012

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
01/23/2012 - 01/29/2012

North Gwinnett High student Michael Huh won a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) for his 1st place entry in the school’s Jewelry Challenge. Participants used recycled materials to create jewelry. This international competition had finalists from around the world. The jewelry may be viewed at For more information, call North Gwinnett High Visual Arts Teacher Dr. Bruce Bowman at 770-945-9558.

North Gwinnett High is one of four Georgia schools invited by the High Museum of Art to participate in an “Art Throwdown.” North Gwinnett High won the 1st place Gold Award by participating in a five-minute, 20-minute, and 60-minute figure study competition, and a 60-minute still life competition and collaborative sculpture competition. The North Gwinnett ART Dawg team members are Morgan Anderson, Alexandra Dolinski, Rae Dryer Juliana Guan, Elizabeth Hamilton, Michael Huh, Timothy Kuhn, Suzie Lee, Rachael LeRoux, Tiffany Palacios, Nico Potgeiter, Eyoel Tewdros, Anna Truong, Ha Truong, and Kimberly Wang. The team is coached by teachers Debi West and Dr. Bruce Bowman, and Community Coach Chelsea Nabb. For more information, call the school at 770-945-9558.

Trickum Middle tied for 1st place at the Region Five PAGE Academic Bowl in January, and will advance to the semi-final PAGE Academic Bowl for Middle Grades at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville on January 21. The teams coaches are Trickum Middle Teachers Linda LaPerre and Cary Sell. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Several Gwinnett high schools were highlighted in Atlanta Magazine’s2012 School Guide as being among the best in the 10-county metro area. Ranking is based on average SAT, Georgia High School Graduation Tests (Mathematics and Language Arts), graduation rate, number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP), AP scores, learning support, HOPE eligible students, and college prep courses a school offers. Overall ranking showed: Brookwood at #11, Parkview placing at #15, Peachtree Ridge #17, Collins Hill #26, Mill Creek #28, North Gwinnett #34, Duluth #35, Norcross #41, Grayson #44, and Dacula #49. In the AP exams category, a number of additional GCPS schools were recognized in the top 25 including Berkmar (#3), Meadowcreek (#15), Mountain View (#23), Central Gwinnett (#24). For more information, visit

Brookwood High Special Olympics Teams participated in area games for basketball. The Skills Team brought home a 3rd place win and the Competition Team won 1st place. Both teams will represent Brookwood High in the State Winter Olympics in Cobb County on January 20-22. The teams are coached by Teachers Deborah Browning, John Newman and MaryBeth Jones. For more information, contact Donna Faulkner at, 770-736-2088.

Riverside Elementary will host the 10th annual Witzzle Pro Tournament for the North Gwinnett cluster schools on January 21 from 8:30 to noon. Fourth and fifth grade students from Riverside, Roberts, and Level Creek elementary schools will gather to compete. To prepare for the tournament, Math Club students have been meeting weekly since September to hone their math skills. Prizes and certificates will be presented to each participant. Medals are awarded to the top three competitors in each Math Club. Witzzle is a fun, fast-paced card game that increases number sense, algebraic thinking, and understanding of proper use of the order of operations. Students develop problem-solving skills through number manipulation and develop speed, accuracy, and higher level thinking skills.

Language Arts classes, the Reading Club, and the Writers Club at Brookwood High will host author Michelle Madow on Feb. 6. Ms. Madow is the author of “Remembrance” and will speak with students about her inspiration for the novel, how she approached writing the novel, and how the novel was brought to publication. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088.

Brookwood High invites the community to a performance of “Sleeping Beauty.” This production will be presented by advanced theater students on Feb. 2, 3, and 4 at 7 p.m. in the theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 for adults, and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call Donna Faulkner at 770-736-2088, or email

Archer High has several activities to celebrate Black History Month in February. A “Give Back” program will take place on Feb.23, 24, and 25 at Archer High at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on contributions to society. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit an organization or ministry to demonstrate “giving back.” Students will earn 10 volunteer service hours for completing the production. The school will sponsor a living museum highlighting figures and events from the past and present. Students have the opportunity to send a positive message of “service” to others. For more information, call the school at 678-407-7700.

Minor Elementary will collect ‘school memories’ now through Feb. 27 for a 25th anniversary celebration on March 18. Contributions may be made by coming to the school on any Friday morning between 9 and 11 a.m., setting an appointment by calling the school, or recording a memory and emailing it to A memory could be a note, video, a picture or any other memorabilia. Please contact the school at 770-925-9543 for more information.

Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option, continues to offer informational sessions providing the information needed to make an informed decision about enrolling at Online Campus full-time. Two remaining information sessions will take place at Duluth High and North Gwinnett High.
Middle School Meetings: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; High School Meetings: 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
· Jan. 26: North Gwinnett High, Commons Area
· Feb. 2: Duluth High, Theater
Registration for the 2012-13 school year will run Feb. 1-29, 2012. Students can get more information through the counselor’s office at the local middle or high school and on the GOC website. Click below to learn more about the GOC charter high school or Gwinnett’s virtual middle school, opening in August of 2012.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) registration information sessions run through Feb. 3, 2012. Information for the 2012-13 freshman class is available through all GCPS middle schools, on the GCPS website ( and on the school website ( Registration Forms must be submitted by February 3, 2012, for consideration. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all students who are residents of the Gwinnett County School System district attendance zone and have completed the 8th grade. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs or interests of all students. As this is a school of choice, it is highly recommended that parents and students review the GSMST curriculum and learn more about the school’s offerings before making a decision to register.

The GIVE Center East recently participated in the 11 Alive-Donna Lowry and Georgia’s Holocaust Learning Trunk Project. The “Butterflies are Free” trunk, decorated by the GIVE Center East students, was highlighted on the program. For more information about the project, visit

“artSTAGE - Electrify Your Strings” Orchestra, band, and choir students from Pinckneyville Middle perform a high energy concert, blending their love for classical music with the flare of rock ’n roll. Mark Wood, international recording artist and founder of “Electrify Your Strings”, helped students tap their inner rock star for this once in a lifetime concert experience. This 60 minute program airs Jan. 23-29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Meet the Author - William Joyce” William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children’s media. Mr. Joyce’s picture books include “The Man in the Moon” and “George Shrinks.” Mr. Joyce won three Emmy awards for his “Rolie Polie Olie” animated series, developed character concepts for “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life”, and created films including “Robots” and “Meet the Robinsons”. Other accomplishments include co-directing the DreamWorks Animation release of “Rise of the Guardians”. Joyce answers questions posed by students via telephone and e-mail, and talks to students from Springfield Estates Elementary via Skype. Joyce also discusses his approach to writing and illustrating books. This 30 minute program airs Jan. 23-29 at 3:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, 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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January 16 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a systemwide holiday.

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

February is National African American History Month and National Technical Education Month.

The Gwinnett spelling bee will take place Feb. 4 in Central Gwinnett High’s auditorium.

February 5 is Scout Sunday.

February 6-10 is National School Counseling Week.

National SkillsUSA Week is February 13-17.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in January. Call the local school for the time and location.

Berkmar High
Camp Creek Elementary
Craig Elementary
Dacula High
GOC - Online Campus (has a Board of Trustees)
Henry Partee Elementary
Jenkins Elementary
Lanier Middle
Lilburn Middle
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
Parkview High
R.L. Norton Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Suwanee Elementary
T. Carl Buice School

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.

Winter All Ages-Human Body Adventure
Green Living Kids: Our Mission Is Nutrition
Arbor Day
2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25
Fashion Uncorked 2012
World Thinking Day