News You Can Use - 08/24/2009

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
08/24/2009 - 08/30/2009

Breannah Norris of Shiloh High’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLS) earned 8th place in Banking and Finance at the National Conference in Anaheim, CA this summer. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

Teachers Erica Poole of South Gwinnett High and Kathy Wheeler of Pinckneyville Middle were recently honored by the State Board of Education. Ms. Poole received a scholarship from Centro Mundo Lengua to study in Seville, Spain. Ms. Wheeler received a scholarship from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for three weeks of study in France. For more information, call the local school.

The Summerour Middle Youth Action Team was recognized by the Action Brings Change Institute at a student leadership workshop. This workshop taught students about community service and about acquiring leadership qualities. The students were awarded the Best Out of the Box Thinking Team Award. For more information, call 770-448-3045.

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox and the State Board of Education recognized several schools and educators for outstanding performance in Media Programs and World Languages. Harbins Elementary and Norcross High were recognized for the schools 2009 Exemplary Library Media Programs. Sanja Knezovic of Parkview High was named 2009 Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of German. Kathleen Wheeler of Pinckneyville Middle received the French Cultural Studies Scholarship Award. Erica Poole of South Gwinnett High received the Centro MundoLengua Scholarship Award for Spanish. David Jahner, Director of foreign language was named Pearson Prentice Hall Supervisor of the Year. For more information, visit the GaDOE Library Media Services web site at,the GaDOE World Languages and International Educational web site, or the State Board of Education web site

Summerour Middle will hold a Title 1 Orientation/Curriculum night on August 25 from 6 to 8p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Tracie Rainwater at 770-448-3045.

Arcado Elementary will unveil the school’s history book titled “Inspiring Stories From Around the Old Oak Tree” on August 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will celebrate a yearlong effort of current and former Arcado staff, parents, and students who wrote about their memories highlighting the Old Oak Tree, a cornerstone at the school. The mayor of Lilburn will be present to accept a copy of the book for City Hall and a representative from the library will receive a copy to place at the Mountain Park library branch. For more information, call Cindy McCormick at 770-925-2100.

Arcado Elementary will host a Back-to-School Bash on Aug. 29. State Representative Clay Cox (R-GA, 102nd District) and Principal Joe Ahrens volunteered to sit in the dunking booth. Other activities include inflatable bouncers, carnival games, face painting, spin art, a yard sale, raffle, and silent auctions beginning at 8 a.m. Family activities begin at 9 a.m. Admission to the Back-to-School Bash is free. Tickets to the other activities may be purchased at the event. Community members attending will include the Fire Safety House from the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s office, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Gwinnett CERT, Gwinnett Humane Society, Mountain Park Library, and Lilburn MOPS. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

Britt Elementary will commemorate the schools 40th anniversary with a celebration on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call 770-972-4500.

Kanoheda Elementary has been chosen from more than 100 schools to host a visit from the Atlanta Falcons players and cheerleaders on Sept. 29. The players will participate during class and share with students the importance of doing well in school and being leaders. Several Kanoheda 4th grade classes will be visited by the Falcons players. The Falcons First Down Fitness Challenge program provides classrooms with P.E. equipment and fitness information to use during recess and at home. For more information, call Teacher Amanda Parker at 770-682-4221.

Dr. Marsha Hunter, Duluth High media specialist, has been invited by the International Reading Association to join a People-to-People delegation as a Citizen Ambassador to China in November. The delegation will be focusing on Literature and Literacy in the People’s Republic of China. Dr. Hunter will meet with and observe Chinese educators and librarians, studying adolescent literacy and information technology. For more information, call Marsha Hunter at 770-476-5206.

Puckett’s Mill Elementary kicked off its “No-Idling Campaign” as part of a national program sponsored by the Earth Day Network, the Clean Air Campaign, and a $350,000 grant from The UPS Foundation. Students have asked their parents to “cut their engines” in the school drop-off and pick-up line in an effort to reduce the harmful effects of vehicle emissions. The program aims to reduce excessive vehicle emissions to promote healthy lung development, protect the environment, and save fuel. For more information, call 678-765-5110.

Annistown Elementary students are wearing unniforms this year. The school has a 99% participation rate. Students wear uniforms from Monday through Thursday and on Friday, teachers and students wear casual spirit ware. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Visit the school system website at the most current News Releases.
08/20/2009Three Gwinnett educators earn Georgia's top counseling honors (pdf)
08/19/2009Parkview High students earn top spots in technical education competition (pdf)
08/17/2009Georgia DOE notes Harbins Elementary and Norcross High (pdf)
08/14/2009Freeman's Mill Elementary 20k grant to fund science lab (pdf)
08/13/2009Gwinnett students come out on top in teachnical education competition (pdf)
07/23/2009Furlough Days in Gwinnett County Public Schools (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus shares the system’s exciting journey on the road to Broad, celebrates AYP achievements with schools, and welcomes hundreds of new educators. Join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus - your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. The 30-min. program airs this week at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Parentvision: Teen Issues for Concerned Parents - Warning Signs” Hosted by Collins Hill High counselor and graduation coach Margaret Cheeley, Parentvision explores topics relating to raising teens in the 21st century. This month’s program features the Connect With Kids Network (CWK) program Warning Signs. Depression, anxiety, and suicide...more children today suffer from these issues and ailments than ever before, and many of these kids are undiagnosed. The CDC reports that one in five teens will consider suicide this year, and one in 10 will make a serious attempt. What are the warning signs of these illnesses? How can parents help? What is the latest advice from experts, and can kids help each other? This episode also features a discussion with Margaret Cheeley; Dianne Thompson, Director of Advisement and Counseling for GCPS, and Dr. Donald L. Davidson, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, GracePoint Counseling Associates. 60-min program airing August 24-29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This 10-part GCPS TV original series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 18 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 and 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS Web site--
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September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 7 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 10, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in August. Call the local school for the time and location.
Camp Creek Elementary
Henry Partee Elementary
Level Creek Elementary
Lilburn Elementary
Parkview High
Peachree Ridge High
Simpson Elementary
South Gwinnett High
Summerour Middle
Suwanee Elementary

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 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.

August 22 Rain barrel Workshop, 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m.
September 30 Connecting Parenting Resources for Relatives As Parents, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., $10/single, $15/couple