News You Can Use - 12/14/2009









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
12/14/2009 - 12/20/2009


FRIDAY
The Minor Elementary faculty chorus will perform at Delmar Gardens retirement home on Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call Stacia Quintero, teacher and parent involvement member, at 770-925-9543.

SATURDAY
GCPS will be represented by 31 teams competing in the FIRST Lego League qualifying event for 12 regional slots on Dec. 12 at Creekland Middle School from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's competition is based on transportation problem solving. For more information, call Jody Reeves, director of technical education, computer science, and apprenticeship at 678-301-7050.

HONORS
Several GCPS musicians have been selected for All-State Jazz Band through a competitive audition process. These students are Jonathan Gluck from Mill Creek High, Gillian Huff from Brookwood High, Clint McLendon from Grayson High, and Calvin Shirey from Peachtree Ridge High. These students will perform in the 2010 Georgia Educators Music Association All State Jazz Band in Savannah in the spring.

School Nutrition Program team members Nancy Condon from Knight Elementary and Patrick Anim from the Instructional Support Center earned honorable mention at the State superintendent’s Spaghetti Cook-off. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

Five Forks Middle Teacher Loria Crews was selected to serve on the Georgia Art Education Association Board, filling the Middle School Division Chair. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

A new Food Lion store donated $500 each to two local schools-- Jackson Elementary and McKendree Elementary. Pictures available upon request. For more information, call the local school.

UPCOMING
The Duluth High Chorus will perform a Winter Concert on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

Minor Elementary students who are hearing impaired, will have the opportunity to ‘sign’ their holiday wishes to Santa on Dec. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Santa is a Berkmar High teacher who is hearing impaired. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

ONGOING
Central Gwinnett High students will sell holiday gifts in the Kindness Counts store. Students have created a store based on the theme “Kindness Counts.” The store specializes in paper products, and the students make the paper. Students have created note cards, holiday cards, gift tags, and more out of the handmade paper. The pictures on the note cards were also created by students. For more information, call 770-963-8041.

GCPS middle school art teachers have 118 student works of art on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Concourse E through December as part of the Atlanta Airport Art Show. This artwork will be on display throughout the holiday season. A tour is scheduled for Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. For more information, call Trickum Middle Teacher Dr. Aimée Burgamy at 770-921-2705.

The Shutter Sense and Non-Sense, a high school photography exhibit is currently on display at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. It began as a way to showcase Gwinnett County Public Schools photography students’ work in a professional gallery space. Photographs in the exhibit are judged by professional photographers. Middle school students will exhibit their photographs for the first time in this year’s Shutter Sense and Non-Sense Photography Exhibit. There are approximately 50 photographs at the middle school level. A reception and awards presentation for the middle and high school photography students will be held on Jan, 8, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. For more information, call Alexandra Kates, Parkview High teacher, at 770-921-2874.

Registration information for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) for the 2010-11 freshman class is available on the GCPS web site and on the GSMST web site. Middle school information sessions about GSMST will be held in December, as well. The registration deadline is Jan. 22, 2010. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment is open to all current Gwinnett County 8th grade students who complete the 8th grade requirements and who reside in Gwinnett County. The school focuses on advanced and challenging studies in the fields of engineering, biosciences, and emerging technology. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs 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.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.

GCPS TV
“ArtStage: Sounds of the Season” A holiday tradition continues with GCPS TV featuring student performances from across the county. It’s a lively musical celebration filled with holiday cheer. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 14-27 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Up Close and Personal: Charles Strouse – Prince William/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” With a career that spans decades, Charles Strouse is a luminary of Broadway, Hollywood, television, and pop and concert music. Best known for his legendary Tony Award winning Broadway musical compositions, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Applause”, and “Annie”, his other credits range from the 1958 girl group hit, “Born Too Late” to motion picture scores and the theme from “All in the Family.” Join Charles Strouse for an intimate interview with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Michael Kerker and live music by vocalists Liz Callaway, Karen Morrow, and Jason Graae, and pianist Chris Denny performing the best of Charles Strouse. This 60-min program airs Dec. 14-19 at 1 p.m.

Spanish for Educators - Level 2” This 10-part GCPS TV original series is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, and parent-teacher conferences. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through Dec. 27 (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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., January 21, 2009, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee. Beginning in January, GCPS Board meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the ISC.

Georgia End of Course Test Window is from Dec. 16-18.

Early release days for Final Exams are scheduled for Dec. 16-18.

Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 is winter break for all students and staff.

Jan. 4 is a Teacher Planning/Staff Development, student holiday.

Students return to school Jan. 5.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in December. Call the local school for the time and location.
SchoolDecemberSchool
January
Duluth HS15-DecB.B. Harris ES
28-Jan
South Gwinnett HS15-DecBenefield ES
14-Jan
Berkeley Lake ES17-DecBerkmar HS
19-Jan
Berkmar MS
12-Jan
Camp Creek ES
29-Jan
Cedar Hill ES
14-Jan
Central Gwinnett HS
15-Jan
Chattahoochee ES
12-Jan
Chesney ES
8-Jan
Collins Hill HS
19-Jan
Corley ES
26-Jan
Couch MS
15-Jan
Craig ES
25-Jan
Dacula ES
29-Jan
Dacula HS
29-Jan
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. ES
8-Jan
Duluth MS
12-Jan
Fort Daniel ES
8-Jan
Frank N. Osborne MS
15-Jan
G.H. Hopkins ES
15-Jan
Gwin Oaks ES
8-Jan
Harbins ES
21-Jan
Harmony ES
14-Jan
Henry Partee ES
28-Jan
J.C. Magill ES
8-Jan
J.G. Dyer ES
27-Jan
J.P. McConnell MS
11-Jan
Lanier MS
12-Jan
Lawrenceville ES
12-Jan
Level Creek ES
26-Jan
Lilburn ES
21-Jan
Lilburn MS
28-Jan
Meadowcreek HS
21-Jan
Mountain View HS
15-Jan
Mulberry ES
20-Jan
Norcross ES
7-Jan
North Gwinnett MS
14-Jan
Parkview HS
26-Jan
Patrick ES
29-Jan
Peachree Ridge HS
21-Jan
Peachtree ES
19-Jan
Pharr ES
28-Jan
Pinckneyville MS
14-Jan
Puckett's Mill ES
14-Jan
R.L. Norton ES
29-Jan
Richard Hull MS
8-Jan
Riverside ES
12-Jan
Shiloh ES
7-Jan
Simonton ES
12-Jan
Simpson ES
29-Jan
Snellville MS
14-Jan
Sugar Hill ES
11-Jan
Summerour MS
28-Jan
Suwanee ES
11-Jan
Sweetwater MS
20-Jan
Sycamore ES
15-Jan
T. Carl Buice School
15-Jan
Walnut Grove ES
14-Jan

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
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 www.gwinnettehc.org or call 770-904-3500.

December 19
Super Saturday Visitor Services
Up-Cycle for the Holidays

December 23-27
Center closed

January 9
Energy

January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Homeschool: Volcanoes