News You Can Use - 12/13/2004









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/13/2004 - 12/19/2004


THIS WEEKEND
Loretta Mirandola's Advanced Placement Government students at Berkmar High have become experts on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and will represent the 7th Congressional District when they travel to the Capitol in Atlanta to compete in the state finals of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition on Dec. 11. Students representing the 7th Congressional District are John Bottley, Matthew Caldwell, Khanh Dac, Jeannette Diaz, Linh Do, Aneeth Geetha, Suzanne Gonzalez, Mehedi Hassan, Chad Hixon, Jason Junker, Stephen "Chris" Knight, Lee Nguyen, Stephen Oakley, Dan Thanh Vo, and Karla White. For more information contact Debbie Daniell at 770-513-6623. For information about the program, contact Dr. John Hoge, State Coordinator, at 706-542-4416 or 818-591-9321.

HONORS
Dr. Judy Stephenson of Riverside Elementary presented “Dialogue Dance: Using Book Clubs for Professional Development” at the National Reading Conference in Texas. For more information, call 678-482-1000.

Dr. Jim Curtiss of Margaret Winn Holt Elementary was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Georgia Art Education Association. Dr. Curtiss was nominated by Letha Kelly of Grayson Elementary as “an administrator who demonstrates exemplary support of the arts.” For more information, call 678-376-8600.

Dr. Rich Holland, Glen C. Jones Middle principal, was named the recipient of the Georgia Music Educators Association Administrative Leadership Award for his support of the Fine Arts programs. Dr. Holland was nominated by Dr. Tonya Millsap, the band director at Glen C. Jones Middle. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

Fifteen Phoenix High students participated in a United Nations simulation project sponsored by Georgia State University. Phoenix High fielded delegations representing France and Iran. Students earned awards as outstanding delegates in committee. Students representing Iran also won Outstanding Delegation for their work. Amalia Narvaez, Anthony Teems, and Matt Toedtli were honored as outstanding delegates for exceptional performance for negotiation, use of correct debate procedure, and consistency in representing the character and policy positions of the country. For more information, call 770-513-6862.

The following GCPS art students are winners in the All-State Festival of Art and Design competition held at Brenau University. Thomas Scott of North Gwinnett High was a gold award winner. Darilyn Chu of North Gwinnett High was a silver award winner. The bronze award winners were David Bonilla of Grayson High and SoYeon Choe of Collins Hill High. For more information, call Barbara Willis at 770-972-7642.

Recently, the Norcross High Technology Student Association (TSA) spent three days at the annual Georgia TSA Fall Leadership Conference. The team members are Ashley Mock, Grayson Moss, Tin Nguyen, Alex Provence, and Charles Vongvichai. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Duluth Middle placed 2nd in the Westminster Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament held in November. For more information, call 770-476-3372.

The Duluth Middle Academic Team A will represent Gwinnett at the PAGE Regional Competition in January. For more information, call the local school.

GRANT
Brenda Moore, health teacher at Bethesda Elementary, was awarded the Promoting Healthy Habits Grant through the Georgia PTA. The grant will be used to promote student participation in physical activity 80 minutes a week, and to educate parents on the importance of physical activity and good nutrition for good health. The grant was awarded in the amount of $1,000. For more information, call Maria Butler at 770-717-7363.

EMS Technologies will sponsor Norcross High’s FIRST Robotics team. On Jan. 8, the “game” will be unveiled in a live teleconference from FIRST headquarters over NASA TV to educational locations around the country. The six-week competition attracts more than 800 high school teams globally and will conclude with a Championship Event at the Georgia Dome in April. For more information, call 770-448-3674. For more information about FIRST, contact Anne Sartent of EMS Technologies at 770-263-9200 Ext. 4326.

UPCOMING
The Brookwood High chorus groups will present their annual holiday concert on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. The choruses are directed by Kim Peeples. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. For more information, visit the Brookwood Performing Arts Booster Web site at www.bpab.info, or call the Performing Arts department at 770-985-0653.

The Duluth High after-school ensemble will perform at the Governor’s Mansion on Dec. 13 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 770-232-3332.

Two Lilburn Elementary 5th grade students won the annual poster context of the Button Gwinnett Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. On Dec. 14 at 11 a.m., Terry Manning, president of the chapter, will present awards to the students in Laura Byrd's class. The 1st place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local toy store and the 2nd place winner will receive a $25 certificate. The class of 25 5th graders drew posters and will be recognized with an outstanding citizenship certificate. For the presentation, Mr. Manning will dress in authentic George Washington guard attire. Posters will be on display at the Gwinnett Historical Society. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

Brian Lucy’s 6th grade gifted science classes at Trickum Middle will participate in “junkyard wars” on Dec. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The students will have two minutes to shop from a junk heap and 90 minutes to build a structure. Each group project will be judged on final appearance, originality, and function according to structure. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Friday mornings in December, Ms. Pockets will visit Peachtree Elementary. Ms. Pockets, a parent dressed as an elf, visits every classroom and collects pocket change from students. The money collected is used by the Peachtree Care Team to help families in need throughout the year. In the past, more than $1,500 has been collected.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on Jan. 22 in building F. 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.

FUNDRAISER
The Grayson PTA has joined efforts with our Student Council this December, and will place a Giving Tree at the school for volunteers to decorate with mittens, gloves, socks, scarves and hats for children. Gifts may be donated under the tree for Toys for Tots in the community. For more information, contact Margie Peden at m.peden@comcast.net.

RECENT EVENTS
Grayson Elementary held a canned food drive in November. The event was a success and will help feed many community members this holiday season. Students, parents, and faculty members supported this event. Contact the local school for more information.

Grayson, Pharr, and W.J. Cooper elementary schools raised more than $21,000 to purchase a STARLAB for schools in the Grayson Cluster. A STARLAB is a portable planetarium capable of accommodating up to 35 students at a time. For more information, call 770-963-7189 or visit http:www.starlab.com.

GCPS TV HIGHLIGHTS
“Meet the Author- Lemony Snicket” Lemony Snicket's darkly hilarious book series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, has engrossed more than 22 million readers worldwide since the release of the first book in 1999. This 30-minute program airs on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. and reairs Dec. 17-19 at 1 and 7 p.m.

“Exploring the World of Music” Gain an understanding of the basic elements of music with this series, an introduction to music with a global perspective. This 60-minute video instructional series (Programs 1-12) air Dec. 13-18 at 11 a.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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
December 15-17 are early release days for high school exams.

December 17 is the last day of school before Winter Break. Students return to school on Jan. 5, 2005.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during December. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Alford Elem678-924-5300Lanier Middle
Dec
770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle
14-Dec
770/982-6940Lawrenceville Elem
Dec
770/963-1813
Annistown Elem770/979-2950Lilburn Elem
Dec
770/921-7707
Arcado Elem
Dec
770/925-2100Lilburn Middle
Dec
770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elem770/476-2241Mason Elem770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge Elem
Dec
770/447-6307McConnell Middle770/554-1000
Benefield Elem
Dec
770/962-3771McKendree Elem678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elem770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elem770/931-5701
Berkmar High
Dec
770/921-3636Meadowcreek High
Dec
770/381-9680
Bethesda Elem770/921-2000Mountain Park Elem770/921-2224
Brookwood Elem770/736-4360Nesbit Elem
Dec
770/414-2740
Brookwood High
2-Dec
770/972-7642Norcross Elem
Dec
770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elem770/921-1626Norcross High770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elem770/962-5015North Gwinnett High770/945-9558
Centerville Elem
8-Dec
770/972-2220Norton Elem
Dec
770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High770/963-8041Oakland Center
Dec
770/513-6800
Chattahoochee Elem
Dec
770/497-9907Parkview High770/921-2874
Collins Hill High
Dec
770/682-4100Parsons Elem678/957-3050
Cooper Elem770/554-7050Partee Elem
Dec
770/982-6920
Corley Elem678-924-5330Peachtree Elem
Dec
770/448-8710
Craig Elem770/978-5560Peachtree Ridge High
Dec
678/957-3100
Creekland Middle770/338-4700Pharr Elem770/985-0244
Dacula Elem
3-Dec
770/963-7174Pinckneyville Middle770/263-0860
Dacula High
10-Dec
770/963-6664R.D. Head Elem770/972-8050
Dacula Middle
Dec
770/963-1110Rebecca Minor Elem
Dec
770/925-9543
Duluth High770/476-5206Richard Hull Middle770/232-3200
Duluth Middle770/476-3372Riverside Elem678/482-1000
Duncan Creek Elem678/714-5800Rock Springs Elem
Dec
770/932-7474
Five Forks Middle770/972-1506Rockbridge Elem
9-Dec
770/448-9363
Fort Daniel Elem
3-Dec
770/932-7400Shiloh Elem
Dec
770/985-6883
Freeman's Mill Elem
Dec
678/377-8955Shiloh High
14-Dec
770/972-8471
GIVE Center
Dec
770/338-4898Shiloh Middle
Dec
770/972-3224
Grayson Elem
Dec
770/963-7189Simonton Elem
Dec
770/513-6637
Grayson High
Dec
770/554-1071Simpson Elem770/417-2400
Gwin Oaks Elem
10-Dec
770/972-3110Snellville Middle
Dec
770/972-1530
Harbins Elem770/682-4270South Gwinnett High770/972-4840
Harmony Elem770/945-7272Stripling Elem770/582-7577
Hopkins Elem
Dec
770/564-2661Sugar Hill Elem770/945-5735
Ivy Creek Elem
3-Dec
678/714-3655Summerour Middle
12-Dec
770/448-3045
J. G. Dyer Elem770/963-6214Suwanee Elem770/945-5763
J.C. Magill Elem
Dec
770/554-1030Sweetwater Middle
Dec
770/923-4131
J.E. Richards Middle
14-Dec
770/995-7133Sycamore Elem678/714-5770
Jackson Elem770/682-4200T. Carl Buice Center
Dec
770/271-5060
K. E. Taylor Elem
Dec
770/338-4680Trickum Middle770/921-2705
Kanoheda Elem
2-Dec
770/682-4221W. C. Britt Elem770/972-4500
Knight Elem770/921-2400Walnut Grove Elem
13-Dec
770/513-6892