News You Can Use - 09/06/2004

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
09/06/2004 - 09/12/2004

Dr. Bill Kruskamp, Shiloh HS principal, and Judy McGee, Shiloh HS math department chair, presented at the 18th annual “High Schools That Work” staff development conference this summer.

The Atlanta Braves and BellSouth selected Shiloh Middle teacher Alice Erickson as an outstanding educator and motivator. Ms. Erickson, the only middle school teacher in Gwinnett County to receive the 2004 Atlanta Braves/BellSouth Excellence in Education award, was honored at the August 26 Braves game. Ms. Erickson was selected from among 500 applicants in the metro-Atlanta area. For more information, call 770-972-3224.

Richard Hull Middle students Raymond Calvin, Heather Hatzenbuhler, Enid Kim, Candace Min, Nancy Ouyang, Paul Park, Mark Rha, Bommie Shin, and Michael Wang successfully auditioned for the Kendell Orchestra, an honors orchestra for Gwinnett County students in grades 6-9. For more information, call 770-995-7133.

Ivy Creek Elementary will hold the school’s second annual celebration of Patriot Day on September 9. Student assemblies will focus on patriotism and heroism. The Gwinnett County Honor Guard will present the colors. Local police and firefighters have been invited. The Patriot Choir from North Georgia College also will perform. Grade-level programs will run for 20 minutes at different times. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

Arcado Elementary classes will sponsor a Grandparents Week celebration September 7-10. Grandparents are invited to eat lunch with students and commemorate the visit with a photograph. For more information, call 770-925-2100.

The Annistown Elementary PTA will sponsor a family picnic on September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the school’s back field. The school welcomes all members of the Annistown community to enjoy food, fun, and fellowship. For more information, call 770-979-2950.

Stripling Elementary will host a leadership academy on September 11 for students serving on the student council and student leaders. Students will participate in team building, public speaking, identifying attributes of leaders, committee work, developing good listening skills, and writing a mission statement. Following the breakout sessions, there will be a pizza party and dance. For more information, call 770-582-7577.

Knight Elementary will host a family “Math Knight” on September 13 at 7 p.m. Parents will learn math games to enhance their child’s math skills. Dinner will be available to purchase from Chick-fil-A from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

“GCPS Focus”This 30-minute educational news and information program showcases Gwinnett County Public Schools’ ongoing commitment to academic excellence. This edition includes SAT scores, AP results, AYP improvements, and life-saving heart-start devices. Airs daily 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. each day.
“English...Yes, I Can! ” (Series 1)“English...Yes, I Can!” (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to reair August 23-October 19 on GCPS TV. Watch Monday through Thursday, at 9 p.m. with a repeat at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Saving a Species - The Sea Turtle Story”Follow the story of a rescued sea turtle, witness round-the-clock rehabilitation efforts, and meet wildlife experts from the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Program airs daily at 1:30 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--

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

September 6 is Labor Day, a systemwide holiday.

September 8 is International Literacy Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 9, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

New schools will host dedication ceremonies on the dates and times listed below.
School Name Date Time RSVP
Louise Radloff Middle September 12 2 p.m. 678-245-3400
Mill Creek High September 19 1:30 p.m. 678-714-5850
Frank N. Osborne Middle September 19 3:30 p.m. 770-904-5400
Berkmar Middle September 26 1:30 p.m. 770-638-2300
Margaret Winn Holt ElementarySeptember 26 3:30 p.m. 678-376-8600

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during September. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.