News You Can Use - 05/24/2010

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
05/24/2010 - 05/30/2010

The Duluth High Wildcats will play at the annual Purple vs. White Spring Game on May 21 at Cecil Morris Field beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will include a field goal kicking contest at halftime. Game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Entertainment for the event includes a carnival beginning at 6 p.m. a moonwalk, bungee run, slide, dunk-tank, face painting, games and prizes. The Alumni Flag Football game begins at 6 p.m. along with music by Hot 107.9. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Michelle Lee of Meadowcreek High won 3rd place and was awarded a $2500 scholarship to the Art Institute of Atlanta for her entry in the 2010 Congressional Arts Competition. This competition was held in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District in May. For more information, call Robert Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7004.

GCPS student winners participating in a Law Day contest were announced at the Gwinnett County Bar Association luncheon.
  • Erin Murray of Dacula High won a $1,000 scholarship
  • Hale Soucie of Dacula High won 1st place in the essay contest and $200
  • Okwudili Egwuatu of Dacula High won 2nd place in the essay contest and $100
  • Vera Angoyar of Brookwood High won 3rd place in the essay contest and $50
  • Vera Angoyar of Brookwood High and Kayla McKenzie of Duluth High were named Outstanding High School Law Students
For more information, email Joseph A. Zdrilich, Gwinnett County Bar Association, Law Day Education Chair, at; or contact Colleen Blankenship, Brookwood High teacher; Wendy Rhodes, Dacula High teacher; or Geri Flanary, Duluth High teacher.

Nihya Henley-Brown, a Grayson High Technical Education Program student, submitted the winning design for the 2010 Great Days of Service Logo. A committee from the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Resources and GCPS Office of Advisement and Counseling selected the winning design. This design will appear on all publicity materials in GCPS and through the Gwinnett Coalition, as well on the volunteers’ T-shirts for the Community Service Projects in October. Nihya received a gift card to Best Buy from the Gwinnett Coalition. For more information, call Galen Reavis, counseling coordinator, at 770-277-4488.

Support Gwinnett schools and enjoy a Gwinnett Braves baseball game when you purchase a $12 ticket to the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday, June 6, at Coolray Field in Buford. A portion of the ticket price for this inaugural event will go to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund, Inc. Ticketholders also receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win some great prizes, including a flat screen TV, round-trip AirTran tickets, a round of golf for a foursome at Canongate, a $100 Publix card, tickets to Stone Mountain, Georgia Aquarium admission, and more. Find a ticket order form online at Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 each or three for $10. The deadline to order is May 26. Tickets will be mailed by June 1. The June 6 event begins at 2:05 p.m., and includes the induction ceremony, the Gwinnett Braves vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees game, and a silent auction to benefit the Foundation. For more information, call the GCPS Foundation Fund, Inc., at 678-301-7287.

Ivy Creek Elementary staff members are supporting a fundraising opportunity “Golf Fore Grace” at the Hamilton Mill Golf Course on June 16. Proceeds will benefit the family of Ivy Creek Elementary student Grace Callahan, who was diagnosed with an enlarged heart at 11 days of age. Grace recently received a long-awaited heart transplant. For more information, or to make your reservation call Sheri Lawton at 678-468-2574 or Sara Norris at 404-384-4139. All proceeds from this event will go to “Hearts for Grace”.

Chattahoochee Elementary students sponsored a Teddy Bear Drive for orphaned Haitian children. More than 1,872 new and gently used stuffed animals were donated at the school. For more information call Chattahoochee Elementary at 770-497-9907.

Alcova Elementary recently held the school’s second annual “Parade of Words”. Each student created a costume representing the meaning of a word. For more information, call the school at 678-376-8500.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
05/19/2010GCPS thanks community members for service as role models (pdf)
05/18/2010Six seniors named National Merit Scholarship winners (pdf)
05/17/2010More than 8,500 Gwinnett seniors part of Class of 2010 (pdf)

Operation PTV: GCPS TV has designated the month of June as Operation PTV, a campaign challenging parents to jumpstart their connection with their teens. Beginning June 7, each of GCPS TV’s 16 “ParenTVision” shows will be rebroadcast with the addition of a conversation starter, to help get parents and teens talking. The programs will be divided into 4 categories: Issues for a New Generation, What Parents Don't Know..., Self-Management, and Internal Compass. For a complete listing of programs and schedule details, log onto

“GCPS Focus” This month, GCPS Focus celebrates the school district’s selection as a finalist for the Broad Prize for Urban Education for the second consecutive year. We’ll also turn the spotlight on a few members of the Class of 2010, and make a visit to the classroom of the future. Join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus - your news show about Gwinnett County Public School. This 30-minute 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: Behind the Wheel” This month’s “Parentvision” features the Connect With Kids Network (CWK) program Behind the Wheel. A driver’s license opens the door to freedom for teens, along with risks. More than any other age group, with little experience, distractions from the cell phone, radio, speed, and friends, to name a few, teens are getting hurt behind the wheel. Tune in to learn more about the consequences of common driving mistakes and how teens can improve their safety. This episode of Parentvision features a discussion with Margaret Cheeley, Collins Hill High graduation coach and host of Parentvision; Stan Hall, Gwinnett District Attorney's Office; and a panel of students. This 60-minute program airs May 24-29 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 2” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program 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. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday through June 20, a new segment will air at 11 a.m., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot.

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 TV web site--

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Better Hearing and Speech Month.

May 24-26 is early release for high school final exams.

May 26 is the last day of school.

Graduation ceremonies for high schools have been scheduled from May 26-29. Visit the GCPS web site at view dates, times, and locations.

May 31 is Memorial Day, a systemwide holiday.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., June 17, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in May and June. Call the local school for the time and location.
Duncan Creek Elementary27-MayParkview High22-Jun

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.