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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
03/07/2005 - 03/13/2005
The Duluth High Chamber Orchestra earned the honor of highest rated public school orchestra in the nation after performing at the National Orchestra Festival Competition in Reno, Nevada. For more information, call 770-476-5206.
The Berkmar High Academic Decathlon team won the Georgia Academic Decathlon (GAD) championship for the 3rd year in a row. Team members are Brandon Ball, Stewart Barnes, Michael Brown, Matthew Caldwell, Katie Harazin, Chris Knight, Jami Mathewson, Greggory Rothmeier, and Matthew Treager. The team is coached by IV Bray. As GAD champion, the team will represent Georgia at the United States Academic Decathlon competition to be held April 13-16 in Chicago. Berkmar’s team won 1st place trophies in all events, including Super Quiz Oral Relay, Overall Super Quiz, Championship Team in Division I (the large school division), and Overall Championship Team. Chris Knight had the overall highest score (gold medal) in the Scholastic category, Matthew Caldwell scored the second highest overall (silver medal) in the Honors category, and Jami Mathewson scored the second highest overall (silver medal) in the Scholastic category. For more information, call 770-921-3636.
The North Gwinnett High literary magazine, “The Filament,” and the Shiloh High literary magazine, “Dreamscape,” were “Recommended for Highest Award” by the National Council of Teachers of English. Contact the schools for more information.
The Web site of Gloria Howard's 2nd grade class at Walnut Grove Elementary at is featured as the Spotlight Class Web site on the EduHound Web site. Educators from around the country routinely view this site. Visit http://www.eduhoundclassroomsontheweb.com/classroomspotlight.cfm to view the class Web site, www.TheBestSecondGrade.com. For more information, call 770-513-6892.
Two GCPS students placed in the top spots in the District III Spelling Bee and will compete in the state Spelling Bee on March 25. Eric Chen from Alton C. Crews Middle and Daniel Horenstein from J.E. Richards Middle placed 1st and 2nd, respectively. The state bee will be held at the Georgia State University Student Center beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, email email@example.com
The Trickum Middle MATHCOUNTS team placed 1st in Gwinnett County at the Chapter Competition. The MATHCOUNTS team members are Charles Fang, Tom Hui, Pranav Ramesh, and Deep Datta Roy. Deep Datta Roy placed 1st in the individual competition for GCPS. The faculty sponsors are Elizabeth Knupp and Suzanne McClean. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
The Trickum Middle Science Olympiad teams earned 2nd and 6th places at the regional competition held at Gainesville College in February. The team will go on to state competition in April. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
Justin Sperin from Centerville Elementary competed in the state wrestling competition recently held at Parkview High. Justin placed 1st in the Midget Division (87 pound.) For more information, call 770-979-2220.
The Collins Hill High Chorus will present its spring concert at First Baptist Duluth church on March 10. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-682-4100.
The Dacula Elementary 5th Grade Soaring Singers will be featured in a broadcast of The World's Largest Concert, sponsored by MENC, The National Association of Music Educators. The concert will air on March 10 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on local PBS stations. The theme for this year's celebration is “Music: the Heart of Education.” Students will be featured in the song “Younger Generation.” Dacula Elementary was selected from schools across the nation to be included in the broadcast. For more information, call 770-963-7174.
Centerville Elementary will play Annistown Elementary in a parent/teacher basketball game on March 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Shiloh High, and admission is $6 for a family or $2 for individual tickets. Pizza, soda, and other refreshments will be available for purchase in the commons area from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-972-2220.
Grayson Elementary will host a mother and son night on March 11. Wildlife Wonders will present a Reptile Encounter Show. For more information, call 770-963-7189.
The Gwinnett County Elementary Honor Chorus will present a concert on March 12 at 3 p.m. at Mount Carmel Christian Church, located at 6015 Old Stone Mountain Road in Stone Mountain. The Elementary Honor Chorus is a select group of 5th grade students from schools throughout Gwinnett County. Karen Blooding, an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University, will conduct the 156-member chorus. The Brookwood High Choir also will perform under the direction of Kim Peeples. The GCPS’ Fine Arts Coordinator Robert Andrews and the school system’s music teachers invite you to attend. For more information, call Rebecca Smith at 770-972-4500.
SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The next SAT I test will be administered on March 12 in building F. Preregistration is required. This is the first administration of the new SAT, which includes a writing portion. For more information, call 770-326-8000.
Alcova Elementary math students in Patty Cincotta’s class will participate in Pi Day activities in the math lab on March 14. Activities include hearing stories about pi, singing songs about pi, making necklaces, and eating pie. Students who have a “pi day” birthday will be honored on the school news, and the hall outside the math room is decorated for the event. For more information, call Patty Cincotta at 678-376-8500.
Knight Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students will have the opportunity to meet Pam Alexander, a Georgia illustrator and publisher on March 17. Ms. Alexander will share her “Yumion” books which feature the Vidalia onion and focus on Georgia attractions and places of interest. Ms. Alexander will also show students how books are made and how photographs are transformed into illustrations. After the presentation, she will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her books. For more information, call 770-921-2400.
The Norcross High Players will present the musical “Footloose” March 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 20 at 2 p.m. Preferred seating tickets are $9 and general seating tickets are $6. Call the Norcross High Drama Hotline at 770-447-2667 for more information.
Simonton Elementary will host a Community Night on March 17 at 5 p.m. The Local School Advisory Council will meet in the cafeteria. Simonton parents are welcome to join this group. While visiting the Media Center, students may check out books, use the computer, read stories, and play board games. The following classes will be offered: Parenting with Love and Logic; Promotion Requirements for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students; and Nurturing Intelligence in Your Child: Questions You May Ask When You Feel That Your Child is Gifted and Talented. For more information, call 770-513-6637.
Grayson Elementary students will present the play “Wonderland” at 7 p.m. on March 18 and 19 and at 3 p.m. on March 20 in the Grayson Elementary gym. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-963-7189.
Tricia Harris, Knight Elementary art teacher, will host an art show for grades 3-5 beginning March 21, the night of the 3rd grade PTA program. Children’s Artwork will be displayed in the main, entry, and intermediate hallways. For more information, call 770-921-2400.
To celebrate Brookwood High’s 25th Anniversary, a hall of fame will be created to recognize former faculty and outstanding graduates of the school. The deadline for nominations is April 1. Nominees will be sent a packet of information to submit to the selection committee by May 16. Nominees must be former Brookwood High students who graduated more than five years ago, or a former faculty member who served at the school more than five years ago. For more information, call 770-972-7642.
Grayson Elementary will host a Summer Computer Camp at the school from June 27 to July 1. Cathy Clements and Lisa Davis will facilitate the morning and afternoon sessions. The cost is $90 for each session. Maximum class size is 25 students. Students will explore the use of technology for reading and writing, use technology for research and information, create compositions, explore the Internet, and make math flashcards. For more information, call 770-963-7189.
Simonton Elementary is offering English classes for adults. The two sessions are held on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. Both sessions are held in the media center and will run through the remainder of the school year. Snacks and free childcare are provided. Call Biljana Cepic at 678-985-4913 or Maria Minue at 770-513-6681 for more information.
Simonton Elementary families are invited to eat dinner at Steak ‘n Shake, located at 1610 Scenic Highway in Snellville, on March 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. Ten percent of all sales will be donated back to the school.
Cedar Hill Elementary will host a Relay for Life Spring Cleaning Yard Sale on March 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 770-962-5015.
Trickum Middle raised $3,275 to donate to the tsunami relief efforts. “Hat Day” sponsored by IMPACT, raised more than $400. The Beta Club sold doughnuts and raised more than $700. Student Council sold Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits and Trickum Tags to collect more than $2,100. Contributions will be donated to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief.
“Meet the Author– Anthony Fredericks” Anthony D. Fredericks’ humorous books deal with the sciences and draw parallels between the communities of animals and the communities in which students live. A former teacher and reading specialist, he has more than 30 years of classroom experience and loves his job as a children’s author and professional storyteller. This program airs March 7- March 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“Jazz: The Legacy of Dizzy Gillespie– Prince William Network/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Considered to be America's leading spokesman for jazz, Dr. Billy Taylor― with his trio and trumpeter Jon Faddis― presents a program of performance and demonstration focused on trumpet legend Dizzy Gillespie. Program airs March 7– March 12 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“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 air through March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Middle Level Education Month, National Nutrition Month, Women’s History Month, Social Work Month, and Youth Art Month.
March 7 is a student holiday and a planning and professional learning day for teachers.
National School Breakfast Week begins March 7.
The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 10, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.
March 25 is a student and teacher holiday.
The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during March. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
|Name of school||Mar||Phone number||Name of school||Mar||Phone number|
|Alford Elementary||17-Mar||678-924-5300||Lanier Middle||March||770/945-8419|
|Alton C. Crews Middle||7-Mar||770/982-6940||Lawrenceville Elementary||March||770/963-1813|
|Annistown Elementary||770/979-2950||Lilburn Elementary||March||770/921-7707|
|Arcado Elementary||March||770/925-2100||Lilburn Middle||March||770/921-1776|
|B. B. Harris Elementary||770/476-2241||Mason Elementary||11-Mar||770/232-3370|
|Beaver Ridge Elementary||March||770/447-6307||McConnell Middle||28-Mar||770/554-1000|
|Benefield Elementary||March||770/962-3771||McKendree Elementary||4-Mar||678/377-8933|
|Berkeley Lake Elementary||17-Mar||770/446-0947||Meadowcreek Elementary||770/931-5701|
|Berkmar High||March||770/921-3636||Meadowcreek High||March||770/381-9680|
|Bethesda Elementary||15-Mar||770/921-2000||Mountain Park Elementary||770/921-2224|
|Brookwood Elementary||28-Mar||770/736-4360||Nesbit Elementary||March||770/414-2740|
|Brookwood High||24-Mar||770/972-7642||Norcross Elementary||March||770/448-2188|
|Camp Creek Elementary||11-Mar||770/921-1626||Norcross High||10-Mar||770/448-3674|
|Cedar Hill Elementary||3-Mar||770/962-5015||North Gwinnett High||15-Mar||770/945-9558|
|Centerville Elementary||770/972-2220||Norton Elementary||March||770/985-1933|
|Central Gwinnett High||14-Mar||770/963-8041||Oakland Center||March||770/513-6800|
|Chattahoochee Elementary||March||770/497-9907||Parkview High||770/921-2874|
|Chesney Elementary||4-Mar||678-542-2300||Parsons Elementary||30-Mar||678/957-3050|
|Collins Hill High||March||770/682-4100||Partee Elementary||March||770/982-6920|
|Cooper Elementary||770/554-7050||Peachtree Elementary||March||770/448-8710|
|Corley Elementary||678-924-5330||Peachtree Ridge High||March||678/957-3100|
|Craig Elementary||770/978-5560||Pharr Elementary||770/985-0244|
|Creekland Middle||24-Mar||770/338-4700||Pinckneyville Middle||15-Mar||770/263-0860|
|Dacula Elementary||4-Mar||770/963-7174||R.D. Head Elementary||9-Mar||770/972-8050|
|Dacula High||18-Mar||770/963-6664||Rebecca Minor Elementary||March||770/925-9543|
|Dacula Middle||March||770/963-1110||Richard Hull Middle||11-Mar||770/232-3200|
|Duluth High||770/476-5206||Riverside Elementary||8-Mar||678/482-1000|
|Duluth Middle||8-Mar||770/476-3372||Rock Springs Elementary||March||770/932-7474|
|Duncan Creek Elementary||10-Mar||678/714-5800||Rockbridge Elementary||10-Mar||770/448-9363|
|Five Forks Middle||770/972-1506||Shiloh Elementary||March||770/985-6883|
|Fort Daniel Elementary||4-Mar||770/932-7400||Shiloh High||15-Mar||770/972-8471|
|Freeman's Mill Elementary||March||678/377-8955||Shiloh Middle||March||770/972-3224|
|GIVE Center||March||770/338-4898||Simonton Elementary||March||770/513-6637|
|Grayson Elementary||March||770/963-7189||Simpson Elementary||7-Mar||770/417-2400|
|Grayson High||March||770/554-1071||Snellville Middle||March||770/972-1530|
|Gwin Oaks Elementary||11-Mar||770/972-3110||South Gwinnett High||15-Mar||770/972-4840|
|Harbins Elementary||15-Mar||770/682-4270||Stripling Elementary||770/582-7577|
|Harmony Elementary||770/945-7272||Sugar Hill Elementary||3-Mar||770/945-5735|
|Hopkins Elementary||March||770/564-2661||Summerour Middle||5-Mar||770/448-3045|
|Ivy Creek Elementary||678/714-3655||Suwanee Elementary||770/945-5763|
|J. G. Dyer Elementary||14-Mar||770/963-6214||Sweetwater Middle||March||770/923-4131|
|J.C. Magill Elementary||March||770/554-1030||Sycamore Elementary||8-Mar||678/714-5770|
|J.E. Richards Middle||770/995-7133||T. Carl Buice Center||March||770/271-5060|
|Jackson Elementary||20-Mar||770/682-4200||Trickum Middle||9-Mar||770/921-2705|
|K. E. Taylor Elementary||March||770/338-4680||W. C. Britt Elementary||24-Mar||770/972-4500|
|Kanoheda Elementary||770/682-4221||Walnut Grove Elementary||31-Mar||770/513-6892|