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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/07/2011 - 11/13/2011
Lawrenceville Elementary has teamed up with the Lawrenceville City Council to form the Stepping Stones Career Assistance Program. The program will assist job seekers from the Lawrenceville area with interview skills, resume building, financial planning, college and technical program applications, and interview clothing. The Stepping Stones Career Assistance Program will hold a kick-off event on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lawrenceville Elementary. Free parking and free child care will be available for those attending. For more information, call the school at 770-963-1813.
White Oak Elementary has been named an NFL PLAY 60 Super School. An Atlanta Falcons player visited White Oak Elementary on Nov. 1 and awarded a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 health and wellness grant to the school. The player spoke to students about the importance of health and wellness, hard work and staying in school. After the assembly, 50 students participated in the Ultimate Gym Class rotating through five stations with NFL equipment for Jumping and Pumping, Football Relay Race, Cone Course, toning Training and Hula Hooping. Additionally, the school received footballs, Hula Hoops, cones, jump ropes, weights, and t-shirts for future Physical Education classes and fitness activities. For more information, call White Oak Elementary Administrative Assistant Betsy Bridwell at 678-546-5536.
McKendree Elementary will host Reading Extravaganza, a night where teachers dress up as story book characters and read stories to students and their families. The event will be held on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. and celebrates a love of reading for families. Students will arrive in their pajamas and enjoy cookies and milk before heading to “story time”. For more information, call the school at 678-377-8933.
Dacula Elementary will host two Veteran’s Day assemblies on Nov. 11 to honor veterans who are family or community members. The assembly for K-2 is scheduled for 9 to 9:30 a.m., and 9:50 to 10:20 for grades 3rd through 5th. The Social Studies Team is organizing the event. For more information, call 770-963-7174.
Head Elementary will host a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Third grade students will honor the veterans in attendance by performing a selection of patriotic songs and speaking about the history and significance of the day. There will be a short video compilation in honor and in memory of the school’s veterans, and photographs will be taken. Students will present the veterans with a medal and certificate. All K-5th grade students will attend the final portion of the program. For more information, call Carol Suggs at 770-972-8050.
Minor Elementary will host a Girls on the Run race on Nov. 13. Staff members will participate as volunteer buddy runners with the girls. The race starts at 161 Arizona Avenue Soccer Complex in Atlanta. For more information, visit http://girlsontherunatlanta.org/ or call Beth S. Peterson, Parent Instructional Support Coordinator at 770-806-2227.
Grayson High Technical Education Program will hold a Community Service Day on Nov.10. Students will focus their service on veterans. For more information, call 770-554-7082.
Grayson High will host an Art and Science Fair for the Grayson High Technical Education Program on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Student work will be displayed along with lab demonstrations. For more information, call 770-554-7082.
Shirley Lasseter, Gwinnett County Commissioner and Harbins Elementary Principal for a Day, will visit the school on Nov 16. Ms. Lasseter will share about the branches of government, the political process, and hold a town hall meeting at 1:45 p.m. answering students’ questions. Ms. Lasseter will also teach a session to students in the Leadership Academy. For more information, call 770-682-4270.
Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC), Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option, will offer informational sessions providing the information needed to make an informed decision about enrolling at Online Campus full-time.
Middle School Meetings: 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; High School Meetings: 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Registration for the 2012-13 school year will run Feb. 1-29, 2012. Students can get more information through the counselor’s office at the local middle or high school and on the GOC website.
- Nov. 17: Parkview High, Theater
- Dec. 1: Meadowcreek High, Theater
- Dec. 8: Central Gwinnett High, Theater
- Jan. 5: Grayson High, Theater
- Jan. 12: Mill Creek High, Theater
- Jan. 19: Collins Hill High, Theater
- Jan. 26: North Gwinnett High, Commons Area
- Feb. 2: Duluth High, Theater
Click here to learn more about the GOC charter high school or Gwinnett’s virtual middle school, opening in August of 2012.
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) registration information sessions run through Feb. 3, 2012. Information for the 2012-13 freshman class will be available through all GCPS middle schools, on the GCPS web site (www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us) and on the school web site (www.gsmst.org). Registration Forms must be submitted by February 3, 2012, for consideration. GSMST is a charter school and therefore enrollment for the 9th grade class is open to all students who are residents of the Gwinnett County School System district attendance zone and have completed the 8th grade. The rigorous course work at GSMST may not meet the needs or interests 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.
Grayson High Technical Education Program hosted a visit from The John Lennon Bus, a non-profit mobile recording studio that provides students with free hands-on opportunities to create original music and video projects. The following link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMGd8bpBVrw&feature=youtu.be) leads to a video of the song students wrote and performed with the Lennon Bus crew. For more information, visit http://www.lennonbus.org, or call the school.
“ArtSTAGE - Sixth Grade Honor Chorus and Elementary Honor Chorus” Join GCPS TV for special encore broadcasts of the 2011 Sixth Grade Honor Chorus and the 2011 Elementary Honor Chorus. These 30-minute programs air back-to-back this week at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“Shamu TV - The Manatee Story” Learn about manatee biology, survival threats, and ways humans can help save this special species for future generations. This 30-minute program airs this week at 3:30 p.m.
“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This GCPS original 10-part series, taught by Elisa Brown, assistant principal at Hopkins Elementary, is an introduction to the Spanish language tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.
Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.usfor the most current News Releases.
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November is National Native American Heritage Month.
November 6-12 is National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Week.
November 8 is Election Day.
November 11 is Veterans Day.
November 13-19 is American Education Week.
November 14-18 is School Psychology Awareness Week.
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., November 17, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
November 18 is Substitute Educators Day.
November 21-25 is Thanksgiving break for schools.
November 24 is Thanksgiving Day.
November 24-25 is Thanksgiving break for 12-month staff.
The following schools will hold School Council Dates in November. Call the local school for the time and location.
|Archer High School||15-Nov|
|Bay Creek Middle||12-Nov|
|Beaver Ridge Elementary||11-Nov|
|Central Gwinnett High||10-Nov|
|Collins Hill High||9-Nov|
|Duncan Creek Elementary||17-Nov|
|Freeman's Mill Elementary||12-Nov|
|GIVE Center East||9-Nov|
|Grace Snell MS||8-Nov|
|Ivy Creek Elementary||19-Nov|
|Level Creek Elementary||18-Nov|
|Mason Jr. Elementary||19-Nov|
|Mountain Park Elementary||15-Nov|
|Mountain View High School||19-Nov|
|North Gwinnett High||18-Nov|
|Peachree Ridge High||18-Nov|
|Richard Hull Middle||12-Nov|
|Sugar Hill Elementary||16-Nov|
|Twin Rivers Middle||8-Nov|
|Walnut Grove Elementary||18-Nov|
|White Oak Elementary||17-Nov|
|Woodward Mill Elementary||12-Nov|
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 http://www.gwinnettehc.org/ or call 770-904-3500.