News You Can Use - 01/29/2007









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/29/2007 - 02/04/2007


THIS WEEKEND
Mill Creek High cheerleaders will host a semi-formal Winter Ball on Jan. 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the school. Tickets may be purchased for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Mill Creek High School Spirit Club. Activities will include socializing and fun, dancing, and door prizes. Concessions will be sold throughout the night and a DJ will provide music. For more information, call 678-714-5850, or email donnabethune5931@bellsouth.net.

HONORS
The top 11 spellers from the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee will compete in the District 3 Spelling Bee at Collins Hill High on Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. The student names are listed along with their school.
Maria AmorossoDuncan Creek Elementary
Walker ArgendeliSummerour Middle
Cory BhowmikCamp Creek Elementary
Naveed KhanSweetwater Middle
Laila LloydCreekland Middle
Lance McNairSnellville Middle
Angela MoWalnut Grove Elementary
Tyler NicholsonMcConnell Middle
Andrew PlaskowskyLanier Middle
Sonam VashiPinckneyville Middle
Hanfei WangDuluth Middle
For more information, contact Cindy Gaskins, the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee Coordinator, at cindy_gaskins@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

UPCOMING
The Gwinnett County High School Photography Competition-- Shutter Sense & Non-Sense-- will take place at Carisma Gallery, in Buford. The exhibition of student photography from eight area high schools will be on display from Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. An award ceremony and reception, open to the public, will take place on Jan. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Organized by Parkview High Art Teacher, Alexandra Kates, the competition drew more than 300 entries this year. For more information, call Margaret Kolk at 770-271-7501 or 770-595-2337.

Chattahoochee Elementary will host an International Night on Jan. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will enjoy an evening of international music, food, and student displays. Parents, dressed in native clothing, will bring food from their home countries. There will be a parade of students dressed in costumes. Students can also bring a flag or write the name of their country on a banner to carry. For more information, call 770-497-9907.

Trickum Middle will host a visit from author Neal Shusterman on Feb. 5. Mr. Shusterman will answer questions from students while visiting classes. His presentation is interactive, informing students about his writing and the process of writing. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Forty-eight Peachtree Ridge High student projects will compete at the district level Science Fair on Feb. 9 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. These projects earned 1st place awards at a recent school-sponsored Science Fair. For more information, call Diane Clausen at 678-957-3132.

Berkmar High will host the 2007 Gallaudet University High School Academic Bowl for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Southeast Region. This is the first time a public school was selected to host this Academic Bowl in the Southeast. The purpose of the annual Academic Bowl is to foster the pursuit of academic excellence, promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship, and encourage social opportunities for students. Teams made up of five players answer questions in eight academic categories. For more information about the competition, visit www.gallaudet.edu.

Parkview High will host a College Fair on Feb. 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the commons area and old gym. This PTSA-sponsored event is open to all Gwinnett high school students. More than 60 college representatives will be on hand to share brochures and answer questions about their programs. For more information, call Nancy Hamel at 770-921-4355.

G.H. Hopkins Elementary will host a visit from author David Lopez on Feb. 16. Mr. Lopez will answer questions from students while visiting classes. He will inform students about his writing and the process of writing. For more information, call 770-564-2661.

The Duluth Center Stage Alliance presents “Harvey” on Feb.16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Duluth High theater. For more information about the play visit www.dhstheater.com. Tickets may be purchased for $6 from Vanette Vedder at Duluth High or at the door. For more information, call 770-232-3336.

The Peachtree Ridge Foundation will sponsor the Miss Peachtree Ridge Scholarship Pageant on Feb. 17 in the school theater. This year’s theme is the Wild, Wild, West. The Miss Freshman/Miss Sophomore pageant will be held at 3 p.m., and the Miss Junior/Miss Peachtree Ridge High School (PRHS) pageant begins at 7 p.m. The winner of the Miss PRHS Scholarship Pageant will receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Classy Nails and Tan. For more information, call Lynn Brunatti at 678-957-3166.

The Duluth High baseball team will sponsor a “100 Inning Game and Dinner” on Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Duluth High old gym. Tickets may be purchased for $12 and all proceeds benefit the Duluth High Baseball Dugout Club. For information and tickets, email Coach Bobby Link at robert_link@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or Sally Southerland at dhsdugoutclub@yahoo.com.

GCPS will host the 2007 Gwinnett Reading Rally on Feb. 24 at Mill Creek High from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Gwinnett Readers Rally is a quiz-bowl competition for readers in grades 4-12. Forty-six teams will compete for the countywide championship. Readers will compete in ten-man teams using their knowledge of literature to answer questions based on a given list of books. Two winning teams from both the middle and high school levels will proceed to the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, a regional competition on March 3 in Augusta. The state playoffs will be held April 21 during the Children’s Literature Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens. For more information, call Leslie Greer at 770-232-3255.

GCPS TV
“Education News Parents Can Use - No Child Left Behind: Stories of Success” The January edition of “Education News” spotlights high-performing public schools and features video stories of their classrooms in action. This program also features principals and education experts discussing how assessment, accountability, parent options and a firm belief that all children can learn is raising the bar as never before. This 60-min. program airs Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Feb. 2-4 at 1 p.m.

“Multi-Cultural Parent Panels: Raising Children in a Diverse World” Multicultural parent panels help families to appreciate the benefits of diversity. Panels explore how to reach out to neighbors of differing backgrounds and how to raise children who both value their own culture and the cultures of others. This 30-min. program airs Jan.29-Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 2” This video telecourse is an advanced Spanish language class designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. This series airs in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday, through March 18 (a new class will air each week, beginning on Monday).

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 678-301-6460, 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.

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01/25/2007 14 Gwinnett schools recognized as “Distinguished Schools” (pdf)
01/23/2007 International festivities at Gwinnett schools (pdf)

BUDGET DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR
Each year, the Gwinnett County School Board reserves key dates relating to the development of the next year’s budget. Budget dates for FY 2008 include:
Feb. 2, 2007-- Central Office budget managers submit proposed budget requests
Feb. 26 and 27, 2007-- Superintendent and Cabinet meet to discuss FY 2008 requests
March 29 and 30, 2007-- Superintendent’s Recommended budget to Board
April 14, 2007-- Board budget work session
April 17, 2007-- Board budget work session and adoption of tentative budget
May 4, 2007-- First public hearing on budget
May 10, 2007-- Second public hearing and final adoption
June 2007-- Adoption of millage rate
Sept. 2007-- Transmit adopted budget to State Department of Education

CALENDAR
February is Black History Month, and National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Feb. 5-9 is National School Counseling Week.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 8, 2007, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Feb. 14 and 15 are early release days for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

Feb 19 is a student teacher holiday OR snow make-up day.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January and February. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Jan
School
Feb
Alford Elementary
1/25
Annistown Elementary
2/13
Alton C. Crews Middle
1/30
Arcado Elementary
2/12
B.B. Harris Elementary
1/30
B.B. Harris Elementary
2/27
Berkeley Lake Elementary
1/11
Berkmar Middle
2/27
Brookwood High
1/30
Camp Creek Elementary
2/23
Camp Creek Elementary
1/26
Centerville Elementary
2/21
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
1/12
Central Gwinnett High
2/12
Chattahoochee Elementary
1/23
Corley Elementary
2/7
Collins Hill High
1/23
Creekland Middle
2/15
Craig Elementary
1/29
Dacula Elementary
2/16
Dacula Elementary
1/19
Dacula High
2/2
Duncan Creek Elementary
1/11
Dacula Middle
2/20
Frank N. Osborne Middle
1/19
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
2/9
Grayson Elementary
1/12
Duluth High
2/20
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1/19
Five Forks Middle
2/9
Henry Partee Elementary
1/11
Fort Daniel Elementary
2/2
J.P. McConnell Middle
1/29
Freeman's Mill Elementary
2/8
Lilburn Elementary
1/25
Henry Partee Elementary
2/8
Lilburn Middle
1/25
J.C. Magill Elementary
2/2
McKendree Elementary
1/19
J.E. Richards Middle
2/20
Nesbit Elementary
1/25
J.G. Dyer Elementary
2/12
Norcross High
1/11
Jackson Elementary
2/8
Parkview High
1/23
Kanoheda Elementary
2/22
Parsons Elementary
1/26
Knight Elementary
2/9
Peachtree Elementary
1/18
Level Creek Elementary
2/8
Pinckneyville Middle
1/18
Meadowcreek Elementary
2/12
Richard Hull Middle
1/12
Meadowcreek High
2/8
Rock Springs Elementary
1/25
Monarch School
2/2
Snellville Middle
1/11
Mountain Park Elementary
2/26
South Gwinnett High
1/16
Norcross Elementary
2/5
Susan Stripling Elementary
1/11
Norcross High
2/8
Trickum Middle
1/16
Parkview High
2/27
Walnut Grove Elementary
1/11
Peachtree Elementary
2/15
Pinckneyville Middle
2/15
R.D. Head Elementary
2/14
Rebecca Minor Elementary
2/2
Richard Hull Middle
2/9
Rockbridge Elementary
2/22
Shiloh Elementary
2/8
Shiloh Middle
2/2
Snellville Middle
2/8
Summerour Middle
2/13
Suwanee Elementary
2/26
T. Carl Buice School
2/6
W.C. Britt Elementary
2/2
Walnut Grove Elementary
2/8