News You Can Use - 10/12/2009

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/12/2009 - 10/18/2009

Rock Springs Elementary received a $3,000 grant from Wal-Mart for after-school academic programs for students. Representative Mike Coan, along with Mr. Glenn Wilkins of Wal-Mart, presented a check to help improve student achievement . For more information, call 770-932-7474.

Norcross High will host the second part of a four-part series for immigrant families on achieving academic success in school on Oct. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Session II is titled Progress Reports and So Much More. What are Progress Reports, and now that you have received one what should you do? What does a Parent-Teacher Conference involve and how can it benefit your student? For more information, call 770-448-3674.

Rock Springs Elementary will dedicate the Zane Zone science lab Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Funds for the lab were donated by the Zane Collins Foundation. Zane was a former student at Rock Springs Elementary who passed away in an accident. He loved science and he loved Rock Springs Elementary. His parents donated $5,000 through the Foundation. This donation was matched by Publix for the start up of a Science Lab at Rock Springs. Zane Zone will officially open for students on Oct. 19. For more information, call 770-932-7474.

Shiloh High School will celebrate Teen Read Week Oct. 19-23 with many activities at the school. A Scholastic Book Fair will take place every day during the week, showcasing teen titles. Students will have an opportunity to have lunch with the authors of “The Faire Folk Trilogy—Tree Shepherd’s Daughter, Into the Wildewood, and The Secret of the Dread Forest.” For more information, call 770-972-8471.

Puckett's Mill Elementary celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 26-30 with the theme “Drug Free, the Healthy Way to Be.” County Police Officer Eric Rooks will help kick off the week of activities by visiting the school on Oct. 26 and welcoming students as they arrive at school. Officer Rooks will also talk about the importance of Red Ribbon Week on the morning news show. All students will sign a pledge banner that will be displayed in the hallway. On Oct. 27, classes will decorate posters and hang them outside the classrooms for judging. On Oct. 28, Officer Eric Rooks, Fire Station 18, and Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks will join students at 1:45 p.m. for a Red Ribbon parade on the school grounds. Students will wear red. On Oct 29, students will be given red ribbons to wear and student essays will be read on the morning news show. Red ribbons will be handed out to all parents driving through the car-rider line. The classes from each grade level that won the poster contest will be recognized with a pizza snack on Oct. 30. For more information, call Counselors Heather Heigl or Ginna Smith at 678-765-5110.

The Duluth High Theater has scheduled the following performances for the 2009-10 school year. For more information, call Gwyn Jones, theater director, at 770-476-5206, or email
Oct. 22 and 23 “Heart’s Desire” A One-Act Comedy by Caryl Churchill
Nov. 12 and 13 “30/60” 30 plays in 60 minutes! (Yes! 30 plays in 60 minutes)
Nov. 20 and 21 “The Wizard of Children’s Theatre for the whole family in one-act Wonderland”
Feb. 18 and 19 “30/60” 30 plays in 60 minutes!
March 25– 28 “Grease” The fabulous 50’s Rock’n’Roll Musical
April 29 and 30 “Fools” Neil Simon’s Hilarious full-length Comedy

Patrick Elementary will observe National Fire Prevention Month by hosting a breakfast to honor Gwinnett Fire Fighters. Patrick Elementary was named after Bobby Patrick, a former fighter who gave his live in the line of duty. This year’s breakfast will be held on Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. in the school cafe. Students and staff members will share information about the school with the fire fighters. For more information, call 678-765-5260.

Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and to provide input on proposed curriculum materials, including textbooks for nine new/updated high school courses in the areas of science, mathematics, health, and technical education. The review will run through Oct. 30. All materials can be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center in the Building 200 Lobby. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) holds an extensive review before adopting instructional materials for classroom use. The directors of Science, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, and Technical Education convened committees to select materials to consider for adoption from those submitted by publishers. The materials were reviewed for alignment with the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. During the review process, materials are piloted in GCPS classrooms. Data from the reviews and pilots will be considered in making textbook adoption recommendations to the Board of Education in early 2010. For more about the instructional materials review process, contact Lisa Burleson in the Instructional Materials Office at 678-301-6831.
Review Dates and Hours
Monday–Friday, through Oct. 30, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 and 22, 5–8 p.m.


Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
10/06/2009GCPS nutrition professionals participate in culinary training (pdf)
10/05/2009Twenty two Gwinnett seniors up for National Achievement Program scholarship (pdf)
10/02/2009National recognition for Gwinnett FBLA students (pdf)

“GCPS Focus” This month’s Focus spotlights the innovative learning techniques being used in special education classrooms, shares important tips for students using the Internet, and shows how the system has assisted those affected by recent flooding… join us for these stories and more on GCPS Focus— your news show about Gwinnett County Public Schools. 30-min program airing Oct. 13-18 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.

“Meet the Author: Nancy Krulik” More than 100 books for children and young adults have been written by this author. Ms. Krulik is best known for her “Kate Kazoo Switcheroo” books, popular among 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders, nationwide. Katie Carew is your average 3rd grader, but after a bad day at school when a bully nicknames her Katie Kazoo and it sticks, she wishes to become someone other than herself. Katie’s wish comes true when a magic wind blows and the hilarious switcheroo adventures begin. This 30-min. program airs Oct. 12-18 at 10 a.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This 10-part GCPS TV original series, 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. Hour-long segments will air at 11 a.m. Monday-Sunday, through October 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: 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 Web
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GCPS will hold several dedication celebrations at new schools throughout the fall. Dates are listed below.
  • Oct. 18– White Oak Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and North Gwinnett Middle (3 p.m.)
  • Oct. 25– Woodward Mill Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and Dyer Elementary (3 p.m.)
  • Nov.1– Starling Elementary (1:30 p.m.) and Couch Middle (3 p.m.)

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15.

Oct. 12 is a student teacher holiday.

Oct. 12-16 is National School Lunch Week.

10th grade students will take the PSAT on Oct. 14.

Oct. 18-24 is Teen Read Week.

Oct. 19 is Georgia School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Oct. 19-23 if Georgia School Bus Safety Week and National School Bus Safety Week.

Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week.

October 31 is Halloween.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in October. Call the local school for the time and location.

Archer High School
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Brookwood High
Centerville Elementary
Craig Elementary
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Duluth High
Duluth Middle
Glenn C. Jones Middle
Harmony Elementary
Henry Partee Elementary
Ivy Creek Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Level Creek Elementary
Lilburn Elementary
Mill Creek High
Mountain Park Elementary
Norcross High
Peachree Ridge High
R.D. Head Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Shiloh Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Snellville Middle
South Gwinnett High
Suwanee Elementary

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.- 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.