|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
01/10/2005 - 01/16/2005
The Collins Hill High Marching Band is one of three recipients in the nation of the Sudler Shield Award for outstanding marching bands. For more information, call 770-682-4100.
Sixteen of Georgia’s top educators and policymakers including Duluth High Principal Pat Blenke traveled to the United Kingdom, where they studied U.K. best practices on school financial decision-making as part of a new partnership developed by the British Council USA (BCUSA) and the state of Georgia. Mr. Blenke is president-elect of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principles. For more information, call 770-476-5206.
Collins Hill High earned an 8th place ranking in the Mathmatics Honor Society competition in December for Region III, which includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. This is the first of three rounds of tests throughout the year. The 2004-2005 Mu Alpha Theta “Log1” Contest is a national mathematics competition administered by National Assessment & Testing— http://www.natassessment.com for Mu Alpha Theta— http://www.mualphatheta.org,the national high school mathematics honor society. For more information, call 770-682-4100.
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary received a grant worth approximately $8,000 from the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA). The grant was received for the Artist in Residence program at Chesney Elementary. Jeff Mathers is a site sculptor who worked with students at Chesney Elementary and created a sculpture for the school. For more information, call 678-542-2300.
Laura Magner, Rebecca Minor Elementary teacher received a $365 grant from Kids in Need and the Shopa Foundation. The grant will fund a unit called Teaming Up to Teach Tolerance. Students will create and publish a book about the world’s religions, families, education, and philanthropy. For more information, call 770-922-9543.
Buchanan High School of Technology web registration is open through Jan. 13 for 7th period and online classes. Online courses are open to high school students, as well as adult learners. Cost for face-to-face classes is $205 and $285 for online classes. Both require a $25 refundable
materials deposit. The cost for Advanced Placement classes is $350. Visit the web site to register for spring course offerings at www.buchananhs.org. For more information, call 770-326-8000.
The top two spellers from each Gwinnett elementary and middle school will compete in School Board District Spelling Bees on Jan. 11. The five Gwinnett County School Board District Spelling Bees will be held at 6 p.m. in theatres at the following schools:
District I: Central Gwinnett HS
District II: Mill Creek HS
District III: Duluth HS
District IV: Shiloh HS
District V: Meadowcreek HS
The top five spellers from each of the five Board district bees will move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Mill Creek HS theater. Regional (district), state, and national bees also are held later in the spring. For more inforrmation about upcoming spelling bee activities, contact Cindy Gaskins at 770-904-5450.
Trickum Middle PTSA will sponsor an International Fair on Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Staff and community members will share their heritage with those attending. Booths representing various countries will be set up to display cultural music and visual arts. Ethnic foods will be available. For more information, call 770-921-2705.
SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT I test will be administered on Jan. 22 in building F. Preregistration is required. The new SAT, which will include a writing portion, will be administered beginning in the spring of 2005. For more information, call 770-326-8000.
The Grayson Elementary Parent Academy will sponsor a session on writing strategies on Jan. 25. The session will offer parents information on developing instructional strategies to support learning at home. For more information, call 770-963-7189.
North Gwinnett High students have been following news stories about the tsunami. The students are participating in a school-wide relief effort coordinated by the ROTC students and teachers. Other school organization committed to assisting this effort include the Student Government Association, Future Educators of America, Advanced Placement science classes, Interact Club, Key Club, and the Junior Civitan. In addition the varsity basketball cheerleaders will collect money at Friday night’s game. On Jan. 14 the school will sponsor a “hat day” fundraiser. All contributions will be donated to Americares. For more information, call 770-921-2874.
GCPS TV HIGHLIGHTS
“In the General's Secret Service-Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip” Learn about British and American spies and the secret war of the American Revolution on this Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“Jazz on 42nd Street-Prince William Network/Kennedy Center Performing Arts Series” Through performance and demonstration, Dr. Billy Taylor and his Trio showcase the many styles of jazz performances from the 1940s and show how these styles have evolved over time. This 60-minute program airs Jan. 11-16 at 8 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
The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
|Alford ES||20-Jan||678-924-5300||Lanier MS||Jan.||770/945-8419|
|Alton C. Crews MS||11-Jan||770/982-6940||Lawrenceville ES||Jan.||770/963-1813|
|Annistown ES||770/979-2950||Lilburn ES||Jan.||770/921-7707|
|Arcado ES||Jan.||770/925-2100||Lilburn MS||Jan.||770/921-1776|
|B. B. Harris ES||11-Jan||770/476-2241||Mason ES||14-Jan||770/232-3370|
|Beaver Ridge ES||Jan.||770/447-6307||McConnell MS||31-Jan||770/554-1000|
|Benefield ES||Jan.||770/962-3771||McKendree ES||21-Jan||678/377-8933|
|Berkeley Lake ES||770/446-0947||Meadowcreek ES||770/931-5701|
|Berkmar HS||Jan.||770/921-3636||Meadowcreek HS||Jan.||770/381-9680|
|Bethesda ES||18-Jan||770/921-2000||Mountain Park ES||770/921-2224|
|Brookwood ES||31-Jan||770/736-4360||Nesbit ES||Jan.||770/414-2740|
|Brookwood HS||27-Jan||770/972-7642||Norcross ES||Jan.||770/448-2188|
|Camp Creek ES||28-Jan||770/921-1626||Norcross HS||13-Jan||770/448-3674|
|Cedar Hill ES||13-Jan||770/962-5015||North Gwinnett HS||770/945-9558|
|Centerville ES||770/972-2220||Norton ES||Jan.||770/985-1933|
|Central Gwinnett HS||770/963-8041||Oakland Center||Jan.||770/513-6800|
|Chattahoochee ES||Jan.||770/497-9907||Parkview HS||25-Jan||770/921-2874|
|Collins Hill HS||Jan.||770/682-4100||Parsons ES||24-Jan||678/957-3050|
|Cooper ES||10-Jan||770/554-7050||Partee ES||Jan.||770/982-6920|
|Corley ES||678-924-5330||Peachtree ES||Jan.||770/448-8710|
|Craig ES||31-Jan||770/978-5560||Peachtree Ridge HS||Jan.||678/957-3100|
|Creekland MS||20-Jan||770/338-4700||Pharr ES||770/985-0244|
|Dacula ES||7-Jan||770/963-7174||Pinckneyville MS||18-Jan||770/263-0860|
|Dacula HS||28-Jan||770/963-6664||R.D. Head ES||12-Jan||770/972-8050|
|Dacula MS||Jan.||770/963-1110||Rebecca Minor ES||Jan.||770/925-9543|
|Duluth HS||770/476-5206||Richard Hull MS||14-Jan||770/232-3200|
|Duluth MS||11-Jan||770/476-3372||Riverside ES||11-Jan||678/482-1000|
|Duncan Creek ES||13-Jan||678/714-5800||Rock Springs ES||Jan.||770/932-7474|
|Five Forks MS||770/972-1506||Rockbridge ES||770/448-9363|
|Fort Daniel ES||7-Jan||770/932-7400||Shiloh ES||Jan.||770/985-6883|
|Freeman's Mill ES||Jan.||678/377-8955||Shiloh HS||18-Jan||770/972-8471|
|GIVE Center||Jan.||770/338-4898||Shiloh MS||Jan.||770/972-3224|
|Grayson ES||Jan.||770/963-7189||Simonton ES||Jan.||770/513-6637|
|Grayson HS||Jan.||770/554-1071||Simpson ES||7-Jan||770/417-2400|
|Gwin Oaks ES||21-Jan||770/972-3110||Snellville MS||Jan.||770/972-1530|
|Harbins ES||18-Jan||770/682-4270||South Gwinnett HS|| Jan. 18||770/972-4840|
|Harmony ES||20-Jan||770/945-7272||Stripling ES||770/582-7577|
|Hopkins ES||Jan.||770/564-2661||Sugar Hill ES||6-Jan||770/945-5735|
|Ivy Creek ES||678/714-3655||Summerour MS||11-Jan||770/448-3045|
|J. G. Dyer ES||10-Jan||770/963-6214||Suwanee ES||770/945-5763|
|J.C. Magill ES||Jan.||770/554-1030||Sweetwater MS||Jan.||770/923-4131|
|J.E. Richards MS||770/995-7133||Sycamore ES||11-Jan||678/714-5770|
|Jackson ES||770/682-4200||T. Carl Buice Center||Jan.||770/271-5060|
|K. E. Taylor ES||Jan.||770/338-4680||Trickum MS||770/921-2705|
|Kanoheda ES||770/682-4221||W. C. Britt ES||20-Jan||770/972-4500|
|Knight ES||24-Jan||770/921-2400||Walnut Grove ES||27-Jan||770/513-6892|