News You Can Use - 10/04/2004

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
10/04/2004 - 10/10/2004

The Duluth High junior varsity Scholar's Bowl team won first place in the county Scholar's Bowl competition. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Two Richard Hull Middle academic teams competed with 15 other teams at the Shiloh Invitational on Sept. 25. Two students won individual medals. Nancy Ouyang won first place in the Individual Math Category and Sandy Jiang won a fourth place medal in Science. For more information, call 770-232-3200.

Knight Elementary will host the school’s second “Family Math Knight” on Oct. 4. Math games begin at 7 p.m. Dinner from Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

The Collins Hill High chorus will present its fall concert at First Baptist Church Duluth on Oct. 5. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Walnut Grove Elementary will host a business partnership breakfast at 9 a.m. on Oct. 7. Business partners and teachers will learn how they can assist each other. For more information, call Paul Cromie at 770-513-6892.

The Duluth High theater department will present “Proposals” by Neil Simon on Oct. 14-17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Harbins Elementary PTA will host the annual Harbins Hoe Down on Oct. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. Entertainment and food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person (free admission for children under 3). For more information, call 770-682-4270.

Walnut Grove Elementary’s top students in the annual PTA fundraiser will have the opportunity to enter a money machine to gather as much money as they can in one minute. Other students will ride in a Hummer limousine. These activities take place on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 770-513-6892.

SAT tests will take place at Buchanan High School of Technology throughout the academic year. The SAT test will be administered on the following Saturdays in building F: Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Dec. 4, and Jan. 22. 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.

After completing a unit on camping, preschool students at Henry Partee Elementary held a cookout. The students learned about camping, bears, and forest animals. A tent was set up in each classroom. For a photo of this event, contact Sue Peterson at 770-822-6508.

“GCPS Focus” This week on GCPS Focus, the changing face of Technical Education and life-saving heart-start devices in Gwinnett schools. This 30-minute GCPS TV original program airs daily 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.

“Taxes, Tea, and Tyranny - Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trip” Travel with GCPS TV to Colonial Williamsburg to learn more about the Boston Tea Party of 1773. This 60-minute program airs live Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“NASA Sci-Files - The Case of the Great Space Exploration” Students head to Space Camp and NASA to find out if they truly have the “right stuff” for space exploration. This 60-minute program airs daily at 9 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 began reairing August 23 and runs through October 19 on GCPS TV. Watch Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. with a repeat at 1 a.m. The week’s four episodes may be viewed each 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 A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

October is Computer Learning Month. October also includes heritage and cultural celebrations for Americans of Polish, Italian, and Czech heritage.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through October 15.

October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week.

October 6 is German American Heritage Day.

October 8 is a student and school staff holiday.

October 11 is a holiday for students and some staff; however, most school staff will be participating in professional learning and planning activities.

October 10-16 is National Metric Week and National School Lunch Week.

New schools will host dedication ceremonies on the dates and times listed below. Call the local school to RSVP.
School Name Date Time RSVP
Level Creek Elementary October 17 1:30 p.m. 770-904-7950
Glenn C. Jones Middle October 17 3:30 p.m. 770-904-5450
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary October 24 1:30 p.m. 678-542-2300
Duluth Middle October 24 3:30 p.m. 770-476-3372

Instructional materials are available for public review Oct. 4 to Oct. 30 at the following locations:
Buchanan HS of Technology— 2595 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, 770-326-8000
Lawrenceville East— 723 Hi-Hope Road, Lawrenceville, 770-338-4832
Materials may be reviewed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 16 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursday evenings, Oct. 14 and 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Materials up for review are Language Arts, grades 9-12; Foreign Language, grades 6-12; High School Science, two electives; and materials for the Grayson High Technical Education Program.

Gwinnett County Public Schools invites community members and employees to participate in its annual review of Gwinnett's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. Employees and community members have until Friday, Oct. 29, to submit suggestions for revisions to the AKS. Visit the GCPS Web site at for a review form. Submit this Word document as an attachment by e-mail to or mail a printed copy to:
Curriculum Development Office
Lawrenceville East
P.O. Box 343
Lawrenceville, GA 30046-0343

The GEMS Oversight Committee, a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS, will consider all suggestions when members meet in February. That committee then will recommend changes to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education for implementation in the 2005-2006 school year.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during October. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.