News You Can Use - 11/12/2007

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
11/12/2007 - 11/18/2007

Centerville Elementary is celebrating Veterans Day in a big way! On Nov. 9, visitors from the Ladies Auxiliary of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post will read patriotic books to each of the kindergarten classes. Visitors from the Sons of the American Revolution will share a presentation on conflicts since the Civil War with 4th and 5th grade classes. The lunchroom invited Centerville veterans to join their students for lunch as a way to say “thank you” for their service to our country. These activities are part of an ongoing focus on veterans and patriotism at Centerville. For more information, call Media Specialist Kimberly Adcock at 770-982-6976.

The Duluth High CLAW Cheerleading Squad earned 1st place at the 2007 Coed Cheerleading sectionals in November. The squad will compete at the state level Nov. 9-10 in Columbus. For more information, call Media Specialist Dr. Marsha Hunter at 770-232-3336.

Trickum Middle was chosen to receive the Building Bridges Award by the Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) of Atlanta. This award is given to organizations and individuals in Atlanta who personify the philosophy of bettering the community through building bridges of understanding. The recipients are nominated by members of the ISB for the positive impact they have made on increasing tolerance and improving community understanding. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

Chattahoochee Elementary and UNITE volunteers will be awarded the Quality of Life Award by Duluth Mayor Shirley Fanning-Lasseter and the Duluth City Council for conducting in a beautification project at the school. They will receive the award on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the council meeting. For more information, call Sherri Hancel from the City of Duluth at 678-475-3519.

Barbi Ibele, environmental specialist in the Environmental Services Department, has been named Outstanding Employer Contact by the Clean Air Campaign for the third quarter. Ms. Ibele is being recognized for her “above and beyond” customer service. For more information, call Julie Dowdy of the Clean Air campaign at 770-331-3713. In addition, Ms. Ibele was recognized for submitting the best Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful tagline-- “A Better Tomorrow Begins Today.” Her tagline was chosen from more than 200 entries. For more information, call Connie Wiggins from Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful at 770-822-5187. Photos available upon request.

Peachtree Ridge High will host a performance by the Kendall Honor Orchestra and the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony (GCYS) on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Guest soloist James Graseck of New York City will perform with the Kendall Orchestra. Orchestra directors Scott Hammond of Duluth High and Bernadette Scruggs of Peachtree Ridge High will lead the orchestra. The GCYS’ performance will be led by orchestra directors Cathie Hudnall of Brookwood High and Dr. Peter Lemonds of Duluth High. For more information, call Scott Hammond at 770-963-6664, or email

Norcross High will host a College Fair on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be on hand to speak with students and parents. A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will share information about the HOPE Scholarship and financial aid. This event is open to the public. Visit for a complete list of schools. For more information, call the Norcross High counseling department at 770-447-2648.

Centerville Elementary will host a Family Fun Event on Nov. 14 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Participants may shop at the school book fair, visit the winter wonderland for something sweet, or create something at the make-and-take table. In addition, there will be prizes and contests. For more information, call Media Specialist Kimberly Adcock at 770-982-6976.

J.P. McConnell Middle will host a Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers may purchase handmade student ornaments, crafts, one-of-a-kind items, and food. For more information, email Teresa Mistretta at, or call 770-318-4702.

The Centerville Elementary Media Center sponsored “READ- day or night” to remind students that they can enjoy reading at any time of the day. For the second year in a row, the lights have been turned off in the Media Center while students checked out books and read by flashlight throughout the week-long event. The calm setting and background music with “night noises” set the stage for some quiet, relaxing reading. For more information, call Media Specialist Kimberly Adcock at 770-982-6976.

Five Forks Middle hosted “Coming to America: Our Journey Together,” a family literacy night. Entertainment included dancing, poetry reading, storytelling, games, Tai-Chi, and more. Technology sessions were held in Spanish and the school’s Unity Quilt was displayed. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 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.

Nov. 15, 1 to 5 p.m., GIS Scavenger Hunt, $7 per adult, $3 per child, free for GEHC members
Students enjoy two fun activities. The Gwinnett County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department will lead a scavenger hunt using hand held GPS devices. In addition, learn how this technology is used in a variety of ways. The African Wild Conservation Lesson plan will be repeated during this time period. Activity is ideal for grades 6-8. Program minimum 10, maximum 20. Pre-register and pay by Nov. 12.

Nov. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Making Fossils, $2 per child
Kids, join us as you create your own fossils in this fun hands-on activity. Fossils are imprints of plants and animals that lived a long time ago and can be very small or big (like dinosaurs). Learn fun facts about paleontology. Center admission is an additional fee.

“GCPS Focus” Gwinnett takes a look at resources for English-language learners along with the benefits of extracurricular activities. CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks discusses the system’s recognition of American Education Week. Hear the announcement of our 2007-08 Teacher of the Year. This 30-min. 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.

“Colonial Williamsburg - Emissaries of Peace” During the turbulent era of the French and Indian War, the Cherokee people struggled to preserve their independence. Follow Cherokee leader Ostenaco and Virginian Henry Timberlake on their 1762 journey from Chota (the capital of the Cherokee nation) to Williamsburg and London in search of a lasting peace. This 60-min. program airs Nov. 12-17 at 1 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators, Level 2” This 10-part advanced Spanish language series is designed to help educators learn words and phrases relating to school rules, school personnel, giving directions, parent-teacher conferences, and more. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday, through January. A new class will air each week beginning on Monday.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through Dec. 25 on GCPS TV. This 60-minute program airs Mon.–Thurs. at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site--

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11/06/2007Two GCPS students compete at state with “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead” (pdf)
11/06/2007Educators group to present gift to Rockbridge Elementary students (pdf)
11/02/2007GCPS names its 2008 Teacher of the Year: Mandy Collins of McKendree Elementary (pdf)
11/02/2007Ga. DOE to honor Gwinnett’s Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools (pdf)

American Education Week is Nov. 11-17 and includes Principal for a Day activities.

Nov. 12-18 is National Children’s Book Week and Youth Appreciation Week.

National Community Education Day is Nov. 13.

Nov. 14-15 is early release for elementary and middle schools for parent-teacher conferences.

Nov. 21-23 are Thanksgiving holidays for schools (other GCPS locations Nov. 22-23.)

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Nov. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Date - Nov.
B.B. Harris Elementary
Berkeley Lake Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Centerville Elementary
Collins Hill High
Creekland Middle
Dacula Middle
Fort Daniel Elementary
Freeman's Mill Elementary
Harbins Elementary
J.E. Richards Middle
J.G. Dyer Elementary
Louise Radloff Middle
Lovin Elementary
Meadowcreek Elementary
Mountain Park Elementary
North Gwinnett High
Oakland School
Parkview High
Parsons Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
Rebecca Minor Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Sugar Hill Elementary
Sycamore Elementary
Trickum Middle
W.C. Britt Elementary
Walnut Grove Elementary