News You Can Use - 09/29/2008









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
09/29/2008 - 10/05/2008


FRIDAY
GCPS schools are participating in a Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services county-wide food drive through Oct. 3. Donations will be picked up at participating schools on Oct. 3 and delivered to local food pantries in Gwinnett. For more information call Nicole Love, associate director of Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, at 770-995-3339.

HONORS
GCPS has several art teachers selected to have their personal artwork exhibited on Nov. 6 at the Georgia Art Education Association Juried Member's Exhibit 2008 Professional Learning Conference in Athens, GA. These teachers are Zane Brock of Harmony Elementary, Karen Campbell of Collins Hill High, Dallas Gillespie of Frank N. Osborne Middle, Sue Grigalunas of J.C. Magill Elementary, Vickie Johnson of Central Gwinnett High, Eleanor Neal of Shiloh High, Lauren Phillips of Norcross Elementary, and Debi West of North Gwinnett High. A reception for these teachers will take place on Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lyndon House in Athens. For more information, call Robert Andrews, director of fine arts at 678-301-7004.

Teacher Eleanor Neal of Shiloh High won the Elizabeth Catlett Printmaking Award at the 2008 New Power Generation Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibit earned national media coverage in the African American Art Reviewmagazine. For more information, call 770-972-8471.

GCPS high school students Mia Crayton, Michael Gargiulo, Onyee Ijebuonwu, Fidel Montiel, Rachel Peckham, and Zain Somani were selected by the University of Georgia to attend the Georgia Society of CPAs 2008 High School Residency Program held this summer. The three-day residency program included speakers with a variety of experiences in the accounting profession, including representatives of the University of Georgia and Georgia Southern University accounting staff, industry professionals, and large firms along with interactive workshops designed to give students hands-on experience with accounting issues. For more information, email Sandi Iverson of the business and technology department sandi_iverson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Mill Creek High violists Jarred Cook, Conner Leydecker, and Dominique Gaiter were selected by competitive audition to be members of the 2008-09 Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Richard Pryor. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

Sweetwater Middle students Lizbeth Pena and Kimberly Craddock had their artwork displayed at the Georgia Art Educators Association Fall Conference Quilt. These students were chosen along with six other students from more than 200 entries in the state. Lizbeth’s entry earned an honorable citation as an Exceptional Entry. For more information, call 770-923-4131.

UPCOMING
The Brookwood High PTA will host “Ignorance is No Defense: A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law” on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Former DeKalb County district attorney J. Tom Morgan will speak candidly about Georgia’s criminal laws regarding sex, alcohol, drugs, and theft. Parents and students are invited to attend. The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary book written by Mr. Morgan. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Duluth High will present a “Noche de la Comunidad Latina”, a community night, on Oct. 9 at 6:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. School information will be shared in Spanish. Food and beverages will be served, and there will be musical entertainment. For more information call 770-476-3372.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ACTIVITIES:Sweetwater Middle has several activities and celebrations planned for Hispanic Heritage Month which runs through Oct. 15. Activities include decorating bulletin boards and displaying posters to represent the different regions represented by Spanish-speaking students. Announcements will inform students about the regions displayed on the bulletin boards, and there will be a daily trivia question, which can be answered by students. Fridays will be ‘theme’ days where students can wear clothing matching the colors of the flag of their heritage; wear traditional clothing native to the student’s culture; dress in a color to support unity; and wear a favorite shirt or jersey on sports day. There will be a student designed postage stamp contest and three International Nights. For more information, call Counselor Evelyn Chatters or Teacher Kristen Pariseau at 770-931-7083.

The Duluth High Center-Stage Alliance Theater presents “Over the River and Through the Woods” Oct. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $6 from Teacher Vanette Vedder at the school and will be sold at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performances. Visit www.dhstheater.com for more information.

The Duluth High Orchestra is sponsoring the annual “Cow Patty Bingo” fundraiser. Admission tickets may be purchased from orchestra students for $5 each. Activities will include a dunk tank and other games, and a chance to win $1,000 from the winning ticket along with other $100 prizes. The Cow will be released on the baseball field on Oct 18 at 1:30 p.m. to choose the winning number from a grid. Proceeds will benefit the Duluth High String Orchestra Alliance which benefits students through scholarships, awards, letters, performance opportunities, music equipment, and instruments. For more information call 770-476-5206.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
09/24/2008PSAT scores qualify nine Gwinnett seniors for National Achievement Scholarship Program (pdf)
09/23/2008Queen Elizabeth II invites Mill Creek High students, representative to make official invitation during October 3 ceremony (pdf)
09/19/2008Julianne Chambliss to visit one of the healthiest schools in the nation: Gwinnett’s W.C. Britt Elementary (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Democracy in America” This Annenberg video course in civics, covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The Civics Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The 15 half-hour video programs, hosted by national television correspondent Renee Poussaint, and related print and web site materials provide teachers with both cognitive and experiential learning in civics education. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 29 through Oct. 9 at 11 a.m.

Parentvision: Teen Issues for Concerned Parents” This new series of programs, hosted by Collins Hill High Counselor and Graduation Coach Margaret Cheeley, explores topics relating to raising teens in the 21st century. Each episode takes an in-depth look at this “millennial” generation, and helps parents understand the issues facing teens today. The fourth program in this series includes the Connect With Kids (CWK) Network program"A Matter of Degree," and airs Sept. 29 through Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators - Level 1” This 10-part GCPS original series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially for educators and other school employees. Viewers will learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. Each Monday, a new segment will air at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. repeating daily through Sunday in those time slots. The series runs through October 26.

“French in Action” This Annenberg Media series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz’s proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and background. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman’s adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz’s on-camera instruction. This 60-min. program airs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. and 9 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 and 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs through Oct. 15.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., October 9, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in September and October. Call the local school for the time and location.
    School
Sept
School
Oct
    Peachree Ridge High
9/29
Berkeley Lake Elementary
10/16
    Corley Elementary
9/30
Berkmar Middle
10/9
    Level Creek Elementary
9/30
Central Gwinnett High
10/14
    Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
9/30
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
10/17
Craig Elementary
10/27
Dacula Elementary
10/17
Dacula High
10/17
Dacula Middle
10/14
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
10/17
Duluth High
10/21
Fort Daniel Elementary
10/3
Glenn C. Jones Middle
10/30
Gwin Oaks Elementary
10/3
Harmony Elementary
10/31
Henry Partee Elementary
10/25
J.C. Magill Elementary
10/3
J.G. Dyer Elementary
10/29
J.P. McConnell Middle
10/6
K.E. Taylor Elementary
10/17
Lawrenceville Elementary
10/8
Level Creek Elementary
10/21
Lilburn Elementary
10/23
Mill Creek High
10/14
Norcross Elementary
10/17
Norcross High
10/9
North Gwinnett High
10/7
Parkview High
10/28
Parsons Elementary
10/2
Peachree Ridge High
10/27
R.D. Head Elementary
10/8
R.L. Norton Elementary
10/31
Riverside Elementary
10/7
Shiloh Elementary
10/16
Simonton Elementary
10/7
Simpson Elementary
10/31
Snellville Middle
10/9
Sugar Hill Elementary
10/6
Suwanee Elementary
10/7
Sweetwater Middle
10/9
Sycamore Elementary
10/7
T. Carl Buice School
10/7
Walnut Grove Elementary
10/16

UPCOMING EVENTS AT GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER
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 www.gwinnettEHC.com or call 770-904-3500.

Oct. 4, 11 to 11:45 a.m. or 2 to 2:45 p.m., Rain Barrel Workshop, $40/barrel
Learn how rain barrels can help you lower water bills and provide chemical-free water for your gardens, ponds, bird baths and flower beds during water restrictions and year round. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to make their own Rain Barrel. Registration required by Sept. 13 for an 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. session, limited to 20 participants at each session. This is part of the Green Living Series, teachers may receive PLU credit.

Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., Heritage Hike, $9 per adult, $5 per student (includes center admission)
Join our program specialist as you are led on a hike along trails to learn about the inhabitants of this area. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

October 11, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Composting Workshop, $5 per person
Participants have the opportunity to learn more about composting, how to make it, and the different methods that can be used. Composting is an effective way to naturally feed your lawn and plants and reuse the leaves and other matter you may currently dispose of. There are several benefits including soil improvement which leads to smaller use of chemicals, retains moisture in soil and alleviates the amount of waste going to landfills. Kids can participant in Compost in a Cup. Please register by September 20. This program is limited to 30 participants. This is part of our Green Living Series, teachers may receive PLU credit.

October 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Club Method, $5 per student
Spend your Saturday with Club Method taking an exciting approach to environmental involvement. Through the use of environmental challenges, teens will gain valuable team-building skills, develop problem solving skills, and have the opportunity to participate in club only programs such as job training, off trail hikes, and community service hours. Registration is required by September 20, limited to 25 students.

October 11, 1 to 2 p.m., Nature Kids-Up and Down Hike, $5 per kid
Hike up and down our hilly trails and enjoy the seasonal changes in the environment. While we wander, we’ll borrow a few leaves to make a leaf print. Registration is required by September 20 and is limited to 15 kids.