News You Can Use - 01/23/2006

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
01/23/2006 - 01/29/2006

Cedar Hill Elementary will host motivational speaker Milton Creagh on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-377-8980.

On Jan. 12, the Gwinnett County Association of Educators and the Gwinnett Daily Postco-sponsored five School Board District Spelling Bees at various locations around the county. Thirty-one participants from the School Board District bees will move on to the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee, which will be held on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at Mill Creek High. The top 11 students from the Gwinnett County bee will compete in the state's District 3 bee at Collins Hill High on Feb. 25. The top two spellers from District 3 will go on to the state bee at Georgia State University on March 24. For a complete list of participants, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020.

J.P. McConnell Middle teachers Shannon Penick, Missy Purcell, Mary Kay Pursley, and Tennille Rushin and Assistant Principal Devon Williams presented “Pumping Up Your Literacy Program” at the 2005 Blueprint for Excellence Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. The group earned the Lighthouse School Award on behalf of the school’s teachers and staff. For more information, call 770-554-1000.

Beth Arnow, Director of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the International Newcomer Center, and Carmen Pico, Title III program specialist in the ESOL Office, co-presented A Systematic Approach to the Instruction of English Language Learners,” at the Office of English Language Acquisition Summit in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 678-301-7006.

A number of Gwinnett students earned Silver Key and Gold Key awards during the 2006 Scholastic Art Awards, sponsored by the Atlanta College of Art. Gold Key winners will advance to national competition.
Gold - Katie Brearley, Brookwood High
Gold - Bertha Escoto, Norcross High
Gold - Erin Freeman, North Gwinnett High
Gold - Jessica Raboud, North Gwinnett High
Gold - Christopher Richardson, Phoenix High
Gold - Jennifer Hood, Brookwood High
Gold - Jairo Gustavo Romero, Phoenix High
Silver - Robin Skelley, Brookwood High
Silver - Sarah David, North Gwinnett High
Silver - Christie Vergona, North Gwinnett High
Silver - India Camille Johnson, Norcross High
Silver - Alex Kaas, North Gwinnett High
Silver - Lindsey Lavin, Brookwood High
Silver - Kristi McKnight, North Gwinnett High
Silver - Maria Nozzi, Brookwood High
For more information call Robert Andrews, director of fine arts, at 678-301-7004.

Shiloh Cluster counselors will sponsor “No Parent Left Behind” on Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Shiloh High. The topics for the evening include Internet Bullying/Internet Safety, The Role of the School Counselor in Elementary, Middle and High School, and Skills Needed to Be Successful in Life. A free pizza dinner will be served and door prizes awarded from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Child care will be provided for children ages 3-10. For additional information, please call Annistown Elementary at 770-979-2950.

Level Creek Elementary will host a Carnivale Night on Jan. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 and entitles participants to popcorn, unlimited games, cotton candy and Mardi Gras beads. There will be a silent auction, a live auction, and a parade. Dinner will be available for purchase from 5 to 7 p.m. All proceeds will go the Level Creek Science Lab. For more information, call Angela Thee at 770-932-4950 or e-mail

Rock Springs Elementary will sponsor a Wellness Fair on Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Forty local companies have been invited to present information on health and wellness to students, parents, and faculty. For more information, call Chris Turner at 770-932-7476.

Harbins Elementary will sponsor the school’s First Annual FAR (Fathers as Readers) Night on Jan. 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in pre-k through 5th grade and their fathers (uncles, grandfathers, etc.) are invited to meet in the cafeteria for cookies and cocoa and then proceed to the media center for reading time. Students may wear their pajamas and slippers. For more information, e-mail Wrae Croom

Duncan Creek Elementary will open their student run bookstore on Feb. 3rd. The Book Shop will be open every Friday from 8:20 to 8:50 a.m. Fourth grade students will run the bookstore under the management of teacher Melanie Mount. Books will be offered at a reasonable price to students. For more information, call Melanie Mount, Duncan Creek Elementary reading specialist at 678-714-5800.

The Central Gwinnett Cluster Annual Witzzle Pro Math Tournament will be held at Cedar Hill Elementary on Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. More than 100 students from cluster schools— Cedar Hill Elementary , Margaret Winn Holt Elementary, and Simonton Elementary— will be competing in solving challenging math puzzles called Witzzles.

“Just where is that Zero-G Room?” (E3 Electronic Field Trip) The World Year of Physics, Space Center Houston, and NASA have teamed up to bring the weightless world to the classroom. Fly inside NASA's C-9, a plane that does a roller coaster ride in the sky. Zip up your flight suit and leave behind your preconceived notions of weightlessness and microgravity to celebrate Einstein's 100th anniversary with an in-depth look at physics at work… in and out of this world! This 90-min. program airs Jan. 23-29 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Author in You - Michael Austin” This illustrator's energetic, edgy, and breathtakingly vivid drawings illuminate the pages of several award-winning books, including the 2004 Children's Choice winner “Late for School,” and a 2003 Georgia Children’s Picture Book nominee “The Horned Toad Prince.” Learn how Mr. Austin balances a full-time career as a local art director and his work as a children's book author/illustrator. This 30-min. program airs Jan. 23-28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” A GCPS TV original series, this 10-part program 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., repeating daily through Sunday in that time slot. The series runs through March 19.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air through Feb. 9. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and is repeated at 1 a.m. On Sunday, viewers can see the week’s programs from noon 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:
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--

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February 8 and 9 are early release days for elementary and middle school students for parent-teacher conferences.

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

Feb. 20 is a snow make-up day and school will be in session.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Berkmar Middle
Brookwood Elementary
Brookwood High
Buice Center
Central Gwinnett
Dacula High
Duncan Creek
Five Forks
Grayson Elementary
Level Creek
Lilburn Middle
Mountain Park
North Gwinnett
Shiloh Middle