News You Can Use - 12/17/2007









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/17/2007 - 01/10/2008


FRIDAY
The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology will host an International Potluck Luncheon on Dec. 14 to celebrate different cultures from around the world. Each student will bring a dish that is unique to their own cultural background, or from a country the student researched. The dishes will be labeled with the country of origin, and the recipe. Students also will listen to music from around the world. For more information, call 678-473-6292.

The Duluth High Visual Arts Department is sponsoring a Fall Art Exhibit through Dec. 14. More than 800 works of art will be displayed around the school. Art teachers Cathy Croft, Jarred Ramsey, and Brooke Richards will oversee the event. For more information, call Dr. Marsha Hunter, media specialist at 770-232-3336.

HONORS
Student teams in Loretta Mirandola’s U.S. Government class at Grayson High earned “high score” recognition for panels during “We the People” state competition. Students responded to in-depth questions about constitutional issues. For more information, call 770-544-1071.

Frank Folds, Alton C. Crews Middle band director, and Mary Wilson and Hunter McRae, band directors at Lanier Middle, were recognized with a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association. Presented at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival earlier this month, the awards are presented to band directors of ensembles with a history of distinguished accomplishment. Both the Alton C. Crews MS Band and the Lanier MS 8th Grade Band were invited to perform at the festival.

UPCOMING
The Duluth Chamber Orchestra is going to the 61st annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. The orchestra will compete with approximately 13,000 band and orchestra teachers in attendance representing 50 states. The chamber orchestra is directed by Dr. Peter Lemonds, and Ms. Shawn Morton with guest conductor Ms. Danelle Keck. For more information, call 770-476-5206. (Photograph available upon request)

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Brookwood High held the annual Helping Hands and Hearts fundraiser to benefit needy families within the Brookwood Cluster. Sponsor and Brookwood Teacher of the Year Libby Atwell organized this fund raiser that raised $24,000. This year’s theme is “We Believe!” For more information, call Libby Atwell at 770-978-5088.

R.D. Head Elementary students wrote letters to soldiers during December. The students collected wrapped stocking stuffers for more than 100 children served by the Lilburn Cooperative. In addition, they will volunteer to sing at a local retirement home. Pictures available upon request. For more information, call 770-972-8050.

Rebecca Minor Elementary students in Daphne Carroll’s class are collecting teddy bears in response to reading the story “The Teddy Bear”. These bears will be donated to the Department of Family and Children Services. (Pictures available upon request.) For more information, call 770-925-9543.

During the month of December, Jennifer Klaas-Taylor’s classes at Brookwood Elementary will do a detailed book study of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Student activities for the book study include making books about Charles Dickens, sampling plum pudding and wassail, playing Victorian parlor games, and writing songs about the story characters. Students also will listen to a 1930’s radio version of the story and watch a movie of the story to compare to the book. For more information, call 770-736-4360.

Berkmar High students, staff, and community members are invited to participate in Project Warmth by decorating a “Giving Tree” with donations of mittens, socks, scarves, hats, and gloves throughout the month of December. Local charities will benefit from these donations. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

Mill Creek High Peer Leaders and Key Club members will sponsor the 4th annual toy drive during the month of December. The toys will be donated to The Bread of Life ministry in Lawrenceville. Last year more than 1,000 children received toys. For more information, call the school at 678-714-5850.

Culinary Arts students in the Grayson Technical Education Program will collect donations to make goodie baskets for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence. For more information, call Teacher Jennifer Booker at 770-554-1071.

Maxwell High students and staff are collecting items and gifts to donate to the Lawrenceville Quinn House. This is the 12th year Maxwell students have worked with the Quinn House. For more information call Jessica Stallings or Tricia Floyd at 770-963-6838.

Sheila Baird’s 5th grade students at Ivy Creek Elementary are making calendars for parents using writing and poetry skills. The writings will be illustrated and bound and presented to parents. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

Dr. Jacqueline Huffman’s North Gwinnett High DECA chapter is sponsoring Toys for Tots, a community service project, for schools in the North Gwinnett cluster and local businesses in the community. Last year, more than 5,000 toys were collected and distributed. This year’s goal is to collect 6,000 toys. Students work with the U.S. Marines on this project. DECA students are also working with the Buford Business Alliance to plan and host the Holiday Parade in downtown Buford. For more information, call 678-428-1025.

Mountain Park Elementary will host “North Pole Exposure,” a musical performed by students on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Students have transformed the school cafeteria into the North Pole by decorating with winter scenes. For more information, call Teacher Mandy Papenbrock at 770-921-2224.

Camp Creek Elementary 5th graders will perform a holiday musical on Dec. 17 and 18 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. both days. Each day will feature a different cast of students. For more information, call Media Specialist Linda Houghton at 770-806-3778.

Ivy Creek Elementary students will host a Colonial Christmas celebration on Dec. 18 beginning at 8:45 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Students will dress in period clothing and rotate to different activities that include making braided Christmas ornaments, designing a colonial toy, writing with a quill pen, making butter, creating stencil art, making spiced tea and marbled paper, and decorating gingerbread cookies. For more information, call Jackie Bullard at 678-714-3655.

Jessica Jones students at Chattahoochee Elementary will perform the holiday play “True Spirit of the Season” on Dec. 21 at 9 a.m. For more information, call 770-497-9907.

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.

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Dec. 26-29, Winter activities, free with paid admission
Water Pressure Gauge 11 a.m. -- Gravity works its force on everything on earth. In this activity gravity puts the pressure on water. Ages 7-10
Winter Walk 2 p.m. -- Ever wonder what is going on outside during the colder months? Join an educator as they explore trails during this seasonal change and see what you can find. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing. Meet at the ticket counter. Great for families! Walks will be adjusted according to audience.
Making Paper 3-4 p.m. -- Join us as we learn how to make paper by reusing scraps of paper. Be prepared to get a little messy during this experience. Ages 6-10
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Jan.5, 11 a.m. to noon, Mapping Your State’s Culture, free with paid admission
What is Georgia's culture? Come learn a little about the diversity of the state found in the areas of music, recreation, language, folktales and more. Participants will work together to create a small state scrapbook, or Georgia license tag for display at the center.

Jan. 5, 1 to 4 p.m. Earn a Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center patch, $6 per child
Do you want to earn the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Patch? Participate in hands-on activities and receive our special patch. (This program can be completed during the week, too.) Ages 6 to 10. Center admission included.

GCPS TV
“ArtStage: Sounds of the Season” GCPS TV is proud to present this special holiday program of student performances. This musical celebration is sure to delight the whole family. This 60-minute program airs Dec. 17-23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“North Gwinnett High School - 29th Annual American Education Week Celebration” A special presentation featuring highlights from the North Gwinnett High Community Breakfast Program, held during American Education Week. This 45 minute program airs Dec. 17-22 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 21-23 at 1 and 9 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 6. 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 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
Dec. 3-20 is the Georgia End-of-Course Test Window.

Early release for high school exams is Dec. 18-20.

Dec. 21-Jan. 2 students will be on Winter Break, with holidays Jan. 1 and 2. (Gwinnett offices closed Dec. 21-Jan. 1)

Jan. 2 is a teacher planning/professional learning day.

Students return to school Jan. 3.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 10, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Jan. 16 is the Grade 8 Writing Assessment.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Dec. and Jan. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
SchoolDecSchool
Jan
Annistown Elementary12/11Alford Elementary
1/15
Brookwood High12/4B.B. Harris Elementary
1/31
Camp Creek Elementary12/14Camp Creek Elementary
1/25
Dacula High12/7Cedar Hill Elementary
1/10
Fort Daniel Elementary12/7Centerville Elementary
1/16
Glenn C. Jones Middle12/13Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
1/11
Ivy Creek Elementary12/7Chattahoochee Elementary
1/15
Kanoheda Elementary12/7Collins Hill High
1/22
Mill Creek High12/11Corley Elementary
1/22
Norcross Elementary12/7Craig Elementary
1/28
Patrick Elementary12/7Dacula Elementary
1/25
R.L. Norton Elementary12/7Dacula High
1/25
Riverside Elementary12/11Duncan Creek Elementary
1/10
Rock Springs Elementary12/6Fort Daniel Elementary
1/4
Rockbridge Elementary12/12Frank N. Osborne Middle
1/18
Suwanee Elementary12/10Glenn C. Jones Middle
1/31
Sweetwater Middle12/13Grayson Elementary
1/18
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1/18
Harbins Elementary
1/24
Harmony Elementary
1/18
Henry Partee Elementary
1/24
J.C. Magill Elementary
1/11
J.G. Dyer Elementary
1/30
J.P. McConnell Middle
1/14
Lanier Middle
1/9
Lawrenceville Elementary
1/8
Lilburn Elementary
1/24
Lovin Elementary
1/31
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
1/30
Mulberry Elementary
1/3
Nesbit Elementary
1/31
Norcross High
1/10
Parkview High
1/22
Parsons Elementary
1/8
Peachtree Elementary
1/10
Pinckneyville Middle
1/24
Richard Hull Middle
1/11
Riverside Elementary
1/8
Rock Springs Elementary
1/10
Rockbridge Elementary
1/16
Shiloh Elementary
1/10
Simpson Elementary
1/4
Snellville Middle
1/10
South Gwinnett High
1/15
Sugar Hill Elementary
1/28
Suwanee Elementary
1/14
Sweetwater Middle
1/17
Sycamore Elementary
1/10
T. Carl Buice School
1/17
Trickum Middle
1/24
W.J. Cooper Elementary
1/7
Walnut Grove Elementary
1/17