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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
04/04/2011 - 04/10/2011
Parents and community members are invited to the second 2011 Area Board Meeting on March 31-- District III --- Hosted by Board member Dr. Mary Kay Murphy at Norcross High. District III includes all or part of the Duluth, Norcross, and Peachtree Ridge clusters, including GIVE Center West, Gwinnett Online Campus, and Monarch School.
The Dacula Cluster schools will present a Choral Concert on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula. This is the fourth year for community members to enjoy an evening of music performed by the Dacula Cluster schools. For more information, call Beth Warzon, Alcova Elementary music teacher at 678-376-8500.
South Gwinnett High will host the school’s fourth annual International Festival and Puppet Show on April 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $7.50. Attendees will enjoy the production of “Billy Goats Gruff and other Stuff” performed by All Hands Productions. All Hands Productions is dedicated to bringing quality puppet productions to children and their parents. This event is sponsored by Comets United and the South Gwinnett High Beta Club. For more information, call 770-972-4840.
South Gwinnett High will host a Chess Championship for all interested GCPS high school students on April 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to bring proof of attendance at a Gwinnett County public high school. The tournament will be held in the Cafeteria/Commons area at the school. There is no charge for the event. Pre-register by e-mailing Teacher Kirk Buis at Kirk_buis@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. Open registration is from 8:30-8:45 a.m. on April 16th.
The Peachtree Ridge Cluster Schools along with the Peachtree Ridge Foundation will team up with the Gwinnett Braves for Ridge Night at Cool Ray Field on April 28. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at all schools beginning March 25 for $12. Proceeds will benefit Relay For Life. For more information contact Jane Denton at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Telling Stories - Lois Lowry” Two-time Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry shares her inspiration for writing, the universal themes in her stories that deal with human connections— relationships between people and their impact on the world— and how she translates her ideas to the page. The award-winning author also discusses her versatility as a writer from her futuristic settings to her colorful characters and the stories they tell. This 60-minute program airs this week at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
“The Author in You - Writer's Toolbox: Carmen Deedy” “New York Times” best-selling children’s author Carmen Deedy joins a group of Cedar Hill Elementary students for a lively discussion on her books and inspirations for writing. This 15-minute program airs this week at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: 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 email@example.com. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.
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General information on high school summer school registration
Summer session is available for students who need to make up a class or want to get ahead, including rising 9th graders who may take designated classes. All classes have a fee. Learn more about summer school on the GCPS website.
Dates: June 14–July 13 (July 4 holiday, M-Th)
Locations: Central Gwinnett High, Mill Creek High, and Shiloh High
Register: Online registration (VISA/Mastercard credit or debit card, e-check) will be held May 9–June 7 at www.gcpssummerschool.com.Students attending face-to-face classes also may register in person (cash or money order only) at Central Gwinnett High on June 4. All out-of-county students must register on June 4 at Central Gwinnett.
Dates: June 13–July 11 or 12 (July 4 holiday, M-Th)
Location: A reliable computer with an Internet connection (daily access required). Note: Final exams require face-to-face meeting. Some courses require materials pick-up June 8 or 9. Health, PE, and science classes require face-to-face meetings for labs and/or tests.
Register: Register online (VISA/Mastercard credit or debit card, e-check) at www.gwinnettonlinecampus.com between May 9 and June 3.
Elementary and Middle School Summer School…
Elementary and middle school students who need more time and opportunity to learn will have that option during Gwinnett’s free Academic Summer School. Qualifying students in grades 3–8 would be recommended for the 15-day session if they have not met requirements for promotion to the next grade— passing required sections of the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for grades 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8; or passing core classes for 6th graders. Participating students will take a retest at the end of summer school to determine placement for 2011–12. Students will attend summer classes Monday through Thursday for three weeks, starting June 20 and ending July 14, with July 4 as a holiday. Summer school students will not attend classes on Fridays. Parents of qualifying students will receive additional information from their student’s school later this spring.
The schedule is set for the Gwinnett County Board of Education’s annual Area Board Meetings, a time of year when School Board members meet in their local districts. These meetings, which are in addition to the regular monthly Board meeting, are an opportunity for the five Board members to meet in their district, share information, and hear from their local constituents. The program includes CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks’ annual update on the state of the school district, which focuses on the system’s accomplishments, challenges, and continuous efforts to raise student achievement. The Area Board Meetings are held by School Board district, but the public is invited to attend any of the meetings. All Area Board Meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the host school’s theater. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.
April 12-- District IV --- Hosted by Board Chairman Dr. Robert McClure at Brookwood High.
District IV includes all or part of the Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh, and South Gwinnett clusters.
April 14-- District V --- Hosted by Board Vice Chairman Louise Radloff at Berkmar High.
District V includes all or portions of the Berkmar, Brookwood, Meadowcreek, and Parkview clusters.
April 19-- District I --- Hosted by Board member Carole Boyce at Grayson High.
District I includes all or portions of the Berkmar; Brookwood; Central Gwinnett; Collins Hill; Dacula; Grayson; Meadowcreek, Mill Creek, Mountain View, and South Gwinnett clusters; including GIVE Center East; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Hooper Renwick School; Maxwell High School of Technology; Oakland Meadow School; and Phoenix High.
April is National Poetry Month, School Library Media Month, and Occupational Therapy Month.
April 2 is International Children’s Book Day.
April 4-8 is Spring Break (school holidays).
April 8 is a systemwide spring holiday for GCPS. All locations will be closed.
A regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., April 21, 2011, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW in Suwanee.
April 22 is a snow make-up day— school in session.
April 29 is National Arbor Day.
The following schools will hold School Council meetings in April. Call the local school for the time and location.
|Beaver Ridge Elementary|
|Camp Creek Elementary|
|Cedar Hill Elementary|
|Central Gwinnett High|
|Five Forks Middle|
|Gwin Oaks Elementary|
|Henry Partee Elementary|
|Ivy Creek Elementary|
|Louise Radloff Middle|
|Margaret Winn Holt Elementary|
|Mason Jr. Elementary|
|Mill Creek High|
|Mountain Park Elementary|
|North Gwinnett High|
|Rebecca Minor Elementary|
|South Gwinnett High|
|Walnut Grove Elementary|
|Woodward Mill Elementary|
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. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at http://www.gwinnettehc.org/ or call 770-904-3500.
|Your House My House||April 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|All Through the Years Spring Break Camp||April 4 through April 8|
|Your House, My House Malaysia||April 4, 5, 6, 8|
|Fun on the Farm||April 6|
|History & Herbs||April 9|