News You Can Use - 12/04/2006

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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/04/2006 - 12/10/2006

Rebecca Minor Elementary teacher Laura Magner presented at the National Association for Gifted Children Conference in Charlotte, NC. The presentation was titled “Reaching All Students Through Differentiated Assessment: The 2*5*8 Plan.” The “Plan” can be used in grades K-12 and is designed to offer students a choice in their assessment as well as activities aligned to their knowledge level. For more information, call 770-925-9543.

GCPS director of standards and communication Christopher Wells presented at the National School Board Association Technology + Learning Conference in Dallas, TX. The title of the presentation was “Don’t Click on That! The Ins and Outs of Technology Policies and Procedures.” For more information, call 678-301-6513.

The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter at Grayson High Technical Education Program and Parkview High each received a grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The grant will be used to cover teen driving issues and highway safety. Additionally, the Grayson SADD chapter will send its president and advisor to a statewide leadership-training program this fall. For more information, call Lawrence Finocchi at 770-554-1071.

Rock Springs Elementary will host a visit from author Diane Z. Shore on Dec. 1. Ms. Shore will share her book, “Bus-A-Saurus Bop” with students. For more information, call 770-932-7474.

Illustrator Pam Alexander will visit Gwin Oaks Elementary on Dec. 4, Norcross Elementary on Dec. 5, and Harbins Elementary on Dec. 7. Ms. Alexander, a former teacher, has illustrated three books about Georgia in the Yumion series. For more information, call the local school.

Author Gail Karwoski will visit Norcross Elementary Dec. 3-5. She will share her book “Surviving Jamestown” with students. For more information, call 770-448-2188.

Peachtree Ridge High will host “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous,” the school’s 2nd annual fashion show, on Dec. 6 from 7-9 the commons area. The show is presented by the school's Fashion Marketing class and DECA, an organization sponsoring marketing education programs, and will take place in the commons area. Student models will depict celebrities featuring clothes courtesy of local clothing stores. A drawing will take place for prizes. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the school for $5 through the Dec. 6, and at the door for $7. Proceeds will benefit the school’s DECA program and the “Make A Wish” Foundation. For more information, call Yolanda Bell at 678-957-3100.

Harbins Elementary students participated in Heifer International’s Read to Feed program. By meeting the goal of reading 10,000 books in 10 weeks, students were able to raise $1,000 to purchase 2 cows for needy families. Heifer International provides needy families worldwide with an animal and the training to care for it. The offspring of that animal is passed on to another family. For photos, call Sue Peterson at 678-301-6020. For more information, call 770-682-4270.

The South Gwinnett High Comets In Action organization teamed with the Beta Club for a canned food drive. Students collected canned foods from a Snellville neighborhood and delivered them to a local TV station’s canned food drive. For more information, call Kaitlyn Gosman at 770-972-4840.

“ArtStage - Peter and the Wolf” - The musical fairytale “Peter and the Wolf” comes to life this week on GCPS TV’s ArtStage. The Brookwood High Dance Department and Honor Orchestra combine their talents to bring you this timeless children's classic. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 4-9 at 2 and 8 p.m.

“Eruption! An Island Rising from the Sea - Ball State Electronic Field Trip”- Awaiting your discovery is the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and a legacy of Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here, students will get to see lava up close and learn of its impact and eruption into the sky. This 60-min. program airs live, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.

“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 Dec. 10 on GCPS TV. A new 60-minute class airs daily Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m., and repeats 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 678-301-6460, or e-mail A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site--

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11/17/2006Twelve Gwinnett schools recognized for reducing student achievement gap (pdf)
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Dec. 7-20 is the Georgia End-of-Course Test Window.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 14, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Dec. 18, 19, and 20 are early release days for high school exams.

Dec. 21-Dec. 29 is winter break, with student holidays Jan. 1 and 2. Students return to school on Jan. 3.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during December. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
    Annistown Elementary
    Berkmar Middle
    Camp Creek Elementary
    Centerville Elementary
    Dacula Elementary
    Dacula High
    Fort Daniel Elementary
    Henry Partee Elementary
    Norcross Elementary
    R.D. Head Elementary
    Riverside Elementary
    Rockbridge Elementary
    T. Carl Buice School