News You Can Use - 03/14/2005

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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A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
03/14/2005 - 03/20/2005

The 2003-04 Parkview High yearbook staff was recognized by Taylor Publishing Company with an Award of Excellence for yearbook design of the school’s yearbook “Felis Concolor.” The award winning design will be featured in a publication used by advisers, editors, and designers for ideas. The efforts of last year's staff were also recognized with the Gold Medalist Award from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, a Superior Rating from Southern Interscholastic Press Association. and a First Class Honor Rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. Dr. Carol May is the yearbook adviser. Yearbook staff members include Jennifer Bellamy, Corey Black, Noelia Cuadrado, Azilee Davis, Courtney Ebert, Misha Ghaznavi, Sarah Johannaber, Lauren Johnston, Ellen Kirby, Anna Parker, Kirsten Pitcock, Shanee Toledano, Yaa Sarpong, and Emily Yates. For more information, call 770-921-2874.

The South Gwinnett High Chorus Ensemble, “Singers of South,” performed at the 17th Annual National Student Assistance Conference in Atlanta. The group was directed by Phillip Shoultz. Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt, South Gwinnett High counselor, was named to the Editorial Advisory Board for the Student Assistance Journal at the conference. Dr. Hunnicutt is a board member for the National Student Assistance Association. For more information, call 770-972-4840.

Carol Willliams of Lilburn Middle was published in “Curriculum Visions.” The article is a perspective on "Curriculum: A Journey Through Complexity, Community, Conversion, and Culmination," by Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore. For more information, call 770-921-1776.

The Collins Hill High girl’s basketball team won the 2005 state championship. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Meadowcreek Elementary was featured in the spring 2005 issue of “The Journal of Reading Recovery.” Meadowcreek was selected for its exemplary comprehensive literacy plan. The school has seven Reading Recovery teachers serving 1st graders who rank in the lower 20% of their class in reading. In addition, these teachers provide literacy support at every grade level. For more information, call Lisa Lang, GCPS Reading Recovery teacher leader, at 770-682-4196.

Alcova Elementary math students in Patty Cincotta’s class will participate in Pi Day activities in the math lab on March 14. Activities include hearing stories about pi, singing songs about pi, making necklaces, and eating pie. Students who have a “pi day” birthday will be honored on the school news, and the hall outside the math room is decorated for the event. For more information, call Patty Cincotta at 678-376-8500.

To celebrate Brookwood High’s 25th Anniversary, a hall of fame will be created to recognize former faculty and outstanding graduates of the school. The deadline for nominations is April 1. Nominees will be sent a packet of information to submit to the selection committee by May 16. Nominees must be former Brookwood High students who graduated more than five years ago, or a former faculty member who served at the school more than five years ago. For more information, call 770-972-7642.

Knight Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students will have the opportunity to meet Pam Alexander, a Georgia illustrator and publisher, on March 17. Ms. Alexander will share her “Yumion” books which feature the Vidalia onion and focus on Georgia attractions and places of interest. Ms. Alexander will also show students how books are made and how photographs are transformed into illustrations. After the presentation, she will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her books. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

The Norcross High Players will present the musical “Footloose” March 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 20 at 2 p.m. Preferred seating tickets are $9 and general seating tickets are $6. Call the Norcross High Drama Hotline at 770-447-2667 for more information.

Simonton Elementary will host a Community Night on March 17 at 5 p.m. The Local School Advisory Council will meet in the cafeteria. Simonton parents are welcome to join this group. While visiting the Media Center, students may check out books, use the computer, read stories, and play board games. The following classes will be offered: Parenting with Love and Logic; Promotion Requirements for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students; and Nurturing Intelligence in Your Child: Questions You May Ask When You Feel That Your Child is Gifted and Talented. For more information, call 770-513-6637.

Ivy Creek Elementary staff, students, PTA, and the Community School Health Council are invited to a “Sportacular” event on March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. The school track will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Community groups will present the following interactive sports and physical fitness programs: “How fast do you pitch?” (Renz Baseball), dance and bar demonstrations (Buford School of Ballet), “Come and volley!” (Magnolia Racquet Club), “Cheer on teachers and students!” (Ivy Creek volleyball), Practice football drills (Mill Creek Athletic Association), “Catch the Mill Creek spirit!” (Mill Creek High Cheerleaders), “Get Fired Up!” (Mill Creek High Band), “Rethink Food Choices!” (Blood Pressure Checks), “Kick it up a notch!” (Choi Kwan Do), and “Want to Learn How to Fly?” (Gymnastics Training Center). In case of rain, the event will be held on March 20, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, call 678-714-3655.

Kanoheda Elementary will host its 9th Annual International Festival on March 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. Educational displays and activities representing 11 countries will be located throughout the building. Live music will be provided by a Middle Eastern band. Kanoheda’s Student Gumboot Team also will perform. Authentic food from other countries will be provided by Harry’s Farmer’s Market, Coconut Grove Jamaican Restaurant, and Monterrey’s Mexican Restaurant. As visitors take their passports to each country, they will be given a sample taste of that country’s cuisine. Students and parents will participate in a fashion show, featuring dress from more than 30 countries. For more information, please call Shelaine Watson in the Kanoheda Parent Center at 770-376-8647.

Lawrenceville Elementary will host an “International Night Celebration” on March 18 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The evening will showcase Folkloric Columbian dancers, a group of dancers from Argentina performing the Tango Rio, and a parade featuring native dress. Free samples of food from around the world will be available to taste. For more information, call 770-963-1813.

Grayson Elementary students will present the play “Wonderland” at on March 18 and 19 at 7 p.m., and March 20 at 3 p.m. in the Grayson Elementary gym. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-963-7189.

Tricia Harris, Knight Elementary art teacher, will host an art show for grades 3-5 beginning March 21, the night of the 3rd grade PTA program. Children’s artwork will be displayed in the main, entry, and intermediate hallways. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

The Berkmar High PTSA will host “It Can Happen to You!” This driver education awareness presentation for teens and parents is set for March 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and a brief meeting, followed by the program. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

A group of Mountain Park Elementary 3rd graders will host a book reception on March 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the media center. Students are reading “well used” library books, taking Accelerated Reader quizzes, and writing book summaries. The students will make new book covers in art class and are creating invitations for their parents and friends to attend the reception where the “new” books will be displayed. For more information, call media specialist Shari Warren at 770-931-7063.

Simonton Elementary is offering English classes for adults. The two sessions are held on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. and Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. Both sessions are held in the media center and will run through the remainder of the school year. Snacks and free childcare are provided. Call Biljana Cepic at 678-985-4913 or Maria Minue at 770-513-6681 for more information.

“Achieving Excellence-Inside Georgia Schools with Kathy Cox” GCPS TV is reairing this news and information show from the State Department of Education which focuses on issues in education throughout Georgia schools. Included in this segment are a visit with Susan Ralstin, Kanoheda Elementary teacher and 2004 Milken Family Foundations National Educator Award winner; and a video submission from Brooksood High students, “Part Time Work.” The program will air on GCPS TV March 21-27 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 11 p.m.

“Education News Parents Can Use-Art Education: Improving Students’ Academic Performance” The March edition of Education News will feature educators and community leaders who are dedicated to ensuring that all children have a chance to learn and explore the arts. This 60-minute program airs live March 15 at 8 p.m.

“For Ready Money-Colonial Williamsburg EFT” Join a young merchant apprentice as he learns his lessons in money and accounts. Just as today, everyone in colonial America from gentleman to slave had access to coins, bills, notes, and credit. Discover how a colonial economy worked. This 60-min. program airs March 17 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 1)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 1) is a video telecourse designed to teach beginning English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 1 is scheduled to air through March 22 on GCPS TV. The 60-minute program airs Monday–Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 1 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 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--

March is Music in Our Schools Month, National Middle Level Education Month, and National Nutrition Month, Women’s History Month, Social Work Month, and Youth Art Month.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., April 14, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

March 25 is a student and teacher holiday.

March 29-31 are test dates for the Georgia High School Graduation Test.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during March. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
Name of schoolMarPhone numberName of schoolMarPhone number
Alford Elementary17-Mar678-924-5300Lanier MiddleMarch770/945-8419
Alton C. Crews Middle7-Mar770/982-6940Lawrenceville ElementaryMarch770/963-1813
Annistown Elementary770/979-2950Lilburn ElementaryMarch770/921-7707
Arcado ElementaryMarch770/925-2100Lilburn MiddleMarch770/921-1776
B. B. Harris Elementary770/476-2241Mason Elementary11-Mar770/232-3370
Beaver Ridge ElementaryMarch770/447-6307McConnell Middle28-Mar770/554-1000
Benefield ElementaryMarch770/962-3771McKendree Elementary4-Mar678/377-8933
Berkeley Lake Elementary17-Mar770/446-0947Meadowcreek Elementary770/931-5701
Berkmar HighMarch770/921-3636Meadowcreek HighMarch770/381-9680
Bethesda Elementary15-Mar770/921-2000Mountain Park Elementary770/921-2224
Brookwood Elementary28-Mar770/736-4360Nesbit ElementaryMarch770/414-2740
Brookwood High24-Mar770/972-7642Norcross ElementaryMarch770/448-2188
Camp Creek Elementary11-Mar770/921-1626Norcross High10-Mar770/448-3674
Cedar Hill Elementary3-Mar770/962-5015North Gwinnett High15-Mar770/945-9558
Centerville Elementary770/972-2220Norton ElementaryMarch770/985-1933
Central Gwinnett High14-Mar770/963-8041Oakland CenterMarch770/513-6800
Chattahoochee ElementaryMarch770/497-9907Parkview High770/921-2874
Chesney Elementary4-Mar678-542-2300Parsons Elementary30-Mar678/957-3050
Collins Hill HighMarch770/682-4100Partee ElementaryMarch770/982-6920
Cooper Elementary770/554-7050Peachtree ElementaryMarch770/448-8710
Corley Elementary678-924-5330Peachtree Ridge HighMarch678/957-3100
Craig Elementary770/978-5560Pharr Elementary770/985-0244
Creekland Middle24-Mar770/338-4700Pinckneyville Middle15-Mar770/263-0860
Dacula Elementary4-Mar770/963-7174R.D. Head Elementary9-Mar770/972-8050
Dacula High18-Mar770/963-6664Rebecca Minor ElementaryMarch770/925-9543
Dacula MiddleMarch770/963-1110Richard Hull Middle11-Mar770/232-3200
Duluth High770/476-5206Riverside Elementary8-Mar678/482-1000
Duluth Middle8-Mar770/476-3372Rock Springs ElementaryMarch770/932-7474
Duncan Creek Elementary10-Mar678/714-5800Rockbridge Elementary10-Mar770/448-9363
Five Forks Middle770/972-1506Shiloh ElementaryMarch770/985-6883
Fort Daniel Elementary4-Mar770/932-7400Shiloh High15-Mar770/972-8471
Freeman's Mill ElementaryMarch678/377-8955Shiloh MiddleMarch770/972-3224
GIVE CenterMarch770/338-4898Simonton ElementaryMarch770/513-6637
Grayson ElementaryMarch770/963-7189Simpson Elementary7-Mar770/417-2400
Grayson HighMarch770/554-1071Snellville MiddleMarch770/972-1530
Gwin Oaks Elementary11-Mar770/972-3110South Gwinnett High15-Mar770/972-4840
Harbins Elementary15-Mar770/682-4270Stripling Elementary770/582-7577
Harmony Elementary770/945-7272Sugar Hill Elementary3-Mar770/945-5735
Hopkins ElementaryMarch770/564-2661Summerour Middle5-Mar770/448-3045
Ivy Creek Elementary678/714-3655Suwanee Elementary770/945-5763
J. G. Dyer Elementary14-Mar770/963-6214Sweetwater MiddleMarch770/923-4131
J.C. Magill ElementaryMarch770/554-1030Sycamore Elementary8-Mar678/714-5770
J.E. Richards Middle770/995-7133T. Carl Buice CenterMarch770/271-5060
Jackson Elementary20-Mar770/682-4200Trickum Middle9-Mar770/921-2705
K. E. Taylor ElementaryMarch770/338-4680W. C. Britt Elementary24-Mar770/972-4500
Kanoheda Elementary770/682-4221Walnut Grove Elementary31-Mar770/513-6892
Knight Elementary770/921-2400