News You Can Use - 12/18/2006









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
12/18/2006 - 01/11/2007


Note: News You Can Use… will return Jan. 11, 2007.

THIS SATURDAY
On Dec. 16, Mill Creek High community members are invited to participate in “Donner’s Dash,” a cross country 5K race and fun run in memory of former teacher June Fitzgerald. The one-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 9 a.m. Advance registration is $12 for the 1 mile race, $15 for the 5K race, and $50 for a family of four. Proceeds will be donated to a trust fund for June’s daughter, Faith. Visit www.millcreekrunnign.netfor a race entry form. For more information, email Kris Mayer at eleveninc817@yahoo.com,or Lisa Foy at lisa_foy@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

HONORS
The Glenn C. Jones Middle Honor Band, directed by Dr. Tonya Millsap, performed at the University of Georgia Middle School Band Festival in Athens. Dr. Richard Holland, principal, served as emcee for the program. The band was one of two bands in the state invited to perform at this prestigious event. Dr. Millsap accepted a Citation of Excellence from The National Band Association. This award is given to an individual whose ensemble has a history of a distinguished level of accomplishment and who has made a significant contribution to the field of band music. For more information, call 770-904-5450.

Rebecca Minor Elementary students from Patty Grindo’s FOCUS class presented at the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) Christmas Party fundraiser as part of the Environment as an Integrating Context (EIC) for learning program. The CPF supports hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12, encouraging innovative activities that empower children around the world to work individually and collectively as environmental stewards. Rebecca Minor has been an EIC school for the past three years. The Captain Planet Foundation has supported the school’s program with grant money. For more information, call 770-972-1506.

Duluth High students Steven Lau and Maryia Lu received Outstanding Reporter Awards at the Model United Nations Conference at Georgia State University. Twenty eight Duluth High students attended the conference, serving as delegates to the countries of Belgium, the Republic of Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Steven and Maryia were responsible for reporting on the activities of the various United Nations committees and publishing two newspapers during the conference. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) selected a GCPS student to present a segment of “Great American Moments.” Gabrielle Mirville of Parkview High is one of 23 students selected from a pool of 500 to present. For having a participant, Parkview received a check for $250 from TBS Public Affairs to use towards educational programs and equipment. For more information, call 770-921-2874, or contact TBS Public Affairs at 404-885-0900.

Creekland Middle teacher Emma Grace entered the art work of her art club students in the Stone Mountain Park “A Stone Mountain Christmas” Greeting Card Project for middle grades students and they earned 1st place in the competition. The cards from Rockbridge Elementary teacher Don Caron 4th and 5th grade art club students earned 1st place at the elementary level. The cards will be on display at the park through Dec. 30. As 1st place winners, both teachers will receive 50 complimentary all-attraction passes to distribute to participating students. For more information, visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

The Five Forks Middle Robotics teams competed in the FIRST Lego League Nanoquest Challenge Robotics Qualifier. The BroncoBots team won 1st place in the project category, and the Lego My Nano team won 3rd place for robot design and placed 7th overall, qualifying them to advance to state competition in January. For more information visit http://www.usfirst.org/what/fll/default.aspx?id=390.

UPCOMING
Author Mike D'Agostino will visit G.H. Hopkins Elementary on Jan.4 to present to students in grades K-2 about what it takes to be a hero. Students can pre-order autographed copies of Mr. D’Agostino’s book for $5. For more information, call 770-564-2661.

FUNDRAISER
Dacula Middle’s 6th grade classes sponsored a Toys 4 Tots drive. More than 200 toys were collected. In addition, a company donated several thousand dollars to the fundraiser. Students from Greg Morris’ class went shopping and purchased $4,000 worth of toys for the drive. For more information, call 770-963-1110.

Maxwell High School of Technology sponsored 100 children this year through the Quinn House in Lawrenceville. Funds were raised and shopping was done to fill the wish lists of these children. This is an annual fundraiser for Maxwell students. For more information call 770-963-6838.

The Brookwood High Helping Hands and Hearts Fund raised $21,301.38 during a week long campaign for needy families in the Brookwood community. Donations were made by individual classes in competition with each other, and also by school organizations and clubs. Fundraisers at the school included the Music Tech programs donating a portion of their Christmas CD sales, Future Educators sold student time to help teachers with end of semester tasks, some classes had bake sales, the Art Department auctioned Halloween pumpkins, the faculty bought “jean” days, the athletic department donated a day of biscuit sales, and the Academic Team made a donation. Most of the funds are distributed in the form of gift cards during the year and at Christmas. Other funds are used to help with doctor and dental appointments. For more information, call Debra Dees at 770-978-5083.

The Care Team at Mill Creek High has sponsored several fundraiser activities at the school this year. Publix gift certificates were donated for the turkey drive by students and staff members, gifts for an Angel Tree are being purchased, and “Hawks Helping Hawks are sponsoring “Pictures with Santa” as a fundraiser for the holidays. For more information, call 678-714-5863.

GCPS TV
ArtStage – “Sounds of the Season” GCPS TV is proud to present this special holiday program of student performances. It’s a musical celebration that’s sure to delight the whole family. This 60-min. program airs Dec. 18-23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Dec. 25-31 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Author in You - Barbara Robinson” Known by students everywhere for her book “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and the sequel “The Best School Year Ever,” author Barbara Robinson joins GCPS TV for a special edition of The Author in You. Ms. Robinson discuses her early start in writing (3rd grade) and sheds light on the quirky but lovable Herdman clan. This 30-min. program airs Dec.18-23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 3)” This video telecourse is designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 3 is scheduled to air Dec. 11 through Jan. 7 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 gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

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12/08/2006
School Board approves financial agreement, accruing more than $8.1 million in savings (pdf)

CALENDAR
The Georgia End-of-Course Test Window runs through Dec. 20.

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 next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 11, 2007, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, and a systemwide holiday.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during December and January. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Dec
School
Jan
Annistown Elementary
12/12
Alford Elementary
1/25
Centerville Elementary
12/13
Alton C. Crews Middle
1/30
Dacula Elementary
12/15
B.B. Harris Elementary
1/30
Dacula High
12/15
Berkeley Lake Elementary
1/11
Henry Partee Elementary
12/14
Bethesda Elementary
1/9
R.D. Head Elementary
12/13
Brookwood High
1/30
Riverside Elementary
12/13
Camp Creek Elementary
1/26
Rockbridge Elementary
12/14
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
1/12
Chattahoochee Elementary
1/23
Collins Hill High
1/23
Craig Elementary
1/29
Dacula Elementary
1/19
Duluth Middle
1/9
Duncan Creek Elementary
1/11
Fort Daniel Elementary
1/5
Frank N. Osborne Middle
1/19
Grayson Elementary
1/12
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1/19
Henry Partee Elementary
1/11
J.C. Magill Elementary
1/5
J.P. McConnell Middle
1/29
Lilburn Elementary
1/25
Lilburn Middle
1/25
McKendree Elementary
1/19
Nesbit Elementary
1/25
Norcross High
1/11
Parkview High
1/23
Parsons Elementary
1/26
Peachtree Elementary
1/18
Pinckneyville Middle
1/18
Richard Hull Middle
1/12
Riverside Elementary
1/9
Rock Springs Elementary
1/25
Rockbridge Elementary
1/2
Snellville Middle
1/11
South Gwinnett High
1/16
Susan Stripling Elementary
1/11
Sycamore Elementary
1/4
Trickum Middle
1/16
Walnut Grove Elementary
1/11