News You Can Use - 10/02/2006

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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
10/02/2006 - 10/08/2006

The Duluth High Media Department is planning an Internet Safety Night for parents and students in the Duluth Cluster on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the theater. A panel of local officials and school personnel will discuss safety issues associated with student Internet use. Panel members include Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter, Duluth Police Officer Scott Parrish, Duluth School Resource Officer Tony Williams, Duluth High media specialists Dr. Marsha Hunter and Paula Flageolle, and Principal Pat Blenke. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

The Collins Hill High theatre group will perform “The Actor’s Nightmare” on Oct. 12, 13, and 14, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 770-682-4100.

Berkmar High invites alumni, staff, and friends to help celebrate the school's 40th Anniversary Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 13. All are invited to attend a pre-game reception in the Main Lobby of the school at 5:30 p.m. and then gather on the field for a Parade of Classes at 7 p.m. RSVP to the school by calling 770-921-3636 or respond on the school's web site at

A Berkmar High community celebration is on the schedule for Sunday, Nov. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Interested alumni are gathering regularly to plan the event. Meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Berkmar High Media Center on these Tuesdays: Oct. 3, 10, and 24; and Nov. 7. The planning committee is looking for memorabilia to be part of the “Berkmar over Time” display. For more information, call Diana Preston at 770-921-3636, or visit

The Grayson High Technical Education Program invites parents, students, teachers, and community members to the Fall Open House and Plant Sale on Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors may tour the building, meet the instructors, and check out the program. Classes offered include Technical Theater (scenery and lighting), Technical Theater (costume and makeup), Computer IT and Network Systems, Law Enforcement, Travel Planning and Hotel/Hospitality Management, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Veterinary Technology, Biotechnology, Commercial Photography, Television Broadcast, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Design and Animation, Music Technology, and Music Recording. During the Open House, you can
· Extract your own DNA and create a keepsake DNA necklace in Biotechnology;
· Buy fall plants from the Horticulture program -- pansies, snapdragons, dianthus, and violas on sale for $10 per flat;
· Create a Dingbat logo using Adobe Illustrator in Digital Media;
· Meet live animals that are studied in Veterinary Technology;
· See the amazing black box theater and costumes designed by Technical Theater students;
· Get your fall picture taken in the Commercial Photography studio; and
· Get a bite to eat from the Culinary Arts program.
The open house will be held in the Technical Education Program Building, located on the campus of Grayson High at 50 Hope Hollow Rd. in Loganville. For more information, call Kristie Martin at 770-554-7082.

On Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., GCPS will sponsor a Child Find Screening and Information Fair at the Norcross Human Service Center, located at 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross. Working with the medical community and service agencies throughout the county, the school system seeks to identify children diagnosed with, or in need of, further evaluation for mental, physical, or emotional/behavioral disabilities. A Spanish interpreter will be available. Representatives will conduct free developmental, vision, hearing, and speech screenings for Gwinnett children ages 0–21. Pass the word to others in the community about this opportunity. For more information, call 678-301-7244.

Instructional Materials Review runs Oct. 2-31. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review and provide input on proposed curriculum materials. This review covers instructional materials for social studies for grades 6–12. The review begins on Oct. 2 and runs through Oct. 31. All materials may be reviewed at the Instructional Support Center, Building 200 Lobby, located at 437 Old Peachtree Road NW in Suwanee, or at the Grayson High Technical Education Program Building, located at 40 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville. For information on the instructional materials review process, contact Lisa Burleson at 678-301-7011.
Instructional Support Center:
Monday–Friday, Oct. 2–31, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 and 26, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Grayson High Technical Education Program Building:
Monday–Friday, Oct. 2–31, 7 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 and 26, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Mill Creek High media specialist Julie Hatcher is the chair of the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Committee, which is made up of four public librarians and four high school media specialists throughout the state. The purpose of the Georgia Peach Book Award is to highlight and promote the best current young adult literature for Georgia high school students, to encourage young adults to read, and to promote the development of cooperative school and public library services for young adults. The committee develops a list of the best 20 titles for the year. Students also read and cast their votes for the top 20 nominees. A winner is named in the spring. This list of books is used for the statewide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competitions. For more information, and a list of the books nominated for the 2006-07 Georgia Peach Book Award call 678-714-5850.

“The Author in You - Peter Parente” Author Peter Parente’s “Peeper and Friends” series has helped to educate and entertain children across the country about rainforest animals. These stories are designed to instill a love of nature and an awareness of animal conservation needs around the world. Tune in for a special introduction to Peeper the kinkajou and Mo the sloth. This 30-min. program airs Oct. 2-7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“Spanish for Educators” This program, a valuable language resource and learning opportunity, is now airing on GCPS TV. The 10-part series is an introduction to the Spanish language and is tailored especially to the needs of educators and other school employees. Viewers tuning in will have the opportunity to learn key phrases and basic vocabulary for use during the school day and in the community. This GCPS TV original series will air in hour-long segments at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday, through Nov. 19 (A new class will air each week, beginning each 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 Oct. 31 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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Sept. 15-Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

October is Computer Learning month.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 12, 2006, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during October. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.

Camp Creek Elementary
Chattahoochee Elementary
Craig Elementary
Dr. M.H. Mason Jr. Elementary
Duluth High
Fort Daniel Elementary
Gwin Oaks Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Parkview High
R.D. Head Elementary
Riverside Elementary
Snellville Middle
Suwanee Elementary