News You Can Use - 01/07/2008









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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
01/07/2008 - 01/13/2008


HONORS
Trickum Middle Teacher Patsy Robinson was named 2007-08 Teacher of the Year for VFW Post 5255 in Lawrenceville. Ms. Robinson was nominated in an essay written and submitted by Trickum Middle Assistant Principal Gloria J. Thomas. Mrs. Robinson has 21 years of experience in education and was the Trickum Middle Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007. For more information, call 770-921-2705.

UPCOMING
Chattahoochee Elementary will host a Teddy Bears for Jarod Night with the Gladiators on Jan. 12 beginning at 7:35 p.m. Chattahoochee Elementary community members are invited to sit together at the Gwinnett Arena. Tickets have been specially priced and proceeds will benefit the family of a student from the school who is at Scottish Rite Hospital. For more information, call 770-497-9907.

Grayson Technical Education Program will host a winter open house on Jan. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Grayson Technical Building. Parents and students are invited to visit and learn about the program. For more information, call 770-554-7082, or visit www.graysonhighschool.org.

Students from Monarch School will perform at the opening of the Special Olympics Indoor Winter Games at the Cobb Civic Center on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-542-2330.

The 2008 Gwinnett County Spelling Bee will be held on Jan. 26 in the Central Gwinnett High Theater with registration from 7:15-8:15 a.m. One winner from the 76 participating GCPS elementary and middle schools will compete in the Written Bee beginning at 8:30 a.m. The top 12 spellers will compete in the Oral Bee immediately following the Written Bee, and also will represent GCPS in the District 3 Bee on Feb. 23. Spectators may attend the Oral Bee. For more information Carey McDurmon, the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee Coordinator, can be contacted at carey_mcdurmon@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. The Gwinnett County Spelling Bee is co-sponsored by the Gwinnett County Association of Educators and The Gwinnett Daily Post.

Math specialists from Corley Elementary will host a Math Strategies Night for grades 2-5 students on January 29. Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m., and babysitting will be provided. A translator will be provided. Parents and students will learn math games and receive game pieces to practice at home. For more information, call Lisa Hardin, Corley Elementary teacher, at 978-924-5330.

UPCOMING 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.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at www.gwinnettEHC.com or call 770-904-3500.

Jan. 12, noon - 4 p.m., Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge, $10 per scout
Get knee deep in knowledge about soil and water conservation. Be prepared to be outdoors getting dirty as we complete most requirements for this badge. For more information and to pre-register and pay, call 770-904-3500.

Jan. 19, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bring One For the Chipper!, free
Wondering what to do with your Christmas tree? Bring it to the overflow parking lot at the center and join the volunteer effort grind it up. Join Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and GEHC in this joint effort to recycle your decorations into mulch.

Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Bluebird Habitats, free
Come help set up bluebird houses. Our beautiful feathered friends will be looking for good homes in early February. We will set up boxes in our open grassy edge habitats. The use of wooden, man-made nesting boxes has made a wonderful difference in the survival of bluebirds. Please dress warm and bring binoculars.

Jan. 26, 3 - 4 p.m., Nature Kids (Grades 2nd-4th), $5 per child
Nature Spies: Visit our center and learn how to sneak up and spy on wildlife. Your observation skills will definitely sharpen and you may spot some evidence of animal activities. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.

GCPS TV
Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

“For Ready Money: Colonial Williamsburg - Live 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 the colonial economy worked. This 60-minute program airs live Jan. 10 at 1 p.m.

“Democracy in America” This video course for high school civics teachers covers topics on civic knowledge, skills, and depositions recommended by The Civic Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The 15 half-hour video programs, hosted by national television correspondent Renee Poussaint, and related print and web site materials provide teachers with both cognitive and experiential learning in civics education. Programs 1-10 air Jan. 7-11 at 11 a.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: AT&T on Channel 21, Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 & 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. A list of this week’s programming may be found on the GCPS Web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 10, 2008, at the Instructional Support Center, located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

Jan. 16 is the Grade 8 Writing Assessment.

The Gwinnett County Online Campus registration information session is scheduled for Jan. 16. Jan. 26 first day of class for spring semester.

Jan. 17 is the Grayson High School Technical Education Program Winter Open House.

Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, (systemwide holiday).

Feb. 1 is the registration deadline for Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

Feb. 10 is South Gwinnett High's 50th Anniversary Celebration.

The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during Jan. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
Jan
Alford Elementary
1/15
B.B. Harris Elementary
1/31
Camp Creek Elementary
1/25
Cedar Hill Elementary
1/10
Centerville Elementary
1/16
Charles Brant Chesney Elementary
1/11
Chattahoochee Elementary
1/15
Collins Hill High
1/22
Corley Elementary
1/22
Craig Elementary
1/28
Dacula Elementary
1/25
Dacula High
1/25
Duncan Creek Elementary
1/10
Fort Daniel Elementary
1/4
Frank N. Osborne Middle
1/18
Glenn C. Jones Middle
1/31
Grayson Elementary
1/18
Gwin Oaks Elementary
1/18
Harbins Elementary
1/24
Harmony Elementary
1/18
Henry Partee Elementary
1/24
J.C. Magill Elementary
1/11
J.G. Dyer Elementary
1/30
J.P. McConnell Middle
1/14
Lanier Middle
1/9
Lawrenceville Elementary
1/8
Lilburn Elementary
1/24
Lovin Elementary
1/31
Margaret Winn Holt Elementary
1/30
Mulberry Elementary
1/3
Nesbit Elementary
1/31
Norcross High
1/10
Parkview High
1/22
Parsons Elementary
1/8
Peachtree Elementary
1/10
Pinckneyville Middle
1/24
Richard Hull Middle
1/11
Riverside Elementary
1/8
Rock Springs Elementary
1/10
Rockbridge Elementary
1/16
Shiloh Elementary
1/10
Simpson Elementary
1/4
Snellville Middle
1/10
South Gwinnett High
1/15
Sugar Hill Elementary
1/28
Suwanee Elementary
1/14
Sweetwater Middle
1/17
Sycamore Elementary
1/10
T. Carl Buice School
1/17
Trickum Middle
1/24
W.J. Cooper Elementary
1/7
Walnut Grove Elementary
1/17