News You Can Use - 03/15/2010









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
03/15/2010 - 03/21/2010


HONORS
Chelsea Sharpe of Duluth High competed in the Georgia College Performance Competition for string students. Chelsea performed the Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, and received a $300 cash prize and a trophy. For more information, call 770-476-5206.

Berkmar High was named Division I (large school) winner and will represent Georgia in the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) Large School Online Competition, which will be held in April. Mill Creek High was named Division I First Runner-up. For more information, call Lynn Varner, PAGE manager at 770-216-8555, ext. 130.

UPCOMING
The Grayson High SADD club will hold a “Click It or Ticket” event to encourage seatbelt use and safe driving on March 18. Chick-fil-A coupons will be rewarded to students who are buckled up. For more information, call Teacher Carol Call at 770-554-1071

Shiloh Elementary will host a Reading Round Up Literacy Night on March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Pizza will be served from 6 to 6:45 p.m. followed by three sessions beginning at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The evening will close with door prizes. Each student will receive a coupon for a free book. The book store will be open for parents to purchase books. Reading and writing web sites will be shared in the computer lab. Students may participate in a “book walk” for free books. Public library staff members will be available to help participants sign up for library cards. For more information, call Teacher Jessica Evans at 770-985-6883.

Berkmar Middle is participating in a Fundred Dollar Bill Project to collect as many as 4,000 original, hand-drawn interpretations of the U.S. hundred dollar bills between now and March 18. The Fundred Dollar Bill Project is raising nationwide awareness of the environmental threat of lead contamination and lead-poisoning by collecting the funds necessary for a model remediation effort in New Orleans. New Orleans is the initial focus of this project as 30-50% of inner city children are affected by elevated blood lead levels and at risk for severe learning disabilities and behavioral problems. For more information, visit www.fundred.org.

The Norcross Elementary Competitive Chess Team earned an invitation to the Georgia State Tournament with a 5th place finish at the Eastern Metro Regional Chess Tournament. The tournament is scheduled to take place on March 20. The team scored 17.5 points out of a possible 25 points. Team member Melvin Medrano led all players with 4 wins and finished 8th from a pool of 183 players. Vanessa Diaz led all players with 4 wins and finished 11th out of 183 players. For more information, call 770-448-2188.

GCPS and the Gwinnett Interagency Transition Council will hold its annual Transition Fair for students with disabilities, their families, and educators on March 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Peachtree Ridge High in Suwanee. This event will focus on providing information on services and resources to prepare students transitioning from the school system. Students with disabilities and their families will have the opportunity to meet with local agency representatives to discuss and research the options available as they transition to post-school activities and employment. Featured participants include representation in the areas of employment support, residential services, day-habilitation programs, recreation and leisure, assistive technology, and support organizations. In addition, participants can attend breakout sessions to learn more about topics such as Medicaid waivers, Social Security Income, financial planning and guardianship, transition planning, and employment support options. For more information, call 678-301-7137.

Norcross High will host the fourth in a series for immigrant families on achieving academic success in U.S. schools on March 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The title of this program is “Parenting Your Student to Academic Success in the U.S. (Middle and High School) Session IV – What the Future Holds.” Information will be shared on how to achieve graduation and what happens next, opportunities for students, and skills needed to succeed. For more information, or to request an interpreter, call Amy Valverde-Jensen, at 678-616-5180 a week before the workshop.

Dacula Cluster schools will hold the 3rd Annual Dacula Cluster Choral Concert on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Worship Center. This concert is in conjunction with the celebration of 100 years of education in Dacula. Choruses from Alcova, Dacula and Mulberry elementary schools will perform with Dacula Middle and Dacula High. In addition, other talent will be highlighted and student art work will be displayed. Admission to the concert is free. The Dacula High Student Council is sponsoring a nonperishable food drive at the event. For more information, call Beth Warzon, Alcova Elementary music specialist, at 678-3676-8500.

RECENTLY
Berkeley Lake Elementary celebrated Read Across America with many activities. Guest readers included Berkeley Lake Mayor Lois Salter, Stan Hall from the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, Officer Diane King from the Gwinnett County Police Department, Gwinnett County Chairman Bannister, Rob Hiller of the Cobb County Fire Department, Debra Poirot from Rep. John Linder’s office, and Officer Bullock of the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department. For more information, call Melinda O’Herron, media specialist, at 770-582-7520.

ONGOING
Tripp Elementary students and their parents are invited to participate in preparing for the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests by attending Trivia Nights on March 15, 22, and 29 (Mondays in March) at Johnny’s New York Pizza in Grayson. Concessions may be purchased at 6:15 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Participants will be equipped with tools and prizes that will prepare them for testing. For more information, call 678-639-3850.

Gwinnett County residents will experience the ambiance of an art gallery next time they visit the school district’s Instructional Support Center (ISC) in Suwanee, as hundreds of pieces of student art work will be on display in the district headquarters’ welcome area. Gwinnett County Public Schools students enrolled in K-12 fine arts programs will exhibit what they have learned and created in the classroom during the annual “Tapestry Display.” Gwinnett County parents, community members, students, and staff are welcome to view the artwork through March 30 with three opening nights at the ISC, 437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW, in Suwanee.
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 2 March 12-18: Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Meadowcreek, North Gwinnett, and Parkview Clusters, Oakland Meadow, and Phoenix. (Reception night: March 16, 6-8 p.m.)
  • The following clusters will exhibit student work during Tapestry Week 3, March 23-31: Archer, Collins Hill, Duluth, GSMST, Give East & West, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, and Shiloh. (Reception night: March 23, 6-8 p.m.)
The exhibit will be open for public viewing from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, call the Fine Arts office at 678-301-7015.

Visit the school system website at www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us for the most current News Releases.
03/11/2010Gwinnett offers special needs Transition Fair (pdf)
03/10/2010Student artists take top honors in All-State Art Symposium (pdf)
03/09/2010More Gwinnett students eating breakfast and lunch at school (pdf)
03/08/2010Georgia music educators honor Gwinnett's Andrews (pdf)

GCPS TV
“Connections: MORE Science and Music” Endangered species, synapses and neurons, condensation and precipitation— are these terms from a science course or a music class? In this fast-paced, multimedia performance by National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) cellist Yvonne Caruthers with her NSO colleagues Natasha Bogachek, violin, and Stephen Dumaine, tuba, students hear and see how a melody can be played on a laundry hose (or a tuba); how instrument makers are responding to the near-extinction of their favorite trees; and whether a violinist can break a world speed record...don't miss it. This 60-minute program airs March 15-20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The Rights of Youth - Colonial Williamsburg” Imprisonment, whipping, forced transportation, and even death were some of the punishments that courts sentenced children to in the eighteenth century. Witness how justice was administered at a time when criminal laws and sentencing guidelines made few or no exceptions for children. This 60-minute program airs March 15-21 at 10 a.m.

Tune in to Gwinnett County Public Schools’ educational access channel for education programs and information. TV cable channels and providers include: Charter on Channel 22, and Comcast on Channel 24 and 26. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail gcpstv@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site-- www.gcpstv.org.

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CALENDAR
March is Music in Our Schools Month and National Nutrition Month.

March 15 is a Flood Make-Up Day for Sept. 22, 2009.

March 15-26 is the Georgia Writing Evaluation Window for Grade 3 and 7.

March 17 is the Gateway Mathematics Reasoning Test for Grade 4.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., March 18, 2010, at the Instructional Support Center (ISC), located at 437 Old Peachtree Rd. N.W. in Suwanee.

The Georgia High School Graduation Tests (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies subtests) are scheduled for March 22-25 for Grade 11.

The following schools will hold School Council Dates in March. Call the local school for the time and location.

School
March
Benefield Elementary
18-Mar
Berkmar High
16-Mar
Buice School
19-Mar
Camp Creek Elementary
26-Mar
Cedar Hill Elementary
18-Mar
Central Gwinnett High
19-Mar
Collins Hill High
16-Mar
Cooper Elementary
15-Mar
Corley Elementary
16-Mar
Couch Middle
19-Mar
Crews Middle
19-Mar
Dacula Elementary
26-Mar
Dacula High
26-Mar
Dyer Elementary
31-Mar
Harbins Elementary
18-Mar
Harris Elementary
25-Mar
Jones Middle
25-Mar
Lilburn Middle
25-Mar
Lovin Elementary
18-Mar
Mulberry Elementary
17-Mar
North Gwinnett High
16-Mar
Osborne Middle
19-Mar
Parkview High
23-Mar
Patrick Elementary
26-Mar
Peachree Ridge High
25-Mar
Pinckneyville Middle
25-Mar
Puckett's Mill Elementary
18-Mar
Richard Hull Middle
19-Mar
Richards Middle
15-Mar
Riverside Elementary
16-Mar
Simpson Elementary
26-Mar
Sugar Hill Elementary
22-Mar
Summerour Middle
25-Mar
Suwanee Elementary
22-Mar
Sweetwater Middle
17-Mar
Taylor Elementary
19-Mar
Twin Rivers Middle
22-Mar
Walnut Grove Elementary
18-Mar

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. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is open to the public Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at http://www.gwinnettehc.org/News.232.0.html or call 770-904-3500.

March 16
Homeschool: WGS: Mammals
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Little Hands: The Ants Go Marching
March 17
Homeschool: Operation Water: JMG Level II
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
March 19
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
Homeschool: Intro to Orienteering
March 23
Homeschool: HLS: Natural Dyes
Homeschool: LH: Did You See the Stars?
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Little Hands: The Ants Go Marching
March 24
Homeschool: The Forces Within
Homeschool: Nature's ABC Extraordinaire
Homeschool: Science Process Skills
Homeschool: Guided Trail Hikes
March 25
Friday Snack Pack
Homeschool: Pre-Chemistry for Grades 6-9
Homeschool: Comparative Studies Close-up
Homeschool: Intro to Orienteering