News You Can Use - 08/29/2005









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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News You Can Use…
A Gwinnett County Public Schools Tip Sheet For The News Media
08/29/2005 - 09/04/2005


HONORS
The following recent GCPS graduates have been named finalists in the 2005 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship competition and are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship for their college of choice: Katie Almand of South Gwinnett High, Katherine Amato of Mill Creek High, Charlotte Carlstrom of Berkmar High, Sarah DeWitt of Collins Hill High, Sophia Fisher of Duluth High, Erika Gemzer of Dacula High, Amy Hensey of Norcross High, Jeremiah Johnson of Central Gwinnett High, Raj Parikh of North Gwinnett High, Julia Schudard of Brookwood High, Saranya Selvaraj of Parkview High, Ranni Tewfik of Meadowcreek High, and Brian Wile of Grayson High. For more information, contact Kathleen Humphrey at kathleenh@gsfc.org.

Ruth Coney of Knight Elementary was named the “Outstanding Educational Specialist Student” by Mercer University. For more information, call 770-921-2400.

UPCOMING
The Berkmar High PTSA will sponsor an open house on August 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. The program will begin with entertainment from the band, chorus, Fast Steppers, and cheerleaders in the gym and commons areas. The PTSA meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by classroom visits. Food concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, call 770-921-3636.

The Mill Creek High unicycle club will meet on Friday afternoons after school. Helmets are required. For more information, call Greg Marr at 678-714-5850.

The Norcross High Marching Band will perform music from the Beatles at upcoming football games. In addition, the band will perform at the Gwinnett North County Marching Band Exhibition on September 26 at Norcross High. Tickets are $5 at the gate, with children under five admitted free. Upcoming performances include the Brookwood Marching Classic on October 1, the Lassiter High School Marching Band Showcase on October 8, and the Collins Hill Eagle’s Nest Invitational on October 15. For more information, call 770-448-3674.

The Mill Creek High yearbook class began writing sports articles highlighting Mill Creek sports for School Sports magazine which is published every two months and distributed throughout the Atlanta area. The first edition of the 2005-06 school year is due out in September and will include writing from the following students: Katy Hackett, Lyndsey Peterson, Noreen Refai, Kelley Samples, and Brittany Stephens. For more information, call 678-714-5850.

GCPS TV
“In Five” Stay connected with Gwinnett County Public Schools by tuning into “In Five” for weekly updates on the latest school and system news. This 5-min. program airs daily at 7 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m, and 10 p.m.

“NASA Sci-Files - The Case of the Barking Dogs” The Tree House Detectives accept the challenge of determining why dogs have unexpectedly started barking in the morning and late at night. This 60-min. program airs August 29-Sept. 4 at 9 a.m.

“Essential Science for Teachers - Earth and Space Science” Annenberg/CPB This video, print, and Web-based professional development workshop is designed to help K-6 teachers gain a better understanding of some of the bedrock science concepts they need to teach today’s standards-based curriculum. This 60-min. program airs August 29-Sept. 1 at 11 a.m.

“English...Yes, I Can! (Series 2)” English...Yes, I Can (Series 2) is a video telecourse designed to teach English literacy skills to adult learners. Series 2 is scheduled to air August 1 through Sept. 1 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 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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FOR YOUR CALENDAR
September is Library Card Sign-up Month.

Labor Day is September 5, a systemwide holiday.

September 8 is International Literacy Day.

The next regular meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m., September 8, 2005, at Lawrenceville East, located at 723 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville.

Patriot Day is September 11.

September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Constitution Week begins September 17.


The following Gwinnett schools will hold Local School Council Meetings during August. Call the local school for the time and meeting place.
School
September Date
School
September Date
School
September Date
Alcova
Duluth
Minor
Alford
Duncan Creek
Mountain Park
9/26
Annistown
Dyer
Nesbit
Arcado
Five Forks
Norcross
9/8
Beaver Ridge
Fort Daniel
9/2
North Gwinnett
Benefield
Freeman's Mill
9/8
Norton
9/30
Berkeley Lake
Give Center
9/13
Oakland
Berkmar Middle
9/9
Grayson Elementary
9/16
Osborne
9/9
Berkmar High
Grayson High
Parkview
9/27
Bethesda
9/20
Gwin Oaks
9/9
Parsons
Britt
9/29
Harbins
9/20
Partee
Brookwood Elementary
Harmony
Peachtree
Brookwood High
Harris
Pharr
Buice Center
Head
Phoenix
Camp Creek
Holt
Pinckneyville
Cedar Hill
Hopkins
Radloff
9/8
Centerville
9/18
Hull
Richards
Central Gwinnett
Ivy Creek
Riverside
9/13
Chesney
Jackson
Rock Springs
Chattahoochee
9/13
Jones
Rockbridge
Collins Hill
9/19
Kanoheda
Shiloh Elementary
Cooper
Knight
Shiloh Middle
9/15
Corley
9/23
Lanier
Shiloh High
9/15
Craig
Lawrenceville
Simonton
Creekland
9/22
Level Creek
Simpson
9/30
Crews
9/13
Lilburn Elementary
Snellville
9/8
Dacula Elementary
Lilburn Middle
South Gwinnett
9/19
Dacula Middle
Magill
9/2
Stripling
9/1
Dacula High
9/2
Mason
Sugar Hill
Maxwell
Summerour
McConnell
9/26
Suwanee
McKendree
9/2
Sweetwater
9/29
Meadowcreek Elementary
9/29
Sycamore
9/8
Meadowcreek High
Taylor
Mill Creek
Trickum
Walnut Grove