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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
04/29/2013 - 05/05/2013

Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Seniors Kayuri M. Bhimani of Peachtree Ridge High and Yili E. Yao of Brookwood High are among the semifinalists considered for this honor. The two students were among a group of seven GCPS seniors (and 3,000+ students around the country) invited to apply for the honor. Eligible GCPS candidates invited to apply include:
  • Kayuri M. Bhimani, Peachtree Ridge High
  • Kishan M. Bhut, North Gwinnett High
  • Kelly P. Croteau, Parkview High
  • Allison M. Fisher, Norcross High
  • Larry He, Parkview High
  • Jonathan R. Li, Duluth High
  • Yili E. Yao, Brookwood High

The Gwinnett Retired Educators Association presented two outstanding Gwinnett teachers each with a $1,500 scholarship. Hopkins Elementary first grade teacher Katie Ford and North Gwinnett High language arts teacher Colette Armstrong Grodzicki were selected for this honor. For more information, call the local school.

Gwinnett student artwork won top awards in the Georgia Watercolor Society Student Scholarship Show. The following students were selected to receive awards.
  • Markie Adamcyzk, North Gwinnett High: 1st Place, $500 Binders gift card
  • Ha Truong, North Gwinnett High: 1st Place, $450 Binders gift card
  • Alexis Berry, Mill Creek High: 3rd Place, $300 Binders gift card
  • Elyjah Escho, Peachtree Ridge High: Honorable Mention, $150 Binders gift card
  • Cara Young, Parkview High: Honorable Mention, $150 Binders gift card
  • Ni Chung, Parkview High: Honorable Mention, $150 Binders gift card
  • Elizabeth Hamilton, North Gwinnett High: Honorable Mention, $150 Binders gift card
  • Jeffery Barrera, Mill Creek High: Honorable Mention, $150 Binders gift card
These students will be honored on May 4 at a reception in the Limelight Gallery at Binders Art Store. For more information, call Anne Brodie Hill at 770-718-7586, or visit

North Gwinnett High art students took 1st place during an “Art Throwdown” at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. This event is a timed art competition between five area high schools in categories such as ceramics, sculpture, figure drawing, and mixed media. For more information, call Dr. Bruce Bowman, visual arts, at 770-945-9558.

North Gwinnett High art students Ji Yeon Park and Yi Young (Sally) Kim won 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, at the 7th Congressional District Art Competition. Sarah Cherney of Brookwood High earned honorable mention. For more information, call Elena Gabrysh, Office of Congressman Rob Woodall, at 770 777-9885.

Seventeen Gwinnett students are among the 72 middle schoolers from Berkmar, Lilburn, Richards, and Summerour middle schools included with the metro Atlanta area students chosen for the C5 Youth Foundation leadership development program. The program assists at-risk students in pursuing personal success and preparing for leadership roles in college, work, and the community. The five-year leadership program includes summer camps, year-round leadership development programs, community service opportunities, and preparation for continuing education and career development. For more information, contact the local schools or Aaliyah Waajid, C5 Georgia office Program Director, at, or 770-200-8790.

The Manilow Music Project will partner with Gwinnett County Public Schools to collect instruments to benefit music programs in the district’s schools. Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow initiated the instrument drive by donating a Yamaha piano to GCPS. Mr. Manilow will perform at a concert at the Gwinnett Center on April 27. Music lovers who donate new or gently used instruments will receive two tickets to the show, while supplies last. Instruments may be dropped off at the Center box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and after noon on weekend days with an event at the Center. More than 97,000 K-12 Gwinnett students are enrolled in music programs. Tickets are available online at or, in person at the Gwinnett Center box office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Registration is going now for the 4th Annual GCPS “I See A Cure” Relay for Life 5K Run/Walk scheduled for April 27 at 8 a.m. GCPS is the largest supporter of Gwinnett Relay for Life. This event is a great opportunity for GCPS employees, faculty, and students, as well as the community, to support this important cause. Participants will receive a race T-shirt and goody bag, and participate in a pre-race warm-up to live music at the 200 building of the Instructional Support Center (ISC). Raffle prizes and age group awards will be presented. The school or team with the most participants will be recognized at the awards presentation. Visit to register. If you have questions, or would like to volunteer, please contact Patrice Pendergast at 678-301-6076 or Diane Cribb at 678-301-6121. Visit for more information.

Head Elementary will host a Leadership Day on May 2 from 9 to 10 a.m. As a part of the College and Career Readiness Curriculum, students will explore various career clusters. Students in Grade 3-5 will begin their day with a motivational speech by Congressman Rob Woodall. The students will spend the rest of the school day rotating to different classrooms to explore different careers and learn about leadership qualities required for success in each career. Students in Kindergarten – 2nd grade will have a motivational speech from the mayor of Lilburn, Johnny Crist. The primary grade students will also rotate to different classrooms to explore careers and leadership qualities. For more information, call 770-972-8050.

Cedar Hill Elementary will host a 25th Anniversary Celebration on May 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. A special program begins at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please RSVP by emailing For more information, call Administrative Assistant Peggy Dutzy at 678-377-8984.

The Gwinnett Braves and Lanier Cluster Longhorns are teaming up to support injured School Resource Officer Rolando Jimenez at a June 9 game. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit Officer Jimenez who was recently hurt in a car accident. School employees must return the order form and payment by May 6 to front office staff. For more information, email Lisa Ramsay at or visit

GCPS Community-Based Mentoring Program celebrates a year of mentoring with the annual banquet on May 14 at the Instructional Support Center in the cafe at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Joann Baker, administrative assistant, at 770-682-8086.

Call the local school for more information.

School: Mill Creek High School
Teacher: Suzanne Kross
Name of Event: Spring Dance Concert: “Broadway”
Date: April 25, 26, 27
Location: MCHS Theatre
Time: 7 pm

Mountain View High
Dr. Beverly Johnston
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
April 25, 26, 27
Mountain View High Theatre
7 p.m.

Collins Hill High
Penny Brown
Spring Musical: “GODSPELL”
Date: April 26 and 27
Location: Collins Hill High Theatre
Time: 7 p.m.

Nesbit Elementary
Teacher: Leslie Grubbs
Name of Event: Willy Wonka Kids
Date: April 30th
Location: Nesbit Elementary Cafeteria
Time: 6:30 PM

North Gwinnett High Annual Night of Jazz
Suwanee Town Center Park
The public is welcome to join North Gwinnett High students for a concert under the stars at the Suwanee Town Center Park “Night of Jazz” on Friday, May 3rd. This event will feature the jazz bands of the three high schools that call Suwanee home: Collins Hill, North Gwinnett, and Peachtree Ridge. Along with some special guests, these ensembles will delight and entertain with the best in big-band jazz. Gwinnett's finest student musicians will bring authentic traditional swing, Latin, jazz-rock, and funk. Hosted by each schools’ band parent booster organization, this event is sponsored by the city of Suwanee and begins at 6:30 p.m. on the amphitheater stage. The public is welcome to bring a picnic and a lawn chair to enjoy a “Night of Jazz”!

Lilburn Middle
Teacher: Diane Rust
Name of Event: A Midusmmer Night's Dream and The Tempest.
Date: May 2 and 3, 2013
Location: Lilburn Middle
Time: 6:30

Mill Creek High
Name of Event: Night of Student Directed One Acts
Date: May 3 & 4
Location: Mill Creek High
Time: 7 PM

Parkview High
Teacher: Sarah Jane Hooks
Name of Event: So You Think You Can Dance Parkview?
Date: May 3 and 4
Parkview High Theatre
Time: 7 pm

School: Five Forks Middle
Teacher: Alaina Morris
Name of Event: 8th grade orchestra performs in Snellville Days Parade “marching strings”
Date: May 4th
Location: downtown Snellville (begins on Wisteria Lane)
Time: 10:00 AM

Sweetwater Middle
Teacher: Brandy January
Name of Event: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Date: May 4 and 5, 2013
Location: Sweetwater Middle
Time: 7:00 PM

School: Level Creek Elementary
Teacher: Adam Heidenreich
Name of Event: Level Creek Chorus presents “Totally 80's!”
Date: Monday, May 6, 2013
Location: Level Creek ES Cafe
Time: 7:00 PM

School: Rock Springs Elementary
Teacher: Lisa Grimsley
Name of Event: School Days Musical
Date: May 6, 2013
Location: Rock Springs
Time: 7 pm

School: GSMST
Teacher: David Richardson
Name of Event: GSMST Concerto Competition Concert (winner TBA)
Date: Monday May 6, 2013
Location: GSMST Infinity Cafe
Time: 7:00 pm

Berkmar High Band presents: ExtravaBANDza!!
Featured performances by: Sweetwater and Berkmar Middle 7th and 8th grade bands combined with the Berkmar High School Symphonic Band; Berkmar High School Marching Indoor Drumline; Berkmar High School Color guard; Special Rock n' Roll Guest Artists with the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra performing with the Berkmar Symphonic Band
Concert begins at Tuesday, May 7th @ 7:00 PM in the newly Air Conditioned New Gym

School: Five Forks Middle
Teacher: Alaina Morris
Name of Event: 5th annual pajama concert (7th grade orchestra performs cartoon/movie theme songs for kids 10 and under- audience and performers come in their pajamas)
Date: May 7th
Location: Five Forks cafeteria
Time: 7:30 PM

Lovin Elementary
Amanda Dodd
Chorus Spring Musical
May 7th
Lovin Elementary School
7:00 pm

School: Meadowcreek High
Teacher: Richelle N. Kirkland
Name of Event: "Twist" - Spring Dance Production
Date: May 9 and 10, 2013 at 7 pm and May 11, 2013 at 5 pm
Location: MHS Theater

School: Dacula High
Teacher: James Williams
Name of Event: Spring Choral Showcase featuring DHS alumni band "Kick the Robot"
Date: Thursday, May 10
Location: Dacula HS Theater
Time: 7:00 p.m.

School: Crews Middle School
Teacher: Paige Betts
Name of Event: Seussical the Musical, Jr.
Date: May 18
Location: Brookwood HS Theater
Time: 7:00 pm

Each year White Oak Elementary hosts a Trash to Treasure Yard Sale to celebrate Earth Day. This event raised money for the outdoor classroom. Earth friendly vendors sold gently used items. Cluster schools were invited to perform along with area dance groups. Local non-profit community members attended the event. For more information, call Betsy Bridwell, administrative assistant at 678-546-5536.

Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration (May 2) Gwinnett elementary schools invite families to Kindergarten Registration on May 2. Kindergarten registration is held at the local school. If you are not sure of which school your child will attend, call the Planning Department at 678-301-7085. Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2013, are invited to register their children for the 2013-14 school year on this day. Parents may call the school for registration times and should bring the following documents for registering your child; an official document showing proof of birth date; evidence of vision, hearing, and dental exams obtained in the past year (a current Georgia Form #3300); a valid certificate of immunization (Georgia Form #3231); proof that you live in the attendance zone; proof of custody or guardianship, if not the birth parent; the child’s social security number (or you may sign a waiver at the school); and a photo ID for the adult registering the child. Additional information may be viewed on the system website

Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC) has reopened the window for 2013-14 registration to run through May 3. Gwinnett’s full-time online learning option has reopened registration for the 2013–14 schoolyear for students in grades 4-12. GOC is a diploma-granting charter schools. GOC, which began as a high school, expanded to include middle school students in 2012-13, and will add grades 4 and 5 in 2013-14. Learn more at

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) offers high school students two ways to learn for credit this summer.
  • Face-to-face summer classes (June 11–July 10) will be offered at three locations— Archer, Lanier, and Meadowcreek high schools. Online registration is now open for face-to-face classes. Students may register online ( for face-to-face summer classes through June 3, or register in person on May 30 at Meadowcreek High. Find course offerings and frequently asked questions on the face-to-face summer school website. (
  • Online summer classes (June 10–July 8) will be offered through Gwinnett Online Campus (GOC). Registration for online classes will open March 1. (Find course offerings and frequently asked questions online, along with registration information on the GOC website. (
  • Dates for GCPS 2013 Academic Summer School for Qualifying Students in Grades 3-8 have been set. Students may attend a 15-day session with no classes on Fridays. The first day of class is June 10, and last day is July 3. Summer school will not be provided at every school, due to maintenance and construction at some schools and plans for combined “cluster” summer school sites. Participating students will be notified of location for summer school sessions.
  • Parents of eligible students will be notified that their student may participate in the free session and given specifics about location and hours.
  • Most summer school sites will not offer transportation. Those schools with additional federal funding to offer transportation will notify parents regarding availability.
  • The free academic summer school is for students who were not successful on tests required for promotion or who did not meet promotion criteria at their grade level.
  • Students are given an opportunity to retake the CRCT subtest(s) at the end of summer school in order to meet promotion criteria and earn promotion to the next grade.

In partnership with Invent Now, Gwinnett County is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program for students entering grades one through six this summer. This weeklong adventure in creativity immerses children in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning in the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world challenges and sharpen learning skills such as teamwork and creative problem solving as they rotate through four modules each day. The camp runs from June 10-14. Dr. Gloria Elliott will direct the Camp Invention Geo-Quest program at Shiloh Elementary. Local educators will facilitate program modules, and high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns. Register online using Camp Code: C-GA22-11352-13 to pay tuition of $195. Every registration includes a free Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800-968-4332 to register.

Maxwell High School of Technology will host a four day technical education summer camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (current middle school students) on June 3-6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Students will explore careers in programs such as Auto Collision, Auto Services, Construction, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electronics, Early Childhood Ed.–Babysitting Certification, Flash 2-D Game Animation, GA Pre-K Early Childhood Ed – Counselor, Graphic Communications and Design, Healthcare Science, Law and Justice, and Welding. All camp programs are led by GCPS instructors assisted by enthusiastic high school student aides. The camp fee is $80 and is non-refundable. Registration runs through May 3 at All forms must be completed before registration is complete. Each program must have a minimum of 10 students to be offered. For more information, call Sherri Stephenson at 678-518-6630 or Nancy Zamprelli at 770-338-4603.

Grayson High Technical Education Program will host a tech ed summer camp for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th grade GCPS students from June 10-13. Programs include Digital Media and Animation; Video Broadcast journalism, Photography, Culinary, Music Technology and Robotics. The three time options for those attending include two half-day sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or from noon to 3 p.m. A full day option is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Robotics session only. To register, visit from April 1to May 15. For more information, call 770-554-7083.

Visit the school system website at for the most current News Releases.
04/24/2013Parsons ES Principal honored for support of foreign languages (pdf)
04/23/2013Gwin Oaks ES’ Amolo named Media Specialist of Year (pdf)
04/22/2013Nearly 20 GCPS students receive National Achievement scholarships (pdf)

“GCPS FOCUS” Comprised of shorter “Focus Moment” stories, the new GCPS FOCUS provides timely coverage on a wide variety of topics relating to Gwinnett County Public Schools. This 20-minute program airs April 29-May 5 at 6 a.m., 12 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.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, Comcast on Channel 24 and 26, and for AT&T check under local government listings. For more information, call the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department at 678-301-7800, or e-mail GCPS TV is now available via live video streaming on the GCPS TV web site--

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The following schools will hold Local School Council Dates in April and May. Call the local school for the time and location.
Craig Elementary
Level Creek Elementary
Arcado Elementary
Bay Creek Middle
Beaver Ridge Elementary
Brookwood Elementary
Camp Creek Elementary
Couch Middle
Dacula Elementary
Duluth High
Fort Daniel Elementary
Freeman's Mill Elementary
GIVE Center East
Glenn C. Jones Middle
Grayson High
Harbins Elementary
Henry Partee Elementary
J.G. Dyer Elementary
K.E. Taylor Elementary
Knight Elementary
Lanier Middle
Lilburn Elementary
Meadowcreek High
Mill Creek High
Mountain Park Elementary
Mountain View High School
Norcross High
North Gwinnett Middle
Peachtree Elementary
Pinckneyville Middle
R.D. Head Elementary
R.L. Norton Elementary
Richard Hull Middle
Riverside Elementary
Roberts Elementary
Rock Springs Elementary
Rosebud Elementary
Simpson Elementary
Snellville Middle
South Gwinnett High
Stripling Elementary
Suwanee Elementary
Sweetwater Middle
Twin Rivers Middle

April is National Poetry Month, Occupational Therapy Month, and School Library Media Month.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

May 1-7 is National Physical Education and Sports Week.

May 5-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 5-12 is National Music Week.

May 6-10 is School Nutrition Employee Week.

May 7 is National Teacher Day.

May 8 is National School Nurse Day.

May 12-18 is National School Police Week.

May 13-17 is Custodian Appreciation Week.

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 or call 770-904-3500.