Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice distributes gifts to E.L. Connally Elementary School

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), along with members of the faculty and staff distributed gifts to E.L. Connally Elementary School students and teachers Dec. 12.

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Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Valerie Rice Montgomery speaks to students at E.L. Connally Elementary School as Principal Toni Pickett looks on.  Photo Credit: Morehouse School of Medicine

Before the assembly, students welcomed guests from MSM with a drum performance and presented Dr. Rice with an E.L. Connally hooded sweater – which they insisted that she wear during the event.

“We adopted you all because you will become our children, you will become our astronauts, our nurses, our doctors. We have to start making the investment with you now. Our goal is to build a relationship with you, where you see us as your friends and resources,” said Dr. Montgomery Rice. She also spoke with students about the MSM partnership with E.L. Connally and the importance of furthering their education. “If you keep your love for math and science and do well, you can become an astronaut or teacher or the game designer or the doctor, or the nurse, or the radiology technician. Math and science will give you the ability to do all of that and we at Morehouse School of Medicine will be standing there for you throughout the journey.”

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Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Dr. Valerie Rice Montgomery distributing gift bags to students at E.L. Connally Elementary School.  Photo Credit: Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Montgomery Rice presented students with gifts bags, a certificate for a free session at a local skating rink, a check for the school and a personal gift of appreciation to Connally Elementary School Principal Toni Pickett.

December 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

Atlanta Braves and Academy Sports + Outdoors make surprise bike donation at D.H. Stanton Elementary School

ATLANTA – Twenty-eight deserving fifth-grade students from Atlanta Public Schools’ D.H. Stanton Elementary School were surprised with brand new bikes and helmets during a holiday party sponsored by the Atlanta Braves and Academy Sports + Outdoors held at the school Dec. 11.

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Atlanta Public Schools’ D.H. Stanton Elementary School fifth-graders were surprised with brand new bikes and helmets donated by the Atlanta Braves & Academy Sports + Outdoors during a holiday party Dec. 11.                                 Photo Credit: Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves

The purpose of the party was to celebrate the students’ good behavior and to promote an active lifestyle. The students were joined by Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton, pitching coach Roger McDowell and Braves alumnus Phil Niekro.

“We are truly excited about the opportunity extended to our students – not just to receive gifts but to interact with representatives from Atlanta Braves and the Academy Sports + Outdoors,” said D.H. Stanton Elementary School Principal Dr. Clara Taylor. “The bicycles will continue to promote our mission to keep students healthy and physically fit. The D.H. Stanton family is grateful for our longstanding relationship with the Braves.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors will donate approximately 180 bikes and helmets to students throughout the Atlanta area this holiday season during three additional donation events in Douglasville, Cartersville and Athens.

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D.H. Stanton Elementary School fifth graders reacting to the new bikes and helmets being rolled inside their holiday party by representatives of the Atlanta Braves and Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Photo Credit: Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.


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December 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment

APS Carver Health Science and Research Principal Honor Roll students attend special dinner sponsored by the Douglas Brothers Foundation

APS Carver Health Science and Research Principal Honor Roll students attend special dinner sponsored by the Douglas Brothers Foundation

ATLANTA – Fifteen Carver Health Sciences and Research (HSR) High School students named to the school’s first quarter Principal’s Honor Roll were invited to a special dinner in their honor Dec. 9 at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. The Douglas Brothers Foundation sponsored the celebratory dinner.

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Stephanie Douglas and Harry Douglas, Sr.; Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Harry Douglas of The Douglas Brothers Foundation, Inc. pictured with 15 Principal’s Honor Roll students from Carver Health Sciences and Research (HSR) High School and their principal, Dr. Marcus Jackson. The Douglas Brothers Foundation sponsored a dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in recognition of these students being named to the Principal’s Honor Roll during the first quarter of school. Photo Credit: Carver HSR

“Most of the students are graduating seniors who have been accepted into more than 10 colleges, and one student has already been sworn in by the United States Marine Corps, and is leaving next June,” said Carver Health Sciences and Research High School Principal Dr. Marcus Jackson. “The students knew they were going to a special dinner; however, they were pleasantly surprised when they realized the sponsor and guest speaker was one of their favorite NFL players.

The following students from Carver HSR Principal’s Honor Roll attended the dinner:

  1. Dashia Adams
  2. Gena Corbin
  3. Yuma Danso
  4. Joshua Harris
  5. Nautica Jenkins
  6. Toni McBride
  7. Shantavious Neely
  8. Marlon Portillo
  9. Samira Reese
  10. Jenise Ridley
  11. Alisa Robertson
  12. Angel Robinson
  13. Deshanda Smarr
  14. Brandon Toney
  15. Deion Walker

Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Harry Douglas surprised the students—giving them words of encouragement, motivation to stay in school, and to make the right decisions. Principal Jackson and Carver HSR School Counselor Keala Edwards Cooper accompanied the students.

The foundation chartered a special bus for the students and reserved a private room at the restaurant. Harry Douglas, Sr. and wife Stephanie Douglas, who operate the foundation, coordinated the event.

Harry Douglas and his brother Toney Douglas, a former NBA Miami Heat player, who now plays for the Chinese Basketball Association, are founders of The Douglas Brothers Foundation, Inc. The mission of the foundation is to educate and empower underprivileged youth and families in our community to achieve their life and career goals, while building stronger communities that support the betterment of younger people. Toney and Harry are the sixth pair of brothers to play in the NBA and NFL, respectively.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

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December 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment

College and Career Readiness Day at Humphries Elementary School

College and Career Readiness Day at Humphries Elementary School

By Carion Rogers and Kishar Sylve, Third Grade

Ms. Humphreys’ and Ms. Lasley’s Class – Humphries Elementary School

On November 20, 2014 at Humphries Elementary School, it was College Career Day! This is the day where we learn what we want to be when we grow up. We met people like Kimberly Green, media relations manager from Atlanta Public Schools; Dr. Stephanie Johnson from the VA Hospital; Mr. Bolton, the shirt maker (who is known as Ms. Woods’ brother); and Sgt. Denice Luke from the U.S. Air Force.

The first person we met in Ms. Humphreys’ and Ms. Lasley’s class was Sgt. Luke. We didn’t know that she was a sergeant and part of the U.S. Air Force. She told us about the five military branches: Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. Sgt. Luke also told us about all the kinds of weapons used in the military.

Then we met Dr. Stephanie Johnson from the VA Hospital. She talked to us about diseases and she told us about the importance of getting a flu shot. For example, Dr. Johnson told us about Ebola and how to converse that disease. And most of all, she told us about our heart.

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Humphries Elementary third grade students from Ms. Humphreys’ and Ms. Lasley’s Class with College and Career Day Speaker Kimberly Green.                          Photo Credit: Janae Lasley, Humphries Elementary

Our last speaker was Kimberly Green from Atlanta Public Schools. She told us about her job and how she met everyone on the news. She also assigned us to write this article.

Overall, Career Day at Humphries Elementary was a great day to learn about these people.

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December 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

NOTICE OF ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION-CALLED MEETING:

A called meeting for the purpose of discussing a possible rescission of the class size waivers item (voted on at the December 1st meeting: Report No. 14/15-0116 – Resolution Requesting a Waiver of Class Size Maximums from the Georgia State Board of Education) and also to consider additional action related to the class size waivers will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

Location: CLL Auditorium Room  2

*Action will be taken

**The Board may enter into an executive session before, during, or after this meeting to discuss at appropriate items.

 

December 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm 1 comment

Benjamin E. Mays High School Raiders advance to the GHSA State Championship Dec. 12 at the Georgia Dome

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Young Middle School students are fired up and ready to support the Mays High Raiders at the Dome! (Photo Credit: Young Middle School Twitter Feed)

Atlanta Public Schools’ Benjamin E. Mays High School football team had a 30-15 dominant performance over the Stockbridge High Tigers last Friday! With this win, Mays advances to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAA state championship game for the first time in the school’s history!

The Raiders will take on the Northside Eagles from Warner Robbins, Ga. at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at the Georgia Dome. Tickets are $18 in advance at Mays H.S. this week and $20 game day at the Georgia Dome ticket office. Only GHSA passes will be accepted at the game.  Scroll down to the bottom of this blog to read more articles and highlights about this incredible team!

APS congratulates Associate Superintendent of High Schools Dr. Timothy Gadson; APS Director of Athletics Jasper Jewell; Mays High School Principal Rick Fowler; Mays High School Athletic Director Natasha D. Harrigan; Mays High School Head Coach Corey Jarvis, his coaching staff and the Mays Raider Football team.

We want the entire APS family to come support Raider Nation at the Dome for this historical championship game.

GHSA Class AAAAA State Championship

Mays Raiders vs. Northside Eagles (Warner Robbins)

Friday, Dec. 12,  8 p.m. – Georgia Dome

Admission: $18 (Advance)

$20 at the gate

 

Raiders in the News:

AJC:  Will Bama Commit Still Visit UGA?

AJC:  A Championship Primer

Dallas Warmack featured on Recruiting Scout.com

USA Today High School Sports features the recent playoff game Mays vs Stockbridge

AJC:  Semifinals in review

AJC:  State finalists have strong finishing kick

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December 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

Benjamin E. Mays High School Raiders advances to the semifinals!

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Last Friday, Benjamin E. Mays High School Raiders advanced to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state Class AAAAA football semifinals for the first time in the school’s history, after a memorable 44-41 victory over Jones County High. The Raiders are the first Atlanta Public Schools to reach the semifinals since Grady High School in 2005. Tonight, the Raiders will take on Stockbridge High School Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the gate for adults and children. The school is located at 1151 Old Conyers Rd., Stockbridge, GA 30281. Parking is free.

The Mays football team journey began this season when they pulled off a stunning upset over the previously #1 ranked Ware County Gators on November 21 with a 21-18 victory, in Waycross. With this win, the Raiders advanced to the state quarterfinals for the first time in the school’s history!

Last week, the Raiders hosted the Jones County Greyhounds on Friday night at Lakewood Stadium, making it the first time since 2010, that Atlanta Public Schools hosted a quarterfinal football game.

The Raiders defeated the Greyhounds 44-41 on the final play of the game with a 17-yard pass from Asahnia Aderhold to Julius Whitehead.

APS congratulates Associate Superintendent of High Schools Dr. Timothy Gadson; APS Director of Athletics Jasper Jewell; Mays High School Principal Rick Fowler; Athletic Director Natasha D. Harrigan; Head Football Coach Corey Jarvis, his coaching staff and the Mays Raider Football team!

Please support Raider Nation tonight for the big game!

Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Mays vs. Stockbridge
1151 Old Conyers Rd., Stockbridge, GA 30281

Admission: $15

December 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

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