Archive for September 26, 2011
Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Turner Broadcasting on hand today to celebrate Springdale Park Elementary – a LEED School
Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle was greeted by students this morning at Springdale Park Elementary School (SPARK) as he arrived for the Turner Broadcasting taping of the ”High Performance, Healthy School” video in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council. SPARK was selected to be highlighted as an exemplary example of a LEED school.
To ascertain LEED certification, the school had to meet certain prerequisites and benchmarks related to sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor air quality. Springdale Park is currently awaiting the final designation for LEED silver-level certification. To achieve this level of certification, the school set goals which included;
• Building classrooms that are acoustically designed to limit noise from the outside and to reduce noise between spaces so teachers can better teach and students can effectively hear and communicate.
• Reducing water use by 20 percent (over current typical water use design) by using high-efficiency fixtures such as low-flow toilets and faucets.
• Reducing energy usage by 24 percent or more over standard building practices by using energy-efficient mechanical systems and increased use of day lighting.
• Obtaining 10 percent of materials from within a 500-mile radius of the school, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts of transportation.
Springdale Park opened for the 2009-2010 school year and is APS’s first LEED-certified school.
SPARK’s principal, Yolonda C. Brown, is dedicated to green learning principles. She, the teachers, and the Springdale Park Parent-Teacher Organization have integrated green concepts such as organic gardening, recycling, and composting into the curriculum. The school has a rooftop garden in addition to a land-based garden and has implemented a Farm to School program in which food that is grown in the garden is used in the cafeteria.
“I am thrilled for the children to be able to learn about their environment and how the design of this building enhances their every day learning experiences. For kids who have asthma or other health conditions, SpringdaleParkis a very healthy place to learn,” says Brown. ”They are breathing much cleaner air. And for us to serve as a model for other APS schools and schools nationwide who want to go green is very exciting.”
Atlanta Public Schools is looking for several self motivated teachers for the current school year with the ability to ensure student success through differentiated instruction. The candidate must be able to create and maintain a climate that promotes respect, tolerance and peaceful problem solving for all students.
Atlanta Public Schools has an immediate need for highly qualified individuals who are professionally certified or have passed the appropriate GACE tests for certification in the subject areas listed below. The district is seeking to hire teachers who are innovative, enthusiastic, and looking for the opportunity to prepare students for a successful future. This event is for Georgia certified teachers, out-of-state certified teachers, and student teachers (GA & out-of-state) who have completed their teacher preparation program in the Spring or Summer of 2011.
Early Childhood Education
Middle School Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Science
Interested individuals, who meet the requirements listed above, must complete an online application in order to be considered for a teaching position. No phone calls please. CLICK HERE for the online application or visit http://www.apsk12.org/HRS/hrs_taleo.aspx . Additional documentation is required via the online application.
Minimum of Level T4 Certification in Early Childhood Education or a Middle School core content area (English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, or Science); OR
Passing scores for the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (or Basic Skills exemption eligibility) AND the GACE in Early Childhood Education or a Middle School core content area listed above
Atlanta Public Schools Weekly Athletic Schedule
|26-Sep||Marist @ Carver||7:00PM||Grady Stadium|
|27-Sep||Tucker @ Douglass||5:30PM||Grady Stadium|
|29-Sep||Therrell @ South Atlanta||7:30PM||Grady Stadium|
|30-Sep||BEST Academy @ St. Francis||7:30PM||St. Francis|
|30-Sep||Lovett @ Maynard Jackson||5:30PM||Grady Stadium|
|30-Sep||Washington @ Grady||8:00PM||Grady Stadium|
|1-Oct||Druid Hills @ North Atlanta||4:00PM||Grady Stadium|
|Junior Varsity Football|
|9/28/2011||Mays @ North Atlanta||5:30PM||North Atlanta High|
|9/28/2011||Douglass @ Grady||5:15PM||Grady Stadium|
|9/29/2011||Carver @ Newton||5:30PM||Newton|
|Middle School Football|
|10/1/2011||BEST @ Freedom||10:30AM||Hallford Stadium|
|10/1/2011||Coan @ Kennedy||9:00AM||Grady Stadium|
|10/1/2011||King @ Long||10:45AM||Grady Stadium|
|10/1/2011||Young @ Price||12:30PM||Grady Stadium|
|10/1/2011||Bunche @ Harper-Archer||10:00AM||S. Atlanta High|
|10/1/2011||Sutton @ Inman||10:00AM||N. Atlanta High|
|9/27/2011||St. Francis @ S. Atlanta||5:00PM||S. Atlanta|
|9/27/2011||Douglass/ Mays/ Whitewater||5:00PM||Douglass|
|9/27/2011||Grady/ Sandy Creek/ McNair||5:00PM||Sandy Creek|
|9/27/2011||N. Atlanta/ Druid Hills/ Towers||5:00PM||Druid Hills|
|9/29/2011||Jackson/ Grady/ S. Atlanta||5:00PM||Grady|
|9/29/2011||North Atlanta @ North Springs||5:00PM||North Springs|
|9/29/2011||Creekside/ Therrell/ Washington||5:00PM||Creekside|
|9/26/2011||N. Atlanta @ Mays||5:00PM||Mays Field|
|9/26/2011||S. Atlanta @ Carver||5:00PM||Carver|
|9/27/2011||Carver @ Mays||5:00PM||Mays Field|
|9/27/2011||Douglass @ Miller Grove||5:00PM||Miller Grove|
|9/27/2011||St. Pius X @ Washington||5:00PM||Washington|
|9/27/2011||Grady @ North Springs||5:00PM||North Springs|
|9/28/2011||S. Atlanta @ GAC||5:45PM||GAC|
|9/29/2011||Carver @ S. Atlanta||5:00PM||S. Atlanta|
|9/29/2011||Douglass @ Grady||5:00PM||Crim|
|9/29/2011||N. Atlanta @ Washington||5:00PM||Washington|
|Middle School Softball|
|9/27/2011||Long @ Harper-Archer||5:00PM||Southside 2|
|9/27/2011||Inman @ Bunche||5:00PM||Southside 3|
|9/27/2011||Young @ Sutton||5:00PM||Southside 1|
|9/29/2011||CSK @ Sylvan||5:00PM||Southside 2|
|9/29/2011||Brown @ Price||5:00PM||Southside 4|
|9/29/2011||Kennedy @ King||5:00PM||Southside 3|
|9/28/2011||Washington/ Jackson/ Therrell||5:00PM||Grant Park|
|9/28/2011||Mays/ S. Atlanta/ Douglass||5:00PM||Grant Park|
|9/28/2011||CSK/N. Atlanta/ Grady/ Carver||5:00PM||Grant Park|
Officials from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) will meet with Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) senior management team, board members and community supporters Monday and Tuesday of this week.
The two-day on-site visit is the final step required to remove the district’s “accredited probation” status and return APS to good standing as defined by the accreditation agency.
According to Board of Education Chair Brenda Muhammad, “The SACS interviewing team is visiting the CLL building today. Scheduled are half hour sessions with APS board members & stakeholders, including parents and Mayor Kasim Reed.”
The final progress report was submitted to AdvanceED C.E.O. Mark Elgart on September 12, by Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. SACS is an accreditation division of AdvancED.
On January 18, SACS placed the district’s accreditation of high schools on probation, pending the resolution by the Atlanta Board of Education of six Required Actions by September 30, 2011. APS high schools remain fully accredited, meaning that students are eligible to apply to colleges and universities of their choice and receive HOPE and other scholarships. APS elementary and middle schools are not impacted.
Six required actions
In its report to the district, SACS outlined the following six action items that the Atlanta Board of Education must complete prior to the Sept. 30 deadline:
1. Develop and implement a long-term plan to communicate with and engage stakeholders in the work of the district to achieve the Board’s mission for educating the students of Atlanta Public Schools (APS). The plan should focus on efforts that will regain stakeholders’ trust and confidence in the governance and leadership of Atlanta Public Schools. (Download High-Level Action Plan1)
2. Secure and actively use the services of a trained, impartial professional mediator who will work with the Board members to resolve communication, operational and personal issues impeding the effectiveness of the governing body. (Download High-Level Action Plan2)
3. Ensure that the actions and behavior of all board members are aligned with board policies, especially those related to ethics and chain of command, and AdvancED/SACS CASI Accreditation Standards and policies. (Download High-Level Action Plan3)
4. Review and refine policies to promote the processes that are needed to achieve the Board’s Mission in the education of the Atlanta Public School students. The board members shall provide evidence that they have refocused all of their energies on improving the teaching and learning processes for all their students. (Download High-Level Action Plan4)
5. Develop and implement a process for selecting a superintendent that is transparent during all phases, engages public participation, and demonstrates integrity throughout the process. It is strongly suggested that the final selection of the superintendent should be determined by more than a simple majority vote of approval by the Board. (Download High-Level Action Plan5)
6. Work directly with the State of Georgia to address the inconsistencies in the Atlanta Independent School System. (Download High-Level Action Plan6)