Archive for February 15, 2012

Over $4,000 in classroom grants awarded to 2nd grade teacher at Parkside Elementary School

Ms. Kareem with her 2nd grade class at Parkside Elementary School.

Bejanae Kareem, a second grade teacher at Parkside Elementary, honed her grant writing skills and recently received over $4000 in grant money.  Ms. Kareem submitted the grant request after she realized that she needed extra funding in order to carry out special projects for her class.

“It has been a challenge to find funding for special projects,” said Kareem.  “However, there are several resources that allow you to design projects and use community donations to support those projects and also help purchase things you need for your students.” 

Not only did Kareem find funding for her own class projects, but she also secured resources to help with teacher, parent and student collaboration, and funding to support Parkside’s robotics team. 

“Ms. Kareem is a tremendous asset to our school,” said principal Phillip Luck.  “The grant money she earned has provided an incredible amount of support, not only for her classroom but for our entire student body–especially the after school robotics program.”

The list of funds awarded to Kareem along with additional grant opportunities for educators are listed below.

Brightpoint Literacy -$500 (Books for Boys) http://www.brightpointliteracy.com

Donorschoose.org-$800 (Books for Boys & Speak Up! Loud & Proud) Donorschoose.org

Adopt-A-Classroom-$230 (Speak Up! Loud & Proud) Adoptaclassroom.org

NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grant -$2000 (Collective
Collaboration)
http://www.neafoundation.org

Toshiba America Foundation K-5 Math and Science Grant Program-$1000 (Project RoboPandas) http://www.toshiba.com

Additional Grant Opportunities
http://www.fundforteachers.org/funding-opportunities/index.php

A portion of the grant funding was used to support Parkside's award-winning robotics team.

February 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm Leave a comment

APS Parent Academy – Common Core Standards: February 25, March 3 and March 10

Come learn how APS will transition from Georgia Performance Standards to Common Core State Standards. This informative workshop will provide an overview of the new standards and offer practical ideas for activities to help children learn at home.

Parents are encouraged to attend ANY session that meets their schedule.

All sessions are from 10am – 2pm

  • Saturday, February 11, Kennedy Middle School – 225 James Brawley Dr., SW  30314
  • Saturday, February 25, Price Middle School – 1670 Benjamin W. Bickers Dr. SW 30315
  • Saturday, March 3, Inman Middle School – 774 Virginia Ave., NE 30306
  • Saturday, March 10, BEST Academy – 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy., NW 30318
About the Common Core Standards:  These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based. (source: http://www.corestandards.org)
Learn more about the Common Core Standards
Key Points in English Language Arts
Key Points in Mathematics
Common Core Myths vs Facts

Download the flyer HERE.

February 15, 2012 at 10:11 am Leave a comment


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