Archive for May, 2012
Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded The Intown Academy a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant as announced May 10, 2012.
The grant is part of the Let’s Play initiative introduced in November of 2010 – a $15 million, three-year commitment from Dr Pepper Snapple Group to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Together through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.
In March 2012, The Intown Academy submitted a grant application to Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!. It is one of 36 organizations to receive a grant this year from a national pool of over a hundred applicants and was the only organization awarded from metro-Atlanta. The school is embarking on a capital campaign to raise the remaining $25,000 needed to build the playground by April 2013. When built, The Intown Academy will be the only school in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood with a playground.
“Physical fitness is as important an achievement as academic mastery,” says The Intown Academy’s principal, Lola Burse. “Having a playground at The Intown Academy within our fenced area means that students, especially those in grades kindergarten through second, can play in a safe, secure area within a few steps of our back door.”
Unstructured, child-directed play has been proven to help kids develop physically, socially and cognitively, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. Via Let’s Play grants and projects in 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 528 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 1.3 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds. People are encouraged to visit Let’s Play at http://www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make their communities more active and playful.
About The Intown Academy
The Intown Academy is a tuition-free, public, community-based charter school open to students in the Atlanta Public Schools district. The mission of The Intown Academy is to promote the high academic achievement and emotional and social growth of an inquiring, open, and supportive learning community. The Intown Academy opened with grades K-6 in 2010 and will grow to K-8 in the 2012-2013 school year. http://www.intownacademy.org; address: 386 Pine Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is the leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non- cola soft drinks, and 9 of our 12 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes Sunkist soda, 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Crush, Mott’s, Squirt, Hawaiian Punch, Penafiel, Clamato, Schweppes, Venom Energy, Rose’s and Mr & Mrs T mixers. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas- based company, please visit http://www.drpeppersnapple.com.About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that’s saving play. Together, through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information, visit Let’s Play on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/letsplay or online at http://www.LetsPlay.com.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.kaboom.org.
Congratulations to our 2012 graduates. Links to photo galleries and audio files are now available below.
Mays High School
Crim Open Campus
Douglass High School
The New Schools at Carver
North Atlanta High School
South Atlanta High School
Jackson High School
Grady High School
Washington High School
Therrell High School
Congratulations to APS’ Fickett Elementary 4th graders who recently placed first in the Stock Market Game. The students outranked 99 other teams, including middle and high schools, across the metro Atlanta area.
The students on the winning team are Ojochiliemi Okoka, Clayton Gaines, Grant Maxey, and Willie Stiggers.
The game is designed by the Georgia Council on Economic Education and helps students develop an understanding of how private enterprise works. Each team works with a hypothetical portfolio of $100,000 and at the end of ten weeks, the team with the highest portfolio value wins. According to the Council’s website, “The Stock Market Game™ shows students how the laws of economics unfold in the real world. With equity markets as the model, students see the raw and unfettered forces of private enterprise and market economics play out. Unlike real equity markets, the Stock Market Game™ offers students a safe and pain-free place to learn that the lessons of market economics can sometimes be costly.”
Congratulations to the 19 2012 Georgia Student Media Festival (GSMF) winners listed below. These projects are now eligible to proceed to the International Student Media Festival (ISMF.) To our media specialists, teachers and parents, thank you very much for all your hard work helping the students create and submit their projects this year.
||Bolton Academy ES||Monica Veiga||Rock Cycle||Class Project|
||Bolton Academy ES||Francois Emmanuel||My Story About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr||Malik High|
||Bolton Academy ES||Francois Emmanuel||Making Papier Mache||Class Project|
||Crawford Long MS||S. P. Fayson||Waves||Lazhon Thomas|
||DH Stanton ES||Brenda Street||Hand-y Health Tips||Johnathan Combs,Weldon Freeman, Emeliy Lainez, Savanchi Smith|
||DH Stanton ES||Brenda Street||Good Friends, Good books||Kylonn Freeman, Niya Haggins, Zariyah Jones|
||DH Stanton ES||Kelley Young||Texting While Driving||Omar Reyes, Marquiez Brown|
||DH Stanton ES||Brenda Street||Figurative Language- Its’s a Piece of Cake||Jarquavious Brown, Ramon Frazier, Tamya Hardeman, Jennifer Lee, Trinity Lucas, Jaylen Nelson|
||Ed Cook ES||Carolyn Anderson||The ABCs of Pushes and Pulls||Class Project|
||Harper-Archer MS||Keisha Robinson||Math Millionaires: Test Your Skills||Corey Booker|
||Humphries ES||Oreta Taylor||Then and Now: Comparing Life in the Early Twentieth Century to Life in the Early 21st Century||Jerome Jenkins|
||Maynard Jackson HS||Henderson Maddox||Toxic Waste||Carmyn Bryant|
||South Atlanta HS-CAD||Tokie Rome||A Fools Day Afternoon||Rodney Jordan, Bianca Harris, Richard McGee, Cameron Johnigan|
||South Atlanta HS-CAD||Tokie Rome||Short Necked Giraffe||Clunis Davis|
||South Atlanta HS-CAD||Tokie Rome||Sky the Mole Terminator||Jerrell Colvin|
||South Atlanta HS-CAD||Tokie Rome||A Work in Progress||Larry Hall, Divante Brunson|
||Springdale Park ES||Brianne Turgeon||Reingold Gliere – Website||Nikkel Krishna|
||WT Jackson ES||Theresa King||Kerpoof: GHOST Crab||Eli Carson|
||WT Jackson ES||Theresa King||Static Electricity||Kate Lindgren|
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The members of the Atlanta Board of Education will convene a public information session from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, for the purpose of receiving additional information from The Charles R. Drew Charter School representatives regarding their request to have their existing charter amended.
The session will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium.
130 TRINITY AVE, 2nd Floor
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
*This session is for an informational purpose only, a quorum of the board is not necessary and action will not be taken.
Transition and bonding events are taking place throughout APS to welcome new families redistricted recently following the 2011-2012 Demographic and Capacity Study. Particular attention was given recently by the parents and staff at Fred Armon Toomer Elementary to new students from East Lake and Whitefoord Elementary.
Ebony Henry, mother of Braelen Dory, rising 2nd grader from East Lake said, “Happiness is about loving what you have and three communities coming together will result in an awesome school.” The Open House and Family Fun Day on May 17th hosted by Toomer Elementary for new families from East Lake and Whitefoord was well organized and exciting for all. Toomer’s principal, Dr. Nicole Evans Jones and East Lake’s interim principal, Mary Benton, began the Open House welcoming the children and their families. Toomer’s teachers guided the famileis on a school tour, followed by visiting the classroom of their upcoming grade level.
Ellen Buettner, mother of Sophia Buettner, rising Toomer 3rd grader said, “The open house was so well organized. I think the students liked being able to go off to visit the classrooms by themselves. They were a little shy at first with the teachers, but most warmed up pretty quickly. It’s going to be a great school year at Toomer with all these great families!”
Engaging, hands-on activities facilitated by Toomer’s teachers allowed the children to get a sneak peek into the grade level curriculum of their upcoming school year. Make-and-take projects were created to provide the children with souvenirs from their inaugural visit to Toomer Elementary.
Highlighting the conclusion of the event was a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the new family of Toomer Elementary, which combines Toomer Elementary, East Lake, and a portion of Whitefoord Elemetary school families. Trees Atlanta donated an elm tree planted on the playground by the children and Toomer’s principal. “It will grow to over 30 feet tall and provide shade as kids play and learn, which symbolizes the growing family we are beginning,” said Jones. The children were so enthusiastic to help Toomer’s principal plant the tree and play in the dirt!
Via Smith, mother of Kelvin Simmons, rising 4th grader from East Lake Elementary said, “Transition is defined as the process of changing from one state to another. After tonight, I feel the transition from East Lake to Toomer will be a smooth one.”
To further the bond and strengthen the new school community of Toomer Elementary School, the open house was followed by two weekend events. The students and families from all schools were invited on Saturday to attend the annual Kirkwood Spring Fling, sponsored by the Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization, and on Sunday, the East Lake Schools Coalition hosted an ice cream social at the East Lake Community Learning Garden.
New to Toomer Elementary? Returning student?
View the 2012-2013 School Supply List posted on the school’s website.
ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
2012 PROJECT GRAD SUMMER INSTITUTE
SUMMER INSTITUTE OVERVIEW
APS offers an extended learning college preparatory summer experience to students attending Project GRAD high schools. Project GRAD Summer Institutes are designed to support the college going culture by providing students with opportunities to engage in enrichment courses on Georgia college campuses.
The Project GRAD Summer Institute focuses on developing the life and academic skills of rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students in the areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, and College Readiness. Students have opportunities to engage in a three-week residential experience or four-week commuter experience.
June 4-29, 2012 for Commuter Summer Institute
June 3-23, 2012 for Residential Summer Institute
COMMUTER SUMMER INSTITUTE
The Commuter Summer Institute is a four-week summer experience designed for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who have an interest in continuing their education after high school in a postsecondary institution. The program offers an enriching experience designed to simulate a first hand view of life on a college campus. Our 2012 Summer Institute Commuter Sites are: Atlanta Metropolitan College, Atlanta Technical College, Emory University, Georgia State University, and Morehouse College.
COMMUTER SITE DIRECTIONS
Project GRAD 2012 Summer Institute at Atlanta Metropolitan College
All students traveling to Atlanta Metropolitan College will take MARTA to Metropolitan Parkway. They will enter the campus and begin the program at the Student Center. Staff will be there to greet them.
Project GRAD 2012 Summer Institute at Atlanta Technical College
All students traveling to Atlanta Technical College will take MARTA to Metropolitan Parkway. They will enter the campus and enter the Administration building where the flag poles are located. Staff will be there to greet them.
Project GRAD 2012 Summer Institute at Emory University
All students traveling to Emory University will be picked up by APS bus daily at the Lakewood Train Station departing at 7:30am and returning to Lakewood Train Station. Chaperones will be traveling on the bus with students. If students are arriving by car, they can be dropped off at the Emory Center for Science Education.
Project GRAD 2012 Summer Institute at Georgia State University (Library South)
All students traveling to Georgia State University (Library South) will take MARTA to the Georgia State MARTA Station on Piedmont Avenue. Once exited, students will make a right on Piedmont Avenue and walk down to Gilmer Street, which will be the 2nd light. At Gilmer Street students will make a left and walk up to Courtland Street, which is the next light (bridge with the Georgia State logo). At the light students will make an immediate right into campus. Library North will be immediately facing students on the left. The student will need to pass Library North and continue walking until they see the fountains. At the fountains the students will make a left and walk straight until they enter Library South. There will be Project GRAD staff waiting at the Georgia State and Little Five Points MARTA Stations to escort all students.
Project GRAD 2012 Summer Institute at Morehouse College
All students traveling to Morehouse College will take MARTA to the West End Train Station and walk to the campus to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue and security desk. Staff will be there to greet them.
COMMUTER INSTITUTE TRANSPORTATION
Each participant will be responsible for transportation to their assigned Commuter Site on June 4, 2012 only. Upon reporting to their assigned Commuter Site, participants will be provided with a MARTA card each week to ensure they are in attendance and on time every day of the Summer Institute.
COMMUTER SITE ASSIGNMENT CHANGE FOR MALE STUDENTS PREVIOUSLY ASSIGNED TO ATLANTA METROPOLITAN COLLEGE
We are excited to continue our partnership with Morehouse College as a commuter site for rising 12th grade male students. As a result, male students previously assigned to Atlanta Metropolitan College have been selected to participate in the Summer Institute Commuter Site at Morehouse College. Please call our office at (404) 802-2315 to confirm your participation in the Summer Institute Commuter Site at Morehouse College.
Our daily schedule begins at 8:00am and ends at 1:00pm on Monday through Friday of each week. On June 4, 2012, male students traveling to Morehouse College will take MARTA to the West End Train Station and walk to the campus to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue and security desk. Staff will be there to greet you. You will be responsible for transportation to Morehouse College on June 4, 2012 only. Upon reporting to Morehouse College, you will be provided with a MARTA card each week to ensure you are in attendance and on time every day of the Summer Institute.
RESIDENTIAL SUMMER INSTITUTE
The Residential Summer Institute is a three-week college residential program designed for rising 10th and 11th grade students who have an interest in continuing their education after high school in a postsecondary institution. The program offers an enriching experience designed to simulate a first hand view of life on a college campus. Project GRAD recognizes that living on campus offers a significant contribution to the total educational development of resident students as they learn from individuals of varied backgrounds and experience. The residence hall experience is an extension of, and supplement to, the education obtained in the classroom. Our 2012 Residential Summer Institute sites are Oglethorpe University and the University of West Georgia.
RESIDENTIAL SITE ASSIGNMENT CHANGE FOR STUDENTS PREVIOUSLY ASSIGNED TO UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Unfortunately, we will not offer a 2012 Summer Institute Residential Site experience for rising 11th grade students at the University of Georgia. As a result, the rising 11th grade students previously assigned to the Summer Institute Residential Site at University of Georgia are invited to participate in the Summer Institute Commuter Site at Atlanta Metropolitan College. Please call our office at (404) 802-2315 to confirm your participation in the Summer Institute Commuter Site at Atlanta Metropolitan College.
Our daily schedule begins at 8:00am and ends at 1:00pm on Monday through Friday of each week. On June 4, 2012, students traveling to Atlanta Metropolitan College will take MARTA to Metropolitan Parkway. You will enter the campus and begin the program at the Student Center. Staff will be there to greet you. You will be responsible for transportation to Morehouse College on June 4, 2012 only. Upon reporting to Atlanta Metropolitan College, you will be provided with a MARTA card each week to ensure you are in attendance and on time every day of the Summer Institute.
RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTE TRANSPORTATION
The departure location for Residential Institutes will be The New Schools at Carver located at 55 McDonough Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30315.
Check-In and Registration on June 3, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA students/parents will depart from Carver at 9:00 AM and parents will return at approximately 2:00 PM.
OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY students/parents will depart from Carver at 10:00 AM and parents will return at approximately 2:00 PM.
Residential Closing Program and Check-Out on June 23, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA parents will depart from Carver at 9:00 AM and students/parents will return at approximately 2:00 PM.
OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY parents will depart from Carver at 10:00 AM and students/parents will return at approximately 2:00 PM.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Isaac Sparks Jr., Project Administrator (404) 802-2307 or email@example.com.
Congratulations Therrell High class of 2012. Look for a full photo gallery on Tuesday from our hardworking APS photographer, Scott King.
Enjoy the photos from Jackson High School. Audio and a larger gallery will be available next week.