Archive for June, 2012
Interim Principals have been recommended for the Therrell School of Health Science and Research, Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy, Jackson High School and B.E.S.T. Academy High School campuses for the 2012-2013 school year.
|BEST High School
|Gary Cantrell, Interim
|Maynard Jackson High School||Thomas Kenner, Interim
|Therrell School of Health Science and Research||Shelly Powell, Interim
|Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy||Libra Royster, Interim
Since the age of 7, Lucy Leonard has spent part of each summer vacation in the same way.
Located only four hours outside of Atlanta, yet still worlds away, the Henry Grady High School recent graduate is a veteran at YMCA’s Camp Thunderbird, located in North Carolina. Learning lifelong lessons and developing valuable friendships year after year as a camper, this year Lucy has chosen a summer of service, spending the next few weeks as a camp counselor. Lucy hopes to further develop her leadership and management skills while teaching other youth skills that they can carry back to the classroom in the fall.
So how does she describe being responsible for a cabin of twelve 14 year old girls? “I find them both fun and challenging,” says Lucy.
This year, her counselor responsibilities have taken her to the challenge course, where she teaches young campers how to climb, rappel, and zipline.
Come August, Lucy will head to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Having earned a merit-based scholarship to Tulane, she is currently pondering studying anthropology, international relations or journalism. Lucy is very interested in travel, writing, and photography and developed her sharp newsroom skills while serving as the associate managing editor of The Southerner, Grady High School’s award winning newspaper.
Always seeking a new challenge, Lucy hopes to further her journalistic experience at the Tulane Hullabaloo, the university’s student newspaper. Lucy has applied for the Hullabaloo’s Summer Journalism Experience, which would give her an advance taste of news writing in the Big Easy.
Atlanta Public Schools will host its second round of APS School Closure Repurposing Committee meetings at Capitol View, Herndon and White elementary schools for the immediate community beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012 to discuss how these facilities will be repurposed for educational and/or operational use.
Capitol View is located at 1442 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Herndon Elementary is located at 350 Temple St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30314. White Elementary is located at 1890 Detroit Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA 30317. Committee members from each school zone are invited to attend.
The APS School Closure Repurposing Committee is comprised of members of the community who reside or work within the surrounding neighborhood of each school, including neighborhood planning units (NPU), neighborhood associations, Atlanta City Council members, APS officials and members of the Atlanta Board of Education. The meetings are being facilitated by representatives from Atlanta Public Schools.
Over the past month, the respective communities have had an opportunity to provide input and bring forth more options for each building via their NPU, neighborhood association or school board members. In addition, Atlanta City Council members have held town hall meetings specifically to discuss the repurposing of the three sites. APS also encouraged community members to submit options that came in the interim to the district prior to June 28th.
For more information, please contact APS’s Office of External Affairs at 404-802-2826 or via email at email@example.com
Interim Principals Scheduled to Serve at Jackson, B.E.S.T. Academy and Therrell High Schools During 2012-2013
Atlanta Public Schools will appoint interim principals for Jackson, B.E.S.T. Academy and Therrell high schools for the 2012-13 school year.
The district is committed to identifying high-performing candidates to lead our schools in the interim, as well as long term.
Permanent principal assignments will be made by the end of the upcoming school year. Full community input and participation will be expected and encouraged during the search and selection process.
Our students deserve high quality, effective school leaders and we will invest the time and resources necessary to ensure that we recruit the most talented, innovative and results driven principals available.
Mark Mygrant to return as interim principal of North Atlanta High School, as search continues for new school leader
Long-time North Atlanta High School Principal Mark Mygrant will return to lead the school on an interim basis, as the search continues for a new leader.
Mygrant will formally retire this month, but will return a month after his retirement to lead preparations for the start of classes for the new school year on August 6, as well as continue plans for the relocation of the school’s students, faculty and staff to their new location, scheduled for the start of the 2013-14 school year. Tentative plans are for Mygrant to return as principal for three months, after which a new principal is expected to be hired.
The search for a new leader for North Atlanta High School will continue to include participation by parents and members of the local community. APS officials are hopeful the process will be concluded by late summer.
CLICK HERE to download the 2012-2013 Pre-Kindergarten lottery results or visit the APS Pre-K Website: http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/site/Default.aspx?pageID=982 .
Thank you to all of our parents who participated in this year’s lottery process. Stay tuned for a list of schools with additional classroom space and availability.
Therrell 2012 Graduate Dexwin Thompson described as a quietly effective leader by L.E.A.D.
During the 2011-2012 school year, Dexwin served as an Ambassador for the L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), program. The elite of L.E.A.D., the Ambassadors, represent the organization and the city of Atlanta in summer college exposure baseball tournaments and in community service and civic engagement experiences in the metro Atlanta area from November through July.
This school year, Dexwin received Therrell High School’s Scholar-Athlete award and will attend LaMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, TN on a baseball scholarship.
He attributes receiving the award, as well as his college admission and scholarship, to the academic standards set by the L.E.A.D. mentorship program. Off the field, Dexwin volunteers throughout the community and has even encouraged two other Therrell classmates to join the L.E.A.D. organization.
L.E.A.D. co-founder, Kelli Stewart, says that Dexwin played an instrumental role in guiding the academic future of his classmates who also received baseball scholarships to college this fall. Stewart says, “Dexwin is quiet, but he’s effective. He has proven on and off the field that he has the ability to inspire and lead others.”
Congratulations Dexwin Thompson!
What is L.E.A.D.? L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), a 501c3 nonprofit organization operating in Atlanta, Georgia, is committed to having a significant impact on the number of inner city middle and high school student- athletes playing competitive baseball to prepare them to compete for college baseball scholarships.
Today, Friday, June 15, 2012, is the final day to submit applications for student transfers.
Pursuant to Georgia law, Atlanta Public Schools offers public school choice through the administrative transfer process. Friday, June 15th, 2012 is the final day for parents and guardians to request a general administrative transfer for their children for the 2012-2013 school year. General administrative transfers are transfers that allow students to attend an out of zone school if space is available in the out of zone school.
Transfers applications are selected by lottery and not first come first served. Applications may be submitted in person on ANY of the following remaining dates: June 11 – June 15, 2012 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Applications are accepted at the Department of Student Relations located at 130 Trinity Ave., 2nd Floor, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Applications submitted by mail or fax will not be accepted. All city of Atlanta residents are eligible to apply for administrative transfers. Non-resident students may also apply but tuition will be required. Children of APS full time non-resident employees are considered residents and allowed to attend APS schools tuition-free
General administrative transfers are granted based upon space availability. If the number of applications for a given school exceeds the number of available spaces, a random lottery will be conducted to provide each interested student with an equal opportunity to be admitted. Applications must be submitted in person. Applications will be assigned a lottery identification number which will be used to randomly select approvals for transfers should the number of applicants surpass the number of available seats at a particular school.
Transportation under this public school choice option is the responsibility of the parent. A general administrative transfer is valid through the highest grade of the school for which the transfer is approved. A transfer does not grant students the right to attend the next school in the feeder pattern
Parents are required to submit the following documents with the transfer application. You may attach a copy of all required residency documents to the application or you may bring the originals to the Department of Student Relations and we will make a copy of your residency documents.
a) Current mortgage statement, deed, lease or statement from housing authority;
b) Georgia Power utility bill dated within thirty (30) days of your application date;
c) Photo Identification or APS employment badge (if parent or legal guardian is an APS employee).
d) Any two (2) of the following documents:
1). For the current year, a property tax statement which shows the name and address;
2). Voter registration documentation;
3). Current motor vehicle registration;
4). Employer documentation (e.g. application for employment, health insurance, previously issued W- 2 or Form 1099, pay stub) which evidences the location of the legal residence;
5). Current bank, credit union, or other financial institution documentation (e.g. loan documents,
credit card statement, monthly activity statement, voided check) which evidences the location of
the legal residence;
6). Receipt to have utilities connected; or
7). Current homeowners or renters insurance.
For more information, please contact the Office of Student Relations at 404-802-2233 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Xanadu, the popular APS summer camp for gifted, talented, and high achieving students in the metro Atlanta area, is in full swing! Take a sneek peak inside this exciting program where students play and experiment while enhancing their math, science, and reading skills during the summer. Today we visit Ms. Jellybean Jacobs!
Summer Academy bus routes for APS Summer School are now available online. CLICK HERE to download bus routes.
The Summer Academy is designed to provide students with exposure to the Common Core State Standards in Reading/ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies to prepare students for a successful start in their next grade level.