On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the Atlanta Board of Education held its first Superintendent Search Committee community meetings in the North Region at Coretta Scott King YWLA, Harper-Archer Middle School and Sutton Middle School.
The Board of Education’s Superintendent Search Committee will also hold three additional community input sessions on May16, 20 and 21. The Superintendent Search Committee has committed to gathering input from all key stakeholders such as parents, teachers and students. The sessions are designed to give citizens the opportunity to provide feedback on the characteristics they believe are critical in the next Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent.
“We are at the beginning of the process of creating a superintendent profile for the district,” explains Reuben McDaniel, Board Chair. ”This is a place where the public really needs to be involved. We are asking the public to come out and participate in an open forum, and out of that, the search committee will put together a profile so we can begin looking for potential candidates.”
The Superintendent Search Committee will hold community meetings at schools in every cluster. The purpose of the meetings is to obtain input regarding the profile for the next superintendent. The upcoming meeting dates and locations are listed below. All meetings will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- May 16: South Region meetings will be held at Long MS and Price MS.
- May 20: West Region meetings will be held at Brown MS, Bunche MS and Young MS.
- May 21: East Region meetings will be held at Inman MS and King MS.
Please visit the Superintendent Search Committee page for more information.
For the purpose of reviewing the Atlanta Public Schools Tentative Budget for FY2014, the Atlanta Board of Education Budget Commission will convene on*:
THURSDAY – MAY 16, 2013 AT 3:00 PM
CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP
Auditorium Room 1
130 TRINITY AVE
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
*The Commission may enter into an executive session to discuss pending Litigations
Transitioning from middle school to high school can be quite a challenge for most incoming freshmen, but Uwezo Flewellen II has taken on the challenge and exceeded the expectations of most. Uwezo is a pre-IB student at Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School and an alumni of Coan Middle School. His love for math and dedication to student achievement led him to create a math-tutoring program called “Simple Math Today,” which is offered to students at Coan Middle School.
Although math can be a challenging subject, Uwezo believes that all students can achieve success in math by incorporating a peer-to-peer modeling technique. This technique supports students with their math assignments and builds the students’ self-confidence to tackle new math skills. High school students who volunteer with Simple Math Today receive service hours for their time and talent.
Uwezo maintains a 3.5 GPA while being active in drama club, chorus, and his youth group at Impact Church. He often volunteers in the community and helps classmates with their projects as well. Uwezo plans to continue offering tutoring to After School All Stars students at Coan Middle, and he hopes to offer the program to more ASAS Atlanta sites in the future.
- written by Debbie Vassell Mitchell, Media Specialist at Coan Middle School
POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE
Ms. Yolanda K. Johnson, Chair
The Policy Review Committee of the Atlanta Board of Education will convene on Wednesday May 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm to discuss potential board policy revisions/additions.
DR. BENJAMIN E. MAYS CONFERENCE ROOM
CENTER FOR LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP
130 TRINITY AVE, 2nd FL.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
Three Brown Middle Schools students, Benjamin Leverette, Kamon Baker, and R’Daizyja Bell, recently submitted posters for the Clark-Atlanta University W.E.B DuBois Commemorative Symposium. The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Dr. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, and the young artists celebrated his life and scholarship through their art. Each students’ artwork was judged and reviewed by the descendants of Dr. DuBois, Dr. Charles Drew, Madame C.J. Walker and Ida B.Wells-Barnett.
The Brown Middle Schools students placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the contest. Each piece of artwork was printed on postcards and sold at the symposium. The postcards are available for purchase at the Hammonds House Museum for the rest of the year.
Bunche Middle School is proud to announce that Ishatou Diambo, an 8th grader at Bunche, and Todd McClendon, a 7th grader at Bunche, were selected as finalists in the ‘Do the Write Thing’ Essay Contest. Each year, this anti-violence organization challenges students to express their position on the impact of youth violence on their lives, the causes and effects of youth violence, and ways to prevent youth violence in their communities.
All across America, students are rising to the challenge of doing something to end youth violence. The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Through classroom discussions and writings, students communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. In addition, they make personal commitments to do something about this problem. Local community groups promote the program at the grassroots level so that teachers, school administrators, parents, coaches, and young people can bring youth violence into the open, where it can be examined and talked about in a constructive way.
This year, the finalists will be recognized at an annual dinner. If selected as national ambassadors, the students, along with their family and teachers, will be invited to Washington D.C. for a national conference.
On May 3rd, Parkside Elementary’s teacher, Mr. Timothy Farmer, and his third grade class journeyed to Birmingham, Alabama, as a culminating activity as they finished reading of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This award-winning historical fiction chronicles the life of a family who visits Birmingham for a summer trip and encounters the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which took the lives of four young girls. The students, along with several parents, visited the church and the nearby Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Birmingham is currently commemorating a yearlong 50th anniversary observance of the Civil Rights Movement in the city. This trip was a great experience for the students as it provided an opportunity to bring history and classroom reading to life.