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On February 7th, the Atlanta Public Schools District Spelling Bee was hosted at Gideons Elementary School. The APS Spelling Bee is sponsored annually by the Atlanta Association of Educators (AAE), with Ramon Reeves as President and Martha Henderson as the Spelling Bee Coordinator. Congratulations to the winners of the APS Spelling Bee who will advance to the Georgia Association of Educator Distinct Spelling Bee on February 23rd!
“We wish you the best of luck and look forward to you advancing to the state and national level finals,” says Martha Henderson, Spelling Bee Coordinator.
The winners of the 2013 APS Spelling Bee:
- 1st Place- Theo Weimar, Mary Lin Elementary
- 2nd Place – Sydney Ragland, Young Middle
- 3rd Place – Amanda Stevens, Sutton Middle
- 3rd Place – Wen Lu, Beecher Hills Elementary
Schools that participated in the 2013 APS Spelling Bee:
- Bethune Elementary
- Beecher Hills Elementary
- Boyd Elementary
- Gideons Elementary
- Charles Drew Charter
- Continental Colony Elementary
- Dobbs Elementary
- Garden Hills Elementary
- Grove Park Intermediate
- Heritage Academy
- Young Middle
- Hope-Hill Elementary
- Kipp Ways Academy
- Fain Elementary
- Mary Lin Elementary
- M. Agnes Jones Elementary
- Miles Elementary
- Morningside Elementary
- Sarah Smith Elementary
- Sutton Middle
- Town Elementary
- Usher Elementary
- Jackson Elementary
- Finch Elementary
“Spelling bees offer an opportunity for students to exhibit their proficiency in the art of spelling,” says Martha Henderson. “We watched as you demonstrated your ability to decipher new and challenging words. On behalf of the Atlanta Association of Educators and President Ramon Reeves, we would like to congratulate all of the students who participated in APS District Spelling Bee. You are winning representatives from each of the Atlanta Public Schools across the district. Your journey did not end last week because you are proficient spellers.
“The Atlanta Association of Educators takes pride in hosting and coordinating the District Spelling Bee,” says AAE President Ramon Reeves. “We applaud each student and school who participated in the event at the school level and at the district level. I greatly appreciate the AAE Spelling Bee Chairperson, Mrs. Martha Henderson, for the hard work she and her committee put into ensuring the Spelling Bee was successful. Also, I would like to publicly thank Ms. Wanda Harmon, Principal of Gideons Elementary, for allowing the Spelling Bee to be at her school and assisting the chairperson.”
On Friday, April 20, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, the wife of Governor Nathan Deal, paid visits to four APS elementary schools and read to Pre-K students in their classrooms as part of her effort to emphasize the importance of literacy, reading and early learning.
Pre-K students at Connally Elementary School, Beecher Hills Elementary School, Kimberly Elementary School and Continental Colony Elementary School listed as the First Lady spoke to the children about the importance of making reading an important part of their everyday lives and becoming life-long readers.
It was a great day for reading! View the full photo gallery HERE.
Beecher Hills Elementary fifth-grader Trinity Davenport has been chosen to be a part of a seven-member youth panel (elementary through high school) at the Second Annual Georgia School Wellness Summit on March 19 on the campus of Clayton State University. Davenport will not only be representing Beecher Hills and APS, but also the voice of every student in the state of Georgia.
Davenport served as a school Student Wellness Ambassador last year, and this year serves as the schools SGA president while participating in an orchestra trio (viola), the Junior Beta Club, and as a “Buzzing Bee” volunteer in the media center.
“I’m really excited because I get to show the wellness efforts at the school,” said Davenport.
Indeed, Beecher Hills is active about being active, thanks in part to third-year physical-education instructor Kristin Horton. The school starts the day with an optional yoga class that is shown on closed-circuit TV. (About half the school participates, depending on the day.) Plenty of recess time is provided, after lunchtime. And each Wednesday, the school staff and students wear a laminated purple badge encouraging everyone to avoid junk food.
But the excitement this year is over a competition between staff and students over who will be the most active. Each participant marks how many steps they take using pedometer. What started out as a month-long competition will probably last until the end of the school year, Horton says.
“The purpose of the youth panel is to learn from the youth how to better engage them in making their school and community healthier. This is an amazing opportunity for Trinity, and she deserves credit for her hard work and dedication to the health and well-being of her fellow peers,” said Horton. “The faculty is taking their health and wellness and made it a priority, and we’re setting an example for the students.” In fact, next week the school will undergo a health assessment from a visiting company, Health MPowers.
The event is sponsored by Action for Healthy Kids and will feature other wellness-related organizations.
Congratulations to Morris Brandon, Centennial Place, Garden Hills, Parkside, D.H. Stanton, Toomer, Beecher Hills, and Drew Charter elementary schools for their outstanding performance in the fourth-annual APS Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl this last weekend. As the highest-scoring teams, Parkside and Morris Brandon will proceed to the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Thanks to all the coaches, parents, and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the students, and best of luck at the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. For more information on the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, please visit here. Hat tip to APS Media Coordinator Warren Goetzel.
Target Volunteers came together with Beecher Hills Elementary on Tuesday to help the students celebrate Read Across America Day. The volunteers read to pre-kindergarten through third-grade classes. One class was selected for a video contest to receive a Dr. Seuss book for each student. In addition to the Target Volunteers, popular Seuss character The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 visited the school.
Beecher Hills Elementary will hold its second annual Vocabulary Parade on Oct. 30. This parade is part of the school’s continuing emphasis on vocabulary development. It is our hope that students will enjoy this activity while increasing their vocabulary, and we hope that all students, grades K-5, will create a project.
The idea for the parade comes from the book Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster by Debra Frasier. Last year, Beecher Hills had students and teachers define words like “percussion,” “flamboyant,” “camouflage,” “luminescent,” and “foliage.” We can’t wait to see what this year’s parade will bring!
Atlanta Public Schools, Beecher Hills Elementary, Target and Heart of America celebrated the opening of Beecher Hills’ renovated media center on Friday morning.
The project included 2,000 new books as well as new bookshelves, tables, chairs, carpeting, lighting, a Promethean board and repainted walls with an undersea mural. While much of the pre-planning and design work was months in the making, much of the heavy lifting and installation occurred Friday morning, thanks to 150 Target Volunteers.