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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
Toshiba America Foundation K-5 Math and Science Grant Program-$1000 (Project RoboPandas) http://www.toshiba.com
Additional Grant Opportunities
Bejanae Kareem, a second-grade teacher at Parkside Elementary, has recently applied for a Brightpoint Literacy Classroom Mini-Grant. Everyone visiting Brightpoint from March 16 to April 10 will be invited to vote for the proposal they think will best engage boys in literacy learning. Please log-on and vote for her proposal.
Voting takes place in four easy steps:
Step 1: Visit the following link: http://www.brightpointliteracy.com/content/literacy-classroom-mini-grant/
Step 2: Scroll down and click BEJANAE KAREEM, then select VOTE FOR BEJANAE!
Step 3: Type in PARKSIDE ATLANTA, then click our school.
Step 4: Select BEJANAE KAREEM from the drop down menu, then insert your name, email, title and click SUBMIT.
Please share this with your family, friends, and colleagues. VOTE AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE! We greatly appreciate your support in promoting literacy for our male students!
We had a chance to check in on the Georgia Music Educators Association District 5 Elementary and Middle School large group performance evaluation, which was held in the Douglass High auditorium. APS served as host for the event. Coordinators for this year’s event were Garnetta Penn as district chairperson and Lydia Williams as host.
Participating APS schools included Parkside Elementary Chorus, APS Honor Chorus, Inman Middle Chorus, Bunche Middle Chorus and the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) Chorus. Judges included college music professors. Dr. John B. Haberlen, chair of Georgia State University School of Music, judged on tone, pitch, rhythm and diction.
The two-day event at Douglass High is being supported by the efforts of APS Music district personnel who are donating their time to make sure this event went smoothly.
UPDATE: Follow @apsupdate on Twitter, and the hashtag #burgessobama for updates on today’s visit!
We’ve been hoping for this for months, but it’s almost too good to be true: First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Burgess-Peterson Academy on Wednesday to talk about nutrition and gardening (a passion at the school), according to White House officials and as reported on the AJC website. Read the story here. The event is private and will not be open to the public.
The event coincides with the first anniversary of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” intitiative to fight childhood obesity.
This is the culmination of a comprehensive health and wellness focus at Burgess-Peterson Academy, under the leadership of Principal Robin Robbins and physical education instructor Betty Jackson. It was Jackson who has spear-headed most of the initiatives, which include a wellness garden and health-eating options. Jackson also splits her time with Parkside Elementary, where she received the news.
“I think it shows that we are on the righy track,” said Jackson, “and for being such a small, urban school, it’s important to know the message she’s sending about helping to fight childhood obesity is reaching our school — that the children understand that this is for their health. They don’t even say good morning to me, it’s just, ‘Coach, what are we having for a snack today?’ And by that we’re talking about what fruit or what vegetable are we having today. They know it alternates.”
Jackson says she’d actually linked school’s organic garden Facebook page to Obama’s and other health-related pages like that of Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which has honored Burgess-Peterson, W.T. Jackson and Morningside elementary and Sutton Middle for their efforts.
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.
UPDATE: That’s right, we were featured on CNN! Watch here.
Robotics teams from Parkside and Towns elementary schools, B.E.S.T. Academy, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, King and Inman middle schools and Drew Charter School competed in the Project Success FIRST LEGO League, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., on Dec. 11 at B.E.S.T. Academy.
Implemented in 2005, the robotics program was designed to inspire elementary and middle school students’ interest in science and technology through exciting mentor-based activities. FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is an international nonprofit organization that aspires to transform culture by making science, math, engineering and technology just as cool as sports.
Elementary students compete in the FIRST LEGO League. Middle and high school students vie for top honors in FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. The 100 Black Men of Atlanta manages four teams, with a goal of creating robotics mentoring and resources to more APS students.
Famous black inventor and scientist, Dr. Lonnie Johnson, an active member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, works closely with the initiative and houses the 100′s Robotics Program at his laboratory. Dr. Johnson’s donation of time and resources provides the teams an opportunity to see scientists at work, while supplying furniture, computers, software and the services of an IT specialist and engineer.
During Saturday’s main event, students milled in and out of the gym, monitoring the action and waiting for their chance to compete. After one victory, members of the B.E.S.T. Academy team shook hands and congratulated their competitors.
Photos by Scott King, look for a video soon.
Seven public school teachers from Cornwall, England, will visit half a dozen APS schools next week as part of an international exchange of best and alternative educational practices. The British teachers are scheduled to visit Coretta Scott King and Kennedy middle schools and Dunbar, Smith Primary, Jones and Parkside elementary schools Monday-Friday, Oct. 25-29.
The trip is funded by the British Department of Children, Schools and Families and organized by the British Council, which arranges educational trips abroad for British teachers around themes relevant to their schools. The British teachers plan to visit schools in small groups of between one and three individuals spread over the five-day period among the six APS schools. News media representatives are invited to cover the visits.
This just in, from Parkside Elementary science teacher Ronnie Thomas:
Who said elementary students can’t build robots? It wasn’t principal, Dr. Phillip Luck and the Robotics club sponsors at Parkside Elementary. The RoboPandas Robotics team was formed during the 2009-2010 academic school year to challenge students to think about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts through building and programming LEGO robots. The initial club consisted of two coaches and eighteen students in grades 2-5 and has grown to include six coaches, two parent liaisons and 50 students!
Parkside’s STEM initiative also offers rocket and amateur radio clubs as well as the opportunity for fourth- and fifth-graders to attend NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. These 21st century approaches have increased student achievement and interest in core academic areas. For additional information regarding the Robotics program, visit www.usfirst.org or our student-created website www.robopandas.webs.com.
Nestled in the Grant Park neighborhood, Parkside Elementary is just a stone’s throw from the Oct. 2 Neighborhood Celebration‘s host school, Maynard H. Jackson High. We love Parkside for its diverse student population and its excellent principal, Dr. Phillip Luck. And we also love the fact that last summer Parkside served as the host site for the exciting Xanadu Gifted and Talented program — one of several facets of a dynamic partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center. (Check out the video and blog post we did over the summer.)
And as we continue looking at the participating schools at the Neighborhood Celebration, we have to say we love Parkside Elementary’s dedicated teachers. There’s the award-winning Armelia Ray Braddy, who over the summer was named one of three Georgia physical-education teachers to be honored by HealthPowers, for promoting healthy choices in her school. “Mrs. Braddy is one of our greatest assets,” said Dr. Luck in this blog post. ” … her job sets the standard for others to follow.” There’s also Ronnie Thomas (pictured, above), last year’s Parkside Teacher of the Year, who is such a star teacher that he earned a scholarship to attend the 2010 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy (HE@SA) program this June. Here are this thoughts on the experience.
UPDATE: Check out these profiles on Coan Middle School, King Middle, Parkside Elementary, the participating Confucius Institute schools, and the charter schools. Download and share this copy of the flyer!
The second annual APS Neighborhood Celebration will take place between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, at Maynard H. Jackson High School (801 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta GA, 30316). Part pep rally, part open house, the “All for All, One by One” event will celebrate our neighborhood schools through student performances, a “Parade of Schools,” school displays and a canned food drive benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Hosea Feed The Hungry & Homeless. (Check out last year’s amazing Neighborhood Celebration!)
Parents, prospective students, Realtors and school, civic and business partners from the southeast Atlanta community are invited to attend to experience what’s happening at their neighborhood APS school. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come back to this page for continual updates and previews from the participating schools as they give us a sneak peek at what you can expect as we celebrate our southeast Atlanta schools! For example, you can learn about such exciting school program’s as Jackson High’s performing arts offerings (pictured above).
• Maynard H. Jackson High
• Coan Middle
• King Middle
• Atlanta Charter Middle
• Charles R. Drew Charter
• Imagine Wesley International Academy Charter
• Neighborhood Charter
• Intown Academy
• Benteen Elementary
• Burgess-Peterson Academy
• Cook Elementary
• East Lake Elementary
• Parkside Elementary
• Hill-Hope Elementary
• Toomer Elementary
• Whitefoord Elementary
• Tech High