APS Inclusive Schools Week: Meet Champion of Inclusion Edith Abakare

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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) salutes APS Parent Mentor Edith Abakare, as a 2016 Champion of Inclusion!

APS Parent Mentor Edith Abakare received the 2016 Annual Phil Pickens Leadership Award by the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership. This statewide honor recognizes parent mentors and special education administrators who work collaboratively between home, school and community to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, significant contributions to the partnership program, and leadership accomplishments in special education. The late Mr. Pickens is a former Georgia Department of Education special education director who dedicated more than 35 years to improve the education of children with disabilities. He was also the founder of the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership.

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Edith Abakare is greatly appreciated by the district for her continued support and leadership within the special education parent mentor community.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) joins school districts and communities around the world in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) December 5-9, with events and activities in classrooms, schools and communities to raise awareness of educational practices that reach students with disabilities or have diverse backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Champions of Inclusion: POWerful Things Happen in Inclusive Schools.”

 

December 7, 2016 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

APS Inclusive Schools Week: Meet Champion of Inclusion Emily Max

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Atlanta Public Schools salutes Emily Max, as a 2016 Champion of Inclusion!

Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School teacher, Emily Max, was awarded one of six $100,000 grants from Farmers Insurance® Dream Big Teacher Challenge in 2015. With the funds, Max envisioned the creation of an all-inclusive playground accessible for the school’s special needs students. In September 2016, Toomer Elementary School hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new playground. At Toomer Elementary, more than 70 percent of the student population receives free or reduced lunch and the school does not have adequate funds to provide the desired resources to many of its special needs students. With the $100,000 grant, the new playground serves both Toomer Elementary School students as well as the larger community, including the Boys and Girls Club which is next door to the school.

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We thank Emily Max for her thoughtfulness and drive to provide an inclusive play space for the Toomer Elementary School special needs students.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) joins school districts and communities around the world in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) December 5-9, with events and activities in classrooms, schools and communities to raise awareness of educational practices that reach students with disabilities or have diverse backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Champions of Inclusion: POWerful Things Happen in Inclusive Schools.”

December 6, 2016 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

APS Inclusive Schools Week : Meet Champion of Inclusion Holly Barbour

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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) salutes Adapted Art Teacher Holly Barbour, as a 2016 Champion of Inclusion!

Holly Barbour is an Adapted Art Teacher who received the 2016 Croy West Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award. The award was given by the Georgia Art Education Association during their annual conference in August. The Croy West Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award recognizes an NAEA member who has made distinguished professional contributions to art education for students with special needs through scholarly writing, research, professional leadership, teaching and or community service.

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We appreciate Holly Barbour for her commitment to art education and her service to our APS students!

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) joins school districts and communities around the world in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) December 5-9, with events and activities in classrooms, schools and communities to raise awareness of educational practices that reach students with disabilities or have diverse backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Champions of Inclusion: POWerful Things Happen in Inclusive Schools.”

December 5, 2016 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

APS Parents Have “Thanksgiving Lunch” with Students for Family Engagement Day

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Students and parents at Deerwood Academy and several other Atlanta Public Schools ate lunch together on Thursday for Family Engagement Day.

Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, but students and parents throughout the Atlanta Public School system already have eaten a Thanksgiving meal together.

Scores of schools in the district – including Deerwood Academy, F.L. Stanton Elementary, Fain Elementary and Sylvan Hills Middle – celebrated National Family Engagement Day last week, with a Thanksgiving-style lunch for students and their parents, grandparents and siblings.

Cafeteria staffs prepared turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, collard greens, green beans, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls and sweet tea.

One school, Deerwood Academy, had to call in an extra cafeteria worker to help speed hungry students and parents through the line.

“We always have a really good turnout,” said Deerwood school counselor Aleah Brown.

 

November 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Mays Football Advances to State Quarterfinals; South Atlanta Boys, Mays Girls in Top 10 Basketball Poll

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Mays has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs, thanks in large part to junior kicker Chloe Robinson. She successfully converted four of five extra point attempts (one was blocked) in the Raiders’ 35-22 victory over Lee County last week.

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Mays advanced to the third round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs on Friday evening.

The Raiders (11-1), the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAAA-Region 5, rallied from a 22-8 deficit to defeat Lee County (9-3), 35-22. Mays shut out the Trojans in the second half, while the Raiders responded with two touchdown passes from quarterback B.J. Phillips, one each to Amir Abdul-Rahman and Jamarcus McCoy, a touchdown run by Phillips and an interception return for a touchdown by Ferlando Jordan. Junior place kicker Chloe Robinson was successful on four of her five extra point kick attempts (one was blocked). The Raiders will host Tucker (11-1), the No. 1 seed from Region 4, Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.

Douglass was eliminated from the playoffs, 28-20, by Screven County, the Class AA-Region 4 champions. The Astros fought hard and threatened to score in the game’s final seconds, but their drive was snuffed out by the Gamecock defense. Douglass finished the season 8-4 as head coach Rodney Cofield has brought the winning tradition back to the Astro program.

Grady was eliminated from the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion, 24-21, by Woodland-Stockbridge of Henry County when the Wolfpack kicked the game-winning field goal with just three seconds left in the game. The Grey Knights were led by senior quarterback Caylin Newton, who ran for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass to Jacquez Sloan, and Jeffrey Black ran for a touchdown as well. Grady finished the season 10-2 and won the region championship for the first time since 2010.


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Two Atlanta Public Schools teams cracked the first Atlanta Journal Constitution top 10 poll of the season, released on

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Mays has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs, thanks in large part to junior kicker Chloe Robinson. She successfully converted four of five extra point attempts (one was blocked) in the Raiders’ 35-22 victory over Lee County last week.

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The South Atlanta boys team debuts at No. 2 in the Class AA rankings. The Hornets won their first game of the season last week, 94-56, over Drew of Clayton County. Last season, South Atlanta finished 25-7 and advanced to the state finals.

Mays’ girls are No. 3 in the Class AAAAA rankings. The Lady Raiders will open the season Friday at the Tennessee Turkey Jam in Germantown, TN. They finished last season with a record of 22-8 and advanced to the state quarterfinals.

 

November 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Atlanta Public Schools Recognizes World AIDS Day Dec. 1

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Did you know that Atlanta ranks as one of the top metro areas for new HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed?

Did you know that some of the highest-risk zip codes in the nation are home to thousands of APS students?

The facts are shocking so Atlanta Public Schools has decided to take action. APS will recognize World AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, Dec. 1 in our schools and offices.

Elementary Schools

  • Staff members will receive AIDS awareness information.

Middle/High Schools

  • In middle and high schools, counselors, nurses and psychologists will conduct lunch-and-learn events for staff and students.
  • Staff members have been trained to provide information and will have HIV facts brochures and AIDS awareness posters and stickers.
  • The school community will receive information about the virus and can sign a pledge to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Staff and students will wear red.

Administrative Staff

  • An AIDS awareness program will be held at the Center for Leadership and Learning. The program will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 in the CLL auditorium. The program will feature important messages from local AIDS activists about HIV/AIDS in our community.
  • Staff will wear red.
  • AIDS Testing will be available for staff.

November 22, 2016 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Sarah Smith Students Get Civics Lesson From Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

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More than 100 second graders at Sarah Smith Elementary School were treated to a civics lesson by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed last week, as they gained insight about the importance of government, the responsibilities of a city mayor, and how preparation and hard work will help make them successful in life.

“You have to work hard in school and prepare, because preparation is very important,” said Reed, whose visit marked the culmination of a unit on government and leadership. “I know that your futures are very bright.”

During the visit, Reed shared his personal journey and gave students the opportunity to ask questions. They learned about his mayoral responsibilities, how much he enjoys meeting students, and the necessity of cooperating with other local and regional municipalities.

 

November 21, 2016 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

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