APS Buses Conduct Practice Run July 29

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Contact:  Kimberly Willis Green    404-802-2836  kwgreen@atlantapublicschools.us

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                    JULY 27, 2015

          APS Buses Conduct Practice Run July 29                                                                                                 

ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools bus drivers will conduct a practice run on all bus routes Wednesday, July 29 from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in preparation for the first day of school—Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The purpose of the practice run is for bus drivers to become familiar with their routes within the school neighborhoods, improve accuracy of timing during current traffic patterns, and to estimate the pick and drop off schedules for students and their families. APS buses travel 21,904 miles per day transporting 24,000 students to and from school.

Motorists should be aware that APS bus drivers will run their routes in real time, making stops, dropping bus arms and opening doors on the busy streets of Atlanta during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Who:                  Atlanta Public Schools Transportation Department bus drivers

What:                 A practice run on all APS routes in real time during morning and afternoon rush hours in preparation for the  first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 5.

When:                Wednesday, July 29, 2015 – 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where:               Buses will depart from the following locations:

Metropolitan Bus Depot          and         Lakewood Bus Depot

1661 Metropolitan Parkway, SW              70 Claire Drive, SW

Atlanta, GA 30315                                    Atlanta, GA 30315

July 27, 2015 at 11:21 am 1 comment

APS Kicks Off 2015-16 School Year with Back-to-School Bash July 25

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                JULY 24, 2015

APS Kicks Off 2015-16 School Year with Back-to-School Bash July 25

WHO:          APS students and families

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D.

Atlanta Board of Education Chair Courtney D. English

WHAT:        The APS Back-to-School Bash is a one-stop shop for all incoming and returning APS students and their families   to learn about everything students will need for the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 5. More than 5,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies (while supplies last) will be given away during the event.logo__APS-BASH_2015plain

WHEN:       10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015

WHERE:     Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Easley Conference Center

1630 Metropolitan Pkwy., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Photo Ops:  12 p.m. Frederick Douglass High School Drumline and other APS students will join Superintendent Carstarphen, Board Chairman English, and members of the Atlanta Board of Education for a festive welcome ceremony.

12:40 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Media interviews with Superintendent Carstarphen

Background: The Back-to-School Bash is the first time Atlanta Public Schools has presented a districtwide event focused on preparing students and their families for Day One—the first day of school. With the help of sponsors and 80 exhibitors, families will receive information about the district’s resources and services, afterschool programs, free books (while supplies last), health screenings, and much more. In addition, families are invited to participate in activities such as door prize drawings, Braves Around Town, Fox5 StormChaser, and to sample menu offerings for the upcoming school year from the Sodexo Food Truck. Admission is free for all APS families. Free shuttle bus transportation will be provided to and from the Bash at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. from the Oakland City MARTA Station, located at 1400 Lee St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 and the following APS schools:

  • Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Mays High School, 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
  • Therrell High School, 3099 Panther Tr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
  • Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
  • South Atlanta High School, 800 Hutchens Rd., SE, Atlanta, GA 30354

Current APS students who require special needs transportation to and from the APS Bash may call 404-802-5513 to schedule a pick-up time and location. For more information about the Bash, visit www.apsbacktoschool.com

July 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

APS Hosts 5th Annual Football Media Day July 23 at Bunche Middle School

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                      July 22, 2015

Contact: Kimberly Willis Green 404-802-2836

ATLANTA—Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) 5th Annual Football Media Day will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 23 in the auditorium of the new Ralph J. Bunche Middle School, 1925 Niskey Lake Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30331.

Mays HS - DOMECOMING2014-033APS high school head football coaches and student athletes will discuss off-season conditioning and provide an overview of their team’s outlook for the upcoming 2015 football season. The event will also feature former University of Georgia (UGA) All-American football player Travis Stroud. Stroud built a repertoire for exhibiting true skill in both baseball and football. He graduated from UGA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. Stroud now owns Quest Development Inc., an IT consulting company and a sports-minded clothing line, The GameBreaker Corporation.

News and sports media are invited to attend.

Later this fall, the district will host the 2015 APS High School Classic at Lakewood Stadium Saturday, Aug. 22 featuring the following teams:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Tri-Cities vs. Hardaway-Columbus
  • 2:00 p.m. – Grady vs. Washington
  • 5:00 p.m. – Carver-Atlanta vs. Carver-Columbus
  • 8:00 p.m. – Mays vs. Langston Hughes

Tickets for the Classic are $10 in advance and $12 at the stadium. For more information about the Classic, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/athletics

Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving over 50,000 students across 98 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 80 schools, 18 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.

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July 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

PUBLIC HEARING- THE ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Public Hearing July 29 30 2015

July 15, 2015 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

APS to host Back-To-School Bash July 25

ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is helping families prepare for the 2015-16 school year at its first APS Back-to-School Bash. The districtwide APS Back-to-School Bash will be held Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Easley Conference Center located at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

The Bash is a one-stop shop for all incoming and returning APS students and their families to learn about everything students will need for the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 5.

With over 70 exhibitors, this free event will offer health screenings, on-site enrollment and registration, APS programs and services, community and afterschool resources, fun activities for children, and a free backpack stuffed with school supplies (while supplies last). Upon arrival, APS families will receive a passport to help them navigate through the various booths to receive a free backpack for students in grades PreK-12. The Bash will also provide raffle contests, prize giveaways, a Sodexo Food truck to sample school menu offerings, the Braves Around Town, and the Fox5 StormChaser. Premiere sponsors for the event include Georgia Power, UPS, Google, Georgia Natural Gas, and Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

Admission is free for all APS families. Free shuttle bus transportation will be provided to and from the Bash at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. from the Oakland City MARTA Station, located at 1400 Lee St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 and the following APS schools:

  • Sutton Middle School, 2875 Northside Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30315
  • Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Dr., NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Mays High School, 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30331
  • Therrell High School, 3099 Panther Tr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
  • Washington High School, 45 Whitehouse Dr., NW, Atlanta, GA 30314
  • South Atlanta High School, 800 Hutchens Rd., SE, Atlanta, GA 30354

Current APS students who require special needs transportation to and from the APS Bash can call 404-802-5513 to schedule a pick-up time and location.

For more information about the Bash, visit www.apsbacktoschool.com

July 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

APS Taps Two National Educators for Chief Academic Officer and Chief Schools Officer

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen is recommending two national educators for the roles of Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Chief Schools Officer (CSO) for the district. Olivine Roberts from the Sacramento City Unified School District is recommended to serve as APS’ new CAO. Donyall Dickey from The School District of Philadelphia is recommended to become the district’s CSO, a newly created position. The Atlanta Board of Education will consider the recommendations during its Aug. 10, 2015 meeting.

These positions reflect the restructuring of the district’s Curriculum and Instruction division to bring additional capacity to school leadership and to ensure that the CAO can focus solely on academic programming. Carlton Jenkins served as the district’s CAO for the 2014-2015 school year. In June, he announced his decision to return to a superintendent role. Prior to joining APS, Jenkins was the superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools District in Saginaw, Michigan.

The new Chief Schools Officer will be responsible for the operational and academic management of schools and will directly supervise the associate superintendents who manage principals across the district. In alignment with the district’s accelerated focus on turning around underperforming schools, the CSO will be responsible for implementing proven turn-around strategies and will also oversee the successful implementation of signature academic programming within each high school cluster.

“I am thrilled that we were able to recruit two nationally recognized educators to our team,” said Superintendent Carstarphen. “I am confident that with their appointments under this new organizational structure, our district is well positioned to accelerate efforts around preparing students for college and careers.”

Roberts has served as the CAO of the Sacramento City Unified School District since 2010. Prior to her tenure in Sacramento, Roberts held leadership roles in school districts in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Orlando, Florida—where she started her career as a middle school math teacher.  Roberts will oversee the district’s academic programming including curriculum, academic enrichment, student services, gifted and talented, and early childhood education. Dickey is the Chief Academic Officer of The School District of Philadelphia, where he has also served as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.  Before being recruited to Philadelphia, Dickey was a highly regarded principal, third grade teacher, and high school English teacher in the greater Baltimore area.

Pending school board approval, Roberts and Dickey are expected to join the district in August.

About Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us  

July 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

APS pilots new online enrollment system for new students July 6

Beginning July 6, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will pilot an online enrollment system for parents and guardians to enroll new students in school within a matter of minutes.

Available in English and Spanish, the online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child’s enrollment information and confidentially upload documents to create a preliminary enrollment record. The system also uses the information to determine the student’s neighborhood school and to forward the enrollment application information directly to the school or enrollment site.  Parents can self-select and choose to participate in the online enrollment pilot by visiting http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/46037 and clicking the online enrollment link.

During the July 6-10 pilot, parents and guardians may begin the enrollment process for their student by visiting APS’ Center for Learning and Leadership, 130 Trinity Avenue, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. Parents can also start the enrollment process online to help shorten their in-person visit to the central office or home school, which is still required for APS staff to verify the student’s birth certificate and social security card documents and finalize enrollment. Parents will need to present residency documents and other required forms during this visit.

Registration and enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year also will be available at the APS Back-to-School Bash from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., July 25 at the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Easley Conference Center. The first day of school for APS students is Wednesday, August 5.

Traditional enrollment forms are still available at the enrollment site for parents without computer or internet access. For more information about enrollment, please call the Office of Student Relations at 404-802-2233.

June 26, 2015 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

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