ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Washington, KAC Shut Out APS Rivals


After an 0-2 start, Washington has won two of its last three games, including a 7-0 shutout of B.E.S.T. Academy last Friday.

Washington and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (KAC) shut out their fellow Atlanta Public Schools opponents this weekend and are now tied for first place in their region.

Washington (2-3, 1-0 in Class AA-Region 6) defeated B.E.S.T. Academy (1-5, 1-1), 7-0, in a hard-fought defensive battle Friday night at Lakewood Stadium. Earlier that evening at Lakewood, KAC (4-1, 1-0) continued its best start in school history when the Warriors blanked Therrell (2-3, 0-1), 15-0.

Here’s how the other APS teams faired over the weekend:

Carver 32, North Springs (Fulton County) 21
The Panthers (4-1, 2-0 in Class AAAAA-Region 6) warmed up for their big showdown with Grady next week by defeating North Springs (2-2, 1-1) in the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Grady 54, Decatur 0
The Grey Knights (4-1, 2-0 in Class AAAAA-Region 6) flexed their muscles on offense once again by routing the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2). Grady has scored at least 50 points in three of its five games thus far this season.

Douglass 52, Osborne (Cobb County) 7
In a rare Thursday night varsity game at Lakewood, the Astros (2-2, 1-1 in Class AA-Region 6) blasted the Cardinals (0-5).

Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) 35, South Atlanta 13
In a battle between two Hornets, South Atlanta (2-4, 0-2 in Class AA-Region 6) had its two-game winning streak snapped.

Pope (Cobb County) 48, North Atlanta 7
The Warriors (1-4, 0-3 in Class AAAAAA-Region 7) lost their third consecutive game, while the win for the Greyhounds (1-4, 1-2) snapped a 16-game losing streak.

Banneker (Fulton County) 53, Maynard Jackson 12
The Jaguars (1-4, 0-2 in Class AAAAA-Region 6) dropped their first ever meeting with the Trojans (3-2, 2-0) from College Park.


September 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Grady’s Caylin Newton Wins Weekly Atlanta Touchdown Club Award


Caylin Newton was selected as the Back of the Week by the Atlanta Touchdown Club for his performance against Lithia Springs last week, in which he led Grady to a 74-14 win. He will lead the Gray Knights against Decatur on Friday night.

Grady senior quarterback Caylin Newton was selected as the Atlanta Touchdown Club’s Back of the Week for his performance against Lithia Springs last Friday.

Caylin led the Gray Knights to a 74-14 victory by tossing five touchdown passes and running for another score. His brother, Cam, the reigning National Football League MVP, won the award as well during his senior season in high school in 2006. Caylin and Cam are only the fifth set of brothers to win the prestigious award.

Caylin will lead Grady (3-1), ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA in the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Top 10 poll, against Decatur (1-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.

In a rare Thursday night varsity game at Lakewood Stadium, Douglass evened its record at 2-2 with a 52-7 victory over Osborne (Cobb County). The Cardinals fell to 0-6.

Here is the rest of this weekend’s slate of games (all on Friday, unless otherwise noted):

Washington (1-3) at B.E.S.T. Academy (1-3), 8 p.m., Lakewood Stadium

South Atlanta (2-3) at Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) (1-3), 7:30 p.m., Hapeville Recreation Complex, Hapeville

Carver (3-1) at North Springs (Fulton County) (2-1), 7:30 p.m., Thermopylae Stadium in Atlanta

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (3-1) at Therrell (2-2), 5:30 p.m., Lakewood Stadium

North Atlanta (1-3) at Pope (Cobb County) (0-4), 7:30 p.m., Pope Stadium in Marietta

Maynard Jackson (1-3) at Banneker (Fulton County) (2-2), 7:30 p.m., Banneker Stadium in College Park


September 23, 2016 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Opening the Doors to Knowledge: Carver Students Participate in Library Card Drive




Students at Carver High School sign up to receive library cards as part of their school’s recent library card drive.

Reading opens the doors to knowledge, and students at the New Schools at Carver are walking right through, thanks to a recent public library card drive to help increase their access to print and electronic resources beyond the school’s walls.

Christina Rand, public librarian at the newly opened Southeast Library on Pryor Road in Atlanta, conducted the drive in conjunction with Linda Green, media specialist at Carver.

According to Green, 120 students who had never owned a library card participated in the drive.

“Possessing a library card broadens students’ access to resources,” Green said. “Students can now read magazines online through the Atlanta Fulton Public Library’s new magazine portals, Flipster and Zinio, and they can read e-books and watch movies through the portal Hoopla. They’ll also have access to many databases, and are welcome to come in and check out their favorite books.”

In addition to increasing students’ access to print and electronic resources, Green noted that Carver students can now take advantage of two new public libraries in the Carver community.

September 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

New Playground at FATE Allows All Kids to Play Together


Fred A. Toomer Elementary School now has a new playground with features that make it more accessible for students with special needs and mobility issues. Teacher Emily Max won a $100,000 grant from Farmers Insurance to fund the project.

Now ALL the students at Fred A. Toomer Elementary School can play together, thanks to the vision of a teacher and a gift from Farmers Insurance®.

Monday morning, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open a new, inclusive playground behind the east Atlanta school. The area has a soft rubber floor and is constructed to make it easily accessible for students with special needs or mobility issues.

The project is the brainchild of Toomer kindergarten teacher Emily Max, who was one of six nationwide winners of the Farmers Insurance® Dream Big Teacher Challenge in 2015. Max began thinking of the idea when she noticed that the school’s large playground was not completely accessible to all of the students at Toomer. For example, the area’s floor of soft wood chips made it extremely difficult for students with wheelchairs or other mobility issues to move around freely.

“This is what I dreamed about,” said Max. “I especially like that all the equipment is designed for the students to make eye contact with each other.”

Max said that subtle aspect of interaction can be difficult, especially in the classroom, for some students who do not want to appear as if they are staring at one of their peers who is different from them.

“That can be a struggle sometimes,” Max said. “But out here everything is designed in such a way that that eye contact will come naturally. To see all of our kids be able to play together independently, that was my true vision.”

Toomer Principal Ashley Adamo agreed.

“I think this playground will help all of our kids see more of how they are alike, instead of seeing their differences,” she said. “I think it is going to foster more and greater interaction between all of our students, and allow them to play independently, together.”

September 20, 2016 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Grady, Mays, South Atlanta Blow Out Opponents on the Gridiron


Mays senior linebacker Magnus Lyons (No. 53) helped lead a dominating Raider defense to a 51-0 shutout of New Manchester. (Photo courtesy of Derrick Mahone, Douglasville Sentinel)

Grady, Mays and South Atlanta destroyed their opponents Friday night, defeating them by a combined score of 161-14.

Grady (3-1), ranked No. 10 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Class AAAAA Top 10, pummeled Lithia Springs (0-4) of Douglas County, 74-14. Several Grey Knights had big games. Leading the way was senior quarterback Caylin Newton, who threw five touchdown passes – two each to Kemari Averett and Aaron Hudson Jr., one to Christian Jones – and ran for another score. Christian also had a punt return for a touchdown and Jeffery Black ran for two touchdowns. Grady led 41-0 after the first quarter and 68-0 at halftime. Still, the 74 points was not a school record. Grady beat North Springs 76-6 in 2010.

Mays (3-1) pounded another team from Douglas County, New Manchester (0-4), 51-0. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Raider defense, which had yielded at least 28 points in every game so far this year, earned its first shutout of the season.

South Atlanta (2-3) posted its second consecutive shutout with a 36-0 win over Forest Park (0-5) of Clayton County. Last week, the Hornets shutout Clarkston (0-5), 57-0.

Here’s how the other APS teams faired over the weekend:

Carver 43, Maynard Jackson 7
Carver (3-1) came out on top in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Maynard Jackson is now 1-3 on the season.

Newnan 48, Washington 14
The Bulldogs (1-3) fell behind 14-0 just 30 seconds into the game, and could never catch up.

Chattahoochee (Fulton County) 21, North Atlanta 17
The Warriors (1-3) lost another close one, this time on the road in Alpharetta. Last week, North Atlanta was defeated 14-10, by Dunwoody.

Westside-Macon 42, B.E.S.T. Academy 6
The Eagles (1-4) trailed 35-6 in the first half and failed to mount a comeback.




September 19, 2016 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Maynard Jackson and Carver to Meet on the Gridiron for the First Time

Maynard Jackson (left) and Carver will face off in football for the first time on Saturday, 4 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium, in the Class AAAAA-Region 6 opener for both teams. 

Maynard Jackson (1-2) and Carver (2-1) face each other for the first time when the Jaguars and Panthers meet Saturday, 4 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.

The teams compete in Class AAAAA-Region 6 this season, along with Banneker (Fulton County), Decatur, Grady, Lithia Springs (Douglas County), North Springs (Fulton County) and Riverwood (Fulton County). Region competition is important because the top four teams in each region at the end of the regular season will advance to the state playoffs in November. Mays, North Atlanta and Grady face region foes this weekend as well.

Here is the rest of this weekend’s slate of games (all on Friday, unless otherwise noted):

B.E.S.T. Academy (1-3) at Westside-Macon (1-2), Saturday, 2 p.m., Bibb County Sports Complex in Macon

(Class AAAAA-Region 6) Grady (2-1) at Lithia Springs (0-3), 7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium in Lithia Springs

(Class AAAAAA-Region 5) Mays (2-1) at New Manchester (Douglas County) (0-3), 7:30 p.m., New Manchester Stadium in Douglasville

(Class AAAAAA-Region 7) North Atlanta (1-2) at Chattahoochee (Fulton County) (1-2), 7:30, The Arena in Alpharetta

South Atlanta (1-3) vs. Forest Park (Clayton County) (0-4), 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Stadium

Washington (1-3) at Newnan (Coweta County) (1-2), 7:30, Drake Stadium in Newnan

September 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

Girls Who Rule the World: CSKYWLA Students Selected to Attend Youth Mentorship Camp


By: Alicia Sands Lurry

Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Cadets Victoria Hood and Sade Suggs will join 100 young women from across metro Atlanta this weekend to participate in the “Girls Who Rule the World” camp in Roberta, Georgia.

Held Sept. 16-18 and sponsored by the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Army, “Girls Who Rule the World” is designed to prepare young girls for success by providing students with extensive leadership development, team building and mentoring activities. The program aims to enhance the development of young girls and provide a forum to expose them to the benefits and importance of positive self-image, responsible personal conduct, respect for self and others, educational achievement, and cultural enrichment. Victoria and Sade were selected based on  a counselor nomination and an essay submission.

While attending the camp, Hood and Suggs and other participants will hear from U.S. Army representatives who will engage students by conducting leadership development activities and team-building exercises, delivering remarks to parents and other influencers, and demonstrating Army technology. In addition to the Army’s onsite participation, business and community leaders, media personalities, and Mrs. Harvey will share their insights through a variety of activities.

For her part, Dr. Mona Venning, JROTC army instructor at CSKYWLA, will serve as a mentor during this weekend’s camp. Dr. Venning will share her military and academic journey, and how she was inspired to pursue a doctorate degree while serving in the U. S. Army.

“I’m so excited that our girls will receive the opportunity to meet with business leaders and others and learn about internships, military program referrals, and educational, career and personal development,” Dr. Venning said. “Cadet Suggs and Cadet Hood are the epitome of excellence and will represent CSK in the best possible way.”

A member of the Superintendents Young Ambassadors committee for JROTC, Victoria is a Color Guard commander, drill team commander and JROTC executive officer. Sade is also a member of SYA, Color Guard, drill team, and serves as a battalion commander.

“I can’t wait to experience it all,” Sade said. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to having a great time at camp this weekend.”



September 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

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