Mays High School will represent Atlanta Public Schools in the first annual Cam Newton Foundation C1N High School Football Classic. Sponsored by the Cam Newton Foundation, the event includes three games featuring three of the top high school football programs in Georgia against three from the state of Alabama.
In the third of the three games, the Raiders will host Central High from Phenix City, at 8 p.m. The first two games will feature non-APS schools – Westlake (Fulton County) against Sidney Lanier High of Montgomery, and Griffin (Griffin-Spaulding County) against Chalkfield High of Jefferson County, at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $10, available in advance at Mays (3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW).
Third graders at Bolton Academy received a special visitor on August 20: Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal.
“We’re happy that she supports our initiatives as it relates to early literacy and we’re excited to hear what she decides to read to our students,” said Principal Anita Lawrence, as she and staff prepared the school’s media center for Deal’s Monday morning arrival.
Deal arrived with a handful of books and enlisted input from Bolton Academy’s media center specialist Reva Holsey before selecting Library Mouse, a book written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk that encourages children to read and to write their own stories.
A former language arts teacher, Deal has read to students in all of Georgia’s 159 counties and 181 school districts. Bolton Academy is one of several Atlanta Metropolitan area schools she has visited this academic year.
“I just wanted to come to some of the schools I hadn’t been to read to some of the children and encourage them to want to learn to read and to learn different things about reading,” Deal said. “This is the third grade and so we read about the importance of writing because after you learn to read you get to learn to write. I was encouraging them today to read and to write. That’s what makes great learners.”
Bolton Academy Principal Anita Lawrence with Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal
Jennifer Lockwood, Melissa Dandy Walker, and Jennifer Hall, educators from Atlanta Public Schools, recently joined more than 100 fellow educators from around the world for the 2018 DEN Summer Institute (DENSI), an immersive, week-long professional development experience. A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. The six-day professional learning experience was held July 15-20 at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC.
DENSI 2018 featured a number of interactive seminars and hands-on workshops designed to support educators as they combine the latest technologies and digital content to create authentic digital learning environments that engage students and improve achievement. In addition, DENSI provided an opportunity for participants to connect, collaborate, and share resources and strategies for integrating the latest technologies and digital content into classroom instruction.
Participation in the DEN Summer Institute is open to educators recognized by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as STAR Discovery Educators. STAR Discovery Educators are active members of the DEN and proven leaders in transforming teaching and learning. The DEN is the largest and most active professional learning network of its kind.
“The selection of these educators for DENSI demonstrates their outstanding leadership and commitment to using the latest technologies and innovative teaching strategies and techniques to improve student achievement,” said Lance Rougeux, vice president of learning communities and innovation for Discovery Education. “Their participation in DENSI 2018 will help increase student engagement across Atlanta Public Schools and support the district’s effort to prepare all learners with the critical skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.”
In addition to hearing from education experts, Lockwood, Dandy Walker, and Hall participated in a series of interactive workshops led by the Discovery Education professional development team and other DEN members about creating digital content and integrating mobile and web-based tools into instruction. They also collaborated with fellow educators on a variety of educational technology projects, and shared ideas and best practices with their peers.
This week, varsity football, volleyball, softball and middle school football will kick off the 2018-2019 season!
Most notably, for the first time in the history of the 26-year-old high school football extravaganza, an APS school will participate in the Corky Kell Classic – one of the nation’s premier season-opening high school football events that features the state’s top teams. The Mays Raiders will represent APS when they take on Norcross (Gwinnett County) in the finale of the nine-game Classic at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8:45 p.m. Since 2013, Mays has compiled a record of 52-13 with a trip to the Class AAAAA state finals and two region championships. Tickets are $20 in advance at Mays (3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW) and Lakewood Stadium (70 Claire Drive, SE), $25 at the gate. Commemorative T-shirts are available at the school for $10.
Tickets for all APS athletics can be purchased at the sporting venue or at an APS school site. Please contact the APS Athletic Department for more details: 404-802-5575.
For the first time in the history of the 26-year-old high school football extravaganza, an APS school will participate in the Corky Kell Classic – one of the nation’s premier season-opening high school football events that features the state’s top teams.
The Mays Raiders will represent APS when they take on Norcross (Gwinnett County) in the finale of the nine-game Classic at Mercedes Benz Stadium, Saturday at 8:45 p.m. Since 2013, Mays has compiled a record of 52-13 with a trip to the Class AAAAA state finals and two region championships.
Tickets are $20 in advance at Mays (3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW) and Lakewood Stadium (70 Claire Drive, SE), $25 at the gate. Commemorative T-shirts are available at the school for $10.
Brown Middle School has been recognized as a School of Distinction by CFES (College For Every Student) Brilliant Pathways. This honor acknowledges the development and execution of an exemplary plan for the entire student body to become college and career ready through the CFES core practices of Essential Skills, Mentoring and Pathways to College and Career.
In addition to being among 27 schools across the United States and Ireland to receive the honor, Brown Middle School is the only CFES School of Distinction at Atlanta Public Schools.
In order to be considered for the School of Distinction title, a school must fulfill a meticulous and varied set of criteria. These include implementing innovative programs throughout the school to advance college and career readiness, as well as including family members and the community in school activities.
“It is truly an honor to be one of the first middle schools to be recognized as CFES Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction,” Principal Tiauna Crooms. “We are appreciative of Mr. Scott Pioli, assistant general manager for the Atlanta Falcons and Ms. Andrea McDonald, CFES director of programs, and their commitment to support our students in preparing them to create a road map for success, which is college and career readiness.”
As part of one of the activities designed by CFES, 20 Brown Middle School students led 400 of their peers through Essential Skills workshops. This peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge about goal setting, teamwork, leadership, perseverance, agility and networking allowed students to hold each other accountable and engrained these skills into the school-wide culture.
Heads up! That’s the mandate from Georgia’s new Hands-Free Law, prohibiting handheld or body-supported use of mobile devices while behind the wheel. The law became effective July 1 and aims to make the roads safer for all drivers – including Atlanta Public School students who have traded their bus passes for car keys.
On August 8, Atlanta City Councilmember Andre Dickens distributed hands-free cell phone mounts to Benjamin E. Mays High School students upon their arrival to the student parking lot, and he also spoke to senior homerooms about the importance of attentive driving.
“I want you all to be compliant with all of the laws and be safe when you are driving,” said Dickens, a 1992 Mays alumnus. “As Mays High School graduates, you will go on to do great things in life. We want to make sure you fulfill the bright futures you have in front of you.”
Distracted driving is especially concerning for teens and young adults. Teens 15-19 have the largest proportion of drivers involved in fatal crashes, and 10 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash, according to headsupgeorgia.com.
Dickens safety initiative provided 150 mounts to nine APS high schools (Carver, Douglass, Grady, Jackson, Mays, North Atlanta, South Atlanta, Therrell and Washington).
Dickens is chair of the Transportation Committee and also serves on the Public Safety & Legal Administration Committee. A fifth generation Atlanta native and proud product of the Atlanta Public School System, he was elected citywide to the Atlanta City Council Post 3 at Large in November 2013 and was the only councilmember who was re-elected unopposed in November 2017.