MEDIA ADVISORY March 26, 2015
ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt Eretus Rivers Elementary School at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27 in the auditorium of the school located at 8 Peachtree Battle Ave., NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Rivers is one of the oldest public schools in Atlanta. The school was originally named Peachtree Heights and was built in 1917 on land donated by Atlanta developer Eretus Rivers. In honor of Mr. River’s service to the community and Atlanta Board of Education, the school was renamed E. Rivers Elementary School in 1926. Because of the school’s strong historic background, notable memorabilia was integrated into the new design. Parrish Construction worked with the architect firm Collins Cooper Carusi to preserve all of the original E. Rivers Elementary monuments, plaques, a memorial tree and the original E. Rivers Lion into the new school.
Nearly double the size of the original building, the new building — located on the site of the original school—will now house approximately 900 K-5 students. During the school’s 18-month timeframe to complete construction, students were temporarily moved to Sutton Middle School’s former campus at 4360 Powers Ferry Road. The students first experienced their new building and campus when they returned from winter break in January.
APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Atlanta Board of Education Vice Chair Nancy M. Meister, Atlanta City Council member Yolanda Adrean, E. Rivers Principal Matthew Rogers, and representatives from the school’s education foundation and alumni are slated to give remarks.
All members of the media are invited to attend.
One look at Ms. Ward’s twitter account is all the proof you need that instruction in her classroom involves much more than pencil and paper. You’ll find images of students creating geometric shapes with straws, using manipulatives for math and answering “what is thermal energy?” by drawing bubble maps with markers and poster board.
Ms. Ward encourages her students to work with their hands, “It helps them retain information. We try to get away from the teacher standing before the class. They do much better on assessments.”
The focus on assessments is key for this particular group. As third graders at D.H. Stanton Elementary School, this will be the first time these students will experience standardized testing in the district. This year though, the test will be new to all APS students with the debut of the Georgia Milestones, which replaces the CRCT. Perhaps the biggest change is the addition of constructed response questions which will require students to not only answer the question but explain how they came to that conclusion.
Ms. Ward is preparing her students regularly by reviewing standards, keeping student data in a designated notebook and then meeting with students in small groups to work with them in areas where she sees a need for improvement. She admits the idea of constructed response questions can be a little scary but she’s giving students insight on what to expect and arming them with testing strategies. “How we attack it is to talk through it,” explains Ms. Ward.
While she is spending plenty of time talking about Milestones, she is wasting no time in preparing students with sample questions and other opportunities that allow them to illustrate their thought processes.
Ms. Ward has been a teacher 15 years, two of them at APS. She has worked as a tech specialist and also spent two years teaching English and Math to kindergarteners in Abu Dhabi. You can find her on twitter @.
Friday, March 27 is the last day to apply for a general administrative transfer to attend an out of zoned school, or the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship transfer for the 2015-16 school year. Transfer applications will be accepted in person in the Department of Student Relations until 4:00 p.m. and online until 11:59pm.
Registration packets for the 2015-16 school year have been sent home with all current students. Students who do not return their registration packets will not have a schedule for the upcoming school year or a confirmed bus stop. Parents and guardians who have not received a registration packet should contact their child’s school.
Students residing in the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy or BEST Academy priority zone have received their Opt in or Opt Out notice for the 2015-16 school year. Parents and guardians have until March 27 to apply for this transfer.
For more information on school transfers, please visit the APS website at www.atlantapublicschools.us/transfers, call the APS Department of Student Relations at 404-802-2233 or email us email@example.com.
By Kimberly Willis Green
Atlanta Public Schools’ Henry W. Grady High School received the 2015 Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) Gold Crown Awards for its publications The Southerner newspaper and Nexus magazine. Both publications were one of 20 nationwide to win a Gold Crown in their respective categories. The Awards Convocation for Scholastic Crown recipients took place during the 91st Scholastic Convention Friday, March 20, 2015 at Columbia University in New York City.
This is The Southerner’s second consecutive Gold Crown Award. With this honor, The Southerner has won all three top national press association awards for a high school publication – the CSPA Gold Crown, the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker and the Quill and Scroll Gallup Award – all in the same year. This is the first time in the school’s history that this has been accomplished. This is also the first Gold Crown Award ever for the school’s pop culture magazine Nexus – after winning three consecutive Silver Crowns.
CSPA is an international student press association founded in 1925. Its goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs. A total of 1,203 newspapers, magazines, yearbooks and digital publications issued during the 2013-2014 academic year were eligible for judging in the 2015 CSPA Crown Awards Program.
For years, the award-winning student newspaper, The Southerner, a monthly newspaper written by Grady students, has garnered many individual journalism and publications awards. The newspaper has been published without interruption since 1947. In 2013, the paper’s editor-in-chief and then Grady High’s valedictorian Isabelle Taft, was named 2013 Georgia Champion Journalist by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). The Southerner was the only publication inducted into the NSPA All-American Hall of Fame in 2012.
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