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Support for APS continues to come from several corporate and civic groups

Representatives from Home Depot hosted a playground clean-up at Fain Elementary School

Support for APS continues to come from several corporate and civic groups:

·         The Kids in Need Foundation pledged 2,800 backpacks that will be distributed in each school reform team across the system.

·         Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. donated school supplies to a dozen metro-area agencies and schools, including the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Jean Childs Young Middle School.

·         The Home Depot returned to Fain Elementary School to refresh and to make repairs to the KaBOOM! playground the Fortune 100 company helped build in 2007; Publix provided its support to the refresh project this year. (To view a video of the playground project, please visit the district’s online media gallery next week.)

·         Dress for Success Atlanta strengthened its partnership with APS by launching a 12-week career-coaching course at the Parents As Partners Academic Center, a districtwide parental resource located on the grounds of Kennedy Middle School.

July 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Twenty-One Interim Principals Appointed to Atlanta Schools by Superintendent Erroll Davis

Superintendent Erroll Davis has appointed 21 district employees as elementary and middle school principals with Atlanta Public Schools.

Filling vacancies left void by school leaders named in the recent state led CRCT report, the principals attended a leadership institute this week, and will begin serving in their respective schools immediately.

Newly appointed APS principals met today during the district's yearly New Principal Institute

The following interim principals have been appointed:

Barbara Lashley, Bethune Elementary School
Norlethia High, Deerwood Academy
Arica Johnson, Fickett Elementary School
Ennis Harvey, Finch Elementary School
Reginald Lawrence, West Manor Elementary School
Joyce Thomas, Brown Middle School
Robert Williams, Kennedy Middle School
Vonda McKeever, Benteen Elementary School
Peter Settelmayer, Dobbs Elementary School
Melanie Mitchell, Humphries Elementary School
Eunice Hutchins-Jones, Slater Elementary School
Mary Benton, East Lake Elementary School
Leah Goodwin, Coan Middle School
Paula Herrema, Inman Middle School
Michael McKnight, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
Sabrina Hayes, E. Rivers Elementary School
Abby McKinnon, Towns Elementary School
Gregory Parks, Usher/Collier Heights Elementary School
Meredith Kaltman,White Elementary School
Susan McClendon,Woodson Elementary School
Jerry Parker, BEST Academy

This group joins Keisha Gibbons, Interim Principal of Boyd Elementary School and Shanda Beadles, Interim Principal at Hutchinson Elementary School, appointed earlier this month to lead two of the district’s year round schools.

Superintendent Erroll Davis greets staff members at Boyd Elementary where Keisha Gibbons, (center), was recently appointed interim principal at the year round school.

“Leaders are responsible for the culture of an organization,” said Davis.  “Good educators always put students first and we have many good, hardworking, committed educators.”

Superintendent Davis has also committed to filling the positions of all teachers implicated in the report, prior to the start of the school year.  Setting the bar high for the upcoming school year, Davis wants educators to know, “There is nothing inconsistent in demanding high performance with high integrity.  We expect both.”

Atlanta schools on a traditional school calendar begin classes on Monday, August 8, 2011.

By Tammy Garnes, APS Social Media Manager

July 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm 10 comments

Application for Interim Representation for Educational District 2 Now Available

According to the Official Code of Georgia, the Atlanta Board of Education, by majority vote will select a qualified person to fill the vacancy as Education District Two (2) representative until a permanent candidate is elected at the November 2011 Special Election.

Applications for this position can be found by visiting the Board of Education Office.  130 Trinity Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303. 404-802-2200 or 404-802-3500.

The Atlanta Board of Education application and resume must be received (not postmarked) by Dr. Howard W. Grant, the Atlanta Board of Education Executive Administrator, at the office of the Atlanta Board of Education by 5:00p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

Official Appointment
Monday, August 8, 2011
The Atlanta Board of Education, at the regularly scheduled committee of the Whole meeting will convene to select by majority vote, a qualified person to serve as interim Education district Two representative until a candidate is duly elected.

About District Two
District 2 is located in the south central part of the City and is identical to City Council Districts Three and Four.  District 2 includes the Atlanta University Center and the Bankhead Highway and Hightower road areas.

July 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

New Teacher Orientation – 2011

July 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm Leave a comment

Coan 6th Graders a Part of the ‘Graduation Generation’

Emory Alumnus Gifts $1M to Help Improve High School Graduation in Atlanta

Collaborative approach to addressing educational, social and economic challenges will equip students with the support they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and in life.

Coan Middle School rising 6th graders, along with their parents, celebrated the kick off of ‘Graduation Generation,’ with an on campus open house, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Rick Rieder, a New York business leader and member of the Emory University Board of Trustees, has made a gift of $1 million to Emory to help create a program that will address some of the academic and socio-economic challenges that can affect high school dropout rates.

The funds will be used to support Graduation Generation-Atlanta, a group administered through Emory’s Office of University-Community Partnerships (OUCP) and the Atlanta nonprofit Communities in Schools. The group is

The Graduation Generation-Atlanta program will include curriculum enrichment activities at the school, such as project-based learning opportunities that link hands-on learning activities to classroom learning, and will connect students and their family to family support services in the community.

comprised of community builders from higher education; philanthropic foundations; national, state and local nonprofit agencies; and Atlanta Public Schools. These partners are focusing on factors within the school setting, including the engagement of parents, as well as factors within students’ communities.

Graduation Generation-Atlanta will begin with sixth grade students at Sammye E. Coan Middle School, an Atlanta Public School in Atlanta’s Edgewood community.  .., Coan Middle School will be the center of much activity, and student progress will be tracked throughout middle school with the goal of bolstering students’  academic achievement not only in middle school but also  as they matriculate through high school and beyond.

“This gift from Rick Rieder helps to forge a relationship between OUCP and Communities in Schools and to strengthen relationships each has established in local communities and with local schools,” says Emory Provost Earl Lewis. “The program it supports will benefit students in the adjacent neighborhood and Emory students and faculty who participate in the partnership. We thank Rick for his commitment to the dream we all share.”   

The Graduation Generation-Atlanta program will include curriculum enrichment activities at the school, such as project-based learning opportunities that link hands-on learning activities to classroom learning, and will connect students and their family to family support services in the community.

“We have a window in our society today to do something very special, given the current level of support for education at the national, state and local government levels,” says Rieder. “We have the opportunity to unlock and develop the talent of so many of our kids who otherwise may not have been given a fighting chance to succeed.”

Emory students from a wide range of academic disciplines will be trained to mentor and tutor Coan Middle School students both during and after school hours. Scholarships will fund participation of youth in Atlanta’s Edgewood community. Emory’s middle- and high-school learning camps will support community-based summer programs in math, the sciences, technology, reading and writing, health and fitness, and college and career preparation.

Rieder, an alumnus of Emory’s Goizueta Business School, is chief investment officer of fixed income for fundamental portfolios with BlackRock, an assets and investments management firm. Passionate about urban educational improvement in the United States, he is a member of the National Leadership Council of Communities In Schools. He also chairs the board of trustees of North Star Academy Charter School of Newark. In 2005 he received the Goizueta Business School Distinguished Alumni award.

July 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Superintendent Erroll Davis meets with community stakeholders

Erroll Davis vists the staff of Boyd Elementary School during Day One APS

Recently, superintendent Erroll Davis met with several groups in an effort to share the district’s preliminary CRCT response plan and to help restore the community’s confidence in APS.

The Mr. Davis spent time with year-round school employees during Day One APS, touring the campuses of Centennial Place Elementary, Boyd Elementary and Hutchinson Elementary.  Central office staff joined Davis for an informal “brown bag lunch,” announced as the first of many, where he took questions from employees and heard updates and addressed concerns from various department members.  Later in the week, the newly appointed superintendent met with members of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.

The superintendent plans to continue his dialogue sessions by attending the following upcoming events :

July 20–22: Principals Academy (internal event)

July 25: Assistant Principals Academy (internal event)

July 28–29: New Teacher Orientation (internal event)

July 21: District 4 Town Hall Meeting (open to the public)

Board Member Nancy Meister will host a town hall meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Garden Hills Elementary.

July 25: SNAPPS to Host ‘Coffee and Conversation With the Superintendent (open to the public)

The time and location of this special meeting of the Southwest and Northwest Atlanta Parents and Partners for Schools will be announced next week, when details are finalized.

July 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Year Round Schools Prepared for Day One and Beyond

Day One APS for year-round schools — Centennial Place, Hutchinson and Boyd elementary schools — began Wednesday, July 13.

Students at all three schools returned to the classroom, with Hutchinson welcoming new principal S. Beadles and Boyd welcoming former Centennial assistant principal, now turned principal, K. Gibbons.  All students experienced breakfast in the classroom for the first time.  This is a new effort launched by APS’ nutrition department.  Transportation reported that all buses arrived on time and as scheduled.  Principals at all three schools expressed excitement about the beginning of the year round school year.

“Today went better than I could have ever expected,” said principal Gibbons.  Boyd elementary hosted a 1:30 school wide meeting to introduce their new principal to students and parents.

The lobby of Centennial elementary was filled with a dazzling number of potted green plants.  A beautiful compliment for their atrium which was filled with natural light and wide eyed kindergarten students, excited about learning how to walk in a straight line.  “Watch your lips and your hips,” said a kindergarten teacher as they walked, causing the 5 and 6 year olds to giggle.

Hutchinson utilized their Spanish language instructor to help principal Beadles greet students from the neighborhood.  Newly appointed SRT-2 Director Danielle Battle was also on hand to greet parents and students with hugs.  Students began the day with an assembly then walked to their assigned classes.  Beadles, a former science model teacher leader, was also excited about using social media this year to communicate with her students.  “I’m still learning how to tweet,” she said.

Superintendent Erroll Davis visited all three schools during the day, spending a great deal of one-on-one time with each principal.  Parents were kept up to speed throughout the day with live tweets from the @apsupdate Twitter feed.

Day One APS for traditional schools is Monday, August 8.


July 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

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