Archive for December, 2012
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“Scrooge Around the World” was performed at Perkerson Elementary School and is a contemporary version of the classic Scrooge play. In this version, contemporary musical artists who represent the Ghosts of Holiday Past, Present and Future visit Scrooge and warn her to change her selfish ways. Each ghost takes Scrooge to different places around the world to see how people help each other and show kindness throughout the world. Scrooge also experiences how each country celebrates winter holidays.
The Ghost of Holiday Past continues to try to change Scrooge’s mind with a visit to America, Mexico, and China. The Ghost of Holiday Present, Beyoncé, takes him to Africa. Ghost of Holiday Future, The Grim Reaper, takes Scrooge to the cemetery where she will eventually end up all alone if she does not change. As the story progresses, Scrooge wakes up a changed woman determined to help and do good deeds.
The Perkerson Elementary performance of “Scrooge Around the World” is full of wonderful music from Michael Jackson, The Temptations, and Mariah Carey, along with other musical artists.
The play was performed at the Rialto Center on December 6th along with three performances at Perkerson Elementary School on December 18th.
written by Karen Ross, Teacher, Perkerson Elementary
On Thursday, December 13, 2012, Price Middle School students traveled to the Georgia Aquarium as a culminating activity for the Dive Into Reading Contest sponsored by the Price Middle School Media Center. Nineteen students participated in this activity. Additional students were scheduled to attend but were unable due to their involvement in various school activities.
The students and chaperones had a behind the scene tour and viewed the 3-D movie before visiting the various exhibits. The behind the scene tour, movie and admission was sponsored through the SEA (Sponsored Education Admissions) program at the Georgia Aquarium. For some students and chaperones it was their first visit to the Georgia Aquarium and for others it was their first behind the scenes tour. Due to the Winter Holidays, we were able to speak with Mrs. Scuba Claus and watch some Scuba Elves in the large tanks as they interacted with the animals. Aquarium volunteers were impressed with the science knowledge of the Price students and their behavior.
written by Tammy Rosado, Media Specialist, Price Middle School
Walter Leonard Parks Middle School embraced the holiday spirit of “giving back to the community that has supported them”. Parks Middle School’s Graduation Coach, Mr. MacArthur Randolph, facilitated and motivated the students during the Holiday Can Food Drive to benefit the Atlanta Food Bank. Over 1, 500 cans were collected during this annual drive. Based on the number of cans collected, Atlanta Food Bank stated that it will provide at least 1, 213 meals to needy families. Every year many schools within the Atlanta Public Schools district participate in this event. This year, Parks Middle School received top honors for collecting the most can goods by a school for the Atlanta Food Bank. Mrs. Natascha Hampton’s 7th grade homeroom was recognized with a holiday meal for collecting over 500 cans. Mrs. Patrice Mapson’s 8th grade homeroom was also recognized for collecting over 280 cans.
Great job, Parks Middle School!
written by Yashica Green, Media Specialist, Parks Middle School
On Saturday, December 15, 2012 the West Manor Robotics Team competed in the First Lego League 2012 Senior Challenge Qualifier. Every year over 200,000 students worldwide, between the ages of 9 to 14 participate in a three part challenge to develop a unique solution to a real problem and score points by programming an autonomous robot using the LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set to complete missions on a 4’x8′ playing field, while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements – the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values – make up the yearly Challenge.
Over 35 million Americans are age 65 or older. The FLL 2012 Challenge topic is about keeping senior citizens Engaged, Independent, and Connected. The West Manor Robotics Team put an announcement in the Weekly Wolf asking for grandparents and volunteers 60 years and older to participate in a survey to gather information on problems they face as a result of getting older. The top three issues identified by the 12 participants were:
- Completing household chores / errands
As a result of the information collected from the survey and other research, the Wolf Pack Team’s unique solution was to develop a Driverless – Global Positioning Transportation System (GPTS) Vehicle to assist senior citizens and others with mobility problems in completing their neighborhood errands.
The GPTS Vehicle prototype utilizes the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Set and sensors to recognize and respond to traffic conditions, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles while transporting senior citizens along neighborhood streets. After notifying the registered guardian or responsible adults, the GPTS vehicle could transport one to six senior citizens to any of a list of programmed destinations. It is projected that the GPTS Vehicle will reduce traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers and increase safety for all while helping seniors to remain independent and engaged. The West Manor Robotics Team was commended for outstanding presentation during their first competition.
This week, the Chick-fil-A Foundation kicked off its partnership with Atlanta Public Schools through the adoption of Booker T. Washington High School. Washington High School-Early College and the Chick-fil-A Foundation are partnering together to develop a mentoring program that will ensure that each student graduating in the Legacy Class of 2013 has a solid plan for the future.
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, several students from Washington High visited Chick-fil-A headquarters for a “Corporate Day” and an opportunity to meet with their mentors. The students were graciously greeted by the Chick-fil-A staff as they entered the front doors of the building, followed by a backstage tour of the facility. During the day students spent time with their mentors and experienced “A Day in the Life” with their designated staff member.
“I had the pleasure of taking my mentee to a meeting with the design and construction department,” explained Darrlynn Brister, Associate Director of External Relations at the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “She had a chance to really see what goes into the process of picking out a site for the store, the meetings that are held with various government officials and the things that go into play before a Chick-fil-A restaurant can be placed in a city.”
The mentorship program will help 12th grade students at Washington High enhance relationships, network, and get a glimpse of working in the corporate world.
“I am gaining a mentor who can lead me and help me prepare for college and the real world,” said Nickolas Alexander, a student at Washington High.
The mentorship program is near and dear to many of the mentees, but for Sonya Collier, Sr. Supervisor-Supply Chain at Chick-fil-A, the program hits close to home. As a graduate of Booker T. Washington and a former resident of Southwest Atlanta, Collier is dedicated to seeing each of the mentees succeed and learn valuable information and life lessons as participants in the program.
“I consider these students my children,” she said. “This is important to me because I want to give back and I want to pour into the lives of these young people so they know that success is attainable and they can do anything they set their minds to.”
Rodney Bullard, Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, says the foundation is dedicated to helping young people have the opportunity to be all that they were created to be.
“We want to do everything we can to support them,” he explained. “Perhaps this experience with a mentor will broaden their horizons. We are happy to provide this experience and we are very excited about this partnership with Atlanta Public Schools and with Booker T. Washington High School.”