Celebrating 100 Days of School in APS!

Tuesday, January 22nd marked the 100th day of school for APS! Many classrooms celebrated the 100th day through various activities involving the number 100.

Ms. Crystal Hicks with her kindergarten students
Ms. Crystal Hicks with her kindergarten students

At Burgess-Peterson Academy, the kindergarten class read the book 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler and The 100th Day of School by Angela Shelf Medearis. Students compared the items they brought to school for their 100th Day Museum to the ones in the book 100th Day Worries. They drew pictures of classmates that they’ve studied with for 100 days, counted how many times they can write their name in 100 seconds, and how many Sight Words they can read in 100 seconds. During math, they counted beads in groups of 10 and created a necklace of 100 beads. They counted Legos out in groups of 10 and created a Lego design using 100 Legos. Students enjoyed these engaging activities and happily ended the day with juice and cupcakes.

Mary Lin Students with their 100th day crowns

Mary Lin Elementary held a mini-assembly and invited students’ parents. The students wore a crown decorated with 100 items of their choice. Each class read 25 words to the school that equaled to 100 words. After the assembly, each class celebrated in their classrooms with cake!

At West Manor Elementary, Kindergarten and First Grade students celebrated the 100th Day of school as they paraded through the hallways and entertained their fellow schoolmates and teachers. Students were decorated in colorful costumes, crazy socks, and the number 100 as they played instruments and sang the words, “100 days of school, 100 days of school…hi-ho the derry-o…100 days of schools.”

For Kindergartners at West Manor, this day also recognized each student’s achievement of counting to the number 100 and recognizing triple digits in mathematics. Students were encouraged to press forward, stay focused, and work hard throughout the remaining 80 days of school. Happy 100 Days APS!

Students at West Manor parade through the halls to celebrate 100 Days.
Students at West Manor parade through the halls to celebrate 100 Days.

APS Celebrates School Crossing Guard Recognition Week



Click Here to Watch the School Crossing Guard Recognition Video

How many ways can you say ‘Thank You?’  Every January APS celebrates School Crossing Guard Recognition Week and asks that you say ‘Thank You’ or make handmade thank you cards for the crossing guards assigned to your school.

Approximately 1,000 5-9 year olds are killed in pedestrian crashes every year.   By ensuring that all traffic is stopped before students enter the roadway, crossing guards play a critical role in maintaining a safe walk-zone for pedestrians as they approach and leave our schools.

These professionals are confronted daily by speeding motorists, texting drivers and adults who jeopardize their own safety by jaywalking and ignoring traffic signals. In spite of the hostile pedestrians and motorists they encounter, our crossing guards return to their schools every day—regardless of the weather—to keep our students safe.

APS will celebrate School Crossing Guard Recognition Week from January 21-25 to recognize the dedication, commitment and hard work of crossing guards throughout the district. When you see your school’s crossing guard this week, give an enthusiastic thanks by tooting your car horn, waving, or simply saying ‘Thanks.’  Students can personally deliver their cards or teachers can collect them as a group and deliver them to the main office as the crossing guard arrives.

How will you show your appreciation?

VANS Sponsors a Street Art Mural at Grady High School


Grady was 1 out of 10 high schools in America to receive a $2,000 Custom Culture Grant by VANS to create a street art inspired mural on campus. This street art will be a student-driven project led by John Brandhorst, Department Chair of Fine & Performing Arts at Grady.

Brandhorst will collaborate with local professional artists for their expertise, techniques and consultation. Several of the professional artists include:

  • Jessica Caldas, Grady High School Alumni/Artist
  • Beth Malone, Director at High Museum/Director of Public Arts for Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Jeff Mather, Director of APAL
  • Jay Wiggins, Artist

The street art will be politically relevant, colorful, exciting, edgy, and appropriate for a high school campus. The theme, color scheme, and location of the mural are not yet determined.

“We are thrilled to work directly with the VANS Corporation and Americans for the Arts,” says John Brandhorst. “This is an opportunity for us to exist with our visual art program here at Grady at the highest possible levels.“

Price High School Alumni gives back to Price Middle School

Evelyn Smith(right) of the Luther Judson Price Athletic/Alumni Association presents donations to Mrs. Rosado(left), Price Middle School Business Partner Liaison

On January 22, 2013, the Luther Judson Price High School Athletic/Alumni Association presented Price Middle School with checks to support current programs and needs.  The Athletic/Alumni Association began in 2006 and has directly supported Price Middle School for the last two years in the form of financial contributions to further the Academic and Athletic Programs, assistance in providing storage for science equipment, support of student and staff incentives and much, much more.

Each year since 2010, the association has provided five eighth grade students with awards for their outstanding academic success while at Price Middle School.  Additionally, the Alumni Association provides high school seniors in college with scholarships for former Price Middle School students.  All students are recognized at the annual Alumni Breakfast held at the Georgia International Convention Center in April.  The students are treated to a wonderful breakfast, entertainment from alumni and the traditional singing of the school song where over 2000 people dressed in red sing the Price High School song.  The proceeds from the Annual Alumni Breakfast go to directly support the current Price Wildcats.  For more information about the alumni’s efforts, go to http://pricehighalumniathletes.com/index.html.

In addition to financial support, the Alumni Association attends sports and academic events, provides speakers for Career Day, and black history presentations and more.  Through the generosity of the Athletic/Alumni Association the legacy of Luther Judson Price still lives on today.

written by Tammy Rosado, Media Specialist at Price Middle School