It’s Official! M.A. Jones Elementary is APS’ First Certified STEM School

M.A. Jones ES STEM celebration 1
Georgia Schools Superintendent Richard Woods (Back row, left to right), APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen and M.A. Jones Elementary School Principal Margul Woolfolk celebrate with students at a ceremony to honor M.A. Jones’ official recognition as a STEM school.

After five years of hard work, it was party time at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School on Tuesday as the school celebrated becoming the first Atlanta Public School to earn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) certification.

The school held a pep rally featuring Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen and State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods. Prior to the raM.A. Jones ES garden (carrots)lly, Dr. Carstarphen and Woods were taken on a tour of the school’s urban farm where students are growing lettuce, spinach, carrots, collards and basil. Students are also caring for the farm’s two chickens – Coco Puff and Valentine.

M.A. Jones Principal Margul Woolfolk said the five-year journey to become a certified STEM school was well worth it. Instead of teaching science, technology, engineering and math in isolation, the STEM schools feature an integrated curriculum driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/problem-based learning and student-centered development of ideas and solutions. It helps prepare students for success in the 21st century workforce.

M.A. Jones ES STEM celebration (Dr. C and robot)“I wanted this to be sustainable for the long term, and so it took some time for all of our teachers to be certified in STEM. Also, being a charter system gave us autonomy with our funds so that we could adequately support STEM,” Woolfolk said. “It’s having an impact on our students and the community.”

 

 

 

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Mays Girls, South Atlanta Boys Honored by Fulton County Commission

South Atlanta Boys Basketball Honored by Fulton Co Commission (April 2017)Mays Girls Basketball Honored by Fulton Co Commission (April 2017)
The South Atlanta boys and Mays girls basketball teams were each honored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for winning state championships this season.

The Mays girls and South Atlanta boys basketball teams, winners of state championship titles this season, were honored at the Fulton County Government Center on Wednesday by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, at the request of District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington and District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

The Mays girls became the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA champs by way of a hard-fought 52-21 win over Harrison (Cobb County), back on March 9. It was the second state championship for the program, which won the Class AAAA title in 2003. The Raiders began the season with a record of 5-7, but rallied to a final record of 22-9, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost.

The South Atlanta boys won the GHSA Class AA championship after dismantling Swainsboro (Emanuel County) 68-33, on March 11. The Hornets finished with a record of 29-1 and were the No. 1 team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Class AA Top 10 poll from the beginning of the season until the end. South Atlanta’s boys last won a state championship in 2009 (Class AAA).

The wins were sweet redemption for both programs. This year’s seniors on Mays’ team were sophomores when the Raiders lost the Class AAAAA championship game to Stephenson (DeKalb County). South Atlanta advanced to the semifinals last season, but lost to eventual champion Morgan County.

To view a mini-documentary on both championship teams, click here.

Mays 2016-17 Roster: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill. The team is coached by Chantay Frost.

South Atlanta 2016-17 Roster: Seniors Frank Bailey, Acey Brown, Antonio Gay, Freeman Jordan, Devonta Pullins, Demontay Roberts and Tyler Thornton; juniors Dondre Barnes and Jalen Stegall; and freshman Ja’Quavian Florence. The team is coached by Michael Reddick.

 

 

 

Bunche Middle Sweeps Track and Field Titles, Sutton Middle Takes Both Soccer Championships

The boys and girls soccer teams at Sutton Middle School won the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Soccer Championships. The boys defeated Inman Middle School while the girls beat Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.

Sutton Middle School swept the girls and boys titles in the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Soccer Championships.

The girls blanked Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, 2-0. Kate Jackson and Josie Bird scored for Sutton. Katie was named Player of the Year.

The boys’ team defeated Inman on penalty kicks (5-3) after the teams finished the game in a scoreless tie. In the penalty kick session, Sutton converted on all five of its attempts with goals scored by Alexi Cesbello, Jesus Moreno, Emi Mendoza, Fernando Nina and Ceasar Montez. Sutton’s goalkeeper, Aidan Moore, was named Player of the Year.

In track and field, Bunche Middle School swept the girls and boys titles in the APS Track and Field Championships. The Bunche girls (68 points) edged Inman Middle (65) for the team championship, while the Charger boys (95) won by a comfortable margin over second place Martin Luther King Middle (75 ½).

Among several outstanding performances in the meet were:

KIPP Metro’s girls 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams took first in both events, posting times of 52.84 seconds and 4:24.58, respectively.

Dequan Tate of KIPP Metro won the 400 meters in a time of 52.95.

Bunche’s 400-meter relay team took first in a time of 45.36.

KIPP Metro’s 1,600-meter relay team edged Bunche’s squad – 3:46.16 to 3:46.30 – for first place in the event

Twelve APS Basketball Players, Two Coaches Named to AJC’s All-State and All-Metro Atlanta Squads

Kamiyah Street - Mays girls basketball 2017
Mays senior Kamiyah Street was named the Georgia High Schools Association Class AAAAAA Girls Player of the Year and the Atlanta/South Fulton Girls Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A dozen Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student athletes were named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) All-State and All-Metro basketball teams on Friday.

Mays senior guard Kamiyah Street was named the Class AAAAAA All-State Girls Player of the Year, as well as the Atlanta/South Fulton Girls Player of the Year. Street led the Raiders to the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA state championship, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost who was named All-State Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year and Atlanta/South Fulton Coach of the Year. Mays finished with a record of 22-9 and won the program’s second state championship (2003).

For the boys, South Atlanta senior forward Tyler Thornton was named the All-State Class AA Boys Player of the Year by the AJC, while his head coach, Michael Reddick, was named Coach of the Year. South Atlanta won the GHSA Class AA State title, the school’s first since 2009, and finished the season with a record of 29-1.

Here is the list of All-State and All-Metro accolades:

GIRLS
Dominique Banks, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAAA

Tiamya Butler, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Sabree Gallishaw, Senior, Washington
First Team All-State Class AA, First Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Shatara Goodman, Junior, Coretta Scott King
Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

Lawrencia Simon, Senior, South Atlanta
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Second Team

Kamiyah Street, Senior, Mays
All-State Class AAAAAA Player of the Year, Atlanta/South Fulton Player of the Year

BOYS
Marquavius Carter, Junior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAA

Stavon Griggs, Senior, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

JaQuavius Hayes, Senior, Maynard Jackson
First Team All-State Class AAAAA, Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Corey Moore, Senior, Therrell
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

Devonta Pullins, Senior, South Atlanta
Second Team All-State Class AA, Second Team All-State Atlanta/South Fulton

Tyler Thornton, Senior, South Atlanta
All-State Class AA Player of the Year, First Team Atlanta/South Fulton
COACHES
Chantay Frost, Mays (Girls)
Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year, Atlanta/South Fulton Coach of the Year

Michael Reddick, South Atlanta (Boys)
Class AA Coach of the Year

Mary Lin Elementary Steppers to Compete for National Title After Winning State Championship

Mary Lin Steppers 2017 (State Champs)
The Mary Lin Elementary School step team, Psi Phi Beta, won the Georgia Steppers League Elementary Division State Championship last weekend. This weekend, the squad will compete for a national title in Memphis.

It continues to rain state championships in Atlanta Public Schools!

Earlier this month, the Mays girls, South Atlanta boys and Atlanta Wolfpack (wheelchair team) won state titles in basketball. Now you can add Mary Lin Elementary School to the list.

Last weekend at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, the school’s step team – Psi Phi Beta – won APS’ fourth state title this year when it took first place in the Georgia Steppers League Elementary Division State Championship competition. The win qualifies the team to compete in the National Stepping Alliance 2017 National Championships, which will take place this weekend in Memphis.2017 Steppers National Championship flyer - Mary Lin ES (Memphis)

At the state competition, Mary Lin’s team outperformed 14 other schools. Additionally, Psi Phi Beta coach Victor Hicks, a technology instructor at the school, was named the league’s Elementary Coach of the Year, while the team’s parents and supporters won the league’s “Fandemonium” Award, given to the fans who show the most sportsmanship during the season.

This weekend’s national competition will feature teams from New York, Illinois and Texas, as well as other states. While Psi Phi Beta is in Memphis, the members and their families will tour Lemoyne-Owens College and visit the Lorraine Motel National Civil Rights Museum.

Mary Lin Steppers 2017 - 2 (State Champs)

Members of Psi Phi Beta include (front to back) Kush Karki, Louis Daugherty, Franki Palmer, Kate Wolfe,  Ryan Milko, Lailah Stoudenmire, Gabby Witmer, Rohan Morel, Anika Karki, head coach Victor Hicks.

(Also pictured is Gavin Brown, coach of the Ultimate Stepping Machines.)

 

State Superintendent Richard Woods Visits Cascade Elementary for National Agriculture Literacy Day

State Super Woods at Cascade ES (National Ag Lit Day 2017)
State Superintendent Richard Woods selected Cascade Elementary to read to students for National Agricultural Literacy Day on March 23, 2017.

State Superintendent Richard Woods read to third- and fifth-grade students at Cascade Elementary School Thursday, to celebrate National Agricultural Literacy Day.

The annual observance was launched in 1973. It is designed to promote a better understanding of how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced; highlight the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy; illustrate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable product; and showcase various career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.

Cascade ES gardenCascade is one of the many Atlanta Public Schools with a community garden that features various plants, flowers and foods.

 

APS Wins Four Awards at Moot Court Competition

Moot Court Competition - 2017
Atlanta Public Schools moot court teams won four awards at the Seventh Annual Young Litigators Moot Court Competition, held recently at the Fulton County Government Center.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students made an impressive showing at the Seventh Annual Young Litigators Moot Court competition, held last week at the Fulton County Government Center.

Moot Court is a mock Supreme Court hearing where teams work with attorneys and write a brief based on a current issue. The teams pose as lawyers and defend their brief in front of panel of distinguished judges. The 2017 issue dealt with the Fourth Amendment and a law enforcement officer allegedly using excessive force to subdue a fleeing individual.

APS teams from Martin Luther King and Crawford Long Middle School competed in the middle school category, while teams from South Atlanta, Drew Charter and Therrell High School competed in the high school category. APS schools came away with four awards:

— Middle School, Best Brief – M.L. King
— Middle School, Overall Team – M.L. King
— Middle School, Best Oral Argument – Zeruiah Wilson, Long
— High School, Best Oral Argument – Alvin Winston, Drew Charter

The seven-member panel of judges included famed attorney Benjamin L. Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin. Attorney Crump, of ParksCrump Attorneys at Law, specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases. Students presented Crump with the Young Litigators Social Justice Award following the competition.

The other panelists were Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Judge Johnny Mason; Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney; Fulton County Associate Juvenile Court Judge Renata Turner; Attorney Cora Graves of Gwinnett County Public Schools; Attorney Chantel Mullen Chief Executive Officer of Mullen and Associate, LLC and Mullen Law; and Attorney Adam Sutton of the Cordell and Cordell Law Firm.

If you would like additional information on moot court, or would like to start a team at your school and have it involved in the 2018 competition, send an email to soul.stice@ymail.com or visit www.soulsticeinc.com.

 

Middle School Teams

Martin Luther King
Kameron Clark and Miles Jackson
Principal: Paul Brown
Sponsor: Shekela Edwards
Attorney Advisor: Christopher Cottrell
Assistant: Nyomi Haynes

Crawford Long
Tony Philips, Jartavious Wallace, Shaluan Fox and Zeruiah Wilson
Principal: Lisa Hill
Sponsor: Kiwi Cody
Attorney Advisor: Amanda Jones


High School Teams

Charles Drew Charter
Alvin Winston, Naima Cooper, Naomi Ray, Brooke Turpeau and India Girualt
Principal: Peter McKnight
Sponsor: Jennifer Ulbrich

South Atlanta
Alexander Render, Miesha Young and Carla Franklin
Principal: Dr. Patricia Ford
Sponsor: Tom Dunn
Attorney Advisor: Lakeesh Dent
Assistant: Destinee Holt

Therrell
Treasure Ransom
Principal: Shelly Powell
Sponsor: Anthony Jackson
Attorney Advisor: Terrell Dark