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Pianos for Peace Donates Festival Pianos to Atlanta Public Schools

Thanks to Pianos for Peace, a nonprofit organization designed to promote peace and philanthropy through art, music and education, 11 beautifully painted pianos are now located inside Atlanta Public Schools. Before the arrival of the pianos, the organization invited the Maynard Jackson High School Orchestra and the J.W. Dobbs Elementary School musical ensemble to Hartsfield-Jackson…

Schools Throughout the District Celebrate Black History Month

  The auditorium at Continental Colony Elementary School was transformed into an interactive, African American “wax museum” last week, as nearly 50 students posed as famous and influential African Americans in history. The event is part of the school’s Black History Month celebration during the month of February. Continental Colony Principal Dr. Kristen Vaughn said…

New Playground at FATE Allows All Kids to Play Together

Now ALL the students at Fred A. Toomer Elementary School can play together, thanks to the vision of a teacher and a gift from Farmers Insurance®. Monday morning, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open a new, inclusive playground behind the east Atlanta school. The area has a soft rubber floor and is…

Beecher Hills Elementary Using New Initiative to Increase Parental Involvement, Student Achievement

By Seth Coleman As schools throughout the district administer various tests this spring designed to measure student growth, Beecher Hills Elementary School hopes a new initiative implemented this year will boost test scores the way it has improved parental involvement. The Academic Parent-Teacher Team (APTT) concept is an innovative program designed to build and enhance…

AND THE WINNER OF THE 55TH ANNUAL SPELLING BEE IS…

By: Erica Fatima Benjamin Song! “Ben,” as his friends call him, appeared unflappable as he spelled “V-I-G-I-L-A-N-T-E” and secured the victory after nine harrowing rounds of spelling. Ben, a fifth grader at Brandon ES, will represent Atlanta Public Schools in the District 4 Bee, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at North Atlanta High School. Upon being declared the winner, Ben…

APS Partners with City of Atlanta, Launches the Atlanta ConnectHome Program

By Erica Fatima The digital inclusion program brings high-speed Internet and technology education to low-income families throughout Metro Atlanta  Click here to see the ConnectHome video On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Mayor Kasim Reed announced—to a packed house of eager APS students and their families—the launch of the Atlanta ConnectHome pilot program. ConnectHome is an initiative to…