Georgia Department of Education staff members donate backpacks to APS Truancy Center

By Kimberly Willis Green

Staff members from the Georgia Department of Education delivered backpacks filled with school supplies to Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) Truancy Center Aug. 14. The “back-to-school packs” donated by GaDOE staff were distributed to schools in south and middle Georgia, along with seven metro-area school districts, including APS.

Over the summer, Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods heard from educators and parents about the need for donated backpacks and school supplies in Georgia’s schools. In response, he asked GaDOE staff members to come together as an agency and donate backpacks stuffed with school supplies for Georgia students.

Atlanta Public Schools social worker Uraina Scott and Andy Carpenter of the Atlanta Police Foundation pictured with backpacks donated by the Georgia Department of Education. Photo credit: GaDOE

Atlanta Public Schools social worker Uraina Scott and Andy Carpenter of the Atlanta Police Foundation pictured with backpacks donated by the Georgia Department of Education staff. Photo credit: GaDOE

“When I heard that students were in need of backpacks and supplies, I wanted to come together and do what we could to help,” Superintendent Woods said. “Our role is to support schools and districts in any way possible. This is a simple gesture, but I hope it was a meaningful one for the students who received backpacks and supplies.”

The GaDOE hopes to expand the drive and make it a statewide event next summer.

August 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Fox 5’s High 5 Sports Caravan visits APS High Schools to kick off the football season

By Taylor Jones

Fox 5 Sports made an epic appearance at Henry W. Grady High School as part of their High 5 Sports Caravan tour Aug. 20. High 5 Sports visited 48 high schools in four days to showcase upcoming talent on the football field. The Grady Grey Knights showed off their spirit in a big way to kick off a new football season with their marching band and varsity cheerleaders at Grady Stadium. Some of the other APS high school football teams visited by the High 5 Sports Caravan were the South Atlanta Hornets, Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jaguars, Benjamin E. Mays Raiders and the B.E.S.T. Academy Eagles.

Members of the Henry W. Grady football team, band, cheerleading squad and dancing team were featured by Fox 5 Sports.  Photo Credit: Taylor Jones, APS

Members of the Henry W. Grady Grey Knights football team, marching band, cheerleading and dance teams were featured by Fox 5 Sports. Photo Credit: Taylor Jones, APS

The Henry W. Grady High School Varsity Cheerleading Team supports the football team during one of their pregame rituals. Photo Credit: Taylor Jones, APS

The Henry W. Grady High School Varsity Cheerleading Team supports the football team during one of their pregame rituals. Photo Credit: Taylor Jones, APS

he Henry W. Grady High School Varsity Cheerleading Team showed off some of their signature moves and cheers. Photo Credit: Taylor Jones, APS

The Henry W. Grady High School Varsity Cheerleading Team showed off some of their signature moves and cheers. Photo Credit: Taylor Jones, APS

The Grady Grey Knights is one of four APS schools that will play in the 2015 High School Classic Saturday, Aug. 22 at Lakewood Stadium, 70 Claire Dr. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30315. The following high school football teams are scheduled to compete:

11:00 a.m. – Tri-Cities vs. Hardaway-Columbus

2:00 p.m. – Grady vs. Washington

5:00 p.m. – Carver-Atlanta vs. Carver-Columbus

8:00 p.m. – Mays vs. Langston Hughes

 

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August 21, 2015 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Flashback Friday: Day One APS: Students and Staff Hit the Ground Running Ready to Learn

Day One APS: Students and Staff Hit the Ground Running Ready to Learn

By Scott Turley

Excited about the first day of school, Day One! I stopped by four schools to see how the students were getting into the groove.

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My first stop was at Burgess-Peterson Academy, where I met fifth-grader Laila Burgess-Kattoula. She told me how excited she was to make her last year in elementary school the best she could.

Burgess Peterson Principal David White

On the way out, I spoke with Burgess-Peterson Academy Principal David White, who told me he was hoping all APS schools were enjoying a great first day.

Hope Hill Elementary Ms. Hills 1st Grade Class

I then stopped by Dunbar Elementary and checked in on a first grade class while they were in the middle of a lesson to wish them a wonderful first day of school.

Dunbar Elementary Class Student

Dunbar Elementary Kiana Chambers Math Instructional Coach

Quiana Chambers, math instructional coach at Dunbar Elementary, stopped to tell me about how amazing the first day was going and the plans she had for the year.

Washington HS Tracy Harrell Assistant Principal

At Booker T. Washington High School, assistant principal Tracy Harrell gave a thumbs up to “Day One” as classes were under way.

Hope Hill Elementary Ms. Hills 1st Grade Class

Over at Hope Hill Elementary School, Ms. Hills’ first grade class was also getting their day started. The theme for Hope-Hill this school year is “The Sky’s the Limit.”

August 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Grady, Carver, Mays and Washington Hit the Field as APS Hosts High School Football Classic August 22

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Department of Athletics will host the 2015 High School Classic Saturday, Aug. 22 at Lakewood Stadium, 70 Claire Dr. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30315.

The following high school football teams are scheduled to compete:

11:00 a.m. – Tri Cities vs. Hardaway-Columbus

2:00 p.m. – Grady vs. Washington

5:00 p.m. – Carver-Atlanta vs. Carver-Columbus

8:00 p.m. – Mays vs. Langston Hughes

Mays High School is back this weekend after a historic 2014 season, advancing to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAA state championship game for the first time in the school’s history.

Grady High School boasts the district’s only female player, Jayla Shropshire offensive and defensive line player.

Carver High School will play their fellow namesake Carver of Columbus, GA, for only the second time since 1963.

Washington High School hits the field after receiving inspirational words from UGA’s Vince Dooley earlier this week.

Tickets for the Classic are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information regarding the Classic, please visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/athletics.

Carver High players receive a visit from the Fox5 Sports "In Your Face" media team before 2014 season.

Carver High players receive a visit from the Fox5 Sports “In Your Face” media team before 2014 season.

Booker T. Washington players pose with history makers Monk Jones and Vince Dooley after an inspirational speech August 20, 2015.

Booker T. Washington players pose with history makers Monk Jones and Vince Dooley after an inspirational speech August 20, 2015.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen with Jayla Shropshire of Grady High School, the district's sole female football player this season.

Superintendent Meria Carstarphen with Jayla Shropshire of Grady High School, the district’s sole female football player for the 2015-2016 season.

Mays High School football players pose with APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen following a pre-season practice.

Mays High School football players with APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen following a 2015 pre-season practice.

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Board Committee Day Accountability Meeting Notice-THE ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

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CANCELLED-Board Committee Day Meeting Notice-THE ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

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Board Committee Day Accountability Meeting Notice-THE ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION

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