Atlanta Public Schools Announces Partnership with PUMA, David T. Howard High School Alumni Association
Before there were Air Jordans, there was “The Clyde.”
Now that iconic shoe is an important link to a new and historic partnership between Atlanta Public Schools (APS), the David T. Howard High School Alumni Association and PUMA, the athletic shoe and apparel company. APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen officially announced the partnership on Monday at a morning press conference and again in the evening at the monthly meeting of the Atlanta Board of Education.
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with PUMA and the David T. Howard Alumni Association, and to do it during Black History Month makes it extra special,” Dr. Carstarphen said. “David T. Howard High School and the David T. Howard Alumni Association are woven into the fabric of Atlanta. They are Atlanta. Additionally, PUMA, through its five-decade relationship with Walt “Clyde” Frazier, one of Howard’s and APS’ most accomplished and distinguished graduates, is inextricably linked to Atlanta as well. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
Last week PUMA launched the rebranding of one of its first signature shoe and apparel lines, “The Clyde”, worn by Walt “Clyde” Frazier, a National Basketball Association Hall of Famer and graduate of David T. Howard High School, class of 1963. The line is called the “Puma Legacy Collection” and is designed to honor the history, legacy and contributions made to Atlanta by David T. Howard and David T. Howard High School. The Collection may be found in Foot Locker stores around the nation and in special display rooms called “PUMA Labs” in selected cities, including Atlanta. The “Puma Labs” in our city are at Greenbriar Mall and South DeKalb Mall.
Historic partnership will benefit all children in Atlanta Public Schools
As a result of the partnership, APS will receive $30,000 in direct support of the Atlanta Public Schools/Atlanta Partners for Education Whole Child Fund, which provides experiences for students to support their academic and social/emotional development and well-being. Some examples of what this fund provides include field trips, cultural experiences and enrichment activities, and critical emergency support such as uniforms and MARTA cards.
Additionally, as part of the terms of the partnership agreement, PUMA will pay eight percent royalties on net wholesale sales of all co-branded PUMA products worldwide to PUMA wholesale accounts, and four percent royalty on net retail sales of all co-branded PUMA products sold via PUMA-owned retail stores and PUMA’s online store. Each royalty payment made by PUMA will be split equally, with 50 percent paid to APS/Atlanta Partners for Education and 50 percent paid to the David T. Howard Alumni Association.
The David T. Howard Alumni Association will receive a $50,000 fixed-compensation payment as well as the 50 percent royalty mentioned above.
Historic Howard High School building to be reborn as a new APS middle school
Just as PUMA is reviving “The Clyde,” APS will refurbish the historic David T. Howard High School building (551 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue) and reopen it as a new middle school in the Grady High School Cluster. The construction project is scheduled to begin in July 2018 and is being paid for with funds from the recently-approved 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
Facts about David T. Howard
- David T. Howard was born in 1849 as a slave.
- Howard became a free man after the Civil War, and he used $200 inherited from his father to start his life.
- Howard worked as a railroad porter in Atlanta before becoming a mortician. His mortuary business eventually made him one of the city’s first black millionaires.
- Howard donated the land upon which David T. Howard High School was built.
- Howard was a founder of the city’s first black-owned bank, Atlanta State Savings Bank.
- Howard died in 1935.
Facts about David T. Howard High School
- The building opened as the David T. Howard Colored Elementary School in 1924.
- The school became a high school in 1948.
- Prominent David T. Howard attendees and graduates include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta Mayor Maynard Holbrook Jackson, NBA Hall of Famer Walt Frazier, presidential advisor Vernon Jordan, Atlanta real estate entrepreneur Herman J. Russell, former Atlanta police chief and Clayton County Commission chairman Eldrin Bell and student civil rights organizer Lonnie King.
More than 50 student athletes from 10 Atlanta Public Schools high schools signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday, at the annual APS National Signing Day event.
This year’s ceremony was held at D.M. Therrell High School. While most of the scholarships signed were for football, other sports represented were baseball, basketball, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball and track and field.
Always held on the first Wednesday in February, National Signing Day is the first day a student athlete may officially sign a football scholarship, according to regulations set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). APS is the only metro area school district that hosts a district-wide signing day event.
“This is always a very special day for APS,” said APS Athletic Director Jasper Jewell. “All of the young men and women have worked hard and sacrificed to get to this day, and to see them be able to enjoy this moment with their friends and families is tremendous.”
Here is a list of the 2017 signees:
|Trevion Baker||Morehouse College||Football|
|Quentin Gates||Hutchinson Community College||Football|
|Deshun Cade||University of West Georgia||Football|
|Jonathan Ford||Lane College||Football|
|Hugo Genchi||Lane College||Football|
|Jamarico Gray||Albany State University||Football|
|Elrico McKenzie||Fort Lauderdale University||Football|
|Ezekial Njoku||U.S. Marine Academy||Football|
|Maurice Jones||Savannah State University||Football|
|KIPP Atlanta Collegiate|
|Ernesto Chavez||Lane College||Football|
|Geronda Hall||Old Dominion University||Football|
|Marquis Johnson||Southeast Louisiana University||Football|
|Jacorris Lamar||Reinhardt University||Football|
|Brandon Perry||Fort Valley State University||Football|
|Otis Odum||Reinhardt University||Football|
|Marquis Thorne||Nichols State University||Football|
|Quartez Walker||Virginia Union University, Lynchburg||Football|
|Larkin DeLaria||Trinity College||Rowing|
|Jack Ferguson||United States Naval Academy||Baseball|
|Majesty Hansberry||Fort Valley State University||Football|
|Jackson Pierce||San Diego University||Track|
|Yvonne (Bonnie) Shea||Dartmouth College||Soccer|
|Bryce Washington||Rutgers University||Soccer|
|Patrick Wilson||Berry College||Lacrosse|
|Jordan Vence||Avila University||Football|
|Sabree Gallishaw||Savannah State University||Basketball|
|Kalveion Heard||LaGrange College||Football|
|Tarik Knox||Lane College||Football|
|Montravious Traylor||Clark Atlanta University||Baseball|
Applications are now available for Atlanta Public Schools (APS) 2017-2018 Pre-Kindergarten program. The APS Pre-K program lottery window is now open and all applications must be received by midnight March 7, 2017.
“Research shows that Pre-K programs bridge school readiness gaps and prepare students for successful educational outcomes,” said Dr. Shana Weldon, APS early learning coordinator. “We want all eligible families to apply for the spaces in our high-quality early learning program.”
APS offers Pre-K at 39 elementary schools across the district, which includes its newest site, Jackson Primary that is scheduled to open in August 2017. The APS Pre-K program provides standards-based instruction which aligns with the district’s K-12 curriculum and meets the diverse needs of all students.
For complete details about the Pre-K lottery and enrollment process, visit the PreK website at http://bit.ly/apspreklottery or call 404-802-3640.
Educational Learning Systems, Inc. (ELS, Inc.) has announced that Jean Childs Young Middle School is the winner of its Reading Plus Achievement Award for the months of August and September. For their efforts, the students and teachers at Young Middle will receive a championship banner and $200 for the school.
ELS, Inc., is a provider of research-based K-12 math and reading online curriculum and professional development programs. Reading Plus is a web-based program created by ELS, Inc. for students in grades three through 12. Young Middle school students won the award over nine other Atlanta Public Schools middle schools by reading more than three million words with 80 percent accuracy during the months of August and September.
“What an outstanding start-up performance during the months of August and September by the Reading Plus team at Jean Childs Young Middle School,” ELS, Inc. Vice President Virginia Stoner said in a statement. “We selected as our award criteria the ‘Total Number of Words Read’ – a total of 3,225,415 words read with 80 percent accuracy at Jean Childs Young Middle School.”
According to Stoner, the competition will continue through the remainder of the school year with a different criteria category each month.
“We look forward to recognizing more outstanding performances from the APS Middle Schools,” Stoner said. “Let the competition begin.”
Rounding out the top five behind Young Middle were Sutton, Inman, Sylvan Hills and Harper-Archer.
Having a Ball: King Middle School & Wesley International Academy Students Learn to Program Sphero Robots
By: Alicia Sands Lurry
Imagine being able to program an object the size of a golf ball to roll forward, move backward, and to hit the center of a bullseye.
That’s exactly what students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Wesley International Academy did after learning to program sphero balls – small, app-enabled droid robots – at the first-ever Maynard H. Jackson High School Sphero-Versity event on Friday, Jan. 13.
Designed to boost enrollment in Jackson’s robotics program and encourage underrepresented students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, the event was led by 10 robotics students from Jackson who taught the middle schoolers the basics of computer programming.
Eventually, middle school students learned to program the robots to knock down bowling pins, hit the center of a bullseye, and roll the sphero ball through a maze.
By the end of the day, the students – many of whom represented their respective schools’ robotics teams – competed to see who could successfully master all three programming skills.
“I loved learning something new,” King Middle School student Caesar Rosser said, as he worked to program the sphero ball to make it go forward and then right again. “It would be cool to add a camera to the balls.”
Shevan Howard, IB coordinator at King Middle School, said he hoped the event would help further his students’ interest in STEM education.
“Hopefully, this will provide them with the connection between middle school and high school and build their love for STEM,” Howard said.
According to Shelley Carter, an engineering teacher and robotics coach at Jackson, students also gained leadership experience, as well as presentation and interview skills, from working with middle schoolers.
Tenth grader Ihsan Muhammad agreed.
“It makes you feel older, like being a mentor,” he said. “The younger kids helped me learn more because of the questions they asked.”
Kameron Clark, an eighth grader at King Middle School, said he may now consider studying computer science.
“This is like learning more than you can at school,” he said. “You don’t have to be a scientist or a genius. You just have to be willing to learn.”
Tracy Joyner, gifted endorsement internship facilitator with the Office of Gifted and Talented Education, said the event was a win-win for all students.
“I love to see high-achieving and talented students work together,” she said. “It’s like magic.”