West Manor ES Teachers Receive Grants from Chevron “Fuel Your School” Program


The robotics team at West Manor Elementary School received four new Lego Robotics Kits, thanks to a gift from Chevron Corporation through its “Fuel Your School” initiative.

Chevron Corporation hopes to grow the next generation of scientist, engineers and chemists by cultivating a love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in today’s youth. Thanks to the company’s “Fuel Your School” initiative, they may have found several at West Manor Elementary School.

Three teachers at West Manor received awards from Chevron Corporation last week, after they submitted ideas to Donors.Choose.org, an online organization that helps teachers get small projects funded through community donations. Chevron’s “Fuel Your School” program is collaborating with Donors.Choose.org, and has helped raise more than $300 million for STEM-based projects and initiatives worldwide since 2013.

West Manor’s Carla Anderson (gifted), who serves as the coordinator of the school’s award-winning robotics team, received four Lego Robotics Kits, worth about $1,300. Additionally, she received equipment and materials, such as tape measures and litmus paper, to use in STEM-related classroom projects such as kitchen science and forensic science experiments.

“We’re always looking for more resources to be able to do projects that get our kids excited and motivated about STEM,” Anderson said, “so when you don’t have those materials it’s disappointing. Our P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association) has been really good about supporting us, but this assistance from Chevron is great.”


Chevron Policy, Government anad Public Affairs Manager Jeff Swindell (back row, left) hopes the company’s “Fuel Your School” program stimulates student interest in STEM.

Jeff Swindell, manager of Chevron’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs, said his company’s dedication to education is a winning proposition for all involved – Chevron, the schools and the nation.

“STEM is the foundation for the future of our country,” he said. “We need our kids to have an interest in it and a passion for it, so that we can produce that next generation of professionals working with computers and in medicine and chemistry. We hope that our schools and our country will benefit in the long run, and maybe someday one of these talented students will want to work for Chevron.”

While the gift to Anderson was planned, Swindell made surprise presentations to Dietrice Bennett (fifth grade) and Mariel Lawrence (third grade). Bennett received a three-dimensional printer while Lawrence received 18 tablets for her class.

“It was absolutely a total shock,” said Lawrence, who will use the tablets to set up some distance-learning projects for her students. “I’m so excited about all the possibilities this will produce for our students.”

October 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

APS High Schoolers Can Travel the Globe and Expand their College and Career Skills with France Foreign Exchange Program


In its second year, students from Atlanta Public Schools and their French counterparts will participate in a College and Career Exchange Enrichment Program.  Interested students are invited to apply for the unique experience.  Qualifying APS students will travel to France May 19 – June 9, 2017.

Designed to strengthen technical education and training, the exchange program provides hands-on experience, exposure and cultural awareness to students and teachers through an international experience.

“We are so excited to be able to offer the French exchange program again for our students,” said Dr. Michael Maze, director of CTAE. “This program will prepare our students to compete and succeed in a global workforce by giving them an opportunity to engage with international businesses and technical instructors, while experiencing training in a career pathway.”

The goal is educate students to be “well-rounded individuals who possess the necessary academic and technical skills and knowledge” to succeed in the 21st Century workplace.

The shared educational focus of the partnership provides the following benefits to students:

  • Provide international educational experiences for students and teachers in the technical subject areas
  • Expose students to international workforce trends in France and America
  • Build cultural awareness in the areas of language acquisition, fine arts and economics
  • Increase collaboration and develop relationships between professional institutions
  • Provide international apprenticeship and internship opportunities to students
  • Support cooperative learning projects between partnering regions

The program was officially launched last year with the arrival of ten French students, who were welcomed by APS for a month. The French students were placed in host families and assigned internships with local businesses according to their technical training. Eight APS students from Grady, Douglass, Therrell and North Atlanta High Schools were selected to participate in the same program this June.  APS students were welcomed by French host families and businesses around Metro Toulouse, France, and attended different high schools during their stay, according to their professional interests.

Learn more about this educational experience on the CTAE website.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Michael Maze, Director

Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE)

Tel: (404) 802-5979 | mmaze@atlanta.k12.ga.us

October 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Mays Rises to No. 7 in AJC-GHSFD Top 10 Football Poll, Washington’s Taylor Selected Area Volleyball POTY, Washington and KAC Advance to Volleyball State Playoffs

B.J. Phillips (Mays football)

Mays quarterback Bardenie “B.J.” Phiillips led the Raiders to a 55-0 win over Douglas County on Friday. Mays moved up three slots to No. 7 in the latest Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Class AAAAAA Top 10 poll.

Mays rose to No. 7 in this week’s Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)/Georgia High School Football Daily (GHSFD) Class AAAAAA Top 10 poll, after blasting Douglas County 55-0 on Friday.

A host of Raiders (5-1 overall, 4-0 in Class AAAAAA-Region 5) played a role in the blowout win, including senior quarterback Bardenie “B.J.” Phillips, who completed 15-of-27 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns. He also carried the ball seven times for 54 yards and another touchdown. Two of Phillips’ touchdown passes went to JaMarcus McCoy, while the other two went to Amir Abdur-Rahman and Kendell Wimberly. Mays scored twice on defense, as Kortez Daniel scored on a 48-yard fumble recovery and Ferlando Jordan scored on a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown. Adeatric White had an interception as well.

The win keeps the Raiders in a tie with Alexander (Douglas County) for first place in the region. Alexander is ranked just behind Mays in the AJC/GHSFD poll at No. 8.

In other games involving APS teams on Friday:

Therrell kept its playoff hopes alive with a hard-fought 29-27 win over South Atlanta. The win for the Panthers improved their record to 3-4 overall, 1-2 in Class AA-Region 6, while the Hornets fell to 2-6 overall, 0-4 in the region. Therrell is now in fifth place in the region. The top four teams advance to the state playoffs. Therrell has two games remaining on its schedule with teams that currently hold one of those playoff spots – Douglass and Hapeville Charter (Fulton County).

Douglass blasted Forest Park (Clayton County) (0-8), 41-0, in a game that does not have an impact on the Region 6 standings. The Astros improved to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in region competition, and have won three games in a row. The defense has been the catalyst during the win streak, yielding a total of just seven points in the Astros’ last three games (52-7 over Osborne, 21-0 over Washington and 41-0 over Forest Park).

Washington outside hitter Lauren Taylor was recently selected as the Class AA-Area 4 Player of the Year (Note:  Volleyball teams are grouped into areas instead of regions). Lauren led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the area tournament, earning a spot in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state playoffs.

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (KAC) finished third in the area tournament, earning a state playoff spot as well. Washington will host Callaway (Troup County), the No. 3 team from Area 1, in the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 18.  KAC will travel to Columbus to face Jordan (Muscogee), the No. 2 team from Area 1.

Additionally, Lauren and six other APS student athletes made the Class AA-Area 4 All-Area team, while three received Honorable Mention status:

First Team
Sabree Gallishaw, Washington, Outside Hitter
Dgeneba Keita, South Atlanta, Setter
Asha Redhead, Therrell, Middle Hitter
Zharia Redhead, Therrell, Setter

Second Team
Lyric Hawkins
, KAC, Outside Hitter
Jennifer Rodriquez, South Atlanta, Defensive Specialist/Libero

Honorable Mention:
Deja Greene, KAC, Setter
Riann McCollum, Douglass, Outside Hitter
Kayla Pruitt, Douglass, Middle Hitter

October 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

“Driving for Students’ Dreams” Golf Tournament to Benefit Atlanta Public Schools Career, Technical and Agricultural Programs


The Atlanta Public Schools 5th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held at the prestigious East Lake Golf Club, home of the PGA Tour Championship, on Tuesday, November 15th.  Net proceeds from the tournament will be used to support students in the APS Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program.  Student support includes college scholarships, registration fees for technical skills competitions (e.g. TSA or robotics competitions), the French Exchange Program, and the annual CTAE student recognition event. This year’s title sponsor is Parrish Construction Group.

“Our golf tournament has been a tremendous benefit to hundreds of APS students over the years,” said Michael Maze, director of CTAE. “We are thankful for all of the sponsors that allow us to expand access for our students to participate in and attend conferences and competitions that prepare the students to be college and career ready.”

APS is currently identifying sponsors and golfers for the event.  Check in starts at 8:30 am, tee off is scheduled for 10:00 am.  No carts will be allowed on the course, but caddies will be provided.  The format for play will be a modified scramble.

For more information about the Golf Tournament, contact the APS Office of CTAE at 404-802-5892.

October 10, 2016 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Atlanta Public Schools Celebrates the Opening of the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy

By: Donovan M. Harris

Atlanta Public Schools celebrated the official unveiling of the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy on Thursday, October 6 in the former Kennedy Middle School building. The school serves students from the former Bethune Elementary School in the revitalizing west side of Atlanta. The school features both an EL curriculum and innovative STEM-focused curriculum in partnership with the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC).

The Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy is named in the honor of the late Michael R. Hollis, entrepreneur and founder of Atlanta Air. Hollis was the first African American to launch and control an airline in the United States. 

The energy and excitement surrounding this momentous occasion was prevalent in the room throughout the event.  Dr. Diamond Jack, Hollis principal,  gave a rousing speech about the history and vision of the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy. Julius Hollis, brother of Michael R. Hollis, provided inspirational remarks for all of the students and encouraged them to believe nothing is “impossible” but to rather exclaim, “I’m possible.” In typical fashion, Dr. Meria Carstarphen further enlivened the ribbon cutting ceremony with a Hollis chant and pledge from the students.

Michael R. Hollis was a 1971 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta Public Schools.  Dozens of his classmates supported the event with their attendance and presented the principal with a framed collage of Hollis’s photos to display in the school.

Everyone is excited about the what the future holds for the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy. Both faculty and students strive to embody the six “Habits of Hollis” which are  collaboration, empathy, communication, self-discipline, creativity and perseverance.




October 10, 2016 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

APS Teams Sweep Class AA-Region 6 Softball Playoff Spots; South Atlanta, Therrell Battle to Keep Football Playoff Hopes Alive


The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy softball team had its best season in the history of the program, with an overall record of 13-1, and is one of four Atlanta Public Schools teams from Class AA-Region 6 to advance to next week’s state playoffs.

Atlanta Public Schools softball teams claimed all four state playoff spots this week in the Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) Class AA-Region 6. The teams are South Atlanta, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA), Therrell and Washington.

The group is led by South Atlanta (14-5 overall, 8-2 in Class AA-Region 6), which won the region title with an 8-3 win over CSKYWLA in the region championship game on Wednesday. CSKYWLA (13-1, 10-1 in the region) went into the game undefeated, having beaten South Atlanta twice this season (11-10 and 24-12). While the Eagles had to settle for second place, they finished with the best regular season record in school history.

By winning the region championship, the first one in school history, South Atlanta goes into the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed from Class AA-Region 6. The Hornets will host Oglethorpe County, Oct. 12, in the first round. Oglethorpe County is the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 8.

CSKYWLA is the No. 2 seed and will host Monticello, the No. 3 seed from Class AA-Region 8, Oct. 12 or Oct. 13.

Therrell (7-8, 5-5) claimed the No. 3 seed in the region and will travel to Elbert County, the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 8, for the first round of the state playoffs, Oct. 12 or Oct. 13.

Washington (5-8, 4-6) is the No. 4 seed in the region and will visit Region 8-champion Social Circle (Walton County) in the first round, Oct. 12 or  13.

As the regular season begins to wind down, every game has state playoff implications.

Washington’s playoff chances took a bit of a hit Thursday night, as the Bulldogs were beaten by Hapeville Charter (Fulton County), 34-0. Washington’s record dropped to 2-5 overall, 1-2 in Class AA-Region 6. Bulldogs are now in fifth place in the region, one game out of one of the four playoff spots.

South Atlanta (2-5 overall, 0-3 in Class AA-Region 6) and Therrell (2-4, 0-2) will face each other tonight at 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium, for Therrell’s homecoming. Both teams are winless in the region and must pick up a victory to stay alive in the race for one of the region’s four state playoff spots. Therrell leads in the all-time series between the two teams, 7-6, but South Atlanta won the most recent meeting, 34-30, last season.

In other games involving APS teams on Friday:

Mays (4-1, 3-0 in Class AAAAAA-Region 5) at Douglas County (4-2, 2-2), 7:30 p.m., Tiger Stadium in Douglasville

Douglass (3-2, 2-1 in Class AA-Region 6) at Forest Park (Clayton) (0-7), 7:30 p.m., Tara Stadium in Jonesboro

October 7, 2016 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Mays Joins Grady in State Top 10 Football Poll


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Grady (top) and Mays are both ranked in Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Top 10 polls. Mays in the Class AAAAAA poll and Grady in the Class AAAAA poll.  

There are now two Atlanta Public Schools ranked in the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Top 10 polls: Grady and Mays.

Grady has been ranked for several weeks in the Class AAAAA poll. This week, the Grey Knights moved up one spot to No. 7, after taking out APS-rival Carver, 41-6, on Saturday. Grady’s record improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Class AAAAA-Region 6. Carver fell to 4-2 and 2-1. The win for the Grey Knights keeps them in a first-place tie with Banneker (Fulton County) at the top of the region standings.

Mays broke into the Top 10 of the AJC/GHSFD Class AAAAAA poll this week, debuting at No. 10. The Raiders demolished Tri-Cities (Fulton County), 44-7, on Friday. Mays improved its record to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 5. The Raiders are tied at the top of the region standings with Alexander (Douglas County).

In other results over the weekend:

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (KAC) won its third consecutive game, 26-14, over APS rival South Atlanta. In its two previous seasons of varsity football, B.E.S.T. Academy had won just one game each season. But Friday’s win over the Hornets was the third in a row for the Warriors, who boosted their record to 5-1, 2-0 in Class AA-Region 6.  KAC currently sits atop the region standings.

B.E.S.T. Academy shut out Therrell, 20-0. The Eagles improved to 2-5 overall, 2-1 in Class AA-Region 6, and are now 3-0 all-time against Therrell, which fell to 2-4 overall, 0-2 in the region. B.E.S.T. Academy currently holds one of the four playoff spots in the region with three games left to play on its schedule.

Douglass won its second consecutive game, and third out of its last four, with a 21-0 shutout of APS-rival Washington.  With the win, the Astros are now 3-2, 2-1 in the region, while the Bulldogs are now 2-4, 1-2. Currently, Douglass sits in the fourth and final playoff spot in the region at the halfway point in the season.

Maynard Jackson lost a close game to North Springs (Fulton County), 35-34. The Jaguars are now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in Class AAAAA-Region 6.

North Atlanta also suffered a tough-luck loss, 7-0, to Alpharetta (Fulton County). The Warriors’ record dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-4 in Class AAAAA-Region 6.




October 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

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