By Kimberly Willis Green
Teachers are standing by ready to answer homework questions at the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Homework Hotline that is now open for the 2015-2016 school year. The Hotline is a free service for students seeking one-on-one assistance and easy-to-understand explanations about their homework.
The APS Homework Hotline, a joint effort between APS and Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s E-Learning/Cyber Center, is available to students Monday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., except during holiday and semester breaks. Students can call 678-553-3029 to speak with a teacher or email homework questions to them. With access to current textbooks and school curricula, board-certified teachers help students understand and solve homework problems and guide students through the learning process.
Housed at Morehouse College, the hotline is made possible by a grant from the Chick-fil-A Foundation. For more information about the Atlanta Public Schools’ Homework Hotline, visit www.myhomeworkhotline.com
Three Atlanta Public Schools Students Appointed to the State Superintendent’s 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council
By Taylor Jones
Atlanta Public School (APS) students Robert Beckham, Sutton Middle School; Mouhammed Bah, B.E.S.T. Academy High School; and Elise Nanista, Maynard H. Jackson High School were selected by State Superintendent Robert Woods to serve on the 2015-2016 Student Advisory Council Sept. 11, 2015. Not only will a group of middle and high school students meet with Superintendent Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom, but these students will also serve as Woods’s ambassadors to their respective schools.
Mouhammed Bah of B.E.S.T. Academy High School, was previously featured as an American Graduate Champion by Atlanta Public Schools during the 2014-2015 school year.
From a pool of 1,500 candidates, students were chosen based on the strength of their application essay, which concentrated on their ideas for public education and ways their own educational experience could be improved. This year, 110 students from charter schools to virtual public schools were chosen to serve on the council.
“Students feel the impact of our decisions every day.” Superintendent Woods said. “If we are going to develop child-focused, classroom-centered policies, we must hear directly from students. We can only improve their educational experience by bringing them to the table.”
Scheduled meetings for the State Student Advisory Council will meet September 28, November 9 and March 28 for middle school students; and October 1, November 12, and March 31 for high school students at the office of the Georgia Department of Education.
by Kimberly Willis Green
The South Atlanta High School Hornets hosted “Autism Awareness Night” during their home game against the D.M. Therrell High School Panthers at Lakewood Stadium Sept. 17.
South Atlanta High School Head Football Coach Kevin Hill and Mike Perrelli, former head football coach of Therrell High School and current teacher at South Atlanta High School, who both have children with autism, welcomed students, families and the community to the game. Therrell High School senior Torre Sumlin, who has autism, served as the team captain for last night’s game as the Panthers beat the South Atlanta Hornets 30-27 in overtime.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or autism, is a developmental disorder characterized in varying degrees by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. As fans entered the stadium, they received fliers from APS staff members about autism family services and resources provided by Autism Speaks. Attendees wore light blue to show their support. Autism banners hung from the front entrance of Lakewood Stadium and behind the South Atlanta Hornets’ bench.
Atlanta Public Schools’ Department of Special Education provides programming and services for students with autism that encompass social skills instruction, functional communication training, community based instruction, as well as academic and behavioral skills instruction. Programming is based on the whole child and it ensures that the student can generalize the skills taught throughout the school, home, and community.
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving over 50,000 students across 98 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 80 schools, 18 charter schools and two citywide single-gender academies, where students are offered rigorous instructional programs that foster success in school and life. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us.
by James Malone, APS Office of Communications
Earlier this month, the students at Carter G. Woodson Primary School and M. Agnes Jones Elementary were visited by scientists from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a part of the agency’s analysis on urban flood plains and the impact of water run-off on plant and vegetation. Atlanta is the 11th city to be a part of the national research and was chosen particularly because of the soils in the area near Proctor Creek.
Students looked at soil samples and learned about water run-off impact and the effort of erosion on food production and our ability to have quality residential and commercial development. Students at both schools met with the EPA scientists and discussed the work being done in Atlanta.
“We are looking at urban soils – something that has never been done in this country – because we think urban soils and the plants they support can create green infrastructure to help us manage storm water run-off in communities,” Dr. Bill Shuster, research hydrologist, EPA region IV scientist. “We can do things in communities to create a better overall environment, and control our storm water runoff, so we are not getting storm flooding and combined sewer overflows in our communities. We want the students to know this.”
Chelsea Clinton met with students at Atlanta Public Schools’ M.L. King Middle School and principal Paul Brown to share her new book, “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” on Sept. 17.
In the book, aimed at young readers ages 10-14, Clinton breaks down some of the world’s biggest challenges and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making an impact in their own communities and around the globe.
Check out a few photos from the event!
ABOUT IT’S YOUR WORLD: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!
In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place. Learn more, including a full list of Chelsea’s book tour dates, at www.penguin.com/itsyourworld<http://www.penguin.com/itsyourworld>