Douglass, Grady and Mays Look to Pick Up Second Round Playoff Wins

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Douglass advanced to this weekend’s second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs.

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Douglass, Grady and Mays will play in the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs on Friday evening.

Douglass (8-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will travel to south Georgia to face Screven County (10-1), the No. 1 seed from Region 4, Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Kelly Memorial Stadium in Sylvania. Douglass advanced to the second round of the playoffs by way of a 28-7 win over Elbert County last week. It was the first win in the playoffs for the Astros since 2007. Douglass has not advanced past the second round since 2004.

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Grady will host Woodland-Stockbridge in the second round of the state playoffs.

Grady (10-1), the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 6, will host Woodland-Stockbridge (9-2) of Henry County, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Grady Stadium. Grady won its first-round playoff game last week, 42-8, over Walnut Grove of Walton County. The Grey Knights have advanced to the second round for the second year in a row. The last time Grady won a second round playoff game was in 2010.

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Mays has advanced to the second round of the playoffs for four consecutive years.

Mays (10-1), the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAAA-Region 5, will host Lee County (8-2), 7:30 p.m., Friday at Lakewood Stadium. Mays defeated Cambridge of north Fulton County, 42-14, in last week’s first round. This is the fourth consecutive year the Raiders have advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. They last won a second round game in 2014, the same season they advanced to the state title game.

November 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Children’s Author Dav Pilkey Visits Hope-Hill Elementary School, Donates Books to Students

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By: Alicia Sands Lurry

More than 400 giddy Hope-Hill Elementary School students, donned in red capes emblazoned with “Reading Gives You Super Powers,” sat patiently in their seats Thursday afternoon, anxiously waiting to see Dav Pilkey, award-winning author and illustrator of the beloved “Captain Underpants” novel series.

reading-gives-you-super-powersPilkey did not disappoint. During his visit, the popular author captivated students’ attention by sharing stories from his childhood and drawing such favorite characters as George Beard and Harold Hutchins, Captain Underpants, Dogzilla, Petey the cat, and Dog Man. In addition to giving away the drawings and reading excerpts from “Dog Man,” Pilkey personally donated more than 400 signed copies of “Dog Man” to every student at the school. Students also squealed with delight to learn they’ll have the opportunity to select their own book from a virtual book fair.

“This was extraordinary and mind-blowing,” said Christine Tigue, media specialist at Hope-Hill. “We were so excited to have Dav Pilkey here. Our kids began studying and reading his books more than one month ago to prepared for his visit, so to have him here was like a dream come true.”

Pilkey shared his personal journey as a young child growing up with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, and how despite those struggles and countless setbacks, he never gave up. He encouraged students to do the same.

“I sometimes still get discouraged,” Pilkey told the captivated audience of students and teachers. “But, I’ve learned that you always have to try your hardest and do your best.”

Warren Goetzel, media services coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools, said Pilkey was invited to visit Hope-Hill because of its exemplary media program and location in a historical neighborhood.

Goetzel also noted that Pilkey has been honored as the 2016 Milner Award winner. Established in 1983, the award is designed to promote reading among elementary school children in Atlanta and across Fulton County. Children vote for the author of the books they love to read. The winner is invited to Atlanta and is honored at a program attended by the children.

In addition to thanking Pilkey and his wife, Sayuri, for fostering a love of reading in students, Goetzel said that Tigue did an amazing job ensuring students that were exposed to Pilkey’s works and were prepared for the event.

“I knew Hope-Hill was the right school,” he said. “The overwhelming success of the occasion can be attributed to Ms. Tigue’s hard work and dedication and students’ unbridled enthusiasm. Mr. Pilkey also helped all the students understand that when students are permitted to choose the books they want to read, that is when Reading Superpowers are developed, especially with the most reluctant readers.”

The “Captain Underpants” series includes 12 books, and won a Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Award in April 2006. As of 2016, the series has been translated in over 20 languages, with more than 70 million books sold worldwide. A “Captain Underpants” film starring comedian Kevin Hart is scheduled for release in 2017.

 

November 18, 2016 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Three Football Teams Move on to Round Two of State Playoffs; Mays Cheerleaders Place Ninth at State

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Douglass picked up its first playoff win since 2007 over the weekend, while Mays and Grady also advanced to this weekend’s second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs.

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Three Atlanta Public Schools teams advanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs, with wins over the weekend.

Douglass (8-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 6, dominated Elbert County (7-4), 28-7, Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. It was the first win in the playoffs for the Astros since a 35-21 win over Mundy’s Mill (Clayton County) in 2007.

Grady (10-1), the Class AAAAA-Region 6 champions, pounded Walnut Grove (4-7) of Walton County, 42-8, Friday at Grady Stadium. The Grey Knights, the top-seeded team from Region 6, have won eight consecutive games and are in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Mays (10-1), the Class AAAAAA-Region 5 champions, blasted Cambridge (6-5) of north Fulton County, 42-14, Friday at Lakewood Stadium. The Raiders, the No. 1 seeded team from Region 5, are in the second round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Head coach Maliki Battle was named “Coach of the Week” by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.

B.E.S.T. Academy (2-9), the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 6, was eliminated from the playoffs by Region 8 champion Rabun County, 55-20, Friday at Frank Snyder Stadium in Tiger, Ga.

Carver (8-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 6, lost a close game to Clarke Central (7-4) of Athens-Clarke County, 35-32, Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Panthers have been in the state playoffs for the past five years in a row.
CHEERLEADING

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Mays advanced to the finals of the state cheerleading championships, and placed ninth out of 53 teams.

Mays became the first APS squad to advance to the finals of the GHSA State Cheerleading Championships this weekend in Columbus at the Columbus Civic Center. The Raiders competed in the first round on Friday and advanced to Saturday’s finals, where they finished ninth out of 53 teams.

November 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

Teachers at E. Rivers and Garden Hills Elementary Schools Receive Classroom Supplies, Thanks to Generous Donations

 

By: Alicia Sands Lurry

Dozens of teachers at E. Rivers Elementary School were showered this week with a myriad of classroom supplies and educational materials totaling over $22,000, thanks to a partnership between DonorsChoose.org and OshKosh B’gosh.

Teachers and students celebrated the spirited occasion during a special school assembly on Thursday, Nov. 10, when staff opened boxes filled with gifts ranging from microscopes and multiplication flash cards, to Legos, laminators and multi-sensory seating. 

Teacher Erica Pease said the donations will provide better learning opportunities for her students.

“I received tremendous math, science and social studies kits to cover all units for the remainder of the school year,” said Pease, who joined her colleagues on stage to accept classroom materials. “This is my first year teaching fourth grade, and finally feel that I have materials to be successful and guide my students in the right direction.”

A national nonprofit organization, DonorsChoose.org connects teachers in high-need communities with donors who want to help. Teachers request materials, supplies and experiences their students need the most, and donors provide support to the projects that inspire them the most.

For their part, OshKosh funded 25 classroom projects at E. Rivers, and another 27 at nearby Garden Hills Elementary School for a total of $42,000. The gifts were made possible thanks to customers who donated funds through their B’gosh Jeanius campaign.

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Students at E. Rivers give OshKosh B’gosh a “thumbs up” for funding classroom supplies for their teachers.

“It’s important for us to give back to the community where are stores are located,” said Tracey Del Moral, director of marketing for OshKosh. “We want to ensure our customers that the money they spend is going back to their schools.”

Teachers at Garden Hills were just as grateful for their gifts. Thanks to the generosity of donors, some staff received iPads, flexible seating, and other classroom materials and supplies. One staff member received a Zoo Atlanta in-school field trip for her students.

Third-grade teacher Katie Carlson said the chapter books and seating she received have made a huge difference.

“It’s awesome,” Carlson said. “It’s made our reading time more enjoyable. My kids are able to sit longer, and it adds color and excitement to the classroom.”

 

 

 

November 11, 2016 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

March to the Dome Starts for Six Football Teams

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Mays junior receiver Amir-Abdur Rahman and his Raider teammates are one of six Atlanta Public School teams that advanced to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs, starting this weekend.

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Six Atlanta Public Schools teams will represent the district in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs, starting Friday night.

Mays (9-1), the Class AAAAAA-Region 5 champions, will host Cambridge (6-4) of north Fulton County, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Lakewood Stadium. The Raiders, the No. 1 seeded team from Region 5, won their first region title since 2003 and were the highest scoring team in their region and among APS teams with 407 total points.

Grady (9-1), the Class AAAAA-Region 6 champions, will host Walnut Grove (4-6) of Walton County, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Grady Stadium. The Grey Knights, the top-seeded team from Region 6, won the region championship for the first time since 2010.

B.E.S.T. Academy (2-8), the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will travel north to play Rabun County (9-0), the No. 1 seed from Region 8, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Frank Snyder Stadium in Tiger, Ga. B.E.S.T. Academy broke a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in Region 6 by winning a mini-game tournament on Monday that also included Therrell and Washington.

Carver (8-2), the No. 2 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 6, will host Clarke Central (6-4) of Athens-Clarke County, 2 p.m., Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Panthers are in the state playoffs for the fifth consecutive year and have won their last three games by a combined score of 108-6.

Douglass (7-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will host Elbert County (7-3), 7:30 p.m., Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Astros are back in the state playoffs for the first time since 2007.
CHEERLEADING
Mays advanced to the GHSA State Cheerleading Championships this weekend in Columbus at the Columbus Civic Center. The Raiders competed in the first round on Friday and will try to advance to the finals, scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday.

ONE-ACT PLAY
The one-act play ensemble from Grady will compete in the GHSA State Championships, 10 a.m., Saturday at Veterans High School in Kathleen, Ga., near Macon.

WRESTLING
The squads from Maynard Jackson and North Atlanta will be in action this weekend. Maynard Jackson will face South Cobb, Friday at South Cobb, while North Atlanta will compete in the Panther Duals, Friday and Saturday at Forest Park.

 

November 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

How to Pay for College Workshop Series

 

Atlanta Public Schools and Achieve Atlanta are offering the “How to Pay for College Workshop Series”.

Sessions include:

  • Move on When Ready (Dual Enrollment)
  • FAFSA Overview
  • Hope/Zell Miller Scholarship Overview
  • Achieve Atlanta Scholarship
  • NCAA Eligibility

FAFSA Working Session

  • Assistance for 12th grade students & parents by appointment only.  Call (404) 880-3500

Workshops will be presented for each cluster according to the following schedule,
although you may attend any date.

Here are the dates and locations:

Date Location Address Cluster High Schools
November 15, 2016 Therrell High School 3099 Panther Trail, SW 30311 Mays, Therrell, West End
December 13, 2016 Carver High School 55 McDonough Blvd., SE 30315 Carver High, Carver Early College, Forrest Hills, South Atlanta
January 10, 2017 North Atlanta High School 4111 Northside Pkwy, NW 30327 North Atlanta
January 17, 2017 Jackson High School 801 Glenwood Ave., SE 30316 Crim, Drew Charter, Grady, Jackson
January 31, 2017 Douglass High School 225 Hamilton Holmes Dr., NW 30318 BEST, CSKYWLA, Douglass, KIPP, Washington

November 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Young Men from Dunbar Elementary School attend Leadership Breakfast

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A group of Dunbar Elementary School students attended the Omega Manhood Leadership Institute (OMLI) and Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Achievement Week Awards Banquet.
The Achievement Week program, first celebrated in 1921, began as a project inspired by  Carter G. Woodson. Mr. Woodson advocated for the establishment of an annual Black History observance. Today, that observance is called Black History Month. The Achievement Week Banquet, held in conjunction with the anniversary of the founding of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is held to honor individuals who uplift their communities.
This year’s keynote speaker was retired U.S. Army General William “Kip” Ward, inaugural commander of the U.S. Army’s Africa Command. The event was held on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

November 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

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