South Atlanta to host tonight’s Elite Eight game against Morgan County as they continue their March to Macon
by Britney Morgan
After beating Central Carrollton last week by a score of 103-38, the South Atlanta Hornets have advanced to the GHSA’s Elite Eight with an overall record of 27-4.
With a fairly young South Atlanta boys’ team and no returning starters, Basketball Coach Michael Reddick said that a lot of people thought they would have a down year. Setting high expectations for his teams, there was never doubt in his mind that they would make it this far. “My guys work very hard to make sure we would have a good year,” said Reddick.
Coach Reddick says the team’s recipe for a good year includes lots of hard work during the off-season. “We practiced hard and played 38 games in June. We did a lot of individual development in the fall, and we have been extremely competitive in practice this year.”
Coach Reddick went on to say that his team’s depth makes them exceptional, “With all 13 players bringing something special to the hardwood, South Atlanta doesn’t have a set lineup. The Hornets have had several injuries this season, but they are always able to fill-in for each other and pull through.”
As a coach, Reddick says that he focuses on teaching his guys discipline, responsibility, character and citizenship. He works to give his players the tools necessary to be successful in life and looks to expose them to new things. Each year they take a trip outside the state to play and to visit a university.
Grateful and appreciative of the South Atlanta community, Reddick said, “We take great pride in our community.” He encourages everyone to come out and support their team as they continue the journey on their “March to Macon” for the GHSA State Championship Games.
The South Atlanta Hornets will go head-to-head with Morgan County tonight at 6:30 p.m. at South Atlanta High School.
For more information about the GHSA State Basketball Championships visit www.ghsa.net.
Principal Gregory Parks empowers his students with the Leadership Data Talk at Usher- Collier Heights Elementary
The Talk encourages and motivates his staff and students for the week ahead. Parks said that his students are valuable stakeholders, and at Usher-Collier Heights, their goal is to empower them with different types of data such as achievement, attendance, suspension and volunteerism to support their everyday decisions.
Along with the data talk, Parks shares motivational stories and quotes; and this week, he even played an inspiring song by Mali Music called “Beautiful”. He says that he chose this particular song because “our children are beautiful inside and out”.
Occasionally, he will also surprise students with a guest speaker to give encouraging words on different leadership topics. Monday, Comer Yates, the executive director of the Atlanta Speech School visited Usher. He spoke to the children about heroes. Yates shared how they too can be heroes, as long as they believe in themselves first.
The Leadership Data Talk started two years ago to support the school’s culture of excellence.
“We are preparing our students to maximize their potential and to believe in their goals and dreams,” said Parks.
After breakfast, encouraging words and music— the Usher Collier Heights students were ready for a great week.
- South Atlanta boys defeated Butler 78-67 Wednesday night. They will play Central Carrollton Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at South Atlanta High School.
- Mays girls beat Alexander 61-37 Tuesday night. They will play Woodland-Stockbridge Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Mays High School.
- North Atlanta Boys will play Gainesville at North Atlanta High School tonight, Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:00 p.m.
- South Atlanta girls lost to Washington County 57-54 Tuesday night. They ended the season at 27-2, best record in school history.
Deadline to enroll in APS Pre-K Lottery for the 2014-15 school year is Feb. 27
By Kimberly Willis Green
Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) Pre-Kindergarten Program performed above both the state and national levels in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.
The CLASS tool is designed to assess the quality of prekindergarten programs. APS performed above state and national levels in the following areas:
- Positive Climate
- Reduction of Negative Climate
- Teacher Sensitivity
- Regard for Student Perspectives
- Instructional Learning Formats
APS also performed above the state in the following areas of the 2014 CLASS assessment:
- Behavior Management
The APS Pre-K program is an age-appropriate instructional program that prepares students for a successful transition to kindergarten in a nurturing environment and addresses students’ academic, social and emotional needs. The program is funded by the Georgia State Lottery and is governed by Bright from the Start – Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and partners with Head Start, Sheltering Arms, The United Way, and The Rollins Speech School at selected locations.
“We attribute this success to increased teacher development, support and leadership provided by the APS Office of Early Learning staff and district-level leadership,” said Courtney Jones, APS coordinator of Early Learning. “Elementary school principals also view their school sites as Pre-K through 5th grade; therefore, they fully integrate Pre-K students into their total school program.” Jones added that APS Pre-K teachers were newly evaluated based on the Teacher Keys Evaluation System, which also served as a development tool to ensure high quality programming, teacher accountability and high student outcomes.
Student readiness for kindergarten is also measured by work samples which are collected by APS Pre-K teachers throughout the school year. During the 2013-14 school year, APS Pre-K students demonstrated readiness of more than 90 percent in each tested domain and outperformed the state in five out of the seven areas that were assessed:
|2013-14 Results Domain||Georgia Pre-K||APS Pre-K|
|Personal & Social Development||96.3%||96.4%|
|Language & Literacy||94.8%||98%|
|Physical Development & Health||97.9%||96.7%|
Using the Georgia Early Learning Developmental Standards (GELDS) which address the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of students, the APS Pre-K program offers a rich curriculum presented to students in a developmentally appropriate manner. Students engage in hands-on, authentic experiences designed to prepare them for kindergarten through high school, college and careers. These standards are aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS).
APS offers 42 Pre-K classrooms at 35 school sites across the district and 24 of these sites also receive support from Head Start. Serving 876 Pre-K children each year, students and their families in these classrooms receive comprehensive services which include medical, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments. Additionally, all APS Pre-K classrooms in the district are designated as programs in Good Standing by Bright from the Start – Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Each classroom is led by a degreed teacher and qualified teacher’s assistant.
The APS Pre-K school sites for the 2014-15 school year are:
|D. H. Stanton||Slater*|
|* Head Start Sites||Woodson*|
Enrollment in the APS Pre-K Lottery is underway now. The last day to enroll is Friday, Feb. 27. Parents and guardians can enroll for the lottery online at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/prek. The drawing will be held Wednesday, Mar. 18, 3 p.m. at the Atlanta Public Schools Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium, 130 Trinity Ave., SW, Atlanta, GA 30303.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 50,000 students across 106 learning sites. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 87 schools, 17 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