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Year-Round Students are Back in School


Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary school students headed back to classes at 8 am on Monday, July 15 as Atlanta Public Schools kicks off “Day One APS” for year-round schools. The students were energetic and eager to learn as they familiarized themselves with new classes and teachers.

“We have seven new teachers who have come on board this year, and they are really excited,” says Principal Keisha Gibbons at Boyd Elementary School.

Teachers introduce themselves to their students, and outline their classroom expectations. “My style of teaching is all about showing passion and excitement in the subjects,” says Thomas Bussey, Third Grade Teacher at Centennial Place Elementary School. “If I am excited about what they’re learning, then the kids will be excited too.”


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Year-round parents, please note that students who did not register for school by June 28 and are eligible for APS transportation will need to locate the nearest bus stop until bus routes for year-round schools are updated on July 26.  For more information about transportation changes, visit

The year-round school concept began several years ago as an alternative to the traditional school calendar. The goal was to provide some flexibility in scheduling and another way – along with summer school and enrichment programs – for students to retain more of what they learned throughout the school year.  Centennial Place and Boyd elementary schools were the first APS schools to adopt the year-round schedule during the 1999-2000 school year.   Hutchinson Elementary was added in 2004. The summer break, or intersession, began June 3 for year-round students.

July 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment

Help your favorite music educator win a spot at the 2014 GRAMMY awards


March is Music in our Schools Month, and the GRAMMY Foundation and the Recording Academy are providing an incredible opportunity for you to publicly thank your favorite music teacher.

The organizations are partnering to present the first-ever Music Educator Award to recognize music educators for their contributions to our musical landscape and their positive influence on their students’ musical experiences.  The GRAMMY Foundation will fly one lucky winner to Los Angeles during GRAMMY week 2014, and present that person with the award along with a $10,000 honorarium.

Boyd Elementary School music teacher Deborah Howard watches the GRAMMYs every year, and says she thinks the award is long overdue.

“Lots of music teachers are unsung heroes,” stated Howard.  “Every year I watch the program, and I think about how great the artists are who are receiving the awards.  Then I wonder how they learned to play instruments, to sing, to perform.IMG_1708

“Someone had to teach them about presentation and how to understand and appreciate music,” Howard added.  “Music educators have influenced many of these entertainers, and by way of their music, that influence has positively impacted millions around the world.”

Nominees must:

  • be a current music-based teacher
  • teach in the United States
  • teach music to students in any grade from kindergarten through college, in public or private schools

Howard believes the Music Educator of the Year Award focuses on the future by celebrating what teachers are doing now.

” Amazing new artists emerge every year, and the people at the GRAMMYs organization are thinking about the great musicians of tomorrow by recognizing people who are shaping them today.  They always talk about appreciating music educators — I’m excited to see them putting their money where their mouth is.”

Anyone can nominate a teacher; in fact, teachers can even nominate themselves. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2013.  For more information, visit

March 24, 2013 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

Student Spotlight of the Week

Name: Jada MumphreyJada Mumphrey

Grade: 5th Grade

School: M. Agnes Jones Elementary

Jada Mumphrey personifies the “Born for Greatness” creed inspired by the principal at M. Agnes Jones, Mrs. Woolfolk. Jada is an exemplary citizen and student. This soft spoken and kindhearted individual excels in all that she does.

Jada has been a challenge student since kindergarten. Upon entering the Science Fair, she received first place honors for her project. With outstanding effort and fortitude, she has received nothing less than A’s in her core subjects. Jada excels in all that she does and continues to perform in the top percentage of the fifth graders at M. Agnes Jones. Great effort and determination are the factors that drive Jada to meet and greet any challenge that is set before her.

“It is simply a joy to be able to work with Jada,” explains Jada’s teacher, Ms. Robin Holloway. “She is an inspiration to everyone she meets, and I am inspired to be a better teacher simply by her daily examples of quiet giftedness.”

Jada excels in more than academics. Cheerleading and dancing are areas in which she also exceeds. She has been a cheerleader since she was two years old and is presently cheering with the Hapeville Recreation Center. Mastering the art of ballet, tap and jazz is a simple feat for someone as talented as Jada. Dancing is an art that is so near and dear to Jada, and she also dances with the gospel dancers at her church.

It is obvious upon meeting Jada that she is a multitalented individual. However, one of her most outstanding qualities is the humble quiet nature that she exudes as she interacts with others.

Name: Keiara LawsonKLawson_ParksAPSStudentSpotlight020813

Grade: 8th Grade

School: Parks Middle School

Keiara Lawson is an outstanding 8th grade student at Parks Middle School.  Keiara is a member of the Parks Middle School Media and Literacy Club. Keiara attends the Forever Family after school program where she learns to play tennis and receives healthy eating tips through cooking demonstrations.  This motivated her to enter a Sodexho Companies sponsored cooking contest where she had the opportunity to present and prepare an original recipe. Every summer, Keiara attends the Odyssey Program which teaches an advanced curriculum and life skills to the students. The Odyssey Program grants scholarships to students that remain in the program until their high school graduation. Keiara is also active in her community and her church.

Based on her leadership qualities, she was chosen by her peers and Parks Principal Sherri Bennett to take a tour and meet the members of WSBTV news anchor team.  As a member of the gifted program, Keiara has excelled in all content areas and maintained consistency each quarter as a honor roll student.  Keiara wants to attend Yale University and become an obstetrician because she loves working with children and helping people.  She is truly a spotlight student with a bright future.

written by Yashica Green, Media Specialist at Parks Middle School.

Name:  Marissa SalettIMG_1311

Grade:  4th Grade

School: Boyd Elementary

Marissa Salett is a model student at Boyd Elementary.  This 4th grader is eager to learn new information and is the type of student who is always willing to lend a helping hadnd to her peers when they have academic challenges.  She consistently exceeds academic expectations and her pleasant demeanor allows her to get along effortlessly with her fellow classmates.

For fun, Marissa enjoys cooking and gardening.  She is a member of Boyd’s Garden Club, where students are growing and monitoring fresh vegetables, as well as determining the effects of weather on the crops and their growth.

Her unique culinary skills have afforded her the opportunity to be chosen as a finalist in the 2nd Annual Future Chef’s Culinary Competition.  This exciting event, where Marissa will have to prepare a six-inch presentation plate, will take place on March 9, 2013 at B.E.S.T. Academy.  And Marissa’s project on school uniforms won first place at the school’s science fair!

Marissa’s teacher, Jocelyn Daniels, says Marissa can be summed up in one word—“fantastic.”

alexName:  Alex Yang

Grade: Kindergarten

School: Toomer Elementary

Alex Yang is a six-year-old at Toomer Elementary who excels in all subject areas, has artistic talents, and is also bilingual. Alex is able to speak both English and Mandarin. His mother was a Chinese teacher at Toomer last year, and is now teaching at North Atlanta High School. “I am better at English than Mandarin,” Alex says. “I like that I can speak both, but I only speak Mandarin to my mom.”

Alex is very intelligent and gifted, but he also has a dynamic personality. He can be very quiet and reserved at times, and also very energetic and social. Alex’s teacher says that he does not struggle in any subject areas, but excels at everything he does.  His favorite subjects are reading and math and says, “I like math because it has lots of numbers.”  His teacher is also very impressed with his drawings, and says, “Alex stands out as an artist; he loves drawing and he’s very good at it.” His diverse characteristics, intelligence, and capability make him a very unique and special student at Toomer Elementary.

February 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm 12 comments

William M. Boyd Elementary School – Notice of Public Hearing – March 14 & March 16, 2012

The Atlanta Board of Education will hold two public hearings on March 14, 2012, and March 16, 2012, during which officials from Atlanta Public Schools will discuss the proposed closure of William M. Boyd Elementary School. No vote will be taken at these public hearings.

Both hearings will start at 6:30 p.m. at Boyd Elementary, located at 1891 Johnson Road N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30318.

Students living in the Boyd zone will be reassigned to one of the following schools: Scott Elementary (a K-5 school) or Grove Park-Woodson Elementary (a merged school split between two campuses, one for K-2 and the other for grades 3-5). As a result of the proposed closure and reassignment, Scott Elementary is expected to have an enrollment of approximately 640 students, and Grove Park-Woodson Elementary is expect to have an enrollment of approximately 1,050 students.

Atlanta Public Schools is in the process of determining the future use of the Boyd facility. Boyd may be used as a relocation site, administrative site or nontraditional learning center, or the school may be leased, sold or demolished.

For more information please contact Interim Principal Keisha A. Gibbons – Phone: (404) 802-8150

March 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

First in state hybrid school bus joins APS fleet

The first in the state hybrid school bus became part of the APS fleet of school buses that transports students to school July 14, the first day of classes for the district’s year-round schools. The Thomas Built Hybrid Saf-T-Liner C2 bus was used to transport students to and from Boyd Elementary School with students from the surrounding neighborhood.


July 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

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