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For Immediate Release                                                                                                      October 3, 2014


Three Finalists Named for 2014-2015 Districtwide Teacher of the Year


ATLANTA – Three Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teachers will compete for the APS 2014-2015 Districtwide

Teacher of the Year during an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 16, 2014 at the The Loudermilk

Center – Atlanta Conference Center, located at 40 Courtland St, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.


The 2014-2015 Districtwide Teacher of the Year finalists are:


Elementary School Teacher of the Year

Kesha Payne – Teacher, Grade 3

Warren T. Jackson Elementary School


Middle School Teacher of the Year

Barry Blackmon – English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, Grade 6

The B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson Middle School


High School Teacher of the Year

Jayongela Wilder – Drama Teacher

Carver High School of The Arts



(From L-R) Finalists Kesha Payne, Elementary School Teacher of the Year from Jackson

Elementary, Barry Blackmon, Middle School Teacher of the Year from B.E.S.T. Academy

Middle School, and Jayongela Wilder, High School Teacher of the Year from Carver School

of the Arts, will compete for the 2014-2015 Atlanta Public Schools Districtwide Teacher of

the Year during an awards ceremony Oct. 16.

Photo Credit: Scott Clark King, Atlanta Public Schools


Candidates for Teacher of the Year are nominated by their respective schools. APS then selects an

elementary, middle school and high school teacher of the year from a list of semi-finalists to compete

for the districtwide honor.


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


 Day One
Registration Dates & Times:
July 25, 26, 29th from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Welcome to Carver School of the Arts
Carver School of  the Arts mission is to infuse academic rigor with artistic excellence.  Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will experience learning through theory and practice with real world opportunities for application.  The instructional outcomes will enable students to make informed decisions for post-secondary success.
  OUR 2014-15 THEME
  • Teach with fidelity
  • Upgrade the students you teach
  • Never give up on your students
  • Expect greatness
  • Utilize student's learning styles and talents to master content
  • Plan for positive performance and outcomes
To Ms. Jayongela Wilder
She is our 2013 - 2014 Teacher of the Year!
  2014-2015 Atlanta Public Schools’ High School Teacher of the Year!!!!!! 
Ms. Jayongela Wilder APS 2014-2015 HS Teacher of the Year!  



Have you ever wondered what a school day looks like for your child? Have you ever pondered how effective his/her daily learning environment is? How about whether your child’s locker is organized? What about if the image your child has painted of his/her classroom was a true story of the daily experience? Well here’s your chance to find out!

2014-2015 University of Florida Student Session


In an effort to build a strong school community in which the student, parent, and teacher all work together to improve education, Carver School of the Arts would be honored if you participated in our 8th annual “Take Your Parent (s) to School” Day on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. The purpose of this event is to have you commit to join your child in the events of one of their academic days. It is our hope to involve you in understanding a necessary triangle of success: student, PARENTS, and teacher. We believe each stakeholder is an important entity in the academic success of our school community. Parents will have the opportunity to shadow their child on this school day. This experience will provide you a firsthand view at how your child learns, participates, socializes and interacts with both students and teachers. You will have the opportunity to see and participate in all (four) of your child’s classes. 

GHSWT Tutorial
Dates:   9/2/2014 - 9/23/2014
Mondays-Room 260
Wednesdays - Room 263
Thursdays - Room 262 & 201
GHSWT is September 24, 2014

In The News:
This school year, Carver students were invited by Centric TV, The Soul Train Awards and GRAMMY'S in the Schools to participate in a two day event introducing them to the business behind the music industry.  Students met music heavy hitters and participated in a detailed behind the scenes tour and rehearsal of the Soul Train Awards. 
 Grammy's in the schools
Let’s congratulate Albert Seymour ( VAL and Star Student), Abel Belete ( SAL) and Mr. Robinson ( Star Teacher). CLL will host a VAL/SAL/Star Teacher Breakfast April 1st at the Georgia Power Company. 
Let’s congratulate Albert Seymour ( VAL and Star Student), Abel Belete ( SAL) and Mr. Robinson ( Star Teacher)  

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  • APS Communicable Disease Update


    October 17, 2014

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

    As you have seen on local, national and international news this week, health authorities around the world are working to control an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in several countries in West Africa. 

    While there is no outbreak reported in Georgia, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) understands that many parents may have questions about the precautions being taken by the district as it relates to this virus. The APS Health Services Office is collaborating with the local counties boards of Health, Georgia Department of Public Health, the Georgia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that we are taking the appropriate actions regarding this issue.  They all work in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    APS has an established protocol for identifying and reporting communicable diseases in our schools.  We will continue to follow this protocol, as well as the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola Guidance for Schools.

    The Department of Public Health has advised all school districts in Georgia to be aware of students and their families who have traveled to Ebola-affected areas within the previous 21 days.

    We encourage all of our parents, staff, teachers and families to continue good general health prevention and hygiene practices and to monitor the well-being of themselves and their children.  If you, your child or any member of your family experiences any of the known signs and symptoms of Ebola or any communicable disease, immediately contact your personal physician or closest health facility.  Parents with a concern about exposure or any questions should also contact our nursing services managers for Atlanta Public Schools.

    Jamil Woolridge, RN, (, (404) 802-2678
    Harriet Chaney, RN, (, (404) 802-2674

    We continue to monitor this issue daily and are prepared to adjust our procedures should public health officials provide new information. 


    Tammie Workman
    Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
    Atlanta Public Schools



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    Building Stronger Clusters: One Idea at a Time
    Atlanta Public Schools is beginning the planning process to define the future direction for each school cluster within the district.  Our goal is to build stronger schools and clusters to ensure high quality academics and focused programming across the district.

    The planning process will include targeted and prioritized action steps needed to implement each cluster plan.  The cluster plan will guide the academic direction for students within each cluster.  The cluster plans will inform the FY16 Budget and, to the extent possible, the School System Operating Models and Flexibility Options.

    We are asking community members, parents and APS employees to take the survey below and share your opinion about the approaches that should be included in the cluster plan for our school communities.  The survey closes Friday, October 17. 2014.

    Survey Link
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  • APS Winter Card Contest for Students  
    Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen invites students to design the official Atlanta Public Schools Winter Card

    All students

    Your design on any media that will show well when reproduced (painting, drawing, cut paper, marker, etc.)

    Your entry to APS Fine Arts Office c/o Jessica Booth by the end of school day November 7, 2014
    Place your entry in an envelope and label it “Superintendent Winter Card”.

    • Design theme should reflect winter in the school district, Atlanta, Georgia, holidays, etc. All ideas are welcome; however, only nonreligious themes and languages will be considered in order to be inclusive of our diverse student body.
    • Printed card size is 3”x 5”. Submit designs in any one of the following sizes: 5”x 7”, 7”x 9”,9”x 11”, 11”x 13”, 13”x 15”, etc. Larger sized artwork allows more details to be added.
    • Include the following information on the back of your design submission: 
      Student name
      Teacher’s name

    • Contact in APS Fine Arts Office is Jessica Booth, 404-802-2698 or
    • One winning design will be selected by the superintendent.
    • The winner will be notified by December 1, 2014.
    • Permission form required to enter
    PDF icon   Click here to download the APS Winter Card Contest Permission Form and Contest Details   
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  • Infinite Campus Parent and Student Portal

    CPP Login Page:

    Parents of students in grades K–12 have access to class schedules, attendance records and grades by Campus Portal for Parents (CPP) which is an easy-to-use, secure communications tool. Additionally, CPP enables parents to verify household information, including their email address, home address and telephone numbers.
    Contact your child’s school to get your CPP activation key. Parents are required to  request the CPP activation key in person. To ensure that all student information remains secure, parents must provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID card, or passport) before receiving the CPP activation key.  Once parents receive the activation key, they can visit to create a unique username and password.

    Click the links below for more information on:

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  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

    One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. 

    For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R). 

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  • Report Address Fraud and Ethics Violations

    Report address fraud: 404-802-3540 or by email   

    Report ethics violations: 1-877-801-7754

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