APS Students Experience Mobile Dairy Classroom

    In partnership with Come Grow With Us and other Metro Atlanta Education STEM Partners, APS students across multiple campuses were able to experience an innovative program geared toward teaching them about the "Dairy Experience."  Instructors demonstrated how to milk cows, how the milk goes from farm to consumer, and answer student questions.  During these sessions students learned more about the ways math, science, health (nutrition) and agriculture intersect.

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     APS Sends 1,400 Students to See Broadway's Hamilton at the Fox Theatre!

    On May 22 and May 23, 2018, APS provided 1,400 students with the opportunity of a lifetime! Students were treated to see the sold out Broadway show Hamilton at the historic Fox Theatre, and enjoyed pre-show dinner receptions at the Fox and Georgian Terrace Hotel. Every student received a souvenir Hamilton t-shirt. Hamilton: The APS Experience was sponsored by generous supporters, including the Kendeda Fund, The Coca-Cola Company, John and Mary Brock, Georgia Power Foundation, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Sylvia Russell, Georgia Natural Gas and United Consulting, just to name a few. This special initiative bolsters APS' efforts to support the whole child, and increase access and exposure to the arts. We are so grateful to Flocabulary for helping our students put together amazing pre-show performances, and to all of the donors that contributed to make these two evenings a very special occasion for APS!


    APS Celebrates Black History Month

    APS hosted a Celebration of Black History event at its Center for Learning and Leadership on February 23, 2018. We welcomed the "Historian in Heels" Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, who spoke about how the movement for civil rights was birthed by educators in Atlanta. Staff and guests were welcomed to take a tour through the APS Museum and Archives. Students from the Therrell High School band provided entertainment.

    Dr. Sims-Alvarado's recently published book, Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement: 1944-1968, is available for purchase here and is discounted through the month of February.

    APS' Museum and Archives is open to the public by appointment. Please contact our main switchboard at (404) 802-3500 to schedule a visit.

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    Samaritan's Feet Brings Happy Feet to Cleveland Avenue

    Hundreds of Cleveland Avenue Elementary School students recently received brand new sneakers and socks, as well as foot washings, thanks to Samaritan's Feet and volunteers for the the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. Designed to impact a child's life through service, the initiative reminds students that others care about their well-being.

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    Morningside Fights Hunger with a Youth Service America Grant and State Farm Volunteers

    Youth Service America (YSA) awarded Morningside Elementary with an MLK Service Day grant to fight hunger. Morningside is a Green Ribbon School with a strong tradition of environmental, gardening, sustainability and wellness culture. Students used grant funds to plan and design a chicken coop and enclosure. Morningside is connecting this initiative to world hunger using the book Beatrice's Goat and the Free Rice program, which links academics to hunger issues and solutions. The school will serve others by sending eggs home in its "Blessings in a Bag" initiative. State Farm provided funding to YSA for its service initiatives and local State Farm volunteers came out to help Morningside students build the coop. Students, parents and community members will take care of the chickens. The school is seeking to expand the enclosure with picket fencing so the chickens can roam around, and benches for the students to sit and read and write.


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    Falcons Bows & Pros Holiday Surprise for Beecher Hills ES and Cascade ES

    (Special thanks to the Atlanta Falcons, Mattress Firm, and Toys for Tots)


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    CSKYWLA and B.E.S.T. Academy Receive $50,000 Donation From College Football Playoff Foundation & Atlanta Football Host Committee


    CSKYWLA and B.E.S.T. Academy Receive $50,000 Donation  By: Alicia Sands Lurry

    Students, teachers and administrators at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) and B.E.S.T. Academy have plenty to be grateful for this holiday season, thanks to the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Atlanta Football Host Committee.

    Carl Adkins, executive director of the Atlanta Football Host Committee College, and representatives with the College Football Playoff Foundation recently visited CSKYWLA and B.E.S.T. Academy to reward hardworking students and teachers with a total of $50,000 – or $25,000 per school. The donation will be used for professional learning, enhancing the arts, and to support teachers in the classroom.

    Announced during the “All in Moment” partnership ceremony, the event was held to celebrate the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative and the Atlanta Football Host Committee, the organization tasked with helping plan and produce the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Guests included Principals Eulonda Washington and Dr. Timothy Jones; Adkins; Ryan Allen Hall, director of community relations for the CFP Foundation; and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback D.J. Shockley.

    “This is all about helping teachers help you become the best you can be as students,” Allen told the combined group of students. “Your teachers work hard to give you a better future.”

    During the ceremony, Shockley told students to strive for the best.

    “I encourage you to go to the next level and put your best foot forward,” he said.

    B.E.S.T. plans to spend its donation on teacher development, student travel, field trips, school immersion, community service and incentive programs, as well as support for college and career readiness.

    CSKYWLA will spend $25,000 on instructional college prep field trips that are fully aligned to key aspects of the curriculum from math, science, social studies, language arts and the arts. Students will visit sites and participate in interactive exhibits, lessons and discussions that promote key learnings from these genres.

    To date, the CFP Foundation has contributed over $225,000 to APS schools.

  • APS Celebrates Exemplary Staff at APyeS! Awards on October 25, 2017

    On October 25, 2017, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) honored its exemplary teachers, staff and administration at the annual APyeS! Awards Banquet, held at the Woodruff Arts Center. Mahoganey Jackson, eighth-grade social studies teacher from Sylvan Hills Middle School, was named APS' 2017-2018 Districtwide Teacher of the Year. APS also recognized outstanding community partners, including the Chick-fil-A Foundation as the Districtwide Partner of the Year. Congratulations to all of the awardees and finalists, and a huge thank you to our partners for their generous contributions to APS students!