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Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of February 11)

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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager 
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February 12, 2019

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet 
(February 11 – February 15)

Editors/Producers/Reporters: The following is a list of events, programs and/or initiatives occurring in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this week. Please use it as a guide as you develop your coverage plans. Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!
(Tuesday | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Grady HS Student Group to Host “Rally 4 Safe Streets”
The Grady Pedestrian Safety Coalition (GPSC), a student-led group advocating to make streets near schools safer for walkers, bikers and the like, will hold a rally for safe streets on the third anniversary of the fatal crash that took the life of then-freshman student Alexia Hyneman, at the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive.

The “Rally 4 Safe Streets” will feature:

  • Remarks by members of the GPSC
  • Remarks by Thomas Hyneman, father of Alexia Hyneman
  • Remarks by Atlanta City Councilmember Jennifer Ide outlining actions the Council is taking to make the area safer
  • A call to action for community members
  • The establishment of a memorial for Alexia Hyneman


Black History Events/Programs Occurring Throughout the District 
Throughout the month of February, schools throughout the District will host events, programs and initiatives in honor of Black History Month. Here is a list of activities this week:

  • Tuesday, All Day, Toomer Elementary School

(65 Rogers Street, NE) School will host an African-American Read-in. Parents and community members will read books by and about African Americans to students throughout the day.

  • Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Garden Hills Elementary School

(285 Sheridan Drive, NE) The “LOVE Garden Hills” program will feature a celebration of art, literacy, and health. At several of the literacy and art stations, there will be a celebration of Black History Month. Families will have an opportunity to finger paint five portraits of historic African American Woman and books will be shared from guest readers about the month's celebration.

  • Thursday, 2 p.m., South Atlanta High School

(800 Hutchens Road, SE) Performance by the school chorus.

  • Friday, 3 p.m., Brown Middle School

(756 Peeples Street, SW) The school will host a poetry slam and Black History program titled, “It All Means Nothing Unless You Stand for Something: Reflections of Greatness.”

  • Friday, All Day, Bolton Academy

 (2268 Adams Drive, NW) The school will go back in time to the 1920’s and be transformed into the times of the Harlem Renaissance.

APS Office of ESOL & World Languages Garners Three Great Achievements
Great things are happening in the Office of ESOL & World Languages!

  • Thanks to funding from the German American Cultural Foundation, the District will launch its first-ever German language program next fall with two part-time teaching positions, one each at Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy and Therrell High School
  • Jared Bernal, a third-grade student at Garden Hills Elementary School, has been named the first-place winner of an essay contest sponsored by the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE). He will receive $500 and the opportunity to travel with his parents to receive the award during the 48th Annual NABE Conference, March 7-9, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  • Three APS teachers have been named to Georgia Department of Education committees formed to create a crosswalk of ESOL standards, with Georgia Standards of Excellence in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. They are: Melissa Gilbert, RTI (Response to Intervention) specialist at Garden Hills Elementary: Elementary Math committee; Amanda Larkin, ESOL teacher at Sarah Smith Elementary: Elementary Science committee; and Israel Vance, ESOL teacher at Sutton Middle School: Middle School Math committee.

WeatherWise Program Provides Online Learning Options for Students During Inclement Weather Closings 
APS WeatherWise has been developed to prevent learning loss and provide students with online instruction to supplement missed classroom time due to inclement weather. Online learning is a natural remedy to the loss of class time during school closures because students are already adept with using the technology and have access to the lessons at home, and it easily allows students to continue learning without extending the school calendar.

Members of the media are invited to attend all events on the weekly APS News Tip Sheet. If you have an interest in these stories, please contact Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager.