11.15 APS Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of November 15, 2021)

Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303


Seth Coleman, Director of Media Relations & Television Broadcast

404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

November 15, 2021

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet (November 15 - 20)

Editors/Producers/Reporters: The following is a list of events, programs, accomplishments and/or initiatives occurring in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this week. Please use it as a guide as you develop your coverage plans. A Spanish version is included.

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 Director.  Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!

(Thursday, November 18 | 12 PM)
Atlanta Public Schools to Host State of the District Presentation, Showcase Classroom of the Future

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will host the district’s annual State of the District Presentation, Thursday at 12 PM, at South Atlanta High School (800 Hutchens Road, SE).

The presentation will feature student performances and highlight recent district accomplishments – such as the cohort of 2021 APS high school graduates attaining the highest graduation rate in district history, and the district’s Academic Recovery Plan and other strategies to address learning disruption, wellness, and needed supports – as well as plans for reimagining the future of public education.

As part of that effort, Dr. Herring will introduce and provide details on the “APS 5,” which are five evidence-based practices that the district has prioritized and is implementing in all APS schools to increase student outcomes and fulfill its equity commitments:

Data: Utilizing data to drive all instructional decisions and ensure equitable outcomes for all students.

Curriculum & Instruction:  Implementation of rigorous and culturally relevant and linguistically responsive curriculum with fidelity in all core content areas and instructional best practices in Tier 1 instruction.

Whole Child & Intervention:  Implement a whole-child system of supports that integrates social-emotional learning, behavior, wellness, and comprehensive academic intervention plans.

Personalized Learning:  Utilize flexible learning tools, technology integration, and targeted instruction to personalize learning for all students.

Signature Programming:  Strengthen the implementation of signature programming across all schools.

After the presentation, Dr. Herring will take questions from media beginning at 1:30 PM and then lead a tour of the APS 21st Century Classroom exhibit space, which features the technology, resources and innovative instructional practices the district plans to implement in all schools.



Atlanta Public Schools Announces 2021 District Award Winners

Atlanta Public Schools named the winners of its annual APyeS! Awards for Excellence during a reception and ceremony held on Friday, November 12. The 2021 winners are:

  • Teacher of the Year:  Jayla Bailey, Sylvan Hills Middle School (8th Grade Math)


  • Principal of the Year:  Forestella Taylor, Finch Elementary School


  • Assistant Principal of the Year:  Gerald Johnson, Finch Elementary School


  • School Counselor of the Year (Students First Award):  Dorothy Anntionette Thompson, Finch Elementary School


  • District Administrator of the Year (Schools First Award):  Dr. Katika D. Lovett, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services


  • GO Team Leader of the Year:  Stacey Welsh Abbott, Principal, Garden Hills Elementary School


  • GO Team of the Year:  Maynard Jackson High School


  • Family Engagement Award (Schools):  Harper-Archer Elementary School


  • Family Engagement Award (Parent): Terri J. Weekes, Beecher Hills Elementary School


  • Family Engagement Award (Community Partner): United Way of Greater Atlanta


  • District Partner of the Year: Mercedes-Benz USA


  • Cluster Partners of the Year
    • Goodr (Carver Cluster)
    • Magnolia Chapter of the Links, Incorporated (Douglass)
    • Passion City Church (Maynard Jackson)
    • Wholistic Stress Control Institute (Mays)
    • Intown Ace Hardware (Midtown)
    • Everybody Wins! Atlanta (North Atlanta)
    • Gas South (South Atlanta)
    • United Parcel Service (Therrell)
    • Raising Expectations (Washington)



Carver, South Atlanta Advance to Round Two of High School Football State Playoffs

Carver and South Atlanta High School advanced to the second round of the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) state football playoffs with impressive wins in Round One over the weekend.

Carver (7-3), the No. 2 seed from Region 5-3A trounced North Hall, 56-17. The Panthers led 24-3 after the first quarter, 37-3 at halftime and 50-10 after three quarters. Carver will travel to Region 3-3A champion Liberty County (Hinesville) for its second round playoff game, Friday. Tickets may be purchased here.

South Atlanta (10-1), the Region 6-2A champions, blasted Banks County, 46-12. The Hornets were led by junior running back Keyjuan Brown who ran for 418 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries. It is the 10th highest single-game rushing total in state history and the third highest in Georgia playoff history. South Atlanta will travel to Westside-Augusta (9-2), the No. 2 seed from Region 4-2A, for the Hornets’ second round playoff game, Friday. Tickets may be purchased here.


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About Atlanta Public Schools

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