11.5 APS Weekly News Tip Sheet

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

Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
404-603-6934, cell


Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

November 5, 2018

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(November 5 - 10)

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.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Author Visits, Reads with APS Students

Jeff Kinney, author of the famed “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series will meet, greet and interact with more than 400 Atlanta Public Schools elementary and middle school students, today, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at South Atlanta High School (800 Hutchens Road, SE).

Kinney will talk about the latest installment in the “Wimpy Kid” series, “The Meltdown,” and provide students with signed copies of the book. His visit to APS is helping to launch the District’s “Race2Read: The 2 Million Minutes Challenge,” an initiative in which APS students, teachers, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to collectively read 2 million minutes. The campaign is being tracked using the web-based, mobile-friendly tool, Beanstack.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (5:30 p.m.)

APS to Honor Excellence in Education, Announce District Teacher of the Year

Atlanta Public Schools will celebrate excellence in the District this evening at its annual APyeS! Awards event at Mays High School (3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, SW).

The Districtwide Excellence in Teaching Award, also known as the District Teacher of the Year, is among the dozen awards that will be handed out. Other award categories include the Principal of the Year, Students First Award, Schools First Award and District Partner of the Year.


Friday, November 9 (10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Initiative to Help Students Overcome Obstacles to be Introduced at Open House Event

Atlanta Public Schools will host an open house event to introduce a new initiative designed to help students at Crim Open Campus High School succeed.

The Wellspring Living Youth Academy Open House at Crim (256 Clifton Street, SE) will show the community the various programs and services available to students and their families.

Recognizing that many children face multiple obstacles as they navigate life, the Youth Academy provides access to much needed social, emotional, and academic interventions for students to empower them to overcome obstacles and move toward meeting both their academic and their life goals. The Youth Academy features support groups, career building skill sessions, personal development classes, as well as a food pantry and clothing boutique.


Other APS News:

Cleveland Avenue Elementary, South Atlanta High School Win State Awards in STEM Education

Two APS schools were selected as winners for a statewide award honoring the best schools in Georgia in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education. Cleveland Avenue Elementary School and South Atlanta High School won in the elementary and high school divisions, respectively, of the Eighth Annual Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) STEM Education Awards, held last Friday at the Loudermilk Conference Center in downtown Atlanta.

Cleveland Avenue was one of four finalists in the elementary division and South Atlanta was one of two finalists in the high school division. Both schools were recognized for innovative STEM curriculum and programs that promote STEM Education in the classroom and expand STEM skills while helping to point students toward productive technology related careers.


New Open Records Request Portal
Atlanta Public Schools has instituted a new online portal for filing official Open Records Requests. To file your Open Records Request, click here to access the new portal.

Members of the media are invited to attend all events on the weekly APS News Tip Sheet.