12.4 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                    

December 4, 2018


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet  (December 3 – December 8)

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!

(Thursday | 8 – 9 a.m.) Burgess-Peterson Academy to Receive Enrichment Grant from The Krystal Foundation

Burgess-Peterson Academy (480 Clifton Street, NE) is one of five schools that will share a $16,000 grant from The Krystal Foundation, to support enrichment programs science, technology, engineering, art and math, as well as music, sports and culinary arts.

Burgess-Peterson principal David White and members of his administrative team will be in attendance at the Krystal Restaurant Support Center (1455 Lincoln Parkway, Suite 600, Dunwoody, GA) to accept the award, which the school will use to purchase online music and technology curriculum.


(Friday | 9 a.m.) Beecher Hills Elementary Fifth Graders to Spend Quality Time with Autistic Students in Celebration of Inclusive Schools Week

Fifth grade students at Beecher Hills Elementary School (220 Northside Drive, NW) will visit and socialize with students in the school’s autism unit, in honor of National Inclusive Schools Week, which celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population – including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.  The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.


(Friday | 11 a.m.) Dobbs Elementary Students to Experience Living with a Disability in Honor of Inclusive Schools Week

Students at Dobbs Elementary School (2025 Jonesboro Road, SE) will participate in real-life situations, simulating how individuals with disabilities learn through various sensory conditions, in honor of National Inclusive Schools Week.  Teachers will accompany students to the “Sensory Room,” and rotate through stations for sight (or lack thereof), hearing, smell, touch, taste. Examples of activities include:

  • (Smell)Students will smell jars filled with cotton balls with various scents (cinnamon, roses, mint, et) and try to identify the scents in each jar.
  • (Touch) Students will place their hands in a covered box that has different textures, and attempt to describe what they feel in order to guess what is in the bo


Three APS Schools on GADOE List of Distinguished Title I Schools

Three Atlanta Public Schools have been named as 2018 Title I Distinguished Schools – the highest-performing Title I schools in the state – by the Georgia Department of Education:

  • Charles Drew Charter Elementary Academy
  • Charles Drew Charter Junior/Senior Academy
  • Wesley International Charter Academy


The schools recognized as Distinguished Schools are among the top 5% of all Title I schools in Georgia, when ranked according to their most recent CCRPI score.

“In addition to identifying schools in need of additional support, it’s important for us to recognize and applaud schools when they’re doing well,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These public schools are among the very best in the state and are doing extraordinary work on behalf of their students and communities. I extend my thanks and congratulations to every teacher, administrator, staff member, student, parent, and community partner who contributed to their success.”  


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.