2.4 APS Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of February 4)

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

Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

February 4, 2019


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(February 4 – February 9)

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!

redefinED Atlanta Announces Microgrants Program for
APS Turnaround Schools
redefinED has created a microgrant program to assist with any projects or initiatives designed to foster and nurture parent and community engagement in Turnaround Schools, which are schools that have been identified as needing assistance to increase student achievement levels.

The microgrant program is expected to run through the end of the school year, with awards ranging from $250 to as much as $1,000. Applicants will be notified whether their application has been granted within three weeks of submission. Funds will be dispersed within two weeks following notification of a successful application.

The 24 APS Turnaround Schools are:  Boyd ES; Woodson Park ES; Barack and Michelle Obama Academy; Finch ES; FL Stanton ES; Fain ES; Kimberly ES; Scott ES; Perkerson ES; Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy; Hollis Innovation Academy; Long MS; Young MS; Miles ES; Peyton Forest ES; Dunbar ES; Douglass HS; Continental Colony ES; Usher-Collier ES; Thomasville Heights ES; Slater ES; Price MS; Carver STEAM HS; and Kindezi Gideons.


(Tuesday – Friday | Varying Times) Preschoolers in Four APS Schools to Take Virtual Galaxy Tour with Traveling Planetarium
Nearly 300 pre-K students from four Atlanta Public Schools will join Elmo, Big Bird and Hu Hu Zhu – a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street – to explore the night sky in One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.

Created by Sesame Workshop with major funding by the PNC Foundation and other partners, the interactive, mobile planetarium will travel to select APS schools, an opportunity made possible by the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great initiative.

Here is the schedule for the One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure traveling planetarium:

  • Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Benteen Elementary School

(200 Cassanova Street, SE)

  • Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – Noon, Finch Elementary School

(1114 Avon Avenue, SW)

  • Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Boyd Elementary School

(1891 Johnson Road, NW)

  • Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Whitefoord Early Learning Academy

 (35 Whitefoord Avenue)


(Wednesday | 10 a.m.) APS to Host National Signing Day for Scholar Athletes
More than 50 senior student athletes from 12 Atlanta Public Schools high schools will gather at Therrell High School (3099 Panther Trail, SW) to sign National Letters of Intent for athletic scholarships – from football, to baseball, to track and field – from colleges and universities across the country at the District’s annual National Signing Day ceremony.

Both APS female and male student athletes, along with their school’s athletic director, coaches, family members and friends will participate in this annual event. Students and coaches will be available for media interviews after the event.


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.