12.02 Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet

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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

December 2, 2019


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(December 2 - 7)


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. Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Public Schools!

(Thursday, 11:30 a.m.)
APS Celebrates Inclusive Schools Week 2019 with “Charting the Course” Awards Event


APS schools will celebrate Inclusive Schools Week this week. Since its inception, Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) has celebrated the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population. This includes students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors.


The week also provides opportunities for educators, students and parents to further explore what more schools can do in response to meeting the unique needs of all learners. This year's theme is "Charting the Course for Inclusive Schools."


In recognition of ISW, a special program will be held on Thursday, at 11:30 a.m., at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Learning and Leadership (130 Trinity Avenue, SW). Crystal Jones, Principal of Beecher Hills Elementary School, will be the guest speaker. During the program, 11 special education teachers will be presented with the “Charting the Course” Award, which honors outstanding special education teachers who show excitement about their journey as a special educator, put students first, and embrace the progress regarding inclusive practices in Atlanta Public Schools.


There will also be performances featuring Sylvan Hills Preschool, the Mary Lin Elementary School adaptive music class, and a martial arts performance by Tony Clowers, student at Sylvan Hills Middle School, as well as a display of adaptive art. The 2019 Charting the Course Award recipients are:


Nathan Stephenson, Springdale Park Elementary School
Antwain Anderson, Brown Middle School
Dennis Greer, Deerwood Academy
Ashley Brasfield, Brandon Elementary School
Brandon Levy, Benteen Elementary School
Brian Jones, Phoenix Academy
Tangie Rahming, Beecher Hills Elementary School
Caroline McLeod, Sylvan Hills Middle School
Danielle Rogers, Usher Elementary School



(Friday, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.) Miles and Toomer Elementary Schools to Host Atlanta Falcons Friday Pep Rallies


Students at L.P. Miles Elementary School and Toomer Elementary School will show their support for the hometown Atlanta Falcons when the schools host Falcons Friday Pep Rallies, Friday.

Freddie Falcon and several Falcon cheerleaders will visit Miles (4215 Bakers Ferry Road, SW) at 9 a.m., and then head across town to Toomer (65 Rogers Street, NE) at 1 p.m., to get students and staff pumped up about Sunday’s game against the division-rival Carolina Panthers, Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The events will feature music, dancing, cheers and tons of giveaways for students.



In Other APS News


APS Students, Families Have Read Nearly 1.5 Million Minutes in District-Wide Literacy Campaign


Atlanta Public Schools has re-launched its district-wide reading campaign with a bang!  APS Race2Read challenges students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to read daily and reach 10 million minutes of reading, collectively, by the end of the 2019-2020 school year. After just one month of the challenge, the District has logged 1,491,808 minutes of reading, as of November 4. Participants may register here to take part in the challenge.


The top five individual readers thus far are:

  1. Ny’zhan Russell, Deerwood Academy 9,670 minutes
    2. Louis Guy, Deerwood Academy 6,190
    3. Atticus Heaton, North Atlanta High School                       5,400
    4. Avery Horton, North Atlanta High School                         5,400
    5. Denisse Palacios-Delgado, North Atlanta High School        5,400


The top five schools thus far are:

  1. North Atlanta High School 441,737 minutes
    2. Crawford Long Middle School 204,963
    3. Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy                                   131,230
    4. Garden Hills Elementary School                                      95,527
    5. Deerwood Academy                                                       58,523



Douglass High School’s Rodney Cofield Sr. Named Region 6AA Athletic Director of the Year


Douglass High School athletic director and head football coach Rodney Cofield Sr., has been named the 2020 Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) Region 6-AA Athletic Director of the Year.


In his ninth season at Douglass, Cofield has led the Astros to the state playoffs for four consecutive seasons, the longest stretch since 1994. Douglass was the only traditional public school located in Atlanta/Fulton County in all eight classifications of the state playoffs – Class A Public and Private, to Class AAAAAAA – to advance to last weekend’s quarterfinals. Additionally, under Cofield’s leadership, the girls’ basketball team won the Class AA state championship last season, and the Astros boys’ and girls’ cross country teams have won their region championships for four straight years.

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.