11.6 APS to Host Annual State of the District Event, Quarterly Media Roundtable, Ribbon Cutting at Harper-Archer Elementary School


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

November 6, 2019

APS to Host Annual State of the District Event, Quarterly Media Roundtable, Ribbon Cutting at Harper-Archer Elementary School

ATLANTA – Join Atlanta Public Schools (APS) as the District gathers for true and inspiring stories from The Epic of APS, the theme for this year’s State of the District (SOD) event, Thursday, November 7, 10 a.m. – Noon, at Harper-Archer Elementary School (3399 Collier Road, SW).

APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen, along with the heroic students, educators and staff of APS, will narrate the 2019 SOD, highlighting the victories, struggles and stalemates from the District’s “Journey of Transformation” and the quest for excellence to ensure that all students graduate ready for college and career. Additionally, as part of the event, the District will announce a new partnership with the Urban League of Georgia designed to enhance the District’s Race to Read initiative that is creating a culture of engaged readers throughout the city.

Prior to the SOD event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the school, which underwent a year-long $11.6 million renovation to convert it from a middle school to an elementary school. Immediately following the SOD event, the District’s Quarterly Media Roundtable will be held in the school’s media center.

Media Roundtable topics of discussion include:

  • Data covered during the SOD event
  • Progress on our Mission and Vision
  • Academics/Student Performance
  • Opportunities and Next Steps
  • Launch of a New Literacy Partnership
  • Safety and Security
  • Strategic Planning
  • Facilities Master Planning

WHO:          APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen, nearly 500 APS student performers from around the district, community partners and others

WHAT:        Annual State of the District (SOD), Harper-Archer Ribbon Cutting, and Quarterly Media Roundtable  

WHEN:       Thursday, November 7 | 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) Harper Archer Ribbon Cutting
  • (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) State of the District Address
  • (12:15 – 12:45 p.m.) Quarterly Media Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Meria Carstarphen in the media center

WHERE:      Harper-Archer Elementary School | 3399 Collier Road, SW

VISUALS:    The EPIC of APS, Student Performances


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Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the state of Georgia, serving approximately 52,000 students across 87 schools. The District is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 58 traditional schools, 18 charter schools, six partner schools, two citywide single-gender academies and three alternative programs. To learn more about Atlanta Public Schools, follow us on social media – Twitter (@apsupdate), Facebook (Atlanta Public Schools), and Instagram (apsupdate) – or visit us online at www.atlantapublicschools.us.