10.14 Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of October 14, 2019)

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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

October 14, 2019

Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet (October 14 – 19)

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!


APS Procurement Team Receives Achievement of Excellence Award

The APS Procurement team has earned the National Procurement Institute's 2019 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Award earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership attributes of the procurement organization. This marks the second year that APS has received this award. APS was one of only 23 school districts in the United States to receive the award.

Somos Uno – We Are One:  APS Honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15- Oct. 15) is an opportunity to celebrate the rich histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Be sure to check out Talk Up APS to read about Atlanta Public Schools' events held to honor the rich legacy of Hispanic Americans in APS, Atlanta and around the world.

(Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m.)
Sutton Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School to Host Facilities Master Plan Meetings This Week

The second and third of four community meetings to share information and get feedback on the Atlanta Public Schools’ facilities master plan, will be held at Sutton Middle School (2875 Northside Drive, NW) and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School (545 Hill Street, SE), on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. District administrators will discuss enrollment trends, along with recommendations for the best use of existing and vacant buildings and properties, with the goal of developing a plan that can be implemented starting in 2021. The fourth and final meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, at South Atlanta High School (800 Hutchens Road, SE).

(Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Therrell High School to Host German American Cultural Foundation

Sprichst du Deutsch (Do you speak German)? A group of 15 educators and school administrators from Saxony, Germany, along with members of the German American Cultural Foundation (GACF), will visit Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) and Therrell High School. GACF has provided funding for two part-time teachers to support the launch of German language programs at both schools. The group will tour CSKYWLA from 9 – 11:15 a.m., and Therrell from 11:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(Friday, 10:30 a.m. – Noon)
Nine APS Eighth Graders to Sign REACH Georgia College Scholarships

While National Signing Day has become a big event for high school senior football players signing college letters of intent, a college “signing day” ceremony of a different sort will be held for nine APS eighth graders on Friday. The students are the Class of 2024 for the REACH Georgia Scholarship program, a needs-based mentorship and scholarship initiative that beings in eighth grade. The Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Scholarship Program was launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012 and is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits.  Students are provided with academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, achieve post-secondary success and be prepared for the 21st century workforce. The REACH Georgia Signing Ceremony will be held in the media center at Phoenix Academy (256 Clifton Street, SE).

REACH Scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic coach through middle and high school. Scholars must maintain good grades (2.5 GPA/4.0 scale), behavior and attendance through middle school and high school. Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year) that can be used at any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia. The majority of Georgia colleges are matching or doubling the REACH Georgia scholarship, and the scholarship is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student receives.

The members of the REACH Georgia Scholarship Class of 2024 are: Amir Robinson, BEST Academy; Jameeya Woods, Brown Middle School; Calik Hill, Bunche Middle School; Shataira Hightower, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy; Ajoni Douglas, John Lewis Invictus Academy; Laiylah Sheffield, Kindezi Fourth Ward; Alexis Hernandez-Tellez, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School; Kelly Abigail Reyes-Cruz, Sutton Middle School; and Leia Maduakalom, Wesley International Academy.

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.

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