9.17 APS Weekly News Tip Sheet (Week of September 16-21)

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                                                     

September 17, 2019


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet (September 16-21)

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 Receives Top State Award for Farm-to-School Program

Atlanta Public Schools is one of 22 Georgia school districts to receive the top award for its farm-to-school initiative. The Golden Radish Awards are presented annually by the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health, the UGA Cooperative Extension, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and Georgia Organics, to local school districts doing extraordinary work in various aspects of the national farm-to-school program – which includes serving meals in schools using fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, incorporating school gardens throughout the school curriculum, and bringing real farmers into schools to talk about the fresh food industry.

Awardees are divided into four categories – honorary, bronze, silver, gold and platinum – depending on the quality of their programs. This year, 90 schools districts received a Golden Radish Award, with APS being one of just 22 districts selected as a platinum level awardee, which is the highest level. Administrators from the District’s Office of School Nutrition will accept the award during an event on Tuesday, September 17, 10 a.m. at Mercedes Benz Stadium.




(Wednesday, 6 – 8 p.m.) Douglass/BEST-CSK Cluster Conversation Session

Douglass High School (225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW) will host the District’s eighth Cluster Conversation session, Wednesday. These events are being held this fall in each Atlanta Public Schools (APS) cluster as a way for community members to come out and hear about the great work being performed in each cluster and to help develop the District’s next district strategic plan. Through these Cluster Conversation sessions, parents, students, employees, and community members will learn more about all of the schools in their cluster and provide input on the future of APS.


(Thursday, 11a.m.) Douglass High School Chorus to Perform at Annual Pianos for Peace Event at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

The Douglass High School chorus will perform Thursday at the annual Pianos for Peace event, a national initiative designed to bring awareness to the importance of music and the arts, inspire artists, and unite people in the community through shared values of beauty, truth and harmony.

During the event, scheduled to be held in the Domestic Terminal Atrium, several colorfully painted and decorated pianos will be unveiled and later put on display throughout the city. All of the pianos were painted and decorated over the summer months by students in various metro Atlanta recreation centers. For performing in the event at the airport, Douglass High School will receive one of the pianos.


(Thursday, 5 – 8 p.m.) Miles Elementary Parents, Students, Teachers Review Baseline Data and Set Goals for the School Year

Parents, students and teachers at Miles Elementary School will meet Thursday to review baseline data and set goals for the school year at the school’s quarterly Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) meeting.

The meetings are designed to inform parents of the various assessments used to measure academic achievement, go over baseline data for their child/children, set goals for the school year and develop strategies for reaching those goals. Teachers also will model various learning activities for parents, so that they may use them at home with their child/children.


(Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Five APS High School Football Teams Compete in Inaugural Great Atlanta Bash at Georgia State Stadium

Five APS high school football teams will compete in three games at the inaugural Great Atlanta Bash, Saturday at Georgia State Stadium (755 Hank Aaron Drive, SE). The event is an opportunity for APS student athletes to showcase their talents for college recruiters and for a local television audience as all three contests will be televised live on Peachtree TV and the WGCL/CBS46 digital platforms.  

The schedule is as follows:

  • South Atlanta Hornets vs. Booker T. Washington Bulldogs, 10 a.m.
  • Maynard H. Jackson Jaguars vs. George Washington Carver Panthers, 12:40 p.m.
  • Benjamin E. Mays Raiders vs. New Manchester (Douglas County) Jaguars, 3:20 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate, and may be purchased online by visiting http://bit.ly/GreatAtlantaBash or at participating schools. Please note there is a $1 charge for online purchases. Also, please be sure to follow the clear bag policy here and tailgate policies http://bit.ly/tailgatepolicy enforced by Georgia State University.


(Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Washington High School to Host Day of Sport Event

After their high school football team competes in the Great Atlanta Bash Saturday morning, residents of the city’s west side communities around Washington High School (45 Whitehouse Drive, SW) will celebrate how the power of sport is making an impact in the lives of young people at the Day of Sport.

The event, which will be held on the school’s athletic fields, welcomes youth and their families from all over the Atlanta community for a free day of play and interaction with athletes in Olympic sports and local pro sports teams that are using their platform to make a positive impact in Atlanta. The Day of Play is hosted by the Laureus Foundation and Sport for Good Atlanta.

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.