1.13 Weekly News Tip Sheet

Office of Communications and Public Engagement
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Ian Smith, Executive Director
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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

January 13, 2020


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(January 13 - 18)

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!


(Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Hutchinson Elementary School Students to Receive Free Eye Exams, Glasses Thanks to Delta Airlines/Essilor Vision Project Partnership

Clear vision is essential to the learning process, so Delta Airlines and the Essilor Vision Project are making sure that is not an issue for students at Hutchinson Elementary School (220 Northside Drive, SW).


The organizations are teaming up to provide free eye exams and free eyewear for any student at the school who needs a pair of glasses. The lenses for the glasses will be made in a mobile optometry lab on site, so the students may be examined and receive a new pair of eyeglasses all in the same day!



(Wednesday and Thursday, 6 p.m.) January Facilities Master Plan Meetings


The Atlanta Public Schools Facilities Master Plan development is underway and community input is needed. The public is invited to participate in an upcoming District Facilities Master Plan Regional Community Conversation this week, to learn about updates on current data, analysis, and potential impacts on the District.


This week’s meetings will be held: 


Wednesday, January 15, Inman Middle School (774 Virginia Avenue, NE)

Thursday, January 16, Therrell High School (3099 Panther Trail, SW)

All meetings are at 6 p.m. in the schools’ auditoriums. For more information, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/FMP


(Saturday, 9 a.m. - Noon) Grady High School Robotics Team Hosts Adaptive Event for Special Needs Students


The robotics team at Grady High School, G3, is one of the most successful in the country, having won several state, regional and national competitions.


Now the members of the team are giving back to the community by sharing their love for robotics with special needs students through an Adaptive Maker Faire. The event will feature STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities specifically geared towards special needs students, including a robot and drone demonstration.


The Adaptive Maker Faire is scheduled for Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon at Grady High School (929 Charles Allen Drive – Eighth Street Entrance).



In Other APS News

Douglass High School to Host Community Conversation with APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, Next Week

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Network of Atlanta is hosting a community conversation with APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen on Tuesday, January 21, at 6 p.m., in the Douglass High School Auditorium (225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, NW).

The meeting will include updates on the District’s strategic and turnaround plans, clarification about the District's work and next steps for the remainder of the school year.

Open Enrollment for New College and Career Academy Extended Through January 24

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has extended the open enrollment period for students interested in a new, innovative program that will prepare students for success after they graduate from high school.

The Atlanta College & Career Academy (ACCA), scheduled to launch at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, will provide more access to career pathways and prepare APS students for high-demand technical careers aligned with the economic and workforce needs of Atlanta and across Georgia.

The ACCA will offer 14 career pathways and serve up to 1000 students. The pathways include: Aviation Maintenance; Carpentry; Criminal Investigation; Culinary Arts; Cybersecurity; Dental Science; Early Childhood Education; Emergency Medial Responder; General Automotive Technology; Graphic Design; Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism; HVAC and Refrigeration; Patient Care; and Programming.

To learn more about ACCA, including admission requirements, and to apply, visit https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/acca.


Registration Period for Pre-K Lottery Open Through February 12!

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has begun accepting Pre-K lottery applications for the 2020-2021 school year through February 12, 2020. For more information, visit the Teaching and Learning page on the District’s website.


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.