1.20 Weekly News Tip Sheet

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Ian Smith, Executive Director
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Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

January 17, 2020


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(January 20 - 25)

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!

(Monday, MLK Day) APS Schools Commemorate King Holiday

A number of APS schools and their community partners will commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday by conducting service projects on their campuses and in their communities:


(9 a.m. – Noon) Students and parents at Scott Elementary School (1752 Hollywood Road, NW), along with about 60 volunteers from community partners Insight Sourcing, LexisNexis and State Farm, will complete a school beautification project. It will include landscaping, school garden cultivation and interior painting.


(9 a.m. – Noon)  Harper-Archer Elementary School (3399 Collier Drive, SW) parents along with about 20 volunteers from community partner CapTech will repaint classrooms with bold and bright colors to help spruce up the learning environment.

(9 a.m. – Noon)  Mary Lin Elementary School students and parents will join members of The Neighborhood Church (1561 McLendon Drive, NE), filling hundreds of bags with clothes, toiletries and other items for needy families in the community.


(Tuesday, 6 p.m.) A.C.T.I.O.N. Network of Atlanta to Host Community Conversation with APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen at Douglass High School

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.


(Wednesday, 6 p.m.) January Facilities Master Plan Meeting

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 meeting will be held at Washington High School (45 Whitehouse Drive, NW). 


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


(Thursday)  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.


In Other APS News

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.