1.27 Weekly News Tip Sheet

Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
404-603-6934, cell



Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

January 27, 2020


Atlanta Public Schools Weekly News Tip Sheet
(January 27 – February 1)

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!

(Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) APS District Science Fair

Atlanta Public Schools students will show off their knowledge of science at the annual District Science Fair, held at the Coan Middle School Building (1550 Hosea L. Williams Drive, SE). This year’s theme is “This IS Rocket Science,” to inspire students to realize that their generation will impact society as the scientists, researchers and innovators of the 21st century.


In Other APS News

Registration Now Open for Second Annual APS Rocks and Runs 5K

The Atlanta Public Schools Rocks and Runs 5K is back and it’s time to register!

The Second Annual APS Rocks and Runs 5K will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 8:15 a.m., and is a District fundraiser for teachers that serves as the kickoff for National Teacher Appreciation Week – Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8.

The race route begins and ends on the campus of Brown Middle School (765 Peeples Street, SW) and winds through the city’s historic West End community, near the south side of the Atlanta Beltline. It will feature a fun run for children ages 4-11 years old, special pricing for students, as well as scores of vendors and free giveaways. The event hashtag is: #APSrocks5K

Participants may register for the race here: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/APSRocksAndRuns

Registration for both the 5K and the fun run will include a race bib, commemorative T-shirt and medals for everyone who finishes the race. Teachers and Instructional Paraprofessionals run for free. Here is the pricing breakdown:



January 23 – February 29


Regular Registration

March 1 – March 31


April 1 – May 1


Onsite Registration

May 2 (Day of the Race)



Special Pricing:

Student Registration (must be 18 yrs. and younger)

January 23 – May 1


Fun Run Registration (must be 4 yrs. – 11 yrs.)

January 23 – May 1


Onsite Registration (Student & Fun Run)

May 2 (Day of the Race)



APS GO Team Candidates Wanted, Deadline is February 28

Atlanta Public Schools is excited to announce that 2020 GO Team candidate declarations are now open!  As a part of its Charter System model with the state, every school in APS has its own Governance Team or GO Team.

GO Teams are nine-member governance teams at every school in the district that work in a collaborative fashion with each school principal. APS designed the GO Teams to serve as a vital part of our school improvement efforts across the district. These teams are responsible for establishing strategic plans for their schools, voting on innovative school-based solutions and approving the school’s budget. Additionally, these teams can review school data and provide input to the principal related to school improvement.

Those interested in running for a parent/guardian or non-supervisory instructional staff member seat for the 2020-2022 term can declare their candidacy until February 28, 2020. 

Parents and educators will be voting for two parent and instructional staff seats at each school. No experience is needed. Training and tools are provided.

Visit http://apsstrongschools.com/ to learn more and declare candidacy today. The deadline to declare is Friday, February 28.


APS to Host Annual National Signing Day event, February 5

The Atlanta Public Schools Office of Athletics will host the annual National Signing Day event at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 5, at Therrell High School.

Athletes from the District’s 11 traditional high schools and Drew Charter High School, competing in all sports will announce their college decisions. This year’s list of student athletes includes Vachon Raye, who is the first student athlete in the 95-year history of Washington High School to sign with an Ivy League school. Vachon will play football at Dartmouth.


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.