Milk Mustaches, Mice and Morning Storytime: APS Celebrates Pre-K Week!

This week I wore mouse ears, and I LOVED it! “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is the book being read in pre-kindergarten classrooms throughout the state this week, including in Atlanta Public Schools, as our early learners participate in Georgia Pre-K Week. Pre-K Week is a celebration of the tremendous learning taking place in our Pre-K program…

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25 Years of Service – Hands On Atlanta Day

The gloomy weather could not keep thousands of volunteers from showing up for service projects across the city today as part of the annual Hands on Atlanta Day.  For 25 years, Hands on Atlanta has been a driving force behind positive community change in Atlanta, and year after year they rally volunteers to help transform…

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APS in Wonderland

For so many members of our APS team, after years of watching the public school charter system legislation unfold in Georgia, it seemed impossible that what happened today at the Georgia State Board of Education’s (SBOE) monthly meeting could happen for APS this quickly and with this much support. Though, like Alice in Wonderland, “Sometimes,…

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Run, APS, RUN (or Strut)!

Rushing out of the door to get to Piedmont Park Oval where I will join my running buddies and colleagues on this is the final night of practice before we participate in the East Atlanta Village (EAV) Runfest this weekend! The time has finally come where all our hard work and practice will pay off!…

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Chillaxin in the ‘A’

“And you can tell everybody this is your song It may be quite simple but Now that it’s done I hope you don’t mind I hope you don’t mind That I put down in words How wonderful life is while you’re in the world” —Your Song by Elton John Sadly this is the final weekend…

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at King Middle School

Atlanta Public Schools celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15 to celebrate Hispanic culture and recognize the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States. The students of Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month this month with a visit from Patricia Arevalo, a representative from the Latin…

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A Strong Performance for Grady Debate!

A super-duper debate ‘shout-out’ to our Grady Jesters, the speech and debate team of Grady High School, who competed against 104 schools and 700 entrants from 22 states in this weekend’s Wake Forest University competition in Winston-Salem, NC. The Jesters took a team of 10 students and here are the results: Will Taft, Octafinalist and…

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Hooray for Learning – Social Highlights from Around the District

There are so many reasons to get excited about the great things happening in APS. If you are following me on Twitter, @atlsuper, then you know I am keeping up with our schools, students, teachers and leaders on social media. I love when they share their stories! Take a look at a few awesome highlights from…

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A night that should call us all to action…

Friday night was a long night for me and many others in the APS family, and in so many ways it was a vivid reminder of the challenges that face our school system and the Atlanta community more broadly.  Friday night football is supposed to be about friendly competition, a showcase of our students’ athletic abilities,…

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Atlanta Families Reward Two APS Educators

It was exciting and heartening when two APS educators were named 2015 Atlanta Families Award winners last week, enabling them to further use their great powers of education! A team of our district leaders and community stakeholders to surprise them: Toomer Elementary teacher Tiffany Smith, who is also that school’s Teacher of the Year, and…

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