It’s hard to believe that the semester break and the New Year is already here! It’s time for us to take a break, relax and spend time with family and friends to rejuvenate! I’ll see all students back on Monday, January 7, 2019! Reflections of 2018 As 2018 comes to a close and we reach the…

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We are delaying the start of school tomorrow by two hours due to the threat of severe temperatures in the Atlanta Metro Area. The state and most metro school districts will also be delayed.  The cold and rainy weather descended upon Atlanta this week with the possibility of freezing rain, sleet, and the dreaded black…

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APS Exceeds the State; APS is Second Among Large Metro Districts This information is hot off the press, and I’m so pleased to be sharing it with you! According to new analysis just out today from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), 46 APS schools, or 52 percent of our schools, “Beat the Odds!”…

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Softly they fall, where do they go?   Cover the ground, without a sound (Gentle snowflakes) Fall from the sky, before your eyes (It’s so thrilling) Blankets of white, brighten the night                           Lyrics from the song Purple Snowflakes , Marvin Gaye It’s so thrilling to share with you the winners of our 2018 Winter Card…

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  Gobble, gobble! It’s Thanksgiving! In our fast-paced lives in public education, we often don’t get the chance to stop, reflect on and express how thankful we truly are for the many blessings in our lives. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, all of us in APS are taking the time this week to celebrate…

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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has long been a supporter of economic development for our communities given that we are the largest contributor to five of the 10 tax allocation districts (TADs) in the City (Eastside, Atlantic Station, BeltLine, Perry Bolton, and Westside), having invested $434 million in those projects since 1999.  We will continue to…

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State’s Redesigned CCRPI Scores New Baseline for APS and GA As some of you may be reading already, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the redesigned College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores today for all Georgia public schools. The average CCRPI score for the state is 76.6 out of 100, and APS…

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Number of APS Students Taking the ACT and SAT Continues to Increase   We received the 2018 ACT and SAT results, showing that our 2018 graduating class had an average total SAT score of 997 and an average composite ACT score of 18.7. This year’s SAT scores are up five (5) points compared to the…

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Are you ready to rock with us at the 2018 APS State of the District concert? This year,  I look forward to sharing APS’ “essentials playlist”, which includes our A-sides, featured hits, and B-sides (whomp whomp), along with chart-topping student performances from this year’s tour stop on our journey of transformation. APS students, graduates, staff, friends…

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We’ve Increased 20.8 Percentage Points Since 2014 (Drumroll, please!) I want to be the first to share with you that APS has achieved its highest graduation rate ever (WOO HOO!) at 79.9 percent (79.93 to be exact). While we missed our goal of 80 percent by one student, know that I’m really proud of the…

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