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Match & Fit: Achieve Atlanta’s Next Transformational Step

February 3, 2020

To this day, I remember the pent-up excitement I felt the morning of June 5, 2015, moments before a truly transformational announcement from Atlanta Public Schools. I counted the hours, minutes, seconds to when we could tell all of APS, Atlanta and the nation the news. Finally, we spelled it out in huge headlines. My…

Fuel Your Day! All APS students, families take full advantage of free meal program

January 30, 2020

As a school district educating students from mostly lower-income families, Atlanta Public Schools faces numerous challenges in ensuring children are ready for school each day, especially those who come to school hungry. We’ve seen the research: Children whose nutritional needs are met throughout the day have fewer attendance and disciplinary problems and are more attentive…

APS Rocks + Runs 5K returns to Historic West End

January 23, 2020

District announces second annual edition of district fundraiser for Saturday, May 2, at Brown Middle School to kick off National Teacher Appreciation Week Atlanta Public Schools will be off to the races again in May as it will sponsor its own 5K and fun run event for a second year! With the success of APS…

MLK Day 2020: Finding Greatness in Service

January 20, 2020

Just a few days ago I recognized what would have been the 91st birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. if he had not been assassinated on April 4, 1968. While sadly he is gone, he will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who believe in social justice because of…

He Marched for Us, so We Run for Him!

January 17, 2020

In support for Congressman John Lewis’ battle against pancreatic cancer, “Five 5Ks in Five Months in Congressional District 5” starts Monday with MLK Drum Run in Piedmont Park. As we neared the end of 2019, we learned sad news: Congressman John Lewis had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He would spend the new…

Saying Goodbye to Our Friend and Colleague, Alvah Hardy

January 11, 2020

It breaks my heart to share that our beloved friend and colleague, Alvah Hardy, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020. Alvah has been a pillar in the APS family for close to a decade, serving as our Executive Director of Facilities Services since joining APS in November 2010. From 2010 to now, Alvah has had…

An APS Commitment to Help Human Traffick-Proof Atlanta and Georgia in 2020

January 10, 2020

As we move into 2020 – a new decade – it amazes me that we are 20 years into the new millennium and experiencing advances in technology and innovations involving the Internet, social media and smartphones that truly connect the world. And yet, we still see intense cruelty and degradation in society, such as child…

Proud of the Latest Class of APS Posse Scholars!

January 9, 2020

[UPDATE: January 13, 2019: And then there were eight! Two more APS students have been added to the latest class of Posse Scholars. Congratulations to Payton Gunner (Brandeis University) and Connor Mason (College of Wooster), both from Drew Charter!] It’s great when we can start a new year – and a new decade – with…

‘The 12 Days of APS’

December 20, 2019

In time for semester break, my true love gave to me … Here we are: The end of the first semester of the 2019-2020. Hard to believe the New Year is nearly here! Not only is this time of year for celebration, it’s time for everyone in the Atlanta Public Schools community to rest, reflect…

APS Leads Metro Atlanta, Exceeds State with ‘Beat the Odds’ Schools

December 19, 2019

Thirty-six APS schools performed better than expected on College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) when compared with schools with similar characteristics across the state. Hot off the press! Atlanta Public Schools, based on new analysis released today by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), leads Metro Atlanta districts and exceeds the state in…