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Building a Better Sylvan Hills Middle School

August 5, 2014

Principal Portee returns to Sylvan Hills Middle School for the 2014-15 school year and says that he is excited to see so many familiar students and parents.  The school will continue to be housed in the former Parks Middle School building while construction on the new Sylvan Hills building continues throughout the school year.  The…

A Good Day at Gideons

August 5, 2014

Charles L. Gideons  Elementary has a new principal! Principal Berger says that his theme for the 2014-2015 school year is, ‘A community based- quality driven- student centered school.’   He told his parents earlier this summer that ‘each family in this community has its own particular interests. Each parent is the personal cheerleader for his or her…

Eat Up!

August 5, 2014

Our goal today at Venetian Hills…eat lunch! I am coming back for a more comprehensive visit though. My focus today, however, was to connect with our district chef! We had a great time eating with our K-5 friends at Venetian Hills Elementary.  On the menu today were veggie burgers, beef sliders, steamed carrots and baked…

My Visit to Connally Elementary School

August 5, 2014

What a beautiful school! I was greeted by bright murals, engaging teaching and happy students today at Elijah Lewis Connally Elementary School.  Principal Pickett is off to a great start. I especially appreciated the vibrant facility.  Connally is one of the most inviting schools on today’s tour.  Every hallway is filled with color and creativity…

Learning to Love Homework at Brown Middle School

August 5, 2014

This was my second visit to historic Joseph E. Brown Middle School. City Council President Ceasar Mitchell joined us today at Brown Middle School.  He lives in the neighborhood and shared with the students a little about neighborhood history.  When he was young, Brown was a high school in Atlanta Public Schools.  In fact, the…

Storytime at Adamsville Primary was a Blast!

August 5, 2014

One thing is for sure, young kids LOVE storytime Teaching and learning were in full swing at Admasville Primary school, a pre-k – 2nd grade school in southwest Atlanta.  Principal Manboard gave us a tour of the school where we saw instruction taking place in every class.  I spent time in Ms. Humphrey’s pre-k class…

Good Morning Jaguars

August 5, 2014

My first stop on day two of the school year is Harper-Archer Middle School I received a warm welcome from Principal Jermaine Dawson today at Harper-Archer Middle School, home of the Jaguars with 650 students. This school has seen improved achievement during the two years of the principal’s tenure.  He was brought to Harper-Archer as…

We Asked You to Be There on Day One…and You Responded!

August 4, 2014

Thank you for embracing the district’s call to action, Day One: Be There. When I arrived in APS I was told often about all of the things that were wrong with the district.  It seemed like there were no shortages of people eager to share the district’s shortcomings and misgivings.  I made a commitment as…

Today was a Good Day

August 4, 2014

Ending my day the way it began…with our drivers at the bus depot. For a multitude of reasons, today was a great day.  It was nice to end my first APS Day One at the Metropolitan Bus Depot with our student’s second teacher, our bus drivers.  The depot was bustling with drivers returning from their…

Have a Question? The APS Command Center has Answers.

August 4, 2014

The APS Command Center is open this week from 6:00am until 6:00pm My next stop takes me to the APS Command Center.  APS employees are standing by to answer questions, take suggestions and hear ‘wins’ this week in the district’s Command Center.  Feel free to call us and tell us how we can improve, as…