Friday, May 24, 2013
Pete's Promise is a scholarship made to the all kindergarten and fifth grade students attending Dobbs Elementary for the 2012-2013 school year who meet certain criteria.
by Pete Settelmayer LAKEWOOD — Pete’s Promise Scholarship in partnership with the South Metro Scholastic Fund is for the kindergarten and fifth grade class of 2012-2013 from Dobbs Elementary School. The scholarship has been provided for those students who will meet the criteria listed below and more importantly will focus their efforts and energies on becoming an agent of change. The scholarship candidates are part of a world community that is shifting on a daily basis and their charge as they move through their educational journey is to take part in making their community, city, state, country, world better than its current status. Pete’s Promise is made to the all kindergarten and fifth grade students attending Dobbs Elementary for the …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Pomp and Circumstance, cap and gowns mark the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another.
We're spying lots of caps and gowns these last few days, marking the end of a school year and for graduates, the start of new chapters in their lives. Congratulations, Class of 2013.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
While the Board of Education struggles to balance its budget and debates class sizes, Atlanta Public Schools' students celebrate as Wednesday marks the last day of school.
Wednesday marks the final day of the 2012-13 school year for Atlanta Public Schools, but for the APS board, the work is far from done concerning passing a $568 million budget by the end of the month for preliminary approval. The Atlanta Board of Education Budget Commission met on Monday to review the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 and considered three teacher furlough days, eliminating a 3 percent salary bonus to employees who haven’t received a raise in five years and other cuts in an attempt to close a $61 million budget gap. The board also debated smaller class sizes, which in some schools are larger than state guidelines. But Superintendent Erroll Davis said it wasn’t the time to spend $20 million or so to reduce class sizes so …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The live coverage is over, but replay the live blog to see what all the hype was about.
President Barack Obama gave the 129th commencement address speech on a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon, May 19th, at Morehouse College. Obama began his remarks to an excited yet wet crowd,most of whom had been seated as early as 6 am. at approximately 11:30 am. The sky opened just before the speech began, and the crowd was treated to a steady downpour throughout. Obama quipped that, “I would be out there with you, but the Secret Service gets nervous.” Obama was greeted with a big cheer when he emerged from a building adjacent to the stage with Morehouse College president John Silvanus Wilson, a former White House aide. The invocation was given by Rev. Raphael Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous church. …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The College and Career Ready Performance Index is Georgia's new system to gauge the quality of our local schools.
The Georgia Department of Education has a new system for rating the quality of every public school in the Peach State. Based on the College and Career Ready Performance Index, East Atlanta Patch neighborhoods boast some of the best elementary schools in the city, including Drew Charter, Mary Lin and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter schools. But when it comes to middle and high schools, there's some work left to be done. The CCRPI is based on a scale of 100 and scores are calculated wih three main components: An additional 10 points, called challenge points, may be earned if a school has a significant number of students who are economically disadvantaged, English as a Second Language learners or disabled are meeting expectations. Here's how it …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Police: Eighth grader brought plastic gun to school.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with bringing a gun to Inman Middle School, earlier this month. The boy, who was not named because he is a minor, brought the black-handled, silver colored, plastic gun to the school on May 1, according to a police report about the incident. While Inman is in Virginia-Highland and gets kids from that neighborhood as well as Morningside, it draws students from Candler Park, Inman Park, Lake Claire and Old Fourth Ward. The boy displayed the gun to different students around the school and another student reported it to school officials. Inman administrators pulled the student from his class, found the plastic gun inside his bookbag in his locker and summoned police. The boy's mother was subsequently …
Films will be showcased at a special screening May 16 at 6 p.m.
A number of student-made films created by pupils of Jackson High School will be screened at the school Thursday, May 16 at the school, 1550 Hosea L. Williams Drive. You can also vote for the best film among the seven in contention. Thursday's screenings will be followed by an awards ceremony at the school on Friday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This is your opportunity to voice the qualities and skill sets you want to see in the next superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.
The Atlanta Board of Education’s Superintendent Search Committee has released the schedule for four community input sessions — May 15, 16, 20 and 21. The sessions are designed to give citizens the opportunity to provide feedback on the characteristics they believe are critical in the next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent. The Superintendent Search Committee has pledged to gather input from all key stakeholders such as parents, teacher and students. “All members of the search committee affirm the importance of gathering extensive community input in this search,” said committee chair Ann Cramer, who is a retired IBM executive and mother of former APS students. “We hope everyone interested will take advantage of this opportunity, and we …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Dual accreditation would allow each individual school to pursue its own accreditation from the Georgia Accrediting Commission.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Agreement is for one year as school — which wants to stay in the Jackson cluster — seeks a permanent solution.
Atlanta Public Schools and Wesley International Academy have reached a preliminary agreement that will allow the charter school to move into the now-closed Cook Elementary School for the 2013-14 academic year. Both sides expect the deal to be finalized and signed in the next few days. It is only for one year, but it will save Wesley, a K-8 school, roughly $700,000 in rent it pays to Imagine Schools Inc. for its current space in Custer/McDonough/Guice. That money will instead go toward teacher training, supplies and student materials, and other education-related investments at the school, which serves baout 700 kids. “This is a big deal for us. This negotiation was hard fought,” Kamau Bobb, Wesley’s board chairman, told East Atlanta Patch…