Friday, May 10, 2013
Pupils designed different contraptions to see who could keep their egg from breaking.
EAST LAKE — The students at Drew Charter School capped off a week of celebrating STEAM - Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math - with an egg drop contest to showcase pupils' ideas for the best anti-breakage design. The contest was part of a week highlighting their engineering-related work they did all year. The school also hosted Designorama, in which craftsmen and craftswomen showed students the design principles of things they created, from woodworking to food.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Carson Scholars Fund, Inc. was founded in 1994 to address the education crisis in the United States.
Twenty Atlanta Public Schools students, including three from Drew Charter School, were named Carson Fund Scholars. The students will each receive $1,000 college scholarships. The fund is named after Benjamin S. Carson, the famed Johns Hopkins Pediatric neurosurgeon, and his wife, Candy. They founded the funded in 1994 after reading a study that showed the United States ranked 21st out of 22 nations in science and mathematics. Since then, the fund has awarded scholarships to students in grades 4 to 11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. The Drew students named as scholars were: Since 2002, the Carson Scholars Fund has recognized more than 400 students in the Southeast.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ten middle school students and 6 chaperones are to meet classmates from sister school on a 10-day educational trip. They are holding a fundraiser to defray cost of the trip.
HISTORIC SOUTH ATLANTA — The purpose of traveling to France is to further enhance students’ knowledge and skills to become active global citizens of our 21st century society. In addition, it will allow Luther Judson Price Middle School students to meet their French classmates from College de Haut Penoy and experience going to school in another country. However, in order to make this dream become a reality, we need your assistance by sponsoring 16 people selected to travel to Nancy–Metz, France. It is our hope that you will support these students, their parents, and the French teacher, Madame Shamita Johnson, of Luther Judson Price Middle School. Thank you for your time and your support! Fundraiser & Donations There will be a Price French …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Ormewood Park Playground was one of five to be awarded.
ORMEWOOD PARK — Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded five recipients, including Ormewood Park Playground, a $15,000 Let’s Play Video Contest Grant following a national voting competition. In March, Ormewood Park Playground submitted a compelling video about its playground project and was selected as one of 10 finalists to advance to the national voting competition between April 9-26. By finishing in the top five, Ormewood Park Playground was awarded the $15,000 Let’s Play Video Contest Grant. “I’m excited to see our community come together to build an awesome play space,” Cindy Cahalen, Director of the Ormewood School, said in a statement. “Now that we've secured the grant, it's really time for us to get to work…
What Atlanta Public Schools needs to do to show its commitment to the children of Southeast Atlanta.
Dear Atlanta Public School Board and Leadership: As we near the end of the school year, we find ourselves reflecting on the progress made this year in the Jackson Cluster. We thought it would be especially important for you to understand what accomplishments have been made and what challenges remain in the schools you represent, and remind you that your decisions, your ability to work together and think creatively about things like the budget can have an immediate positive impact on 50,000 students. For many families, this was the first year in new schools and a new cluster after redistricting. In our schools, we found some amazing teachers and leaders helping our children learn and grow. In our cluster, we found a rich and complex …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, picks 1,000 students every year who receive scholarships to use at a university or college of their choice.
Fourteen high school students from Atlanta Public Schools, including two from Jackson High School, were named Gates Millennium Scholars. The Jackson students named were Divine Butts and Bulmaro Espericueta. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, picks 1,000 students every year who receive scholarships to use at a university or college of their choice. The scholarships, good through graduation, also give recipients professional and personal development through Gates leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college careers. “At a time when the perception of our academic programs has suffered, it is reassuring to see our students compete and achieve some of the most …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The plan for DeKalb's schools came out late Tuesday.
DeKalb County Schools Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond unveiled a 90-day plan of action on Tuesday. Shortly after the plan went out, Patch met with Thurmond, who said: "Did you see the plan? Every day things get a little better, but every day you find something else that's wrong. It took years to get that way, and will take a while to fix." Dear DeKalb County School District Stakeholders, My first two months on the job have provided a unique opportunity for me to engage a cross section of DeKalb County School District (herein DCSD) stakeholders in open, honest and frank discussions. I have listened and learned. Now is the time for leadership. Working in partnership with Chairman Melvin Johnson and the members of the DeKalb County …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
'Many local families would have chosen to abandon MJHS, and many charter families WILL abandon their local APS schools if APS continues to appeal Judge Wendy L. Shoob's ruling.'
Tuesday, April 30
Editor's note: Atlanta parents whose children attend public charters are watching an ongoing appeal by Atlanta Public Schools of a judge's December ruling the district illegally held $2.8 million from charter schools. Some have started petitions to press the point that charter schools are a vital component to APS' success. Others, such as the Rosbottom family, have written letters to district officials to make their case directly. Natalie Rosbottom shared her letter that she wrote to APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. and Reuben R. McDaniel III, APS board chairman. Greetings Mr. Davis and Mr. McDaniel, Our son, Reid, is a product of a K-8th grade constructivist/project-based charter school. He is now in 9th grade at Maynard Jackson …
May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. What better way to show appreciation for an outstanding teacher than by nominating him or her for a prestigious award.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
'APS needs to release these funds back to us.'
A parent at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School has started a petition that urges Atlanta Public Schools to restore nearly $3 million in funding that the district is withholding from public charters. The petition on Change.org — which has 685 signatures already — says by withholding the money, APS threatens to destroy its charter schools and their academic success: Atlanta Public Schools is withholding $2.8 million from 5,000 students in public charter schools. In a few weeks, they will withhold at least $3 million more. Public charter schools will have lost more than $6 million. Our charter schools—most of which are among the highest performing schools in Atlanta—could be destroyed if Atlanta Public Schools (APS) continues on this path. …