Saturday, March 9, 2013
This event at Parkside Elementary is open to everyone and a great way to learn about school gardening
GRANT PARK — Parkside Elementary School is holding a 'Farm to School' workshop on Saturday, March 9th that's open to anyone interested in learning more about how to build and maintain a healthy garden. School gardens have become more an more popular in recent years, as a way of educating children about healthy living and how to make healthy food choices. First Lady Michelle Obama visited Burgess-Peterson Academy in East Atlanta in 2011 to highlight healthy eating and view the students' school garden. Parkside's workshop goes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at 685 Mercer St. The program will include discussions on 3 main topics: The program is free and open to the public. Free Snacks will also be provided. As a bonus and for those who want to …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The competition was held at Bolton Academy on Feb. 13.
Tuesday, February 19
by Samantha Lueder My kids are at Parkside Elementary in Grant Park and its math team has just beaten all the other APS elementary schools to bring home the Math League Champion Trophy! On Feb. 14, a total of 17 children from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at Parkside steered the school to victory at the Atlanta Public Schools Math League in the competition held at Bolton Academy on Feb. 13. The team beat out four other APS competing schools to place in all the math categories and to take home the prestigious Math League Champion Trophy. The Parkside Math League Team was organized by Cliff Corbett, EIP Math teacher at Parkside. The team comprised of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. Coaches for the teams were Natalie Washington (4th grade), …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Davis will field questions about Cook Elementary School's repurposing.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
by Patch Staff Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. is holding a community meeting with parents July 12 at Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. The 6 p.m. meeting at 685 Mercer St. SE is being hosted by APS Board of Education board member Brenda J. Muhammad, whose District 1 includes some of the neighborhoods that feed into Grant Park's Jackson High School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how to repurpose the now-closed Cook Elementary School in Capitol Gateway. The board of education voted to close seven schools in the district — including Cook — earlier this year in an effort to redraw school attendance zones and make the best use of buildings across the district. Parents at Wesley International Academy in …
Monday, April 30, 2012
But board fails to take action on Custer/McDonough/Guice, which remains the only neighborhood split-zoned to two grammar schools.
The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education — following more than an hour of discussion from the public and board members — voted Monday to rezone Summerhill to Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. The decision — Nancy Meister, who represents Buckhead Patch schools, was the lone dissenting vote — avoids a lawsuit Summerhill residents threatened to file against APS. Meister, a real estate agent, did not directly explain her no vote. But in an e-mail to East Atlanta Patch, she said she does support D.H. Stanton Elementary, the school Summerhill was slated to attend. "I believe that with support from the system and community D.H. Stanton will be a great school for all children. The residents of the Peoplestown community are dedicated to …
Monday, April 23, 2012
McDaniel and other board members hear Summerhill's concerns.
Summerhill residents spoke loudly Friday night at a specially called meeting to discuss their concerns at being zoned to D.H. Stanton Elementary School in Peoplestown, when the neighborhood asked and initially got zoning to attend Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. The decision to move Summerhill follows the Atlanta Public Schools' Board of Education April 10 vote to close seven schools instead of 10 as district Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. recommended. D.H. Stanton itself was a last-minute surprise on the tentative closure list but the Peoplestown community, in a 10-day tilt-a-whirl of activity, managed to keep its school open. As a result, APS decided that moving Summerhill, which lost its zoned primary school, Cook Elementary, to …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Residents speak in one voice: Parkside.
Summerhill residents came out in full force Friday night to discuss the Atlanta Public Schools redistricting plan that has the neighborhood zoned to attend D.H. Stanton Elementary. At a packed, specially called meeting, residents — long timers and newcomers alike — spoke in one voice, advocating for an earlier plan to be zoned for Parkside Elementary. Summerhill is currently zoned for Cook Elementary in Capitol Gateway. But Cook, an underperforming school, is closing under APS' redistricting plans. An earlier plan had the neighborhood zoned for Parkside Elementary in Grant Park and D.H. Stanton, another underperforming and under enrolled school located in Peoplestown closing. But when the Peoplestown community successfully rallied to keep …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Zoning Summerhill to D.H. Stanton Elementary violates 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, residents say.
An Atlanta attorney who lives in the Summerhill community sent a letter the Atlanta Public Schools' Board of Education asking it to review the district's decision to zone the neighborhood to D.H. Stanton Elementary because it violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause. Summerhill contends D.H. Stanton, in the Peoplestown neighborhood, is a low performing school. To be rezoned there is unfair to Summerhill when the neighborhood lobbied for and ended up being zoned to higher performing Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. "Parents in the Summerhill neighborhood feel their rights under the Fourteenth Amendment (Equal Protection Clause) may be violated if their children are sent to D. H. Stanton Elementary," reads the April 18 letter …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
District: Rezoning Summerhill to D.H. Stanton makes the most sense.
In recent days, the Summerhill community has been abuzz with the Atlanta Public Schools' decision to move the neighborhood from Parkside Elementary School's attendance zone to that of D.H. Stanton in Peoplestown. The attendance zones are still tentative and the APS Board of Education, which voted last week to close seven schools, must approve the most recent maps, district spokesman Keith Bromery told East Atlanta Patch. Bromery e-mailed a statement explaining the district's reasoning behind rezoning Summerhill to D.H Stanton, even though it wants to remain at Parkside: "The Board will decide individual school zoning changes in the near future. No changes are anticipated at this point regarding the proposed zoning changes associated with …
Monday, April 9, 2012
'We are very pleased with the recommendation to unite our Grant Park neighborhood by zoning the entire neighborhood to a single elementary, middle, and high school.'
Monday, April 9, 2012
Editor's note: As Atlanta parents reviewed the many preliminary redistriciting plans and various potential outcomes, some in several neighborhoods have put torgether petitions to advocate for what they felt would be in the best interest of their communities. Grant Park resident Susanna Johnson, started one such petition on change.org, in support of the APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr.'s final set of recommendations the Board of Education is expected to vote on April 10. She shared her petition with East Atlanta Patch. Dear Superintendent Erroll Davis and Atlanta Board of Education, As Grant Park neighbors, we enthusiastically support the March 31, 2012 demographic map and recommendations released by Atlanta Public Schools for …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
'This is a phenomenal opportunity for our children.'
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Editor's note: The Organized Neighbors of Summerhill supports the final plan developed by Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. This is the letter ONA sent to district officials, which it shared with East Atlanta Patch. To: Superintendent Erroll Davis and the Atlanta Board of Education The Summerhill community wholeheartedly supports Atlanta Public Schools final demographic map and recommendations that were released on March 31, 2012. We request that the Atlanta Board of Education vote to approve the recommendations on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. We believe the recommendation to zone Summerhill to Parkside, will meet the needs of our children and families that have been displaced by the closure of Ed Cook Elementary. This …