Boyd, Centennial Place and Hutchinson elementary school students headed back to classes at 8 am on Monday, July 15 as Atlanta Public Schools kicks off “Day One APS” for year-round schools. The students were energetic and eager to learn as they familiarized themselves with new classes and teachers.
“We have seven new teachers who have come on board this year, and they are really excited,” says Principal Keisha Gibbons at Boyd Elementary School.
Teachers introduce themselves to their students, and outline their classroom expectations. “My style of teaching is all about showing passion and excitement in the subjects,” says Thomas Bussey, Third Grade Teacher at Centennial Place Elementary School. “If I am excited about what they’re learning, then the kids will be excited too.”
Year-round parents, please note that students who did not register for school by June 28 and are eligible for APS transportation will need to locate the nearest bus stop until bus routes for year-round schools are updated on July 26. For more information about transportation changes, visit http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/5364.
The year-round school concept began several years ago as an alternative to the traditional school calendar. The goal was to provide some flexibility in scheduling and another way – along with summer school and enrichment programs – for students to retain more of what they learned throughout the school year. Centennial Place and Boyd elementary schools were the first APS schools to adopt the year-round schedule during the 1999-2000 school year. Hutchinson Elementary was added in 2004. The summer break, or intersession, began June 3 for year-round students.