This slideshow provides just a glimpse at some of the amazing things that happened at Atlanta Public Schools in November. Click through to see the highlights from your school. A new slideshow will be posted at the end of each month, so be sure to subscribe to APS Today and look for your scholar or your school!
Long Middle School
The John Lewis Invictus Academy Lions defeated the Long Middle School Tigers 22-0 in the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Football Championship game on Saturday at Lakewood Stadium.
John Lewis Invictus Academy has an 8-1 record, and was the only team to score against Long Middle School. The Tigers (8-1) only loss this season was in the championship game. Both teams had great seasons, and played a tough, competitive championship game.
Here are photos from the championship game:
John Lewis Invictus Academy will play the Dekalb County champion, Cedar Grove, on Saturday, November 11, at 9 a.m. at Avondale Stadium. The winner of that game advances to play in the Born to Compete Youth Bowl Series on November 25, at Henderson Stadium.
This slideshow provides just a glimpse at some of the amazing things that happened at Atlanta Public Schools in October. Click through to see the highlights from your school. A new slideshow will be posted at the end of each month, so be sure to subscribe to APS Today and look for your scholar or your school!
This slideshow provides just a glimpse at some of the amazing things that happened at Atlanta Public Schools in September. Click through to see the highlights from your school. A new slideshow will be posted at the end of each month, so be sure to subscribe to APS Today and look for your scholar or your school!
Two days before Auburn University and the University of Georgia will decide the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 175 Atlanta Public School middle school students hit the field under the guidance of former college and National Football League (NFL) players, during the SEC Youth Football Clinic.
Sponsored by USA Football, the one-day event gives students the unique opportunity to learn lessons in football and in life in a big-time football venue. The event is held during the week of the SEC Championship Game and had been hosted at the Georgia Dome, previously.
Students from seven APS middle schools were represented at the event, Thursday (Brown, Bunche, Inman, King, Long, Sylvan and Young Middle School). They rotated through a number of stations, participating in a different football-related drill at each. At the end each student received a t-shirt, lunch courtesy of Jersey Mike’s Subs, and a football.
“I preach education,” said Michael Haynes, a 10-year NFL veteran, who played receiver for the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University. “At some point, football ends for everybody. I try to get them to focus on their plan for what comes next. Education is forever.”
“It’s a great opportunity for our kids to get some football instruction but also hear positive messages to help them be successful,” said Jasper Jewell, APS Director of Athletics. “And the beautiful thing is that it is specifically for our kids.”
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) students made an impressive showing at the Seventh Annual Young Litigators Moot Court competition, held last week at the Fulton County Government Center.
Moot Court is a mock Supreme Court hearing where teams work with attorneys and write a brief based on a current issue. The teams pose as lawyers and defend their brief in front of panel of distinguished judges. The 2017 issue dealt with the Fourth Amendment and a law enforcement officer allegedly using excessive force to subdue a fleeing individual.
APS teams from Martin Luther King and Crawford Long Middle School competed in the middle school category, while teams from South Atlanta, Drew Charter and Therrell High School competed in the high school category. APS schools came away with four awards:
— Middle School, Best Brief – M.L. King
— Middle School, Overall Team – M.L. King
— Middle School, Best Oral Argument – Zeruiah Wilson, Long
— High School, Best Oral Argument – Alvin Winston, Drew Charter
The seven-member panel of judges included famed attorney Benjamin L. Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin. Attorney Crump, of ParksCrump Attorneys at Law, specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases. Students presented Crump with the Young Litigators Social Justice Award following the competition.
The other panelists were Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Judge Johnny Mason; Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney; Fulton County Associate Juvenile Court Judge Renata Turner; Attorney Cora Graves of Gwinnett County Public Schools; Attorney Chantel Mullen Chief Executive Officer of Mullen and Associate, LLC and Mullen Law; and Attorney Adam Sutton of the Cordell and Cordell Law Firm.
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Middle School Teams
Martin Luther King
Kameron Clark and Miles Jackson
Principal: Paul Brown
Sponsor: Shekela Edwards
Attorney Advisor: Christopher Cottrell
Assistant: Nyomi Haynes
Tony Philips, Jartavious Wallace, Shaluan Fox and Zeruiah Wilson
Principal: Lisa Hill
Sponsor: Kiwi Cody
Attorney Advisor: Amanda Jones
High School Teams
Charles Drew Charter
Alvin Winston, Naima Cooper, Naomi Ray, Brooke Turpeau and India Girualt
Principal: Peter McKnight
Sponsor: Jennifer Ulbrich
Alexander Render, Miesha Young and Carla Franklin
Principal: Dr. Patricia Ford
Sponsor: Tom Dunn
Attorney Advisor: Lakeesh Dent
Assistant: Destinee Holt
Principal: Shelly Powell
Sponsor: Anthony Jackson
Attorney Advisor: Terrell Dark
APS has spirit, yes we do! APS has spirit, how about you?!
The cheers, chants and stunts are bound to be a lot more involved than that when Benjamin E. Mays High School hosts the fifth annual Atlanta Public Schools Metro-Atlanta Cheerleading Competition, Saturday (Oct. 31), beginning at 10 a.m.
More than 30 competition cheer squads from across the metro Atlanta will compete in four separate divisions this year – varsity, junior varsity, co-ed and middle school. Last year’s varsity champion, Mays, will seek to defend its title on its home mats.
Atlanta Public Schools Athletic Director Jasper Jewell said the event has grown steadily in popularity as metro area squads sought a quality competition that was closer to their schools.
“Our competition has become popular and sparks the interest of so many schools in the metro area because of its location, Jewell said. “There are not a lot of options inside of I-285. Also, teams know they will see good competition here, and with regional competitions beginning in the first week of November, our event provides a great warm up.”
Along with the growth of the event, Jewell said he has seen growth and improvement in competitive cheerleading in the district over the past five years.
“I remember when the only competition squad we had was Mays,” Jewell said. “This year, we have full competition mats in all of our high schools and all of our middle schools. And more of our squads are entering competitions outside of ours. Last year, for the first time we had three teams qualify for the state [cheerleading] meet – Douglass, Grady and Mays. It’s a great opportunity for our student-athletes.”
Twenty, 7th and 8th grade students from Crawford Long Middle School were “scrubbed” and ready for “surgery” as they participated in the eMergent STEM Scholars Program at Northside Hospital Healthcare System in conjunction with NeuroNexus, LLC.
The goal of this partnership was to expose students to the various aspects of surgical medicine and encourage them to pursue medical/healthcare related careers. Mentors for this program included a neurosurgeon, neuro monitoring technician, nurse, scrub tech, sales representative, physician’s assistant, x-ray technician, physician’s assistant of anesthesia, blood perfusionist, anesthesiologist, general surgeon, and surgical assistant.
“It is my goal to expose students to wonderful and exciting learning experiences that they wouldn’t normally get a chance to be involved in,” said Science Instruction Coach, Tiarra Moore. Hopefully, through encounters like this students will be more excited about school, learning, and maybe even choose a science related career.”
“I absolutely loved the operating room experience,” said Xiyanna Larken, 7th Grade. “It solidified my desire to become a Physicians Assistant and showed me the different tools and equipment that I would be using once I get into that profession.”
After the mock operation room experience, students were able to tour the different departments of the hospital, including the biomedical and radiology departments. Students were able to learn about the technology used as well as the variety of positions that are involved in different medical situations.
Moore explained that they plan on giving more students the opportunity to participate in the future. She said next year they plan to have students rotate through the program twice during the school year. One group will participate in the fall and another group will participate in the spring.
On August 20th, APS celebrated the Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center at their grand opening ceremony. Jacob Croskey from Coan, Angel Crawford from Coretta Scott King, and Taj West from Long Middle represented APS at this event by mingling with top executives while volunteering at the Chick-fil-A store. APS is excited to enhance financial literacy and career readiness in our students through this partnership.
Throughout the year, APS 6th and 7th graders will participate in this financial literacy program that brings economic education to life. It begins in the classroom and culminates to the discovery center, where students receive unique job assignments and make financial decisions, manage budgets, and more with local Atlanta businesses. This simulation provides students the rare opportunity to experience their financial future first-hand.
For more information, visit Junior Achievement’s Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center.