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!
Peyton Forest Elementary School
The Atlanta Public Schools second annual Picture Book Bowl brought together students from kindergarten through third grade who were excited to showcase their reading skills.
Twenty-two APS schools participated in the virtual team competition over Zoom. Back in March, the Georgia Book Award Committee outlined 20 award-winning picture books for participants to read before the competition.
“This is a competition that celebrates the joy of reading and the love of reading that’s being developed in our youngest readers,” APS director of library media services Jennifer Saunders said. “The students are able to shine. They are able to show that they are readers, that they enjoy reading and are reading for the love of reading.”
Each participating school had a team of 10 students that went head-to-head against another school using an app called Buzz In Live.
The students were excited to answer the questions about the books they read and earn points for their team. They cheered when they got a question right and encouraged their classmates if they got a question wrong.
“The volunteers really liked the excitement from the students,” Saunders said. “They were also impressed by how the students encouraged each other. They said, ‘Way to go! You can do this! Keep going!’ So students were also learning sportsmanship, how to lose, how to win, and how to celebrate each other and encourage each other.”
“The volunteers were very impressed with the confidence that was displayed in the students,” she added. “This was a confidence-building activity as well as risk-taking. We think of the IB characteristics, and being a risk-taker is one of those. This gives students the opportunity to do something they may not otherwise have done before.”
By the end of the competition, it was Usher-Collier Elementary School that finished with a game-high 430 points to win the APS Picture Bowl. M. Agnes Jones Elementary School was a close second place with 420 points, and both Kimberly Elementary and Harper Archer Elementary School tied for third place with 330 points.
“This appeals to students who thrive in competition, and it motivates them and encourages them to want to do more and do better and to hone their reading skills,” Saunders said. “Oftentimes, our readers can be the more quiet students, and they don’t always get recognized. But this is an opportunity for them to really stand out and be among peers that have similar interests.”
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!
Peyton Forest Elementary School recently celebrated Fire Prevention Week. National Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by The National Fire Protection Association, promotes fire safety and prevention across the country in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Local firefighters visited the school and spoke with students about the importance of fire safety. Firefighters illustrated what students should do in the event of a fire and demonstrated the different types of protective clothing and equipment firemen use when battling a blaze.
“This year we celebrated with Fire Station 25 B-Shift,” said Larissa Harvey, the school counselor at Peyton Forest. “We were so excited, and the staff also participated. “
This year, fire prevention week focused on preventing kitchen fires and spreading the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home.
For the first time, APS hosted a districtwide open house on August 5th at all school sites. Elementary, middle, and high schools opened their doors a few days before school starts to welcome their parents and students. Open house was a great opportunity for parents and students to interact with their teachers and become familiarized with the school facilities. They gathered information about the classes, programs, extracurricular activities, transportation, and more, as they walked around booths or classrooms. The open houses were a great success and APS welcomes all new and returning parents and students!