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Thanks to Pianos for Peace, a nonprofit organization designed to promote peace and philanthropy through art, music and education, 11 beautifully painted pianos are now located inside Atlanta Public Schools.
Before the arrival of the pianos, the organization invited the Maynard Jackson High School Orchestra and the J.W. Dobbs Elementary School musical ensemble to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport for an unforgettable Closing Ceremony. Passengers from across the globe were delighted by the sounds of the Jackson and Dobbs Jaguars as they moved throughout the busiest airport in the world.
Throughout the year, Pianos for Peace volunteer artists will participate in meaningful art programs making performing arts more accessible to our students and staff.
Complete list of Atlanta Public Schools Pianos for Peace sites:
Booker T. Washington High, Boyd Elementary, Cleveland Avenue Elementary, Crawford Long Middle, Dobbs Elementary, Garden Hills Elementary, Henry W. Grady High, Hollis Innovation Academy, Inman Middle, Maynard Jackson High, Warren T. Jackson Primary.
For more information and to view the 2017 Pianos for Peace Festival, visit: pianosforpeace.org.
Jasmine Mosley: Staff Writer
ATLANTA (JUNE 22, 2017) – Today, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Southeast Region awarded its Stuart Lewengrub Torch of Liberty Award to Atlanta Public Schools and Dr. Meria Carstarphen at the annual Torch of Liberty Corporate Breakfast.
“This award recognizes the incredible work that Atlanta Public Schools has done over the past two years to implement ADL’s No Place for Hate® program throughout the entire school district,” commented Shelley Rose, ADL interim regional director. “52,000 students have been inspired to stand up to hate by this program.”
No Place for Hate is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools. The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying. In 2012, as Austin Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was so impressed with ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative, she announced plans to bring the program to the entire district. That passion and commitment continued when she became Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools in July 2014. In 2015, Atlanta Public Schools, through the leadership of Dr. Carstarphen, introduced ADL’s flagship education initiative system-wide. APS continues to see progress as they work aggressively to address and prevent bullying and cyber bullying, as well as educate against all forms of hatred.
“The No Place for Hate initiative provides our district with a clear framework to fight bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate,” commented Dr. Carstarphen in accepting the award. “We are sending a clear message that hate, bullying and disrespect have no place in our schools. We want our schools to be places where students, staff and families feel safe, welcomed and respected.”
The Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region annually presents the Stuart Lewengrub Torch of Liberty Award to an individual, entity or company making outstanding contributions to the welfare of our community. The award, which was renamed in honor of Stuart Lewengrub who served as the ADL Southeast Regional Director from 1965 until his passing in 1995, symbolizes ADL’s profound commitment to translating our democratic heritage into a way of life for all Americans.
Atlanta Public Schools would like to thank the Anti-Defamation league for recognizing the districts efforts in creating a safe place for our students.
Credit: Anti-Defamation League Press Release
Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School and North Atlanta High School have earned the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) designation to offer APS students the opportunity to combine IB courses with CTAE pathways and earn the IB CP Certificate. Both schools join 139 other schools in 23 countries around the world which currently offer the program.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) is an innovative international education pathway that offers a rewarding blend of academic subjects and career-related studies. Tailored to students who want to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of high school, the CP develops applicable, transferable, lifelong skills that prepare them for higher education, apprenticeships or employment. The CP enables students to:
North Atlanta and Maynard Jackson high schools join 10 other IB high schools in Georgia, where the IB CP Programme is offered in more schools than any other state in the U.S.
The CP offers schools the flexibility to select the career pathways they want to offer. Under the new designation, North Atlanta will offer the following career pathways: Audio Visual Technology and Film; Business and Technology; Graphic Design; Information Technology-Web and Digital Design; Information Technology-Programming; and JROTC-Army. Maynard Jackson will offer: Audio Visual Technology and Film; Engineering and Technology; Graphic Design; Information Technology-Web and Digital Design; and JROTC-Army.
“Receiving the IB CP authorization is a big deal for our students and the North Atlanta community,” said North Atlanta High School Principal Curtis Douglass. “This allows us to serve students through the IB Programme in the 11th and 12th grade who want the academic rigor in preparation for college while focusing on an established career pathway. Additionally, it will make our programme more diverse and interesting to students that are hesitant to enter the IB Diploma Progamme.”
The IB Diploma Progamme at North Atlanta is the oldest in the southeast, having originated at North Fulton High School in 1982.
All CP students are required to take at least two Diploma Programme (DP) courses. Typically, the DP courses selected align with students’ chosen career pathways. CP students must also complete four core components—language development, personal and professional skills, service learning and a reflective project—in order to receive the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme Certificate. Designed to enhance critical thinking and intercultural understanding, the CP core helps students develop the communication and personal skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
“We are so proud to offer the IB Certificate Programme in addition to the IB Diploma Programme authorized in 2013 for all interested students,” said Maynard Jackson H.S. Principal Stephanie S. Johnson. The CP provides opportunities for students interested in IB to complete an IB Career Related Certificate in subjects such as Audio Visual Technology and Film, Engineering and Technology, Graphic Design, Information Technology-Web Digital Design, and JROTC-Army. We look forward to our students continuing to take advantage of the variety of rigorous course offerings provided at Maynard Jackson High School.”
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A group of Dunbar Elementary School students attended the Omega Manhood Leadership Institute (OMLI) and Eta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Achievement Week Awards Banquet.
The Achievement Week program, first celebrated in 1921, began as a project inspired by Carter G. Woodson. Mr. Woodson advocated for the establishment of an annual Black History observance. Today, that observance is called Black History Month. The Achievement Week Banquet, held in conjunction with the anniversary of the founding of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is held to honor individuals who uplift their communities.
This year’s keynote speaker was retired U.S. Army General William “Kip” Ward, inaugural commander of the U.S. Army’s Africa Command. The event was held on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
Chevron Corporation hopes to grow the next generation of scientist, engineers and chemists by cultivating a love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in today’s youth. Thanks to the company’s “Fuel Your School” initiative, they may have found several at West Manor Elementary School.
Three teachers at West Manor received awards from Chevron Corporation last week, after they submitted ideas to Donors.Choose.org, an online organization that helps teachers get small projects funded through community donations. Chevron’s “Fuel Your School” program is collaborating with Donors.Choose.org, and has helped raise more than $300 million for STEM-based projects and initiatives worldwide since 2013.
West Manor’s Carla Anderson (gifted), who serves as the coordinator of the school’s award-winning robotics team, received four Lego Robotics Kits, worth about $1,300. Additionally, she received equipment and materials, such as tape measures and litmus paper, to use in STEM-related classroom projects such as kitchen science and forensic science experiments.
“We’re always looking for more resources to be able to do projects that get our kids excited and motivated about STEM,” Anderson said, “so when you don’t have those materials it’s disappointing. Our P.T.A. (Parent Teacher Association) has been really good about supporting us, but this assistance from Chevron is great.”
Jeff Swindell, manager of Chevron’s Policy, Government and Public Affairs, said his company’s dedication to education is a winning proposition for all involved – Chevron, the schools and the nation.
“STEM is the foundation for the future of our country,” he said. “We need our kids to have an interest in it and a passion for it, so that we can produce that next generation of professionals working with computers and in medicine and chemistry. We hope that our schools and our country will benefit in the long run, and maybe someday one of these talented students will want to work for Chevron.”
While the gift to Anderson was planned, Swindell made surprise presentations to Dietrice Bennett (fifth grade) and Mariel Lawrence (third grade). Bennett received a three-dimensional printer while Lawrence received 18 tablets for her class.
“It was absolutely a total shock,” said Lawrence, who will use the tablets to set up some distance-learning projects for her students. “I’m so excited about all the possibilities this will produce for our students.”
By: Donovan M. Harris
Atlanta Public Schools celebrated the official unveiling of the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy on Thursday, October 6 in the former Kennedy Middle School building. The school serves students from the former Bethune Elementary School in the revitalizing west side of Atlanta. The school features both an EL curriculum and innovative STEM-focused curriculum in partnership with the Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC).
The energy and excitement surrounding this momentous occasion was prevalent in the room throughout the event. Dr. Diamond Jack, Hollis principal, gave a rousing speech about the history and vision of the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy. Julius Hollis, brother of Michael R. Hollis, provided inspirational remarks for all of the students and encouraged them to believe nothing is “impossible” but to rather exclaim, “I’m possible.” In typical fashion, Dr. Meria Carstarphen further enlivened the ribbon cutting ceremony with a Hollis chant and pledge from the students.
Michael R. Hollis was a 1971 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta Public Schools. Dozens of his classmates supported the event with their attendance and presented the principal with a framed collage of Hollis’s photos to display in the school.
Everyone is excited about the what the future holds for the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy. Both faculty and students strive to embody the six “Habits of Hollis” which are collaboration, empathy, communication, self-discipline, creativity and perseverance.
Mrs. Jamison was recognized during an event for school social workers hosted by APS’ Office of Student Support Services, in honor of National School Social Work Month celebrated in March. “We honor and thank all APS school social workers who are vital to helping students achieve academic success,” said Denise Revels, APS Coordinator of School Social Work Services.
Mrs. Lisa Jamison has been a Certified Social Worker for 20 years and a Professional Social Worker with Atlanta Public Schools for 14 years. She received her B.S. in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her MSW (Masters of Social Work) degree from Barry University in Miami, Florida.
“I salute all school social workers because we are all unsung heroes,” said Jamison. “What I love about my job is seeing a twinkle in a student’s eye.” “That lets me know I have helped that student with something they needed to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom.”
The School Social Worker facilitates the educational and individual potential of students by providing services that promote school success. The School Social Workers’ primary role is that of a liaison/child advocate. The School Social Worker utilizes collaboration and consultation with students, parents, school administrators, faculty, and the community in the identification of family and student concerns. They provide appropriate interventions and services that help children and families that are at risk for educational failure.
Article submitted by Luana Slaughter, Office of Communications and External Affairs
The Concerned Black Clergy recently invited Sylvia Hall, principal of Cascade Elementary School, to its board meeting on September 6th. During the board meeting, members of the Concerned Black Clergy presented Cascade Elementary with 500 backpacks and a check for one thousand dollars to ensure that students are prepared for instruction for the 2013-14 school year. The backpacks were filled with school supplies and books.
The Concerned Black Clergy’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, and service to the community. Dr. Sylvia Hall is elated about the service, donation, and gifts that the Concerned Black Clergy provided for her students.
“The Concerned Black Clergy are wonderful supporters of our school,” said Dr. Sylvia Hall, principal of Cascade Elementary School.
The monetary donation will be used to purchase other supplies for the students throughout the school year.
Cascade Elementary School has developed a new initiative to reward good behavior by students.
This year the school developed the Cascade School Store. Students are given Cascade Cash as incentives for positive behavior, in and out of the classroom.
Students can earn up to five Cascade dollars per week for exhibiting a good attitude and character.
Items for the school store are donated by school partners. The first shopping day was a SUCCESS! The school store will continue to operate every second and fourth Friday of the month.