NCLB Transfers, Hungry Club Forum, Davis at Jackson High School and other important December dates for the community

Dec. 10: Board chair to be featured speaker at The Hungry Club Forum of the Butler Street YMCA

The Hungry Club Forum was created by members of the Butler Street YMCA, both of which have legendary status in Atlanta. Since 1945, every Atlanta mayor has spoken at the club, formerly a secret society where black and white citizens uncharacteristically met together to address community concerns during segregation. For 60 years, the club has featured leaders who talk about the major social, political and economic issues of the day. Board Chair Brenda Muhammad will have an opportunity to share her views on key issues, especially education.

Dec. 13: Districts 1 & 2 demographic study listening session

Board member Courtney English and SNAPPS (Southwest and Northwest Atlanta Parents and Partners for Schools) will host a forum for parents and community members in the district he represents. Schools represented by At-Large Seat 7, districts 1 and 2 are Carver, Douglass, Jackson, Tech and Washington high schools, as well as their feeder elementary and middle schools. Superintendent Erroll Davis will participate in the listening session, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. at the Brown Middle School Auditorium.

Dec. 14: Last day for parents to apply for a No Child Left Behind school choice transfer

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) school choice transfers are available for students who are currently enrolled in eligible school attendance zones. Parents and legal guardians have until December 14 to apply for an NCLB school choice transfer. By December 14, a completed application must be postmarked and mailed or hand delivered to APS’ Department of Student Relations, 130 Trinity Avenue, 2nd Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. Parents may access the application by visiting the district website or by calling 404-802-2233.

Dec. 15: Jackson HS community meeting

This meeting will highlight Jackson’s progress, including its candidacy to become an International Baccalaureate World School, additional Advanced Placement classes and upcoming renovation. Participating in the program will be students from Jackson, as well as its feeder middle schools. Valerie Jackson, former first lady of Atlanta; Brenda Muhammad; and Erroll Davis will deliver remarks. The meeting takes place 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Dec. 21–Jan. 2 or Jan. 3: Winter break for schools and offices

Students and staff in year-round schools

· Wed., Dec. 21 to Mon., Jan. 2: Year-round schools closed for winter/holiday break

· Mon., Jan. 2: Furlough day for year-round staff

· Tues., Jan. 3: Year-round students and staff return to school
Students and staff in all other schools*

· Wed., Dec. 21 to Tues., Jan. 3: Schools closed for winter/holiday break

· Tues., Jan. 3: Furlough day for teachers

· Tues., Jan. 3: Principals and other annual-duty staff return to school

· Wed., Jan. 4: Students and teachers return to school
*For charter school schedules, please check with the individual school.

Annual-duty staff in the SRTs and central office

· Wed., Dec. 21 to Mon., Jan. 2: Offices closed for winter/holiday break

· Mon., Jan. 2: Furlough day for annual-duty staff

· Tues, Jan. 3: Annual-duty staff returns to the SRTs and central office
Jan. 6: Lakewood Stadium ribbon cutting

The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Ms. Muhammad will deliver greetings. More details will follow.

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