Schools Throughout the District Celebrate Black History Month

  The auditorium at Continental Colony Elementary School was transformed into an interactive, African American “wax museum” last week, as nearly 50 students posed as famous and influential African Americans in history. The event is part of the school’s Black History Month celebration during the month of February. Continental Colony Principal Dr. Kristen Vaughn said... Continue Reading →

APS Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month remains an important time to honor the heritage of African-Americans; and APS has some significant connections with the civil rights movement. Atlanta Public Schools has had many famous students, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lena Horne, Mayor Maynard Jackson, Nipsey Russell and others. The district’s Museum Curator, Cathy Loving, sat down... Continue Reading →

Parkside’s Third Grade Class Visits Birmingham, AL!

On May 3rd, Parkside Elementary’s teacher, Mr. Timothy Farmer, and his third grade class journeyed to Birmingham, Alabama, as a culminating activity as they finished reading of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This award-winning historical fiction chronicles the life of a family who visits Birmingham for a summer trip and encounters... Continue Reading →

“The Boycott” performed at South Atlanta High School

The South Atlanta High School hosted a performance of the play "The Boycott" on February 28, 2013. The cast numbered over thirty actors, actresses, singers and dancers and the play highlighted events surrounding the bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. "The Boycott" intermixed personal and group dynamics along with music, dance... Continue Reading →

Ellis Island Immigration Simulation at Morningside Elementary

Fifth graders at Morningside Elementary School participated in an Ellis Island Immigration Simulation on January 9th, 2013. As 5th graders learn about the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, they begin to correlate their history lessons with their own great-grandparents’ and grandparents’ experiences. Thus, history becomes more “real” to them. A poll taken by the students... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Public Schools Students Celebrate Black History Month

Below are highlights of how some of our APS schools and students celebrated Black History Month! Beecher Hills Elementary students created a "Living Wax Museum" in the school media center where they portrayed famous African Americans from the present and past.  Parents and community members were invited to tour the museum throughout the day. D.H.... Continue Reading →

Black History Month activities at Scott Elementary increase students’ enthusiasm and knowledge

Can you name the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize?  While many would incorrectly answer, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” students at Scott Elementary School know that Ralph Bunche won the award in 1950—14 years before King—making him the first African American recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Responding to daily African... Continue Reading →

Coretta Scott King Academy students to make second attempt to attend Martin Luther King Memorial dedication in D.C.

 ATLANTA – Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy students are set to make their second attempt to attend dedication ceremonies for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, scheduled for Sunday, October 16 in Washington, D.C..  The first trip was cancelled earlier this year due to a hurricane that forced postponement of the ceremonies.... Continue Reading →

High School Seniors Sit at the Feet of History During 11th Annual Joseph E. Lowery Lecture Series

ATLANTA – The 11thAnnual Joseph E. Lowery Lecture Series on Civic Engagement took place on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at D. M. Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy, 3099 Panther Trail, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.  Seniors from all APS schools were invited to hear from civic leaders during this once in a lifetime... Continue Reading →

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