Atlanta Public Schools Celebrates the Opening of the Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy

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... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Falcons, United Way of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools Team Up for Hometown Huddle

Today in all cities across the country, for the 17th year, the NFL and United Way celebrated Hometown Huddle. The Atlanta Falcons, other NFL players, coaches and executives, participated in a series of volunteer community projects in seven Atlanta Public Schools campuses – Bethune, Connally, Jones and Venetian Hills Elementary schools; Brown Middle School, KIPP... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Public Schools Receives $10,000 “Hometown Grant” from Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Dairy Families for nutrition and physical fitness

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons and Southeast Dairy Association awarded Atlanta Public Schools (APS) with a $10,000 NFL “Hometown Grant” to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs at four elementary schools in the Booker T. Washington High School cluster. Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Atlanta Falcons player Matt Bosher and representatives from... Continue Reading →

Ready, Set, Read… APS Pre-K Students Participate in Read for the Record

Pre-K students from Adamsville Primary, Bethune Elementary, and Beecher Hills Elementary participated in the annual Read for the Record event at the Imagine It Children’s Museum. Each year, millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy and promote early childhood education as a part of Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record. On October... Continue Reading →

Student Spotlight of the Week

Name: Sir Amos Grade: 4th Grade School: Bethune Elementary Sir Amos is a hardworking fourth grader at Bethune Elementary School.  Sir has a distinct passion for science, and he enjoys learning new things each day. Sir was recently awarded the Citizenship Award at Bethune Elementary.  He always exhibits good citizenship skills and serves as a productive and caring student. Sir is currently... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Grandparents in “Grand” Style

Many schools celebrated National Grandparents Day on Friday, September 6th. Marian McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, worked to recognize Grandparents Day in the 1970s. She hoped to persuade grandchildren to cherish the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated annually on... Continue Reading →

10 APS Schools Awarded The Laura Bush Foundation Grant for School Libraries

Ten Atlanta Public Schools are awarded $5,000 grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. The Foundation announced that 212 school libraries are receiving $1,060,000 in grants to expand, update and diversify the schools’ library book collections. The grant application process is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region with guidance... Continue Reading →

M.A.L.E Workshop at Bethune Elementary

The M.A.L.E (Mentor and Life Education)Workshop is in full swing at Bethune Elementary. During M.A.L.E, 3rd and 4th grade boys meet in small group sessions with  male mentors to discuss important topics. The purpose of the program, as the name indicates, is for volunteers to serve as mentors and life skills education coaches. The small group... Continue Reading →

Bolton Academy hosts district-wide math competition

Last Wednesday student teams from Bethune, Fain, Scott and Parkside elementary schools joined Bolton Academy students for the first annual Math League Competition - an intense and suspenseful contest requiring focus, quick thinking and stellar mathematical skills.  Bolton Academy hosted the event, which included about 90 contestants and a full-house of parent and teacher observers.... Continue Reading →

Bolton Academy hosts district-wide math competition

Last Wednesday student teams from Bethune, Fain, Scott and Parkside elementary schools joined Bolton Academy students for the first annual Math League Competition - an intense and suspenseful contest requiring focus, quick thinking and stellar mathematical skills.  Bolton Academy hosted the event, which included about 90 contestants and a full-house of parent and teacher observers.... Continue Reading →

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