APS Students Celebrate Hispanic and Latino Culture in Grand Style

By:Donovan Harris ¡Viva la cultura! Numerous schools throughout Atlanta Public Schools celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in "grand style" in a variety of creative, fun and innovative ways to commemorate Hispanic and Latino culture. Hispanic Heritage Month was officially signed into legislation as a nationally-recognized month (celebrated from October 15- September 15) in 2004 to promote the... Continue Reading →

Garden Hills Students ‘Travel’ to Mexico Via International Travelers Program

Garden Hills Elementary School students "traveled" to Mexico last week, and never left their classrooms. On May 2-6, students participated in a week-long immersion celebrating Mexican history, culture, cuisine, geography, and festivals through a program known as International Travelers. Art projects ranged from students learning about the cultural significance of the charro and making wearable sombreros... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Families’ Award for Excellence: Garden Hills Elementary Boasts Two Winners

Teaching first grade inspired Mrs. Barnes to ignite a love for literacy throughout her school.  For the past three years, she has challenged all Garden Hills students to read one million words during the school year. Since her challenge began, each year an average of 40 students have achieved this goal, on every grade level... Continue Reading →

Garden Hills Celebrates its 20-Year Anniversary of Shakespeare Residency

by Britney Morgan, Communications Officer brmorgan@atlanta.k12.ga.us This spring, Garden Hills Elementary celebrated its 20-year anniversary of the Shakespeare Residency program with an impressive performance of the classic play “Romeo and Juliet”. The residency program introduces the works of William Shakespeare for early learning through a partnership with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival. It is completely PTA funded... Continue Reading →

Atlanta Public Schools participates in 8th annual Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Buzzers sounded quickly as 290 elementary and middle students from 29 Atlanta Public Schools competed in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at Drew Charter School. At the elementary school level, Morris Brandon Elementary won first place and Garden Hills Elementary won second. At the middle school level, Sutton Middle School won first place with Atlanta Neighborhood... Continue Reading →

APS celebrates National School Lunch Week with International Theme

APS joined the nation in celebrating healthy lunch choices during National School Lunch Week with the theme, “Healthy International Meals” from October 15-18.  Celebrity chefs and volunteer chefs visited 12 APS schools from October 15-18 to promote the benefits of healthy school lunches, and celebrate the flavors, ingredients, and culture of various countries throughout the world. During... Continue Reading →

AAFE winner Kelly Petrello: “Award will change our classroom for the rest of the year”

This year, Garden Hills fifth-grade teacher Kelly Petrello celebrates her 10th year in education at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), and the Atlanta Families' Award for Excellence in Education (AFAEE) has helped make it a year Petrello won’t forget.  Petrello was one of only 10 APS educators to win the 2013 AFAEE honor, which recognizes outstanding... Continue Reading →

Student Spotlight of the Week

Name: Fritz Joseph Grade: Pre-K School: Continental Colony Elementary Fritz Joseph is a Pre-K student at Continental Colony Elementary School of C. H.O.I.C.E.  He enjoys listening to music, dancing, reading and exploring on the computer and his teacher’s iPad. Fritz’s favorite subject in school is music because he enjoys playing with the various instruments in class... Continue Reading →

Student Spotlight of the Week

Name: Liza Wemakor Grade: 11th Grade School: Washington High School- Early College Liza Wemakor is a Junior at Booker T. Washington High School-Early College. She also participates in the dual-enrollment program at Georgia State University. Liza has held the highest rank at her high school for three consecutive years, and her classmates and teachers commend her for her eloquence and academic prowess. But, Ms. Wemakor's worth... Continue Reading →

Student Wellness Ambassadors Leadership Academy

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, students representing 14 Atlanta Public Schools attended the 4th Annual Student Wellness Ambassadors (SWA) Leadership Academy.  This event was held in conjunction with the Center Helping Obesity In Children End Successfully (C.H.O.I.C.E.S) Children’s Expo at the Adamsville Recreation Center. Focusing on the theme, “Fitness for the fun of it,” students... Continue Reading →

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