March 2014 Student Spotlight

Name:  Lauren Wesseldyk Grade:  4th School: Bolton Academy Favorite Subjects: Reading, Math Career Goal: Architect When Bolton Academy students break-in their 2014-15 agendas, they can thank Lauren Wesseldyk for the attractive cover. As the winner of Bolton Academy’s “agenda cover design contest”, the Bolton agenda cover will feature Lauren’s fancy artwork. Her design is a... Continue Reading →

Over $4,000 in classroom grants awarded to 2nd grade teacher at Parkside Elementary School

Bejanae Kareem, a second grade teacher at Parkside Elementary, honed her grant writing skills and recently received over $4000 in grant money.  Ms. Kareem submitted the grant request after she realized that she needed extra funding in order to carry out special projects for her class. "It has been a challenge to find funding for special... Continue Reading →

Help Parkside Elementary teacher Bejanae Kareem win a mini-grant!

Bejanae Kareem, a second-grade teacher at Parkside Elementary, has recently applied for a Brightpoint Literacy Classroom Mini-Grant. Everyone visiting Brightpoint from March 16 to April 10 will be invited to vote for the proposal they think will best engage boys in literacy learning.  Please log-on and vote for her proposal.  Voting takes place in four easy steps: Step 1: Visit... Continue Reading →

First Lady Michelle Obama coming to Burgess-Peterson Academy! Congrats, Coach Jackson!

UPDATE: Follow @apsupdate on Twitter, and the hashtag #burgessobama for updates on today's visit! We've been hoping for this for months, but it's almost too good to be true: First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Burgess-Peterson Academy on Wednesday to talk about nutrition and gardening (a passion at the school), according to White House officials... Continue Reading →

Schools from APS advance in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Congratulations to Morris Brandon, Centennial Place, Garden Hills, Parkside, D.H. Stanton, Toomer, Beecher Hills, and Drew Charter elementary schools for their outstanding performance in the fourth-annual APS Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl this last weekend. As the highest-scoring teams, Parkside and Morris Brandon will proceed to the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 5.... Continue Reading →

APS robotics teams participate in 100 Black Men of Atlanta FIRST LEGO League competition

UPDATE: That's right, we were featured on CNN! Watch here. Robotics teams from Parkside and Towns elementary schools, B.E.S.T. Academy, Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, King and Inman middle schools and Drew Charter School competed in the Project Success FIRST LEGO League, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., on Dec.... Continue Reading →

The British are coming! (To share best practices)

Seven public school teachers from Cornwall, England, will visit half a dozen APS schools next week as part of an international exchange of best and alternative educational practices. The British teachers are scheduled to visit Coretta Scott King and Kennedy middle schools and Dunbar, Smith Primary, Jones and Parkside elementary schools Monday-Friday, Oct. 25-29. The... Continue Reading →

Parkside Elementary’s Robotics club challenges students to think about science and more

    This just in, from Parkside Elementary science teacher Ronnie Thomas: Who said elementary students can’t build robots? It wasn’t principal, Dr. Phillip Luck and the Robotics club sponsors at Parkside Elementary. The RoboPandas Robotics team was formed during the 2009-2010 academic school year to challenge students to think about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering... Continue Reading →

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