Sarah Smith Students Get Civics Lesson From Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

More than 100 second graders at Sarah Smith Elementary School were treated to a civics lesson by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed last week, as they gained insight about the importance of government, the responsibilities of a city mayor, and how preparation and hard work will help make them successful in life. "You have to work hard in school and prepare, because preparation... Continue Reading →

Six APS Elementaries Are Among the Top Schools in Georgia

By: Alicia Sands Lurry Sarah Smith Elementary School Principal Dr. Michael Forehand is extremely proud of his school's consistent track record of academic excellence. According to the recent Single Statewide Accountability System Award (SSAS) Schools recognition by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), Sarah Smith and five other elementary schools - Mary Lin, Morningside, Morris Brandon,... Continue Reading →

Sarah Smith Students set to take on the world in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Michigan

By Britney Morgan Can you design and build a vehicle that travels on tracks, overcomes obstacles and makes stops along the way without ever touching the floor? What about speaking in rhymes and riddles as you report the weather or building structures out of balsa wood and glue that can balance and support a significant... Continue Reading →

Student Spotlight of The Week

Name: Russell Kamden Dobbs Grade: 5th Grade School: Beecher Hills Elementary Kamden Dobbs' teachers describe him as a leader, a scholar, an athlete, and more. Kamden serves as a lead Safety Patrol and works every day to make sure his fellow Beecher Bees are safe during afternoon carpool. Recently, Kamden was elected the 2012-2013 Beecher Hills... Continue Reading →

Ten APS educators surprised with Atlanta Families’ $7,500 grants

Ten APS educators surprised with Atlanta Families’ $7,500 grants by Tammy Garnes, Office of Communications Community partners, local personalities and government officials - including Atlanta Board of Education Chair Brenda J. Muhammad, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and football players, and mascots from the Atlanta Braves... Continue Reading →

Sarah Smith Elementary raises money for breast cancer survivors

The Sarah Smith Elementary School community raised more than $6,000 and registered more than 400 walkers for its inaugural 2-mile walk for breast cancer! “This was an amazing and authentic expression of outreach, awareness and action on behalf of our school community,” said walk organizers Bejay Osby and Stephanie Wilkinson. “The walk allowed our united... Continue Reading →

Annual String Fling allows APS students to get in tune with their peers

Orchestra teachers throughout APS hosted the second annual String Fling on Thursday (May 13) at Grady High. This event was an excellent performance opportunity for all of the district’s orchestra students to celebrate their talent and play in a large ensemble comprised of elementary, middle and high schools. About 200 students performed, according to Erik... Continue Reading →

Sarah Smith Elementary Principal Sidney Baker honored by Great Books Foundation

We end the week with still more good news from the district, and again from SRT-4, as we learn that Sarah Smith Elementary Principal Dr. Sidney Baker was one of one four educators honored with the 2010 Great Books Lifetime Achievement Award. The award committee noted Dr. Baker’s enthusiastic support of Great Books programs along with "his... Continue Reading →

SRT-4 schools among Georgia schools awarded for outstanding achievement

There were 327 Georgia schools honored under Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), which awards schools based on their performance on state curriculum exams and Adequate Yearly Progress status. And APS' SRT-4 schools were among them. The recognized schools will receive a congratulatory letter and a banner announcing the accomplishment. The schools are awarded on four... Continue Reading →

Sarah Smith Elementary’s IB program included in Atlanta Newcomer report

Kudos to Sarah Smith Elementary, whose International Baccalaureate Programme is among those examined in the latest issue of Atlanta Newcomer magazine. As explained in the article, IB offers a diversified form of education that spans several subject matters and helps prepare students for life in a global economy -- one of the key goals of the... Continue Reading →

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