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Community Meeting at Grady High School, January 25th

Community Meeting at Grady High School, January 25th

During the Atlanta School Board Meeting, held on yesterday, the board voted to accept the SACS report and promised that they would work together to address the six points outlined in the report. And today, January 25th, parents of APS students will host a community meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Grady High School Theater.

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane (District 3), along with Reuben McDaniel (At Large Board Member, District 8), will provide information and answer questions about the accreditation status of APS Schools. Brenda Muhammad, District 2 Board Member, has also been invited to attend. "The SACS Report focuses solely on APS Board of Education governance issues."

Grady High School is located at 929 Charles Allen Drive in Atlanta.

APS Earns National Financial Reporting Award

APS Earns National Financial Reporting Award

ATLANTA, GA -- Atlanta Public Schools has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The award reflects the commitment of APS and its staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, according to GFOA.  To achieve the award, APS’ budget documents were rated “proficient” in all four categories, including development of an effective policy document, financial plan, operations guide and a communications device.  APS also had to achieve proficiency in 14 mandatory criteria within the four categories to receive the award.

Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America, according to GFOA.

APS earned GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award last year.

Education Leaders at Town Hall Meeting: Community Linkages Key to Solving U.S. Education Crisis

Education Leaders at Town Hall Meeting: Community Linkages Key to Solving U.S. Education Crisis

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) in partnership with Participant Media today hosted a Town Hall meeting to further community engagement in the ongoing conversation about the educational issues highlighted in the critically-acclaimed documentary, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN.”  Community partners with top local and national education, business and government leaders agreed that community linkages are critical to solving America’s education crisis.

“Partnering for Change: The Role of the Community in Improving Education for All Children,” included compelling clips from the film and a discussion focusing on the importance of community involvement in working to provide every child a great education.

Moderated by Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Bill Nigut, the panel participants included; United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta President, Milton J.

Inman Middle's PTA host a Holiday Tree Sale

Inman Middle's PTA host a Holiday Tree Sale

Residents of the Highlands don't have to look very far for a fresh Christmas Tree because Barefoot Farms returns, this year, to their Highlands home to sell their homegrown holiday trees. The Inman Middle PTA's "Holiday Tree Sale" is one of their major fundraisers.

The PTA encourages all neighbors to purchase one of their trees because the sale of these trees directly effect the students that attend the neighborhood school.

Seven British Teachers visit APS Schools, this week

From October 25th until the 29th, seven public school teachers from Cornwall, England will visit six Atlanta Public Schools (APS) schools as part of an international exchange of educational practices and idea.

The British teachers are scheduled to visit Coretta Scott King and Kennedy middle schools and Dunbar, Smith Primary, Jones and Parkside Elementary schools. The British Department of Children, Schools and Families funded this trip and it was organized by the British Council, which arranges educational trips abroad for British teachers around themes relevant to their schools.

The British teachers plan to visit schools in small groups of between one and three individuals spread over the five-day period among the six APS schools.

Mock Trial Team Wins Invitational High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament

Twelve students from Henry W. Grady High School represented Grady High School at the Empire City International Invitational High School Mock Trial Championship Tournament. 

This championship, dubbed “The Empire", involved prestigious high school mock trial teams from 30 different schools representing 5 different countries and 18 different states.

Grady’s team entered the competition as a top seed and after four rounds, against accomplished teams from around the world, the Grady Team kept its initial top ranking and seeding -- undefeated and untied, winning 11 of the 12 possible ballots through all preliminary rounds. And due to a tie breaker during the final round, Grady walked away as World Champions.

New Director of Athletics for Atlanta Public Schools

Jeff Beggs was recently named the new Director of Athletics for the APS school district. He will be responsible for leadership of the interscholastic sports program, sports training and aiding in healthy competition throughout all grade levels.

Beggs has an extensive 31-year background as a system-level athletic director, a high school athletic director, head coach, assistant principal and teacher for a number of schools and school districts in the state.  Also, he currently serves as president of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA), where he is also a member of the GADA Board of Directors.