APS Communications issued a “Day One” Tip Sheet with a summary of many of the items parents need to know in advance of the start of school on August 4th. The Tip Sheet includes information about the attendance campaign, registration, immunization, school open houses, new principals, new charter schools, new testing, facilities, transportation, nutrition, the function of the new Ombudsman position and more. The following is the Tip Sheet as published by APS (emphasis added):
Day One: Be There. Campaign to get kids in school:
- More than 5,000 students are absent from school on Day One from APS. Superintendent Carstarphen has launched, Day One: Be There., an attendance campaign aimed at getting kids registered and in class on August 4. For a list of back-to-school events visit, www.atlantapublicschools.us/dayone
Day One: Be There. Registration Drive:
- Friday, August 1, 2014 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (All APS traditional schools)
District-wide Open Houses:
- Friday, August 1, 2014 – (All APS traditional schools) – High Schools 1-3 p.m.; Middle Schools 3-5 p.m. and Elementary Schools 5-7 p.m.
- Approximately 50,000 students are projected to enroll for the 2014-15 school year.
- APS has 107 learning sites.
APS has hired 22 new principals:
- Tracie Astin – South Atlanta H.S. of Computer Animation & Design
- Jesse Berger – Gideons E.S.
- Betsy Bockman – Inman M.S.
- Tony Lamair Burks II – Douglass H.S.
- Amia Burnette – Bethune E.S.
- Charlotte Davis – South Atlanta H.S. of Law & Social Justice
- Curtis Douglass – North Atlanta H.S.
- Patricia Ford – South Atlanta H.S. of Health & Medical Sciences
- Richard Fowler – Mays H.S.
- Woodbridge Greene Jr. – Sutton M.S.
- Timothy Guiney – Grady H.S.
- Marcus Jackson – Carver H.S. of Health Sciences & Research
- Josie Love – Carver H.S. of Technology
- Laryn Nelson – Young M.S.
- Camisha Perry – Deerwood Academy
- Thalise Perry – Miles E.S.
- Dawn Parker – Crim Open Campus H.S.
- Shelly Powell – Therrell H.S.
- Kara Stimpson – Brandon E.S.
- Cheryl Twyman – Fickett E.S.
- Mario Watkins – Bunche M.S.
- Tasharah Wilson – Washington H.S.
New Charter Schools:
- Centennial Elementary School has become the first K-8 conversion charter school in the district. Centennial Academy will serve students in grades K-6 during the 2014-15 school year, and add a grade each year until grade 8. The academy’s revamped curriculum will include more project-based learning and extensive professional development, with an instructional focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
- Drew Charter High School students will move from their temporary location at Kennedy Middle School to their permanent, newly constructed facility at 301 East Lake Blvd., SE 30317.
- KIPP WAYS will open a primary school, serving kindergarteners in 2014, and add a grade each year thereafter.
- The Atlanta Classical Academy will open as a new APS charter school, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grades.
Evaluation, Testing and Accountability:
- For the 2014-15 school year, the state of Georgia will no longer use the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) to test students’ knowledge in reading, English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. The Georgia Milestones Assessment System, known as Georgia Milestones, will replace the CRCT, as well as the CRCT-M, the End of Course Test (EOCT) and the writing assessment administered to third, fifth, and eighth graders at APS.
- The Gifted and Talented program will assess students only during the month of October. Parent, teacher, and student data referrals are due October 3, 2014. Students determined eligible will participate during the 2014-2015 school year. APS will launch the Gifted High School Redesign Program. Newly designed gifted delivery models for high school students will include mentorship, internship, resource seminars, and directed studies.
High School Administration:
- Booker T. Washington High School will transition from three small schools to one comprehensive high school with one principal. The school is also celebrating its 90th anniversary educating high school students in the city of Atlanta.
- D.M. Therrell High School will operate with one principal to supervise all three schools.
- Atlanta Public School students in grades 3-12 will now have access to a secure Microsoft Outlook email account through the APS student portal –My Back Pack. Students will use their APS email to share digital notebooks and collaborate with teachers and other APS students. The Division of Information Technology is excited to bring 21st century tools to students in Atlanta Public Schools. Parents will be given the opportunity to opt-out of student email if needed.
- The Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA) is increasing the number of courses available online from 12 to 44 courses this fall. For the first time, APS students can take Advanced Placement (AP) classes, gifted honors and world languages courses through AVA
School Closures/Relocations or Construction Projects:
- Bunche Middle School – Students and staff will remain at their temporary relocation site, the former Archer H.S. facility, until renovations and additions are completed at Bunche M.S. in the summer of 2016. The Archer facility is located at 2250 Perry Blvd. N.W. Atlanta, GA 30318.
- Coan Middle School – Coan M.S. will close and merge with M.L. King, Jr. M.S. The merged school will be temporarily housed at the original Coan M.S. facility until modifications to the existing M.L. King, Jr. M.S. campus are completed in the summer of 2016. On August 4, 2014, students and staff of the merged M.L. King, Jr. M.S. will report to 1550 Hosea Williams Dr. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30317.
- Kennedy Middle School – Per the board’s approval in May 2012, Kennedy M.S. will complete its final phase of closing at the end of the 2013-14 school year. On August 4, 2014, students and staff from all grade levels will report to Brown M.S. located at 765 Peeples St., Atlanta, GA 30310.
- King Middle School – Coan M.S. will close and merge with M.L. King, Jr. M.S. The merged school will be temporarily housed at the original Coan M.S. facility until modifications to the existing M.L. King, Jr. M.S. campus are completed in the summer of 2016. On August 4, 2014, students and staff of the merged M.L. King, Jr. M.S. will report to 1550 Hosea Williams Dr. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30317.
- Mary Lin Elementary School – Students and staff will remain at Mary Lin E.S. while the school continues to undergo a phased renovation and addition. Mary Lin E.S. is located at 586 Candler Park Dr. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307.
- E. Rivers Elementary School – Students and staff will remain at their temporary site, the former Sutton M.S. facility, until the construction of the new E. Rivers E.S. facility is completed December 2014. On August 4, 2014, students and staff will report to 4360 Powers Ferry Road, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30327.
- South Metro – South Metro will consolidate with North Metro, which is located at the former Oglethorpe E.S. site. On August 4, 2014, students served by both externally operated programs will report to the facility located at 601 Beckwith St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314.
- Sylvan Hills Middle School – Students and staff will remain at their temporary site, the former Parks M.S. facility, until the construction of the new Sylvan Hills M.S. is completed in the summer of 2016. On August 4, 2014, students and staff will report to 1090 Windsor St. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310.
In addition to the new construction and renovation projects, carbon monoxide detectors are being installed in all APS schools – only district in the state of Georgia.
New Ombudsman Position:
APS has created an ombudsman’s office to address student, parent and community issues. The district ombudsman serves as an independent and confidential resource, providing assistance in resolving problems, complaints, conflicts and other school-related issues.
- APS will implement the Community Eligibility Provision (formerly called Community Eligibility Option program) for free meal reimbursements during the 2014-15 school year. In its second year, 57 elementary middle and high school sites will offer breakfast, lunch and snack each day, at no charge to all students. By participating in the program, APS eliminates distributing and processing meal applications and reduces administrative and printing costs at those 57 schools. Families also benefit by automatically being eligible for free meals for their children who are enrolled at the participating schools.
- The APS Transportation Department will conduct a practice run for bus routes on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 6 a.m. It is important for motorists to know that bus drivers will run their routes in real time, making stops, dropping bus arms and opening doors on the busy streets of Atlanta during morning and evening rush hours. New bell start time for North Atlanta H.S. is 8:45 a.m. – all other high schools start at 8:30 a.m.
- Forrest Hill Academy students will continue to receive MARTA cards to ride to the East Point MARTA rail station. APS will provide roundtrip shuttle service from the station to the school.
- APS has added 13 new buses that operate on green diesel technology to its fleet. The 72-passenger, Bluebird buses are also air conditioned and will be added in all quadrants of the school zone.