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APS Schools, Offices closed Thursday for the 4th Consecutive Day due to Weather

APS Schools, Offices closed Thursday for the 4th Consecutive Day due to Weather

Atlanta, GA-- (Submitted by APS)

APS schools and offices will be closed Thursday (Jan. 13) for the fourth consecutive day due to hazardous road and travel conditions that continue to exist throughout the metropolitan area.

APS makes schools and facilities closing and opening decisions based on a continuous assessment of current and predicted weather and travel conditions, with the safety and security of students and employees constituting the primary factor.

The district will proactively announce the status of schools and offices on a daily basis, including when the district reopens.

Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

Author & Early Childhood Education Expert Launches 2nd Edition of National Preschool Curriculum

In July 2008, Author & Early Learning Expert, Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, known as Dr. Bisa, made good on her declaration to produce an affordable preschool curriculum that meets national standards. In January 2011, WINGS: The Ideal Curriculum for Children in Preschool, 2nd edition, will be available, along with five  sets of supporting materials for infants, toddlers, preschoolers/pre-k, family/group child care, and after-school programs. The updated WINGS Curriculum Parent Handbook includes new information on play and learning, along with more resources and forms to support home-learning.

Technology Expert’s Warning to Parents: Do You Know What Your Child is Doing Online?

Technology Expert’s Warning to Parents: Do You Know What Your Child is Doing Online?

TANKOH Launches Mommy & Me Computers

In today’s global and virtual world, the need for parents to have full control over their child’s online activity has become a high necessity as compared to previous decades. With children as young as three years of age being increasingly savvy with technology, parents need to protect their families from becoming a statistic of online predators.  According to reports, three in ten victims of online child predator cases appear to be aged 6 and under – with five percent apparently younger than two years of age which runs parallel to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) report, a division in charge of  closing illegal internet content. More than three quarters of these child victims are girls.

High School Hosts Book Bonanza at Edgewood Barnes and Noble

High School Hosts Book Bonanza at Edgewood Barnes and Noble

Tech High School is hosting a Book Bonanza at the Edgewood Barnes and Noble on Friday, December 10, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

This Book Bonanza will serve as a fundraiser for the school’s first production of an annual event to showcase the talents of Tech High School students; it will also raise funds for competition spoken word team, the Robotics team, student ambassadors and the Tech High School library.

The school, which was founded in 2003, is engineering, communications and information technology-focused institution located in historic Reynoldstown and it serves about 230 students in grades 9-12.

Barnes and Noble is located at 1217 Caroline Street in Atlanta.

Community Meeting to Address School Board Issues, tonight

Concerned neighbors of the Boulevard Heights community will be hosting a public meeting, tonight, November 10th, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church concerning the status of the Atlanta Public School Board.

District 1 School Board Representative Brenda Muhammad, along with, District  2 Member and Board Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El, Courtney English, and Nancy Miester will also be in attendance. Community members are encouraged to bring their concerns to Muhammad, who represents the neighborhood; she has expressed her willingness to address all concerns.

If members of the community would like to submit questions in advance, please forward them to James Palmer, BOHO President. Palmer can be reached at 404-661-8517.

St. Paul United Methodist Church is located at 501 Grant Street, Southeast.

Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up at Lunch Program, Novemebr 9th

Tomorrow, November 9th, at select schools across the Atlanta area, students will participate in Teaching Tolerance's Mix It Up program. This program is a national campaign that helps K-12 teachers develop inclusive school communities. 

According to the Mix It Up program, students thrive, both socially and academically, in schools that are inclusive. Yet, for far too many students, schools are hotbeds of exclusion. Social scientists have long maintained that contact between diverse groups helps alleviate tensions and reduce prejudice.

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.