The EL Schools Coalition is trying to get a read on the baby boom that we are all aware of in our community. I promise that this survey is REALLY short. If you could please take a couple of minutes to complete it I would really appreciate it. The information gather will be extremely helpful.Click here to take the survey
FROM THE APS WEBSITE:
Coan MS & King MS Merge Transition Planning Teams
Transition Planning TeamsOne of the first steps in the process ofa physical closure of a school is to convene transition planning teams to guide the work of the district and the community. Atlanta Public Schools is in the process of contacting people to serve as transition planning team members. The chart below will be populated with transition team member names upon receipt of confirmation of participation. The following three (3) teams will be in place to manage the Coan MS & King MS merger: (Please click here to continue reading)
Coan MS & King MS Merger Transition Plan Executive Summary
The decision to close a school is one of the most difficult and emotionally charged experiences for students, staff, and impactedcommunities. For this reason,complex factors are seriously considered in the decision to recommend the closure or merger of a school, not limited to: history and projections of ongoing declining enrollment, community concerns, the physical condition of a school facility, or a change in educational strategy to better meet the needs of students. (Please click here to continue reading)
Posted by Stacey Martin at 4/14/2014
What do you mean, "What if APS is doing it right?"
"Building Trust, Building Neighborhoods: A Vision for Ecological Middle Schools in the Jackson Cluster" is a community based proposal brewing in the Jackson Cluster that illustrates just how possible it could be to keep and grow two viable and strong middle schools in the Jackson Cluster. Let's not follow 1960's standards. Let's consider what is best for our students today. (please follow the link to continue reading)
By Mark Niesse
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta school board voted unanimously today to hire Meria Carstarphen from Austin, Texas, to lead the city’s struggling public school system.
Carstarphen, 44, will be paid a base salary of $375,000, along with a $1,200 per month auto allowance and $800 per month expense allowance. Her contract doesn’t include any performance bonuses.
Her first day on the job will be July 7, and she received a three-year contract. (follow link to continue reading)
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APS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FINALIST TO
SPEAK WITH COMMUNITY
SUNDAY, APRIL 13
The Atlanta Board of Education’s finalist for School Superintendent will participate in a Community Town Hall Meeting hosted by District 5 Board Member Steven Lee.
Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen will address citizens and answer their questions.
WHO: Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen, APS Superintendent Finalist
Courtney English, Atlanta Board of Education Chair, At-Large Seat 7
Steven Lee, APS Board, District 5, and other members of the
APS Board of Education
WHEN: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 13, 2014
WHERE: Antioch Baptist Christian Church
2001 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Suite 108
Atlanta, GA 30310
From the Toomer PTA Blog
Written by: Anonymous
Obtaining “the entire cluster’s commitment to middle grades education” will certainly be an intense process, but it cannot be a quickly executed process if genuine “buy‐in” and the foundation for longstanding success that accompany such commitment are to be established. (Click here to Continue Reading)
What a great day at Toomer Elementary today. A grant was given to Dr. Jones from East Lake Development Corporation.
Please take a moment to take the Middle grades Survey from APS. The Superintenden's recommendation is within the survey but I have posted it below.
One Middle School for the Maynard Holbrook Jackson Cluster
Combine Coan and King middle schools at the end of the 2013-14 school year. Students at Coan and King middle schools would merge to form a new Jackson cluster middle school. Students in the newly formed middle school would be located at the Coan campus for one to two years while King receives a major $10 million to $20 million renovation to reflect current design principles for educational facilities. Enhanced student supports and social services (e.g., security, social workers, counselors, etc.) would be staffed at the Coan building as part of an active plan to ensure a smooth transition for all students.
Starting in July 2014, the middle school and high school principals would lead a six-month discussion with the school and community leadership of all of the schools in the cluster to define and design the type of rigorous, innovative programming they would want to see implemented at the new middle school. Topics for discussion could include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Creating a clear vision for the new middle school
• Enhancing school culture, perception and accountability
• Developing a full academic pathway for the cluster
• Securing job-based learning opportunities
• Providing advanced or remedial support for all students
• Increasing professional development opportunities for teachers
• Determining resources needed
During the second six months, this group would collaborate with the district to seek to involve a university partner in developing a potential teaching lab school agreement. The group would also assist in determining a process for repurposing the Coan site. Several ideas have been presented for the repurposing of the site, including a professional learning center, a pre-K center and a career academy.
The overall goal for this planning period would be to gain the consensus and buy-in of the combined Coan and King communities to create a preeminent middle school for the Jackson cluster. Students would return to the new campus during the 2016-17 school year. The principal would be able to choose new school staff for the new middle school.
Please welcome Mrs. Irene Ferguson, new IB trained French teacher!
Mrs. Ferguson started her new position at Maynard Jackson on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Mrs. Ferguson taught French most recently at the International School Nadi (ISN) in Nadi, Fiji Islands. ISN is authorized in all 3 IB Programs (PYP, MYP, and DP). She possesses vast experience in international education and also taught previously in Fulton County Schools. Please welcome Mrs. Ferguson, she is very excited to join our school team and community! If you are interested in contacting her and sending greetings, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have compiled a list of several Atlanta and Austin based news sources that refer to the recent APS superintendent search news. Please read, watch and listen to the links to learn more.
From NPR: Dr. Carstarphen's Austin Report Card: A Talk with KUT Education Reporter Kate McGee (click here to listen)
From the AJC: Atlanta Public Schools names new superintendent -- Austin schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen (Click here to watch and read)
From the Austin Statesman: Austin school Superintendent Meria Carstarphen leaving for Atlanta job (click here to read)
From The Austin Chronicle: Carstarphen Headed to Atlanta (click here to read more)
From KXAN Austin: Austin ISD superintendent leaving for same position in Atlanta (click here to read)
From NPR: Likely New Atlanta Superintendent Talks Atlanta Cheating Scandal (click here to listen/read)
From NPR: Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen Introduced As Lone APS Superintendent Finalist (click here to read)
From NPR: Lone Candidate for Atlanta Schools Superintendent, "We Are Going to Do This Together" (click here to read/listen)
From: Talk Up APS Blog
ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION NAMES DR. MERIA JOEL CARSTARPHEN SOLE FINALIST FOR ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT
ATLANTA – Atlanta Board of Education Chair Courtney D. English and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee Chair Ann Cramer (SSC) have announced
Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen as the sole finalist for superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.
Dr. Carstarphen was selected from a list of four candidates by the Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee. The board made the announcement today during a news conference held at Hope-Hill Elementary School. Carstarphen will replace Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., who was appointed as superintendent of APS on July 1, 2011. His contract ends June 30, 2014. (Click here to continue reading)