ATLANTA – Atlanta Public Schools (APS) unveils a game management plan for district sporting events at both Grady and Lakewood stadiums to ensure a better game day experience for students, families and the surrounding community.
The “United We Play” campaign focuses on enhanced standards of behavior in and around APS sporting venues. This includes crowd management, ticketing, traffic and parking, and emergency planning. For the remainder of the season, the district wants all APS football fans to “huddle up and have a ball,” and wear their favorite APS school team gear, all while enjoying games in a safe and secure atmosphere.
“I want all of our communities and school clusters to have the confidence that we are very serious about our security measures so everyone can enjoy themselves,” said APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen. “The time has come for us to exercise more leadership across the district, and we will be asking everyone in the city to step forward with us.”
In advance of games this weekend, the district has updated safety and security planning with the Atlanta Police Department to improve the fan experience at both stadiums. These include:
For the long-term, the district is allowing more staffing flexibility on game nights and providing training for stadium employees in the form of drills and exercises. APS will also reach out to partners who have expertise in safety and security planning to review existing plans and communications for all major sporting events. “We need a district-wide conversation about how we establish norms in and around our extra-curricular activities, including a fan-civility policy and expanding our Social-Emotional Learning programming beyond the classroom and into our play spaces,” said Carstarphen.
To see a list of upcoming APS football games, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/athletics.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the newly consolidated Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School! As of July 1, 2015, we were officially recognized as ONE SCHOOL! This consolidation reinforces our ability to work hand in hand with you to ensure that each of our students have the opportunity to maximize their high school experience. The entire faculty and staff remains energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students. Our mission is to create a student-centered environment that will challenge them to maintain high levels of motivation and achievement through discipline, structure, respect, perseverance, scholarship, and EXCELLENCE!
D.M. Therrell High School remains guided by the belief that all children can reach high levels of achievement by exposing them to a student-centered environment that is focused on their comprehensive academic and social support, coupled with a culture of high expectations. Addressing a school culture of high standards for teacher and student performance, increased academic rigor, and engaging the community will support our goal to graduate students that are college and career ready. We know that each child is different and deserves success! We believe that every learner is unique and we will strive to accommodate and inspire the special interests, talents, and strengths in all of our students through the delivery of an innovative, differentiated, and rigorous instructional program.
Students at D.M. Therrell High School will be encouraged to embrace honesty, integrity, hard work, respect for all and community service as the keys to success. In addition to the student-centered academic environment, students will also be engaged in a social-emotional and community service focus to foster personal responsibility and growth. It is my hope that all students get involved in our school through athletics, music, drama, student leadership, community volunteerism and other school activities. Your involvement, partnership and support are greatly appreciated as we work to build and maintain strong academic and support programs.
The Open House for all APS high schools is Monday, August 3, 2015, from 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Please come and meet with our teachers and staff. All students are more successful when we work together as a team to achieve educational goals. I am confident that this will be another outstanding school year and look forward to partnering with you to continue the Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School tradition of academic excellence!
In support of our children,
Shelly H. Powell, Principal
Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School
August 1, 2015
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Dear APS Parents and Guardians:
Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year. All schools are required by federal law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965(ESEA), to let you know about your child’s teachers’ qualifications. We want you to know that it is your right to request the following information about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials:
Please know that the staff at your child’s school is committed to helping your child reach his or her highest academic potential throughout their school career. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled and are providing quality instruction to your child.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teachers’ qualifications, please contact your child’s principal, by phone or email, using the information provided on your school’s website.
APS Pilots Online Enrollment System Beginning July 6
Atlanta Public Schools is piloting during July 6-10, 2015 an online enrollment system that parents can use to enroll new students online, when and where it is most convenient for them, and in just a few minutes. Parents will have the ability to enter the student’s enrollment information and securely upload documents before visiting the school to finalize enrollment.
The online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child's enrollment information and confidentially upload scans or PDFs of forms like birth certificates or immunization records to create their preliminary enrollment record. The system also uses the information to determine the student's neighborhood school and can forward it directly to the school or enrollment site. Parents will then visit the school or enrollment site to complete the process and present residency documents and student documents, such as certified birth certificates, social security cards and immunization records, to staff to review and confirm their authenticity.
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One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
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