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News to Know for the Week of April 19, 2021
Save the Date
- April is School Library Month. Sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, the month celebrates school librarians and their programs that transform learning. For more information, click here.
- National Poetry Month is celebrated in April. Founded by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, involving tens of millions of readers, writers, librarians, teachers, and poets. For more information, click here.
- April also is set apart as World Autism Month, an opportunity to learn how to help the 1 in 59 children on the autism spectrum. For more information, click here.
- National Student Leadership Week is celebrated April 18-24. Sponsored by the National Student Council, National Honor Society, and National Junior Honor Society, the week encourages and recognizes the many student leaders in our nation’s schools. For more information, click here.
- Public School Volunteer Week is celebrated April 19-23. It is a week to encourage parents and citizens to volunteer in their public schools. Sponsored by Project Appleseed, you can get more information on the week here.
Books are the Bridge between children and a world of opportunity. On Saturday, April 24, The UPS Store will host a book giveaway event where the UPS Store school bus will make three planned stops to deliver books to children and families, beginning at 9 a.m. UPS will donate 50,000 books to FCS. The giveaway will take place at Banneker High and Parklane Elementary School. Books will also be distributed at the Oak Hill Child, Family and Adolescent Center.
Awards and Honors
Langston Hughes High student Madison Webb won first place in the Atlanta Urban Debate League (AUDL) state championship. She won in the Varsity Division. Janiyah Williams, also from Langston, placed second in the Novice Division.
“During a time when voice and expression are so important, it thrills me that our scholars are learning to take stances and speaking on past and present issues to provoke change,” said Langston Principal Charles Chester. “They have worked extremely hard and are competing successfully at the highest level. They represent the voice of this generation and will work toward getting many of the things right that our generation did not. Our scholars are talented, have great character, and a unique perspective that will provoke positive change.”
Westlake High’s Lady Lions won the National GEICO Basketball Championship. The Lady Lions defeated Virginia’s Paul VI by a score of 70 to 50.
- Congratulations to Tri-Cities High students for winning Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) awards. Ja’Siah Young won Gold in the Short Story competition. Contemporary Dance winners were Madison Jarrett, Gold; Kristin Clark, Silver; and Nicholas Wilkinson, Bronze. Nicholas Wilkinson won Gold in Dramatics, while Josiah Mitchell won Silver, and Yeshua Hardy took Bronze.
- In the Music Vocal Contemporary competition, N’Legend Bland won Gold, and Phyllise Toliver was awarded, Silver. Jordyn Spencer won Silver in both Oratory and Poetry Performance. Josiah Mitchell won Gold in Drawing, and Phyllise Toliver won Gold in Entrepreneurship.
- All students will compete in the national ACT-SO program. ACT-SO, a program of the NAACP, is designed to recruit, stimulate, improve, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students.
Fulton County Schools won Best Communities designation by the National Association of Music Merchants for outstanding commitment to music education. It's only one of two districts to win this national honor for 22 consecutive years.
The Best Communities recognition was awarded to school districts and individual schools that demonstrate exceptional achievement to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for this designation, the Performing Arts department provided detailed data regarding funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, professional development support, pedagogical resources, instructional time, facilities, booster support, etc. Additional areas of merit highlighted the $3 million music literature project for grades six through 12 music programs, provision for kindergarten through fifth support teachers in each learning community, and ongoing support through band uniform and instrument repair allocations, SPLOST, and Title IV funding.
The award recognizes FCS leads the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act.
- The Cambridge High Future Farmers of America (FFA) Agricultural Communications team are State Champions. Junior Sidney Eigeman placed First High Individual, and Junior Grace Hampton placed Third High Individual. Both will compete at the National FFA Convention in October 2021.
COOL KIDS DOING COOL THINGS
- The daffodils are blooming at Webb Bridge Middle from the 1,750 bulbs planted by students and staff in partnership with The Daffodil Project, whose mission is to plant 1.5 million daffodils worldwide in memory of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. In bloom, daffodil flowers look like the yellow stars Jews wore on their clothing during the war. Last school year, sixth-grade social studies classes planted 1,000 of the bulbs as part of the Holocaust curriculum. This year, students continued the tradition on a smaller scale and with COVID protocols in place, adding 250 daffodils to the memorial garden.
To mark this year’s daffodil blooming, students from the Webb Bridge Jewish Club created a video explaining the significance of the Daffodil Garden. The video was played during all Compass classes.
In Case You Missed It
Parklane Elementary unveiled its Tiny Library last week. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place April 16 in the media center. “We hope our Tiny Library will be a ray of sunshine and encouragement for our staff and families at the end of a long, hard year,” said Parent Liaison Christy Taylor. “We also hope it will stop the summer slump and help our Eagles soar through the summer.”
- Milton High continued its year-long celebration of 100 years on Saturday, April 17, with the Old Milton County Historical Society’s recognition of the original downtown Alpharetta campus as a local historic site. The event also included a sneak peek at the historic Future Farmers of America (FFA) Log Cabin located across the street and tours of the Innovation Academy that now occupies the former Milton High location.