APS Demographic Study Presentation Available Online

Source: Atlanta Public Schools

Demographic Study Presentation

On Wednesday, May 18, Atlanta Public Schools conducted a community meeting on the next phase of the 2010 demographic study. Officials from Bleakly Advisory Group, LLC Cropper GIS and McKibben Demographics, LLC  provided an overview on the next phase of the process including time lines and a plan for when and how the community will be engaged.

Click here to download the presentation.

Click here to view video

Parkside Chess Club Wins 2nd Place!!!!

Congratulations to the Chess Team for placing 2nd at the APS Annual Chess Tournament this week. If you see Jacob Suever, Jailyn Mosby, Lanae Culbertson, Mukia Brown, Jaume Gorman, Malaika Alilaw and Lleyton Weaver give them a high five!

Lleyton Weaver also received an outstanding performance medal for going undefeated during the tournament!

The Parkside Chess Club is open to 2nd and 3rd grade chess players. The chess club is a fun way for students to improve their chess skills through competition. During chess club meetings, students learn more about chess, sportsmanship, and critical thinking. Chess club meets on Tuesday mornings in the library at 7:30am. Our lead chess coach for Parkside is our outstanding teacher, Ms. Kareem.

PTA Minutes – March 3, 2011 Meeting

PARKSIDE PTA MEETING MINUTES

3-3-11

6:00 PM Tammy Garnes, President, welcomed everyone and led the meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Principal Dr. Luck gave his report which started with all of the fantastic publicity that Parkside has received lately including, students pictured in People magazine this week (page 98) with Jack Black and the zoo’s panda naming ceremony; Parkside students also made it to the Regionals beating 8 other schools in the Helen Ruffin Reading Competition; and Parkside’s Robotics Team was featured on CNN and made it to the Super Regionals.
Dr. Luck also reported that the dates for the CRCT testing have been pushed back to May this Spring.  Note that 1st and 2nd graders no longer have to take the CRCT.
March 18 is the Health Fair that will host over 20 vendors.  Dr. Luck encouraged everyone to participate.

Dr. Luck reported that the PreK Round Up at Parkside was last week and there are a lot of unknowns at this point since Governor Deal has recommended cutting PreK to a ½ day program.  Most parents and educators are against these cuts and are petitioning the politicians to keep it a full day program.

Beth Shorthouse updated us on the Box Tops fundraiser.  So far Parkside has collected 1300 Box Tops which equals $130.  She thinks we will end the year with approximately $200.  She encouraged everyone to ask their grandparents, friends, coworkers to collect Box Tops for us.  It is free money for the school.

Ms. Garnes thanked Aieda McFarland for organizing another wonderful Math and Science Night this year.  She always does an amazing job.

Tammy introduced our guests, Brenda Muhammad (APS School Board member), Sharron Pitts (APS Chief of Staff) and Dr. Park (APS Research and Planning Dept) and explained the history of zoning here at Parkside including last year’s zoning out of the Thomasville Heights neighborhood.  Parkside parents and administrators were told that there would be more re-zoning this year to get more Grant Park streets that are close to the school zoned into Parkside (ex. Delmar, Home, parts of Confederate).

Ms. Pitts reported that the bottom line is that there are no plans to rezone Parkside for the 11-12 school year.  Dr. Parks reported that every 10 years APS hires an outside consultant to make projections based on census data, housing trends, statistical predictions etc.  They also have in-house demographers who make recommendations.  Admittedly, Parkside’s zone has some oddly drawn lines that need to be fixed.  They are working on this now and hope to have the results in October.  This means that they will take their recommendations to the Board in November 2011.  Then there will be community meetings and feedback will be brought to the Board in March 2012.  After a 30 comment period the Board will make a decision for re-zoning for 2012-13.
Parents are welcome to send all ideas and recommendations now to Sharron Pitts at spitts@atlantapublicschools.us and get involved in this process.

She commended Parkside on being a very desirable school and has an extremely high number of APS employees children at the school due to the outstanding reputation.

Ms. Pitts also reported that Parkside will be an open enrollment school for 2011-12 and there should be about 80 available slots spread out pretty evenly across grade levels.  It will be a lottery system if more than 80 people request transfers into Parkside.  No preference for APS employees, families with siblings already at the school or people who live close by.

Brenda Muhammad reported on the six SACS requirements concerning the Board’s recent issues.  The Board hopes have this resolved by May 1.  They meet every Monday from 7-10 PM and invite all parents to attend.  Recaps are posted on the APS website and all meetings are streamed live on the internet as well.  Please feel free to contact Brenda with any questions or concerns at bjmuhammad@comcast.net

Tammy concluded with comments about the CRCT investigation which is still in its beginning phase with the federal inquiry.

Sherri Scott from St. Paul United Methodist Church presented a free one week certificate for summer camp at the church.  She described the new camp which will feature art and sports each week with lots of activities in Grant Park each day including swimming.  The cost is $180/wk and is from 8:30-3:30.  A drawing was done with all PTA members in attendance and parent Agenisz Samadhi won.  She has twin 2nd grade boys at Parkside.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15PM.

 

PANDA-monium: Parkside Students and the 100 Day Naming Ceremony of Po the Zoo Atlanta Panda

Parkside first and second graders were the special guests of Po the baby Panda at Zoo Atlanta during the traditional 100 day naming ceremony this week.  Students were treated to performances by cultural dancers, a speech from the Governor and a visit from the star of Kung Fu Panda, Jack Black!

 

 

 

 

 

Bowling with Dads!!!

Dad and Kids Bowling Event! FREE! Ten Pin Bowling Alley – Atlantic Station - 261 19th St. NW, Suite 1200, Atlanta, GA 30363. Don’t miss this fun event. Free Bowling, Free Shoes!

 No School on Friday….Come & Bowl on Sunday!

BOWLING WTIH DADS!

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 2pm – 5pm

FREE TO ALL PARKSIDE FAMILIES

Includes:  Admission for the entire family and unlimited bowling!
Check your child’s backpack for the flyer with all the details.  Be sure to return it with them to school no later than Friday!

Parkside Students Compete to Win~Lego Robot Competition

Enthusiasm about science and math abounds at Parkside Elementary School this year.  In addition to daily science lessons taught by Mr. Thomas in the school’s science lab, students can participate in after school programs such as the rocket club and robotics club that prepare them for their annual summer trip to Space Camp.

Check out this phenomenal piece by CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Parkside’s competition robotics team!

KIDS COMPETE USING LOGO ROBOT – CNN

Town Hall Meeting this Thursday with APS School Board Members

School Board Chair Khaatim El and Representative Courtney English will host a Town Hall Meeting this Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the West Hunter Baptist Church at 6:00pm.
As Atlanta Public Schools works through the results of it’s SACS and CRCT investigation, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to allow your voices to be heard during the Q&A session.
West Hunter Baptist Church
1040 Ralph David Abernathy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310-1878
(404) 758-5564

Congratulations to the 1st Place Parkside Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team!

And the winner is………………

PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!

Congratulations to our stellar readers and quick fingered competitors who took home the first place award at this weeks Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl (HRRB) competition for Atlanta Public Schools.  Team members will now advance to the Regional Reading Bowl on Saturday, February 5th at Clayton State University.

HRRB is one of the most rigorous reading bowls in the state.  Selected 4th and 5th graders from Parkside read 17 middle school level novels, all of which are Georgia Book Award Nominees, during the summer and the school year and attend after school practices to prepare for the competition.  We are so proud of our students, their parents, our Media Specialist Mr. Clay and our teacher volunteers!

Learn more about the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl:

Several Years ago Mrs. Helen Ruffin,a very dynamic and innovative person was the library media specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, Georgia. In 1985, she served on the selection committee for the Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee program. This literature program began in the Department of Language Education at the University of Georgia’s College of Education. This literature program inspired her to use the nominee books to encourage her students to read.

The Annual Father/Daughter Dance Needs You!

Are you a creative mom or dad who loves to plan a party? Well, one of Parkside’s biggest parties is looking for parent volunteers and a dedicated committe chair to assist with this year’s Father / Daughter dance! For more information on how you can help, email us at parksidepanda.events@gmail.com

Daddy and Daughte enjoy the Parkside Father Daughter Dance 2010

Dr. Luck has Super Bowl fever…maybe we should throw some cold water on him!

If you dropped your child off in the carpool this morning at Parkside, you couldn’t miss our Principal, Dr. Luck, twirling his “terrible towel,” in the air, jumping up and down ranting about his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.  Don’t worry, only a few children were frightened 😉

Dr. Luck has "Steeler Fever"....again!

Quizlet is an online gem for parents

Looking for an easier way to create flashcards, quizzes or mock tests for your child at home? Hoping to find free pre-made learning aides that can be used the night before a big test? Then I highly suggest you try Quizlet.

Last night my 5th grader had a big science exam. The material was more than I could handle on a Sunday afternoon and honestly, covered topics, that I hadn’t seen in years!  After about 30 minutes with Quizlet we had transformed her notes and study guide into a tool that she could use to study online, on my phone and even print out and take with her. The program allows you to create your own work or use the cards and quizzes created by others. And best of all, it’s free!  Try it at www.quizlet.com.

Weekly Legislative Wrap-up 23 January 2011

Weekly Legislative Wrap-up 23 January 2011
by Otha Thornton on 1/24/2011

Week 1 -2011 Legislative Assembly

What has Georgia PTA done for You lately?

Short report this week

Week 2 – January 17-23 Administrative Notes

This weekly report will provide the most current education information available and will be

A powerful voice for all children,
A relevant resource for families and communities, and
A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.
The Assembly did not meet this week, so members of the Legislative Committee attended the Joint Appropriations Committee’s budget briefing, the State Board of Education meeting and Georgia Public Budget Institute Conference on the 2011 midyear and 2012 budgets. See summary report on the budget recommendations for this midyear FY11 budget and next year’s budget are on the Capitol Watch section of Georgia PTA’s website, http://www.georgiapta.org

Please share this information with all of your PTA officers, unit members, teachers, and school administrators. We welcome feedback and will be responsive to your comments and concerns.

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Information for Week

Our resolution was passed by the Georgia PTA Board of Directors this weekend to oppose the food tax Tax Council recommendations . For the second week I am enclosing again Prefiled legislation posted by Mrs. FitzGerald that deals with revenue funding for education and SPLOST .

Budget

Quality Basic Education programs are recommended for an austerity reduction of $60 million. Equalization is not to be cut at all, but pupil transportation will take an $8 million decrease in FY 12

Be aware that school nurses are recommended for a 10% cut higher than average for any agency. It will be just under 25 million for FY12.

High School Math

High School Math if scheduled for another adjustment. Beginning with students entering 9th grade in Fall 2011, it is recommended that local boards of education will decide if the current integrated math or the traditional Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence will be taught

Charter Schools

At the January 20th State Board of Education meeting, the board delayed the revocation of 3 charter schools renewals this month and has placed on agenda for the February meeting. The Board anticipates that a decision from the Supreme Court on commission charter schools will take place next month. This is not locked in stone, just projections. PTA supports charter schools that have been approved by the local school boards and encourage parents with children in charter schools to attend these meetings. We did not have many charter school parents at meeting. The one parent that was there that I spoke with stated that, “It was a very eye opening experience.” For the three charter schools that were up for revocation, there were no parental spokespersons present.

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Working Legislative Priorities

At the Joint Appropriations Committee this week, Dr. John Barge reviewed the FY 11 and 12 Budgets with the committee.

School Nurses was one of the major questions asked by one of the representatives during this session. We are continuing to see a decline in funding for nurses. For the FY 12 Budget, we will see a decline from 26 to 24 million dollars.

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Weekly Quote/Reading Recommendations

“Don’t put first rate energy into second rate things ”

The Outliers – The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell – Exceptional book that addresses the components of success: cultural legacy, opportunity, and preparation

Otha Thornton

statelegislation@georgiapta.org

Georgia PTA Legislative Chairman

http://www.georgiapta.org

Parents: Important Meetings This Week

Two very important meetings will occur this week in our city that deal directly with the Atlanta Public Schools system, it’s recent probation sanction by SACS and the six required actions that Board Members must take to keep Atlanta Public Schools from losing it’s accreditation.

APS Board Meeting: Monday, January 24th, 2pm at 130 Trinity Ave. Mark Elgart, President of SACS will be present to answer Board member questions. It is at this meeting that the Board will vote whether to accept the report or challenge the report.

Community Meeting: Tuesday, January 25th, 7:30pm in the Grady High School Theater, 929 Charles Allen Drive. The purpose of this community meeting is to provide information and answer questions about APS’ accreditation status.

Parents, we highly suggest that you familiarize yourself with the recommendations made by the report.  It is important that all stakeholders, including parents, are up to date on the developments of this probation, the ongoing CRCT investigation by Federal agents and the overall well being of our school district.  A copy of the report from SACS is available on the APS website.  Click HERE to read the report.

Message from Brenda Muhammad – Board of Education Representative

Dear District 1 Constituents:

By now, you have undoubtedly heard media reports regarding the accreditation of Atlanta Public Schools. I wanted to use this forum to communicate with you directly the facts of this determination, and to reassure you that our children’s education is not at risk.
The first thing you should know is that the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to place Atlanta Public Schools on probation in no way applies to the system’s academics. It is strictly directed to the Board of Education. Let me assure you that APS accreditation is fully intact and, while the ruling only affects high schools within the system, your graduating seniors will graduate from an accredited school.
It is also important to know that Board members take our governance role very seriously. It is never our intent, nor would we ever do anything to jeopardize the education of our children. My fellow Board members and I are on one accord in our resolve to right the ship. We are currently reviewing the AdvancED/SACS report, and have been given nine months in which to answer six criteria. We will do whatever is necessary to retain our accreditation.
Our first report is due May 1st, with the final report due by September 15, 2011. I will keep you informed throughout the process of all reports submitted, before SACS monitors return on September 30, 2011 for final review.
I invite you to visit the APS School Board website at www.atlanta.k12.ga.us to review the AdvancED/SACS report in its’ entirety. There is an area designated for public comment. I encourage you to post your comments.
Finally, I strongly encourage you to visit our board meetings so that you can witness for yourself the operations of the board. Our Committee of the Whole meetings are usually scheduled for the first Monday of each month. Please refer monthly to the APS website for exact date and time of these meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 24th at 2pm. Mr. Mark Elgart, Executive Director of AdvancED/SACS is scheduled to attend and answer specific questions of the board regarding the recently received report. If your schedule does not permit you to attend this or other meetings, please let me continue to hear from you as we work together for the good of the children of Atlanta.
Sincerely,
Brenda Muhammad
Atlanta Board of Education District 1
404 226-5484
bjmuhammad@comcast.net

Community meeting at Grady High School to discuss SACS probation

Dear Grady Community,

On Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) placed the high schools in Atlanta Public Schools on “Accredited Probation.” Please understand that our high schools remain fully accredited at this time. The SACS Report does not affect college acceptances or HOPE and other scholarship eligibility for the Class of 2011.

The SACS Report focuses solely on APS Board of Education governance issues. It is not in any way associated with the strength or quality of the instructional program or the curriculum in Atlanta Public Schools. The SACS Special Review Team found the Board to be in violation of SACS’ standards for governance and leadership. We, the Board, have been given six required actions that must be completed by September 30, 2011. There are two interim dates for reporting progress, and we intend to have ongoing communication with SACS to make certain that all proposed action is in full compliance with the SACS recommendations. The Board is firmly committed to doing anything and everything necessary to ensure that the system retains its accreditation, and to do so in an expedited fashion. 

I encourage you to visit the district website to read the full report and other information provided by SACS.  The web site is www.atlantapublicschools.us. APS will continually update the information on the website. I will also continue to provide you with ongoing information about immediate and long-term corrective actions and solutions.

Two upcoming events should provide some further clarity about the accreditation review and what it means for APS.  The first is the Atlanta Board of Education meeting on Monday, January 24, at which Dr. Mark Elgart, President and CEO of AdvancedED/SACS, will be present to answer Board member questions. This meeting will begin at 2pm at 130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. On January 25th, I, along with Reuben McDaniel (At Large Board Member, District 8), will hold a community meeting to provide information and answer questions about our accreditation status. Brenda Muhammad, District 2 Board Member, has also been invited to attend. Together, we are the three Board of Education members for Grady High School. This community meeting will be on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Grady High School Theater located at 929 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta, GA 30309.  

I am deeply sorry for the undue stress that the Board’s actions have put on the students, parents, teachers, and community of Atlanta Public Schools. We, as a Board, now have the responsibility to regain your trust. We will do that. I look forward to being able to speak to you in person on the 25th. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Cecily Harsch-Kinnane
Atlanta Board of Education, District 3
chkinnane@atlanta.k12.ga.us

Atlanta Public Schools on Probation Per SACS

By Kristina Torres
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One of the nation’s top accrediting agencies placed Atlanta Public Schools on probation Tuesday, giving its fractious school board nine months to shape up or force the ultimate penalty on thousands of students: loss of accreditation.

The announcement, which set off a chain reaction of worry and condemnation in one of Georgia’s most visible school systems, had nothing to do with the system’s academics. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools focused entirely on the governance of the city’s school system by its elected board, which was warned in October that members’ infighting had reached a dangerous level.

Losing accreditation can affect students’ eligibility for scholarship money, including Georgia’s HOPE scholarship, college acceptances and federal funding. It also could depress property values throughout Atlanta and scare away companies that are considering a relocation to the city.

Click Here:  READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE IN THE AJC

Accreditation review under way for Atlanta Public Schools – AJC Atlanta

By Kristina Torres

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Team members from one of the nation’s top accrediting agencies will be in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday to conduct a formal review of the city school system after a very public fight among school board members raised concerns about how they govern.

As the team prepares to begin its review, here’s a summary of the questions the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has, how the school system got to this point and what the city’s school board will likely have to do to get back in sync with SACS, which accredits Atlanta’s high schools.

READ THE ENTIRE STORY HERE

Math and Science Night was a BLAST!

A big thank you to Aieda McFarland and Ronnie Thomas for chairing this year’s PTA Math and Science Night.  We had a packed house full of young learners and future leaders.  We appreciate all of our parents and teachers who took time out to teach classes and volunteer.  As usual, it was a night full of fun and learning!

Red Ribbon Week

Another successful Red Balloon Day! Parkside is Drug Free!

Learn more about RED RIBBON WEEK!

Fall Festival Was Spooktackular!

What an incredible bright and sunny FALL FESTIVAL!  Dunking booths, bouncers galore, food, cake walks and fun for all!  Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped to make this event possible.  And as usual, the haunted house was the biggest hit of all!  Thank you Parkside Dads for setting up our most popular attraction.

Principal Luck challenges the kids to hit him with their best shot!

 

2010 FALL FESTIVAL – Save The Date!

It’s time! Come one come all for the annual

Parkside Elementary School Fall Festival
Saturday, October 30th
10am – 2pm

Rides – Games – Face Painting – BOOk Fair – Costume Contest (for parents) – Food Food Food Food

Tickets go on sale soon!!!!


Parent Resources for Busy Parents aka How to Beat the Homework Blues

A few useful websites for busy parents!

Teacher Tube: Great place for videos on lessons.  Sometimes another teacher teaching the same lesson to your child in the privacy of your home makes all the difference! http://www.teachertube.com/

PBS Teachers: More great videos for the younger learner. http://www.pbs.org/teachers/

About.com:  I do believe that About.com has the best kept educational secrets on the web!  Tons of worksheets (with answers many times) that you can print and use for free at home.  Be sure to surf around for other subject areas, but for now, here is the link for math. http://math.about.com/

Discovery Learning: Videos, Worksheets and more. Phenomenal resource for the global learner. http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/

100 Best Youtube videos for teachers (and parents): http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/100-best-youtube-videos-for-teachers/

Thinkfinity.org – an educational service of Verizon, I remember when Kathy Cox and the folks at Verizon launched this website in the Parkside Media Center!!!  Tons of resources for students, parents and teachers. http://www.thinkfinity.org/

Common Core Performance Standards: These are the new state of GA educational standards that were adopted in July of this year. From the website “The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school fully prepared for college and careers.”
http://www.gadoe.org/pea_communications.aspx?ViewMode=1&obj=1957 (scroll to bottom for specifics)

Understanding Lexile Scores: These scores are given each year to students on their CRCT report.  Here is an article from my Parkside Parent blog explaining what they are and how to use them. https://parksideparent.wordpress.com/2009/02/26/lexile-framework-for-reading/

www.signupgenius.com – Excellent tool for getting parents to sign up for events and tasks during the year…and it’s free!

Georgia PTA: Everything you need to know about PTA and it’s involvement on the local, state and national level http://www.georgiapta.org/

PTO Today: Website filled with ideas for school parent groups. One of the best resources on the web for parents like us! http://www.ptotoday.com/

True Blue Schools

TRUE BLUE SCHOOLS

This year, the PTA is encouraging everyone to go to http://www.trueblueschools.com and register with Georgia Natural Gas!

***If you are CURRENTLY a Georgia Natural Gas customer, Parkside will receive $25 when you register your account with the program and $5 for every month your account is in good standing!!!!

***If you become a NEW customer, Parkside will receive $25 and you will also receive $25 for becoming a new customer.  In addition, Parkside will receive $5 for every month your account is in good standing.

This True Blue program is SO EASY!  And we stand to raise a great deal of money for our wonderful school.

Go to http://www.trueblueshools.com today and register. Encourage your friends and family members to do the same!

Teachers’ morale tumbles at state schools | ajc.com

Teachers’ morale tumbles at state schools  | ajc.com.  In the wake of the recent investigations by the state into the CRCT testing scandal, this article struck me as especially interesting.  It’s the first I’ve seen that speaks to the emotions and feelings that many teachers are struggling with as they return to the classroom this school year.

Save The Date

Our first PTA Meeting of the year + Open House will be August 24, 2010 at 6:30pm.

Meet & Greet Today at Parkside!

Don’t forget to visit Parkside today from 3pm – 5pm for our annual Meet and Greet! Meet your child’s teacher, our administration and of course join PTA!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2010

We will be observing Teacher Appreciation Week beginning Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 5, which is THIS week!

MONDAY:  Each student is encouraged to:

  • Wear red shirts
  • Bring “homemade” cards for their teacher, assistant teacher, special area teachers (music, art, PE, Spanish, Science, Gifted, EIP, etc.) as well as any office staff that they want to acknowledge.
  • Bring one cut flower for their teacher.

TUESDAY:  Each student is encouraged to:

Bring one spa/relaxation item for their teacher to contribute to a class basket (examples: slippers, candles, nail polish, soaps, lip balm, etc.)

WEDNESDAY:  Each student is encouraged to:

Bring one “entertainment” item to contribute to a class gift basket (gift cares to a restaurant, movie, shopping, play, etc.)

During the Week, The PTA will provide the following:

  • Lunch in the school’s garden
  • Potted flowers
  • Daily Give-Aways
  • Gift Cards to all certified teachers

Aftercare cancelled due to weather

Hello Parents,

I have just been notified by Dr. Luck that Atlanta Public Schools has canceled all After School Activities for today. There will be no After-School Program today. Please have all children picked up from school at 2:30pm.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thank-you in advance for you help with this matter,
Danielle Harris, AfterCare Director

Always Changing – Puberty Education Program for 5th Graders

Parkside 5th graders are currently engaged in an age apropriate program, facilitated by our school counselor Ms. Ball, that introduces and discusses puberty.

Specially designed for 5th grade girls and boys, the Always Changing Puberty Education Program helps teachers teach the important topics of puberty and development. The program has been reviewed by the American Association for Health Education (AAHE).

To find out more about the Always Changing Program, please click here.

Student Booklet – Girls
Student Booklet – Girls (Spanish)
Student Booklet – Boys
Student Booklet – Boys (Spanish)

For 4th Graders

New Study Released on Children and Obesity

The Atlanta Journal Constitution: “As many as one in three children are overweight or obese, according to a new report” released yesterday by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin. The report included various recommendations including: “Requiring students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 to take physical education, … child care providers to offer at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day … [and] schools to develop comprehensive wellness plans that include policies to offer kids more nutritious lunches.”