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11 ALIVE NEWS FEATURES PARKSIDE ELEMENTARY

Parkside’s 21st Century Classroom featured on 11Alive News.  A 21st Century Classroom takes shape at Parkside Elementary in Atlanta, Georgia. Students create and use podcasts to enhance lessons and use the Activboard, Activstudio and Activotes to bring their lessons to life.

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Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council names awards finalists

Atlanta Business Chronicle

The Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council has named the eight finalists for its 2008 IMPACT (Involvement Means People Acting Together) awards on Sept. 18.

The IMPACT winner will get a $15,000 grant to the non-profit partner of its choice and the other winners will each receive $5,000 grants for their non-profit partners.

IMPACT Award finalists:

AGL Resources Inc., which over the past two years has worked with a number of Atlanta public schools and taught 1,500 students about business and entrepreneurship through its 175 dedicated employee volunteers. Its nonprofit partner is Parkside Elementary School

Deloitte, whose employees have contributed 75,000 service hours and more than $8 million to local charities through its volunteer activities, free professional services and board involvement with more than 100 local non-profit organizations. Its nonprofit partner is Cook Elementary School.

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New Tech Tool for Ga. Teachers

POSTED BY: DONNA LOWRY

One of the toughest things for todays teachers is keeping ahead of their tech-savvy students.

They also have to make sure any technology they use is aligned with state’s curriculum.

The Verizon Foundation is giving them a boost with a website designed to make it easier for teachers to find lessons that include technology help.

It’s called www.thinkfinity.org and it’s free for Georgia teachers.

“We’ve designed it really to make it easier on teachers because we know how much time and money they spend, personal time and personal money on their students,” said Michelle Robinson, Verizon Senior Vice President.

Best of all, designers are aligning the site with the Georgia curriculum.

“It will tell you this is a lesson plan or this is a lesson plan with an interactive component with a video component. So you’re able to pick and chose. It saves time,” said teacher Michelle Alford at Parkside Elementary, an Atlanta Public School.

Thinkfinity is among the more popular booths at the International Reading Association convention at the Georgia World Congress Center where 18,000 teachers are spending the week.

They’re getting training on how to best use the site.

In Georgia, teachers will get training thanks to a $50,000 grant.

“They understand that you can put together fancy things, all the world’s curriculum,” said State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. “But, if teachers don’t know how to use them and they don’t feel confident using them, you haven’t invested much.”

Among the content providers on the site are the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council of Teachers of Math, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

 


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ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE
June 6, 2007

MATHEMATICS INNOVATION ADDS UP TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Last month, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) recognized three schools, Inman Middle, East Lake and Parkside elementary schools, for their “Innovative Mathematics” programs.  During National Mathematics Awareness Month, the school district’s advisory committee for the Mathematics and Science Initiative launched a search for programs that approached mathematics instruction in creative and non-traditional ways.  Although the competition was tough, three schools were selected as top innovators and awarded certificates for their extraordinary programs.

Parkside Elementary has  a dynamic Mathematics program that  utilizes 21st century technology to enhance and support Mathematics instruction.  Teachers use E-Presentation from Real Math via the Promethean Board as well  as manipulatives during math lessons.  The Promethean Boards allow students to interact with E-Presentation and E-Games from Real Math which assist  with the differentiation and success for all students.

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LEARNING ABOUT BIRDS –

Results from the 2007-08 School Year
By Marcia Klenbort

WHO LED THE ACTIVITIES?
The heroes and heroines in AAS’ growing LEARNING ABOUT BIRDS program are the folks who lead the activities with their students. Who are they? They are teachers and environmental educators, two are parents who volunteer and three are AAS members. Teachers and leaders from the seventeen sites (four nature centers, one city park, 10 public schools, one private school and one home school group) adapt the Atlanta Audubon Society LEARNING ABOUT BIRDS materials and activities to their own purposes.
WHAT DID KIDS LEARN/ENJOY MOST IN LEARNING ABOUT BIRDS?
When we asked this question of last year’s teachers and leaders, here is what they told us:
Our environmental club’s after school students loved the bird kits, especially the matching card game and dissecting the owl pellets. –Stephanie Gwinn, Parkside Elementary School
Source:  www.atlantaaudubon.org

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ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE
April 11, 2007

Metro Chamber recognizes five Atlanta Public Schools for outstanding partnerships

ATLANTA – Wednesday was a big day for Atlanta Public Schools educators and administrators as the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce awarded prizes for business and community partnerships during the 17th Annual A+ Awards ceremony. Danielle Battle of Parkside Elementary School won the inaugural Principal Leadership Award for her “keen leadership” of Parkside Elementary School and her “integration of the (Parkside) community in meeting the school’s objectives.”

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December 20, 2005

Last week, Mayor Shirley Franklin joined AGL Resources, Atlanta Gas Light and students from Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Parkside Elementary School at the 24/7 Gateway Center to donate 500 hand-made fleece blankets to homeless organizations in Atlanta.

The blankets were made by AGL Resources employees and Parkside Elementary School students. They were distributed to residents at the 24/7 Gateway Center and at the Atlanta Union Mission facility, My Sister’s House, which provides services to women and children.

“As we celebrate over the holidays, we must remember those most in need. This donation is symbolic of the warmth that is needed – particularly during the coldest months of the year,”said Mayor Franklin.

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Organic School Gardens Shined Brightly in 2003!
Creative kids, inspiring work, and great organic gardens.
http://www.kidsregen.org
All of the schools that entered the 2003 Organic School Garden Award contest were special, which made picking the winners quite a task. We had many great entries, and although some of the gardens didn’t place as overall winners, they have a special place in our hearts. Here are some highlights of their stories.

Parkside Elementary, Atlanta, GA
It has been only three years since Parkside Elementary in Atlanta, Georgia first opened its doors, and already the first and fifth grade students are gardening away! They’ve learned all about companion planting and have mastered weeding, watering, and mulching. They’ve made compost for the garden from the school cafeteria’s leftovers, and kept a record of the garden’s progress in their writing journals. The garden brought science alive, teaching the students about healthy soil, seed growth, the parts of a plant, and life cycles. Each year these youngentrepreneurs use their harvest in organic salads that they sell to earn money for seeds and garden supplies. At the end of each year, the first grade students write a letter to next year’s class. In 2003 almost every student wrote, “If you are in Ms. Stephenson’s class, you will have a garden.”

 

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