APS NewsCheck

School News Roundup Mar 8, 2019

Drew's Door DecorationsDrew’s Door Decoration Contest: Creativity, Education, & Art
Several staff members participated in Drew’s Door Decoration Contest. However, this door decoration combined creativity, education and art. Using a paint palette design, the staff creatively honored Black History Month, Women’s History Month, APS March is Arts in the School Month and the instructional focus of Drew. The contributions of African-American Women in STEAM: Science (Mae Jemison), Technology (Kimberly Bryant), Engineering (Amie Easley), Arts (Alma Woodsey Thomas) & Mathematics (Katherine Johnson) included their pictures as well as a brief educational summary.

Swanson meets SotomayorSwanson Students Meet Justice Sotomayor
‘s Eric Berman and several of his BoyzIIMen leaders were invited to Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s event promoting her new Young Adult book, The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium with Eva Longoria Baston. Justice Sotomayor shared her life story and participated in a Q&A with audience members. BoyzIIMen provides students a safe and supportive environment in which they can express themselves, discuss and learn about what it means to be a man in modern America, learn new leadership skills, discuss the issues and struggles they encounter, and connect with their peers in a structured setting.

Long Branch Book SwapLong Branch Elementary School held is annual Dr. Seuss Book Swap
All Long Branch students went home with a new-to-them book during the school’s annual Dr. Seuss Book Swap organized the Long Branch PTA.

YHS Random act of KindnessYorktown’s Random Acts of Kindness Week
students participated in Random Acts of Kindness Week. Students passed around  Post-It-Notes ® with kind messages as well as passed out goodie bags to students they normally would not engage with.

Tuckahoe's Shoes for HaitiTuckahoe Collects Shoes for Haiti
’s second grade family was proud to sponsor “Shoes for Haiti,” a shoe collection program that will directly support the needs of a small community in Haiti. The program was kicked off with a presentation for the second graders about why providing shoes to the community was important and needed. Then, second graders presented the cause to the rest of the school during a school-wide assembly in February. Since then, shoe donations have been collected and will soon be shipped to Haiti in a rain barrel—another important tool that can be used for years to come.

Ashlawn's Share the Love Food DriveAshlawn’s ‘Share the Love’ Food Drive
The Ashlawn community collected and donated 65 pounds of food to AFAC as part of “Share the Love Food Drive” last week. Students collected non-perishable items such us canned soups, tuna, beans, tomatoes, jarred peanut butter and high fiber cereal. All in just three days!

Jefferson's Tech systems ClassJefferson Tech System Students Design Structures to Support Golf Balls
Chris Ammon
’s eighth grade Technological Systems class at Jefferson tested various construction materials and techniques during a recent project. Students worked in small groups, using a limited number of resources, to design a structure that could suspend a golf ball from as high as possible.

Barrett’s Library Night Highlights African American Contributions
This past February the third grade team at Barrett hosted a library night alongside their students to spotlight the numerous contributions that African Americans have had in our country. In the weeks leading up to this event, students were tasked with researching and creating digitized biographies of their assigned historical figures. These digitized biographies were the source of much excitement that evening as attendees walked around the library learning about different historical figures. Afterwards attendees were treated to a read aloud by third grade teacher Mark Head of Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. Then, families were invited to take part in the creation of an arts and craft souvenir inspired by African American artists, Faith Ringgold and Elizabeth Catlett, that they could take home to remember the evening.