First Day – Big Finish!

FB_SA2015-018Last night I enjoyed dinner, (there is a great program called Supper on Site in the district that provides evening meals for athletes and after school clubs), with the South Atlanta High School football team and cheer squad, before hitting the field for a late afternoon practice. The players had a great meal of spaghetti, broccoli and a multi-grain roll with a fruit cup.

Board members Eshe’ Collins and Matt Westmoreland joined me on the field with the players for an intense workout. Board member Cynthia Briscoe Brown worked with the cheerleaders during yesterday’s tryouts, she says she was never a cheerleader in high school so participating yesterday with our students was really a treat for her. The South Atlanta Hornets are in Region 4-AAA football team invited me to hang out during today’s practice. They have 12 seniors returning and they are working hard for an improved season.

This is Kevin Hill’s third season as the head football coach. Thanks for having me you guys! This was a big finish to a great first day.
Today we kick things off at Scott Elementary where we will enjoy breakfast with our students.

Mixing it Up at South Atlanta High School!

20150803_132620 (1)This week, every school in our system hosted an open house to meet and greet students and parents. I spent the afternoon with the students and staff at South Atlanta High School, along with our talented friends from Atlanta’s Hot 107.9! D.J. Geronimo and his team gave me a crash course right there in the lobby of the school – after only a few minutes, they had me mixing and scratching and having a great time. I appreciate their support and their talent – take a look at our video and photos below!

Girl Power!

The Women’s Sports Foundation reports that high school girls who play sports are more likely to get better grades in school; have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem and a more positive body image.  APS is proud to be a part of all of the positives associated with girls’ sports.  We are equally proud of the success of our female athletes and the robust offerings of girls’ sports in the district.

I wanted to take this opportunity to recognize four of our dynamic APS girls basketball programs.

South Atlanta – Currently 18-0 and ranked #5 Class AAA. The Lady Hornets upset the #3 team in the state this weekend (Decatur), by a score of 53-51, and beat the previously ranked #1 team in the state (Laney), 68-52 on Monday. They were also crowned champions of the Dwight Madison Roundball Classic in Montgomery, Ala. over the winter holidays. Congratulations to Coach Akisha Graham and the Lady Hornets!

Mays-Currently 16-2 and ranked #9 in class AAAAA. Under the leadership of Chantay Frost, the Lady Raiders represented the district over the break in the National Title IX Conference in Washington, DC, going 2-1 during their stay. Earlier this week they took on #3 Stephenson High for Region 6AAAAA supremacy resulting in 64-46 victory for the Lady Raiders.

Maynard Jackson- Currently 13-4. Coming off a state playoff appearance in 2014, the Lady Jaguars, under the direction of Michelle Powell look to make a serious run in Region 4AAA and establish themselves as one of the elite teams in the state.

Therrell- Currently 13-7. Under first year coach Earl Caruthers, the young Lady Panthers have shown flashes of brilliance this season. Winners of the Chuck Miller Holiday Classic over the winter holiday break, the Lady Panthers also will be a threat to challenge for Region 4AAA supremacy.

Please join me in saluting our coaches and sensational scholar athletes for their dynamic work and representation of APS Athletics.