Friday, December 14, 2012

Poetry Out Loud

South Atlanta will be sending ONE fantastically dynamic student to the citywide Poetry Out Loud competition. This is a recitation contest so you won't be writing poetry, just reciting it. Ask your teacher when classroom competition begins. You can click here to find a poem you like.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Waldo's Troubles

Noth, Paul. "Nobody Ever Asks 'How's Waldo?" Cartoon. Conde Naste Store. The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2011. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. <>.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Plagiarism Policy


All Printed Materials Are Subject To RANDOM Plagiarism Checks. Plagiarized assignments will not be printed. All accused students have the right to a full plagiarism report, provided at no cost.

Assignments with Red Flags will be subject to a mandatory plagiarism check.
Red Flags:
·       Underlined vocabulary words
·       Differing font or text size in body text
·       Obvious and glaring changes in writing style and composition

Plagiarism is….
An attempt to take credit for someone else’s work, whether that be professional or amateur. It includes copying and pasting information from the internet or print materials and failing to provide citations and page numbers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Join the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge

Join the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge!

All you need to do is pledge to read five books by the end of the competition and write a letter to your favorite WWE star to persuade them to read the book of your choice. We'll choose a winner on December 2nd and announce the winner at the Book Fair at Barnes and Noble on December 1st.

Here is a list of the prizes:
School Winner: Wins a certificate
Complex Winner: Wins a Wrestlemania pin and has their entry sent to regionals
Region Winner: Wins a trip to Wrestelmania! and the school gets $2,000 for the library

Download a form here.

Deadline: December 1st

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Loan Forgiveness Program

Got fines? Listen and learn how you can get every cent of your fines forgiven.
Check this great new title out!

Title: Silver Sparrow
Author: Tayari Jones
Genre: Young Adult, Drama

 Check out these titles in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. We have a full selection of books about the Latina and Latino experience in America. Pick one up and tell us about it in the comments.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Education Nation Student Town Hall

 Melissa Harris Perry and Education Nation are conducting a Student Town Hall and they need your point-of-view. As a student you have a unique perspective and the solutions to problems like low graduation rates may be something you have already thought of. Submit your video to them at the link below.

  Submit Your Solution

Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Club!

Book Club is Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Sign up for the Book Club and Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open and available in the library. We will:

  •  Read Books! 
  • Go on Field Trips! 
  • Host Reading Events and Challenges! 
  • Compete with other high schools on book trivia! 
  • Win Prizes! 

 Check out last year's titles!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Young Voices of America Writing Contest

Young Voices of America Write a Family Story
Contest Open Now
Students in Grades K-12 are invited to submit their best writing. 
The theme of this contest is FAMILY. Write a story that depicts a family facing an interesting or dramatic situation. The story can be fiction or nonfiction.  Include strong characters, an interesting setting, and dialogue that moves the story forward.  
Need some help getting started? Ask relatives to tell you about the funniest, most amazing, or interesting thing that ever happened to someone in your family. You may be surprised by what you learn.
Accepting Submissions June 11, 2012 - August 31, 2012
Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation Count 
Make sure to follow ALL the rules for submitting your work. 
In every contest we have to disqualify a number of very good entries because the writer didn't follow the rules for submitting his or her work. Don't let that happen to you. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Back to School

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Go! Animate

Go! Animate. is going strong in the library. See what Ms. Rigney's class is doing.

Converse, Inverse, and Contrapositive by parislolarose on GoAnimate

Create Video - Powered by GoAnimate.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Year Up

A representative from Year Up is coming for a campus visit on Thursday, May 3rd from 11:00am – 1:00pm in the Career Center.  This program is a great opportunity for seniors who pursue their post-secondary degree on a part time basis after high school. Students who enter the Year Up program are placed in an internship at one of Year Up's 200+ corporate and government partners and may earn up to $20,000 - $40,000 a year. Students may also earn a weekly stipend and up to 23 college credits.  A representative will be available to meet with students on Thursday, March 3rd from 11am – 1pm in the Career Center.  Interested students should see the GRAD staff and/or their school counselor to sign up for the presentation.

College Visit

Taylor King, Columbus State University Admission Counselor, will be available to meet with a small group of South Atlanta students on Wednesday, May 2nd from 11:30 – 12:30 in the Career Center.  Please announce this opportunity to your students who are interested in attending Columbus State.  He is coming to answer last minute questions before they make their final decision.  Students may sign up in the Career Center.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Get a Fashion Design Scholarship

Teen Vogues gives scholarship to the most innovative and creative young design minds that have yet to hit the scene. The deadline is in July, so that gives you more than enough time to put together your mood board. While you're at it you might want to start trolling the fashion blogs for ideas.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What to Expect from the Library

How Fast Can You Type?

If you're going to apply for a clerical position you may want to let your potential employers know how many words per minute you can type. This handy test will help.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Whiz Kid Named the Lebron James of Chess

A quick glance at Justus Williams and he looks like a typical 12-year-old. He's quiet, loves Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne, and wears the latest and greatest Air Jordan's. However, don't get fooled. Justus isn't typical at all.

He's an internationally ranked chess master -- the youngest black chess master ever. Justus started playing the game while in an after school program called Chess in the Schools. He's confident, but it's not unwarranted. His chess skills have taken him to Brazil, Canada and Greece.

It's not uncommon to find him challenging and beating opponents four and five times his age.

Justus and his family hope his success in chess will help others experiment outside their comfort zones. They're spreading the word through a campaign called "Dare to be Different." More

The "Dare to be Different" campaign encourages kids to explore paths to success that are unconventional, chess vs. basketball or writing prose vs. hip hop. What's exceptional about you? Are you interested in something that not too many people are pursuing? Tell us about it.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Beginning Note Taking

This short tutorial will teach you a few note taking techniques that will help you retain more information and Ace that test.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry month and as a school we've been celebrating by reciting a poem a day for the entire month and to close out the month it might be good to listen to the thoughts of some modern day poets. As we all know, Hip Hop is the evolution of poetry, but we also want to make sure we're not forgetting the essence of the craft. Listen to Maya Angelou and Common on how they see each other and absorb how they balance each other out. Get More Below...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meet Mrs. Miles...Proust Questionnaire

Mrs. Shanna Miles
B.A. in Public Relations, University of South Carolina School of Journalism
Master's Degree in Library Media, Georgia State University

The Proust Questionnaire

What is your greatest fear? Not realizing my potential
What is your current state of mind? Optimistic
What is your favorite occupation? (way of spending time) Reading
What historical figure do you most identify with? I can't say exactly. There is no time like the present.
Which living person do you most admire? Oprah, my mother, my grandmother, so many women, Gloria Steinem
Who is your favorite fictional hero? Lissie in Alice Walker's The Temple of My Familiar
What is your most treasured possession? My wedding rings
When and where were you happiest? Sleeping in the hospital with my newborn and hubby
What is your most obvious characteristic? My positive energy
What is the trait you most deplore (hate) in yourself? Insecurity
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Meanness
What is your greatest extravagance? Food. I spend top dollar on quality ingredients. Organic, grain-fed, cage-free eggs are the tastiest!
What is your favorite journey? Life
What do you consider the most over-rated virtue? Beauty
On what occasion do you lie? When the lie is both hurtful and useless
Which words or phrases do you most over-use? Like
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'd be more aggressive
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Choosing a great father for my child
Where would you like to live? I'd like to live for a month in Costa Rica or Portland
What is the quality you most admire in a man? Humility
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?Confidence
What is it you most dislike? Bad manners and willful ignorance
What do you value most in your friends? Generosity
How would you like to die? Quickly and after I've done someone a monumental service
If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be? I'd come back as myself and do it all over post-Obama
If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose? A feathered quill. I'd have style, grace and the power of the written word
What is your motto (words you live by or that mean a lot to you)? TGINC - The Fairy Godmother is Not Coming
Who has been the greatest influence on you? My mother