Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blended Bulletin Boards

With more focus on bulletin boards and the display of meaningful student work I wanted to pass on a few recommendations that will allow you to show that you are integrating technology into your classroom and allow you to make your boards more interactive.

·         Add a QR Code
o   You can add a Quick Response (QR) code to any document, video, presentation; really anything that has a weblink.
§  Create a weblink for documents with Google Docs. Upload the document or presentation and “share” it to the public. You’ll get a link. Copy It.
§  Go to  and enter the link. It will generate a code for you.
§  Copy it to a word document. Print and post it!

Family Resume Writing Workshop

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grant Writing 101

Missed the workshop? Never fear, the notes are below.

·         Basic Steps
o   Keep synopsis short and avoid overly complicated jargon
o   Start small. Larger grants require more time investment and materials (board approval, etc.)
o   Read requirements carefully. Don’t get disqualified because of information you don’t have or can’t get.
o   Brand your program with a catchy name. People like to get on a fun bandwagon.
o   Develop your program. Don’t ask for stuff. Ask for help to implement an idea that just so happens to need stuff.
o   Provide measurable goals and objectives. How will this impact your population? What kind of recognition should the grantors expect?
§  Utilize student or community surveys
§  Add a social media component

Friday, September 5, 2014

Time Management for the AP Student

Time management for the AP student from Shanna Miles

If you missed the workshop, you can still watch the presentation and get all the info you need. Be sure to take a look at these Top Sites and Apps to help you make the grade, as well. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September Calendar of Events

Time Management for the AP Student 
Advisory, September 4th 
Yummy snacks will be served 

Grant Writing Workshop 
Monday, September 8th 
After School 3:45 - 4:30 

 Book Club 
Tuesday, September 9th 
After School 3:30 - 4:30 

Library Card Registration Drive 
Tuesday, September 16th 
Treats will be provided

Voter Registration Drive 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Science Fair Starters

Start your Science Fair Research here with this handy set of links that will help you research and creatively sketch out your ideas for the perfect project.

The Big Read

ATLANTA, Georgia – The Atlanta History Center - in partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System - presents the Atlanta Metro campaign, The Big Read. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, The Big Read is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Big Read is the largest reading program in American history and a multi-faceted initiative uniting communities across the nation through great literature. This is the Atlanta History Center’s fourth time participating in The Big Read.
The Atlanta History Center selected Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North for the 2014 Big Read and encourages the public to get involved by reading the book, attending free programs, and promoting the initiative in their community.
 The Big Read launches on September 3, 2014, with a variety of free programs, including a ‘Taste of Mexico’ kick-off party, a keynote lecture with Luis Alberto Urrea, a StoryCorps event, dedicated discussions and lectures at various Atlanta-Fulton Public Library locations, and a film festival.


The year is off to a great start and to get you off on the right foot you can earn a prize pack full of fantastic goodies like free books, candy, earbuds and college penants. All you have to do is:

Snap a pic of you or a friend reading a library book and tag us on twitter or instagram @satlantahigh

Get Caught Reading
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Grammar Minute!
Are you getting ready for those college essays? Maybe you just want to get a bit better at recognizing when it's okay to use to, two and too. What you need is a grammar refresher. Try the site below to bone up on all of the ins and outs of using there, their and they're, as well as the infamous accept and except. You might also want to check out the Grammar Girl podcast to get tips on the go as you ride the bus. 
Road to Grammar: Road to Grammar is also among the best website where people can learn advanced level of grammar. You can find many amazing and interactive quizzes as well as lesson that deficiently help you to nourish your grammar skills.
During my curation, I felt that these additional resources might also help you:
Learning grammar is not a big deal; it just needs constant practice and dedication. Please provide your feedback in the comment box whether these resources are useful or not for you.
Happy Learning!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Forensic Career and Interview Tips

Take a look at all of these great resources to get your Forensic Career search started. We have interview tip videos, job search sites and resume templates. Start at GACollege411 to get the ball rolling.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 5 Ways to Integrate Technology

To ensure that students are immersed in 21st Century learning there is usually a knee-jerk reaction where teachers believe that they'll have to always be in the computer lab or have an iPad cart at the ready at all times. Untrue! Check out these simple ideas to make your room tech savvy.

   Backchanneling - This refers to online feedback from your class. Using post-it notes as exit tickets are a low-tech version of back channeling. Use technology to get feedback from your students during or after class utilizing sites like or This allows the student to use an iPad, an in class computer or their smartphone to answer questions, post questions or make comments. 

   Collaborative Note Taking - While the Sage on the Stage may be losing traction in US classrooms, we still need lecture and students still need to take notes. You can streamline the process by using just one of your computers in the classroom or a laptop. Designate a student as the note-taker for the class and allow them type the notes in a Google Document. Google Docs will allow multiple users to edit a single document. All you need to do is send the link out or post on your website for students to review later. Check out this video tutorial on how to get started. 

   Audiobooks - "Listen and Learn" is a new initiative at South Atlanta and by assigning or using podcasts and audiobooks in your classroom you can help students who may not be reading at grade level engage with great texts. You'll also be able to assign them individually or as group work by accessing them through the catalog and utilizing a few iPads.

   QR Codes - Post videos, instructions, your syllabus or other materials around the classroom. Students or visitors can use their smartphones to access the line. Check out this video tutorial on how to get started .

Friday, May 30, 2014

HornetCon Recap

Maybe you missed HornetCon, but you can kind of get the idea from this short video and we'll see you next year. Congratulations to Senior Jasmine Shy who won 2 tickets to Atlanta Comic Con.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Your Next Five

Your Next Five is the newest and best thing to come to the South Atlanta Media Center since wireless mice. Don't know what to read next, or just want something "interesting"? Get a personalized reading list customized just for you. I guarantee you'll have at least 5 good titles to choose from that will keep you turning the pages long into those lazy Summer days.

Step 1: Compose an email with the subject line: Your Next Five
Step 2: Answer at least (2) two the following questions in the body:

  • What was the last book you read that you liked?
  • What is your favorite TV show?
  • What kinds of movies do you like?
  • What is your favorite genre? (Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, etc.)

Step 3: Email your answers to

Summer Reading

 Summer is here! Don't let the slump get to you. We've got a few recommendations for you and your family from the district here:

Keeping students engaged during the summer month can be a challenge for all parents.  I write to share with you a few examples of community based resources available throughout the state that seek to address the issue lack of scholastic engagement during the summer for our children.   Please share this information with your family and friends as they too may see value in these opportunities for their children.

 ·       Georgia's Summer Food Access Initiative, at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, will provide healthy meals at libraries in 20 Georgia counties this summer using federal USDA funding in conjunction with language and literacy programming and health services to ensure that children have the vaccinations they need to begin school in August. To learn more about how your county can take part, contact Falita Flowers (
 ·       The Mayor's Summer Reading Club, organized by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, engages public and private partners to distribute free age-appropriate books to children, ages birth to 8, at family-friendly events held across the city over the summer months.
As for you big, bad and bold high school students you can keep up with us with our official Summer Reading List here at Amazon: . You can also join our online book club at GoodReads here:

Monday, May 19, 2014

#HornetCon Raffle

HornetCon is almost wrapped, but there's one prize left for everyone who wants to geek out a little bit more. We're giving away two tickets to Atlanta Comic Con on Saturday, May 31st.

Enter the Contest here:

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Student Peer Review

As the end of the year approaches final projects and papers are almost due. In an effort to integrate technology AND foster more peer collaboration and innovation I invite you to add peer reviews, and to make the process easier I’ve created an online template using Google Docs.

By using the template you’ll be able to get a spreadsheet of the peer evaluations and keep them anonymous. To make the process even simpler, I suggest asking students to only evaluate 2-3 papers/projects. Getting started is simple:

1.       Log in to Google Docs. If you have a gmail account then use that login. If you don’t you can sign up easily.
2.       Generate a Form using the “Final Project Peer Review” template by clicking on the link above.
3.       Modify the form if you like or use “as is”. Click “view live form” in the toolbar.
4.       Share the link for the “view live form” with your students.
a.       Check out the iPads and let students use those to evaluate, or
b.      Print a paper ballot and have students use your classroom computers to input their responses, or
c.       Create a QR code and allow students to use their phones to access the form and complete it.
5.       Go to your Google Docs homepage to see the responses, an additional spreadsheet will have already been created. You can download the sheet in excel or as a pdf.

Peer evaluation:
·         Fosters collaboration
·         Encourages positive peer pressure

·         Empowers students to take responsibility for their own work

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twitter Essay Contest

Did you know that 50 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling that schools in some cities are MORE segregated now than they were when the ruling came down? Write a 140 character essay (that’s twitter length) response to race and education in Atlanta schools. Send your essays to @satlantahigh or email them to The best response will be announced and win a prize pack. 

Deadline is Friday, April 25.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HornetCon 2014

HornetCon is almost here. May 5-9 we'll be getting our GEEK on with workshops, panels, a gaming tournament and more! Sponsorships are still available.

AP Students GoFundMe Fundraiser

AP Students in the School of Health and Medical Sciences are raising money to ensure that they get a chance to take all of the AP tests that they are eligible for. Most students don't have the money for testing fees and the state will only pay for one test per student. Support them in their effort to get the most out of their HS education.

Amnesty Week

April 1-4 is Amnesty Week at the library. That means you can get all of your overdue fees waived for one week only. Here are the rules:

$1- Return your book and check out another
$2- Bring in a friend to check out a book
$3- Volunteer for an hour after school or during Advisory.

College Goal Georgia

Families met for food, a little fun and more than a little bit of information on Thursday, March 13th at the School of Law and Social Justice at South Atlanta (LSJ). Participating Juniors and Seniors met with their parents in the courtroom to learn more about the Financial Aid Process and receive assistance in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Facilitated by volunteers from LSJ’s Senior class and Mr. Ante Williams, Student Finance Commission State Representative, the meeting featured hands-on assistance, pizza, drinks and even a raffle for prizes.

“The process can be daunting for first generation students and their parents who have never been through the process themselves,” says program coordinator, Rita Cruz.

Over 90% of students at the South Atlanta Educational Complex receive Free and Reduced Lunch, an indicator that marks them eligible for federal student aid. In a recent visit to a Virginia high school First Lady Michelle Obama stated that, “ [completing the FAFSA] is the single most important thing you can do for your future.”

As college costs climb higher and higher it becomes even more important for families to be well informed about all of their options. Topics discussed included: Subsidized and unsubsidized loans, pell grants, forbearance, deferments, tax questions,  and how to file.

Bullying is Not Hot Tour

On Friday, March 21st the Hot 107.9 Bullying is Not Hot Tour visited the campus of South Atlanta Educational Complex. A joint collaboration with the larger Atlanta community and the radio station, the tour visits local schools to spread the anti-bullying message and provide students with strategies to avoid negative peer pressure, gang violence and negative group behavior in an open forum.

“Bullying is a problem at South Atlanta. Certain students feel pressured to like everybody else,” says Junior, Timara Carter.

Local celebrities such as hip-hop artist, Tropakana and community activists such as Monique Rivarde, mother of bullying victim Bobby Tillman, spoke to students about the terrible consequences of group violence. Bobby Tillman was murdered in Douglassville in 2010 when a group of teenagers beat him to death at a party. Students also heard speeches from a motivational speaker and a local criminal defense attorney before being offered the opportunity to ask questions.

South Atlanta Educational Complex includes the schools of Law and Social Justice, Computer Animation and Design and Health and Medical Sciences. The schools serves approximately 900 students in grades 9-12.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Summer Reading List Preview

Want to see what's on the horizon for Summer? It's just around the corner you know. Check out next year's Summer Reading List.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Watson and Holmes: Butt-kicking, Crime-Solving, Black Sherlock Holmes Comic
Graphic Novels and Comics are at the forefront of new media in the 21st Century, and it helps that a whole host of new publications feature characters of color. Check out the new incarnation of the Sherlock Holmes set in Harlem. You can also check out graphic novels in the library. Ask Mrs. Miles for recommendations.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Looking for YA Books with Black Female Protagonists?

Here's a great convo via Twitter that lists great books with Black Female Protagonists. Check them out. Sorry, no urban drama here, just fantasy, romance, sci-fi and more!

Poetry Out Loud

Attention Teacher: It's that time again. If you have students who would like to compete for up to $50,000 in scholarship money then send them to the Media Center to sign up for Poetry Out Loud. Rules can be found at the web site where they will need to pick two poems.