• Perkerson Elementary Open House and More School Information

    Perkerson Elementary Open House for Capitol View Parents and Community

    Principal Harmon of Capitol View Elementary and Principal Dawson of Perkerson Elementary organized an open house for parents and community from Capitol View, Tuesday evening, April 8th at 6PM.  For those who are not aware, on April 30th, the Atlanta Board of Education made it official that Capitol View Elementary would be closed starting at the end of the 2011-2012 school year and current Capitol View Elementary students would be zoned to Perkerson Elementary starting in the 2012-2013 school year.  This open house was organized in order to help ease the transition for parents and children that would be moving to Perkerson Elementary in the coming year.

    Principal Dawson gave a short PowerPoint presentation in the school auditorium where parents were given a chance to ask questions about Perkerson and the transition.  In addition to transition issues, Principal Dawson talked briefly about the Georgia’s  ESEA Flexibility Waiver which they filed in September 2011 which will give Georgia schools more flexibility in the way the state measures schools for accountability. Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) will no longer be used.  Frequently asked questions with regard to the Georgia ESEA waiver are available by clicking above.  The actual ESEA Flexibility Request from February 2012, which includes a comprehensive description of the new state accountability system is also available.   Principal Dawson emphasized with Principal Harmon that care is being given to mixing Capitol View and Perkerson students equally in the classrooms.  Next, parents were able to go and visit with the teachers of the respective grades that their children would be entering.  (Click here for a map of the school and a list of teachers)  Activities were provided for children while parents were able to talk to the teachers and get an idea of class schedule, curriculum, and resources.

    Principal Dawson has been at Perkerson Elementary for one year and is very well liked by the teachers and community.  He will, however, be moving to a new position in the coming year.  APS will be interviewing a pool of candidates for the principal position at Perkerson Elementary during the month of May and should make a decision by June.  Candidates from closed schools such as Capitol View Elementary were encouraged to apply for these positions and be interviewed.  Likewise, APS has held internal job fairs and has encouraged the teachers of the closing schools to apply for positions at schools like Perkerson Elementary where there will be an increase in enrollment.

    Perkerson Elementary Newsletter

    Perkerson Elementary has issued four newsletters this year to keep the parents and community informed about activities.  The February newsletter highlighted some of the Fall Semester achievements.  Most importantly, the school made AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) for the 2010-2011 school year.  AYP is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments. The AYP results are available on the Georgia Department of Education website. They were also 1 of the 24 schools in the Atlanta Public Schools that received a $5,000 Laura Bush Media Grant which will help the school expand, update, and diversify their library book collections.


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