Hope Hill Elementary School needs some assistance!

Hope Hill ElementaryHope Hill Elementary School needs some donations of healthy snacks during CRCT Testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders. Testing is April 23-May 1.

Contact Maureen Wheeler, Principal mtwheeler@atlanta.k12.ga.us, 404.802.7450

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Education Committee Update – Centennial Place Elementary Conversion to Charter School Status

A message from Janet Kinard, Program Manager for Centennial Place Academy Conversion

Good afternoon, NPU Leaders,
I wanted to take a moment to update you on changes happening at one of your neighborhood schools.  Centennial Place Elementary has spent the past eight months working through a process to convert to a charter school within the Atlanta Public School system.  Final approval was received from the Georgia Board of Education on February 20.  We will become the first conversion charter within APS.  This plan is an exciting one for Centennial Place (Elementary) Academy, allowing us Centennial Elementary Schoolto more deeply and intentionally engage our partners to build our academic program to serve the needs of our community.  We will be working to become Georgia Tech’s lab school for STEAM education and will be using a project-based delivery of the curriculum.  Other partners include the Coca Cola Company, the Atlanta Housing Authority, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, and Georgia State University.  Our champion partner in this effort is The Integral Group, who originally redeveloped the area where the school sits.
The transformation of the school into Centennial Place Academy (CPA) also includes adding the middle grades.  This will allow us to continue the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum, developing students prepared to enter any high school of their choosing.  We feel the K-8 model will be particularly effective for our student population; and we have the data and research both internally and externally to support this.
CPA will maintain its current attendance zone for the elementary school students.  However, the Atlanta Public Schools administration decided this week not to allow the option of Inman for middle school students living in our zone and for Centennial Place Academy to completely assume the middle school zone, as we add a grade per year.  So, that means that current families with rising 7th and 8th graders will stay at Inman, while families of rising 6th graders will be zoned for Centennial Place Academy instead.  This proposed change would go to the Board of Education for final approval.
Our school leadership has been, throughout this conversion process, requesting time to stabilize and build out our middle school program before assuming the full zone.  So, we requested that families have an option for three years until we reach full capacity and have a permanent structure.  In other words, families of rising 6th graders would have an option to stay at Centennial or continue to Inman.  We also knew this transition could be difficult for our neighborhoods and, although we reached out to many of them individually, they were not part of the formal conversion approval process.
We have begun outreach to neighborhoods in our zone, but request support from you to get the information out.  There will likely be concern from many of our neighborhoods that Inman Middle is no longer an option.  The district has not held the public meetings usually associated with rezoning decisions or provided general public outreach about the proposed change.  We are attempting to get the word out so neighborhoods can address this as they see fit.
The final decision is in the hands of the Board of Education, who will vote at their next board meeting, Monday, April 14.  If a neighborhood feels that Inman should still be an option, I would encourage them to write/contact the members of the Board of Education.
Please let me know if you have questions, would like to discuss this more fully, or any other way I can assist.
On another note, we are so very excited about our transformation and will be reaching out after August to invite our community to witness the changes.
Parent and community member
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Minutes now available from the March 24, 2014 General Membership Meeting

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Citizens Police Academy

The Atlanta Police Citizens Academy will conduct training.  Classes are Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm.  Must apply to attend.  Call 404.209.5250 or email abclay@atlantaga.gov.

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NPU M General Membership Meeting March 24, 2014 – Agenda

Access the meeting agenda here.

Review the minutes for approval from the February General Membership meeting by clicking here.

See you Monday 3/24 6:30pm Helene Mills Center 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue 30312



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Centennial Place Elementary 5K

DATE:  Start: Saturday, March 1, 2014
ADDRESS:  Klaus Advanced Computing Building on Georgia Tech Campus, 266 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta , GA 30332
REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE:  Friday, February 28, 2014
ORGANIZER’S WEBSITE:  http://cpschoolfoundation.org/

Click here to register

More information:  CPSF – 2014 5K FLYER (Community)

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Latest news regarding the New Stadium From Creative Loafing 2/20/14

Read about the new stadium and issues – Be Aware!

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Great video from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

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NOTICE: Landuse Rescheduled

The regular land use meeting has been rescheduled due to last weeks inclement weather. The meeting will be held:

  • Wednesday February 19, 2014
  • 6:00PM
  • Keller Williams Realty Intown
    • 621 North Avenue NE C50
    • Atlanta, GA 30308
    • Enter through the back/southern entrance of the Southern Dairies complex. Nicole Levine and/or Fiona Sites-Bowen will be there early to help guide people.

Bylaws require 48 hours notice for a meeting.  There will be no Executive Committee meeting on this date

Agenda:  NPU-M Land Use Special – February 2014 

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The street cars are here, so is another road closure

Be patient and read more here by clicking here.

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NPU M General Body Meeting Minutes: 01.27.14

Check out the meeting minutes for the January 27, 2014 NPU M General Body Membership meeting.  Click here to read.  For approval at the NPU M General Body meeting on Monday February 24, 2014.  

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Summary of NPU M Retreat, February 1, 2014 — involvement, engagement, volunteering, committees

Thank you all for sharing your time, your passion, and your ideas! You made Saturday’s retreat a resounding success for Neighborhood Planning Unit M! About 50 neighbors came out from all over our NPU, several from surrounding NPUs (X, V, and Z), an at-large council member took part (Andre Dickens, Post 3), Jay Tribby came from our District 2 council member’s (Kwanza Hall) office, and our District 4 council member (Cleta Winslow) gave $200 to defray costs for the retreat. Several seniors came, several millennials, lots of us in between them in age, and one committee ended with hugs all round between some excited millennials and seniors.

Structure: Each committee discussed possible priorities for the coming year, and the flip charts from those conversations are attached here. Committees will always be open to your input, just like the General Body meetings. Each neighborhood will have one vote on each committee, but any resident, business owner, or organization representative within the NPU M boundary will be heard. The committees will be reporting to and advising the General Body and Executive Committee on issues brought to them by neighbors and the representatives appointed by each neighborhood association. They’ll also be following issues and legislation pending before their respective City Council committees and reporting back to us. Committees will choose their officers soon, and will have a chair, vice chair, and secretary. For more information on our committee structure and operation, our bylaws and rules can be downloaded here.  Scroll down for summaries of each committee’s work from the retreat.

How to get involved and stay informed: Contact vicechair@npumatlanta.org for more information on how you can get involved — it’s not all just meetings, there’s lots of ways to be part of making NPU M and our neighborhoods even better. We’ll continue to be in touch by email, our website (npumatlanta.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/npumatlanta), and on Twitter (@NPU_M). And be sure to check back here and come to our monthly meetings for more information, too! The fourth Monday of each month, at 6:30 PM, we meet as a General Body of the entire membership — at Helene Mills Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
Don’t hesitate to contact us! You can sign up to get our email updates using the tool on our webpage.


Matthew Jones, Vice Chair

NEXT STEPS and committee discussion summaries:

Next meeting: February 25, 5pm at Cosby Spear highrise – 4th Wednesday

  • Reduce energy usage by turning light poles off during the day
  • Areas of interest
    • Airport
    • Street Abandonment

Next meeting: February 12, 7pm at Condesa Coffee

  • Title I Funding on Day 1 of school year.
  • Hope Hill Playground – Phase I – City Park Playground II & III – APS property
  • Superintendent Search
  • Allocation of resources – Budgeting
  • Centennial Conversion from Public to Charter
  • Inman Middle & Grady capacity issues and solutions
  • Mentor Program / Parent Involvement
  • Elementary School Partnerships i.e. Hope Hill Elementary and Morningside
  • Access to APS facilities not in use
    • Howard Gym
    • Howard Field
    • Walden Field
  • Meetings with Board of Education Members
    • Leslie Grant
    • Courtney English
    • Cynthia Briscoe-Brown
    • John Esteves
    • Matt Westmoreland

CD / HR (Community Development and Human Resources)
Next meeting: February 16, 3pm at TBD location

  • Temporary shelter for homeless
  • Codify process of when to open
  • Warming centers
  • Atlanta Workforce Development (quarterly reporting)
  • Invest Atlanta (quarterly reporting)
  • For funding of economic development
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Jobs!
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum
  • Atlanta Housing Authority
  • BeltLine

Next meeting: February 25, 5pm at Cosby Spear highrise – 4th Wednesday

  • Street Usage
  • Movement of vehicles
  • Parking
  • Road Safety / Pedestrian Sidewalks / ADA Compliance
  • Repair of Sidewalks
  • City streets vs. State routes
  • The Gulch / MMPT (Multi-modal Passenger Terminal) – Infrastructure of viaducts
    • Transit connections (MARTA / suburban coaches)
    • Transit economic stimulus (Streetcar / port of Savannah)
  • Bicycle paths
    • BeltLine cycle tracks

Committee on Council
Next Meeting: February 24, 5:30pm at Condessa Coffee Shop – 4th Monday

  • ½ of committee attending APAB Leadership Training
  • “Watchdog” + “Oversight” of council
  • Personal passions as a focus
  • Meet + Greet with Mary Norwood
  • Keep track of council agenda and documentation (disseminate to NPU M committees)
  • Recruit from 4th & SAND and Marietta Street Artery

Land Use / Zoning
Next meeting: February 10, 6pm at Atlanta Medical Center Pavilion

  • New monthly meeting time TBD (proposed 4th Thursday)
  • Events
    / Festivals & Permits (back up from city on apps)
  • New Zoning Ordinance Process
  • Process / Relationships with applicants
  • Ordinances on zoning from council
  • Set back variances
  • Members

Public Safety
Next meeting: February 6, 6:30pm at Helene Mills Senior Center

  • Sub commitee that does strategy
  • Less than 50% of the meeting will be devoted to what has happened in the pass
  • Mini task forces – example add camera’s to APD systems
  • Analysis and prioritizes social media and compare to APD report ( for example the person’s who home in Auburn area…we should have reached out that person and gotten them a face to face with APD)
  • Coordinate and create a relationship with private patrols in NPUM
  • Bring all video stream into private to identify who are our offenders
  • Fire safety – identify seniors and others that need smoke alarms and batteries – Volunteer outing for time change with Fire Department
  • Boulevard and Ralph Mc Gill – kids have to walk around the street to get to school (look at maybe having a patrol to assist)
  • Code enforcement – each neighborhood create their own list
  • Topic Meeting – Business
  • Know your neighbors
  • Public Safety around public feeding (code and other violations)
  • Connect Land Use to add a list of neighborhood issues and add safety
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