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Volume 14, Number 1

The AASD Panther Tracks

Students and staff rock with the Atlanta Clark University drummers.

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

Fall/Winter 2009

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 2009-2010 Kenney Moore, School Director Office Manager, Andrea Johnson Principal, Vanessa Robisch Human Resources Shelly Glenn, Receptionist/Secretary Bobbie Little, Personnel Technician Kerri Harbin, Secretary Reception Desk Content Specialists Alexis Carter, Receptionist/Secretary Sandy Huston, Literacy Business Office Helen Malone, Accessing the Standards Annie Franklin, Administrative Operations Specialist Marrie Tronolone, Science Robin Jones, Accountant Paraprofessional Teaching/Faculty Vacant, Storekeeper Resource Teachers Food Services Mary Carol Cowart, Math May Helen Johnson, Manager Shelley Parker, Reading Annie Jones J.R. Roberson, Language Rhonda Misher Early Childhood/Elementary Lynette Rodgers Kerilyn Anderson Alisha Moore Shawn Simpson Jennifer Chastain Cynda Rosenbaum Maintenance Crystal Daniels LaDonna Sutton Ray Pineda, Maintenance Engineer Dara Duggan Jasmine Taylor Robert Calloway, Skilled Utility Worker Brenda Flanagan Steven Ware Jessie Boddie Emily Friedberg Frances Willis Victor Calloway Angie Mathews Emily Youssef Fernandez Maloyd Melissa Moffatt Middle School Jarvis Ross Donna Boatwright Magen Otwell John Saydee Tina Caloud Natalie Pereles Student Support Services/Operations Coordinator Elyse Ferrell Jody Phillips Don Galloway, Student Services Coordinator Kristi Merriweather Marsha Walker Doug Johnson, Operation Analysis Technician High School Carrie Kalberg, Program Associate Asume Bakari Heather Lyda Diagnostic and Evaluation Unit Clayton Bowers Dana Nave Dr. Maura Lieberman, Lead Audiologist Heather Cahow Sheryl Nelson Gray McKenzie, Educational Diagnostician Patty Cox Chris Patterson Lori Schmidt, Psychologist Alice Ferland Kayleen Pugh Dr. Andrea Thow, Audiologist Edith Garrett Jessica Walker Interpreting Services Jamia Green Chantel Watkins Donna Flanders, Sign Language Interpreter Ashley Hall Diedre Wells Nella Ginocchio, Spanish Interpreter Graduation Coach Faith Powell, Sign Language Interpreter Lee Ann Pendergrass Health and Social Work Services Transition Coordinator Dona Harris, School Social Worker Adam Garfinkel Pat Walker, School Nurse Recreation/PE Occupational/Physical Therapy Nneka Alston, Recreation Director Stefanie Baker, PT Electives Julie McGuire, OT Ben Smith, Physical Education Michelle Postles, OT Lorraine Walker, Health/Social Skills State Testing and Assessments Andrea Waterstone, Drama/Art Amanda Chilvers, State Testing and Assessments Coordinator Michelle Weaver-Fudge, Technology Media Center Paraprofessionals Kathy Hope, Media Specialist Reggie Bess Ericka Lipscomb Catherine Johnson Karen Bonner April Malyski Lena Quinsenberry Krista Coleman Joyce Miller Technology Toni Dimas LaRhonda Strickland Ali Rashad, Systems Analyst Shamia Freeman Darlene Thomas Professional Learning Elizabeth Howard Danielle Valenza Gail Allen, Professional Learning Coordinator Franchesca Johnson Marie-Lies Von Asten Georgia PINES Communication/Speech Clare Sullivan, Program Manager Stephnie Booher, Lead Karmon Cain, Administrative Assistant Katie Boyd Kitt Meaders, INSITE/VIISA Coordinator Astrida Greco, Auditory-Verbal Therapist Alice Stanley, SKI-HI Coordinator Kimberly Sherman GMIC Wendy Wolf Jim Downs, Program Manager Educational Support Staff Shantze Grant-Waters Amy Cohen-Efron, School Psychologist Chris Ritts Amanda Adams, Bridges Specialist Media Technology, Joyce Fongbemi

Publication Staff Editor..........................................Stephnie Booher Staff Writers............ Nneka Alston, Kerilyn Anderson, Reggie Bess, Donna Boatwright, Stephnie Booher, Clayton Bowers, Heather Cahow, Dara Duggan, Don Galloway, Dona Harris, Kathy Hope, Kenney Moore, Lee Ann Pendergrass, Natalie Pereles, Kayleen Pugh, Clare Sullivan, Lorraine Walker Student Writers........Erika Carrazco, Jesus Ontiveros, Keyonal Singleton, Hugo Soto, Ru Zhen Zou

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 890 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, Georgia 30021 404-296-7101 (voice) 404-498-3803

Table of Contents

AASD Today........................................................2 Welcome New Students.......................................3 AASD Welcomes New Staff................................3 Preschool Gets a New Playground.......................3 A Walk in the Fall................................................4 Halloween Trick-or-Treating................................4 Atlanta History Center.........................................5 Fernbank's Museum of Natural History...............5 Math Club............................................................6 Chess Club...........................................................6 Games and Movies..............................................6 Pep Club...............................................................7 Panther Chefs.......................................................7 Student Council....................................................7 Fall Festival 2009.................................................8 Halloween Around the School.............................12 Macbeth..............................................................14 Anne Frank Photographic Exhibit.......................14 Graduation/Transition Corner.............................15 AASD Library News "Reading Can Take You Anywhere"......16 Transition to College...........................................17 AASD Sports Report..........................................18 Boy's Basketball.................................................18 Girl's Basketball.................................................18 Soccer.................................................................19 Volleyball............................................................19 Parent Involvement Takes a Huge Step.................20 Georgia PINES Is on the Go..............................21

Fall/Winter 2009 1

AASD Today

Dear AASD Families and Friends, As we near the end of the first semester of the 20092010 school year, I think it is the perfect time to acknowledge the efforts of some incredible groups of people that continue to help make AASD such an amazing school. First, I want to thank the truly inspiring staff of AASD. They started the school year facing some daunting challenges including three unpaid furlough days and little preplanning time to get buildings, classrooms, and lesson plans ready for the students' first day of school, but they did it in record time. I've never seen the school look so good. On that first day of school, each classroom and building looked as if staff had spent weeks preparing for students to arrive. Teachers started the first day with high quality instruction and have continued to do so each and every day as they implement the Georgia Performance Standards and strategies to address students' IEP goals. Second, parents also deserve recognition. Throughout this semester, parents have continued to show their unwavering dedication to AASD and their children's education by accomplishing many praiseworthy activities including serving on the School Council, bringing students to Saturday tutoring sessions, attending parental involvement workshops, supporting after-school activities, attending IEP meetings, and reading to and with their children at home. It's been a pleasure to meet many of you at school events and to get to know a lot of you on a first name basis.

Last, I want to give my thanks to the most important group of people at AASD, the students. I've been impressed with their focus in class and their commitment to their education. As I walk around the school, I see students engaged in learning with genuine enthusiasm to be at school. From the moment they arrive at school to the time they leave, the students brighten staff's day and keep us all focused on our school's mission to meet the individual needs of our deaf and hard-of-hearing students by empowering them to achieve their highest potential. I appreciate all the positive and motivating things each and every one of you have done to make the first semester of school an enormous success. I'm looking forward to seeing what we all can accomplish together as a team during the next part of the school year! If you have any questions about AASD, please feel free to contact me. As always, thank you for your continued support! Best Regards, Kenney Moore School Director "Excellence Everyday, That's the Pather Way"

Kenney Moore greets parents at registration. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 2

Here they come on the first day of school.

Welcome New Students

We have many new faces in the classrooms at AASD this fall. The early childhood department welcomes Ashley Artega, age 3, from Hall County; Aiden Black, age 4, and Stormy Byrd, age 5 from Newton County; Alexander Munoz, age 3, from Henry County; and Avery Reynolds, age 5, and Raybon Zinn, age 2, from Fulton County. The elementary department is happy to have Trinity Arreola, age 6, from Monroe County; Tyquan Butler, age 6, Rosa Perez, age 5, and Deyanira Rodrigues, age 11, from Gwinnett County; Rashaud Finch, age 7, from Gainesville City; Cameron Jones, age 10, from Cobb County; Marquize Nash, age 8, from Fulton County; Ackhanary Phadoungsyavong, age 11, from Henry County; and Victorias Smith, age 7, from Bibb County. In the middle school classrooms, welcome Robert Bullard, age 11, and Jenny Nicolas, age 13, from Clayton County; Brett Eastwood, age 14, from Coweta County; Wilson Mask, age 12, from Newton County; Liban Mohamed, age 12, Luis Naranjo, age 13, and RaJonne Townsell, age 12, from DeKalb County; and Jontavious Richey, age 15, from Rockdale County. High school offers a warm welcome to Christina Anderson, age 18, Crystal Cruz, age 17, Felix Dickerson, age 18, and Tiana Miles, age 17, from Gwinnett County; and Charline Arkue, age 15, and Kevin Hernandaz, age 15, from DeKalb County.

AASD Welcomes New Staff

We also are happy to welcome many new faces to the staff of AASD this fall. The early childhood and elementary departments are glad to have new teachers Kerilyn Anderson, Crystal Daniels, and Emily Friedberg. The middle school department welcomes Elyse Ferrell, Jody Phillips, and Marsha Walker. In high school, we welcome Edith Garrett, Ashley Hall, and Sheryl Nelson. We also welcome new paraprofessionals Karen Bonner and Marie-Lies Von Asten. In the communication unit, we are happy to have speech therapist Katie Boyd. Administration welcomes Kerri Harbin as a new secretary. The maintenance department is thrilled to have our new maintenance engineer, Ray Pineda, and his new staff Victor Calloway and Fernandez Maloyd. The diagnostics and evaluation team is also pleased to have Lori Schmidt join them as a school psychologist.

Preschool Gets a New Playground

The preschool playground has a new updated look! Many teachers and students remember the big wooden play structure that was purchased with money from the first annual Fall Festival way back when. Many children had fun playing on it during the years, but it was finally time to take it down and replace it with new equipment. There is now a new climbing structure, a fun tire swing that always has a line waiting to swing, and several other pieces of play equipment. More equipment should be coming later in the year. The children watched the progress of installation from the preschool cafeteria window. Pictures were posted to help the students understand the sequence of events. Come check out the new preschool playground and see what all the fun is about!

Erika Carrazco welcomes new student Rosa Perez.

Aiden and Collin enjoy the new climbing equipment. Fall/Winter 2009 3

A Walk in the Fall

What is more fun than running through leaves in the fall? Taking a fall walk at Stone Mountain, of course! Preschool took its annual walk along the nature trail at Stone Mountain on November 9, 2009. The students prepared for the walk by doing many fall activities in the classroom. They made leaves using different colored tissue paper, so they were ready for the wide range of colors they saw while walking the trail. They read a story about a chipmunk looking for nuts, so when they saw the first nuts on the ground, screams of excitement broke out. Sorting activities using items from trees helped to prepare the students for types of objects to collect. Each student had a bag to use for collecting nuts, leaves, moss, bark, and other interesting finds. The bags were weighted down with treasures to sort through back at school. The trail had bridges for us to walk over, rocks over streams to hop across, and tree trunks to sit on. It was a wonderful walk, and the students were exhausted by the time we reached the bus to go back to school. The ride back was full of tired, sleepy children.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating

The tradition at AASD for many years has been for the preschool classes to dress up in their Halloween finest and hit the halls of the school for Trick-or-Treating. This year was no exception. Twelve adorable little cats, firemen, princesses, tigers, and dinosaurs, along with teachers and parents, went from classroom to classroom knocking on doors, signing "trick-or-treat," and watching the goodies multiply in their bags. Some of the teachers in high school had their students participate by giving out the treats. This gave the older students the opportunity to share in the experience. Some of the older students remember their days of trick-or-treating here at AASD. High school student Lavan Hood commented after seeing the little ones that he wished he could go back to being a kid again. The faculty and staff were very generous in supporting the annual trickor-treating. We had over forty teachers and staff members participate. A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped to provide a wonderful and safe trick-or-treating experience for the students.

What a beautiful day for a fall walk.

Jasmine, Carly, Emily, Omar, and Jennifer are all dressed up.

Da'Nayia stands inside a hollow tree. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 4

Knock, knock, trick-or-treat!

Atlanta History Center

On Wednesday, November 11, 2009, the fourth and fifth grade classes went on a field trip to the Atlanta History Center. Ms. Alisha Moore and Ms. Kerilyn Anderson's classes learned about the Native Americans who lived in Georgia, and Ms. Brenda Flanagan, Ms. Jasmine Taylor, and Ms. Frances Willis' classes went on a tour to learn more about the Civil War. The students were able to see artifacts from each of the time periods as they added to their knowledge of each subject area. The fourth graders even got the chance to make and color their own masks similar to those the Native Americans wore many years ago. After the two hour informational tour, the students ate lunch and then each class went off and looked through the history center some more on their own. The students saw exhibitions about the Olympics, Native Americans, the Civil War, and Golf. They enjoyed going to the museum and learning about social studies outside the walls of AASD!

Fernbank's Museum of Natural History

On October 20, 2009, the middle school students went on a field trip to Fernbank Science Center. The students were given time to explore the Museum of Natural History on their own. They were awed by the fossil casts of some of the world's largest dinosaurs. The students and teachers learned about prehistoric life and the history of animals in Georgia as they toured the museum. We were also fortunate to see the temporary exhibit on gold. It was very interesting to see how gold has been used in different cultures throughout the centuries. Following our self-guided tour we assembled in the auditorium for a lesson on the destructive power of the Earth. Through demonstrations, discussion, and video the students were able to discover what makes massive slabs of rock move and how these events have helped shape our planet. Following the presentation, the students ate lunch amongst the dinosaurs! What a wonderful trip!

How would you like to meet this guy in the woods?

It looks like we are about to be shot by a cannon.

Juan Mejia and Nayani Vasquez

We learned lots of historical facts.

Everyone posed for a group shot. Fall/Winter 2009 5

Clubs and Activities

Math Club

Mary Carol Cowart advises the Math Club. The members are Amir Ahmed, Josiah Conchola, Ayner Garcia, Cecilia Jimenez, Luiz Naranjo, Rajonne Townsell, Shu Min Zheng, and Ru Zhen Zou. The students work on math problem solving projects together. The club meets every other Tuesday from 12:10-12:45.

Jorae, Marqisha, and Shomari enjoy chess in the morning.

Everyone gathers around to watch the action. Geometry and lunch go well together.

Games and Movies

Every Friday the students have an opportunity to watch a popular movie and play board games during their lunchtime. The activity begins at 10:45 and continues through the latest lunch at 1:50. The Students work together for a better understanding of math. students have watched movies such as The Legend of Johnny Lingo, Mulan, Lilo and Stitch, Hoot, Chess Club Firehouse Dog, Wonder Woman, and Like Mike. The games are the current Uno games, Jenga, We offer the students an opportunity to participate Connect 4, Chess, Sorry, and Blockus. The students in the Chess Club in the mornings during breakfast, are really enjoying this opportunity. and the middle school students have an extra opportunity during their lunchtime every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The club's advisor is Zoom Bakari. The students have learned the names of the chess pieces and how each one moves uniquely. They are now learning and practicing strategy skills. They have so much fun, and they are always ready to play. It is a sight to see them studiously pondering over a chessboard, quizzically trying to plan strategies and anticipate their opponent's next move. Catch up on the latest movies at After School Activities.

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Pep Club

Members of the Pep Club help support the AASD Panthers in every way. They stay after school to watch the games, make posters to boost school spirit, and sell refereshments to earn money for the sports programs. Come join our Pep Club!

Mackenzie and Catlin learn how to spread dough.

Ru Zhen, Oscar, and Shu Min paint posters for the game.

Ummmm, look at the delicious results.

Jessica and Oliveria put the finishing touches on their poster.

Panther Chefs

Since the beginning of our 2009-2010 school year, we have been hosting Panther Chefs every Tuesday from 2:45 - 5:00. During this time, students learn the basics of writing recipes, working together as a team, making a kid-friendly snack, cleaning a kitchen, and basic nutrition. So far this year, we have made monkey bread, homemade macaroni and cheese, puppy chow (sweet dessert), among other recipes. We encourage all of our students to join in the after school program and learn more about cooking. It is fun, and you get to eat too! Thanks go to sponsors Heather Cahow and Nneka Alston.

Thomas Moody prepares the pans for baking.

Student Council

The Student Council meets every Thursday from 12:10-12:50. We have opened our representation to the middle school. The Student Council discusses many issues facing our students such as cafeteria food, uniforms, prom, graduation, and fund-raising. Presently, the Vice President position is open. Soon, the Student Council will have elections.

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Fall Festival 2009

The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf hosted our 18 th Annual Fall Festival on our campus on Saturday, November 7, 2009. The family-friendly event welcomed festival-goers of all ages from the deaf community and beyond. The weather was nice and warm and the turnout was amazing. Everyone joined in the family fun at AASD by browsing in the vendors area, bidding on silent and live auction items, enjoying the delicious cotton candy and sweets, playing baseball outdoors, participating in the famous cakewalk, playing fun carnival games, winning prizes, looking at the wonderful art students created with their own hands, eating hot dogs or Chick-fil-A sandwiches in the cafeteria, and socializing with families and friends. We made a huge profit this year, so it was a successful Fall Festival. We want to thank everyone for their generous help in making this Fall Festival a success. Thanks, all!

Cotten candy was a popular feature this year.

Playing in the sandbox is so much fun!

It was a perfect Fall Festival day.

The vendors are selling their wares. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 8

The bake sale ladies have plenty of goodies for you.

There are so many prizes it is hard to choose. I'm only enduring this for my mom.

Even former teachers come to Fall Festival!

Guitar hero makes an appearance.

Hey Mom, I won a cake.

Old friends and former students reunite.

It's so much fun to hang out with old friends.

Aiden has fun playing in the duck pond. Fall/Winter 2009 9

Fall/Winter

Making friends at registration

State Board members read The Hungry Caterpillar.

Service Juris Day

Chilling out on Servis Juris Day.

First day of school

Emily and Omar play before school.

A lovely day for a walk in the woods.

Aiden plays the accordian.

Jody get's into Mix/Match Day. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 10

Kathy Scudder with her Ga. PINES child.

Ew, puppy chow looks gross.

Activities

Travis is comfortable.

We're ready for science lab.

Wise Woman

It's Fall Festival time

Shayne paints his face.

Clowning around on Halloween

Jeremy and his mother at registration

Oh no, the AASD Panther is sick.

Brittney Brown is interviewed by ABC news.

The Fall Festival Court

Heather Lyda asks why.

CAU Drummers Fall/Winter 2009 11

Halloween Around the School

The middle school and high school students enjoyed themselves at their Halloween parties this fall. They ate lots of sweet goodies and socialized with their friends, some in costumes or makeup. At the end of the day, students were given Halloween candy to take home to get a head start on their trick-or-treat loot for the evening. Below are some of the highlights of the day, as well as some interesting costumes.

Elementary students relax after their party.

The little ones head out for candy!

Students decorate bags for their take-home candy.

Catlin don's a pretty costume. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 12

Jaina Clark and Carly Ortega are ready to go.

The high school teachers serve the hungry masses.

Avery Reynolds takes a little break.

Brittney Brown gets into the Halloween spirit.

Nicky makes an adorable Tigger.

Shu Min shows off her bag decorated in Chinese.

Kelly Roberts is a pretty little devil. Fall/Winter 2009 13

was awesome. Tiana Miles liked Lady Macbeth's clothes and would like to dress that way today. It On October 27, 2009, the high school students and was a great experience to see a Shakespearean play. teachers went to the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern By: Keyonal Singelton to watch the play Macbeth. There were two interpreters provided for us. The main character in Anne Frank Photographic Exhibit the play was Macbeth. Other characters included Lady Macbeth, who was Macbeth's wife; Macbeth's cousin, King Duncan; three witches; On November 12, 2009, Mr. Bowers' 10th grade Governor MacDuff, and Banquo, Macbeth's best English class went on a field trip in Decatur. The friend. students wrote comments on what they saw and how it affected them. Below are some excerpts Macbeth's cousin, King Duncan, was the king of from their essays. England. Macbeth was very selfish and wanted to be the king himself. The three witches had a I got to go to Anne Frank's photographic exhibit. smoking magic cauldron and they made prophecies Wow, I thought to myself as I leaned forward about what would happen. It was totally cool. One towards the exhibit's wall photos that were of the characters named Porter was very funny. He authentic. In one of her childhood photos, Anne kept moving around the stage like he was clumsy, Frank reflected on life's happiness. She grew up and he talked too much. He made us all laugh. as a happy child; her family found life to be content and peaceful. It was all shattered when Nazi Germany caught her family and sent them to camp. Anne's beautiful smile gradually faded away. I felt sorrow for what happened to them afterwards. By: Ru Zhen Zou

Macbeth

"Double, double, boil and trouble."

Macbeth killed his cousin King Duncan while he slept. Governor MacDuff didn't know who killed the king, but he found that it was Macbeth. He and his soldiers fought against Macbeth. At the close of the play, MacDuff stabbed Macbeth and then cut off his head. MacDuff held up the bloody fake My classmates, my two teachers, and I went to the old Decatur courthouse to see Anne Frank's photos head for the audience to see. that showed her family in Germany and Holland. The students really enjoyed the play. Lesly de La Ru Zhen and I looked at one picture that showed Luz liked the three witches and how they made Anne when she was a little girl with her family. prophecies to Macbeth. Ian Thompson said the "Wow," said Ru Zhen and I. Both of us felt like we smoke and fog scared him, and the severed head got to know Anne better as we studied her diary in was creepy. Amir Ahmed said the witches' cauldron class. My feelings were sad that the Jews and other

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I felt sad as I walked through Anne Frank's photographic exhibit. So many pictures told awful stories about the killings. The exhibit was located in the old Decatur courthouse. The many photographs told true stories about Europe's dark history during 1930s and 40s. One photograph showed Nazi Germans killing Jews, Deaf, blind, and black people. Germany did not like mixing with other races. I enjoyed the Anne Frank's photographic exhibit, even though I became tired from all the standing and walking. By: Jesus Ontiveros

people became poor and did not have jobs because the Nazis limited their opportunities by establishing anti-Jewish laws. I was so mad! I disliked the Nazis in Germany. What they did to the Jews and others was wrong! I think that Anne's family were sweet and loved each other very much. The events in Anne Frank's diary really did happen. By: Erika Carrazco Yesterday, I went to the Anne Frank's Photographic Exhibit at the old courthouse in Decatur. I saw Anne Frank's photos that were taken in Germany and Holland and all these photos are genuine. I saw one photo that really shocked me. It was a picture of a boy who was 17 years old. The caption below the picture explained that he had his head cut off because he was anti-Nazi and was caught passing out literature that was against Hitler. The boy strongly opposed Hitler for killing Jewish people. What really shocked me was that the boy was the same age as me. By: Hugo Soto

All high school students must successfully pass their courses with a C or higher and pass five Georgia High School Graduation Test, (GHSGT). During the junior year, the students start taking these tests, which are: Written Essay, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. These are standardized exams and our students find it very challenging. To improve your child's ability to pass the GHSGT you can do the following: Read to them or encourage them to read. Ask them to tell you about the book, magazine, etc. from which you read. Outside of school homework, your child should read at least 30 minutes a night. Your child should write daily. This will develop their English skills to help them write sentences, paragraphs, and, ultimately, an essay. Show your child what is happening around them, take them on trips, and watch the news together. Our children need to "hear" current events. Ask them for their opinions. Why does he/ she feel this way? This helps them explain their opinion with facts, feelings, etc. This will help with critical thinking skills Sign to your child. This will show your child you want to communicate with him/her. You will be able to share your opinions, thoughts, and ideas. Our students need to rise to the challenge to earn their diploma. With lots of help, love and encouragement you, as a parent, can make the biggest difference in their schooling and more importantly help your child be the best he/she can be.

Erika, Ru Zhen, Hugo, Jesus, and Mr. Bowers

Graduation/Transition Corner

Every teacher's desire is for their students to become lifelong learners. When this occurs, a student naturally will want to do the best he/she can forever. In the AASD high school department, we want our students to do their best as they aim for their high school diploma. This is not an easy task, but with encouragement, support, and help at home your child will succeed on a higher level in school and, ultimately, in life. Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail. Marva Collins

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The Weekly Reader program, Read to Succeed, will begin in January and run through the end of February for elementary students. Students who Our school-wide reading theme this year is about read for a total of 600 minutes in that time period the adventure and learning that takes place when will win a free ticket to Six Flags that can be used you read! Our students have read almost 2000 during the summer of 2010. books so far this year. Our goal is 8,000, and we have every confidence that we can accomplish our In February, we will also begin our school-wide goal. Students involved in our AR Panther Reading Pennies for Peace program. We will be using the club are working toward a reward trip to Jillian's program developed by Greg Mortenson and using his book Three Cups of Tea. Look for more in the spring. information in the early winter. Happy reading, If you drop by the school, please take a moment to everyone!

AASD Library News "Reading Can Take You Anywhere"

look at the bulletin board outside of the auditorium. When students read fifteen books they get a car in the parking garage. When they read twenty five their car is moved onto the road and they begin their journey. Each year we have had at least three students who end the year reading more than 200 books. We can't wait to see who reaches that milestone this school year.

Middle school students play Wii baseball.

A dinosuar party isn't complete without a dinosaur story. The dinosaur egg safari was fun too.

Sammy tries to pin the skull on the dinosaur. Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 16

It is fascinating to watch magic dinosaur eggs hatch and grow.

Transition to College

In the past few months, our students were given opportunities to explore postsecondary options. Our students need to become aware that there are opportunities waiting for them once they graduate from high school. This semester the juniors and seniors had the opportunity to visit Georgia State University (GSU) Evan Ferguson and Ian Thompson are cool men on campus. in Atlanta. They received information about the services being offered for the deaf and hard of Of course, GSU is not the only choice for the hearing through GSU, such as tutoring, note taking, students, so we invited representatives from Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf and interpreting services. (SWCID) in Big Spring, Texas, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, NY, and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Each institution has unique programs to offer our students. The presentations gave the students the opportunity to compare programs to decide what is best for their future. We also hosted Gallaudet Night for parents, and we were thrilled to see a large turnout for this event. Fifty five students and parents attended. Students were impressed with the Gallaudet alumni who are currently part of the AASD family. We would like to thank Amanda Chilvers, Amy Cohen-Efron, Candace Jones, Pamela Gonzales, and Lori Schmidt for attending this event and speaking with our students and parents and showing their support. As a result of the excellent turnout for our Gallaudet Night, please be on the lookout for NTID Night for parents for the year 2010-11. As hard as it is to do, the time has come time to step back and allow, encourage, gently nudge your son or daughter to assume significant independent responsibility for their lives, both academically and personally.

Students explore GSU in downtown Atlanta.

Heather Lyda interprets for our GSU student guide.

Hopefully they won't spend all their college time here.

Diedra Fuller From SWCID spoke to the students. Fall/Winter 2009 17

AASD Sports Report

AASD's sports program has grown this year. Reginald Bess is the new athletic coordinator. AASD has four different sports this year: soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track. This year we are official members of the Atlanta Athletic Conference (AAC). The AAC allows us to participate in the tournaments and playoffs. The varsity girls team has been constantly winning more games. The varsity boys team is improving and has won several games already. Both boys and girls played against Alabama School for the Deaf in a rousing home game at AASD. It was a wonderful experience for the players. The fans were everywhere with standing room only. The Alabama School for the Deaf defeated both boys and girls varsity teams. We are looking forward to winning more games in the future months. Lorraine Boys Basketball Walker is the head coach for the girls varsity team The basketball program has grown from two to and the assistant coaches are Amanda Adams and three teams. We have boys junior varsity and girls Kristi Merriweather. Reginald Bess is the head and boys varsity teams this year. The basketball coach for the boys varsity team and Adam season has just begun. Adam Garfinkel is the head Garfinkel is the assistant coach. coach of the junior varsity and Erika Lipscomb is the assistant coach. They are doing a wonderful Girls Basketball job working with the players and teaching them the fundamentals of basketball. The junior varsity AASD Girls Basketball is off to a great start. We team has ten players on the team. lost our first two games, but we have won our third and fourth games for a 2-2 record so far. We have a big schedule ahead of us and hope to come out victorious with at least a 75% win record this year. The players on the team this year are: 1st year: Christina Anderson, Xylonda Collins, Camry McCaleb, Tiana Mills, and Kirsten Perkins; 2nd year: Allison Antwine, Xylinda Collins, Kieirra Copeland, and Jaquisha New; 3rd year: Denetrice Arnold (Captain), Brittney Brown (Captain), Heather Jamison (Captain), and Amber Sheppard. The AASD 2009 Junior Varsity Boys Team

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The AASD Varsity Girls Team

These girls work hard every day in practice and give their all in the games. This truly puts our girls on a level above some of the other teams we play against. They believe in the hard work they put in, and they are so dedicated. Denetrice, Heather and Brittney are wonderful captains who have really helped the girls have more confidence when they are playing and have motivated the new players to keep them excited and ready to play. One of the things that has helped the team improve this year is they are really playing as a team. So far, there have been shared scoring in all of our games. They are sharing the ball and becoming a team to be reckoned with. We have already had several first year players score their first basket. In years past, that took almost all season to happen. They really enjoy playing together and having fun. They laugh in the games and at practices and when they do have to suffer a loss, they hold their heads high and are still proud to be AASD PANTHERS! Coaches this year are Lorraine Walker, Amanda Adams, and Kristi Merriweather. The team wants to say thanks to Reggie Bess for doing a great job getting games scheduled and taking care of all the little details behind the scenes. We also want to thank Kenney Moore for allowing all of this to happen.

Fields scored 6 goals. We hope to continue to improve and recruit more players next season!! Many thanks go to coaches Ben Smith and Natalie Pereles.

AASD Soccer Team 2009

Volleyball

The AASD volleyball team has greatly improved this year. Last year was our first year as a volleyball team and we had plenty of room for improvement, with no wins. This year, we had more wins and that has inspired the girls to come back next year and win some more. This year we traveled to North Carolina on a weekend to play against the North Carolina School for the Deaf. We also played against five high schools in Georgia. The players this season were: Denetrice Arnold, Xylinda Collins, Xylonda Collins, Heather Jamison, Camry McCaleb Jaquisha New, and Amber Sheppard. Many thanks go to coaches Kayleen Pugh and Joyce Fongbemi.

Soccer

AASD's soccer team has greatly improved since last year. We won 2 games this year and were very competitive in many others. We came back from being down 3-0 to beat the Cottage School, and we beat Gables 9-0!! Our captains were Jamie Fields and Kevaughn Tyndell. Players were Blair Roberts, Evan Ferguson, Marvin Marquez, Ezequiel Mixcoatl, Masta Mulemba, Moise Gatua-Nganou, Julio Reyes, Chris Sims, and DeShon Walker. Nzamu Beteri was our team manager. Kevaughn Tyndall was our leading scorer with 13 goals, and Jamie

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Parent Involvement Takes a Huge Step

Parent Student Partnership (PSP) is the new name for AASD's, Parent Involvement Program. This program encourages not only parents but entire families to take a more active role in the educational achievement of their children. Our SES tutoring program began in September along with our family workshops. Two Saturdays each month free tutoring is provided to students of AASD. During that same time parents are offered a workshop that includes a two hour sign language class. We have been averaging more than a 25% attendance rate! The workshops are informative, fun, and interactive. We also have workshops for siblings ages 7-16 and childcare for children ages 0-6. If you have not attended and your child is not taking advantage of the extra help to boost their achievement, January is the time to start! Some families are not able to attend the school workshops, and yet they are eager to become involved in the educational progress of their child. To accomplish this goal we have sent families "Home Challenges." The goals of the challenges encourage families to interact with their and become a teacher to their child. The more interaction and family involvement the child has at home, the better they do at school.

Georgia PINES Is on the Go

Georgia PINES is proud to be serving approximately 440 families of young children throughout our state with hearing loss, vision impairments, and dual sensory loss. This past summer was a busy one, training 19 new parent advisors to work with families of children with hearing loss, 21 new parent advisors for families of children with sensory loss and multiple needs, and 11 new parent advisors for families of children with vision impairment. As a part of Parent to Parent's Communities of Practice, Georgia PINES participated in the Blairsville Sorghum Festival Parade with a float promoting Inclusion of young children with special needs along with typical children into community activities and events. The float won first place in the Civic Entry Category.

Georgia PINES looks forward to our Parent Professional Workshops in Atlanta and Macon in January and March. Our keynote speaker will be Deborah Fields-Harris, mother of a teenage son with dual sensory loss and multiple delays. Deborah will motivate families with "A Sterling World of Possibilities." Families will also have the opportunity to learn from parents who have raised a child with deafness, vision impairment, or multiple needs. Presentations will also be from an adult who is deaf and an adult who is blind. Our The Annual Fall Festival is another area where workshops enlighten and inspire families to help families were represented well! Parents donated their children reach their potential and contribute food, services, and items for the silent and live to our communities in a positive manner. auctions. The Metzler, Moorman, and Hernandez families collectively donated more than $1200 toward the Fall Festival! Kudos to the White family who spent the day assisting in food service and to Utley/Horne family, as well as the Marshall family, for their "Handy" art work, which was a Home Challenge that raised money in the live auction. Upcoming Home Challenges will include reading and math activities. Measure your child's achievement by your participation. Take the "Challenge." Become an involved parent and watch your child blossom.!

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First place float in the Blairsville Sorghum Festival Parade

Kirsten, Jaquesha, Charline, and Jorae have fun at Fall Festival. Emily plays dress up.

Fall Festival King and Queen

Army veterans

Collin gets his face painted.

Ian Thompson

Dancers entertain us at the Fall Festival Pep Rally.

Come on, try your luck.

Walking at Stone Mountain Park

The Chess Club

A cool swing

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf 2010 Winter/Spring Calendar

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