Fencing In The Schools comes to APS schools

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Atlanta Public School students fenced like Olympians during the kick-off of the Fencing In The Schools (FITS) program thanks to a partnership with Communities In Schools of Atlanta, Graduation Generation and FITS.

FITS, a non-profit founded by Olympic Silver Medalist Tim Morehouse, has brought the Olympic sport of fencing to over 15,000 students across the country. The program uses fencing to teach Olympic values and skills through Olympian role models.



Atlanta schools Maynard Jackson High School, King Middle School, D.H. Stanton Elementary and Toomer Elementary welcomed Olympians during assemblies in early March to kick-off the program. Olympians visited schools to share their stories and introduce fencing. The Olympians also conducted professional development for PE teachers.



Funding for the program, including fencing equipment for each school, has been provided by a donation from Rick Rieder, an Emory alumnus/trustee, Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc. and member of the CIS National Leadership Council, along with a grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Sports Matter program.

Check out the FITS program at Maynard Jackson High School featured on People 2 People on WSB-TV:



To watch FITS feature on Vice Sports click here.

Check out photos from the Maynard Jackson High School assembly below:

Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes has portrait dedicated in his honor

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CIS of Atlanta at Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School helped organize a ceremony honoring Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes with a portrait dedication.

Ms. Marilyn Holmes was in attendance to give the portrait of her husband to the school on behalf of the University of Georgia. Students shared their knowledge of Dr. Holmes' work and life through poems and songs. Poet Pamela Poole also shared a story of Dr. Holmes' life called "Once Upon a Time."

Dr. Holmes was an American orthopedic physician who was one of the first African-Americans to attend the University of Georgia. The Atlanta native was also the first African-American to attend Emory University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. He has several landmarks named in his honor, including Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School, Hamilton E. Holmes Drive (Highway 280) in Fulton County; and the H.E. Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta. At the time of his death in 1995, Dr. Holmes was an orthopedic surgeon in Atlanta, associate dean and a member of the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine and chairman of the orthopedic unit at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

The elementary school also celebrated the kick off of Men's Mentor Monday by distinguishing male mentors from the Atlanta community with a certificate. Men's Mentor Mondays will continue the fourth Monday of the month.

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D.H. Stanton ES shares importance of parental involvement

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D.H. Stanton Elementary School hosted Muffins for Moms and Donuts for Dads events to bring together fathers and mothers of students.

The purpose of the event was to provide parents support, words of encouragement and to share ways they can participate in their child's life and the impact of parental involvement.

Among those in attendance included the principal, assistant principal, counselor, parent liaison, and representatives from Safe Routes to School, Families First and Emory University.

Check out photos from the events below:

Donuts for Dads



Muffins for Moms

CIS bridges the gap for Banneker HS student

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CIS Site Coordinator Deon Harrison catapulted Tatyana into a new direction, one that would end in success.

Deon worked with Tatyana to develop study plans and support through various incentives, field trips, small group sessions, parental communication and advocacy with her teachers during the 2014-2015 school year. He also met with teachers to assist Tatyana in receiving extra credit assignments and make up work. CIS also bridged the gap of communication between Tatyana’s family and the school by holding phone conferences and facilitating face-to-face meetings with the counselor.

By the end of the school year, Tatyana passed her classes, passed the ninth grade, and without even attending summer school, she has earned enough credits to start the 2015-2016 year in the 11th grade. Her confidence has increased tremendously and her family feels more connected to her educational journey. She is now on track to graduate with her class of 2017.



Program Highlights: Why CIS works!

Site coordinators work with each caseload student, their parents and teachers to develop individual student plans. The plans outline specific goals for students to make improvements in critical areas including attendance, academics and behavior. In addition to developing and monitoring these plans, the list below includes other case management services:

  • Site Coordinator Mentorship
  • Attendance Incentives
  • Behavior Incentives
  • Academic Incentives and Support (grades, tutorial participation, tutors, advocacy)
  • College Access and Career Exploration Opportunities
  • Life Skills (workshops, field trips, mentors, etc.)
  • Home Visits

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