- Quarterly News from The Intown Academy
Neighbors, read on for news from the Intown Academy, a tuition-free, community-based charter school located in the Old Fourth Ward. They’re always looking for volunteers to help with their programs, so consider whether you might have some time and skills to offer to them.
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The Intown Academy Community Newsletter
Issue: # 4
Looking Toward the Future in a Changing World: Career Week 2012
Join us on May 7-May 11 for Career Week 2012. This is a fantastic opportunity for friends in our community to come together to help inspire Atlanta's next generation. You can choose to speak to our upper grade students preparing for high school or younger grades exploring all their future career options. Help our students look towards the future in a changing world!
Monday, May 7
Arts & Entertainment Day
Tuesday, May 8
Wednesday, May 9
Science, Technology, Engineering
& Math Day
Thursday, May 10
Green Jobs Day
Friday, May 11
Community & World Day
Numerous time slots are available to fit your schedule. Sign up today or call 404-892-7733 with questions.
We hope to see you there!
Ms. Lola Burse, School Principal
Les Nubians Visits The Intown Academy
Students enjoyed an interactive performance by the Grammy-Nominated duo.
The visit by Les Nubians was made possible by Alliance Francaise d'Atlanta and dedicated parents of The Intown Academy.
The Intown Academy and Alliance Française d'Atlanta hosted Grammy-nominated R&B duo, Les Nubians, on campus Thursday, March 1. The duo, composed of sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Paris, France met with students from second to fifth grade to discuss their music.
Born to a French father and Cameroonian mother, the sisters grew up in Chad and France. They have become one of the most successful French-language musical groups in the United States, best known for their Billboard R&B single "Makeda" from their 1998 Grammy-nominated album Princesses Nubiennes (Virgin Records,France). Les Nubians were the 1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award winners for Best New Artist, Group or Duo and received two NAACP Image Award nominations in 2000.
This is the second collaboration between Alliance Française d'Atlanta and The Intown Academy for French cultural outreach. Alliance Française brought French astronaut, Jean-François Clervoy, to the school in April 2011 to meet middle school students and discuss space travel and working aboard the International Space Station.
Meet our Teachers
The Intown Academy is blessed with incredible faculty this school year.
100% of our faculty and staff made their contribution to our annual fund drive to show their support and commitment to The Intown Academy.
We would like to introduce you to a few of our star teachers:
"I have a fantastic support system here, and feel very blessed to be surrounded by people who love to teach!"
Mrs. Jennifer Mullinax teaches Third Grade and this is her first year at The Intown Academy.
Mrs. Mullinax earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of West Georgia in May of 2011. She taught in Heard County, Paulding County, and Carroll County during her student teaching years.
Mrs. Mullinax incorporates tons of technology into her teaching, including PowerPoint, videos, and Mimio Teach technology. Her use of technology in the classroom helps to make lessons interesting.
Mrs. Mullinax loves teaching at The Intown Academy because when students understand, you can see the "lightbulbs" go off over their heads. She appreciates the opportunity to enrich the lives of children.
In her spare time, you can find Mrs. Mullinax and her husband, Barry, singing southern gospel music in a group called "By Grace." She is also preparing for the upcoming birth of her little girl, Madyson Grace, in September!
"I get a sense of joy when I hear my students singing or performing some of the things they have learned (in music class)outside the classroom."
Ms. Renise Allen is the Music teacher and this is her first year at The Intown Academy.
Ms. Allen has been playing the piano since the age of four. She received a music scholarship to Alabama A&M University where she earned her Bachelors in Music Education. She attended Florida State University to study Music Therapy and gain additional skills on the guitar. During her time at FSU, she gained different music therapy techniques in working with children with disabilities. Ms. Allen earned her level I in Orff-Schulwerk and plans to gain 2 more levels.
Her teaching style promotes participation, improvisation, and a transfer across the curriculum of other subjects. Whether it is adding instruments or doing rhythmic exercises, Ms. Allen's goal is to engage the student so that they are focused.
Ms. Allen will be graduating next month with her Masters in Business from Full Sail University. She hopes to open an arts venue focused on music and culture. The venue will also have an nonprofit sector that will give private lessons to children who cannot afford music lessons.
Recently, a donor helped to offset the costs of recorders for each student and a class set of music stands. This has made a Music Concert possible for this Spring!
Donations like these enrich the lives of our students and help us to continue providing quality specials programs despite funding restrictions.
About The Intown Academy
The Intown Academy, Inc.is a tuition-free, community based charter school located in the Old Fourth Ward. We serve grades K-7, expanding to K-8 in the 2012-13 school year. Our mission is to ensure that students experience a top-notch education in an innovative, community-based public school setting, and to create an educational center of excellence that embodies the diversity, creativity, and global and entrepreneurial character of the surrounding intown Atlanta communities.
The Intown Academy
386 Pine Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
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In This Issue
Saturday Science Day with Georgia Tech
On April 14, Georgia Tech freshmen worked with Intown Academy students on an exciting science project!
*Learned about the plant life cycle
*Decorated clay pots
*Took their projects home with them
We thank the volunteers that day for participating in a fun and educational activity with our students!
Fresh Direction is a service and leadership event for freshmen hosted by MOVE (Mobilizing Opportunities for Volunteer Experiences) and ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa).
Family Math & Reading Night
On March 20, 2012, The Intown Academy hosted Family Math & Reading Night - an evening filled with food, fun activities, and free books!
Throughout the night, children in grades K-2 read a book and then learned how to make homemade salsa, by counting and sorting. Children in grades 3-5 read a Chess story and then played life-size chess! Middle grades 6-7 conducted and fun math & reading scavenger hunt then sang karaoke.
At the end of the night, boxes of books donated by employees of SunTrust Bank were brought out. Students were giddy with excitement after they learned they could pick out not one, but THREE books to take home with them. They chose carefully, and showed off their newest possessions to their family, classmates and teachers. Some students even got a head start on their books before they left school!
Watching the eyes of the children light up with excitement over reading was a thrill for all involved.
A Visit from a Milking Cow!
A milking cow came to visit The Intown Academy in April!
Students in all grade levels sat for a demonstration on how milk is obtained from a cow. They all got a chance to pet the cow and were excited to see the milk pumping through the machine!
The Intown Academy Scholars shine inside and outside the classroom!
A second grader shows responsibility as he steps into his "big brother" shoes
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