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The Class of 2020 won't have a traditional graduation ceremony on May 20 as planned. The district hopes to hold commencement later in the year but is planning a virtual

Commencement postponed, supplemented with virtual “celebration”

April 27, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools commencement ceremonies are “officially on” but postponed until late July or later, according to Superintendent Dr. Meria Car...

Real estate agents and Grady parents Lee and Darlene Gillespy take proper safety precautions when showing houses.

Grady parents work essential jobs

April 25, 2020

Essential workers are living and working on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. Many of those still going to work amidst the chaos are Grady parents. Cindy...

The Southerner staffer Elena Hubert interviews Advanced Placement US History teacher Lee Pope on COVID-19 using Zoom, an online meeting platform.

Pandemics in history: A “sit-down” with Lee Pope, AP US History teacher

April 25, 2020

Lee Pope has taught Advanced Placement US History since 1999 and at Grady for 13 years. The Southerner spoke to him to find out about historical paral...

Former U.S. History teacher Dorothy McGirt, 92, passed away Easter Sunday from COVID-19.

Beloved former U.S. History teacher Dorothy McGirt passes away from COVID-19

April 21, 2020

In the sea of COVID-19 deaths, Atlanta Public Schools has lost one of its own. Dorothy McGirt, retired APS educator and former Grady teacher, passed aw...

MADE WITH LOVE: During the virtual town hall, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen held up a mask her mother sewed and encouraged others to sew masks.

Seniors end classes May 1, virtual learning shifts to four-day week

April 18, 2020

Starting April 20, Atlanta Public Schools will move to a four-day week for virtual learning, with the fifth day of the week open for teachers to hold ...

Sisters and Grady alumni, Chloe and Leah Smith (left to right) formed internationally recognized band, Rising Appalachia. Their music style blends folk and hip-hop, inspired by traditional Appalachian music and their childhood growing up in Atlanta. They have used their music as a platform for advocacy and social justice and have started movements such as the Slow Music Movement and #IamResilient.

Grady alumni form band, Rising Appalachia, inspired by their childhood and social justice

April 16, 2020

“What are we going to do with the wickeds of the world? Make magic.”  This is a lyric written by sisters and Grady alumni, Leah (stage name Leah ...

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen speaks at a virtual media roundtable about the impact COVId-19 has had the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent clarifies plan for remainder of school year

April 2, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen gave details on the state's decision to close school for all in-person instruction for the r...

Freshman Brian Edwards works from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent announcements regarding school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year have left students grappling with the extended reality of online school.

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

April 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school ye...

The boys cross country team celebrates winning the second place trophy at the 2019 Region 6AAAAA meet. Many of these athletes also compete on the track team, one of the many sports greatly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Five out of the seven pictured are seniors.

Dear senior athletes

March 30, 2020

It can start as early as when you learn to walk. You get involved in a sport and you know little about how much it will govern your life and fill you w...

Even college campuses' such as Emory University are left empty in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic sweeping the country.

Consequences of the pandemic

March 27, 2020

What once seemed like a distant problem has now reached Atlanta’s front door. COVID-19 has made its way from foreign countries into the heart of Atl...

Mother and organ donor, Elizabeth Moore, leans in toward her newly transplanted daughter, Helen Moore, alongside Helen's sister in Nov. 2003.

Immunocompromised student shares perspective through Coronavirus pandemic

March 26, 2020

Two weeks ago, while you were in class, at work, or going through your daily routine, my quarantine had already begun. On Tuesday, March 10, my parents and doctors...

Sophomore and Photo II student Evelyn Lowry measures the amount of stop bath needed to develop her film. In the film developing process, a stop bath works as an acid to neutralize the effects of a   base, in this case developer.

Film photography kept alive through photo pathway

March 25, 2020

When people think of photography, the picture that instantly appears in their head is typically digital film photography. However, for Grady students in ...

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