Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Molly Drug Information

There have been many questions about the drug “Molly”.  Molly is another term for MDMA (Ecstasy). Molly is typically taken in a powder or crystal form which means it has a higher level of purity.  Molly has been alluded to  by several hip-hop artists in their song lyrics.  Please see the attached link for more information about Molly.  

Molly Link 

Pebblebrook Magent Auditions and Applications

Pebblebrook Magnet Program will be holding auditions on Tuesday March 5th at 9:30 in the Awtrey theater.  Completed applications should be turned in to Dr. Deane by Friday March 1st for processing.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Field Trip Rescheduled to Thursday

Due to the high percentage of rain in the forecast for Tuesday, the High School tour field trip is being postponed until Thursday February 28th.   Thank you for your understanding.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

High School and Field Trip Forms Due Tuesday

By way of reminder, all high school paperwork is being forwarded to the respective high schools on Tuesday.  After that, late paperwork should be sent directly to the high school counseling offices.  PDF copies of all forms are available at the Parent Center link on the Awtrey wed page.  JPEG copies are posted on this blog and can be found by scrolling to the appropriate entry.

Also, the permission slips for the high school tour field trip must be in hand by time to leave Tuesday morning.  Any students without paperwork will be unable to attend.  A copy of the permission slip is included in the entry from last week announcing the field trip.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

7th Grade Too Good For Violence Lessons

7th grade students will resume their Too Good for Violence classroom lessons this week.  The curriculum focuses on positive peer relationship management skills, conflict management, awareness of what both sides bring to the mix, and strategies for focusing on the problem instead of the person.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Extended Homeroom Wednesday Morning

8th grade students will have an extended homeroom on Wednesday morning for teachers to help students complete elective registration paperwork.  Future North Cobb students should bring their elective brochure with the 6 classes they are want ranked in order of preference.  Teachers will assist students in transferring the information from the elective brochure to the actual registration form that will be submitted to the high school.  Future Allatoona students should bring their Registration Handbook with the orange elective form (found on the last page of the handbook). 

Any student absent Wednesday should see Dr. Deane for assistance completing the paperwork.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Magnet Acceptance Notification

The academic magnet programs will notify students if they were accepted on February 22nd.  An email will be sent to the address provided in the application.  If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder to make sure it wasn't captured there.  This happened with the magnet testing email notifications.  If students changed email addresses, they can sign in to the application through the county website to update their information.  Copies of the acceptance letters will also be posted there by the end of the day on the 22nd.

Pebblebrook Magnet Informational Meeting

Pebblebrook Magnet is having an informational meeting for any student interested  in the performing arts program.  The meeting will be February 12th at 9:30 AM in the Awtrey Theater.  This meeting will be to overview the program and discuss the audition process.  The actual auditions will be March 5th in the Awtrey Theater.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Point of Clarification from the Parent Meeting

During the parent meeting January 29th the North Cobb staff mentioned that middle school teachers select the core classes for our future freshman and that concerns about placement should be directed to the middle school.  After discussing the process further, the suggestion was amended.  Parents should not contact Awtrey teachers to request specific class selections.  

To clarify, the middle school teachers select the core classes based upon pre-determined criteria provided by the high school.  North Cobb department heads met with Awtrey teachers on February 4th to provide the criteria.  If parents disagree with the teacher recommendations, there is a section on the registration paperwork coming home in April that can be completed where parents can appeal the placement.  North Cobb personnel will consult with Awtrey teachers, but ultimately they make the determination about where to place the students.

Allatoona Elective Registration Form

Future Allatoona Freshmen received a registration handbook and an invitation to Allatoona's Rising Freshman Parent Night next Tuesday evening.  Students are required to select three elective choices plus two alternates.  Year long classes such as band, chorus, orchestra, and ROTC count as two selections.

North Cobb Elective Brochure and Selection Form

Future North Cobb Freshmen students received an elective class selection brochure like the one below to use with parents to help determine which electives they would like to have next year. Students are required to pick six classes ranked in order of preference.  Eight should be selected if the student desires to take a foreign language.

Later in the month, students will transfer the class selections from the brochure to an elective registration form (also pasted below).  The elective registration form is completed at school and will not be sent home with students.

North Cobb staff will combine core subject teacher recommendations with courses selected on the elective registration form during the month of March.  Tentative schedules will be printed and sent home for parent approval in early April.

North Cobb Honors Recommendation Requirements

Below are the requirements provided by North Cobb for honors class placement.  Using these guidelines teachers will provide core class recommendations to the high school by the end of February.  Teacher recommendations will be added to elective selections between then and the end of March.  In early April, a tentative schedule will be sent home for parents to approve.  At that time parents will have the opportunity to review student schedules and request changes if desired.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Note regarding parent night presentation

I apologize for the delay in getting the Parent Night Presentation posted to the blog.  The presentation sparked some questions that led us to revisit the process with the high school's leadership and make some changes.  While I hoped to have the kinks ironed out by the end of the day today, circumstances did not allow it.  As soon as we can get the adjustments made, an updated presentation will be posted to the blog.

Again, I apologize for being unable to get everything posted Wednesday as promised and appreciate your patience in the interim.

Dr. Deane