Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Magnet Applications

On-line applications for the magnet school programs are open as of October 1st.  Please click on the following link for access to the magnet program page.

Students should see Dr. Deane if they have questions about the application process.

Magnet Applications

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Future Allatoona 8th Graders

Save the date

Allatoona High School will be meeting with students on February 10th to go over the high school registration process.  This meeting is for students only.  A separate parent meeting will be held around the same time at Allatoona for all of the feeder schools to attend. 

Details will be provided as soon as they become available.

Move On When Ready - Ga Dual Enrollment Program

Monday, September 28, 2015

CoGat Testing

This week seventh grade students will be taking the COGAT test.  According to the test publisher, “The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) measures students’ learned reasoning abilities in the three areas most linked to academic success in school: Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal. Although its primary goal is to assess students’ reasoning abilities, CogAT can also provide predicted achievement scores when administered with The Iowa Tests.

“While CogAT is well-suited to help educators make important student placement decisions, such as selecting students for Gifted and Talented programs, exclusive features such as the Ability Profile Score can be used to expand the educational opportunities of all students.

 “Reasoning abilities have substantial correlations with learning and problem solving, both in and out of school. CogAT’s measurement of three different content domains ensures that educators receive a balanced view of the child. Each level of CogAT offers three test batteries:


“CogAT is constructed with overlapping sets of items throughout the series. The overlap of items from level to level provides the user with a continuous, ascending scale of difficulty, which is the foundation of CogAT's superior score scale from Kindergarten through grade 12.”

Saturday, September 26, 2015

PADV Update

The original notice they sent was slanted.  I apologize for the crooked view.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Pebblebrook Magnet Program Important Dates

Pebblebrook Magnet Program
will host an informational meeting
for students interested in auditioning 
for the program on
February 3rd at 9:30.

The actual auditions will be held on 
March 9th at 9:30.

Both meetings will be held 
in the Awtrey Theater.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Career Bridge Law Requirements

This week 8th grade students will be completing Career Cruising activities as part of the Bridge Bill fulfillment requirements.  Activities include a learning styles inventory, 116 question career interest inventory, then students select at least 3 careers of interest they wish to learn more about.  Directions for parental access to the Career Cruising results will be posted soon.

6th and 7th grade activities will be completed during the last 2 weeks of October.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Decisions that Derail Goals

This week on Thursday and Friday 8th grade students will be discussing decisions that derail their goals in classroom guidance. The following topics were selected because 8th grade students are now at an age where the consequences for these behaviors have legal as well as school consequences.

1.  Truancy
2.  Bullying
3.  Fighting
4.  Sexual harassment
5.  Sexting

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Parent Workshop this Thursday

Parent Workshop: 

Keeping Your Students Safe Online

Thursday, Sept. 10th

6:30 p.m. 

in the Awtrey Theater

Friday, September 4, 2015

Magnet Program Date Adjustment

The deadline for the magnet school applications will be Monday, December 7th as opposed to Friday, December 4th like it says on the handout students are bringing home today. 

This adjustment allows students to have an extra weekend to complete applications as opposed to having them due on a weeknight.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Police warn parents to be on alert after several attempted child abductions

Police are warning parents to be on alert after several attempted child abductions in northwest metro Atlanta.  The latest happened Tuesday morning in Woodstock.

Police have received several reports in the Legacy Park area of Kennesaw following recent warnings of attempted abductions in Marietta, Smyrna, and at least one other Cobb County neighborhood.

Channel 2's Ross Cavitt spoke to the mother of one of the children who had a close encounter.

"I could hear him yelling at the front door, 'Mom, Mom, come here. I need you, Mom. Hurry.'  I knew something wasn't right,” mother Casey Wilson said.

Wilson had that sinking feeling when her 12-year-old son ran home instead of being at the bus stop Tuesday morning.

Hours later after talking with her son, Cherokee deputies put out a lookout for a man in a white SUV who had offered to help the boy untangled his earphones.

"The man asked him if he needed help with that, and my son said no, then he said get on in, and I'll help you with that, and he said no, thank you, and the guy said, 'Just get in the car,'" Wilson said.

Wilson's son ran toward a neighbor and the man in the white SUV drove off.  Unlike other recent abduction attempts, Cherokee deputies have a good description of the suspect, a man with short gray hair, round sunglasses, wearing a greyish brown shirt and a tattoo on his left bicep.

His white SUV, possibly an older Mercury Mountaineer, had black rims and a streak of red paint or rust on the bottom of the driver's side door.

Police and deputies in the northwest suburbs are dealing with a series of such encounters, all with seemingly different descriptions and various scenarios.

Wilson only knows her son was clearly frightened and disturbed with what happened on Deer Hollow Drive, which hit her once the deputies left.

"I definitely want to hold both my kids a little tighter every night, and I'm sad, It is sad there are no places where you feel safe," Wilson said.