Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Allatoona Freshman Planner

The link below is to a copy of the 2016-2017 Allatoona Freshman Planner.  This is similar to the North Cobb Course Selection brochure distributed at Parent Night.  While the information is dated, students and families can still use it to get a general idea of what to expect when the registration process starts this year.

Allatoona Freshman Planner

References for Magnet Applications

While the deadline for magnet applications is December 1st, the reference deadline to have those uploaded into the portal is mid-January.  Some teachers have 50+ students requesting references so the extended date provides additional time to get them completed.

Students can see if references have been completed by logging into the portal, but they will be unable to view the reference content.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Magnet Program Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting magnet program applications is December 1st.  No late applications will be accepted.

See Dr. Deane if you have questions about the application process.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Applying the 7 Habits in Conflict Situations

Yesterday and today in classroom guidance 7th grade students discussed how to apply the 7 Habits in conflict situations.  A case scenario was given, the habits discussed and applied, then the discussion concluded with conflict situations students have encountered on their level over the course of the school year so far.

7 Habits Review

Last week in classroom guidance 8th grade students were discussing the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.  Education.com provides the following review and synopsis.

Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more. In addition, this book is stuffed with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes, and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens will engage teenagers unlike any other book.
An indispensable book for teens, as well as parents, grandparents, and any adult who influences young people, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is destined to become the last word on surviving and thriving as a teen and beyond.
by Education.com 

For teens, life is not a playground, it's a jungle. And, being the parent of a teenager isn't any walk in the park, either. In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey attempts to provide "a compass to help teens and their parents navigate the problems they encounter daily."
How will they deal with peer pressure? Motivation? Success or lack thereof? The life of a teenager is full of tough issues and life-changing decisions. As a parent, you are responsible to help them learn the principles and ethics that will help them to reach their goals and live a successful life.
While it's all well and good to tell kids how to live their lives, "teens watch what you do more than they listen to what you say," Covey says. So practice what you preach. Your example can be very influential.

Covey himself has done well by following a parent's example. His dad, Stephen Covey, wrote the book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, which sold over 15 million copies. Sean's a chip off the old block, and no slacker. His own book has rung in a more than respectable 2 million copies sold. Here are his seven habits, and some ideas for helping your teen understand and apply them:

Be Proactive

Being proactive is the key to unlocking the other habits. Help your teen take control and responsibility for her life. Proactive people understand that they are responsible for their own happiness or unhappiness. They don't blame others for their own actions or feelings.

Begin With the End in Mind

If teens aren't clear about where they want to end up in life, about their values, goals, and what they stand for, they will wander, waste time, and be tossed to and fro by the opinions of others. Help your teen create a personal mission statement which will act as a road map and direct and guide his decision-making process.

Put First Things First

This habit helps teens prioritize and manage their time so that they focus on and complete the most important things in their lives. Putting first things first also means learning to overcome fears and being strong during difficult times. It's living life according to what matters most.

Think Win-Win
Teens can learn to foster the belief that it is possible to create an atmosphere of win-win in every relationship. This habit encourages the idea that in any given discussion or situation both parties can arrive at a mutually beneficial solution. Your teen will learn to celebrate the accomplishments of others instead of being threatened by them.

Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

Because most people don't listen very well, one of the great frustrations in life is that many don't feel understood. This habit will ensure your teen learns the most important communication skill there is: active listening.


Synergy is achieved when two or more people work together to create something better than either could alone. Through this habit, teens learn it doesn't have to be "your way" or "my way" but rather a better way, a higher way. Synergy allows teens to value differences and better appreciate others.

Sharpen the Saw

Teens should never get too busy living to take time to renew themselves. When a teen "sharpens the saw" she is keeping her personal self sharp so that she can better deal with life. It means regularly renewing and strengthening the four key dimensions of life – body, brain, heart, and soul.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cyber Options for High School

During parent night there was a question about cyber options for high school as opposed to traditional settings.  Attached is an article from Education Weekly that helps answer the question.

Cyber Options

Allatoona Student Meeting

Allatoona counselors will be meeting with Awtrey students to discuss high school registration on Tuesday, January 31st.  Students will receive their registration packets at that time.

This meeting is for students only.  There will be a separate parent meeting at Allatoona tentatively scheduled for February 9th.  Details will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Important Dates - Updated

12/1 Magnet program application deadline (except Pebblebrook)

1/31  Allatoona meeting with students to discuss registration

2/9   Allatoona hosting 8th grade parent night (subject to change)

2/17 Magnet decisions posted

3/1 Pebblebrook Magnet auditions meeting

3/22 Pebblebrook Magnet Auditions

3/20 Deadline to accept Magnet invitations

Dates undetermined but typically happen in late January or early February

  • N. Cobb 8th grade parent night
  • N. Cobb meeting with students to discuss registration
  • Course selections for parents to sign and return comes home in late April – is not a schedule but a course selection.
  • Choice transfer applications are offered by the district in February but the exact date has not yet been announced.
Confirmed dates will be posted as soon as they become available.

Allatoona Registration Forms

North Cobb Elective Selection Forms

North Cobb Electives Brochure

Individual Graduation Plan

Cobb High School Advisement Guide

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Parent Night This Thursday

The Future Freshman Parent Night will be hosted in the Awtrey Theater November 3rd at 6:30.

The information presented will be relevant for both future North Cobb and Allatoona students.  The presentation should last around an hour. 

Dr. Deane will be available afterwards to answer individual questions.