Thursday, November 30, 2017

Magnet Application Deadline 12/1 - updated

The high school Magnet program application 
deadline is December 1st.  

The process is totally electronic and 
late applications cannot be submitted.

The teacher recommendations are not 
due until late January.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Allatoona Elective Registration - save the date

Allatoona counselors 
will be visiting Awtrey 
on January 31st
to conduct 
elective registration.

The Allatoona Rising Freshman
Parent Night will be
February 1st.

N Cobb Elective Registration - save the date

North Cobb counselors 
will be visiting Awtrey 
on February 8th 
to conduct 
elective registration.

Details will be published 
closer to time.

Monday, November 6, 2017

High School Choice Transfer Dates

Below is the blog post from January when the choice transfer information was posted.  Five families inquired about school choice as it relates to the information shared at parent night so it seemed timely to re-post the information.  The dates for this year's application window will be posted as soon as they  become available but there is typically little variance from year to year.  The choice link connects to the 2016-17 information but it provides a good idea of what to expect for the 2017-18 process.

The most important information is that choice applicants are not guaranteed, and that the determination window is after the course selection process has closed for both N. Cobb and Allatoona.  It is highly recommended to pursue school choice but to also complete paperwork for the zoned high school just in case the transfer is not approved.  Furthermore, some years no choice transfers for a particular school are offered so students may be unable to get into the school of their choice.

January 30, 2017 School Choice Post

The application window for the 2017-2018 school year will be open from February 1, 2017 and close at midnight on February 28, 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

The following information was taken from the district web page.  Please click on the link below to see the most current information.
Any resident student of the Cobb County School District may apply for a School Choice transfer in accordance with Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act (O.C.G.A. § 20-2-2131 also known as HB 251).
  • Available space at a school is based upon permanent classroom space which includes available seats at each grade level.
  • Online applicants will be provided a confirmation email.
  • Available spaces are not assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • If there are more applications received than spaces available at a particular school, a lottery will be held.
  • Selected students may complete the highest grade of that particular school before having to re-apply if the student maintains acceptable attendance, behavior, and academic performance.  Parents/Guardians are also expected to maintain a cordial and cooperative working relationship with school personnel.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for timely transportation to and from the transfer school.
  • Parents/guardians will be notified via telephone and/or e-mail prior to Spring Break.
  • Charter schools and new schools are exempt from School Choice.
  • If the student transfers at the high school level, he/she must meet Georgia High School Association requirements to participate in competitive interscholastic activities.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Current fifth and eighth grade choice students applying to continue in the choice school feeder pattern will be given first priority in the lottery process.  These students must re-apply when moving from elementary to middle or middle to high but will be given priority in the lottery process.
  • Once those students are placed, siblings of current choice students applying to attend the same school will be given next priority in the lottery process.
  • The next lottery will give priority to new sibling groups applying to attend the same school.
  • The final lottery process will be to fill any remaining available seats.
  • Students not chosen in the random lottery for their first choice school will be placed on a waiting list based on the outcome of the lottery.
  • Acceptance of a school choice transfer:
    • Once a school choice transfer is approved, the parent/guardian must contact the receiving school by May 1, 2017 in order to indicate whether the transfer offer will be accepted.
    • The parent/guardian must also submit a school choice transfer enrollment form to the receiving school by May 26, 2017.
    • Failure to complete either of the above steps will result in the school choice transfer being nullified and forfeiting of the student’s seat.
  • Once the school choice transfer has been accepted, the parent/guardian will need to contact the school regarding the enrollment process.
  • Individual schools will use a waiting list generated during the lottery process to fill any available seats that are vacated.
  • Students chosen from the waiting list will be notified by the local school by July 14, 2017.

Allatoona Field Trip 11/9


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Allatoona Field Trip Next Week

Future Allatoona Freshmen were give a permission 
slip during homeroom to attend the new student orientation 
on Thursday the 9th.  

Forms are due to Dr. Deane by November 8th.  

A link to download a PDF copy can be found below.

Friday, October 27, 2017

8th Grade Parent Night Next Week

The information shared will be relevant for 
both North Cobb and Allatoona families.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Magnet Open House Dates for Oct 24th & 26th

North Cobb School for International Studies
Media Center, North Cobb High School
October 24th at 6:30 PM

Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology
Lipscomb Gym, Wheeler High School
October 26th at 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Calculators for PSAT Testing

8th grade students will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday.  Calculators are allowed for part of the math section.  Students may bring either a basic four function or a scientific calculator.  No calculators will be provided by the school.

According to the publisher's information all questions can be answered without the use of a calculator.

Students wishing to use calculators should turn them in to their homeroom teachers no later than Tuesday so the memories can be cleared prior to the start of testing.  Students should tape their name and homeroom teacher's name on all calculators to ensure they are returned to the proper person.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PSAT 8/9 Testing Next Week

On October 11th, students across the district will be taking the PSAT. Our eighth grade students will also be taking the PSAT 8/9 in October while many other students will be participating in SAT testing on October 7th and November 4th. How can we help prepare our students? How can we help students understand the purpose of these assessments?

The PSAT and SAT assessments are designed to ‘measure the essential ingredients for college and career readiness and success, as shown by research.’ The scores for the PSAT 8/9, PSAT NMSQT, and the SAT are all parallel which makes it easy for students, parents, and educators to understand and interpret the scores.

The College Board and Khan Academy provides lessons, tutorial, and thousands of questions for student and teacher use. Students may work independently or teachers can use the questions in their lessons. As of Fall 2017, teachers can view progress and practice on Official SAT Practice for both their classes and individual students, making it easier than ever for teachers to support students in preparing for the SAT.

View the following videos and resources for more information:

• PSAT Resources (overviews, auto call scripts, email templates, sample social posts, PowerPoints, etc.)
• teacher resources (information about Khan Academy’s coaching tools)
• overview of Official SAT Practice video (student Khan Academy experience)
• SAT Practice Lesson Plans for Teachers by Teachers
• College and Career Readiness Benchmarks for the SAT Suite of Assessments
• SAT Student Guide
• Khan Academy
• College Board Parent Webinars

Information from and

Monday, October 9, 2017

What is the PSAT 8/9?

The Cobb County School District is providing the opportunity for all 8th graders to participate in the PSAT 8/9 assessment.  The purpose of this assessment is to establish a baseline measurement of college and career readiness as your student enters high school. It also provides students a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQ, and PSAT 10 format and connect to AP courses.   

What is the PSAT 8/9?

The PSAT 8/9 is an assessment given to eighth- and ninth-graders that is closely aligned to the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. It consists of questions in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and in Math.

What are the benefits of taking the PSAT 8/9 assessment?

It helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness. It also provides students with better access to data and personalized study through the online College Board and Khan Academy resources.

When will my student take the PSAT 8/9 assessment? 

It will be administered during class on October 18th.

How should my student prepare? 

The best preparation is to deeply engage in classroom learning and practice skills over time. On test day, your student should answer all the questions to the best of his or her ability. It will also help if he or she gets plenty of sleep the night before test day.

What should my student bring on test day?

Your student will need two No. 2 pencils with soft erasers, an acceptable calculator.

How long will the assessment take and how many questions are there? 

Actual testing time is 2 hours and 25 minutes. There are 42 Reading questions, 40 Writing and Language questions, and 38 Math questions.

What should my student do if he or she doesn’t know an answer? 

Your student may encounter some difficult questions that he or she does not know how to answer. Advise your student that if this happens, not to get discouraged but to answer every question to the best of his or her ability.

How does my student receive PSAT 8/9 scores? 

Your student will receive a paper score report at school with a unique code giving him or her access to a robust online score report. The scores reported will grow to include every test your student takes that is part of the SAT Suite of Assessments (see for more information).  The online experience is designed to help you and your student understand the scores better and to use the feedback to build new skills based on a detailed breakdown of your student’s performance.

A message for parents:

The PSAT 8/9 assessment will help your student prepare for the future. By taking the PSAT 8/9, your student will learn which skills he or she needs to work on for continued success through high school and college. In addition, the PSAT 8/9 will identify areas where your student excels and may want to consider taking higher-level courses, as well as areas he or she should focus on to improve academically. Please note that PSAT 8/9 scores are not sent to colleges.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8th Grade Career Cruising Lessons

This past week eighth grade students completed lesson one of two using Career Cruising as part of their Bridge Law completion requirements.  More information about the Bridge Law will be coming home during conference week.  

All eighth grade students have a log in and password label they placed on the inside of their agendas when their classes did the classroom activities.  Parents can use the student log in data to view the results.  Below is a brief overview of what Career Cruising is and why we use it.  

Sixth and seventh grade students will complete their activities later this month.  Eighth grade will complete lesson two during classroom guidance in November.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Magnet Open House Dates for Oct 10th & 12th

Kennesaw Mountain High School Academy of Mathematics,
Science, and Technology
Kennesaw Mountain High School Theater
October 10th at 6:30 PM

South Cobb High School Academy of Research and Medical
Theater, South Cobb High School
October 12th at 7:00 PM