Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Individual Graduation Plans Started

Eighth grade students are working on their Individual Graduation Plans (IGP) for high school. The eighth grade IGP is the first step in the high school registration process.  The next step begins in February when students select electives.   Parent copies of the IGP will come home with report cards in early January.  A sample of a blank IGP is below.

At this point students are:
  • Noting which classes they are taking in middle school for high school credit
  • Choosing a potential concentration (Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and/or Career Pathways)
  • Learning about high school graduation requirements
  • Being introduced to the pros and cons of Advance Placement classes, Dual Enrollment, and Work Study options
  • Seeing how GPAs are calculated

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 13, 2017

Using Career Cruising Class Lesson

This week in 8th grade students are completing the final Career Cruising activity.  Last month students completed the career interest inventory and selected three careers they were interested in learning more about.  This week students selected one of the three to research using the following questions.


What career are you most interested in learning more about?

What 3 or more tasks do people in that career perform most regularly?


What type of training does the job require?

What schools offer that type of training?

How long is the training program?

What is the annual cost of attending the training program?


What do you like most about the working conditions?

What concerns do you have about the working conditions?

What 5 aspects of the career fit you?

What 3 aspects don’t fit you?

What is the salary range?

What factors influence the salary (cause it to increase or decrease)?

What is the starting salary?

Who do you know who can tell you more about this career?  What are 5 questions you should ask him/her?

What technology does the career require?

How will this career require you to work with others?


What core classes help prepare you for that career?

What high school elective classes will help prepare you for that career?

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.