Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Allatoona Parent Night This Thursday

Allatoona High School

presents their

8th Grade Parent Night  

on Thursday, February 2nd

at 6:30pm

in the Allatoona Auditorium

Registration materials were distributed 
during first period.  

Forms are due to Dr. Deane no 
later than February 10th.

Monday, January 30, 2017

High School Choice Transfer Dates

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.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

North Cobb High School 101 PowerPoint

Please click on the link below to view the presentation made by the high school during the parent night Thursday.

North Cobb High School Registration 101 PowerPoint

Monday, January 23, 2017

North Cobb Elective Brochure 2017

On Thursday February 2nd, North Cobb counselors meet with students to start the elective selection process.  Students pick six electives from the attached brochure and rank them in priority order on the Elective Registration form (provided Feb. 2nd).  Parents may wish to review the selections with students in advance.  Student copies come home the following week.  Original copies are forwarded to North Cobb for processing. 

Parents wishing to make changes may either adjust the selections on the student copy and return the form to Dr. Deane, or email the adjusted selections to Christopher.deane@cobbk12.org.  Only edited forms need to be returned.

Selections made at this point are merely starting the process.  A final draft will be sent home for final parent approval in mid-April that will include core subject recommendations.  Additional changes can be made at that time. 

Specifics about the registration process will be presented at the North Cobb Parent Night on January 26th.  The meeting will be at 6 PM in the Awtrey Theater.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Is College Right For Me Debate

This week during classroom guidance 8th grade students will discuss the pros and cons of their various post-high school educational opportunities (college, technical college, vocational tech, military, etc).  As part of the lessons students debate the accuracy and fallacies of a John Stossell news report.  The clip is 6 or 7 years old, but the principles are still relevant for students today.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

North Cobb Parent Night

North Cobb
Future Freshman Parent Night
hosted in the Awtrey theater
on January 26th at 6 PM.

Representatives from the high school will do a presentation on the course registration process to ensure parents are equipped to help students make course selections in February. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Allatoona Campus Tour

Students zoned for Allatoona will be attending a campus tour and exhibition on January 19th. Permission slips were distributed today in homerooms.  Only students zoned for Allatoona received slips.

The North Cobb campus tour will be announced once the date has been confirmed.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pebblebrook Promotional Video

We’re excited to share the trailer for our new CCCEPA/Pebblebrook promotional video. Please click the link below and take a look! Share it with your friends on social media. The full length version is set to be released on our new CCCEPA YouTube channel later this week. Be sure to subscribe to CCCEPA’s YouTube channel, and follow CCCEPA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! Thanks for your continued support of CCCEPA.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MBTI Discussion in 7th Grade

This week in classroom guidance 7th grade students are discussing the Myers Briggs Type Indicator preferences to gain a better understanding of personality type and the way inborn personality factors can be used to their advantage.  While cost factors prohibit students from taking the actual MBTI assessment, they will be guided through a self-assessment activity as part of the discussion.

The following summary of Myers Briggs basics comes from myersbriggs.org:

The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people's lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.

The identification of basic preferences of each of the four dichotomies specified or implicit in Jung's theory.

Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).

Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

Friday, January 6, 2017

Upcoming High School Transition Dates

1/19 Future Allatoona students tour the high school - permission forms will come home next week

1/26 North Cobb Future Freshman Parent night at 6:00 in the Awtrey Theater

1/31 Allatoona counselors will explain high school registration materials to students

2/2 North Cobb Counselors meeting with students to explain the registration process

2/2 Allatoona Future Freshman Parent night at 6:30 in the Allatoona Auditorium

2/17 Magnet decisions posted in the online portal - excluding Pebblebrook

3/1 Pebblebrook Magnet Auditions informational meeting at 9:30 in the Awtrey Theater

3/3  Allatoona deadline to return registration forms

3/22 Pebblebrook Magnet Auditions at 9:30 in the Awtrey Theater

* A North Cobb campus tour will be scheduled at a later date

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Individual Graduation Plans Coming Home With Report Cards

In December, Awtrey’s 8th grade students completed the first step of their Individual Graduation Plans (IGP).  This step was the beginning of a process that will continue until they graduate from high school.  Parent copies will be coming home with report cards.  A sample is below.
Highlights include:
  • Results from the Career Cluster and learning style activities students completed during their Career Cruising lessons.
  • A graph of the core classes required to graduate.  (The actual level of classes will be determined later in the year--on level, advanced, remedial.)
  • The list of high school credits students earned in middle school. 
  • The students’ initial concentration and interests (Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, and/or Career Pathways).
  • The number of free electives left after the concentration selections.
  • A check box indicating students’ understanding of the Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment opportunities, enabling them to earn college credit while still in high school.

 Important Points for Parents
  • The document you will receive is only a rough draft in this planning process.
  • IGPs will be revised countless times between now and graduation. Everything on the page is subject to change.
  • The purpose of developing this draft of the IGP in 8th grade is to introduce the students to graduation requirements and available course studies. It is also a tool to help students think about their interests prior to selecting high school electives in early February.
  • Course specifics will be added to the IGP early in freshman year once students receive finalized schedules.  IGPs can be changed again at that time.  
  • Relax and enjoy an exciting time in the life of your students.