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December 18th, 2020

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, December 18th. A copy of this message will be posted on our school website (www.wcpss.net/athensdrivehs), tweeted on our school Twitter account, emailed to our students, and emailed and texted to our school families.

 

NEW OR UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

SCHOOL SCHEDULE: Please remember that today was the last day of the classes for this calendar year. School will be closed for students beginning on Monday, December 21st through Friday, January 1st. School will begin again after the Holidays on Monday, January 4th. Please know that WCPSS have moved to Remote Learning for all High School students for the first week of January. Students need to be ready for Remote Learning to begin again on Monday, January 4th to finish the Second Quarter and First Semester strong!

 

SECOND SEMESTER STUDENT SCHEDULES: Our Master Schedule for the Second Semester has been finalized and students can now view their Second Semester schedules in their PowerSchool account. Also, this morning during Second Period all students were informed of their Cohort Assignment as a way to ensure students are aware of when they need to attend school on the three-week rotation or if they are enrolled in our Virtual Academy. I sent letters to parents earlier in December, but we wanted to be sure students were again made aware of their Cohort Assignments.

 

SCHEDULE CHANGE FORMS FOR SECOND SEMESTER CLASSES: Schedule Change Forms for the Spring Semester will be available for students on the Athens Drive website beginning Monday, January 4th. The completed forms must be emailed to the student’s Counselor by Friday, January 8th, at 2:30 p.m. to be considered. Please remember that schedule changes will only be considered for the following reasons:

  1. The student is enrolled in a course the student has already completed and received credit.
  2. The student is enrolled in a course for which the student has not met the prerequisite.
  3. The student does not have a full schedule of 4 classes.
  4. The student wants to move up/drop down a level in a core class (Must have signed Release form if dropping Honors/AP course).
  5. The student needs a course for Promotion and/or Graduation.

If students meet one of the above criteria, then a Request for Schedule Change form must complete and returned to Student Services by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 8th. Please know that the student request must meet one of the above criteria to be considered for a schedule change. No schedule changes are guaranteed, and there will be no schedule changes made for teacher preference or class period preference. Also, there will be no schedule changes to elective courses unless a student is enrolled in a course the student has already passed or has not met the prerequisite for the course. Thank you for your understanding. Here is the contact information for our Counselors:

 

 

FIRST SEMESTER FINAL EXAM INFORMATION: I sincerely appreciate your understanding and flexibility with regards to changes in the administration and scoring of our Final Exams. While I have again listed detailed Final Exam information below, these bullet points are the highlights for you to be aware of regarding our Final Exams:

 

  • Final Exams are given the week of January 11th through January 15th.
  • Students do not have classes that week, only Final Exams.
  • State Tests (End-Of-Course Exams and CTE Post Assessments) must be given on campus.
  • Students will be able to return to campus the week of January 11th through January 15th to take their State Final Exams.
  • If a student does not take his/her State Test during our Final Exam week, the student will earn an Incomplete (INC) on their Report Card for the course and can defer taking the State Test until June 2021.
  • If a student has a specific medical condition that prevents him/her from being able to attend school and take the State Test, the student/family can apply for a Medical Waiver. Please contact Ms. Seese (vseese@wcpss.net), our Testing Coordinator, to apply for the Medical Waiver.
  • Teacher-Made Exams will be made available to every student in a course that calls for a Teacher-Made Exam. For students who take the Teacher-Made Exam, their Exam score will only be included if it supports a higher final average. Thus, a student does not need to take a Final Exam in a course where they are satisfied with their Final Grade (average of their First Quarter and Second Quarter grades).
  • Teacher-Made Exams will all be held remotely, and students do NOT come to school to take these Exams.
  • Seniors who have a Final Grade of “C” or better in a course that does not require an EOC or CTE Post Assessment are exempt from taking the Final Exam. Attendance will not count toward Senior Exam Exemptions this school year.

 

Here, once again, is the detailed information regarding our Final Exams. Please know that our First Semester Final Exam Schedule has not changed. However, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) has announced new information regarding the scoring of End-Of-Grade (EOC) tests and CTE Post Assessments. Here is the most updated information regarding Final Exams to help you know what to expect:

 

Scoring of EOC Tests and CTE Post Assessments

  • All students are strongly encouraged to take their EOC and/or CTE Post Assessments.
  • EOC and CTE Post Assessments are given at school and cannot be taken remotely.
  • The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has provided School Districts with the ability to adjust the scoring scale for State Tests. For the 2020 – 2021 school year, WCPSS has implemented the following scale for EOC and CTE Post Assessments:
    • Minimum Score of 60: The grading scale for State Assessments will include a minimum score of 60. Thus, no student will fail a course as a direct result of their score on a State Test.
    • Exam Score Only Improves Course Average: If a student’s score on the State Exam is lower than the combined average of the First Quarter and Second Quarter grade, the student’s Exam score will be curved to equal their course average. For example, if a student has a 90% for First Quarter and a 96% for Second Quarter, then the First and Second Quarter combined average is a 93%. If the student scores lower than a 93% on the State Exam, the State Exam score will be curved to a 93% and the student will earn a 93% for the Final Grade. Thus, the student will earn at least a 93% for the course unless they receive a score on the State Exam that is higher than 93%. In that case, if a student scores higher than the combined average of the First and Second Quarter on the State Exam, the student’s grade would improve when factoring in the State Exam score.
    • Transcript: Please know that the original EOC scale score, achievement level, and percentile will be printed on a student’s transcript in the Testing Results section. However, only the Final Grade for the student is posted in the Grades portion of the Transcript, and not the Quarter grades or Exam Grade.

 

Medical Exemption

  • If a student has a documented Medical reason for not taking a State Test, a Medical Exemption form can be completed. Please contact our Testing Coordinator, Ms. Seese (vseese@wcpss.net) for information regarding Medical Exemptions.

 

Students Not Taking A State Test

  • Students who do not take a State Test and have not submitted a Medical Exemption form will receive an Incomplete (INC) for the course.
  • Please know that the student will need to take the test prior to the end of the school year to remove the INC from their Transcript.
  • Please know that receiving an INC for a course in a Quarter could impact Driver Eligibility and Athletic Eligibility.

 

I have received many emails regarding families who are concerned to send their student to school to take a State Test the week of Monday, January 11th through Friday, January 15th. Please know that I do understand your concerns. Please also know that the State Board of Education has informed us that they will be taking this issue up again at its January meeting. I am thankful for the grade flexibility that WCPSS is providing us, but as things stand right now, I do want to encourage students to come to school to take their State Exams. Please remember that Teacher Made Exams are not required and are all going to be administered remotely. Students do not come to campus to take a Teacher Made Exam if they choose to take the Exam. Please remember that this information remains the same regarding Final Exams:

 

Schedule

  • Final Exams will be given on Monday, January 11th, 2021 through Thursday, January 14th. Friday, January 15th is a Make-Up Day for Final Exams.

 

Teacher-Made Exams

  • Teacher-Made Exams will be made available to every student in a course that calls for a Teacher-Made Exam.
  • For students who take the Teacher-Made Exam, their Exam score will only be included if it supports a higher final average. The Teacher-Made Exam counts 20% of a student’s final Grade for the course (40% for First Quarter, 40% for Second Quarter, and 20% for Final Exam).
  • For students who do not take the Teacher-Made Exam, their final grade will be the average of the First Quarter Grade (counting 50%) and the average of the Second Quarter Grade (50%).
  • Teacher-Made Exams will all be held remotely, and students do NOT come to school to take these Exams.
  • Please know that Teacher-Made Exams may be project-based, portfolio, or a performance-based assessment and may be started and completed prior to the Final Exam period.

 

Senior Exam Exemptions

  • Seniors who have a final grade of “C” or better in a course that does not require an EOC or CTE Post Assessment. Attendance will not count toward Senior Exam Exemptions this school year.

 

Transportation, Meals, and Leaving Campus

  • Every student who comes to campus must have completed the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols Form. This form can be completed now and then it is good for the remainder of the school year.
  • Bus transportation will be provided to students during Final Exam week. Students MUST complete the Health Attestation Form to ride the bus. This form can be completed now, and it is good for the remainder of the school year.
  • Students who do not have an EOC or CTE Post Assessment Exam do not report to school on January 11th, January 12th, January 13th, January 14th, and January 15th.
  • If a student wants to leave campus after their Final Exam, they must immediately leave after their Final Exam, not return to school, and have a ride/walk home. For students who need bus transportation, buses will take students home at 2:18 p.m. Students who will ride a bus home will remain in the school in a quiet setting maintaining social distance until the buses leave campus.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served for those students who want to participate in these meal programs every day of the Final Exam week.

 

I know this is a lot of information, but I hope it makes sense and allows you to understand the rules and expectations that are in place right now for our Final Exams. Thank you for reading this information and becoming familiar with our Final Exam Schedule and requirements. Please understand that these policies are different from previous years in several ways, so it is important that students understand the various Final Exams and what they need to do for each course they are taking. Please also note that this Final Exam Schedule is subject to change as we get updated information from the State or WCPSS. Our teachers will be communicating with our students regarding this Final Exam Schedule from now until the Final Exam week begins.

 

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY—SPRING SEMESTER: The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has made a change to the eligibility policy for the 2021 Spring Semester. In terms of eligibility in a normal year, an Incomplete grade is viewed as a failing mark for a course when eligibility is checked prior to the start of the season. This year, if a student chooses to delay taking their State Test until later in the year, they will be assigned an Incomplete grade for that course until the State Test is completed. This year, if a student athlete is assigned an Incomplete grade due to not taking a State Test, the grade in the course prior to the State Test will be used to determine eligibility for the Spring Semester. For example, if a student has a passing grade going into the State Final Exam, and the student chooses not to take the State Test Final Exam, the grade will be considered “passed” for Athletic eligibility in the Spring Semester. Please feel free to reach out to our Athletic Director, Coach Seese (tseese@wcpss.net) if you have any questions. Thank you.  

 

ATHENS DRIVE THEATRE FIRST EVER VIRTUAL PRODUCTION! The Athens Drive Theatre Department launched their first ever VIRTUAL production, The Chronicles of 2020 (100% written, performed, and produced by our students!) this week. Please go to the Theatre YouTube page, Athens Drive Theatre, to view this production. I am proud of our students, under the direction of Ms. Hayes, for creating this Virtual Production!

 

ONE LAST REMINDER ABOUT OUR BAND’S DEWEY’S HOLIDAY STORE: The Band’s Dewey’s Bakery is still open for the Holiday Season as a fundraiser! The store will offer cheese straws, cookies, sugar cakes, coffee, and many other delicious treats. The Dewey’s Bakery Holiday Fundraiser Store is open in the Waverly Place shopping center in Cary and will remain open through Thursday, December 24th. Please refer to the Band’s Dewey’s Fundraiser website for details. Thank you for your support of our Band program!

 

CHANGE IN POSTIVIE COVID-19 TEST NOTIFICATIONS FROM ME: The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) has informed me that beginning on Monday, January 4th, I will no longer be sending a notification letter for positive COVID-19 cases at Athens Drive. Instead, the WCPSS COVID-19 Metrics webpage will be updated daily. Parents who have students in an affected school will get an email from WCPSS directing them to check the website.

 

LITERACY OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS OVER WINTER BREAK: Here are a few reading/literacy related opportunities for our students to know about as we go into Winter Break:

  • Winter Break Bingo: Students can participate in Winter Break Library Bingo  (http://bit.ly/2WuANBH). All participants will be entered to win a $20.00 Amazon gift card!
  • WCPL Books on the Go and Express Book Bags: Order books to take home for the holidays, either your choice or a curated bag. These public library services are available to students and staff at any Wake County Public Library location.
  • Poetry Out Loud: Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Competitions happen first at the school level to identify four student winners to represent Athens Drive. Then, those four students will create video entries to submit at the District finals in mid-January.

 

ASSIGNMENT STRIPS FOR SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT FOR THE 2021 – 2022 SCHOOL YEAR: Each year, the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Office of Student Assignment prints and distributes Assignment Strips that are provided to us and we send home with our students. These assignment strips notify parents/legal custodians of their student’s school assignment for the next school year, the level of transportation they are expected to receive, as well as a timeline of upcoming important dates. Due to the uniqueness of this school year, the WCPSS Office of Student Assignment has determined that Assignment Strips will be distributed differently to families this December. Please know that for High School students, your student will not receive a hard copy of the Assignment Strip. Families will be able to sign into their PowerSchool account and access this information. The information will be in the Next Year Assignment tab. This information will be uploaded next week, and you will have your student’s assignment prior to the Holiday break. If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact our Student Services Department at 919-233-4050 then press 1. Thank you!

 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION OVER THE WINTER BREAK: Please know that daily curbside food distribution at Athens Drive will not be operational from Tuesday, December 22nd, through Friday, January 1st. However, Child Nutrition Services will be offering free meal bundles that will be distributed on Monday, December 21st from 10:45 a.m. through 12:45 p.m. at select distribution sites (Athens Drive is currently not one of those sites). The Winter Break Meal Bundle will include eight breakfasts and eight lunches. One meal bundle per child. You do not have to be a WCPSS student to receive meals, only 18 years of age or younger to qualify. The meals will be provided at no cost. Today is the deadline to complete the Winter Break Meal Bundle Form. When ordering, please remember that you must have sufficient cooler/freezer space to store the complete bundle for each child for eight days (breakfast and lunch). Thank you for sharing this information so that we can assist families in need over the Holidays.

 

STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS FORM: WCPSS has created a Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols Form requiring parents to sign and submit it to our school. By signing this form, students and families are certifying that they have read and understand the Student Accountability standards that WCPSS has created for In-Person instruction. We will need every student (whether the student is in our Virtual Academy or In-Person learning environment) to complete this form and return it to school. I would ask that you please complete the signature page and email it to Ms. Linda Martin, our Student Services Department Data Manager, at lmartin@wcpss.net. We will keep a record of who has submitted this information. Please know that if you are not able to complete this now, we will provide paper copies for students when they return to In-Person learning and this form can be completed at that time. However, we would like to get as many forms completed and done prior to any students returning to campus. Thank you for your help in completing this mandate.

 

BUS ATTESTATION FORM: Every WCPSS student who will ride District-provided transportation will have to complete a one-time Online Health Attestation Form. If you are planning on returning to school for In-Person learning in the Spring Semester, you must have this form completed prior to being able to ride the bus. Please know that you can complete this form now or you can wait and submit it prior to riding the bus at the start of the Spring Semester. Students who cannot complete the form electronically can submit a paper copy to us at the start of the Spring Semester.

 

$30.00 SENIOR GRADUATION FEE: Please know that all Seniors are required to pay their Senior Graduation Fee to pay for costs associated with Graduation. These fees go to pay for the Diploma, Diploma Cover, Graduation Program, Senior Awards, reduced costs for Senior Shirts and Sportswear, and other Senior events that are hosted throughout the year. The fee is normally $60.00, but this year we have reduced that cost to $30.00 due to the potential limits on the Senior events that we can host. Please go to the Online Payment link on our website to make this payment. Thank you for taking care of this required fee for all Seniors.

 

NORTH CAROLINA DEPARMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GUIDANCE FOR HEALTHY HOLIDAYS: The best way to reduce your risk of viral transmission is to limit travel and limit physical contact with people who do not live in your household, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services. During our Winter Break, please practice the 3W’s and wear a face covering, wait at least 6 feet apart to maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently. Please remember that spikes in community spread could have impacts in our ability to return to school. Thank you being safe this Holiday Season.

 

CLOSING MESSAGE AND THANK YOU! I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everybody much peace and love over our Holiday break. Those are things that I believe are most needed in our world right now—peace and love! During the Holiday “rush” and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I believe this provides a wonderful opportunity to slow down, relax, cherish the time with our loved ones, and count our many blessings. Our children are truly the greatest blessings of all, and I thank you for sharing yours with us. It is our honor and pleasure to serve them and try to make a positive difference in their lives! I look forward to a New Year of renewed enthusiasm, re-commitment to our core values, and moving each student forward to reach his/her ultimate potential! I wish each of you a very peaceful and joyous Holiday season, and a New Year filled with much promise and hope! If you are traveling over the Holidays, please be safe. Please continue to check the Athens Drive website for general information and to help you stay informed. Please make it a wonderful Winter Break! As always, please continue to be safe and take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and each other. GO JAGS!

 

 

REMINDER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WEEKLY MESSAGES:

 

EFFORTS TO INCREASE COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION: Athens Drive parents have set up Facebook groups for each Grade Level to help other parents get involved in the Athens Drive school family. If you are interested in connecting with other parents at Athens Drive you can find the link to each of the Facebook groups below.

 

 

 

 

 

I am thankful for the willingness of these parents to help us keep families “in the know” and please look for additional ways for parents to connect to Grade Level specific information.

 

ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AT THE DRIVE: Here is another organization that supports our students in a major way:

 

  • Jaguar Club: The Jaguar Club is the Athletic Booster Club at Athens Drive Magnet High School and supports all athletic programs here at Athens Drive. The three main avenues the booster club uses to raise money each year to support are athletic programs are Sports Passes that offer admittance into all athletic events, selling concessions at the games, and selling sponsorships to local businesses. All three have been severely impacted by the current pandemic and circumstances for schools and athletics this year. The athletic booster club purchases new uniforms for all teams, donates money to update our facilities each year, and ensures we have all the equipment needed to run an athletic program. If you are able to donate money this year, we would appreciate your support as we look for creative ways to making up the funding gap we have run into this year. If you are a business owner and would like to discuss sponsorship please contact our Athletic Director, Coach Seese, (tseese@wcpss.net) and we can discuss ways to best promote your business. Thank you for your consideration and everyone in the Athletics Department wishes you a Happy Holidays! Click on this link to Donate to the JAG Club.

 

As we approach the end of the year, I am highlighting some of the ways that our school families can contribute to student groups and programs at The Drive. Please see below in the Reminder Announcements from Previous Messages if you feel so moved to give a tax-deductible gift prior to the end of the year to an organization that I have already highlighted. Thank you for your amazing support!

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS AT THE DRIVE: As we approach the end of the year, I would like to highlight some of the ways that our school families can contribute to student groups and programs at The Drive. If you feel so moved to give a tax-deductible gift prior to the end of the year, here are a few ideas that can support our students at Athens Drive:

 

  • Health Science Career Academy: As we prepare for upcoming events and educational opportunities for our HSA students in 2020-2021, we need to do some fundraising. Since we do not receive funding from the county for events like off-site educational opportunities and the Red Cord Banquet to honor seniors, we depend on friends like you to help the Academy with your donations. We have heard from parents that many prefer to donate money directly vs. purchasing items that might incur additional costs such as shipping or taxes. There are two advantages to that - #1 Donating by clicking a button is quick and easy, and #2 All money goes directly to the Academy. Checks are also welcome and should be made out to AD Health Alliance and sent to ADHS at 1420 Athens Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. And, of course, any amount donated is tax-deductible. We are grateful for any amount you donate and assure you that many good things are in the works that will directly impact your students as they prepare for a career in the health sciences at Athens Drive. Thank you in advance! Website: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/admhs-health-science-alliance/fundraising-opportunities

 

  • STEM Academy: Part of the mission of the STEM Advisory Board at Athens Drive Magnet High School is to help raise funds to support the STEM Academy of Energy and Sustainability. Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated and will go directly to supporting our students in the following ways:
    • Teacher Professional Development to help support teachers in integrating STEM principles and content into their classrooms
    • STEM-related Field Trips to help bridge the classroom to the real world of STEM
    • STEM Project Supplies as students work to explore through projects, Project based learning and problem-based learning.
    • STEM Celebrations to celebrate the achievements of our students in the STEM Program
    • Equipment to enhance the STEM classrooms. 

We hope that you will be able to help support the work of the Athens Drive Magnet High School STEM Academy and to support our students. You can make donations to the STEM Academy via Paypal with your Paypal account or credit/debit card. Navigate to Support the Academy to make your donation.

 

  • Theatre Booster Club: The ADMHS Theatre Booster Club supports the Theatre Department and its Director, Ms. Ashlynn Hayes, as she and many talented and dedicated students lend their talents to the cast and crew to create both a play and a musical each school year. These award-winning productions provide students with a way to grow their skills and talents and a way to express their creativity and individuality. Our Fall 2020 Play, The Chronicles of 2020, will be virtual and will be free for the community as a way for the Theatre Department to give back during these difficult times. The Theatre Booster Club has also launched a fundraising campaign entitled "The Show Must Go On" to help us offset lost revenue from last Spring and this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Any funds donated will go toward our Spring production costs including props, costumes, scripts, technical equipment and supporting students as they once again work together to create a fantastic musical for all to enjoy! Check out the Theatre website for information about our fundraiser, including ways to donate, and about our Fall play. Thank you!

 

  • PTSA: Don't forget that PTSA Membership Dues and Donations are tax deductible!Dues and Donations help fund our wonderful PTSA Programs, such as Athens Achievers, Classroom Supply Grants, Senior Scholarships, and more! If you haven't joined or donated yet, now is the perfect time! You can donate on the PTSA website HERE and you will receive a receipt letter from the PTSA for your tax records. Thank you for supporting the Athens Drive PTSA!  

 

Thank you for your support of the awesome work of our students, staff, and school family!

 

DRIVER’S EDUCATION CLASS REGISTRATION FOR SPRING SEMESTER: Driver’s Education online class registration forms to register for Spring Semester classes can be found on the Jordan Driving School website. Please understand that registration begins on Tuesday, December 15th, and any forms submitted prior to Tuesday, December 15th will NOT be accepted.

 

ATHLETICS UPDATE: It was great to welcome families back to our Gym last night for the first-time last night to watch a Volleyball game! I appreciated how our school families followed all safety protocols and the 3 W’s while on campus! It worked out very well, and they saw a determined Jaguar Volleyball team play hard, but not quite pull out a victory against Green Level. I am thankful for the hard work of our coaches, athletic department, and student athletes to be safe and follow all protocols so that our athletic programs can continue to operate! I am sharing this additional athletic information again with you all to keep you updated:

 

Spectators at Events

WCPSS has determined we will be able to allow immediate family at games within certain guidelines. While we do not have all those guidelines yet, we will be sharing them with each of our teams as soon as we receive them. Throughout this year guidelines have changed quickly, so I want to remind you that as different sports begin their season, guidelines could change again. Please know that we strive to get the most up-to-date information to you as quickly as possible.

 

Live Streaming

All events at Jaguar Stadium and in our Upper Gym will be live streamed throughout the year. You can find additional information about our live streaming program here.

 

Registration Paperwork

All student athletes must submit a registration packet and COVID-19 pre-participation form prior to any workout or practice. Each student athlete only needs to complete this paperwork once for the entire year. If an athlete has contracted COVID-19 at any point, please email our Athletic Director, Coach Seese (tseese@wcpss.net), as there is an additional form the doctor will need to complete prior to participating in athletics.  

 

Communication

Communication is vital this year to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information regarding athletics. Please make sure you are on our email list, follow us on Twitter and Instagram (both @athensjags), and are part of the communication platform for your specific program/sport. You can join our Athletic Department email list by visiting the athletics webpage and enrolling at the top of the page.

 

THE ATHENS ORACLE—OUR SCHOOL NEWSPAPER—IS AVAILABLE! Since we aren't printing our school newspaper, The Oracle, physically this Semester, we have been placing our articles all on our website. The staff wants to make sure that our school family is reading it! Check out The Athens Oracle at their website: www.athensoracle.com. I am proud of the efforts of our students in continuing their hard work in this remote environment!

 

PROCESS FOR OBTAINING A DRIVER’S ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE (DEC): DECs are only valid for 30 days; therefore, students are only eligible to receive a DEC during this time if they have a confirmed appointment with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) within 30 days of the date of the request. Parents/students will start by sending an email request to Ms. Teresa Brown (tbrown3@wcpss.net) and include the email from NCDMV confirming the date/time of the appointment. You will then receive an email confirming the date/time you can come to Athens Drive to receive the DEC. Once your appointment is confirmed with us, the following steps will be taken:

 

  • Step 1: Scan or take a photo of the following:
    • Student’s birth certificate or passport
    • Completed Driver’s Education Certificate (if it has not been emailed ahead of time)
    • Proof of address if the current address is different than the one listed on the Driver’s Education Certificate or the address listed in PowerSchool. Address must be verified for the NC Real ID.
    • Email this information to Mr. Brown, our designated contact at the school. This will limit the amount of paper that has to be exchanged by staff and students. If you are unable to scan or take a photo of the document, then you will need to bring all these documents with you to the appointment.
  • Step 2: Bring the following documents to the appointment:
    • Student’s birth certificate or passport
    • Completed Driver’s Education Certificate (if it has not been emailed ahead of time)
    • Proof of address if the current address is different than the one listed on the Driver’s Education Certificate or the address listed in PowerSchool. Address must be verified for the NC Real ID.
  • Step 3: Receiving the DEC:
    • Once you arrive for your appointment, a staff member will meet you at the front door of the school (entrance by the flagpole) to receive the DEC. It is important that we limit the amount of direct contact and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance. For this reason, please limit the number of family members (preferably just the student and a parent or guardian) who attend the appointment. Please arrive at the school promptly for your scheduled appointment to ensure that we can follow the social distancing guidelines that have been established.
    • Staff will check the student’s grades for adequate progress. The student must have passed 70% of the courses taken in the prior semester to receive a DEC.
    • Once grades have been verified and all other documents are in place, the DEC can be issued to the student.

 

Thank you for your understanding and adherence to these procedures.

 

SUPPORT FOR OUR STUDENTS DURING THIS REMOTE LEARNING AND COVID-19 PANDEMIC: Dealing with uncertainty and the unknown influences our well-being. Anxiety during this time is an understandable reaction, whether you have been dealing with anxiety all along or this is a new development in your life. We understand that not being able to connect to others as we would normally connect makes this time more difficult. Please know that all our students and families are on our minds during this unprecedented time in our lives. If you need support or assistance, please visit the ADMHS Student Services Website for a list of resources to support students and school families. Please use the resources listed if your student needs emotional support during their time at home. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 immediately.

 

ACCESS TO STUDENT SERVICES AND APPOINTMENTS WITH COUNSELORS: Our Student Services Staff and Counselors are working virtually to support our students and school families. The best way to get in touch with a Student Staff member or Counselor is through email. Questions related to Records, Transcripts, Withdrawal, and Enrollment should be directed to our Registrar, Ms. Sidney (psidney@wcpss.net). If you need to speak with a Counselor, please email your Counselor with questions using your school email account. They will respond to your questions or set up a virtual meeting, if necessary. Contact for our Counselors is as follows:

 

 

Our Counselors are available to support the academic, social emotional, and college/career goals of all students. As such, there may be times when the Counselors need to connect with individual students or groups of students to provide resources or to address specific questions/concerns. All communication with students is in accordance with WCPSS policies and guidelines. You can I talk to your Counselor about a myriad of topics: Academics, College and Career Planning, “Well-being” Checkups, etc. If a student is in a crisis, they should inform their parents/guardians or a trusted adult immediately. If necessary, please call 911 for assistance. Additional Resources for support can be found on our Social Emotional Support page. Please know that we care and want to help!

 

ATHENS DRIVE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL TUTORING CLUB: Just a reminder that the ADMHS Tutoring Club is up and running! Please keep this in mind for your students if they need support in a subject. Information can be found at this link. Students can request a tutor from this site, and students that are interested in becoming a tutor can fill that request on this site as well. We hope this is a great opportunity for our students!

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS:  Please remember that we have many Colleges and Universities that we have worked with to set up Virtual College Visits for our students. We will be hosting these Virtual College Visits throughout the school year. These Virtual sessions will allow students the opportunity to meet with Admission Counselors from various Colleges and Universities. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the various programs available, admission requirements, Financial Aid, etc. Please visit our College Visit Website to  access these sessions. These visits have already started, and we have several more next week and in the future. Please keep an eye on this website to “visit” schools that your student may be interested in attending.

 

NEW ATTENDANCE EMAIL ACCOUNT: We have created a new email account, athenshs-attendance@wcpss.net for parents to email doctor’s notes, questions about attendance, etc. Please use this email account to communicate with us and know that we will take care of your attendance matters. Thank you!

 

CLASS OF 2021 GRADUATION: The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) has announced the Graduation schedule for the District! The Athens Drive Magnet High School Class of 2021 will Graduate on Thursday, June 10th, at 12:00 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center! Please know that this Ceremony is pending the COVID-19 pandemic status and the ability of us to gather in large groups. It is certainly my hope that we can celebrate the Class of 2021 on June 10th at the Raleigh Convention Center! Please understand that at this point we cannot give any information to families regarding how many tickets will be allotted for each Senior, as capacity determinations have not been solidified. But I am fired up that we do have a date and a time for our Commencement Exercises!

 

SENIOR INFORMATIONAL WEBSITE CREATED BY OUR COUNSELORS: Please visit our new website to support our Seniors and their transition to life after The Drive. The website contains information and resources regarding the College Application Process, SAT, Letters of Recommendations, etc. and can be found at this link: https://sites.google.com/wcpss.net/adhscollegeapps. Our Student Services Department is here to assist our students as our Seniors move towards the goal of Graduation! Please know that our Senior Conferences and College advising will be Virtual this year, so we hope that this website will answer questions until your Senior Conference can be scheduled with your Counselor. Thank you!

 

SENIORS NEED TO JOIN MR. REMALEY’S SENIOR REMIND MESSAGE GROUP! Seniors, this year more than ever, YOU NEED TO JOIN Mr. Remaley's Senior Remind group! Mr. Remaley serves as our Senior Class Advisor and keeps Seniors and their families updated on all things Senior. The best way to stay connected and up to date on Senior information is through his daily messages. Seniors and their families can download the Remind App and enter class code: @theremaley  If you don't want the app, and prefer a SMS text message, then text the message:  @theremaley  to the number:   81010. If you have any Senior related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net). Please be sure you do this today so that you are up-to-speed on Senior events and happenings—Mr. Remaley does an outstanding job of communicating with our Seniors and Senior families!

 

STAY CONNECTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR: To stay connected to my messages and get other updates from WCPSS and Athens Drive Magnet High School, please make note of the following: 

  • SchoolMessenger: This is the system that we use to get messages to our school families. School families can set their contact preferences with their SchoolMessenger account. Please visit https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger to update your preferences, read FAQ document, and read instructions on how to create a parent SchoolMessenger account.
  • Text messages: You can also opt-in to receive text messages through our SchoolMessenger system. Please visit  https://www.wcpss.net/schoolmessenger as well to get this information. 
  • Emails: We will automatically send you an email if we have your correct information on file. If you are not receiving this message via email, please email Ms. Gattens (emgattens@wcpss.net), our School Receptionist, with your correct email address.
  • Athens Drive Magnet High School Website:My weekly (or more often…) Principal Messages are posted and archived on our website. You can access these Principal Messages by clicking on the link in the banner towards the top of the website or scroll down our website for another banner across the webpage with icons and click on the Principal’s Message link.
  • PowerSchool Accounts:  In High School, all students need an NCEdCloud account, and parents are encouraged to maintain their own parent PowerSchool account. If you need to open a student and/or parent PowerSchool account, please follow the directions on the WCPSS website.

Thank you for your efforts to keep updated on all that is happening at The Drive!

 

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS: Athens Drive Magnet High School has a variety of Social Media Accounts that students, staff, school families, and the community can follow to stay abreast of what is happening at The Drive. This is an updated list from the list I sent out earlier in the week:

 

  • Instagram:
    • School Instagram: @AthensHSMagnet
    • Student Services: @athensdrive_studentservices
    • The Torch (Yearbook): @athens_torch
    • The Oracle (Newspaper): @athensoracle
    • ATV (Morning News Program): @atvjagnews
    • Athens Athletics: @athensjags
    • Athens Jag Club: @adhsjaguars

 

  • Twitter:
    • School Twitter: @AthensHSMagnet
    • Student Services: @ADHSStudentSvcs
    • PTSA: @AthensDrivePTSA
    • The Torch (Yearbook): @athenstorch
    • The Oracle (Newspaper): @athensoracle
    • ATV (Morning News Program): @atvjagnews
    • Athens Athletics: @athensjags
    • Athens Drive Student Government: @ADHSExecBoard
    • STEM Academy: @AthensSTEM
    • Health Science Career Academy: @ADHS_HSA

 

  • Facebook:
    • School Facebook: Athens Drive Magnet High School

 

  • Remind: text to 81010

 

  • Senior Class Messages from Mr. Remaley, Senior Class Advisor: @theremaley

 

  • Remind Class information from our Student Services Team:
    • Class of 2021 is @fae99c
    • Class of 2022 is @admhscl
    • Class of 2023 is @c44694k
    • Class of 2024 is @haghfb

 

Please know that you can find this information on our website with active links to these sites. Thank you for keeping up-to-speed with everything that happens at The Drive!