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August 13th, 2021

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, August 13th. 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 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

JAGFEST THANK YOU’S: What a great week to be a JAG (but, then again, when isn’t it?!?!) at our JAGFEST events!! There was such a positive spirit, and it was outstanding to see our “house” come back to life with students and families as we look to start our new school year! We had over 700 new Jaguars in our school and many family members here to begin the transition to high school. I was thankful for the outstanding efforts of our staff, Ekklesia Church, Student Government, our Blue Crew, Athletic Booster Club leaders, Cheerleaders, and everyone who helped contribute to a fantastic kick-off for our students and families! Another big welcome to the Class of 2025, and please know what an honor and pleasure it is for us to serve you and your family! We are excited to build on our tradition of excellence and have another great year of teaching and learning!

 

COVID-19 SAFETY PRACTICES: WCPSS has announced new COVID-19 Safety Practices to support our efforts to maintain a safe learning environment. We have information at the top of our website that links to WCPSS COVID-19 Safe Return to School policies and procedures. Two important practices and links to where you can find additional information are summarized here:

  • Everyone; students, staff, visitors, etc., are required to wear a face covering indoors in school and on school-provided transportation, including school buses, activity buses, and Special Education vendor transportation. Face coverings are optional outdoors.
  • If a student experiences an illness that does not include COVID-19 symptoms, it’s now easier for the student to return to school quicker—students can return to school when they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Learn more about returning to school after an illness.

WCPSS has shared that they will be sending out a County-wide email early next week to all school families with a full overview of all COVID-19 safety practices including lunch routines, visitors, and more. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and commitment to upholding these standards so that we can maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning!

 

LAPTOP DISTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS: Please know that beginning this year, all students who have not yet received a Chromebook will be issued one to use while they are enrolled as a WCPSS student. Families will be notified by WCPSS regarding their student’s eligibility status:

 

  • No previous device checked out to student: Student is ELIGIBLE for a new Chromebook
  • Outdated model checked out to student: Student is ELIGIBLE for an Exchange
  • Updated model checked out to student: Student is NOT ELIGIBLE

 

If a student is eligible for an exchange for an updated device, the student MUST bring the outdated device and charger to school. Please know that a second device cannot be checked out to the student until the first device is checked in. Please understand that families may not pick up devices for multiple students at a single location, all distributions will made at each student's school. When students pick-up their device, please know that all students will be required to sign a Student Device Program Agreement form upon receiving their device. If a student currently has an updated model that is broken, lost, or stolen, the family will need to submit a Help Desk Ticket since they will not be considered eligible to receive a new device until the issue is resolved. To support our students so that they can have a charged device on the first day of school, we are hosting a Chromebook Distribution Event on Friday, August 20th, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Any student who is eligible to receive a new Chromebook can come to the Library between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20th to get their Chromebook. Please know that this time coincides with our Student Walk Their Schedule event, so students can Walk Their Schedule and get their Chromebook at the same time. Any students who are eligible for a new or replacement device who are unable to attend the device distribution event next Friday will receive their device at school within the first few weeks. Our plan is to utilize Drive Time (our Homeroom class) during the first 10 days to distribute a device to any eligible student who has not received their laptop. Any student with an outdated model should bring the device and charger to school each day so it will be available for an exchange—please remember that we cannot check out an updated device until the outdated device is returned. Please know that all students will have access to a laptop for use in their classroom until they receive their new device. However, once a student receives a device, they are expected to bring it to school every day. The school does not have extra chargers, so the student should be sure their device is fully charged each day or bring their charger daily. I am excited that all our students will have a laptop to utilize this school year!

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO WALK THEIR SCHEDULE: I know that we will have students who want to return to school prior to the first day of school to ensure they are familiar with where their classes are. We will offer two opportunities for STUDENTS ONLY to come into our school and independently (i.e., no guided tours, just students walking the school with staff members posted throughout to assist) walk our campus to find their classrooms. The first opportunity will be from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 19th, and the second opportunity will be from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20th. During the Friday morning Walk Your Schedule opportunity, students can also stop by the Library and get their Chromebook so that they have it for the first day of school. Please know that students are welcome to come together with other students, but I am asking that parents not accompany their student as they walk their schedule to limit the number of people in our school at one time. Thank you for your understanding and I hope these two opportunities provide students with the confidence to start school on Monday, August 23rd in a positive manner!

 

NEW REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE, DRIVE TIME BELL SCHEDULE, AND VIRTUAL ACADEMY BELL SCHEDULE: We are adjusting our daily Bell Schedule for this school year. Our new Bell Schedule for Regular School Days, Drive Time Days, and our Virtual Academy can be found on our website. Thank you for your understanding of our efforts to continue to find ways to support teaching and learning, help students connect to Athens Drive and each other, and help each of our students reach his/her ultimate potential!

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Please remember that our First Day of School is on Monday, August 23rd! Please know that we will start the first day of school utilizing our Drive Time Bell Schedule, with school beginning in First Period at 7:25 a.m.

 

START TIME FOR SCHOOL: We will have the same start and end time for school again for the 2021 – 2022 school year. School will start at 7:25 a.m. every morning and end at 2:18 p.m. Please know that First Period begins promptly at 7:25 a.m. and students are expected to be in class, ready to learn at 7:25 a.m. each day. For the first 10 days of school, students will utilize our Drive Time Class (Homeroom) so that we can share important information and begin the year on a positive note. After those first 10 days, students will only attend their Drive Time Class on the designated days on our Bell Schedule.

 

STUDENT SCHEDULES: I am sure that everybody has now seen their 2021 – 2022 schedule that was posted to PowerSchool. Please understand that while the vast majority of students’ schedule will not change, some schedules may see a change as we continue to enroll a large number of students. These are not major changes, but we do work to try to balance class size and try to meet the needs of our students and what they registered for. Students will receive their official schedule in their First Period Class on Monday, August 23rd. If your student did submit a Schedule Change Request form, please know that we are working our way through those requests, and we will make the changes we can and need to make to support our students. Thank you for your continued support as we work to create a Master Schedule that serves our students’ needs.

 

STUDENT SCHEDULES FOR OUR VIRTUAL ACADEMY STUDENTS: Please understand that we are continuing to finalize our Virtual Academy Master Schedule for the 2021 – 2022 school year. We are creating our Virtual Academy in partnership with Cary High School and Green Hope High School. Thus, all our Virtual Academy courses will either be taught by Athens Drive Magnet High School, Cary High School, or Green Hope High School teachers. As the development of this new structure is taking additional time, Virtual Academy student schedules will not be ready for student viewing on Monday, August 9th. We will be communicating information to our Virtual Academy students as we finalize schedules, processes, and procedures for our Virtual Academy.

 

VIRTUAL ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE: Please know that we are working to produce a Virtual Academy Open House Orientation Video that will go live on our website on Wednesday, August 18th. In addition, we will hold a Virtual Question and Answer Session for parents/guardians on Thursday, August 19th, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

VIRTUAL ACADEMY MATERIALS PICK-UP: Students and families will come to Athens Drive Magnet High School to pick up class materials and supplies beginning Monday, August 23rd. We will be gathering materials from Cary High School and Green Hope High School that our students will need for their classes and housing them on campus for pick up. First Semester materials and supplies can be picked up by coming to the Main Entrance of our school and informing the staff member who answers the bell what materials you will need.

 

VIRTUAL ACADEMY WEBSITE: We are finalizing the creation of a Virtual Academy website that we will be opening as a resource for our Virtual Academy students. As we complete the creation of this website, we will communicate that information to our Virtual Academy families.

 

STUDENTS EXPECTATIONS AND FLOW OF THE SCHOOL DAY: Please find a Student Expectations document on our website that outlines the flow of the school day, procedures for Arrival and Dismissal, and expectations during the school day for students. I hope this general information helps you stay informed regarding school practices and procedures.

 

NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND COUNSELOR POSITIONS: We were fortunate to earn a new Assistant Principal position and Counselor position to serve our students this year. Due to these additions, we have changed Administrator and Counselor assignments to better support a smaller caseload of students. Here are the names and break-down of the Alphabet for our Administrators and Counselors:

 

Student

Last Name:

Administrator

Counselor

A- Cl

Charlie Morgan

Shernita Telfair

Co-Ha

Donti Coats

Kendall Boothe

He-Mc

Steve Katz

Rebecca Sullivan

Me-Sam

Taneshia Harris

Joe “Dean” Wright

San-Z

Shayla Wiggins

Cheryl Hegarty

 

In addition, we also have hired a new Dean of Students. Ms. Jasmine Pearson has joined the Athens Drive staff and will be serving our entire school family as our Dean of Students.

 

BUS ROUTES HAVE BEEN POSTED: If your student will be riding the bus to school, students and families that have transportation eligible bus riders can find our new Bus Routes for the 2021 – 2022 school year posted on our website. Please find the intersection nearest your residence and that will be your bus stop. Please be familiar with your bus route and plan to get to your bus stop at least 20 minutes early. Wake County Public School System will also share your student’s transportation route, stop, and estimated bus arrival time on-line in PowerSchool. Families can also check bus routes at school if they need too. Mr. Coats, our Assistant Principal who leads our Bus Transportation efforts, will be helping students during Lunch the first week of school to find bus information and provide Temporary Bus Passes for those eligible students who dependent on a yellow school bus to attend school while a transportation service request is being processed. There are many changes at the start of the new school year as new students begin riding the bus, new bus routes are created, and new drivers are trained. I would ask that you please be patient and understanding with transportation for the first few days of school. Thank you for your support.

 

HERE COMES THE BUS APP: Again this year, the Here Comes the Bus app will be available to families to track your student’s bus. Information on how to get started using the Here Comes the Bus app at that link.

 

STEM ACADEMY INFORMATION: The Athens Drive STEM Academy Advisory Board welcomes all STEM Academy students and their families to the 2021 – 2022 school year! The Advisory Board is a 501c-3 non-profit organization comprised of STEM parents and community members to help support the Athens Drive STEM Academy. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 8th beginning at 6:00 p.m. For more details on this, and how to support the Advisory Board through volunteering, fundraising, and donations, please visit https://www.adhsstemboard.com.

 

BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR: As we begin a new school year, I would like to remind all our students and families to be respectful of our Athens Drive neighbors. Please remind your students to park legally, drive in a safe manner, throw trash away properly in trash cans, and use appropriate language as they walk, drive, and move around our school campus. We want to be responsible and respectful neighbors, and I ask that we all represent The Drive in only the highest manner. Thanks for helping to carry on over 40-year tradition of excellence both inside and outside of the classroom!

 

DRESS CODE: Parents, I would like to enlist your support in helping us maintain appropriate dress at school. Wake County Public School System has a Dress Code Policy. Please be sure that students do not wear clothing that violates the dress code. Hats, hoodies, do-rags, and bandanas will also not be allowed to be worn on school grounds. Thank you for support in ensuring our students dress appropriately for teaching and learning every day!

 

VOLUNTEERING AT ATHENS DRIVE: Please remember that if you would like to volunteer at Athens Drive, or in any Wake County Public School System school, you must register prior to helping with any tutoring, office support, PTSA, sports, Band, Chorus, Theatre, or Club activity this school year. You can register to Volunteer at a computer in the Front Office during school hours. Please come to the front doors, buzz in, and let our Receptionist know you are here to register as a Volunteer. Thank you for your service and thank you for helping us maintain a safe school climate conducive to learning.

 

ATHLETICS BEGIN NEXT WEEK: Our Fall athletic season begins next week! All our Fall Athletic Teams have competitions next week. We even have our first Varsity Football game next Friday, August 20th, at Apex High School. Please come out to support our student athletes at these various competitions and be a part of the Athens Drive family! Please check out the Athens Drive Athletic website for all our game dates and times of all our Fall sports. Attending these events is a great way to meet other students and support our school.

 

FAMILY PARTNERS—OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: I am looking to start a new program to better facilitate communication and to address the specific needs of each Grade Level. Our Family Partners program will be an opportunity for our school families to meet throughout the year to receive specific information related to the Grade Level of their student. I am hoping this will build positive relationships and increase timely, specific information to our school families. To make this partnership work, I am asking that we have approximately five parents/guardians from each to serve as a Lead Family Partner for each Grade. These Lead Family Partners will serve as facilitators for each group along with one Administrator and one Counselor. Together, these individuals will lead meetings (my thinking is maybe three/four meetings a year), be a resource for Grade Level school families, support Grade Level families through communication, and be Grade Level representatives at a few of our school-wide events (e.g., Magnet Open House, Curriculum Night, etc.). The time commitment will not be overwhelming, I promise, and it will give these individuals a chance to gain insights and information to support their own students and all students in that Grade Level. Lead Family Partners will move each year forward with their Grade Level (e.g., the same Lead Family Partners for the Freshmen Class this year will be the same Lead Family Partners for the Sophomore Class next year, etc.). If you would be interested in serving in this capacity, I would ask you to please complete this Family Partner Information Form letting me know your interest in serving in this capacity. Thank you for considering this new service opportunity to make a positive difference for our students and school!

 

SENIORS—MID-YEAR GRADUATION: If you are a Senior and are interested in Graduating Mid-Year (January 2022), forms are available on the Athens website (Mid-Year Graduation form) and in our Student Services office. The Mid-Year Graduation form must be completed and returned to the Student Services office by 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 3rd.

 

SENIORS—EARLY DISMISSAL OR LATE ARRIVAL ON SCHEDULE: If you are interested in having a Late Arrival (No First Period) or Early Dismissal (No Fourth Period) for the 2021 – 2022 school year, that form is posted on the Athens website (Early Dismissal/Late Arrival form) and is available in our Student Services office. The Early Dismissal or Late Arrival form must be completed and returned to the Student Services office by 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 16th.

 

PARKING PASS: Parking passes for Juniors and Seniors in good standing for the 2021 – 2022 school year are now available. Students interested in securing a Parking pass for the 2021 – 2022 school year should carefully read and follow the guidelines on the application. To complete the Parking Pass Application process, please be sure to do the following:

 

  • Complete the Online Parking Form
  • Print and complete the One-Page Paper Application (which includes a signed copy of the Athens Drive Magnet High School and Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Rules and Regulations). Please note the dates for accepting applications.
  • Make a clear copy of your valid North Carolina Driver’s License (permanent license, not a permit) and Vehicle Registration(s).
  • Students must not have any outstanding fees and fines (our Main Office Staff will verify this). A Parking Tag will not be issued if a student has any outstanding fees or fines.

 

The cost of a Parking Pass is $200.00 for the year. Parking tags may be picked up beginning on Monday, August 2nd, Monday through Friday, through Friday, August 20th, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please know that Parking Passes and Off-Campus Lunch Passes are two separate applications.

 

OFF-CAMPUS LUNCH PASS: Off-Campus Lunch passes for Juniors and Seniors in good standing for the 2021 – 2022 school year are also now available. A Junior or Senior student cannot leave campus during Lunch without having an authorized Off-Campus Lunch pass. Freshmen and Sophomores are NEVER allowed to leave campus during the school day, unless on an approved school trip. To complete this process, please visit the Off-Campus Lunch Pass information page on our Athens Drive Magnet High School website and please note the following:

 

  • The student must be a Junior or Senior.
  • The student must not have any outstanding fees and fines due to Athens Drive Magnet High School.
  • The student must have the parent/guardian sign the Off-Campus Lunch Pass application.

 

Please know the 2021 – 2022 Off-Campus Lunch Pass Application Form can be found on our website. The cost for a 2021 – 2022 Off-Campus Lunch Pass is $5.00. The completed form needs to be emailed to our School Receptionist, Ms. Gattens (emgattens@wcpss.net) or physically brought to the school to the Main Office to turn it in. Please know that since we did not take student photographs last year due to COVID-19, we will need to make every Off-Campus Lunch Pass in the Main Office. Students will need to come to school beginning Monday, August 2nd, between the hours or 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. every day, Monday through Friday, until Friday, August 20th. A completed application and $5.00 fee must be provided before we can create an Off-Campus Lunch Pass for a student. Please know that Parking passes and Off Campus Lunch passes are two separate applications.

 

SENIOR PORTRAITS: For seniors that were unable to make a Summer Session photo shoot, additional dates in late August and September will be added to the calendar. Please know that these dates will be confirmed towards the beginning of the school year. For those Seniors who have been photographed, proofing galleries are available for all Seniors that took their Senior Portraits in June and July. The most recent email was sent to the student’s WCPSS email address on Monday, August 3rd. If your student hasn’t seen it in his/her inbox, please be sure to check the spam folder. Please know that we want to be sure that every rising Senior gets his/her picture taken for them to be included in our award-winning Yearbook! Please also know that there is no charge for Seniors to get their Senior Portrait to be taken to be included in the Yearbook. It only costs family’s money if they want to purchase any of the pictures taken. Again this year, Senior Pictures will be taken through Evan Pike Photography. We partner with Evan Pike who is a local photographer who offers all students FREE sessions on campus throughout the summer (there is no obligation to purchase photo packages). As we open more dates, we will post them on the Torch (Yearbook) Instagram account (@athenstorch), the Yearbook website (athensdriveyearbook.weebly.com), as well as on the Senior Photography site. Students must photograph with Evan to be in the Senior section of our Yearbook. Our Seniors will be photographed on campus. All students will need to have 2 poses taken (both will be used in the Yearbook—one will be a headshot and one a 3/4 length). Please understand that due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, we will NOT have draped/tux pictures this year. For detailed information regarding Senior Pictures and to schedule an appointment, please see the Athens Drive Magnet High School Senior Photography website. Scheduling for Senior pictures will be done online, and picture dates span through August. Once a student schedules their picture, please make sure you look for emails from Evan Pike if we do need to adjust Senior portrait dates. Congratulations, again, rising Seniors! I look forward to a fantastic finish to High School next year!

 

SENIORS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE MENINGOCOCCAL BOOSTER VACCINATION: North Carolina law requires all rising 12th Grade students to receive a Meningococcal Vaccine Booster before starting 12th Grade. Please know that this includes students who are enrolled in our Virtual Academy for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Please know that the vaccination must be done before the 2021 – 2022 school year begins. Families will need to provide a copy of their student’s immunization record showing proof that the Meningococcal Vaccine has been completed prior to the first day of school. This is a 2-dose immunization; the 1st dose was required in the 7th Grade in the WCPSS. Please click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sidney, our Registrar, at psidney@wcpss.net, contact our Student Services Department at 919-233-4050, or fax your immunization updates to 919-670-4457. Thank you for taking care of this required vaccine!

 

REMALEY’S REMIND MESSAGE GROUP FOR THE CLASS OF 2022: Mr. Remaley, our Senior Class Advisor, shares important information with our Senior Class and Senior Class families throughout the school year. It is imperative that all Seniors and their families join this Remind Message Group! Students and their families certainly do not want to miss any announcements during your Senior Year! Here are the two ways sign-up for this Message Group:

 

  1. If you are using the Remind App, then enter class code:  @theremaley
  2. If you prefer an SMS text message, then text the message:  @theremaley   to the number:  81010

 

Seniors and your families, thank you for taking care of this important step for your Senior Year! It will be awesome!

 

PTSA—STAFF WELCOME BACK BREAKFAST: The PTSA is kindly providing a Welcome Back! Breakfast for staff on Tuesday, August 17th. If you are willing to support this event, please follow this link (https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0844aaac2ca64-welcome) to the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer. Thank you for your support!

 

FIRST PTSA MEETNG OF THE YEAR: The first PTSA meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, August 31st beginning at 6:30 p.m. Additional details will be forthcoming, but I did want to get this day and time on your calendar! Thank you for your support of our school through your involvement in our PTSA!

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: It truly was fantastic to have our students return to The Drive and begin to reunite as a family and prepare for a great start to the school year! I appreciate your understanding as we navigate the challenges that the COVID-19 Delta variant is presenting here at the start of the school year. Please know that we will work to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students! Please continue to check the Athens Drive website (www.wcpss.net/athensdrivehs) for general information and to help you stay informed. Stay cool this weekend! 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:

 

 

WELCOME: First, I would like to give a warm WELCOME TO THE ATHENS DRIVE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY to our newest Jaguars! I would also like to give a shout-out to our rising Seniors who are moving into their final year of high school! I look forward to serving all of you this year and I am also looking forward to a fantastic school year!

 

WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS EXPLANATION: Throughout the school year, I will be providing weekly announcements on Friday afternoons through text and email messages to our school family members, posting the message on our website under the Principal Message icon, and the PTSA will provide a link to my message on their Athens Alert newsletter. I hope you find this an informative weekly update. If there is information that I deem so important that it cannot wait until Friday afternoon, I will send out Special Messages at other times. Again, I will send these messages through text and email to our school family members and post it to the Athens Drive Magnet High School website. If you hear about these messages but are not getting them through email and/or text, please contact our Student Services office (919-233-2050 then press 1) to update your contact information in PowerSchool. Please do not forget to check the Athens Website (https://www.wcpss.net/athensdrivehs) for continual updates and information regarding our school family.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Please remember that the First Day of School for all students is Monday, August 23rd. Students are expected to be in class and ready to learn at 7:25 a.m. I am looking forward to another great year of teaching and learning!

 

PRELIMINARY SAT/NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST ADMINISTRATION: I wanted to give a heads-up to our students, and specifically our Juniors, that we will be administering the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 13th. Registration is open to any Athens Drive student who wants to take the PSAT/NMSQT and will be open from Monday, August 23rd through Monday, September 13th. There is a fee of $18.00 for all students, except Juniors who are ranked in the top 10% in WCPSS. WCPSS will pay the fee for Juniors ranked in the top 10% in the County (the Grade Point Average cut-off has not been determined yet for this year, but last year’s GPA cut-off was 4.3438 or higher). If you have any questions regarding the PSAT/NMSQT administration, please reach out to Ms. Seese, our Testing Coordinator, at vseese@wcpss.net.

 

PTSA: If you are interested in supporting Athens Drive Magnet High School in a tangible manner, the PTSA could use your help. With the Graduation of several of our PTSA Board members’ students, the PTSA has many opportunities for our new families to be a part of the PTSA and make a significant difference in the teaching and learning at The Drive. If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please email our PTSA President, Ms. Jill Rbaihat (president@athensdriveptsa.com). Thank you for considering serving in this manner to support our students, families, and school! In addition, please be sure to become a member of the PTSA. Your membership fees and donations help support all the PTSA’s important programs, including Classroom Support Grants, Student Recognition, Senior Scholarships, and more. To join, please visit the PTSA website (https://athensdriveptsa.com/) and become a member! Thank you for supporting our students, staff, and school family in this manner!

 

ATHLETIC PROGRAM INFORMATION: Our Fall Athletic Season is beginning next week! We have our Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Gymnastics and Cross Country teams all beginning competition in the coming weeks. Please check out the Athens Drive Athletic website (http://www.wakecountyathletics.com/athensdrivehs) for all our game dates and times, to purchase individual game tickets, or to purchase a live streaming package to watch events at Jaguar Stadium or our Competition Gym online. Sports passes for the 2021 – 2022 school year are now on sale via the GoFan Platform (https://gofan.co/app/events/328079). Sports passes are good for all home athletic events throughout the year, except for Playoff games. We look forward to seeing large crowds to represent the ADN (Athens Drive Nation), support our student athletes, and enjoy all the entertainment at all our Athletic events this Fall! Thank you for your support of our student athletes and Athletic Program!

 

ATHLETIC REGISTRATION: All registration for all Athletic teams/sports this year will take place via the DragonFly platform. Please get your student athlete's medical paperwork and permission slips loaded on the platform as soon as possible. The approval process does take up to a week, so please do not wait until the last minute to get registered. You can find the registration link here and directions on how to complete the process here. If you need a copy of the Physical you turned in last year, please fill out this form. Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety and well-being of our student athletes!

 

ATHLETIC SPORTS PASSES: Athens Drive Athletics Sports Passes are now on sale for the 2021 – 2022 Athletic year!  All passes this year will be Digital, via the GoFAN platform. We offer four levels of sports passes; Student Pass, Individual Pass, Family Pass, and Go Jags Family Pass. If you purchase a Go Jags Family Pass, a customized Paw Print on the sidewalk outside Jag Stadium is included with your package. To get the Paw Print painted prior to the Fall Season, please make sure you purchase your Athletic Sport Pass by Saturday, July 31st. If you have any questions regarding Athletic Sports Passes for the 2021 – 2022 Athletic year, please reach out to our Athletic Director, Coach Travis Seese (tseese@wcpss.net). We are looking forward to a great athletic year!

 

ATHLETIC SPONSORSHIP: One of the ways we raise funds to support our Athletic Department at Athens Drive is by selling Sponsorships to local businesses. If you own a company or work at a company that would be interested in sponsoring Athens Drive Athletics, please contact Coach Travis Seese, our Athletic Director, at tseese@wcpss.net. Our Sponsorship Levels link provides information on Sponsorships. Thank you for your help in finding ways to continue to fund our Athletic Department programs!


JAGUAR PAW PRINTS: Jaguar Paw Prints are on sale again this year for the athlete recognition paws that lead up to Jaguar Stadium. If you purchase a Go Jags Family Pass, it is included with your Pass membership fee. However, if you would like to order a Paw Print separately, please fill out this Paw Print form and we will send more information to you on how to purchase the Paw Print for the 2021 – 2022 school year.   

 

GAME SCHEDULES: We will be releasing the Game Schedules for all Fall Sports next week via our Athletic email group, Twitter page (@athensjags), and Instagram page (@athensjags). Please be on the look-out for the announcements of these athletic events.

 

LIVE STREAMING OF EVENTS IN OUR GYMNASIUM AND JAGUAR STADIUM: We will be offering Live Streaming again this school year through the NFHS Network. You can purchase the Live Streaming package by visiting the WCPSS Live Streaming Website and clicking on Athens Drive.

 

JAG CLUB FACEBOOK GROUPS: The JAG Club has created Facebook groups for each Class to provide parents/guardians with up-to-date information regarding what is going on regarding Athens Drive Athletics as well other information. If you would like to join one of the JAG Club’s Facebook groups, please click on the appropriate links:


Seniors
Page Monitor: Natalie Swann nataliesgems@gmail.com
Senior parent Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/634948097189997/
 
Juniors
Page Monitor: Richelle Laskey richellejagclub@gmail.com
Junior Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-Drive-Sophomore-Parents-100112738558727
 
Sophomore
Page Monitor: Aylin Gay aylin.gay@gmail.com
Sophomore Facebook pages: http://www.facebook.com/groups/athensclassof2024/
 
Freshman
Page Monitor: Karen Taylor karentaylor2000@gmail.com 
Freshman Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/520790015923241/?ref=share

 

DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Please know that SUMMER REGISTRATION is currently CLOSED for Driver’s Education registration. Students who have received a class assignment confirmation email should make payments as soon as possible. Please review the class assignment email for payment procedures. Visit www.jordandriving.com for information on Fall registration. Please understand that Jordan Driving School is not admitting students who attend schools outside of the Jordan Driving School Summer Registration Pod: Athens, Enloe, Broughton, and Cardinal Gibbons. Please understand that pods are in place to control student numbers and relieve COVID-19 induced wait times. Please also understand that Behind The Wheel training is experiencing extremely long wait times due to COVID-19 shutdowns and short-staffing. Jordan Driving School is currently contacting and driving students from classes from the beginning of the calendar year. The current wait time for Behind The Wheel instruction at Athens Drive could be as long as 16-18 weeks once a student completes the classroom portion of the course. Please know that students and/or their parents/guardians may select to use Private Driving Schools if you prefer. If this is your decision, please contact Jordan Driving School to start the process.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR THE ENTIRE 2021 – 2022 SCHOOL YEAR: We have received information that Breakfast, and Lunch, will be available at no cost to all students for the 2021 – 2022 school year. While WCPSS may be able to offer free meals to all students, it is very important for eligible parents to complete a meal benefits application because this data enables schools to obtain funding to provide other important educational resources to benefit our students. Other benefits that are issued directly to families that have applied and are eligible for meal benefits may also be available (such as the P-EBT cash benefit). Parents can complete a meal benefits application online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/. Paper applications also are available at all schools. More information can be found at WCPSS Free & Reduced Meals.

 

FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Please know that we are continuing to provide our Food Distribution services to our school families and local community Monday through Friday, from 10:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Please know that hot lunches for the day and breakfast for the next day will be provided. This service will continue through the summer. Please know that an updated list of all Food Distribution sites can be found at this link. Please continue to share this information with anybody in our community and thank you for your help in taking care of our school families and our community!