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August 20th, 2021

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, August 20th. 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:

 

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

 

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 have a 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 days listed on our Bell Schedule. We do have several different Bell Schedules that we use throughout the year due to special events like PSAT, ACT, Pep Rallies, etc. Please visit our website to see the Bell Schedule for the school year and we will be updating Bell Schedules as special events happen.

 

STUDENT SCHEDULES: I am sure that everybody has now either seen or picked up a copy of their 2021 – 2022 schedule that was posted to PowerSchool. It was great to see so many students on campus last night and this morning walking their schedule and getting familiar with our school! Please understand that while most students’ schedules have not changed, and will not change, some students’ 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—and that is the schedule they must follow. If your student submitted 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. The schedule that students receive in their First Period class is their final schedule. Please understand that any additional requests for schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons only:

  1. Enrolled in a course you have already completed and received credit.
  2. Enrolled in a course for which you have not met the prerequisite.
  3. Do not have a full schedule of 4 classes.
  4. Want to move up/drop down a level in a core class (Must have signed Release form if dropping Honors/AP course).
  5. Course needed for promotion and/or graduation.

Please remember that no class changes are guaranteed even if a teacher has agreed to a change, there will be no changes made for teacher preference, and there will be no changes made for lunch preference. In addition, there will be no changes to Electives unless a student is enrolled in a course they have already passed or have not met the prerequisite for the course. Thank you for understanding of our scheduling process.

 

ACCESSING TEACHER/COURSE INFORMATION: To best support the academic success of our students, every teacher has created a Learning Management System in either Canvas or Google Classroom. Students and families can access these resources by finding their Teacher on our Faculty Directory on the Athens Drive Magnet High School website. Students who are out of school due to absences or quarantine must utilize this resource to stay up-to-date with class assignments and resources.

 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL ON CAMPUS: Please know that we have several different areas on campus to support the safe arrival and dismissal of our students. You can visit our Transportation Information section on our website to get additional information and maps on where to drop-off and pick-up our students.  Please know the following information:

 

  • Special Transportation Arrival and Dismissal: The entrance to our campus off Athens Drive is only for students who require Special Transportation to get to school each day. Families who have students who have special needs may use this entrance as well. This entrance is NOT to be used for our general carpool students.

 

  • Carpool Arrival: Please remember that ALL carpool arrival is handled through our Carpool Loop in the Carpool Parking Lot through the entrance from Avent Ferry Road. Please enter the Parking Lot from Avent Ferry Road and drive all the way up the Carpool Parking Lot and around the semi-circle at the top of the Parking Lot. Please pull all the way up to the end of the semi-circle and stop and drop your student off. Please be sure that your student is ready to exit the car as you come to a stop to expedite the carpool process. Students can begin exiting their vehicles at 6:50 a.m. to enter our school. Please remember that students should be dropped off in the morning with enough time for them to be in class, ready for learning at 7:25 a.m. Please also remember to not drop your student off at any other location around campus. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

 

  • Carpool Dismissal: In the afternoon, we will also use our Carpool Loop in the Carpool Parking Lot that is accessible through the entrance from Avent Ferry Road. I would ask that when you arrive you drive all the way around the Parking Lot and pull up almost to the Exit of the Parking Lot. Cars will line-up in a single file line, staying to the right so that cars can pass on the left to exit. As soon as cars begin to back up through the semi-circle, we will begin two lines to help us keep cars off Avent Ferry Road and traffic flowing. As students are picked up, we will move the cars forward to keep the Carpool line moving. Once your student has been seated in your car, you can move to the left lane and careful drive to the exit of the Carpool Parking Lot. Please be safe and aware of your surroundings as you drive through Carpool to ensure the safety of our students and each other!

 

  • Bus Transportation: 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 online at http://www.wcpss.net/routes. Look for Athens Drive High School on this page and click the link to find our bus routes. 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 10 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. In addition, please understand that due to a shortage of Bus Drivers, we will have several “double back” routes; meaning that one bus will run two routes each morning and afternoon to pick-up and drop-off our students. Thank you for your support.

 

STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VALID PARKING PASS TO PARK ON CAMPUS: I would like to ask all students and parents to help us ensure that only those students who have a valid Parking Pass park on campus. Please understand that any student who parks on campus must have a Parking Pass and park only in their assigned space. It is important for us to know who is parking in each space and have parent permission for students to drive and park on campus. Please also understand that Athens does not retain any of the money collected for the Parking Passes—the money collected for Parking Passes goes directly to Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and pays for our Security Officer on Campus who patrols the outside of the school. If a student wants to purchase a Parking Pass, they can still purchase one. 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 complete the On-Line Parking Registration.

 

NO PARKING ON JAGUAR PARK DRIVE: Please know that there is no street parking on Jaguar Park Drive. The City of Raleigh is currently working to build a sidewalk along Jaguar Park Drive, and I would ask our student drivers to be careful as they navigate this street and enter our Senior and Junior Parking Lots. If a student drives to school, the student must purchase a Parking Pass and park on campus.

 

SAFE RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM: Please know that we are committed to the safe return of our students to The Drive for teaching and learning! I would ask that we all review WCPSS’s Safe Return to School Plan to ensure that we are all doing what we need to do to stay safe and stop the spread of COVI-19. I appreciate your understanding and support as we prepare for a great start to our school year!

 

WEARING OF MASKS APPROPRIATELY AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE DURING SCHOOL: Please remember that it is REQUIRED that all students, staff, and visitors to Athens Drive Magnet High School wear a face covering that covers their nose, mouth, and is under their chin. This is for the safety and well-being of all of us at The Drive, and I would ask that you please help us ensure that your student understands this mandate. It is imperative that we all comply and support a safe climate to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our school.

 

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE SICK OR SYMPTOMATIC! I would ask that we please work together to keep all our students, staff, and visitors safe and work to stop the spread of COVID-19 at The Drive. To support this effort, students who are experiencing any of these Department of Health and Human Services-identified COVID-19 symptoms should NOT come to school: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle of body aches, headache, new loss of taste and smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.

 

SAFE PRACTICES FOR EATING LUNCH: Student who remain on campus to eat Lunch have three options for where to sit during Lunch. Students can eat in the Cafeteria, the Gym/Auditorium Lobby, and the Courtyard. Once a student has selected a location to eat, the student will need to remain in that location for the duration during the Lunch Period. Please know that while we do not have assigned seats during Lunch, we are working to eliminate as much movement as possible during Lunch to support safe practices during our Lunch Period. Students are required to keep their masks on in the building during Lunch when they are not actively eating their Lunch.

 

STUDENTS LEAVING CAMPUS FOR LUNCH: Juniors and Seniors who have an approved Off-Campus Lunch Pass are the only students who may leave campus for lunch. 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. If a Junior or Senior would like to purchase a Lunch Pass (the cost is $5.00 for the year), please visit the Off-Campus Lunch Pass information on our website. Finally, please remember that students must have cleared all fees or fines they have, as an Off-Campus Lunch pass will not be issued if the student has any outstanding fees or fines owed.

 

FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR THE ENTIRE 2021 – 2022 SCHOOL YEAR: Please remember 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.

 

CURBSIDE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PICK-UP AT ATHENS DRIVE ENDS TODAY: Since our students are returning to school and receiving Breakfast and Lunch in school, WCPSS is closing the Athens Drive Curbside Breakfast and Lunch pick-up effective today. There will be no more curbside pick-up of food at Athens Drive after today. Thank you for your understanding, and if you want to get any information regarding curbside pick-up, please visit WCPSS.net/Food.

 

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION: We are implementing new procedures for Student Check-In and Check-Out and are working to go as paperless as possible with regards to our Attendance procedures. I would ask that school families please use our Attendance-Specific email address (athenshs-attendance@wcpss.net) to send any communication regarding Attendance. Any emails from parents/guardians, doctor’s offices, etc. need to be sent to that email address. In addition, when a parent/guardian comes to school to check-out or check-in a student, the parent/guardian will be using a QR Code that we have posted on the Front Door of the school to complete our process. As soon as the parent/guardian is done entering the information in the Google Doc, we will contact the student’s teacher and the student will come to the Front Doors of the school for Check-Out. Please remember that for safety reasons, there are no student Check-Outs allowed after 1:45 p.m. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement these new procedures!

 

DRESS CODE: Parents and guardians, as students prepare their outfits for Day 1 and beyond, I would like to again enlist your support in helping us maintain appropriate dress at school. WCPSS has a Dress Code Policy, and I would ask that all students adhere to this Dress Code. Please be sure that students do not wear clothing that violates the Dress Code. In addition, hats, hoods that are pulled over the head, do-rags, and bandanas are also not allowed to be worn on school grounds. I would ask that we work together to be sure our students dress appropriately and focus on learning. I thank you for your support!

 

SENIOR EXAM EXEMPTIONS: Seniors, and families of Seniors, please know that we will still have Senior Exam Exemptions this year! Please understand that Seniors will be exempt from their Final Exam for any course that does not require State testing and for which the student has a final average of “C” or better. For the 2021 – 2022 school year, absences will not be considered in the determination of senior exam exemptions. I hope this motivates our Seniors to engage in learning and finish their Senior year strong!

 

DATES ADDED FOR SENIOR PORTRAITS: For Seniors that were unable to make a Summer Session photo shoot, we have added additional dates in late August and September. Seniors can sign-up for Senior Portraits to be taken on August 28th through August 30th, September 6th through September 7th, and September 26th through September 27th. Seniors can sign-up for sessions on the Senior Photography site. For those Seniors who have been photographed, proofing galleries are available for all Seniors that took their Senior Portraits in June, July, and early August. 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. 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. 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!

 

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!

 

UPDATE ON STUDENT DEVICES FOR THE 2021 – 2022 SCHOOL YEAR: It was great to give so many students their new Chromebook today! If a student was not able to come to school today to receive their Chromebook, please know that we have a plan to provide all eligible students with a Chromebook within the first 10 days. We will hopefully complete that prior to ten days, but we will be working with our students during class to get those devices into the hands of our students as quickly as possible. For students who already have a Chromebook checked out to them, they may be required to return the Chromebook to receive a new one, or they may be required to continue using it, depending on the model.

 

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 are 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 have created a Virtual Academy website that is open as a resource for our Virtual Academy students. We hope this information supports our Virtual Academy students and families as they embark on virtual teaching and learning this year.

 

CHANGE IN DATE FOR OUR FALL SEMESTER MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT: Please understand our need to change the date for our Fall Semester Meet the Teacher Night. Our new Meet the Teacher Night will be held on Wednesday, September 1st, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., prior to our Meet the Teacher Night, we will be holding a Senior Parent Meeting and our PTSA will be providing information on how to support our school through volunteering and donating to our PTSA. Please know that this will be a completely Virtual event—there will not be an In-Person Meet the Teacher event this Semester. We will be providing detailed information on how to access Google Meet links for each classroom as we get closer to our Meet the Teacher event. Thank you for saving this night to engage with our faculty and connect to the school.

 

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. We were going to be opening registration on Monday, August 23rd, but we have not received any information from WCPSS regarding the Grade Point Average (GPA) threshold for students who WCPSS will pay for the administration of the PSAT/NMSQT. Once we get that information, we will open Registration for all students who are interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT. Registration will still close on Monday, September 13th so that we have time to order all testing materials and have them arrive on time for testing at school. If you have any questions regarding the PSAT/NMSQT administration, please reach out to Ms. Seese, our Testing Coordinator, at vseese@wcpss.net.

 

SAT PREPARATION COURSE: All Juniors and Seniors planning on taking the SAT (or ACT) this coming Fall can take advantage of our exclusive Athens Drive Magnet High School SAT Prep Course. The Athens SAT Prep Course is now open for enrollment! Please know that class starts Tuesday, August 31st to help student prepare for the October SAT. This course will be taught in-person after school on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please also know that there is still a virtual option available for those interested! If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net) for more information. Please visit THIS LINK to access the SAT Prep Course flyer for more details.

 

ATHLETIC COMPETITIONS HAVE BEGUN: Our Fall athletic season has started very well! I have been proud of our student athletes, coaches, and parents as we have begun our competitions. Thank you for representing The Drive in only the highest of manners! Our first Varsity Football game of the year has been postponed for tonight but will be held tomorrow night beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Apex High School. 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.

 

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. This will be a virtual meeting. 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!

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT TO GIVE SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO STUDENTS, VACCINATIONS, FREE FOOD, AND AN OUTDOOR MOVIE: Tonight, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Williams Stadium (located at the end of Jaguar Park Drive), Ekklesia Church, the Church that meets in our school each Sunday, is hosting a Back-To-School Block Party and School Supply Giveaway! In addition, Ekklesia Church is partnering with the Wake County Health Department to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to anybody interested in getting a vaccine. Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, there will not be Bounce Houses this year. Instead, this event will focus on free food, free school supplies, and an outdoor movie. This is a great way to celebrate our school families! The food and school supply giveaway will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the outdoor movie will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. In case of rain, this event will change to a drive-up event in the Jaguar Stadium Parking Lot on campus where school supplies, food, and COVID-19 vaccines will be provided under tents. I hope that many of our school families take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!

 

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. Here is an updated list: 

  • 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 
    • Athens Career Corner: @ADHCareercorner
    • Jag Club: @ADHSJagClub
  • Facebook: 
    • School Facebook: Athens Drive Magnet High School 
  • Remind: text to 81010 
    • Senior Class Messages from Mr. Remaley, Senior Class Advisor: @theremaley

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: We are getting closer and closer to our first day of school on Monday, August 23rd, and I am getting more and more excited! It will be fantastic to be back to great days of In-Person teaching and learning and having our students back engaging in instruction! It will be different but know that we are working hard preparing to serve your students and meet their needs! I continue to appreciate the support you all have shown as we work to reopen our school for In-Person learning! Please continue to check the Athens Drive website for general information and to help you stay informed. Make it a great last weekend of Summer! 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:

 

 

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.

 

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: 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 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.