August 27th, 2021
Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, August 27th. 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.
THANK YOU FOR A GREAT START TO THE YEAR! I hope everybody has had an excellent start to the new school year! I am very proud of the outstanding start we have had here in school, and I thank you for your support!
1,987 STUDENTS IN SCHOOL AS OF TODAY: Just for your information, we have 1,987 students in our school as of today! We continue to welcome back and enroll new students each day. I am looking forward to a great year of teaching and learning with our students!
NEW BELL SCHEDULE TO ADD A THIRD LUNCH PERIOD: As part of our evaluation of our Lunch Periods, our efforts to maintain a safe, healthy mealtime environment, and to look at ways to reduce the density of students during mealtimes, we have made the decision to create a new Lunch Period beginning Monday, August 30th. Please know that we have added a new Lunch Period where only some of our Freshmen and Sophomores will attend to reduce the number of students at each of our Lunch Periods. The new Lunch Period will still be held during Third Period. You can find our new Bell Schedule that we will begin following on Monday on the front page of our website. Thank you for your understanding of the necessity of this change and please know that we continue to look at ways to provide the safest climate for teaching and learning at The Drive.
VIRTUAL FALL SEMESTER IN-PERSON LEARNING MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT—NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST: We will be hosting our Virtual Fall Meet the Teacher Night event on Wednesday, September 1st, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. There will be a PTSA Meeting to begin the Night at 5:00 p.m. until 5:10 p.m. Then, at 5:15 p.m., Mr. Remaley will be leading our Virtual Senior Meeting. First Period Meet the Teacher will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please find the Meet the Teacher Night event schedule on our website. The live links for the Google Meets will be visible at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1st from our Athens Drive website. Please ask your students for their Fall schedule. If you have questions or have problems the night of our Meet the Teacher, you can utilize this Help Desk Form and we will have staff manning this information and responding quickly to assist. I look forward to our school families being able to interact (virtually) with our teachers as we work to engage our school families in our teaching and learning efforts.
VIRTUAL ACADEMY MEET THE TEACHER INFORMATION WILL BE PLACED ON THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY WEBSITE: Please know that the Athens Drive, Cary, and Green Hope High Schools Virtual Academy teachers will be linking information to our Virtual Academy website as part of our Meet the Teacher efforts. Please be on the lookout for that information which will be released soon.
QUARANTINE AND A SAFE RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM: Please know that we have had several members of our school family test positive for COVID-19, we have had to conduct substantial contact tracing, and we have students who have had to be quarantined due to being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please remember that if both students are wearing their masks appropriately, and one of the students exposes the other student, the other student does NOT have to quarantine. Therefore, we advocate and want to ensure that all students, staff, and visitors wear a face covering and wear it appropriately (covers the nose and mouth and is under the chin). In addition, if a student is fully vaccinated, the student does not have to quarantine. 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 if a student has to quarantine to stay safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. I appreciate your understanding and support as we deal with this COVID-19 pandemic.
WEARING OF MASKS APPROPRIATELY AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE DURING SCHOOL: Please help us remind your student 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.
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. We will begin to ticket students who are parking on campus without having a valid Parking Pass to 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.
TARDY SWEEP WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK: A reminder to students and families that our school-wide Tardy Sweep will begin next week. Our expectation is that students are in class, on-time and ready for learning each Period. Students who are continually tardy to class face consequences of In-School-Suspension. Students who skip class potentially face more severe consequences. Let’s work together to be sure all our students are in class ready to learn each Period this year!
CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION: Please know that we have worked this week to checkout and deliver WCPSS Chromebooks to Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores during Drive Time. We have the Freshman Chromebooks ready to go for Drive Time on Monday, August 30th. Any student who has not received a Chromebook or is eligible for an exchange can pick one up daily next week outside of the Media Center between 6:45 a.m. until 7:15 a.m. Please know that students are welcome to use their personal device if the student prefers throughout the Semester. However, please know that students will not be permitted to use a personal device for any State End-Of-Course Test or Advanced Placement Exams, so even if a student has a personal device they use, receiving a WCPSS Chromebook is strongly encouraged.
CREATIVE SENIORS NEEDED! We need the help of our talented Senior Class! We need your creative and imaginative minds to help us design the Senior Sportswear for the Class of 2022! If you have an idea that you think would look great as a Senior shirt share it with any member of Student Government or email it to Mr. Remaley (email@example.com). We will collect all the ideas and then have the Senior Class vote on what the best 3 designs are and we will make t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, and more with the designs!
FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE STUDENT GOVERNMENT: The Athens Student Government needs your help, and you need to give your Class of 2025 or 2024 a voice in Student Government! We are currently looking to fill several vacant spots on the Sophomore Council, and we need to form a Freshman Council. Are you interested? Please complete the application on the Athens Drive website (it's on the scrolling banner of the home page) and then come to the interest meeting on Tuesday, August 31st at 2:30 p.m. in Room 2618. The meeting shouldn’t last more than 15 minutes. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Maxwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Remaley (email@example.com).
ATHENS SPIRIT STORE SPONSORED BY THE ATHENS STUDENT GOVERNMENT: The Athens Spirit Store (sponsored by the Athens Drive Student Government) is open and ready for business! Get the latest and greatest Athens Drive gear! This includes Class specific shirts as well (2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025!)! CLICK HERE to see how cool the designs are! You can expect delivery of your items to your student by the end of September! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Maxwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Remaley (email@example.com).
SENIOR YEARBOOK ADS: Senior Yearbook Ads are now on sale for the Yearbook. This ensures a space where you can celebrate your Senior in this memorable year. Ad prices INCLUDE a yearbook purchase this year. Ads can be purchased through November 15th. More detailed information and support can be found here: https://athensdriveyearbook.weebly.com/senior-ads.html.
YEARBOOK PURCHASES: Yearbooks are currently being sold for $75.00 until September 29th. Prices increase throughout the year, so your best option is to buy early. The link to purchasing a book can be found on the main homepage for the Yearbook: athensdriveyearbook.weebly.com.
INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR STUDENT FEATURED IN THE YEARBOOK? Our Yearbook staff are looking for information about students so that we can provide more in-depth coverage while we are separated. If your student is doing something or participating in something unique or stands out in anyway, the Yearbook staff would like to hear from you. This could be a student participating in Club Sports, starting their own business, volunteering, etc. They would love to know more about your student! Please reach out to the Yearbook staff through the Contact Form found on the Yearbook website: https://athensdriveyearbook.weebly.com/contactwant-to-be-featured.html.
DRESS CODE: 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
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 email@example.com.
SAT PREPARATION COURSE: The First Quarter SAT Prep Course is starting next week on Tuesday, August 31st to prepare students for the October SAT Test. There is still time and space to join! CLICK HERE for the SAT Prep Course Flyer with all the dates and information you need. Please contact Mr. Remaley (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions. Please keep in mind that College-bound Seniors need to take their SAT/ACT this Semester to get their scores back in time for College Applications. Juniors have the flexibility to take the SAT/ACT at any time during the school year that works best in their schedule!
FIRST PTSA MEETNG OF THE YEAR: The first PTSA meeting of the year will be held next Tuesday, August 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting. Information regarding this meeting can be found on the PTSA Website. Thank you for your support of our school through your involvement in our PTSA!
CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: It is hard to believe that we have only been in school for 5 days! With all the changes and challenges, it seems like we are further along in the Semester. I do want to again thank you all for your incredible support of our efforts to provide the best possible learning experience for your student! I look forward to our Meet the Teacher Night next week for our school families to connect with our teachers even further. I continue to be inspired by the generosity and service of our students, the leadership they are providing in the community, the intelligence and creativity they show inside our classes, and the amazing support of our families! I am proud to be a Jaguar and am grateful to serve with so many dedicated staff who are committed to making a positive difference for our students. Please continue to check the Athens Drive website for general information and to help you stay informed. Enjoy a great 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:
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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!
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
- If you are using the Remind App, then enter class code: @theremaley
- 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 (email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com. 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:
Page Monitor: Natalie Swann firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior parent Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/634948097189997/
Page Monitor: Richelle Laskey email@example.com
Junior Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-Drive-Sophomore-Parents-100112738558727
Page Monitor: Aylin Gay firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophomore Facebook pages: http://www.facebook.com/groups/athensclassof2024/
Page Monitor: Karen Taylor email@example.com
Freshman Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/520790015923241/?ref=share
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:
- 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
- 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
- School Facebook: Athens Drive Magnet High School
- Remind: text to 81010
- Senior Class Messages from Mr. Remaley, Senior Class Advisor: @theremaley