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September 10th, 2021

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, September 10th. 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:

 

90.4 % GRADUATION RATE: I wanted to share the awesome news that for the second year in a row we have achieved a Graduation Rate of over 90%! Last year was the first year EVER at Athens Drive where we surpassed a 90% Graduation Rate. Well, we did it again this year! While we did not increase our Graduation Rate, we did achieve the same Graduation Rate as last year, 90.4%! One big difference is that for the first time EVER, we have surpassed the overall Graduation Rate of WCPSS!! WCPSS had an overall Graduation Rate of 90.3%. Yes, technically, we barely beat the County average, but we still beat the County average! While that means that we still have too many students who did not Graduate in our Class of 2021 Cohort, that is still a considerable accomplishment that all of us should take pride in achieving! Please know that the Graduation Rate is only one data point to evaluate the success of our academic programs, student achievement, and school performance. However, I do believe that it is a statistic that is important as we work to ensure that EVERY student Graduates on time, prepared for the future, and is set up to reach their ultimate potential. Your continued support, hard work with your students, and efforts to support all our students and facilitate learning to move our students forward towards Graduation is inspiring! I am grateful to serve with such dedicated, compassionate, and passionate school family who works together to help every student reach this important milestone so that they can build on this accomplishment and reach their ultimate potential!

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE VISITS HAVE BEGUN: Virtual College Visits began this week! Students can visit the College Visits section of our Student Services page of the Athens Drive Magnet High School website, and on the left, under “College Visits” they will find a calendar of events. Interested students can attend a session by clicking on the school’s scheduled event and finding the Virtual URL Link. Representatives will be holding virtual meetings during A Lunch and C Lunch each week. Contact information for the College’s representative can also be found there. Please have a student contact their Counselor if they have any questions.

 

SENIOR CONFERENCES: The First Round of Virtual Senior Conferences will take place on Thursday, September 16th, at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. Seniors are encouraged to attend one of the sessions. The link for the Google Meet will be posted on the home page of the Athens Drive Magnet High School website.  

 

MOREHEAD CAIN AND PARK SCHOLARSHIPS: Seniors who are interested in applying for the North Carolina State University Park Scholarship or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Morehead Cain Scholarship had an opportunity this week to attend interest meetings and get information about our school nominee process for these two prestigious Scholarship opportunities. Seniors can find the preliminary application form for both scholarships on the Athens Drive Scholarship bulletin. It can also be located on the Athens Drive website, under Students, then Student Services, then Grade Level Information, then 12th Grade, then Scholarships. To be considered as one of Athens Drive's school nominees for either Scholarship, the preliminary application form must be submitted to Ms. Telfair in Student Services or emailed to her (stelfair@wcpss.net) by Friday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. 

 

SENIORGRAM IS POSTED FOR OUR SENIORS AND THEIR FAMILIES: Our official SENIORGRAM from Mr. Remaley has been released with all the important Senior Event dates for the entire school year! Be sure to check it out and save those dates! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).  Please know that we are going to work hard to make sure this Senior year is special for our Seniors!

 

AUDITIONS FOR OUR FALL PLAY: Auditions for our Fall Play, Antigone, will be held next week in the Chorus Room. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, September 14th and Wednesday, September 15th. QR codes for the online Audition Forms and Technical Crew Application can be found on the Theatre Callboard located outside of the Chorus Room at the intersection of the Cafeteria and Music hallway. For more information, please email our Theatre Director, Ms. Hayes (ahayes3@wcpss.net). 

 

SAT/ACT PREPARATION COURSE: Attention Junior and Senior Families that are interested in our Exclusive Athens Drive SAT/ACT Prep Course. The Second Quarter Class will be starting on Monday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 19th with classes available on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. This class will be preparing students for the December Test dates. Please contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net) if you have any questions.

 

PRELIMINARY SAT/NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP QUALIFYING TEST ADMINISTRATION: We will be administering the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 13th. Juniors who have a Weighted GPA of 4.34 and higher are eligible to take the PSAT at no cost to them! WCPSS will cover the cost of the exam. We are now working to identify those students, and once we compile a list of those students who meet the GPA requirements, an email will be sent to the student's school email address. Please know that registration for the PSAT/NMSQT will open on Tuesday, September 7th. Registration will close on Tuesday, September 14th so that we have time to order all testing materials and have them arrive on time for testing at school. We are not allowed to move If you have any questions regarding the PSAT/NMSQT administration, please reach out to Ms. Seese, our Testing Coordinator, at vseese@wcpss.net.

 

UNDERCLASS SCHOOL PORTRAITS: Please know that we will be taking Underclass (Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors) school portraits outside on Monday, September 20th and Tuesday, September 21st. Our school portraits are taken by Evan Pike Photography, and he has sent an email with information home to our school families regarding purchasing of school portraits. If you don't see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder for an email from "gallery@photoday.io" and if you still don't see it, email Evan Pike Photography at evanpike@gmail.com with your student's name and grade to request more information. Here is the School Portrait schedule:

 

  • Monday, September 20th
    • 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: A – C Freshmen
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: D – H Freshmen
    • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: I – M Freshmen
    • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: N – R Freshmen
    • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: S – Z Freshmen
    • Lunch/Third Period: ECS Special Education Students
    • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: A – B Sophomores
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: C – G Sophomores

 

  • Tuesday, September 21st
    • 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.: H – M Sophomores
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: N – S Sophomores
    • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: T – Z Sophomores
    • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: A – D Juniors
    • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: E – K Juniors
    • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: L – Q Juniors
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: R – Z Juniors

 

I look forward to once again capturing our students’ photographs to use for our Yearbook!

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS: Thank you very much to our Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 who participated in one of the best elections Athens Drive has ever held! The amount of interest and participation was outstanding and a testament to the amazing young leaders we have at The Drive! We held our Student Government Elections this week to fill the Freshman Class Council and to fill some vacant seats in the Sophomore Class Council.  Results have been posted to the Athens Drive Magnet High School website. For those students who were not elected, thank you for your participation and interest in serving. There will be brief meeting on Monday, September 13th at 2:30 p.m. in the Library (should last about 15 minutes) to explain what happens next. Please remember that our Student Council never turns down any extra help, so students who are interested in participating in Student Council are still able to!

 

STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VALID PARKING PASS TO PARK ON CAMPUS: On Monday, September 13th, we will begin to ticket any cars who are parking on campus who do not have a valid Parking Pass to park on campus. We will also be ticketing students who park in a different Parking Space than the one they are assigned. 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. 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.

 

CHEERLEADING INTEREST MEETING: Coach DeYoung is holding a Cheerleading interest meeting for a Second Cheerleading Try-Out for this current year’s Cheerleading Team. The interest meeting will be held Monday, September 13th, during C Lunch, in Room 812-07. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach DeYoung (mdeyoung@wcpss.net).  

 

ATHLETICS: We have a Home Football Game tonight versus Apex Friendship High School beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Jaguar Stadium. I look forward to us hosting this game and enjoying the fun of our Band, Cheerleaders, Football Team, Blue Crew, and our school families gathering to celebrate Friday Night Lights together! Thank you for your continued support of our students involved in co-curricular activities and our student athletes as they compete on the field, track, and court!

 

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.

 

PLEASE DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE SICK OR SYMPTOMATIC! I would continue to 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.

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: This morning I made the following statement prior to our observation of a Moment of Silence this morning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America: “Tomorrow, September 11th, is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America at the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and the intended target of terrorists on Flight 93, resulting in the deaths of approximately 3,000 people representing 93 countries. While this day will be remembered for this unprecedented horror, it will also be remembered for the many acts of kindness, compassion, and solidarity. In the aftermath of 9/11, people continue to come together to demonstrate countless acts of heroism, patriotism, and service.” I know we all have strong emotions tied to this unprecedented event. I would ask that as we honor the memory of those who lost their lives, we continue to try to all work to bring our country together in the kindness, compassion, and solidarity that existed in the aftermath of that tragic day. Thank you for your continued support of our joint efforts to move all our students forward to Graduate on time and reach their ultimate potential! Please continue to check the Athens Drive website for general information and to help you stay informed. 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.

 

GRADUATION DATE FINALIZED FOR THE CLASS OF 2022!! I am happy to announce that our Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 2022, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center! I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of this incredible Class at our Commencement Exercises!

 

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.

 

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 (smaxwell@wcpss.net) or Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

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

 

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 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!

 

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!

 

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 (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!

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!

 

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.

 

  1. 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!

 

DRIVER’S EDUCATION INFORMATION: The Lead Teacher for our Athens Drive Driver’s Education Program is Coach Ray. You can reach Coach Ray at coachjray.driversed@gmail.com. Please know that Registration for Driver’s Education is currently closed. Fall Registration for classes is tentatively scheduled to start in mid-to-late September. Please stay on top of Driver’s Education information by visiting the Driver’s Education website. Coach Ray also has information posted regarding our Behind the Wheel 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!

 

PTSA INFORMATION: Our first PTSA Meeting was held on Tuesday night, and I appreciated the parents who attended and are getting involved! I attend every meeting as well, although I had a family situation to take care of Tuesday night and couldn’t attend our first meeting, and I appreciate the opportunity to share information and receive feedback from our families. I am thankful for all our parents who help in a myriad of ways to support our students, staff, and school! If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please email our PTSA President, Jill Rbaihat, at president@athensdriveptsa.com. Please also continue to check the PTSA website (https://athensdriveptsa.com) to get additional information. If you did not receive the Athens Alert email and if you want to be added to the PTSA email list to receive weekly updates and information about what’s happening at The Drive, please send your name and email address to Jill Rbaihat at president@athensdriveptsa.com. Finally, please don’t forget to join the PTSA! Information regarding membership can be found on the PTSA website. Thank you for making a positive difference!

 

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

 

 

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