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October 22nd, 2021

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, October 22nd. 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:

 

GREAT THINGS GOING ON AT THE DRIVE! There is always so much going on each day at Athens Drive Magnet High School that sometimes it is easy to overlook the everyday examples of excellence. As I was preparing for this message, I thought I would share just a few of the outstanding happenings this week at The Drive: Our Band finished in First Place in Class at the competition they were in last Saturday; we hosted the State Superintendent, State Deputy Superintendent, U.S. Department of Education staff, the WCPSS Superintendent, WCPSS Area Superintendent, two WCPSS Board of Education members, and other North Carolina Department of Public Instruction staff to highlight the work our students and staff engage in regarding Sustainability and Environmental Sciences—and our students rocked it out; we were informed that one of our students scored a perfect score on her Advanced Placement exam, one of only 375 students in the world to achieve a perfect score on the AP Exam; one of our Men’s student athlete’s won the CAP 6 Cross Country Championship; our Student Government hosted our PowderPuff games last night and while our Seniors brought home the Championship, more importantly we were able to raise $1,190.00 for the SPCA of Wake County; Ms. Nedoma was honored as the WCPSS Special Education Teacher of Excellence for the 2021 – 2022 school year; we celebrated College Application Week with trivia and other activities and we supported many students in applying for college; our staff held a Super School event after school to help students who needed extra help as we wind down the Quarter; our Football program is honoring Breast Cancer Survivors at our Pink Out Senior Night Football game tonight; and our students and staff have been working with our community partners to host a Community Health Fair tomorrow for those families in underserved areas. This is just a few of the many inspiring accomplishments of our students and staff this week as we continue to focus on teaching and learning! With so many incredible students and dedicated staff members, there are always great things happening at The Drive! Please know that I continue to be honored and humbled to serve our Athens family and I hope you join me in celebrating the gifts and talents of our students and staff!

 

TEACHER WORKDAY AND END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: Please know that Monday, October 25th is the final day of the First Quarter. We will then have a Workday on Wednesday, October 27th, so there is no school for students on Wednesday, October 27th. First Quarter Report Cards will be distributed on Friday, November 5th. I appreciate the hard work and transition our students have made to return to in-person learning this year!

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR AT ATHENS DRIVE: Our Health Science students are assisting Ekklesia Church (the Church that uses our school for their services each Sunday), Campbell University, and Advance Community Health in hosting a Community Health Clinic tomorrow, Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. here at Athens Drive Magnet High School. The objective is to provide health screenings, educational resources, and actual healthcare provider information, to those students, families, and community members who may be underserved due to lack of insurance or for financial reasons. COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer) and Flu vaccines (free to those who may have insurance or paid for while supplies last for those who may not) will be available as well. There will also be free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, Body Mass Index, skin cancer, and medication review. I am proud that we can provide this resource for our community and have our students partner with great organizations to support the well-being of our school family!

 

SENIOR PICTURE ORDER AND YEARBOOK SELECTION DEADLINE APPROACHING: Seniors, Yearbook selections and Picture Orders are due by Sunday, October 31st. All Seniors that have taken their Senior Portraits at school should have received a proofing email from Evan Pike. If a Senior hasn't received it yet or if you are a parent/guardian and you haven’t seen it yet, please contact Evan Pike Photography (evanpike@gmail.com) with your student's name and he will respond to you.

 

SENIOR CAP AND GOWN ORDERING INFORMATION: All Seniors received Cap and Gown ordering information this week during Drive Time class, and I hope they had time to review the information. Each Senior is responsible for purchasing their own Cap and Gown, or they can borrow one from a previous Athens Drive Graduate. The Cap and Gown is royal blue and will include a 2022 orange tassel. The ordering packets the Seniors received also contain information about custom printed Athens Graduation announcements, spirit wear, and so much more. You can order online by visiting www.jostens.com or you can order in-person by filling out the order form and either mailing it (along with payment) to the address listed or you can have your Senior turn it in to one of the Jostens representatives who will be on campus on Tuesday, October 26th during ALL lunches. Please remember that the Graduation Fee of $60.00 is a separate fee and needs to be paid online through the Athens Drive website online payment system or in-person to the Main Office. If a Senior or family has any questions, they can contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net), our Senior Class Advisor.

 

SENIOR MID-YEAR GRADUATES NEED TO ORDER THEIR CAP AND GOWN BEFORE WINTER BREAK: If a Senior is Graduating at the end of the First Semester at our Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony, they MUST order their Cap and Gown by Friday, December 17th. Mid-Year Graduates will not be able to participate in our Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony if they do not have a Cap and Gown. Thank you for taking care of this so that we can have all our Mid-Year Graduates of the Class of 2022 receive their Diploma at our Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony!

 

INFORMATION NEEDED FROM OUR MILITARY-CONNECTED FAMILIES: To ensure that the unique needs of our Military-connected students are met, North Carolina state law requires that schools collect information on Military-connected students. The goal is to help accommodate these students by providing them with support and consistency when their parents/immediate family members are deployed, when they are transitioning between schools, and at other pivotal times during their academic career. We gave hard copies of the form that needs to be returned to our school to our students during First Period this week. If you did not get the hard copy form and you a Military-connected family, please return THIS FORM to Ms. Martin in our Student Services office or email it to her (lmartin@wcpss.net). Please complete this form by Friday, November 12th. If you are not a Military-connected family, you do not need to complete this form.

 

CONSTRUCTION ON JAGUAR PARK DRIVE: We have been in communication with the City of Raleigh regarding the construction on Jaguar Park Drive. They have informed us that State Contracting plans to perform some of the asphalt overlay along Jaguar Park Drive early next week. They said that we can expect workers with flags for traffic control. I wanted to be sure that all our students and school visitors have this information and take extra caution as you drive along Jaguar Park Drive. Thank you!

 

MARCHING BAND COMPETITION TOMORROW: Our award-winning Marching Band will have another competition tomorrow, Saturday, October 23rd, at Union Pines High School near Pinehurst. Our Band performs at 6:00 p.m. if you want to enjoy our amazing students.

 

BAND AND ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT: Please know that next Thursday, October 28th, our Concert Bands and Orchestra will be presenting a Fall Concert in our Auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served afterwards. This is a wonderful time to come out and enjoy the talents of our students!

 

CHORUS CONCERT DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED: Our Chorus Concert date has been changed to Thursday, November 4th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. I will share more information in my weekly message for next week, but did want you all to know about this schedule change. Thank you for your support of the Arts at Athens Drive!

 

JUNIOR CLASS RING INFORMATION: Juniors can order Class Rings online, however Jostens will be on campus during ALL Lunch on Tuesday, October 26th to take cash/check payments and to answer any questions our Juniors may have.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) TEST REGISTRATION FOR FIRST SEMESTER CLASSES: All students who are enrolled in AP classes this First Semester need to make sure they have joined their Teacher's AP Classroom by Saturday, October 30th. By joining AP Classroom, this automatically registers students for the AP Exam that will take place in May 2022. If a student does not want to take an AP exam they must complete the AP Exam Opt-Out Form that can be found on our Students Services webpage of our Athens Drive website.  The AP Opt-Out Form is due by Monday, November 15th to avoid any unused exam fees ($40.00). Thank you for taking care of these important items.

 

PTSA REFLECTIONS PROGRAM ENTRIES NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 25TH: I am proud that our PTSA is once again leading our efforts to allow our students to participate in the National PTA’s Reflection program. The Reflections program is a program that is over 50 years old and encourages students to explore their creativity through six areas: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Dance Choreography, Film Production, and Music Composition. This year, the theme for the Reflections program is “I Will Change The World By…”. Our PTSA is coordinating the entry process and entries need to be submitted by Monday, October 25th. For additional information, please visit THIS WEBSITE.

 

WINTER ATHLETIC SEASON IS ABOUT TO BEGIN: Winter Sports are right around the corner!  Please read through all the information below to get ready for the Winter Sports Season:

 

  • Winter Tryouts: Tryouts for the 2021 Winter Season will begin on Monday, November 1st. Sports that will complete in the Winter season include Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Cheerleading, Swimming, Wrestling, and Winter Track.  If you have a student athlete interested in any of these sports, please contact the Head Coach of the sport so you can get added to their communication group. You can find the email address for all our Head Coaches here.
  • Athlete Registration: All Registration for all sports this year will take place via the DragonFly platform. Please get your 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 don't wait until the last minute to get Registered.  You can find the Registration link hereand 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.
  • Live Streaming: We will be offering live streaming again in the 2021 – 2022 school year through the NFHS Network. You can purchase the live streaming package by visiting the WCPSS Live Streaming Websiteand clicking on “Athens Drive.”
  • Sports Passes: Sports Passes are back in 2021 – 2022! Sports passes will allow admission to all home Athens Drive Athletic events, except for playoff games. Sports passes are going to be entirely digital through the GoFAN platform. You can get more information about sports passeshere and purchase sports passes here.

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: I hope you all enjoyed your week and are ready to celebrate with a great weekend! 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:

 

 

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.

 

COUSELOR’S CORNER: Our Student Services Team has started a new service to support our students. Every Tuesday during every Lunch Period, two Counselors from our Student Services team will be set up in the Gym/Auditorium Lobby to be available to speak with students and answer questions. We encourage our students to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with a Counselor and get any questions answered.

 

PRE-ACT FOR SOPHOMORES: Please know that the Pre-ACT will be given to all eligible 10th Grade students on Wednesday, November 3rd. The Pre-ACT is a practice test that predicts how a student will perform on the ACT. Students will need to bring 2 #2 pencils, a calculator, and a photo ID to be admitted to this test administration. More information will be coming as this date approaches, but I did want to provide information to our Sophomores about this coming test administration. 

 

ATHENS ORACLE: I'm excited to let you know that the Athens Oracle Staff is now publishing daily on our website, Twitter, and Instagram. We moved away from print publication last year and found that the students really liked publishing more online. They can get stories out faster and can use multiple types of media to tell their stories. Our students are excited about their articles and posts and wanted me to share them with you.  Please check out the website here: Athens Oracle and follow them on Twitter and Instagram @AthensOracle. Also, the Athens Oracle we would love to feature your class, club, sport, hard-working student, or you! Send us article ideas and we will put reporters on the stories.  If you have an idea, send it to our Newspaper Advisor, Ms. Hornick (phornick@wcpss.net). Thanks for supporting our Oracle Staff!

 

ATHENS DRIVE TUTORING CLUB: Please remember that our Athens Drive Tutoring Club is up and running, again, for this year. Attached is the information brochure. This is for students that would like to request a Peer Tutor AND for those students who would like to be a Peer Tutor. Information can be found on the Athens Drive Tutoring Club website.

 

CHROMEBOOK CASES ARE AVAILABLE: We have received Chromebook cases for students with Lenovo Chromebooks checked out last year. Any student with a WCPSS Chromebook issued last year can stop by the Media Center to get a case for their device. 

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE FOR INCOMING AFGHAN REFUGEE STUDENTS: Our Key Club is partnering World Relief Durham (currently working to place and welcome refugees) to host a school supplies drive for more than 30 refugees. Here is what they are needing: 30 backpacks, 120 single-subject notebooks, 60 one-inch binders, 120 folders, 30 packs of pencils, 30 packs of crayons, 30 packs of markers- expo, 30 packs of markers- regular washable markers, 30 packs of colored pencils, 30 packs of highlighters, 30 packs of loose leaf/lined paper, 30 pairs of scissors, 30 glue sticks, 30 hand sanitizers, 30 pencil pouches/cases, 30 headphones. For more information, please see the Key Club School Supply Drive Information Sheet. Thank you for your support of our students’ efforts!

 

EXTENSION OF DEADLINE FOR SENIORS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE MENINGOCOCCAL BOOSTER VACCINATION: The state of North Carolina has extended the deadline for proof-of-immunization and health assessment for students for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Please know that by Friday, October 8th, families who have not met this requirement are required to provide the school with proof of an upcoming appointment (which could include a written statement from a parent or guardian). Beginning Monday, November 1st, families have 30 days to present the required immunization record to the school. On Wednesday, December 1st, students who have not met the requirement will be excluded from school until the family provides documentation of requirements. Thank you to the Seniors and their families who continue to provide us with proof of theses vaccinations so that there is no loss of school the student. Thank you also to those Seniors and their families who are working to get this vaccination completed and the documentation provided to us. You can learn more about immunizations on the North Carolina Health and Human Services’ website.

 

DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Please know that Registration for Fall Driver’s Education classes (November and December) have opened. Students must be 14-and-a-half years old to take their Driver’s Education class. Please be sure and download, complete, and email the Registration form to (coachjray.driversed@gmail.com). Please  https://jordandriving.com/athens-drive-high-school/  for additional information.

 

CARPOOL SAFETY: There has been an increase in the number of cars that are just pulling over on Athens Drive to stop and either drop-off students in the morning or pick-up students in the afternoon. This is a very dangerous practice, and I would ask all our parents to please STOP doing this and follow our carpool process and procedures. I know that we all have our students’ safety and well-being as our top priority, and continuing this practice just isn’t worth the extra few minutes you may save in circumventing our on-campus carpool process. Thank you for providing not only a positive role model for our students by doing the right thing, but thank you for caring about the safety of all students by stopping this practice immediately. I do appreciate it.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOOD DRIVE: Athens Drive Magnet High School Foods and Graphic Design classes are working together to address food insecurities in our surrounding communities. As they prepare to address food shortages and showcase their concept for disaster relief, they need our help. Please consider donating the specific items on their list to support their project. Donations will be collected from Monday, September 20th through Friday, October 8th. All donations will be organized and used within the project development and then will be packaged and donated to community members in need. Their finalized project presentation around a better way to distribute food and prepare for emergencies can be seen on display during the Athens Drive Magnet High School One Health Exhibition on Wednesday, November 10th. The following items are needed: AP flour, sugar, powdered milk, baking powder, boxes of PLAIN Instant oatmeal (individual packages inside), snack-sized boxes of raisins, snack-sized boxes of cranberries, chocolate chips, dried apricots, roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted sunflower seed kernels, brown sugar, 15 oz. canned peaches, plain granola (no nuts), spaghetti noodles (1 pound box),15 oz. can tomato sauce (not pasta sauce), 15 oz. can corn, 15 oz. can black beans, 10 oz. can Rotel (diced tomatoes with green chilis), 10 oz. can chicken, 15 oz. can lima beans, 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, long grain white rice, and bottled water (24 pack). Items can be dropped off in the Main Office, Ms. Luna’s Room (Room 1920), Ms. Beavers' Room (Room1824), and Mr. Burt's room (Room 1808).

 

SCHOOL PICTURES: Please remember that students took pictures this week on Monday, Tuesday, and today. Evan Pike, our school photographer, has emailed proofs to our students’ email accounts and any parent email accounts that we have in PowerSchool. Every student that was photographed on Monday or Tuesday had proofs sent by yesterday. The email containing the proofs is coming from gallery@phototoday.io. If you haven’t received your proof in your email account, please be sure to check your spam folder. Students who were photographed today will get proofs sent early next week. Thank you for your support in getting our students pictures updated for PowerSchool and for inclusion in the Yearbook!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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

 

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!

 

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