February 11th, 2022
Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, February 11th. 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 AND UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENTS:
SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL: I am proud of the hard work of our students during the Second Quarter! I appreciate that so many of our students earned Honors academically for the Quarter! We had 439 students earn All A’s Honor Roll and 636 students earn A/B Honor Roll! We are working to create our Second Quarter Honor Roll letters for these 1,075 students, and then I will sign them and mail them to our students. I congratulate the academic accomplishments of our students and look forward to even more students earning these Honors in the Third Quarter!
WORKDAY NEXT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AND HOLIDAY ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST: Please know that next Friday, February 18th is a Workday and there is no school for students. Then, on Monday, February 21st, we celebrate the George Washington Holiday and there is no school for students and staff.
CURRICULUM NIGHT AND FRESHMEN OPEN HOUSE: I am excited about our upcoming IN-PERSON Curriculum Night and Freshmen Open House! We will be holding this event on Thursday, February 24th, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Students and families will have the opportunity to attend a General Session to welcome our newest JAGS to The Drive; attend Grade-Level Breakout sessions led by our Counselors to provide curriculum, course registration, and other pertinent information for the 2022 – 2023 school year; and attend Interactive Booths to speak with Teachers from all Departments to learn more about individual course information, pathways, and expectations. In addition, we will have coaches here from our Athletic teams, Arts performances, Club information, and School Tours. Our PTSA will be here to share information from a parent perspective and JAG Junction will be open to purchase Jaguar swag. It will be a great night to showcase the outstanding things happening at The Drive and for students and families to get important information regarding course selection and curriculum information for the 2022 – 2023 school year. I look forward to meeting our new JAGS and having a great In-Person event!
COURSE REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022 – 2023 SCHOOL YEAR: Please know that we will begin Course Registration later this month for the 2022 – 2023 school year. We’ll kick off our Registration efforts by providing general Registration information to students during Drive Time on Tuesday, February 24th. I also encourage our students and families to attend our Curriculum Night on February 24th to gain more information about courses that are available and grade level specific information from our Counselors. Please know that all rising 10th through 12th Grade students will receive an individual appointment with their Counselor between February 22nd and March 31st. At that time, students will review their transcript and make course selections in PowerSchool. Once registration materials come out, they can go ahead and start pre-planning course selections before meeting with their Counselor. All course registration materials will be added to the Student Services page of the Athens Drive Magnet High School website (click on the “Course Registration” tab on the left): https://www.wcpss.net/domain/7640.
ACT ADMINISTRATION: We will be administering the ACT to all Juniors on March 1st. This is a required test for all 11th Grade students. The test will start at 7:25 a.m. and last approximately four hours. Students need to bring a photo ID, #2 pencils, and a calculator. Please know that Juniors will also be receiving a letter in the next two weeks explaining how to create their MyACT account. This account will be used to choose which Colleges/Universities their scores are sent to, and where they will go to receive their scores.
VIRTUAL ACADEMY ASYNCHRONOUS DAY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST: Virtual Academy students and families, please plan on having an Asynchronous Day of learning on Tuesday, March 1st. Due to the Administration of the ACT on campus, we will need all staff to assist with the administration of the ACT that day. Thus, there will be no live instruction on Tuesday, March 1st for our Virtual Academy students and all classes will have assignments for students to complete asynchronously that day. Our In-Person learning students will still have a regular day of In-Person teaching and learning that day. For planning purposes, please go ahead and mark March 1 as an asynchronous day on your calendar. All 3 schools who support our Virtual Academy (Cary High School, Green Hope High School, and Athens Drive Magnet High School) will be administering the ACT that day so there will be no live instruction in VA.
FANTASTIC WINTER SPORTS SEASON: Our Athletics Department has had a great Winter Season, finishing in Second Place in the CAP-6 Conference in Wells Fargo points. Here are some of the highlights from our Winter sports: Cheer: Our Cheer program took home the WCPSS Championship last weekend completing against schools from around Wake County. On the same day, they also competed in the NCCA State Competition and took Third Place as a team and First Place in partner stunts. In addition to their accomplishments this past weekend, earlier this Winter they won a State competition and received a bid to the National Cheer Competition. Swimming: Our Swim team had a great Winter Season with the Men’s team finishing Fourth in the Region and the Women’s team finishing Seventh in the Region. We had nine swimmers qualify for the State Swim Meet as well. Men's Basketball: The Men's Basketball team is currently tied for First Place in the CAP-6 Conference and will play tonight at 7:00 p.m. for the Conference title against Cardinal Gibbons. The game will be televised on myRDC and on the NFHS Network. Women's Basketball: The Women's Basketball team is currently in Second Place in the CAP-6 Conference and will also play tonight beginning at 8:30 p.m. for the Conference title. Wrestling: Our Wrestling team has had a strong season and will compete in Regionals this weekend in New Bern with 14 Wrestlers qualifying for the Regional competition. Winter Track: This week our Winter Track team will compete in the NCHSAA State Competition with 12 athletes qualifying for the State Meet. Please Follow our Athletic Department on Twitter (@athensjags), Instagram (@athensjags), and Facebook to keep up with all the great things our student athletes are accomplishing.
SPRING SPORTS TRYOUTS: Most Spring Sports will begin on Monday, February 14th. The date, times, and locations for all of the Spring sports can be found here. If you have any questions regarding tryouts, please contact the Coach of the sport you are interested in trying out for or our Athletic Director, Travis Seese (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your student is planning to play a sport this spring please go to the Athens Athletics website and register for athletics via DragonFly. For information regarding schedules and changes throughout the spring season please follow Athens Athletics on Twitter and Instagram (@athensjags) and follow our Facebook Page.
BEING RESPECTFUL WHEN DRIVING TO AND FROM CAMPUS: Now that Athens Drive has been closed due to the bridge replacement project, I would ask for your help as you are driving to and from campus. As our students and school families find alternative routes to school, our neighbors are experiencing an increase in traffic through neighborhoods that haven’t normally experienced that kind of volume. I would ask that we please be mindful of our speed by obeying speed limits, coming to complete stops at stop signs, looking out for little children and families, and driving responsibly as we make our way to and from school in the mornings and afternoons. I want us to always be safe and represent The Drive in only the highest manner. Thank you for caring and for being good neighbors, responsible drivers, and outstanding representatives of Athens Drive!
MID-YEAR TRANSCRIPT: Any students who may need a Mid-Year Transcript sent to a College or University should contact their Counselor via email. Thank you!
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND FAFSA: Scholarships are one of your family’s most powerful tools in the journey to cover College/University costs without loans because they are funds students earn and never have to pay back! Please visit the Athens Drive Magnet High School Scholarship Page for Scholarships available to students. In addition, to qualify for Financial Aid, students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some colleges also require the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Please contact our Financial Aid Advisor, Tori Sharpe, at email@example.com, to get assistance with completing the FAFSA. For more information about the FAFSA visit FAFSA website.
STATE EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE SCHOLARSHIP: Parents of Seniors, the State Employee's Credit Union's $10,000.00 People Helping People Scholarship application is now available! This site on our Student Services website gives details about eligibility, application process, etc. The deadline to submit the application is Monday, February 14th, by 3:00 p.m. This is a great Scholarship that at least one of our Seniors will be awarded, so please be sure your student is considering this opportunity!
PTSA SCHOLARSHIPS: Parents of Seniors, if your Senior is interested in applying for one of the PTSA’s $500.00 PTSA Scholarships they provide to Graduating Seniors, your Senior must be a member of the PTSA. Seniors (and any families that have not joined yet!) can still sign-up to be a PTSA member.
FUTURE TEACHER PROGRAM APPLICATION NOW OPEN: Another “scholarship” opportunity for students is the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Future Teacher Program. Graduating Seniors who are going to college with the intention of pursuing a Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade teaching career in one of 10 identified areas are encouraged to apply for the Future Teacher Program. The application deadline is April 15th. This program offers students an annual summer professional development stipend, and more importantly, a WCPSS teaching position upon Graduation! Students and families can register for an Online Information Session that will be held on February 24th. My daughter was accepted in this Program and is Graduating in May from N.C. State University and knows she has a guaranteed teaching position in WCPSS upon Graduation. As a dad, it is nice to know she is already guaranteed employment to follow her passion!
SENIOR BREAKFAST UPDATE: Please know that we have just 48 days until our Senior Breakfast. We are continuing to raise money to fund this event and this week we are focusing on finding a Grand Prize for our raffle drawing. If you can help us secure a big screen monitor, smart TV, blue tooth wireless ear buds, or a speaker at wholesale or discounted pricing, we need to hear from you! To contribute or help, visit the Senior Breakfast Donations page where you can donate online, get instructions to give by mail or learn more about the event. To help with a raffle prize or for questions, contact Elizabeth Peeler.
PARKING ON CAMPUS: Thank you for your support of our efforts to ensure our students do the right thing and not park on campus unless they have a valid Parking Pass. I would continue to ask all students who want to drive and park on campus to be sure that they have a valid Athens Drive Parking Pass. Please know that the cost of a Parking Pass is prorated, so to park on campus from now until the end of the school is $100.00. Students who park illegally on campus cause us problems as they are taking a space from a staff member or student who has paid for a spot. Please know 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 remainder of 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. Thank you, again, for your understanding and support!
COUNSELOR CORNER: Our Counselors will be holding our monthly Counselor Corner on Tuesday, February 15th, during all Lunches. They will be providing a session on Relieving Stress and Grounding Techniques. The table will be set-up in the Main Hallway outside of the Cafeteria. Please stop by during Lunch and check out the information!
SPRING JOB FAIR: We will be hosting a Spring Job Fair on Thursday, February 24th, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., during all Lunch Periods in the Gym Lobby. We will have several companies that will be offering Business Internships along with Spring and Summer Employment! For more information about the Job Fair, please see our Career Development Coordinator, Ms. Carlton either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit her Office in the Library. To prepare students for our Job Fair, Ms. Carlton will be hosting a Resume Writing Workshop and provide Interview tips for interested students to prepare them for the Job Fair. This Workshop will be held on Thursday, February 17th, from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
SWEETHEART CHARITY GALA: The third annual Athens Drive Sweetheart Charity Gala will take place on Saturday, February 19th, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.! We hope Athens Drive students will join us for a fun night at Chatham Station in Downtown Cary, as we raise funds for a local nonprofit called Read and Feed. Read and Feed is an after-school literacy program that provides meals, tutoring and books to children from low-income families in Wake County. Their mission is to strengthen literacy skills among underserved Elementary School children and provide meals in a nurturing neighborhood environment. We hope to create an impact for these children through the success of the Sweetheart Charity Gala! Gala tickets are now on sale in the Gym Lobby during Lunches through Thursday, February 17th for $20.00 each. We are also accepting donations! All donations to our Charity Gala are greatly appreciated and will go directly towards supporting Read and Feed. If you would like to donate, you can do so in three ways:
- Venmo: @ADMHS-HSA (for: Gala)
- Check: Made payable to ADHS HSA (memo: Gala)
- Cash: dropped off in the Main Office
We hope to see the Athens Drive school family come together and celebrate while giving back to students in our community! If you have any questions, please reach out to our Charity Gala Advisor, Ms. Worrell (email@example.com). Thank you for your support of this event!
SWEETHEART CHARITY GALA AUCTION ITEM: The Vann Fine Art portrait session auction item, benefitting the Sweetheart Charity Gala, goes LIVE this weekend! Bidding begins at midnight tonight, Friday, February 11th, through Sunday, February 13th, at 5:00 p.m. The winning bid amount goes directly to our donation to Read and Feed. Use this link to view the auction item and to place your winning bid: https://www.32auctions.com/adhsgala2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Worrell (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you have regarding this auction item or our Sweetheart Charity Gala.
USE OF BREATH-A-LYZERS AT OUR SWEETHEART CHARITY GALA: Just a reminder that we will be utilizing Breath-A-Lyzers at the entry of our Sweetheart Charity Gala. I don’t want it to be a surprise to our students, as this is our regular practice for dances hosted by Athens Drive. I want to ensure that we have a safe, fun dance that is free from alcohol and drugs. Thank you for your support in helping us ensure that our students make positive choices and enjoy school events before, during, and after the activities!
VOLLEYBROS ANNUAL CHARITY VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: The Student Government is sponsoring VolleyBros, our Annual Charity Volleyball Tournament, on Thursday, March 3rd, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Upper Gym. Students can enter a team of 6 to 10 players (only 6 players on the court at a time though) by filling out the Registration Packet and paying $5.00 cash. EACH player must complete the registration packet and parent/guardian must sign the waiver before being allowed to participate. Deadline to register your team is after school on March 1st. ALL proceeds will go to benefit Haven House of Raleigh (charity supporting homeless adolescents here in Raleigh). If you don't want to play, but want to come out and watch the fun for a great cause, admission is $5.00 cash, too! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Remaley (email@example.com).
2022 HONOR A TEACHER NOMINATIONS: The Cary Chamber of Commerce administers a program to honor excellence in teaching. To nominate a deserving Athens Drive teacher, our school community can use this link: https://forms.gle/QRM6aunXUTBsKEVY8. Here is information that the Cary Chamber of Commerce shared regarding this recognition opportunity: Excellence in teaching – we know it when we see it. It can be the teacher who spends extra time with the students who need it most, or the teacher who is creative enough to inspire a real love of learning in a student. Perhaps it’s a teacher who cares enough to be involved with their students beyond the classroom. Whatever their methods, certain teachers make a real impact on students and their learning abilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the great importance of the role that teacher's play in our society. We would like to recognize one such teacher and we need your help. The Cary Chamber of Commerce has been a leader in supporting education in our community through numerous programs and activities. One of the most critical needs of Wake County schools is that of attracting and retaining the best classroom teachers. With the Cary Chamber of Commerce's Honor a Teacher Program we hope to help our school system in meeting that challenge. Building on the success of the Discovery Award first sponsored by the Ashworth family in 1991, followed by the Clara Knoll Award in 2000 by Barry and DJ Mitsch, the Cary Chamber has secured sponsors to develop a teaching awards program for all schools in the Cary Area. We are asking our community to nominate teachers for this award. Included with your nomination, please describe why you feel this particular teacher deserves this award. Nominations must be submitted no later than Friday, February 25 at 5:00 pm. These nominations will then be narrowed down to finalists that will be interviewed by a designated committee. If you have any questions, please email Kelcey Ashworth, Vice President of Education & Member Business Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration of nominating a deserving Athens Drive Teacher for this honor!
CLOSING MESSAGE AND TAKE CARE: Thank you for your continued support of teaching and learning at The Drive! Please continue to check the Athens Drive website for general information and to help you stay informed. Enjoy a wonderful 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:
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.
UTILIZING POWERSCHOOL TO TRACK YOUR STUDENT’S PROGRESS: Please know that PowerSchool is available for parents in addition to your student(s). This is one of the best ways to keep track of your student’s progress. PowerSchool contains up-to-date grades (including missing assignments). Please know that your parent account will update at the same time grades are entered by teachers. PowerSchool can be used to receive notifications about when your student is tardy or absent from a class. It is highly recommended that all parents use this tool. Instructions on how to set this up can be found here: https://www.wcpss.net/student-information. I am thankful for your support and glad we are together in assisting our students in reaching their ultimate potential!
COVID-19 TESTING AT ATHENS DRIVE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL: We held our first COVID-19 Testing day at The Drive this morning. For students and staff who enrolled in our free, StrongSchoolsNC COVID-19 Testing, they were tested between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. this morning. We will be testing those staff and students who have enrolled in our program every Friday morning from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Please know that students can still enroll in this program by registering at this link: Athens Drive High COVID-19 Testing Registration.
SENIOR BREAKFAST AND CAP AND GOWN DISTRIBUTION: Seniors and their families, please put Thursday, March 31st on your calendars! This is going to be a great day to celebrate our Seniors! First, from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. we will be hosting our Senior Breakfast in Jaguar Stadium. Then, immediately following our Senior Breakfast, as Seniors leave the stadium, they will be able to pick-up their Cap and Gown and other products that were ordered through Jostens! I am always excited to celebrate these events with our Seniors as our BIGGEST day, Graduation, gets closer and closer!
SENIOR CAP AND GOWN ORDERING INFORMATION: Please remember that 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. 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 (email@example.com), our Senior Class Advisor.
SENIOR FAMILIES: Thank you to all our Senior families who attended the Senior Parent Information meeting last week prior to our Meet the Teacher night! If you couldn’t attend the meeting and missed the presentation, then you can click HERE to see the Google Slide Deck that was used. Please take time to review the information and if you have any questions please contact our Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN! In case you were not aware, at Athens Drive we also have a Food Pantry supported by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The Food Pantry is stocked with non-perishable food items, toiletries, and fresh produce and frozen meats, when possible. Families are invited to shop in our Food Pantry by appointment during business hours, 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. To make an appointment, please contact Student Services at (919) 233-4050 or email Ms. Burnette at email@example.com.
DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Please know that the Spring 2022 Registration is now closed. There will be no more Registration forms taken for the Spring Classes. Spring 2022 class placement emails will be sent out beginning today through Tuesday, February 8th. If you do not receive a placement for our Spring 2022 classes, you can reapply for the Summer with a new Registration form. Summer Registration information will be forthcoming. Please see www.jordandriving.com for updates and details regarding those classes.
YEARBOOKS: Our award-winning Yearbook is available for purchase until Friday, April 1st. Please know that Yearbooks can be purchased online at: https://athensdriveyearbook.weebly.com/. In addition, if you want to check to see if you have already purchased a Yearbook, a list to check Yearbook purchase status is available at: https://tinyurl.com/TorchPurchases. If you believe that you purchased a Yearbook and are missing from this list, please feel free to email our Yearbook Advisor, Ms. Luna, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can investigate the discrepancy. I am proud of the work of our students to create a wonderful Yearbook each year!
FAN CODE OF CONDUCT: As you attend various athletic events, you will also see our Fan Code of Conduct. We ask all spectators to adhere to this Code of Conduct:
- The Athens Drive Athletic Department is committed to creating a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for all student athletes and fans while visiting our campus.
- School staff will proactively intervene to support an environment where our student athletes and fans can enjoy an event experience free from the following:
- Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature
- Abusive, foul, or disruptive language and obscene gestures
- Fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks or gestures
- Throwing objects of any kind
- Any disruption to the progress of the event caused by a fan’s actions
- Intoxication or other signs of impairment related to alcohol consumption or other substance abuse
- Failing to follow instructions from school staff
- Verbal or physical harassment of opposing team’s student athletes or fans
- Any behavior that otherwise interferes with the progress of the contest
Thank you for helping us be positive role models of sportsmanship and representing our school and teams in only the highest manner!
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) IS OPEN: Seniors and Senior families, please remember that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open! Don’t forget to get this completed if you will be applying for Federal Student Loans! The sooner that the FAFSA is completed, the better.
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 last 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 (email@example.com). Please complete this form by Friday, November 12th. If you are not a Military-connected family, you do not need to complete this form.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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!
DRIVER’S EDUCATION INFORMATION: The Lead Teacher for our Athens Drive Driver’s Education Program is Coach Ray. You can reach Coach Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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 (email@example.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com
Senior parent Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/634948097189997/
Page Monitor: Richelle Laskey firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-Drive-Sophomore-Parents-100112738558727
Page Monitor: Aylin Gay email@example.com
Sophomore Facebook pages: http://www.facebook.com/groups/athensclassof2024/
Page Monitor: Karen Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
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