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April 1st, 2022

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, April 1st. 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:

 

ANOTHER GREAT WEEK AT THE DRIVE: I thoroughly love serving at Athens Drive Magnet High School and I love that our students have so many options to foster their interests, grow in their passions and talents, engage in so many activities, and get involved in service leadership! As I reflect on our week, we have had our Winter Percussion ensemble earn a Gold Medal First Place finish and our Winter Percussion earn a Silver Medal Second Place finish in the Championships held in Wilmington last weekend. We had our first performance of our Musical, Beehive, the 60s Musical, last night and it was incredible! We received the results of our student-led Blood Drive, and 36 units of whole blood were collected to support up to 108 hospital patients and $410.00 will be donated to the Lutheran Family Services that was collected as well. Our student athletes represented us well in so many athletic competitions throughout the week, including our undefeated Women’s Soccer Team who are ranked Third in the State. We honored our Seniors at our Senior Breakfast, which was amazing thanks to our incredibly generous Senior families and local businesses. Our Seniors received their Caps and Gowns as they countdown to Graduation! We were able to provide a Yard Sign to every Senior to honor and celebrate their achievement. Our Student Government led our Cinderella Project to provide clothing and other apparel to students for the Prom. Our PTSA had our first in-person meeting in two years and, in addition to all the amazing things they do, contributed over $10,000 to allow us to purchase calculators for our Math classes. We are planning for our first-ever student-led Cultural Festival. We compiled Latin Honors data to recognize the academic achievement of our students at our Academic Honors Programs that we will hold later this month. We had several student organizations finish a variety of collections for various charities. Our National Honor Society worked to clean-up and beautified our Inner Courtyard. And those are only a few of the highlights! I love that even in our largeness (almost 2,100 students), our students can find places to shine, learn, follow their passions, and challenge themselves to reach their ultimate potential! Thank you for your support and all you do to help us make every day a great day of teaching and learning at The Drive!

 

REPORT CARDS WERE GIVEN TO STUDENTS TODAY: Please know that we gave Third Quarter Report Cards to students today in Drive Time. Please be sure to ask to see them, and remember that you can always stay on top of your student’s grades by visiting PowerSchool at any time. I have shared with our students that we still have 60% of their Final Grade that is to be earned—40% for their Fourth Quarter grade and 20% for their Final Exam. There is still much work to be done, and I encourage all our students to finish this Semester strong!

 

SPRING BREAK BEGINS ON MONDAY, APRIL 11TH: Please remember that next week we have a full five days of school. Then, beginning Monday, April 11th, we do not have school for Spring Break. Thus, students last day of school before Spring Break will be Friday, April 8th and students will return to class again on Monday, April 18th.

 

OUR SPRING MUSICAL—BEEHIVE, THE 60s MUSICAL—IS BEING PRESENTED TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT: I had the pleasure of watching our Musical last night and it was outstanding! What a tremendous job our entire Theatre Department did in putting this show together and in the final performance! I continue to be so very proud and in awe of the talent of our students! Please know that our Spring Musical, Beehive, the 60s musical! Beehive celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960’s with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby McGee.” Told from the perspective of several young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, Beehive takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation. Our award-winning Theatre Department will again be presenting this rockin' production to the public tonight, April 1st, and Saturday, April 2nd. All shows will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Athens Drive Auditorium. While tickets will be sold at the door, we recommend students and families purchasing their tickets in advance. More information can be found at www.athensdrivebeehive.com or by contacting our Theatre Director, Ms. Hayes (ahayes3@wcpss.net).

 

CHORUS SPRING CAFÉ 2022: Please remember that our Athens Drive Chorus will be hosting its Spring Café 2022 on Thursday, April 7th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Admission is free and the doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Please come out and enjoy our amazing Chorus students sing!

 

ACADEMIC HONORS PROGRAMS: We are excited to once again host our Academic Honors Programs to recognize the outstanding work of our students inside the classroom. Any student who has earned a Latin Honors designation based on their weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) at the end of the First Semester will be honored at our Awards Programs. The Freshmen Academic Awards Program will be held on Wednesday, April 20th, beginning at 7:45 a.m. Our Sophomore Academic Awards Program will also be held on Wednesday, April 20th, but will begin at 9:15 a.m. Our Junior Academic Honors Awards Program will be held on Thursday, April 21st, beginning at 7:45 a.m. And, our Senior Academic Honors Awards Program will be held on Thursday, April 21st, beginning at 9:15 a.m. We will be honoring those students who have earned Latin Honors in the following categories: Cum Laude (3.75 through 3.99 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (4.0 through 4.249 GPA), and Summa Cum Laude (4.25 or higher). We will have a short ceremony that our parents and guardians are invited to attend, provide the students with a certificate recognizing their Honors designation, and then have refreshments for our students to enjoy. We will be mailing letters to our students to invite them to these ceremonies. I continue to be proud of the academic achievement of our students and look forward to celebrating their success!

 

SENIOR GRADUATION HANDBOOK: I had a great time celebrating our Seniors at our Senior Breakfast yesterday! I also had chills as students were picking up their Caps and Gowns! What a great time of year as we look forward to Graduation! Seniors were provided a Senior Graduation Handbook that listed important dates, information about Graduation, etc. This is important information for our Seniors and their families! Here are a few important dates to remember for our Seniors and their families:

 

  • Thursday, April 21st, at 9:15 a.m.: Senior Academic Honors Award Ceremony (Parents invited)
  • Saturday, May 14th, from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.: Prom
  • Thursday, May 26th, at 7:25 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal in Main Gym
  • Thursday, May 26th, at 9:00 a.m.: Senior Awards Assembly (Parents invited)
  • Friday, May 27th, at 10:30 a.m.: Senior Meeting
  • Friday, May 27th, at 11:30 a.m.: Senior Picnic (Parent Volunteers needed)
  • Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th: Final Exams
  • Saturday, June 11th, at 12:00 p.m.: GRADUATION (Seniors must arrive by 11:00 a.m.)

 

I look forward to our Seniors finishing this last Quarter strong and enjoying the events that we have planned to honor, recognize, and celebrate their accomplishments!

 

JUNIOR AND SENIOR PROM: Our Prom is coming on Saturday, May 14th, from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Downtown Raleigh. ONLY Juniors and Seniors are eligible to purchase tickets online through the school website and our Online Payment System (click Parents, then Online Payments). Students can bring ONE guest, and they can be from any Grade Level at Athens Drive or be a non-Athens Drive student. If the guest is a non-Athens Drive student, then a completed Guest Form must be completed and turned into the Main Office by Friday, May 6th. ALL students attending the Prom must complete a Permission Form (Athens Drive or non-Athens Drive student). The Forms along with other Prom information can be found on the school website main page, right side. Tickets are $40.00 each. If you have any questions, please contact the Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net), or the Junior Class Advisor, Ms. Vick (evick2@wcpss.net).

 

GRADUATION FEE PAYMENT REMINDER: Seniors need to remember that they must pay our Graduation Fee of $60.00 online (on our school website, under Parents and Online Payments) or in-person in the Main Office before they can participate in the remaining Senior Events (e.g., Prom, Senior Picnic, or receive their Graduation Tickets). Seniors and their families who have any questions about anything Senior-related, please contact our Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

SENIOR NAMES BEING CALLED AT GRADUATION: In order to help ensure the correct pronunciation of our Seniors names at Graduation, we are asking every Senior to complete this Google Form. Thank you for your help in getting this information so that Mr. Katz can prepare for the reading of names at Graduation!

 

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: I would like to remind Seniors and families that we have many Scholarships listed on our Athens Drive 2021 – 2022 Scholarship Bulletin. We also offer many school-based Scholarships that our Seniors need to apply for. We will be announcing new Scholarships soon, including the Dr. Credle Memorial Scholarship and several Scholarships that will be provided by Ekklesia Church, the Church that uses our Auditorium for services each Sunday. These, and the PTSA Scholarship listed below, are great opportunities that only our Seniors will have a chance to earn money for college! Please encourage your Seniot to apply for these, and other Scholarships, to assist them with paying for college.

 

ATHENS DRIVE PTSA SCHOLARSHIPS: Our PTSA provides three Scholarships valued at $500.00 each to our Seniors. The application period is now open and will remain open until Friday, April 22nd. Any Senior interested in applying for this Scholarship must be a PTSA member to qualify. Please visit our Athens Drive PTSA website for full qualifications and information.

 

WAKE TECH IS OFFERING FREE TUIRION AND FEES: Wake Tech is offering free tuition and fees for 2022 North Carolina High School Graduates who enroll this Fall. You qualify if you: completed High School requirements in December 2021 or anytime in 2022; Completed the 2022 – 2023 FAFSA; are admitted to a Wake Tech credit program; are a first-time college student (CCP and Early College students qualify); are a resident of North Carolina as determined by the Residency Determination Service (RDS); and are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per Semester. For more information, visit waketech.edu/freetuition.

 

2022 COLLEGE EXPO: We have received information regarding a College Expo that will be held on April 23rd in Durham. The Emily K Center is hosting a 2022 College Expo with over 40 colleges in attendance, educational workshops, and other fun activities. Please visit emilyk.org/expo to register and get more information.

 

FINAL SAT PREP COURSE FOR THE YEAR BEGINS IN APRIL: Juniors and their families, our final SAT Prep Course of the school year is enrolling right now to prep for the final SAT of the school year (given in June). Our SAT Prep Class begins on April 19th to prepare students for the June 4th SAT Test administration. The class meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for six weeks. Space is limited, and to sign up please contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

FOOD PANTRY IS OPEN AND AVAILABLE TO OUR SCHOOL FAMILIES: Please remember that our Food Pantry is available as a resource to all Athens Drive families. If you have questions, or need any assistance, please contact Ms. Burnette (pburnette@wcpss.net) in Student Services.

 

ARMED SERVICE VOCATIONAL APTITUDE BATTERY EXAM (ASVAB):  Please know that Wednesday, April 6th, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2410, we will be administering the ASVAB Test. The ASVAB Test helps students learn more about their abilities and what careers match up with those abilities and interests. Students can get additional information and sign-up for the ASVAB Test administration by visiting Ms. Carlton (mccarlton@wcpss.net), our Career Development Coordinator, in the back of the Library during the school day or during the student’s Lunch Period. Visit this site to learn more about the ASVAB Test.

 

PTSA GROUNDS AND GARDEN SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY AT ATHENS DRIVE: Please mark your calendars for the PTSA Grounds and Garden Spring Clean-Up Day by joining in our campus clean-up efforts on Saturday, April 9th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This event will be held rain or shine! Please know that students can earn service hours for their participation in this event. Volunteers need to bring their own water bottles and work/gardening gloves if they have them. In addition, we need work tools including shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, pitch forks, loppers, and garden clippers of various sizes. Please know that donations of annuals or native North Carolina plants are also welcomed. Thank you for your support in helping us beautify our campus!

 

COURSE REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022 – 2023 SCHOOL YEAR: Course registration appointments with Counselors wrapped up this week. Counselors will work to meet with students over the next several days if they missed their original appointment. Option Verification forms will be distributed after Spring Break so that students and parents can review their Course Selections for 2022 – 2023 school year. Students are allowed to make changes to their Course Registration choices up until Friday, June 10th. They should email their Counselor directly with any requested changes by that date. Changes will not be made after June 10th, as we will need to move forward with finalizing our Master Schedule for the 2022 – 2023 school year.

CLOSING MESSAGE AND TAKE CARE: I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope your skies are Carolina Blue this 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:

 

 

CURRICULUM NIGHT AND FRESHMEN OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION: For those families that were not able to attend or those that would like to go back and review the information presented related to the 2022 – 2023 school year, please review our Registration Information document which contains many links to important curriculum information. Thank you for your support in helping our students select courses that push them to reach their post Athens Drive goals!

 

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!

 

STUDENTS SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK THEIR WCPSS EMAIL ACCOUNT: Please remember that students need to be checking their WCPSS email account, as that is where important information is communicated to students! I just wanted to remind our students to make this a habit.

 

FREE TUITION AND FEES FOR IN-STATE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES TO WAKE TECH: Students who graduate from a North Carolina High School this year can attend Wake Tech this Fall at little to no cost. Wake Tech is offering free tuition and fees for 2022 High School Graduates who are classified as a North Carolina resident by the Residency Determination Service (RDS) and enroll for the fall 2022 semester. Additional information regarding this recent news can be found on the Wake Tech website.

 

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!

 

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!

 

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 vsharpe@wcpss.net, to get assistance with completing the FAFSA.  For more information about the FAFSA visit FAFSA website.

 

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 ten 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!

 

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 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 (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

SPRING SPORTS HAVE STARTED! Spring Sports are underway!  In the Spring Season we offer Baseball, Softball, Women's Soccer, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Tennis, Men's Golf, Track and Field, and Stunt. With that many sports happening, there is something happening at The Drive almost every night of the week. If you would like to come out and watch a game you can purchase tickets via GoFAN or purchase a Sports Pass that is good for admission to all home events. Even if you aren't able to make it to a game, we encourage you to follow the accomplishments of our teams via Instagram and Twitter (both @athensjags), our Facebook Page, or watch our games on the NFHS Network. You can find schedules and game times on MaxPreps.  We look forward to seeing you at a game this Spring to support our student athletes!

 

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 pburnette@wcpss.net.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 (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!

 

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.   

 

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