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May 6th, 2022

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, May 6th. 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:

 

FANTASTIC STUDENT EVENTS HELD THIS WEEK: With so much noise regarding bad news, etc., it is easy to overlook the awesomeness of what happens at The Drive each day! I am incredibly proud of our students for modeling service learning, compassion for others, critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, and effective communication! I love that we offer a myriad of ways for our students pursue their passions to lead and serve! They make a positive impact in so many ways! Here are two examples from this week that I want to highlight:

 

  • FUN RUN TO SUPPORT UKRAINE:We had two students who came to me a while ago to ask if they could host a Fun Run to raise money to support the people of Ukraine. They knew we had a Ukrainian Exchange Student, and they understood the suffering that the Ukrainians are facing. They wanted to make a difference. So, they "ran" with their idea and last Saturday we had a great group of students, family members, and community members who gathered to tailgate, participate in the fun run, and support the efforts to raise money to give to the Red Cross in Ukraine! There was such a positive vibe at the event and our students raised $1,899.00!! This was all put together in about one month! Thank you also to the students in the National Honor Society and Key Club who supported this event through their Community Service!

 

  • CULTUREFEST:Wednesday night we held our first CultureFest at The Drive! What a great night celebrating the diversity of Athens and providing our students to highlight their cultures and traditions with our school family! Once again, this really started through student leadership! While creating an event like this has been a part of our School Improvement Engagement Team's planning, a group of students came forward and wanted to create a celebration of cultures at Athens. They developed the idea and brought in students from a variety of Clubs to support this effort. They met continuously for the last two months working to create what we enjoyed last night. It was a fun night to honor our students and highlight the beauty, traditions, and cultures of our school family!

 

We have an amazing school family and I thank you for the privilege and honor to teach your (our!) students each day!

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION SHOUT-OUTS: I want to give a huge THANK YOU to Ekklesia Church (the Church who holds their services in our school on Sundays), our PTSA, and those individual families who reached out, for their efforts to honor our teachers this week! They sponsored our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, and I am thankful for their service to recognize the hard work provided by our dedicated staff. Thank you, again, for all your support of our staff, students, and entire school family!

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS: It is almost time to elect our 2022 – 2023 Student Government for next school year. Elections will run Monday, May 9th through Wednesday, May 11th, and links for the Grade-Level Elections will be posted to the Athens website. Students can then exercise their right to vote and choose the candidates they want to represent them next school year. Please encourage your student to vote!  If there are any questions, please contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net). You can preview the ballot by clicking these links:

 

 

SOCCER TEAM PLAYING IN THE INAUGURAL CENTRAL CAROLINA CUP FINALS! Our Women's Soccer team has reached the Finals for the inaugural Central Carolina Cup which will be played this Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Jaguar Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on WRAL+, High School OT app, and on the web at High School OT. You can find more information on how to watch the game here.  We need to pack the stands the for event!  You can purchase tickets for the game here, and we hope to see everyone out at the game this Monday! Congratulations to our Women’s Soccer Team for their incredible season thus far!

 

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). In addition, students can purchase Prom tickets with cash during all three Lunches, or afterschool, from Monday, May 9th through Friday, May 13th. 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 Monday, May 9th. 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. Once you have done these two items listed above, you need to then claim your Prom tickets by coming to the Gym Lobby during any of the Lunches or afterschool. You will present valid ID (driver’s license, permit, school ID, passport, military ID, etc.) and your permission forms, then you will receive your official Prom ticket(s). You will need your Prom ticket(s) and ID for admission to the Prom on Saturday, May 14th. If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net), or our Junior Class Advisor, Ms. Vick (evick2@wcpss.net).

 

LATIN HONORS RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES AND STOLES: Any student who did not receive their certificate at our Latin Honors Recognition Ceremonies on April 20th and April 21st, should see Mr. SanGiacomo in Student Services. Seniors who achieved Latin Honors recognition will receive a certificate and a stole to be worn with Graduation regalia.

 

SPRING BAND CONCERT: Our Band's Spring Concert I, featuring our Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, will be held on Thursday, May 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in our Auditorium. Please know that there is no Admission fee and refreshments will be served following the Concert. Please come out and enjoy the talents of our students!

 

MARCHING BAND ORIENTATION: Our award-winning Marching Band will be holding Orientations for new students and parents on Monday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 17th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., in the Band Room. There is no commitment required to attend these very informative meetings where parents work with parents and students work with students. Any students and families interested in participating in our Marching Band should attend. We are looking forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that is our Athens Band!

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAMS: I appreciate the hard work and efforts of our students who have begun AP Exam testing this week! Please visit our Advanced Placement information page to see details about these upcoming Exams. Students need to be sure they are checking their WCPSS email account for updates and reminders that we send out. Most AP Exams will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church (600 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511), but some AP Exams will be taken at Athens Drive Magnet High School. Students will receive an email (the one associated with their College Board account) with the AP Exam location at least one day prior to their scheduled AP Exam date. If you have any questions, please reach out to our AP Test Coordinator, Ms. Boothe (kboothe@wcpss.net). Thank you for your attention to this important information!

 

MANDATORY SENIOR SURVEY: The mandatory Senior Survey link is ready to go! The Senior Survey must be completed by every Senior by Wednesday, May 18th. Please know that Seniors MUST complete the Senior Survey form to receive their Graduation Tickets! The Senior Survey can be found on the Athens Drive Magnet High School website.

 

SENIOR SECOND SEMESTER CHECKLIST: Now that our Seniors are into the final Quarter of the school year on the road towards Graduation, Mr. Remaley has compiled a Second Semester Checklist for our Seniors and their families. Please use the link to see important information and links to ensure our Seniors and Senior families are ready for the end the school year! If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

SENIOR MEETING AND SENIOR SLIDE SHOW: We are entering the last "month" of school and that means the end is near!  We are going to have a Senior Meeting on Tuesday, May 10th during Drive Time in the Auditorium. We will be meeting with our Senior Class about end-of-year events, procedures, and expectations. Please encourage your Senior to make sure they do not miss this Senior Meeting!  We would also like your help contributing to our Senior Slide Show which will be shown on Friday, May 27th, prior to our Senior Picnic.  If you would like to send some pictures of the memories from the past four years, please complete the Google Form linked HERE. If you have any questions regarding any Senior event or information, please reach out to Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net), our Senior Class Advisor.

 

GRADUATION TICKET INFORMATION: Senior families, we have been given approval to grant additional Graduation ticket requests for up to 5 additional tickets. Please keep in mind that Graduates will already get 7 tickets to Graduation at the Rehearsal on Thursday, May 26th. Now, Senior families can request up to 5 additional Graduation tickets for a maximum total of 12 Graduation tickets. The extra ticket request form can be found on the last page of the Graduation Handbook (linked HERE and on the Athens Drive Magnet High School website). Please remember that ALL Graduates MUST attend the Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 26th in order to receive their tickets to Graduation. This will be the only time that we will be able to practice for Graduation, and this is a required event for students to participate in our Graduation celebration on June 11th. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FORM: At our Senior Awards Assembly, we want to acknowledge all the amazing Scholarships that our Seniors have earned! We are asking for EVERY Senior to please submit a Senior Scholarship Information Google Form for each Scholarship offer, even the ones that the Senior is not accepting! We do not need Seniors to report any Grants or Loans, just Scholarship information. Please report only College, Academic, Athletic, Band, Business, Church, Community, Fine Arts, Military, etc. Scholarships. Students will also need to upload the documentation that provides proof of receiving the Scholarship. This documentation can be a letter from the University or an email acknowledging the Scholarship. Thus, for example, if a student receives 4 Scholarships, the student should submit this Google form 4 times. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Telfair (stelfair@wcpss.net) or Ms. Boothe (kboothe@wcpss.net). The Submission Deadline for Scholarships is Friday, May 13th. Thank you for your support in helping us celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2022!

 

SENIOR GRADUATION HANDBOOK: Please remember that 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:

 

  • 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!

 

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 Senior to apply for these, and other Scholarships, to assist them with paying for college.

 

SECOND SEMESTER FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE: We have posted the Second Semester Final Exam Schedule to the Athens Drive Magnet High School’s website. Our Final Exams take place from Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th. Please know that all students must take their Final Exams as scheduled, so please be sure that you plan any appointments, etc. outside of the Final Exam Schedule for your student. Please know that our teachers will be beginning to give review materials and other Final Exam information to students during class. However, it is important for our students to study outside of class for their Final Exams. Please remember that End-Of-Course Tests and CTE Post Assessments are State-mandated Final Exams, and all students must take these Exams. There are no Senior Exam Exemptions for those Final Exams. All Final Exams count 20% of a students’ Final Grade for the class (Final Grade is calculated by 40% for Quarter 3, 40% for Quarter 4, and 20% for Final Exam). Please also remember that if a student does not have a Final Exam scheduled for a day, he/she does not need to come to school on that day. Due to the number of staff required to administer the variety of Final Exams that we give, only students who have an assigned Final Exam need to be on campus each day. Here are some additional important pieces of information regarding our Final Exams:

 

  • Every course has a Final Exam. The student will either take an End-Of-Course test, CTE Post Assessment, or a Teacher-Made Final Exam. For Teacher-Made Final Exams, that could be a Test, Project, or other cumulative assessment.
  • Final Exams will be given on Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th. Friday, June 10th is a Make-Up Day for Final Exams, and the only students who need to come to school on Friday, June 10th, are those students who missed a Final Exam earlier in the week and need to make it up.
  • If a student does not have an Exam on a certain day, the student does NOT need to come to school. For example, a Senior who has earned a Senior Exam Exemption for a First Period Exam, does not have to come on Monday, June 6th. Or, if a student is present for every Final Exam from Monday through Thursday, the student does not have to come to school on Friday, June 10th for the Make-Up Final Exam Day.
  • Our Seniors are eligible for a Senior Exam Exemption. Seniors who have a Final Grade of “C” or better in a course that does not require a State mandated Exam will be considered EXEMPT from the Final Exam for the course. Attendance will not count toward Senior Exam Exemptions for this school year.
  • If a student does not take their Final Exam, the student will receive a “0” and that “0” grade will count for 20% of the student’s Final Grade for the course.
  • All End-Of-Course and CTE Post Assessments Final Exams MUST be taken on the student’s assigned WCPSS Chromebook.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served for those students who want to participate in these meal programs every day of the Final Exam week.
  • Students must be present at the beginning of the Final Exam period and must remain in the Final Exam setting for the entire Final Exam period. Even if a student finishes early, a student may not leave the Final Exam test setting. To maintain the integrity of our school-wide testing efforts, students will not be allowed to be checked out early or leave prior to 11:45 a.m. on each Final Exam testing day.
  • All In-Person Learning students will take all their Final Exams on campus.
  • Virtual Academy students will take their End-Of-Course and CTE Post Assessment Final Exams on campus. Final Exams for all other Virtual Academy courses will be given virtually.
  • All students need to leave campus by 12:05 p.m. each day of the week for Final Exams. Students may not wait on campus for afterschool events or programs.
  • Buses are running as usual in the morning, but will leave campus at 12:05 p.m. each day. They will NOT be coming back to make another run in the afternoon.
  • Students must NOT be on another school’s campus at any time during Final Exam week.

 

Thank you for reading this information and becoming familiar with our Final Exam Schedule. Please also note that this Final Exam Schedule is subject to change as we get updated information from the State or WCPSS. Our teachers will be communicating with our students regarding this Final Exam Schedule from now until the Final Exam week begins.

 

STUDENTS MUST USE THEIR SCHOOL-ISSUED LAPTOP FOR STATE END-OF-COURSE TESTS AND CTE POST ASSESSMENTS: Please know that it is now Wake County Public School policy that all students taking a State End-Of-Course Exam, or a CTE Post Assessment Exam, are required to use their school-issued devices. Students who have a Chromebook that is damaged or not working should bring it to the Media Center so it can be repaired or replaced prior to our Final Exams. Please remember that Final Exams will be given Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th. Thank you for being sure your student is ready to take their State Final Exams on their Chromebook.

 

HIGHSCHOOLOT HONORS AWARDS: Athens Drive Magnet High School has two Finalists for this year’s HighSchoolOT Honors Awards! Our Finalists are Maddie Davies for Track and Laura (LC) Westerbeek for Women’s Soccer. Voting for these awards is open to the public. Anyone can vote once per day in each category through May 15th. Voting takes place at HighSchoolOT.com/Honors. Thank you for your support of these two outstanding student athletes!

 

NAVIGATING THE MAZE OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: In conjunction with Advantage College Planning, the Athens Drive Magnet High School Student Services team will be hosting a Webinar on Navigating the Maze of College Admissions on Wednesday, May 25th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. This one-hour virtual session is open to all students and families and will cover topics such as common myths around High School course selection, standardized test scores, the college application process, the most important factors of a college application, and more! Families are encouraged to register here: https://advcp.com/athens.

 

SUMMER 2022 DRIVER’S EDUCATION PROGRAM: Please know that to take our Driver’s Education classes this Summer, students must be at least 14.5 years old at the time of the class. Students must submit a new Summer 2022 Registration Form, as previously submitted Registration forms were not kept on file. Please know that classes will be held in-person on our campus for 5 days, 6 hours a day (this includes a Lunch break). Registration forms need to be submitted by Thursday, May 5th, and forms should be scanned and submitted via email to athensdrive@jordandriving.com. Please see this link https://jordandriving.com/summer-athens-drive-high-school/ for more information.

 

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.

 

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.

 

CLOSING MESSAGE AND TAKE CARE: I want to wish a special THANK YOU to our Mothers for sharing your love and providing a wonderful example to our students! You are our students first and best teachers! Thank you for the love, care, and dedication you model and provide our students. Please continue to check the Athens Drive website for general information and to help you stay informed. Please enjoy a wonderful Mother’s Day 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:

 

 

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