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May 20th, 2022

Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, May 20th. 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:

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIORS AND SENIOR FAMILIES: Next week is a BIG week for Seniors! There are three major events happening next week and here is what you need to know to prepare for them:

  • Graduation Rehearsal on Thursday, May 26th beginning at 7:25 a.m.: No Graduating Senior can miss this event! Seniors should come dressed nicely (as if for Graduation! Please check the Graduation Handbookfor the guidelines!) and wearing their Cap and Gown, Honor Stole, and Honor Cords. Seniors will report directly to the Upper Gym, find their name on a seat, and sit in that seat. Please understand that we are not able to have a Graduation Rehearsal at the Raleigh Convention Center, so it is of the utmost importance that all Seniors participate in this mandatory Graduation Rehearsal to know what to expect on Graduation day. Students who do not participate in this Graduation Rehearsal will not participate in Graduation on Saturday, June 11th.

 

  • Senior Awards Assembly on Thursday, May 26th beginning at 9:00 a.m.: No Graduating Senior can miss this event! Please understand that this program begins after our Graduation Rehearsal. I am fired up to take time to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the Class of 2022! All families are invited to attend this event in the Upper Gym! Please know that we will recognize Scholarship Award recipients, school award recipients, and we will call every Senior’s name for them to walk across the stage and shake my hand, just like Graduation! As Seniors walk across the stage and shake my hand, they will receive an envelope with any certificates, awards, and their Graduation tickets! Parents are most definitely invited to attend our Senior Awards Assembly! At the conclusion of the Senior Awards Assembly, Seniors are either excused for the rest of the day or can return to class to finish the day.

  • Senior Picnic on Friday, May 27th from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.:  Our Senior Picnic is an optional, fun event for our Seniors. Seniors wanting to attend the Senior Picnic will be able to join in the food, fun, games, rides, prizes, music, karaoke, Pelican SnoBalls, and so much more!  Seniors will need to purchase a ticket next week ($5.00 cash) in the Gym Lobby during “A” and “C” Lunches or after school. Tickets WILL ONLY BE SOLD MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, not on Friday, and a ticket is required to attend the Senior Picnic! We will dismiss Seniors from their Second Period class at 10:30 a.m. to report to the Auditorium for a final Senior Assembly and to watch the Senior Slide Show. Then we will walk to Williams Stadium for the remainder of the day to celebrate together as the Class of 2022! This event is one of the best things about being a Senior at Athens Drive Magnet High School! Seniors will not want to miss it!

If you have any questions about these events or any other Senior questions, please contact our Senior Advisor and Graduation Coordinator, Mr. Remaley (cremaley@wcpss.net).

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: Parents of Seniors, please help us ensure that all qualified Seniors Graduate on June 11th! If your Senior still needs to pass a course or courses, pay fines and fees, etc., please support us by helping your Senior meet these obligations. All Senior academic and financial obligations need to be taken care of by Thursday, June 9th, by 12:00 p.m. Seniors who do not meet these Graduation requirements by this deadline will not participate in Graduation exercises at the Raleigh Convention Center on Saturday, June 11th, at 12:00 p.m.

 

SENIORS NEED TO SAVE THEIR DOCUMENTS IN THEIR GOOGLE DRIVE: Once a Senior Graduates, they will no longer have access to their documents in their school Google Drive. If students want to save any of their documents, they need to act prior to the last day of school. This link has instructions for using Google Takeout to export files to a personal Google account. Seniors, thank you for taking care of this important task if you have documents that you want to save.

 

COURSE REGISTRATION VERIFICATION FOR THE 2022 – 2023 SCHOOL YEAR: During our last Drive Time class, current 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade students received their “Student Registration Verification” form. If a student was absent during Drive Time, it was distributed to the student through their Second Period class. This form shows the courses each student chose for the 2022 – 2023 school year. Please note that there should be 11 total choices, 8 primary selections and 3 alternate selections. Please know this form does not need to be signed, but please contact your student’s Counselor if you have any questions. You can also see Course Selections for next school year by logging into your PowerSchool account and choosing the "Course Registration" tab. Please review these course selections carefully, as we will not be able to make changes to schedules and course selections after the last day of this school year.

 

NAVIGATING THE MAZE OF COLLEGE ADMISSIONS WEBINAR: In conjunction with Advantage College Planning, the Athens Drive Student Services Team will be hosting a webinar on Navigating the Maze of College Admission 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 Please register even if you cannot attend! Registered families will receive a recording of the event the following day.

 

HONORS THEATRE PROGRAM ON TUESDAY NIGHT, MAY 24TH: Our Athens Drive Honors Theatre class will be presenting their final project on Tuesday, May 24th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. They will be presenting The Jag Show, a fun performance that introduces new and old friends to the uniqueness that is Athens Drive High School and feature several extra special guests. This show is perfect for people of all ages but is especially great for Middle School students that may be coming to Athens Drive in the next few years. The show is free of charge, but our Honor Theatre students will be accepting cash donations that will go toward a Charity of their choosing. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Hayes, our Theatre Director and Honors Theatre Instructor, at ahayes3@wcpss.net. Thank you for your support of our amazing and talented students!

 

BAND CONCERT ON THURSDAY, MAY 26TH: Our Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing their final Concert of the year next Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Please know that this Concert is free, and refreshments will be served following the event. Our students have amazing gifts, and I am excited to see and listen to the incredible music they make!

 

MARCHING BAND REGISTRATION: Any student interested in participating in our award-winning Marching Band should sign-up through our Band’s website: athensdriveband.com. Please know that the due date to register for our Marching Band is Friday, June 3rd.

 

RISING SENIORS—TIME TO SCHEDULE YOUR SENIOR PORTRAIT: Congratulations to our Class of 2023! Our rising Seniors have the opportunity to have their picture taken for our Yearbook and for purchase. Rising Seniors need 2 portraits for our Yearbook, both of which will be taken in a single complementary, free photo session. Seniors will have the option to change once during the photo session, but it's not mandatory to have a second outfit. Please make sure that the clothes that are selected for the Senior photo session are appropriate (e.g., nothing strapless, no shirts with inappropriate messages, etc.) for printing in our Yearbook. Please note that due to the timing of some of the photo sessions, the school may not be open, so if a Senior brings a second outfit, they may need to change in their car. Please use THIS SITE to book your complimentary session and please add "mail@evanpike.com" and "gallery@photoday.io" to your email client's safe list or check your spam folder if you don't see a confirmation email after booking. The second email is where your proofs will come from. All Senior portraits will be taken outside. In the case of inclement weather, you will receive a notice if your appointment needs to be rescheduled. Sessions are only 10 minutes long, please arrive a few minutes early and in the outfit you'd like to be photographed in. Please meet the photographers outside the entrance of the upper gym (up the stairs from Senior Parking Lot). Here is a google map link. Our photo sessions will be held on June 20th, 22nd, 25th, 26th, 28th, July 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, August 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th. After your session, you will have the option to purchase set collections or build your own collection.  By default, your proofing gallery will be set to set collections, if you want to build your own collection, please contact Evan Pike to switch your gallery to custom collection pricing. Please find the price menu, contact information, and frequently asked questions at THIS LINK. Thank you for your help in ensuring that every Senior gets a picture taken to be included in our Yearbook next year!

 

PTSA LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Our last PTSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in-person in our Library. Please know that the PTSA is still in need of volunteers to fill important positions for the 2019 – 2020 school year. If you want to make a positive difference at The Drive, please consider serving in the following positions: President, Vice President of Membership, and Secretary. If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, or willing to help in any other way, please come to the PTSA meeting on Tuesday evening or email our PTSA President, Ms. Jill Rbaihat (president@athensdriveptsa.com) with your information or with any questions you have. Thank you for your support of our students, staff, and school!

 

FOOTBALL TEAM FUNDRAISER: The Athens Drive Magnet High School Football team invites all Athens Drive students and staff to join us for a team fundraiser on Wednesday, May 25th at City BBQ. The following flyer: City BBQ - FUND - Recommended Email_Fundraiser A.docx should be shared if dining in person, and if you place an online order please follow these directions: For an online order to count toward your fundraiser, folks must apply code FundA prior to checkout at citybbq.com/order or in the City BBQ app. Once users enter the code, they must click the red + button to apply the fundraiser code to their order. City BBQ will give a percentage back for any order on this date. Our Football team will have a group there in person between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Thank you for your support! 

 

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 would 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).

 

GRADUATION PICTURES: Please know that we will have Evan Pike, our Professional Photographer who takes our school pictures, taking pictures of every student receiving their Diploma from me. Please visit https://app.evanpike.com/admhsgraduation to see details regarding Graduation pictures.

 

SENIORS STILL HAVE TIME TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA: If you have not completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), now is the time! The FAFSA is required for students entering College or University wanting to get financial aid, or even to get the FREE TUITION at Wake Tech. Students should complete the FAFSA even if they assume they will not qualify for financial aid. At Athens Drive, our Financial Aid Advisor, Ms. Sharpe (vsharpe@wcpss.net), can help you get started or answer any questions! Ms. Sharpe is available through the month of May, so please reach out to her with any questions you may have.

 

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:

 

  • Thursday, May 26th, at 7:25 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal in Main Gym (Mandatory for Seniors)
  • Thursday, May 26th, at 9:00 a.m.: Senior Awards Assembly (Parents invited) (Graduation Tickets Distributed to Seniors)
  • Friday, May 27th, at 10:30 a.m.: Senior Meeting
  • Friday, May 27th, at 11:30 a.m.: Senior Picnic (Parent Volunteers needed) (Ticket required)
  • 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!

 

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, which 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.

 

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 continue to be very proud of the accomplishments of our students! I ask that we work together to continue to encourage all our students to be leaders, positive role models, and strongly finish this school year. I also ask that we work together to keep them safe and encourage all our students to make positive choices as we approach the end of the school year. Nine more school days prior to Final Exams! 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