December 16, 2022
Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, Principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, December 16th. A copy of this message will be posted on our school website (www.wcpss.net/athensdrivehs), emailed to our students, and emailed and texted to our school families.
HOLIDAY MESSAGE: I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everybody much peace and love over our Holiday break. Those are things that I believe are most needed in our world right now—peace and love. I believe this is a wonderful time of the year to slow down, relax, cherish the time with our loved ones, and count our many blessings. Our children are truly the greatest blessings of all, and I thank you for sharing yours with us. It is our honor and pleasure to serve them and try to make a positive difference in their lives! I look forward to a New Year of renewed enthusiasm, re-commitment to our core values, and moving each student forward to reach his/her ultimate potential! Because we only have two-and-a-half days of school next week, this is my last message for the 2022 calendar year. My next message will be sent on Friday, January 6th, 2023. I wish each of you a very peaceful and joyous Holiday season, and a New Year filled with much promise and hope! If you are traveling over the Holidays, please be safe.
PLANNING AHEAD FOR OUR SCHOOL SCHEDULE THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: If you are planning ahead, please remember that Wednesday, December 21st is an Early Release Day and our final day of school for the 2022 calendar year. Students will be released at 12:18 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21st. Then, students have Winter Break and there is no school for students from Thursday, December 22nd, through Monday, January 2nd. The first day back to school for students after the Winter Holiday will be Tuesday, January 3rd. The last day of classes for the First Semester is Thursday, January 19th. Final Exams will be given Friday, January 20th through Thursday, January 26th. Friday, January 27th is a Workday and no school for students. Then, the first day of school for the Third Quarter/Second Semester will be Monday, January 30th.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AWARD-WINNING YEARBOOK: I wanted to inform you all of outstanding news that we received yesterday regarding our Yearbook, The Torch. Our 2021 - 2022 Yearbook has been recognized for the first time ever as a Silver Crown Award winner for last year’s “Define Your…” Yearbook. We are now in competition for a Gold Crown Award which will be awarded in March, 2023. The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in head-to-head comparison. Student publishing in news, magazine, yearbook, or digital formats are eligible. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage, and writing. The Torch is the first ever Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) school to be recognized with this honor! I am incredibly proud of the tireless work and dedication to excellence our students and Advisor, Ms. Luna, put into creating such an amazing Yearbook! I look forward to hearing the great news that we are a Gold Crown Award winner!
SENIORS—CAP AND GOWN ORDERS: Winter Break is almost here and that means the deadline to order your Cap and Gown is coming soon! Please order your Cap and Gown by Tuesday, December 20th in order to get the group pricing discount. You can CLICK HERE to order your Cap & Gown from Jostens and it will be delivered to the school in the Spring. Please know that it is the responsibility of every Graduating Senior to get their own Cap and Gown. A Senior can use a sibling/friend’s Cap and Gown if they wish (it must be the Royal Blue color—our official gown) and then they can order a 2023 tassel online. The cost of the Cap and Gown is $35.00 (plus tax, shipping, and handling) and can be paid online through the Jostens website (www.jostens.com). If you have any questions, please contact our Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PICTURES OF SENIORS FOR OUR SENIOR COLLAGE AT OUR SENIOR BREAKFAST: We would like to collect pictures of our Seniors to put together a collage that we will create to display at our Senior Breakfast and then in the Main Hallway to celebrate our Seniors! If Seniors and families of Seniors have pictures they can share, please send them to email@example.com. Thank you for your help in making our Senior Breakfast such a special event!
SENIOR BREAKFAST ASSISTANCE NEEDED: To help us host a fantastic Senior Breakfast, many volunteers are needed to plan, prepare, and pull off this event! Please know that our Senior Breakfast is totally parent funded and parent planned. To volunteer to help and/or donate, please use this Senior Breakfast link.
CHARITY DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT: Our Athens Student Government is sponsoring our annual Charity Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, January 6th, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the Main Gym. All proceeds from this event will benefit our Athens Drive Backpack Buddies Program! Students can form teams of 6 – 10 players, with each participant paying an admission fee of $5.00 OR 5-boxes of food (cereal, macaroni, crackers, microwaveable meals, etc.)! Registration packets can be found around the building on the various advertising banners as well as in the Main Office (you can also find them HERE). The deadline to register your team is Thursday, January 5th. If you don’t want to play Dodgeball, no problem! Please come out and support this incredibly fun event for the admission cost of $5.00 OR 5-boxes of food (cereal, macaroni, crackers, microwaveable meals, etc.)! Join in the fun to start the new year and support a great cause! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Remaley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
DRIVER’S EDUCATION: Some good news. Driver’s Education Course registration is now paperless at Athens Drive. Please know that our Spring 2023 Driver’s Education Course Registration will be conducted online. Visit the Jordan Driving School/Athens Drive Magnet High School link. Once you are on the Athens Drive Magnet High School Registration site, please view the Video Tutorial prior to creating a profile and registering your student. Spring 2023 Registration will begin on Monday, December 12th. Please understand that no previous forms were kept on file, so students who did not get into a class in the Fall must reapply. Please note the staggered registration process, based on age. The staggered Registration Window is 4 weeks long and as follows (dates and times are subject to change, most open by 9 am):
- Week 1: Registration opens to students 16 years of age and older on or before the first day of class on 12/12/22.
- Week 2: Registration opens to students 15.5 years of age and older on or before by the first day of class on 12/19/22.
- Week 3: Registration opens to students 15 years of age and older on or before by the first day of class on 12/26/22.
- Week 4: Registration opens to students 14.5 years of age and older on or before by the first day of class on 1/2/23.
Please reach out to our Lead Instructor, Coach Ray, at email@example.com. Thank you for your support.
DEWEY’S BAKERY STORES OPEN: Our Band Boosters will once again operate two Dewey’s Bakery stores to support our Band Program. The 2022 season stores will operate in the Upper Level of Waverly Place Shopping Center in Cary and in the Village District in Raleigh. The stores are now open and will remain open through Saturday, December 24th. The store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can follow the Band’s efforts on FaceBook and Instagram @deweysathensdrive for all the latest! You can also visit www.deweys.com to find out more information about the products that are being sold. Thank you for visiting these stores, purchasing great holiday treats, and supporting our Band Program!
SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES: Please know that we continue to build our Master Schedule for the Second Semester. We have had a large number of students enroll in our school since the beginning of the school year after we had “finalized” schedules for the year. We are working to balance classes, create new classes as needed, and ensure students have the courses they need based on their performance for the First Semester. Please understand that some student schedules will change for the Second Semester.
FIRST SEMESTER FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE: We have posted the First Semester Final Exam Schedule to the Athens Drive Magnet High School’s website. Our Final Exams take place from Friday, January 20th through Thursday, January 26th. 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 providing review materials and other Final Exam information to students during class as we get closer to the administration of Final Exams. 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 1, 40% for Quarter 2, 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 Friday, January 20th through Thursday, January 26th. Thursday, January 26th is a Make-Up Day for Final Exams, and the only students who need to come to school on Thursday, January 26th, 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 Friday, January 20th. Or, if a student is present for every Final Exam from Friday through Wednesday, the student does not have to come to school on Thursday, January 26th 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 students need to leave campus by 12:00 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 12:00 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 anytime 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: I wanted to reiterate that it is now Wake County Public School System 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. Thank you for being sure your student is ready to take their State Final Exams on their Chromebook.
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OTHER MEMBERS IN OUR SCHOOL FAMILY: Please understand that we have Athens Drive students and families who are struggling to meet their daily needs and we want to make a concentrated effort to support them. We are once again collecting various kinds of gift cards to assist some of our Athens Drive families during this holiday season. We are asking for the following gift card donations with amounts anywhere from $10 - $50 per card:
- Food Lion
- Visa Gift Card
- Gas station
Gift card donations can be delivered to the Main Office. Thank you for your support! If you are a family who may need support, or if you know of a student/family who needs support, please use this Google Form to provide information to us so that we can help as we can. Thank you for your support and care!
CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and school! This is a busy time of the year and I appreciate your continued efforts to help our students finish the Second Quarter and First Semester strong! Please make it a wonderful weekend! Please continue to check the Athens Drive website (www.wcpss.net/athensdrivehs) for general information and to help you stay informed. As always, please continue to be safe, and take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and each other. GO JAGS!
REMINDER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WEEKLY MESSAGES:
ACCESSING TEACHER/COURSE INFORMATION: To best support the academic success of our students, every teacher has created a Learning Management System in Canvas. 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 must utilize this resource to stay up-to-date with class assignments and resources.
LUNCH TIME TUTORING: To support the academic needs of our students, we have students and teachers available to tutor students in all subject areas during Lunch. Every Tuesday and Thursday, during both “A” and “B” Lunches, students can receive help in subjects where they may be struggling. “A” Lunch tutoring happens in Room 2616 and “B” Lunch tutoring happens in Room 2714. This is a great opportunity for our students to receive help during the school day to support their learning.
WADE EDWARDS LEARNING LAB (WELL) FOR FREE TUTORING SUPPORT: If you or your student needs some additional academic support, you can visit the Wade Edwards Learning Lab for FREE tutoring. The WELL exists to assist students in achieving their academic goals through planning, scheduling, encouragement, and focus. The WELL maintains a team of talented, trained tutors ready to assist students in their areas of need. Their tutors are both volunteers from the community and students from local colleges. Students meet with the same tutor each time for an hour or more each week. Visit their website, wade.org, for more information and to request tutoring support.
GRADUATION DATE FINALIZED FOR THE CLASS OF 2023!! I am happy to announce that our Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2023 will be held on Saturday, June 10th, 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! Seniors, and their families, please also know that we will be holding a MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal at Athens Drive on Thursday, May 25th, beginning at 7:25 a.m. in the Main Gym.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE SENIOR REMIND GROUP: As we discussed in our Senior Class meeting this week, we need our Seniors (and their families) to stay connected to EVERYTHING Senior related. We do not want our Seniors or Senior families to miss anything related to their Senior Year. To make this happen, we need all Seniors and their families to join the Senior Remind message group today! If you are using the Remind App, then enter the class code: @theremaley. If you are not using the App and prefer a text message, then text the message: @theremaley to the number: 81010. Mr. Remaley, the Senior Class Advisor, will use this source to get important Senior information to our Seniors and their Senior families daily at 2:30 p.m. The reply option on Remind is NOT turned on so if you have questions, please email Mr. Remaley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be sure to sign up TODAY and do not miss a thing from Senior Year!
SENIOR EXAM EXEMPTION: For the 2022 – 2023 school year, once again, Seniors can be exempt from Non-State Mandated Final Exams and Field Tests based on the following criteria: Students who have a Final Course Grade of “C” or higher are eligible to be exempt from Final Exams. Absences will not be considered in determining Senior Exemption status for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
SENIORGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE: Please know that we have posted our SeniorGram with important dates and information for Seniors and their families. Thank you for marking these important dates down so that our Seniors have a fantastic finish to their High School career!
SENIORS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THE MENINGOCOCCAL BOOSTER VACCINATION: North Carolina law requires all rising 12th Grade students to receive a Meningococcal Vaccine Booster before starting 12th Grade. Please know that the vaccination must be done before the 2022 – 2023 school year begins. Families will need to provide a copy of their student’s immunization record showing proof that the Meningococcal Vaccine has been completed prior to the first day of school. This is a 2-dose immunization; the 1st dose was required in the 7th Grade in the WCPSS. Please click here for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carrillo, our Data Manager, at email@example.com, contact our Student Services Department at 919-233-4050, or fax your immunization updates to 919-670-4457. Thank you for taking care of this required vaccine!
SCHOLARSHIP BULLETIN: Seniors should already be signed up for Mr. Grabiec’s Scholarship Remind message, as we covered this in our Class Meeting and during Drive Time. In addition, please see our Scholarship Bulletin for additional Scholarships available for students.
SENIOR RECOGNITION ADS IN YEARBOOK: Senior Recognition Ads are available to purchase. Please celebrate your Seniors and reserve a space in the Yearbook for a personal message and photos to recognize your student’s achievements. All purchase information is available on the Yearbook website. Please note that your Senior Recognition Ad purchase INCLUDES a Yearbook, so there is no need to purchase a Yearbook as well. Senior Recognition Ad spaces will be available for purchase until Monday, November 14th. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Luna, our Yearbook Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOING SOMETHING FANTASTIC TO BE FEATURED IN THE YEARBOOK? Our Yearbook staff is always looking for events and students to feature and write about. From starting their own business, excelling in a sport off-campus, volunteerism, and being driven in their passions, out students are amazing! If you think your student would like to be in the Yearbook for something they have done or for something in which they are exceptional, please let our Yearbook staff know. Contact forms around being featured are linked on the Yearbook website.
PURCHASE A YEARBOOK: The Yearbook summer sale continues through Friday, August 26th. The Yearbook will be available to purchase for $65.00 during the current sale time. After Friday, August 26th, the Yearbook price will return to its normal Fall price of $75.00 until late September. Yearbooks can be purchased from the Yearbook website https://athensdriveyearbook.weebly.com/ throughout the school year. Last year, our Yearbooks sold out before delivery, so please purchase early to ensure you have a copy. If you have questions, contact Ms. Luna, our Yearbook Advisor, at email@example.com.
PLEASE USE OUR CARPOOL LANE INSTEAD OF OUR JUNIOR AND SENIOR PARKING LOTS: I would ask that all families who are carpooling our students please use the Carpool Lane we have established in the entrance to our campus from Avent Ferry Road. We are finding that there are many families who are using our Junior and Senior Parking Lots in the back of school off Jaguar Park Drive to pick-up their students and that is causing considerable congestion for our Juniors and Seniors who are trying to leave campus. Thank you for being considerate of our Juniors and Seniors and not creating additional traffic and congestion in our Junior and Senior Parking Lots.
STUDENTS LEAVING CAMPUS FOR LUNCH: As we are discussing in our Class Meetings, Juniors and Seniors who have an approved Off-Campus Lunch Pass are the only students who may leave campus for Lunch. 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. If a Junior or Senior would like to purchase a Lunch Pass (the cost is $10.00 for the year), please visit the Off-Campus Lunch Pass Google Form we have created located on the Athens Drive Magnet High School website to complete the Application. Thank you for your support in ensuring our students do the right thing and stay on campus during Lunch.
STUDENTS MUST HAVE A VALID PARKING PASS TO PARK ON CAMPUS: 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 area. It is important for us to know who is parking on campus and have parent permission for students to drive and park on campus. We will begin to ticket students who are parking on campus without having a valid Parking Pass to park on campus. Please also understand that Athens does not retain any of the money collected for the Parking Passes—the money collected for Parking Passes goes directly to Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and pays for our Security Officer on Campus who patrols the outside of the school. If a student wants to purchase a Parking Pass, they can still purchase one. 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.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL ON CAMPUS: Please know that we have several different areas on campus to support the safe arrival and dismissal of our students. You can visit our Transportation Information section on our website to get additional information and maps on where to drop-off and pick-up our students. Please know the following information:
- Special Transportation Arrival and Dismissal: The entrance to our campus off Athens Drive is only for students who require Special Transportation to get to school each day. Families who have students who have special needs may use this entrance as well. This entrance is NOT to be used for our general carpool students.
- Carpool Arrival: Please remember that ALL carpool arrival is handled through our Carpool Loop in the Carpool Parking Lot through the entrance from Avent Ferry Road. If you are planning on leaving to turn Right on Avent Ferry, please enter the Parking Lot from Avent Ferry Road and be in the Left Hand Lane to drive all the way up the Carpool Parking Lot and around the semi-circle at the top of the Parking Lot. Please pull all the way up to the end of the semi-circle and stop and drop your student off. If you are planning on leaving to turn onto Athens Drive, please enter the Parking Lot from Avent Ferry Road and be in the Right Hand Lane to drop your student off and then turn right to drive to the Exit to Athens Drive. Please be sure that your student is ready to exit the car as you come to a stop to expedite the carpool process. Students can begin exiting their vehicles at 6:45 a.m. to enter our school. Please remember that students should be dropped off in the morning with enough time for them to be in class, ready for learning at 7:25 a.m. Please also remember to not drop your student off at any other location around campus or along either Avent Ferry Road or Athens Drive. Thank you for helping us ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
- Carpool Dismissal: In the afternoon, we will also use our Carpool Loop in the Carpool Parking Lot that is accessible through the entrance from Avent Ferry Road. I would ask that when you arrive you drive all the way around the Parking Lot and pull up almost to the Exit of the Parking Lot. Cars will line-up in two single file lines, staying to the right and left of the middle of the Parking Lot so that cars can pass in between to Exit. As soon as cars begin to back up through the semi-circle, we will begin two lines to help us keep cars off Avent Ferry Road and traffic flowing. As students are picked up, we will move the cars forward to keep the Carpool line moving. Once your student has been seated in your car, you can move to the left lane and careful drive to the exit of the Carpool Parking Lot. Please be safe and aware of your surroundings as you drive through Carpool to ensure the safety of our students and each other!
- Bus Transportation: If your student will be riding the bus to school, students and families that have transportation eligible bus riders can find our new Bus Routes for the 2022 – 2023 school year posted on the Bus Routes page of our website. Please find the intersection nearest your residence and that will be your bus stop. Please be familiar with your bus route and plan to get to your bus stop at least 20 minutes early. Wake County Public School System will also share your student’s transportation route, stop, and estimated bus arrival time on-line in PowerSchool. In addition, please understand that due to a shortage of Bus Drivers, we will have several “double back” routes; meaning that one bus will run two routes each morning and afternoon to pick-up and drop-off our students. Thank you for your support.
NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND COUNSELORS: It is my pleasure to introduce new Counselors and an Assistant Principal who have joined our school family! Here are the names and break-down of the Alphabet for our Administrators and Counselors for this year:
A – Cl
Co – Ha
He – Mc
Me – Sam
San – Z
PLACES FOR STUDENTS TO EAT LUNCH ON CAMPUS: Please know that ONLY Juniors and Seniors with an approved Lunch Pass are allowed to leave campus for Lunch. Sophomores and Freshmen are NEVER allowed to leave campus during the school day, unless on an approved school trip. Student who remain on campus to eat Lunch have multiple options for where to sit during Lunch. Students can eat in the Cafeteria, the Gym/Auditorium Lobby, the Courtyard, the cement area outside of the Gym/Auditorium Lobby, use the Basketball Courts behind the Lower Gym, and hang out in the open area outside of the Lower Gym. It is my expectation that students exhibit positive behavior as they eat Lunch or hangout in these areas.
JUINIORS AND SENIORS LEAVING CAMPUS FOR LUNCH: Juniors and Seniors who have an approved Off-Campus Lunch Pass are the only students who may leave campus for lunch. 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. If a Junior or Senior would like to purchase a Lunch Pass (the cost is $10.00 for the year), please visit the Off-Campus Lunch Pass Information on our website. Finally, please remember that students must have cleared all fees or fines they have, as an Off-Campus Lunch pass will not be issued if the student has any outstanding fees or fines owed.
WHAT LUNCH DO I HAVE? “A” LUNCH OR “B” LUNCH? A student can determine if they have “A” Lunch or “B” Lunch depending on what course they have Third Period. If a student has an Arts, English, Math, Occupational Course of Study, Social Studies, or Special Education class, then the student will have “A” Lunch. That means the student will go to First Period, then Second Period, then Lunch, then Third Period, and then Fourth Period. If a student has a CTE, English as a Second Language, GradPoint, Physical Education/Healthful Living, Science, or World Languages class, then the student will have “B” Lunch. That means the student will go to First Period, then Second Period, then Third Period, then Lunch, and then Fourth Period.
ATTENDANCE INFORMATION: We are continuing to implement new procedures for Student Check-In and Check-Out and are working to go as paperless as possible with regards to our Attendance procedures. I would ask that school families please use our Attendance-Specific email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to send any communication regarding Attendance. Any emails from parents/guardians, doctor’s offices, etc. need to be sent to that email address. In addition, when a parent/guardian comes to school to check-out or check-in a student, the parent/guardian will be using a QR Code that we have posted on the Front Door of the school to complete our process. As soon as the parent/guardian is done entering the information in the Google Doc, we will contact the student’s teacher and the student will come to the Front Doors of the school for Check-Out. Please remember that for safety reasons, there are no student Check-Outs allowed after 1:45 p.m. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement these new procedures!
PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL OPEN AT 4:00 P.M. EVERY AFTERNOON: Please know that the Wake County Public Library in our school will change its operational hours and will not open until 4:00 p.m. each afternoon. Students will not be able to remain on campus to wait for the Public Library to open. Thank you for your understanding for the safety of our students and staff with regards to these Public Library operational hours.
CHANGE MADE TO OUR TRADITIONAL SCHOOL CALENDAR: In case you missed the news this week, the WCPSS Board of Education approved a “Calendar Out” day for all Calendars (except the Year-Round Calendar) on Tuesday, November 8th, Election Day. This means there will be no school for students on Tuesday, November 8th. Families can find the WCPSS Traditional Calendar for the year.
BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR: As we begin a new school year, I would like to remind all our students and families to be respectful of our Athens Drive neighbors. Please remind your students to park legally, drive in a safe manner, throw trash away properly in trash cans, and use appropriate language as they walk, drive, and move around our school campus. We want to be responsible and respectful neighbors, and I ask that we all represent The Drive in only the highest manner. Thanks for helping to carry on over 40-year tradition of excellence both inside and outside of the classroom!
DRESS CODE: Parents, I would like to enlist your support in helping us maintain appropriate dress at school. Wake County Public School System has a Dress Code Policy. Please be sure that students do not wear clothing that violates the dress code. Hats, hoodies, do-rags, and bandanas will also not be allowed to be worn on school grounds. Thank you for support in ensuring our students dress appropriately for teaching and learning every day!
VOLUNTEERING AT ATHENS DRIVE: Now that school family members and visitors are allowed in the building without COVID-19 restrictions, please remember that if you would like to volunteer at Athens Drive, or in any Wake County Public School System school, you must register prior to helping with any tutoring, office support, PTSA, Athletics, Band, Chorus, Theatre, or Club activity this school year. You can register to Volunteer at a computer in the Library during school hours. Please come to the front doors, buzz in, and let our Receptionist know you are here to register as a Volunteer. Thank you for your service and thank you for helping us maintain a safe school climate conducive to learning.
APPLYING FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS FOR THE 2022 – 2023 SCHOOL YEAR: Please know that Breakfast and Lunch will now be free to all students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022 – 2023 school year. Students must apply for free and reduced-price meals to obtain these benefits. 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. Thank you for taking care of this important responsibility so that we can ensure that our eligible students can take advantage of this benefit.
SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS: Athens Drive Magnet High School has a variety of Social Media Accounts that students, staff, school families, and the community can follow to stay abreast of what is happening at The Drive. Here is an updated list:
- School Instagram: @AthensHSMagnet
- Student Services: @athensdrive_studentservices
- The Torch (Yearbook): @athens_torch
- The Oracle (Newspaper): @athensoracle
- ATV (Morning News Program): @atvjagnews
- Athens Athletics: @athensjags
- 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
- School Facebook: Athens Drive Magnet High School
- Athletics: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-Athletics-108865961678322
- Senior Class Messages from Mr. Remaley, Senior Class Advisor: text to 81010 @theremaley
- Senior Scholarship Bulletin Information: https://www.remind.com/classes/mgrabiec/people#:~:text=remind.com/join/mgrabiec
ATHLETIC SPORTS PASSES: Athens Drive Athletics Sports Passes are now on sale for the 2022 – 2023 Athletic year! All passes this year will be Digital, via the GoFAN platform. We offer four levels of sports passes; Student Pass, Individual Pass, Family Pass, and Go Jags Family Pass. If you purchase a Go Jags Family Pass, a customized Paw Print on the sidewalk outside Jag Stadium is included with your package. To get the Paw Print painted prior to the Fall Season, please make sure you purchase your Athletic Sport Pass by Sunday, July 31st. If you have any questions regarding Athletic Sports Passes for the 2022 – 2023 Athletic year, please reach out to our Athletic Director, Coach Travis Seese (email@example.com). We are looking forward to a great athletic year!
TICKETS: Individual Game Tickets to all events this year are sold through the GoFan platform. Tickets for all events for the Fall season are posted on our GoFAN Platform Website and can be purchased anytime. In addition, we are accepting credit and debit cards at the gate this year. However, please understand that we will NOT be accepting cash at the gate, as all tickets must be purchased either through the GoFan Platform Website or with a credit/debit card at the gate.
SPORTSMANSHIP: For our 2022 – 2023 athletic season, a major focus of our Athletic program is to promote positive, competitive sportsmanship. When attending any game home or away, please remember you are representing Athens Drive and it is important to be a positive role model for our student athletes and school family! You can find our Fan Code of Conduct for all our athletic facilities HERE.
GAME TIMES: Please know that game times and dates will change throughout the year due to weather, referee requests, and other factors. Please make sure you are following us on Social Media to get up to date information regarding game changes and start times. You can find us on Twitter (@athensjags), Instagram (@athensjags), and Facebook. The standard start times for our events this fall are:
- Varsity Football: 7:00 p.m.
- JV Football: 6:30 p.m.
- Varsity Soccer: 6:30 p.m.
- JV Soccer: 4:30 p.m.
- Volleyball: JVB- 4:00 p.m., JVA: 5:00 p.m., and Varsity: 6:00 p.m.
- Tennis: 3:30 p.m.
- Cross Country and Gymnastics: Vary by Event
ATHLETIC SPONSORSHIP: One of the ways we raise funds to support our Athletic Department at Athens Drive is by selling Sponsorships to local businesses. If you own a company or work at a company that would be interested in sponsoring Athens Drive Athletics, please contact Coach Travis Seese, our Athletic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Sponsorship Levels link provides information on Sponsorships. Thank you for your help in finding ways to continue to fund our Athletic Department programs!
JAGUAR PAW PRINTS: Jaguar Paw Prints are on sale again this year for the athlete recognition paws that lead up to Jaguar Stadium. If you purchase a Go Jags Family Pass, it is included with your Pass membership fee. However, if you would like to order a Paw Print separately, please fill out this Paw Print form and we will send more information to you on how to purchase the Paw Print for the 2022 – 2023 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 VOLUNTEERS: We are looking for volunteers for our Athletic Booster Club that provides support for our Athletic Teams at Athens Drive. If you are interested in volunteering with the Jag Club, please contact our Athletic Director, Coach Seese at email@example.com and/or Richelle Laskey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAG CLUB FACEBOOK GROUPS: The JAG Club has created Facebook groups for each Class to provide parents/guardians with up-to-date information regarding what is going on regarding Athens Drive Athletics as well other information. If you would like to join one of the JAG Club’s Facebook groups, please click on the appropriate links:
Page Monitor: Richelle Laskey email@example.com
Senior Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Athens-Drive-Sophomore-Parents-100112738558727
Page Monitor: Aylin Gay firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Facebook pages: http://www.facebook.com/groups/athensclassof2024/
Page Monitor: Karen Taylor email@example.com
Sophomore Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/groups/520790015923241/?ref=share
Page Monitor: Lori Airee firstname.lastname@example.org
Freshman Page: https://m.facebook.com/groups/1436009150248819/?ref=share_group_link