January 26, 2023
I AM SENDING MY MESSAGE ON THURSDAY: Please know that I am sending out my weekly message a day earlier again this week since I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow is a Teacher Workday and there is no school for students. Please also remember that our Third Quarter and Second Semester begin on Monday, January 30th. Thus, please know this is my weekly message and you will not get another message tomorrow afternoon.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR FINAL EXAMS AND THE END OF THE FIRST SEMESTER: I appreciate your understanding of our Final Exam schedule this week to test all our students! I am thankful to have students who were committed to preparing for their Final Exams and finishing the Semester in a positive manner. Please remember that Second Quarter and First Semester Report Cards will be sent home with students on Monday, February 6th.
FIRST DAY OF THIRD QUARTER AND SECOND SEMESTER: Please remember that we begin our Third Quarter and Second Semester on Monday, January 30th. Students will begin their new, Second Semester courses on that day. We are excited to get started with the second half of the school year and hope all our students finish the school year strong!
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 at https://www.wcpss.net/student-information. and https://www.wcpss.net/domain/7130. I am thankful for your support and glad we are together in assisting our students in reaching their ultimate potential!
SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULES: Please know that our Counselors are hard at work making sure all students have complete schedules that set students up for success for the Second Semester. Students should log into your PowerSchool account this weekend to check their schedule for changes and updates. On Monday morning, January 30th, students who have a First Period “hole” in their schedule or students who need a copy of their schedule, should come to Student Services for assistance. All other students should report directly to their First Period class and follow their schedule for the day. If a student has submitted a request for a Schedule Correction, Early Dismissal, Late Arrival, or some other schedule adjustment, please know that we are working through those requests as quickly as possible. I would ask that you please exercise patience, and you should continue to attend classes in your PowerSchool Second Semester schedule until notified of a change. Students should continue to check their WCPSS email and PowerSchool for schedule updates. Seniors who want to make changes to schedules should consult with the College/University they have applied to or been accepted to so that the decision to change a schedule does not complicate admission decisions.
SECOND SEMESTER SCHEDULE CORRECTION FORM: We have placed the Schedule Correction form on the Athens Drive website. Please remember that this will be the only way for students to submit requests for Second Semester Schedule Corrections.
SENIORS—LATE ARRIVAL OR EARLY DISMISSAL ON SCHEDULE: Any rising Senior who wants to request a Late Arrival (No First Period) or Early Dismissal (No Fourth Period) for the Spring Semester and hasn’t already done so, needs to complete the Early Dismissal/Late Arrival Request Form found in Student Services by Friday, February 3rd. Please let Ms. Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you have any questions.
MID-YEAR GRADUATION: I look forward to celebrating with our Seniors who are Graduating Mid-Year! Our Mid-Year Graduation ceremony will be held next Thursday, February 2nd, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in our Auditorium. No tickets are needed for this ceremony. It is always a great day to celebrate with our students when they earn their Diploma!
MID-YEAR GRADUATES SAVING GOOGLE DRIVE FILES: If you are a Senior and Graduating Mid-Year and you have files in your WCPSS Google Drive that you wish to keep, you must transfer the content to a personal Google account by following these instructions. Your WCPSS Portal and your Google Drive accounts will be deactivated once you Graduate so it is important to transfer any files prior to tomorrow, Friday, January 27th. Please contact the Student Help Desk if you need assistance.
SENIOR INFORMATION: Seniors, welcome to the start of Second Semester and the final Semester of your High School experience! We have many fun activities planned for our Seniors in the coming weeks, such as Senior Breakfast, Prom, Senior Sunrise, Senior Awards Assembly, Graduation Rehearsal, Senior Picnic, and of course, Graduation on June 10th! The best way to stay informed and connected to our Senior Class and Senior activities is through the Senior Remind message group (to join text the message: @remaley-7 to the number: 81010). Mr. Remaley will send out Senior messages every school day at 2:30 p.m. so don't miss out on anything! Seniors, please also know that It is not too late to order a Cap and Gown; however you will no longer receive the group pricing discount. Please order online by visiting jostens.com (and keep in mind that the longer you wait the more it will cost). In addition, have you paid your $60.00 Graduation Fee? This is a WCPSS requirement (not an Athens Drive one) and is required before your Senior can receive their Diploma. If you need to pay it, please do so using the school website Online Payment System (CLICK HERE to access). The Graduation Fee can also be paid in cash at the Main Office. If you are not sure if you have paid it, then check your Senior's PowerSchool account. If you have any Senior related questions, please contact our Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Remaley (email@example.com).
OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC NEWS! Athens Athletics had an unbelievable day last Friday, January 20th, while competing for CAP-6 Championships in Wrestling, Men's Indoor Track, and Women's Indoor Track. There were three Championships on the line and our JAGS won all three! The Women's Indoor Track team were led by Nifemi Kalejaiye and Summer Laskey in a dominating performance that saw the JAGS win by over 70 points! The Men's Indoor Track team also won the CAP-6 Championship last Friday edging out Enloe and being led by Noah Valyo, Krister Sjoblad, and Charles Carter. Finally, the Wresting team took home the CAP-6 Championship beating Leesville 40-36 in a Dual Meet that came down to the last match. This is the first Conference Wrestling Championship for The Drive in over 20 years! Congratulations to all three programs on their hard work paying off in a Conference Championship!
SPRING ATHLETIC SEASON INFORMATION: Spring Sports are right around the corner. Most Spring Sports are going to start on Monday, February 13th, and the details for all the Spring Sports we offer are found below. To try out for any sport, please remember that you must be academically eligible to participate and have completed registration paperwork, including an up-to-date physical form in DragonFly. If you have any questions, please contact the Head Coach of the Sport you are interested in trying out for. You can find the contact information for all Head Coaches here. If you have any general questions please contact our Athletic Director, Coach Seese (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Stunt: February 23rd Open Gym from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. and Tryouts February 27th and 28th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
- Track and Field: Beginning February 13th practice will be 2:45 – 4:30 p.m. There will be no tryouts, anyone that attends daily and works hard will be on the team.
- Softball: Tryouts will be February 13 – 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on the Softball Field.
- Men's Lacrosse: Tryouts will be February 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
- Women's Soccer: Tryouts will be February 13th through February 15th from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at Williams Stadium.
- Men's Tennis: Tryouts will be February 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Tennis Courts.
- Men's Golf: February 21st and 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at Lochmere. Please email Coach St. John (email@example.com) to confirm your tee time.
- Baseball: Tryouts will be February 13th through February 15th from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Baseball Field.
- Women's Lacrosse: Tryouts will be February 13th through February 15th from 2:45 – 5:00 p.m. at the Practice Field near the Tennis Courts.
SWEETHEART CHARITY GALA: We are looking forward to our Sweetheart Charity Gala (dance). The Sweetheart Charity Gala is a semi-formal dance open for ALL students. Proceeds from ticket sales, and ValentineGram sales, will benefit the Women Center of Raleigh. The dance is Saturday, February 11th, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Chatham Station in downtown Cary. Tickets cost $20.00 and the online payment link will be open Friday, February 3rd through Friday, February 10th, and also will sold during both A Lunch and B Lunch the week of February 6th in the Gym/Auditorium Lobby. Please know that we will only be able to sell a maximum number of tickets due to the capacity of Chatham Station. ValentineGrams are $2.00 and will be on sale from Monday, January 30th through Friday, February 10th during both A Lunch and B Lunch in the Gym/Auditorium Lobby. They will be delivered on Valentine's Day during Fourth Period.
MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER—IN-PERSON EVENT: Thinking ahead, please know that we will be holding our In-Person, Second Semester Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, February 9th. The schedule for the evening is as follows:
5:00 - 5:20 Senior Parent Meeting
5:30 - 5:45 First Period
5:52 - 6:07 Second Period
6:14 - 6:29 Third Period
6:36 - 6:51 Fourth Period
SENIOR MEETING PRIOR TO OUR MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT: As I mentioned above, please remember that Mr. Remaley, our Senior Class Advisor, will be leading a Senior Parent Information Meeting prior to our Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, January 27th. The Senior Information Meeting will run from 5:00 p.m. until 5:20 p.m. Senior families, thank you for putting this meeting on your calendar!
TARDY PROGRAM BEGINS NEXT WEEK: I want to let our students and our school families know that we will begin implementing our Tardy Program next week. We want to give students the first two days of our new Semester to find their classrooms and find the best routes to take to get to each class. Then, we will begin counting Tardies. Thank you for your support of our efforts to ensure that students are in class, on-time, and ready to learn at the beginning of each class period.
PTSA MEETING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT 6:30 P.M.: Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. All families are welcome to attend! Information on this meeting, and all things PTSA, can be found on the PTSA website.
PURCHASING A YEARBOOK: Our initial order to the Yearbook publishers has sold out. Please know that we have a small window in which we can increase our Yearbook order for this year. If you are interested in purchasing a book and have not done so, please know that you must place your order online by Friday, January 27th at 11:59 p.m. Please know that after this point, Yearbook orders will freeze. Please know that you can contact Ms. Luna (firstname.lastname@example.org) after Friday, January 27th and place your name on a waiting list. When books arrive in May, any extra books we receive will be sold in order of the list populated. If you are unsure if you ordered a book, you can check out the this link: tinyurl.com/athensyrbkorders. Please know that this list displays all orders made prior to Monday, January 16th. If you have a question or concern, please email Ms. Luna (email@example.com).
WCPSS FUTURE TEACHERS PROGRAM: High School Seniors who are interested in a teaching career, there will be a virtual information session about the WCPSS Future Teachers program on Tuesday, January 31st, beginning at 5:15 p.m. The WCPSS Future Teachers receive tailored professional learning opportunities and a stipend from WCPSS during their college years, as well as an early job offer for a teaching position with WCPSS. In exchange, participants commit to teaching in WCPSS upon completion of their college education program. My daughter went through this program and gained valuable experience and preparation for her teaching position she now holds. It is nice to know that upon Graduation from College, you have a guaranteed job in WCPSS! If you are interested in attending this information session, please register by Monday, January 30th, at 5:00 p.m. to receive the Google Meet link for this session.
STATE EMPLOYEE’S CREDIT UNION (SECU) PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE SCHOLARSHIP: It's that exciting time of year when we release the application for the SECU People Helping People Scholarship. The Scholarship awards $10,000.00 to a student who exemplifies demonstrated scholastic achievement with a 2.5 unweighted Grade Point Average or higher on a 4.0 scale along with exhibiting leadership, excellence of character, and community involvement. The applications will be due to Mr. Grabiec by Thursday, February 23rd. Please review and submit all required documents to be an eligible nominee for this great Scholarship. Feel free to reach out to Mr. Grabiec (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS: Please continue to reference our Scholarship Information Page on the Athens Drive Magnet High School webpage which is updated often with new scholarship opportunities! We have amazingly talented students at The Drive, and these are great opportunities to get money for College!
SENIOR BREAKFAST SUPPORT: Our Senior Breakfast needs your help! Senior parents, the focus this month is on PRIZES. Families can sign up to donate Gift Cards or other prizes on our Senior Breakfast Sign-up Genius!
Another option to support our Seniors is by providing a monetary donation using this Monetary Donation Link. To donate by check, please make check payable to "Athens Drive PTSA" and write "Senior Breakfast" on the bottom of the check. Thank you so much for your help!
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!
JAZZ BAND: Any student interested in playing in our Jazz Ensemble should sign up in the Band Room. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, January 31st. Please see Dr. Markoch for more details or visit our Band website.
DRIVER’S EDUCATION INFORMATION: Please know that the Spring 2023 Registration is closed. Our Summer 2023 Registration and Course dates will be announced in mid-to-late April. Please know that registration and payment are now paperless, and students must be 14-and-a-half by the start of the course to be eligible. Students and families can join the Drive Education Remind message using the code @admhsde for updates and announcements. Please visit the Jordan Driving website for additional information.
MARCH SAT OR ACT PREP COURSE: Students who are taking the March SAT or ACT can register for our SAT or ACT Prep Course. The Third Quarter SAT/ACT Prep Course is starting on Monday, January 30th. Classes will meet every Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for 6 weeks, right up to the SAT and ACT test administrations. In addition, there is a virtual option available if a student is interested in this option. Space is limited, so please contact Mr. Remaley (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. CLICK HERE to access the SAT/ACT Prep Course flyer with more details.
CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: Thank you for your support of our Final Exam schedule this week! Thank you, also, for your support throughout the entire First Semester of the school year! I look forward to a strong start to the Second Semester on Monday, January 30th! It is hard to believe that we are halfway done with our school year. If your student is not happy with the start he/she has had to this school year, please encourage him/her to get off to a clean, fresh, and great start next Monday! One of the benefits of beginning a brand-new Semester is that everybody has a fresh start, and there is still time to make a positive difference and finish the year strong! Enjoy your 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 (email@example.com). 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!
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.
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.
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.
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