July 21, 2023
Good afternoon, this is Steve Mares, Principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School, with a message for Friday, July 21st. 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.
STUDENTS/FAMILIES WALK THEIR SCHEDULE: Please know that to support our students’ comfort level in knowing where they need to go on the first day of school, we will be providing two opportunities for our students and their families to Walk Their Schedule. The first opportunity will happen on Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. We will have Administrators and students present to help provide directions to students and families. Students and their families will also have the opportunity to Walk Their Schedule on Thursday, August 24th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Staff members will be involved in trainings and will also be preparing for the first day of school, but many teachers and staff members should be in their classrooms. Please know that these opportunities are only for students to get familiar with our building and campus and reduce any stress a student might have about the first day of school and knowing where their classrooms are located. Please also know that we will have staff and student leaders around campus the first few days of school to ensure that students know where to go and find where they need to be each Period. Students do not need to stress about finding their way around The Drive on the first day of school or first few days of school!
JAGFEST WISHLIST: If you would like to help support our JAGFEST Orientations in tangible ways, we have created a JAGFEST Wishlist of items we could use to make our Orientation sessions a big success. Here is the link to the Amazon JAGFEST Wishlist we have created. Thank you for considering donating one of these items and thank you for your support of JAGFEST!
ATHENS DRIVE JAGFEST—STUDENT ORIENTATIONS FOR THE 2023 – 2024 SCHOOL YEAR: We are excited to offer our JAGFEST student orientation sessions once again for all students prior to the start of the 2023 – 2024 school year! We have scheduled an Orientation for each Grade Level to help our students reunite and prepare for an amazing 2023 – 2024 school year! Our Senior JAGFEST will be held on Wednesday, August 16th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Our Junior and Sophomore JAGFEST will be held on Wednesday, August 16th, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. And, our Freshmen JAGFEST will be held on Thursday, August 17th, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Here is what you can expect at JAGFEST: Seniors:I am excited to bring our students back on campus to prepare for a great start to our year! To better plan for these Orientation session, please let us know you are coming by registering at this link: bit.ly/jagfest2023. We will also be sharing additional details as these dates approach, but please put your JAGFEST Orientation Day on your calendar!
FRESHMAN/NEW FAMILY ORIENTATION SESSION: This Session will be targeted to our Freshmen families and new student families, as it will be held while our Freshmen are engaged in our Freshmen JAGFEST Orientation. Please know that the format for these Sessions will be receiving general information about our school and then staff members will be answering questions that our school families have as we prepare to open our school for the 2023 – 2024 school year.
BAND PRE-CAMP NEXT WEEK: Our Band will be holding its Pre-Camp next week. If you are interested in participating and have not communicated with Dr. Markoch, our Band Director, please feel free to reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Band’s Pre-Camp will run Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Next week there will also be a Marching Band Parent meeting on Tuesday, July 25th, at 6:45 p.m.
NOT RETURNING OR BEGINNING SCHOOL AT ATHENS DRIVE MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL: If you have moved or for some other reason will not be attending Athens Drive Magnet High School for the 2023 – 2024 school year, I would ask that you please contact our Registrar, Ms. Sidney (email@example.com) to inform us of this change. Thank you for helping us accurately account for all our students!
STUDENT SCHEDULES FOR THE 2023 – 2024 SCHOOL YEAR: Please understand that we are continuing to finalize our Master Schedule for the 2023 – 2024 school year. As new students continue to enroll, as we work to ensure students are on course for Graduation, as we enter Summer School credits earned, and as we review academic data from last year to ensure students are placed appropriately in courses that move them towards their post-secondary goals, schedules continue to change and are updated. Our plan is to have our student schedules finalized and available to students in time for our JAGFEST Orientation sessions beginning on Wednesday, August 16th, by 9:00 a.m., and we will open them for students to see in PowerSchool.
SENIORS—MID-YEAR GRADUATION: Any Senior who wants to Graduate Mid-Year (February 1, 2024 is the day of our Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony), or Junior who wants to Graduate a year early, needs to complete the Mid-Year Graduation Request FormCompleted forms can be submitted to our Dean of Students, Ms. Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SENIORS—LATE ARRIVAL OR EARLY DISMISSAL ON SCHEDULE: a Late Arrival (No First Period) or Early Dismissal (No Fourth Period) for the 2023 – 2024 school year. Completed forms can be submitted to our Dean of Students, Ms. Pearson (email@example.com).
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 2023 – 2024 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
Seniors and your families, thank you for taking care of this important step for your Senior Year! It will be awesome!
PARKING PASS: The Parking Pass application process for Juniors and Seniors in good standing for the 2023 – 2024 school year will be online again this year with links to have students download the required documents and read and accept the Parking Rules and Regulations. Students interested in securing a Parking pass for the 2023 – 2024 school year should carefully read and follow the guidelines on the application. Parking passes cost $200.00 for the 2023 – 2024 school year. There will also be a link to process payment on the Online School Payment Portal. Parking Tags should be ready for pick-up in the Main Office beginning Monday, August 7th. Please remember that Parking Passes and Off Campus Lunch Passes are two separate applications.
OFF-CAMPUS LUNCH PASS: Off-Campus Lunch Pass applications for Juniors and Seniors in good standing for the 2023 – 2024 school year will also be available online again this year. 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. We will be announcing Off-Campus Lunch Pass distribution dates soon, as we are still working with our school photographer to finalize our Off-Campus Lunch Passes. Please know that a completed application and $10.00 fee must be provided before we can create an Off-Campus Lunch Pass for a student. Please remember that Parking Passes and Off Campus Lunch Passes are two separate applications.
BUS TRANSPORTATION: Parents/Guardians, if your student will require Bus Transportation, please make sure you have registered for Bus Transportation on the WCPSS Bus Rider Transportation Registration website. Bus Transportation will not occur unless your student has been registered! Please know that WCPSS student Bus Transportation information will be available in PowerSchool. We are told that Bus Transportation information will be updated and visible for students and families in PowerSchool prior to the start of the school year. When it becomes active, on your PowerSchool account, look for the transportation tab to see your student’s transportation status and type. If your student is a bus rider, stop and route information will also be provided. I hope this information makes for a smooth transition to start the year with regards to Bus Transportation.
APPLYING FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS FOR THE 2023 – 2024 SCHOOL YEAR: Please know that students who qualify for Free and Reduced Price Meals need to apply to obtain these benefits. Parents can complete a meal benefits application online at . Paper applications will also be available at all schools. More information can be found at . Thank you for taking care of this important responsibility so that we can ensure that our eligible students can take advantage of this benefit.
JAGUAR GEAR: When the school year begins, at our beginning of the year Athletic events, and through our JAG Junction store during school, we will have opportunities to purchase Jaguar shirts, etc. However, if you would like to get a head start on getting Athens gear, please feel free to visit our Athens Drive Team Shop at the following link: . Thank you!
CLOSING THOUGHTS AND TAKE CARE: Please know that even though I will not be here to celebrate our students on their return to The Drive, I am getting more and more fired up for our JAGFEST Orientations and the opening of school! We hope these experiences help reunite our school family and have our students be excited and motivated to start the 2023 – 2024 school year in a positive way! Thank you, as always, for your incredible support of our students, staff, and school! I continue to be inspired and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of and serve our amazing school family! Please continue to check the Athens Drive website (www.wcpss.net/athensdrivehs) for general information and to help you stay informed. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer prior to the first day of school on Monday, August 28th! to be safe, and take care of yourselves, your loved ones, and each other. GO JAGS!
REMINDER ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM PREVIOUS WEEKLY MESSAGES:
MS. BOSHOFF BEGINS AS PRINCIPAL ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST: Please know that this is my last month as Principal of Athens Drive Magnet High School. What a privilege and honor it has been to serve our school family for the past seven years! While I will certainly miss The Drive, I am fired up that Ms. Boshoff will be our new Principal! She is already a Jaguar, having her own students attend Athens Drive and living in our base attendance zone, and she is passionate about building on our tradition of excellence! My last day as Principal will be Monday, July 31st, and her first day will be Tuesday, August 1st. We are working jointly already to ensure a smooth transition and a fantastic start to the 2023 – 2024 school year!
WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS EXPLANATION: Throughout the month of July, I will be providing weekly announcements on Friday afternoons through text and email messages to our school family members, posting the message on our website under the Principal Message icon, and the PTSA will provide a link to my message on their Athens Alert newsletter. Ms. Boshoff will begin her weekly messages when she starts as Principal. I hope you find this an informative weekly update. If you hear about these messages but are not getting them through email and/or text, please contact our Student Services office (919-233-2050 then press 1) to update your contact information in PowerSchool. Please do not forget to check the Athens Drive website for continual updates and information regarding our school family.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Please remember that the First Day of School for all students is Monday, August 28th. Once again, our school day will begin at 7:25 a.m. and end at 2:18 p.m. Students are expected to be in class and ready to learn at 7:25 a.m. I am excited for our students and staff to begin another great year of teaching and learning!
WCPSS TRADITIONAL CALENDAR FOR THE 2023 – 2024 SCHOOL YEAR: Families can find the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Traditional Calendar for the year.