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Title: Sophomore and Junior Parents Night October 15, 2007

Sophomore and Junior Parents Night October 15,
  • Welcome!

AHS Administrative Team
  • David McGee Principal
  • Dorann Mansberger Assistant Principal,
    Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bill Ruma Assistant Principal, Student Services
  • John McKay Assistant Principal, Facilities

Who Do I Contact? School (770) 586-5111 Email
addresses on school website
  • Absences/Tardies Attendance Office
  • Counseling Guidance Dept.
  • Credit Evaluations Guidance Dept.
    /Graduation Coach
  • Discipline/Safety Administration
  • Career/College Info Career Center
  • Grades Teachers

AHS Website Check it often!
Morning Announcements Email addresses for all
faculty and staff Calendars Athletic News
I-Parent - i-Parent allows parents to apply for
and receive access from the district. Once you
have a user name and password, you may
immediately access available attendance, grading
and scheduling on all students in your family
with a single login and password.
Guidance Office
  • Counselors
  • Todd McGahey A-G
  • Amy Bishop H-Pe
  • Molly Supcoe Pf-Z
  • Secretary Sandy French
  • Registrar Allain Mou

Guidance Office
  • Graduation Status (check credits, requirements,
  • Assist with course selection
  • Referrals to resources
  • Transitional counseling
  • Parent conferences and student appointments upon
  • Career/College counseling

Also available Peer conflict mediation
Graduation Coach
  • Assists students stay on track for graduation
  • Independent Study, Credit Recovery, Graduation
    Test Prep, Tutoring
  • Graduation Coach Kristen Fuller
  • Room A146

Career Center
  • Computers, books and other reference materials
    available for students to use to research
    careers, college options, scholarships, etc.
  • As scholarships are updatedannouncements for
    students/AHS website/file cabinet in Career
  • Job Shadow Days Nov. 28, 2007 and March 5, 2008
    (students may participate on one of those dates)
  • Organize college representative visits to AHS
  • Career Center Coordinator Maura Griffith
  • Room A146

Report Cards
  • Progress Reports
  • September, December, February, May
  • Report Cards
  • November, January, April, June
  • Academic struggles?
  • Contact teachers (email is the best way!)
  • I-Parent
  • Student tutoring is an option

Scheduling Classes
  • Students will register for 2008/09 classes in
  • Schedule changes are extremely difficult, so it
    is very important that parents helps their
    children choose their classes
  • Look over class descriptions on the AHS Website
    under the Academics section. Be sure to check
    for pre-requisites
  • Encourage your child to investigate prospective
  • Speak to class teachers
  • Look through the text books
  • Discuss and question other students that have
    completed the class

Honors/AP Classes
  • Honors Classes teacher recommended
  • AP Classes
  • Student can gain college credit or advanced
    college standing
  • AP tests are given in May
  • Examples of AP courses offered at AHS Calculus,
    Government, Biology, 12th Literature

Credit Articulation
  • Some high school classes can earn technical
    college credit
  • Example areas Accounting, Web Page Design,
    Health, Horticulture, Algebra
  • So a student who completes Principles of
    Accounting I at AHS may receive credit at a
    Technical College for Accounting I.
  • Students can check with teachers to see if their
    class qualifies

Dual Enrollment
  • Students have the opportunity to earn both
    college and high school credit through Dual
  • Classes for next year are not finalized, but AHS
    currently has students taking the following
  • Through Lanier Tech Drafting, Welding, Nursing
  • Through Gainesville State College Spanish,
    French, Psychology
  • This is a great opportunity to earn free college
  • Watch for updated information in the spring!

  • The Youth Apprenticeship Program provides the
    opportunity to students to gain work experience
    during the school day.
  • Eligibility
  • Juniors and Seniors
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of at least 2 electives in field of
  • Contact person is Mrs. Beth Rogers

End Of Course Tests (EOCTs)
  • Grades 9 12
  • Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry)
  • Social Studies (United States History,
    Economics/Business/Free Enterprise)
  • Science (Biology, Physical Science)
  • English Language Arts (Ninth Grade Literature and
    Composition, American Literature and Composition)
  • EOCT score is averaged in as 15 of the final
    course grade. The student must have a final
    course grade of 70 or above to pass the course
    and earn credit toward graduation.

Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGTs)
  • All students are required to pass the GHSGTs in
    order to earn a high school diploma.
  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Writing
  • Students begin taking the tests in their Junior
    year and have five opportunities to take each of
    the tests before the end of the twelfth grade.

High School Diploma Graduation Requirements
  • Majority of AHS students require 28 credits to
    graduate, with some exceptions (such as students
    transferring from a non-block school).
  • Passing grade 70
  • Satisfy attendance requirements
  • Pass the Georgia High School Graduation Tests

Summer School
  • Credit Recovery only for students who earned a
    grade of 60-69 in certain academic courses (not
    offered for electives)
  • 2 weeks, approx. 3 hours/day
  • NovaNet program computer based
  • No fee

  • Generally taken by Sophomores and Juniors,
    although can be taken by Freshmen
  • Measures verbal and math abilities and gives
    students practice for taking the SAT.
  • Used for qualification for National Merit
    Scholarships when taken in the Junior year.
  • PSAT is on Sat., Oct. 20 Cost 18 Freshmen, 6
    Sophomores and Juniors. Spots may still be
    available check with Mrs. Fuller.

  • Reasoning tests for college admission both
    tests are accepted at all Georgia colleges
  • Not required for admission to most Junior
    (2-Year) Colleges in Georgia or Technical
    Colleges. Check with the college to verify
  • Taken in the Junior and Senior years
  • Many students perform better on ACT
  • Students see their counselor in the Guidance
    Office to register

Governors Incentive Scholarship The Governors
Incentive Scholarship benefits juniors and
seniors in public high schools who demonstrate
academic preparation for the ACT and the SAT
college entrance exams. The state will offer
full payment for one ACT exam OR full payment for
one SAT exam to students fulfilling three areas
of preparatory requirements. Students can pick
up information in the Guidance Office.
Junior Class Advisors
  • Peggy Thompson Allain Mou

Planning for the Future
  • The remainder of the presentation includes a
    combination of information from
    (Georgia Student Finance Commission)
  • and AHS

Portfolio Management
Planning Ahead
Its never too early to start planning.
Encourage your child to think about the following
  • Who am I? Interests, abilities, and the things
    that are personally important.
  • Where am I going? Career interests and goals
  • How do I get there? Use available resources
    Career Center, counselors, teachers, advisors

Careers in Georgia
Student Planner
Test Preparation
College Options
2-Year College -Examples Abraham Baldwin,
Gainesville State College, Gordon College,
Georgia Perimeter College, -Do not generally
require SAT or ACT scores for admission -Accept
College Prep and Tech Prep students -Students
finish with an Associates Degree and can
transfer to a 4-year college
4-Year College -Examples University of Georgia,
Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Emory
University, Brenau University, Agnes Scott
College -Require SAT or ACT scores for
admission -Generally require College Prep
diploma -Students finish with a Bachelors Degree
Technical College -Examples Lanier Tech,
Gwinnett Tech, Athens Tech, Dekalb Tech, Georgia
Avation Technical College -Do not require SAT or
ACT scores for admission -Offer career-focused
educational programs -Students finish with a
Certificate, Diploma, Associates Degree
School Search Things to Consider
  • You can begin this research at
    and follow-up with schools you are interested in.

Admission requirements - ALWAYS verify with
college Size of campus Campus life and
activities Geographic location
Strength variety of majors Financial
costs Faculty/student ratio Housing
Seniors are allowed 1 approved absence per
semester for college visits.
GA Colleges -- Comparative View
Application Manager
Paying For College
HOPE Scholarship Eligibility
Previous Method
Current Method
HOPE Scholarship vs. HOPE Grant
  • HOPE Scholarship
  • for degree programs at a Georgia public college,
    university, or technical college
  • GPA requirements, high school graduation date
  • HOPE Grant
  • for Georgia residents enrolling in a certificate
    or diploma program at a Georgia public college,
    university, or technical college
  • Does not consider high school graduation dates or

Lanier Tech 770-868-4067
  • Winder-Barrow Campus Programs

Georgia residents, regardless of income or high
school graduation date, may qualify for the HOPE
Grant. The HOPE Grant pays 100 of tuition and
up to 100 toward books.
TIP for College/Scholarship Applications
  • In addition to a solid GPA, students interested
    in attending college should also participate in
    extra-curricular and/or co-curricular activities.
    This helps with college and scholarship
  • Examples
  • On campus - sports, school clubs, academic
    decathlon, etc.
  • Off campus - part-time jobs, clubs, youth groups,
    Boy/Girl Scouts, sports, etc.
  • Community service/Volunteer Work
  • Leadership positions within these activities
    (such as President, Secretary, Coordinator) are a
    great way for students to gain valuable
    experience and demonstrate additional, stronger
    skills to college representatives and scholarship
    review committees.

AHS Student Organizations
  • There is something for everyone! Participation
    in student organizations is very beneficial for
    our students.
  • Some examples
  • Anchor Club, Theatre/Thespian Troupe, Art Club,
    Academic Decathlon, Beta Club, Chess/Checkers
    Club, Dance, Deaf Awareness Club, FBLA, Guitar
    Club, Habit for Humanity, HOSA, International
    Club, Knit/Needle Club, Math Club, Mock Trial
    Competition, Model Club, National Honor Society,
    Student Council, Tri-M Music Honor Society,
    Writers Block/Literary Magazine, Yearbook
  • A brochure with a brief description is available
    in the Guidance Office

Not Planning on College? Other Options
  • Military
  • Receive training in specific skills
  • Educational benefits
  • Vocational Schools
  • Examples Georgia Medical Institute, Atlanta
    School of Massage, Georgia Institute for Home
  • Straight to the Workforce
  • Apprenticeships, On the Job Training

Academic Booster Club
  • Jill King

Summary Keys To Success
  • Attendance!
  • Strong study skills what Freshmen learn this
    year directly impacts success in future classes
    and on the Graduation Tests
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Parental Involvement (I-Parent)
  • Utilization of resources (Career Center,
    counselors, Graduation Coach, GAcollege411)

  • Thank you for coming! ANY QUESTIONS?