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Welcome to Glynn Academy’s 9 th Grade Orientation. Tonight’s ppt will be on my websites at GMS and GA: “Feb. 20 th , 2013 9 th grade parent advisement/orientation ppt.”. Administrators. Dr. Scott Spence, Principal Jeff Parker, Assistant Principal Attendance and Athletic Director

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Welcome to Glynn Academy’s 9th Grade Orientation

Tonight’s ppt will be on my websites at GMS and GA: “Feb. 20th, 2013 9th grade parent advisement/orientation ppt.”


  • Dr. Scott Spence, Principal

  • Jeff Parker, Assistant Principal

    Attendance and Athletic Director

  • Dr. Randal Harvey, Assistant Principal

    Names A-K

  • Deborah Williams, Assistant Principal

    Names L-Z

  • Diann Meeks, Assistant Principal for Instruction

The Nuts and Bolts

  • School starts every day at 8:20 and ends at 3:30

  • Students take anywhere from 4 to 8 classes per day, classes are either 90 or 45 minutes in length

  • A 90 minute class is worth 1 credit per semester

  • A skinny (45 minute class which will meet all year) is worth .50 credit per semester-an entire credit will be earned by May

  • Students have a half hour lunch

  • 1st lunch: 11:40 to 12:10

  • 2nd lunch: 12:30 to 1:00

  • 3rd lunch: 1:20 to 1:50

2 nine week terms=1 semester

Pass class=earn a credit

A “skinny” goes all year.

Usually pared with another skinny for the year.

Earn credit at end of year (May)

A “block” goes until the end of the semester. (Dec.)

5th block classes include band, drama, and weight lifting.

Nuts and Bolts continued…

  • Be familiar with Glynn Academy’s Homepage

  • GA's Homepage

  • Be familiar with the School Calendar (top right tab)

  • Know the school rules – cell phone, dress code

  • Know the attendance/tardy policy-where to take attendance notes

  • Attendance tied to learner’s permit

  • Student IDs

  • Get an Infinite Campus Account~!

  • Make sure you are signed up for Mrs. Belechak’snewsflashes, facebook, twitter and instagram!

  • Athletic Eligibility

What is necessary to graduate?

  • 4 English credits

  • 4 Math credits

  • 4 Science credits

  • 4 Social Studies credits

  • 1 Health/PE*

  • 2 Foreign Language**

  • 7 CTAE, fine arts or other elective credits

    *3 credits in ROTC can be substituted

    **necessary for 4 year college

  • 8 EOCTs

  • 1 GHSGT(writing))

End of Course Tests (EOCT)(Graduation Rule for class of 2017)

  • 8 Content Area Assessments:

    • 9th Grade Literature/Composition

    • American Literature/Composition

    • CCGPS Coordinate Algebra

    • CCGPS Analytic Geometry

    • Biology

    • Physical Science

    • United States History

    • Economics

      (these tests count for 20% of your final grade))

GPA’s at some Georgia schools:


Ga Tech-3.9

Ga Southern-2.0


Georgia College & State-3.59

Harvard-3.84/4.37 weighted

Duke-3.79/4.31 weighted

2 nine week terms=1 semester

A “skinny” goes all year.

Usually pared with another skinny for the year,

A “block” goes until the end of the semester. (Dec.)

5th block classes include band, drama, and weight lifting.

“Who is my counselor?”

  • Mary BelechakFreshman x3204

  • Angie VotsisSophomore x3182

  • Loren DittmarJunior x3181

  • Patrice HallSenior x3206

  • All staff email addresses:

    First Initial Last Name @glynn.k12.ga.us

    For example: mbelechak@glynn.k12.ga.us

  • School website:


Counseling Office Staff

  • Counseling Secretary: Tammy Cirmotich x3203

    Homework requests, mailings, transcript requests

  • Registrar: Julie Spires x3196

  • Registrar’s Secretary: Susan Alexander x3197

    Student records, transcript reviews, master schedule, enrollments, withdrawals, grading windows

Other Support Staff

  • Mary AndersonAttendance Secretary

    Notes for absences, check in/check out

  • Steve O’CainSchool Psychologist

  • Pamela ThompsonSchool Nurse

  • Kristine HicksonSpecial Education

  • Amy CrabbCommunity in Schools

  • Dr. Melissa PurcellMedia Specialist

  • Amy BradleyMedia Specialist

Counseling Services

  • Counselors handle questions or difficulties that a student might have, from class schedules to personal problems

  • Counselors make referrals to other local professionals in the area for concerns such as substance abuse or long term counseling.

  • Counselors help students serve as a resource to parents and teachers regarding performance in classes, which may include arranging teacher conferences.

Counseling Appointments

  • Counseling appointments for parents or students can be made by calling or emailing Mrs.Belechak:mbelechak@glynn.k12.ga.us

    or x3204

  • Counselors are also available on a drop in, first come, first serve basis every day during school, lunch as well as before and after school.

  • When Mrs. Belechak is not in her office, leave her a note- slips attached to her door with a pocket folder to put it in.

Ways to Support Your Student

Register for Infinite Campus

  • Infinite Campus enables you to:

    • Monitor attendance

    • View Missing assignments

    • View current grade status

    • Infinite Campus has an app!

Mrs. Belechak is on Facebook!

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Ways to Help GA:

  • Supplies are especially needed this year due to budget cuts. Please consider donating:

    • Reams of copier paper

    • Boxes of tissue and hand sanitizer

    • Extra school or office supplies

    • Your time as a volunteer

  • Please join the GA Parent Teacher-Student Association~go to website and then it is under student/parent tab.

“RED” flag statements:

What are some warning signs that indicate your student may be struggling?

  • “I don’t have any homework…”

  • “I did my homework at school”

  • “I know that IC says that I am failing, but I’ve got everything under control.”

  • “That assignment is not worth very much.”

  • “I don’t need the class to graduate.”

  • “I’ve already lost credit, so why bother?”

Attendance Matters:Student Attendance=Student Success

Goal: 100% Attendance

  • Students with good attendance do better in school, have more friends, like school and are more likely to graduate.

  • Successful students miss 8 or fewer days of school per year.

    Goal: 100% Graduation

  • School attendance is the strongest predictor of High School Graduation

  • 87% of high school students who missed less than 8 days of school per year graduated on time.

  • A high school graduate will earn about $300,000 more than a high school dropout over a lifetime.

  • High School drop outs are more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, receive public assistance and go to prison.

Where can students go for help?

  • Teachers stay after until 4:00pm-some appts before school

  • Initiate email contact with teachers

  • Honor Society tutors may be available

  • Find a study partner in your classes

  • Paid tutors

  • Links to online resources from the media center

  • Counselor, administrator, mentor, teacher, CIS

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