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Freshman Parents Night Sept. 25, 2007. 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.

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ahs administrative team
AHSAdministrative 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
Who Do I Contact?School # (770) 586-5111Email 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
AHS Website

www.barrow.k12.ga.us/ahs/ 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
Guidance Office

Counselors:

Todd McGahey A-G

Amy Bishop H-Pe

Molly Supcoe Pf-Z

Secretary: Sandy French

Registrar: Allain Mou

Graduation Coach: Kristen Fuller

Career Center: Maura Griffith

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

Also available: Peer conflict mediation

graduation coach
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
Career Center
  • Computers, books and other reference materials available for students to use to research careers, college options, scholarships, etc.
  • As scholarships are updated…announcements for students/email to parents/AHS website
  • 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
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
diploma tracks
Diploma Tracks

In February, Freshmen will bring home information regarding selection of a Diploma Track. There are 3 options:

  • College Prep – students take advanced or above academic core classes. Required for admission into a Georgia 4-year college.
  • Tech Prep – students take average, advanced or above academic classes + 4 technical/career courses (3 of these must be in the same career pathway (ex. Business, Automotive, etc) Students usually continue education at a technical college or a 2-year college (can then transfer to a 4-year college).
  • Dual Seal – College Prep academics + 4 technical/career courses (as with Tech Prep, 3 must be from the same pathway)
diploma tracks cont d
Diploma Tracks (cont’d)
  • Choosing the correct diploma track is essential to ensure high school success and the correct road map for after graduation!
  • Please discuss in detail with your child to help make sure they make the best decision.

Note: You may have heard recent news reports about new diploma tracks. These do not affect students entering high school this year.

scheduling classes
Scheduling Classes
  • Students will register for 2008/09 classes in March.
  • 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 classes
      • Speak to class teachers
      • Look through the text books
      • Discuss and question other students that have completed the class
honors ap classes
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
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
Dual Enrollment
  • Students have the opportunity to earn both college and high school credit through Dual Enrollment
  • Classes for next year are not finalized, but AHS currently has students taking the following classes:
      • Through Lanier Tech: Drafting, Welding, Nursing
      • Through Gainesville State College: Spanish, French, Psychology

This is a great opportunity to earn free college credit!

Watch for updated information in the spring!

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YAP
  • 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 interest
  • Contact person is Mrs. Beth Rogers
end of course tests eocts
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
Georgia High SchoolGraduation 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
High School DiplomaGraduation 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
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
psat sat act
PSAT/SAT/ACT
  • PSAT
    • 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. Students can register this week during lunch.
  • SAT and ACT
    • Reasoning tests for college admission
    • Not required for admission to most Junior (2-Year) Colleges in Georgia or Technical Colleges. Check with the college to verify requirements.
    • Taken in the Junior and Senior years
    • Students see Dr. McGahey in Guidance Office to register
planning ahead
Planning Ahead

It’s never too early to start planning. Encourage your child to think about the following questions:

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

college options
College Options

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 Bachelor’s Degree

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 Associate’s Degree and can transfer to a 4-year college

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, Associate’s Degree

other options
Other Options
  • Military
    • Receive training in specific skills
    • Educational benefits
  • Vocational Schools
    • Examples: Georgia Medical Institute, Atlanta School of Massage, Georgia Institute for Home Inspectors
  • Straight to the Workforce
    • Apprenticeships, On the Job Training
school search things to consider
School Search:Things to Consider

You can begin this research at GACollege411.org 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 availability

Seniors are allowed 1 approved absence per semester for college visits.

working towards college scholarships etc
Working Towards College, Scholarships, Etc.

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 applications!

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.

student organizations
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, Writer’s Block/Literary Magazine, Yearbook

A brochure with a brief description is available in the Guidance Office

summary keys to success
SummaryKeys 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)