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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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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
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
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
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
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
“Who is my counselor?”
  • Mary Belechak Freshman x3204
  • Angie Votsis Sophomore x3182
  • Loren Dittmar Junior x3181
  • Patrice Hall Senior x3206
  • All staff email addresses:

First Initial Last Name

For example: [email protected]

  • School website:

counseling office staff
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
Other Support Staff
  • Mary Anderson Attendance Secretary

Notes for absences, check in/check out

  • Steve O’Cain School Psychologist
  • Pamela Thompson School Nurse
  • Kristine Hickson Special Education
  • Amy Crabb Community in Schools
  • Dr. Melissa Purcell Media Specialist
  • Amy Bradley Media Specialist
counseling services
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
  • Counseling appointments for parents or students can be made by calling or emailing Mrs.Belechak:[email protected]

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.
register for infinite campus
Register for Infinite Campus
  • Infinite Campus enables you to:
    • Monitor attendance
    • View Missing assignments
    • View current grade status
    • Infinite Campus has an app!
how can you get involved
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
“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
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
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