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    1. MLK Day holiday is this weekend (Monday, January 18). What are your plans? Many of you may know that this holiday, like our other holidays, has a purpose. Civic responsibility and social consciousness are the tenants of MLK Day. So, in the 1st attachment, you will find a collection of places that we have utilized in previous years for community service. Yes, with COVID there may be some limitations with where you can volunteer, so it is suggested that you contact these, and any other places, to ascertain their preferred method for you to assist with their agency's mission. And yes, you may be able to apply these volunteer hours to your graduation requirement. 
     
    2. On Thursday, January 28 at 4pm, please join us for the 2nd installment of our virtual financial aid information series. This will be an opportunity for you to receive current information on the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarships, FAFSA, Pell Grant, Achieve Atlanta scholarship, etc. See the 2nd attached flyer for details. Here is the login information:
    Meeting ID: 536 818 2615
    Passcode: 707638
    You may want to also watch the financial aid presentation from our college advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier. See link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OU2nlUSR3lO0nEbzipCq-BSy2di7kCtx/view?usp=sharing
     
    3. Georgia State University's Leap Year program will have a virtual presentation on Wednesday, January 27 at 1pm. See the 3rd attached flyer for more information. This is a program for graduating seniors, however, it is smart planning for you to at least attend this info session. 
    To join us please log on to this link, the day of the event:
     
    4. On Thursday, January 28 at 7pm, The Westminster School is hosting an admissions dean panel event. This is where you will get an opportunity to meet a variety of college admissions reps. On the day of the event, this link will automatically direct you to the webinar event: http://westminstr.co/deans-panel
     
    5. Georgia Southern University will have three open house virtual sessions. To participate and register, please select one of the dates listed and go to the links below to make your reservation. Though this is an event targeted for graduating seniors, like the Georgia State Leap Year program, it may be good planning for you to at least attend one of these open houses. 
     
    6. Parents, there are several resources available for you which range from utilities/rent assistance to tips on managing stress to virtual classes on a variety of topics. In this drive, you will find all the parent-specific documents in a PDF format. Here is the link: 
    7. There are a few employment opportunities. Please check out various PDF flyers from these employers via our employment drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing

    One company that is most immediately hiring is Chick-fil-A at their Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road locations. You can view their flyer in our employment drive link above or read this brief description below. 

     

    "Next Thursday we (Chick-Fil-A) are having our Back to School Hiring event, between 3-5 PM on Thursday 1/21 at 1100 Northside Drive, between 10th and 14th streets. 

    Bring your face covering. Snacks and on-the-spot hiring will be available. 

    If you are not able to make it for our Hiring Party you can zoom in on Thursday at 5:30 PM (email humanresources@cfamidtown.com for zoom link), or visit us on Tuesday 1/19, or 1/26 at 1942 Howell Mill Road at 4:00 PM. Students 15 or older are encouraged to apply. Schedules will be very flexible around your school activities.

    Come join our Chick-fil-A family."

    8. Lastly, students remember that when you are on zoom calls with college admissions reps (or any professional meeting), please adhere to these expectations as described by our partners at Westminster:
    • Your Zoom Camera should be on for all virtual events. Remember this event is for students. Parents can be in the room, but students are the ones that should be seen and heard.

    • Treat events like you are in-person.

    • First impressions matter! Many of the people you will meet will be the person reading your application. Make a positive impression. This is your time to shine!

    • Be sitting up with an appropriate background (this includes no writing on backgrounds, including political slogans or logos).

    • Be engaged!

    • Dress as you would for a school day (avoid university wear).

    • This is your time to connect with the university (demonstrated interest).

    • Research colleges and bring prepared questions (think about things you cannot find on a website).


     
     
    This is for all those who are slated for dual enrollment spring 2021 semester. See below for reminders.
    • Classes began on Jan 11 for all major institutions such as GSU (Georgia State University), GA Tech, KSU (Kennesaw State University), and AMSC (Atlanta Metropolitan State College). Then ATC began on Jan 6.
    • Many of you have already done this. Good job!. But as a reminder make certain that you have made arrangements to attend your Grady courses this week as there may be a few days of overlapping between APS 1st semester's calendar and the college's 2nd-semester calendar. Fortunately, we are virtual, so this hasn't proven to be a significant issue for many of you. 
    • Please adhere to the drop/add period for your college as courses cannot be dropped beyond that date without penalty. The penalty on the high school's end will be an "F" posted to your APS transcript. Refer to Item F on the attached document. 
    • Make certain that your high school counselor has received an official and final copy of your college schedule., along with any other requested documents such as your Grady Dual Enrollment Agreement and APS COVID-19 Waiver. 
    • To access all documents related to dual enrollment such as your respective institution's academic calendar with important dates about drop/add, see link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15sNQW3d1OEru6u7E4Gx532ELjb8eD8MI?usp=sharing
    • We will have the dual enrollment application process for fall 2021 sometime in late February through March, so watch your emails. 

     

    Financial Aid Presentations Flyer

    Leap Year 

    1. On Thursday, January 28 at 4pm, please join us for the 2nd installment of our virtual financial aid information series. This will be an opportunity for you to receive current information on the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarships, FAFSA, Pell Grant, Achieve Atlanta scholarship, etc. See the 1st attached flyer for details. Here is the login information:
    Meeting ID: 536 818 2615
    Passcode: 707638
    You may want to also watch the financial aid presentation from our college advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier. See link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OU2nlUSR3lO0nEbzipCq-BSy2di7kCtx/view?usp=sharing
     
     
    2. Georgia State University's Leap Year program will have a virtual presentation on Wednesday, January 27 at 1pm. See the 2nd attached flyer for more information. 
    To join us please log on to this link, the day of the event:
     
     
    3. On Thursday, January 28 at 7pm, The Westminster School is hosting an admissions dean panel. On the day of the event, this link will automatically direct you to the webinar event: http://westminstr.co/deans-panel
     
     
    4. Georgia Southern University will have three open house virtual sessions. To participate and register, please select one of the dates listed and go to the to make your reservation. 
     
    5. Seniors, another but an extremely crucial component to your completing high school is for you to provide the high school and the district with your successes such as your confirmed post-high school plans, college acceptances, earned scholarships, etc. You have the option to have this information used in the celebration at the 2021 commencement ceremony. It is, however, requested that ALL SENIORS, regardless of their post-high school plans, complete this form no later than April 16, 2021https://forms.gle/WfEm5bF92wKSfDuk7
     
     
    6. Parents, there are several resources available for you which range from utilities/rent assistance to tips on managing stress to virtual classes on a variety of topics. In this drive, you will find all the parent-specific documents in a PDF format. Here is the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1imCd4upcl2nYoUMVLtryQVcrpCjY1ia8/view?usp=sharing
    7. Lastly, students as a reminder when you are on zoom calls with college admissions reps (or any professional meeting), please adhere to these expectations as described by our partners at Westminster:
    • Your Zoom Camera should be on for all virtual events. Remember this event is for students. Parents can be in the room, but students are the ones that should be seen and heard.

    • Treat events like you are in-person.

    • First impressions matter! Many of the people you will meet will be the person reading your application. Make a positive impression. This is your time to shine!

    • Be sitting up with an appropriate background (this includes no writing on backgrounds, including political slogans or logos).

    • Be engaged!

    • Dress as you would for a school day (avoid university wear).

    • This is your time to connect with the university (demonstrated interest).

    • Research colleges and bring prepared questions (think about things you cannot find on a website).


     
    There is a writing contest where students of every grade level 9th-12th can participate. 
     
    The writing prompt is: What is the relationship between Equality and Justice?
     
    Prizes include:
    1st place $7,500
    Runner up $1,500
    Honorable mentions $500
     
     
     
    To enter the contest and submit your essay, do so via this link: https://billofrightsinstitute.formstack.com/forms/we_the_students_application_copy
    The deadline is Thursday, April 15, 2021
     
    For more information such as the rules, regulations, and more explanation on the writing prompt, please click the links found in the email below from their director Mr. Colletti.
     

     
    Juniors:
     
    Friday, Jan 8 is the final day to sign up for this year's PSAT exam, which is set to be administered on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, here at Grady. You will not receive any other opportunities for this exam after January 26, at least from Grady HS. 
     
    So, to get your spot reserved, please make your intent to test via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfX4i2XR7TGGlcndI0bxlGKPcB19cJ_tMrcqmx-Ma31EYkwPw/viewform?usp=sf_link
     
    Important processes that you should know.
    1. Parents/Guardians must complete the intent to test by Friday, January 8th to register their student for the January 26th administration of the PSAT/NMSQ. 
    2. Students must test at their home school 
    3. APS will provide meals and transportation for students who request them on the form. 
    4. Communication regarding 10th-grade participation, transportation, and testing room assignments will be communicated via calling post, phone call, Email, etc. Please ensure accurate contact information is included in the opt-in form.  
    5. The student must wear face-covering or mask for the entire test administration. 
    6. Very important to know that the PSAT in the 11th grade is required for the NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) scholars award. 

     

    Test prep materials
     
     
    So again, to participate in this year's PSAT you will need to register via this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfX4i2XR7TGGlcndI0bxlGKPcB19cJ_tMrcqmx-Ma31EYkwPw/viewform?usp=sf_link

    Lastly, if you have any questions regarding the PSAT/NMSQT, please contact your site-based test coordinator, Willie Vincent, at wmvincent@atlanta.k12.ga.us
     

     

    For Juniors:

    The Community Foundation of Atlanta is having a scholarship webinar on Thursday, January 7 at 6pm. It may be worth you participating. See below for details. To register just click the link "Register Here"
     
    Please join us and spread the word!
    Scholarship and financial planning webinar
     
    During this unprecedented time there’s so much to manage, so much to understand and so many decisions to make. For students pursuing their post-secondary aspirations, this is a time surrounded by more questions than answers. 
     
    Our scholarship webinar on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 6 p.m. is an additional resource designed to help answer some of those questions. We will provide information about scholarship applications, financial planning and financial strategies to support a student’s immediate future.
     
     
     
    Register Here

     
     
    Just a reminder for those who may not have registered for a part-time or additional virtual course through Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA), the deadline to register is January 22.
     
    The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) application for the 3rd quarter is now available. This is for any student who may want to take an additional class in conjunction with their Grady courses. To apply, submit your application via this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp. So, this is an application for part-time AVA (not full-time) where you could enroll in these two types of courses:
    • CR stands for a course for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course and now need the credit for graduation. 
    • IC stands for a course for initial credit which means this a new course that you have not taken and now you are seeking to enroll in it to earn credits early for graduation. 
    • Where you see an "A" that means the first semester's portion, and "B" means the 2nd-semester's portion
    • When submitting your application, make certain that you select your correct counselor. Here's the list of Grady counselors.
      • Blankenship, Shaketha 10-12th graders with last names A-F
      • Young, Lamar 10-12th graders with last names G-M
      • Falcone, Chelsea 10-12th graders with last names N-Z
      • Blevins-Pellechia, Tina is for all 9th graders
    Again, please submit your application through this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
    See the attached document for AVA part-time course offerings. 
    Then see below for AVA's calendar for the remainder of the academic year. 
     

    Quarter 3: Spring 2021 

    December 14, 2020- Registration Opens for Qtr. 3  

    January 22, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.3  

      

    January 19- Qtr. 3 Courses Begin   

    March 19- Qtr. 3 Courses End 

    Grades will post the week of March 22nd. 

      

    February 12: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 3  

    February 12: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     

    Quarter 4: Spring 2021 

    March 1, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 4  

    March 26, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.4  

      

    March 22- Qtr. 4 Courses Begin   

    May 26- Qtr. 4 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of May 31st. 

      

    April 23: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 4 

    April 23: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     


     
     
    There are two out-of-state summer programs specifically for 11th graders.
     
    1. ThePSJP (Princeton Summer Journalism Program)is a free journalism and college preparatory program for high achieving juniors who are interested in journalism. 
    • What:A 7-week program conducted by Princeton University faculty where you will have virtual workshops teaching you the art and science of reporting, lectures on liberal arts, press conferences, produce a short documentary, learn how to do sporting journalism, theatrical production, and interviewing techniques for feature stories. 
    • Location: Virtual but there may be a possibility that the first 10 days in August will be on Princeton's campus in New Jersey. 
    • Dates: Mid-June through early August 2021
    • Cost: No cost to students
    • Eligibility: To apply students must be:
        • Current high school juniors c/o of 2022
        • Currently living in the United States permanently
        • Unweighted GPA of 3.5/4.0 or equivalent
        • An interest in journalism (no experience required)
        • Meet one of the financial eligibility requirements listed below:
          1. The custodial parent(s) or guardian(s) combined income including child support received must not exceed $60,000 annually.
          2. The student must be eligible for free or reduced lunch.
          3. The student is eligible for an ACT or SAT exam fee waiver. 
    • ​To apply and for more information see the attached flyer or visit: https://psjp.princeton.edu
    • The deadline is Monday, February 22, 2021
    ​2. North Carolina State University'sSummer Textile Exploration Program (STEP)is an opportunity for rising high school seniors to explore the textile industry with concentrations in apparel design, textile engineering, business management, textile design, and/or polymer color chemistry. 
    • What: A program on NC State's campus that spans over 5 weeks where 30-35 students are selected per week and are chosen based on their academic records, interest in NC State's College of Textiles, and extracurricular activities. Participants will reside in one of NC State's residence halls during their participation. 
    • Dates: 
      • 1st week is June 13-18
      • 2nd week is June 20-25
      • 3rd week is June 27-July 2
      • 4th week is July 11-16
      • 5th week is July 18-23
    • Cost:$350 which is inclusive of lodging, transportation, materials, and several meals during the camp. 
    • To apply visit: https://textiles.ncsu.edu/step/
    • The deadline is April 1, 2021
    • For more information contact Jaquan Scott at jdscott3@ncsu.edu  or  Merica Ivey at maivey@ncsu.edu
     

     
     
    The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) application for the 3rd quarter is now available. This is for any student who may want to take an additional class in conjunction with their Grady courses. To apply, submit your application via this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp  So, this is an application for part-time AVA (not full-time) where you could enroll in these two types of courses:
    • CR stands for a course for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course and now need the credit for graduation. 
    • IC stands for a course for initial credit which means this a new course that you have not taken and now you are seeking to enroll in it to earn credits early for graduation. 
    • When submitting your application, make certain that you select your correct counselor. Here's the list of Grady counselors.
      • Blankenship, Shaketha 10-12th graders with last names A-F
      • Young, Lamar 10-12th graders with last names G-M
      • Falcone, Chelsea 10-12th graders with last names N-Z
      • Blevins-Pellechia, Tina is for all 9th graders
    Again, please submit your application through this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
    See the attached document for AVA part-time course offerings. 
    Then see below for AVA's calendar for the remainder of the academic year. 
     

    Quarter 3: Spring 2021 

    December 14, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 3  

    January 22, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.3  

      

    January 19- Qtr. 3 Courses Begin   

    March 19- Qtr. 3 Courses End 

    Grades will post the week of March 22nd. 

      

    February 12: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 3  

    February 12: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     

    Quarter 4: Spring 2021 

    March 1, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 4  

    March 26, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.4  

      

    March 22- Qtr. 4 Courses Begin   

    May 26- Qtr. 4 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of May 31st. 

      

    April 23: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 4 

    April 23: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 


     
    Reminder-
     
     
    This is another kind reminder that only the students who are slated for dual enrollment 2nd-semester should submit the attached documents, Grady Dual Enrollment Agreement, APS COVID-19 Waiver, and your official college schedule to this link: https://forms.gle/p5bUGidqXvg7kSeQ7 no later than Friday, Dec 11. The ATC (Atlanta Technical College) dual-enrolled students will have until Thursday, December 17, 2020.  
     

     

    21st Century Leaders Community Service Winter Food Drive

     

    The 21st Century Leaders program has a fantastic opportunity for you to be of assistance to people in need. See the attached flyer for details. 

     


     
     
    There are some good resources here to assist with the following:
    • COVID-19 eviction relief. See 1st attached flyer.
    • The Cares Act for utilities and/or rent/mortgage assistance. See 2nd attached flyer. 
    • The city of Atlanta's Cold Weather Shelter Info. See the 3rd attached flyer. 
    • The FACAA utility assistance. See the 4th attached flyer. 
    • The Hire Hope employment program. See the 5th attached flyer.
    To view all these documents, and potentially other similar documents, visit and save this link: 
     
    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ErIt69cin9j3vsLkDvPQdPtCbnbHDru7?usp=sharing
     

     

    For Juniors:

     
    There are three upcoming college admissions events.
    • December 12 at 10am-12noon. The Alpha Kappa Alpha College Coffee and Conversation event. Contact Kappaomegacapprogram@gmail.com , or see the second attached flyer for RSVPing
    • December 16 at 6pm. The Keystone Virtual College Fair. Contact thicks-clements@bgcma.org or see the third flyer attached to this email for RSVPing.
     
    To access all other college admissions-related information, please visit this google drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing
     
     

     

    2nd-Semester Dual Enrollment Students:

     
     
    We hope that you are well. For the students who have applied and been accepted, for you to participate in dual enrollment for the 2nd semester, the following crucial documents are required of you to submit to us (the counselors) asap.
    • The Grady Dual Enrollment Agreement (see 1st attached document)
    • The APS Dual Enrollment COVID-19 Waiver (see 2nd attached document)
    • A copy of your official 2nd-semester college schedule
    Please upload these documents to this link no later than Friday, December 11, 2020https://forms.gle/p5bUGidqXvg7kSeQ7
     
    Students who participated in dual enrollment during the1st-semester and are continuing during the next semester are required to submit these same three documents. 
     
    To access all dual enrollment related documents, visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EnqCfmpjtR1a5BxoQPVqT_1LXmTlWPNe/view?usp=sharing
     
    We appreciate your attention to this very important matter and look forward to receiving these documents from each 2nd-semester dual enrollment student. 
     

     
     
    oddyssey
     
    The Odyssey Atlanta academic enrichment program is now accepting applications for their summer 2021 session.
    • To apply, go to https://odysseyatlanta.org/
    • Scroll down the page a bit, then click "Student Application".
    • Next, scroll down the page and click "More on How to Apply as a New Student".
    • Then scroll down the page and click the red arrow for the drop menu "Rising 6th Grade to Rising 12th Grade".
    • Then read the information.
    • Next, scroll further down the same page and click "Click for Student Application"
    • Now you are ready to begin submitting your application.
    For the total cost of the program, there's a $35 registration fee. If you have questions, please connect with Odyssey Atlanta's senior program manager Ronald Bastien and he is at ronaldbastien@odysseyatlanta.org.
     
     

     

    For Juniors:

     
     
    For one of our Apply to College Week events, on Tuesday, November 17 at 1pm, we are having a presentation about the Construction Ready program offered by CEFGA (Construction Education Foundation of Georgia). There are 16 confirmed students, however, if by chance there are any additional students interested in a career in the construction industry (or any of its affiliates), we invite you to this event. See the attached flyer for more details.
     
    To join us, see below for the zoom login credentials.
     
     
    Upon your attending the entire session we will let your instructor know so that your attendance is recorded appropriately. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out, otherwise, we will see you Tuesday at 1pm.
     
    2. Also attached is a document that you should use when building your college list. What is a college list? It is a group of colleges that you are to place in your List Builder account to which you're intending to apply (directions are found in the attached document). It is recommended that your college list be comprised of or includes the following:
    • 2 Target schools; an evenly matched school based on your academic profile.
    • 2 Reach schools; a school that has higher admissions criteria than what your current academic profile contains. For ex. if the college has an average GPA of 3.9 and you're currently at a 3.2, then that college is considered a reach.
    • 2 Likely schools; a school that has lower admissions criteria than what your current academic profile contains. For ex. if the college has an average GPA of 2.7 and you're currently at a 3.2 then that college is considered to be a likely school for you. 

     
    For Juniors:
     
     
    While we are on virtual schooling, it couldn't be a better time for you to utilize this moment to accumulate a variety of scholarship money for your post-high school education. All scholarships have eligibility criteria along with a website where you are to submit your application(s). See below for details. 
     
    • REGISTER ASAP: On Thursday, Nov 19, the Scholarship Seminar is happening during the special event Apply to College Week. See the attached flyer for more information. Register via: Tinyurl.com/moneyAPS  
    • Then below is an opportunity to access scholarship money through the BK Scholar McLamore Foundation. 
     
     
     
    BK Scholar Awards Available! Scholarships range from $1,000 to $50,000

    $1,000 to $50,000 Scholarships Available Now!

     

    Tell your students to apply today!

     

    High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses, or domestic partners In the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico can apply to receive $1,000 to $50,000 scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year!

     

    High school seniors must:

    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
    • Be active in their school, community and/or have work experience

    Don’t let your students miss their chance to become a BURGER KING® Scholar.

     

    To learn more and apply visit bk-scholars.com

     

    Application deadline: December 15, 2020.


     

     

    The US Senate Youth Program Brochure 

    1. November 16-20 is Apply to College Week. This is a yearly event where we focus our attention on the college application process. Each day there is something planned. Check it out. See the 1st attached flyer to this email.
     
    2. We need three students comprised of 11th and 12th graders to serve as a Grady High School US Senate Youth Program representative. Please review the 2nd attached document to this email for further details. A couple of perks; a week in Washington DC (virtual in 2021) and a $10,000 scholarship. Your assigned counselor has the actual application. To qualify, the student must meet the following criteria 
    • Serving in a legitimate leadership role i.e. student body office holder (president, VP, secretary, or treasurer), class office holder (president, VP secretary, or treasurer), student council representative, NHS (National Honor Society) officer, or any discipline-based honor societies such as National English and/or National Social Studies that includes a service component, or you could be student representative elected or appointed to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator.
    • Must be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States of America
    3. ALL STUDENTS grade 9-12th, as a component of your required graduation duties, you must submit your post-high school plans. Please make one entry here: https://forms.gle/XqtWs5tWeZjxjqxWA
    In an effort to help with advisement activities and providing meaningful college and career activities, please select one option below that best represents your plans upon graduating from high school.
    forms.gle
     
     
    Achieve Atlanta (the folks who sponsor our very special $20,000 Achieve Atlanta scholarship) is hosting a college admissions presentation for 12 colleges. It's a free event that occurs Monday Nov 9, Tuesday Nov 10, Wednesday Nov 11, and Thursday Nov 12. 
     

     
    The PROBE College Fair is happening again this year. This is a fair where 170+ colleges and universities are available to present their admissions process and chat with you about scholarship opportunities and life on their campuses. All are welcome, so yes 9th and 10th graders please join us! See below for details.
     
    Dates: Monday, November 2, Wednesday, November 4, and Thursday, November 5
    Time(s): 5-745pm
    Where: Virtual
     
     

     
     
    This is for all students participating in dual enrollment for the 2nd/spring semester. Carefully read these final steps.
     
    For NEW students to dual enrollment:
    • Submit your funding application through GA Futures. 
    • Submit an admissions application to your college.
    • Request your transcript to be sent directly to the college via the Parchment system (instructions are attached).
    • Inform your counselor of your course(s) that you'd like to take next semester. Here's the link to find all approved courses: https://www.gafutures.org/checs/dualenrollment/DECourseDirectory FYI...for the ATC (Atlanta Technical College) Early College Essentials program, your courses will be SOCI 1101 (sociology) and ECON 1101 (economics)
    • Lastly, after discussing with your counselor the appropriate time during the day you should take your college course(s), then you're to provide your counselor with your official college schedule which you've obtained from the college. 
    For RETURNING dual enrollment students:
    • Inform your counselor of your course(s) that you'd like to take next semester. Here's the link to find all approved courses: https://www.gafutures.org/checs/dualenrollment/DECourseDirectory  FYI...for the ATC (Atlanta Technical College) Early College Essentials program, your courses will be SOCI 1101 (sociology) and ECON 1101 (economics)
    • Lastly, after discussing with your counselor the appropriate time during the day you should take your college course(s), then you're to provide your counselor with your official college schedule which you've obtained from the college. 
    All the documents that you may need for reference are found in this shared drive:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15sNQW3d1OEru6u7E4Gx532ELjb8eD8MI?usp=sharing

     

    The deadline is Friday, October 16, 2020.

     


     
    A few reminders as of October 13th...
    • The Financial Aid presentation is Thursday, October 15 at 4pm. Here's the login information:
        • Meeting ID: 826 8578 4413     Passcode: 707638
    • Please check out the various resources/documents available to assist you in the college application process. Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing.  
      In this google sharing file, you will find the following documents.
      • 2019 Completing the FAFSA Step-by-Step- a document that shows you questions found in the FAFSA (financial aid application).
      • 2020-21 12th Graders Class of 2021 One Sheeter- an itemized list of popular websites used in the college application process.
      • 2020-21 Definitions of Admission Options in Higher Education- an explanation and comparison of various ways you can apply to college. 
      • 2020-21 FAFSA Check List- steps you should take in applying for financial aid.
      • 2020-21 Federal Student Aid College Prep Checklist- a "to do" for applying for financial aid and a road map to paying for college.
      • 2020-21 Financial Aid 101 Resources- a list of websites used in the financial aid process.
      • 2020-21 Grady School Profile- an explanation of Grady's demographics and academic profile.
      • 2020-21 Oglethorpe University Admissions Fast Facts.
      • 2020-21 Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account- instructions on how to create your Parchment account and how to request your transcript. 
      • 2020-21 Senior Packet and College Checklist- tips and instructions developed by our CCC volunteers.
      • 2020-21 The Financial Aid Presentation Flyer- live virtual presentation from the GA Student Finance Commission about financial aid on Thursday, Oct 15, at 4pm. The zoom link is on the flyer. 
      • 2020-21 University System of Georgia General Admissions Info- a very useful tool where you can compare all the admissions data for each of our state's traditional colleges/universities
      • 2020-21 Why Fill Out the FAFSA? 
      • HOPE and Zell Miller Rigorous Courses Qualification List- a list of all high school courses that are qualified as rigorous by the agency that maintains the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship.
      • Resume or Brag Sheet Sample
      • Resume Samples
     
      In the google sharing file, there are several scholarships from private donors, and all have a deadline for submission, so it is recommended that you check this link often. 
    We hope that these resources are useful. Please reach out to any of us in the guidance department if you have questions.
    Dr. Blankenship: 10-12th grade students last names A-F. She's at SBlankenshiop@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Mr. Young: 10-12th grade students last names G-M. He's at Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Falcone: 10-12th grade students last names N-Z. She's at Chelsea.Falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Poirier: College adviser assisting 12th-grade students last names A-L. She's at AbPoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Jones: College adviser assisting 12th-grade students last names M-Z. She's at JonesAm@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Blevins-Pellechia: All 9th-grade students. She's at TBlevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us
     
    Lastly, make certain that you have met with your assigned counselor for your senior audit meeting. Sorry, but you can't avoid this as it is required for your being cleared in the graduation process.
     

     
     
    This email is only for the students who are amid applying to participate in dual enrollment for the 2nd/spring semester. 
     
    We'd like to thank everyone who attended the dual enrollment info/working session this afternoon. Good turnout and good questions.
     
    Your next step in the application process is to inform your counselor which course(s) you're interested in taking at the college. You can look at all the approved courses at each institution via this link:
     
    Your counselors are:
    Dr. Blankenship for 10th-12th graders last names A-F. Her email address is SBlankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us or SBlankenship@apsk12.org
    Mr. Young for 10th-12th graders last names G-M. His email address is Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us or Ljyoung@apsk12.org
    Ms. Falcone for 10th-12th graders last names N-Z. Her email address is Chelsea.Falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us or Chelsea.Falcone@apsk12.org
     
    The deadline to have this information to your counselor is Friday, October 16, 2020
     
     

     
     
    A few updates for those who are already participating in dual enrollment and plan to return, particularly to GSU, for the spring or 2nd semester. 
    1. Connect with your counselor to provide an idea of what courses you want to take. 
    2. Those courses will need to be submitted to your counselor and uploaded in GA Futures by October 16.
    3. Then you'll need to connect with GSU so that you're able to register no later than November 2
    4. Then you will need to submit your official GSU schedule to your counselor, along with the Grady HS Dual Enrollment Agreement form. 
    For new students, there will be updates regarding your taking the ACT or SAT exam, so stay tuned.
     
    Also, remember we're having the dual enrollment information session Thursday, October 8, at 4pm. See Zoom login information.
     
     

     

    Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account

     

    This is a reminder that for students who are new to dual enrollment, the application process for the 2nd semester is occurring now.

     


     

    Hoping all of you are doing and feeling well. We're officially in the height of the college application season, at least for those who are applying early. Let's chat about a few things.

     

    • Should I wait for my counselor or instructor to write and her or his recommendation letter before submitting my application? No, and it's because the deadline that's published is specifically for the student, and if you miss submitting your application due to your waiting for a third-party letter, then you'll be penalized for missing the submission deadline. 
    •  Is it better to apply to college early? Not necessarily, as EA (early action or early application) is for students who are satisfied with their current GPA and test scores (when applicable) and therefore are ready to submit their applications during the fall semester of their senior year. 
    • What are colleges looking for? Although there's no monolithic script, however, there's a universal attraction to students who have seemingly found their voice which is represented through the depth and meaningfulness of their extra-curricular activities, and a student who maximized the accelerated curriculum available to them within the context of their school. 
    Go to this link for college admissions and preparation resources. 
    These are the documents you'll find in this folder/link:
    • 2019 Completing the FAFSA Step-by-Step- a document that shows you questions found in the FAFSA (financial aid application).
    • 2020-21 12th Graders Class of 2021 One Sheeter- an itemized list of popular websites used in the college application process.
    • 2020-21 FAFSA Check-List- steps you should take in applying for financial aid.
    • 2020-21 Federal Student Aid College Prep Checklist- a "to do" for applying for financial aid and a road map to paying for college.
    • 2020-21 Financial Aid 101 Resources- a list of websites used in the financial aid process.
    • 2020-21 Grady School Profile- an explanation of Grady's demographics and academic profile.
    • 2020-21 Metro Atlanta College Access Conference on Oct 6- you can connect with top colleges at a virtual event. QR code is available. 
    • 2020-21 Oglethorpe University admissions facts.
    • 2020-21 Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account- instructions on how to create your Parchment account and how to request your transcript. 
    • 2020-21 Senior Packet and College Checklist- tips and instructions developed by our CCC volunteers.
    • 2020-21 The Financial Aid Presentation Flyer- live virtual presentation from the GA Student Finance Commission about financial aid on Thursday, Oct 15, at 4pm. The zoom link is on the flyer. 
    • 2020-21 Why Fill Out the FAFSA? 
    • HOPE and Zell Miller Rigorous Courses Qualification List- a list of all high school courses that are qualified as rigorous by the agency that maintains the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship.
    • Sample of Brag Sheet
    • Resume Samples

     

    Below is an important message from our phenomenal college advisors Ms. Jones & Ms. Poirier

     

    This is Ms. Jones & Ms. Poirier, Grady’s college advisers. The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) has officially opened! Through FAFSA, students apply for grants, student loans, and scholarships, at the federal, state, and institutional levels (including the GA Hope and Zell Miller Scholarships).  Each October, the FAFSA is available for the next school year. It’s important to fill it out as soon as possible to meet school and state financial aid deadlines. FAFSA completion is strongly correlated with college enrollment, 90% of high school seniors who complete FAFSA attend college directly from high school, compared to just 55 % of FAFSA non-completers.

     

    COVID-19 FAFSA changes: If you or your family has been impacted financially by COVID-19, then you will need time to submit additional documentation to colleges. Click here to read why filling out the FAFSA is even more important due to COVID!! https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/your-money/fafsa-colleges-coronavirus.html

     

    Parents, your student will need your help to complete the FAFSA. First, both parents and students should create an FSA id. Then, apply for FAFSA through the fafsa.gov website. The FAFSA asks questions about your finances so you will need to have your 2019 tax return ready. After you and your student submit the FAFSA, you will receive a student aid report (SAR) stating the amount of aid you can be offered. Then, your information will be sent to the colleges and/or career schools you listed on the form. Please let us know if you have any questions. See this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing for the FAFSA checklist, why FAFSA is important, Grady’s Financial Aid Night details, and a step by step guideline to complete the FAFSA.

     

    Click here to learn all about FAFSA by watching our FAFSA presentation https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OU2nlUSR3lO0nEbzipCq-BSy2di7kCtx/view?usp=sharing

    Click this link to create your FSA id https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm.

    Click this link to start your FAFSA application https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

    Click here to schedule an appt Ms. Poirier (A-L); Ms. Jones (M-Z): https://calendly.com/gradycollegeadvisers

     

    Make sure to attend these upcoming events:

    Financial Aid Night: Thursday, October 15 at 4:00 pm via zoom

    College Adviser FAFSA Office Hours: Every Tuesday 3:30 pm-4:30 pm via zoom




     
    Do you need to take an additional class or is it that you need to recover credit from a class failed in a previous semester? AVA's Quarter 2 registration is upon us. Thursday, October 1 the link will become available for you to apply.
    To apply, submit your application via this link:  https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
    • When submitting your application make sure you know the difference between credit recovery (CR) and initial credit (IC). 
      • Credit recovery is a course that you're repeating due to previous failure.
      • Initial credit is a course that you've not had in the past and you're seeking to get ahead in your credits. 
    • When submitting your application, make certain that you select your correct counselor. Here's the list of Grady counselors.
      • Blankenship, Shaketha 10-12th graders with last names A-F
      • Young, Lamar 10-12th graders with last names G-M
      • Falcone, Chelsea 10-12th graders with last names N-Z
      • Blevins-Pellechia, Tina is for all 9th graders
    • Again, on October 1 please submit your application through this linkhttps://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
    See below for AVA's calendar for the entire academic year. 

    Quarter 1: Fall 2020 

    August 1, 2020- Registration Opens for Qtr. 1  

    August 28, 2020- Registration Closes for Qtr.1  

      

    August 24- Qtr. 1 Courses Begin   

    October 23- Qtr. 1 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of October 26th. 

      

    September 18: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 1  

    September 18: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course. 

     

    Quarter 2: Fall 2020 

    October 1, 2020- Registration Opens for Qtr. 2  

    October 30, 2020- Registration Closes for Qtr.2  

      

    October 26, 2020- Qtr. 2 Courses Begin   

    January 15, 2021- Qtr. 2 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of January 18th. 

     

      

    November 20: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 2  

    November 20: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     

    Quarter 3: Spring 2021 

    December 14, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 3  

    January 22, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.3  

      

    January 19- Qtr. 3 Courses Begin   

    March 19- Qtr. 3 Courses End 

    Grades will post the week of March 22nd. 

      

    February 12: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 3  

    February 12: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     

    Quarter 4: Spring 2021 

    March 1, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 4  

    March 26, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.4  

      

    March 22- Qtr. 4 Courses Begin   

    May 26- Qtr. 4 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of May 31st. 

      

    April 23: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 4 

    April 23: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     


     
     
    Hello, 11th Graders/Juniors Grady Community,
    This is for all students who are NEW to the dual enrollment program and are definitely interested in applying for enrollment for the spring/2nd semester of the 2020-21 school year. Students who are already enrolled or participating in dual enrollment and are intending to continue at their same college need not do anything but simply provide your counselor with your updated 2nd-semester college schedule. 
     
    So, for new students applying here are your steps:
     
    1. Submit your interest by completing this brief questionnaire: https://forms.gle/G5za3rwcJkVgXCuw7
    10th graders are limited in their participation as they're only allowed to enroll in TCSG (technical colleges) with strict limitations at very few USG colleges. 
     
    2. Review the admissions criteria for each of the USG (university system of Georgia) colleges. Admissions criteria is located in this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15sNQW3d1OEru6u7E4Gx532ELjb8eD8MI?usp=sharing
      1. In this link, you'll find a total of 14 documents, which include:
        1. The 2019-2022 AMSC (Atlanta Metropolitan State College) Calendar
        2. The 2020-21 AMSC Admissions Instructions
        3. The 2020-21 APS Dual Enrollment COVID Waiver
        4. The 2020-21 ATC Dual Enrollment Admissions Application Instructions
        5. The 2020-21 Dual Enrollment Participating Colleges & Universities
        6. The 2020-21 Dual Enrollment Changes & Updates as of MAY15
        7. The 2020-21 Grady HS Dual Enrollment Agreement**Must be submitted by all students​**
        8. The 2020-21 Grady's 5 Most Common Dual Enrollment Programs General Information
        9. The 2020-21 GSU (Georgia State University) Calendar
        10. The 2020-21 GSU (Georgia State University) Application Instructions
        11. The 2020-21 GSU (Georgia State University) Textbook Policy
        12. The 2020-21 KSU (Kennesaw State University) Application Instructions
        13. The 2020-21 Oglethorpe University Dual Enrollment Flyer
        14. The 2020-21 USG's Dual Enrollment Admissions Requirements for All Colleges as of 4-1-20
    3. Submit your funding application via the GA Futures website. Here's the link: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/scholarships-grants/dual-enrollment/application-procedure-and-deadline/
    Once on the page, the application procedure is explained. Please go ahead and apply for the 2020-2021 school year, and a parent email is required so be sure to obtain your guardian/parent's valid email address. You can watch a video on how to create your GA Futures account and instructions on how to submit your dual enrollment funding application: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UoBFlfsNSU&feature=youtu.be
     
    4. The next step in the dual enrollment application process is to submit your admissions application directly to the college/university. Fortunately, that process hasn't changed dramatically. The instructions on how to apply to the most common institutions for Grady students is found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15sNQW3d1OEru6u7E4Gx532ELjb8eD8MI?usp=sharing
     
    5. New students, must request that their transcript is sent to their college via https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account
     
    Attached to this email is a document that explains how to create your Parchment account and how to submit a request to have your transcript sent to a college or any other destination. 
     
    6. Lastly, log into your College Board account via https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores and request that your highest SAT scores be sent to the college. Or log in to your ACT account via https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/scores/sending-your-scores.html and request that your highest ACT scores be sent to the college. This may incur a $12 fee. Only new applicants must request their scores as those returning to the same college will not have to resubmit their test scores. There's no indication that test scores are being exempted for dual enrollment, as that's a college by college decision. 
     
     
    Despite varying deadlines published by various colleges, our goal is to have all dual enrollment applications completed and submitted by Friday, October 16, 2020.  
     

    So, if you have questions or need further assistance, you're welcome to join the 2020-21 Dual Enrollment Info Session on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 4pm.
    Here is the Zoom and login information:
     
     

     
    11th Graders:
     
    For those currently taking a course through our AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) platform, here are some important dates to know as they've moved to a quarter system to mirror our calendar at Grady and other APS high schools. See below. 
     

    Quarter 1: Fall 2020 

    August 1, 2020- Registration Opens for Qtr. 1  

    August 28, 2020- Registration Closes for Qtr.1  

      

    August 24- Qtr. 1 Courses Begin   

    October 23- Qtr. 1 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of October 26th. 

      

    September 18: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 1  

    September 18: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course. 

     

    Quarter 2: Fall 2020 

    October 1, 2020- Registration Opens for Qtr. 2  

    October 30, 2020- Registration Closes for Qtr.2  

      

    October 26, 2020- Qtr. 2 Courses Begin   

    January 15, 2021- Qtr. 2 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of January 18th. 

     

      

    November 20: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 2  

    November 20: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     

    Quarter 3: Spring 2021 

    December 14, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 3  

    January 22, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.3  

      

    January 19- Qtr. 3 Courses Begin   

    March 19- Qtr. 3 Courses End 

    Grades will post the week of March 22nd. 

      

    February 12: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 3  

    February 12: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course 

     

    Quarter 4: Spring 2021 

    March 1, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 4  

    March 26, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.4  

      

    March 22- Qtr. 4 Courses Begin   

    May 26- Qtr. 4 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of May 31st. 

      

    April 23: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 4 

    April 23: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course