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    Hello 10th and 11th Graders
    1. Are you looking to earn more community service hours? The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of International and Immigrant Affairs has an initiative called Welcoming Atlanta where volunteers are needed for food distribution. In fact, there's a special Thanksgiving distribution event on Tuesday November 22 at 1pm located at 3200 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta 30324. Then there's another event on the same day at 2:30pm located 2572 Lenox Rd NE Alanta 30324
    Here are other locations for food distribution in our Midtown area ~
    1676 Briarcliff Rd NE
    894 Briarcliff Terr Rd NE
    2020 Lenox Rd NW
    To sign up for these exciting volunteer opportunities, please go to our community service folder/drive and locate the flyer entitled "2022-23 Welcoming Atlanta Volunteer Recruitment in Immigrant Communities". There's a QR code on the flyer. You will also find other community service projects in the folder/drive such as United Way's Season of Giving events. 
    Here's the link to the Community Service folder/drive: 2022-23 Community Service Events
    Yes, it's official - the class of 2024 your total required community service hours have been reduced to 40 hours
    2. Lastly, if you're seeking to take all of your courses virtually for spring 2023 semester,  AVA (Atlanta Virtual School) is allowing students to apply for their full-time program. You may submit your application here: AVA's 2023 Spring Semester Full-Time Interest Application. Your application must be submitted by Friday December 9.  Please connect with your assigned counselor if you should have any questions as you submit your application. 
    For those who only want to take one or two virtual courses, AVA"s part-time application will be released at a later date- so watch your emails.

    Hello current 9th, 10th, & 11th graders~
    We have begun the process of preparing for the 2023-24 school year, particularly things related to auxiliary programs such as the ACCA. 
    What's the ACCA? It is the Atlanta College Career Academy. This is a place where APS students may enroll in courses that are associated with a variety of high-demand and high-tech fields. 
    • See the 1st attached flyer for a listing of the programs offered at the ACCA for next school year.
    • See the 2nd attached flyer for those who are currently in the 9th / 10th grade to obtain more concrete information about why you should enroll in programs like the ACCA. 
    We are during the first week of November hosting a full-scale presentation about the ACCA, its programs, admissions criteria, application process, etc. So, if you are interested in learning more about the ACCA and joining this presentation, please hurry and place your interest here: 

    For 10th and 11th Graders:
    Governor's Honors Program
    The nomination process for the 2022-23 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) will open on September 8th and will end on September 16th. GHP is a four-week residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented 10th and 11th-grade high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. This program will be held on the campus of Berry College from June 18-July 15, 2023.
    Students must be nominated by a teacher to be eligible to apply. For more information, please review the 1st document attached to this email which is the PowerPoint for this year's program and nominating process. If you should have additional questions regarding GHP, you may contact counselor Ms. Falcone at chelsea.falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us.
    Next, as we embark on this year's national testing administrations, you should begin preparing yourself for two of the most common national exams - SAT and ACT. Below are some resources to assist in prepping for these exams. 
    • Also, please refer to the 2nd attached flyer in this email for a good tutorial resource -that's free/no cost. 
    Next, there is an important upcoming event - please save it to your calendar. 
    • On Wednesday September 28 at 6pm here at the school in-person - The Dual Enrollment Info Session. This is for anyone who's interested in participating in dual enrollment for the spring 2023 semester. There will be our dual enrollment partners available to discuss the dual enrollment opportunities at their institution. See the 3rd attached flyer for details. 
    Finally, be sure to regularly check out the following drive for community service opportunities, as information is consistently updated. Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15LL5UGsKHSTlW5dI2LVfV6-pwVh71jLE?usp=sharing

    Welcome back and to the 2022-23 school year.! As one of many email messages from the guidance department, we'd like to inform you that the AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) part-time course application is underway. 
    For those interested taking one and/or possibly even two classes virtually through the AVA platform during the fall 2022 semester, then you may want to proceed with this registration process. 
    Why would or should you take a virtual course through AVA?
    • Reason #1 - You failed a course or courses from the previous semester or previous year, and you did not enroll in any credit recovery program during the summer or last school year. And now you need to recover the credit. - This is called CR or Credit Recovery
    • Reason #2 - You're on-track for graduation and you are simply seeking to get ahead in your credits. You're also interested in taking a course or courses that you'd ordinarily be scheduled to take in the future. Doing so will allow you to get ahead in your credits and possibly graduate early. - This is called IC or Initial Credit
    To apply, please go to this link: https://bit.ly/AVAPTHS  
    Once you are on the website, here are your steps - please READ THIS CAREFULLY
    • Website's 1st page, you'll be requested to supply standard information such as your email, your school network ID, along with your lunch number. Please contact your counselor if you don't know this information. 
    • Website's 2nd page, this is where you'll select your course(s). You may select up to two courses. Please understand that this an application for part-time AVA (not their full-time program), and it allows you to enroll in two types of courses - CR or IC for either the 1st or 2nd semester's portion of the course. There's an attached document to this email that list all of AVA's part-time courses.
    • Then, please review below here for an explanation on how to appropriately register for the right course.
      • Where you see an "A" next to the name of the course that means the 1st semester.
      • Where you see a "B" next to the name of the course that means the 2nd semester. 
      • CR - is for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course, and you now need to redo or recover the credit so that you can be eligible for graduation
      • IC - is for initial credit which means this is a new course that you've never taken and you're now seeking to earn credit(s) so that you can either get ahead to potentially graduate early or to possibly free up your next year's schedule so that you're able to take on other programs like dual enrollment, WBL (work based learning), or even early release. 
      • Then for selecting the correct semester's portion, here's an explanation --
      • SPECIAL NOTEIf you only need one course, the website may not allow you to move on until you select a 2nd course, no worries just simply select the same course twice - that way it will allow you to move on in the application process. 
    • Website's 3rd page, this is where you must select your assigned counselor. See below for who your counselor is.
      • 10-12th graders with last names A-F, your new counselor is Rucker, Katrina and her email is katrina.rucker@atlanta.k12.ga.us
      • 10-12th graders with last names G-M, your counselor is Young, Lamar and his email is Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
      • 10-12th graders with last names N-Z, your counselor is Falcone, Chelsea and her email is chelsea.falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
      • All 9th graders, your counselor is Blevins-Pellechia, Tina and her email is Tblevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Again, please submit your application through this link: https://bit.ly/AVAPTHS
    Fall virtual courses begin on Monday August 1, so the deadline to apply is ideally Sunday July 31, but AVA is allowing you up to Sept 2.
    Lastly, for those who have IC (initial credit) courses, you will need to work on your course(s) beyond the school day i.e. evenings, weekends, holidays, etc. For those who need CR (credit recovery) courses, you may in fact be scheduled for virtual period during the school day in our credit recovery lab. Counselors will explain and make such adjustments to schedules. 

    The guidance department is updating its email contact database. We'd like for you to continue being included in our email updates which focuses on things such as, but are certainly not limited to - academic resources, SAT/ACT test prep information, community service opportunities, summer programs, employment opportunities, college admissions information, financial aid, HOPE/Zell Miller scholarship information, tutorial resources, general scholarships, mental health resources, and much more.
    To be included in the 2022-23 email contact database, please quickly make one submission via: https://forms.gle/NJAvV19yEivYGiMR7
    You'll also find this link on our school's website, so please share with other Midtown HS parents/students: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/midtown