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    Renaissance: Not Offered 2nd Semester
     
    This is to inform you that Atlanta Metropolitan State College will not be able to offer the Renaissance program on Grady's campus for 2nd semester. For the students who'll be accepted and are still interested in attending college courses through this college, you'll have to physically take your courses on AMSC's campus. They're located at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30310. 
     
    Here are your transportation options: 
     
    1. For those who cannot transport themselves to AMSC campus, there's an APS bus that travels to Atlanta Technical College daily. It picks up from Grady after 2nd period at 11:48am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. and 12:08pm on Wednesday. It returns to Grady roughly at 4:30pm. Atlanta Technical College is a neighboring institution to AMSC as they share the same plot of land. If you're interested in this option, you'll have to drop both your 3rd and 4th periods and replace them with your AMSC college courses.
     
    2. If you're interested in participating at the college level for only 4th period as you're unable to drop your 3rd period, you can still participate. However you'll be fully responsible for transporting yourself to AMSC's campus. 
     
    For new applicants admission decisions will be made between November 27, 2017 through January 5, 2018. Ms. Cindy Balsam is the coordinator for all dual enrollment programs at AMSC and can be contacted at CBalsam@atlm.edu or 404.756.4587. Once you've received acceptance, you'll need to make an appointment with Ms. Balsam's office to register for classes as well as meet with your assigned high school counselor to determine if your Grady schedule can accommodate such changes.
     
    We appreciate everyone's understanding during this transition as we're committed in making sure those who qualify have an enriching experience.
     
    Harvard, Howard, and Georgia Universities Scholarship
     
    1. Harvard University has created an Atlanta-based pipeline program (Harvard Debate Diversity Project) that trains African-American high school students in metro-Atlanta and sends them to study at Harvard during the summer. From January thru June, distinguished Harvard debate professors and coaches will travel to Atlanta to train Atlanta students in public speaking, argumentation, writing, research, analysis, and high order thinking.  In July, students will travel to Harvard University, where they will experience residential life and study at the Harvard Debate Council.
    To apply, students (grades 9-11) should submit an online application at www.HarvardDCDP.org where they will need to submit an academic transcript, recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor, and a 1-2 minute video explaining why they want to be in the program. The application deadline is December 18, 2017.
     
     
    2. Howard University is having an informational for prospective students on Saturday December 16 2-6pm at Drew Charter School. See attached flyer for details. To register and RSVP for the event go to this link:
     
     
    3. UNIVERSITY BASED SCHOLARSHIPS: For current 12th graders, merit and need based scholarships available at the university level are very important as they can be extremely lucrative. If you've applied and been accepted to one of these universities, please be sure that you are applying to that university's specific scholarships as many of you are actually eligible. Here are scholarship links to the more popular universities within our state:
     
    GA Tech: 
     
    UGA:
     
    Emory University:
     
    Georgia State University:
     
    Georgia Southern University:
     
    Kennesaw State University:
     
    Mercer University:
     
    University of West Georgia:
     
    Valdosta State University:
     
     
    4. Keep in mind that the Grady HS Scholarship Guide is still reeling in several private donor scholarships per week. Here's the link, check it out:
     
    Employment and Community Service Opportunities
     
     
    1. Are you at least 16 years old and interested in teaching babies, children, and adults how to swim? If so then the Simmerman Swim School is hiring. See the 1st attached document for details. 
     
     
    2. The Thanksgiving break is approaching and each of you should be volunteering during this week long vacation. See 2nd attached document for some really good places that you could complete some of your required 75 hours. All hours must be logged into your www.mygivingpoint.org account. Instructions are located on the last page. 
     
     
    3. Seniors there are several opportunities for you to tutor elementary students at our feeder school Morningside Elementary.  Please respond to this email if you're interested so that Morningside's assistant principal Mr. Bland will have an idea who will be coming to their building on Saturdays. See 3rd attached document for details.
    It's best and highly recommended that every senior completes and submits his/her community service by the end of the semester DECEMBER 22, 2017.
     
     
    4. Are you interested in working with preschool age children in a daycare facility? If so, The Goddard School is hiring. 
    The owners are looking for Juniors & Seniors (17 to 18 years) to help support their school from after school to 6pm. Basic work requirements would be:
    •   Planning and organizing activities which meet the goals of the school
    •   Decorating classrooms
    •   Assisting with providing breaks to other teachers
    •   Assisting with Kitchen duties
    •   Assisting teachers with classroom management
    On the job training will be provided with starting rates at $9/hr.
    If interested please contact:
    Viral Dave, the owner
    The Goddard School, Midtown
    EMAIL: atlanta2ga@goddardschools.com
    404.541.1936
    1080 Spring Street, N.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    www.GoddardSchool.com
     
    2nd Semester Dual Enrollment: Here Are Your Next Steps
     
     
    NEW STUDENTS: Those who successfully completed a dual enrollment application for 2nd semester, here are your next steps:
    1. Submit your ACT or SAT score to your college. The best way to do that is to request for the testing company to send it directly to the college. So depending on which exam you took, you should log into your ACT or College Board/SAT account, then make an official request for your highest score to be sent to your dual enrollment college. This will incur a fee $12 for the SAT and $13 for ACT. Please note that for dual enrollment there is absolutely no "super scoring"; therefore you'll needed to have earned the eligible score from one test.
    2. Make a request via Parchment to have your transcript sent to your dual enrollment college. If you don't have a Parchment account, see link to create one:  https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account. You'll proceed as a "New Learner" who doesn't have a registration code.
    3. Items 1 and 2 should've been complete by NOVEMBER 1, 2017 as all colleges must have these documents no later than today November 15!!! Please understand that there will be no acceptance until items 1 and 2 are successfully completed. 
     
     
    RETURNING STUDENTS: If you've already submitted your online dual enrollment application via www.gafutures.org, then your next steps are to:
    1. Complete your Participation Agreement by getting it signed by your assigned high school counselor and parent.
    2. Register for 2nd semester college classes.
    3. Submit your updated 2nd semester college schedule to your assigned high school counselor. It is strongly recommended that you keep the same times as 1st semester so that your Grady schedule will not be impacted. 
     
     
    RENAISSANCE PROGRAM: There's a very strong likelihood that we will not offer our on-campus program through Atlanta Metropolitan State College as the enrollment has to be at least 15+ accepted students. Those who are going to be accepted and if you're still interested in participating, you'll need to take your courses on Atlanta Metropolitan's campus located at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30310.
     
     
    GSU: Students who applied to Georgia State University, you'll be receiving admissions decisions between today and the winter break. Please continue to check your emails on a regular basis. I'm happy to provide you with GSU dual enrollment contacts if needed. 
     
     
    COURSES OFFERED: See this link for the available courses offered for your dual enrollment college during the spring 2018 semester: https://apps.gsfc.org/securenextgen/dsp_accel_course_listings.cfm
     
     
    For those of you who are interested in applying for fall or 1st semester of the 2018-19 school year, applications will begin in February. See attached document for eligibility requirements. 
     
    Employment: Childcare Services at the Goddard School
     
    Are you interested in working with preschool age children in a daycare facility? If so, The Goddard School is hiring. See below for details:
     
    The owners are looking for Juniors & Seniors (17 to 18 years) to help support their school from after school – 6 PM.  Basic work requirements would be:
    • Planning and organizing activities which meet the goals of the school
    • Decorating classrooms
    • Assisting with providing breaks to other teachers
    • Assisting with Kitchen duties
    • Assisting teachers with classroom management
     
    On the job training will be provided with starting rates at $9/hr.
    If interested please contact: 
    Viral Dave, the owner
    The Goddard School, Midtown
    404-541-1936
    1080 Spring Street, N.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30309
     
    Are You Earning Your Community Service Hours?
     
     
    Are you working towards completing your 75 hours of required community service hours? There are some really good opportunities for you to earn hours this year.
     
    For current 12th graders: You're able to be a tutor at our feeder elementary Morningside. See 1st attached document for details. If you're interested, please let me or your assigned counselor know ahead of time. This is so that we're able to provide Morningside's assistant principal Mr. Bland with some kind of idea of who'll be coming to his school on Saturday mornings. 
     
    For all grades: See 2nd attached document for all other good volunteer opportunities. You'll need to contact these places on your own and be sure to show up on time for your scheduled volunteer appointment date.
     
    SPECIAL NOTE:
    All students are required to store/log their hours on www.mygivingpoint.org The instructions of how to create your MyGivingPoint account are found on the last page in the 2nd attached document. 
     
    Parchment: How to Request Your Transcript
     
     
    For current Grady students who are interested in having their transcripts sent to colleges, scholarship agencies, employers, or even a copy to yourself, you should do so via the Parchment online service. Here's the link to Grady's Parchment account where you can create and order your transcript: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account  
     
    For current Grady students who are interested in having their transcripts sent to colleges, scholarship agencies, employers, or even a copy to yourself, you should do so via the Parchment online service. Here's the link to Grady's Parchment account where you can create and order your transcript: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account

    If you don't have your 9 digit registration code, no worries, as you're still able to proceed in the account creation process. You can do so as long as you're using Grady's Parchment account link and select "I do not have a registration code". Current 11th/12th grades if you're curious to know your 9 digit registration code, please see your assigned counselor. 9th/10th graders you'll proceed in the account creation process as a student who doesn't have a registration code. After your account is set up, you can then make a formal request to have your transcript sent. To get instructions on how to do that, here's a tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6GrT913HE

    The attached document is a full list of all the institutions that are currently partnered with Parchment. These will be the colleges and institutions that you're able to make a request for your transcript to be sent.

    Keep in mind that all transcript requests are processed by your assigned counselor. This is because students actually do not send their transcript, you are only simply making a request. If approved, your assigned counselor will upload your transcript and electronically send it to your requested institution or destination.
     
    Bank of America Internship Program
     
     
    There's a wonderful opportunity for those of you who are interested in civics, public administration, business, non-profit philanthropy, and executive leadership training. 
     
    Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,500 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
     
    • A summer eight-week paid internship with a nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.  
    OR
    • The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 8-13, 2018. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
     
    You can apply for the program by going to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders or reviewing the attached flyer. The application opens on Monday October 30, 2017 with a deadline of Friday February 2, 2018. There will be no deadline extensions. Don't delay apply now!!!
     
    For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation
     
     
    What are Your Next Steps?: Dual Enrolment Applicants
     
     
    For all the NEW students who successfully completed a dual enrollment application for 2nd semester, here are your next steps:
    1. Submit your ACT or SAT score to your college. The best way to do that is to request for the testing company to send it directly to the college. So depending on which exam you took, you should log into your ACT or College Board/SAT account, then make an official request for your highest score to be sent to your dual enrollment college. This will incur a $12 fee for the SAT and $13 for ACT. Please note that for dual enrollment there is absolutely no "super scoring"; therefore you'll needed to have earned the eligible score from one test setting.
    2. Make a request via Parchment to have your transcript sent to your dual enrollment college. If you don't have a Parchment account, see attached for instructions on how to create one. You'll just need to follow steps 1-3. 
    3. Items 1 and 2 need to be complete by Wednesday NOVEMBER 1, 2017. Please understand that there will be no acceptance until items 1 and 2 are successfully completed. 
     
     
    Returning students, if you've already submitted your online dual enrollment application via www.gafutures.org, then your next steps are to:
    1. Complete your Participation Agreement by getting it signed by your assigned high school counselor and parent.
    2. Register for 2nd semester college classes.
    3. Submit your updated 2nd semester college schedule to your assigned high school counselor. It is strongly recommended that you keep the same times as 1st semester so that your Grady schedule will not be impacted.
     
    11th Graders: Have You Registered for the ACT/SAT?
     
     
    It's about that time for you to take one or both of the college entry exams; ACT or SAT. Today October 25 was the PSAT (preliminary SAT), which is an examination that'll determine your National Merit Corporation Scholarship status for senior year and is a standard measurement of your college readiness as well as your potential to take senior level AP courses. Now that you've successfully completed the PSAT, you should set your sights on taking the actual SAT and/or ACT exam.
     
    Here are the 2017-18 ACT exam administration dates and registration: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html
    Here are the 2017-18 SAT exam administration dates and registration: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
     
    Attached are some very helpful resources to assist in understanding the structure of both exams. Also attached are some tutorial resources that can assist you in preparing for these required college entry examinations. If any of you need assistance with actually registering for either of these exams, please be sure to visit our two college advisers Ms. Fawole and Ms. Salimonu in the advising center located in the cafeteria. Their contact number is 404.802.3079.
     
    9th/10th Graders: Learn About Yourself & Career Exploration
     
     
    As you embark on this high school journey it's important that you begin to understand and narrow down your interests. Here are some great resources to assist you. The most widely used and highly recommended resource would be www.gafutures.org. This website is used for the following purposes: 
    • Apply for college
    • Information regarding Georgia's HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships
    • Dual enrollment information and application
    • Career and College Planning
    After you've created an account, you should complete an Interest Profiler survey. To do so, you'll need to click on "Career Exploration". Then "Learn About Yourself". Then "Interest Profiler". You'll then be able to start a 60+ question survey that assesses the best careers, colleges, and college programs for you based on your honest answers. 
     
    There are also other extremely good resources that'll help you do the same thing which you'll find in the 1st and 2nd attached documents. 
     
    Also be sure to visit our two college advisers Ms. Fawole and Ms. Salimonu in the advising center located in the cafeteria. 
     

     

    Career Profiler
    Are you interested to find out what's the best career path for you? Georgia Futures has a fantastic Interest Profiler survey you can complete. You'll be asked 60 questions and based on your answers a profile with career options that best suit you will be created. Try it out!
     
    Calculate Your GPA
     
    Click here to download/view this useful document on calculating your GPA.