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    We hope you are enjoying the last remaining days of the summer recess. The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) program will continue to offer courses for students who are enrolled at their home or zoned school. these courses will be taken in their part-time enrollment program whereby the majority if not all of your classes will remain at Midtown HS, and participating students will take one or two courses with AVA in addition to their Midtown courses. 
     
    AVA part-time essentially has two purposes.
    1. If you are interested in getting ahead in your credits whereby you could possibly graduate early, then AVA part-time is your answer. 
    2. If you failed a course or courses from a previous year, and you did not enroll in summer school or you've never re-enrolled in the course(s), then AVA part-time is your answer. 
    To apply, please submit your request via this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
     
    Then when you are on the website:
    • On the first page, you will be asked for standard identifying information such as your email, school network ID number, along with your lunch number. Contact your counselor if you do not know this information. 
    • On the second page is where you will select your course(s). Please note that this is an application for part-time AVA (not full-time) and it allows you to enroll in two types of courses; CR or IC for either the 1st or 2nd-semester portion. (see below for explanation).
      • CR stands for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course and now you need to recover the credit for graduation. 
      • IC stands for a course for initial credit which means this is a new course that you have never taken and now you are seeking to enroll so that you can earn credits to either get ahead or graduate early. 
      • Then where you see an "A" this means the 1st semester's portion, and "B" means the 2nd semester's portion.
    • On the third page, is where you must select your appropriately assigned counselor. See below for the list of Midtown's counselors. Please understand, however, that our previous school's name "Grady" is written next to the counselor's name. Don't be alarmed. 
      • 10-12th graders with last names beginning with the letters A-F, your counselor is Blankenship, Shaketha and her email is sblankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
      • 10-12th graders with last names beginning with the letters G-M, your counselor is Young, Lamar and his email is Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
      • 10-12th graders with last names beginning with the letters 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/AVAHSPTapp
    The deadline to apply is August 21 (however you should apply before Wednesday, August 4, and this is because the first day of school is August 5 and you should not want to miss any days of instruction).
    See the attached document for a listing of the AVA part-time course offerings. 

      

     

    Fall 2021 Important Dates 

    July 26th-Registration Opens  

    August 21st-Registration Closes  

       

    August 5th-Courses Begin    

    December 17th- Courses End   

       

    September 17th: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course  

     

    November 19th: @4:30pm-Enrollment Closes for Credit Recovery Credit Courses 

     

     

    Trinity Table offers bagged To-Go meals to people with food insecurity each Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Friday, July 16, Trinity Table needs help moving boxes of To-Go bags and other supplies to the part of the church (called the Narthax) where they will hand out the To-Go bags on Sunday. Please keep in mind that this is physical work but is perfect if you or others you know need/want more service hours.

     

    If you are available, please contact Bonnie Selleck with HOPE Atlanta/Trinity Table no later than tomorrow afternoon Thursday, July 15 at:

    770.760.7197

    bselleck@hopeatlanta.org


     
     
    Students who reside in the GA 5th Congressional district are invited to participate in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge. See below for a map of our state's congressional districts.
     

    The app that you develop will be evaluated by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app from each congressional district that hosted a Challenge will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website (http://www.house.gov) and displayed in a U.S. Capitol exhibit. 

     

    For additional details, see the attached flyer and you can visit www.CongressionalAppChallenge.us

    The deadline is Monday, November 1, 2021.
     
    Hopefully, we can have Midtown's highly STEM/tech-savvy students win this coveted challenge.
     

     
    There's a STEM event sponsored by the Shooting Stars Foundation that's specifically designed for female students. The event is called Starhacks Hackathon. See below for details. 
     

    Logistics: 

    Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 7-8

    Time: 9:00 AM - 9:00 AM EST (24 hours long)

    Location: Online

    Level: Beginner

    Participants: Middle - High School Students 

    Registration deadline: July 20th, 2021

    Register early as spots are limited. 

    To register visit: https://www.starhacks.org/aug-7-8th-hackathon


    Highlights:  

    • Free admission 

    • No Coding experience required to participate 

    • Opportunity to work in teams with like-minded high schoolers across the nation 

    • Mentoring by Employees of Various Tech Companies

    • Workshop on Cybersecurity by NetScout

    • Workshops on HTML and Discord 

    • Build a website/Mobile App 

    • Pitch your project 

    • Win multiple prizes 


     
     
    Hello, 2021-22 Dual Enrollment Applicants, 
    I hope that everyone is doing well. Here are some closing items to make your DE (dual enrollment) process a success. 
    • Each of you should have at this point attended an orientation or at the very least been in contact with someone at the dual enrollment office at your chosen dual enrollment college. This contact should have established...
      • A determination of your acceptance
      • Registration for fall 2021 courses
    • After your orientation or contact with your DE college, you should have shared your desired courses with your assigned counselor either Dr. Blankenship, Ms. Falcone, or Mr. Young. And now you are required to provide us with a PDF copy of your official DE college fall semester schedule. Please upload that schedule immediately to this link:  https://forms.gle/4r5ouHqcMesPQCka9. We will need your DE schedule by Wednesday, June 1, 2021, and no later than Friday, July 30, 2021
    Do please reach out if you should have any questions. Otherwise, we expect to receive your PDF copy of your DE schedule along with the 2021-22 DE Agreement and 2021-22 APS DE COVID Waiver, by Wednesday, June 1, 2021, via this link:  https://forms.gle/4r5ouHqcMesPQCka9
     
    Hope you have an enjoyable summer and looking forward to a great 2021-22 school year.
     
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    For Sophomores:
     
     
     
    1. As you embark on your senior year, it is important that you understand our state's signature merit-based scholarship program. 
    • What: The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship program
    • How: Students graduating from a Georgia high school with a 3.0+ GPA as calculated by the GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission), and with a valid SSN (social security number) on file can qualify for the HOPE scholarship which can be applied to the tuition and fees at an in-state college/university. Then for the Zell Miller scholarship, students will need to have a 3.7+ GPA as calculated by the GSFC, along with either an ACT score of 26+ or SAT composite 1200+ (minimum of 600 in EBR and 600 math). There is no formal application as it is attached to your valid SSN on file, however, it is strongly recommended that you submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa, which opens in October 2021 for your graduating class. 
       
    • When: At the conclusion of your last semester in high school, you can find out your final HOPE/Zell Miller eligibility. 
    Here are some other points that must be considered. 
     
    2. Here are more Employment Opportunities.
    Itemized below are some positions that have just come in. 

     
    For Juniors:
     
     
    1. As you embark on your senior year, it is important that you understand our state's signature merit-based scholarship program. 
    • What: The HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship program
    • How: Students graduating from a Georgia high school with a 3.0+ GPA as calculated by the GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission), and with a valid SSN (social security number) on file can qualify for the HOPE scholarship which can be applied to the tuition and fees at an in-state college/university. Then for the Zell Miller scholarship, students will need to have a 3.7+ GPA as calculated by the GSFC, along with either an ACT score of 26+ or SAT composite 1200+ (minimum of 600 in EBR and 600 math). There is no formal application as it is attached to your valid SSN on file, however, it is strongly recommended that you submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa, which opens in October 2021 for your graduating class. 
       
    • When: At the conclusion of your last semester in high school, you can find out your final HOPE/Zell Miller eligibility. 
    Here are some other points that must be considered. 
     
    2. Here are more Employment Opportunities.
    Itemized below are some positions that have just come in. 
     
    3.  The Army has a presentation Wednesday, May 12 at 1pm.  The 3rd attached document in this email is a benefits chart that compares the US Army to the Army Reserves. So, we look forward to you joining us next Wednesday, May 12 at 1pm. 
     
     

     
     
    1. The 2021 Summer School registration has officially begun. If you or your 9-11th grade student have any courses that need recovering, then it would be very wise to enroll in this year's summer program. 
    • What: The Academic Recovery Academy or ARA
    • When: June 2-30 from 8:30am-2:20pm
    • Where: Maynard Jackson High School 801 Glenwood Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30316
    • To register: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/65773
    • Transportation will be provided, The deadline to register is Friday, May 7. So, hurry!
    To access instructions on how to register for the summer ARA (Academic Recovery Academy), or to access a whole host of other summer programs please visit our summer/special programs drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
     
    For your convenience, the instructions for ARA registration in English and Espanol are attached to this email. 

     
    2. Here are a few other new and popular summer programs that you will find in that drive link.
      • The 2021 Summer College Success Bootcamp for AP, IB, and AVID
        • When: June 2-18 from 8:30am-2:45pm
        • Where: Phoenix Academy 256 Clifton St. SE Atlanta, GA 30317
        • To register: http://tinyAPS.com/?APIB2021 
        • To get general information: http://tinyAPS.com/?APIBINFO 
        • Space is limited as students will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. So hurry! 
      • The Youth About Business, Business Economy of America summer program
        • What: A 3-day virtual seminar and introductory business training for High school students, whereby the organization will host subsequent monthly seminars, meet-ups, and socials for participants in the program. And these monthly events are held regionally or virtually year-round every 3rd and 4th Thursday.
        • When: June 28 - 30 from 10am-2pm 
        • Cost: $149 due by May 31
        • To register: https://www.youthaboutbusiness.org/register/create-an-account/ 
        • To get general information: www.youthaboutbusiness.org
      • Additional camp opportunity by Youth About Business
        • What: The Summer Camp Competition, which is a week-long business competition where students work in teams of 3-5 to buy and/or sell a public company. The students selected for this competition are based on their performance in the Business Economy of America summer program. 
        • When: July 5-9 or July 12-16
        • To get general information: www.youthaboutbusiness.org
      • The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) Summer Courses
        • What: An opportunity for APS students to take courses  during the summer to get ahead (initial credit courses) or to regain credit (credit recovery)
        • When: June 7-July 16
        • Beginning tomorrow Monday, May 3, you can register at: http://bit.ly/AVASummer21, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, June 2.
        • For those who are interested in attending virtual school full-time beginning fall 2021, you can begin your application at: https://bit.ly/AVAFTInterest 
     
    3. Are you looking for meaningful summer employment, particularly in the civil service/government field? Please check out positions for which the city of Atlanta is offering high school students. 
     
     
    Then to access other summer employment opportunities, visit our employment drive link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
    Here are a couple of newly added jobs added.
      • *Chick-Fil-A on Howell Mill is having a recruitment event on Thursday, May 13 from 3-5pm. Text "caring" to 678.967.4470
      • *Rye Restaurants are hiring. Contact Liz@ryerestaurants.com and apply online at www.ryerestaurants.com 
     
    • Mr. FriesMan, a new restaurant opening at 30 Decatur St. SE Atlanta, GA 30303. They are in need of cashiers, cooks, shift leaders, and managers. Contact Mrfriesmanatl@gmail.com
    • Old Navy, a paid internship. Contact Mwhitson@ging.org or 678.766.8178
     
     

     

    Juniors:

     

    Posse Foundation Scholarship:This application is available for the class of 2022 students interested in applying for nomination for the Posse Foundation Scholarship. The Posse Foundation Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, leadership scholarship. The Posse Foundation and its partner institutions have awarded scholarships to students across the country to top colleges and universities in the nation such as:

    This year, Posse Atlanta will invite 20 rising seniors from Grady/Midtown High School to participate in the nomination process. 

     

    Here’s what Posse is looking for:

    • Academic Excellence: Students who have done well academically, and can perform at a high level at an academically rigorous college or university.
    • Leadership: Dynamic students who demonstrate strong leadership in their schools or communities.
    • Diversity: Students who represent various racial, ethnic, class, gender, sexuality, and life experience backgrounds.
    • Positive, motivated, talented, ambitious young people

    To be considered for nomination from Grady/Midtown students must:

    • Be a rising senior
    • Hold 87% or above Numeric Average
    • Complete the Online Application Form (which includes attaching a resume)

    Interested juniors must use the following google link to complete and submit the application. Due to the number of students interested in Posse, nominees will be selected by our scholarship committee. 

     

     https://forms.gle/S4FppNM4PtUcDUrH9

     

    **Special Notes 

    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:59pm, is the deadline to submit the online application. 

    Friday, June 4, 2021, students will be notified regarding their nomination.

     


     
     
    1. The 2021 Summer School registration has officially begun. If you or your 9-11th grade student have any courses that need recovering, then it would be very wise to enroll in this year's summer program. 
    • What: The Academic Recovery Academy or ARA
    • When: June 2-30 from 8:30am-2:20pm
    • Where: Maynard Jackson High School 801 Glenwood Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30316
    • To register: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/65773
    • Transportation will be provided, so the deadline to register is Friday, May 7.
    To access instructions on how to register for the summer ARA (Academic Recovery Academy), or to access a whole host of other summer programs please visit our summer/special programs drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
     
    For your convenience, the instructions for ARA registration in English and Espanol are attached to this email. 

     
    2. Here are a few other new and popular summer programs that you will find in that drive link.
      • The 2021 Summer College Success Bootcamp for AP, IB, and AVID
        • When: June 2-18 from 8:30am-2:45pm
        • Where: Phoenix Academy 256 Clifton St. SE Atlanta, GA 30317
        • To register: http://tinyAPS.com/?APIB2021 
        • To get general information: http://tinyAPS.com/?APIBINFO 
        • Space is limited as students will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. So hurry! 
      • The Youth About Business, Business Economy of America summer program
        • What: A 3-day virtual seminar and introductory business training for High school students, whereby the organization will host subsequent monthly seminars, meet-ups, and socials for participants in the program. And these monthly events are held regionally or virtually year-round every 3rd and 4th Thursday.
        • When: June 28 - 30 from 10am-2pm 
        • Cost: $149 due by May 31
        • To register: https://www.youthaboutbusiness.org/register/create-an-account/ 
        • To get general information: www.youthaboutbusiness.org
      • Additional camp opportunity by Youth About Business
        • What: The Summer Camp Competition, which is a week-long business competition where students work in teams of 3-5 to buy and/or sell a public company. The students selected for this competition are based on their performance in the Business Economy of America summer program. 
        • When: July 5-9 or July 12-16
        • To get general information: www.youthaboutbusiness.org
      • The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) Summer Courses
        • What: An opportunity for APS students to take courses  during the summer to get ahead (initial credit courses) or to regain credit (credit recovery)
        • When: June 7-July 16
        • Beginning tomorrow Monday, May 3, you can register at: http://bit.ly/AVASummer21, and the deadline to register is Wednesday, June 2.
        • For those who are interested in attending virtual school full-time with AVA beginning fall 2021, you can begin your application at: https://bit.ly/AVAFTInterest 
     
    3. Are you looking for meaningful summer employment, particularly in the civil service/government field? Please check out positions for which the city of Atlanta is offering high school students. 
     
     
    Then to access other summer employment opportunities, visit our employment drive link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
    Here are a couple of newly added jobs added.
    • Mr. FriesMan, a new restaurant opening at 30 Decatur St. SE Atlanta, GA 30303. They are in need of cashiers, cooks, shift leaders, and managers. Contact Mrfriesmanatl@gmail.com
    • Old Navy, a paid internship. Contact Mwhitson@ging.org or 678.766.8178

     
    1. There are some new employment opportunities for you to apply and get hired.
    Here is the link to access all the current employment openings: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
    Listed below are the employment offers that have been newly added.
    • 2021 ABC Midtown Early Learning Academy - contact them at 404.541.0700 or info@abcearlylearning.com 
    • 2021 Atlanta Peach Movers - contact Orlando Lynch at 404.569.7575
    • 2021 Five Guys at Hartsfield Jackson Airport - contact 678.429.2880 or Sdoun@mementerprisesgroup.com
    • Sears Pool - contact www.searspool.com , www.atlantaswimming.comwww.readcross.org , or lifeguard@searspool.com
    • The UPS Store - contact Ms. Shamsuddin at tahmida@gmail.com
    • Kroger at various locations and various positions such as cashier, bagger/courtesy clerk, deli/bakery clerk, cake decorator, pick up selector, attendant, and *pharmacy technician with special certification​*. See below for locations. 
      • 1715 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 - Fatima Coulibaly, Hiring Manager
      • 725 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 - Daniel Haye, Hiring Manager
      • 3330 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 - Shiquita Jamison, Hiring Manager
      • 4920 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342 - Azeb Gebrehiwot, Hiring Manager 
      • 1225 Caroline St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 - Andrew Nyarko, Hiring Manager
      • 2205 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 - Sanjay Patel, Hiring Manager
      • 3855 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 - Sophia Kimbro, Hiring Manager
      • 3871 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 - Will Canales or Brandon Hall, Hiring Managers
                                                                                      

     

    2. For those who are in need of other programs or services during the summer, you can check them out via this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
    The programs that are currently in this drive that do not have a specific deadline are:
    • Project Success academic/mentoring program with the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc Foundation - open to all students with a minimum 2.5 GPA, regardless of race or gender.
    • The virtual Project Connect nicotine/vaping cessation support group. Group sessions will be Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm on May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, and June 15. Then groups are also offered at 2:00-3:00pm on these following Tuesdays June 22, June 29, July 6, July 13, and July 20.  Registration is done via this link: https://www.caron.org/lp/virtually-connected 
    • Georgia State University's Leap Year gap year program - open to graduating seniors who seek to perform outreach work and academic tutorials prior to entering college at GSU.
    • For 11th graders, the Posse Foundation Scholar Program - this is a scholarship program for Atlanta students at five prestigious colleges. The info session is today April 28 at 11am  passcode: 825854
     
     
     

     
     
    The 2021 SMSEA (Science Math Summer Enrichment Academy) application is still available until tomorrow Thursday, April 22 at 11:59pm. 
    • What? This program allows students to take additional math or a science course worth up to one full year of credit. Your participation in SMSEA allows room in your schedule during the next school year for higher-level course work such as AP (Advanced Placement) or DE (dual enrollment), and it may afford you the opportunity of completing high school early altogether. 
    • Who? Rising 9-12th graders who have a minimum cumulative 80% GPA average and a minimum of 90% average in the subject they are seeking to do during the summer with SMSEA. Then students who are applying for Geometry must have scored in the distinguished range on the Algebra1 milestone. 
    • When? June 2-20, 2021 8am-4pm
    • Where? North Atlanta High School 
    • How much? No cost to students/parents
    • Deadline? April 12, 2021, but asap because this is a very competitive application process. 
    To apply, please open the attached documents for the program's FAQ and application.
    Or you can go directly to the application via this link and/or QR code link.
     
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    You can also visit our drive to access this year's SMSEA application as well as a host of other great programs: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
     
     

     
    For Juniors:
     
     
    1. Are you undecided about your college choice or are you just beginning your college search? DVS Diversity and Education Solutions cordially invites you to participate in the Metro Atlanta Multicultural Virtual College Fair on Thursday, April 15, 2021, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  
     
    Meeting ID: 879 5997 7056 
    Passcode: 451775
    The following colleges/universities are slated to be present. 
    1. Alabama A&M University
    2. Hope College
    3. Florida A&M University
    4. Gannon University
    5. West Virginia State University
    6. University of Akron
    7. Ohio University
    8. Central Michigan University
    9. Eastern Michigan University
    10. Wilberforce University
    11. Shaw University
    12. University of Dayton
    13. Coppin State University
    14. Wright State University
    15. Jackson State University
    16. Morehead State University
    17. Ashland University
    18. University of Toledo
    19. Thomas More College
    20. Mount St. Joseph University
    21. Arkansas Baptist College
    22. Lincoln University
    23. Shawnee State University
    24. Central State University
    25. University of Mount Union
    26. Savannah State University
    27. Bellarmine University
    28. Penn State University
    29. Western Michigan University
    30. Michigan State University
    31. Lincoln University (MO)
    32. University of Cincinnati
    33. Marshall University School of Pharmacy
    34. University of Pittsburgh
    35. Hampton University
    36. Slippery Rock University
    37. Youngstown State University
    2. Calling all civic-minded high schoolers. The Fulton County Board of Health has a Youth Advisory Council which is designed to get young people interested and involved in the issues affecting their peers and community. Students who join the council will have the opportunity to voice opinions about issues affecting their community, meet with public health staff and provide feedback about adolescent health programming, gain youth development and leadership skills, and serve as a resource to their peers and community. Potential council members must be between the ages of 14-19 years old, reside in Fulton County, and be able to attend a free virtual Leadership Development Training on May 5, May 11, May 18, and May 20 from 4:00pm- 5:30pm. See the 1st attached flyer in this email for details 
     
    To submit your application, please do so here: https://forms.gle/u1H9PSipLsh3pRmn9
    The application deadline is April 24.
     
    To access other special programs happening in our area to involve yourself with, please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
     
     
    3. Are you looking for some volunteer/community service experience? Look no further, the Inman Park Tour of Gardens is happening the weekend of April 23-25. Sign up now. 
     
     
    4. The Posse Foundation Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, leadership scholarship.  The Posse Foundation and its partner institutions have awarded scholarships to students across the country to top colleges and universities in the nation such as:

    Bard College:                                   http://www.bard.edu

    Boston University:                          http://www.bu.edu

    Brandeis University:                       http://www.brandeis.edu

    George Washington University:     http://gwu.edu

    The College of Wooster:                 http://www.wooster.edu

     

    Students interested in applying to these institutions and learning more about Posse are encouraged to attend the information session that Posse is conducting for Grady/Midtown High School class of 2022 on Wednesday, April 28, 11:00am
    Please see the 2nd attached flyer for more information. 
    To attend the information session, here are the log-in credentials.  
     
    meeting ID: 87074545779
    passcode: 825854
     

     
     For Juniors:

    Posse Foundation Scholarship Session April 28

    College Board Opportunity Scholarship Timeline

    Work Based Learning Program

     

     

    The Posse Foundation Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, leadership scholarship.  The Posse Foundation and its partner institutions have awarded scholarships to students across the country to top colleges and universities in the nation such as:

    Bard College:                                   http://www.bard.edu

    Boston University:                          http://www.bu.edu

    Brandeis University:                       http://www.brandeis.edu

    George Washington University:     http://gwu.edu

    The College of Wooster:                 http://www.wooster.edu

    Students interested in applying to these institutions and learning more about Posse are encouraged to attend the information session that Posse is conducting for Grady/Midtown High School class of 2022 on Wednesday, April 28, 11:00am
    Please see the 1st attached flyer for more information and here are the log-in credentials for the session.  
     
    meeting ID: 87074545779
    passcode: 825854
     
     
    2. Another reminder that the College Board (the company that administers and creates the SAT exam) has a very lucrative scholarship for which you can begin the application process now. It is called the Opportunity Scholarships and it is worth up to $40,000. The good thing about this scholarship is that it is about effort as the more effort you put into completing each step the more opportunities you will have to earn scholarship money. Moreover, there is no minimum GPA, essay requirement, or even a test score requirement. So, how do you apply?
      • Go to https://opportunity.collegeboard.org and click "Earn Scholarships" or go to cb.org/opportunity  
      • Then log into your account, or create your account, that is if you do not already have one.
      • There are 6 steps to complete, and each step is worth $500 in scholarship money. Then upon finishing these steps you are eligible for the $40,000 scholarship.
        • Step 1: Build Your College List
        • Step 2: Practice for the SAT
        • Step 3: Explore Scholarships
        • Step 4: Strengthen Your College List
        • Step 5: Complete the FAFSA
        • Step 6: Apply to Colleges
     
      Please review the 2nd attached flyer in this email for further information. 
     
    3. For anyone who may be interested in participating in WBL (Work-Based Learning) for the next school year, please review the 3rd attached document. And submit your interest via this link: https://forms.gle/5HNNfxok9JVHN4mKA, Deadline is April 14. 
     
    4. Are you looking for meaningful employment? Please check out positions that the city of Atlanta is offering high school students. See links.
     
    5. Lastly, as a rising senior we will to need post-high school planning information from every student in the graduating class of 2022. Please complete the survey via this link as soon as possible.
     

     
    1. For those who are STEM enthusiasts, particularly computer science students, the University of Michigan is offering a coding course this summer. See attached flyer for details. 
     
    2.  Also, as a reminder, the 2021 SMSEA (Science Math Summer Enrichment Academy) application is available. 
    • What? This program allows students to take an additional math or a science course worth up to one full year of credit. Your participation in SMSEA allows room in your schedule during the next school year for higher-level course work such as AP (Advanced Placement) or DE (dual enrollment), and it may afford you the opportunity of completing high school early. 
    • Who? Rising 9-12th graders who have a minimum cumulative 80% GPA average and a minimum of 90% average in the subject they are seeking to do during the summer with SMSEA. Then students who are applying for Geometry must have scored in the distinguished range on the Algebra I milestone. 
    • When? June 2-20, 2021 8am-4pm
    • Where? North Atlanta High School 
    • How much? No cost to students/parents
    • Deadline? April 12, 2021, but asap because this is a very competitive application process. 
    To get more information check out the SMSEA documents in our drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing, or may go directly to the application via this link and/or QR code link.
     
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    3. If you are interested in accessing other special programs, please review our drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
     
    4.  Lastly, for those who are 18+ years old, there is an employment opportunity with Puttshack. This mini-golf and entertainment center's Atlanta location will be opening soon on April 21. See link for application and details. 
     
    5.The YMCA is hiring for these summer positions:
    • Day camp counselors (16+ year old)
    • Lead day camp counselors (18+ year old)
    • Lifeguards (16+ year old)
    To access the flyer with more details, visit our employment drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing, or you go directly to YMCA's website: https://ymcaatlanta.org/careers/ where you will click "careers" and it will take you to the application process. 
     
    6.Another employment opportunity is with Chick-Fil-A as they are expanding their Howell Mill location. The company is having an employment event during spring break on Thursday April 8 at 3pm. To apply simply text "caring" to 678.967.4470.
     
    Again, to access these and other great employment leads and opportunities, please check out our themed employment drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
     

     
    For Juniors:
     
     
    1. In preparation for your senior year. For those who are college-bound students, there are still some college prep activities going on this school year. To access all the college prep materials and events, go to this drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing For example here are some more immediate upcoming events:
     
    2. Another reminder that the College Board (the company that administers and creates the SAT exam) has a very lucrative scholarship for which you can begin the application process now. It is called the Opportunity Scholarships and it is worth up to $40,000. The good thing about this scholarship is that it is about effort as the more effort you put into completing each step the more opportunities you will have to earn scholarship money. Moreover, there is no minimum GPA, essay requirement, or even a test score requirement. So, how do you apply?
      • Go to https://opportunity.collegeboard.org and click "Earn Scholarships" or go to cb.org/opportunity  
      • Then log into your account, or create your account, that is if you do not already have one.
      • There are 6 steps to complete, and each step is worth $500 in scholarship money. Then upon finishing these steps you are eligible for the $40,000 scholarship.
        • Step 1: Build Your College List
        • Step 2: Practice for the SAT
        • Step 3: Explore Scholarships
        • Step 4: Strengthen Your College List
        • Step 5: Complete the FAFSA
        • Step 6: Apply to Colleges
     
      Please review the attachment flyer in this email for further information. 
    3. Today is the last day to register for an AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) course. So, hurry and connect with your counselor before 3pm if you need a credit recovery or initial credit course.
     

     
     
    The 2021 SMSEA (Science Math Summer Enrichment Academy) application is available. 
    • What? This program allows students to take an additional math or a science course worth up to one full year of credit. Your participation in SMSEA allows room in your schedule during the next school year for higher-level course work such as AP (Advanced Placement) or DE (dual enrollment), and it may afford you the opportunity of completing high school early. 
    • Who? Rising 9-12th graders who have a minimum cumulative 80% GPA average and a minimum of 90% average in the subject they are seeking to do during the summer with SMSEA. Then students who are applying for Geometry must have scored in the distinguished range on the Algebra I milestone. 
    • When? June 2-20, 2021 8am-4pm
    • Where? North Atlanta High School 
    • How much? No cost to students/parents
    • Deadline? April 12, 2021, but asap because this is a very competitive application process. 
    To apply, please open the attached documents for the program's FAQ and application.
    Or you can go directly to the application via this link and/or QR code link.
     

     
    You can also visit our drive to access this year's SMSEA application as well as a host of other great programs: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AoOk9wUH9CGC7wK10xBfVg-OYNiuqvLA?usp=sharing
     

     
    There are some newly added employment opportunities added to our employment drive, and these include:
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons 4th Grade Teacher; pay is $4,500 and application deadline April 2, 2021 
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons Art Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons Math Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons Music Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons PE Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 Georgia Power Summer Student Intern Program; pay is $10/hour
    • 2021 Morris Manning & Martin Internship; pay is $300/week and the application deadline April; 7 2021
     
    To get more information on these as well as other employment leads, please visit the drive's link:
     
     

     
     
    For rising 10-12th graders, the 21st Century Leaders in partnership with Georgia Power has EarthCare, a week-long summer leadership institute that focuses on STEM and leadership. Participating students will be able to connect with like-minded high school students where they explore careers in engineering and technology while networking and learning from industry professionals and develop our students as a leader.
     
    When: June 6-11, 2021
     
    To apply: You can go to the attached flyers or you can visit: https://www.21stcenturyleaders.org/student- programs/student-application-form/ 
     
    The deadline: is Monday, March 15, 2021
     
     
     

     
     
    Hello Grady Community, hoping that you are well.  Tomorrow March 10, the following is happening.
     
     

     
     
    Just a reminder that 2021-22 dual enrollment applications are well underway. 
     
    A couple of updates:
    • The ACCA (Atlanta College Career Academy) has application sessions every Wednesday at various times (10am, 11:30am, and 1pm), but they are specifically supporting Grady's students next Wednesday, March 10 at 1pm. So, for those students who are interested in the programs outlined in the 1st attached flyer to this email, be sure to join us next Wednesday, March 10 at 1pm for this session.
    • We will have reps from our traditional dual enrollment partners, AMSC (Atlanta Metro), GSU (GA State), Oglethorpe, and perhaps ATC's Early College Essentials dean available as well on Wednesday, March 10 at 2pm. Our traditional dual enrollment colleges are described in the 2nd attached flyer. We hope all students who have general questions about this process will join us next Wednesday at 2pm.
    Then below you will see the original email sent to you on Feb 19 which thoroughly lays out the entire dual enrollment process. Please take your time, relax, and carefully read each step as there are things outlined that are applicable to all new dual enrollment applicants as well as for our returning dual enrollment students. 
     
     

     
     
    4th quarter's AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) registration for part-time enrollment is open, and registration closes March 26 (see chart at the bottom). Part-time AVA essentially has two purposes.
    1. If you were thinking of taking an additional class to get ahead so that you can possibly graduate early, AVA is your answer. 
    2. Some of you may need to redo a class because you previously failed it, AVA is your answer. 
    To apply, submit your application via this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp. So, when are on the website, you will see that this is an application for part-time AVA (not full-time) and it allows you to enroll in two types of courses; CR or IC (see below for explanation).
    • 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. 
    • Then 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
    Again, the deadline is March 26 (preferably you should apply before Monday, March 22, and this is because the first day of class for the 4th quarter is March 22, and you should not want to miss any days of instruction).
    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 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 


     

    For Juniors-

    Are you interested in law, litigation, advocacy, public policy, social change, and other issues that affect the greater good? Then the Atlanta Bar Association SLIP (Summer Law Internship Program) may be a good activity for you. The program goals are to: 

     

    • To provide valuable work experience
    • To further students’ understanding of the law
    • To promote mentor relationship with the Atlanta legal community.

     

    The internship is paid and will be virtual this year for new interns. It is also worth noting that once a student is engaged with SLIP, they provide support throughout their educational career. A few years ago, they launched a program to help students pay for both Law School Admission Test (“LSAT”) prep and Bar exam prep.

    For general information, please visit their website: http://abaslip.blogspot.com/

     
    Eligibility: Current seniors c/o 2021 and juniors c/o 2022

     

    To submit your application, visit: https://www.cognitoforms.com/AtlantaBarAssociation/ApplicationFor2021AtlantaBarAssociationSummerLawInternshipProgram

    Deadline: Thursday, March 18, 2021

     

     
     
    The students applying for and continuing with dual enrollment at ATC (Atlanta Technical College), should attend tomorrow's Feb 24 meeting at 10am. Here is the log-in information.

     

    Rock The Street- Wall Street offers girls a pathway to financial and investment literacy through hands-on financial projects led by 100% female financial professionals. They bring in the pros so that the girls can see women who are facile in math and who can become their mentors and sponsors as they continue in their high school and college studies and well into their first jobs. 

     

    The organization offers girls college counseling, STEM skills training, financial coaching, first-time job mentoring, and job shadowing. Their volunteers are financial professionals (their partner, incidentally, is Invesco) who can show how being personally financially responsible changes lives. Each girl is assigned a mentor with whom she will work closely.

     

    Why It Matters: Millennial women (35%) are more than three times as likely as their male peers (11%) to not have completely understood their financing options when applying to college. Today, women own over 2/3 of the college debt. Women represent 6% of the leaders in the financial services professions. 

     

    Their Vision: To create a world where women are financially literate, independent, and equally represented in the field of finance, all the way up to the C-suites. They believe that 'If we change who invests, we will change what we invest in.'

     

    How Do We Get There? By offering girls college counseling, STEM skills training, financial coaching, first-time job mentoring, and job shadowing. Their volunteers are financial professionals who can walk the talk and show how being personally financially responsible changes lives.

     

    Spring mentorships will be offered on Zoom, from 3-4pm on select Wednesdays in March and April.

    • March 10th and 24th
    • April 14th and April 21st

     

    For general information, visit:   https://rockthestreetwallstreet.com/ 

    To sign up, please visit the Grady RTSWS Google Classroom, join code: 5k3dotl

    and sign up at https://rockthestreetwallstreet.com/contactus/ , and select "Spring Mentorship Program" under your area of interest. 

     


     
     
    As announced on Friday, February 19, the 2021-22 dual enrollment application process has officially started. If you missed that important email, then please scroll down to see the original message as it details the steps you will need to complete so that your fall 2021 application is successfully submitted. 
     
    Next, for any student who is interested in applying to ATC (Atlanta Technical College) or students who will be returning to ATC in the fall there will be an information meeting on Wednesday, February 24 at 10am. Please log-in on time as all ATC applicants are expected to attend. 
    Here is the login information.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88222697982?pwd=T1YwRzZoTG5mL1VubFM5Z0VHL0lndz09

     

    Meeting ID: 882 2269 7982

    Passcode: EvX6mN

     

    It is confirmed, we will have our general Q&A dual enrollment information session with our college partners GSU (GA State), Oglethorpe, and AMSC (Atlanta Metro) on Wednesday, March 10 at 2pm 

    Here is the Zoom login information:

     

     


     
     
    Hello, Juniors c/o 2022 and Parents,
    Questbridge's College Prep Scholars Program is officially open. 
     
    What: Founded in 1994, Questbridge is a non-profit education program whereby it connects our country's high-performing high-ordered thinking low-income high school students with some of the more elite and highly selective post-secondary institutions in the United States. Questbridge aims to assist this talented pool of innovative students in their enrollment to Ivy League and other competitive institutions of higher learning. 
     
     
    Who: Students currently in the 11th grade are recruited for Questbridge's College Prep Scholar program whereby in your senior year you will automatically be enrolled in their National College Match initiative which will give you access to the full 4-year scholarships at Questbridge's partner colleges/universities. Here is a spill on the profile of those who should apply: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars/who-should-apply
     

     

    For a complete listing of which colleges are partnered with Questbridge, please visit: https://www.questbridge.org/college-partners
    Please also review the 1st attached flyer. 
    The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, March 24, 2021
     
    Parents, you may want to join associate superintendent Dr. Sims for a conversation on how you can stay abreast with your child's credits- Monday, February 22 at 6pm on Facebook live www.facebook.com/atlantapublicschools. See the 2nd attached flyer for details.
    For more APS sponsored events and programs, please visit link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ErIt69cin9j3vsLkDvPQdPtCbnbHDru7?usp=sharing
     

     
     
    We hope all are doing and feeling well. This email is for any student who is interested in applying for the DE (dual enrollment) program for the fall 2021 semester, as well as any of the current DE students who would like to renew their application with their current institution or even apply to a different college altogether. The process is thoroughly outlined in this email and will require that you adhere to these steps as well as any deadlines. Any deviation from these steps may impede your application submission which may ultimately interfere with your acceptance. 
     
     
    Step 1. Everyone, including our returning DE students, should review the document that is attached to this email as it summarizes the important specifications to the DE program, as well as describes the colleges that are most common to Grady and our students.  
     
     
    Step 2. If after reviewing the attached document, and you seek more in-depth information about our state's provision or program that allows high school students to take courses at approved post-secondary institutions, then you may review these three websites.
     
    Step 3. Next for those who are serious about applying, and this includes our returning DE students, you should make one entry via this link, as doing so will allow us to make subsequent contact with you and assist you during this process. https://forms.gle/CpU2HzzCFAWPgV9w9.  
     
     
     
    Step 4. Carefully review the documents located in this google drive as you will need these documents in the proceeding steps. 
    In this drive or folder, there are 15 PDF documents, which are:
    • 2021-22 Grady's Dual Enrollment General Information
    • 2021 Participating Dual Enrollment Colleges
    • 2021 Dual Enrollment Changes & Updates as of MAY2020
    • 2021 USG Colleges Dual Enrollment Admission Requirements
    • 2021-22 Grady HS Dual Enrollment Agreement **(All students must submit this form immediately)
    • 2021-22 ATC Dual Enrollment Flyer
    • 2021-22 ATC Dual Enrollment Admissions Application Instructions
    • 2021-22 AMSC Dual Enrollment General Information
    • 2021-22 AMSC Dual Enrollment Admissions Instructions
    • 2021-22 Clayton State Dual Enrollment Application Instructions
    • 2021-22 GSU Dual Enrollment Application Instructions
    • 2021-22 GA Tech Application Instructions
    • 2021-22 KSU Dual Enrollment Admissions Application Instructions
    • 2021-22 Oglethorpe University Dual Enrollment Application Instructions
    • 2020-21 Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account
     
    Step 5. All students whether you are a returning DE student or new to the program must submit one funding application per academic year via your GA Futures account, and your parent must electronically approve your participation by signing the online Participation Agreement that is generated once you appropriately submit your funding application. 
     
    What is a funding application? It is an application that allows you to access the GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission) funding source so that the full cost of tuition is not absorbed by you or your parent/guardian. So, yes, this a crucial step. 
     
    To assist you in this step, it may extremely appropriate that you watch this video which explains how to create your GA Futures account as well as for instructions on how to submit your dual enrollment funding application: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UoBFlfsNSU&feature=youtu.be
     
    Once you are on the page, the application procedure is explained. Please go ahead and apply for the 2021-22 school year. A parent/guardian email is required so be sure to obtain your guardian/parent's valid email address. 
     
     
    Step 6. For the students who are new to the DE program, your next step in the dual enrollment application process is to submit your admissions application directly to the college/university for which you are eligible. Returning DE students who are intending to attend a different college for the 2021-22 school year, you must submit an admissions application too. Returning DE students to the same college, you may skip this step.
    The instructions on how to apply to our high school's most common colleges and universities are found in the dual enrollment drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZHfYfNTXU-zqVUEHSXcylL4rjd-TMLfG?usp=sharing
    Once you are in the drive, please locate the PDF document for your college, then follow the students outlined to submit your admissions application. 
     
     
    Step 7. New students must request that their transcript is sent to their college via their Parchment account. This also includes returning DE students who are applying to a new or different college for the 2021-22 school year. 
     
    For instructions on how to set up your Parchment account, please go to the dual enrollment drive and locate PDF document number15 entitled "2020-21 Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account." And here again is the link to that drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZHfYfNTXU-zqVUEHSXcylL4rjd-TMLfG?usp=sharing
     
     
    Step 8. Although it appears that for the fall 2021 semester colleges are waiving the ACT/SAT test score requirement, you may still submit your eligible scores. 
    To access and request your SAT scores, log into your College Board account via https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores and request that your highest SAT scores from one test administration be sent to the college. 
    For your ACT scores, 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 from one test administration be sent to the college. 
    Making these requests may incur a $12 fee for the SAT and a $13 fee for the ACT. Again, submitting scores for the fall 2021 semester is optional, but for those who choose to submit, only new applicants may request their scores as the DE students who are returning to the same college will not have to resubmit their test scores.  
     
     
     
    Step 9. There may be a time during this process when you will need to provide your Grady counselor with a document, please upload all such documents via this link: https://forms.gle/4r5ouHqcMesPQCka9
     
    For starters, you will need to submit the 2021-22 Grady HS Dual Enrollment Agreement, which again you will find in our drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZHfYfNTXU-zqVUEHSXcylL4rjd-TMLfG?usp=sharing. Other examples of documents that you may eventually submit will be a copy of your official college schedule, a textbook agreement, or an advising form just to list a few. 
     

     
    Step 10. Be sure to continually connect with your assigned Grady counselor along the way as there will need to be discussion around your eligibility as well as the feasibility of having a dual enrollment experience fit into your overall Grady schedule, as it is important everyone understands that you currently being a high school student, the high school requirements do in fact supersede any college experience.
     
     

    Lastly, please save the following dates, as we are planning to have an information/working session where you will be able to ask questions related to this process.
    Wednesday, March 3 and/or March 10 at 2pm.  
    Here is the Zoom login information:
     
    Despite varying deadlines published by various colleges, our goal is to have all dual enrollment applications for fall 2021 completed and submitted by Friday, March 12, 2021, at 3pm.  
     
     

     

    For Juniors interested in exploring careers in music and technology, you may want to apply for a special opportunity to be a part of the Future Insiders Program powered by YouTube Music and The Gathering Spot. 

     

    Through this immersive 4-day virtual course, students will work directly with YouTube Music team members to learn first-hand skills, knowledge, and resources to help catapult a passion for music into a career.

     

    Applications close on February 28th.

     


     
    The Excel Village is excited to invite you to the 2nd Excel Village Girl's STEM-FAB Power Summit - virtual edition.  Sponsored by Macy's, this national event will provide an opportunity for girls in grades 5th-12th to participate with girls from across the nation interactive workshop focused on winning futures in science, technology, engineering, math, finance, arts, and business.  Only 50 girls will be selected to receive an entrance scholarship. Previously held in-person in Detroit, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina.  They have now afforded the opportunity to extend the program nationally online
     
    Who is Eligible to Apply?
    • 5th - 12th grade girls in the United States.
    • A curious mind and desire to learn.
    • Girls who can commit to participating in the full Summit (8:00 am to 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
    • Girls who are curious about STEM-FAB© fields and professions.
    • Girls who enjoy building community and learning through challenges.
     
    Summit Details
    • Sessions: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm (EDT) on April 24, 2021
    • Valued at $200 but no cost
    • T-Shirts provided
    • Limited to 50 (6-7 girls in each grade level)
     
    For more information: https://excelvillage.org/
     

     
    Hello Grady Community, see below for information regarding this year's milestone testing. 
    • Monday, March 8th:  American Lit/Comp section 1
    • Tuesday, March 9th:  American Lit/Comp sections 2 & 3
    • Wednesday, March 10th:  No testing (asynchronous learning day)
    • Thursday, March 11th:  Algebra 1
    • Friday, March 12th:  US History
    • Monday, March 15th:  No testing (teacher professional learning day)
    • Tuesday, March 16th Biology
    • Wednesday, March 17th:  No testing (asynchronous learning day)
    • Thursday, March 18th:  Makeups
    • Friday, March 19th:  Makeups

     

    The state of Georgia cut back on testing beginning this school year. So, only four Milestones remain, which are: 

     

    • Algebra 1
    • American Literature
    • Biology
    • US History 
    Here are crucial points to consider:
    • If students choose not to test in March, they will have several additional opportunities to test through June 2021.
    •  If a student does not take the Milestone EOC test by June 2021, s/he will have to retake the course during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 school year. 
    • AP Language & Composition and AP US History students are exempt from the Milestones.
    • Then for students who begin Milestone subjects this semester (Jan 19 - May 26), you will take the Milestone exams in April (April 26 - May 6).

     
    Hello 9th Grade Community,
     
     
    This is a reminder that the Morehouse SMASH summer program is having an information session today at 7pm. 

     
     
    We hope you are doing and feeling well. For students who are looking for a meaningful summer experience, the 21st Century Leaders program has an ideal program for you. 

     

    The mission of 21st Century Leaders is, in short, to develop diverse leaders. Their summer leadership institutes are week-long programs for diverse high school students from across the state of Georgia to develop as leaders through workshops and networking with business professionals, explore careers through panels and talks with employees, and gain skills in social-emotional intelligence, diversity, and inclusion, as well as enhancing your personal and professional leadership. 

     

    There are four institutes (see attached flyer for details) – each institute focuses on a different industry, and students can apply to the institute they most prefer.

     

    • WHO: Open to students in grades 9-11, anywhere in Georgia (public, private, or home school), who are looking for students who want to learn about leadership and explore careers, regardless of prior leadership experience or academics.
    • WHEN: The week-long institutes are usually residential on a college campus, but summer 2021 will take place virtually.

    • HOW MUCH: There is no cost for students to attend! Accepted students will also get free access to their online learning program for the summer and school year.

    • INTERESTING FACT: 25% of students say that their experience at the institute was their first time interacting with peers outside of their geographic area.

     

    Information about each institute and the application for new students are online. See link: https://www.21stcenturyleaders.org/student-programs/summer/

     


     
    9th Graders:
     
     
    Morehouse College has a summer program that is specifically geared towards young men who may have an interest in STEM (science technology engineering math). It is called SMASH (Summer Math and Science Honors) Academy. See below for details.
    • What is SMASH?
      • It is a free STEM exposure and college prep program for students underrepresented in STEM fields. Students are recruited in the 9th grade and participate for 3+ years. Typically, over the summer, students participate in a 5 week, on-campus/residential academy where they engage in project-based learning and getting a taste of the college experience. Throughout the year the SMASH scholars continue their learning through workshops held 2x per month on Saturdays. This summer 2021, however, due to COVID-19, their program has transitioned to a virtual environment. 
    • What is the student profile?
      • High potential 9th-grade students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM.
      • Students should have ended the 8th grade with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
      • Students must live within 50 miles of Morehouse College.
      • Students must identify as male. 
    • Application Resources
    • The SMASH program is offering an application information session on these dates:
    • The deadline to apply is Monday, March 15, 2021
      SMASH is a FREE STEM-exposure and college-prep program for students underrepresented in STEM. Students are recruited in the 9th grade and participate for 3+ years! Typically, over the summers students participate in a 5 week, on campus academy engaging in project-based learning and getting a taste of the college experience. This summer, due to Covid-19, our program has transitioned to a virtual environment! Throughout the year our scholars continue their learning through workshops held 2x per month on Saturdays. Please note that SMASH Morehouse is open only to 9th grade males who live within 50 miles of Morehouse College Please signup for 1 or more info sessions to learn more about SMASH and how you can apply! The application link is www.smash.org/apply and the deadline to apply is March 15, 2021!
      docs.google.com
       
       
    • Please complete this form to learn. if you are eligible to apply for SMASH Academy. *If you are eligible, you will receive the link to the application.*
      www.smash.org
       
      Programs SMASH Academy. SMASH Academy, our flagship program, is a three-year, intensive and holistic STEM residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers.
      www.smash.org
       

      If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Blevins-Pellechia at TBlevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us or Mr. Young at Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us.
    Be and do well. 

     

    Sophomores:

     
     
    Summer Opportunities Providing Access to STEM and Computer Science


    Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing access opportunities to populations of students who have been historically underrepresented in the STEM and Computer Science fields. We materialize this support through our Summer Academy for Math and Science, AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon and our new Computer Science Scholars program offerings.

    The Summer Academy for Math and Science is a six-week residential experience that provides students from underrepresented communities who have an interest in engineering and/or the natural sciences, with the opportunity to achieve skills in order to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields. There are no tuition, housing, or dining fees for students selected to attend this program.

    The AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon program is a three-week residential experience that provides opportunities for students from underrepresented communities to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. There are no tuition, housing, or dining fees for students selected to attend this program.

    The Computer Science Scholars program provides students who are traditionally under-represented in the field of computer science an opportunity to receive exposure to computing and additional computer science pre-requisites. There are no tuition, housing, or dining fees for students selected to attend this program.

    The curricula of these programs include a combination of hands-on learning and research via projects, and lectures by Carnegie Mellon faculty, teachers, and graduate students. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities that introduce them to new people, topics, and career opportunities. College students also serve as classroom assistants, tutors, and mentors. 

    Students may apply for the program here. Feel free to share this email with any student you think might be interested in applying!

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

    Best Regards, 

    Kai Roberts
    Assistant Director, Enrollment Management
    Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Programs
     
    Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Programs
    Carnegie Mellon University | 4700 Fifth Ave. | Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    412.268.5914 | precollege@andrew.cmu.edu

      
     
     

     
    Also, parents, be sure to check out a variety current of programs which are designed to assist you. 
    In this drive you will find:
    • 2020 COVID 19 Eviction Rent Assistance
    • 2021 Parent Leadership Academy
    • 2021 Cares Act
    • 2020 Cold Weather Shelter
    • Mother Raising Sons
    • Heating Bill Assistance
    • Various Free Virtual Trainings/Classes
    • 2021 Take Home PreK-5 Resources
    • 2021 ATL Social Change Event
    • 2021 ATL Social Change General Information
    • 2021 EdMat Take-Home Middle School Resources

     

    Juniors:

     

    The National Merit Scholarship Alternate Eligibility

    College Board Opportunity Scholarship Timeline

    College Board Opportunity Scholarship Guidebook

    Free Tutoring with Tutor ATL

    The Financial Aid Presentation by GSFC on Jan 28

     

    1. Did you miss this year's PSAT exam, and are you interested in being considered for the 2022 NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) scholarship program? If so, then please review the criteria in the 1st attached document of this email for how you can be considered or you can copy and paste this link:  Alternate Entry to the 2022 National Merit® Scholarship Program

    Here below are the specific requirements for entering the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program based on your SAT scores in lieu of having PSAT/NMSQT scores. You must:

     

    • Register and take an official administration of the SAT exam given from August 2020 to June 2021.
    • Request that the College Board SAT Program send an official report of your SAT scores to NMSC (National Merit Scholarship Corporation). The NMSC code is 0085. The SAT Program will not report your scores to NMSC unless you request it. You cannot use a photocopy of the score report sent to you or to your high school as a substitute for the official report.

    • Immediately copy and paste this link: forms.nationalmerit.org/alternateentry  and complete the Alternate Entry Form.

     

    2. The College Board (the company that administers and creates the SAT exam) has a very lucrative scholarship for which you can begin the application process now. It is called the Opportunity Scholarships and it is worth up to $40,000. The good thing about this scholarship is that it is about effort as the more effort you put into completing each step the more opportunities you will have to earn scholarship money. Moreover, there is no minimum GPA, essay requirement, or even a test score requirement. So, how do you apply?
      • Go to https://opportunity.collegeboard.org and click "Earn Scholarships" or go to cb.org/opportunity  
      • Then log into your account, or create your account, that is if you do not already have one.
      • There are 6 steps to complete, and each step is worth $500 in scholarship money. Then upon finishing these steps you are eligible for the $40,000 scholarship.
        • Step 1: Build Your College List
        • Step 2: Practice for the SAT
        • Step 3: Explore Scholarships
        • Step 4: Strengthen Your College List
        • Step 5: Complete the FAFSA
        • Step 6: Apply to Colleges
     
      Please review the 2nd and 3rd attachments in this email for further information. 
     
    3. Juniors as you begin your journey in looking for the right college or university, there will be another comprehensive college fair coming soon. The PROBE College Fair will be held on Monday, March 15 at 5:00-7:45pm. To sign up go to http://www.gaprobe.org/college-tour-signup/
    So, for those who are serious about researching schools, you may want to review some of the documents in our college prep and admissions drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing 
     
     
    4. Did you know there were tutorial services available to you for free? Yes, the Tutor ATL service can be access through your Mybackpack account. Here is the link: https://launchpad.classlink.com/atlanta. Please see the 4th attached document for details. 
     
     
    5. A note of gratitude goes to everyone who was able to join us for the second and last financial aid presentation of the 2020-21 school year. If you did not make it or simply would like to review the presentation and its materials again, please review the 5th attached document in this email. 
    For the recorded version of January 28th's presentation, it can be accessed here: https://atlantapublicschools-us.zoom.us/rec/share/555kSOhxPyr59pFx2QgKCCSsJJ4jNCr8h8oOLLW4L2zRaWc2XGlcS4b-tPYgL0IZ.Bjt-PhXBBL
    Access Passcode (if needed): aH4Pw@$W
    Please do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the guidance team if you need information and assistance. 
    • Dr. Blankenship for 10th-12th students last names A-F. She's at SBlankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Mr. Young for 10-12th students last names G-M. He's at Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Falcone for 10-12th students last names N-Z. She's at Chelsea.Falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Gray graduation coach. She's at Cgray@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Blevins-Pellechia 9th grade counselor and she's at Tblevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us

     

    For Juniors:

     
     
    Tune in today Thursday, January 28 at 4pm, 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
     

     
    For Sophomores:
     
     
    Hello 10th Graders, this is just a reminder for those who are attending Friday's ACCA presentation, you are to make one submission via this link: https://forms.gle/pYPemhcDRWfLPxPT6
    Doing so will prevent you from being penalized for missing your 2nd period. We will review and verify this list with those who actually sign in tomorrow. 
     
     

     
    For Juniors:
     
    for your attendance tomorrow at the LEAP Year presentation, you will need to make one submission via this link: https://forms.gle/UK72hVhvfJvhBCFP6. Doing so will prevent you from being penalized for missing your 3rd and/or 4th period(s). So, your submission will need to match up with your logging into tomorrow's presentation, otherwise, we cannot grant the excused absence. 
     
    Then for Friday's ACCA presentation, you are to make one submission via this link: https://forms.gle/pYPemhcDRWfLPxPT6.
     

     
    For Sophomores:
     
    Here are some reminders on events from the guidance department. 
     
     
    1. Students are you interested in getting trained in some of the 21st century's most innovative, interesting, and high demand/paying fields (such as cybersecurity, EMR (emergency medical responder, graphic arts, HVAC, programming, etc.? Please review the first attached document in this email for a complete listing of the programs.
    If any of the listed programs is something you'd like to explore, then you should join us for the ACCA (Atlanta College Career Academy) Information Session. 
    When: Friday, January 29, 2021
    Time: 10am - 11:30am
    meeting ID (if needed): 5499668032
    passcode (if needed): 072547
    Attendance will be taken to ensure you are not penalized, so please submit your name in the link below or by scanning the QR code before the day of the event so that we can submit accurate attendance for reporting to our attendance clerks.
     
    The Atlanta College & Career Academy (ACCA) is conducting information & application sessions for the 2021-2022 school year. ACCA will provide more access to career pathways and prepare APS students for high demand careers aligned with the economic and workforce needs of Atlanta and across Georgia. ACCA will offer 14 career pathways, as well as Dual Enrollment options through Atlanta Technical College for the 2021-2022 school year. Current 9th-11th graders are invited to attend the information session on January 29, 10:00 AM. Please complete the google form to meet with ACCA staff and Grady counselors for an overview of the program.
    forms.gle

     
     
    2. 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: 
    3. 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. See the snippet below. 

     

    Chick Fil A 1100 Northside Drive location, between 10th and 14th streets. 

    If you were not able to make it for their hiring event last week you should email humanresources@cfamidtown.com and request last week's hiring event zoom link or visit them on Tuesday 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."

    4. 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).


     
    For Juniors:
     
     
    1. Students are you interested in getting trained in some of the 21st century's most innovative, interesting, and high demand/paying fields (such as cybersecurity, EMR (emergency medical responder, graphic arts, HVAC, programming, etc.? Please review the first attached document in this email for a complete listing of the programs.
    If any of the listed programs is something you'd like to explore, then you should join us for the ACCA (Atlanta College Career Academy) Information Session. 
    When: Friday, January 29, 2021
    Time: 10am - 11:30am
    meeting ID (if needed): 5499668032
    passcode (if needed): 072547
    Attendance will be taken to ensure you are not penalized, so please submit your name in the link below or by scanning the QR code before the day of the event so that we can submit accurate attendance for reporting to our attendance clerks.
     
     
    qr
     
    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 extremely vital 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. Though this is a program for graduating seniors, it is, however, 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. See the snippet below. 

     

    Chick Fil A 1100 Northside Drive location, between 10th and 14th streets. 

    If you were not able to make it for their hiring event last week you should email humanresources@cfamidtown.com and request last week's hiring event zoom link or visit them on Tuesday 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).


     
     
    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