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    Renaissance: Not Offered 2nd Semester
     
    This is to inform you that Atlanta Metropolitan State College will not be able to offer the Renaissance program on Grady's campus for 2nd semester. For the students who'll be accepted and are still interested in attending college courses through this college, you'll have to physically take your courses on AMSC's campus. They're located at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30310. 
     
    Here are your transportation options: 
     
    1. For those who cannot transport themselves to AMSC campus, there's an APS bus that travels to Atlanta Technical College daily. It picks up from Grady after 2nd period at 11:48am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. and 12:08pm on Wednesday. It returns to Grady roughly at 4:30pm. Atlanta Technical College is a neighboring institution to AMSC as they share the same plot of land. If you're interested in this option, you'll have to drop both your 3rd and 4th periods and replace them with your AMSC college courses.
     
    2. If you're interested in participating at the college level for only 4th period as you're unable to drop your 3rd period, you can still participate. However you'll be fully responsible for transporting yourself to AMSC's campus. 
     
    For new applicants admission decisions will be made between November 27, 2017 through January 5, 2018. Ms. Cindy Balsam is the coordinator for all dual enrollment programs at AMSC and can be contacted at CBalsam@atlm.edu or 404.756.4587. Once you've received acceptance, you'll need to make an appointment with Ms. Balsam's office to register for classes as well as meet with your assigned high school counselor to determine if your Grady schedule can accommodate such changes.
     
    We appreciate everyone's understanding during this transition as we're committed in making sure those who qualify have an enriching experience.
     
    Harvard, Howard, and Georgia Universities Scholarship
     
    1. Harvard University has created an Atlanta-based pipeline program (Harvard Debate Diversity Project) that trains African-American high school students in metro-Atlanta and sends them to study at Harvard during the summer. From January thru June, distinguished Harvard debate professors and coaches will travel to Atlanta to train Atlanta students in public speaking, argumentation, writing, research, analysis, and high order thinking.  In July, students will travel to Harvard University, where they will experience residential life and study at the Harvard Debate Council.
    To apply, students (grades 9-11) should submit an online application at www.HarvardDCDP.org where they will need to submit an academic transcript, recommendation letter from a teacher or counselor, and a 1-2 minute video explaining why they want to be in the program. The application deadline is December 18, 2017.
     
     
    2. Howard University is having an informational for prospective students on Saturday December 16 2-6pm at Drew Charter School. See attached flyer for details. To register and RSVP for the event go to this link:
     
     
    3. UNIVERSITY BASED SCHOLARSHIPS: For current 12th graders, merit and need based scholarships available at the university level are very important as they can be extremely lucrative. If you've applied and been accepted to one of these universities, please be sure that you are applying to that university's specific scholarships as many of you are actually eligible. Here are scholarship links to the more popular universities within our state:
     
    GA Tech: 
     
    UGA:
     
    Emory University:
     
    Georgia State University:
     
    Georgia Southern University:
     
    Kennesaw State University:
     
    Mercer University:
     
    University of West Georgia:
     
    Valdosta State University:
     
     
    4. Keep in mind that the Grady HS Scholarship Guide is still reeling in several private donor scholarships per week. Here's the link, check it out:
     
    Employment and Community Service Opportunities
     
     
    1. Are you at least 16 years old and interested in teaching babies, children, and adults how to swim? If so then the Simmerman Swim School is hiring. See the 1st attached document for details. 
     
     
    2. The Thanksgiving break is approaching and each of you should be volunteering during this week long vacation. See 2nd attached document for some really good places that you could complete some of your required 75 hours. All hours must be logged into your www.mygivingpoint.org account. Instructions are located on the last page. 
     
     
    3. Seniors there are several opportunities for you to tutor elementary students at our feeder school Morningside Elementary.  Please respond to this email if you're interested so that Morningside's assistant principal Mr. Bland will have an idea who will be coming to their building on Saturdays. See 3rd attached document for details.
    It's best and highly recommended that every senior completes and submits his/her community service by the end of the semester DECEMBER 22, 2017.
     
     
    4. Are you interested in working with preschool age children in a daycare facility? If so, The Goddard School is hiring. 
    The owners are looking for Juniors & Seniors (17 to 18 years) to help support their school from after school to 6pm. Basic work requirements would be:
    •   Planning and organizing activities which meet the goals of the school
    •   Decorating classrooms
    •   Assisting with providing breaks to other teachers
    •   Assisting with Kitchen duties
    •   Assisting teachers with classroom management
    On the job training will be provided with starting rates at $9/hr.
    If interested please contact:
    Viral Dave, the owner
    The Goddard School, Midtown
    EMAIL: atlanta2ga@goddardschools.com
    404.541.1936
    1080 Spring Street, N.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30309
    www.GoddardSchool.com
     
    2nd Semester Dual Enrollment: Here Are Your Next Steps
     
     
    NEW STUDENTS: Those who successfully completed a dual enrollment application for 2nd semester, here are your next steps:
    1. Submit your ACT or SAT score to your college. The best way to do that is to request for the testing company to send it directly to the college. So depending on which exam you took, you should log into your ACT or College Board/SAT account, then make an official request for your highest score to be sent to your dual enrollment college. This will incur a fee $12 for the SAT and $13 for ACT. Please note that for dual enrollment there is absolutely no "super scoring"; therefore you'll needed to have earned the eligible score from one test.
    2. Make a request via Parchment to have your transcript sent to your dual enrollment college. If you don't have a Parchment account, see link to create one:  https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account. You'll proceed as a "New Learner" who doesn't have a registration code.
    3. Items 1 and 2 should've been complete by NOVEMBER 1, 2017 as all colleges must have these documents no later than today November 15!!! Please understand that there will be no acceptance until items 1 and 2 are successfully completed. 
     
     
    RETURNING STUDENTS: If you've already submitted your online dual enrollment application via www.gafutures.org, then your next steps are to:
    1. Complete your Participation Agreement by getting it signed by your assigned high school counselor and parent.
    2. Register for 2nd semester college classes.
    3. Submit your updated 2nd semester college schedule to your assigned high school counselor. It is strongly recommended that you keep the same times as 1st semester so that your Grady schedule will not be impacted. 
     
     
    RENAISSANCE PROGRAM: There's a very strong likelihood that we will not offer our on-campus program through Atlanta Metropolitan State College as the enrollment has to be at least 15+ accepted students. Those who are going to be accepted and if you're still interested in participating, you'll need to take your courses on Atlanta Metropolitan's campus located at 1630 Metropolitan Pkwy Atlanta, GA 30310.
     
     
    GSU: Students who applied to Georgia State University, you'll be receiving admissions decisions between today and the winter break. Please continue to check your emails on a regular basis. I'm happy to provide you with GSU dual enrollment contacts if needed. 
     
     
    COURSES OFFERED: See this link for the available courses offered for your dual enrollment college during the spring 2018 semester: https://apps.gsfc.org/securenextgen/dsp_accel_course_listings.cfm
     
     
    For those of you who are interested in applying for fall or 1st semester of the 2018-19 school year, applications will begin in February. See attached document for eligibility requirements. 
     
    Employment: Childcare Services at the Goddard School
     
    Are you interested in working with preschool age children in a daycare facility? If so, The Goddard School is hiring. See below for details:
     
    The owners are looking for Juniors & Seniors (17 to 18 years) to help support their school from after school – 6 PM.  Basic work requirements would be:
    • Planning and organizing activities which meet the goals of the school
    • Decorating classrooms
    • Assisting with providing breaks to other teachers
    • Assisting with Kitchen duties
    • Assisting teachers with classroom management
     
    On the job training will be provided with starting rates at $9/hr.
    If interested please contact: 
    Viral Dave, the owner
    The Goddard School, Midtown
    404-541-1936
    1080 Spring Street, N.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30309
     
    Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships!!!
     
    Please check out the Scholarship Link. There are nearly 200 scholarships currently available and waiting for you to apply. Please begin the process of exploring this FREE money $$$ now!!!. All applications must be submitted via the donor's website, which you'll see in the 4th column. 
     
    Here's the direct link to the Grady Scholarship Guide: 
     
    Community Service, Common Market Colleges, Scholarships, and Requesting Your Transcript
     
     
    1. There are several opportunities for you to tutor elementary students at our feeder school Morningside Elementary.  Please respond to this email if you're interested so that Morningside's assistant principal Mr. Bland will have an idea who will be coming to their building on Saturdays. See 1st attached document for details. Be sure to log all of your hours into www.mygivingpoint.org www.mygivingpoint.org
    It's best and highly recommended that every senior completes and submits his/her community service by the end of the semester December 22, 2017. 
     
     
    2. Are you interested in attending college in another state other than Georgia but can't afford the extra out-of-state tuition fees and costs? Then you may qualify for the Academic Common Market program. If there's a specific degree or program of study that's not offered in a Georgia post-secondary institution but is provided in a neighboring state, you may be able to attend that out-of-state college or university for an in-state tuition cost. See link for details: https://www.sreb.org/academic-common-market
     
     
     
    3. Have you visited our Scholarship Link lately? There are new scholarships that have been uploaded. There are now 195 scholarships available. You may want to apply for the ones that you're eligible. To access the link go to this webpage: http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/domain/3100
    Once you're on the page, look on the left side and you'll see the link entitled "Grady Scholarship Guide".
     

    4. For current Grady students who are interested in having their transcripts sent to colleges, scholarship agencies, employers, or even a copy to yourself, you should do so via the Parchment online service. Here's the link to Grady's Parchment account where you can create and order your transcript: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account  
    After your account is set up, you can then make a formal request to have your transcript sent. To get instructions on how to do that, here's a tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW6GrT913HE  
    Keep in mind that all transcript requests are processed by your assigned counselor. This is because students actually do not send their transcript, you are only simply making a request. If approved, your assigned counselor will upload your transcript and electronically send it to your requested institution or destination.
     
    Are You Earning Your Community Service Hours?
     
     
    Are you working towards completing your 75 hours of required community service hours? There are some really good opportunities for you to earn hours this year.
     
    For current 12th graders: You're able to be a tutor at our feeder elementary Morningside. See 1st attached document for details. If you're interested, please let me or your assigned counselor know ahead of time. This is so that we're able to provide Morningside's assistant principal Mr. Bland with some kind of idea of who'll be coming to his school on Saturday mornings. 
     
    For all grades: See 2nd attached document for all other good volunteer opportunities. You'll need to contact these places on your own and be sure to show up on time for your scheduled volunteer appointment date.
     
    SPECIAL NOTE:
    All students are required to store/log their hours on www.mygivingpoint.org The instructions of how to create your MyGivingPoint account are found on the last page in the 2nd attached document. 
     
    Parchment: How to Request Your Transcript
     
     
    For current Grady students who are interested in having their transcripts sent to colleges, scholarship agencies, employers, or even a copy to yourself, you should do so via the Parchment online service. Here's the link to Grady's Parchment account where you can create and order your transcript: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account  
     
    For current Grady students who are interested in having their transcripts sent to colleges, scholarship agencies, employers, or even a copy to yourself, you should do so via the Parchment online service. Here's the link to Grady's Parchment account where you can create and order your transcript: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account

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

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

    Keep in mind that all transcript requests are processed by your assigned counselor. This is because students actually do not send their transcript, you are only simply making a request. If approved, your assigned counselor will upload your transcript and electronically send it to your requested institution or destination.
     
    Are You Completing the FAFSA?
     
     
    Have you started completing your 2018-19 FAFSA (the financial aid application)? All of you should know that there are some really good events coming up to assist you with this process. 
     
    1. Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7-8pm - PAYING FOR COLLEGE NIGHT
    The Westminster Schools College Counseling department is sponsoring this event for all Atlanta area high school students and their parents.  The event will be held in Warren Lecture Room which is located in Robinson Hall on the campus of The Westminster Schools (1424 West Paces Ferry Road NW).  Their speaker will be John Leach who is the Director of Financial Aid at Emory University.   Director Leach will discuss need and merit based aid. 
     
    2. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6-8pmGRADY's FAFSA APPLICATION WORKSHOP
    For those of you who need assistance or just simply have some more questions with submitting your FAFSA, there will be an application workshop here at Grady in our CCC and Interactive Lab. It'll be important for you to bring your parents (or the person who's been at least 50% financially responsible for you) as well as any pertinent financial documents to this event. There will be financial aid professionals available to assist you in an one-on-one setting to obtain your FSA ID and to help you with the actual submission of your FAFSA application. (see 1st attached document)
     
     
    3. Are you an independent student? If so or you're unsure, please review the 2nd attached document. For more detailed information or if you have deeper questions, please contact Ms. Malone at 404.802.2245 or our school social worker Ms. Johnson at 404.802.3016 or Adelia.Johnson@atlanta.k12.ga.us
     
     
    4. As another review, see 3rd attached document for a list of important websites in the financial aid process.
     
     
    5. Have you visited our Scholarship Link lately? There are new scholarships that have been uploaded. You may want to apply for the ones that you're eligible. To access the link go to this webpage: http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/domain/3100
    Once you're on the page, look on the left side and you'll see the link entitled "Grady Scholarship Guide".
     
    What are Your Next Steps?: Dual Enrolment Applicants
     
     
    For all the NEW students who successfully completed a dual enrollment application for 2nd semester, here are your next steps:
    1. Submit your ACT or SAT score to your college. The best way to do that is to request for the testing company to send it directly to the college. So depending on which exam you took, you should log into your ACT or College Board/SAT account, then make an official request for your highest score to be sent to your dual enrollment college. This will incur a $12 fee for the SAT and $13 for ACT. Please note that for dual enrollment there is absolutely no "super scoring"; therefore you'll needed to have earned the eligible score from one test setting.
    2. Make a request via Parchment to have your transcript sent to your dual enrollment college. If you don't have a Parchment account, see attached for instructions on how to create one. You'll just need to follow steps 1-3. 
    3. Items 1 and 2 need to be complete by Wednesday NOVEMBER 1, 2017. Please understand that there will be no acceptance until items 1 and 2 are successfully completed. 
     
     
    Returning students, if you've already submitted your online dual enrollment application via www.gafutures.org, then your next steps are to:
    1. Complete your Participation Agreement by getting it signed by your assigned high school counselor and parent.
    2. Register for 2nd semester college classes.
    3. Submit your updated 2nd semester college schedule to your assigned high school counselor. It is strongly recommended that you keep the same times as 1st semester so that your Grady schedule will not be impacted.

    Seniors: Do You Have Scholarships?

    Resume Samples

    Have you applied for any scholarships yet? If not, you definitely should. We've added some new really great sources of higher ed funding. The Grady Scholarship Link has as of today 171 scholarships. With the ever increasing cost of college, it's vital that you begin this search TODAY!!! 
    To locate our Scholarship Guide, please visit our web page: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/3100  Next scroll down on the left side and click "Grady Scholarship Guide". This is a living document of private donor sources which means it's updated regularly. Consequently, your checking this list frequently is an expectation.
     
    Also, as another reminder if need to have letter of recommendation, please provide your resume to the person you're seeking a letter. Attached are really good samples of high school resumes.
     
    Fall Break: Additional Community Service Opportunities
     
     
    Please utilize this valuable time to engage in meaningful community service as each student is required to have at least 75 hours of verifiable hours to be eligible for a diploma. As an addition to the email I sent on October 5, here are some more opportunities for you to earn community service hours (See Attached Document).
     
     
     
    Request Transcripts and Scholarship Opportunities
     
     
    As some of you are beginning to apply for various things that require a copy of your transcript, you'll need to request it the official way. We do this through our online system called Parchment. See 1st attachment for instructions how to set up your account. You'll only need to follow steps 1-3. There's no fee and you'll have up to 60 days after your graduation date to use the service. 
     
    See the 2nd attachment for a complete list of all the colleges, employers, and institutions who are in the Parchment network.
     
    FOR 12th Grade SENIORS ONLY....
     
    THE GRADY SCHOLARSHIP GUIDE
    Have you applied for any scholarships? Whether you have or not, each of you should check out the our Google Doc. This is a link found on our webpage which has over 200 scholarships. With the ever increasing cost of college, it's vital that you begin this search TODAY!!! To locate our Scholarship Guide, please visit our web page: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/3100  Next scroll down on the left side and click "Grady Scholarship Guide". This is a living document of private donor sources which means it's updated regularly. Consequently, your checking this document frequently is an expectation.

    You may want to also create an account with Sallie Mae.This is beneficial because based on your profile scholarship information can often be emailed directly to you. Here's that site: https://www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/
     
      
    Seniors: Financial Aid, HOPE/Zell Miller, SAT Conversion, and Common App
     
     
    1. The FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year opened on October 1. See 1st attached document for list of important websites in the financial aid process. 
     
     
    2. One of the qualifications for the HOPE scholarship is to have 3.0 weighted GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. One of the qualifications for Zell Miller is to have 3.7 weighted GPA as calculated by the Georgia Student Finance Commission and earn a 26 on the ACT or 1200 on the SAT reading/math (based on old version prior March 2016). 
     
    In addition to these requirements, all graduating students must have passed at least 4 rigorous courses while in high school. See 2nd attachment for a complete list of those courses.  For a further explanation of HOPE/Zell Miller academic rigor, see link: https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/hope-zell-miller-scholarships/hope-scholarship/eligibility/academic-rigor-requirements/
     
     
    3. To convert the old version of the SAT to the new, see 3rd attachment. 
     
     
    4. Applying for college can be made easy if you utilize a service such as the Common App. This single website allows you to apply to several schools. See 4th attachment for a complete list of Common App colleges, deadlines, fees, and requirements. If you're college is not listed, then typically you're going to need to apply directly via that respective college's website. For one-on-one assistance, be sure to see our two college advisers Ms. Fawole and Ms. Salimonu. They're now located in the former attendance office in the cafeteria. 
     
    Financial Aid: October 2, 3, Nov 14, & Jan 30
     
     
    This is specifically for current seniors c/o 2018, but open to all grade levels. Do you want detailed information on various types of college financial aid? Are you interested to know how to actually submit your FAFSA or financial aid application? Do you need to know how to qualify for HOPE/Zell Miller? If so, then save the following dates:

    OCTOBER 3: The Financial Aid Presentation (see 1st attached flyer)
    NOVEMBER 14: FAFSA Application Workshop (see 2nd attached flyer)
    JANUARY 30, 2018: The Financial Aid Presentation (see 1st attached flyer)

    Hope to see you there!
     
    If you're unable to make the October 3 or Jan 30 presentations at Grady, you may want to check out the Inspiring Students to Excel in Higher Education presentation on Monday October 2. (see 3rd attached flyer).
    Contact Director – Ms. Smith at (directors@inspiringstudentstoexcel.com) or 404-410-3069 to register to attend. Space is limited. 
     
       
    Financial Aid: October 3, November 14, and January 30
     
     
    This is specifically for current seniors c/o 2018, but open to all grade levels. Do you want detailed information on various types of college financial aid? Are you interested to know how to actually submit your FAFSA or financial aid application? Do you need to know how to qualify for HOPE/Zell Miller? If so, then save the following dates:
     
    OCTOBER 3, 2017: The Financial Aid Presentation (see 1st attached flyer)
    NOVEMBER 14, 2017: FAFSA Application Workshop (see 2nd attached flyer)
    JANUARY 30, 2017: The Financial Aid Presentation (see 1st attached flyer)
     
     
    Resumes and Parchment Account
     
     
    As some of you continue in your college application process, it's important that you know two additional things:
     
    1. Be certain to create a resume. This is a document that allows you to showcase the things you've accomplished while in high school. It's suggested you provide this to those who'll be writing a recommendation letter on your behalf. See 1st attachment for sample resumes. When completing your applications, it's required that you provide your assigned counselor's information as s/he is commissioned to upload your official transcript, school report, school profile, and in some cases even recommendation(s). So it's vital that everyone knows that students are assigned to a particular counselor based on the last name.
     
    A-F is assigned to Dr. Blankenship  Email: SBlankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    G-L is assigned to Mr. Young  Email: LJYoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    M-R is assigned to Ms. Oliver  Email: SOliver@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    S-Z is assigned to Dr. Hibbert  Email: THibbert@atlanta.k12.ga.us
     
    2. Make sure you create a Parchment account. This is the electronic method used to send your official transcript to various post-secondary institutions, scholarship agencies, military, NCAA, and/or employers. In creating an account there's no charge or fee. As a high school student, please just follow only steps 1-3 to create your account. See 2nd attachment for instructions.
     
     
     Tutorial Resources and Senior Updates
     
     
    As we move throughout this school year, it's important that you're aware of tutorial resources available within as well as outside of Grady High School. 
     
    The 1st attachment is this year's Grady Teacher Tutorial Schedule. 
    The 2nd attachment is a comprehensive list of tutorial resources outside of Grady.
     
     
    Testing Season: Are You Prepared?
     
     
    1.The 1st attachment is the Tutorial Resources document. This is a comprehensive list of mostly external resources that serve the Grady community quite well. The type of services provided are identified. It certainly may be to your benefit to utilize these great sources on a regular basis.
     
    2. The ACT and SAT are exams that are utilized in the college admissions process. Edison Prep, which is one of many ACT/SAT prep companies, is offering a fall semester ACT prep course. The 2nd attachment provides details regarding their upcoming class. 
     
    3. There are several differences between the ACT and the College Board's SAT exam. The 3rd attachment is a colorful easy to read info-graphic created by Applerouth that details the keen variations between these two crucial exams.
     
    Grady Scholarship Guide
     
    Have you applied for any scholarships? Whether you have or not, each of you should check out the Grady Scholarship Guide. This is a link found on our webpage which has over 200 scholarships. With the ever increasing cost of college, it's vital that you begin this search TODAY!!! To locate our Scholarship Guide, please visit our web page: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/3100
     
    Then scroll down on the left side and click "Grady Scholarship Guide". This is a living document of private donor sources which means it's updated regularly. Consequently, your checking this list frequently is an expectation.

    You may want to also create an account with Sallie Mae as based on your profile, often scholarship information can be emailed directly to you. Here's that site: https://www.salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships/
     
     Career Profiler
     
    Are you interested to find out what's the best career path for you? Georgia Futures has a fantastic Interest Profiler survey you can complete. You'll be asked 60 questions and based on your answers a profile with career options that best suit you will be created. Try it out!
     

     

     

     
     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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