•  
     
     
     
    Here is information that you can review during your extended holiday weekend. Here you will find more available scholarship money and a few reminders on upcoming events from the guidance department. 
     
    1. There are several lucrative scholarships found on the StudentScholarships.org database. See the 1st attached document for a listing of the ones with upcoming deadlines. 
     
    2. Our district has compiled a list of interesting and lucrative scholarships. Check out the APS Scholarship database via this link: https://tinyurl.com/scholarshipsAPS
    Then also please do not forget about checking out the regularly updated Grady High School scholarship database. Here's our link: 
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hbCDhLrp1vPd-ctVD_vcUmtqWhwKR79_gWRAC-0x2gg/edit?usp=sharing
     
    3. 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
     
    4. 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. 
    To join us please log on to this link, the day of the event:
     
    5. On Thursday, January 28 at 7pm, The Westminster School is hosting an admissions dean panel. 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
     
    6. 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. 
     
    7. Seniors, another but an extremely crucial component to your completing high school is for you to provide the high school and the APS 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
     
    8. 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: 
    9. 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."

    10. 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).


     
     
    Here is information on more available scholarship money and a few reminders on upcoming events from the guidance department. 
     
    1. There are several lucrative scholarships found on the StudentScholarships.org database. See the 1st attached document for a listing of the ones with upcoming deadlines. 
     
    2. Our district has compiled a list of interesting and lucrative scholarships. Check out the APS Scholarship database via this link: https://tinyurl.com/scholarshipsAPS
    Then also please do not forget about checking the regularly updated Grady High School scholarship database. Here's our link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hbCDhLrp1vPd-ctVD_vcUmtqWhwKR79_gWRAC-0x2gg/edit?usp=sharing
     
    3. 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
     
    4. 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. 
    To join us please log on to this link, the day of the event:
    https://atlantapublicschools-us.zoom.us/j/5368182615?pwd=RmtZUFU5bHMzQmZqZ1pERlNrRUhwQT09

    Meeting ID: 536 818 2615
    Passcode: 707638
     
    5. 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
     
    6. 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. 
     
    7. 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
     
    8. 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
    9. 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. 

     
    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 

     


     
     
    1. Just a reminder that 1st semester will be concluding January 15, and soon thereafter you should be able to view your HOPE eligibility, and you're also able to begin submitting the necessary documents for your Zell Miller Scholarship.
     
    Here is how you will be able to access your eligibility. 
    • Log into your GAFutures account at www.gafutures.org. Then on the right side under "News You Can Use" click the link "Shortcuts", then click the link for "Your HOPE GPA".
    • For the Zell Miller Scholarship, there are additional steps you'll need to do.
      • Step #1: Earn a least a 3.7 GPA as calculated by the GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission).
      • Step #2: Upload and provide your SAT or ACT scores to the GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission).
    How do you upload your scores?
    • For the SAT you must log in to your College Board account www.collegeboard.org  or  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/sending-scores Then you're to make a formal request to have your highest SAT scores from one test setting sent to the GSFC. Their code is 0472 or you may just opt to call the College Board at 1.866.630.9305 or 1.866.756.7346.
    • If you choose to use your ACT scores, then you must mail an official copy of your highest scores from one single testing administration (not super-scored) to address below. This is the score report that was sent to your home and not from your online ACT account, and upon your mailing it to GSFC, it should remain unopened. 
    Georgia Student Finance Commission           
    Program Administration           
    2082 East Exchange Place           
    Tucker, Georgia 30084
     
    So, if by chance after 1st-semester you discover that you're currently not eligible for either scholarship, then it's vital that you perform significantly well during the 2nd semester to improve your HOPE/Zell Miller GPA, and hopefully, when the last and final calculation is complete in June you can be found eligible. 
     
    2. Next let's talk scholarships. There are dozens available and some of which have upcoming deadlines. See below and attached documents for details.
    • You may recall information about the College Board's Opportunity scholarship was emailed to you back in January 2020 as well as last month. The scholarship's application is officially open, and you have until February 28 (or the end of February as defined by the College Board) to apply. 
      • To begin the application process as it has six components, please visit this website and you will need to log into your College Board account: cb.org/opportunity  
      • For more details such as eligibility, rules, etc., see the 2nd attached flyer to this email or visit: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/about/official-rules.
     
    3. Lastly, Leap Year is a nonprofit that supports first-generation and low-income students on their journey to and through college. In this Georgia State University yearlong program, Leap Year Fellows or students take credit-bearing college classes at GSU, participate in college and career readiness workshops, serve as reading coaches at an elementary school, and get paid $500 per month. See the 3rd attached flyer for details. 
     
    Pending upcoming events: The second installation of our Financial Aid presentation and a Leap Year GSU presentation. 
     

     
     
    You may recall information about the College Board's Opportunity scholarship was emailed to you back in January. The scholarship's application is officially open, and you have until February 28 (or the end of February as defined by the College Board) to apply. 
     
     To begin the application process as it has six components, please visit this website and you will need to log into your College Board account: cb.org/opportunity   

    For more details such as eligibility, rules, and deadlines, visit: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/about/official-rules.

    Also, you can review the attached flyer for details.


     
     
    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 

     

     

    Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account

    Scholarships as of December 10th

    This is Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier, Grady’s college advisers. As the holiday break approaches, we want to send you a few updates. Winter break is a great time to fill out the FAFSA. Filling out FAFSA is how you will receive federal grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. All students who might wish to attend a technical school or college after high school graduation should fill out FAFSA! Since some of the funding is first-come, first-serve, it’s important to complete it as soon as possible! Here is the link to get started: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

     

    Parents NOW is the time for your senior to submit college applications if they haven’t done so already. It is important to apply to at least 3+ colleges as soon as possible. Be sure to check admission deadlines for colleges on their websites as many deadlines are approaching soon. Remember to send transcripts after submitting your college applications. Grady uses Parchment as the platform to send your official high school transcript  https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account.  See the first attached document for an explanation on how to create an account and making requests on Parchment. 

     

    Also, see the 2nd attached document as it is a list of some lucrative scholarships that have deadlines between Dec 31, 2020, and February 1, 2021.

     

    Lastly, please have your senior fill out this brief survey listing their college application submissions and acceptances https://forms.gle/Ns99sEexbQiUNxEBA. We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday break!

     

    Add Us on Remind: text @2021grady3 to 81010

    To schedule an appointment: https://calendly.com/gradycollegeadvisers

     

    College Adviser Virtual Resources:

    College Adviser Website (includes all important resources): https://www.flow.page/gradycollegeadviser

    Grady HS College Adviser Page: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/14321

    Email College Essay: collegeadviseressay@gmail.com

     

    Contact Us!

    Ms. Poirier (A-L)

    Email: abpoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Phone: 404-828-0583

    Ms. Jones (M-Z):

    Email: jonesam@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Phone: (470) 219-8554

     

     
    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
     
     

     
     
    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. 
     
     

     
    If you want to purchase a senior recognition/tribute ad or submit your senior quote, please take this time during the Thanksgiving Holidays to do so.
    • To purchase senior recognition/tribute ads go to www.jostensyearbooks.com​
    • To submit your senior quote, go to Google Classroom, and use the following code to submit your quote as an assignment: pfz5zso. 
    Please read and adhere to the guidelines for senior quotes before submitting them.
     

     
     
    Tomorrow Nov 17 at 5pm, GSU's Perimeter division is having an application event. See the attached flyer and please rsvp with our college advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier. 
     

     
     
    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. 

     
     
    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
     
    4. Lastly, SENIORS ONLY. The firm deadline for Senior Quotes and purchase a Senior Ad is Monday, November 9th. Do not miss out.
    To submit a Senior Quote (must be clean and appropriate), go to Google Classroom, and use the following code: pfz5zso. It would be awesome to have 100% participation. To order a Senior Recognition Ad visit Josten's website www.jostensyearbooks.com. Senior Yearbooks will not be part of the Senior dues - so you can also purchase your Senior's yearbook
     
     
     

     
    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. 
     

     
    1. Congrats on finishing the 1st quarter of this school year. You've just completed the 1st-semester's portion of your first set of courses in the 2020-21 school year. If you by chance need to recover any credit from a course that you did not pass in this 1st-quarter, then you need to seek credit recovery by speaking to your assigned counselor. 
    AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) offers credit recovery in all the graduation required courses. To apply, visit https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp.
    Once you're on the website, you will need your student ID, the course name in which will all be " 'Course Name" Part-A for credit recovery". And you will need your counselor's name/contact. The counselors are:
    Dr. Blankenship for last names A-F and her email is SBlankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Mr. Young for last names G-M and his email is Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Ms. Falcone for last names N-Z and her email is Chelsea.Falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us
     
    The deadline to submit the credit recovery application that you're able to work on during quarter 2 is Friday, October 30, 2020
     
    2. How are you in the college application process? Many of you submitted apps with an EA deadline of October 15. Good job! Now the next EA deadline is November 1. So please make certain that you submit your portion of the application before then, and do not wait for your counselor or any other third-party recommendation before you submit your app as the published Nov 1 deadline is for you the student. Please check out the various College Prep materials at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing.    And in this shared drive you will find the following:
    • 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 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? 
    • FAFSA Info on FSA, Citizenship, & Dependency
    • 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
    3. Need scholarship money? Visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing   And in this google sharing file, you will find the following documents.
      • Achieve Atlanta Scholarship
      • The Ron Brown Scholarship Application
      • The Jefferson Scholars Program at the University of Virginia
    Then to find more scholarship money, visit this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hbCDhLrp1vPd-ctVD_vcUmtqWhwKR79_gWRAC-0x2gg/edit?usp=sharing   And 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. 
     
     
    Now, see below for a very important message from the college advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier. 

     

    Hello Senior Parents & Students,

    This is Ms. Jones & Ms. Poirier, Grady’s college advisers. The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) has 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).  Parents, your student will need your help to complete the FAFSA. First, both parents and students should create an FSA id  https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. Then, apply for the 2021-2022FAFSA through the fafsa.gov website  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. The FAFSA asks questions about your finances so you will need to have your 2019 tax return ready.

     

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

     

    All seniors are required to meet with their college adviser at least once each semester. It's much harder virtually, but we would appreciate it if you could have your child schedule a college adviser meeting ASAP if they haven’t met with us this semester.

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

     

    Be sure to attend these upcoming events:

    College Adviser FAFSA Office Hours: Every Tuesday 3:30-4:40 pm via zoom.

    Click this link to join the weekly zoom meeting: https://atlantapublicschools-us.zoom.us/j/83802239997?pwd=Q2pvb1FSdlhIWVJmRVdaWlRzbFo5UT09

     

    College Application Office Hours: Thursday, October 29 from 3:30-4:30 pm via zoom.

    Click here to join: https://atlantapublicschools-us.zoom.us/j/85333974822?pwd=U1dsRWpWazYvcXJBK3ZvSFJVcjluQT09

     

    Please complete this survey to let us know how we can best assist you and your child with college preparation!

    https://forms.gle/y83FJtYJAYbKe6oW7

     

    College Adviser Virtual Resources:

    Website (includes all-important resources): https://www.flow.page/gradycollegeadviser

    Grady HS College Adviser Page: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/14321

     

    Lastly, check out this flyer to for college adviser updates & important reminders!

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    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
     
     

     
    From Ms. Blair:
     
    I have added two more dates to accommodate the 80+ who have not gotten their senior pictures taken yet. This Friday, October 23rd from 3:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 24th from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. are the absolute last opportunities for you to get your senior pictures in the 2021 yearbook.  If you miss these two dates, your senior picture WILL NOT BE IN THE 2021 YEARBOOK! 
     
    Please call Prestige Portraits for an appointment at 770.485.2117 NOW!!! If you don't get an appointment, come to the cafeteria this Friday or Saturday, and they will try to work you in. Please pack your patience.  
     
    Again, if you miss these two dates, your senior picture will not be in the yearbook.
     
    Finally, remember to stay socially distant and wear a mask. Remember NO MASK = NO SERVICE.
     
     

     

     WorkForce GA Power Career Event

     
    1. Tomorrow Tuesday, October 20, there will be a career event with GA Power tomorrow October 20 at 10-11:30am.  See attached flyer for details. 
    To get your time away from class excused, you must provide us with your private link/registration code.  
    If you cannot attend tomorrow, then you'll find the recording from this meeting at this link: https://www.poweringcareers.com/
     
     
    2. Also, Ted’s Montana Grill opening a new restaurant in Westside Village on October 26th! They're looking to hire spirited and bold team members at their new restaurant. Apply online at tedsmontanagrill.com/careers.html or visit their new Westside Village location at 2250 Marietta Blvd. NW
    Atlanta, GA 30318 Monday - Saturday from 9am to 6pm. 
     
    3. To find other employment-related information, visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
     
     
     

     
    Guidelines for Submitting Senior Quotes:

    All quotes must be school-appropriate. Failure to follow the following guidelines will result in the exclusion of your quote. We will not publish the following: 

    • Anything that is not commonly understandable (including abbreviations, creative spelling, or acronyms). Anything that is a hidden reference. 
    • Specific references to other people. 
    • References to illegal substances/activities. 
    • Anything school – inappropriate or not in compliance with student rules. 
    • No Shout-outs to or about other students or teachers. This rule is in place because of the potential of a quote offending the person it references. We do not have the time to check and keep records of who does/does not approve of being mentioned in another student’s quote. 
    • Quotes must be spelled---checked and accurate to the attributed source. 
    • Space is limited to 100 letters, numbers, spaces – including the name of the person quoted.  
    • Quotes that don’t fit will not be printed. 

    Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the exclusion of your quote. If you are not sure if your quote will pass this review, please contact Mrs. G. Blair, Grady’s Yearbook Adviser at gblair@atlanta.k12.ga.us .  

    Finally, seniors are given one opportunity to submit an acceptable quote. NO SECOND CHANCES AND NO REVISIONS!!! 

    The deadline for Senior Quotes is Monday, November 9th. THIS DEADLINE WILL NOT BE EXTENDED!

    Locate "Senior Quotes 2021" on Google ClassroomPlease use this code ​pfz5zso to join the class and upload your quote. 

    Again, this deadline will not be extended.

     


     
     
    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 

     

     
     

     
    Want to have fun and teach at the same time? Are you passionate about working with young children? Then the Goddard School may be an ideal place for you. They're looking for a part-time Resource Teacher/Floater. Prior working experience is not necessary as they provide on the job training. You must also be willing, when necessary, to assist in classrooms with children ranging from infancy through school-age. Starting Salary $9/hr!

    They're seeking positive parent-teacher communicators who are interested in learning their school's culture. This is an accredited school for young children. They strive to hire the best individuals who possess a genuine passion for connecting with and caring for young children.

    Requirements:
    • Willingness to engage with parents and family members and be responsive to their needs
    • Ability to work as an integral part of a team
    • Willingness to accept direction and assist classroom teachers with the execution of day to day activities
    • Willing to help clean the building in the evening alongside co-workers
    Website: https://www.goddardschool.com/atlanta/atlanta-spring-street-ga
    Once you're on the website, click on "careers" on the green toolbar and fill out the online application. You must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    Also, for any of you who've not signed up for your required senior audit meeting with your assigned counselor, do so asap. Here are your links:
    Dr. Blankenship's students for last names A-F 
     
    Mr. Young's students for last names G-M
     
    Ms. Falcon's students for last names N-Z
     
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094bafa72daafb6-msfalcone1
     
     

     

    Hello, Seniors c/o2021 and Parents, a few updates as of September 15...

    There will be three additional admission roundtables happening this week and on Sept 22.

     

    • Tuesday, September 15- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hampton University, Howard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T, Spelman College, Xavier University
    • Thursday, September 17-Georgia Night-Part I Berry College, Georgia College, Georgia State University, University of Georgia
    • Tuesday, September 22 Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Mercer University, University of North Georgia
    • To register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfc8jDI5-6zm96WlcsdaqIUIptESugb628f1L6nZVzl6VN6FQ/viewform
    • Times 7:00-9:15pm

     

     
    Who's looking for employment? Please review the documents in this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wej0tFeRtaffmhInQ4Q1oCw3fsasaiOx/view?usp=sharing
    • In this link, you'll find the following items.
      • 2020 Construction Ready Flyer
      • 2020-21 Chick-Fil-A Hiring Flyer (APPLY NOW!!!)
      • 2020-21 Goodwill of GA Employment Opportunities
      • 2020-21 WBL Syllabus
    The US Army College Leadership Fair on Saturday, September 26 at 10am-1pm.
     

    The message below is from Ms. Blair, our yearbook coordinator. 
    Listed below, you will find five important messages that will ensure that your memories are included in the 2021 yearbook.
    1. Senior Class Picture retakes will be held next Tuesday, September 22nd through Thursday, September 24th in Grady's Cafeteria from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. Cap and gowns & formals only. Casual wear not included. Call Prestige Photography for an appointment at 770.485.2117. The $30.00 sitting fee may be paid on site.
    2. Senior Baby Picture Deadline is Friday, October 16th. Cost $5.00 and must be paid by going to Grady's website. Look for the "Quick Links" which is located on the bottom, right-hand side of the front page. Click it and scroll down to Senior Baby Pictures. 
    3. After you have paid for your senior baby pictures, go to Google Classroom, "Class of 2021" to scan and upload your picture. See Ms. Blair for the Google Classroom code at gblair@atlanta.k12.ga.us.
    4. Because of COVID19 restrictions, the yearbook staff needs you to contribute your own personal pictures and stories to the yearbook. Join Google Classroom, "2021 Personal Pictures and Stories" (see Ms. Blair for the Google Classroom code at gblair@atlanta.k12.ga.us) for a chance to have your story included in this yearbook.
    5. Finally, the deadline for Senior Personal/Tribute Ads is Tuesday, November 9th. Please, Please, Please, don't wait until the last minute. This deadline will not be extended!!! This is your time to shine a spotlight on all of your achievements. So gather all of your important pictures and put them into your own Personal Tribute Ad. Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com to purchase your personal ad.
    Seniors, please adhere to these deadlines. Because of COVID19 restraints, we are under tremendous pressure to meet all yearbook deadlines, and in order for us to do so, you must meet these deadlines. 
     

     
    Here are some important updates as we enter the week of September 14.
    • There are several documents available to assist you in the college application process. To access these documents, go to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing 
      • The 2020-21 12th Graders Class of 2021 One Sheeter; this is a condensed list of crucial websites that are commonly used in the college application process. 
      • The 2020-21 Federal Student Aid College Prep Checklist
      • The 2020-21 Financial Aid 101 Resources; critical websites used in applying for financial aid.
      • The 2020-21 Grady School Profile
      • The 2020-21 HBCU Virtual College Fairs Schedule
      • The 2020-21 Oglethorpe Admissions Fast Facts
      • The 2020-21 Quick Guide to Grady's Parchment Account
      • The 2020-21 Senior Class of 2021 College Prep Packet
      • The 2020-21 Urban League's College Readiness Series Zoom Sessions
      • Resume or Brag Sheet Sample
      • Resume Samples 
      • Here's a list of the items you'll find in this link.
     

    • Here's another location where additional scholarship money is stored. See this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing
      • The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation. This is for students interested in attending an HBCU, particularly Bethune Cookman, Lincoln University, Alabama A&M, Alabama State University, Benedict College, Langston University, Fort Valley State University, and Fisk University. 
        • 5 Strong is having an informational session on Monday, September 28 at 11:30am-12:30pm. Join us at this link, https://tinyurl.com/5strongInfo and the Meeting ID 89379189484 with passcode 125489
      • Scholarship Seminars- every Saturday in September from 10am-12noon. Hurry and register as we only have two more Saturdays; Sept 18 and 26. Register via this link: https://tinyurl.com/SEPTseminars 
      • The very lucrative and elite Jeffersons Scholars program at UVA (University of Virginia). Interested applicants will need to supply their assigned counselor the following:
        • Your resume
        • Your highest ACT or SAT scores from one administration
        • Your AP scores
      • Here's a list of items you'll find in this link.
     
    Finally, please read below for the important message sent from your college advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier. 
     

    Hello Seniors,

    We hope that you are having a great start to your senior year. Your college advisers will be working with you to make sure you have a plan after graduation. You must meet with your college adviser by October 9. So far, we have met with 79 out of 350 seniors. It is important that you schedule an appointment to meet with us ASAP. Below is a link for you to sign up for a brief 15-minute one-on-one conversation with us to start discussing your future plans. If your last name starts with A-L you will meet with Ms. Poirier. If your last name starts with M-Z, you will meet with Ms. Jones. Please stay on the lookout for emails, remind messages, and Instagram posts about college/career updates from us. Let us know if you have any questions!

     

    Things TO-DO TODAY! SIGN UP FOR A ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH YOUR COLLEGE ADVISER! 

    https://calendly.com/gradycollegeadvisers

     

    TAKE THE SENIOR SURVEY:

    https://grace.advisingcorps.org/student-survey/799

     

    Add Us on Remind: text @2021grady2 to 81010

     

    College Adviser Virtual Resources:

    College Adviser Website (includes all-important resources): https://www.flow.page/gradycollegeadviser

    Grady HS College Adviser Page: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/domain/14321

    CCC upcoming college rep visits: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/14490#calendar17341/20200926/month.

    Email College Essay: collegeadviseressay@gmail.com

     

    Contact Us:

    Ms. Poirier (A-L)

    Email: abpoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Phone: 404-828-0583

    Ms. Jones (M-Z):

    Email: jonesam@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Phone: (470) 219-8554

     


     
    Just a reminder that we have the following events coming up soon...
     

     
    Hi, Seniors c/o2021 and Parents,
    A few updates....
    • Here's another link to more scholarship resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing 
      • The Scholarship Seminar which takes place every Saturday in September. You must register via this link: tinyurl.com/SEPTseminars 
      • The Jefferson Scholars program at the University of Virginia
      • The Morehead Cain Scholars program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      • In this link you'll find:
    • To access materials related to the college admissions and application process, visit this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing.  
      • The 2020-21 12th Graders Class of 2021 One Sheeter, and in this particular document you'll find:
        1. UGA's admissions presentation on September 10 at 4pm
        2. Emory's admissions presentation on September 15 at 4pm. You can join via: https://emory.zoom.us/j/99496960166#success
        3. GA Tech's admissions presentation on September 16 at 4pm. You can join via: https://bluejeans.com/892301952
      • The 2020-21 Federal Student Aid College Prep Checklist
      • The 2020-21 HBCU Virtual College Fairs Schedule
      • The 2020-21 Oglethorpe Admissions Fast Facts
      • The 2020-21 Senior Class of 2021 College Prep Packet 
      • The 2020-21 Urban League's College Readiness Series Zoom Sessions
      • Resume or Bragsheet Sample
      • Resume Samples
      • In this link you'll find:
     

     
    September is fast approaching and it's mandatory that every current 12th grader signs up for a one-on-one meeting with her/his counselor. These meetings will be held virtually, so it'll be required that you utilize your APS account when joining our Zoom meeting with you. So if you've NOT already done so, below are the links you'll use to make your reservation with your counselor.
    Address: 1460 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 
    A few requirements:
    1) For full-time, you must be able to work a flexible, full-time schedule, five days a week, with 8-hour shifts. This position may require working some weekends.
    2) For part-time, you can work either a 4, 6, or 8-hour shift (your choice!) for a minimum of 2-3 days per week, as long as you work at least 8 hours per week. Some weekends required. 
    3) Communication is key. Goodwill loves providing exceptional customer service!
    4) You must be 16 or older, able to perform all physical requirements of this position, and you must wear steel-toed shoes on your first day of work if hired.  

     


     
     
    September is fast approaching and it's mandatory that every current 12th grader signs up for a one-on-one meeting with her/his counselor. These meetings will be held virtually, so it'll be required that you utilize your APS account when joining our Zoom meeting with you. Below are the links you'll use to make your reservation with your counselor.
     
    Dr. Blankenship's students for last names A-F 
     
    Mr. Young's students for last names G-M
     
    Ms. Falcone's students for last names N-Z
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094bafa72daafb6-msfalcone1
     
     
    Lastly, attached you'll find a document we call the "Senior One-Sheeter" and it contains a condensed listing of various websites commonly used in the college application process along with some upcoming events. 
     
    Thanks, and we look forward to seeing each of you individually throughout the month of September.
     

     
    As we move forward into this school year we'll be providing you with information about how to make the best out of high school, and dual enrollment is one of those programs. 
     
    Please carefully review the documents found in this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15sNQW3d1OEru6u7E4Gx532ELjb8eD8MI?usp=sharing
    • 2019-2022 AMSC Calendar
    • 2020-21 AMSC (Atlanta Metropolitan State College) Hybrid FAQ's for Fall
    • 2020-21 Dual Enrollment Approved Participating Colleges & Universities
    • 2020-21 Dual Enrollment Changes & Updates as of MAY15
    • 2020-21 Grady HS Dual Enrollment Agreement
    • 2020-21 Grady's 5 Most Common Dual Enrollment Programs General Information
    • 2020-21 GSU Calendar
    • 2020-21 GSU Textbook Policy
    • 2020-21 USG's Dual Enrollment Admissions Requirements for All Colleges as of 4-1-20
    For the students who are currently participating in dual enrollment this semester, it's imperative that each of you submit your signed 2020-21 Grady HS Dual Enrollment Agreement. You can scan a copy and email it as an attachment to your counselor or for a more efficient method you should upload it via this link: https://forms.gle/3qspp1NYPqK3vCAM8
     
    At some point during this semester, we'll be forwarding information about how to apply for 2nd-semester.
    Next, there are some scholarship resources and money available. Please carefully review the documents in this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing
    • 2020-21 Scholarship Seminar Promotional Flyer
    • 2020-21 The Jeffersons Scholars Program at UVA
    • 2020-21 The Morehead-Cain Scholars Progam at UNC
     
    Lastly, here's some relieving news that's hot off the press...
    • The University System of Georgia (USG) will waive test score requirements for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 admission due to uncertainty about the scheduling of SAT/ACT testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • USG made the decision after monitoring testing availability during the spring and summer when multiple test date cancellations caused limited testing availability and negatively impacted students. This temporary adjustment will allow students to apply for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 admission without submitting ACT or SAT scores. Students must still meet all other admission requirements and must meet adjusted minimum grade point average eligibility thresholds for admission to each USG sector. Students who have SAT/ACT scores may still submit them.
     

     
    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 

     

     


     

    12th Graders Class of 2021 One Sheeter as of August 25

     

    As you begin your senior year it is important to begin thinking about your plans following high school. Your college advisers are here to support and help plan for your future. We want to make sure that you are aware of how we will be working with you virtually this year. All seniors must meet with their college adviser by Friday, October 9th. You can schedule a zoom appointment with your college adviser by clicking this link calendly.com/gradycollegeadvisers. Virtual college advising will include a college google drive folder, website, virtual college events, weekly senior emails & texts, and more! Click this link to access the college advisers' virtual resources https://www.flow.page/gradycollegeadviser. It is really important that you stay informed this year so be sure to read your emails and texts! We hope you have a great senior year!

     

    Contact Us:

    Ms. Poirier (A-L)

    Email: abpoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Phone: 404-828-0583

    Ms. Jones (M-Z):

    Email: jonesam@atlanta.k12.ga.us

    Phone: (470) 219-8554

    Also seniors, please review the attached document. It's a condensed listing of key websites you'll need as you embark on this college application process. 
     
    Lastly, there will be a voter registration drive by the Savannah State University National Alumni Association.
     Saturday, August 29, 2020
     11am- 3pm
     Greenbrair Mall, Macy's Food Court
     2841 Greenbrair Pkwy
     Atlanta, GA 30331 
     Face mask/coverings required
     

     
     
    The 2020-21 fall semester AVA application is available. Here are some important notes for this semester's application process.
    • All fall semester AVA courses will be offered beyond the day. In other words, you'll take an Atlanta Virtual Academy course in addition to your Grady scheduled courses and not a replacement for any of your four during the day courses with Grady. There may be during the day opportunities in the 2nd or spring semester. 
    • AVA courses will begin August 24 and the registration process will end by Friday, September 30, so it's important that students submit their applications early so as to not miss any instructional days. 
    • Attached is a listing of the fall semester's course offerings.
    • All applications are to be submitted online through 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
      • Belelevins-Pellechia, Tina is for all 9th graders
    • Again submit your application through this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp