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    Midtown Community Days

    Boys High Scholarship Flyer

    Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship

    Financial Aid Flyer

     

    1. We are hopeful that many of you will submit applications for two very reputable and special scholarships ~
    • The Boys High Scholarship - worth $20,000 and due by Tuesday Feb 14, 2023. See the 2nd attached flyer. 
    • The Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship - worth $16,000 and due by Friday Feb 24, 2023. See the 3rd attached flyer. 
    Please let us (Ms. Rucker, Ms. Falcone, Ms. Blevins, college advisor Ms. Collier, or me Mr. Young) know that you are interested in applying so that we can get your documents prepared. In fact, for the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship, you may submit your application materials directly to the counselors by Friday Feb 17, as we will in turn send the applications directly to the scholarship's coordinator. 
    To access a whole host of other scholarships, visit the scholarship drive here: 2023 Scholarships
     
    2. Be sure to sign up for the community service event that's taking place here at Midtown. The flyer is the first document attached to this email, and it contains a QR code for registration. Other community service events can be found in our drive here: 2023 Community Service 
     
    3. Be sure to attend the next Financial Aid presentation which will be Wednesday March 1, 2023, at 6pm. See the 4th attachment to review the flyer. For other upcoming events, please go this drive: 2023 Unique Academic, Community Service, Summer Programs & Upcoming Events
     
    4. Last, but extremely important - APS along with the state of Georgia's Dept of Ed (GADOE) collects data from high schools annually. Some of the information collected would be post-high school plans for current graduates. We collect this information from our graduating seniors during the spring semester, and we'd like to begin this process with the c/o 2023 today. See the link below as this will be the link for which you'd upload the following bits of information and documents ~
    • Your plans for after high school (these plans range from employment to gap year programs to technical college to a traditional four-year university)
    • Your college acceptances
    • Your awarded scholarships 
    Yes, it is a bit early to have all of this information today, but we're presenting this to you now so that you're aware of what will be required of you by on or before Friday April 14, 2023.
    Yes, Friday April 14 is the deadline to submit your information via this link: 2023 Post High School Plans & Verification Form
     

     
     
    Please carefully read this autogenerated message sent out yesterday, Friday Jan 20. 
    "Dear senior class of 2023, your community service hours, which should be a minimum of 40 hours will need to be submitted to your counselor ASAP. We are asking that you have at least 20 hours submitted to your assigned counselor - Ms. Rucker, Ms. Falcone, or Mr. Young no later than Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Your submitting a minimum of 20 hours by January 31, is an indication to Atlanta Public Schools that you are making good on this mandatory graduation Item. Seniors, if there are any questions ever about community service or any graduation requirement, please see your assigned counselor. The final date for submission of all community service is Friday March 31, 2023. Thank you."
     
     
    To learn of community service events that may need your help, please visit this Google drive: 2023 Community Service 
    There is an event happening here on Midtown's campus in the cafeteria during your mid-winter break on Tuesday Feb 21 and Wednesday Feb 22 from 10am-2pm. The first 150 students to sign up may participate and earn 12 service hours. Please hurry and review the 1st flyer attached to this email for details and the registration's QR code. 
     
     
    Next, we are hopeful that many of you will submit applications for two very reputable and special scholarships ~
    • The Boys High Scholarship - worth $20,000 and due by Tuesday Feb 14, 2023
    • The Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarshp - worth $16,000 and due by Friday Feb 24, 2023
    Flyers for both are attached to this email. Please let us (Ms. Rucker, Ms. Falcone, Ms. Blevins, college advisor Ms. Collier, or me Mr. Young) know that you are interested in applying so that we can get your documents prepared. In fact for the Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship, you may submit your application materials directly to the counselors, as we will in turn send the applications directly to the scholarship's coordinator.

     
     
    1. Every official holiday has a purpose. Do you know the purpose of the MLK holiday? It is actually that - to have purpose. Purpose through volunteering and serving the community. Many of you are in need of completing your volunteer service hours requirement. Here's a host of volunteer opportunities through the well-known and reputable nonprofit - Hands on Atlanta. Please go to their site here and sign up for an event or events to which you qualify and are interested in helping. See link: 2023 Hands on Atlanta Community Service Events
     
    2. Seniors, there are several events occurring in the early part of the spring 2023 semester. Let's take a look at what's happening by going to this link: 2023 Unique Academic, Community Service, Summer Programs & Upcoming Events
    Located in this drive, you'll find flyers for the following ~
    • The Dual Enrollment Info session - Wednesday February 15 at 6pm for fall 2023 applicants
    • The Financial Aid Presentation - Wednesday March 1 at 6pm
    • Understanding Community Service presentation - via zoom on Thursday January 19 at either 1pm or 7pm
    • The Stanford University/Rustic Pathways Climate Leaders Fellowship - deadline to apply is Sunday February 5
    • Emory University's NextGen summer program - App deadline is February 15. 
    • The NACAC College Fair at the GA International Convention Center - Wednesday March 22 at 6-8pm. 
    • Midtown HS Saturday School - Jan 28, Feb 11, March 4, March 25, April 22, and May 13
    • Morehouse/Spelman College SMASH summer program (this is for current 9th graders)
    • The Student Mental Health Advisory Board - January 17 meeting
    • UGA's VetCAMP - App deadline January 23.
    3. For the Morehouse/Spelman SMASH program, there will be an info session held on Thursday January 26 at 6pm via zoom. 
    Here's the zoom login info ~

     


    Winter Break Safe Spaces Guide

     

    Scholarships, Scholarships, and more Scholarships!!! 
    College bound seniors please get active and very assertive with applying for scholarships. Here's the link to the 2023 Scholarship drive where you will find hundreds of scholarships worth thousands of dollars: 2023 Scholarships  
    New scholarships added, please hurry, click the link to enter the drive, and check these out~
    • Boys High Scholarship - worth $20,000 and due by Tuesday Feb 14, 2023
    • Community Sparks Credit Union - worth $10,000 and due by Wed March 15, 2023
    • The Bill Maness Good Samaritan - worth $16,000 and due by Friday Feb 25, 2023
    • Jackie Robinson Foundation - worth up to $30,000 and due by Wed Jan 11, 2023
    • The Atlanta Spiritual Community - worth up to $1,000 and due by Tuesday Feb 28, 2023
    • And all the new and upcoming scholarships found in with this resourceful drive for example ~
      • The first document listed in the drive called "Scholarship Database
      • "The APS Scholarships Database" where you will find additional thousands of dollars
      •  "MHS Scholarship Database" this is the document our college adviser Ms. Collier and counselors created that provides you yet some more unique/lucrative scholarships.
    Again, here's the link to the drive where all of our scholarships are housed: 2023 Scholarships
    Please utilize your winter break wisely by not only applying for scholarships, but also completing some community service work as many of you have not submitted your required 40+ hours of community service. 
     
    Lastly, there's a great resource for you and your family attached. Please see the flyer 2022-23 Winter Break Safe Spaces Guide.

     
     
    1. Have you submitted your community service to your counselor yet? If not, then you MUST and will now need to store and manage your hours through the new platform called  MyVoluntier. The platform can be accessed through your MyBackPack account. Attached you'll find instructions on how to upload your hours. Your community service hours are due to your counselor no later than Friday March 31, 2023
     
    2. Scholarships, Scholarships, and more Scholarships!! 
    The winter holiday break is approaching - so, let's please get active and very assertive with applying for scholarships. Here's the link to the 2023 Scholarship drive where you will find hundreds of scholarships worth thousands of dollars: 2023 Scholarships  
    New scholarships added, please hurry, click the link to enter the drive, and check these out~
    • The Bill Maness Good Samaritan - worth $16,000 and due by Friday Feb 254, 2023
    • Jackie Robinson Foundation - worth up to $30,000 and due by Wed Jan 11, 2023
    • The Atlanta Spiritual Community - worth up to $1,000 and due by Tuesday Feb 28, 2023
    • And all the new and upcoming scholarships found in the drive's first document called "Scholarship Database" as well as the document named "MHS Scholarship Database"
    3. Final exams for the fall 2022 semester are next week. See here for the exam schedule~
    • Tuesday Dec 13 will be exams for periods 1A and 2A
    • Wednesday Dec 14 will be exams for periods 1B and 2B
    • Thursday Dec 15 will be exams for periods 3A and 4A
    • Friday Dec 16 will be exams for periods 3B and 4B

     

    AVA HS Spring Course Offerings

    ASVAB Fall Exam Study Guide

     

    The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) part-time program registration for spring 2023 will begin Monday December 5. 
    For those interested in taking one and/or possibly even two classes virtually through the AVA platform during the spring 2023 semester, then you may want to proceed with this registration process. 
     
    Why would or should you take a virtual course through AVA?
    • Reason #1 - You failed a course or courses from the previous semester or previous year, and you did not enroll in any credit recovery program during the summer or last school year. And now you need to recover the credit. - This is called CR or Credit Recovery
    • Reason #2 - You're on-track for graduation and you are simply seeking to get ahead in your credits. You're also interested in taking a course or courses that you'd ordinarily be scheduled to take in the future. Doing so will allow you to get ahead in your credits and possibly graduate early. - This is called IC or Initial Credit
    To apply, please go to this link: The AVA Part-Time Course Registration for Spring 2023  
     
    Once you are on the website, here are your steps - please READ THESE BULLETS CAREFULLY
    • The website's 1st page - you'll be requested to supply standard information such as your email, your school network ID, along with your lunch number. Please contact your counselor if you don't know this information. 
       
    • The website's 2nd page - this is where you'll select your course(s). You may select up to two courses. However, if you only need one course the website will not allow you to move forward, so no worries, please simply select the same course twice. Please understand that this is an application for part-time AVA (not their full-time program), and it allows you to enroll in two types of courses ~ CR or IC for either the 1st or 2nd semester's portion of the course. There's an attached document to this email that lists all of AVA's part-time courses. Then, please review below here for an explanation on how to appropriately register for the right course.
      • CR - is for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course, and you now need to redo or recover the credit so that you can be eligible for graduation
      • IC - is for initial credit which means this is a new course that you've never taken and you're now seeking to earn credit(s) so that you can either get ahead to potentially graduate early or to possibly free up your next year's schedule so that you're able to take on other programs like dual enrollment, WBL (work based learning), or even early release. 
      • Then for selecting the correct semester's portion, here's an explanation --
        • Where you see an "A" next to the course's name that means the 1st semester.
        • Where you see a "B" next to the course's name that means the 2nd semester
      •  
    • The website's 3rd page - this is where you must select your assigned counselor. See here for who your counselor is ~
      • 10-12th graders with last names A-F, your new counselor is Rucker, Katrina and her email is Katrina.rucker@atlanta.k12.ga.us
      • 10-12th graders with last names G-M, your counselor is Young, Lamar and his email is Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
      • 10-12th graders with last names N-Z, your counselor is Falcone, Chelsea and her email is Chelsea.falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
      • All 9th graders, your counselor is Blevins-Pellechia, Tina and her email is Tblevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Again, please submit your application through this link: The AVA Part-Time Course Registration for Spring 2023 
    See flyer here for deadline dates. 
     
     
    Lastly, please let your counselor know if you'd like to take the ASVAB which is scheduled for Friday December 9. This is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery assessment for those interested in exploring careers in the military, National Guard, or for those who simply want to know which fields they're good in. See the 2nd attached flyer to download a study guide and again you absolultely must let your counselor know that you're interested in taking the assessment so that we can add your name to the testing list as we cannot accept walk-ins. 
     

     

    2023 CAU and Google Scholar Academy

     

    1. Full time AVA
    If you're seeking to take ALL of your courses virtually for spring 2023 semester,  AVA (Atlanta Virtual School) is allowing students to apply for their full-time program. You may submit your application here: AVA's 2023 Spring Semester Full-Time Interest Application. Your application must be submitted by Friday December 9.  Please connect with your assigned counselor if you should have any questions as you submit your application. For those who only want to take one or two virtual courses, the AVA"s part-time application will be released at a later date- so watch your emails for that. 
     

    2. Next, here is a complete account of all the colleges in Georgia that are waiving fees through the month of November, see link: 2022-23 GA Colleges App Fee Waived for November

     

    After this month however, you will need to qualify for free/reduced lunch which is applied for through online. Here's the link: 2022-23 Free-Reduced Lunch Application.  If you want to learn more about the free/reduced lunch program, you all can go to 2022-23 APS Nutrition Program Information. Once submitted it takes up to 72 hours for results. If found eligible, then your counselor can then send you your fee waiver numbers for either exam (ACT and/or SAT) as well as approve any requests to waive your college application fees.

     

     
    3. Lastly, here's a program to consider ~
    The Google Academy at CAU (Clark Atlanta University). See the attached flyer in this email.
     

     
     
    The annual event Apply to College Week is November 14-18. This is a statewide event where Georgia students in Georgia are strongly encouraged to take advantage some the great application fee waivers for our in-state institutions. There will be virtual sessions/webinars happening this week on Tuesday Nov 15, Wed Nov 16, Thurs Nov 17. To join these sessions, please go into our college prep drive and locate the flyer entitled "2022-23 Apply to College Month Virtual Parent-Student Seminars". Access to the drive is here: 2022-23 College Prep Documents
     
    Reminder to continually check and apply for scholarships. We will soon request that you report all of your awarded scholarships as this is one of the requirements for graduation clearance. Here's access to folder/drive where you'll find hundreds of scholarships: 2023 Scholarships
     
    Community service opportunities can be found here: 2022-23 Community Service Events
     

     
     
    1. Female scholars are you interested in earning $40,000 for college? You may want to apply for the KPMG Future Leaders Program. Here's a bit detail regarding eligibility ~
    • It's a $10,000 scholarship per year for 4 years. 
    • Applicants must be female who are planning to enroll in an undergraduate program in the business or STEM field at a traditional four-year university in the fall 2023 semester. 
    • Must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
    • Must demonstrate a significant financial need. 
    • Must obtain a recommendation letter from a non-profit/community organization. 
    • Must participate in a development retreat and receive ongoing support from the KPMG organization.
    • Finalists will be paired with an executive female mentor for one year. 
    To apply and learn information go here: 2023 KPMG Future Leaders Application
    Submission deadline is Wednesday Februray 1, 2023, and students will be notified by Friday April 14, 2023.
     
     
    2. The Achieve Atlanta Scholarship is having a webinar Wednesday Nov 16 at 1pm. Atlhough this is open for all, this may be something parents are more inclined to attend. To register go to: 2022 Achieve Atlanta Webinar 
     
     
     
    3. Are you looking to earn more community service hours? The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of International and Immigrant Affairs has an initative called Welcoming Atlanta where volunteers are needed for food distribution. In fact there's a special Thanksgiving distribution event on Tuesday November 22 at 1pm located at 3200 Lenox Rd NE Atlanta 30324. Then there's another event on the same day at 2:30pm located 2572 Lenox Rd NE Alanta 30324
    Here are other locations for food distribution in our Midtown area ~
    1676 Briarcliff Rd NE
    894 Briarcliff Terr Rd NE2020 Lenox Rd NW
    To sign up for these exciting volunteer opportunities, please go to our community service drive and locate the flyer entitled "2022-23 Welcoming Atlanta Volunteer Recruitment in Immigrant Communities". There's a QR code on the flyer. You will also find other community service projects in this drive like the United Way's Season of Giving events. Here's the link to the drive: 2022-23 Community Service Events
     
     
    4. The UVA Jefferson Scholar and Davidson College Belk Scholar programs nomination materials are due from anyone qualifying and interested by Friday November 11, 2022. Here is what you need to submit to your counselor~
    • Your Resume
    • Your official highest ACT and/or SAT scores directly from your ACT and/or College Board accounts
    • Your official highest AP scores directly from your College Board account.
    There will be a committee who will select two candidates for both of these prestigious scholar programs and you'll be notified by Friday November 18, 2022. To apply for other scholarships, please always continue to check here: 2023 Scholarships
    Please know that very soon, we will be requesting that each of you to not only continue to collect/store ALL of your scholarship earnings, but to report your awards as this is vital data that the high school and district needs for your graduating cohort. So, please keep things organized and stay tuned. 
     
     
    5. Lastly, make certain that you come to Saturday School this weekend Nov 12 or any other available Saturday - see the attached flyer for dates. This is one of the best ways to get your grades up and to catch up on previously incomplete or misunderstood concepts.  
     

     
     
    See the attached flyer. Delta Airlines will be here on Monday November 7 during the lunch periods in the multipurpose room (located adjacent to the cafeteria). Some specifics to know~
    • Delta only hires 18+ year olds.
    • You must have earned your diploma in order to be granted full employment - so the Nov 7th's event is to get you acclimated with company, etc. 
    • You must scan the QR code found in the attached flyer so that Delta may stay in touch with you. 
    For other employment opportunities, be sure to regularly check out our employment drive here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
     

     
    Seniors, we hope each of you are doing and feeling well. 

     

    Senior Yearbook Deadlines

    Financial Aid 101 Flyer

     

    This was it! Thursday, October 20, was your last opportunity to get your senior pictures taken here at Midtown High School. There are two additional dates worth noting ~

     

    • Monday Oct 31 - your baby pics and senior quotes are due
    • Monday Nov 7 - your ads are due for the yearbook. 

     

    See the first attached flyer for QR codes that contain more details. Then feel free to connect with Ms. Blair in room E113 if you should have questions etc. Thanks, from Ms. Blair & The Yearbook Staff 

     

    Also please continue to check your senior drives created by the guidance department as new documents have been added. See below ~
      • The private institution Davidson College in North Carolina has a full ride scholarship with their Belk Scholar program. We can nominate two Midtown seniors. Get your materials in to your counselor by Friday November 11, 2022.
      •  
      • The ACC conference large public institution University of Virgnia (UVA) located in Charlottesville, VA has a full ride scholarship with their Jefferson Scholar program. We can nominate two Midtown seniors. Get your materials in to your counselor by Friday November 11, 2022
      •  
    • For community service projects go here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15LL5UGsKHSTlW5dI2LVfV6-pwVh71jLE?usp=sharing
      • Soon, you'll be receiving information about the new electronic platform that will be used for storing, logging, and managing your community service hours. It's called MyVoluntier. Watch your emails. In the meantime, if you've already completed your 40 hours, please get it over to your assigned counselor ASAP!
     

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

     


     

    Financial Aid Flyer

    Dual Enrollment Information Session Flyer

    HOPE and Zell Miller Information

     

    1. Please at your earliest check out the documents found in these drives ~
    2. For parents as an extra layer of information prior to our Financial Aid information session on Wed Oct 19, please join the FAFSA updates webinar on September 28 at 2-3pmhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-24-fafsa-updates-webinar-tickets-418243857637
     
     
    3. Also, on September 28 at 6pm, the Dual Enrollment information session will be held in the media center specific for students who are interested in taking college courses during the spring 2023 semester. See the second attached flyer for details. 
     
    4. This is also a friendly reminder that if you do not have a valid SSN (social security number) on file here at the high school to please at your earliest - but no later than Friday September 30, 2022 - connect with registrar Ms. Holland by providing her with a copy of your valid SSN card. You may email a copy of the valid card to registrar Holland, where her email is Cpholland@apsk12.org. You may also bring the physical copy of the valid card to the registrar's office and hand deliver it to Ms. Holland and/or Ms. Case. Failure to do so will restrict your child from discovering their HOPE/Zell Miller scholarship eligibility and funds for college. The third attached document details a bit about our state's HOPE/Zell Miller program. We are also having a financial aid presentation on Wed Oct 19 at 6pm here at the school where there will be financial professionals on-hand to discuss ways how to finance education beyond high school.
     

     
     
    Senior pictures will be taken next week, Monday-Thursday, September 12-16 from 4:30-8:15 p.m. in the foyer of the Murray Auditorium. Both cap and gown and formal attire will be provided and there is a $30.00 which can be paid on arrival. Students will be able to sign up for an appointment on Schoology using Signup Genie and a QR code after 12:00 p.m. See Ms. Blair in room E113 for more information.
     
    Next, many of you are seeking a fee waiver for your ACT/SAT exams and/or your college applications. For the 2022-23 the free/reduced lunch program has been reinstituted. Subsequently, you'll need to submit your online app for free/reduced lunch. If found eligible for either free or reduced, then you may seek a waiver from your assigned counselor. 
    You may review the 1st document attached to this email for details.
    This information is found online, so to learn information about the free/reduced lunch program, please go to: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/nutrition
     
    or you may go directly to the application via: https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict
     
     
    Lastly, there are two very lucrative scholar programs at two prestigious colleges. Both of these scholar programs involve a nomination process as our school can only nominate two students per program. See below and attached. 
    • Belk Scholar program at Davidson College located in Davidson, NC (just north of Charlotte, NC). See the 2nd attached flyer for details.
    • Jefferson Scholar program at UVA (University of Virginia) located in Charlottesville, VA. See the 3rd attached flyer for details. 
    • To learn of a host of other scholarship opportunities, please visit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cG7__O2pJ-I_Wif089V4mNtnYDH_zK1t?usp=sharing

     
     
    For seniors who are intending to attend college during fall 2023, and if the college requires either the SAT or ACT exam, it is recommended that you complete either of these exams no later than the fall 2022 semester. Below are some resources to assist in prepping for these exams. 
    • Next, please refer to the 1st attached flyer in this email for a good tutorial resource -that's free/no cost. 
     
     
    There are two important upcoming events - please save them to your calendar. 
    • On Wednesday September 28 at 6pm here at the school in-person - The Dual Enrollment Info Session. This is for anyone who's interested in participating in dual enrollment for the spring 2023 semester. There will be our dual enrollment partners available to discuss the dual enrollment opportunities at their institution. See the 2nd attached flyer for details. 
    • On Wednesday October 19 at 6pm here at the school located in the Murray auditorium. This will be an explanation of the types of financial aid available for fall 2023, a discussion the FAFSA, and an explanation of our state's merit-based scholarship programs - HOPE and Zell Miller. See the 3rd attached flyer for details. 
    Next, be sure to sign up for your required Senior Advisement meeting with your assigned counselor. See the links below. 
    Finally, be sure to always check out the following drives and regularly for information on the college admissions process, community service opportunities, and scholarships. 

    1. Have you completed your required senior advisement meeting with your assigned counselor, or have you already made an appointment? If not, then you must do so asap. See the signup links here -
    2. The college application season is well underway. Where are you in this process? It may be helpful if you also went ahead and made an appointment with your assigned college advisor. Ms. Gaggar for those whose last names are A-L, and Ms. Collier for M-Z. Both advisers are in the CCC (College Career Center) room A230. Please be sure to read these important documents found in the 2022-23 Senior College Prep drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZswvXrqEP2GwgyZrTH1R-WOz0Z_fVKZ?usp=sharing. These documents are -
    • 2020-21 University System of Georgia General Admissions Info
      • Many of you inquire about admissions requirements for our in-state colleges. This document, though it's from a couple of years ago, still provides you with a fairly accurate glimpse of what an incoming first year student should have that enters their institution. 
    • 2023 HOPE & Zell Miller Information (READ CAFEFULLY)
      • This is our state's signature merit-based scholarship program. Each of you must have a valid SSN (social security number) on file here at the high school to discover if you qualify and to access these funds. See your assigned counselor to inquire if your SSN is on file. If it is not, then you have until Friday October 28 to submit a copy of your SSN card. 
    • 2023 The Senior College Admissions Process Instructions (READ CAFEFULLY)
      • This 31-page document meticulously outlines a variety of required bits of information needed as you migrate through the college application process.
    • Resume Samples
      • Many of you will need a recommendation letter. Please submit your resume to your recommender at least two weeks prior to your deadline. 
    3. To order your transcript, it is very important that you follow the instructions outlined in the  2022-23 Parchment Link and Instructions document found in the 2023 Senior College Prep drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZswvXrqEP2GwgyZrTH1R-WOz0Z_fVKZ?usp=sharing.
    Again, that URL for Parchment is: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account . This URL is directly tied to the Midtown HS account which eliminates any charges passed on to students - that's if you correctly create your account. So, again follow the instructions found in the 2022-23 Parchment Link and Instructions document. 
     
     
    4. Did you miss the NAHS Fair? Or did you attend and may have missed a college you wanted to speak with? Well, the PROBE Fair is fast approaching - Friday September 16. There's still room as we're extending the deadline to Wednesday August 31. Hurry and submit your permission form. You'll find the 2022-23 PROBE Fair Permission Form via our 2023 Senior College Prep drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZswvXrqEP2GwgyZrTH1R-WOz0Z_fVKZ?usp=sharing. Submit your completed forms via this link:  https://forms.gle/PQ8hbngnMXzz4yNcA
     
    5. Speaking of college, it is also time that you begin to apply for a variety of scholarships. There are scholarships that range from academic merit to your hobbies/interests. Regularly check our 2023 Scholarships drive for information and application links to these lucrative scholarships. Here's access to the drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1cG7__O2pJ-I_Wif089V4mNtnYDH_zK1t?usp=sharing. Be sure to keep a record of your scholarships earned as you'll be asked to report these awards at the end of the school year.
     

    For those who signed up to attend the NAHS College Fair this Friday Aug 26, we are departing Midtown at 10:30am and will need you in the cafeteria by 10:15am. All seniors are expected to bring a copy of their transcript. So, please hurry by making a request for your transcript to be sent to you via your Parchment account: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/196891/account . You will then be responsible for printing your transcript and bring the hard copy with you to the fair. If you need further instructions on how to set up your Parchment account and how to make requests, visit our college prep documents drive and locate the document titled "2022-23 Parchment Link and Instructions". Here's the link to that drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZswvXrqEP2GwgyZrTH1R-WOz0Z_fVKZ?usp=sharing  
    Then for the list of colleges at the NAHS, please visit: http://www.nahscollege.org/college-fair-2022.html
     
     
    Next, speaking of the College Prep Documents drive, it is vital that you check it regularly as new items are added often. Here's the link again: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZswvXrqEP2GwgyZrTH1R-WOz0Z_fVKZ?usp=sharing. In the drive today are the following documents:
    • 2022-23 Parchment Link and Instructions
    • 2022-23 PROBE Fair Permission Form (extending deadline to Wednesday August 31)
    • 2023 HOPE & Zell Miller Information (READ CAFEFULLY)
    • 2023 The Senior College Admissions Process Instructions (READ CAFEFULLY)
    • Resume Samples
    Lastly, make certain that you sign up for your required Senior Advisement meeting with your assigned counselor. See Signup Genius links. 

     

    1. The YU (Youth United) Board is now accepting applications for 11th and 12th graders. Board Members must apply and be interviewed and sign on to a full year of service. Board meetings are mandatory. YU Board members will gain leadership development opportunities, have primary access to all Youth United events, and play a role in the development of the group. The Board's Applications will close Friday, August 19.

    The YU Board Application: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/join-youth-united-board/

     

    2. Youth United General Membership is open to all high school students in Metro Atlanta (United Way of Greater Atlanta's 13 county footprint) and offers engagement for high school students including volunteer projects along with leadership development opportunities.

    For general membership: https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/youth-united-join-group/

    3. For a collection of community service opportunities, please continue to review the documents found in our community service drive, and here's the link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15LL5UGsKHSTlW5dI2LVfV6-pwVh71jLE?usp=sharing
     
    4. For a collection of college admissions information, please continue to check this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LZswvXrqEP2GwgyZrTH1R-WOz0Z_fVKZ?usp=sharing.
    • In this college admissions drive, there are 3 college fairs that we are traveling to, and qualifying students are invited!!
      • NAHS - The North Atlanta HS Fair on Friday August 26. Please go into the college admissions drive, download the NAHS permission form, get it signed and upload it via this link on or before Wed August 17https://forms.gle/PQ8hbngnMXzz4yNcA
      • PROBE - The PROBE Fair on Friday September 16. Please go into this same drive, download the PROBE permission form, get it signed and upload it via this link on or before Wed August 24https://forms.gle/PQ8hbngnMXzz4yNcA  
      • FAMU - The FAMU admissions event on Thursday September 15Please go into this same drive, download the PROBE permission form, get it signed and upload it via this link on or before Wed August 24https://forms.gle/PQ8hbngnMXzz4yNcA 
    5. Soon, you'll receive information about our district's new electronic platform for you to store and manage your hours/experiences. For now, please utilize the log sheet found the community service drive, or you can have your community service supervisor(s) write you a letter that states the following -
    • Their agency, business, or non-profit's official name
    • The total number of hours you volunteered
    • A brief description of what you preformed
    • Contact information of the person(s) who supervised you i.e. their email address, telephone number, and perhaps their website when applicable
    6. Don't forget that all c/o 2023 students must sign up for an advisement/graduation audit meeting with their assigned counselor. 
    Here are the links for you to sign up.  Last names N-Z with Ms. Falcone:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094bafa72daafb6-msfalcone5

     
     

     
     
    This is the first of many emails that you'll receive throughout this academic year from the guidance department. 
     
    1. First, it's required (not suggested) that each student in cohort 2023 (or those who intend to graduate this school year) to sign up for a senior advisement meeting with their assigned counselor. This meeting will be a conversation about your graduation status and your post-secondary/post-high school plans. 
    Here are the links for you to sign up. 
     
    2. It is officially college application season, and for those who are seeking to further their education beyond high school you need to carefully and methodically read the 1st attached document to this email. It's the Midtown Senior/College Admissions Packet. Meticulously crafted, it outlines a variety of required bits of information needed as you migrate through the college application process. In addition to meeting with your assigned counselor for your advisement meeting, you must also meet with one of our college advisers - we have two new advisers this year - Ms. Collier and Ms. Gaggar. Within this very comprehensive packet, there's a QR Code found on page 3 that you'll use to reserve your meeting with one of these advisers. Both advisers are located in room A230 and they'll also be making their rounds to your English classes for formal introductions and explanation of their services. 
     
    3. Next, for those needing a bit of information about community service, please review the 2nd attached document to this email. Community service will be collected from you by the Friday prior of spring break - March 31, 2023. Soon, we will receive information about a new electronic platform for you to store and manage your community service experiences - so please continue to actively watch your emails as we'll pass that information on to you as soon as we receive it. In the meantime, you should save your hours on the logsheet that's found in the attached document, or simply get the folks that you've preformed community service for to write you an official letter that contains the following -
    • Their agency, business, or non-profit's official name
    • The total number of hours you volunteered
    • A brief description of what you preformed
    • Contact information of the person(s) who supervised you i.e. their email address, telephone number, and perhaps their website when applicable
     4. Next, be sure to register now for the Peach State tour via this link: http://www.peachstatetour.org/students.html
     
    5. For those seeking to take a course or courses virtually through the AVA platform for the fall 2022 semester, please submit your application via: https://bit.ly/AVAPTHS
     
    6. For those officially enrolled in dual enrollment for the fall 2022 semester, you should have completed or are at the very end of completing the following-
      • Submit your 2022-23 Dual Enrollment Midtown Agreement to your assigned counselor or to Mr. Young (see the 3rd attached document). 
      • Consult with your assigned counselor as to determine the best time(s) for you to take your dual enrollment college course(s). 
      • Register for your dual enrollment college course(s).
      • Submit an official PDF version copy of your dual enrollment college schedule to your assigned counselor or to Mr. Young.
      • Special note - We will begin the dual enrollment application process for spring 2023 semester sometime in late September through October. So carefully watch your emails for details. For information regarding admissions requirements etc. of our partnered colleges, please carefully review this document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19iiOJ_OYgthrQ3i0aVelZtG4THclyHjl/view
     
    7. Lastly, for those who qualify, the Minimum Day/Early Release program is still an option. Please see the last attached document to this email. If your parent/guardian agree, then get this app signed and returned to your assigned counselor ASAP.
     

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

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