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    We hope you are enjoying the last remaining days of the summer recess. The AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) program will continue to offer courses for students who are enrolled at their home or zoned school. these courses will be taken in their part-time enrollment program whereby the majority if not all of your classes will remain at Midtown HS, and participating students will take one or two courses with AVA in addition to their Midtown courses. 
     
    AVA part-time essentially has two purposes.
    1. If you are interested in getting ahead in your credits whereby you could possibly graduate early, then AVA part-time is your answer. 
    2. If you failed a course or courses from a previous year, and you did not enroll in summer school or you've never re-enrolled in the course(s), then AVA part-time is your answer. 
    To apply, please submit your request via this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
     
    Then when you are on the website:
    • On the first page, you will be asked for standard identifying information such as your email, school network ID number, along with your lunch number. Contact your counselor if you do not know this information. 
    • On the second page is where you will select your course(s). Please note that this is an application for part-time AVA (not full-time) and it allows you to enroll in two types of courses; CR or IC for either the 1st or 2nd-semester portion. (see below for explanation).
      • CR stands for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course and now you need to recover the credit for graduation. 
      • IC stands for a course for initial credit which means this is a new course that you have never taken and now you are seeking to enroll so that you can earn credits to either get ahead or graduate early. 
      • Then where you see an "A" this means the 1st semester's portion, and "B" means the 2nd semester's portion.
    • On the third page, is where you must select your appropriately assigned counselor. See below for the list of Midtown's counselors. Please understand, however, that our previous school's name "Grady" is written next to the counselor's name. Don't be alarmed. 
      • 10-12th graders with last names beginning with the letters A-F, your counselor is Blankenship, Shaketha and her email is sblankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
      • 10-12th graders with last names beginning with the letters G-M, your counselor is Young, Lamar and his email is Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
      • 10-12th graders with last names beginning with the letters N-Z, your counselor is Falcone, Chelsea and her email is chelsea.falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
      • All 9th graders your counselor is Blevins-Pellechia, Tina and her email is tblevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    Again, please submit your application through this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
    The deadline to apply is August 21 (however you should apply before Wednesday, August 4, and this is because the first day of school is August 5 and you should not want to miss any days of instruction).
    See the attached document for a listing of the AVA part-time course offerings. 

      

     

    Fall 2021 Important Dates 

    July 26th-Registration Opens  

    August 21st-Registration Closes  

       

    August 5th-Courses Begin    

    December 17th- Courses End   

       

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

     

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


     

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

     

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

    770.760.7197

    bselleck@hopeatlanta.org

     


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

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

     

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

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

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

    Logistics: 

    Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 7-8

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

    Location: Online

    Level: Beginner

    Participants: Middle - High School Students 

    Registration deadline: July 20th, 2021

    Register early as spots are limited. 

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


    Highlights:  

    • Free admission 

    • No Coding experience required to participate 

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

    • Mentoring by Employees of Various Tech Companies

    • Workshop on Cybersecurity by NetScout

    • Workshops on HTML and Discord 

    • Build a website/Mobile App 

    • Pitch your project 

    • Win multiple prizes 


     
     
    Hello, 2021-22 Dual Enrollment Applicants, 
    I hope that everyone is doing well. Here are some closing items to make your DE (dual enrollment) process a success. 
    • Each of you should have at this point attended an orientation or at the very least been in contact with someone at the dual enrollment office at your chosen dual enrollment college. This contact should have established...
      • A determination of your acceptance
      • Registration for fall 2021 courses
    • After your orientation or contact with your DE college, you should have shared your desired courses with your assigned counselor either Dr. Blankenship, Ms. Falcone, or Mr. Young. And now you are required to provide us with a PDF copy of your official DE college fall semester schedule. Please upload that schedule immediately to this link:  https://forms.gle/4r5ouHqcMesPQCka9. We will need your DE schedule by Wednesday, June 1, 2021, and no later than Friday, July 30, 2021
    Do please reach out if you should have any questions. Otherwise, we expect to receive your PDF copy of your DE schedule along with the 2021-22 DE Agreement and 2021-22 APS DE COVID Waiver, by Wednesday, June 1, 2021, via this link:  https://forms.gle/4r5ouHqcMesPQCka9
     
    Hope you have an enjoyable summer and looking forward to a great 2021-22 school year.
     
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    Hello Seniors, a note of congratulations to all those who qualify for a spring 2021 graduation this month. Here are a few reminders from the guidance department.
    • Many of you asked why this task is required, but in an ongoing effort to have accurate data to both the state and national DOE's (departments of education) high schools continually college post-graduation data on their senior classes. This helps in numerous ways as high schools are graded on performance i.e. college matriculation rates, technical college/certification training program enrollment, employment transitioning, military-reserves enlistments....just to name a few. Having accurate data not only impacts the reports in state-wide and national publications, but it ultimately affects the quality of the education for proceeding graduating classes. So, please make certain that you have made one entry via these three links.
    • Next, many of you may have situations where you will need to have your transcript (or school records) sent to a variety of places. Moving forward after June 1, 2021, you will need to make such requests directly to the district via this link: https://apsga.scriborder.com/  And attached are the detailed instructions. So, after June 1, 2021, any requests by the class of 2021 made via Parchment will no longer be honored as you must connect with the Atlanta Public Schools Records Office.  

     
     
    We are anticipating clearing seniors for graduation beginning on May 12, so hopefully, each of you will qualify to become a May 2021 graduate. 
     
    1. Are you attending GA Tech in the fall? If so, you may want to participate in one of their two summer academic programs. The brochures of the two bulleted here are attached.
    • Challenge Signature Residential Academic Intensive
    • iGniTe Summer Launch Program
     
    For the iGniTe program, the courses taken during the summer are applied to your academic record and can be used toward your graduation from Tech. Subsequently, you are able to utilize your financial aid to offset the cost of these summer courses. 
    For the Challenge Signature program, if you are an Achieve Atlanta scholar, the program fee is waived. 
    For more information, please contact Mr. Liddell at Jelani.Liddell@omed.gatech.edu or Ms. Holton at Markyta.Holton@omed.gatech.edu
    Their website: https://omed.gatech.edu/
     
    2. The Army has a presentation next Wednesday, May 12 at 1pm. 
    The 3rd attached document in this email is a benefits chart that compares the US Army to the Army Reserves. So, we look forward to you joining us next Wednesday, May 12 at 1pm. 
     
    3. Here are more Employment Opportunities.
    Itemized below are some positions that have just come in. 
    4. Have you discovered your HOPE/Zell Miller eligibility yet? Although there is one more quarter (4th quarter) remaining that could impact this eligibility, it is always a good thing to find out your status. 
    • 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".
    • To find out which courses are calculated in your HOPE GPA, go to our college prep drive and locate the PDF document labeled "HOPE and Zell Miller Rigorous Courses Qualification List". Here's the link to the drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing
    • 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 and provide your scores for the Zell Miller scholarship?
    • 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 the Georgia Student Finance Commission 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. If you have not received an ACT score report, then you may need to call the ACT company at 319.337.1270. 
      • Georgia Student Finance Commission Program Administration  2082 East Exchange Place  Tucker, Georgia 30084
    • Next, are you aware that there have been some modifications to the Zell Miller Scholarship due to COVID-19? To find out, please visit: https://www.gafutures.org/about-us/communications/, or can find it in our college prep drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing
    5. Please, please, please DO NOT FORGET to complete your required surveys.
     
    6. Last, here is your awesome 2021 Decision Day video. Thank you to all who participated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLZVbkesnOw
     

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

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

     
     
    Seniors, it is vital that you complete these brief surveys/questionnaires now. Only one entry is necessary. 
    The APS & Achieve Atlanta Senior Exit Survey: https://cacorps.link/0gzNfthttps://cacorps.link/0gzNft
    The Grady HS Advising Corps Survey: https://grace.advisingcorps.org/student-survey/1886#/
     
    **The Senior Data Form link for you to upload all your documents: https://forms.gle/YUv2cNdqxa13eGN78 
    (though for this survey/questionnaire the deadline to have your data included in the commencement program may have passed, it is still required that all seniors submit so there is accurate information on file)
     

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

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

     
    Let's talk scholarships. There are some new funding sources that have been added to the database. Though some may have an aggressive deadline, they are however rather lucrative. Here are the links:
    Let's talk employment.
    New positions added.
    • Mr. FriesMan, a new restaurant opening at 30 Decatur St. SE Atlanta, GA 30303. They are in need of cashiers, cooks, shift leaders, and managers. Contact Mrfriesmanatl@gmail.com
    • Old Navy, a paid internship. Contact Mwhitson@ging.org or 678.766.8178
    • Then for those who are interested in civic service work with the government. Please check out positions that the city of Atlanta is offering high school students. See links.
    Let's talk about your cords.
    • There will be cords for the members of the senior class who participated in dual enrollment during their tenure at Grady. We have 56 students who qualify, so see your counselor for verification.
    • There will be cords for members of this graduating class who submitted to their counselor 150+ hours of verifiable community service. 
     
    Let's talk celebration.
     
    decision

    Hello Seniors! 

    This year Atlanta Public Schools will be hosting a district-wide Virtual Decision Day! The 2021 Decision Day will take place via zoom at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Tune in for prizes, awards, a live DJ, and more! There will also be a separate zoom session from 11am-12pm for Grady 2021 to celebrate with their classmates during this event. Your college advisers are preparing a Decision Day video to celebrate your next steps. We are asking all seniors to submit a picture or video of themselves featuring their future plans! If you do not complete the survey, you will not be included in the video. Be sure to submit this google form https://forms.gle/VwhNmBFC19DsMHD59 ASAP to be included in the Grady Decision Day video! 

     

    RSVP for Decision Day by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decision-day-2021-tickets-149928733879

     

    Raffle: There will be a raffle for 3 google homes and college gear of your choice for seniors who attend Grady’s session. 

     

    Special guests include Senator Warnock & Soulja Boy! You don’t want to miss this event celebrating the class of 2021 so be sure to RSVP in advance for the zoom links. Stay tuned for the order of events and itinerary. 

     

    Your college advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier will also be sending out zoom links before the event so be sure to add them on remind & check your email daily. 

     

    Join remind by texting @2021grady3 to 81010

     


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

     

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

     
    This year Atlanta Public Schools will be hosting a district-wide Virtual Decision Day! The 2021 Decision Day will take place via zoom at 10:00 am on May 5, 2021.  Tune in for prizes, awards, a live DJ, and more! There will also be a separate zoom session for Grady 2021 to celebrate with their classmates during this event. Your college advisers are preparing a Decision Day video to celebrate your next steps. We are asking all seniors to submit a picture or video of themselves featuring their future plans! If you do not complete the survey, you will not be included in the video. Be sure to submit this google form https://forms.gle/VwhNmBFC19DsMHD59 ASAP to be included in the Grady Decision Day video! The deadline to submit your video or picture is April 28. Stay tuned for further details over the next few weeks.
     
    Also, there are multiple surveys we need each of you to complete. This data is extremely important to us so please complete both of these required surveys: Survey 1 and Survey 2  
     
    If you have not done so already, please let the college advisers know your plans for next year and as always please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns!  
     
    Email: 
    Ms. Poirier- abpoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
    Ms. Jones- jonesam@atlanta.k12.ga.us 
     

     
     
    1. Are you looking for employment? There are new jobs added to the employment drive. See link.
    The new jobs added are:
    • Five Guys at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport pays $11.50/hour
    • Sears Pool lifeguarding
    • The UPS Store -Moores Mill located at 2274 Marietta Blvd. If interested, please email tahmida@gmail.com and introduce yourself as well as sharing your availability (days/hours). Ms. Tahmida will connect back with you for an interview. 
    2. Here are your Prom reminders.
    Additional details will be set out to attendees a few days before the event. 
    Reach out to Ms. Yale with questions: elizabeth.yale@apsk12.org
     
    3. And please do not forget that each of you must complete these links ASAP. If you've already done so already, there is no need to submit multiple times.

     
     
    Be reminded that it is very important to complete the following...
    Also, the CCC (College Career Center) has a $500 scholarship that they will be offering to three seniors. To apply, please go to 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRBSIu reDu6wXJiaw4Z9EcW40a0x0v3AwNocrgpwQ6e_ahig/viewform
     
    The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 14, 2021.
     

     
     
    1. Did you miss Wednesday's meeting with the principal? If so, here is your end-of-the-year items. See the 1st attached flyer as it details your final items (besides passing your classes) that are needed to complete your high school experience from the guidance department. On the flyer, everything listed under "Graduation Clearance Process" and the Achieve Atlanta Senior Exit Survey is mandatory for every senior. 
    To assist here are the links pulled from the flyer:
    The Senior Data Form link for you to upload all your documents: https://forms.gle/YUv2cNdqxa13eGN78
    The APS & Achieve Atlanta Senior Exit Survey: https://cacorps.link/0gzNft
     
     
     
     
    2. Do you need meaningful and good-paying employment? Please check out positions that the city of Atlanta is offering high school students. See links.
     
    3. Lastly, a senior-only Prom will be taking place on Saturday, April 24, 8-11 pm at the World Congress Center...
     

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

     
     
    1. The Scholarship database is constantly being renewed and as of today, it has been updated. Here is the link to access these scholarships: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing
    In this drive you will find the following scholarships:
    • Achieve Atlanta Scholarship. To apply, you can do so via these two links: https://achieveatlanta.org/scholarship/current-aps-students/, or  https://scholarship.achieveatlanta.org/. $20,000 and the deadline is May 31, 2021
    • AHEPA Scholarship up to $3,000 deadline is March 31, 2021
    • Alpha Phi Alpha Dr. Charles Drew Scholarship $1,000 deadline is April 2, 2021
    • American Chemical Society Percy Julian Book Scholarship $550 deadline is April 14, 2021
    • American Chemical Society St. Elmo Brady Scholarship $600 deadline is April 14, 2021
    • Bernard Harris Math & Science Scholarship $5,000 deadline is May 4, 2021
    • The Grady HS Legacy Scholarship (specifically for c/o 2021 Grady graduates only) $2000 deadline is April 12, 2021**
    • ​Let Us Make Man Scholarship $1,000 deadline is April 5, 2021
    • Magnolia Scholars Program $5,000 deadline is April 15, 2021
    • Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship $1,914 deadline April 1, 2021
    • Scared Straight Scholarship $2,500 deadline March 31, 2021
    • Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund (the dollar amount varies but awards may be cover training cost of full-time study) deadline April 1, 2021
    • Georgia Driver's Education Grant Scholarship Program - (the dollar amount varies depending on where you do your driver's education training) and there is no deadline
    Here are scholarships located in other databases.
    Have you discovered your HOPE/Zell Miller eligibility yet? Although there is one more semester left that could impact this eligibility, it is always a good thing to find out your current status. First, here is how you will be able to access your HOPE 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 and provide your scores for the Zell Miller scholarship?
    • 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 the Georgia Student Finance Commission 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. If you have not received an ACT score report, then you may need to call the ACT company at 319.337.1270
    Georgia Student Finance Commission           
    Program Administration           
    2082 East Exchange Place           
    Tucker, Georgia 30084
     
    Next, are you aware that there have been some modifications to the Zell Miller Scholarship due to COVID-19? To find out, please visit: https://www.gafutures.org/about-us/communications/, or read the letter that is attached to this email. 
     

     
    2. There is an employment opportunity with Puttshack. This mini-golf and entertainment center's Atlanta location will be opening soon on April 21. See link for application and details. 
    Other employment opportunities can be found in this drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
     
     
    3. There are still some college prep activities going on. To access all the college prep materials and events, go to this drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing For example here are some more immediate upcoming events:
     
    4. Today is the last day to register for an AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) course. So, hurry and connect with your counselor before 3pm if you need a credit recovery or initial credit course.
     
     
    5. Do you need to pay school or senior fees? Here are the links to do and get information: 
    https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/14412 (find the subtitle "Pay School Fee")
    OR visit directly
    https://osp.osmsinc.com/Atlanta/BVModules/CategoryTemplates/Detailed%20List%20with%20Properties/Category.aspx?categoryid=AN088
     

     
    1. Hurry and apply! Please check out the PDF versions of all the current scholarships available for you to apply: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing
    • In this drive you will find flyers for the following scholarships:
      • Achieve Atlanta Scholarship. To apply, you can do so via these two links: https://achieveatlanta.org/scholarship/current-aps-students/, or  https://scholarship.achieveatlanta.org/. $20,000 and the deadline is May 31, 2021
         
      • AHEPA Scholarship up to $3,000 deadline March 31, 2021
      • Alpha Phi Alpha Dr. Charles Drew Scholarship $1,000 deadline April 2, 2021
      • Bernard Harris Math & Science Scholarship $5,000 deadline is May 4, 2021
      • Georgia Energy Industrial Construction Consortium Scholarship $1,000 deadline is March 14, 2021
      • **The Grady HS Legacy Scholarship (specifically for c/o 2021 Grady graduates only) $2000 deadline April 12, 2021**​
      • Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship $1,914 deadline April 1, 2021
      • Scared Straight Scholarship $2,500 deadline March 31, 2021
      • The AABE Scholarship for technical careers- (an unspecified amount but technical college applicants are strongly recommended to apply) deadline is March 7, 2021
      • Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund (the dollar amount varies but awards may be cover training cost of full-time study) deadline April 1, 2021
      • Georgia Driver's Education Grant Scholarship Program - (the dollar amount varies depending on where you do your driver's education training) and there is no deadline
    • Check out the APS (Atlanta Public Schools) Scholarship database via this link: https://tinyurl.com/scholarshipsAPS.
    • Then check out additional private donor scholarships that range from small amounts to lucrative award amounts which are found via the Grady counselors and advisors' drive: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hbCDhLrp1vPd-ctVD_vcUmtqWhwKR79_gWRAC-0x2gg/edit?usp=sharing
    2. There are some newly added employment opportunities added to our employment drive, and these include:
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons 4th Grade Teacher; pay is $4,500 and application deadline April 2, 2021 
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons Art Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons Math Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons Music Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 GA Tech's Horizons PE Teacher; pay is $4,500 and the application deadline April 2, 2021
    • 2021 Georgia Power Summer Student Intern Program; pay is $10/hour
    • 2021 Morris Manning & Martin Internship; pay is $300/week and the application deadline April 7, 2021
     
    To get more information on these as well as other employment leads, please visit the drive's link:
     

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

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

     
    This is to remind you that now is a good time to get caught up on your scholarship application submissions. There have been several new scholarships researched and uploaded to our databases. See below.
    1. Check out the PDF versions of all the current scholarships available for you to apply: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Q_8pVTJoV8lpWHLEWKnw5vIYeB-U4Sza?usp=sharing
    • In this drive you will find flyers for the following scholarships:
      • Achieve Atlanta Scholarship $20,000. To apply, you can do so via these two links: https://achieveatlanta.org/scholarship/current-aps-students/, or  https://scholarship.achieveatlanta.org/
         
      • AHEPA Scholarship up to $3,000
      • Alpha Phi Alpha Dr. Charles Drew Scholarship $1,000
      • Atlanta Housing Authority Scholarships which are:
        1. James Allen Scholars (renewable up to 4 awards; an unspecified dollar amount as it is a need-based award and monetary disbursement may vary) 
        2. GA Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authority $37,500
      • Bernard Harris Math & Science Scholarship $5,000
      • Georgia Energy Industrial Construction Consortium Scholarship $1,000
      • The Grady HS Legacy Scholarship $2,000​ (specifically for c/o 2021 Grady graduates only)​
      • Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship $1,914
      • Scared Straight Scholarship $2,500
      • The AABE Scholarship for technical careers (unspecified amount but technical college applicants are strongly recommended to apply)
      • Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund (the dollar amount varies but awards may be cover training cost of full-time study)
      • Georgia Driver's Education Grant Scholarship Program (the dollar amount varies depending on where you do your driver's education training)
    • Check out the APS (Atlanta Public Schools) Scholarship database via this link: https://tinyurl.com/scholarshipsAPS.
    • Then check out additional private donor scholarships that range from small amounts to lucrative award amounts which are found via the Grady counselors and advisors' drive: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hbCDhLrp1vPd-ctVD_vcUmtqWhwKR79_gWRAC-0x2gg/edit?usp=sharing
    1. Then remember that the Friday, April 16, 2021 deadline is fast approaching. So, be sure to submit your post-high school plans, as every one of you is deserving and worthy of being honored/recognized for your hard work, toiling hours of reading, researching, submitting applications, all while completing your high school coursework, virtually. Please submit your information via this link: https://forms.gle/WfEm5bF92wKSfDuk7
     

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

     
     
    4th quarter's AVA (Atlanta Virtual Academy) registration for part-time enrollment is open, and registration closes March 26 (see chart at the bottom). Part-time AVA essentially has two purposes.
    1. If you were thinking of taking an additional class to get ahead so that you can possibly graduate early, AVA is your answer. 
    2. Some of you may need to redo a class because you previously failed it, AVA is your answer. 
    To apply, submit your application via this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp. So, when are on the website, you will see that this is an application for part-time AVA (not full-time) and it allows you to enroll in two types of courses; CR or IC (see below for explanation).
    • CR stands for a course for credit recovery which means you previously failed a course and now need the credit for graduation. 
    • IC stands for a course for initial credit which means this a new course that you have not taken and now you are seeking to enroll in it to earn credits early for graduation. 
    • Then where you see an "A" that means the first semester's portion, and "B" means the 2nd-semester's portion
    • When submitting your application, make certain that you select your correct counselor. Here's the list of Grady counselors.
      • Blankenship, Shaketha 10-12th graders with last names A-F
      • Young, Lamar 10-12th graders with last names G-M
      • Falcone, Chelsea 10-12th graders with last names N-Z
      • Blevins-Pellechia, Tina is for all 9th graders
    Again, please submit your application through this link: https://bit.ly/AVAHSPTapp
    Again, the deadline is March 26 (preferably you should apply before Monday, March 22, and this is because the first day of class for the 4th quarter is March 22, and you should not want to miss any days of instruction).
    See the attached document for AVA part-time course offerings. 
    Then see below for AVA's calendar for the remainder of the academic year. 
     

    Quarter 4: Spring 2021 

    March 1, 2021- Registration Opens for Qtr. 4  

    March 26, 2021- Registration Closes for Qtr.4  

      

    March 22- Qtr. 4 Courses Begin   

    May 26- Qtr. 4 Courses End  

    Grades will post the week of May 31st. 

      

    April 23: Drop Date Ends for Qtr. 4 

    April 23: Last day to request additional courses. Must be 75% complete and passing before requesting an additional course

     

     
     
    The  final class of Henry W. Grady High School will have the opportunity to apply for the Legacy Scholarship. Up to 25 seniors may earn  a $2,000.00 scholarship. This scholarship is open to all seniors who meet the eligibility requirements. The scholarship application opens March 1.
     
    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: 
    • Graduating Grady High School Senior - Class of 2021
    • Planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college/university in the Fall of 2021 
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 GPA or above 
     Please see attachment and/or link for more information and application. 
     
     Electronic Application  Link: https://forms.gle/o9MGqnZVJkoJJDGb6
     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

    Deadline: Thursday, March 18, 2021

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     


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

     

    Meeting ID: 882 2269 7982

    Passcode: EvX6mN

     

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

    Here is the Zoom login information:

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Applications close on February 28th.

     

     

     
     
    Who of you are interested in pursuing a gap year experience? Contrary to the popular myth, a gap year is not a "year off", instead it is a structured program whereby participants focus on meaningful projects that impact the greater good. There are several gap year programs available. And in fact, the USA Gap Year program is one of them. 
     
    They are having a fair on Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm EST. See attached flyer for details. Although it says Texas, yes Georgia students can attend this virtual event. 
    If you cannot make the Feb 24 fair, then there is another one on March 13 at 1pm EST. It is called the National USA Gap Year Fair.
     
    To register for the Feb 24 or the March 13 fair, please visit: https://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year/usa-fairs/schedule
     

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

     
     
    We are now well underway in the 2nd semester and things will seemingly speed by quickly, so please get yourself in gear to finish out this year strong as we intend to have a successful closure for the 2020-21 school year, one with purpose and indeed long-lasting memories. 
     
    1. There is a really good employment opportunity with GA Power this summer. The company is offering the class of 2021 (as well as the class of 2020) approximately 40 to 45 student internships this summer across the state. The pay will be $10.00 an hour and students will work 40 hours each week.

    Attached is a basic overview of the internship along with the link embedded in the flyer for you to apply. 

    Below is a list of basic qualifications:

    • Must be a current senior with expected graduation – May of 2021 (because of the pandemic we’re also considering 2020 graduates) 
    • Current and valid driver’s license
    • Supply current HS transcript
    • Have the aptitude and interest for this job
    • Physically able
    • Drug and nicotine-free
    Other employment opportunities can be found in this drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lV-dUpx12CPHbztPGsMibfgqSYKMquej?usp=sharing
     
    2. SCHOLARSHIPS>>>SCHOLARSHIPS>>>SCHOLARSHIPS
    We must ensure that everyone has the correct links as it was brought to our attention that the Grady counselor drive that contains several PDF documents of good scholarships was inaccessible. No worries, problem solved  
     
        • AHEPA Scholarship up to $3,000
        • Atlanta Housing Scholarships
          • James Allen Scholars (renewable up to 4 awards; an unspecified dollar amount as it is a need-based award and monetary disbursement may vary) 
          • GA Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authority $37,500
        • Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship $16,000
        • The College Board's Opportunity Scholarships- up to $40,000. See link to access application: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/  HURRY, the deadline is February 28, 2021
     
      • Scared Straight Scholarship $2,500
      • Marynette B. Lovejoy Book Scholarship $1,000
      • The AABE Scholarship for technical careers (unspecified amount)
      • Georgia Driver's Education Grant Scholarship Program
    3. Every senior expecting to graduate must complete this form by April 16, 2021https://forms.gle/WfEm5bF92wKSfDuk7
     
     
    Please continue to contact any of the members of the guidance team if you need information and assistance. 
    • Dr. Blankenship for 10th-12th students last names A-F. She's at SBlankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Mr. Young for 10-12th students last names G-M. He's at Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Falcone for 10-12th students last names N-Z. She's at Chelsea.Falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Poirier college adviser for 12th graders last names A-L. She's at AbPoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Jones college adviser for 12th graders last names M-Z. She's at JonesAm@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Gray graduation coach. She's at Cgray@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Blevins-Pellechia 9th grade counselor and she is at Tblevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us

     
    To recap and provide a bit more information about this year's milestone exams, these dates listed below are specifically for any of you who completed these courses in the 1st semester of this current 2020-21 school year. 
    • Monday, March 8th:  American Lit/Comp section 1
    • Tuesday, March 9th:  American Lit/Comp sections 2 & 3
    • Wednesday, March 10th:  No testing (asynchronous learning day)
    • Thursday, March 11th:  Algebra 1
    • Friday, March 12th:  US History
    • Monday, March 15th:  No testing (teacher professional learning day)
    • Tuesday, March 16th Biology
    • Wednesday, March 17th:  No testing (asynchronous learning day)
    • Thursday, March 18th:  Makeups
    • Friday, March 19th:  Makeups
     
    Then for those students who are currently enrolled in these milestone courses this semester; you will take your milestone exam in April (April 26 - May 6)
     
    Hope this makes sense. Otherwise, please do connect with your counselor for a further explanation. 
     
    Next, see below for an important message from Ms. Blair. 
     
     
     
    ​Dear Grady High School Class of 2021!!!
     
    The time for procrastination has come to an end because you only have a few more days to order your 2021 yearbook!
    Monday, February 22nd is the last day to guarantee that you will receive a yearbook at the current rate of $80.00 each. I will order a few extras but when the books come back, each of these extras will cost $100.00.
     
    Please, don't get left out and not get your copy of the last yearbook that will bear the name of Henry W. Grady High School.
     
    Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and order yours now.
     

     
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. G. Blair, Yearbook Adviser 
    Grady High School
     

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

     

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

     

    • Algebra 1
    • American Literature
    • Biology
    • US History 
    Here are crucial points to consider:
    • If students choose not to test in March, they will have several additional opportunities to test through June 2021.
    •  If a student does not take the Milestone EOC test by June 2021, s/he will have to retake the course during summer 2021 or the 2021-22 school year. 
    • So, current seniors 12th graders, it is incumbent that you test during the arranged days in March. 
    • AP Language & Composition and AP US History students are exempt from the Milestones.
    • Then for students who begin Milestone subjects this semester (Jan 19 - May 26), you will take the Milestone exams in April (April 26 - May 6).
     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     


     
    The Georgia Line Virtual Tour is where three top universities near or along the Alabama border (see logo below) will have a 30–45-minute information session for interested students and parents on the following dates and times:
    • Thursday, Feb 18 at 7pm
    • Thursday, March 18 at 7pm
    • Thursday, April 15 at 7pm
     
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    1. A note of gratitude goes to everyone who was able to join us for the second and last financial aid presentation of the 2020-21 school year. If you did not make it or simply would like to review the presentation and its materials again, please review the 1st attached document in this email. 
    For the recorded version of January 28th's presentation, it can be accessed here: https://atlantapublicschools-us.zoom.us/rec/share/555kSOhxPyr59pFx2QgKCCSsJJ4jNCr8h8oOLLW4L2zRaWc2XGlcS4b-tPYgL0IZ.Bjt-PhXBBL
    Access Passcode (if needed): aH4Pw@$W
    Then, you may also want to view the presentation done by college advisers, Jones and Poirier, here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OU2nlUSR3lO0nEbzipCq-BSy2di7kCtx/view?usp=sharing
     
     
    2. Just a reminder that 1st semester has concluded, and soon after February 15th you should be able to view your HOPE eligibility, and you're also able to begin preparing to submit the necessary documents for your Zell Miller Scholarship.
     
    First, here is how you will be able to access your HOPE 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 and provide your scores for the Zell Miller scholarship?
    • 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 the 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. If you have not received an ACT score report, then you may want to call the ACT company at 319.337.1270
    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. 
     
     
    3. SCHOLARSHIPS>>>SCHOLARSHIPS>>>SCHOLARSHIPS
    Need to ensure that everyone has the correct links as it was brought to our attention that the Grady counselor drive that contains several PDF documents of good scholarships was inaccessible. Problem solved  
    4. Are any of you currently looking for the right college or university? No worries, there is another comprehensive college fair coming soon. The PROBE College Fair will be held on Monday, March 15 from 5:00-7:45pm. To sign up go to http://www.gaprobe.org/college-tour-signup/
    So, for those who are currently researching schools, you may want to review some of the documents in our college prep and admissions drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xiyU3qj8KyYpc2MfUwvF0VDr45WxrQuO?usp=sharing

    5. Seniors, please upload and submit your post-high school plans, various acceptances, earned scholarships, etc, to this link: https://forms.gle/WfEm5bF92wKSfDuk7. It is expected that 100% of graduating seniors are to submit their information via this link regardless of what their plans are for after high school. 
    Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021

    Please do not hesitate to contact any of the members of the guidance team if you need information and assistance. 
    • Dr. Blankenship for 10th-12th students last names A-F. She's at SBlankenship@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Mr. Young for 10-12th students last names G-M. He's at Ljyoung@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Falcone for 10-12th students last names N-Z. She's at Chelsea.Falcone@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Poirier college adviser for 12th graders last names A-L. She's at AbPoirier@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Jones college adviser for 12th graders last names M-Z. She's at JonesAm@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Gray graduation coach. She's at Cgray@atlanta.k12.ga.us
    • Ms. Blevins-Pellechia 9th grade counselor and she is at Tblevins2@atlanta.k12.ga.us
     

     
     
    1. Tune in today Thursday, January 28 at 4pm, for the 2nd installment of our virtual financial aid information series. This will be an opportunity for you to receive current information on the HOPE/Zell Miller scholarships, FAFSA, Pell Grant, Achieve Atlanta scholarship, etc. See the 1st attached flyer for details. Here is the login information:
    Meeting ID: 536 818 2615
    Passcode: 707638
    2. Check out new PDF versions of scholarships added via the Grady counselors' drive: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xf_TjXnAyh0w-CXBpB-o7sQmZVyO2D5b/view?usp=sharing
    Check out the APS (Atlanta Public Schools) Scholarship database via this link: https://tinyurl.com/scholarshipsAPS.
    Then check out additional small private donors to very large and lucrative scholarships via the Grady counselors and advisors' drive: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hbCDhLrp1vPd-ctVD_vcUmtqWhwKR79_gWRAC-0x2gg/edit?usp=sharing
     
    3. Yes, 2nd quarter grades have posted, which concludes the 1st semester. So, for those who have applied to college to assist in your mid-year reports make certain that you log into your Parchment account and make a request for your transcript to be sent to your respective college(s). 
    Instructions are found in the 2nd attached document. 
     

     
     
    1. For your attendance tomorrow at the LEAP Year presentation, you will need to make one submission via this link: https://forms.gle/UK72hVhvfJvhBCFP6. Doing so will prevent you from being penalized for missing your 3rd and/or 4th period(s). So, your submission will need to match up with your logging into tomorrow's presentation, otherwise, we cannot grant the excused absence. 
     
     
    2. Here is a message from Ms. Blair.
    This is your SECOND CHANCE to nominate for your superlatives! We believed that because of the backlash we received from the class of 2021, you would all be excited for another chance for voting for your top nominees. If we do not receive 40 votes or by midnight tonight, we will be closing the current form and returning to our old top nominees from the first form. 
    We need to move along with the process and are asking for your participation to pick your superlatives for the 2021 Yearbook!
    If you have any questions, you can email our editors at:
    Daniela Restrepo: 1danielarestrepo1@gmail.com
    Gayla Blair: gblair@apsk12.org
     
     
     
    3. Here is a message from the College Advisers Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier

    This is Ms. Jones and Ms. Poirier, Grady’s college advisers. As seniors enter their last semester of high school, it is important they stay on track with their plans following high school. 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/accountnow is the time to complete FAFSA if you haven’t done so already. 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! Here is the link to get started: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

     

    Seniors are required to meet 1:1 with their college adviser. If your last name starts with A-L, meet with Ms. Poirier. If your last name starts with M-Z, meet with Ms. Jones. The first 100 seniors to meet with their college adviser will be entered into a raffle to win an Amazon gift card. You can schedule a meeting with your college adviser by clicking this link. https://calendly.com/gradycollegeadvisers.

     

    See attached for Spring To-Do List and Spring College Admissions Timeline!

     

    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

     
     

     
     
    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. Then the 2nd attachment is about the Grady High School specific scholarship, Boys High School Alumni Scholarship/ 
     
    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 3rd 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 4th 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. See the snippet below. 

     

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

    If you were not able to make it for their hiring event last week you should email humanresources@cfamidtown.com and request last week's hiring event zoom recording or visit them on Tuesday 1/26 at 1942 Howell Mill Road at 4:00 PM. Students 15 or older are encouraged to apply. Schedules will be very flexible around your school activities.

    Come join our Chick-fil-A family."

     

    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 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!

    college

     


     
    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