Avenger Announcements

For Avenger Students and Families - April 13, 2023

Message from Mr. Mercer

Avenger Families:

This is a busy time for our students and staff. Testing begins May 1 so please be sure to read the testing sections carefully. May 1-5 is a virtual week for students unless they are taking an EOC or AP exam and will report to campus for testing only on the day(s) they are taking a test. Students will complete their assignments through itslearning each day. Teachers will be available through email and itslearning messenger for help. Click Here for more details.

We are excited to host Prom on Aril 28th for our juniors and seniors. May brings many exciting events as we wrap up the school year and celebrate our successes. Our Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 20 at 2:00 PM. Join us virtually to celebrate our seniors! The live stream link to graduation will be posted on our website on the morning of May 20.

Good luck to all students testing! As always have an Amazing Avenger Day!

Karl Mercer


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Upcoming Events for your Calendar

Marvel Academy: We will offer a Saturday session on April 29 and May 13 from 9-11 AM in the Innovation Lounge. Students can use this time to make up missing work or get tutoring from teacher and peer tutors. Please reach out to your student's teacher if you feel they could benefit from this time.

AP Bootcamps: Several AP teachers will offer bootcamp sessions to help prepare students who have registered to take AP exams in those subject areas. Please view the graphic below for more details.

Virtual Week: May 1-5 will be an asynchronous online learning week for students due to EOC and AP testing. Only students taking an EOC or AP exam will be required to report to school for their assigned test. All other students will complete assignments from itslearning that have been posted by their teachers. Buses will run their normal routes and lunch will be served for students staying at school all day for testing. Please note that due to the early report time for AP exams (7:30 AM) students will not be able to ride the bus to school on days they have an AP exam. In addition, students taking afternoon AP exams will not be able to take the school bus home as the end time for most AP exams is close to 4:00 PM. Students may go home after their testing session is over by parent pickup or on their own if they drive to school and park on campus.

Testing Calendar: AAI has finalized the May testing calendar so parents and students can plan ahead. The calendar includes EOC, AP and final exam dates. Please CLICK HERE to view the calendar.

Final Exams: Seniors will take their finals May 9-12 and Underclassmen will take finals May 22-25. Any student in an AP class who is happy with their course average may exempt their final exam. Students in any other class may only exempt a final exam with an A course average. Teachers will provide exemption letters to students who are exempt (EOC scores DO NOT count towards exemption status). Finals will not be given early for any reason. Students who miss a final exam will be given a zero for the grade until the exam is made up. Students can make up missed final exams on Friday May 26 at 9:00 AM. Any other makeups must be arranged with the teacher.

Graduation Information: All graduating seniors must be on campus May 12 at 10:30 AM for mandatory graduation practice and their senior picnic. Regalia and tickets will be given out at that time. Graduation is May 20 at 2:00 PM at the FoCAL Center. Please see the Senior Scoop for more details.

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EOC Testing

Students will take EOCs during the week of May 1-5 for Algebra 1, American Literature, AP Language and Composition, Biology, and US History courses. These tests count as 20% of the course average for those classes. If a student is scheduled for an AP exam and EOC at the same time, the student will take the AP exam at the scheduled time and make up the EOC during the week of May 8-12. Mr. Tarantino will schedule makeup EOCs for students who miss the test.

  • Monday, May 1- Algebra I
  • Tuesday, May 2- Biology
  • Wednesday, May 3- American Lit part 1
  • Thursday, May 4- American Lit parts 2 & 3
  • Friday, May 5- US History

Testing will begin at 9:00 AM. Students should report to school by 8:45 AM to find their testing location. Rosters will be located throughout the school. Students may not be checked out during an EOC. Students may be picked up in the car rider line when testing is over for the day. Buses will run their normal routes for students who do not have transportation home after testing is over and will need to remain at school the entire day.

Click here to read FCS Parent Milestones Letter.

AP Testing

AP Exams will be held May 1-5 and May 8-12. Specific dates and times can be found if you CLICK HERE. All testing will take place in the Gym. Students will enter and check in at the side entrance of the Gym (pictured to the right on the screen). Students should arrive by 7:30 AM for all morning tests and by 11:30 AM for all afternoon tests. Most tests take approximately 3-3.5 hours to complete once testing begins. Students who normally ride the bus will need to make arrangements to be dropped off and/or picked up on days they have AP exams. For morning exams students must report at 7:30 AM and afternoon exams report at 11:30 AM. Afternoon exams will end at approximately 4:00 PM.

Testing reminders:

  • no forms of technology allowed in the testing room
  • must have #2 pencils (no mechanical pencils are allowed) and blue/black pens
  • calculators are only allowed on certain tests (Calculator Policy)
  • snacks and water for breaks must be kept under the desk
  • English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition and Computer Science Principles will be given digitally this year
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PTSO Officer Elections for 2023-24

Please VOTE for our PTSO officers for 2023-24 by clicking HERE. If you would like to be more involved in AAI PTSO, please consider being our Social Media Chair or our Membership Chair. Reach out to us at contactus@aai-ptso.com.

Message from FCS Food and Nutrition Services


There will be NO CHARGING allowed for student meals STARTING May 1, 2023.

Please check account balances to determine the funds needed for meals for the remainder of this school year. To ensure your child can continue to enjoy school meals or to clear your student’s account of any negative balances, please send a payment (cash or check) to the school cafeteria ,or you may visit www.MyPaymentsPlus.com, to make a payment online.

Remember to note your child’s Student ID on your check or to include it with cash in an envelope. We accept Free and Reduced Applications each school day.

Options for account balances: Money on customer accounts will automatically carry forward to the assigned school for the new academic year.

If your child is leaving the district or they are graduating you may transfer the funds to another sibling’s account, donate the funds, or request a refund. For the Donation/Transfer/Refund procedure go to the link below:

Meal Account Transfer/Refund form

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Cybersecurity Boot Camp this Summer!

Join us this summer, July 17-20th, for a four-day camp filled with cybersecurity talks, activities and competition. This information is designed to prepare your teen for the CyberStart America high school competition and help them develop an interest in cybersecurity skills. Cryptography, Virtual Machines, Linux, Digital Forensics and Steganography are just a few of the topics we will be covering that week.


- Dates: July 17-20, 8-4 PM

- Location: Alliance Academy for Innovation, 1100 Lanier 400 Parkway, Cumming, GA 30040

- For any rising 8th graders and high school students

- Limited capacity, register soon

You register for the camp through Forsyth County Parks and Recreation website.

If you want more information about the camp, visit the Camp Website.

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Marvel Time is Every Day During Lunches!

Extra Help at Lunch: Lunch this year is 45 minutes long to provide students with enough time to eat lunch and get help. Teachers will sign students up, but students and parents may also make a request for a student to be signed up for a specific class. Reach out to your student's teacher if you want additional information.

Here is what your student can do during this time in the Innovation Lounge:

  • Make up a missing quiz, test or assignment (teacher must sign students up for this)
  • Get extra help from our tutors
  • Have quiet study time
  • Work quietly on group assignments
  • Visit the Wellness Room

This program is helping our students to be successful in all of their courses this year.

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Seniors Class of 2023

Graduation Information: All graduating seniors must be on campus May 12 at 10:30 AM for mandatory graduation practice and their senior picnic. Regalia and tickets will be given out at that time. Graduation is May 20 at 2:00 PM at the FoCAL Center. Please see the Senior Scoop for more details.

Avenger Applause: PTSO would like you to invite your friends and family to send off your senior with a personal letter. Senior letters are positive letters written to our graduating seniors. They are delivered to seniors at the Senior Picnic during their last week of school. Acceptable topics for senior letters include, but are not limited to: congratulating the senior on graduating, wishing the senior well in his/her next phase of life (college, military, career) , reminiscing on fond memories, etc.

Avenger Applause:


Senior Information: We will post a page on our website filled with information just for Seniors. We also sent out a Senior Scoop last month. If you missed it, you can view it HERE.

Senior Information Page on AAI Website: We have a page on our website that is filled with important information about graduation and other senior events and news. Please click HERE to access this page, or find it in the Quick Links on our website. We will continue to update this page as more information is available.

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Notes from the Counseling Center

Is your student looking for summer opportunities to expand their resume? Please CLICK HERE to see some things we have found that are available to high school students. If you know of additional opportunities we can add to this list, please email your student's counselor.

The AAI Counseling Webpage hosts a variety of important information for students and parents. Topics include academic planning, college planning, pathway completion and medallion requirements for seniors, community service opportunities, summer programs, and tutoring information. Check out this information throughout the year as changes are made when new updates become available to us.

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Educational Travel Opportunities

Several Alliance teachers are chaperoning trips in 2024! If you are interested in any of the following travel opportunities for your student, please contact the teachers listed below:

Summer 2024: Spain and Portugal Contact Melanie Dunn

Summer 2024: The Dominican Republic Contact Tim Holt

Summer 2024: Rome, Athens and the Greek Isles Contact Jennifer Burnham

Please note that these trips are organized by EF Tours and are not sponsored by Alliance Academy.

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