The Talon

Athens High School

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Volume 2

April 5, 2019

Weekly Manna

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

- Hans Selye

What will you convert today?

Student Dates To Remember

  • Scholars Bowl Spring online tournament will be after school on Monday, April 8, in Mrs. Wagner’s room.

  • Applications for membership and officer positions in the National Art Honor Society for 2019-2020 school year are now being accepted until Friday, April 26. Please stop by room #1175 and pick up an application.

  • It's not too late! Yearbooks orders will be taken through Wednesday, May, 1. They may be purchased online at or money can be brought to Ms. L. Carter in room A1164. Checks should be made payable to AHS.

  • The SCA Blood Drive will be on Tuesday, April 9th. Stop by Mrs. Taylor's room to sign up to give blood.

  • Graduation announcements for seniors will be delivered during lunch on Tuesday, April 9.

  • The Senior Panoramic Picture will be made Tuesday, April 9, at 10:15 a.m. in the Competition Gym. Seniors should wear dressy clothes.

  • Knitting supplies will be available in the library every day during Power Hour for students who are interested in learning this craft. Our knitting instructor will be in the library during Power Hour on Wednesdays and Thursdays to teach knitting basics including stitches and patterns. Please feel free to join us when you can!

  • First Priority meets every Friday morning at 7:35 a.m. in Mrs. Pettus's room. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend!

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April 10, 2019 Report Cards Go Home

Portrait Of A Graduate

What are the characteristics and skills graduates of Athens City Schools need to have to be successful in college, career, and life?

Athens City Schools is in the early stages of redeveloping the system's strategic plan that will carry us through the next five years. It is essential that this plan be informed by the voices of our community. Students, parents, teachers, business leaders, communities of faith, higher education, social service agencies, families, and community members - your voices matter! This is your community. These are your schools. This is everyone's future.

Please take a few minutes to check out the Portrait of a Graduate video.

Learn more about Portrait of a Graduate and the planning process at

Be a part of the process! Tell us what you think at

Want to know what the community thinks? See what everyone else is saying in the mentimeter results at

#oneAthens #AthensProud #PortraitofaGraduate

Student Spotlights

Solo & Ensemble Festival

Congrats to the following students for scoring a Superior rating at Solo & Ensemble festival this past weekend:

Jazz Band:

Kylie Panella

Jesse Hernandez

John Diaz

Aiden Trout

Darius Smith

Ethan Hoenig

Joe Bauer

Angelina Guilbert

Patrick Barnett

Connor Revaz

Dallas Hine

Connor Stenske

Ethan Melendrez

Clark Brand


Aiden Trout/John Diaz

Ethan Hoenig

Rachel Adornetto/Jesse Hernandez

Rachel Adornetto

Hannah Camarigg

Brianna Emerson

Colby Ennis

Jesse Hernandez/Angelina Guilbert

Hannah Camarigg/Jesse Hernandez

Tyler Fredrick/John Diaz/Jesse Hernandez/Darius Smith

Winter Guard Wins Bronze

Congratulations Athens High School's Winter Guard winning bronze medals & the Junior Varsity placing 6th at championships in Bowling Green, Kentucky! #AthensProud #oneAthens

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Counselors Corner

Important Dates

Clubs & Activities

Student Council Elections 2019-20

Class officer elections for the 2019-2020 school year will be held in April. Petitions will be available beginning April 2nd and are due back by April 10th.

See Mrs Taylor or Mrs Clem for more information.

Full Tummy Project

SCA was able to fill 1200 bags for kids in the Limestone County area in need of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items over the weekend when they go home from school.

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Kindness Wall

SCA put up a Kindness Wall in the Cafeteria to bring awareness to students and faculty to be kind to others. They can take ideas and post their accomplishments of what they have done. It will remain up until April 30th.
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Volleyball Tryouts 2019

AHS and AMS Volleyball Tryouts 2019 season. Please sign up with Coach Travis Barnes at AMS and Coach Amy Barnes at AHS. Must have an up to date physical to tryout.

JH Tryouts @ AMS 3:30-5:30 on

May 13-Wear a Black Tee

May 14-Wear a White Tee

May 15-Wear Gray

May 16-Wear Black

May 17-Wear White

Varsity Tryouts @ AHS 3:45-5:45 on

May 15-Wear a Black Tee

May 16-Wear a White Tee

May 21-Wear Black

May 22-Wear White

May 23-Wear Gray



1. Shoes must be worn in school for student safety. Bare feet, heelies, house shoes, boots with

chains, steel toes, or other metal reinforcements decorations are not allowed.

2. No head attire (such as hats, sweatbands, visors, hairnets, hair rollers, scarves, toboggans,

bandannas, sunglasses, dew rags, etc.). This includes the gym area.

3. Students are not to have the following: hair sprayed or dyed in unnatural colors (such as

but not limited to blue, purple, pink, green, yellow, or metallic colors), spiked hair, mohawks, or designs/writings cut into hair/eyebrows (if gang related).

4. All students are required to wear their hair in such a manner that it is not considered

unkempt, unclean, or impairing to the vision. No attire with written or printed reference

to any type of alcoholic beverage, illegal substance, lewd, vulgar, indecent, or sexually

suggestive subjects may be worn.

5. Students are not to wear clothing that reveals the body in an inappropriate manner.

  • NO – transparent, backless, one-shoulder, see-through, midriffs, shirts, blouses above the beltline, low-cut (front or back) or halter type attire will be allowed.
  • Belts must be worn to prevent sagging pants.
  • No muscle shirts, tank tops or sleeveless athletic jerseys.
  • No blouses with open backs/sides or low fronts will be allowed. Undergarments must not be visible.
  • All tops must have 2-inch minimum width shoulder straps.

6. Garments that extend to within 3 inches of the top of the knee will be allowed.

  • All clothing should be neat, clean, and in good repair.
  • All pants must have pockets.
  • The intent of the phrase “in good repair” is to prohibit clothing that has holes or tears above the knee.
  • The hemline for skirts may not be 3 inches above the knee.
  • When tights, leggings or leotards are worn, the garment worn over them must meet student’s fingertips.

7. Pajamas are not allowed.

8. No body piercing other than ears will be permitted. Tattoos that are vulgar, obscene, or that cause a distraction to the learning environment, must be covered.

9. Excessive large/tight clothing will not be permitted. (See #7)

10. Chains/spikes or spike jewelry or belts with chains or spikes are not allowed.

11. Clothing must be worn as the manufacturer intended. Sagging or low rider apparel is unacceptable.

12. School officials will determine the appropriateness of attire.

13. Any clothing that disrupts the teaching and learning process is prohibited.

*****Violation of the Dress Code policy shall be documented and result in disciplinary action as follows:

  • First offense: Warning and student will return to class if violation can be corrected.
  • Second offense: In-school-suspension for the remainder of the day and parent notification of the violation and future consequences if additional violation or alternative consequence upon parent request (corporal punishment).
  • Third offense: In-school-suspension for three (3) days and parent notification of the violation and future consequences if additional violation or alternative consequence upon parent request (corporal punishment).
  • Fourth offense and all subsequent offenses: Out-of-school suspension for one (1) day plus one (+1) day added for each offense thereafter.

  • Note: the fourth violation and beyond are considered defiance of school authority and not treated as dress code offenses.
Legacy Brick Project for the new AHS, Click Here

Buy a brick that will be placed on the campus of the new AHS currently under construction. Purchase your brick through the Athens City Schools Foundation at 256.233.6600 to learn more. Brick sales are still open!

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Athens High School Staff

Dr. Rick Carter

Executive Director for Innovative Programs/ Interim Executive Principal


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