Newsletter - Sept. 29, 2023

Dear SOTA @ CGHS Families,

Don't forget SOTA spirit night at tonight's football game! The theme is "Knight in Shining Armor" so come dressed as your favorite super hero! Join us on the practice field at 6PM and hang out with us as we cheer on our Black Knights football team and Marching Black Knight band!

The first concert of the year presented by the Vocal Music Department is Tuesday!

Best of luck to all of the teams participating in the Art Throw Down next Wednesday!

Next week is FALL BREAK.; No school on Thursday, Oct. 5, Friday, Oct. 6, or Monday. Oct. 9.

Please look for important info from the Office of Curriculum & Instruction concerning the upcoming Oct. 12 Parent/Teacher Conference Knight.

Thanks for the 2023 Best of Gwinnett nomination! Please vote for us below!

SOTA Faculty & Staff

Click here to vote for us for BEST OF GWINNETT!

Once again we've been nominated for a BEST OF GWINNETT award in the Specialty Schools category. We're so proud of our plaque for the 22-23 school year! Please vote for us! You may vote once every 24 hours.

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Coming soon:

Sept. 29, Football Game "Knight in Shining Armor" tailgate

Oct. 2, Band Competition

Oct. 3, Voice Dept. Fall Concert "Humanity"

Oct. 4, Art Throw Down

Oct. 5-9, Fall Break

Oct. 12, Parent/Teacher Conference Knight

Oct. 14, Band Competition

Oct. 20-21, Honor Chorus

Oct. 19-21, One-Act Musical, Head Over Heels

Oct. 21, Band Competition

Oct. 27, One-Act Competition

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Students - sign up to usher for arts events!

Get community service hours by ushering at SOTA events!

Students - apply to join the SOTA Ambassadors

We are looking for students to join the 23-24 SOTA Ambassadors. Please read the application carefully. It is due by Nov. 3.

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NYC Travelers Shared Folder

Here's a folder where I will be sharing all info pertaining to our trip to NYC this March.

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TEAM SOTA Career Week 2023 Guest Form

We're gearing up for our Creative Careers Week. Nov. 6-10, 2023. We're looking for creative career speakers and volunteers. Please use the link to sign-up. We encourage you to share with friends and family! Thank you for your support!

Date Change for Fiddler!

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SOTA Theatre Capital Campaign

Click to donate to the 2023 SOTA Theatre Capital Campaign!

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Holiday Market Vendors Wanted

Vendors wanted for the Dec. 2 Holiday Market. Please share with family and friends!

Marching Black Knights Newsletter

Click the button for the newest Band Newsletter!

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SENIORS - Looking to pay Senior Dues?

Below you will see the Senior package options. Scanning the QR code will take you to where you can select your package and pay your Senior dues. All of this info has also been sent to you via the Senior Newsletter and through Parent Square. Thanks! Happy Senior Year!
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Attendance Procedures

  • Attendance is important! The bell for class to start is at 7:10AM - please be on time!
  • The Attendance desk is right inside the SOTA entrance at the round desk with the red counter top.
  • Excused absence forms can be found at the Attendance desk.
  • If your student is returning from an illness or other excused absence, they can pick up a form from the desk when they return.
  • Parents/guardians should sign the form and the student can return it the next day.
  • Your student's absence will then be updated in our system.
  • Forms can also be found on the CGHS website.
  • No excuse form is necessary if your student brings in a doctor's note to the Attendance desk.
  • When coming to check-out your student, ID must be shown to the Attendance clerk.

SOTA Counselor

Our counselor is Ms. Tiffany Brown. Contact Ms. Brown with questions about schedules and to schedule a parent/teacher conference. Students may request an appointment with Ms. Brown through the EClass portal or visit her in her office located on the 8100 hall.

Three ways SOTA @ CGHS is bringing you the Arts!

This document explains the three ways students may experience the arts at SOTA @ CGHS. Whether you want to take an arts elective or complete an arts pathway or study at a rigorous Conservatory level - we have something for you here!

SOTA @ CGHS 4-Core Overview

These documents show the 4-year core academic experience for students. The course lists are not exhaustive. Speak to your counselor about other possible elective course offerings!

4-year Core Experience - Fellows Students

4-year Core Experience - Conservatory Students

Fine Arts Diploma Seal

Seniors who have taken 4 years of fine arts classes are eligible for the Fine Arts Diploma Seal from the Georgia Department of Education. Seniors, click on the links to find an eligibility worksheet and a community service log. Fine Arts Diploma Seal candidates are required to complete 20 hours of arts-related community service. The 2024 Class meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8:30AM.

Eligibility Worksheet

Community Service Log (may begin summer before Senior year)

Lettering in the Arts

At this time the lettering in the arts requirements are under review to ensure they are aligned. Check back again soon! (Theatre and Band will letter through Thespian Society and Marching Band respectively.)

Ordering a letter jacket? Scholastic Images is at our school many times throughout the school year to take orders. SOTA patches are available for purchase. You must email to order a SOTA patch. SOTA patches are $25/piece.

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We are one community...we are Black Knights!


Click here for all of the current SOTA Links! Instagram for each program, Booster Club websites, Facebook, YouTube sites - find them all here on our SOTA Linktree.

2023-2024 Calendar of Events

Click here to find the full CGHS/SOTA calendar of events! This calendar is constantly being updated, so keep checking back!

Latest Central Gwinnett High School News

Take a look at what's happening at Central Gwinnett High School by visiting the CGHS website.

Knightly Notes

This is a wonderful newsletter prepared by our Parent Resource Coordinator, Cassie Milligan. Please read!

SOTA Website

School of the Arts Information

District News

For up-to-date district news, visit the GCPS website.

Newsletter Archive

Click here for past SOTA Newsletters!