Cross Keys High School
Week at a Glance - Week of September 11
Welcome New CK Staff!!
All Week Senior Portraits
Testing Windows: MAP, EOC Mid-Month
9/11: Multi-lingual learner PLC during planning; JV Vball v MLK @ CK 5:30p (Moorman)
9/12: Exceptional Education Teacher Workday; MALDEF Parent Meeting 9a (SC, Cafe); Vball v McNair @ CK 5:30p (Cunningham)
9/13: NJROTC Field Trip (Sergeant Major); Leadership Team Meeting 3:30 MC
9/14: Progress Reports Available in IC; Exceptional Education Teacher Workday; CK Dine In Day; Corebridge Financial (formerly AIG/VALIC) Lunch Visit (MC - Snacks available during consultation)
9/15: Fball @ Heritage School 7:30 (Cunningham)
Assessment Windows: MAP
Public Library Week (Do you know where your library card is???)
9/18: MTSS Training during planning periods - Required for all Teachers and Counselors; JVball @ MLK/Lithonia 5:30p (Mahaffey)
9/19: Vball @ Columbia/Lithonia 5:30p (Moorman)
9/20: Department Meetings 3:30p
9/21: BBBG/Global Insight Field Trip (Grant); Homecoming Pep Rally; Vball @ Griffin 5:30p (Clark); Homecoming Football Game v Harvester Christian Academy 7:30p (Adams)
9/22: Homecoming Dance 7-11pm (CK Gym)
Multilingual Learners PLC
All Sheltered Content Teachers (i.e. you teach an ESOL-coded class) are required to attend Monday's ML PLC in the Media Center during planning (but any teacher is welcome). Please see Ms. Smith-Vargas or Ms. Moorman w/questions.
MAP Testing - Email Ms. Mahaffey if a student needs a chrome book to test
Thursday - CK Dine-in at MOD Pizza
Enjoy a delicious lunch Thursday and support CK student programming! MOD will donate 25% of food sales to CK when the CK fundraiser is referenced on September 14!
2. Pay cash (Ms. Cordero), CashApp or Zelle by 4pm Tuesday, September 10.
3. Pick up your lunch order Thursday in the Main Office (approximate times are 11am and 12:15pm)
Note: If you are heading to MOD Pizza - Chamblee for dinner, please reference the CK fundraiser at checkout or use the order code MODGIVES25.
Senior Photos This Week - Please Share!
Congratulations, Cross Keys High School Class of 2024! I’m excited to announce that we’re partnering with Prestige Photography to celebrate the achievements of this year’s upcoming senior class. Prestige has design personalized sessions for you and has pictures and products available at a wide range of price points. Prestige is committed to capturing each Senior’s once in a lifetime achievement in the way that you deserve. Please be on the lookout for a slip with your scheduled appointment date and time.
Basic Session $10
plus 1 outfit
Standard Session $20
plus 1 outfit
Deluxe Session $30
plus 2 outfit
Your appointment code: A unique appointment code has been delivered to your 3rd Block teacher. If you do not receive your appointment code by September 10th, please contact Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch at 1-800-736-4753 or chat with an agent on PrestigePortraits.com. You must go online to confirm your appointment at prestigeportraits.com using your appointment code. Senior Portraits will be September 11th – September 14th in the Media Center.
For tips and ideas: For ideas on how to best prepare for your session, or if you just want more information, please visit prestigeportraits.com. Remember, your pictures need to be photographed by Prestige to be included in the Yearbook.
Before Your Session: You must go online to confirm or reschedule your appointment at prestigeportraits.com using your appointment code.
Clothing Requirements: Bring a strapless tank top for the drape picture or a clean white t-shirt for the tux picture. School dress code requirements apply. You will take 2 pictures required for the Yearbook: tux/drape and a casual outfit.
Work Base Learners or December seniors: You must see Mr. Radford in T-14 during 3rd Block to get an appointment code.
Homecoming Week (9/18-22) - Spirit Days
Monday: Character Day
Tuesday: Anything But a Backpack Day
Wednesday: 90s Day
Thursday: Hawaiian Day
Friday: Pajama Day
*Jeans can be worn any day you are participating during Spirit Week!
Action Required - CK CANVAS Page
Canvas is DCSD's official learning management system. All CK teachers are expected to maintain a website for their courses that are available to students and parents/guardians. Teachers are also expected to regularly visit the CK HS Leader Lab to complete required DCSD and CK training, sign-in for required faculty meetings, and receive advisory course materials.
We have created a new CK Staff Canvas site (the previous site had a significant risk of corruption). You will need to self-enroll to access our new site. Please do not share our new staff course link with students.
Please complete the District Mandates modules (link is at the bottom of the home page) by Tuesday, September 15.
At this time, your class shell should be completed and you should have already begun regularly utilizing Canvas as a course tool (assignments, resources, calendar).
- September 15: parent invitation sent; complete DCSD Mandates Course Module
- September 30: fully operational
Please reach out to your Academic Coach or Ms. Larkin with any questions.
Tardy Table & Hall Passes
Tardy PolicyWe will not be holding tardy tables as we did last year. The administrative and campus security team will work with hallway duty teachers to "sweep" students into classroom once the tardy bell has rung. The receiving teacher is expected to mark students tardy. Teachers are expected to address the first three incidences as discussed during our preplanning meetings (see attached) and record interventions in the IC Teacher Contact Log. Students can be referred to administrators upon the fourth instance if prior interventions have been provided.
All student are required to have a hall pass when not in the classroom.
A hall pass only allows a student direct, expeditious travel to a specific location.
Students are NOT allowed to leave a classroom during the FIRST 15 minutes or the LAST 15 minutes of a class.
Students are not able to utilize the vending machines during instructional time.
Cross Keys is fortunate to have a growing number of substitute teachers willing and able to support CK on a regular basis. With that said, there are times where we will need teachers to provide classroom coverage for other teachers during their planning time. Please note that classroom coverage during planning time is an expected teacher duty. Ms. G. Williams historically updates the coverage schedule every morning by 8:15am.
There are teachers who have volunteered to be asked first to cover classes any given week. Volunteer teachers can cover up to two days per week. Once those teachers have been utilized, any teacher can be called upon to cover. Except in extremely critical circumstances, you will not be expected to provided coverage during scheduled PLC days or if you have a IEP review meeting. We also understand the importance of planning time and generally will not expect a non-volunteering teacher to cover classes more than once per week.
Please closely follow the teacher coverage compensation guidelines communicated by Ms. Young. The deadlines are firm and set by the DCSD Finance department.
Please reach out to your department administrator with any questions.
Teachers are expected to communicate with parents using the family’s preferred language of communication. Teachers are expected to utilize Talking Points or Google Voice in initially contacting parents and/or for brief communications. Please request in your communications that the parent confirm receipt. Teachers should also provide a summary of communication and note outcome in the IC Teacher Contact Log.
If the parent does not respond to the initial communication, have the student discreetly contact their parents via their personal cell phone. Please reach out to Ms. Martinez if the phone number used to contact the parent is different from the one(s) listed in IC.
As needed, the school/district interpretation team is available to make phone calls (once initial contact is unsuccessful), participate in parent-teacher meetings, and translate documents. Use this link to request translation/interpretation services for all languages spoken at Cross Keys.
The grade-level administrator should be contacted if all attempts to contact parent are unsuccessful (so that they can investigate further or submit a social work referral) or if there is an urgent need to contact the parent.
CK Tennis Information - Please Share w/ Students - email Miecha Jackson for info
Wednesday's IXL Training - From Perry
Thank you so much for giving us some time to share about IXL during your staff meeting on Wednesday. I am so excited that teachers now have a great option for math intervention during your WIN Time!
Note: we are working with IT to synch all teacher rosters and to ensure everyone is able to log into iXL.
Here are some helpful links for getting started. Please forward to participants, and encourage them to contact me if they need any assistance:
- Webinar Recording Link: IXL Pilot Launch - Cross Keys (Win Time focus) - September 6, 2023
- Access the eLearning Library for how-to videos on all IXL has to offer.
McDonald's Golden Grants Program
McDonald’s is proud to support our local communities through the Golden Grants program to help schools and non-profit organizations that serve children in grade levels K-12. Grants will be awarded in the following amounts based on creativity and hands-on application of projects: Qualifying activities include the following, as long as need is demonstrated:
McDonald’s is proud to support our local communities through the Golden Grants program to help schools and non-profit organizations that serve children in grade levels K-12.
Grants will be awarded in the following amounts based on creativity and hands-on application of projects:
Qualifying activities include the following, as long as need is demonstrated:
Please let us know if you have any questions at email@example.com, and we hope to see your applications for this year's program roll through!