Alpharetta High School

Week of May 9th - NO BELLS - AP Testing

Upcoming Dates

Black and Silver - May 7th

Recovery deadline – May 12th

AP Testing - May 2nd - May 13th - No Bells!

Spring Chorus Concert - May 13th

TKES sign off deadline - May 15th

Drama Cabaret Show - May 20th

Baccalaureate - May 22nd

Staff Appreciation from Mr. Taco - lunch - May 23rd

Senior Exams - May 20th - 24th

Other Exams - May 24th - 26th

Graduation Practice - May 25th

Graduation Ceremony - May 26th, 7PM

End of the Year Luncheon - May 27th

May Birthdays

Tom Hatcher 1

Coleman Binford 2

Kurt Davies 4

Sarah Stoffle 4

Bassey Duke 6

Terri Buckel 10

Ashley Elliott 15

Marie Banaszak 19

Meagan Reddick 20

Derek Wright 23

Maggie Josaphat 28

Carolyn Vezeau 30

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Visit Mr. Taco!

Mr. Taco is one of our most generous business partners. If you are going out to celebrate this occasion, please consider giving them your business!

4000 North Point Pkwy #800

(678) 393-2232

Alpharetta Testing Website

Flandecia has created a testing website that you can check regularly to get any info on what is happening in the world of testing.


AP Testing - May 2nd - 13th

We will administer close to 2, 500 AP tests soon! Here is what you need to know:

If you work at AHS:

  • There are NO bells at AHS during AP testing.
  • Most AP tests are given in the Aux gym, but some are given in the 2200 hallway. When that occurs, we ask student to be silent during class changes when walking through that hallway. There will be signs and a monitor reminding them.
  • Students do not have school permission to miss classes outside of testing times.

If you are an AP teacher:

  • Remind students to only bring testing materials to their test. No phones, purses, backpacks, testing materials, etc are allowed in the testing room.
  • Remind students to arrive on time!

The AHS Faculty High School Photo

Who is this staff member?

Last week’s photo was of Connie Raji, math teacher.

NO ONE guessed correctly this week! It was our first stumper!

Can you figure out the staff member this week?

Teacher Appreciation Day - May 3rd - free Chick-fil-A and Chipotle

Chick-fil-A is having a market wide Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 3rd from 11AM until 8PM. Teachers can come to our store, either inside or at the drive thru and will receive a FREE Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich or 8 count regular nuggets if they show their teacher ID. We have signs posted in our store and it will also be on our social media. In the past they have left it up to each store to promote Teacher Appreciation at their own discretion. You and your staff can go to any Chick-fil-A on this day to receive this offer.

Each teacher must come in and present their own ID to receive the free sandwich. We will not be able to accommodate teachers coming in with multiple IDs to pick up sandwiches to take back to school.

Chipotle: Teachers, celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day with a BOGO. Just bring your faculty ID to any Chipotle on 5/3/16, 3pm-close:

Reading Material about IB

Please take a moment to read the following articles about IB schools and how IB schools can help to benefit and engage our gifted community. The first link will help you to explore the IB program, while the second link will show you how other schools in GA are implementing this curriculum into their programs.

International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement

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Professional Development

Want to access all those links Thomas shared last week?

Go to "AHS Technology Dump"

Assignment for all teachers:

Create a common formative assessment and differentiated lesson using technology in March or April

By the end of the year, you should have three examples of this type of PLC work.

Debrief with PLC afterwards, upload documents to TKES, and use the following link to record your work.

This form allows us to show our growing prowess in differentiation:

Mr. Sheldon Fisher's last concert at AHS was beyond wonderful!


AHS Cheerleaders participate in Project Live Love

Project Live Love presents the third annual LIVE WELL event. Join us Saturday, May 7th 2016 from 10:00-2:00 for this unique event that is aimed at helping homeless people with a variety of wellness needs. Projects will include: serving lunch, health screenings, foot care screenings, nail care station, free haircuts, distributing hygiene kits, etc."

What Can You Do?

We are collecting Hygiene Kits to be passed out at the Project Live Love event on May 7.

Hygiene Kits for Homeless: Large Ziplock bag with hygiene items for men and/or women, hotel samples and/or travel size.

Example of items to include:
toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap, body-wash, washcloth, razor, shaving cream, lotion, comb, socks, etc….

The Dollar Store is a great place to shop for these items or hotel samples you may have!

If you would like to participate as well, we would love it! I have a box in my room for the hygiene kits (3229), or I would be more than happy to come pick them up from your room to make it easier on you. Email Katie Arnold.

Black & Silver Celebration

AHS Foundation

Black & Silver Celebration

The AHS Foundation cordially invites you to attend the 5th Annual Gala event. This Casino-Themed event will feature cocktails, buffet dinner, live and silent auctions.

When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 7:00 pm

Where: Golf Club of Georgia, One Golf Club Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004 – The GCG Clubhouse has just undergone a spectacular renovation.

Why: The Foundation has contributed over $150,000 to projects at AHS including: upgraded auditorium lighting, teacher enrichment, scholarships, the AHS Band’s equipment truck, campus beautification days, the new lacrosse skills wall, art display pedestals and a the new, redesigned weight room. Future initiatives will also include education and mentoring programs to increase graduation rates. This is your chance to become part of an extraordinary movement – do not miss out!

Information and reservations:

Purchases before April 8 are discounted.

Hill Talk by Mike Scheifflee

Are you interested in educational reform and the changes being made to Georgia Education? If so, join me for Hill Talk, a weekly update on educational topics from the Capital. From now through the end of the current legislative session you can keep yourself updated on the future of education in Georgia.

How is the hill impacting the work you do?

Did you know that Alpharetta has been identified as an open enrollment school for the 16-17 school year? This is a result of 2009 legislature entitled House Bill 251 which provides alternative enrollment options for families. The Fulton County School System has identified 31 schools that can accept transfer students next school year through Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act, Alpharetta is one such high school. Approved in 2009, the Intra-District School Choice section of the law allows parents of students enrolled in a public K-12 school to enroll in another school within the district if space allows. To see a full listing of eligible schools in our district visit:

Alpharetta high school was selected as an open enrollment school based on a minimum 50 available seats remaining toward capacity with initial enrollment projections.

Do you have questions about Educational Reform in the state of Georgia?

On May 12th I will be interviewing Superintendent Zeff regarding his work on the Educational Reform Committee. Please send me any questions you would like answered on your behalf

Faculty Graduation Robe Distribution Info

All faculty members are invited to take part in the faculty processional at the beginning of the graduation ceremony every year. *Note: Senior advisement teachers are required to be at graduation, wear a robe, and assist with their advisement class throughout the entire ceremony as well as at graduation rehearsal the day before. All other teachers are encouraged to attend and will sit behind the graduates after the processional, during the ceremony.

When: Robe pick-up is Monday, May 9th – Friday, May 20th

Where: Room 4324 (Teacher workroom – bring your key for entry) *NO student pickup!

Check your email in the next few weeks regarding robe pick-up procedures. If you’re new to AHS or have never been to graduation and want to go this year, please email me your height & I will assign you to a robe. If you are not planning on going to graduation this year and you got a robe last year, please also let me know so I can assign your robe to someone else!


*Please do not pick up your gown until the week of Monday, May 9th! J

Additional Professional Development days for AHS

The Alpharetta High School Governance Council received permission to have 4 full release days added for the 16/17 school years. These days are considered "critical days" and need leave approval directly from Dr. Kersey. The selected days are listed below:

September 2, 2016

November 7, 2016

January 17, 2017

March 31, 2017

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley - Grab some co-workers and enjoy!

Every Thursday from April 14 through October 27, 2016

5 – 9 p.m.
Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA

Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!

AHS staff is invited to Bohemia - May 7th

After Hours shopping from 7 - 9 with 20% off

11770 Haynes Bridge Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Alpharetta's favorite boutique! Featuring women's clothing and accessories in the classic Bohemian style. Free flowing, beautiful fabrics, fabulous colors and always comfortable to wear. Our clothing appeals to women of all ages and all sizes (We carry full figure sizes.) In addition, we proudly support Fair Trade and our large selection of bags, coin purses and belts are handmade by the women of the Hmong Hill Tribe and other parts of the world. Our jewelry collection is all handcrafted by local Artisans using mixed metals, rich leather and organic stones. We also carry a wide selection of locally made all natural soaps and 100% soy candles.

Taste of Alpharetta - May 12th - Downtown Alpharetta

See attachment for road closure information!

Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs. Mark your calendars to dine in Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free, you may purchase food tickets on site at our ticket booths for $.50 each. Restaurants participating in the Taste of Alpharetta will not accept cash (tickets only). Restaurants charge $1-3 per food sample.

The Music Stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in five categories – Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation and Best Dessert. Award winners are presented on the Main Stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. Vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Culinary Competition Stage prior to 7:00 p.m.

Discounted-Tuition Graduate Programs in Atlanta/Fulton this August

Information Meetings

Paul D. West Middle School
2376 Headland Dr., East Point
Monday, 5/2/2016 at 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM - (Media Center)

Click here to RSVP or for more information, please call 855-296-7052 or email

Programs Offered:

· M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Reading/LA or Math Concentration)

· M.Ed. in Middle Grades/Secondary (Math Concentration)

· M.Ed. in Middle Grades/Secondary (English/LA Concentration)

· M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership

· Ed. S. in Teacher Leadership

· Teacher Leadership Endorsement Only

· Curriculum & Instruction Master’s

Program Highlights:

  • 24% tuition discount – financial aid options available
  • Accelerated hybrid format – complete in as little as 20 months
  • Classes meet face-to-face just 5 sessions every 8 weeks
  • Earn a certificate upgrade in the state of Georgia
  • No GRE Required

If you have any questions or are unable to attend the meeting, please contact me at 855-296-7053 to discuss your program of interest.