Canes Announcements

March 1-5

Hello Students, Parents, and Canes Community,

Have a great weekend and GO CANES!

~Shelley Tierce


Upcoming Dates and Information:

Message from the Cartersville Fire Department:

“Portable heaters...follow the directions for your protection”

*Please don't forget to read the information posted in the Guidance Department section of this newsletter.

Progress reports were issued to students on February 25.

Chattahoochee Tech Senior Days

Chattahoochee Tech has announced dates for Senior Days 2021! Depending on your area of interest (welding, cosmetology, culinary, etc.), you may select the date and campus you want to visit. You MUST register in advance, and space is very limited, so register ASAP! You may be excused from school for a college visit if you go to Mrs. Carp in advance and then return the excuse to her afterward. Chatt Tech will provide a school excuse at the end of the event.

More detailed info is attached!

Register here: Chattahoochee Technical College: Senior Day Registration (

Registration for next school year begins next week (March 2-5). 9th-11th grade students will receive elective forms and information on selecting electives for next year school year on Tuesday, March 2nd. Students must enter their selections in PowerSchool and turn in their elective forms to their study hall teachers by Friday, March 5th. The window to enter selections into PowerSchool will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 11-2 and 5-9, and on Friday from 11-2. Prior to making selections, we recommend parents and students look over elective options together.

The Spring 2021 Virtual Probe Tour will be held on Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9 beginning at 5pm each evening.

Students, parents, and guidance counselors can register today to hear from 180 colleges and universities from around the world!

There is no charge to attend; however, pre-registration is required.

*Please see the Probe Tour flyer posted at the end of the newsletter.

Advocates for Children Quacky Cash Competition:

It’s that time of year again! Advocates for Children’s Quacky Cash competition is back, and we are excited to award 3 lucky seniors $1,000-$5,000 to go towards future expenses.

Here’s how you participate:

When you sign up, you will be provided a unique URL, a fundraising toolkit, and other opportunities to help you sell ducks!

If you are interested in learning more, join us at for a virtual information session on March 18th at 7:00 pm.

We hope you will sign up for this great opportunity & support Advocates for Children in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect!

CHS Job Fair

CHS will be hosting a job fair for graduating seniors who are planning to enter the workforce after graduation. The event will be held March 17, from 10 am-12 pm at CHS. We welcome any local companies who are interested in hiring our graduates or organizations which offer skills training courses to attend. Please pre-register no later than March 10.

Use the QR code found on the flyer posted at the end of this newsletter or use the following link to register:

Youth Leadership Bartow-We've received our annual Youth Leadership Bartow applications for current 9th and 10th graders (next year's 10th and 11th graders).

Students must be prepared to miss several days of school (excused days) to pursue this thorough year-long leadership program. Please stop by the counseling office for an application. The application is also posted at the end of this newsletter.

Work-Based Learning: Please see the Work-Based Learning (WBL) flyer posted at the end of this newsletter.

We will offer the ASVAB again on Wednesday, April 14. Please stop by the JROTC classroom to sign-up. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.

SENIORS- Herff Jones will be on campus on Monday, March 15 to deliver caps, gown, graduation announcements, etc. for those of you who have placed your orders. If you have not ordered your cap and gown, you can do so by March 1 to have your items included in the March 15 delivery. Seniors can pick-up their previously ordered items during their lunch periods. Location is TBA.

Please visit the following link to order your caps and gowns for graduation.


If you have not completed the Class of 2021 student questionnaire, please take a minute and do so. Thank you! Link:

For ALL Students: Navigating the post-high school career path can feel scary and overwhelming. The numerous post-high school options and training costs involved require knowledge and planning. To help parents and students, we invite you to register for The Ultimate Guide to Career Options & Choices for Parents & High School Students FREE webinar.

Registration Link:

**For additional information, please read the document posted at the end of this newsletter.

PSAT Scoring Information from CollegeBoard:

Your students' October PSAT/NMSQT scores are now available online in the K–12 score reporting portal

With recent school closures due to covid-19, paper score reports won't be delivered to schools in mid-December. We're monitoring closures, and we'll contact you later this school year when we can securely deliver score reports.

Important Notes:

  • Remind your students to create a College Board account so they can easily access their scores online and unlock a robust set of personalized resources to help them understand their scores.
  • Students 13 years old and over who provided their email address on their PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet will receive an email reminder to view their October PSAT/NMSQT scores online on December 7 and 8.
  • Students who don’t see their scores after they log in may need to enter an access code, which can be found in the roster reports in the K–12 score reporting portal (See your counselor if you need an access code)
  • Students will have an opportunity to connect with 1,500 colleges and over $300 million in scholarships through Student Search Service with their College Board account.
  • Information on guidance-purpose-only scores and codes is available in the College Board Resource Library.

ACT BOOTCAMP (see flyer at the end of this newsletter). This is great opportunity for students to work to improve their ACT scores.

Website for registration:

We will re-schedule a day when representatives from Herff Jones will be here to take class ring orders. Once we have this date, we will let you know. In the meantime, please refer to the following links for class ring information.

Class Ring Informational Links:

To Parents:

Junior Class Meeting:

Junior Information Form:

FCA meets on Friday mornings at 7:50 a.m. in the auditorium. All students are welcome to attend!

Safe Place:

Safe Place is a national organization for youth under the age of 18, that are experiencing homelessness or who may be in crisis. The program is designed to provide a young person who is homeless with immediate shelter, resources, and other basic needs. You can access the Safe Place program by walking into any of our Safe Place sites located within the community. You will know that it is a Safe Place site by the large diamond shaped logo that is black and yellow. Our school is a registered Safe Place site and the counselors are aware of the program. You can also access a Safe Place location by texting the word “Safe” to the number 44357 and put in your location to find the closest site near you. This texting feature will also allow you to interact with a licensed counselor if you are in crisis. This is a helpful tool to utilize if you were to need Safe Place outside of school hours. The goal of the Safe Place program is to ensure that all young people feel safe and are educated on resources that are available to them in their community.


Yearbooks- Please visit the following link for yearbook information:

Cartersville City Schools App- The Cartersville Schools App is great means of receiving school and school system information. You can access your students' PowerSchool information, Schoology information, view and manage your students' lunch account information, receive our weekly newsletters, and have access to many more features. This is a free app, and you can visit the Cartersville City Schools web page for information regarding this app. Cartersville City Schools homepage:

News and Updates from the CHS Counseling Department

CHS Counseling Web Page:

FAFSA Assistance

This year, we are unable to host an in-person FAFSA Completion Event for those who are seeking assistance with filing FAFSA. GSFC is offering virtual appointments with a FAFSA expert to individual families who need assistance. Click here to book your appointment:

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

So, you've been admitted to your college, but have you completed your scholarship application? Deadlines are approaching! Don't miss out on free money!

Check the financial aid section of your college's website to review the application process for scholarships. Your college may have a separate application you need to complete to see if you qualify for institutional aid. For instance, here are some upcoming scholarship deadlines at a few universities that are popular among CHS seniors:

Kennesaw State - March 1

Jacksonville State - March 1

University of North Georgia - March 1

If you are not sure how to get started, see your counselor!

And as always, seniors should monitor email daily for updates from colleges!


What is dual enrollment?

Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program provides funding for students who are dually enrolled at a participating eligible public or private high school, or home study program in Georgia, and a participating eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia. These students take postsecondary coursework for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate requirements. The program is offered during all terms of the school year: fall, spring and summer semester or fall, winter, spring and summer quarter.

Please visit the following link for additional information:

**Current Dual Enrollment students who wish to continue at the same college or university do not have to reapply. These students should register for Summer or Fall 2021 courses in the same manner that was done during the 2020-21 school year.

If you're interested in attending Chattahoochee Tech for Dual Enrollment, perspective students/parents can click the link below for various information sessions. Registration is required for all sessions.

Kennesaw State University

Dual Enrollment Information Sessions-

If you have prospective students who are interested in applying to the dual enrollment program for summer, fall, or future term, we will be hosting our spring information sessions via Zoom.

Students can register for a session by going to

Upcoming College Rep Visits

All visits are available during all lunch periods unless otherwise noted. There is no need for students to miss class in order to meet virtually with college representatives. Just pop in during your study hall! SEE LIST BELOW

Topic: FAB Wednesday's with CHS

Mar 10, 2021 01:00 PM

Mar 17, 2021 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 819 0732 3592

*Dates subject to change due to recent adjustments in the school schedule. Please watch your Schoology calendar for updates.

Upcoming Rep Visits

March 2: Georgia Gwinnett College

11:15-1:30, Pop in during your lunch! Virtual Visit Link:

March 8

Georgia State University

10:15-11:15 am Virtual Visit Link:

Georgia College
11:15-12:15 Virtual Visit Link:

Probe Virtual College Fair

5:00 pm - Register here:

March 9

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

11:15-1:30 - Pop in during your lunch! Virtual Visit Link:

Probe Virtual College Fair
5:00 pm - Register here:

March 10
US Air Force

Sgt. Henderson will be in the JROTC room to meet with interested students from 11:30-12:30.

Apply to Jacksonville State University for FREE during the week of February 22-28!

To obtain a fee waiver code, text or call Taylor Brandt at 256-600-9387.

Mental Health and Addiction Resources

See our updated section on the School Counseling Site with lots of resources for mental and behavioral health support!

We have also attached an informational sheet about the MyGCAL app, which allows students to call, text, or chat with a trained counselor 24/7 about any problem, big or small. All information students share is confidential unless there is a risk of danger to the student or another individual.

As we head towards winter, still dealing with the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to keep an eye out for signs of depression, especially in teenagers. With so many things important to teenagers disrupted — school, seeing friends, sports, and other activities that shape identity — many kids are struggling, even those without a history of depression or anxiety. is a website used to gather resources that help parents recognize the signs of depression in teenagers and help them find effective treatment.

Please visit for help or email your child's counselor to learn more about

FAFSA Completion Event: This year, we are unable to host an in-person FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) Completion Event for those who are seeking assistance with filing FAFSA. GSFC (Georgia Student Finance Commission) is offering virtual appointments to individual families who need assistance. Click here to book your appointment:


As many of you have heard, the CDC has changed their guidelines for returning to school for those who have been identified as a close contact to a person who tests positive for COVID-19. The following information is what we will now use for returning to school after a quarantine period:

  • Close contacts may return to school after they have quarantined for seven full days. They may return on day 8 if they get tested for COVID-19 on day 6 or 7 and the test result is negative. The COVID test must take place on day 6 or 7 of the quarantine period, not earlier. Negative test results should be turned in to Mrs. Burson in the front office.
  • If close contacts do not get tested on day 6 or 7 of their quarantine period, they may return to school after they have quarantined for ten full days, as long as they have been fever-free and symptom-free for 24-hours.
  • Remember, quarantine periods start when the non-infected person was last exposed to an infected person, but the following day counts as the first full day of quarantine. Example: if a person is exposed to someone who has COVID on a Monday, Tuesday would count as their first full day of quarantine.
  • PLEASE remember....if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, or if you have a pending test result, please do not come to school. Instead, notify Nurse Welch at and let her know what is going on.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the new guidelines.

The CDC still recommends close contacts monitor their symptoms for fourteen days after exposure someone who has COVID-19. We will continue to wear masks at school and follow the COVID-19 safety guidelines we have in place.

Helpful Links and Information

How can students access their CHS Office365 school email account?


The students' login is their

The password is their date of birth (8 digits total- mmddyear)

2020-2021 Student Handbook:

We are not handing out paper copies of our student handbook this year. We have our student handbook posted on our school's website. Link to handbook:

*Students need to get in a habit of checking their CHS Office365 email on a weekly basis. This is our best method of communicating with students. Students can access their CHS Office 365 email accounts by visiting

Login---(student lunch number)

Password--student date of birth (mmddyyyy-----8 digits, no dashes)

**Students, please remember your school email is not a personal email account. School email is monitored for inappropriate content.**

USA Test Prep Information:

School Name: Cartersville High School

Account ID: cartersville
Student Activation Code: stu3323

Student PowerSchool Login:

Students may use their student number for their PowerSchool login and their O365 password for their password.

Our PowerSchool website for students:

Parents, please let us know if you do not have access to PowerSchool. We can get this set up for you.

CHS Counseling Department:

Alexis Pritchard- serves students last names beginning with A-F.

Stephanie Pate- serves students last names beginning with G-M.

Dr. Chaja Pinkard- serves students last names beginning with N-Z.

Please visit our counseling web page at:

Revised School System Calendar:

Exam exemption policy (mid-term exams and final exams):

Each class will administer a mid-term the week preceding Winter Holidays, and a Final Exam to be administered at the end of the school year. To be offered the opportunity to exempt a mid-term and/or final exam, a student must:

  • Not have ANY unexcused absences
  • Must have a semester grade point average of 87 or above

NOTE: Being suspended from school, assigned ISS, or having more than 3 unexcused tardies to a class during the current semester makes a student ineligible for exemption.

Students have five days upon returning to school to submit an absence excuse to the Attendance Office. Failure to turn in an excuse within 5 days will result in an unexcused absence. Remember, three unexcused tardies to a class equals one unexcused absence.

** Last year, all absences counted the same, but because of the pandemic, we are not counting excused absences when determining qualifications for mid-term or final exam exemptions during the 2020-2021 school year. We do not want students attending school if they are sick in any way. Students must turn in a parent note or a medical excuse/note when they are absent. All notes can be turned in to the attendance office.

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