Canes Announcements

May 10-14

Hello Students, Parents, and Canes Community,

We have included a Georgia Milestones testing schedule and an AP exam testing schedule to this week's newsletter. CVA students will need to following the same testing schedule. All exams will be administered on campus, and we will send out additional testing information for CVA students before testing begins.

We wish our students the best of luck as they take their exams.

Have a great weekend and GO CANES!

~Shelley Tierce


Upcoming Dates and Information:

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

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Senior Superlatives- video link:

Still unsure of what you will do after CHS? Need money for college? Consider the military!

Recruiters from the Army, Navy*, and National Guard will be on campus Wednesday, May 5, from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Seniors or juniors who would like to meet with them may leave study hall for a bit to ask questions. We are still waiting to hear back from our Marines and Air Force recruiters, but we hope to have them come out as well.

*Did you know the minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Navy has been lowered from 50 to 26 for a limited time only? This is a great opportunity that will not be on the table for long!

College Prep Workshops- Students who are interested in attending college prep workshops this summer need to read the attachment included at the end of this newsletter.

Softball information- Tryouts begin Tuesday, May 11 through May 14 from 4:30 until 6:30 at the high school softball field. Girls interested in trying out must have a current physical on file. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Demastus, CHS AD, at

Camp MAGIK is pleased to announce its 2021 HYBRID healing camp for children and teens. Camp MAGIK (Mainly About Grief In Kids) serves children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member within the past three years. Camp MAGIK will provide an opportunity for children and teens to meet in person with additional virtual meetings in order to talk and process their grief with professional grief and trauma counselors. Camp will be divided into several age groups so that only children and teens of similar age are in the same group. Additional information and application forms are posted at the end of this newsletter and also available at under the “join us” tab.

Ms. Boyer has created a job posting board for students looking for employment opportunities. Check out the new job posting board Cartersville High School Job Board (

Seniors-please check out the Graduation Central tab on our school's website.


Information can be found on our school's website. Please visit the following link:


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:

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.

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:

Still unsure of what you will do after CHS? Need money for college? Consider the military!

Recruiters from the Army, Navy*, and National Guard will be on campus Wednesday, May 5, from 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Seniors or juniors who would like to meet with them may leave study hall for a bit to ask questions. We are still waiting to hear back from our Marines and Air Force recruiters, but we hope to have them come out as well.

*Did you know the minimum ASVAB score to enlist in the Navy has been lowered from 50 to 26 for a limited time only? This is a great opportunity that will not be on the table for long!

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.

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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