Hooch Happenings

April 29, 2022

Todd's Tidbits

Hooch Community,

We are going into May with not much time left for our students to make great leaps in regards to their class grades; however, we still offer the make-up/study lab Mon-Thurs after school until 5:30. Please encourage your student(s) to check in with their teacher should there be a recovery or make-up opportunity to improve their final grade.

Time to celebrate!! If you were not aware, the new school rankings are out from Niche and U.S. News and World Report (drum roll, please). Your Chattahoochee HS received a ranking of #5 in the state of Georgia from Niche, with U.S. News and World Report putting us at #13 in the state and 400th in the country. 400 seems like a large number, but when you take into consideration the almost 26,000 high schools in the nation, this places us inside the top 2% of high schools in the U.S.!! Thank you to our entire school community. And, to think this is coming on the heels of a massive pandemic, which for me is just amazing. So, many thanks to ALL.

Check out the complete Niche ratings at:


Check out the complete U.S. News and World Report ratings at:


All the best,

Dr. Mike Todd


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April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month

Greetings Chattahoochee family, it’s Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and I'm Alicia McClung, the School Social Worker. I want to take the time out to share some resources with our school community on how to grow better together. Protective factors are strengths within a family and community which help develop and promote health and well-being among families. The five protective factors are parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in the times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Parenting is the hardest job ever! We all need support and encouragement for the journey of raising healthy kids. This link provides tip sheets of discussion starters that can be used to explore ways to better engage with your family.


When we embrace and foster these protective factors, it provides a solid foundation of growth and positive relationship building. If at any time you have questions or want to explore additional support, feel free to reach out to me at 470-254-7557 or via email at mcclunga1@fultonschools.org.


Advanced Placement Exams

AP Exams will run from Monday May 2nd through Friday May 13th, 2022.

  • For morning exams, students must report by 7:30am at the latest. Note that this means that students will need transportation in the morning earlier than the morning school bus runs.

  • For afternoon exams, students must report by 11:30am at the latest. Note that this means that students will need transportation in the afternoon later than the afternoon school bus runs.

  • CollegeBoard charges fees for any late changes and for any unused exams – failure to report will result in a $40 fine per exam added to the students FCS account.
  • Any student who fails to report for their AP exam will be charged $40 for an “unused” exam fee.

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9th-11th Grade Final Exams - Spring 2022

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Student Parking for 2022-2023 School Year

Parking information (and applications) for the 2022-2023 school year are now available on the Chattahoochee website HERE. Please keep in mind that student discipline & student attendance impact student eligibility to be approved for a parking permit – more detailed information is available on the website.

Media Center

Please read carefully and follow the correct steps for device collection.

Chattahoochee High School will start collecting all county-issued laptops/chargers on 5/2 (Monday). Check with your 2nd period teacher to receive further directions on what to do to avoid fines. You must bring your laptop/charger on the day of collection. Your laptop will not be collected if you do not have your charger with you. You can pay your fine in advance at www.tinyurl.com/hoochdevice and show your 2nd period teacher the receipt to avoid a fine slip on the day of collection. If you are a teaching assistant during 2nd period, you are to turn in your laptop/charger to your 2nd period teacher. If you are an office aide during 2nd period, you are to turn in your laptop/charger to the media center. If you do not have a 2nd period teacher, you are to return your laptop/charger to the media center between 1st and 5th periods starting on 5/2 (Mon). Please note the following and decide which exception/deadline applies to you:

  • If your 2nd period teacher is telling you a different date for device collection (i.e. AP Exam/testing needs), you are to follow the date your teacher tells you.
  • If you are taking virtual classes, you have until 5/13 (Friday) to turn in your laptop/charger to the media center.
  • If you are not a 9th grader and are told by your teacher/counselor that you need to have the laptop/charger longer for any academic reasons, you have until 5/18 (Wednesday) to turn them in to the media center.
  • If you are taking summer classes for any given reasons, you are to keep your county-issued laptop/charger until the end of summer school. However, you will be charged a device fine if you fail to return them at the end of summer school.
  • If you are a graduating senior and none of the above applies to you, you are to return your laptop/charger and clear your school account before 5/13 (Friday) in order for you to receive your graduation tickets.
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Summer School Information

Registration is open for both face-to-face Summer School at Johns Creek HS as well as Fulton Virtual and GA Virtual! Parents/guardians should check their student’s transcript on Infinite Campus under the Documents tab to see which courses need to be retaken, both from prior years and this current school year – check your student’s total # of earned credits as well. Please keep in mind that not every course is offered in the Summer. Directions to register and additional information for each option is below. After June 3rd, please contact Johns Creek HS with any Summer School questions.

As a reminder, students must have earned the following # of credits by August 1, 2022 to be listed in each grade:

  • 10th grade – must have earned 5.0 credits
  • 11th grade – must have earned 11.0 credits
  • 12th grade – must have earned 17.0 credits

Face-to-face Summer School at Johns Creek High School - June 8th – July 8th


  • Regular registration closes on May 26th
  • Late registration for classes that still have availability will be in person at Johns Creek HS on June 6th and 7th
  • To register, go to https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/18470 and click on the link on the right side under Summer Learning Registration


*NO tuition required for students retaking a course they previously failed*


  • Abbreviated transportation is available. Please check the Summer School website above closer to the start date for specific stop and time information for your student.
  • Students who require Special Education transportation per their IEP must register by April 27th to ensure their route is in place for the first day of Summer School.

Fulton Virtual - June 1st – July 13th


  • To register, go to www.fultonschools.org and click on the ClassLink icon in the green bar
  • Login to ClassLink (Username and Password are the student’s credentials they use to log into their school device and email)
  • Click on the Genius – Fulton Virtual icon

  • Students are permitted to take up to 2.0 total credits in the Summer – however, we do not recommend students take more than 1.0 credit on Fulton Virtual due to the amount of time they are expected to spend on their classes each day.


  • Required for students taking a course for the first time
    • $225 per 0.5 credit/semester course, $450 per 1.0 credit/year-long course
    • Students approved for free or reduced-cost lunch: $180 per 0.5 credit/semester course, $360 per 1.0 credit/year-long course
      *NO tuition required for students retaking a course they previously failed*

  • Students must meet the completion benchmarks below to stay enrolled in their Fulton Virtual courses. If they do not meet the benchmarks, they will be administratively dropped by FVS and will not receive a refund of tuition.
    • 33% complete by June 15th at 11:59 pm
    • 50% complete by June 22nd at 11:59 pm
    • 66% complete by June 29th at 11:59 pm

GA Virtual – June 6th – July 14th


  • Opens March 15th at www.gavirtualschool.org
  • Courses offered - https://www.gavirtualschool.org/Course-Info/Summer-2022-Courses
  • Students must first create an account at https://gavs.geniussis.com/PublicWelcome.aspx to register for their classes
    • Do not create a new/duplicate account if you have trouble logging in to an existing account! Students should submit a GAVS helpdesk ticket or email Nikki Walker at Nicole.Walker@gavirtualschool.org for assistance with accessing existing accounts.
  • Be sure to indicate the correct selections for the following fields – any other selections you make will send the course requests to another high school!
    • Out of State = No
    • Program = GAVS
    • County of Residence = Fulton
    • Student Type = Public
    • District = Fulton County
    • School = Chattahoochee High School
  • Course requests will be processed by the school counselors each Friday, so please be patient.


  • $250 per 0.5 credit/semester course, $500 per 1.0 credit/year-long course for all students

Counseling Corner

May Events

5/11 - Counseling Seminar #5 - Q&A with Counselors at 5pm (Teams Link: https://bit.ly/SeminarMay11)

Makeup Lab is open for Seniors

Time is quickly winding down for graduation. We still have some seniors who are not passing courses needed for graduation (check parent portal in Infinite Campus). For this reason, we have extended the capacity of our Makeup lab to help our Seniors really focus on making it across the finish line in these final weeks.

Who needs to attend?

Seniors still attempting to complete missing and/or recoverable work are highly encouraged to attend the Makeup lab after school. The lab is open from 3:30 to 5:30 Monday through Thursday in D120. Teachers will send work to the lab for your student to complete.

How do we sign up?

No sign up is needed. Simply have your student report to room D120 after school and attendance will be taken when they arrive.

Class of 2022 – Reminders about Senior Exit Survey and Graduation Tasks

  • ALL Seniors:
    • Must complete the Senior Exit Survey – if this is not done, you will not receive your graduation tickets at practice!
    • Must complete the Name Pronunciation for Graduation – if you upload an audio recording of you pronouncing your name, please record it in a quiet area, as background noise makes it difficult to hear.
  • Students planning on attending college next year:
    • Must indicate in the Senior Exit Survey the college they are attending
    • Must submit their final transcript request! If you haven’t yet decided where you are attending, please submit a final transcript request for any colleges you are still considering. We cannot send a final transcript without a request.
    • Upload proof of all college acceptance letters – not just the college you are attending
    • If you have been admitted to colleges that you’ve decided you are not going to attend, please let them know ASAP. If you haven’t yet notified them, you could be taking a spot from a student who wants to be admitted off the waitlist!
  • Students planning on taking a gap year, working, enlisting in the military, etc. are not expected to upload proof of college acceptances

Seniors - A Note from the Cafe

When you return from Spring Break, please see any cashier for a Refund Request form if you’d like to have your Café balance mailed to your home. Your parent or guardian will need to complete the form and fax or mail it to our Nutrition Office in Atlanta. (Instructions are printed on the form). The Café does not have enough cash to process refunds. If you have a younger sibling currently attending Chattahoochee and would like to transfer the balance to that sibling, your parent or guardian should email the Café Manager, Anne Prianti at priantia@fultonschools.org to transfer any or all of the balance. For transfers between siblings who attend different schools, please email the balance transfer request to Susana Meliawati in the Nutrition Office at meliawatis@fultonschools.org. Thank you!


Girls Soccer – Defeated Buford HS 1-0 on Monday night in the Elite 8. Hooch Girls Soccer advanced to the Final 4 vs. Lassiter.

Boys Tennis – Advanced to the Elite 8 beating Lakeside Evans out of Augusta Ga. They are playing Pope HS Friday 4-29-2022 at 4:30pm for a chance to advance to the Final 4 next week. Good Luck!

Girls Tennis – Advanced to the Elite 8 beating Heritage Conyers. They are playing Lassiter HS on Friday 4-29-2022 at 4:00pm for a chance to advance to the Final 4 next week. Good luck!

Girls Lacrosse – Beat Carrollton HS 12-1 Wednesday and has advanced to the sweet 16. They will be playing at Mill Creek HS May 3rd at 6:00pm. Good luck!!!

Boys Golf – is playing in the GHSA sectionals tournament on Monday May 2nd in Carrollton Ga. Good luck!!! Top 4 in sectionals will compete in the GHSA State Championships.

Track - The following individuals placed in the top 4 in their respective events, qualifying them for sectionals at River Ridge next Saturday.

Dana McDaniel- Region CHAMP in the shot put and discus.

Sydney Harmon- Region CHAMP in 100m Hurdles and 300m Hurdles.

Semira Andrews- 3rd in the 100m, 4th in the 200m

Autumn Cotton- 4th in the 100m

Tyler Lowe- Region CHAMP in 200m and 400m

Chris Connolly- 3rd place in 1600m, 4th place in 3200m

Tanner Coleman- 4th in 800m

DJ Avery- Region CHAMP in high jump

Diego Santiago- Region CHAMP in 3200m

Girls 4x400m- Region CHAMP- Kaya Booker, Sydney Harmon, Autumn Cotton, Tyler Lowe

Boys 4x800m 2nd place- Will Murphy, Tanner Coleman, Josh Bautista, Alex Johnson.

Boys 4x400m- 2nd place: Brandon Duarte, Christian Johnsons, DJ Avery, Darian Johnson

Boys 4x100m- 4th place: Christian Johnson, Darian Long, DJ Avery, Caleb Meyers

Celebrating our Seniors!

Administrators and Department Chairs

Jonathan Adel - ELA and Fine Arts
David White; ELA; Whitedp@fultonschools.org

Lori Buonamici; Fine Arts; BuonamiciL@fultonschools.org

Garrett Abelkop - Math, PE, World Language, and TAG
Beth Smith; Math; Smithec@fultonschools.org

J.J. Hicks; PE; Hicksj@fultonschools.org

Nadia Ali; World Language; Aliahmady@fultonschools.org

Amanda Wile; TAG; Wile@fultonschools.org

Gwen Harris - Science and CTAE

Matt Mihordea; Science; Mihordea@fultonschools.org

Kylie Dayton; CTAE; Daytonk@fultonschools.org

Ingrid Parham - Social Studies and IRR
Tim Reeder; Social Studies; Reedert@fultonschools.org

Jeanne Dongieux; IRR; Dongieux@fultonschools.org

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