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Athens High School

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Volume 10

August 16, 2019

Weekly Manna

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Meet the Eagles Pep Rally Friday, August 16th at 6:00pm in the AHS Sports Arena. Food vendors: Bojangles, Marcos Pizza, Dub’s Burgers, Kona Ice & Handel’s Ice Cream are available! Senior FB & Cheer will have a poster signing following the event.
Meet the Eagles Pep Rally Friday, August 16th at 6:00pm in the AHS Sports Arena. Food vendors: Bojangles, Marcos Pizza, Dub’s Burgers, Kona Ice & Handel’s Ice Cream are available! Senior FB & Cheer will have a poster signing following the event.

Athens High School Selected To Represent

Athens High School received designation as an Alabama Bicentennial School of Excellence! AHS was chosen with 20 others out of 450 schools in Al. AHS will receive an additional $5000 to continue community activities. #AthensProud #oneheartbeat #oneAthens

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Mark Your Calendar:

  • Schedule Change Requests may be made only for sound academic reasons. Forms are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline to turn in forms is Friday, August 16.

  • Attention all Boys Soccer Players: If you are interested in playing AHS Soccer this year, please pick up an information sheet today from Mrs. Reynolds’ room A2168.

  • AHS Open House for Parents & Students will be Tuesday, August 20, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • AHS Parking Permits for this school year must be purchased by Friday.

  • CO-OP Students will be expected to attend class through today, 8/16/19. Please meet in the following locations:
  1. 1st Block CO-OP Students will meet in Mrs. L. Jones Room #1174
  2. 3rd Block CO-OP Students will meet in the Tier/Harvard Room
  3. 4th Block CO-OP Students will meet in the Tier/Harvard Room

  • Class shirts can be ordered through Friday, August 23rd. Please see an SCA member at lunch to get an order form or to place your order. See Mrs. Karen Clem if you have any questions. Remember, this is a fund-raiser for your class; participation is encouraged and appreciated!

  • If you have questions/problems with your INOW account, please contact the Guidance Office.

  • If you have questions/problems with your MacBook or Canvas, please contact the Library.

Important Dates




Scenario: Sally is an 9th grade student who has always attended an AHSAA member school (School A) outside the attendance zone where her parents reside and had intentions to graduate from this school. However, one week after starting the 2019-20 school year, she decides that she would like to transfer to the member school (School B) that serves the area where her family lives. She likes School B’s volleyball coach, knows several players on the team and thinks she can compete on the volleyball team at School B. Five days into the school year, Sally’s parents withdraw her from School A and enroll her into School B. Question: Under AHSAA rules, will Sally be eligible to compete at School B, the school she is zoned to attend (home school) for the 2019-2020 season?

Rule I, Section 12. Transfer Rule: A student that enrolls in one school and later transfers to, or enrolls in, another school shall not be eligible immediately to represent the latter school in an athletic contest.

Note: For eligibility purposes a student is normally considered enrolled when the student has attended school and class on the third day.

Exception 4: Home Rule: If a student attends a member school that does not serve the area where the student’s parents reside, the student may return to his/her home school and be eligible following the last day of the school year or first day of school if all other requirements are met. If the change of schools is made after the school year has started, the student will not be eligible until the beginning of the next school year.

Eligibility Status: Due to the fact that Sally started at School A and then transferred to School B after the school year had started, she is not eligible to participate in athletics at School B until June 1, 2020. If Sally competes in any contests during the 2019-2020 school year, she would be competing as an ineligible athlete. As a result, the school would be assessed a monetary fine and would have to forfeit all contests that Sally competed in during the year. In addition, once Sally became an eligible athlete, she would serve restitution equal to the number of contests she participated in as an ineligible athlete. Furthermore, because Sally does not live in School A’s attendance zone, she broke her eligibility “chain” when she withdrew and enrolled at School B. Therefore, if she decides to transfer back to School A, she would be ineligible at School A for one year from the date of enrollment.

Proactive Measures: The principal of the receiving school (School B) is ultimately responsible for evaluating all transfers and new enrollees. Each case is unique and must be thoroughly investigated to ensure the school remains compliant to AHSAA transfer rules. To be proactive, the principal and athletic director should assume all transfers are ineligible to compete immediately. Thereafter, they should analyze the exceptions under the transfer rule to determine if the student is eligible to compete. If the school has questions, the principal or athletic director may contact the AHSAA for an interpretation.


Legacy Brick Project for the new AHS, Click Here

Buy a brick that will be placed on the campus of the new AHS currently under construction. Purchase your brick through the Athens City Schools Foundation at 256.233.6600 to learn more. Brick sales are still open!

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Athens High School Staff

Dr. Rick Carter

Executive Director for Innovative Programs/ Interim Executive Principal


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