Hooch Happenings

November 13, 2020

Todd's Tidbits

Hooch Community,

We are in the home stretch in wrapping up the 1st semester of the 2021 school year and cannot be more proud of the Hooch Family regarding how we dealt with everything thrown our way by 2020!

It is amazing to think that we have only 19 days remaining in the semester and if you subtract "exam week" (see below schedule and information), there are really 14 days left. We need your support in encouraging your students to FINISH STRONG.

Our teachers make themselves available several times a week for before school help sessions and we have Chatt-time that can be used by students to conference with a teacher. Please advise them to engage now if they are struggling with content at the close of the semester and not wait.

Lastly, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and pray that you remain safe and healthy!

Dr. Mike Todd


District Text4Help

Fulton County Schools is relaunching its Text4Help campaign. In 2018, only 25% of students in need of mental health support received care. In the wake of the pandemic, social unrest, and virtual learning, we estimate that number has grown.

Students can receive safe, anonymous and free assistance by dialing into the Text4Help line: 1-844-201-9946 followed by our “School Code” (Chattahoochee's Code: 110146). A certified youth clinician will respond to students within three to five minutes via text. This support is free, anonymous and confidential.

The FCS goal is for students, most importantly, as well as school administrators, teachers, and staff to know that Text4Help exists and is available as a resource. Silence helps no one, and students now have a tool to help reduce the stress they may be feeling in these uncertain times.

Counseling Corner

Junior Advisement meetings have been underway since the last week of October, and they will conclude in the 1st week of December. If you haven’t yet made your student’s appointment for their Junior Advisement meeting, please check through your past emails for a message from your student’s school counselor. Also please check your Spam or Junk folders to be sure the message didn’t end up there. Students whose parents/guardians who have not made their appointment by December 4th will receive a request from their counselor to meet individually in the 2nd week of December.

The December deadlines for college applications is fast approaching! If you are applying to a college with a December deadline that requires a counselor recommendation form or written evaluation, then you needed to have already completed the Senior Profile assignment in Teams AND list the college(s) in Naviance by the following dates:

December 1st college deadline --- November 10th student deadline

December 8th college deadline --- November 17th student deadline

December 15th college deadline --- December 1st student deadline

You can find the Senior Profile under the Assignments tab on your counselor’s T880 Class of 2021 Teams. As a reminder, the Counseling Office requires at least 10 school days to process requests, and that does not include weekends, holidays, or breaks. The Counseling Office will not process transcripts or recommendations on weekends, holidays, or breaks, so please get organized and plan ahead!

Dual Enrollment Students – Once you get registered for your Spring 2021 Dual Enrollment classes, you must upload a copy of your schedule/registration to Naviance. All DE students have been assigned a “task” in Naviance to complete this step. Once your registration is submitted on Naviance, your school counselor will then update your high school schedule to reflect the updated college courses.

Also, Dual Enrollment students should be checking their Microsoft Teams for specific information and announcements! There is a GSU Dual Enrollment Teams and a Gwinnett Tech Dual Enrollment Teams, and the Counseling Office makes announcements on them frequently, so you are responsible for this information!. If you have questions, please email your counselor directly.

EMPowerMe Club

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is hosting Parent CONNECT, a virtual child safety series. Join NCMEC each week, along with special guests, as they discuss pertinent child safety topics with practical takeaways for parents. Designed for busy parents, discussions will cover online trends and safety risks facing children today and will feature NCMEC contributors and community-based organizations.

November 17 - Talking to Teens about Sexting

November 24 - Live Streaming and Online Enticement

December 1 - Cyberbullying

December 8 - Child Sex Trafficking

You can register for FREE at https://ncmec.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n3YAX9fRSOmIPsKFvIxgHg

Hooch Family Shirts

Show your Hooch Pride and order one of our t-shirts today. Short sleeve black shirts are $12 and long sleeve shirts are $15. Click here to begin the ordering process and once you provide your initial information and click submit, you will be redirected to the ordering portal for sizing and payment. Please place orders by 11/20. Thank you again for your support of the 9th grade Class Council.

Check out the long sleeves below and scroll to end of the newsletter to see the back of the shirt.

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Fall Exam Schedule and Information

Monday - 12/14

Regular School Schedule

Tuesday - 12/15

1st period exam: 8:20 - 10:10

2nd period 10:20 - 10:45

3rd period 10:55-11:42

4th period 11:52-12:39

5th period 12:49-1:36

6th period 1:43-2:30

7th period 2:37-3:30

Wednesday - 12/16 3rd and 6th period exams

3rd period exam: 8:20 - 10:10

Break: 10:10 - 10:25

6th period exam 10:25 - 12:15

Lunch (optional) 12:15 - 12:35

Buses Depart 12:40

Thursday - 12/17 4th and 2nd period exams

4th period exam: 8:20 - 10:10

Break: 10:10 - 10:25

2nd period exam 10:25 - 12:15

Lunch (optional) 12:15 - 12:35

Buses Depart 12:40

Friday - 12/18 5th and 7th period exams

5th period exam: 8:20 - 10:10

Break: 10:10 - 10:25

7th period exam 10:25 - 12:15

Lunch (optional) 12:15 - 12:35

Buses Depart 12:40

Thanksgiving Break Meal Kit

Students, we are saying THANKS to you by GIVING you a FREE Thanksgiving Break Meal Kit! Grab yours in the hallway by the Café on your way home on Thursday, November 19.

COVID Reporting

The following are the categories that we are asking parents/guardians of FCS students to submit a COVID-19 report – if the student:

  • has tested positive for COVID-19
  • is waiting for the results of a test for COVID-19
  • has been in direct contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

The report will be made to the Fulton County Board of Health (FCBOH) through a portal. The following are additional expectations when making the report:

  1. The portal can be accessed by using: https://www.fultonschools.org/ReportCOVID
  2. Once accessed, the parent will be asked to complete questions about the report (i.e. – student’s name, school, grade, testing information, etc.).
  3. The information will be sent to and received by public health officials who will contact the parent submitting the report directly to follow-up, investigate, and provide guidance.
  4. The public health team will communicate pertinent recommendations, guidance, and follow-up with the FCS Student Health Services team.
  5. The Student Health Services team will share information with district leaders/principals as deemed appropriate to ensure the appropriate district response
  6. Depending on the severity of the reported case after the investigation, the district will respond as noted in FCS COVID-19 Response Plan/Closure Matrix.

Sports Center

Our winter sports season begins next Thursday, 11/19 when our Varsity basketball teams will take on Parkview High School. Girls begin at 5:00 and the boys will begin at 6:30.

FCS will limit total gym capacity to 300 spectators to start the season.

  • Tickets will be available at www.gofan.co
  • Our basketball, cheer and wrestling families will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets before opening up sales to the general public
  • Each spectator will be temperature checked and screened prior to entering the gymnasium.
  • Each spectator will be required to wear a mask while attending the sporting event.
  • Social distancing will strongly be encouraged.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.


Administrators and Department Chairs

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

Lori Buonamici; Fine Arts; BuonamiciL@fultonschools.org

Garin Berry- Math, PE, World Language, and TAG
Teri Engelberth; Math; Engelberth@fultonschools.org

Chris Short; PE; ShortC@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

Rebbie Lichliter-Social Studies and IRR
Tim Reeder; Social Studies; Reedert@fultonschools.org

Jean Dongieux; IRR; Dongieux@fultonschools.org

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