Cambridge High School
October 19, 2020
Message from Ms. Agans
Please see the important message below.
This is an important message from Fulton County Schools. The District has decided to close Cambridge High School for face to face instruction Tuesday (10/20), Wednesday (10/21), and Thursday (10/22). All students will continue to learn virtually – classes will still be held and virtual attendance taken. We will return to face to face instruction on Friday, October 23, 2020. This closure is based on a Level 2 incident from the FCS closing matrix. This time will allow us to contact trace.
As public health officials have communicated, it is very important to monitor your health for fever and symptoms of respiratory illness. In the event that your child develops a fever, runny nose, cough and/or shortness of breath, headache, nausea, loss of taste and smell, and vomiting, or becomes ill between today and your child’s return to school, please call your child’s healthcare provider immediately. You should inform the healthcare provider that your child is ill and was possibly exposed to Coronavirus. The healthcare provider will determine if testing is necessary after examining your child.
To schedule a free COVID-19 test regardless of symptoms go to covid19.dph.ga.gov For appointments by phone call 404-613-8150. However, it is quicker to schedule an appointment online due to the volume of calls. Calls are accepted during these times: 8 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Testing site locations, dates, and/or times are subject to change. Please check https://www.coreresponse.org/covid19-atlanta the day-of testing to confirm testing site information.
Expect about a 30-minute wait at testing sites. Residents should bring water and a chair if you are walking-up to a test site. Public restrooms may not be available at testing locations. https://fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-testing-sites
Again, face to face instruction will resume on Friday, October 23, 2020. If you have questions, please call the public health hotline at 404-613-8150.
Visitors to Cambridge High School
- People entering the school will be required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer.
- Visitors will be limited to the front office. No visitors will be allowed in classrooms.
- Any non-staff must have an appointment and be prepared to be scanned or provide assurances of good health before entry.
Checking out a student:
- If you need to check out your student during the school day, you must have your student bring a note to the attendance office before school begins. Your student will receive a checkout form that will allow them to leave class at the assigned time and check out through the attendance office. Parents/Guardians will pick up the student from the carpool lane and should not enter the building.
- Emergency checkouts do occur, and when the parent/guardian arrives at the school, they will ring the doorbell and alert the front office they need to check out a student, and someone from the attendance office will come to the parent/guardian.
Read more details on checking students out.
Dropping off items:
- Parents/guardians dropping off items should leave the item on the cart outside the front door. If the cart is not available, ring the doorbell and alert the front office that an item is being dropped off.
- Please label your item (or bag) with your student's name. You must notify your student that you have dropped off an item.
- The school cannot be responsible for items left for pick up.
- Only parents or guardians can drop off an item. We do not allow restaurants or food delivery services to drop off food for students.
Message From Fulton County Schools
We take the health and safety of our students and staff very seriously in the Fulton County School District. It is a shared expectation that parents, guardians, and students not only take their own health and safety seriously, but that they make the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff THE priority now that we have resumed face to face instruction in our schools. Unfortunately, there have been some instances where students have entered our school buildings with observable and measurable symptoms of illness and/or knowingly awaiting COVID test results. And in some rare cases, they have even lied about this. I cannot stress enough how irresponsible this behavior is, as it compromises the health and safety of every student and staff member in a school building and jeopardizes all students’ ability to receive face-to-face instruction.
As a result, if a student comes to school knowingly experiencing illness or symptoms of COVID-19, we may take the following actions to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the community:
- Moving the student to virtual learning for a specified time, including the remainder of the semester;
- Removal of the ability to participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities or events; and/or
- Referral to the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in cases of suspected abuse or neglect.
Of course, this list is not exhaustive, and any student who is dishonest or causes a school disruption will be subject to our Student Code of Conduct and extracurricular rules, as is typical. Again, safety and health is our number one priority! We must all work together to ensure a safe and successful school year. The professionals at Fulton County Schools will do their part. We need our parents, students, community members, and other stakeholders to do theirs, as well.
Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits
Latin Students Show Success at Fall Forum
On Saturday, October 17, hundreds of Latin students from around Georgia gathered over Zoom for the annual Fall Forum - a celebration of Latin and the Classics. Students enjoyed academic competitions, artistic competitions, workshops (including Yoga in Spoken Latin with Mr. Davis), seminars, and of course, games. Noteworthy for our Cambridge Bears are the following:
Certamen (quiz bowl) - Intermediate level, 3rd place (Brayden Anderson, Aden Leslie, Sylvain Sedenco, Kendyll Sicchitano)
Illustrated Quotation - 1st place, Kirsten Roush (pic attached); 3rd place, Julia Malever
Drawing - 3rd place, Heidi Barlow
SAT School Day and PSAT School Day
SAT School Day - Tuesday, October 27, 2020
On October 27, seniors (registered to take the SAT) and freshmen only will report to school for an Exam Day Schedule (released at 12:40 pm, a grab and go lunch will be available in the café).
We will separate seniors into one section of the building. A maximum number of 200 seniors will be taking the SAT for free that day. Seniors will be divided into classrooms for testing in small groups. Teachers will proctor the SAT. Please note that we have reached capacity and registration for the SAT is now closed.
Freshman teachers will meet with freshmen in another section of the building to do predetermined activities in preparation for the PSAT in January. We will put these lesson plans together for freshman teachers and distribute them before PSAT Day.
On October 27, sophomores, juniors, and any seniors not signed up to take the SAT, will all be remote and asynchronous.
PSAT School Day - Thursday, October 29
On October 29, sophomores and juniors only will report to school for an Exam Day Schedule (students released at 12:40 pm). All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT in classrooms. Teachers will proctor the PSAT.
On October 29, freshmen and seniors will all be remote and asynchronous.
Freshman PSAT Day - Tuesday, January 26
We will send information regarding the schedule and testing for freshmen at a later date.
PSAT and SAT bring students opportunities for scholarship money, including the National Merit Scholarship program. SAT options have been greatly diminished in the last seven months, so we are proud to offer this opportunity to our seniors. The state still requires SAT scores for eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship Program. Over the next week, we will be communicating avenues for all Cambridge High School students to study and prepare for the SAT (and, therefore, the PSAT). If your student has not done so, we recommend he/she starts by signing up for a College Board account and linking it to Khan Academy. Khan Academy provides free, virtual, and targeted help in raising scores (for college admissions, National Merit, and other scholarship opportunities). Visit www.collegeboard.org and www.satpractice.org for more information.
Wearing Mask - CDC Guidelines and FCS Reminders
- Mask wearing is a requirement for all FCS employees, students, and visitors to FCS facilities. The masks must be consistent with CDC recommendations. The CDC says do not wear masks intended for healthcare workers, like N95 respirators. The CDC does not recommend gaiters or face shields as their effectiveness is unknown at the time.
- Masks are required by students during face-to-face instruction and while on the school bus. Additionally,
- The school will have reusable mask available to students who need one
- Students should not share masks
- Masks should be worn during CTAE, performing arts, and indoor classes
- Masks are not required when students are participating in aerobic activities
- Some low incidence special needs students might be unable to wear a mask for a certain duration, and accommodations will be needed
- An employee/student may wear a face shield in conjunction with a mask but not instead of wearing a mask.
- Those refusing to wear a mask will not be allowed in the building or to interact with others.
National PTA Reflections - Deadline Extended to October 30
Hey Bears, check it out. The Reflections deadline has been extended to Friday, October 30, 2020. There’s still plenty of time to get your entry in. There’s a collection box located on the table by the stairs in the entry of the school. If you have any questions please contact Angie Dover at firstname.lastname@example.org. #ShowYourArt
Student Picture Day
Our Remote students and online students will have pictures taken after school using the following schedule. Last names beginning with:
A - D from 3:30 - 4:00 pm
E - K from 4:00 - 4:30 pm
L - Q from 4:30 - 5:00 pm
R - Z from 5:00 - 5:30 pm
More information will be forthcoming on picture location.
To be in this year's yearbook, you must have your picture taken. A makeup session is scheduled for December 15, 2020.
During these picture sessions, students who have an FCS device checked out to them must have their device with them and have their device inventoried during this time. Read more below on the FCS Device Inventory requirements.
Since devices were not collected at the end of last school year, we must take an inventory of all FCS devices checked out to Cambridge students. We will take inventory for 9th – 11th-grade students when students have their yearbook pictures taken on Thursday, November 5. This includes both Face to Face and Remote students (see picture day schedule above.)
For Face to Face seniors, we will come into their Advisement classrooms on Monday, November 2. All Remote students will need to bring their devices during their assigned picture time on Thursday, November 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
Please read the following important information:
- Anyone who has an FCS device currently checked out and is not using it now is your chance to return it. Please bring the device and all accessories (charger & stylus) to picture/inventory day. Or you may return the device and accessories to the Student Center at any time. Receipts will be given either when returned or within a week, depending on how busy we are.
- Anyone who has an FCS device and may not use it all the time but still wants to keep it, please plan to bring your device to school on the designated picture/inventory day.
- For F2F Seniors, we will come to your advisement classrooms on Monday, November 2. Please have your school device with you on that day. You may also bring your school device to the Student Center during the week of November 2 for inventory if you do not attend advisement.
- For F2F 9th – 11th grade students, please bring your device to school on picture day, Thursday, November 5. You will go to the aux gym during your English class for pictures. Be sure to bring your school device at that time.
- For virtual students, please bring your device to your assigned picture time. Seniors, even though you don’t need your pictures taken, if you are a virtual student and you have an FCS device checked out, you need to bring your device for inventory.
Any questions, please contact Mrs. Morgan at email@example.com.
Dual Enrollment - Spring Term Registration, Action Needed!
The enrollment process is now open for students who wish to participate in dual enrollment classes next semester. All returning students need to submit the Advisement Form to their school counselor before by November 1.
First-time dual enrollment students wishing to participate in dual enrollment next semester should request an appointment with their counselor to discuss the necessary steps to enroll for spring.
All students must have applied to the college (if required) and submitted their signed Student Advisement Form no later than Sunday, November 1 (except GSU, has an October 15 deadline). Any forms received after this date will not be accepted. Please contact your school counselor for more information at our new website location.
Coca Cola Scholars Foundation
Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Seniors need a 3.0 GPA and fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
Transcripts and College Applications
All transcripts have to be requested in Naviance (current students). Make sure that you are adding colleges to Applying List for the school to send the transcript to the college.
Important: Please ensure that you are stating in Naviance how you are applying to the college (Common App or directly to the college).
See videos on request transcripts, add colleges in Naviance, and request letters of recommendation from teachers. View videos
Always ask a teacher before putting their name as a recommender. Colleges that require teacher letters want from one to three, maximum. Please do not request a letter from more than three teachers for one single college.
Cambridge Band Holiday Wreath Frundraiser
Purchase beautiful fresh balsam and cedar wreath products from Vermont Center Wreaths, Inc. for family, friends, gifts, businesses, church, or any type of event. Proceeds support the Cambridge band program.
Place your order online at http://bit.ly/orderbandwreath before the October 30 deadline. Wreaths are available on December 5.
Thank you for supporting the Cambridge Band!
Class Rings for Upperclassmen Available Online
Juniors and Seniors! We are so excited to welcome you into one of high schools most revered traditions! The Class Ring tradition is time honored and our school’s tradition is no different. Our custom class ring provider, GA Balfour, is ready to receive your online ring order during the month of October in order to deliver it to you before the New Year!
Please see the attached information and then go to www.gabalfour.com/rings to design and order your custom class ring!
We are so proud of you and thrilled to offer this opportunity to you and your classmates. May of 2022 is within sight and this is just one more step along your journey! Congratulations!
Seniors - It’s not too late for you! You still have time to order your Class Ring and enjoy wearing it throughout the 2nd half of your Senior year!
Senior Portrait for Yearbook
This is a reminder if your senior has not had their senior portrait taken for the yearbook, the deadline to have it taken with Cady Studios is December 15, 2020. As communicated in July, BPI will share with our yearbook staff any portraits that they took before the transition to Cady. This was to eliminate the need for seniors who have already taken portraits with BPI to re-do pictures unless they choose to do so.
If your senior has not had their senior portrait taken, they can do so by scheduling an appointment with Cady Studios on their website: cady.com/schedule.
For every senior at Cambridge who has already had their photos taken with the previous vendor, Cady will provide a complimentary photo session at the Cady studio, including the following:
- Senior formal (tux/drape portrait)
- Cap and Gown photo
- Two in-studio casual scenes
2020 - 2021 Cambridge Yearbook
Student-Athletes and Band Members!
Due to COVID restrictions, yearbook staff members are not allowed into sporting events to take pictures, so we need your help! Please send us ONE or TWO of your best pictures from ONE or TWO games/matches. Please submit pictures as soon after the game/match as possible.
You can help the Yearbook Staff document the 2020 - 2021 school year! Submit your best Bear pictures to the staff on the Cambridge Yearbook website. While you are there, order your yearbook now for the Early Bird price of $70. Cambridge Yearbook
Parents and guardians, do not miss your opportunity to honor your senior with a senior ad in the 2020 - 2021 yearbook. Purchase, design, and submit your senior ad at the Cambridge Yearbook website. Ads are due December 1, 2020.
Senior quotes are due December 1, 2020. Seniors are encouraged to submit their entry today!
Student Meal Bar Codes
Bears & Birdies Golf Classic
Please support the Cambridge High School baseball team by attending our 7th Annual “Bears & Birdies Golf Classic” on Tuesday, November 10 at the Manor Golf & Country Club. In addition to the Golf Tournament featuring four-player scramble and prizes, we will also have a Cooking and Food Pairing Event where guests will eat a Masters inspired item, drink, and have fun! There will also be a silent auction featuring many items from local businesses to bid on, and dinner.
Tickets for golf, the food pairing event and dinner can be purchased at https://go.rallyup.com/chsbaseball
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