Alpharetta High School
Week of May 16th
Recovery deadline – May 12th
AP Testing - May 2nd - May 13th - No Bells!
Spring Chorus Concert - May 13th
TKES sign off deadline - May 13th
Drama Cabaret Show - May 20th
Baccalaureate - May 22nd
Staff Appreciation from Mr. Taco - lunch - May 23rd
Senior Exams - May 20th - 24th
Other Exams - May 24th - 26th
Graduation Practice - May 25th
Graduation Ceremony - May 26th, 7PM
End of the Year Luncheon - May 27th
Final Exam Testing at AHS
Semester Exam Make-Up Policy
Students who will be absent from school on any of the final exam days of the semester (May 20, 23, 24 for seniors; May 24, 25, 26 for juniors, sophomores, and freshmen) should submit a signed note from a parent to the Attendance Office prior by May 17, 2016, in order to qualify for a make-up exam. Once they bring the note to the Attendance Office, they will be asked to complete a make-up exam form.
Students will not be permitted to take Final Exams early. Final Exam Make-ups will be held on May 27. They will be held in room 2216 between the hours of 9:00 AM – 3:00. Students who are not able to make up exams on that day, must see Ms. Richards-Boyles in 1220 to schedule an individual appointment.
Teachers will not administer any make-up exams.
Please note that teachers will enter a grade of zero for the final exam until the student makes up the final exam. Incompletes will not be given.
Alpharetta Testing Website
Flandecia has created a testing website that you can check regularly to get any info on what is happening in the world of testing.
AP Testing - May 2nd - 13th (late tests 18th - 20th)
We will administer close to 2, 500 AP tests soon! Here is what you need to know:
If you work at AHS:
- There are NO bells at AHS during AP testing.
- Most AP tests are given in the Aux gym, but some are given in the 2200 hallway. When that occurs, we ask student to be silent during class changes when walking through that hallway. There will be signs and a monitor reminding them.
- Students do not have school permission to miss classes outside of testing times.
If you are an AP teacher:
- Remind students to only bring testing materials to their test. No phones, purses, backpacks, testing materials, etc are allowed in the testing room.
- Remind students to arrive on time!
Quote for the week
Want to access all those links Thomas shared last week?
Go to "AHS Technology Dump"
Assignment for all teachers:
Create a common formative assessment and differentiated lesson using technology in March or April
By the end of the year, you should have three examples of this type of PLC work.
Debrief with PLC afterwards, upload documents to TKES, and use the following link to record your work.
This form allows us to show our growing prowess in differentiation:
Hill Talk by Mike Scheifflee
Are you interested in educational reform and the changes being made to Georgia Education? If so, join me for Hill Talk, a weekly update on educational topics from the Capital. From now through the end of the current legislative session you can keep yourself updated on the future of education in Georgia.
Governor Deal had a May 3rd deadline to either sign or veto legislature from this past session. Here is a list of vetoed educational items:
Veto Number 6
HB 659 at its core requires greater public transparency of financial information on both the local system and individual school levels. By doing so, parents, students, teachers, and members of the community will become more knowledgeable and engaged in the strategic planning process and daily operation of our state’s schools. Because of this, I will include the fiscal transparency measures of House Bill 659 in my 2017 legislative agenda, in addition to the recommendations from the Education Reform Commission.
However, language in House Bill 659 also authorizes the Georgia Department of Education to conduct a pilot program wherein local school systems may spend and report federal, state, and local funds in a consolidated manner. I strongly believe that the majority of decisions should remain in the hands of those closest to our state’s students, and I have made it a priority to promote this type of flexibility. But with increased flexibility, must come increased transparency. While I support the consolidated spending of funds, which is currently allowed by law, I cannot support legislation that would allow districts to not disclose how such funds are spent. For these reasons, I VETO HB 659.
Veto Number 11
HB 959 is a comprehensive piece of legislation that, in its original form, sought to eliminate duplicative testing requirements for dually enrolled, AP, and IB students, encourage inter-agency cooperation, and clean-up other portions of Title 20, which I support. However, during the legislative process, language was added to the bill that mirrored the language found in Senate Bill 329, which I have vetoed for the reasons stated in my message for that bill. As research has demonstrated time and again, high school students with rigorous course loads are more likely to succeed in college, and considering the rich tradition of the HOPE Scholarship as a merit-based program, I VETO HB 959.
Veto Number 14
Senate Bill 329 adjusts the established coursework rigor requirements of the HOPE Scholarship, and allows the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia to identify strategic workforce needs for the purpose of updating technical college certificate program requirements.
Since its establishment in 1993, the HOPE Scholarship program has provided Georgia’s highest achieving students the means to receive a postsecondary credential, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Through HOPE, the state recognizes and rewards students based on individual merit, and merit alone. Shortly after taking office, I was given the choice between reform and the bankruptcy of the HOPE program. It was clear to me then, as it is still clear to me now, the direction our revered HOPE program should take. Not only did these reforms we put in place in 2011 place our Lottery, HOPE, and Pre-K programs back on a solid financial footing, but we also were able to reaffirm our commitment to our college completion, access and achievement goals. Research has demonstrated time and again that high school students with rigorous course loads are more likely to succeed in college. The academic rigor requirements put in place, which required our Georgia high school students to take advanced math, science, Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/Dual Enrollment courses and foreign language courses, will be phased in with full implementation of four credits in each category in 2017.
What concerns me about Senate Bill 329, which would allow students who achieve their high school diploma by obtaining a technical college diploma or two technical college certificates to become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship, is that these students will likely not meet the rigor requirements put into place by our reform efforts. By not requiring such students to satisfy the same coursework rigor requirements as students on other pathways to high school graduation, we could unintentionally increase the likelihood that a group of students are unprepared for degree-level coursework, and are therefore more likely to lose the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship in the future.
Under current law, students eligible for the HOPE or Zell Miller Grant, including those targeted by Senate Bill 329 who achieve a high school diploma by obtaining a technical college diploma or two technical college certificates, may become eligible for the HOPE Scholarship by completing 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours with a 3.0 GPA at their postsecondary institution. This means that we are not blocking any student from achieving their highest academic potential in current law, rather, we are ensuring that each student finds success in whichever pathway they choose to follow. For these reasons, I VETO SB 329.
Veto Number 15
Senate Bill 355 allows federal, state and locally-mandated assessments to be optional for certain students. At present, local school districts have the flexibility to determine opt-out procedures for its students who cannot take the assessments in addition to those who choose not to take such assessments. As there is no need for state-level intervention in addition to the regulations already set in place on a local level, I VETO SB 355.
Stayed tuned to Hill Talk next week for my interview with Interim Superintendent, Ken Zeff.
Faculty Graduation Robe Distribution Info
All faculty members are invited to take part in the faculty processional at the beginning of the graduation ceremony every year. *Note: Senior advisement teachers are required to be at graduation, wear a robe, and assist with their advisement class throughout the entire ceremony as well as at graduation rehearsal the day before. All other teachers are encouraged to attend and will sit behind the graduates after the processional, during the ceremony.
When: Robe pick-up is Monday, May 9th – Friday, May 20th
Where: Room 4324 (Teacher workroom – bring your key for entry) *NO student pickup!
Check your email in the next few weeks regarding robe pick-up procedures. If you’re new to AHS or have never been to graduation and want to go this year, please email me your height & I will assign you to a robe. If you are not planning on going to graduation this year and you got a robe last year, please also let me know so I can assign your robe to someone else!
DO NOT IRON YOUR ROBE!!
*Please do not pick up your gown until the week of Monday, May 9th! J
Additional Professional Development days for AHS
The Alpharetta High School Governance Council received permission to have 4 full release days added for the 16/17 school years. These days are considered "critical days" and need leave approval directly from Dr. Kersey. The selected days are listed below:
September 2, 2016
November 7, 2016
January 17, 2017
March 31, 2017
Raider "Balance Days" for 2016-17 - mark your calendars!
We want to create a community filled with more balanced lives. The School Governance Council proposed a solution, and the Instructional Leadership Team agreed; thus, we have declared two nights a semester during the 2016-17 school year as "Balance Days."
The nights above are Wednesday nights the week of the 17th (to celebrate the class of 2017), and on these nights there will not be any homework assigned, no assessments will occur the next day, and no AHS meetings will be scheduled.
The idea is that Raiders will go home right after school and work to create balance in their lives. Staff members and students alike will take a night off. Club sponsors and coaches and directors may hold meetings and practices and games as needed. We feel students release stress through these extracurricular activities.
Please plan to enjoy yourself and work your assessments around these dates next year.
Alpharetta Food Truck Alley - Grab some co-workers and enjoy!
Every Thursday from April 14 through October 27, 2016
5 – 9 p.m.
Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA
Enjoy a variety of 6-8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early!
Taste of Alpharetta - May 12th - Downtown Alpharetta
See attachment for road closure information!
Taste of Alpharetta has become an annual tradition for festival goers, families and food connoisseurs. Mark your calendars to dine in Downtown Alpharetta at over 60 restaurants in one fun night. Sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs in town. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free, you may purchase food tickets on site at our ticket booths for $.50 each. Restaurants participating in the Taste of Alpharetta will not accept cash (tickets only). Restaurants charge $1-3 per food sample.
The Music Stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. A separate Culinary Competition Stage will pair top area chefs against one another in five categories – Best Appetizer/Salad, Best Fast Casual, Best Fine Dining, Best Presentation and Best Dessert. Award winners are presented on the Main Stage at approximately 8:30 p.m. Vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Culinary Competition Stage prior to 7:00 p.m.