We Are F.A.M.I.L.Y.!

August 2, 2020

Welcome Back!

It's hard to believe we are finally ramping up for the start of the new year, and even harder to believe it's been almost five months since we've seen your wonderful kids inside these walls! We hope you were able to take the opportunity the last few months to spend some quality time together and perhaps dust off some of those family activities you haven't done in awhile.


We are beyond excited to welcome students and families back to New Manchester High School. We know there are many questions and concerns, and this newsletter certainly may not address them all, so please feel free to reach out anytime.


We look forward to seeing you again!

Our Theme

Our theme this year is:

Celebrating 10 years of FAMILY: FAME, Academics, Mission-Driven, Innovative, Legendary, and Yielding Success. We are Jaguar STRONG!


Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of new adventures this year. A new grade level, new teachers, wearing a mask, social distancing, face-to-face AND digital instruction, 1:1 devices, brain breaks, movement breaks, and many others. Many of these will be challenging and we hope to help students face them with a positive problem-solving attitude!


We aren't naive to the challenges this presents to many families, and we are empathetic, and the outcome of this year will depend so much on the way we as a school and community frame it. You can count on us to provide plenty of smiles, encouragement, and positive feedback. The more you can share in positive school-related moments at home (even though you may want to pull your hair out), the more successful this year will be. Let's do this together as a FAMILY.

Virtual Orientation


Virtual "Orientation" presentations will be available via Google meet and live stream. We will start with greetings from the administrative team and other important information. Students will be able to visit each one of their scheduled classes via Google Classroom with each teacher introducing themselves, providing a quick tour of their classroom, and going over expectations, policies, and other relevant information.


If you can not make it to our Virtual Orientation, no worries. The video will be posted on our website.

Upcoming Dates

Week of August 3

Class Schedules Available


  • Class schedules will be available in Parent Portal. Schedule change forms will be available on the website. Please read the criteria to request a change.


Friday, August 7, 9-12 pm, 1:00 -4:00 pm, 4:00-7:00 pm

Saturday, August 8, 9-12 pm

Chromebook Distribution


  • Distribute devices to students who need and want them. Maintenance fee of $25. Forms will be available on website.


Monday, August 10, 2:00 pm

Virtual Orientation

  • Virtual "Orientation" presentations will be available via live stream. We will start with greetings from the administrative team and other important information. Students will be able to visit each one of their scheduled classes via Google Classroom with each teacher introducing themselves, providing a quick tour of their classroom, and going over expectations, policies, and other relevant information.


Monday, August 17

First Day of School


  • School will start promptly at 8:25. Students will need to be logged in to their 1st period class by 8:20.

FAME

Didn't get a chance to audition for the FAME Program? Good news there is still time! Please join the "FAME Local Auditions" classroom for more information using the Google Classroom code: IPQZG7T

21st CCLC (Jag S.T.A.R.S.)

School Supply List

Headphones/earbuds

Hand sanitizer

Mask

Paper

Pens/Pencils

(Teachers may have additional items once face-to-face is resumed)

Cafe News and Information

Work Based Learning (WBL)

Work-Based Learning is still an option for 11th and 12th graders that are interested. Students will need to apply by going to the following link or QR code to complete the application: https://forms.gle/f1RZUjFHGX6ci86i9

Any questions about Work-Based Learning can be sent to Whitney Lester (whitney.lester@dcssga.org).

Schedules in Parent Portal

SAT/ACT Fee Waiver Information for 2020-2021

Parents of and Seniors,


I have received several phone calls/emails regarding the plan for students to receive SAT/ACT fee waivers to pay for the cost of testing. As you may be aware, in the past, eligibility has been determined by whether a student participates in the free or reduced lunch program the current school year. For a period of time, if a student received free or reduced lunches last school year, their status will remain approved for the current time. While students will begin this school year digitally, it is still very important that parents go ahead and apply for the free/reduced lunch program, located on the Douglas County Board of Education Website, if the plan is for the student to participate in the program when they return to school physically. I currently have only ACT Fee Waivers (they will expire August 31, 2020), but will be receiving SAT Fee Waivers by the end of August. Please call or email me, if you would like to come to the school to pick-up an ACT Fee Waiver.


Thank you,


PAMELA MORRIS

College & Career Center Specialist

New Manchester High School

(770) 651-2708

Pam.morris@dcssga.org

Athletics

Basketball

Boys' Basketball will have fundamental basketball workouts and conditioning on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Main gym starting on Tuesday, August 4th. This is open to all incoming 9th-12th grade. Temperatures will be checked on arrival. Be prepared to work hard. Please bring your own water. This is not a tryout. This is an opportunity to improve and work hard on basketball skills. #GoJags

Softball

Attention ladies. If you are interested in plying softball please contact Coach Walker at Chuck.walker@dcssga.org for more information.