I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and ready to tackle 2021! Per Dr. Looney's notification (see later in newsletter), all teachers and any student that have elected to be in the building face-2-face will report beginning Tuesday, January 19th. We will continue the requirement of wearing masks and our staff is continuing the cleaning/disinfecting of classrooms during class changes. If you are wanting to make a change between face-2-face and remote, the district has requested that you submit a "Learning Environment Hardship" form found here. This is the only way for a change to be made to a student's placement.
I want to share an administrative change that has taken place most recently. Ms. Rebbie Lichliter, Assistant Principal supporting students with last initials M-R, is moving on to Clarke County Schools and will take a role in their district office. Ms. Lichliter has consistently supported the Hooch Way of Giving Respect, Showing Pride, and Having Integrity. This was evident in her daily work, how she interacted with students, and the care she gave our staff!! We wish her all the best in her new role.
And so, I introduce Dr. Ingrid Parham. She is a veteran administrator and comes to us from Medlock Bridge ES where she served as an Assistant Principal. We are excited for Dr. Parham to come aboard and her vast experiences with instruction, special education, and the learning process will serve our team and school well. Dr. Parham will begin her Assistant Principal role on January 19th and I cannot wait for her to feel that love that is Hooch Family!
Dr. Mike Todd
Note from Dr. Looney; Superintendent
As with most things in life, the actions we take are received with mixed emotions and acceptance; however, our decisions are earnestly based on what is in the best interest of students first, followed by employees and the broader community. None of my decisions occur in a vacuum and are based on input and reflection from a variety of sources, including you.
As it stands today, we will resume face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 19 as planned. I recognize many of you have concerns and trepidation about this decision. Let me share some rationale for this decision:
The CDC’s most recent research report https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7003e1.htm?s_cid=mm7003e1_w makes several important points. First, it emphasizes the critical importance of schools providing in person learning. It also indicates that schools are not primary vectors for spreading COVID-19, but rather reflect positivity rates of the communities they serve. It is obvious to me this is a direct result of teachers and administrators doing a fantastic job of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the safety protocols put in place thereby even reducing risk:
Lower incidence among younger children and evidence from available studies (2–8) suggest that the risk for COVID-19 introduction and transmission among children associated with reopening childcare centers and elementary schools might be lower than that for reopening high schools and institutions of higher education. However, for schools to operate safely to accommodate in-person learning, communities should fully implement and strictly adhere to multiple mitigation strategies, especially universal and proper masking, to reduce COVID-19 incidence within the community as well as within schools to protect students, teachers, and staff members. CDC recommends that K–12 schools be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures have been employed and the first to reopen when they can do so safely.
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Our 9th, 10th and 11th Grade students who OPTED IN during the PSAT election in December are scheduled to take the PSAT exam on Tuesday, Jan 26th. 2nd period teachers will be confirming OPT INS and OPT OUTS with students by Tuesday, Jan 19th. If no election was made in December, then the student is counted as having OPTED OUT. Only students that have OPTED IN for the PSAT are authorized to be on campus to take the PSAT on Jan 26th. All other students will have an asynchronous learning day from home.
If a student that OPTED IN now desires not to attend the exam, there is nothing they must do other than to stay home on Jan 26th and participate in asynchronous learning.
Students will be notified of their room assignments by Friday, Jan 22nd. We are taking great measures to keep our classrooms to 15 students or less. Students that have College Board approved accommodations will be notified of their room assignments by their 2nd period teacher, case manager/IRR Dept, or 504 coordinator by Friday, Jan 22nd.
We want to remind students and parents in 9th or 10th grade that there will be an opportunity to take the PSAT in the fall of this year as well as other practice opportunities through a variety of sources that can provide the student and parent a gauge of college readiness. https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice/full-length-practice-tests Additionally, we want to remind 11th graders that they can pursue the National Merit Alternate entry with an SAT score between Aug 2020 and June 2021 https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/images/gid2/editor_documents/alternateentry2022.pdf?gid=2&pgid=61 .
Signs of Suicide prevention program:
Fulton County Schools takes seriously the personal/social and physical safety of our students. In order to proactively address concerns of depression and child/adolescent suicide, the district is providing a student suicide prevention lesson as part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program. Chattahoochee’s Counseling Department will be conducting the SOS lesson for our 2 groups of students – (1) those attending Face-to-Face, and (2) and those participating in Remote Learning – in 2 different formats to best support the needs of those students.
The Face-to-Face students will participate in the lesson on Wednesday, January 27th, in their 2nd period class and through Chatt Time. If you DO NOT wish for your student to participate in the SOS suicide prevention lesson, please complete this Opt-Out form by Monday, January 25th. Students who are opted-out of the lesson will be contacted by a member of our department and given an alternate location to report to during that time.
If you do not complete the Opt-Out form by Monday, January 25th, we will assume your student that is attending school Face-to-Face has permission to participate in this program. If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please contact your student’s School Counselor directly.
The Counseling Department will also be hosting this program virtually on Microsoft Teams Live on Thursday, January 28th, at 6:00 p.m. for students who are in Remote Learning. The link to join is http://bit.ly/SOSvirtual, and we strongly encourage parents/guardians and students to watch this presentation together. For this virtual program, we will ask students to complete a Google Form (link will be provided during the presentation) if they find they need to talk to someone about themselves or a friend/loved one, and a School Counselor will speak with them the following day.
Dual Enrollment Information Presentation:
Georgia's Dual Enrollment program allows high school students (10th - 12th grades) to take college classes in order to receive high school and college credit simultaneously. We are hosting a Dual Enrollment Information night on Tuesday, February 2 at 5:30pm. This will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams, and we strongly encourage parents/guardians and students to watch this presentation together. We will explain the application process that is required for students to participate, discuss the details of the program, and hopefully help you determine if it is a good fit for your student. Changes to the program that went into effect this school year will also be reviewed in the presentation.
Current Dual Enrollment students who want to continue in the program next school year should also plan to attend, as there are some steps that are required to be completed every school year of participation.
The Fulton County deadline to apply for Dual Enrollment is March 31, 2021, so do not delay if you are interested in this opportunity. The link for the meeting will be sent out as we get closer to the date of the event, and it will also be posted on the Counseling website. Anyone who is unable to watch this Dual Enrollment Information presentation can review the information on the Dual Enrollment website starting the following day: http://chsmowr.weebly.com.
Attendance for Winter Athletic Events
- Until further notice, we are only allowed 2 tickets per athlete for indoor events.
- Tickets will only be sold at the door.
- All tickets will only be sold at the gate through GoFan. No presales. No cash allowed.
- Our gate workers will keep track of number of tickets sold per athlete from the rosters given.
Attendance for Spring Outdoor Athletic Events
- All fans must complete a screening process before entering an event, wear masks at all times, and follow social distancing guidelines.
- Tickets will be available through GoFan. No cash allowed.
- Attendance restrictions:
- Baseball – 200 max. We are going to ask people to bring lawn chairs to help spread out through our facility.
- Soccer – Stadium capacity = 1047
- Lacrosse – Stadium capacity = 1047
- Track – To be determined later
- Tennis – 100 max
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
Terri 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
Ingrid Parham - Social Studies and IRR
Tim Reeder; Social Studies; Reedert@fultonschools.org
Jeanne Dongieux; IRR; Dongieux@fultonschools.org