AMHS Weekly Update

March 21, 2022 - March 25, 2022

Career and Technical Student Organizations at AMHS

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) are a vital part of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE). CTSOs play an integral role in preparing students to become college and career-ready members of society who hold productive leadership roles in their communities. CTSOs are committed to the growth of students in all CTAE career pathways.


These organizations provide motivation, leadership training, and career development opportunities for students enrolled in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education programs in middle and high schools and enhance their occupational, employability, and leadership skills through various activities such as conferences, award programs, service projects, and competitive events. These organizations conduct activities and events at the local, state, and national levels in which students can participate and compete.


This month AMHS CTSOs are competing with other CTSOs from around the state at their respective Leadership Conferences. We would like to congratulate both our students and their sponsors for their hard work in preparation for their competition:


Below is the results of some of the competitions that our students have participated in thus far:


Future Business Leaders of America: (Sponsors: Mr. Eric Hurst and Ms. Lawanda Stephens-Sanford)

Zayla Bryant placed 7th in the State at the FBLA State Leadership Conference for her performance in Impromptu Speaking.


Health Occupations Student Association: (Sponsor- Mr. Nicholous Gray)

Jayden Phillips, Alasia Cooper, Jalyn Leflore, and Israel Burnell placed in the TOP 5 in State Qualification Testing in our region at the HOSA State Leadership Conference.


State qualifiers will have the opportunity to represent AMHS at the National Conferences this summer. Please continue to cheer on our CTSOs as they compete during the month of March. If you are interested in finding out how your student can participate in our CTSOs for the 22-23 school year, please reach out to their CTAE Pathway teacher for more information.

AMHS PTSA Movie Night

The AMHS PTSA will host a movie night on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at AMHS. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The evening will start with Meet and Greet, Concessions, and Entertainment provided by D.J. Dancing is STRONGLY Encouraged! Please be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy our 7 p.m. movie, Shang-Chi, and The Legend of the Ten Rings. This is the first post-shutdown event sponsored by the AMHS PTSA. Please Show Your Ram Pride and Support the PTSA Initiatives as these initiatives benefit our students, teachers, and staff. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets will be on sale during lunch March 14- 25, 2022, and via Memberhub. GO RAMS!!!

AMHS Uniform Policy- Parents we need your help!

In recent weeks, we have observed that some of our scholars are having difficulty following the AMHS Uniform Policy. Arabia Mountain High School is and has always been a uniform school. Therefore, all students (9th -12th grade) are expected to be in school uniform daily. We know that many of you have reviewed the dress code policy with your students. However, some of the scholars are choosing to not adhere to uniform expectations. Therefore, beginning this week through the remainder of the semester, we will strictly enforce the dress code policy as we are a uniform school. Students who are out of the dress code will receive discipline consequences and will be required to contact their parents to bring them the appropriate AMHS uniform. Mondays have been designated as “Blazer Mondays.” Students should wear their navy blazers each Monday as a part of their uniforms. Please note the uniform closet will not be available during this pandemic period. Parents, please review the uniform policy with your student and help them to adhere to the AMHS uniform policy.


Thank you for your continued support.

Parent/Guardian Volunteer Opportunties

Greetings AMHS Parents/Guardians:


Each year Arabia Mountain High School parents/guardians must complete 10 hours of volunteer service hours to maintain enrollment at AMHS. Parents can volunteer in the following ways to earn their volunteer hours:


1. Attend parent meetings (Attendance logs are maintained)

2. Join the Arabia Mountain High School Chapter of PTSA

3. Serve on one of the PTSA Committees

4. Serve as a chaperone on field trips (Sponsors will submit hours)

5. Donate pre-packaged snacks for after-school tutorial sessions. (Receipts are required upon donating items)

6. Volunteer with your student's sports teams. (Coaches will submit hours)

7. Donate air-purifying plants to the school (This opportunity will come this Spring)

8. Monetary donations of $10.50 per volunteer hour is accepted (i.e., 5 hours = $52.50). Donations can be accepted in the form of cash, money order, or cashier's check. (Donations are used to support school programs)

9. Serve as a guest speaker for your student’s classes.


Please plan to complete your required 10 hours of volunteer service by May 20, 2022. We look forward to working with you.


Thank you for your continuous support.

Free On-site COVID-19 Testing Available

Each Thursday between 10:00 is -11:30 am, staff and students will have the opportunity to participate in free, on-site COVID-19 testing. As a reminder, testing is not mandatory at this time, but the district is offering this opportunity to help keep our school community safe. Testing at AMHS will take place in room A205. A consent form must be on file to participate in testing. Please click the following link to access the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form. We are committed to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe during these unprecedented times.

DCSD Student Device Access Survey

Greetings AMHS Parents,


The Federal Communication Commission Emergency Connectivity Fund has allocated funding to help schools cover the cost for devices and internet connectivity for students who lack sufficient access for remote learning.


Please complete the following survey to help the DeKalb County School District further determine needs for the 2021-22 and 2022 – 23 school years. The district will use this information to purchase devices and connectivity that will continue to support our students.

If you have more than one child who attends school in the DeKalb County School District, please complete a separate survey for each child.


Please click the following link to access the DCSD Student Device Access Survey.

Testing

GA Milestones End of Course Assessment: April 19th -29th

The GA Milestones End of Course Assessment will take place April 19th- April 29th. We have 16 school days until 2022 Spring EOC Testing. Students enrolled in the following courses are required to take the exam during the established dates (see the AMHS 2022 Spring EOC Testing schedule below):


American Literature

Biology

Coordinate Algebra

US HIstory


As a reminder, this year the student's EOC score will be calculated as 20% of their overall grade in the course. As we prepare our students to take the EOC assessments in April, we would like to encourage your students to attend our weekly EOC tutorial sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The tutorial sessions are designed to review and reinforce course standards that students may need additional assistance with as well as tackle the common testing-taking mistakes that students make on high stakes tests.


The schedule for the AMHS EOC Tutorials is listed below:


Tuesdays: American Literature and Coordinate Algebra

Thursdays: Biology and US History


Please review the testing information on the school’s website in preparation for the upcoming assessments. (Click the following link for EOC Testing Information). The last day for EOC tutorials will be Thursday, March 31st.

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Instructional Support

CORE Content and EOC Tutorials for Spring Semester

Core Content (Non-EOC Courses) Tutorial Sessions

Tuesdays: ELA and Math

Thursday: Science and Social Studies

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


GA Milestones EOC Tutorials

Tuesdays: Coordinate Algebra and American Literature

Thursdays: Biology and US History

3:30 pm - 4:35 pm


To ensure student safety, please be sure to pick up students attending tutorials no later than 4:45 pm.

Summer 2022 Learning and Job Opprtunities

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The Harvard Diversity Project- Now Accepting Applications

The goal of the Harvard Diversity Project is to promote educational equity by creating opportunities for underserved youth to gain exposure and access to academic training that will distinguish them as top candidates in the college admissions process. To learn more please visit the Harvard Diversity Project website.

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Summer High School Internship at Atlanta Botanical Gardens

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is gearing up to host its fourth cohort of high school interns for summer 2022. Applications and adult recommendations are online and due March 27, 2022.


The Garden’s Summer High School Internship is a seven-week program on Wednesdays-Fridays from 9 am-4 pm from June 1- July 15. We are looking for students who will be 16 years or older by June 1, 2022, who currently attend a metro-Atlanta Title I school. The interns will be paid an hourly wage of $10/hr and also receive lunch, program supplies, shirts, and transportation assistance. Participants get to work alongside our Garden staff from various departments including outdoor horticulture, indoor horticulture, amphibian care team, and conservation team in the mornings; learning about our collections and actively caring for them in the process. Afternoons are devoted to college and career skills sessions that include financial planning, resume building, cooking classes, and public speaking to name a few. In addition, students learn about plant career opportunities outside of the Garden and how to connect with plant-based community service projects throughout the city. At the end of the internship, our interns will produce a personal project to share their acquired knowledge with their cohort, Garden staff, and possibly guests as well.


Please see the flyer below for more information!

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Juior/Senior Prom

Prom Ticket Sales Continue this Week

It's that time of year...PROM Season. This is the special moment our juniors and seniors have been waiting for. Here are the details:


Date: Friday, April 1, 2022

Where: The Ballroom at the Carlos Center

2500 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Time: 7pm-11 pm

Theme: The Enchanted Forest

Ticket cost: $100


$120 is the cost of tickets purchased the week of prom (3/28/22 -3/31/22)

$150 at the door (4/1/2022)


Tickets will be sold in Room C211 (Ms. Sanford’s room) during 5th period.


Thank you for your continued support,

AMHS Prom Committee

Senior Corner

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GRADUATION DATE ANNOUNCED

Greetings AMHS Class of 2022 Parents and Students,


The district has released the 2021-2022 graduation schedule. The AMHS Class of 2022 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 11:30 am at Hallford Stadium. We are excited for our students as we plan to celebrate them on this momentous occasion. Below is the 2021-2022 DCSD Graduation Schedule.

Class of 2022 News


Seniors, click here to complete your Class of 2022 Information Sheet!


Senior Remind Join Codes

Cap and Gown Orders from Jostens

CLICK HERE to order your cap, gown, stole, and tassel package from Jostens.
Cost: $75 (plus tax); deposit: $50
Please order by October 31, 2021. All balances must be paid by April 1, 2022.


CLICK HERE for a printable with helpful QR codes.


Please CLICK HERE for the AMHS Class of 2022 Updates. (Updates from the November 10th meeting)
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March is GA College Application Fee Waiver Month!

We are pleased to partner with the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, and Georgia Military College to provide a second round of application fee waivers. Because the November 2021 Georgia Apply to College Month was such a success, we are once again facilitating Georgia high school seniors’ application fee waivers!

Scholarships Opportuntities

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The Whiteside Foundation is dedicated to the future of children and making sure that they have the resources that are needed to be successful. This scholarship is offered to graduating high schools seniors who live in a single-parent household. The recipients will be awarded $1000 towards school expenses.


Requirements

  • Graduating High School Senior

  • GPA: 2.75 or higher

  • Formally accepted by college or university that is deemed as a Historically Black College and University

  • Part of a single-parent household

  • Majors choice: STEM majors, Education, Criminal Justice or International Studies

  • Complete and submit the application below and email your official acceptance letter to thewhitesidefoundation@gmail.com by the deadline below to be considered.


Deadline: April 30, 2022, by 11:59 PM


For more information visit The Whiteside Foundation's Website

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Grace Woodruff Memorial Scholarship


PLEASE REGISTER BY MARCH 18th, 5pm Eastern Time!

When: Mar 19, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsf-ihrj0qHtyFfeDzy-dQS20P7dBvovy1


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Counseling Corner

COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS

Parents and Scholars,


Below are the remaining dates for the ACT and SAT for the 2021-2022 school year. Students must register for the exam by visiting the ACT or College Board website.


ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html

College Board: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register


Parents of students who are seeking accommodations for either exam should reach out to our testing coordinator, Mr. Paris Burd at Paris_Burd@dekalbschoolsga.org.

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Additional School Informaiton

School Uniforms

Thank you for assisting us in maintaining the AMHS School Uniform Policy. The vast majority of our students are following the uniform policy. Please continue to remind your student to be in the appropriate school uniform daily. As a reminder, all students are expected to wear their navy Blazer each Monday for "Blazer Mondays." This is a required part of the AMHS uniform. Please review the uniform policy below with your student. Thank you in advance for assisting us with our uniform policy. Click the following link to the list of the AMHS Uniform Vendors.

Need a Chromebook

New student Chromebooks were delivered and issued last week. If your student needs a Chromebook. Please complete the DCSD Chromebook User Agreement and return it to Mr. Burd (Paris_Burd@dekalbschoolsga.org). Once the user agreement is received, the student will be assigned a Chromebook. The user agreement form is linked below.