HNGA Newsletter

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Spring Updates

Parents and Guardians, we hope that each of you and our students had a safe, restful Spring Break and are ready for the final push of the school year. As of April 13, there are only 28 days of school left! We cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by and how much we have seen our students grow and mature over the last several months!


As a reminder, freshmen are required to earn at least 5 credits to go to Habersham Central next school year. At this point, all students should be on track to earn all 8 of their credits this school year, including a credit in each core content area (math, history, science, and English).


If your student is struggling in a class, please reach out to the teacher. Our teachers will happily provide morning or afternoon tutoring, by appointment, if a student needs additional help.


PowerSchool for parents and guardians is a great way for you to keep daily track of your student's grades, attendance, and missing assignments. If you need access to your student's PowerSchool, please email Mrs. Janet Patton for that information at JPatton@habershamschools.com.


As always, please reach out to us with any questions or feedback; we truly do value your feedback.

The Academy Awards

Please mark your calendar for May 14 at 9:00 am. This is the date of our Academy Awards – the biggest event of the year. We will be celebrating our students’ accomplishments and the completion of their freshman year of high school.


We will be mailing invitations to parents/guardians of students being recognized. Due to COVID, students being recognized will be limited to two guests per student. We will also be providing a live, virtual option for friends and family who are unable to attend in person.


Please stay tuned for more information regarding this special event!

Summer Learning Program

We have an exciting opportunity for our students this summer. For the first time ever, we will be offering an opportunity for students who failed a core academic class to recover that credit during the month of June. This means that if a student did not earn a 70 or higher in math, history, English, or Physical Science, he/she will be provided a second chance to earn a passing grade in a self-paced, abbreviated course.


Students who did not earn an academic credit as a ninth-grader can either participate in Summer Learning or will be required to restart the course from the beginning next year.


This opportunity can also help students who earned less than 5 credits recover the remaining credit(s) and be eligible for promotion to Habersham Central in the fall.


Summer Learning will be offered Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, June 1-24. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students. Free transportation will also be available. Included in our Summer Learning program will be games and incentives for students.


In order to register your student in Summer Learning, please complete the information below by May 7. For additional questions, please email our assistant principal, David Leenman at dleeenman@habershamschools.com or call 706-778-0830.

Summer Learning Registration

Please complete the attached Registration form for Summer Learning

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Habersham County's Anti-racism and Non-discrimination Statement

The mission of the Habersham County School System is “Success for ALL students”. In keeping with our mission, the Habersham County School System does not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind by students or staff. All students deserve respect and have a right to a safe learning environment regardless of their race, religion, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation. Comments or actions which are discriminatory, racist, or otherwise degrading towards others are strictly prohibited in all Habersham County Schools and at all school sponsored events.


Any person who believes they have experienced racism or discrimination should report such actions or behaviors to a teacher, counselor or administrator. Every situation reported will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year

We are pleased to announce our winners for the Teacher of the Year and Support Person of the Year as voted by their peers.


The criteria for the Teacher of the Year is to be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher, who inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues, plays an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school, is poised and articulate and possesses the energy to withstand a taxing schedule, who goes above and beyond the call of duty, and who has a positive attitude and is a positive role model for students and peers.


The criteria for the Support Person of the Year is to be dedicated and loyal to our school and students, go above the call of duty, have a positive attitude, and be a positive role model for our school and students.


Please help us congratulate Mrs. KC Wood (pictured left) as HNGA's Support Person of the Year and Mrs. Candace Carver (pictured right) as HNGA's Teacher of the Year.


Mrs. Wood has been a paraprofessional at HNGA since 2019. She supports students and teachers in the history department. Mrs. Carver is HNGA's Special Education department chair and has been at HNGA since 2016.

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A.P. Exam, End of Course Test & Final Exams

Students who are enrolled in A.P. Human Geography will take the A.P. exam on May 4. Students must earn a 3 or higher in order to receive college credit for this course. If you have questions regarding the A.P. exam or study resources, please contact Mrs. Pam Broome @ PBroome@habershamschools.com


Students currently enrolled in Algebra 1 will take the Georgia Milestones End of Course test (EOC) on May 6.


The Georgia Department of Education does not allow the Georgia Milestones assessments to be administered off-campus. All virtual students will have the opportunity to come on campus to participate in spring testing. Should you elect for your student to not take the exam, they will not be penalized for a lack of participation.


All other semester-long courses will have a final exam. The EOC and the final exam will count 0.01% of student's final grade in each course. Virtual students will not be required to come to campus for final exams.


The dates for the final exams are as follows:


  • May 13 - English & Electives
  • May 17 - History
  • May 18 - Physical Science
  • May 19 - Foundations of Algebra & Geometry


Students should ask their teacher if they have any questions or concerns!

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Dress Code

Parents and Guardians, we need your help enforcing our school dress code. As the weather is warming up, students must continue to meet the dress code each day.

A few issues that we have observed have been shorts, skirts, and dresses not meeting the length requirement. According to the dress code all shorts (male and female), skirts, and dresses can be no shorter than three inches above the knee. In addition, there should be no holes in pants higher than three inches above the knee. Please take time to read the dress code that is linked below in its entirety.


Students not adhering to the dress code will be asked to change clothes if they have another option with them, or a parent will be contacted to bring a change of clothes to the school. Thank you in advance for your support as we endeavor to create a wholesome environment focused on student learning.

Battle of the Houses

Typically by now, our students would have participated in multiple Battle of the Houses, a series of fun competitions for which the Houses to compete. However, due to COVID we had to hold off for warmer weather, so that we could plan to be outside. We are pleased to announce our students will get to enjoy their first ever HNGA Battle of the Houses. All students will get to volunteer to participate in a variety of activities. Our House Battles are some of our former students’ greatest memories of high school. This event will be held during the school day on April 23.

Rising 10th Grader Parent Night at HCHS

Habersham Central will be hosting a Parent Night for Rising Sophomores on April 20 in the HCHS Performing Arts Center from 6:30-8:00 PM. If you have questions regarding your student’s 10th grade year, please email the following HCHS staff members:


Mrs. Brent Tuck, Asst. Principal of Curriculum and Instruction – btuck@habershamschools.com

Mr. Dan Keef, 10th Grade Counselor - dkeef@habershamschools.com

Mrs. Dora Lucas, Dual Enrollment Coordinator - dlucas@habershamschools.com

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