September 22 Newsletter
Congratulations to Ellie Smith for being recognized by Rotary as HNGA's Raider Pride winner!
Please see the traffic map below for important pick-up procedures.
Parent Pickup Instructions for Homecoming
Parent pick-up/drop-off will enter campus via Camp Creek Rd, across from the softball field, go up the hill, take a left, and travel alongside and then in front of the gym where they will drop-off/pick-up. Cars will then continue in front of the school and exit out the far gate (bus gate). Please be there no later than 10:45.
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Mandatory Study Hall
We currently have many students who are failing one or more academic courses. Research shows that 30% of students who fail one class in 9th grade do not graduate on time. We do not want that for any of our students. In addition, students who do not earn at least five credits their 9th grade year will be retained and not move on to Habersham Central.
In an effort to keep all of our students on track we will be instituting Mandatory Academic Study Hall for any student who is failing one or more academic classes.
If you have questions about your students' grades, please refer to PowerSchool. If you do not have PowerSchool access, please call us at 706-778-0830 or email Ms. Penny at PRineheart@habershamschools.com.
Listed below are specific details regarding Mandatory Academic Study Hall. If you have questions, please reach out to us as soon as possible. We value your support as we work hard to ensure your students complete their freshman year successfully and graduate on time.
HNGA Mandatory Academic Study Hall
Beginning Wednesday, October 18, we will begin providing a mandatory opportunity for students to bring up any grades that are below passing (less than 70%) in their academic classes. During all lunches, we will host Mandatory Lunch Study Hall where students will eat their lunch while working on classwork to improve their grades in English, math, science and/or social studies. It is our hope that this mandatory opportunity will help students get caught up and ultimately pass all of their classes. Students will also have an opportunity to serve their mandatory study hall from 7:30 – 7:55 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students who attend a morning study hall will not have to serve Mandatory Study Hall at lunch on those days.
Mandatory Study Hall Facts
- Students who are failing one or more academic class (English, science, math, or history) will be required to attend one session of Mandatory Study Hall every day to improve their grade(s).
- Mandatory Study Hall will be held at the following times: 1) Monday – Friday during each lunch shift (students should go to the front of the line, get their lunch, and report immediately to the study hall location). 2) Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:30 – 7:55 am (students must arrive by 7:30 am in order to be counted present for Mandatory Study Hall in the morning)
- Students will be required to attend Mandatory Study Hall until they are passing all academic classes.
- Students who skip their Mandatory Study Hall will receive school consequences.
- All assignments for Mandatory Study Hall will be posted in Google Classroom.
- Students who are assigned Mandatory Study Hall will be assigned and released from it by a teacher or school administrator once the student is passing all academic courses.
Christopher, Maria, Juan, and Efrain decorated a bulletin board in Dr. Stephens' class!
Jimena V made Hispanic Heritage Month posters for the hallway!
Student Health and Safety Concerns
Because of the health and safety risks to teenagers, all Habersham Co. middle and high schools follow a three-strike policy for students who use and/or possess nicotine vaping products.
Should a student violate this policy three times in an academic year, the student will be referred to a disciplinary tribunal.
Students who use and/or possess a vape that contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, may be referred immediately to a disciplinary tribunal.
For more resources and parent information, please visit the following links:
Student Health Survey
All student survey data is anonymous and self-reported. The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives you the right to opt your child out of participating in the survey. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the Georgia Student Health Survey, please complete the below form and return it to school, or email Mr. Leenman at DLeenman@habershamschools.com.
For more information, including the questions that will be included in the survey, please visit the CLICK HERE.
Update Student Contacts and Check Out List in PowerSchool
Afterschool Math Tutoring
HNGA is pleased to announce that we will begin our after-school Math tutoring program on Monday, October 2. The math tutoring program will operate each Monday from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm for the remainder of the school year.
We hope that your child will take advantage of this opportunity. During tutoring hours, students can receive additional help on difficult concepts or homework assignments. There is no cost for this service and transportation will be provided.
We are excited to be able to offer this program to our students and want to assist in making this school year the best ever! Good behavior is vital to the success of our program. Students will be required to follow the same behavioral policy and guidelines of the regular school day. Misbehavior will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the program.
Students can sign up for afterschool tutoring and transportation with their math teacher.