CCHS Newsletter for the Week of February 4, 2019

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February is Black History Month. We encourage all CCHS scholars to make a conscious effort to learn something new about African American Heritage. Read about a historical figure, study the contributions, traditions, and inventions of African Americans or support the arts by watching a play or film about Black History. We can all learn and grow from the knowledge of those that came before us. Celebrate and embrace the powerful legacy of African American History.
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ASVAB Testing Wednesday, Feb 6th

The ASVAB will be offered at Clarke Central on Wednesday, February 6th at 9 am in the JROTC Building. In addition to being required for the military, the ASVAB provides one of the best career interest inventories available. Students in grades 10-12 may register. Sign up at by Monday, February 4th.

Work-Based Learning Info Session

Informational sessions for rising juniors and seniors interested in Work-Based Learning for 2019-20 will be held in room 242 on Thursday, February 7th at 8:00 AM and Tuesday, February 12th at 3:30 PM. Students can find more information, including a link to the application, at Contact Mr. Barner ( for more information.

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2019-20 Registration Info Now Available

Believe it or not, this school year is rapidly coming to a close. It's time to begin to think about and prepare for next year. A student and parent website has been created which contains all the information you need to know for registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Click the link below.


One Day Bus Pass Request

All requests must be written and received in the Attendance Office by 10:00 am.

Early Dismissal Request

All requests must be written and received in the Attendance Office upon school arrival. Students that drive to school must have a DISMISSAL REQUEST FORM to leave the parking lot. This form MUST be given to security at the security gate.

Certificate of School Enrollment Forms

Students, if you’re planning to apply for a learner’s permit or driver’s license, the Georgia Department of Driver Services requires a Certificate of School Enrollment. This form is located in the Front Office. Please fill out Part A only and bring to the Attendance Office to be signed. Once it’s signed please take this form back to the Front Office to be notarized. Please bring this form during your lunch period or upon school arrival. Forms will not be signed or notarized during class periods.

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College Advising Corner

Need tips for college planning? We’re here to help!

Follow @CCHSCollegeBound on Instagram for daily college advising updates.

If you would like 1-1 assistance to talk about your college plans, complete your college applications or financial aid applications, please make an appointment with your college adviser Ms. Johnson. Parents are also welcomed to schedule meetings along with their student. At this time of year, meeting priority goes to Senior students and parents. In the Spring, Juniors will be able to schedule appointments as well. Please email Ms. Johnson with meeting requests or any questions at

Check out the Counseling Department’s Senior Newsletter.

The Counseling Office will be posting all scholarship announcements, links to scholarship databases, and information about state aid on our new Scholarship Guide which is available at . Please check this document weekly for updates/additions.

Seniors: if you have not yet registered for the SAT or ACT, please plan to do so ASAP. SAT and ACT scores are usable for 5 YEARS, so even if college is not your plan at the moment, you can use these scores to your benefit in the future.

Juniors: please plan to take the SAT or ACT in the Spring or Summer for the first time if you haven’t already. It is best to have at least one test under your belt before the beginning of your senior year.

Need a fee waiver? If your student needs a fee waiver for SAT and/or ACT exams, they will have to see their College Adviser, Ms. Johnson, in the counseling office.

Here are the test dates and registration deadlines for 2018-2019. A fee waiver will not cover late registration fees, so be sure to register on time.

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Counseling Department News

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Seniors--As college admissions decisions and scholarship offers are rolling in, please let your counselor and Ms. Johnson know where you’ve been accepted and what scholarships you’ve been offered! We are collecting this information and want to join in on your excitement!

The ASVAB will be offered at Clarke Central on Wednesday, February 6th at 9 am in the JROTC Building. In addition to being required for the military, the ASVAB provides one of the best career interest inventories available. Students in grades 10-12 may register. Sign up at by Monday, February 4th.


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Thursday, Feb. 14th, 7:30pm to Saturday, Feb. 16th, 7:30pm

350 South Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA

CCHS Drama Department Presents:

Rumors by Neil Simon

February 14, 15, 16

7:30 p.m. Mell Auditorium

$7.00 Adults $5.00 Children Students and Senior Citizens

Athens Community Career Academy

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After School Enrichment & Tutoring Programs

21st Century After School Program

Application Required

The 21st Century Program will offer academic and enrichment opportunities. We provide transportation and a snack for the AFTER SCHOOL sessions only.

  • Days of operation: Morning Session: Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 8:00 am After School Session: Monday through Thursday from 3:30 to 5:15.

  • Activities offered: Lit/e2020 Support, Biology Support, Social Studies Support, Math Support, E2020/Credit Recovery (AM and PM), Robotics, Recreational Basketball (Boys & Girls), Raiders, Bellas of Distinction, ELL Support, Jewelry Making, Agriculture/Floral Design, and Silent Study Hall (Activation Lab).

  • Applications: Room 347--Ms. Miller

  • Schedule: Look for our flyers in the Freshman Academy and in Mell Lobby!

Pathways Tutoring

  • No application necessary!

  • Tuesdays 3:45 pm to 5:15 pm

  • Snacks are provided.

  • If you need a bus you must sign up at, you will receive an email from Ms. Jones when you’ve been added to the routes. You need your own ride until you receive this email confirmation.

  • Schedule:

    • Language Arts: Ms. Guidry - Room 214

    • Math: Ms. Pringle - Room 307 and Mr. Ritzler - Room 132

    • Science: Mr. Sava - Room 189

    • Social Studies: Ms. Costley - Room 286

Zumba now offered to 21st Century participants!

21st Century: ZUMBA® fitness classes: Latin-based dance cardio workout Thursdays, beginning Jan. 31st from 3:45-5:00 pm in Room 242 - Must have a completed 21st Century Form! Please see Ms. Croft.

Saturday School will be held on February 9, March 2, April 13, April 20, and April 27. Saturday School runs from 9 am to 12 pm. On each date, you will attend two sessions lasting an hour and twenty five minutes each. Bring your laptop, notebooks, and any work you need to complete.

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June 2020 Experience China

June 2020 Experience China

Ever wanted to see the Great Wall, walk in the footsteps of great emperors at the Forbidden City, or march with the Terracotta Army? Well here’s your chance! Come see all this and more on the Experience China trip. For more information please visit the enrollment page or contact Ms. Shelden. Contact Info: or visit in room 164

Enrollment site:

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Art Portfolio Review Day

Interested in a career in the arts? Want to get individual feedback on your artwork? National Art Honors Society is hosting an Art Portfolio Review Day after school (3:30) Monday, February 11 in the Media Center. Come learn more about careers in the arts, resumes and artist statements, art exhibitions and gallery spaces, and have individual feedback on your art work from Didi Dunphy, Program Supervisor for the Lyndon House Arts Center. Email Ms. Price with any questions:

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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Media Center has displayed the CCHS collection including his biography and other non-fiction selections addressing the Civil Rights movement.

The Media Center is hosting an exhibit from Kennesaw State Museum entitled Parallel Journeys: The Eyes of Teens in WWII, which highlights the lives of teens during the Holocaust. The exhibit is available for anyone to take a look or teachers can reserve class time. It will be in place until February 14.

Thanks to Ms. McNeeley and her Multicultural Lit class for organizing the Holocaust Day of Remembrance which was held Monday, January 28, in the Media Center. The response from our teachers and students was very positive. If you’re interested in more information on the Holocaust, we currently have a display of our Holocaust collection out in the MC. Please come check it out!

Would you like to participate in our ‘Blind Date with a Book Display’? Students and teachers, come to the Media Center to wrap your favorite books, attach a quick summary, and place on the ‘date’ shelf to see if someone checks it out for a great match! See Ms. Sullivan for more information.

Be on the lookout for our February Black History Month and Valentine's Day displays, coming soon!

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Happy New Year, Gladiators!

Applications and deadlines for next year’s Journalism I and ODYSSEY Media Group are now open. Please click here for the Application folder. Read through the Items to Review folder and the Application Packet. Make sure you have a good understanding of what is expected of you. Completed applications must be submitted to Mr. Ragsdale electronically no later than February 15, 2019 for rising 10th-12th graders. Rising 9th graders should receive information from their ELA teachers in early 2019 and the application is due March 1, 2019.

The award-winning ODYSSEY Newsmagazine is offering subscriptions. The price for mailed subscriptions is $20. Please make checks payable to CCHS ODYSSEY. Find online exclusives at For advertising information, contact

Follow us on social media: @ODYSSEYNEWSMAG on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can view our broadcast work on YouTube.

Gladius Yearbooks

Yearbooks are for sale online at The price is now $65. Buy one in person everyday during lunch periods M-F. SENIOR ADS are back on sale for a LIMITED TIME. Full Pages are $125, Half Pages are $85 and Quarter Page are $55.

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SENIOR YEARBOOK ADS are back on sale for a LIMITED TIME. Full Pages are $125, Half Pages are $85 and Quarter Page are $55. Email requests to or see Mr. Domingo for more information.

Cap and Gowns

Seniors who plan to attend graduation ceremonies are required to

purchase a cap and gown. The current cost is $75. Seniors/Parents

can purchase online at or can purchase in person

the last Thursday of every month. A Balfour representative will be at

CCHS during all 4 lunches (11:15-12:45) on Thurs. Feb 28. Feb 28 is the last day to purchase cap and gown at the $75 price. On March 1, the price will increase to $100.

Cap and gowns purchased on or before 2/28 will have guaranteed

delivery to the school for the Senior Breakfast when they will be

distributed to seniors.

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If you haven't had your senior meeting with your counselor, what are you waiting for? Please see Mrs. Jorge in the Counseling Office ASAP to schedule your meeting. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Counselors will be reviewing progress toward graduation and helping students/parents develop a plan for reaching post-secondary goals. Counselors will also review and finalize the spelling of your name for printing diplomas.

The Counseling Office will be posting all scholarship announcements, links to scholarship databases, and information about state aid on our new Scholarship Guide which is available at: . Please check this document weekly for updates/additions.

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Junior Dues for Prom are now $50 and can be paid to Ms. Jones (room #:291) or Ms. Croft (room #: 287) with cash or check. Please make checks out to Clarke Central High School.

Dues will go up to $75 on February 18th. We will only take dues BEFORE or AFTER school. This payment covers entrance into prom. If you paid dues as a junior and are now a senior, you do not have to pay again. If you are unsure, or have questions. Please see Ms. Jones ( or Ms. Croft ( Prom will be held April 5th from 7:00-11:00 pm at the Cotton Press. Approval forms for dates who are underclassmen or from another school will be available beginning March 1st in the front office or from Ms. Croft or Ms. Jones (before or after school).

Academic Internship at UGA:

Applications, requirements and informational reading for the year-long, research-based academic internship through the UGA Young Dawgs Program can be found here -- This program is only open to rising seniors. The deadline for submitting applications (hard copy and electronic copy) to Mr. Ragsdale ( is 2/8/2019. No late applications or incomplete applications will be accepted for review.

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Bella's of Distinction

Bella's of Distinction is a group that promotes leadership, positivity and unity among young women. Join us Mondays & Wednesdays after school in the Media Center.

Black Culture Club

Black Culture Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45 in Mr. Ash's Room #219.

Chess Club

Chess Club meets Mondays in room 108 from 3:35 to 4:30.

Ecology Club

Ecology Club meets every Monday at 8:10 am in Rm 186. Come if you are interested in volunteering and helping the environment!


The Clarke Central Esports Team is forming for the Spring Season. This season we are looking for Rocket League, SMITE, and League of Legions players. Email if you are interested.


The Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Thursday morning at 8:15 in Coach Cavin’s room (Rm 134).

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

We have a great team established! We will meet Wednesdays at 3:35 pm in the Media Center.

Humane Society

Meets Thursdays in Room 211 from 3:30-4:30 pm.

International Club

International Club will meet Wednesday, February 13th, after school in Ms. Jones’ room, 291.


*The ASVAB will be offered at Clarke Central on Wednesday, February 6th @ 9 am in the JROTC building. In addition to being required for the military, the ASVAB provides one of the best career interest inventories available. Students in grades 10-12 may register. Sign up at by Monday, February 4th.

*CCHS JROTC Military Ball - 7 pm Friday February 17, 2019 at The Graduate Athens!! $25 per couple or $15 per person….see a JROTC Instructor to sign up (with $)

*Continue to support our Jittery Joe’s Fundraiser….see a JROTC Cadet!!

Miracle Club

Join the Miracle Club to raise money and awareness for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Meetings are every Wednesday at 8 am in Room 330.

Mock Trial

The CCHS Mock Trial Team meetings are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 pm in Room 242.

Mu Alpha Theta

A national honor society for 10th, 11th, 12th grade students with a 90 or above cumulative math average meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in Rm 106.

Photography Club

Photography club meets every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in Mrs. Pool’s room (281) unless otherwise noted in the announcements -- no meeting on Thurs December 20th

Poetry Club

Meets Tuesday Mornings at 8 am in Rm 390

Racewalking Club

Racewalking Club meets every Thursday before school at 8:00 am in room 119.


Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is welcoming all youth grades 9th and 10th that are making safe and healthy choices and would like to become peer educators to help others. SADD is a respectful organization that invites active youth participation and expects youth leadership community and state-wide. If you would like to join SADD, please pick up an application in the front office. For questions, see Aniya Willis or Marilen Rodriguez for more information.


SAGA, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance, will meet in room 332 on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:15. LGBT students and allies are encouraged to come.

Sign Language Club

New for 2019, Clarke Central has a sign language club! Always wanted to learn sign language? Curious about Deaf Culture? Now you can join the Savvy Signers Club! Students and staff are welcome. Look for hall posters coming soon.


SkillsUSA is the Graphic Design CTSO (Career Technical Student Organization). We meet most Tuesdays after school from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. We will be competing in local and state contests.

Spanish Club

Join us on the first Monday of the month at 8:00 am in room 393. All are welcome, regardless of the language you study! ¡Nos vemos!

Student Government Association (SGA)

SGA Meets Thursdays from 3:45-4:30 in Room 136.'

Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies Club meets every Monday after school in Ms. McNeeley’s Room 321.

Yoga Club

Yoga Club meets Fridays at 8 am in Room 389. All are welcome to join!

The Young Democrats Club

The Young Democrats club meets Wednesdays after school in room 111. The club is open to all and we encourage new students to join -- no political experience needed! The club focuses on making political change in Georgia and getting students informed and politically involved.

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb 4 - JV Soccer vs. Eastside (A)

  • Feb 5 - Region Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals (TBD)

  • Feb 5 - Varsity Soccer vs. Prince Avenue (H)

  • Feb 5 - Varsity Tennis vs. Madison County (A)

  • Feb 6 - JV Soccer vs. Monroe Area (A)

  • Feb 7 - Region Basketball Tournament Semi-Finals (Walnut Grove HS)

  • Feb 8 - Swimming at State Swim Meet (Georgia Tech)

  • Feb 8 - Wrestling at State Sectional Tournament (Loganville)

  • Feb 8 - Region Basketball Tournament Finals (Walnut Grove HS)

  • Feb 8 - Varsity Soccer vs. Madison County (H)

  • Feb 8 - Varsity Baseball vs. East Jackson (H)

  • Feb 9 - Swimming at State Swim Meet (Georgia Tech)

  • Feb 9 - Wrestling at State Sectional Tournament (Loganville)

Important Notes

  • The Clarke Central National Football Signing Day Reception will be Wednesday, February 6 at 11:30 am in the Main Gym Gallery.

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Results from the Elbert County Drill Competition this past Saturday, January 26th - CCHS Unarmed Platoon Drill Team finished in 2nd Place, CCHS Unarmed Male Squad finished in 2nd Place, CCHS Female Platoon finished in 2nd Place, CCHS Unarmed Female Platoon finished in 2nd Place and the CCHS Female Color Guard finished in 2nd Place! The Drill Team/Color Guard finished in 3rd Place OVERALL!!! GREAT JOB CADETS!!!!


The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team came up with an incentive system that awards students with merits known as Glad Points for exhibiting positive behavior throughout the school building. Our January winners are: 9th grade - Sasha London, 10th grade - Cassius Tunis, 11th grade - Melanie Alfonso-Hanzlik and 12th grade - TK Hall.
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  • February 5 - PTSO Meeting 6:30 pm Media Center

  • February 6 ASVAB Testing JROTC Building 9 am

  • February 7 - Work Based Learning Info Session 8:00 am Rm 242

  • February 9 - Saturday School 9 am - 12 Noon

  • February 12 - Work Based Learning Info Session 3:30 pm Rm 242

  • February 14, 15, 16 - Drama Dept Rumors by Neil Simon Mell Aud 7:30 pm

  • February 18 - No School for Students - Teacher Professional Learning

  • February 20 - 22 - Spring Parent Teacher Conferences - Early Dismissal

  • February 21 - Band Pre-LGPE Concert, 6:00 pm (Mell Auditorium)

  • February 25 - Orchestra Pre-LGPE Concert, 6:00 pm (Mell Auditorium)

  • February 28 - District 14 Orchestra LGPE, 4:00-8:00 pm (Mell Auditorium)

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Quick Facts on the Risks of e-Cigarettes for Kids, Teens and Young Adults

  • The use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens, and young adults.

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.1

  • E-cigarettes can contain other harmful substances besides nicotine.

  • Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.

What Are E-cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes are electronic devices that heat a liquid and produce an aerosol, or mix of small particles in the air.

  • E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid.

  • Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems, or “mods,” do not look like other tobacco products.

  • E-cigarettes are known by many different names. They are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “e-hookahs,” “mods,” “vape pens,” “vapes,” “tank systems,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).”

  • Using an e-cigarette is sometimes called “vaping” or “JUULing.”

Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes.

Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

How Do E-cigarettes Work?

  • E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that help to make the aerosol.

  • The liquid used in e-cigarettes often contains nicotine and flavorings. This liquid is sometimes called “e-juice,” “e-liquid,” “vape juice,” or “vape liquid.”

  • Users inhale e-cigarette aerosol into their lungs. Bystanders can also breathe in this aerosol when the user exhales it into the air.

  • E-cigarette devices can be used to deliver marijuana and other drugs.

What Is JUUL?

News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.

  • JUUL is a brand of e-cigarette that is shaped like a USB flash drive. Like other e-cigarettes, JUUL is a battery-powered device that heats a nicotine-containing liquid to produce an aerosol that is inhaled.

  • All JUUL e-cigarettes have a high level of nicotine. According to the manufacturer, a single JUUL pod contains as much nicotine as a pack of 20 regular cigarettes.2

  • News outlets and social media sites report widespread use of JUUL by students in schools, including classrooms and bathrooms.

  • Although JUUL is currently the top-selling e-cigarette brand in the United States, other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL.

  • Additional information about USB-shaped e-cigarettes and actions that parents, educators, and health care providers can take to protect kids is available at CDC’s Infographic [PDF – 1.2MB]

Why Is Nicotine Unsafe for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine—the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products.

  • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain.1 The brain keeps developing until about age 25.

  • Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control.1

  • Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections – or synapses – are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Nicotine changes the way these synapses are formed.

  • Using nicotine in adolescence may also increase risk for future addiction to other drugs.1

What Are the Other Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults?

  • Scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes.

  • Some of the ingredients in e-cigarette aerosol could also be harmful to the lungs in the long-term. For example, some e-cigarette flavorings may be safe to eat but not to inhale because the gut can process more substances than the lungs.1

  • Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, a few of which have resulted in serious injuries.

  • Children and adults have been poisoned by swallowing, breathing, or absorbing e-cigarette liquid through their skin or eyes.

What Is in E-cigarette Aerosol?

  • E-cigarette aerosol is NOT harmless “water vapor.”

  • The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including:

    • Nicotine

    • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs

    • Flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease

    • Volatile organic compounds

    • Cancer-causing chemicals

    • Heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead1

  • It is difficult for consumers to know what e-cigarette products contain. For example, some e-cigarettes marketed as containing zero percent nicotine have been found to contain nicotine.3


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Gladiators on Social Media!

Keep up with what’s happening at Clarke Central by following

CCHS on Facebook at and on Twitter at @clarkecentral. For a complete list of CCHS Social Media accounts go to