Hooch Happenings

January 28, 2022

Todd's Tidbits

Hooch Community,

Mr. Garin Berry, Assistant Principal with last names beginning F-L, put in his resignation to take a sabbatical and his last day will be Monday, January 31st. Mr. Berry will be missed as he has been instrumental in supporting our Advanced Placement program and College Readiness, building the Hooch Cares mentoring, and most recently enrolling new community/business partners. We wish him all the best!


With Mr. Berry's departure, we have been able to fill the position in short order.

I am excited to announce that Garrett Abelkop will be returning to Chattahoochee High School as an assistant principal! Garrett is a life-long member of the “Hooch Family” – he attended Findley Oaks for elementary school, Taylor Road for middle school, graduated from Chattahoochee as a state-champion debater, and he returned to Chattahoochee in 2011 as a teacher and debate coach where he led the Hooch Debate team to 2 state championships and multiple national victories.

In 2015, Garrett transitioned into the role of Assistant Administrator at Hooch where he led a wide array of school-wide initiatives and projects as a member of our leadership team. After serving Hooch for 7 years, he became the eighth-grade Assistant Principal at Taylor Road MS and for 2 years contributed greatly toward helping shape the #TRWayForward. For the past couple school years, Garrett has served the Johns Creek HS community as an AP. We are excited to welcome him back “home”! Mr. Abelkop will begin in his new role with Hooch on Monday, February 7th.

NOTE: Any student under Mr. Berry's caseload or parent needing assistance with items he is supervising between Jan. 31-Feb. 4, should contact Ms. Andie Vaccaro at vaccaro@fultonschools.org.

All the best,

Dr. Mike Todd


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Make Time to Talk About School

Make time to talk with your child every day, so he or she knows that what goes on at school is important to you. When kids know parents are interested in their academic lives, they'll take school seriously as well. Because communication is a two-way street, the way you talk and listen to your child can influence how well your child listens and responds. It's important to listen carefully, make eye contact, and avoid multitasking while you chat. Be sure to ask questions that go beyond "yes" or "no" answers. Besides during family meals, good times to talk include car trips (though eye contact isn't needed here, of course), walking the dog, preparing meals, or standing in line at a store. These years of schooling are an important time for parents to be informed and supportive about their child's education. Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance! School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

Student Leadership of Johns Creek News

Student Leadership of Johns Creek had an amazing premiere event of The Macedonia Cemetery Documentary. The Macedonia Cemetery is right here in Johns Creek. The SLJC students have done projects to clean up the cemetery and made a documentary to promote awareness of this historical site right here in Johns Creek. The students were awarded a Congressional Recognition Certificate from US House of Representative member Lucy McBath. The Chattahoochee SLJC team consists of Nicholas Stone, Niharika Saini, Neha Srinivasa, Emily Zhao, Aria Smith, Yukta Sharma, and Sofia Ho. The focus of Chattahoochee’s film is on the Cherokee who inhabited the land of Fulton County, their relationship with frontiersmen, and what society was like for them.

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CHS-SAT/ACT Prep Courses with Applerouth

Please see the flyers below for information on Face-to-Face and Online SAT/ACT Prep Courses from Applerouth. Through school funding, Chattahoochee is able to provide these classes at zero cost to you. Before registering, please look over the dates carefully to ensure that you can commit to all of them.

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Media Center

If your students have county-issued computers, it is time for them to check and run Windows updates. Go to https://youtu.be/0b3oo9uzgcQ for steps on how to get all the important Windows updates done every two weeks.

Counseling Corner

February Events
- Dual Enrollment Presentation posted to https://ChattahoocheeDE.weebly.com
2/4 – Online Contracts are due to Counseling if you want to take any ONLINE courses during the school year 22-23

2/7 thru 2/17 – Counselors will meet individually with all 9th-11th graders through their English classes to review course recommendations.
2/16 - Counseling Seminar #2 - Hope & Zell Miller Scholarship Information at 5pm (Teams Link: https://bit.ly/SeminarFeb162022)
2/22 - 2/25 – 10-minute scheduling meetings available for students/parents to discuss scheduling for the 22-23 school year – link forthcoming

2/23- Dual Enrollment Help Session - Teams Link to be shared later

March Events
3/16 - Counseling Seminar #3 - College Search Process at 5pm (Teams Link: https://bit.ly/SeminarMar16)
3/22 - Dual Enrollment Help Session - Teams link to be shared later
3/31 - Dual Enrollment DEADLINE for upcoming school year

April Events
4/20 - Counseling Seminar #4 - Career Exploration at 5pm (Teams Link: https://bit.ly/SeminarApr20)

May Events
5/11 - Counseling Seminar #5 - Q&A with Counselors at 5pm (Teams Link: https://bit.ly/SeminarMay11)

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PTSA Senior Treats

It's not too late to sign up for the Senior Treat membership of $50.

Purchase Senior Treats

Senior Treats:

  • Monthly treats throughout the year
  • Graduation Yard Sign
  • GOLD Envelopes where each Senior receives their own GOLD Envelope containing well wishes from family and friends.

The next Senior Treat distribution will be on Feb. 14th.


Winter Season Sports:

Boys Basketball – 12-9 overall record, 5-5 in region play.

Girls Basketball – 7-14 overall record, 2-8 in region play.

Swim & Dive – Chattahoochee Swim & Dive is in the process of finishing up our regular season with 8 swimmers that have made GHSA State qualifying times and will swim at the State Championships on Feb. 4th and 5th at GA Tech. All relay cuts have been made and will be swum by our State Qualifiers.

Wrestling – 3-2 overall record, 2-2 in region play. The GHSA Individual competition will be held in Macon, Ga. In the coming weeks.

Spring Season Sports:

Gymnastics – Season began January 6th. Please contact Coach Wiley if you have any questions.

Boys Tennis – Season began January 6th. First competition was Friday 1/25/22 vs. Milton HS. Please contact Coach Bennett if you have any questions.

Girls Tennis – Season began January 6th. First competition was Friday 1/25/22 vs. Milton HS. Please contact Coach Walker if you have any questions.

Boys Soccer – Season began January 6th. First competition is this Friday 1/28/22. Please contact Coach Meenan if you have any questions.

Girls Soccer – Season began January 6th. First competition is this Friday 2/1/22 vs. Wesleyan. Please contact Coach Sinco if you have any questions.

Track & Field – Season began January 10th. Please contact Coach Radford or Coach Reeder with any questions.

Boys Lacrosse – Season began January 17th. Please contact Coach Stalcup if you have any questions.

Girls Lacrosse - Season began January 17th. Please contact Coach Reinoso if you have any questions.

Baseball – Season began January 17th. Please contact Coach Lemons if you have any questions.

Golf – Season is slated to begin February 7th. Please contact Coach Crockett if you have any questions.

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Great Things are Happening in Science

Students are actively engaged in their Science curriculum while planting fruit trees on campus.

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
Beth Smith; Math; Smithec@fultonschools.org

J.J. Hicks; PE; Hicksj@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

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