Alpharetta High School

Happy Summer!

Upcoming Dates

Graduation Practice - May 25th

Senior Grades due - May 25th

Graduation Ceremony - May 26th, 7PM

Underclassmen Grades due - May 27th

End of the Year Luncheon - May 27th

Congratulations on Your RETIREMENT! Thank you for the 12 years you have given AHS! We are all jealous but will miss you all the same!

May Birthdays

Tom Hatcher 1

Coleman Binford 2

Kurt Davies 4

Sarah Stoffle 4

Bassey Duke 6

Terri Buckel 10

Ashley Elliott 15

Marie Banaszak 19

Meagan Reddick 20

Derek Wright 23

Maggie Josaphat 28

Carolyn Vezeau 30

Summer Birthdays

Angie Reed June 1

Lisa Stroligo June 4

Hugo Melczarek June 7

Sonha Payne June 7

Sheldon Fisher June 8

Ginny Brown June 9

Jeremy Howard June 10

Brenda Williams June 13

Lori Holland June 14

Frank Fortunato June 16

Kevin McCray June 18

Sandra Papp June 19

Sunny Wright June 25

Danna London June 26

Janice Bradley June 29

Donna Mohrig June 30

Stan Galazka July 1

Mike Walsh July 2

Michelle Austin July 5

Kerby Guillaume July 16

Elijah Yalartai July 16

AJ Merine July 20

Mike Womack July 21

Erin Oliver July 22

Alex Henner July 23

Adriana Carvajal July 26

Shane Kearney July 28

Claudia Romero July 29

Dan Devine July 30

Final Exam Testing at AHS

A student did not show up for my final exam! Now what?

Please enter a grade of zero for the final exam until the student makes up the final exam. Incompletes will not be given.

Take a copy of the exam and all materials the student will need for the exam to 1220 and complete a folder for the student. Please place directions for the exam proctor (Student may use a calculator; student may us the novel, etc.)

Puppy de-stress time is a success for students and staff!

The AHS Faculty High School Photo

Who is this staff member?

Last week’s photo was of Alex Henner, math teacher. Michelle Austin was the first faculty member to guess correctly this week, and she earned a jeans sticker!

Faculty tidbit - Ms. Austin and Mr. Henner went to high school together. Is it any wonder she was the first to guess his photo correctly?

Can you figure out the last staff member of the year?

Quote for the week

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Thank you to all who helped with the device return process!

Pam Kelly and Alex Henner want to thank everyone who participated in the device collection process. Many Raiders volunteered their time for the cause! THANK YOU!
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Faculty Graduation Robe Distribution Info

All faculty members are invited to take part in the faculty processional at the beginning of the graduation ceremony every year. *Note: Senior advisement teachers are required to be at graduation, wear a robe, and assist with their advisement class throughout the entire ceremony as well as at graduation rehearsal the day before. All other teachers are encouraged to attend and will sit behind the graduates after the processional, during the ceremony.

When: Robe pick-up is Monday, May 9th – Friday, May 20th

Where: Room 4324 (Teacher workroom – bring your key for entry) *NO student pickup!

Check your email in the next few weeks regarding robe pick-up procedures. If you’re new to AHS or have never been to graduation and want to go this year, please email me your height & I will assign you to a robe. If you are not planning on going to graduation this year and you got a robe last year, please also let me know so I can assign your robe to someone else!


*Please do not pick up your gown until the week of Monday, May 9th! J

AHS's first annual Caberet was incredible!


What I plan to do with my summer vacation –

Go to visit family in Florida and North Carolina. Cooking alongside Chef Paul of Pano and Paul’s for those who remember it. Go to a wedding at Amicalola State Park (Kurt Davies)

Work on creating a championship football team (Dan Devine)

Trek mountain Gorillas in Rwanda (Rebecca Perkins)

Finish my Master’s degree, plan/attend my 10-year high school class reunion, visit family and friends in Michigan, Kentucky, & New Mexico, and take a road trip around the NW United States (Whitney Decaminada)

Squish my toes in the sand in St. Thomas and eat fattening foods (Clair Greenaway)

What I plan not to do during my summer vacation –

Stress too much (Kurt Davies)

Ideas for cool things to do in the Atlanta area during summer for those who are searching for something new –

There is a Civil Rights Photography Exhibit at the High Museum of Art.

There is also an exhibit on the Art of Eric Carle (of the Hungary Caterpillar fame) at the high as well.

We love to go to the Children’s Museum (it has been totally redone!) then splash around in Centennial Olympic Park and get Ice Cream next to it

We also love to go to the Little Acorn’s Event at the Avalon every Tuesday at 10AM they have kids day and they have fun activities for the kids to do and participate in and the stores get involved as well

I also love to take him to the Woodruff Arts Center on Sundays from 1-4 they do an entire afternoon geared towards young kids with crafts and story time (their website has a schedule for every Sunday’s agenda!)

The Gwinnett Braves do kids nights/day games if you look online at their schedule it is so fun to take the kids there and they can play and eat dinner and watch baseball and especially if they have a kids event planned for that game! Their website usually tells you what the theme of each home game is and tickets are super cheap

I cheat and use these sites to stay updated all summer!

When we just want to relax in the air conditioning, we’ll head to a puppet show at Roswell’s Cultural Arts Center or to a $1 movie at Regal Theaters!

Ideas for awesome educational reads –

Visible Learning Into Action (John Hattie, Deb Masters, & Kate Birch)

Better Conversations: Coaching Ourselves and Each Other to Be More Credible, Caring, and Connected (Jim Knight)

Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids (Eric Sheninger) -

The Power of Questioning: Opening Up the World of Student Inquiry (Starr Sackstein)

The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity (George Couros)

What Connected Educators Do Differently (Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, & Jimmy Casas)

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era (Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith)

Rethinking Multicultural Education (Edited by Wayne Au)

Ideas for awesome non-educational/beach reads –

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (Humor)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Historical Fiction)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Magical Realism/Thriller)

Journey Into Fear by Eric Ambler (Old School Spy Thriller)

Beach Music by the late Pat Conroy, (fiction set in modern day)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (fantasy)

Dave Barry Slept Here: A sort of History of the United States Dave Barry (Humor)

Have fun this summer with family and friends! We have had another fabulous year at AHS - go celebrate!

Additional Professional Development days for AHS

The Alpharetta High School Governance Council received permission to have 4 full release days added for the 16/17 school years. These days are considered "critical days" and need leave approval directly from Dr. Kersey. The selected days are listed below:

September 2, 2016

November 7, 2016

January 17, 2017

March 31, 2017

Raider "Balance Days" for 2016-17 - mark your calendars!

We want to create a community filled with more balanced lives. The School Governance Council proposed a solution, and the Instructional Leadership Team agreed; thus, we have declared two nights a semester during the 2016-17 school year as "Balance Days."

October 19th

November 16th

February 15th

March 15th

The nights above are Wednesday nights the week of the 17th (to celebrate the class of 2017), and on these nights there will not be any homework assigned, no assessments will occur the next day, and no AHS meetings will be scheduled.

The idea is that Raiders will go home right after school and work to create balance in their lives. Staff members and students alike will take a night off. Club sponsors and coaches and directors may hold meetings and practices and games as needed. We feel students release stress through these extracurricular activities.

Please plan to enjoy yourself and work your assessments around these dates next year.