CCHS Newsletter for the Week of May 6, 2019

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  • May 9th & 10th - Senior Finals (periods 5, 6, 7)
  • May 10th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM - FFA Spring Plant Sale

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Please bring your fully-charged PLD!

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AP Exam Testing Info

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Throughout May, students will be taking EOCs and finals which count for 20% of course grades. They can prepare outside of class by taking advantage of online academic resources, such as the Experience Online Testing, USA Test Prep and Khan Academy. EOC study guides can be found here.

Click here for a complete list of academic resources available for students. Contact Mr. Barner ( with any questions regarding how to use these resources.

No Bells & 7-Period Schedule from April 29th - May 14th

Monday is the beginning of testing. Bells will be turned off and we will be running a 7-period day from April 29th until May 14th. May 15th through May 17th will be a special final exam schedule.

CCHS Red Envelope Tradition

Clarke Central High School is proud to announce that its Senior class will be graduating on Saturday, May 18th at 3:00pm. We would like to begin a tradition, Red Envelopes. The Red Envelope encourages all community members, friends, and family to participate in the recognition of our graduating seniors.

Please write a congratulatory letter or card (no books, packages, gifts, etc.) to as many Clarke Central Seniors as you would like. Please do not send monetary gifts or gift cards with your letter/card. Money and gifts should be sent directly to the student’s address. You can mail the letters or cards to the school or drop them off at the school. Drop boxes will be located at the front office and at the attendance office. Each senior will receive a large red envelope after graduation on May 18th with their letters and cards inside.

Letters and cards will be collected through Tuesday, May 14th

Mail letters to:

Clarke Central High School

ATTN: Brionna Johnson

350 S. Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA 30605

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Summer School Registration Information

Please read the document below in it's entirety. In order to register, students must complete

1. Application/Pre-Registration documents with their parent.

2. Students must also sign the CCSD HS Credit Recovery Participation Agreement.

See full details below or see Ms. Jackson Rm 183 with any questions.

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Students, Looking for a Summer Job?

Students, are you looking for a J-O-B? Check out the Clarke Central Student Jobs Bulletin Board.

Visit for updated listings of summer, part-time, and long-term jobs in Athens.

Freshmen, are you interested in a career in education or manufacturing?

Attend the Summer Work Ready program June 3rd to 19th. Workforce Development Professionals will lead Employability Skills Training with the goal of preparing students interested in obtaining jobs and internships. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided. Students will receive $50 if they attend all sessions of the program. Apply at For additional information please contact Wesley Mellina at or 706-357-5244 ext. 20644.


Please view the flyer below for information on UGA's Summer Academy. However, please be advised that there are no scholarships remaining.


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. Please make sure you turn in your Early Dismissal request to the Attendance Office no later than 10:00 am. We have to call and verify with a Guardian before passes can be granted.

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.

Student Check Out Daily Deadline

Parents, please be advised that we are unable to call a student out of class for checkout after 3:00 pm. Please arrive prior to 2:55 pm if you wish to check your student out prior to the end of the day. For best results, please send a note in with your student and have them turn it in at the beginning of the school day. Student will be provided with a note of dismissal which will allow them to get out of class and be ready and waiting for you in the front office upon your arrival.

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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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CCSD has a new college and career planning platform available to students named Xello! Students can access Xello from the CCHS Student Start Page--it's very easy! Please login today to check it out! There are many user friendly tools available to support you as you plan for your future! You can identify careers that match your interests, learn about how your personality impacts career choices, identify your learning style, and research majors and colleges! Parents, please encourage your children to use this resource. For more information, please review the parent letters (available in English and Spanish)


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.

Need Money?

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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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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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 $70.

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Senior Events Coming Up!

  • Tuesday, May 14 - Senior Night of Reflection (6:00 PM) CCHS Mell Auditorium
  • Thursday, May 16 - Graduation Rehearsal (4:00 PM), UGA Stegeman Coliseum
  • Saturday, May 18 - Graduation (3:00 PM), UGA Stegeman Coliseum


Seniors who are planning to sing for graduation are asked to attend rehearsals on Wednesdays from 11:15 to 11:50 am in the Chorus Room (rm. 261). There will be additional mini-rehearsals scheduled for Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 to 8:30 am beginning May 3rd. Please see Dr. Rucker for information if there are additional conflicts in scheduling.

Senior Planning Meeting

Planning meeting for Senior Night is this Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 289 (La Rosa’s) Must get script done, flyers printed and up, and postcards completed and out.

Important Letter for Parents of Graduating Seniors

April 19, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians of Graduating Seniors:

Congratulations! The day of graduation is rapidly approaching. The following is important information for you.

All GRADUATING SENIORS are expected to participate in the graduation ceremony. Seniors not planning to march must clear the absence with Dr. Huff.


  • Seniors may still order cap and gown online at The current price for the cap and gown is $100.

  • Orders placed before April 1 will be delivered to the school, and will be distributed to students on April 22.

  • Students may order at school on April 22.

  • Orders placed April 2 - April 26 will also be delivered to the school in a second shipping in May. These orders can be picked up from Ms. Scholle before or after school.

  • Orders placed after April 26 will be shipped directly to the student's home. An additional charge of $15 will be included to cover delivery fees.

  • Last possible order date will be May 9.

  • Students should consult with Ms. J. Scholle for questions or concerns with cap and gown information.


  1. The Rehearsal

    1. The rehearsal for graduation will be on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM6:00 PM at the Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia.

    2. All graduating seniors must attend the rehearsal. Graduates who do not attend the rehearsal will not march in the ceremony.

    3. Do not bring graduation caps and gowns to rehearsal.

    4. There will be complimentary parking (free) in the Carlton Deck and South Deck for the graduation rehearsal and for the graduation ceremony.

    5. All school-owned materials and equipment must be turned in and student fees, including those for lost textbooks and library charges, must be cleared by noon on Friday, May 17, 2019. See Ms. Becky Mathis ( to pay any fees. Students will not receive a diploma until they have cleared up their outstanding obligations with her. (Keep all receipts to verify that payments have been made.)

  1. The Graduation Ceremony

    1. The graduation ceremony will be on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia.

    2. Students should be at the Coliseum in cap and gown, ready to line up no later than 1:45 PM on the day of graduation, Saturday, May 18, 2019.

    3. Suggested Dress Attire for the Ceremony on May 18, 2019:

Students should dress in attire that is appropriate and comfortable. Please note that students will do a lot of walking.

The following list gives suggestions on how to dress for the graduation ceremony.

  1. Ladies:

    1. Dress, skirt (must be shorter than robe), OR neutral blouse with navy or black pants

    2. Shoes: Flat shoes or pumps (NO SANDALS OR HIGH HEELS)

  2. Gentlemen:

    1. Pants: Solid Color (black, navy blue, or khaki)

    2. Shirt: White

    3. Tie: Dark Tie

  3. ALL:

    1. Regulation cap, gown, and approved stole

    2. Your cap must fit on top of your head.

    3. Your cap may NOT be altered or decorated!!!


Photos: Every senior will be photographed during the presentation of diplomas by photographers from GRADIMAGES. Students will fill out the photo cards on the day of graduation. The proofs will be mailed to homes or emailed to students based on the information they provide on the card.

Parking: Handicapped parking is available in lot S12 and in the parking deck. Only vehicles with handicapped parking permits will be allowed to park in the marked handicapped parking area. Parents and students should park in the parking deck or any of the surface lots near the coliseum. There is no charge for parking on the day of the graduation ceremony. Students should allow plenty of time to find parking and be in line by 1:45 PM. There are several other events and graduations going on at the Coliseum prior to our ceremony. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3:00 PM.

University of Georgia Clear Bag Policy

To provide for a safer environment for the public and serve as an enhancement to security, the Facilities Management Division will implement a policy limiting the size and type of bag that may be brought inside the UGA Coliseum. The Bag Policy will be in effect beginning in July, 2018. Visitors are encouraged not to bring any types of bags inside the UGA Coliseum; however, the following outlines bags that are permitted:

• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12";

• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar); and

• Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” (approximately the size of a hand).

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate

designated for this purpose

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag; briefcases; backpacks, cinch bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction; luggage of any kind; computer bags/cases; camera bags/cases; binocular bags/cases or any bag larger than the permissible size.

Special note: The graduation committee, faculty, and staff appreciate your support in helping make this occasion a dignified ceremony. We ask that all guests be seated by 3:00 PM and that cell phones are silenced. We expect guests to remain seated and respectfully quiet throughout the ceremony. Do not climb over the areas that are roped off or barricaded. All seniors and their families want to have the honor of hearing their names read. The time for a more jubilant celebration is at the end of the ceremony.

At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony, please exit the coliseum in a timely manner so that the facilities crew can effectively and efficiently prepare for the next event.

For questions or concerns, contact Dr. Elijah R. Swift, Jr. at 706.357.5200 X 17516 (school), 470.382.1049 (cell), or at

Important Message for Seniors from the Media Center

If you qualify to exempt exams, whenever you are finished with your PLD device, please bring it to the Media Center. See Ms. Sullivan to check it back in and make sure your account is cleared of all devices.

The Media Center will be sending email notices on a regular basis for overdue library media books and textbooks. Please see Ms. Sullivan in the Media Center as soon as possible to resolve these issues. Unresolved media center/textbook issues = no graduation. Don’t wait until the last minute!!

Cap & Gown Ordering Info

The Deadline for ordering cap and gowns at the $100 is 4/26. On 4/27 the price increases to $115 and will be delivered to the home address. Cap and gowns can also be ordered online at May 9th is the last possible date to order Cap and Gown.

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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 E-Sports 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 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).

Humane Society

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

International Club

Contact Ms. Jones (room 291) for information about International Club.


The CCHS JROTC store is available your JROTC cadets!! The store will be open until 31 May 2019!!

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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Upcoming Events

  • May 9 - State AAAAA Track and Field Championships (Carrollton)

  • May 9 - Billy Henderson Red and Gold Spring Football Game

  • May 10 - State AAAAA Track and Field Championships (Carrollton)

  • May 11 - State AAAAA Track and Field Championships (Carrollton)

Important Notes

  • All parents and athletes must register with Dragon Fly. All required Athletic Forms (GHSA Heat/Concussion, Permission, etc.) will be submitted electronically via DragonFly. Click here for Dragon Fly Registration Form.

  • Registration for Gladiator Youth Sports Camps is now open. Go to to register and pay online.n the Gallery. Contact Coach Scott ( for more information.

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  • May 9th & 10th - Senior Finals (periods 5, 6, 7)

  • May 13th at 7:00 PM - Orchestra Spring Concert in Mell Auditorium

  • May 13th & 14th - Senior Finals (periods 1, 2, 3)

  • May 14th at 6:00 PM - Senior Night of Reflection in Mell Auditorium

  • May 15th - Finals (periods 2, 4, 7 / seniors will take 4th period final) (link)

  • May 16th - Finals (periods 5, 6) / EARLY RELEASE (link)

  • May 16th at 4:00 PM - Graduation Rehearsal at UGA Stegeman Coliseum

  • May 17th - Finals (periods 1, 3) / LAST DAY OF SCHOOL / EARLY RELEASE (link)

  • May 18th at 3:00 PM - Graduation Ceremony at UGA Stegeman Coliseum

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Paulding County Teen Undergoes CPR after Vaping at School

From Will Nunley, Fox 5 News

A Paulding County student collapsed and nearly died after taking a hit off a vape pen. “I went to the bathroom and hit it”, London Davis admitted. “A kid met him in there and offered him a hit off of a dab pen, and he took it and went back to class and within 20 minutes or so he was not able to breathe very well, his heart was pounding,” said [the school nurse]. London said shortly after smoking the pen, he experienced severe hallucinations and then things fell dark. “My chest really felt like it was all scrunched up, and my eyes felt like they were coming out of my head, and my heartbeat was like crazy,” Davis recalled.

The schools First Responder team was sent into action and the nurse and the team performed CPR and apparently used the AED. Davis said vape pens and the more concentrated THC dab pens are commonly used. Davis believes there was more to this pen than expected and the consequences were nearly lethal.

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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