Atherton Jr/Sr High Newsletter

September/October

SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER EVENTS - A calendar for school and athletic events

September

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  • College Visit-U of M Flint senior class / interested parents 9:20 a.m.
  • JV/Varsity Volleyball game at home vs Montrose 5:30
  • JV Football game @ Byron 6:30



19


  • Varsity Football game home vs Byron 7:00



20


  • AJSHS Band to Novi competition



22


  • 7/8 Girls Basketball home vs Byron 4:30



23

  • JV and Varsity Volleyball game home vs Dryden 5:00



24


  • See you at the Pole
  • College Visit Lake Superior State College Visit with senior class / interested parents 9:20 a.m.
  • 7/8 Girls Basketball @ Corunna 4:30
  • 7/8 Football @ Bendle 4:30



25


  • Varsity/JV Volleyball @ Webberville 5:00
  • JV Football game home vs Mt Morris 6:30



26


  • Varsity Football game @ Hamady 7:00



27


  • AJSHS Band to Milford competition



29


  • HOMECOMING EVENT: Powderpuff Football game 6:00 p.m. - Half time Crowning of Homecoming King $2 Adult/ $1 Children under 5 and seniors - Proceeds to benefit Student Leadership Advisory Committee



  • 7/8 Girls Basketball home vs Dryden 4:30



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  • HOMECOMING EVENT: ALL you can eat pancake dinner $3 5-7 p.m.
  • Varsity Volleyball game @ Byron 5:00
  • JV Volleyball game @ Dryden 5:00




October

1


  • Fall Student Count Day - YOU COUNT at Atherton Raffle - On Wednesday, October 1st we will be having “GOLDEN TICKET at Atherton Jr/Sr High” raffle. All students will receive a golden ticket in the morning during breakfast. Throughout the day we will be drawing winners for all sorts of prizes including t-shirts, mugs, gift cards, etc.
  • HOMECOMING EVENT: 7/8 Football Home vs New Lothrop 4:30
  • 7/8 Girls Basketball @ Goodrich 4:30



2


  • HOMECOMING EVENT: Movie Night – FREE ADMISSION - 6:00 p.m.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Original Version starring Gene Wilder at Atherton Elementary
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Original Version starring Johnny Depp at Atherton Jr/Sr High School



3


  • Progress Reports passed out during mentor time
  • HOMECOMING Parade 5:15 p.m.
  • HOMECOMING Game 7:00 p.m. - $5 Admission
  • Varsity Football HOMECOMING GAME 7:00
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  • HOMECOMING DANCE 8-10 at AJSH $5 Proceeds to benefit Student Leading Students
  • Varsity Volleyball @ Beecher 8:30



6


  • 7/8 Girls Basketball @ New Lothrop 4:30



7


  • College Visit – Saginaw Valley senior class / interested parents 9:20 a.m.
  • Varsity Volleyball game @ Bendle 5:00
  • JV Volleyball game @ Bentley 5:00



8


  • 7/8 Girls Basketball @ Mt Morris 4:30



9


  • JV Football game @ Bendle 6:30



10


  • Varsity Football game home vs Bendle 7:00



11


  • Varsity Volleyball @ Imlay City 8:30
  • JV Volleyball @ Dryden 9:00



13


  • 7/8 Girls Basketball home vs Montrose 4:30



15


  • Picture Retake Day
  • 7/8 Girls Basketball home vs Webberville 4:30
  • 7/8 Football @ Hamady 4:30



16


  • Varsity/JV Volleyball home vs Southwestern 5:00
  • JV Football game home vs Montrose 6:30



17


  • Varsity Football home vs Genesee 7:00



18


  • AJSHS Band to Clarkston for competition



20


  • College Visit – Central Michigan University senior class/ interested parents 9:20 a.m.
  • 7/8 Girls Basketball @ Beecher 4:30



21


  • Varsity Volleyball game @ Morrice 5:00
  • JV Volleyball game @ Dryden 5:00



22


  • 7/8 Girls Basketball home vs Bentley 4:30
  • 7/8 Football Home vs Bentley 4:30



24


  • Varsity Football game home vs Memphis 7:00



25


  • AJSHS Band to Lakeland for competition



27


  • 7/8 Girls Basketball home vs Corunna 4:30



28


  • Varsity/JV Volleyball game @ Beecher 5:30



29


  • 7/8 Football @ Montrose 4:30



30


  • Varsity/JV Volleyball home vs Flint Northwestern 5:30



31


  • HS Student costume contest during lunches
  • End of Marking Period #1
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HOMECOMING NEWS - THEME: Willy Wonka

The homecoming game against Clarkston Everest Academy is now October 3rd. Due to unforseen circumstances our homecoming game had to be moved. Our parade will begin at 5:15 p.m. at South Flint Nazarene Church at 4075 E. Atherton Road and will end at Atherton Jr/Sr High School. If you are interested in having a group take part in the parade, please contact Mrs. Dotson at cdotson@athertonschools.org.


The homecoming dance will be on Saturday, October 4th from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Guest passes are due by September 26, 2014. Ninth through twelfth grade students may attend.


The week is full of fun and exciting community events. Please see the September and October events calendar above.

HOMECOMING GRAND MARSHAL - Steve Welch - Bentley Florist

Steve and Lorrie are privileged and proud to have Bentley Florist serve the Burton community since 1953. Bentley Florist prides itself on superior customer service and high quality products. They are fortunate to have dedicated and talented designers and associates with a team of 10 staff members.


Steve is a graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in mortuary science. He was a manager at Reigle funeral home prior to he and his wife , Lorrie, purchasing Bentley Florist from John and Marion Maygar in May of 1983. Steve and Lorrie married in September of 1982 and have 3 children; Carrie, Wesley, and Chelsie along with 4 grandchildren.


Steve’s involvement with the community:


  • Past president of North Burton Business Association
  • Past president of Burton Kiwanis and current board member
  • Past president of Burton Business Association
  • Board member of Burton Chamber of Commerce
  • Charter board member of Flint Area Crime Stoppers
  • Advisory board member of Michigan Crime Stoppers
  • Served on advisory council of Flint Area Skill Center-Horticulture department
  • Member of Michigan Floral Association
  • Past treasurer and district representative for FTD Association
  • Mayor Smiley proclaimed October 2, 1998 as “Steve Welch Day”
  • Steve was selected as Burton Citizen of the Year in 2001
  • Current Chairman of Burton Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Board Member VET BIZ Central
  • Bentley Florist was also recently voted as “Genesee County’s Favorite Florist in the Flint Journal
  • Board Member Shelter of Flint
  • Voted Burton’s Best Florist 2009-2014
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ATTENDANCE POLICY - A simple guide to our new attendance policy and makeup work

Please take a moment to review our updated 2014-2015 Atherton Jr/Sr High School Handbook, available on the school web page. Changes have been made to reflect our new Attendance Policy, which is outlined below. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the handbook.


  • Absences accumulate by semester
  • DOCUMENTATION MUST BE PROVIDED WITHIN 48 hours of return.


All combined Excused and Unexcused absences accumulating to 10 days or greater will result in an overall credit of no more than 1.0 to be calculated in the student’s GPA and student will be placed on the DO NOT PARTICIPATE LIST.


Partial day absences:

1) 1-4 periods = ½ day absence

2) 5-8 periods = full day absence


Exams and Final Grades

Final examinations will be required for all classes at the end of the semester grades 7-12. Students with exemplary attendance can earn vouchers exempting their final exam grade for each semester.


Voucher System:

1) Each semester, students can earn one to four vouchers that will exempt their grade for a chosen final exam. Their exam, in turn, will not be averaged into their final grade.

2) ONLY absences due to school activity will NOT affect voucher eligibility

3) Cannot be used for AP classes


0 absences = 4 vouchers

1 absence = 3 vouchers

2 absences = 2 vouchers

3 absences = 1 voucher

4 or more absences = no vouchers will be issued


Make-up work:

1) ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE WORK, REGARDLESS OF UNEXCUSED OR EXCUSED ABSENCE

2) STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE NUMBER OF DAYS ABSENT +1 day TO TURN IN THEIR MISSED ASSIGNMENTS

ParentVUE INFORMATION - How to check your child's grades and attendance online

If you are currently not on ParentVue to view your child's grades and attendance and you need help, please contact Mrs. West at 810-591-9184.

21st CENTURY

Classes are currently up and running. Space is still available in the following classes:


Homework/Tutoring help in all grades


Grades 9-12

Beats and Eats

Drama

Wolverine Art Team

Students Leading Students

Tennis and Outdoors Sports

All things Art Studio

Super-Charged Science?Theatrical History


Grades 7-8

1 space available for Lego Robotics

Let's Get Creative/Youth Action Team

Destination Science/Theatrical History

The Art of Playwriting

"Make Your Mark" Mentors

HEALTH ISSUES and FOOD ALLERGIES

Please notify the office with medical documentation of any health issues or food allergies.

LUNCH MENUS

Lunch menus are available on our website or on our Facebook page.

ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

The Atherton Key Club hosted our very own ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE raising more than $250.00 to donate to this great cause. Students and staff took part and everyone had a fantastic time.

STUFF the BUS

A huge thank you to the following organizations and to our community for all the wonderful donations of school supplies that go directly to our classrooms and students:

ELGA Credit Union

Burton Fire Department

Burton Police Department

Meijer

Walmart

Bubba O'Malley's

Burton Race Series

Burton Chamber of Commerce

Burton Rotary Club

MLive

Knapheide Truck

ABC12

Cumulas Radio

Bentley Florist

Funtastic Inflatibles

Sloan Museum

SEX EDUCATION

This year students will be having sex education during mentor time by gender and grade with Mr. Vierk. You will get a consent form prior to their section with a description of the topics covered.


“Atherton Community Schools sex education committee strives to provide our students with the support, resources, and knowledge needed to achieve self-worth and responsible, healthy choices regarding their bodies, mental and physical well-being, and relationships.”

HEALTHY ALLIANCE NEWS

BURTON (WJRT) - (09/12/14) - Aside from home, school is where kids spend the most time - and many of them consume up to half of their daily nutrients while they're there.

One Genesee County school implemented a program including healthy food and physical activity and it's gone so well it's now receiving national recognition.

Atherton Elementary School in Burton is a recipient of the Silver National Healthy Schools Award, and has seen great results by adding more physical activity and healthy food choices to the schedule.

Receiving a National Healthy Schools Award is a big deal. Only 250 schools from across 30 states have earned one this year, and Atherton Elementary School is proud to be awarded the Silver Level for all of its hard work maintaining good nutrition, physical activity, health education, and staff wellness standards.

The students at Atherton start the day by loading their belongings in the locker and then walking around the school for 20 minutes.

"It's just a great thing for them to do in the mornings, to get active and get their brains going. You see the same groups of kids walking, so they get a chance to be with their friends before school, maybe even the ones they're not in the same classroom with," said Tim Hanifan, Atherton Elementary PE teacher.

Not only is it good socially for the kids, but teachers say it's cut down on tardiness. The walk is followed by a state-mandated healthy breakfast in the classroom, ensuring every child gets breakfast.

"They're able to eat, they're not sitting there worrying about how hungry they are. They wake up a little bit so they can focus in the classroom and be ready for the day," Hanifan said.

Another change? Recess before lunch.

"We also have recess before lunch now, so kids aren't wasting their lunchtime hurrying up, throwing away food to then go out to play with friends," Hanifan said.

As for the healthy cafeteria food? The kids like it.

"They have really enjoyed it. With our healthy school choice at lunchtime, they like what they get - salad bar, fresh veggies and fruit - they've just embraced it," said Susanne Carpenter, Atherton Elementary principal.

The numbers don't lie - healthy students are doing well in school. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, schools that have embraced healthy changes have shown improvements in academic achievement, test scores, and attendance - and a decrease in behavioral problems.

"It's made a huge difference, we noticed," Hanifan said.

Believing leadership is key, the teachers also take part in healthy eating and morning walks and encourage the kids to bring in boxes of crayons or healthy treats for their birthdays rather than sweets.

The schools received the award on Saturday in Washington D.C