Biweekly Newsletter from Stockbridge High

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Community Edition, 29 September 2017

Stockbridge Laptop Rollout COMING OCTOBER 16!

Students need to sign up for the HC laptop program “EMPOWER HCS".

Parents: Stockbridge HS MUST receive the signed acknowledgement form electronically or on paper before October 12 for enrollment and accepting the terms of the program (laptop rollout).

Please click the link below for more detailed instructions.

In this issue:

  • A Letter from the Principal
  • Events around the Bridge
  • Personalized Learning in SHS
  • Assistant Superintendent's Feature
  • Assistant Principals' Corner
  • Student Services

A Letter from the Principal

YOU play a vital role in your child's success at school.

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we have already been in school for over 3 weeks! Our students have come in ready to learn and we have settled into the daily routines. Please remember that you play a vital role in your child’s success at school. You can help by asking your child about his/her day, having a positive attitude about learning. Thank you for all your support at home!

Eric Watson, Ed. S.


Stockbridge High School


A Word on Parenting . . .

Perhaps you know one of those kids…the type who absolutely loves seeing your face turn red and hearing your voice get loud. Oh, the power they must experience upon seeing our veins bulge! Power corrupts.

When kids see that they can control the color of our face, the tone of our voice and our emotions, it doesn't take long for them to get addicted. With this addiction comes the desire for ever increasing power. In their desperate quest for this power, they push more and more emotional buttons.

The more unhealthy control kids acquire the more out-of-control they become. Listed below is a brief sampling of techniques you can begin experimenting with today:

  • When the child begins to argue, calmly repeat, "I know" or "I love you too much to argue" or "I'll listen when your voice sounds calm like mine." Don't be surprised if the child gets even more upset in the short-term. Just continue repeating your "one-liner" in a calm and loving way.
  • When the child gets louder, you get softer. Does this demonstrate a strong message of power and love?
  • When the child talks faster, you talk slower. Again, the goal is to show the child that you are a loving and powerful person who can't be manipulated into losing control.
  • When the child gets extremely oppositional and defiant, say, "I love you too much to fight with you about this. I'll take care of it." Allowing the child to think, albeit incorrectly, that they've gotten away with something gives us the time to calm down and put together an effective plan.

Using these tools allows us to regain control of our lives while helping the child regain healthy control over theirs.

*Taken from Love & Logic


Friday, Sep. 29th, 7:30-9:30pm

1151 Old Conyers Road

Stockbridge, GA


Be an active member of Tiger Nation! Show your support for our Tigers in their season opener. $5 per ticket at the gate. #HUNTMODE

VENUE: SHS Stadium

HOMECOMING GAME vs Eagle's Landing HS

Friday, Oct. 13th, 7:30pm

1151 Old Conyers Road

Stockbridge, GA



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Events Around the Bridge

First half of October

Week of October 2 – October 16

Monday, Oct 02:

2:00 – 5:00 FFA Fall Plant Sale – see Holliday

Monday Meeting for staff after school

Tuesday, Oct 03:

2:00 – 5:00 FFA Fall Plant Sale – see Holliday

Wednesday, Oct 04:

PD: Learner Focused Strategies *FACE TO FACE

Thursday, Oct 05:

2:00 – 5:00 FFA Fall Plant Sale – see Holliday

Varsity Volleyball – SHS vs. Woodland & Hampton @ Hampton

6:00 9th Grade Football – SHS vs. Dutchtown @ SHS

6:00 JV Football – SHS vs. Heritage @ Heritage

Friday, Oct 06:

2nd Grade Period Ends today – Grades must be posted by Oct 09

Deadline to order SHS shirts through Ms. Bragg

7:30 Varsity Football – SHS vs. Woodland @ Woodland

Monday, Oct 09:

Professional Learning Day – NO STUDENTS

PD: Data Driven Strategies for the Classroom *FACE TO FACE

Grades must be posted by 4:00 today for the 2nd Grade Period

Training for PSAT proctors

Tuesday, Oct 10:

Admin book study Ch 5,6

Senior picture day 1

Wednesday, Oct 11:

Senior picture day 2

PSAT administration – see email from Clarington for revised bell schedule

Thursday, Oct 12:

Senior picture day 3

6:00 9th Grade Football – SHS vs. Rockdale Co. @ Rockdale Co.

6:30 State of The School Address – (Annual Title I Meeting)

All staff to be in attendance

Friday, Oct 13:

4:00-7:00 PTO Lead Tailgate/Block Party – SHS parking lot

Homecoming Game - SHS TIGERS vs Eagle's Landing HS

Monday, Oct 16:

Laptop Rollout – Expect a revised bell schedule

Personalized Learning in SHS

WE OWN IT Campaign continues in Advisory!

SHS WE OWN IT Campaign continues to flourish in Advisory classes as students participate in lessons they demanded through the pre-advisory survey. Our E3/Personalized Learning posters are starting to pop up around the school, showcasing our own Tigers and their student agency!

The first lesson on ownership filled our hallways with how students can OWN their learning. The second lesson on the campaign deals with THE BLAME GAME as we expose the multitude of excuses that students give and bring them to light for what it is--shifting blame instead of internalizing their actions.

Tiger Tech of the Month: Canva

Do PowerPoint presentations bore you? Would you like to add more blended learning tools in the classroom?

Here's the gist of Canva:

1. Same as always, create an account.

2. Canva asks for your occupation (to customize your applicable projects).

3. The screen will change into a question of which type of project did you want to complete.

4. Use Canva's 23 second tutorial on creating a project.

5. Have fun creating projects! THAT'S IT!


- Use Canva to create posters, invitations, flyers, presentations, blog graphics, Facebook covers, etc.

- You can also teach your students how to use it to digitally submit work to you! (Yay for paperless submissions!)

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from Aaryn Schmuhl

Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.
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Assistant Principals' Corner

from the Office of Cassandra Jackson

Tentative meeting dates for Book Studies and reading guides

Crucial Conversations (admin)

September 12 - Chapter 3 + 4

October 10 - Chapter 5 + 6

November 14 - Chapter 7 + 8

January 11 - Chapter 9 + 10

Grading Smarter, not Harder (staff)

(two dates for the focus groups)

October 2, 16 - Chapter 2

November 6, 13 - Chapter 3

January 22, 29 - Chapter 4

February 5, 12 - Chapter 5

March 5, 12 - Conclusion

from the Office of Lavonda Clarington

PSAT - October 11th. Sign-up with Mrs. Johnson in the counseling office. Free for 10th graders, $15 for 9th and 11th graders. Link below to our flyer.

STEAM Student Ambassador Program application will be available on the website on Monday, August 28th. Applications are due September 8th. All STEAM students are encouraged to apply.

STEAM parents please check your email for elections for the Parent Advisory Board.

Student Services

Title I

Please send us your thoughts on this one question survey:

Stockbridge Study Resources *NEW FILE*

Please click the link below to view our list of resources available for our students! (Includes complete list of Tutoring/Office Hours for core classes)

Counseling Department

Notes from Counseling:

  • Wed, Oct 11th @ 5:30 pm we will host Financial Aid 101 in collaboration with Georgia Student Finance. This is geared towards parents of 12th grade students to provide a complete overview of federal Financial Aid requirements and process. RSVP at
  • Wed, Oct 25th @ 2pm and 4pm we will host FAFSA completion seminars for parents or guardians who would like to complete the financial aid application for their seniors. Appointments are required and can be reserved at
  • Individual Appointments are still being conducted and expected to continue to through December. If an appointment was missed due to absence, hurricane Irma or some other reason, please contact your counselor to reschedule asap.
  • Sign up for REMIND updates from counseling based on graduation year. Sign-up forms are located in the counseling office, in the grade level advisement packets and on the counseling web page.

from C. Melissa Bell, Graduation Coach

  • Credit Recovery currently on 3:30-4:30 Tuesdays + Thursdays

Infinite Campus Access

This year IC password resets will be handled different regarding parents and students.

1. Martey Brown will primarily be handling the parent/guardian accounts.

2. Grace Johnson will primarily be handling the student accounts.

If a parent or student is having trouble logging on to their IC account, please send Ms. Brown or Ms. Johnson an email.

Martey Brown email:

Grace Johnson email:

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For more information, contact Coach Whit at or 404 966 5208.

Thanks for supporting Tiger Football.