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Athens High School

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Volume 11

August 26, 2019

Weekly Manna

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Athens High School Selected To Represent

Athens High School received designation as an Alabama Bicentennial School of Excellence! AHS was chosen with 20 others out of 450 schools in Al. AHS will receive an additional $5000 to continue community activities. #AthensProud #oneheartbeat #oneAthens

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Mark Your Calendar:

  • Friday, August 30, AHS Football vs. Gardendale High School at Home at 7:00 p.m.

  • Spirit Theme for this week is “Rock out the Rockets”. Wear favorite Rock ‘n Roll t-shirt. (No bandanas, face paint, etc.) Dress up days must meet ACS dress code.

  • Early dismissal is scheduled for Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:30PM to allow students and staff to participate in the Pep Rally on the square in support of the Athens High School Golden Eagle Football Team.

  • Current National Art Honor Society members should stop by Mrs. Slaton's (A1175) room to sign up to work the NAHS table at the club fair on Tuesday and Wednesday. A signup sheet will be outside Mrs. Slaton's door.

  • Any student interested in attending a Leadership Conference with the Student Council Association in Sulphur, Louisiana, in late October should see Mrs. Karen Clem. Please see her by Friday, September 6, for more information about this fantastic leadership opportunity.

  • The 2019 AHS Club Fair will be Tuesday and Wednesday next week, August 27th and 28th, in the hallway by the Guidance Department and the North parking lot. The Club Fair will be held before school at 7:45 a.m., during lunch, and at 3:20 p.m. on both days. We encourage all students to stop by and find a club or organization to join.

  • If you have questions/problems with your INOW account, please contact the Guidance Office.

  • Attention CO-OP students: Are you dependable, with a good work ethic, and need a great paying job in a bank? Please see Mrs. L. Jones by Tuesday, September 6th, regarding a job opportunity for you!

  • If you have questions/problems with your MacBook or Canvas, please contact the Library.

  • If you have questions/problems with your INOW account, please contact the Guidance Office.

  • The 2019 AHS Club Fair will be Tuesday and Wednesday next week, August 27th and 28th, in the hallway by the Guidance Department and the North parking lot. The Club Fair will be held before school at 7:45 a.m., during lunch, and at 3:20 p.m. on both days. We encourage all students to stop by and find a club or organization to join.

  • Attention CO-OP students: Are you dependable, with a good work ethic, and need a great paying job in a bank? Please see Mrs. L. Jones by Tuesday, September 6th, regarding a job opportunity for you!

  • Current National Art Honor Society members should stop by Mrs. Slaton's (A1175) room to sign up to work the NAHS table at the Club Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday. A signup sheet will be outside Mrs. Slaton's door.

  • Spanish Club meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, in Mrs. Young's room. Room A1134.

  • Congratulations to Tucker Reed who committed to UT Martin to play baseball.

  • Congratulations to Dylan Johnston who committed to UAH to play baseball.
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Eagle Spotlights

Crime scene day in Biomedical Science at AHS.
We are excited to promote the new Advanced Agriscience class for AHS!

Athens football player draws crowd on YouTube!

Engineering 101

Mr. May's engineering students using the Oculus equipment and working on some construction challenges. #OneAthens

Music Anyone?

Great learning opportunities! Mrs. Hand @mrshand_music works with students on sight reading and note recognition in her Chorus class. The energy in the room was excellent as students had fun while being academically engaged.

ATHLETICS

Meet the Eagles Was A Huge Success!!!

Varsity and JV @AthensHighVB off and running against in 2019!

Cross Country Off & Running

Direct quote from Coach Horn, “ 2 school records + 2 top 15 awards+ 1 team trophy= some tired XC kiddos!” #AthenProud

Sights & Sounds From Sparkman Jamboree

Legendary Athens Coach Larry McCoy Pays a Visit

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Legendary Athens coach Larry McCoy stopped by this week to watch the FB team working out. He spoke to the young men afterwards. He told them to remember 2 things: Dedication & Self-Control. It’s always a great day when Coach McCoy stops by! #TPW

Lady Golden Eagles Basketball Team Working Hard In The Offseason

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AHSAA “BYLAW OF THE WEEK”

“BYLAW OF THE WEEK”


Scenario: Billy, an eligible student- athlete, attended School A during the 2018 -2019 school year. In May 2019, Billy’s parents divorced, and the court granted Billy’s mom “sole” custody. Soon after the divorce, Billy’s mom decided to move into a new school’s attendance zone - School B. Question: Once the school year starts, will Billy be eligible to participate in athletics at School A if he remains enrolled there or School B if he decides to enroll there for the 2019-2020 school year?


Rule I, Section 12. Transfer Rule, Divorce: The eligibility of a student whose parents are divorced or never married is determined by the following:

(a) If there has been a divorce or legal separation in a family and sole or physical custody has been awarded been awarded by the court granting the divorce to one of the parents, the athletic eligibility of the student will be established at the school that serves the area where that parent resides.


Note: If joint custody has been awarded and a transfer is involved, the student must attend the new school for one year before becoming eligible.


(b) If it becomes necessary at a later date for the student to reside with the other parent, the move will be accepted as a bona fide move if the court that granted the divorce changes the custody to this parent. This type of move will be accepted for immediate athletic eligibility purposes only one time. Therefore, if a student subsequently decides to return and reside with the first parent in a different school zone, the student will be ineligible for a period of one year.


Note: Only final orders of the court, signed by the applicable judge, shall be considered by the AHSAA. Petitions, temporary orders, pendente lite, etc. do not constitute a final court order.


Ruling: Because Billy established his athletic eligibility at School A during the 2018-19 school year, he remains eligible at that school as long as the school allows him to remain enrolled although he resides outside their attendance zone. On the other hand, because Billy’s mother has made a bona fide move into School B’s attendance zone, and his mother was awarded “sole” custody in the divorce, Billy may enroll at School B and be eligible at the beginning of the school year as long as he meets all other eligibility requirements.


Penalty: In this case, there is no penalty because there would not be a violation at either location if Billy started the school year as an eligible student. (However, if Billy enrolls and attends either school and class on the third day, he would not be eligible to enroll at the other school and be eligible for the 2019-20 school year.)


If Billy violates the “third-day” of attendance at one school then enrolls at the other school, he is an ineligible athlete at the respective school. Should he participate as an ineligible athlete, the school would be assessed a monetary fine and be required to forfeit all contests in which Billy participated in. Furthermore, once Billy became an eligible athlete, he would have to serve restitution for all contests in which he competed in as an ineligible athlete.


Proactive Measures: Before any student is allowed to enroll in a new school, all transfer rules should be discussed with the student and parent(s). Also, all transfers into a new school should be investigated thoroughly by the school’s principal. If the transfer involves a divorce case, the principal or athletic director should request a copy of the divorce decrees to review the type of custody awarded by the judge. If a school has questions, the principal may send all documents to the AHSAA for an interpretation and/or request an official ruling from the executive director or eligibility coordinator.

STUDENT SUPPORTS & INFORMATION

Legacy Brick Project for the new AHS, Click Here

Buy a brick that will be placed on the campus of the new AHS currently under construction. Purchase your brick through the Athens City Schools Foundation at 256.233.6600 to learn more. Brick sales are still open!

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Athens High School Staff

Dr. Rick Carter

Executive Director for Innovative Programs/ Interim Executive Principal

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