Candace Wilkes, Principal
Department Administrator: Counseling
David Church (Students A-C)
Department Administrator: CTAE and Social Studies
Dr. Jason Faklaris (Students D-H)
Department Administrator: Math and Science
Amie Howard, Athletic Director (Students I-M)
Department Administrator: Fine Arts and Health/PE
Christopher Murray (Students N-R)
Department Administrator: Media Center and Special Education
Carrie O’Connor (Students S-Z)
Department Administrator: English and World Languages
Candace Wilkes, Principal
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
We are halfway through week two in our shift to digital learning for the safety of our students and community. I pray each of you and your family members are healthy and safe.
Many of us, including your principal, have learned how to engage in online conferences via Zoom and Office 365 Teams. I am so impressed by the positive feedback our teachers are sharing with me of the work ethic of our amazing students. I have seen videos of students working out for their weight training classes, images of food cooked for culinary, musical collaboration from our fine arts students, and thoughtful online class discussions.
If you or your child is not able to figure out how or what to do for any assignment, please email the teacher. Our staff is dedicated to teaching and supporting your child’s learning during this time. Teacher emails are listed under “Academics” on the web page and then under their department, or you can find them alphabetically under “Staff.” Our administrative team and counseling staff are also just an email away.
Our student government, HELM, is preparing for next year, and we want everyone to be aware that the due date for all HELM applications is Sunday, March 29th, 2020, at 10:00 PM. Applications can be found on the Allatoona web site under Quick Links, or you can click here: Helm Applications.
Our campus continues to be closed to staff, students, and visitors just like many public parks. Please remind friends and neighbors to observe this request.
While schools are closed, please remember to do your best to follow the guidelines for social distancing from your friends (including dates, group studying, etc.), and limit meeting in groups to ten or fewer. Because the number of cases within Cobb County continues to rise, make sure that you are self-monitoring for symptoms. Additional information can be found at these two links: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html. Hopefully, we will hear soon that our community has overcome the most difficult portion of our health challenge.
Friday, March 20, 2020
During week two of Cobb Schools’ partnership with MUST Ministries, the District and non-profit have built a long-term solution to provide students with a 5-day supply of breakfasts and lunches at 8 school locations on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first day of the meal distributions will be Monday, March 23.
The school locations selected for the meal distributions include schools with more than 50% Free and Reduced Lunch populations.
Cobb Schools Food Service staff will make the food as it is provided by the District and MUST volunteers will distribute to students curbside. The meals can only be served to Cobb County students under 18 years of age, and students must be physically present.
The weekly breakfast and lunch distributions can be sustained through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year or until Cobb Schools re-opens. However, MUST needs volunteers to help by giving food donations and to sign up here to help with food distributions at schools. Please join us as we help our community in need.
- Breakfast and Lunch School Distribution Locations from 11 am – 1 pm:
- Acworth Elementary
- Bryant Elementary
- Campbell HS
- Compton Elementary
- East Cobb Middle
- Garrett Middle
- Osborne High
- Riverside Intermediate
The new school locations will replace sites where food boxes were provided this week.
Monday, March 16, 2020
We will continue to update you with information from the school district and our local school regarding the changes due to COVID-19. We have added a new link at the top of our web page titled “Allatoona Administrative Updates” to provide these to you on a variety of topics. If your child has academic needs, please reach out to your child’s teacher first. If you do not get a response within twenty-four hours, feel free to add the appropriate administrator to the communication and resend.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we create our digital learning environment. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration and staff for assistance.
Dr. Jason Faklaris, Assistant Principal
March 17, 2020
The College Board and AP Program are developing resources to help schools support student learning during extended closures, as well as a solution that would allow students to test at home, depending on the situation in May. Additional information will be posted by March 20th.
College Board will announce portfolio submission deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, Computer Science Principles, Drawing, Research, and Seminar courses by March 20th.
March and May SAT Administrations
In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14th administration (scheduled for March 28th) are also canceled.
Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.
In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.
Future Testing Opportunities
College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. They will be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.
They have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as their top priority. They are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.
College Board is working with local partners, and they will soon share information about weekday school-based SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations scheduled for this spring.
Resources and Support
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.
Together with its member schools and colleges, College Board will be flexible, thoughtful, and collaborative in exploring ways to continue to support student learning and provide opportunities to test during this challenging time.
Amie Howard, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
Thursday, March 26, 2020
This one is a little late today, because the topic that I had selected for Ted Talk Thursday originally was based upon us going back to school next week. I had it ready to go, and then I watched the news at noon. Needless to say, the decision to keep schools closed until April 24th caused me to rethink what I was planning and move on to a new opportunity.
That’s what I choose to see this as. An opportunity to get better, to be a better person, to slow down and appreciate what I have, and to be thankful for what God has given me. I know that might be hard for all of you, but that’s how we become who we are meant to be – by taking the time to get to know who we really are. I learned it later in life, but I desperately wish I could have done it sooner.
I graduated high school with 64 people. Now that I am older, I realize how wonderful that was because not only did I know everyone in my whole class, I knew everyone in my whole school. They were, and still are, my family. Unfortunately, with family come issues. We all knew each other so well, that often we allowed our own lack of confidence due to imperfections to cause us to lash out at others. I know I did and said some hurtful things to others, and some were done to me as well. We didn’t know who we really were, so we looked for affirmation in others, and tried to model ourselves by some unknown, immeasurable person. If we had all just looked inside and truly examined who we were and what we wanted out of life, and let our authentic selves out, we would have been much better off. Instead, I was like some of you. I pretended to be what I wasn’t in order to fit in when I was born to stand out. It’s even harder for you guys today because of social media. Thank goodness it didn’t exist in the Dark Ages, also known as the 1990s. 😊
Over this break, I want you each to take some time to think about who you are. How do you feel about things when you don’t have your friends around? How often do you follow the crowd instead of standing alone? What would happen if you allowed who you really are to show? In this Ted Talk, Brene Brown talks about The Power of Vulnerability.
Watch it, and see if you are ready to be vulnerable with your friends, family, teammates, etc. Showing your vulnerability is usually seen as a flaw, but in truth, it proves that you are without a doubt proud of who you are and where you come from.
I wouldn’t be much of an educator if I didn’t model my behavior, so here goes.
I am a 41-year-old wife and mother from Jacksonville, Alabama. I am a daughter who needs to appreciate her parents more, and a sister that needs to reach out to her brothers more, because I still secretly idolize them. I may be athletic, but I am more of a book worm. I love to read and can’t get enough of post-apocalyptic and supernatural romance. In the summer, I average one book a day. It’s my form of therapy and release. I don’t always like the way I look, but I recognize that I am too lazy to do anything about it. I love Auburn. I love fried chicken and fried okra, and I sing along every time Sweet Home Alabama comes on the radio. I consider myself a good friend, but I think I am probably too selfish for others to think that about me. My youngest child died six months ago, and I am still struggling to come to terms with why it happened when, in reality, I will never know. I am a Christian, but I’m not in a good place with God right now. It bothers me when people are intimidated by me, which means that I secretly want them to like me. I love the life I live, but I wonder if it is enough. Will I leave the legacy I want to when I die? Overall – I just want to be the kind of person who someone says, “Gosh I’m really glad I was able to know her.”
So that’s me. Not much to me when I write it out, but inside I feel all of it and more. Write out who you are. Figure out your fears. Find what motivates you, and then take some time to determine if who you present to others is who you really are. I think I am getting there. I still hide behind bravado sometimes, but for the most part, I let people see the real me. Even the ugly parts, because if someone can love your ugly, they are going to stick around for the pretty.
Wish I could see you guys. Drop me an email if you need help on anything.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
It’s Wellness Wednesday here on the Buccaneer Blog, brought to you by the Coronavirus.
Don’t y’all hate when watching sports, they mention the sponsors? It’s so the company and sports program can make money through advertising, but still, at the end of the day, knowing that money is exchanging hands can really start to take the fun out of things. That’s why I encourage each of you to play as many sports as you want in high school. When you get to college, your scholarship is the equivalent of money, so they have certain expectations of you that don’t happen in high school. The stress of keeping your scholarship makes your sport become a business, and you must remind yourself daily that you love the process and the sport, and the other things don’t matter. That’s why I used to tell my athletes all the time to play like every game or practice could be your last. You never know when the game will become a business to you and turn into something that isn’t fun anymore.
What’s horrible about this is many of you are possibly facing that situation right now, and you had no say in it. And it sucks. I’m sorry. I wish I could make it better, but some things are outside of even my control. For those of you facing this possibility, what you are feeling is grief. I found a great article from Harvard Business Review by Scott Berinato last night that someone shared on Facebook called “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief.” You can find a copy of that here. Some of you may not want to call it that, but it’s true. As someone who continues to suffer through grief, I know it’s what you are going through, and I wish I could take it away, but I can’t. All I can do is empathize with you, because something similar happened to me.
For those of you that don’t know, I have had seven total knee surgeries with four torn ACLs. My third happened when I was in college during the first ten minutes of the first practice of my senior year. As soon as it happened, I knew. I knew it was over. All my dreams, hard work, and future had changed. Everything that I had based my life upon up until that point was gone. I cried for a whole solid day. It changed me, but over the years, I have learned to accept that change and to find a positive outcome. I don’t know why it happened to me, but nonetheless, it happened. I still grieve that lost time, but now I look at it as an opportunity to help others that get hurt and lose their opportunity to finish a season.
And again, it’s all about perspective. Losing Rhys six months ago is something I know without a doubt is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. It has fundamentally changed me in ways that I can never explain. There is no time frame for loss, especially when it relates to losing something you love. When I was twenty-one and lost my senior season, I felt that loss as strongly then as I feel the loss of Rhys today. Time changes your perspective on things, and I believe that even though you are grieving the loss of your season today, one day you will be able to look back and even though you still feel the loss, you will be able to look past the moment it happened and remember the good that came before it. I’m not there yet with Rhys, and I don’t know how long it will take. What I do know is that eventually it will happen. It happened for me before, so I know it will happen again.
When you feel lost, reach out to someone. They are there. They won’t think you are weak, or foolish, or stupid because you are grieving. I have learned that twice in my life now. The future is an unknown for all of us, but what remains consistent is people and relationships. Spend some time on those right now and talk about what you are feeling. Eventually, it will be easier and easier to talk about, and eventually, you may be the one to offer advice to someone else. That’s when you know you are beginning to heal.
As always, I am only an email away. Love you and miss you every day.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
I can’t believe it has been a whole week since my first post. It feels like a month has passed. I never knew how much I enjoyed the freedom of getting out of the house and coming to work. I miss your faces!!
By now, I hope you are used to getting on a schedule to get stuff done. While we are out doing digital learning, try to keep in touch with your teachers if you need help, or just send them an email checking on them. They miss you, and you sending a nice email to them letting them know how much you appreciate what they are doing would lift their spirits. We are all in this together, so let’s be as supportive as we can.
So, last week I introduced you guys to GRIT by Darrin Donnelly. This week I am going to share probably my favorite book that I refer to a lot with the coaches. Legacy by James Kerr (@James_M_Kerr) is the story of the winningest sports program in the world, the All Blacks (@AllBlacks) rugby team from New Zealand. Usually when I start a new book, I get it with my Kindle Unlimited subscription. With this book, I started it on Kindle and knew I was going to need it in paperback because I wanted to highlight just about every page. I would take a picture and show you how much I have highlighted, but it is also my most loaned book. It is in the hands of a former student right now that is looking to build his leadership skills. When he asked me for a recommendation, I knew it was the first thing he should read. Below is the blurb from Amazon. It is currently for sale there on Kindle, can be purchased for delivery, or can be listened to for free right now through an Audible free trial. It really is worth the read. If you are at the point where you have found your WHY, then this book discusses how you can take the fundamentals taught by the All-Blacks and use them to build your legacy. Happy reading!
The All Blacks are the world’s most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years. What is the secret of their success? And what can we – as individuals, companies and teams – learn from them? The All Blacks are the world’s most successful sporting outfit, undefeated in over 75% of their international matches over the last 100 years.
In other arenas, there have been commanding sides that swept all before them, like the West Indies cricket team of the 1980s with their fearsome battery of fast bowlers, or the Hungarian football team who introduced a sophisticated new passing game and famously thrashed England 7-1 in Budapest in 1954. But what makes the All-Blacks different is their supremacy for decade after decade – their sheer consistency, longevity and sustained dominance.
So, what is the secret of their success? And what can we – as individuals, companies and teams – learn from them? Whatever field we are in, how can we play like All Blacks? In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr is embedded deep into the heart of the All Blacks’ set-up to reveal 15 powerful and pragmatic lessons in leadership. Revealing proven secrets of sustained success, Legacy is a unique, inspiring handbook for leaders in all fields, and asks: How do you turn vision into action? How do you achieve world-class standards, day after day, week after week, year after year? How do you handle pressure, expectation and setbacks? How do you train to win at the highest level? What is your purpose? What will be your legacy?
Monday, March 23, 2020
It’s afternoon already. I literally just looked at the clock and realized it was 4:15, and I have accomplished nothing on my to-do list. Does that ever happen to any of you? You look up at the clock and seem to have lost a whole day, and you don’t know how it happened? With no school, I find it hard to follow a schedule to keep things in order, so I must motivate myself to get things done.
So, welcome to Monday motivation-
I’m big on goal setting and sticking with it, but sometimes there are barriers in place that keep us from being successful, and therefore, we want to give up early. This would be the easiest thing to do, but we know deep down inside that if we give up, we may regret it for the rest of our lives. I am truly living this for the first time in my life every day. I struggle to stay motivated each day since Rhys has died, and because I am such a goal-oriented person, it means that I feel as if I am living a different life. I bet many of you are feeling that now because you are grieving the loss of your teams, friends, sport, etc. I’m gonna give you the best advice that I can right now.
Row the Boat
One of my favorite websites to visit is www.theplayerstribune.com. This blog allows professional athletes and coaches to share their experiences with the general public to motivate them, explain their actions, and sometimes to thank those that have helped them be successful. A few years ago, I stumbled across it, and I find that I can always find something to relate to on the site. When I lack motivation, the one article that I always come back to is Keep Rowing by PJ Fleck.
If you don’t know who PJ Fleck (@Coach_Fleck) is, don’t worry. You don’t need to know him in order to read his message and get motivated to keep pushing. All you need to do is take the 5 minutes needed to read this, and then think, “Are you doing everything you can to be positive, regardless of your circumstances? Are you choosing to be happy, or are you letting what is happening to you control your life?”
Don’t be a glass half-empty person. It wears you out, and eventually you will take the glass and throw it to the ground, shattering all your potential. Don’t be a glass half-full person either. Those people will eventually be trading on credit because they don’t really believe there is anything in the glass at all. Instead, be the person who continuously fills the glass. Always keep it full. Fill it up with your family, your friends, your community, your passions, and your goals for the future. If you keep filling your glass, you will reach the goals you set, and you won’t allow anything to stand in your way. And when things start to get tough, and you don’t know how you are going to make it – remember to Keep Rowing.
Don’t forget to participate in our online spirit week in order to win a Buc Pass for next year!
Friday, March 20, 2020
I don’t know about y’all but, but week one of official digital learning has been tough. I think I speak for all your teachers when I say that we miss you! Work is work. What makes our jobs worthwhile are getting to build relationships with all of you, and watching you grow during your four years with us. Not being able to be in contact with you guys each day takes the best piece of our jobs away, and we are all struggling to adapt to this temporary normal.
Enough of the sappy stuff. Let’s talk about what you guys can do tonight and this weekend to take your mind off things and still have a little fun. So, I propose…a virtual movie night!!!
Get your phones out, and Facetime some friends, or start a Zoom session (the thing your teachers have been using). Grab some snacks, and y’all watch a movie together. I know it’s not the same as when you can all be in the room together, but I promise that someone will chew too loud and irritate everyone. Someone will forget to turn off their phones, and one will go off, and someone will talk during the whole thing. It will be just like you are at NCG, but without the $20 popcorn!
So, now for some recommendations. I don’t expect you to watch all of these, but you need to see them at some point in your lives. There is a mix of fun and serious, but they all have two things in common – they are about sports, and they teach a lesson of some sort.
The Mighty Ducks (1992) (PG) – Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer, is haunted by memories of his childhood, when, as the star player in his champion hockey team, he lost the winning goal in a shootout, thereby losing the game, and the approval of his coach. After being charged for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks. In the finals, they face Gordon’s old team, coached by Gordon’s old coach, giving Gordon a chance to face old ghosts.
Miracle (2004) (PG) – The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games, and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team’s coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning for a distraction from world events. With the world watching, the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels’ now famous question to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes!
The Sandlot (1993) (PG) – Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad and wants to learn to play baseball. Rodriguez, the neighborhood baseball guru, takes Smalls under his wing – soon he becomes part of the local baseball buddies. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair. Beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot menaces a legendary ball-eating dog called The Beast, and the kids inevitably must deal with him.
Invincible (2006) (PG) – In the summer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He’s been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he’ll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give it a try. Based on a true story.
Rudy (1993) (PG) – Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of five people and set his sights upon joining the team.
Secretariat (2010) (PG) – Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years.
These are just a few options of some of my favorites. We’re kind of movie junkies in my house, so I’ve seen each of these at least five times each. I also have other recommendations if you have seen them all and want to know what else is out there. Just shoot me an email.
On another note, if you want to play in college, take this time to set up your information in the eligibility center, and email coaches at the schools you want to attend. Lots of time to get your name out there right now since everyone is on email and Twitter to do their jobs. If you need help, I am more than happy to set up a Zoom session. Just let me know, and I will set something up.
Have a great weekend, guys! Stay safe and make good choices!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
At least I hope you guys are up and about and not laying in the bed all day. The best thing you can do for your body is to keep it on some type of schedule, including school work, regular HEALTHY meals, and exercise. If you aren’t in weight training right now, stop on by Coach Petersen or Coach Smith’s blogs. I did their workout yesterday, and today I can barely move!
SO, today is Ted Talk Thursday. I must be honest. I am not much for Ted Talks. Not because they don’t hold value, but because most of the speakers have a book, and as a former English teacher, you know that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. 😊 I do make an exception on a few though, and I’ll share those with you each Thursday that we end up being out.
If you are in Athletic Leadership, I have used pieces of this before, but I have never shown the whole thing, and it’s not for want. It’s because there hasn’t been enough time. To get the full effect, and to get his message, you really do need to watch all 18 minutes. The whole purpose is to explain that when you figure out your why, you will figure out what you are meant to do. I’ll give you an example.
Twenty years ago, I was fresh out of college with a degree in communications. I thought I was going to take that degree and conquer the world. What never occurred to me though was that I was going to have to give up volleyball to do so. So, I got a job at CNN, and I tried to coach volleyball on the side, but it wasn’t the same. I didn’t get to know the girls. I didn’t get to understand their passions, and I didn’t think I was helping them become who they were meant to be. When we found out we were expecting Rhett, I changed jobs. I became a teacher and a coach, and I realized that my passion was working with high school kids. I want y’all to have the best experience possible because who knows where this life will take us. It may take you down a road that you don’t want, but I know for a fact that good memories will help you make that road into one that you can travel without fear.
Simon Sinek’s talk helps you to understand that. He has a book by the same name that, obviously, I think is better, but it is also about 350 pages, so I understand if you don’t want to pick it up for a light read while we are out. Instead, watch the Ted Talk, and decide what is your why. Why do you do what you do? Where will it take you? And what are your passions? As Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why.”
Thanks for being my why. Still love y’all, and I am more than happy to run a Zoom session if you guys have questions, or if you just need to see my face. I understand completely, because I can’t wait to see yours.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
So I don’t know about you guys, but I am already staring to get discombobulated over this time off. I have never been good with days and dates, but this working from home stuff made me miss a whole day. I thought yesterday was Wednesday, so I shared a post on Facebook to look forward to Ted Talk Thursday tomorrow. Jokes on me…it’s really Wednesday today, so here I am proving to you in actions and not just words that adults screw up just as much as kids. So welcome to Wellness Wednesday. 😊
I know you guys are all feeling the uncertainty of the current situation. I am, too. With everything being cancelled, I am sure that some of you are wondering if your seasons or school will be next. We don’t know. What I can share with you is that, in my experience, this too shall pass. Even when things are at their darkest, you can pull yourself up and make the best out of any situation. You guys are athletes. You know what it means to fight so hard for something and still come up short. That’s why I know that no matter the outcomes, you are going to make it.
Even though we aren’t seeing each other each day, you guys are still teammates, so keep in touch with EVERYONE on your teams, and not just your closest friends. One of my favorite things I have read lately said that you could be standing next to someone whose life is falling apart, and you might never know it, so just be kind. That’s what I want you to do today. Check on your teammates. Make sure they are OK. Make sure they have the support they need to handle being at home this long. My boys are lucky. They have two parents who are educators, so we are still getting paid to work from home while we help them with their school work, and still get to celebrate family time. Not all of you are so lucky. As someone who has recently gone through an extremely traumatic experience, sometimes all people need is a wellness check in. Start the conversation, and see where it takes you. If you get them to open up, find out what they need. Our awesome counselors are still working as well as the admin and your coaches. Between the three groups, I promise you that we can help if someone needs something. Be the leaders I know you are on the field and court in real life, too, and remember what it means to be an Allatoona Buccaneer.
Be the kind of person that makes other people want to up their game.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
It is my mission to post something every day during the weeks we are out for multiple reasons. One – because we all need some extra learning, and two – I have no idea what to do without sports. If I don’t at least write about it, then I may just go crazy.
First thing I want to do is check on you guys. You know if you need anything, you can email me at Amie.Howard@cobk12.org. I don’t have any answers for you about your seasons, but I can help direct you to where you need to go to find your answers. Remember to do your school work, and keep up in your classes. Your teachers are working hard to put it all together, and you still have to be eligible for next school year, so don’t fall behind.
Next, I want to help to calm your fears. I know that none of you have gone through anything like this in your lives. Heck, I’m 29 with 12 years of experience, and I haven’t either. What I can tell you is that we are resilient, and we have faced things that were just as bad in history before. Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder to help us get back to what we want to be – better people who appreciate the little things even more.
Finally, if you follow me on Twitter (@AmieCHoward), you may have seen where I posted for you guys to read a book and enrich your lives. I’m gonna give you my first choice today. Mrs. Kurtz wanted me to do a video, and I was going to, until I realized that none of y’all have ever seen me without makeup or my hair fixed, and I am taking full advantage of digital learning, so the video might have to wait until later. 😊
Old School Grit: Times May Change, But the Rules for Success Never Do by Darrin Donnelly
I love this book for so many reasons, but mainly because of the first tag line, which reads “Psychologists tell us that the secret to a successful and happy life, more than anything else, is something called GRIT.”
The story is told as a coach reflects on his life and writes to his grandchildren. He tells them stories of situations in his life that he has seen that show how GRIT is the determining factor for success. It’s a really easy read (I did it in two days), and it is available on Kindle for $7.99, unless you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, and then it is free.
I am having Rhett read it the first week we are out, just because I think the book carries that much of an important message.
I miss you guys. Y’all are the reason I come to work every day. Take care of yourselves, make good choices, and have some patience with your parents. Most have never been a teacher before, so the stuff y’all are working on is completely foreign to them. Contact your teachers. I promise you that they are all available to help you guys out.
Carrie O'Connor, Assistant Principal
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
All ticket requests for graduation are due by April 8, 2020.
For more information on Graduation, please access the Graduation page.
Christopher Murray, Assistant Principal
March 17, 2020
I am the administrator in charge of online textbook access and digital resources. The link provided below will be helpful for you to use when trying to access the online textbooks. If you have issues with the online access, please contact me at: email@example.com
Carrie O'Connor, Assistant Principal
David Church, Assistant Principal
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
All End of Pathway Assessments for eligible students will be ordered by next week. This will ensure that when we return to school, EOPAs can be given as soon as students are ready.
Email me directly for any specific questions.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Allatoona High School teachers will be prepared to administer the EOC if needed in early May. Please continue to stay in touch with your teachers and prepare for either the State End of Course Test or final exam. End of Course Tests are given in the following subjects and currently still count for 20% of a student’s grade in that course:
- 9th Lit
- American Lit (Not AP Language)
- Algebra 1
- US History (Not AP US History)
- Economics (Not AP Microeconomics)
Here is the most updated announcement from the State Department of Education:
Monday, March 16, 2020
EOPA (End of Pathway Assessments)
End of Pathway Assessments (EOPA) for Career Tech pathway completers are national tests that earn students seals on their diplomas and recognition that they have successfully completed three courses in a career pathway. These assessments will be given to students who meet the CTAE criteria when we return to school.
If needed, I will make other arrangements for these recognitions to be earned for every eligible student.