Principal’s Corner

September 19, 2018

As we come to the end of the first six weeks of the 2018 – 2019 school year, I want to thank all of our students, teachers, and parents for a successful beginning.  Academically, students are excelling, and I enjoy visiting classrooms across the Allatoona High School campus and speaking with students about what they are learning.  The first six weeks officially ends on September 12, 2018, and you will receive an email shortly thereafter letting you know that the progress report is available in Synergy for you to review.  Please remember that we no longer send home hard copies of progress reports.  If you are new to the county and do not have a Synergy login, please come to the school and visit the front office with an official government issued ID, and one of our staff will be happy to assist you with obtaining a login.

We have experienced some growing pains as we go through the adoption of the new Science and Social Studies textbooks this year; however, new information about logging in to these resources is now available online.  That information can be found here.  If you need additional help, our administrator in charge of textbooks is Mr. Christopher Murray.

The PSAT will take place on campus on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  All 10th graders will be taking the exam.  Any 9th and 11th graders who wish to take the exam may register and pay for the exam.  Information on how to do that is available here.

Buc Block begins the first week of October, and this year will be a little different.  Students will only attend Buc Block one day a week on Wednesdays.  Options will include enrichment sessions and intervention.  The goal for Buc Block will be to stay away from study hall and instead provide our students with the opportunity to use this time to learn something meaningful that they might not otherwise have the time to do.  When needed, students may also be pulled into lab settings to spend time with teachers for intervention in subjects in which they are struggling.  As we go through this first session of Buc Block, which will end before Thanksgiving, we will be taking some data to determine how we are impacting our students.

As you know, safety is always a high priority at any school, and it continues to be one of my top priorities here at Allatoona High School.  We are one of the first high schools to receive the Alert Point security system, and we are making other security changes.  You may notice that everyone is now required to sign in and receive a visitor badge when entering the school.  Additionally, during the school day, all doors on campus remain locked with the exception of the front door.  Please only attempt to enter through the front door.  I appreciate your diligence in following these procedures as keeping our students and staff safe is something we must all work together to do.

Best Regards,

Candace Wilkes Signature

Candace Wilkes, Ed.S.

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