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Aug

eNews 08/21/2014

Open House

Open House is Thursday, August 28th. It will begin with a Club Fair in the Cafeteria from 5:30-7:00. The Actual Open House will be from 6-7. Parents will follow students’ class schedules for 1st– 4th blocks, with 5 minutes to transition between classes.

A PTSA membership table will be in the cafeteria from 5:00 until 6:00 and from 7:00 – 7:30. Memberships are $8.00 per person. We will also have volunteer sign-up sheets and the Parent Survey/Needs Assessment available. We are now accepting credit card payments for your PTSA memberships!

New to KMHS – Bottle wraps with KMHS logo will be available at the membership table at Open House! Get yours and show your Mustang spirit!!!

At 7:00, right after you visit with your student’s teachers, KMHS’ 1st PTSA meeting of the 2014-15 school year will take place. The main item on the agenda is the adoption of this year’s PTSA budget. It is a short meeting but a very important one. We would love to see you there!


Class of 2015

Hello Senior Parents!

What an exciting year this is for your seniors! We ask that ALL senior pictures are COMPLETED by September 1, 2014. Even if you are getting your Senior Pictures from a different source, you must go to through our Lifetouch offices to get a formal and an informal taken for the yearbook (the sitting fee is $30.00.) Make-up day will only be those who have not gotten their picture taken or dislike their picture and if they have already gotten their picture taken, there is no fee of $30.00. The make-up day is going to be on September 4th, during school.

Marietta Studio

1555 Williams Dr

Suite 104

Marietta, GA 30066

678-569-1315


Kaplan SAT/ACT Practice Test and Parent Workshop

Free ACT/SAT Combination Practice Test
Kennesaw Mountain High School (sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep)

Saturday August 23, 2014
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Parent giveback night & score return
Thursday September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Click here to register


From the Media Center

Students and parents have access to many resources through the KMHS Media Center and the Cobb Digital Library. We invite you to read about the services we offer and watch the short informational video found at http://kmhs.typepad.com/media_at_the_mountain/about.html. If you have any questions or if we can provide assistance regarding media center services, please email nan.lanford@cobbk12.org or sherri.holcomb@cobbk12.org. We look forward to hearing from you and working with your students.


From the Counseling Office

College Info Sessions: Which colleges are visiting KMHS? Is there a college fair in the area? Click here .

Scholarships –Click here for scholarship info and free search engines. Also, check with the college(s) you are applying to for scholarships.

Georgia High School Graduation Test

  • · Any current student who needs to take any subject area GHSGT’s will be notified by their counselor.
  • · Writing Test – Wednesday, September 24

o Who will test? All juniors, and any seniors who have not taken and passed the test

o Passing the Writing test is required for graduation and to participate in the graduation ceremony

Senior Letters

  • · Senior Letters will be distributed through advisement on Friday, August 22. These letters contain important information on your senior’s minimum graduation requirements.

Subscribe to the Counseling Office enews! Receive information on college fairs/colleges visiting KMHS, summer programs, scholarships, financial aid night, and more. http://kmhs.typepad.com/schoolcounseling/join-our-listserve.html


Yearbook

The Yearbook will be on sale for $75 for a limited time only—you do not want to miss out because it’s going to be one of the best books yet!

Buy your book at: www. jostensyearbook.com


Reflections

Reflections theme for 2014-2015 is “the world would be a better place if…

Deadline is October 15, 2014.

Please see the “KMHS PTSA” website for rules and forms.


We need you!

PTSA is looking to fill a Co-Vice President position on the PTSA Executive Board. If you are interested please contact Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org by August 29.


Membership

Have you purchased your PTSA membership yet? We would love for parents AND students to join and have a voice and a vote in our Parent/Teacher/Student Association!

For every student membership purchased the student’s name will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to the NCG-Acworth theater. Drawing will be held at the end of August. Forms can be found in the front office or on the PTSA website. Get your membership today!


Parent/PTSA Needs Assessment

PTSA needs your help by either joining a committee or filling out an assessment, or both! Please click on this link to access the Parent/PTSA Needs Assessment. This is your PTSA and we would like to know your ideas of how we can better serve the parents, teachers and the students. You can drop the assessment in the front office or the attendance office.


Publix and Kroger will give back to the PTSA a percentage of your regular grocery purchases.

For Publix – pick up a key tag in the Front Office.

For Kroger – After July 31 the store wiped away your school designation. Please go back in to choose our PTSA so we can start receiving the rewards. If you are signing up for the first time, the instructions are found on the PTSA website under Documents. Our school code is 104689.


Hillgrove PTSA offering ACT and SAT classes

The PTSA at Hillgrove is happy to announce that we will be offering an ACT Prep class IN ADDTION to our SAT Prep class this year!!! We are able to continue offering a low price of $125 for PTSA members and $150 for non PTSA members.

Most colleges will accept both tests for admission, but make sure to check with your individual college of choice to confirm. There are pros and cons to both tests; some people choose one over the other or both! For more information about which test is best for you, please check out the link below or talk with your school counselor.

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-admissions-playbook/2013/10/21/how-to-choose-between-taking-the-act-sat

Prep class registration deadlines:

  • · ACT only August 22nd !!!Deadline is extended!!!
  • · SAT only October 3rd
  • · ACT & SAT combination August 22nd !!!Deadline is extended!!!

All classes will be 4 hours in length and start between 8:00 am and 9:00 am. More specific times will follow.

ACT: 9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4

SAT: 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15

Information and Registration Form

Jody Vane
nannyrusjody@gmail.com
770-843-0681


Educator and PTA Member Appreciation Day at Zoo Atlanta

Georgia PTA is pleased to announce to its membership that this year’s Zoo Atlanta Educator/PTA Members Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, September 6, 2014.

If you have not yet joined PTA for the 2014-15 year, we encourage you to do so. In addition to free admission for one PTA member per household each year on Educator’s day, families can also receive $10.00 off Zoo memberships, or Rare Care animal sponsorships as well.

Each household will get free admission for one PTA member (must present current year membership card), and discounted tickets can be purchased at the link below. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance ($5.00 off) by accessing the discounted web link, and walk up discounts of $4.00 off general admission can be arranged by contacting: sgraison@zooatlanta.org


CHADD Parent Support Group

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

When: September 25th, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Sprayberry 2.0 (2670 Kinjac Dr, Marietta 30066)

See attached flyer for more information


Accident Avoidance Workshops

Driver trainin’ the way it ought’a be!

Teen fatalities up 19% … 1 in 4 teens crashes before they’re 17 … cars remain the #1 killer of teens … why? … because “driver’s ed” is still all that’s required. You need to require more of your student because today’s roads are different … today’s society is different … and frankly, your kid deserves it.

Whether building confidence in new drivers, or knocking the hot-rods down a few pegs, the Accident Avoidance Workshops’ goal is to save lives by positively impacting new drivers’ development, in both their decision making abilities and the physical skills necessary to maximize on their own vehicle’s capabilities without losing control of their vehicle, or themselves.

The Workshops are coming to back to Kennesaw Mt. High School this December and spaces will go quick! Click here for more information and for a complete schedule, or call 770-262-7009. If you are ready to register you may click here.


PSAT Prep, SAT Prep, and ACT Content Review

Evening/Sunday Classes ONLINE.

LIVE Classes starting soon!

To find out more and to register during the Early Bird period,

please go to www.myclassconnection.com

or call Julie Truono at 770-363-8345.

 

14
Aug

eNews 08/14/2014

From Administration

Our first semester Open House will be Thursday, August 28th from 6:00 until 7:00 PM followed by a PTSA meeting in the Media Center at 7 PM.  To make you aware of the various interest clubs/activities we have, we will also have a Club Fair in the cafeteria from 5:30 until 7:00 PM.  Your child will bring home his/her schedule on August 27th.  We hope that you will bring the schedule to Open House because on this night, we will ask you to follow your student’s schedule from first period through fourth period.  Ten minutes will be allowed in each class, and bells will ring to indicate the end of the period.  Each teacher will have a short presentation that will inform you about the curriculum of the course and the teacher’s expectations. 

Unfortunately in a high school, we typically have numerous extra-curricular activities that take place each evening so we have several teams that have games or competitions on August 28th.  Some of our coaches will, therefore, not be present at Open House; these coaches include: Corey Goldstein, Cindy Faulkner, Lisa Chapman, Jimmy Whittemore, Eric Blair, Dana Rogers, Lexi Bultman, Holly Thomas, Danielle Weaver, Brittany Betten, Andy Scott, Jeff Bettis, Chris Walker, Wade Stewart, Mike Candela, Steve Keuls, and Mike Pfeister.  Additionally, Dr. Gammill and Dr. Jezequel teach classes at KSU and will not be at KMHS for Open House.  If your child is in one of these teachers’ classes and you have questions or concerns, please email the teacher for more information about his/her class. 

We look forward to seeing you at Open House!


School pictures

Picture day is Thursday August 21 and Friday, August 22.  Students should have brought home the package options from Lifetouch last week.


Class of 2015

A couple of things for Seniors:

•             Senior pictures must be done by 9/1/14 and the retakes will be 9/4/14. Right now we are at 52% participation so PLEASE encourage the students to get their picture taken. If they go to lifetouch.com they can make an appointment.

•             Senior Ads in the yearbook will have 2 deadlines and they will be completed differently this year—all online! The online site is: www.jostensadservices.com. A direct link will be sent out soon to each parent of a senior in the school!

    By 10/6/2014

Full page – $400

½ page-$200

¼- $100

    By 10/27/2014

Full page- $450

½ page- $250

¼ page- $150


Kaplan SAT/ACT Practice Test and Parent Workshop:

Free ACT/SAT Combination Practice Test Kennesaw Mountain High School (sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep)

Saturday August 23, 2014 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Parent giveback night & score return Thursday September 4, 2014, 6:00 pm

Click here to register


Yearbook

The Yearbook will be on sale for $75 for a limited time only—you do not want to miss out because it’s going to be one of the best books yet!

Buy your book at: www. jostensyearbook.com


Reflections

Reflections theme for 2014-2015 is “the world would be a better place if…

Deadline is October 15, 2014.

Please see the “KMHS PTSA” website for rules and forms.


Certificate of Attendance Information

Certificates of Attendance are required to obtain both a Georgia Learner’s Permit and a Georgia Driver’s License for students under the age of 18. Certificates expire in 30 days.

Apply in the Attendance Office every Tuesday from 7:45-8:20 am. There is a $2.00 processing fee. Please note it may take three days to process this request.

THE FIRST DAY TO ORDER A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE FOR THE FALL 2014 SEMEMSTER IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 19TH


We need you!

PTSA is looking to fill a Co-Vice President position on the PTSA Executive Board. If you are interested please contact Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org.


Membership

Have you purchased your PTSA membership yet?  This is PTSA’s only fundraiser and we need your help to fund the events we will have this year.  We would love for parents AND students to join and have a voice and a vote in our Parent/Teacher/Student Association!

For every student membership purchased the student’s name will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to the NCG-Acworth theater.  Drawing will be held at the end of August.

Forms can be found in the front office or on the PTSA website. Get your membership today!


Parent/PTSA Needs Assessment

PTSA needs your help by either joining a committee or filling out an assessment.  Please click on this link to access the Parent/PTSA Needs Assessment.   This is your PTSA and we would like to know your ideas of how we can better serve the parents, teachers and the students.


Publix and Kroger

… will give back to the PTSA a percentage of your regular grocery purchases. 

For Publix – pick up a key tag in the Front Office.

For Kroger – After July 31 the store wiped away your school designation. Please go back in to choose our PTSA so we can start receiving the rewards.  If you are signing up for the first time, the instructions are found on the PTSA website under Documents.  Our school code is 104689.


 Kennesaw Mountain High School

Huge yard sale

This Saturday, 8/16/14

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

1898 Due West Road Kennesaw, GA. 30152

 Furniture,jewelry,small appliances,games,electronics,household items, toys, clothing, books, arts & crafts, c.d.s, DVDs, sports equipment, musical instruments, baby items and MUCH MUCH MORE!

 All items must go! No early birds please.

We are also doing a recycling drive. If you have any old, torn or stained clothing, shoes, belts, linens or stuffed animals you would like to donate, please bring them with you to the Yard Sale.


Fall Test Prep Online!

 Connect with MyClassConnection for convenient Test Prep Classes – from home computers!

PSAT Prep, SAT Prep and ACT Content Review/Prep

~Early Bird Discounts~

To learn more and to register,

please go to http://www.myclassconnection.com/

07
Aug

eNews 08/07/2014

From Administration

For the safety of all of our students and staff, we would like to remind parents not to drop off students on Kennesaw Due West Rd. on the hill leading into the school, or in the faculty parking lot. We prefer that you drop them off at the curb on the side of the building where the staff parking lot is. Also, please do not stop your vehicle on the crosswalks. We need to keep the crosswalks clear so that our students and staff can cross in a safe manner.

We really appreciate your cooperation. It’s been a great start to our year and we thank you all for your support.


Class of 2015

Prestige Portraits should have sent information about a summer senior portrait appointment to each student. The deadline for a minimum of one formal and one casual pose to be included in the yearbook is September 1st. If you did not get an appointment date/time or need to change the one you have, call 678-569-1315 or go to lifetouch.com.


Open House

Open House is Thursday, August 28th. It will begin with a Club Fair in the Cafeteria from 5:30-7:00. The Actual Open House will be from 6-7. Parents will follow students’ class schedules for 1st – 4th blocks, with 5 minutes to transition between classes.

A PTSA membership table will be in the cafeteria from 5:00 until 6:00. Memberships are $8.00 per person. We will also have volunteer sign-up sheets and the Parent Survey/Needs Assessment available.

At 7:00, right after you visit with your student’s teachers, KMHS’ 1st PTSA meeting of the 2014-15 school year will take place. Your presence will be much appreciated. The main item on the agenda is the adoption of this year’s PTSA budget. It is a short meeting but a very important one.


We need you!

PTSA is looking to fill a Co-Vice President position on the PTSA Executive Board. If you are interested please contact Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org.


Yearbook

The Yearbook will be on sale for $75 for a limited time only—you do not want to miss out because it’s going to be one of the best books yet!

Buy your book at: www. jostensyearbook.com


Reflections theme for 2014-2015 is “The world would be a better place if…”


Membership

Have you purchased your PTSA membership yet?  This is PTSA’s only fundraiser and we need your help to fund the events we will have this year.  We would love for parents AND students to join and have a voice and a vote in our Parent/Teacher/Student Association!

For every student membership purchased the student’s name will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to the NCG-Acworth theater.  Drawing will be held at the end of August.  Forms can be found in the front office or on the PTSA website. Get your membership today!


Parent/PTSA Needs Assessment

PTSA needs your help by either joining a committee or filling out an assessment.  Please click on this link to access the Parent/PTSA Needs Assessment.   This is your PTSA and we would like to know your ideas of how we can better serve the parents, teachers and the students.  


Publix and Kroger will give back to the PTSA a percentage of your regular grocery purchases.  

For Publix – pick up a key tag in the Front Office.

For Kroger – After July 31 the store wiped away your school designation. Please go back in to choose our PTSA so we can start receiving the rewards.  If you are signing up for the first time, the instructions are found on the PTSA website under Documents.  Our school code is 104689.


KMHS Yard Sale will be on Saturday, August 16th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.  

For more information, click here.


Fall Test Prep Online!

Connect with MyClassConnection for convenient Test Prep Classes – from home computers!

PSAT Prep, SAT Prep and ACT Content Review/Prep

~Early Bird Discounts~

To learn more and to register, 

please go to http://www.myclassconnection.com/

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Jul

eNews 07/13/2014

Class of 2015

Prestige Portraits should have sent information about a summer senior portrait appointment to each student. The deadline for a minimum of one formal and one casual pose to be included in the yearbook is September 4th. If you did not get an appointment date/time or need to change the one you have, call 678-569-1315.

Summer Community Service

ATTENTION KMHS FAMILIES:  If your student would like to earn up to five hours of community service this summer by serving homeless clients at MUST Ministries, please contact our PTSA Community Outreach Chairperson-Robin Saunders (columbiarobin@yahoo.com). We have scheduled the Summer Community Service project for Monday, July 21 from 10 am-1 pm.  Please contact Robin for full details.  Also, if you would like to serve on this PTSA committee for the 2014-2015 school year, please let her know.  Thank you!

Mustang Way / Freshman Orientation

The transition from 8th to 9th grade can be difficult for many students who graduate from middle to high school. In the ninth grade students are confronted with a new environment, rules, an exciting culture, and accountability. Course requirements are complex and demanding. The campus is challenging to navigate.  Suddenly the student is the youngest kid on the block.

The transition to a new school can be frustrating and overwhelming for the student.  Students are unsure of the expectations of the school, the teachers, and the students.  This frustration translate into lost opportunity of building a strong GPA from day one.  

Here are a few recommendations to help your 9th grade students adjust to high school.

- Have your ninth grader attend MUSTANG WAY!   The Mustang Way is a great way to learn about our school.  This is a half-day seminar presented by our student leaders about the expectations of the school, the teachers, and the student body.   This is your opportunity to talk with current students and ask questions to get ready for the best time of your life.  This program is for students only and has had a positive influence on previous freshmen adjusting to high school.   E-mail William.richardson@cobbk12 to sign up or ask questions. 

- Parents and students attend FRESHMAN orientation on July 31 from 10 am to 11:30 am.  Students will get their schedule and meet their teachers.   Students can pick up their books and the Parents can join PTSA, meet coaches and the Administrators, get information on how to get information on your students classwork, homework, monitor grades, and investigate ways to get involved in the school. 

- Freshman walk is on the 3rd of August from 2 to 4 pm.   This is the last opportunity for you and your freshman to walk the school before school starts on August 4th.   Teachers will not be here but the student government will be here to answer questions and assist your freshman to find the best way to get to each class. 

Students who participate in these events are familiar with the school and the expectations and start their high school life excited and calm.

Summer Reading Requirement

The Kennesaw Mountain High School English department believes that reading is an important activity that should not end when school is dismissed in May. To that end, we ask all students to read at least one book before taking their next English class and to complete an assignment while reading it or after starting the new semester, depending on the requirement for the specific English class. Assignments are typically due within a few days of the beginning of the semester in which students take English.

Please click here: https://sites.google.com/site/kmhssummerreading/home to find out what book(s) you should read in order to be prepared and to begin your semester successfully. Reviews on Amazon.com provide a good overview if you are wondering what the various books are about–but beware of spoilers!

Summer 2015

Have you ever dreamed about touching the Roman Colosseum?  Seeing the Sistine Chapel with your very own eyes? Eating authentic Italian and Greek food? How about climbing the Acropolis in Athens? Well wish no more because now you can! Coach G is putting together a wonderful trip to Italy and Greece for the 2015 summer. If you are interested in this wonderful opportunity to see these magnificent sites as well as many, many more, please contact him at Corey.Goldstein@cobbk12.org for more information. Spots are limited, so don’t wait too long!

Attention Parents

Kennesaw Mountain PTSA is looking for parents to serve on our committees for the 2014-2015 school year. We have many places to serve. There is even a place for you if you have a full time job!

We need committee chairs and members. Being a part of PTSA is a great way to be involved in your school and community. We need YOU!

If you are interested in a particular committee or just volunteering in general, please e-mail Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org

Football Fundraiser

Discount Cards are in.  If you would like one this year please let Coach Andy Scott know and he will be glad to personally bring one to you.  Cost this year is $20. 

These are just a few of the participating sponsors: Little Caesars, Texas Roadhouse, Tom+Chee, Stevi B’s, California Dreaming, etc.  Thanks in advance for your support of our program.

Coach Andy Scott, 478-542-4438 (cell), www.kmhsmustangfootball.com

Summer MATH BRIDGE Online Camp!

For students who have completed 9th Grade Coordinate Algebra and entering 10th Grade Analytic Geom/Coordinate Algebra

(Or need a timely Algebra Review for the PSAT, SAT or ACT)

“Connect” with your peers for 6 hours the week of July 21st to REVIEW and WARM UP for your 10th Grade Math Course!

We will Review the Critical Skills of Graphing Parent Functions, Solving Equations, Solving Quadratics by Factoring,

Working with Radicals, Simplifying with Exponents, and MORE!

(Bring your summer packet questions, too!)

To register for the July 21-25, 10 am – 11:15 am ONLINE LIVE Class,

go to

http://www.myclassconnection.com/summer-2014/summer-2014-camp-schedule/

 

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Jun

eNews 06/05/2014

Attention Class of 2014:

Congratulations to all graduates!

If you did not participate in the graduation ceremony, you may pick up your diploma next week on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday in the counseling office.  If you aren’t able to make one of these days, call the school to find out when the counseling office will be open later in the summer.  The Class of 2014 group picture is included with your diploma.

 

Class of 2015:

Prestige Portraits should have sent information about a summer senior portrait appointment to each student. The deadline for a minimum of one formal and one casual pose to be included in the yearbook is September 4th. Students who bring in 4 canned goods can receive $20 off an Ultimate or Deluxe sitting (offer ends August 2nd). If you did not get an appointment date/time or need to change the one you have, call 678-569-1315.

 

Summer Book Drive

The Cobb County Library Media Education Department is holding a book drive again this summer to benefit the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. Last year we collected over 10,000 books for this program as our way of placing books in the hands of our CCSD students year-round. Kennesaw Mountain is pleased to be a donation site for this drive. Our donation box will be in the school’s front office during the summer break. Please consider donating new or gently used books between now and June 26, 2014. Thank you!

 

Summer 2015

Have you ever dreamed about touching the Roman Colosseum?  Seeing the Sistine Chapel with your very own eyes? Eating authentic Italian and Greek food? How about climbing the Acropolis in Athens? Well wish no more because now you can! Coach G is putting together a wonderful trip to Italy and Greece for the 2015 summer. If you are interested in this wonderful opportunity to see these magnificent sites as well as many, many more, please contact him at Corey.Goldstein@cobbk12.org for more information. Spots are limited, so don’t wait too long!

 

Attention Parents:

Kennesaw Mountain PTSA is looking for parents to serve on our committees for the 2014-2015 school year.  We have many places to serve. There is even a place for you if you have a full time job!

We need committee chairs and members. Please review the attached committee descriptions and chose the best fit for you. Being a part of PTSA is a great way to be involved in your school and community. We need YOU!

If you are interested in a particular committee or just volunteering in general, please e-mail Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org

Camps

 KMHS Soccer Camp

For: Boys & Girls ages 6-13, all skill levels welcome!!

Dates: July 14th – 18th

Half Day: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Full Day: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Coach DePlanche at kmhssoccercamp@gmail.com

Phone: 678-758-2259

Visit www.kmhssoccer.org to register or for more info

Ask about our teacher discount!!!

 

  

Avoid Summer Brain Drain!

“Connect” with your peers in MyClassConnection’s Online Summer Camps!

Camps include: PSAT Prep, SAT Prep, and MATH Bridge Reviews

for several different courses.

To find out more and register before the early bird deadline of June 8th, please visit http://www.myclassconnection.com/

or email julie.truono@myclassconnection.com

 

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May

eNews 05/22/2014

From the Counseling Office:

 

Summer School – Click here to view all the summer school options and policies.

  • · Late Registration for traditional summer school:  May 28th from 8:00 a.m. – noon
  • · Where: KMHS Counseling Office
  • · Cost: $550 for 1 credit, $275 for ½ credit course. Cash, cashier’s check, or money order only (made out to KMHS)
  • · Summer School location: North Cobb High School
  • · Courses offered: CCGPS Coordinate Algebra, CCGPS Analytic Geometry, Mathematics of Industry & Gov, Multicultural Lit, Health, Personal Fitness.

 

FINAL Transcripts – Seniors must send a final transcript to the college they plan to attend. All colleges require this as proof of graduation. How to send a final transcript?

1. Through the Counseling Office (summer hours will be posted on the KMHS website).  Cost:  $2 per transcript.

2. After June 15th, graduates can use www.gacollege411.org for most in-state colleges

 


 

Fall AP Calculus Students

 

If you are currently registered for Advanced Placement Calculus AB next fall, we in the Mathematics Department look forward to working with you.  Our AP programs have been successful in the past and continue to grow from year to year – a reflection of the dedication and efforts of our students.

 

To aid in the continued success of the program, a packet has been created containing several exercises of prerequisite skills.  During the summer break, please work the problems and write your final responses on the answer sheets provided.  This packet should be completed before the fall semester, and you do need to bring it with you to class on the first day of school.  You can download and print the packet by visiting http://kmhs.typepad.com/stockton/ or http://mrsmorlanmath.com .

 

It is quite possible that some of the exercises in the packet will have “escaped” you.  There are many resources available to help in reviewing such forgotten concepts – the Internet, review software and books available at most media stores, etc.  You might also try getting together a couple of times with your calculus classmates to work on a few tough exercises.

 

If you need any further information now or during the summer, email Dr. Stockton at james.stockton@cobbk12.org or Mrs. Morlan at susan.morlan@cobbk12.org .

 

Thank you in advance for your time this summer to make next semester easier and more productive for all involved.  We should have a great semester, and we in the department are certainly looking forward to begin working with all of you.

 

Have a great summer!

Dr. Stockton and Mrs. Morlan


 

Attention Parents:

 

Kennesaw Mt.’s PTSA is looking for parents to serve on our committees for the 2014-2015 school year.

Many think that once our kids reach high school that the PTA doesn’t need your help any longer. Not true!!! We have many places to serve. There is even a place for you if you have a full time job!

We need committee chairs and members. Or sometimes just help setting up an event. Below are just some of the committees we need help with.

 

Hospitality – Chair, committee members and/or be on the list to drop off covered dishes when needed.

Community Service – Chair and Committee

Education Enrichment – Scholarship Committee or Teacher Grant Committee

Volunteer Committee – Be a volunteer on call.

Membership – Chair and Committee

Parent Involvement – Chair and Committee

Reflections – Committee

Senior Activities – help with Senior Treats, etc., help gather info seniors need to know.

 

A full list will be available soon on the KMHS PTSA website http://kmhsptsa.org

Being a part of PTSA is a great way to be involved in your school and community. We need YOU!

If you are interested in a particular committee or just in general, please e-mail Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org

 


Camps

KMHS Soccer Camp

For: Boys & Girls ages 6-13, all skill levels welcome!!

Dates: July 14th – 18th

Half Day: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Full Day: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Coach DePlanche at kmhssoccercamp@gmail.com

Phone: 678-758-2259

Visit www.kmhssoccer.org to register or for more info

Ask about our teacher discount!!!

Kennesaw “Softball” Camp

“For Aspiring Fast Pitch Players”

June 2th – 5th 2014

Youth Skills Camp 9am-1:00pm at Kennesaw Mtn. High School

Ages 6-13 Cost-$90.00 (pre-registered)

(100.00 walkup fee)

(Team discounts with 3 or more girls from one team)

$10.00 discount for siblings per child

Hosted By: High School Coaches

Featuring: College and High School Players

Kennesaw Mtn. High

For more information visit our team website’s to download registration forms and learn more about our camp or email Coach Chapman.

Lisa Chapman www.kmhssoftball.com Lisa.chapman@cobbk12.org

Girls Lacrosse Camp

Date: June 2nd – 5th

KMHS Turf/Track Field

Ages: 6-15

Payment Due: May 30, 2014

Two Options:

Full (2/3rd) $150 9-4pm (includes Lunch)

Half (2-5th) $100 1-4 pm

E-mail: kristina.mater@cobbk12.org

Please register and pay on www.kmhslax.com


Avoid Summer Brain Drain!

“Connect” with your peers for one or more of MyClassConnection’s Online Summer Camps!

Camps include PSAT Prep, SAT Prep, and Summer MATH Bridge Reviews for several different courses.

To find out more and register before the early bird deadline of June 8th, please visit http://www.myclassconnection.com/

or email julie.truono@myclassconnection.com

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Yearbooks

KMHS still has yearbooks available. If you would like one, please click the link below to purchase a yearbook online:

http://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/high-school-yearbooks.html .

Once a yearbook is purchased, it will take 24 hours to show up to the Yearbook staff and then you can pick it up at the school!


Teacher Appreciation Thank You!!!

KMHS PTSA would like to thank all the parents that donated desserts for the Teacher Appreciation Dessert Day. We had a nice selection and the teachers were well fed. We would also like to thank Massage Envy of Acworth for sending a team of therapists to provide 15 minute chair massages for our staff. The stress was flowing out the building!!! Teachers and staff were also provided a Free Full Service Car Wash from Autobell Car Wash — we thank them for their continued partnership with our school and PTSA! If you have a business or service and would like to partner with our PTSA, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at: President@KMHSPTSA.org


Scottish Rite Children’s Healthcare

Please donate new toys and games to Scottish Rite Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s play area called The Zone. The Zone operates on donations and is in need of brand new board games, video games, arts and crafts and movies. It is a great outlet for kids as they go through their treatments. So, please place your donations in the barrel at the front entrance or the one in the lunch room.

Deadline for donations will be the last day of school, May 21

Remember, all donations must be new because the patient’s immune systems are weak. Thank you so much in advance for your kindness and help in making the lives of CHOA kids a little brighter.

Below is a list of possible donations:

-nail polish-lip gloss-journals/diaries-Basketball goals you hang on the door -xbox one games-”cool” pens-sharpies-puzzle books-publix gift cards -target gift cards-amazon gift cards-hobby lobby gift cards -white t-shirts (for t-shirt painting)-movies-board games
-card games-beads-string-paint pens-smaller sports balls (footballs, basketballs, soccer balls)


From the Clinic:

It is that time of the year again when everything you have sent in to the clinic must go home! Please have your student come by and pick up any OTC medications, Epipens, inhalers or diabetic supplies before the end of the school year. Prescription medications must be picked up by a parent! No prescription medication can be released to a student (other than allergy or diabetic meds)!

If medications are not picked up by May 21st at 12 noon they will be destroyed per CCSD policy. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the clinic.


From the Counseling Office:

LIMITED Office Hours:

  • May 19 – May 22: Our office will be open before school from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. only. We will be closed the remainder of the day due to preparation of diplomas.

Summer School – Click here to view all the summer school options.  This includes traditional summer school as well as online options.

  • Early registration deadline for traditional summer school is May 16th.
  • Late registration for traditional summer school will be May 28th from 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Info for seniors:

  • FINAL TRANSCRIPTS –You must send a final transcript to the college you plan to attend. All colleges require this as proof of graduation. You must request your final transcript through our office, rather than GaCollege411.  When?  Before school (7:45-8:15), after school (3:30 – 3:45), or during lunch. Cost: $2 per transcript.  There will also be an opportunity to request final transcripts during graduation practice.  Bring the exact amount when requesting your final transcript.
  • OFFERED SCHOLARSHIPS??  Bring us a copy of your award letter for ANY scholarships you have been offered – including those you do not plan to use.  We want you to be recognized!
  • HOPE – Remember, you must apply for HOPE and Zell Miller!  It is not automatically granted.  You can apply by completing the FAFSA online (recommended method), or via www.gacollege411.org.

KMHS Senior Baccalaureate

Kennesaw Mountain High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes

looks forward to honoring all Mustang Seniors and their families at this special service. We will have a great message and our KMHS FCA band will provide music.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

2:00 – 3:30pm

Burnt Hickory Baptist Church

5145 Due West Road

Powder Springs, GA 30127

Reception immediately following

Please RSVP by May 17:

http://tinyurl.com/kmhsfcabaccalaureate

(please note – this is a new link)

[Seniors should arrive by 1:30pm with cap and gown. For more information, contact Ben Sparks, FCA president: 770.655.7165]


Attention Parents:

Kennesaw Mt.’s PTSA is looking for parents to serve on our committees for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Many think that once our kids reach high school that the PTA doesn’t need your help any longer.  Not true!!!  We have many places to serve.  There is even a place for you if you have a full time job!

We need committee chairs and members.  Or sometimes just help setting up an event.  Below are just some of the committees we need help with.

Hospitality – Chair, committee members and/or be on the list to drop off covered dishes when needed.

Community Service – Chair and Committee

Education Enrichment – Scholarship Committee or Teacher Grant Committee

Volunteer Committee – Be a volunteer on call.

Membership – Chair and Committee

Parent Involvement – Chair and Committee

Reflections – Committee

Senior Activities – help with Senior Treats, etc., help gather info seniors need to know.

 

A full list will be available soon on the KMHS PTSA website http://kmhsptsa.org

Being a part of PTSA is a great way to be involved in your school and community. We need YOU!

If you are interested in a particular committee or just in general, please e-mail Kathy Graham at President@KMHSPTSA.org


 Camps

KMHS Soccer Camp

For: Boys & Girls ages 6-13, all skill levels welcome!!

Dates: July 14th – 18th

Half Day: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Full Day: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Coach DePlanche at kmhssoccercamp@gmail.com

Phone: 678-758-2259

Visit www.kmhssoccer.org to register or for more info

Ask about our teacher discount!!!

Kennesaw “Softball” Camp

“For Aspiring Fast Pitch Players”

June 2th – 5th 2014

Youth Skills Camp 9am-1:00pm at Kennesaw Mtn. High School

Ages 6-13 Cost-$90.00 (pre-registered)

(100.00 walkup fee)

(Team discounts with 3 or more girls from one team)

$10.00 discount for siblings per child

Hosted By: High School Coaches

Featuring: College and High School Players

Kennesaw Mtn. High

For more information visit our team website’s to download registration forms and learn more about our camp or email Coach Chapman.

Lisa Chapman www.kmhssoftball.com Lisa.chapman@cobbk12.org

Girls Lacrosse Camp

Date: June 2nd – 5th

KMHS Turf/Track Field

Ages: 6-15

Payment Due: May 30, 2014

Two Options:

Full (2/3rd) $150 9-4pm (includes Lunch)

Half (2-5th) $100 1-4 pm

E-mail: kristina.mater@cobbk12.org

Please register and pay on www.kmhslax.com


 Summer Online Academic and Test Prep Camps!

Avoid Summer Brain Drain!

“Connect” with other students for an Online Summer Camp!

Camps include PSAT Prep, SAT Prep, MATH Courses’ Bridge, and MORE!

Early Bird Rates are offered now!

Go to http://www.myclassconnection.com to see schedule and to register!

Happy Summer to ALL!

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Certificate of Attendance Information

Certificates of Attendance are required to obtain both a Georgia Learner’s Permit and a Georgia Driver’s License. Certificates expire in 30 days.

Tuesday, May 13 is the last day to order Certificates of Attendance!!

Summertime Certificates are valid for the entire summer. You may pick them up in the Attendance Office on May 21, 2014.

Apply in the Attendance Office every Tuesday from 7:45-8:20 am. There is a $2.00 processing fee. Please note it may take three days to process this request.


From the Clinic:

It is that time of the year again when everything you have sent in to the clinic must go home! Please have your student come by and pick up any OTC medications, Epipens, inhalers or diabetic supplies before the end of the school year.

Prescription medications must be picked up by a parent! No prescription medication can be released to a student(other than allergy or diabetic meds)!

If medications are not picked up by May 21st at 12 noon they will be destroyed per CCSD policy.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the clinic.

 


From the Counseling Office:

Limited office hoursMay 19 – 22 our office will be open from 7:45 – 8:15 only due to diploma and graduation preparation.

Summer School – for information on summer school options and registration deadlines, click here (http://kmhs.typepad.com/schoolcounseling/summer-school.html)

Info for Seniors:

Offered any scholarships? If so, bring a copy of your award letter to the Counseling Office, even for scholarships you do not plan to use. We want you to be recognized!

FINAL Transcripts – You must send a final transcript to the college you plan to attend. All colleges require this as proof of graduation. You must request your final transcript through our office, rather than GaCollege411.

·   When do I request my final transcript? You can come by the Counseling Office before school (7:45-8:15), after school (3:30 – 3:45), or during lunch. Cost: $2 per transcript.

·   There will also be an opportunity to request final transcripts during graduation practice.

·   Bring the exact amount when requesting your final transcript.

Senior Scholarship Bulletin for May – To download the scholarship bulletin for May, click here.

All You Need to Know About Graduation:Important Informational Letter


KMHS Senior Baccalaureate

Kennesaw Mountain High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes

looks forward to honoring all Mustang Seniors and their families at this special service. We will have a great message and our KMHS FCA band will provide music.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

2:00 – 3:30pm

Burnt Hickory Baptist Church

5145 Due West Road

Powder Springs, GA 30127

Reception immediately following

Please RSVP by May 17:

http://tinyurl.com/kmhsfcabaccalaureate

(please note – this is a new link)

[Seniors should arrive by 1:30pm with cap and gown. For more information, contact Ben Sparks, FCA president: 770.655.7165]


Camps

KMHS Soccer Camp

For: Boys & Girls ages 6-13, all skill levels welcome!!

Dates: July 14th – 18th

Half Day: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Full Day: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Coach DePlanche at kmhssoccercamp@gmail.com

Phone: 678-758-2259

Visit www.kmhssoccer.org to register or for more info

Ask about our teacher discount!!!

Kennesaw “Softball” Camp

“For Aspiring Fast Pitch Players”

June 2th – 5th 2014

Youth Skills Camp 9am-1:00pm at Kennesaw Mtn. High School

Ages 6-13 Cost-$90.00 (pre-registered)

(100.00 walkup fee)

(Team discounts with 3 or more girls from one team)

$10.00 discount for siblings per child

Hosted By: High School Coaches

Featuring: College and High School Players

Kennesaw Mtn. High

For more information visit our team website’s to download registration forms and learn more about our camp or email Coach Chapman.

Lisa Chapman www.kmhssoftball.com Lisa.chapman@cobbk12.org

Girls Lacrosse Camp

Date: June 2nd – 5th

KMHS Turf/Track Field

Ages: 6-15

Payment Due: May 30, 2014

Two Options:

Full (2/3rd) $150 9-4pm (includes Lunch)

Half (2-5th) $100 1-4 pm

E-mail: kristina.mater@cobbk12.org

Please register and pay on www.kmhslax.com


 Chemistry Final Exam Review

LIVE, Online with MyClassConnection

Core, Magnet and Honors

8 hours or comprehensive Chemistry Review offered over your home computer

with a Master-Level GA Highly Qualified Chemistry Teacher.

(Last semester’s students LOVED Ms. Smiddy’s Review and all benefited from this class, per the Emails I received!)

May 12, 13, 14, 15 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Online, LIVE Teaching and Class Interaction with ability to ask questions

Register at http://www.myclassconnection.com/

Deadline to register is Friday, May 9th.

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Be sure to check out all the announcements including new information on Camps and a Chemistry Exam Review at the bottom of this newsletter!


Last Chance to see …

Auditory Overload

a fast-paced, toe-tapping, time traveling, musical revue

featuring the SUPER STARS of the 1950’s to now.

Twenty-eight of the school’s most talented performers

will be singing and dancing to the songs of Elvis, Etta James, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, The Beatles, Janis Joplin,

Sonny & Cher, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Journey, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Brittany Spears, Ricky Martin, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé,

and many, many more!!!

This is one you don’t want to miss!!!!!

May 2 & 3 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are $7 in advance. $10 at the door.

Tickets available at the school from 8:00 – 3:30 pm.

You may contact coy.dunn@cobbk12.org for more information.


TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and KMHS PTSA is organizing a wonderful week of events. We would like to thank Massage Envy and Autobell Car Wash for providing special treats for our teachers and staff! Our PTSA will provide lunch for the teachers on Wednesday, but we will also need your help! Teachers love nothing more than to know that they have made a difference in the lives of our students. This weekend, would you encourage your child to write a note of appreciation to his/her teachers. A kiosk will also be set up in the lunchroom during the week, in case they would like to take on this task at school. Notes can be delivered directly to the teacher. On Thursday, we are asking for parents to drop off homemade or “not-so-homemade” desserts for a Teacher Dessert Buffet. Please drop off the desserts in the front office and they will be delivered to a special room for their enjoyment. THANK YOU for all you do to support our teachers at The Mountain!


AP Exams will be administered May 5 – May 15.

Go to the AP blog for complete information: http://kmhs.typepad.com/ap/


KMHS SENIOR BACCALAUREATE

Kennesaw Mountain High School FCA looks forward to honoring all Mustang Seniors and their families at this special graduation service. We will have a great message and our KMHS FCA band will provide music.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

2-3:30pm

Burnt Hickory Baptist Church

5145 Due West Road

Powder Springs, GA 30127

Reception immediately following

Please RSVP by May 17:

www.tinyurl.com/kmhsbaccalaureate

[Seniors should arrive by 1:30pm with cap and gown. For more information, contact Ben Sparks, FCA president: 770.655.7165]


Attention all parents of KMHS Students: 

The KMHS Peer Leader group Sources of Strength is selling “Take a Break From Finals Care Packages” for your Students. 

These care packages may include snacks, a drink, and other fun surprises to ease the pain of finals!! 

Kristin Kneeland will take payments in the counseling office during the school day.  Cost is $5 and can be paid in cash or with a check made out to KMHS. Please write down your name and your student recipient’s name with payment.

Sales are open from Tuesday, April 29 and close on Thursday, May 8 at 3:30.  Care packages will be delivered to the student during the week of May 12.

Purchase one today and thank you for your support!!!


2014 Summer School- Click here to view summer school options.

Seniors – Have you been offered any scholarships?  If so, bring a copy of your award letter to the Counseling Office.  At graduation, there will be a powerpoint listing the names of the scholarships you have been offered.

Final Transcripts – Seniors must request to send a final transcript to the post-secondary institution they will attend.  Colleges must have proof of graduation.  Final transcripts can be requested before school or during lunch, in the Counseling Office.  There will also be an opportunity to request final transcripts during graduation practice.  The cost is $2 per transcript.  You must bring the exact amount.

Counseling Office Limited Hours  

  • May 19 – May 21:  Office will be open before school from 7:45 – 8:15 a.m. only.  We will be closed the remainder of the day due to preparation of diplomas.

Thank you for all you do for our school community.  Pine Mountain Middle School is in need of volunteers for the upcoming Reality Fair held at Kennesaw Mountain High School on Wednesday, May 7th from 9:30 am -3:15 pm, including lunch.  We have opportunities for a morning session from 9:30-11:30 am and afternoon session from 12-3:15 pm.  

The Reality Fair is a day long experience in financial training and literacy where students learn basic check balancing skills and how to write a check, identity theft and fraud, and how and why to save money.  Please email Amy Mollohan, amy@mollomania.com, to sign up for this valuable experience for our rising 9th grade students.  Feel free to share with others in your community. 


 CAMPS

KMHS Soccer Camp

For:  Boys & Girls ages 6-13, all skill levels welcome!!

Dates:  July 14th – 18th

Half Day: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Full Day: 8:00am – 4:00pm

Contact Coach DePlanche at kmhssoccercamp@gmail.com

Phone: 678-758-2259

Visit www.kmhssoccer.org to register or for more info

Ask about our teacher discount!!!

Kennesaw “Softball” Camp

“For Aspiring Fast Pitch Players”

June 2th – 5th 2014

Youth Skills Camp 9am-1:00pm at Kennesaw Mtn. High School

Ages 6-13 Cost-$90.00 (pre-registered)

(100.00 walkup fee)

(Team discounts with 3 or more girls from one team)

$10.00 discount for siblings per child

Hosted By: High School Coaches

Featuring: College and High School Players

Kennesaw Mtn. High

For more information visit our team website’s to download registration forms and learn more about our camp or email Coach Chapman.

Lisa Chapman www.kmhssoftball.com Lisa.chapman@cobbk12.org

 

 Girls Lacrosse Camp

Date: June 2nd – 5th

KMHS Turf/Track Field

Ages: 6-15

Payment Due: May 30, 2014

Two Options:

Full (2/3rd) $150 9-4pm (includes Lunch)

Half (2-5th) $100 1-4 pm

E-mail: kristina.mater@cobbk12.org

Please register and pay on www.kmhslax.com


Chemistry Final Exam Review

LIVE,  Online with MyClassConnection

Core, Magnet and Honors

8 hours or comprehensive Chemistry Review offered over your home computer

with a Master-Level GA Highly Qualified Chemistry Teacher.

(Last semester’s students LOVED Ms. Smiddy’s Review and all benefited from this class, per the Emails I received!)

 May 12, 13, 14, 15 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Online, LIVE Teaching and Class Interaction with ability to ask questions

 Register at http://www.myclassconnection.com/

Deadline to register is Friday, May 9th.

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The Georgia Department of Education has released the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

Please see the letter below for more information on the CCRPI and how Kennesaw Mountain ranked.


Scroll down to get last minute information about MyClassConnection’s Online MATH EOCT Reviews.


Volunteers needed for Hayes Elementary Spring Fling on April 26. Volunteers are needed from 10:00 – 2:30 and you can earn service hours. Please contact Beverly Pleinis at bevpleinis@aol.com or 678-860-3202.


The Theatre Department of Kennesaw Mountain High School

is extremely excited to present

Auditory Overload

a fast-paced, toe-tapping, time traveling, musical revue

featuring the SUPER STARS of the 1950’s to now.

Twenty-eight of the school’s most talented performers

will be singing and dancing to the songs of Elvis, Etta James, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, The Beatles, Janis Joplin,

Sonny & Cher, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Journey, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Brittany Spears, Ricky Martin, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé,

and many, many more!!!

This is one you don’t want to miss!!!!!

May 1, 2, & 3

at 7:30 pm

Tickets are $7 in advance. $10 at the door.

Tickets available at the school from 8:00 – 3:30 pm starting April 24.

You may contact coy.dunn@cobbk12.org for more information.


May 5-9 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Students please write your teachers, as well as staff members, letters to show them how much they are appreciated. Please deliver the letters to the teachers at any time during the week of celebration.


AP Exams will be administered May 5 – May 15.

Go to the AP blog for complete information: http://kmhs.typepad.com/ap/


2014 Summer School

Register in the KMHS Counseling Office. Cost: $550 for 1 credit course, $275 for ½ credit course. Cash or cashier’s check/money order. Checks will not be accepted.

· Early Registration Dates: April 28 – May 16

· Late Registration: May 28 from 8:00 a.m. – noon

This year, summer school will be hosted at North Cobb High School.

· Course offerings: CCGPS Coordinate Algebra, CCGPS Analytic Geometry, Mathematics of Industry & Government, Multicultural Literature, Personal Fitness, Health

· Summer School attendance days: June 2 – June 26, Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Session I: June 2-June 12, Session II: June 16-June 26). Full credit courses will run both session.

Students must provide their own transportation and lunch.

Online Summer School Options: (Download 2014 Summer CVA and GAVS info sheet). Visit websites for cost, course offerings, dates, etc)


Kennesaw “Softball” Camp

“For Aspiring Fast Pitch Players”

June 2th – 5th 2014

Youth Skills Camp 9am-1:00pm at Kennesaw Mtn. High School

Ages 6-13 Cost-$90.00 (pre-registered)

(100.00 walkup fee)

(Team discounts with 3 or more girls from one team)

$10.00 discount for siblings per child

Hosted By: High School Coaches

Featuring: College and High School Players

Kennesaw Mtn. High

For more information visit our team website’s to download registration forms and learn more about our camp or email Coach Chapman.

Lisa Chapman www.kmhssoftball.com Lisa.chapman@cobbk12.org


MyClassConnection’s Evening Online Review Classes!

CCCoordinate Algebra and CCAnalytical Geometry

(and Chemistry final exam review !)

Evening Review Workshops, from home computers!

because learning/reviewing doesn’t stop when the bell rings!

WHAT? 5 evenings (7.5 hours) of teacher-guided review of the EOCT Standards

WHERE? From the students’ homes – in our Virtual, online classroom!

(Computer, internet connection and speakers are all that are needed)

WHO TEACHES? GA Certified, Highly Qualified Teachers of the Course

How Much Does it Cost? Only $85

Classes start April 27th or 28th, depends on course – Deadline to register is Saturday!

For more information, class schedules, and registration please visit http://www.myclassconnection.com/

or call MyClassConnection at 770-363-8345.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Georgia Department of Education has released the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the school year 2012-2013. The CCRPI is the new statewide accountability system that replaces the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measure. In spring 2012, Georgia was one of 10 states granted waivers from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), which assessed student achievement based on results of standardized state tests such as the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for elementary and middle schools and the Georgia High School Graduation Tests. The new CCRPI goes beyond a single set of test results, rating schools for student achievement, academic progress over time and for closing the achievement gap for specific student groups.

What are the components of the CCRPI?
The CCRPI score for each school is calculated from three components: Achievement Points, Progress Points and Achievement Gap Points.

  • Achievement Points account for 60 percent of the overall school score and include state standardized tests, the SAT and ACT, graduation rates, core courses passed, Advanced Placement, and career pathways. A rate of 95 percent student participation is also required.
  • Progress Points account for 25 percent of the overall school score and gauge the growth students achieve from year to year. This score takes into account the rate of growth of similar groups of students in different schools and reports if students within the school are making similar gains.
  • Achievement Gap Points account for 15 percent, measuring the difference between performance of student groups including English language learners, students with disabilities and specific ethnic groups (referred to as “subgroups” by the state) and the overall Georgia student population.
  • Schools may also receive additional Challenge Points for demonstrating excellence in specified areas such as innovative practices and STEM certification. For the 2013-2014 school year, ratings for Financial Efficiency and School Climate will be added to the index.

The Georgia Department of Education will use the CCRPI to hold schools accountable for results, provide more prescriptive state support, and reward schools for high performance and progress.

What are the implications for the CCRPI for my school?

The CCRPI will assist our staff in understanding the extent to which we are successfully making progress in a number of key areas, such as content mastery, student attendance, and preparing students for the next level.  The index encourages us to take an in-depth look at student performance and readiness for college and career.  The CCRPI allows us to look across a broad range of measures rather than a single test score.

Regarding the released scores, we have a few points of concern that were shared with the state and among schools.  The continuous revision of the indicators many months after the conclusion of the school year, the inability to verify some of the numbers posted by the state, and the late release of the report prevent us from relying too heavily on the scores to drive our work. Eventually, greater consistency and validity is sure to come as the state continues to work through the implementation of the new index.

Our work of improving services for students began well before the release of this report.  At the end of the last school year, our staff reviewed and identified student performance areas upon which to focus.  We identified continued growth in the areas of math and science and closing the achievement gap among students as needs at our school and within our School Strategic Plan and have provided additional differentiation strategies for teachers and increased tutoring opportunities and EOCT preparation classes for students.  We have also provided teacher training in the areas of differentiation and collaboration. We realize that improving student achievement should be continuous and the release of the CCRPI is another opportunity to analyze our efforts, identify strategies in response, and to continue to improve student achievement for all of our students here at Kennesaw Mountain High School.  Although we will continue to work on improving our CCRPI score, we also note that with a score of 82.4 for the 2013 school year, we exceeded the district high school score of 77.4 and the state high school score of 72.0.   

At this time, I would like to thank our staff, our students, and you – the parents. I am proud of the work that our students and teachers have done throughout the year and if the support you provide for us. As we grow more accustomed to the CCRPI and its new measures, we expect to more tightly align our efforts and our performance as reflected in the CCRIPI score to increase.

If you would like more information about the College and Career Ready Performance Index, including reports for individual schools and districts and calculation methods, visit the Georgia Department of Education at visit http://www.gadoe.org/CCRPI/Pages/default.aspx.

Sincerely,

Kevin Daniel

Principal

 

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