Message from Dr. Spurka
A Time to Celebrate
This time of year is one of the busiest but also one of my favorite! Next week we will start our testing season, and it is hard to believe that graduation will be here soon! I am very proud that each spring we take time to celebrate the accomplishments of our school and our amazing students. This week we were recognized as an outstanding high school due to our students' performance in AP courses as well as our overall participation. We are very proud that Cambridge High School has been named an AP Merit School for having 20% of our students participate in at least one AP course, as well as an AP STEM School, and an AP Humanities School. Cambridge was also named an AP STEM Achievement School for having over 40% of our students taking an AP course score a three or better on the exam.
The celebration only begins there! Over the next week, we will be celebrating the achievements of over 500 of our fantastic students. On Monday we will hold our annual Honors' Night in which students will be recognized for their academic accomplishments. Students received invitations to Honors' Night this week. In addition, we will recognize our VIP students in our annual VIP Breakfast ceremony on Friday, starting at 7:45 am. Each staff member was asked to recognize one or two students who have served as positive citizens in their class and around our school. These students have had a positive impact on our teachers and are recognized as a Cambridge VIPs. Students recognized as VIPs will receive their invitations early next week.
Our largest celebration will be when we honor and recognize the "Class of 2018" at graduation on Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 pm. There will be more information forthcoming about our graduation ceremony.
This time of year, there is more pressure and stress on our students to perform on high stakes testing and also some of our athletic programs head into state playoffs. It is important that we not put all our focus on results of test scores or final grades, but recognize the efforts of all our students, and the progress they have made in making our high school one of the highest performing high schools in our nation. I could not be more proud of our students, for their hard work in the classroom and their positive behavior around our school. Go Bears!
End of Course Testing (EOC)
Week one - April 23 - 27
Note some test locations have changed for week one (4.22.18), see Testing Locations below.
Monday we begin EOC testing for all students taking Economics, US History, 9th Literature, and 11th Literature. Testing dates include all classroom and online students for EOC subjects. To accommodate EOC testing this year, EOC exams will be taken before the academic day begins. The academic day will begin on a delayed start (see schedule below).
Students who are not testing are not required to be at school until the academic day begins. Buses will run on their regular schedule and students arriving before 8:20 am will report to the cafeteria. Students arriving after 8:20 am and before the end of EOC testing for that day must enter the school through the cafeteria doors. Parents/guardians dropping students off can enter through the Bethany Bend entrance and continue down the side of the building facing Kings Ridge and drop students off at the cafeteria doors. Cars should exit at the Cogburn Rd. entrance.
During testing, students cannot enter through the front doors or be in the academic halls. A limited number of passes to the Student Center will be available only through the cafeteria.
We encourage students to know where their testing location is before coming to school. For a list of all room assignments for week one, see Student Testing.
Students with accommodations should report to the room indicated on the room list. Once they report in, the proctor will give these students additional directions.
Bell schedule for the week of April 23
Monday, April 23:
EOC Testing: 8:20 - 10:40 am
- US History
Academic day begins at 10:50 am
Tuesday, April 24:
EOC Testing: 8:20 - 11:20 am
- 9th Literature Part 1
- 11th Literature Part 1
Academic day begins at 11:30
Wednesday, April 25:
EOC Testing: 8:20 - 11:20 am
- 9th Literature Part 2 & 3
- 11th Literature Part 2 & 3
Academic day begins at 11:30 am
Thursday, April 26:
EOC Make up day
Students needing to make up an EOC will be notified of their testing time and location
Additional information regarding EOC exams:
- All EOC exams will be administered through students' Fulton County issued Microsoft Surface. If your student was not issued a Microsoft Surface, parents/guardians must request a Surface for their student by completing a Device Checkout form. Requests must be submitted as soon as possible.
- Students with Fulton County issued Microsoft Surfaces must have the DRC icon on their desktop. If your student does not have this icon, or if his/her Surface is not in working order, the student must take the Surface to the Student Center immediately have these issues corrected.
- Fulton County regularly pushes updates to student-issued Surfaces. Students must restart their device to receive these updates. Failure to receive updates may interfere with the optimal operation of a student's Surface. For more information and instructions on restarting the Surface, see Tech Tips for Students.
- During peak testing times, Fulton County Schools will be limiting access to several high-volume websites that take significant bandwidth away from our network. Specifically, on April 12, 16, 18, 23 and 24, from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm FCS will be limiting access to streaming video (YouTube) district wide. By taking this preventative measure, we will preserve our network bandwidth for online testing.
Weekly Bell Schedules: Summary of Exam Dates:
End of Course (EOC) Exams
April 23 - May 3
May 7 - 18
Senior Final Exams
May 17 - 23
9th - 11th Final Exams
May 21 - 24
Final Exam Exemptions Opens - April 26
Final Exam Exemptions Closes - May 4
Senior check out and scholarship award information
Fulton County requires all graduating seniors to submit their post-graduation plans electronically through the Senior Check Out Form by May 4th. The link may be found on the homepage of the Counseling website under Announcements at www.cambridgehscounseling.org or by visiting https://tinyurl.com/BearCheckOut. If the student is not planning on attending a college next year, he/she should write one of the following on the form: work, gap year, military or any other specific plan. Additional instructions are provided on the Senior Check Out Form.
An official FINAL transcript is required by the college a student plans to attend to verify graduation from high school. Final transcripts will be processed after the final grades are posted (tentative release date June 1st.) The transcript needs to be requested through Parchment.com or the same online program that was used to send the initial transcript to the college for admissions (for example, Common Application, SEND Edu, or Parchment). If the final transcript is being sent to AN ORGANIZATION (Sorority, Fraternity, Scholarship, etc.) OR A PERSON, Parchment.com must be used.
As part of senior check out, Fulton County also requires students to report their total scholarship amount awarded for their duration at college, including the HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships, at https://tinyurl.com/BearScholarship. The collective total of the senior class will be shared at our graduation ceremony. Scholarship information must be submitted by Friday, May 4th.
- Seniors on May 14th during all lunches
- Underclassmen on May 15th during all lunches.
On May 16 we will sell any remaining books for $100 cash only beginning at 7:30 am at the aux gym concession stand. We will sell until we run out, which we did last year!
Seniors/and senior parents: check and be sure that you purchased both an ad AND a book! We have been looking over the lists, and there are quite a few parents who purchased an ad, but still have not purchased the yearbook.
Graduation and Senior Information
Class of 2018
Find the latest information for Seniors and The Class of 2018 Graduation on the Senior page.
Course Registration for 2018-2019
Timeline and important dates:
|April 18||Third Course Verification Form distributed to students|
|May 24||Final Course Change deadline|
On Wednesday, April 18, students received Interim Progress Reports and 9th through 11th grade students received third-round Course Verification Forms. The third-round is your student's last opportunity to confirm his/her requests for next year and ensure that he/she has selected a total of six credits. If the form is correct, there is no need to return the form. Changes to the form will need to be made by April 27. Your student should return the form to the front office.
If your student has requested to take an online course by the May 24, 2018 deadline, they must register for the online course(s) through Fulton or Georgia Virtual Schools. Online courses cannot be requested after the May 24 deadline. Please refer to the instructions on the form for registration instructions.
Dual Enrollment courses require students to meet both the guidelines and the deadlines set-forth by both Fulton County Schools and by the dual enrollment institution of choice. A student's failure to meet any guidelines and deadlines will result in the appropriate reassignment of courses to meet graduation requirements. For more information on Dual Enrollment, please visit Cambridge Counseling.
Additional resources can also be found at www.cambridgehs.org, "About" and "Academics." The final day to make any change to a student's courses for next year (including online) is May 24, 2018.
Student Council/Class Application
The deadline for students to submit their application for Student and Class Council has been extended.
Tech Tips for Students
Technology check - Effective immediately, all students will need to restart their Surface each day as we begin to prepare for the April End of Course (EOC) tests. ...read more information.
Fulton County student email - It is critical for all students to check their Fulton County email every day. For more information on accessing Student Fulton County email from any device...read more information here.
FCS Issued Surfaces
All Microsoft Surface devices will be collected in May to allow Fulton County School to perform their summer clean up of the devices. Any files saved on the Surface hard drive will be lost when the device is re-imaged. Please discuss with your child the importance of moving any important files to Cloud Storage like OneDrive. For more information, see the Tech Tip article below.
May 11 - Seniors must return their Surface and accessories to the Student Center and pay any fines for loss or damage.
May 14 - All other students must return their Surface and accessories during their scheduled lunch study hall the week of May 14.
All fines for loss or damage must be paid when the device is returned. Seniors will not receive their diploma if they have not been cleared by the Student Center. All other students will not be able to check out a Surface next school year until their fines have been paid.
Microsoft Surface 3 Fines:
|Lost / stolen|
- 1st offense $250
- 2nd and subsequent offense(s): full replacement cost $885*
- 1st offense: $100
- 2nd and subsequent offense(s): $300
|Accessories - Lost or damaged|
- Keyboard: $130 each
- Pen: $60 each
- Case: $40 each
- Power Brick: $20 each
- Power cord (USB) - $20 each
* Full replacement cost for devices includes the device, all accessories, software licenses and setup.
MATURE AUDIENCE/STRONG LANGUAGE AND CONTENT/PG-13
Schedule your Senior Portrait with BPI for June 19 - 20, 2018 at Cambridge High School.
For more information...
Portrait and Planning your Portrait
SAT/ACT Free Practice Tests
Applerouth will be hosting free practice tests for the SAT and ACT on April 21 and 22. Afterward, students will receive a detailed score analysis to help understand areas of strength and opportunity. To sign up for a practice test, please visit applerouth.com/testdrive.
Summer School - 2018
Registration is now open
Summer School is an opportunity for Fulton County high school students to accelerate or recover credits during the time between school years. Face-to-face and virtual offerings exist, and often
provide students with a broader array of options than those available during the school year.
For more information and enrollment dates, please see the flyers below.
State TSA Winners
Congratulations to Annikka Fairfield and Chris Fettes who won first place in Architectural Renovation at the State TSA Convention.
National Latin Exam
Cambridge Earns Top Honors
Cambridge Latin students put their knowledge of the classics, the Latin language, and Roman culture, to the test last month by competing in the National Latin Exam. These three represent the best in the nation, earning top honors among students from across the country. For their achievement, they were awarded the Summa Cum Laude certificate and the gold medal. The NLE is sponsored by the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League.
Pictured left to right - Nia Worrell, Ashley Sechrest, Alex King
Governor's Honors Program
Finalist Representing Cambridge
Congratulations to Cherise Kim (Social Studies), Austin Farr (Engineering Computer & Software Engineering), and Param Bhandare (Engineering Computer & Software Engineering) GHP Finalist.
The Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Activities are designed to provide each participant with opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to become independent, life-long learners. Less than one percent of Georgia's 10th and 11th graders will be selected to attend the 2018 GHP. Being nominated to represent Cambridge High school in Fulton County Schools' district-level interviews is a testament to the student's abilities.
Cambridge SkillsUSA in Top Eight
Cambridge SkillsUSA was selected in the top eight out of 17,000 technical skills classrooms by being recognized as a "National Model of Excellence" by the National SkillsUSA organization. The honor recognizes chapters that exemplify the ideals of SkillsUSA and serve as a model for other chapters to emulate. This summer, Cambridge will compete to be recognized as the top program in the Nation. Cambridge is the only school in Fulton County recognized as a Model of Excellence chapter.
SkillsUSA President Luci Allen and
Vice-President Ayush Kumar
reading the email notifying the chapter
that it was selected as a
National Model of Excellence
Cambridge Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to Julie Hink our Cambridge Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Hink runs our College and Career Center. She has spent many years and continues to spend endless hours working with our students and our College Recruiters to provide valuable information to assist our students with making one of the biggest decisions of their life - choosing the perfect college.
Thank you, Ms. Julie Hink
NWLC Assistant Principal of the Year - Ms. Kim Premoli
Congratulations to our own Ms. Kim Premoli, NWLC Assistant Principal of the Year!
Becky Yarbrough Crest of Honor Recipient
Congratulations to Ms. Sybil Laursen our Becky Yarbrough Crest of Honor recipient for February. Ms. Laursen is a teacher in our Special Ed. Department working with students in the CBI program. Ms. Laursen is recognized for her professionalism and driving spirit to push her students academically, behaviorally, and to grow in their life skills.
Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Valedictorian Michael Wallace and Salutatorian Alejandro Becerra.
Cambridge FFA Ag Communications Places 1st in State
Congratulations to the Cambridge Ag Communications team who placed first in the State. These students will represent Georgia at the National FFA competition in October.
Ag Communications Team: Delaney Goodell, Allie Maloney, Maddie Feely,
and Annika Phelps
Cambridge FBLA Places at State Conference
Congratulations to the
Cambridge FBLA Chapter for a successful State Conference. Of the 37 students
competing, 16 were among the top ten in Georgia, and four are advancing to the
National Conference this summer.
SkillsUSA State Competition
Cambridge SkillsUSA rocked state competitions. Christine Lim was elected as a State Officer. The Cambridge chapter has had a State Officer every year since beginning our chapter.
Congratulations to the Cambridge SkillsUSA Chapter and the 76 students who medaled; 42 of them gold.
View individual results here.
Thank you Roswell High School for your friendship!
Prom Contest Winners
Thank you to the volunteers and your pet therapy dogs.
Congratulations to the Cambridge Lady's Lacrosse for joining the Nike/US Lacrosse South Girls' Top Ten. The 2017 6A state runners-up captured the ranking with their 8 - 1 record.
State Leadership Conference
HOSA (Future Healthcare Occupations) competed March 8-10 at the State Leadership conference with 4400 students in attendance.
Cambridge had 14 out of 16 advance to round 2 and 5 students with 1 round of competition.
- Ashna Gopali, Medha Kallem, and Anjnee Rana placed 2nd in Public Health Presentation and can continue to the International Conference in June.
- Katie Abbott and Frank Harris placed 4th in CPR/First Aid
- Kai Abiola placed 7th in Transcultural Health
- Megna Reddy placed 10th and Rachel Kang 15th in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences.
- Manav Kumar, Sid Marupudi, and Dilan Shah placed 11th in Public Service Announcement
Please congratulate these students for their hard work outside of school. Many students they are competing against have health career classes that prepare them at school.
Winners of the STEM Black History Month Video Contest
Congratulations to:2nd Place: Charles Drew by Audrey Smith & Sania Shaikh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvwiW5Do-0Y
1st Place: Shirley Ann Jackson by Madeleine Hess
Shirley Ann Jackson by M Hiss.MOV
3rd Place: Shirley Ann Jackson by Allison Larson & Caroline Redick https://youtu.be/StjjEZeg-54 https://youtu.be/StjjEZeg-54
Thank you to all the students who participated. I will send an email to the teachers containing the names of their students who entered videos in the contest.
National FFA Week
Cambridge Ag students host local preschools for Farm Day
Cambridge Host French Students
Cambridge students welcomed French exchange students from Lycée Parc De Vilgénis near Paris. The French students and teachers spent two weeks learning about our school, American culture, and visiting Georgia.
Cambridge Teacher and Professional of the Year
Congratulations to Ms. Renee Jerome the 2018 "Teacher of the Year." Ms. Jerome teaches for our Special Education Department. (left)
Our "Professional of the Year" is Ms. Carol Bybee. Ms. Bybee works in the administration office. (right)