Principal's Parent Update
April 23 , 2018
North Springs 2018 Prom - Tikis and Tuxedos was Friday night and it was a great success- students looked wonderful and partied all night. Thanks to Junior Class Sponsor Kristie Zachry, the junior class and all involved in making the event so special. Congrats also to North Springs for winning the $1500 Prom Safety Grant from the Fulton Youth Commission and sponsors, thanks to the winning media campaign submitted by students in Cam Lupiani's advanced graphics class. Read more in this weekend's SS Patch.
Saturday North Springs was the kick off site for Volunteering for a Better Sandy Springs sponsored by Leadership Sandy Springs. A number of Spartans along with Area Superintendent Dr. Nathalie Henderson were there. Mayor Rusty Paul welcomed hundreds of community volunteers and thanks to VBSS North Springs now has 300 new bales of freshly installed pine straw on our campus!
Final progress reports were given to students Thursday 4/19. With 5 weeks of school left, this is a perfect time to have conversations with teachers if your students' grades are not where they should be.
End of Course Testing (EOC) begins today, Monday 4/23
Testing at North Springs HS starts today, Monday April 23rd. The NSHS testing calendar link is included with this email, which includes all Georgia Milestone EOC courses, as well as AP Exams which begin May 7th.
Each day will either be a Blue or Orange Day, and students will attend those classes listed on the corresponding schedule. Monday 4/23 is an Orange day, so students will follow the Orange schedule.
Because testing will be heavily dependent on the student's electronic devices, we want to make sure students are bringing their devices every day to school. Students' devices should be charged, and students should bring their chargers in case their device's battery runs low. Students should also restart their computers before arriving on campus, to ensure any downloads and updates finish before testing starts. This was a concern last year, with the updates taking 15 minutes or more, causing students to start their EOCs late.
- Your students' teachers have been working hard to prepare our students for this round of Georgia Milestones testing, but we need your help to make sure your student has the best chance of scoring at their full potential.
- First and foremost, making sure students are well rested and mentally alert is an important key to students scoring well on these assessments.
- Getting students to school on time so they have time to decompress, and relax before entering the testing room is another important strategy.
- Lastly, making sure students have had something to eat before they get to school, or having breakfast at school feeds the brain and helps to ensure students have enough energy and stamina to complete the entire assessment. Eating a balanced breakfast, high in carbohydrates and protein are better than foods with a high sugar content
AP Bootcamp Calendar
Many of our Advanced Placement Teachers are offering "boot camp" sessions to prepare our students for the AP exams coming up in May. Please refer to the calendar below for these sessions. AP Review Calendar Schedule.pdf
Today is the last day to register for our 1st ever SpartanHacks- hackathon planned by our Computer Science and Women in Technology Clubs. It begins this Friday April 27 at 8pm and ends at 5pm on Saturday April 27. It will be held at ROAM Perimeter on Hammond Drive near the Dunwoody Marta Station. The cost is only $20 and you can register through our online payment systerm. To volunteer to help, contact Carol Ciepluch at pr@northsprings or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Juried Art Show is Friday
The art department ist pleased to invite you to their Annual Juried Art Show in NS Art Gallery Friday from 6-7:30pm. Our guest judge is Caty Coplin, Art Director at 22squared -the gallery is full of amazing art.
Freshman Academy News
Check out the great things happening in our Freshman Academy. Freshman Academy Newsletter April.pdf
Laws of Life Essay Winners
The Georgia Laws of Life Essay Contest is a statewide writing and character education program for students in grades 9–12. Students are asked to select a maxim or "Law of Life" (such as "Honesty is the best policy"), and to write an essay explaining how the maxim applies to the students’ lives. The essay contest, which fits easily into Core Curriculum Standards, gives students an opportunity to reflect on important life lessons while working on critical writing skills. The contest also allows schools to easily implement state-mandated character education requirements. Last year, 64 high schools participated in the contest, 48,836 Georgia students wrote a Laws of Life essay, and more than $22,000 was awarded to students and teachers. For 2017-2018, Congratulations to English Department and North Springs winner, junior Abraham Godinez and 11th grade honorable mention recipients Tyler Lovelace and Madeline Burns.
Senior Exit Survey
The Fulton County Senior Exit survey is available for our senior students, the class of 2018 to complete. Please click on the following link to complete the survey. http://school.fultonschools.org/hs/northsprings/Pages/default.aspx
Summer Bridge Information
North Springs is pleased to announce the 2018 Summer Bridge Program for rising 8th grade, future 9th grade students. Summer Bridge 2018 Registration is now OPEN! Click this link to register your North Springs High rising 9th-grade student. After registering your student, use this Online School Payment form to submit payment. Summer Bridge 2018 Program Overview.pdf
Senior Orange Envelopes
The Senior Parents' committee will be giving every senior a large orange envelope at graduation practice - as a surprise. Please invite your friends and relatives to mail a congratulatory note or card *8.5 x 11" or SMALLER) to the Spartan senior in their life addressed with the students' full name; c/o NSCHS - Senior Orange Envelopes - 7447 Roswell Rd. Sandy Springs, GA. 30328 by MAY 11th. The notes will be collected and put in your child's envelope!
Senior Yard Signs
The senior parent committee is excited to offer graduation signs to families of our seniors for $40.00 per sign. Please look at the samples below. If your child has not committed to a college, you may purchase your sign now and provide that information later. Signs are also available with only the North Springs logo. We will let you know when your sign is ready for pick-up at the front desk of the school.
Please make your payment through PayPal at the following link: NS18Senior@gmail.com. In the memo section of PayPal include your student's name. Make sure to use Friends and Family so there is no service charge. To customize your yard sign, email the following information to NS18Senior@gmail.com:
Student's name as it should appear on the sign. Specifically, tell us if you want your students first name only, or first and last names.
Name of the college if you want this included. We have the logos.
Number of signs –Large yards look better with two signs. These also make great gifts for your friends!
If you need help setting up a PayPal account, you may email us at NS18Senior@gmail.com, and we will contact you. If you absolutely require another method for payment, email us to work out the details.
Senior parents are working hard to provide a few extras for your students, including orange envelopes (information will be sent to you soon) and an end-of-the-year event. We hope your child enjoyed the cookies after fall exams and the Valentine's Day treats. We need donations to make this happen. Please consider adding $25-$100 to help with spring events.
Important Information when Dropping Students Off in the Morning
A reminder about car traffic and rider pick up and drop off inside campus. Many parents enter North Springs HS from Roswell Road, and attempt to drop students off right at the top of the hill. This poses safety problems for our students as people stop unexpectedly at the corner. There was a fender bender this week at this precise point which snarled traffic even more than normal. This corner at the top of the hill is a designated cross walk, and stopping also creates a hazard for students crossing. Please proceed into the parking lot to the designated drop off area to ensure students are dropped off safely.
Would you rather make a payment anytime from the comfort of your own home?
If so, please visit our new payment site where you can now pay your student's school fees by debit or credit card online using a web browser from any location, 24 hours a day.
Non Refundable Convenience Fee: 4% of transaction plus .35cents http://osp.osmsinc.com/fultonga
MARTA CARDS NOW AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON LINE FOR $15.40 PLUS FEES FOR A LIMITED TIME. *Cards are still available to purchase with cash in the Media Center.
VISIT our home page AND CLICK ON THE icon at the bottom right of the front page. BRING THE RECEIPT NUMBER THAT IS GENERATED WHEN THE PURCHASE IS COMPLETED TO MRS. ROBERTS – BOOKKEEPER LOCATED IN THE MAIN OFFICE.
Students Ordering Food for Delivery at School
Students are not allowed to order food to be delivered to school throughout the day by delivery drivers, i.e., Uber Eats. In addition, students are not allowed to leave the building to meet delivery drivers either on campus or just off campus. This is a violation of Fulton County policy, but more importantly raises safety concerns with students leaving the building without permission, and propping doors open to get back inside. Administrators will begin cracking down on this, with disciplinary consequences being issued to students who leave the building.
School Dress Code
Students are not allowed to wear hats, bandannas, or other non-religious headwear in the building. This also included hoodies. Students will be asked to remove them when entering the building.
School Checkout Procedures
A reminder that all students who are picked up by parents must check out through the attendance office before leaving school. Failure to check out can result in class absences and discipline consequences.
Building Opens at 7:30
Just a reminder that the building opens up for students at 7:30 each morning. Students are to remain outside the building until 7:30 when supervision starts.
Congrats 2018 National Merit Scholars!
Jared Coffsky, Daniel Lopez, Eric Miller and Claudia Chu!
Our Top 10 with all 10!
This photo now includes #9 Jacob Lewis
Perfect legacy gift for your grad Class of 2018!
The perfect gift for birthdays or graduation. Order @ www.bricksrus.com/order/nschs and you'll support our ACDC* students who install them in the brick plaza around the flagpole. *Architecture, Construction & Design!
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Scott Hanson, Principal
North Springs Charter High School