Principal's Parent Update
February 12, 2019
A reminder this week is a full school week, with Friday February 16th being one of the make-up days from Hurricane Irma. Students will be off on Monday, February 19th for President's Day.
We are proud today to announce our Top 10 Spartans, those students with the highest GPA! Of the 10 - only Jacob Lewis was out of town, so we will take another photo when Jacob return and host our traditional Top 10 luncheon for the students and their parents. Congratulations to all for the hard work you put in to realize this achievement!
And the Top 10 are . . .
10. Abigail Kemp, 9. Jacob Lewis, 8. Mia Schwartz, 7. Zacari Tatum, 6. Mary Frances Kitchens, 5. Gidon Kawalsky, 4. Daniel Lopez, 3. Claudia Chu and 2. Eric Miller (Salutatorian) and 1. Jared Coffsky (Valedictorian)!
Athletics Congrats Boy's Basketball! Saturday the team beat Banneker HS to finish as the #3 seed in the Region and are now headed to the !st Round of the STATE playoffs! The Spartans will take on Southwest Dekalb HS this Saturday - February 17 at 3pm at Southwest Dekalb HS - come out and support the players and coaches and GO SPARTANS!!Springs sports are underway- here is this week's calendar.
Spartan Spectacular 2018
The Spartan Nation/PTO and Foundation is excited to announce the 2018 SPARTAN SPECTACULAR Fundraiser on Saturday, February 24th from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at the Country Club of Roswell. It is North Springs Charter High School's largest annual fundraising event. It's a fun night with casino games, live and onlne auction items and everyone's help is needed to make it successful!
You can participate in many different ways:
- Sign up to be a volunteer to help with the event. Click this link to volunteer http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084aadaa22aa8-spartan
- Donate items (goods or services) for the auction. If you would like to donate an item, please complete the attached form and email to Theresa Wooldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Purchase a ticket and come to this incredible fun filled night of casino games, music, entertainment, great food, and friends! Click this link to purchase tickets https://spartanspectacular18.auction-bid.org/microsite/
- Encourage all of your friends to purchase a ticket and attend this wonderful event
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the event!
School Governance Council - candidate declaration period is now open!
The North Springs SGC candidate and elections are just around the corner. We have 1 parent position (2 yr) and 1 teacher position (2 yr) open. If you are interested in being a part of the SGC and and want to help ensure the success of North Springs, please consider running for a seat on SGC. Below are eligibility guidelines and a link to the declaration form. The candidate declaration phase begins Monday, February 5th and ends Friday, February 23rd at 5pm. We will address the community member and school employee seats in May. Candidates who wish to run for re-election should visit our charter system website on February 5th. Click here for nomination form
Eligibility Requirements for All Council Members
· May only serve on 1 School Governance Council at a time
· May NOT be an elected official of a government entity
· Must be the ONLY member of their family serving on the Council
· Must be 18 years of age or older (with the exception of high school student members)
· Must have a child enrolled at the school for the duration of the term they declare candidacy for
· May NOT be an employee of the school
· May NOT be the parent of a child enrolled at the school
· Must be a school-based employee with a "home school"
· Must be paid from teacher salary schedule
We have been fielding calls about when graduation is. The short answer is, we are waiting on Verizon Amphitheater to confirm the dates with us. We selected two dates, May 22nd and May 23rd, both at 7:00 pm. It will be either one of those dates. When we signed the contract with them, we were told it would be the 1st of February that we would be locked in. All schools that are using the Verizon Amphitheater are in the same boat as NS right now; waiting. We have been told to expect confirmation of our dates this week. Once we know, we will share it.
Be on the look out
This next item is for general information, to make our parents aware of a new trend that has potentially harmful effects on students. Cigarette alternatives have been around for a while, and are starting to become more prevalent among teenagers. E-cigs, vapes, Juuls, Heat not Burn, etc., are all dangerous alternatives to cigarettes that are highly addictive, and more harmful to your health than cigarettes. The Fulton County Code of Student Conduct (page 13, Rule 14), specifically calls out these devices as violations of the code and will result in disciplinary action. This video from a news station in Virginia is a good introduction to these dangers, and what you can look for.
Upcoming Events for Rising 8th Grade Students coming to North Springs
Feb. 14th and Feb. 15th- Sandy Springs Middle School visits North Springs. SSCMS students ride a bus and visit North Springs with their teachers/counselor. This is a great opportunity for our SSMS students to visit campus and see what the "buzz" is all about.
March 20th- Rising 9th grade student/parent night- All MS parents slated to attend North Springs in the Fall will be invited to meet our school principal, 9th grade academy administrator, teachers as well as see other important aspects of high school- Athletics, Theatre, JROTC, AVID, Clubs, etc. Counselors will also give an overview on credits and graduation. Refreshments are normally served and provided by our Spartan Nation PTO & Foundation. This is an informative event and open to all incoming 9th grade students and parents.
International Skills Diploma Seals
We are excited to be able to offer you the opportunity to earn the International Skills Diploma Seal this year. This is a new opportunity for our students, and one of the first in Fulton County. This seal is a signal to colleges and employers that the individual who receives it is prepared to participate in the global economy. The first requirement to be awarded the seal is completion of certain required courses. To identify our seniors that have these required courses, we are asking that all seniors complete this brief survey (click "this brief survey). We need this survey to be completed by Monday, February 12. We will go over all of the requirements with the students that have the required courses once surveys are complete. If you would like to see more information about the requirements prior to that meeting, please click here to see the state website. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Julie Ferris at email@example.com.
Survey Link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=mLHcDGmBcEu6n9p-O6cAwqITw-jFMPpBux_5QOVnhU5UMzRJN0QwRDVKWExRRlFCTVdORjZFTTBYUC4u
State Website: http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/International-Skills-Diploma-Seal.aspx
Information about Registering for Courses Next Year
The following information pertains to the 2018-2019 scheduling timeline for your students' courses (core and electives), as well as some details of each event. We hope that the majority of your questions would be answered regarding your student's schedule.
- February 1- 9: Teachers are making core class recommendations for students using the county issued High School Initial Placement Guidelines 2018-2019.
- February 9, 2018: Current 9-11th grade students receive elective form to take home for consultation with parent(s); make elections for elective courses; and use said form on February 16 to transfer information to color coded form. Elective teachers will also provide guidance and clarification about selecting electives.
- February 16, 2018: Students bring their elective forms to transcribe selections to color-coded form. Students are to give these completed forms to their homeroom teacher.
March 1, 2018: Anticipated advisement date for students to receive their 1st course recommendations report. A course recommendations report contains a list of all courses, (core and elective) that your student has been recommended to take. The student turns in the recommendations form, with or without changes, by Monday, March 5, directly to the Counseling Center.
- March 16, 2018: Anticipated advisement date for students to receive their first course recommendations report. The student turns in the recommendations form, with or without changes, by Monday, March 19, directly to the Counseling Center.
- March 30, 2018: No additional changes can be made to schedules after this date.
- April 9, 2018: Final course recommendations will be sent home.
- North Springs Academic Catalogue on School Website: A comprehensive document containing curriculum information, course pre-requisite information, etc. is available on the counseling page or at the link below North Springs Charter High School 2018-2019 Curriculum Guidebook
We hope these resources will assist you and your student in making the best decisions for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. If you need assistance, please reach out to your child's guidance counselor for questions.
County Science Fair Results
This past weekend, the Fulton County Science Fair was held at North Springs. Middle and high school students from around the district participated as winners of their local school science fairs. We are proud of our five students who participated in the Fulton County Science Fair.
Samara Alexander- Biochemistry (Egg-stream Protein Destruction)
Isha Perry- Chemistry (No Gain with Acid Rain)
Deon Clark- Earth and Environmental Systems (Lead vs Lake)
Rukhshona Ibragimova & Masuma Taqvi- Materials Science (Bursting Bioplastic)
Sarah Szabo- Microbiology (Waving Goodbye to E. Coli 2.0)
Harika Bolla- Plant Sciences (To Grow or Not to Grow; The Effect of Aspirin on Plants)
Sarah Szabo finished in 2nd place, Harika Bolla finished in 3rd place, and Deon Clark finished as an alternate. Congratulations to everyone that competed in both the local and Fulton County competitions.
Support Diallo Patterson and his Eagle Scout Project by donating books during his book drive. Supporting The Main Street Academy's Media Center, this project runs until February 20th. Please click on the enclosed link for more information. Drive for literacy.pdf
Lights of Love presented by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Hello! I am a Sandy Springs resident and volunteer at CHOA-Scottish Rite. I am helping coordinate a special event called Lights of Love for the children at the Scottish Rite this Valentine's Day evening. As a Volunteer Coordinator, I am providing information to various local organizations to help promote the event. Lights of Love Flyer 2018.pdf
Here is a link to a YouTube video of a similar event that is held nightly at the children's hospital in Providence, R.I., called Hasbro Children's Hospital Goodnight Lights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C4_FBEld5A
Recap of snow make-up days:
Friday, March 9th will be considered a “Digital Learning Day”, where students will work on digital assignments from home. More information about this innovative day will be coming shortly. The planned teacher work day on Monday March 12th will be a regular school day and the North Springs Cluster schools Full Release Day scheduled on Tuesday March 13th, will be cancelled and now become a regular school day. As previously announced Friday, February 16th will also be a regular school day.
Connect with North Springs
North Spring communicates with the community in multiple ways. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with all the great things happening at North Springs.
Those are all of your updates for the week of February 5th. Have a great week.
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
A reminder for all parents and students that with the weather turning cooler, and students dressing to stay warm, the Fulton County and North Springs Dress Code policies are still in effect. 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
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Scott Hanson, Principal
North Springs Charter High School