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    by Chris Shearer

    Tomorrow's news and notes a day early. At school on this dreary day. Figured I go ahead and send out this week's community update.

    Music suggestion is actually a summer release. A Deluxe Edition of Day Wave's Pastlife was recently released, so been listening to it quite a bit. Indie dream pop. Good stuff. Love the collab with KennyHoopla. "Blue" is also a great tune.

    Okay. Let's get to it.

    My next Coffee is cued up and set to go. It will be Thursday, January 19. 10:00 am and 6:30 pm in the Media Center. It will be a State of the School as well as a look back at some key elements of the school year. Also, an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have. Make your calendar. Hope to see you there.

    Not many days left y'all. Just five for most. I am including the key dates again. See attachment. Today is the final day for late work and recovery. If a student is in this position, they should be working with their teacher. Final Graded Experiences start on Friday. 1st and 2nd periods on Friday. On Monday, it's 3rd, 4th, and 5th. On Tuesday, it's 6th and 7th. The Final Graded Experience is the final Major of the semester. It counts once. There is no multiplier. Can be cumulative, but also might be a unit assessment or a project. The final three days of school (December 14-16) are for recovery. They are half-days. If your student does not have recovery, they do not attend school. The only exception is the CBI students. If they need recovery, they will be informed by their teacher.

    There have been a few instances of students who will miss their Final Graded Experiences. First, those absences need to be pre-approved. You can contact Mrs. Zeigler about pre-approval. Second, you cannot take a Final Graded Experience early. So, you will need to work with the teacher to schedule a time to take it when we return from Winter Break. Lastly, the Final Graded Experience cannot be excused or exempted. Until it is taken, a grade of zero will be entered. After it is graded, a grade change form will be completed by the teacher and the transcript updated by our Data Clerk.

    Next, there is a new, centralized process for the Personal Fitness Waiver. I am attaching the FAQ that explains the process. The entire process is managed by the student. It is their responsibility to apply for the waiver and provide any necessary supporting documentation. At the school level, we simply approve and process the waiver after its been applied for by the student. Read the FAQ carefully. If you think your student qualifies for the waiver, it is incumbent on you to have a conversation with your student to engage in the process and get all necessary documentation completed in a timely fashion. Waiting until the last minute is not advised. Personal Fitness is required by state law. Attend to this sooner rather than later.

    Hey, guess what? There are changes to math. I know, right? It seems to happen quite a bit. Well, the state has made changes again. I am linking the math pathways for your convenience. If you have any questions about this, reach out to your math teacher or our Department Chair, Ms. Deisch.

    When we return from Winter Break, teacher recommendations and scheduling for the next school year will begin. It is important you understand what the next step in your math journey is based on where you currently sit. 

    SENIORS COLLEGE APP DEADLINE: If you have a college application with a deadline that falls within Winter Break (12/17-1/3/23), please make sure your application request is added in Naviance by Friday, December 9, 2022. Transcript requests will not be processed over Winter Break. Please see your counselor with any questions.

    Parents of students taking AP classes:  This is just a quick reminder about the students requesting testing accommodations from College Board for AP exams next semester. The deadline to apply for accommodations for AP is January 18, 2023. Please be aware that Johns Creek HS is only responsible for administering tests with accommodations but it is up to the student/parent to apply for accommodations with College Board directly. The following link can be used to begin that application process and we’ve attached an example of the “Consent Form for Accommodations Request” that can be found on the College Board website. This document must be submitted directly to College Board, not Johns Creek HS:

    If you have any questions, please contact the College Board for help:

    Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

    Email: ssd@info.collegeboard.org

    Phone: 844-255-7728

    Alrighty. I think that is it for now. I'll have my final community update of the semester next Wednesday. Also, later this evening, I will announce our new Assistant Principal. Stay tuned.

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