Message from Ms. Agans
Good afternoon Bears!
So excited that our school year officially starts on Monday! Here are some links to things you need to check before starting school:
We are excited to welcome our Freshman and new students to the building this afternoon for the Bear Hunt! Below is a video just for you – should answer the most frequently asked questions and give some perspective on how to be successful at Cambridge.
Thank you all for your support and patience with scheduling. Our counselors have been working around the clock to try to fulfill current schedule requests. Our goal is for students to have full schedules on Monday. While we try to accommodate everyone’s wishes, know that not every request is a “yes.” We are working with 2,077 students, and almost all of them have requested a change within the last two weeks. We simply cannot honor every change. We will send out a "first day of school form" at 8:00 am on Monday in case there are issues with your schedule on Monday morning. Please fill out the form Monday, but continue to follow the schedule assigned until you receive word from your counselor that your change has been made.
Now, to kick off a great first week of school, Student Council is naming the first week, Bear Week, with spirit days. See the Bear Week Info flyer at the end of this message. I look forward to seeing everyone’s pictures on Instagram with the #bearsspirit2020! For now, enjoy your weekend and relax. It is going to be a great first day and a fabulous year! We are here to #BeTheBridge and make it happen!
Cambridge High School
Every student takes six classes, has an Advisement (old school Homeroom) period, and a period off for lunch (either 3rd, 4th, or 5th period).
Note: Due to the unique bell scheduled for Universal Remote Learning, a student's Infinite Campus schedule may not reflect the correct start/end times for each period. Students should refer to the URL bell schedule.
Each teacher will post his/her's weekly lesson plan on Teams so that students and parents can see upcoming topics, deadlines, and lesson information.
Students will earn numerical final grades for the course if they complete at least 80% of the course’s summative assignments/assessments based on the following grading scale:
- A – 90 and Above
- B – 80-89
- C – 70-79
- F – 69 and below
- I – Incomplete (If less than 80% of summative assignments/ assessments were completed)
- NG – No grade
Between 9 and 12 Summative assignments/assessment grades will be entered into Infinite Campus and contribute to the end of the semester grade. Students will be permitted to redo, resubmit, and/or retake summative assignments up to three times for a higher score. Students should contact the teacher concerning retake opportunities. Cambridge recommends that students attempt a retake opportunity within two weeks from being notified of their initial assignment grade to keep students on track with current material. Retakes must be taken by Friday, December 4th to comply with Board Policy that all work must be turned in 10 days prior to the end of the semester.
Formative assessment grades will be entered into the grade book but will not have a weight assigned to them and as such will not impact the ongoing or end of the semester grade. The posting of formative assessment grades is designed to facilitate communication with students and families about progress and engagement. Formative assessment grades will not be counted towards Incomplete status.
- There is a district NO ZERO policy in place but an ‘I’ for incomplete will be entered into Infinite Campus to communicate to students and parents that an assignment/assessment is missing.
- Final exams are generally administered during the last week of each semester. During Universal Remote Learning ‘final exams’ will not be administered except for courses with state-required Georgia Milestone End of Course (EOCs) exams.
Students will need to meet both the academic and the engagement requirements to receive credit for a course
- Academic: Receive an end of semester grade of 70 or above
- Engagement: Complete 80% of the course summative assignments/assessments
Students will be marked present for daily course attendance if the student performs one of the following actions: participates in the synchronous lesson or is logged into the class and has direct contact with the teacher or submits an assignment in the Teams platform. If a student cannot attend “live” due to connectivity or technology issues, the student should reach out through Teams to log into the class, get information or view what was missed, and contact the teacher to alert of presence. Due to Infinite Campus attendance settings, if this happens, the teacher and/or attendance office will correct the student’s attendance within 48 hours. It is the student’s responsibility to reach out to the teacher to correct attendance before the end of the day.
URL provides unique challenges to teachers and students with regard to the Honor Code. However, cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Cheating is defined as “the giving or receiving, in any form, information relating to a gradable experience.” Cheating is any act whose intent is to gain reward or success that is not honestly earned. Plagiarism is the presentation of materials as ones’ own effort when it is actually the work of another. Violations of the Honor Code will result in a referral to the proper administrator for disciplinary action pursuant to Rule 9 in the FCS Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Handbook.
Summer Reading Assignments
Summer assignment for some honors and AP courses are posted on our Cambridge website. Students are given a two-week grace period to complete and turn in any assignments from summer work. Teachers will work with new students if they enroll after the two week grace period.
Every student should check their FCS email every day for announcements from Cambridge Headlines, and other important communications. Teachers will communicate with students via Teams and FCS email.
Parents and Guardians
Teachers will call and/or email and/or Teams meet with parents and their students, as needed, to discuss student progress.
Each week, Cambridge sends an eNewsletter to all parents and guardians that includes important information and updates. You do not need to sign up for the newsletter, our email system pulls current guardian email information from Infinite Campus. Please check your Parent Campus portal to ensure Cambridge has the correct email information. If you do not feel you are receiving emails from Cambridge, and your parent email information is correct in Infinite Campus, try checking your junk or spam mailbox for these emails.
If you were enrolled in a Fulton County school last year, you will automatically be enrolled in our communications via Infinite Campus. If you are new to Fulton County Schools, your communication information will be entered during enrollment.
Announcements, updates, and videos will be posted to the Cambridge High School website regularly. All parents and students are encouraged to visit the site for new information and updates.
Cambridge has a Twitter account (@CambridgeHS), Cambridge Athletics has a Twitter account (@Cambridge_AD), Cambridge Ensemble Theatre has a Twitter account (@CambridgeDrama), Cambridge Band has a Twitter account (@cambridge_band). In addition, Mrs. Agans has a Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook account you can follow (all @AgansPrincipal).
Who to Contact
Academic issue: Parents and/or students should contact the teacher first. If the issue is unresolved, the next communication point would be the Department Chair, then the Assistant Principal in charge of the content, then the Principal.
Social/Emotional issue: Parents and/or students should contact a trusted adult in the building and a counselor. If needed, our School Social Worker may also provide support.
High School isn’t just about academics, it is about the experience! Time to grow your interests, your social circle, and try new things. Cambridge is a comprehensive high school and our students will find many ways to expand their horizons in the classroom, on the field, on the stage, and in our community.
Everything Athletics is found at www.CambridgeBears.com. We offer the following sports (listed by season).
Clubs - We have over 70 clubs ranging from A Capella to FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) to Habitat for Humanity to Water Polo. If you have an interest, we have a club. If we don’t have the club, you can also find the information on the Clubs link to start your own. New club information for 2020-2021 will be posted to our website.
Performing Arts each have their own websites. You can find those links on this page. We have an excellent Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Theatre programs. Visual Arts also has its own webpage full of information on offerings and activities for Cambridge students.