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News to Know for the Week of September 21, 2020
Save the Date
- With the district moving to Phases 3 & 4, new changes are in store for Fulton County School Nutrition. The FoodStop drive-thru program of Grab & Go meal kits provided curbside at the 22 school sites will move to online ordering with curbside meal kit pick-up at the 95 schools beginning Monday, September 21 and continue until further notice.
What will not change is free provision of food for all children 18 and under and youth under age 21 with special needs. Food service will continue its Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. distribution. All children, regardless of school enrollment or meal eligibility status, can receive a free Grab & Go meal kit. The mobile meal delivery program, a collaboration between Nutrition and Transportation -- now called Bus Stop Pick-Up, is still available at designated locations on Wednesdays from 10:45 a.m. – noon. As before, families may choose one or the other for receiving meals.
To obtain a meal kit at the Wednesday Grab & Go sites, families must order their meal kits online by Tuesday 11:59 p.m. Non-FCS students must also complete the pre-order form to help with order forecasting. Families will provide the number of requested grab & go meal kits and choose from a list of pick-up locations, curbside from a Fulton County School OR at a designated bus stop.
Students attending school face-to-face will receive free meals during their school’s scheduled mealtimes. For more information, visit https://nutrition.fultonschools.org/FoodStop.
- Banneker High will hold its first virtual ROTC College Fair September 26 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Students can register through the school’s counseling department.
Cool Kids Doing Cool Things
- Milton High senior and Eagle Scout candidate Andrew “AJ” Young recently demonstrated tremendous leadership and charitable efforts through a scout project that focused on supporting first responders and saving lives in severe injury scenarios. Horrified by the events of mass shootings, AJ wanted to do something that could help keep victims alive while awaiting first responders’ arrival. He began to create tools to help with severe bleeding injuries if such an incident were to occur so that anyone could treat victims in those critical moments.
He began his project in December 2019 and raised approximately $6,000 through donations from family and friends. His goal was to provide all Milton teachers and staff with an accessible Stop the Bleed kit for every classroom and area of the building and train them to use the kit properly. After researching the necessary components for a useful kit, AJ opted to simplify and purchased pre-made kits to assemble, though he had to buy additional tourniquets. He gathered a team of volunteers consisting of scout and student friends from Cambridge, Roswell, and Milton High Schools and Elkins Pointe Middle, to assemble 120 kits containing two tourniquets, two packs of gauze, scissors, a sharpie, and gloves. Then he arranged and facilitated a training session for them by firefighters from the Milton Fire Department to know how to respond with life-threatening, severe bleeding injury scenarios with first aid using the kits. From there, the volunteers would then train the Milton faculty and staff.
AJ’s volunteers prepared to do in-person training, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced the school to close and made live training impossible. However, AJ and his team created a training video to help teach the process and answer questions at a staff virtual Q&A. More than 100 Milton staff members have been successfully trained to use the Stop the Bleed kits.
In the future, AJ hopes to provide this service for more schools.
- Riverwood International Charter senior Amanda Solomiany has taken personal tragedy and turned it into a humanitarian initiative. Last fall, as a 16-year old, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the femur - the upper bone - of one of her legs. Osteosarcoma is the eighth most common childhood cancer and the most common bone cancer in children and adolescents, though it is not nearly as well-known as other cancers.
Amanda was shocked to learn that the disease's standard treatment has not been refined since the 1980s. Because of this, she founded The Osteosarcoma Society, a nonprofit organization that aims to spread awareness of this cancer. She hopes to collect donations to help fund more comprehensive, cutting-edge research. To date, she has raised thousands of dollars for this effort through her website www.the-osteosarcoma-society.com. "As a fighter myself," shared Amanda, "I became devoted to promoting osteosarcoma's prevalence and cruciality in the world, especially in children and adolescents, and aim for a change in the current approach to this deadly disease." Amanda is currently an Honors student with dreams of attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, or the University of Georgia to study Public Health. While still recovering from treatment over the last nine months, she enjoys life with her friends, family, and two dogs.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which applauds the advancements that have been made in recent decades while noting that pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for American children under age 15.
Awards and Honors
- Liberty Point Elementary was selected as the school of the day by the Georgia Department of Education. The school was chosen for its academic progress and high levels of engagement during Universal Remote Learning.
The Georgia Department of Education launched a “School of the Week” feature to spotlight the positives in education during a time of tough choices and strong opinions.
- Centennial High standout volleyball players, senior Izzy Hall and junior Caylen Alexander, have been recognized on the national level by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Izzy was honored on the 2020 Under Armour All-American Watch List, and Caylen is on the 2020 High School Volleyball Phenom List.
Under the leadership of Coaches Jeffrey Burch and Ada Franklin, these players have excelled and became eligible for nomination to these watchlists. To qualify, student-athletes must be recognized in some form for their outstanding volleyball abilities, and the student-athletes high school head coach, club coach, or club director must be an active AVCA member. AVCA is an organization made up of high school and club coaches.
- Roswell High achieved benchmarks to rise to the next level in their AVID program status. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a program that equips and trains teachers to provide extra mentoring and training to eligible students, so they have the necessary skills to succeed on a path to college and career success. Regan Pierce, the Roswell AVID Coordinator, is leading this program.
During the 2015-16 school year, Naomi Kirk, the original AVID Coordinator and current Graduation Coach determined that there were students at Roswell who would benefit from the program. They opened their first two elective classes in 2016-17 and began AVID training for members of each academic department. Throughout the year, the AVID team created a college and career-centered environment for the students in the program. It focused on providing support for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading. They also implemented tutorials twice a week to help students set goals and monitor their academic progress.
In 2017-2018, the AVID program welcomed new freshmen from Elkins Pointe and Crabapple Middle, who have strong programs and work closely with Roswell to identify potential AVID students.
In May of 2020, Roswell graduated its first senior class, all of whom were accepted to the college or university of their choice.
To earn certification, the AVID team collects evidence from the site team and students and then submits the information with the Secondary Coaching and Certification Instrument, which contains 74 different components. They must test and refine the process to illustrate its success to achieve certification, and the process is still a continuum. Certification can be obtained after the first or second year and is re-evaluated yearly. Roswell received its certification in the 2016-17 school year. Beyond certifications, AVID schools progress to a Meets AVID Expectations, then Emerging AVID Schoolwide, and finally Sustaining AVID School.
- Five FCS high schools, Independence, North Springs Charter, Cambridge, Centennial High, and Hapeville Charter Academy made gains on SAT scores for 2020 in the two categories of Evidence-Based Read/Writing and Math. The number of students taking the test in 2020 decreased by nearly six percent to 5,114; however, the percentage of FCS 2020 graduates participating in the SAT remained the same from 2019 at approximately 77 percent. Although district scores experienced a decrease from the prior year, the following five schools increased their total score compared to 2019: Independence made the highest gains with 34 points; North Springs grew by 25; Cambridge by 21; Hapeville by 15; and Centennial by two.
In Case You Missed It
- C. H.Gullatt celebrated Grandparents Day with a drive-thru "Grab and Go" event. Grandparents drove up and picked up goodie bags that included a mask, hand sanitizer, and treats. They were able to takesocially distant photos from their cars.
Goodie bags in English and Spanish and happy Grandparents driving through.
- Feldwood Elementary received three Samsung tablets from Communities in Schools to support parent involvement. The tablets were awarded to parents who activated their Parent Portal accounts.
- Sandtown Middle hosted a "Ride and Reset" event where parents could drive up, reset devices, and connect to the network. Students were given swag bags and instructional resources at the event.
- Westlake High was the sight of food distributions by Core2Globe September 18. Core2Globe, a STEM partner, assists families during the COVID-19 pandemic with fresh produce and prepacked food boxes.
- Johns Creek High held their first" Senior Sunrise" event for the Class of 2021 on September 11. Adding a new twist on the formerly PTSA-run event but adapted to the Universal Remote Learning (URL) model, an independent group of senior parents created a bonding activity for the senior class with a drive-thru breakfast. Collaborating with business partners Sara's Donuts and Chick-fil-A, they greeted seniors who turned out in decorated cars between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to receive breakfast and coffee mugs emblazoned with the Johns Creek senior logo before returning to start the day's classes. The parent group raised $5,000 to fund the event and jumpstart senior year activities. Capitalizing on Principal Chris Shearer's custom hashtag of #MakingLemonadeAgain, they included Capri Sun lemonade packets. Students maintained social distance but took photos by the big letter cutouts and got excited about their senior year.