Previous 2013-2014 Announcements:
Please be sure to place your vote from May
2 to May 16, 2014 for HTMS School Council members to
serve Fall 2014 to Spring 2016.
Nominee information is located in the HTMS lobby and ballots can
be obtained from the front office.
Feel free to contact Paula Hunt (email@example.com)
with any questions.
SUMMER READING BOOK FAIR
Hightower Trail's Summer Reading Book Fair will be held May
1st - 8th
in the HTMS Media Center! Please check out the link to the
Summer Reading Lists in the left column. The hours for the Book
Fair are in the calendar on the right.
Cobb Schools Will Meet
Student Needs, Address Instructional Time Lost To Weather
here for Hightower Trail's Tactical Plan to Maximize
Remaining Instructional Days
Academies @ Pope
College and Career Pathways @ Pope High School
@ Pope offers career academies for students of exceptional
merit. There are currently four academic focuses:
STEM Academies that have two pathways-
Advanced Math & Science pathway and
Culinary Arts Academy
Each Academy focus adds to a high school curriculum that is
demanding and rich in academic challenge. Students are
encouraged to exceed their own expectations as well as those of
their parents and teachers.
Each Academy has an application process that involves teacher
recommendations and course and grade pre-requisites that are
spelled out for each Academy.
Why Career Academies?
The state of Georgia is now requiring students to complete a
pathway in high school to prepare them for college or a career,
and the lieutenant governor has launched the College and Career
Academy Network. The state has taken other steps requiring
students to identify a career pathway focus in middle school.
What is special about the Academies?
Preparation for college AND high-demand, high-wage careers
Parent and community involvement
Personalized learning environment for ALL students
Engaging curriculum and instruction
Practical work experiences such as job shadowing and internships
Opportunities for online courses, college credit, and
professional certifications during high school
Project-based, interdisciplinary learning
All students form a deeper understanding of required academic
subjects, electives, and specialized courses to prepare them for
Teachers incorporate real-world examples into all academic and
Students share smaller personalized environments with classmates
with common interests and a team of teachers who serve as their
Connections with business and community partners provide
students with 21st Century and Academic Skills for
post-secondary and career success
Academies @ Pope Brochure
Academies @ Pope Descriptions
Mark Your Calendars! Night of the
Arts is coming Thursday, April 10th!!!
for the evening's schedule.
Interested in Being a Substitute Teacher in Cobb?
The School District will host TWO
Substitute Job Fairs on Tuesday
4/22/14 from 9:00 am
until 11:00 am. For applicants interested in substituting
for the North Area Schools (North of Powder Springs
including North Marietta, East Cobb, Kennesaw and Acworth) the
job fair will be held at Piedmont Baptist Church located
at 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, 30066. For applicants
interested in substituting for the South Area Schools
(Includes Smyrna, Powder Springs, Austell, and Mableton—South
Marietta area), the job fair will be held at Skyview
Elementary School located at 5805 Dunn Road,
Mableton, 30126. To attend applicants must complete the
1-RSVP by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can only RSVP to one
fair and this should be the geographic area you plan to
work as a substitute. You must RSVP
2-Bring a resume with you to the fair detailing all of your work
and educational experience.
3-Be prepared to briefly meet with an Administrator.
We appreciate your interest in positively impacting our Cobb
County students and teachers! We look forward to meeting
you at the job fair.
Photos have been re-scheduled to Wednesday, March 17th and will
be in conjunction with
Picture Info: Students getting spring photos need to not wear
green for the photo (background is that color). It is St.
Patrick’s day, so students may want to bring a shirt to change
into for the photos.
Picture Info: The cost
per person (and per photo package) is $10, which is to be paid
using the School Pictures of Georgia envelope and given to the
photographer at the time the photo is taken.
have a choice of package to purchase. Your homeroom
teachers should have these envelopes.
choose to take more than one Buddy Photo, you will need more
than one envelope. You will need to turn in one form per
be located in the atrium and in the front office.
Trail invites you to be a part of PAW PLAZA!
LAST CHANCE TO ORDER!
for more information and ordering instructions.
Ready to order? Click on the brick below to get started!
The Cobb County School District is
again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the
2014-2015 school year.
Applications will be available
beginning February 10, 2014. For more information, please
2014-15 School Choice website.
State of Georgia has developed a survey for parents, personnel,
and students to take in order to calculate each school's School
Climate Star Rating as
part of the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).
The CCRPI index is how schools are rated in our state. Survey
results are anonymous and will be submitted directed to the
Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Data results will
not be available to the public and will not be posted online.
Participation in the survey is not mandatory, but more
participation will result in more accurate results for our
take a few moments to complete the parent survey at the
following link using your personal computer, smartphone, or
iPad. If you do not have Internet access, please call the
school and we will arrange for you to have access through our
computer lab. The survey has 20 questions and should take
no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete.
Thank you for all you do for our school and community.
The Hightower PTSA has qualified
for the district's Oak Tree Award based on our teachers and
their commitment to HTMS... We have achieved 100% membership
among our teachers! We are also only about
37 parent/student memberships away
from reaching our goal of Platinum - Target Membership by the
end of September! If you have not yet joined the Hightower
PTSA, please consider joining. Memberships are $8 and you can
join by following the link
here to find the registration form. Please fill out the
form and send to school with your student in an envelope labeled
Please visit our link below for information on the
Congrats to Keely W. for being a semi-finalist in the
Dream @ 50 Contest. Her artwork is on display at the High
to watch Dr. Hinojosa's presentation of the Cobb County School
Presentation: Internet Safety & Cyberbullying
Parenting in the Digital Age has its
challenges. Come join us as we identify the risks and
rewards that youth face online (based on research rather than
the media) and empower parents with the tools they need to
“parent in the digital world.”
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Agatston
Date: Tuesday, October 29th
Time: 7:00 pm (PTSA General
Meeting begins at 6:45)
The presentation will cover:
• The digital
divide between youth and adults
• Teens and
• Behaviors that put
youth at risk online
• Protecting your
• Cyberbullying –
what’s the big deal?
Please join us for this event!
Picture Retakes are October 1!
Students who had their picture taken in August and purchased a
photo package and are not pleased with their photos may have
their picture retaken. They must bring the complete photo
package to the theater to return in order to have their picture
retaken. Students who were absent on the original picture day
need to have their picture taken on October 1 in order to have
their picture in the yearbook.
Hightower Trail 8th
grade students and their parents are invited to the Rising 9th
Grade Meeting, “A Pope Preview,” on Monday, September 30, 2013
at 7:00 P.M.
at Pope High School.
This will be you and your child’s first
opportunity to visit Pope as part of the transition process from
8th Grade to high
school. We look forward to having you join us for this most
TONIGHT - Help Raise Money for HTMS!
Zaxby's (Johnson Ferry Road in front of Wal-Mart) is sponsoring
a family night out for HTMS TONIGHT from 5pm - 8pm! They will
donate 10% of the total sales to the PTSA at Hightower Trail.
Come out and enjoy dinner at Zaxby's!
It's that easy...no flyers! Give Mom the night off! Please
encourage your friends and neighbors to eat at Zaxby's!!!!
Seminar to help parents and teens understand online
The Cobb Police
Department will host two separate Internet safety seminars for
teens, teachers and parents. They will feature question and
answer sessions to help the public. The free events will take
place at the Cobb County
Safety Village, 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.
Topics planned for discussion include cyber bullying, social
media and sexual exploitation of youths. People are encouraged
to attend and become educated about these important issues.
• 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug
• 7-9 p.m., Monday, Aug.
Registration is required. Contact email@example.com or 770-852-3270 for
School Pictures of Georgia will be here
this coming Monday, 8/26 to take all student photos for the
yearbook. The photos will also be available for purchase.
A pre-paid envelope will be sent home with your child this week.
If you would like to purchase your child’s photo, this pre-paid
envelope should be given to the photographer at the time of his
or her photo; do not send photo envelopes to the front office or
place them in the school safe. Photos will be taken during
the connections times.
BACK TO SCHOOL 2013-2014
SNEAK A PEEK!!!
Sneak a Peek will take place on August 6. Please
click on the applicable link(s) below.
All 6th graders click
here for your Sneak a Peek info.
NEW Rising 7th and 8th
RETURNING 7th and 8th
HTMS Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Melody Stout!!!
2014 HTMS SUPPLY LIST
*Supply List Addition*
Hightower Trail is strongly recommending the
following additional resources for student instruction:
6th grade – CRCT SS workbook -
Crosswalk math workbook
7th grade – CRCT SS workbook -
Crosswalk math workbook - $9.00
Vocabulary Workshop Book A
8th grade – Vocabulary Workshop
Book B or C depending on language arts class - $11.00
Crosswalk math resource:
On level and AC - $9.00
Advanced and Algebra - $5.00
The above resources are available for
purchase in the Husky Hut. The Hut is open Monday - Friday from
8:30 - 9:15.
HTMS Required Summer AC Math Packets
WE MADE IT!!!
8th Graders in Washington, D.C.
Thank you to
everyone who came out and supported the Hightower PE department
and participated in the annual Hightower Husky Hustle 5K.
Congratulations to everyone who finished and to all of our
Results can be
Please note: There was a slight error in
the 46-55 male age group winner and the correct winners are:
Christpher Conboy 1st and Barry Powell was 2nd
Hightower Trail is Platinum!!!
Thirty-seven Cobb County schools have been honored for academic
success by the Georgia Department of Education and the
Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The awards are based
on student performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency
Tests (CRCT, for elementary and middle schools) and the Georgia
High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT, for high schools). These
state assessments help determine a school’s Adequate Yearly
Progress status. Each award has four honor levels – Platinum,
Gold, Silver and Bronze – that correspond to a school’s
consistent performance and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
The Highest Performance award is given to schools that have a
very high percentage of students meeting test standards.
We are proud to announce that
Hightower Trail has received Platinum status this year!
Congratulations also to the schools in our feeder
Mountain View: Gold
Shallowford Falls: Gold