Pope News Archives 2014

News from the 2014-2015 School Year 

Attention Seniors:

Graduation Information Released!
Click here for all Graduation Information and Ticket request link...

Prom Information
Lifetouch has pictures from Prom 2015 as well as Who's Who and Senior Superlative that they have uploaded to their website for purchase.

Students can view & purchase pictures from the website below. 


Password: Greyhounds14-15

Blackboard Connect

The Cobb County School District is proud to introduce the Blackboard Connect Parent Portal, an online system designed to allow you to customize how you receive notifications from your child's school as well as from the district.  Click here for more details and to sign up...

Title III Educational Fair

The IWC will be hosting an annual Title III Educational Fair on Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for full details...

Winter Guard Su

On March 28th the Pope Winter Guard took their show “For the Greater Good” on the road to the SAPA Championships in Chattanooga TN where they performed with Winter Guard companies from all over the region.  Pope brought home a Bronze medal in the Scholastic A Silver Division!! Congratulations on a job well done!!

Applerouth Presentation on New Tests

If you came to the Applerouth presentation about upcoming changes to the SAT and college admissions testing, or you were unable to attend and would like to see a copy of the presentation, click here...

Georgia Parent Survey

Parents, we need your assistance with completing the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.

The Georgia Parent Survey is available now. Parents will be able to complete the survey using their personal computers, smartphones or iPads. Data from this survey is used in calculating the School Climate Star Rating. This data provides our school valuable information about how parents see us.

Help us learn more about you, the parent, by completing the Georgia Parent Survey. To complete your survey please click here.


Starting this year, Pope will have designated Teacher Parking areas. We will not assign specific parking spots, but any parking area that is painted BLUE is designated as teacher parking, and students who park in the teacher sections will be ticketed. Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this new policy.

The Pope Robotics Team and 64 other high school robotics teams will roll into the Georgia World Congress Center on Thursday, March 26 -Saturday, March 28, for the 2015 Peachtree Regional Robotics Competition. Our 120 pound robot, King Tote, will compete in alliances and score points by stacking totes and recycle bins. To see what this year's game called "Recycle Rush" is all about, visit the FIRST website at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2015-game.  

The event is FREE and open to the public. While the competition lasts 3 days, we know that the best day for students and their families will probably be Saturday, March 28.  Active competition times will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Feel free to stop by the "pit" area as teams will be glad to show you around.

What: Peachtree Regional Robotics Competition
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Hall B4
When: Saturday, March 28, 9:00am - 4:30pm (1 hour break for lunch 12:30-1:30).
The best time to catch Pope in action will be in the morning before lunch.
Who: EVERYONE!How much: FREE and open to the public

If you can't make it downtown, you can stream LIVE video from the Peachtree Regional event at http://www.thebluealliance.com/ 

This is a great event for ALL ages! Please drop by and say hello to the Pope Robotics Team (and 64 more!) and learn more about FIRST Robotics and STEM.

Lace Up With LAX 2015 will be held at Pope High School on Wednesday, March 18.  The children and moms from My Sister's House, a shelter for children who are homeless, will once again join us at the game. Attendees are asked to bring mostly BLACK shoes brought to the game this year and can range in size from infant-youth, women's sizes 6-8 and men's sizes 9-12 for the teenagers at the shelter. Go to www.laceupwithlax.com to see pictures from previous events as well as the calendar of 10 southeastern Lace Up With LAX games being held this spring. 

Click here for a great article discussing our LAX's philanthropic efforts...



Congratulations to our Swimmers
The Girl's Swim team took 6th place in the state at this weekends State Championship. The team was anchored by a Bronze metal finish by the 200 Medley relay team of Sarah Sorenson, Emma Murray, Kirby Prestel, Britheny Joassaint, Emma Murray won back to back State Championships in the 100 Breaststroke and Nick Goh won the Bronze in Diving.

Matt Hobby Game sets new Record!
Thanks to the hard work of Pope High School Touchdown Club, Football Players, Coaches, Leadership Students, Faculty and Administration we were able to raise $34,500.00 for childhood cancer research and treatment!  Additionally, 2016 T-Shirts were sold breaking our record and goal for 2014!

Fast pitch Softball AAAAAA State Champs!!
Congratulations to the Coaches and athletes of the Pope Fast pitch Softball team for winning the AAAAAA Fast Pitch State Championship! This is Pope's first AAAAAA State Championship and the First Fast Pitch State championship. 

Numerous Pope and state records were broken on their way to the Championship-
The Championship game was Kelly Barnhill's 20th no-hitter

Kelly Barnhill struck out 15 batters against Brookwood to reach 500 strikeouts and set the state record for strikeouts in a single season- By tournament end she struck out 534!!
Kelly had 1383 career strikeouts-4th best in state history

The team set a school record of 32 wins!

Pope Habitat is participating in the High School Coalition Horse Plop Raffle!

In case you don't know what a HORSE PLOP is (I certainly did not):

A large field is marked off in squares and numbered. Each square is sold for $10. On November 15th, 2 horses will be let out into that field. Nature will take its course....the horse "plops" (poops) in a square. The person(s) who owns the ticket with the winning number will be the lucky winner! The 1st square plopped on will get $3000, 2nd square will get $2000 and the 3rd square will get $1000. Also, tickets will be drawn for six $100 and six $50 visa gift cards.

Your chance of winning a prize is 1:267

We are competing with Walton, Wheeler, Campbell and Kennesaw Mountain H4H clubs in the selling of these tickets! Let’s sell the most so someone from the Pope Family will win the prizes!

Tickets are currently on sale in the Media Center! Come get one or two or three! We accept cash or checks made out to Pope HS Habitat!


SWAG is December 13th, 2014!

What is SWAG?
Seven years ago, Pope High School successfully launched a new community service program called Shop with a Greyhound, or as we fondly call it, SWAG.   By joining our efforts, you are committing to be one of “Santa’s Helpers”.  You will be responsible for raising money in order to take children from Brumby Elementary School shopping for the Holidays.

When is the big day this year?
On December 13, 2014, we will host our 7th annual SWAG event.  By registering, you will be dedicating your time and energy on your child as they enjoy activities here at Pope as well as shopping at Target.  Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of these children.

What do I have to do to sign up?
In order to register, you need to visit Pope’s website and complete the online SWAG application.  Then print the permission form, complete it, and turn it in with your $65 donation (see application for donation details) to room 118 in a sealed envelope.  All 3 things (online registration, permission form, and money) must be turned in by October 30th.  Only the first 400 applicants will be accepted

Why do we do this?
It is our belief that Pope students should provide service and leadership to our community.  SWAG is a great community service outreach project that generates good will in the community, yields service hours for Pope club members, and provides the less fortunate with a much needed special day during the holiday season.

Important Dates:
Wednesday, October 15th- online registration open
Thursday, October 30th – online application, permission form and money due
Wednesday, December 10th - SWAG meeting during x-block in theater
Saturday, December 13th- SWAG 

SWAG Sign-up form

Project 2400 Info-Attention Junior Parents

For Junior parents, Project 2400 is an SAT Prep program administered by Princeton Review on our campus.  If you are interested in applying you must attend a mandatory information session at Pope in the theater at 6:00pm on Tues Nov 11th.


Classes will be held weekly, at Pope, for two hours each on Wednesday after school during our Early Release time.  The program will run for 12 weeks from January through April, 2015.


•             Three diagnostic tests will be administered by the Princeton Review.  Tests take four hours to complete and will be scheduled on Saturday mornings.

•             Registration for the May 2, 2015 SAT and proof of registration with student-parent agreement are required.

•             If selected for the Project 2400 class, student will pay a fee of $25. A check payable to the Cobb Schools Foundation must be turned in with proof of SAT test registration

•             Completion of homework and bringing materials to class is mandatory. 

Academies @ Pope Information Night
Thursday Nov 6th at 7:00 in the theater
Rising 9th grade students and parents interested in learning more about the 4 Academies @ Pope can come to our information night on Thursday Nov 6th in the theater.
Click here for complete details on the Academies...

Rising 9th Grade Parent Info

Click here for the Powerpoint used at the Rising 9th Grade Parent night last week.

Our next big meeting for rising 9th grade students will be our Academy information night on Nov 6th at 7:00 in the theater.

Please be reminded that October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme is Love Yourself, Be Drug Free. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.

In conjunction with Walton High PTSA, Pope PTSA welcomes ALL parents and students to a presentation from the Davis Direction Foundation founder Missy Owen and Board Member, Tanya Smith, on Tuesday, October 28, at 7pm in the Walton High School Theater.

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, Pope PTSA also arranged for a “crash car” from Kennesaw Wrecker to be displayed. This car represents what can happen to anyone who is distracted by texting, driving an excessive speed, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Click here for complete details of all the Red Ribbon week events...


Pope Robotics News

The Pope Robotics Team  won the 2014 GRITS Outreach Award. This is an amazing achievement for a second year team. Our outreach event at the East Cobber Parade and Festival, the fact that our whole team attended (20 Rookies!), and our infectious team spirit helped us earn this award. It's really cool - the trophy lights up and makes noise, much like our students. The team spirit our students has is out of this world. We definitely need more blue hairspray and possibly a few more tutus in the future. Congratulations!

Second Wind Dreams Cheerleader!!
On Friday, September 26th, Second Wind Dreams and Pope High School’s cheerleading squad made a cheerleading dream come true for an elder of the East Cobb community. This dream fulfillment took place during the 7:30 p.m. home football game. Lynn, the 85-year-old dreamer and resident of Arbor Terrace of East Cobb,  cheered alongside the school’s cheerleaders during the game’s first half. Lynn escorted the school’s mascot around during the “dog walk.” In preparation of game day, Pope High school cheerleaders visited Lynn at her residence to teach her multiple cheers on Tuesday, September 23rd.
Click below to see some of the press coverage of this fantastic event:



Pope wins the Director's Cup!
For the first time ever, The Georgia Athletic Directors Association awarded Pope High School its Directors Cup, an award given annually to a high school in each sporting classification for having a superior athletic program. Pope was also granted the boys’ Directors Cups (girl's took third overall) and the Region Sportsmanship Award, the latter of which stands as a reflection of the behavior of players, coaches, and fans in the entire school community.
Click here for more info and final standings...

Click here for the AJC article...

Matt Hobby Info

In 2014 Pope High School continues the fight against Childhood Cancer…because

Making Advances Towards The cure!

Click here for more details...

Dress Code Enforcement Update:

Dear Pope High School Community,

As our student scholars are well underway to a successful school year, we want to maintain the pursuit of excellence in academics as well as post-graduate preparation. Dressing for success is just as imperative as good grades and community involvement. Toward this goal, the Pope staff plans to more vigorously and systematically reinforce Cobb County School District dress code policy in order to ensure the safety, security, and success of our students. Parents and students, please be sure to check for the following dress code regulations to ensure appropriate attire for a successful school day. Dress code regulations include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        Tops should not expose cleavage, midriff, or undergarments and should have straps wider than “spaghetti straps” (at least 2 fingers’ width).

·         Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be fingertip length or longer.

·         Spandex pants, yoga pants, and leggings are only admissible if the top or blouse is fingertip length or longer.

·        Do not wear hats, tanks, or bottoms that expose underwear.

Please be aware that we will begin enforcing the dress code more strictly on the morning of Monday, October 6. Students who are not dressed for success will be required to wait in the ISS (In-School Suspension) classroom until someone can bring them a change of clothes. Also, please note that special days, such as Spirit Days or assemblies such as Who’s Who, are NOT exempt from the District’s dress code policy.

The Dress Code policy is articulated on pp 23-24 of the student handbook and that is on the left hand side of the Pope website. We appreciate your support in ensuring that our students are dressed appropriately!

Congratulations to our National Merit Semi-Finalists

Isabel Ott, Grace Liu, Ijegayehu Jones, Cecilia Quach (Not Pictured)

Picture Retakes Thursday for Grades 9-11

Any student that would like to have a picture retake will need to do so during their lunch period on Thursday.  Cameras will be set up near the cafeteria in the Main Street hallway.  You may prepay for your student’s picture by going to the Lifetouch website and using school code GG104498Y1.  This is the last chance for underclassmen to have their Yearbook photos taken.  If students do not have a school picture taken, they will not appear in the student photo section of the yearbook.

Hall of Fame and Hope Wall Game
Come out to Pope this Friday night as the Greyhounds take on Region rival Cherokee High School. We will be honoring several well deserving members of the Pope family on Friday night.
Hall of Fame Game:
Pope High School will induct its fourth athletic hall of fame class on Friday night. The two members of the class of 2014, Bo Abney and Zandi DeBowles, will be honored in a late-afternoon reception, and then on the field before the start of the 7:30 p.m. game.
Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Greyhound greats Abney DeBowles to join hall

Hope Wall- Heroes of Pope Eternal:
The Pope Foundation will be honoring 3 amazing women who have contributed countless hours in support of Pope High School. Heroes of Pope Eternal (HOPE)- Julie Pederson, Dania Tarquinio and Peggy Hatcher
Governor's Honors Info-Oct 1 meeting!

The Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom, and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.


GHP is held in mid-summer as a residential educational experience on a college or university campus. Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. Meals and rooms are provided by the program with the only required/expected costs to the students being travel expenses to/from the interviews, a few basic school supplies, basics for their dorm rooms, and spending money as desired during the program.


Students interested in GHP should attend an informational meeting on October 1 in the theatre at 2:15. Please see Mrs. Dahlberg in room 212 for information.


Summer Reading/Math Packets click here

**If you have AP World History summer reading information from Ms. Strydom you need to click above for the updated APWH info.
Mr. Prill will be teaching AP World and he has updated summer assignments.**
Habitat for Humanity: Pope Campus Chapter

Thanks to all in the Pope Community that donated, time, goods and money to help our club raise $15,000.00 this year! Pope students built their 16th home! We are so thankful and had a great time. We wish our graduating seniors all the best as they leave our school and head into the big world out there. Our hope is that they continue to work for others through service organizations wherever their future takes them!

We look forward to the 2014-15 school year…look for us at Greyhound Madness- July 29th!

--Your grateful Habitat Sponsors


Now that warmer weather has arrived, please remember to follow the dress code.  Just a few reminders: No midriff shirts, blouses, or “crop tops” are permitted; strapless garments must be worn with a jacket; No spaghetti straps or see-through garments are permitted; no sweaters or shirts worn as dresses; shorts and skirts need to be appropriate in length and fit to be acceptable during school hours.  (Length is subject to teacher and administrative discretion-recommend fingertip length); no low cut shirts are allowed and appropriateness is subject to the discretion of teachers and administrators; and no biking shorts are allowed.