ALERT: Cobb Schools Early Release Friday, January 22, 2016

Due to winter weather concerns, all Cobb County schools will be dismissing two hours early on Friday, January 22, 2016. The decision comes following a state of emergency issued by Gov. Nathan Deal that will close state offices at noon. All Friday evening activities, including elementary ASP, are cancelled. All Saturday activities are cancelled as well, including SAT tests.

Debido a las condiciones del tiempo, todas las escuelas del distrito escolar del condado de Cobb cerrarán 2 horas mas temprano el viernes 22 de enero. Esta decisión se toma como consecuencia al mensaje de emergencia emitido por el Gobernador Nathan Deal que anunció el cierre de las oficinas de gobierno a partir de las 12 del mediodía. Todas las actividades del viernes en la noche (incluyendo todos los programas para después de clases en todas las escuelas Elementales ASP por sus siglas en ingles) actividades y el sábado han sido canceladas, incluyendo los exámenes de SAT (por sus siglas en ingles).

News & Info from Dr. Downs

Background & History

Dear Pope Community:

Welcome to Pope High School for the 2014-2015 school year. The Faculty and Staff at Pope are all excited to start a new school year.   It has been a very rewarding summer hiring several new teachers for Pope.

I am very excited to start the new year and wanted to provide a little background about myself.

I have a strong record of commitment to the Cobb County School District. Prior to being at Pope, I was the Principal at Lost Mountain Middle School and have been the Assistant Principal at Wheeler High School, Sprayberry High School and Barber Middle School. I have been in the field of education for twenty four years, serving in a variety of capacities ranging from classroom teacher to technology grant administrator.

Before entering administration, I was a Technology Integration Specialist for Cobb County and assisted teachers in the integration of technology into the classroom. My first introduction to technology leadership came while I managed a federal Technology Innovation Challenge Grant at Sprayberry High School from 1997-2002. My Cobb County teaching career began at Sprayberry High School where I taught history and coached soccer and volleyball.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Melissa, for 25 years! I have two amazing children in their early 20s- Kaitlyn and Andrew. Both children graduated from North Cobb High School. I graduated from the University of Georgia and received my Master’s and Specialist degrees from the University of West Georgia. In 2011, I graduated from Lincoln Memorial University with a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Executive Leadership.

I look forward to an exciting third year at Pope High School. Have a great year!

Go Hounds!

Dr. Robert L. Downs