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Candace Wilkes, Principal


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Attention Allatoona Families,

As you know our year is speeding to a close and there are a lot of events still remaining for our students.  

Please review all of the highlights below as some dates and times have changed.  

  • Wednesday, 5/18 - Yearbooks will be distributed 4th block to all students who pre-purchased with a “Yearbook Signing Event” to follow from 2:15 until 3:15. 
  • On Thursday, 5/19, we are excited for the Allatoona baseball team who will play at the Atlanta Braves stadium for the 6A State Championship against Pope HS in a best of 3 game series. 
    • Gates open at 4 pm at Truist Park Thursday.  Game 1 starts at 5 pm with the 2nd game to follow 30 minutes after game 1 is completed. (Doubleheader)
    • If a 3rd game is needed, it is scheduled for noon on Friday, 5/20. 
    • Bags are not permitted except for small 5 x 9 clutch handbags. 
    • Tickets are $20.00 + processing fee on GoFan.com 
    • Our team will be in the 3rd base dugout.  Our Coach has requested the game be a “white out” since that was successful against Lassiter!  Go Bucs!
  • If you elect to have your student check out early to go to a game, you will need to plan ahead by sending in a note/email in advance to Theresa.bennett@cobbk12.org   Requests turned in well in advance are appreciated, and must arrive 4 hours prior to the requested checkout time
  • Thursday and Friday are normal school days for underclassmen. We will run our regular bell schedule Thursday and Friday all day. 
  • Senior exams will still be given as communicated during block 3 and 4 on Thursday and during block 1 and 2 on Friday.  
  • IMPORTANT- The mandatory senior meeting has been reschedule from Friday 3rd block to Thursday 2nd block. Please be sure your senior attends. 
    • We want to support our baseball team, but not at the expense of the students’ success in the classroom. We encourage as many seniors as possible to take their exams at the scheduled time to avoid the possibility of having to take three or four exams on the make-up date. 
    • If a senior exam is missed, they must be made up on Monday, 5/23 at 8:20 am
    • All make-up senior exams must be completed by noon on Monday if your student plans to walk at graduation on Friday, 5/27.
  • Underclassmen exams are Tuesday, 5/24  (blocks 1 & 2) and Wednesday, 5/25 (Blocks 3 & 4) as communicated. 
  • All 3 days the last week are early release days.  8:20- 11:30 with no homeroom.  See the detailed exam schedule on our web site for more information.

Please encourage your student to finish strong and wrap up a successful year!  

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Friday, March 18, 2022

Dear Allatoona Families,

As we enter the final quarter of this school year, I want to provide you with a few updates.

Teachers with quarter courses finalized grades earlier this week, and those grades will soon be accessible in ParentVUE. For semester courses, we are halfway through the second six weeks. Please encourage your student to finish this semester strong and to stay in communication with your student’s teachers if any concerns arise.

As you have likely heard in the news recently, social media challenges have become an issue in many schools, and we too face these challenges at Allatoona. Many of our students frequently use Instagram and Snapchat for communication.  Many times, our students are using this platform to send video messages, images, and messages they would never say to someone in person.  They pass along disparaging, inaccurate, and inappropriate messages which create negative relationships between students thus impacting student learning and the climate on campus.  My current position on social media it that it is doing more harm than good for our students and school community.  I would like to encourage you to take time to have conversations with your student(s) about these disturbing trends and your student’s appropriate use of social media.  I am also asking that you closely monitor your student’s social media usage. Public safety can assist you with social media issues that occur outside of the school’s discipline code.   For more information on talking to your student about dangerous trends on social media, Common Sense Media offers a great deal of insightful information.  This is a critical topic for our students and families, and I value the partnership between home and school that allows us to create a safe and positive school environment. 

With a focus on student learning, we are glad most of you have elected to allow your student to take advantage of a CCSD student laptop. Currently, we have distributed over 1,300 student laptops. It is NOT too late for your student to receive a laptop. The student laptops are a great asset in our classrooms for both our teachers and our students. While your student may have a personal laptop, it will not connect as easily to the CCSD network, so we want you to opt-in through ParentVUE so they can take advantage of the online learning opportunities Allatoona teachers are planning. The new student laptops easily access school programs and provide a safe and secure portal for all online learning. In addition, these safety precautions are in place when your student logs on at home. There is a repair kiosk already in place in our Media Center for any issues, and our technology staff is always willing to assist. 

The extracurricular events on campus are in full swing, and our Buccaneers are doing an outstanding job.  Our Athletics department’s Spring sports are going strong, and events are taking place on campus on a daily basis. Please remember that all practices are closed for the safety and security of our student-athletes, but we welcome you to attend games and support our athletes and teams. All tickets are available on GoFan. Our Fine Arts department is also quite busy. Allatoona Band has their annual All That Jazz auction and dinner coming up on March 31st, and tickets are available on allatoonabands.org. Drama is preparing for its next performance in mid-April. All music courses are currently preparing or participating in their Large Group Performance Evaluations (LGPE) over the next couple of weeks in March.  

As Senior parents know, graduation is quickly approaching on Friday, May 27, 2022, at 9:00 AM, and we will host graduation on our campus this year.  The optional Baccalaureate service hosted by PTSA will take place at Cedarcrest Church on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at 3:00 PM.  A timeline for spring senior events was provided to your seniors in February at a class meeting, and we sent a parent copy via CTLS a couple of weeks ago. There are many other events scheduled, and more information can be found on the Seniors Resource page on the website.

Our dates for Spring Break are Monday, April 4, 2022, through Friday, April 8, 2022. The weeks following spring break will pass quickly for our students.  Teachers of End of Course classes, as well as, AP courses are diligently preparing them for their upcoming assessments.  Our goal is for students to keep their academic focus through the end of the semester.  Please reach out to our counselors, teachers, and support staff with any questions you may have.  

As I close, I would like to ask you to stay connected with us. The Allatoona website is https://www.cobbk12.org/allatoona, and the Allatoona Athletics website is https://allatoonabucs.com/. You can find Allatoona on social media as well: Facebook (@allatoonahs and @allatoonabucs); Instagram (@allatoonahighschool); and Twitter (@allatoona_hs and @toona_athletics) if you want to follow events or athletics on campus.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes,

Principal

@principalwilkes


Friday, February 25, 2022

Student Parking Notice - Please Read

All STUDENT PARKING IS SOLD OUT.

Parents please understand that county policy states all vehicles parked on Allatoona Campus must be registered and have a parking decal affixed to the windshield. Please confirm your student driver has purchased a parking decal and placed it on the vehicle. Please recall this has been communicated throughout the year.   In fairness, students who have followed the parking procedure should not have their space taken by another student who has not followed the expectations for parking on campus. 

Starting Monday February 28th we will be towing unauthorized vehicles from campus.  Allatoona student parking lot is assigned parking by space number. If your student drives, they have been assigned a spot and must park only in the space assigned.  

We understand unexpected needs come up.  To address this, our parallel spots are for emergency 1 day parking. To use one day parking, the student must park and enter the building prior to the beginning of the school day to purchase a $1-daily parking pass. That is good for 1 day and you cannot purchase more than 7 in a semester. If students park in the one-day spots without a one day permit they can possibly receive ticket or could be towed.

It is never appropriate for students to park on the football stadium side of the school during the day.  That is reserved for faculty only.

Thank you for your understanding.

Candace Wilkes, Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Graduation Date Announced!!!

We are so proud to announce that the Class of 2022 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27th at 9 a.m. in Buccaneer Stadium at Allatoona!

You may feel free to make your graduation travel plans with family members.

Have a wonderful week!!!

Candace Wilkes,

Principal

@principalwilkes


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Fall 2021 Principal Letter

November 2, 2021

Dear Allatoona Families,

As we enter the final six weeks of this first semester, I want to provide you with a few updates on this school year. 

Teachers are finalizing grades, and you will soon be able to access your student’s 2nd six-week report card in ParentVue. Please encourage your student to finish this semester strong. Please stay in communication with your student’s teachers if any concerns arise. There are only a few short weeks left to this semester, and as we know, they will seem to fly by!  

Our Athletics department is transitioning from Fall sports to Winter sports, and I hope that you will continue to support our Buc student-athletes. Our Fine Arts department has been busy as well, with the One Act Play just concluding this past week, earning Region Champion at the competition on Saturday, October 29th. Our Fine Arts Gala will take place on Thursday, December 2nd, at 7:00 PM, and I encourage you to join us as this is always an excellent way to prepare for the holidays!

Prior to Winter Break, we will have two hybrid PTSA-sponsored Coffee Talks, Friday, November 5th, and Friday, December 3rd, both at 9:00 AM. If you would prefer to attend from home, a Zoom link will be available on the PTSA website, or you can join us in person in the Media Center Reference Room. I always enjoy this opportunity to meet with all of you!

We are making great strides in distributing the student laptops with over 1,000 students opting-in and receiving their laptops thus far. It is NOT too late for your student to receive a laptop.  At the beginning of second semester, we want every student to bring their laptop every day so students and teachers can take full advantage of its tools in the classroom. While you may have a laptop for your student, we want you to opt-in through ParentVUE so they can take advantage of the online learning opportunities Allatoona teachers are planning. The new student laptops easily access school programs and provide a safe and secure portal for all online learning. In addition, these safety precautions are in place when your student logs on at home. There is a repair kiosk already in place in our Media Center for any issues.

As you have likely heard in the news, social media challenges have become an issue in many schools. I would like to encourage you to be aware of these and to monitor your student’s social media usage and have conversations with them about these disturbing trends. The most notable examples have come from TikTok with challenges such as September’s “devious licks” where students were encouraged to steal items from schools and post about them and October’s where students were encouraged to slap their teachers and post videos of those assaults. Please be aware that these challenges can lead students to behavior that could result in school discipline consequences or even criminal charges.  For more information on talking to your student about these dangerous trends, Common Sense Media offers a great deal of insightful information.  

Over the next six weeks, please mark your calendars with holidays and early release days:

  • Monday, November 22, 2021 through Friday, November 26, 2021Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 16, 2021Early Release/Final Exam
  • Friday, December 17, 2021Early Release/Final Exam
  • Monday, December 20, 2021 through Friday, December 31, 2021Winter Break 
  • Monday, January 3, 2021 and Tuesday, January 4, 2021Student Holidays/Staff Workdays

Final Exams are scheduled for Thursday, December 16, and Friday, December 17. The Final Exam Schedule has been shared by our teachers with your student and posted on our school web site. As mentioned above, both of those days are early release days, so all students will leave at 11:30 AM.

As I close, I would like to ask you to stay connected with us. The Allatoona website is https://www.cobbk12.org/allatoona, and the Allatoona Athletics website is https://allatoonabucs.com/. You can find Allatoona on social media as well: Facebook (@allatoonahs and @allatoonabucs); Instagram (@allatoonahighschool); and Twitter (@allatoona_hs and @toona_athletics).

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes,

Principal

@principalwilkes


Monday, October 4, 2021

Action! Student Laptops

Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to share that student laptops are in and ready for distribution.  The student laptops will be a great asset in our classrooms for both our teachers and students. While you may have a laptop for your child, we want you to opt-in through ParentVUE so your student can take advantage of the on-line learning opportunities our teachers are planning.  The new student laptops easily access the school programs and provide a safe and secure portal for all on-line learning.  In addition, these safety precautions are in place when your child logs on at home.  There is a repair kiosk in our media center for any issues.  

FAQ’s

  1. Will classroom instruction change to mostly on-line? No
  2. Will it give my child an advantage to have a laptop in class? Yes
  3. What are examples of how it will be used? Online Delta math practice, on-line quick assessments, research, composing papers/assignments in class, etc.

We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for your child to have a laptop until they graduate from Allatoona High School.  To receive a laptop, the enrolling adult must login to ParentVUE and select Student Device Liability Agreement from the menu on the left.  If you have issues accessing your ParentVUE account, please contact Allatoona High School.

Candace Wilkes


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Buc Bash Update!

Allatoona Families:

We are looking forward to seeing you this Thursday, July 29th at Buc Bash!  Please have your Allatoona student download Synergy StudentVue to their phone prior to arriving on campus so they can access their schedule the morning of Buc Bash.

9th Grade – Parents and Students, please meet in the main gym at 9:00 a.m.

10th Grade & New Students – Parents and Students, please meet in the main gym at 10:30 a.m.

Activities Include: 

  • Class meeting in Main Gym
  • Meet Homeroom Teacher to learn the 1st day information 
  • Walk Schedule and meet teachers
  • Clubs Expo
  • Join PTSA and sign up for Aug. 20 tailgate  Allatoona High School PTSA (ptsaahs.com)
  • Purchase Buc Pass  Buc Pass (cobbk12.org)
  • Purchase Buc gear from school store

11th & 12th Grade – Drop in between 1:00-2:00

Begin in the media center where you will be able to do the following activities: 

  • Purchase parking  parking-application-with-cover-page-fall-2021-updated-7-27-2021.fdc5f950207.pdf (windows.net)
  • Get fitted for letterman jackets (order early for fall/winter due to supply delays) 
  • Purchase Buc Pass  Buc Pass (cobbk12.org)
  • Buy Buc gear from the school store

We are looking forward to an outstanding year!!

Go Bucs!!

Candace Wilkes

Principal, Allatoona High School


Monday, July 12, 2021  

Parent and Student Welcome Letter

The Allatoona High School staff and administrators are anxious to welcome our new and returning Bucs "Back to School"!  

Please mark your calendar for our annual Buc Bash on Thursday, July 29th!

Freshman report at 9 a.m.

Sophomores and New Students report at 10:30 a.m. and

Upper Classmen report from 1-2 p.m.

Additional details are provide in the attached welcome letter from your principal, Candace Wilkes. (See Resources section for download.)

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

Go Bucs!


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May 26, 2021

Dear Allatoona Families, 

This has certainly been a school year unlike any other from beginning to end, but our Buc Community has continued its proud tradition of excellence. We began the school year virtually, and our teachers and students overcame the challenges that new technology brought. Our athletic teams began practices and games while adhering to strict COVID-19 guidelines. As we approached our return to face-to-face school for many of our students and staff, we did so with masks in the halls, social distancing, and the challenges of hybrid learning. Through it all, I have been so proud of our entire community: our teachers who have been willing to adapt to and overcome so many teaching challenges; our students, from freshmen to seniors, who experienced high school in a completely different way than they were expecting; our parents who continued to support Allatoona and show up for events, many times virtually, to ask questions, make suggestions, and cheer their students on; and our bigger community who is always so supportive of Allatoona. I continue to be thankful to be a Buc. 

As we wrap up this unusual school year, I wanted to share a few items with you: 

    Teachers will have all grades updated and posted by the close of school on Wednesday, May 26th. 

    Teachers’ last day will be Thursday, May 27th. 

    Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 3rd, at 7:00 PM, at McEachern High School, 2400 New Macland Road, Powder Springs, GA 30127. Tickets are required to enter 

    Full graduation information can be found at https://web.cobbk12.org/allatoona/page/578/graduation   

While I don’t know all the details of the COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming year, we are eagerly making plans to start the new school year in a few months.  Our district is offering Course Refresher, which gives rising 9th and high school students an opportunity to gain a greater comfort level with course content. The Cobb Course Refresher this summer allows students to review course lessons online at no cost. This can be for previously taken courses or for classes they will take during the 2021-2022 school year.  The Cobb Course Refresher will not result in a class or grade, will not impact the previous course grade, and has no credit associated with completion.  It is simply a review or preview opportunity for your student.  

We will update you on the happenings at AHS as we get closer to the start of the new year.  Save the dates below:  

    Buc Bash will be held on Thursday, July 29th, which is the traditional AHS welcome back on campus when schedules are released.  

    The first day of school for 2021-2022 will be Monday, August 2nd. 

Stay connected with us over the Summer. The Allatoona website is https://web.cobbk12.org/allatoona, and the Allatoona Athletics website is https://allatoonabucs.com/. You can find Allatoona on social media as well: Facebook (@allatoonahs and @allatoonabucs); Instagram (@allatoonahighschool); and Twitter (@allatoona_hs and @toona_athletics). 

Sincerely, 

Candace Wilkes 

Principal @principalwilkes

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(See Resources section below for Course Refresher PDF and PDF of this letter)


May 12, 2021

Graduation Zoom Follow Up

Senior Families, 

Today we conducted our mandatory senior class meetings via Zoom, where we explained the Allatoona expectations for graduation.  We appreciate everyone who attended.  While we want each and every eligible senior to participate in the commencement ceremony, to do so they must follow the established procedures. Commencement is an optional, dignified, solemn ceremony designed to honor all graduates in the Class of 2021.  No individual has the right to disrupt this event or refuse to comply with the guidelines.  

Please review the following with your senior using the attached PowerPoint and Commencement Packet (provided in March at cap/gown pickup & on the school web site)  

  1. Behavior Expectations
  2. Graduate Dress Expectations
  3. Mandatory Commencement Practice Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 AM
  4. Ticket Distribution
  5. Exam Schedule

Allatoona’s Commencement will take place on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 PM at McEachern High School.  (Students must arrive by 5:30) 

Please closely monitor your senior’s behavior and academic progress to ensure that he or she meets all expectations for Commencement. If you have questions regarding academic progress, our counseling department is available to assist you.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Monday, March 1, 2021

Allatoona High School Prom Announcement

Dear Buccaneer Junior and Senior Families,

I know that many of you have been wanting to hear some news about the 2021 Allatoona Junior Senior Prom. There has been a decision that a traditional prom cannot be held this year due to the compliance guidelines that we must follow.  Local school events which do not comply with county public health guidelines cannot be held, and unfortunately that includes a traditional prom

I know that this is very disappointing for you and your classmates, but we hope to find ways through these last few months of the school year to celebrate the Class of 2021. We must follow guideline for venue restrictions, contact tracing, and social distancing requirements due to high transmission rates of COVID-19, which make a traditional prom just not possible.  

We will continue to have discussions with district leadership regarding changes to local public health guidance.  We are currently meeting with Senior Class Sponsors to evaluate what types of celebrations follow the Department of Public Health guidelines.  We know how much your last year has been impacted by the pandemic and truly want to do our best to celebrate with you.  Please be on the lookout for upcoming Senior events as we navigate through these uncertain times.

Seniors – Save the date: Wednesday March 17th from 10:00am to 1:00pm will be a Herff Jones Graduation Cap & Gown Distribution Day.  The format will be a drive through in front of the school. 

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Welcome Back Bucs!

Allatoona Families,

I hope you have had a great holiday break and a happy new year.  I wanted to be sure our students understand the plan to start the new semester. 

Spring semester classes will begin on Wednesday, January 6.  This first day will be in the remote setting for all students. Students should log in to CTLS and should join block 1 at 8:20.  Teachers will meet all of their students via Zoom, explain their class procedures/expectations, review their syllabus and share how to navigate their class tools on CTLS.  The class will not last the full 90 minutes on Wednesday.

On Thursday, January 7, students who selected face to face will return to campus while remote learners will join class online via CTLS.  We will resume our full 90 minute block schedule on Thursday for all students.

As we begin this new semester please help us to ensure academic success of your student.  Please encourage your students to attend class on time  and actively participate in class discussion, then complete and turning in scheduled assignments.  Parents please use Synergy ParentVue to monitor their attendance and grades throughout the semester. 

Take care,

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Friday, October 30, 2020

Allatoona HS Preparing for November 5th

Allatoona Families,

As we plan for Thursday, November 5th, we recognize we are going to ask our students and teachers to do something we have never done before.  Around 65%  of our students will return to campus and the remainder will continue remote learning.  Our teachers are preparing to teach and support students in both settings.  We will work hard and do our very best for our students, but it will not be perfect. Please be patient and show us some grace as we figure out how to navigate the weeks ahead.

Parents, I am asking you to partner with us; the teachers, coaches, school nurse and administration to work as a team for the success of our students.  If your child is continuing in the remote setting, please monitor their participation at home. (Student Attendance will be recorded in synergy again beginning Nov. 5.)  If your student doesn’t join class AND actively participate, they will not excel academically. We need all of our students to commit to finishing strong fall semester.  Returning to campus will look different, required masks, social distancing and contact tracing if we have positive cases on campus.  We also know we ask a lot of your child…we encourage them to have a strong work ethic, to be a positive influence, to behave, to be dedicated to their studies, and to model the Buccaneer culture we are so proud of at Allatoona.  Their ability to do all of these things starts at home, and we are so grateful for you, our Allatoona parents, who are committed to their success.  

We are truly excited to move into this next phase with students back on campus.  Please read the updated Return to Campus plan attached to this communication (available in Resources section as download).  As always, please reach out if we can do anything to assist you.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503

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TopicProtocol
General Safety Guidelines on Campus
  • Parents please monitor your student daily for Covid symptoms. Do not send your student with fever or symptoms. The school nurse is our point of contact for Covid. Please notify Nurse Laura Layne if your child tests positive.
  • If a student feels sick, he/she should stay home and monitor symptoms until better. Students will access class lesson remotely while absent if health allows.
  • If a student becomes ill during the day, parents must pick up their child within an hour.
  • All students and staff are required to wear face coverings appropriately.
  • Signage with social distancing and sanitizing best practices are clearly posted throughout the school.
  • Social distancing will be used whenever possible and encouraged consistently.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been positioned throughout the building. This includes cafeteria and high traffic areas.
  • Water fountains have been covered. Students may bring water from home.
  • Plexiglas screens are in place at the attendance office, counseling office, main office and media center.
  • The building will be cleaned daily and sanitized thoroughly on Wednesdays.
  • Symptomatic students will be isolated until parent pick-up.
  • Visitors are not admitted at this time.
Arrival and Dismissal
  • Students may arrive and enter the building as early 7:45 am and report directly to their first block class.
  • Students may purchase breakfast items but cannot congregate in the cafeteria. (social distancing limits restrict seating in cafeteria)
  • Students will be expected to move about expeditiously and refrain from congregating in large groups for extended amounts of time.
  • Students will be routed to improve traffic flow in hallways.
Transportation
  • Closely monitor your child’s overall health each morning before sending him/her to the bus stop. If a student feels sick, he/she should stay home.
  • Bus routes will occur at normal times.
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided for bus drivers including masks and face shields.
  • Students will be assigned seating to improve loading and unloading.
  • Cleaning will be conducted for high touch surfaces after each run.
  • Sanitizing station will be affixed to the bus frame.
  • Parents may opt to arrange their own transportation. 
Classrooms and Transitions
  • Students may not switch back and forth from F2F and remote.
  • Classroom space will be maximized to help reinforce social distancing.
  • Each teacher will have a spray bottle for disinfecting classroom furniture/materials, as needed.
  • Teachers will spray desks during transition between classes & students will wipe their desk to ensure desks have been sanitized.
  • Teachers and/or custodians will clean high touch surfaces daily and throughout the day as needed. 
  • Since all are required to wear masks, traffic flow will be divided depending on potential for crowding.
  • The media center workstations will be social distanced and limited patrons. 
Lunch
  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and courtyard. Table groupings have been adjusted, and social distancing will be encouraged.
  • Lunch lines will be marked for social distancing and menu options will be offered at several serving lines.
  • Breakfast and lunch are free to all students.
  • The following lines will be open: grill. World fair, pizza, Deli & Express.
  • Café tables will be sanitized between each lunch period.
Bell Schedule and Instructional Plan
  • Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
  • Wednesday will be used for help sessions, re-teaching or re-assessments, and teacher planning/collaboration.
  • All students (face to face and remote) will be required to engage with the teacher at the beginning of each class period.
  • Daily bell schedule allows at least 90 minutes of instructional time for each class period.
  • Instructional delivery from each teacher will vary daily depending on the learning needs of the students in the classroom. There will be segments for direct instruction along with work sessions. 
  • Students should bring their own basic school supplies to school with them.
  • Teachers cannot act as “tech support” for remote learners during face to face instructional time; be sure students are confident navigating log-in and use of learning tools. 
  • Personal devices are not needed for face to face instruction.
  • Teachers will accept paper copies of assignments.


Allatoona High School (2020 - 2021)

Regular Bell Schedule (updated 10/20/2020)


1st Block Morning Announcements8:20 AM - 8:30 AM (10 minutes)
1st Block8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (90 minutes)
2nd Block10:05 AM - 11:37 AM (92 minutes)
3rd Block

  • A Lunch 11:42 AM - 12:05 PM
  • B Lunch   12:10 PM* - 12:33 PM
  • C Lunch   12:38 PM* - 1:00 PM
  • D Lunch   1:05 PM* - 1:27 PM
  • E Lunch   1:32 PM* - 1:55 PM   

(*Students are not dismissed to lunch until this bell.)

11:42 AM - 1:55 PM (minutes below)

  • 105 minute class with A lunch - Science (298)
  • 103 minute class with B lunch - Math (363)
  • 106 minute class with C lunch - Social Studies (315)
  • 106 minute class with D lunch - CTAE and Fine Arts (375)
  • 110 minute class with E lunch - PE and World Language (358)
4th Block2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (90 minutes)
Students must exit building by3:45 PM


For a PDF copy of this plan, please click HERE.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Allatoona High School posted in 9th Grade, 11th Grade

Syllabus Change to EOC Grading

Update: Syllabus Changes to EOC Grading Due to SB 367

In response to Senate Bill 367, the State Board of Education eliminated four end-of-course (EOC) assessments: Ninth Literature and Composition, Geometry, Physical Science, and Economics. The elimination of these four EOCs requires mid-year changes to the grade distribution communicated in the syllabus of certain courses.

EOC Added to AP English Language and Composition and Other Advanced American Literature Courses

The federal requirement that all high school students take a state assessment in English language arts and the removal of the Ninth Literature EOC mean that students taking AP, IB, or Dual Enrollment (DE) courses to meet the American literature graduation requirement must take the EOC. This EOC must count for 20% of the course grade. The primary course affected is AP English Language and Composition. The school-based CCC should determine how to redistribute the grading categories listed in the syllabus so the EOC can count for 20% of the course grade.

EOC Removed

Ninth Literature and Composition, Geometry, Accelerated Geometry B/Algebra II, Economics, and Physical Science no longer have the EOC for 20% of the course grade and that 20% must be redistributed to other grade categories. The school-based CCC should determine how to redistribute this 20% to the other grade categories.

EOC Requirement Unmodified

American Literature, Algebra 1, Accelerated Algebra 1/Geometry A, Biology and U.S. History will take the EOC as planned. No change to syllabus should be needed.

AP, IB, and DE courses taken to meet US History graduation requirements like AP US History do not require an EOC. The social studies EOC is a state not federal requirement; therefore, the waiver enacted last year by the State BOE still applies to AP/IB/DE social studies courses.

Teachers will adjust their syllabus/gradebook this week and provide an updated copy of the class syllabus.

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Return to Campus Plan 2020

Allatoona Families,

Included with this communication, you will find the Allatoona High School “Return to Campus Plan” that will be implemented for the Thursday, November 5th CCSD district start date.  Many of you are still contemplating your final decision that will best fit the learning needs of your high school student.  This plan offers more details for you to consider as you make your final decision.  The portal closes for selection on Sunday, September 20th.  In order to help us be prepared, please log into ParentVue on a computer and make your final selection for Fall semester.  Even if your family has made your selection, please take a moment to read through this plan, and share it with your student. Communication regarding safety procedures is critical, and we must work as a team in our Allatoona community to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Thank you,

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503

Allatoona Return to Campus Plan.PNG

TopicProtocol
General Safety Guidelines on Campus
  • Parents please monitor your student daily for Covid symptoms. Do not send your student with fever or symptoms. The school nurse is our point of contact for Covid.   
  • If a student feels sick, he/she should stay home and monitor symptoms until better. Students will access class lesson remotely (if health allows) until their return. 
  • All students and staff are required to wear face coverings. 
  • Signage with social distancing and sanitizing best practices are clearly posted throughout the school.  
  • Social distancing will be used whenever possible and encouraged consistently. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been positioned throughout the building. This includes cafeteria and high traffic areas.  
  • Water fountains have been covered. Students may bring water from home. 
  • Plexiglas screens are in place at the attendance office, counseling office, main office and media center. The building will be cleaned daily and sanitized thoroughly on Wednesdays. 
  • Symptomatic students will be isolated until parent pick-up. 
  • Visitors are not admitted at this time.  Parents may enter for student check-out.  
Arrival and Dismissal
  • Students may arrive and enter the building at 7:45 am and report directly to their homeroom.  
  • Students may purchase breakfast items but cannot congregate in the cafeteria. (social distancing limits restrict seating in cafeteria)  
  • Students will be expected to move about expeditiously and refrain from congregating in large groups for extended amounts of time. 
  • Dismissal will be staggered to allow for less crowded hallways.
Transportation
  • Closely monitor your child’s overall health each morning before sending him/her to the bus stop. If a student feels sick, he/she should stay home. 
  • Bus routes will occur at normal times. 
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided for bus drivers including masks and face shields. 
  • Students will be assigned seating to improve loading and unloading. 
  • Cleaning will be conducted for high touch surfaces after each run. 
  • Sanitizing station will be affixed to the bus frame. 
  • Parents may opt to arrange their own transportation.
Classrooms and Transitions
  • Classroom space will be maximized to help reinforce social distancing. 
  • Each teacher will have a spray bottle for disinfecting classroom furniture/materials, as needed.  
  • Teachers will spray desks during transition between classes. 
  • Students will wipe their desk to ensure desks have been sanitized.  
  • Teachers and/or custodians will clean high touch surfaces daily and throughout the day as needed.
  • Since all are required to wear masks, traffic flow will be divided depending on potential for crowding. 
  • The media center workstations will be social distanced and patron numbers will be limited. 
Lunch
  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and courtyard. Table groupings have been adjusted, and social distancing will be encouraged. 
  • Lunch lines will be marked for social distancing and menu options will be offered at several serving lines.   
  • Students will be required to use barcoded student id for entry of lunch number. Manual entry will be eliminated, and cash will not be used. 
  • Café tables will be sanitized between each lunch period.
Bell Schedule and Instructional Plan
  • Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 
  • Wednesday will be used for help sessions, re-teaching or re-assessments, and teacher planning/collaboration.  
  • All students (face to face and remote) will be required to engage with the teacher at the beginning of each class period.   
  • Daily bell schedule allows at least 90 minutes of instructional time for each class period. 
  • Instructional delivery from each teacher will vary daily depending on the learning needs of the students in the classroom.  There will be segments for direct instruction along with work sessions. 
  • Students should bring their own basic school supplies to school with them. 
  • Teachers cannot act as “tech support” for remote learners during face to face instructional time; be sure students are confident navigating log-in and use of learning tools. Devices are not needed for face to face instruction.  


Allatoona High School (2020 - 2021)

Regular Bell Schedule (updated 10/20/2020)


1st Block Morning Announcements8:20 AM - 8:30 AM (10 minutes)
1st Block8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (90 minutes)
2nd Block10:05 AM - 11:37 AM (92 minutes)
3rd Block

  • A Lunch 11:42 AM - 12:05 PM
  • B Lunch   12:10 PM* - 12:33 PM
  • C Lunch   12:38 PM* - 1:00 PM
  • D Lunch   1:05 PM* - 1:27 PM
  • E Lunch   1:32 PM* - 1:55 PM   

(*Students are not dismissed to lunch until this bell.)

11:42 AM - 1:55 PM (minutes below)

  • 105 minute class with A lunch - Science (298)
  • 103 minute class with B lunch - Math (363)
  • 106 minute class with C lunch - Social Studies (315)
  • 106 minute class with D lunch - CTAE and Fine Arts (375)
  • 110 minute class with E lunch - PE and World Language (358)
4th Block2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (90 minutes)
Students must exit building by3:45 PM


For a PDF copy of this plan, please click HERE.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Week 3 Parent Update & Reminders

Hello, Buccaneer Families,

It is hard to believe we are starting our third week of virtual learning. I wanted to reach out to offer my thanks and encouragement along with a few reminders.  Thank you for your understanding, patience, and flexibility as we have all learned to navigate the CTLS Learn portal.  I must frequently remind myself that with any new technology we all have a learning curve, and it is essential that I am patient when things do not go as planned.  In these unprecedented times, we all must strive to be calm and understanding because none of us really knows what challenges those we interact with each day are facing.  At Allatoona, we all truly care about each of our students and are working very hard to offer the best learning experiences we can in our new digital learning environment.   As we navigate this new environment, there are some topics that come up frequently, and you will find important reminders on these below:

*CTLS Learn:  Allatoona teachers are striving to offer live sessions each day in CTLS Learn, so they can get to know your child and deliver instruction directly to them.  In addition, our staff members continue to work to provide you and your child with support and want to help problem solve if you encounter issues with technology or class assignments. If your child has an issue getting into CTLS Learn, please encourage them to email their teachers and then continue to attempt to connect. We have found if they log in early (7:45 AM - 7:50 AM), the demand on the system is lessened, and they are more successful. 

*Remind: Remind is a free app that allows your child’s teachers to send out group texts to the class.  Many teachers use this for quick communications with students. Please check to see that your child has downloaded the app and joined their teachers’ class accounts. Most of our teachers have already created these and shared the account information with their classes. 

*Login/Password Problems: If your child’s login or password needs to be reset, please email our media specialist Mrs. Gena Cochran at gena.cochran@cobbk12.org so she can assist you. 

*ParentVue: ParentVue is a very useful tool for you to monitor your child’s grades and attendance and get communication from the teacher with the new CTLS Parent.  If you have not gotten ParentVue login credentials, please visit our website for details to gain access.  

*Parent Emails:   During our virtual school experience, the best communication between home and school has become email.   Please be sure the email you have listed in our records is up to date and goes to the parent(s) who monitors your child’s classes/learning.  You can update your contact information in ParentVue.  Parents, please remember if you email your child’s teachers during the day, they are often unable to reply until the afternoon since they are actively teaching online until 1:30 PM.  

*Student Email: CCSD has provided all students with an email inside Office 365. All students have an Outlook account here and can email student to teacher and receive emails from their teachers. 

*Attendance: Students will be marked present for school by our attendance office staff if they actively login to CTLS Learn to visit their classes.  If your child is absent, please email theresa.bennett@cobbk12.org a scanned copy or photo of your child’s excuse.  

Absences will only be excused for the following reasons:

  • A child is absent due to a medical appointment
  • A child is ill or attendance in school would endanger his/her health or the health of others
  • A serious illness or death occurs in the family of the child
  • A child is observing a recognized religious holiday of his/her faith
  • A child is mandated by order of a governmental agency

*A note written by a parent/guardian and/or a licensed physician explaining the reasons for absences must be turned in to the attendance clerk in the attendance office on the date of return to school and no later than three (3) school days after the absence/tardy (otherwise, it will be marked unexcused).

*Athletics: Fall season athletics are underway, and we are following the guidelines provided by healthcare professionals as we prepare for our fans.  

  • Cleaning of our facilities is completed according to the established GHSA and CCSD guidelines.  
  • The district has mandated masks must be worn to enter the athletic venue starting, Thursday, 9/3/2020. We encourage masks to be worn especially when around groups and in transitions.   
  • Upon arrival, you will be asked to participate in temperature checks and respond to screening questions.  Please understand this process is not optional.  Our staff members are implementing these steps carefully and accurately so we can continue to have our athletic events for our students.   
  • If any fan becomes rude, argumentative, or disrespectful at any time, they will be directed to leave the event and campus.

The successful execution of the safety protocols and ticketing processes at our athletic events is critical so we can have each upcoming season.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation at each event.   

*Phone calls: Please add Allatoona High School to your contacts (770-975-6503) so when our staff makes a call, you will recognize the number and take our call.

Lastly, we want to let you know about an opportunity to love on our teachers through Teacher's Lunchbox (click here for attachment).

We are very fortunate to live in an amazing community with outstanding students and parents! As always, thank you so much for your support! Go Bucs!!

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes, Ed. S.

Principal


Monday, August 17, 2020

First Day of Digital Learning

Allatoona Families,

We are thrilled to have our school year off to a strong start through the hard work and preparation of our teachers and families.  I was so glad to be able to visit classrooms where our teachers were talking with and getting to know your children.  We truly appreciate everyone who logged in this weekend to test their account access in.   I want to thank you for your patience and cooperation with the new CTLS Learn system which our district developed so everyone will have access to the same tool for digital learning.  We know there were some struggles while the traffic was heavy this morning, and we continue to work to solve these challenges.  Our website has a link where you can enter your information if you have problems with access. In addition to our local support through our media center, the district has troubleshooting guidance at this link also http://www.cobbk12.org/ctls/

Each year on the first day of school our students bring home the Cobb County Folder filled with essential information for our families. One of these items is the Family Information Guide.  We want to ensure the guide is made available to parents on the first day of school.  The guide provides the following critical information:

  • Parent notification of their rights under federal law (FERPA, PPRA, and Rights under Section 504).
  • Parent notification of compulsory attendance law (whether online or face-to-face, students are still required to attend school).
  • Provides each student/parent a copy of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Parent notification of the Internet Acceptable Use policy which has enhanced meaning since we are opening school virtually.

The Family Information Guide is available on the district website at http://www.cobbk12.org/generalinfo/FamilyInformationGuide/index.aspx.  A Spanish translation can also be found there.

An additional option available to parents is related to their child participating in clubs and organizations.  You may choose for your child to “opt out” of student clubs and organizations; to do so please send an email with Form JCDA-3 to Noelle.cockrell@cobbk12.org.  Form JCDA-3 to “opt-out” can be found at http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/adminrules/j/Form_JCDA-3.docx.

We are looking forward to our students growing more confident in their online classes. Please have them reach out to their teacher with questions or concerns about their online learning experiences.  I have also included a bell schedule that shows both our required morning classes and our optional help sessions for each block in the afternoon. 

Thank you again for your support.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503

The attachment included with this post can be located HERE.


Friday, August 14, 2020

Bucs Ready to Set Sail Monday

Good Afternoon Allatoona Families,

Are you ready to “Zoom” into another school year?  Hopefully this email will provide all the last minute information you may need to get off to a successful start on Monday!

Parents, please have your student(s) log in to CTLS Learn this weekend to make sure that your child can see their classes on the landing page.  If you need Technology support, you can find a link on our main web page, https://web.cobbk12.org/allatoona. Our recommendation is that students log in well before 8 a.m. due to heavy traffic on the CCSD website.   Here are some helpful trouble shooting tips for commonly asked questions:

  • If you need your password reset please email our Media Specialist, gena.cochran@cobbk12.org
  • Email your teacher if a class is not showing in CTLS.
  • Complete the form on our main website if you are experiencing problems logging in.  Go to "1st Day Login Information" and then click on item #4.

Here are some additional reminders:

Parent Vue:  We strongly encourage our parents to update their email and contact information in Parent Vue.  This will guarantee that you receive all communications and updates from Allatoona High School.  Please note, if you have changes in your household and contacts are no longer a part of the Buc family, please remove their email address.  

Teacher Communication:   When emailing a teacher, please allow 24 hours for them to respond, since they will be actively teaching through CTLS Learn, our digital classroom.

Textbook Distribution:   All textbooks are available on-line, however, we will be distributing some textbooks, mainly English, via drive through on Wednesday, August 19 from 9 am to 2 pm. Follow the guidance from your teacher for determining if you need to pick up a textbook.

School Supplies:   Parents please look with your child to see if any specific supplies are needed for on-line classes.  For example, calculators, binders, etc.   Information can be found on the teacher’s main page in CTLS Learn.

Bell Schedule:  Our bell schedules can be found on the main page of our website by clicking on “Daily Schedule” under the “Find It Fast” menu.  

Action:   Parents, if you have not downloaded the CTLS Parent app on your phone or device, please click on the following link to complete this important step.  http://www.cobbk12.org/ctls/

Be sure to share this and all school/teacher communication with your student.

All of our Bucs will be in uncharted waters on Monday morning so please be patient as we navigate our new digital learning environment.

Have a great weekend!   Go BUCS!

Candace Wilkes, Principal


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Schedule Release

Hello Allatoona Families, 

We have been thinking about you while diligently planning for our first day of digital learning.  Our teachers have built their on-line classrooms over the last 2 weeks and are developing engaging learning activities. They are excited to see their student’s faces on Monday! 

Student schedules will be released at noon on Thursday, August 13th  and can be viewed in Parent Vue and Student Vue.  Our teachers are currently verifying course accuracy based on completion of prerequisites in each course content sequence.  Due to digital learning, we will not be making schedule changes unless there is an error in your child’s schedule due to our scheduling processes.  

Log in directions for CTLS Learn will be provided by the district later this week.  Please keep an eye out for district communication. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to digital learning. 

Best Regards,

Candace Wilkes 

Principal 


Thursday, August 6, 2020

A Note From Your Principal

Dear Allatoona Family,

As we approach the start of our school year in the digital learning environment, I want you and your child to have a clear understanding of what the digital classroom environment will consist of along with the expectations for successful learning for all students.  Our fall virtual classrooms are not going to be the same type of academic experience students had in the spring.

Below is a bulleted description of our digital instructional model.  We need your help in ensuring each student understands the framework.   Please have a discussion with your high school student regarding the following bullet points.  It is essential you have this conversation well before the first day of class on August 17.

Bell Schedule:

8:00-9:10 Block 1

9:20-10:30 Block 2

10:40-11:50 Block 3

Lunch break

12:20-1:30 Block 4

1:30-3:30 Independent learning, dual enrollment, teacher office hours to assist

Learning framework: 

  • Students will be expected to get up each day and follow the outlined bell schedule.
  • Students will log in to CTLS Learn each morning. (Attendance will be taken in each class.)
  • Once in CTLS Learn, students will select their course to join their virtual classroom.
  • The first class begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.   
  • In CTLS Learn, the page will list class announcements and assignments.
  • Students will “go live” each day in a “digital session” with their teacher as he/she starts the class.
  • We are asking students to be visible on video in their virtual classrooms, since our teachers have not met them and want to be able to recognize them when we return to face to face classes.
  • Our teachers are planning lessons that will mirror normal classroom instruction as much as possible.
  • Classes will be structured with a warm-up/beginning activity, delivery of instruction, work session and closing.
  • Students will be able to interact with the teacher by posting questions. Keep in mind each teacher will establish specific procedures for their classrooms to manage this process.   
  • Teachers will post their class syllabus and expectations inside the CTLS Learn classroom.

Behavior Expectations: 

  • Students should engage and participate in the learning tasks while being respectful toward their teachers and classmates.
  • Students need to have a designated appropriate learning space like a desk or table space. (Avoid distracting backgrounds, noises or images)
  • Students are expected to act appropriately in the remote environment. This includes but is not limited to use of appropriate language, and dressed appropriately (not PJ day, Pool Day, etc.)
  • Please remind your high school student that all CCSD expectations for behavior are in place so encourage your child not to put themselves in a compromising situation.

Please be assured the administrative team of Allatoona High School will be monitoring classroom instruction by joining classes across the school and visiting the landing pages of the virtual classrooms to see the sequence of assignments and assessments.   We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days and weeks, so you have a clear understanding of our digital learning environment. With this new virtual learning platform, CTLS Learn, we all know there will be unexpected challenges, but our goal is to work in partnership with our families to ensure our students have a positive learning experience.  

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes

Principal


Friday, July 31, 2020

Updates Regarding the Digital Learning Environment

Allatoona Families,

I know we are all anticipating the start of the new school year, and many questions about our virtual learning environment have come to light.  The district has created a lengthy website to update you and answer many of your questions. ( https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/reopening-plan/

We are currently working to offer our students the courses they requested last spring for the 2020-21 school year in the new digital setting.  Of course there may be a few classes which need to be adjusted, but we will use their selected alternates to complete their schedule. If necessary, we will reach out through your child’s counselor to come up with the best plan for your child.  Our teachers are planning to welcome students to their digital classrooms and working to create quality interactive learning tasks along with offering online office hours when support is needed.  I know this information will only lead you to think of more questions, but please be patient as we transition and finalize plans.  We will continue to share with you in the coming weeks. We miss our Bucs and want to welcome our new class of freshmen.  We are looking forward to seeing them virtually in class in a few weeks.

I want to provide you with a few direct links to the most frequently asked questions and topics.

Please visit our new website to learn more about Allatoona High School (https://www.allatoonahs.com/ or http://www.cobbk12.org/allatoona), and follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). If you have questions, please call the school or email.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program Available

Allatoona Families,

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is operated in Georgia by the Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) with support from the Georgia Department of Education. If you are interested in this resource please visit the following link:  https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/p-ebt-information/   Here you will find helpful information on the program, eligibility, and directions on how to retrieve your child’s student information required to participate. 

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Message from Principal Wilkes

Greetings Allatoona Families,

I pray each of you are safe and healthy. This spring and summer we have all faced challenges none of us expected with our health crisis. Based on the decisions shared today by Superintendent Ragsdale,  in our board meeting, we will all begin school on August 17 in a virtual format. He did not offer a timeline for how long digital learning will last, but he did share the decision is based on the guidance from our public health officials. You can view the complete message and board meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucR69i62KZs&feature=youtu.be  

Over the next month, the leadership and staff at Allatoona High School will be working diligently to provide the best online learning environment possible.  In the weeks prior to August 17, our teachers will have the time they didn’t have in March to plan for a digital format and take advantage of additional training and resources to develop online lessons for their students.  Our Superintendent indicated, at this time, GHSA athletics will continue according to the GHSA guidelines.   While we don’t have the details of how athletics will look, we will plan with the goal to begin our fall seasons.  He indicated after school clubs are suspended, until face to face instruction resumes.    

Our goal is to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff.   I will communicate additional details via email and our web site, in the coming days and weeks as we finalize decisions about how we will open school digitally. I know there are many questions. I appreciate the support and encouragement I have received from our Allatoona family.  I am truly blessed to live and work in our wonderful community.

 Sincerely, 

Candace Wilkes

Principal

Allatoona High School

770-975-6503


Friday, May 8, 2020

Allatoona Families, 

I hope each of you are healthy and doing well.  I am amazed we have been a part 8 weeks.  As we look toward wrapping up the school year, we have a few important tasks and updates for you. 

Senior Grading: Senior grades will close on Tuesday, May 12.  Teachers of seniors have been sharing this date for a few weeks. 

Underclassmen Grading:  The last day teachers will deliver instruction is Thursday, May 14 with grades closing on Monday, May 18.  

On Friday May, 1 our seniors returned to campus to drop off textbooks, uniforms, etc. and picked up caps and gowns.  The drive through process worked very well.  We will follow the same format for our underclassmen. Please review the plan attached (in Resources with today's date). 

Underclassmen Pick-up and Drop-off is scheduled for Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19.  Students will arrive on campus in alphabetical groups, drive a loop around campus, and drop off at stations from their car.  Students who need to collect items from their athletic locker or regular locker will use the link included in the attachment to identify where they need to go.  The attached map show all of these details. 

IMPORTANT: Our plan allows us to follow social distancing guidelines, so please read it, and share it with your student.  Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time.  

Sincerely, 

Candace Wilkes

Principal


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Senior parents,

We wanted to clear up some confusion that the email yesterday about the turf replacement may have caused. The turf was originally scheduled to be replaced starting the day after our May graduation date. When it was announced that school would be cancelled for the remainder of the year, we reached out and asked them if they could begin earlier, because if we stuck to our original timeline, we would be unable to host any type of graduation on our campus, as that timeline took us into late July. The district worked with us on this, and they helped us start ahead of schedule because we are committed to hosting graduation at Allatoona High School for our seniors. We do not yet have a date, as we are waiting on the governor’s approval to gather in larger groups, but the district is aware that we want to graduate on campus, and that our turf is in the middle of being replaced. All those variables will be considered when the district chooses a date for graduation. Above all, the safety of everyone involved will take precedence, so thank you for your patience as navigate these uncharted waters.

I hope this clears up confusion. We love our seniors and want them to have the opportunity to graduate in the stadium like all of the other graduating classes of Allatoona High School. We may not know a date at this time, but we do know that together we can make it happen.

Thank you,

Candace Wilkes

Principal


Friday, April 24, 2020

Allatoona community,

We hope that you are staying safe during these uncertain times and that you know all of the administrators, teachers, and staff at Allatoona are here to help you should you need anything. We wanted to let you know about some exciting news that we found out this week. Due to your SPLOST dollars at work, we will be getting new turf at the stadium. We are one of the first schools to get the turf installed, and they are able to start ahead of schedule. Starting this Saturday, April 25th, they will begin removing the existing turf, and then over the next few months, the process will continue until we have a new turf field installed. We are so fortunate that Cobb County is committed to helping the high schools with this need, and that we are able to have it done this early so that we can start the next school year with our new field. Due to this construction, as you drive by Allatoona, the gates to the school may be open. That does not mean that campus is open. All CCSD facilities, including the campus of Allatoona, are still closed. We just wanted you to be aware that this construction was taking place and while the gates may be open, the campus is not. Thank you so much for your understanding and in helping us spread the word in the community about our exciting new turf field coming soon.

Thank you,

Candace Wilkes, 

Principal


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Attention Senior Parents:

Attached (found in Resources section below labeled with today's date) you will find the plan we will use on Friday, May 1, for our seniors to come on campus to pick up their caps and gowns along with dropping off school items such as textbooks, library books, and uniforms.  Please read the document carefully and look over the map on page two.  An essential element of the plan is the staggered arrival times.  Please be sure your senior understands how important it is that they arrive during their designated time, follow the drive through plan, then leave campus.  We must adhere to social distancing guidelines.  

We do not have a date yet for graduation, as our district continues to implement the governor’s directives for gathering and social distancing.  The staff of Allatoona is very excited to take this initial step toward graduation for our seniors.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Candace Wilkes,

Principal


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Dear Allatoona Family,

Just before spring break, you received an email from the district outlining grading moving forward. As our teachers plan for the coming weeks, our focus is student learning and preparedness for the next steps in their journey.  Our teachers will do their best to deliver quality digital instruction that helps your child understand the course content, be prepared for the upcoming course in the sequence, and be equipped with the skills necessary to be successful on the SAT, ACT, and in their future classes.  My recommendation is for your child to continue to participate in the learning activities provided by our teachers.  A good example of this is seen with our students who are in a language class; they need to do their best this spring so they will be successful in the next language course in fall.  If you choose for them to stop participating in class activities, this will increase the likelihood of your child having gaps in their knowledge in the fall.

Teachers have begun to enter grades in Synergy to provide feedback on your child’s understanding of course information. As stated in the district letter, your child’s final grade for the semester will not drop below their grade on March 13th.  Please keep in mind you will see fluctuations in your child’s grade in the coming weeks.  I have asked our teachers to provide you accurate feedback on your child’s understanding of assignments. You may see a formative assessment grade entered below your child’s March 13 average…but each student’s final average will be compared to the March 13th grade, and they will finish the course with the higher of the two.

Our focus is to keep all of our students making positive progress in their courses and ultimately staying on track for graduation.  We do not want the COVID-19 health crisis to have a negative impact on our students academically.  We understand that families face many challenges during this time, and we trust you will make the best decision for your family while you consider your child’s future academic success.

We continue to plan for the Class of 2020 knowing the end of high school is an important milestone for them.  In doing so, we have asked parents to visit our web site (select administrative updates then graduation) and complete the online form to tell us how many tickets are needed for your family in the hope we are able to hold a graduation.  We are also coming up with a plan to distribute caps/gowns in the coming weeks, while working to follow the current guidelines for social distancing.  Stay tuned.

Some students may have left items at school, and we know these will need to be retrieved.  Of course, some students have library and text books that will need to be returned.  At this time, we don’t have a date for this to happen or know exactly how this will look.  We are working with the district to create a plan.

While we navigate these unusual times, we recognize our families are facing many new challenges.  If you need assistance with meals, please refer to the CCSD web site, if you have barriers to reaching these resources, please contact your Allatoona counselor.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, administrator, or myself if you are in need.

Stay healthy and take care,

Candace Wilkes Signature

Candace Wilkes,

Principal


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Yearbooks

Allatoona Yearbooks are produced by Herff Jones.  Currently their factory is closed due to the guidelines for social distancing for Covid-19. Once production is underway again we will be able to publish our plan for delivery to our students.


Friday, April 3, 2020

If you would like to request a refund from your meal pay account or donate it to assist a student in need, please fill out the form located HERE.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Allatoona Families,

While we are just one day from spring break on the calendar, we continue to shelter at home and adjust to this unusual health situation.  As I am sure you know, Governor Kemp announced that all K-12 public schools would remain closed for face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the year.  It is difficult to accept the reality we will not see our students again for quite some time, and we feel the uncertainty of the weeks ahead.

The faculty and staff of Allatoona High School are working to provide our students with the best digital learning environment possible.  With that in mind, we have made the decision to shift instructional delivery to four days per week, Monday – Thursday, beginning the week of April 13th.  This schedule will allow our students to have Friday to “catch-up” and reach out to ask questions, or families can use this time to enjoy a bit of family time together.  Our staff will use Friday to collaborate together, improve our digital learning skills, and prepare for upcoming lessons.

Our district is sending a communication to all families regarding grading practices for the reminder of the school year.  Please look for this district email.  I will have a digital faculty meeting tomorrow to ensure the entire staff is on the same page regarding grading.

As you know, the school district has canceled all field trips.  Understandably, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding refunds.  At this point, we are unable to guarantee anything because the payments were all made to travel companies.  This process could take some time (6-8 weeks).  As soon as funds are reimbursed to the school, we will move forward with processing refunds.  We are sorry for the inconvenience but hope that you’ll bear with us as we are all dealing with these extraordinary events.

In these uncertain times, we are doing our best to make thoughtful decisions for our students and school.  I know graduation and many end of year events are on your minds.  We will continue to communicate with you as decisions are made for the coming weeks.  Thank you for placing your trust in us to provide your child’s education, and it is our pleasure to provide the best learning experience possible.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes Signature

Candace Wilkes,

Principal


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Allatoona Family,

We are halfway through week two in our shift to digital learning for the safety of our students and community.  I pray each of you and your family members are healthy and safe.

Many of us, including your principal, have learned how to engage in online conferences via Zoom and Office 365 Teams.  I am so impressed by the positive feedback our teachers are sharing with me of the work ethic of our amazing students.  I have seen videos of students working out for their weight training classes, images of food cooked for culinary, musical collaboration from our fine arts students, and thoughtful online class discussions.

If you or your child is not able to figure out how or what to do for any assignment, please email the teacher.  Our staff is dedicated to teaching and supporting your child’s learning during this time.  Teacher emails are listed under “Academics” on the web page and then under their department, or you can find them alphabetically under “Staff.”  Our administrative team and counseling staff are also just an email away.

Our student government, HELM, is preparing for next year, and we want everyone to be aware that the due date for all HELM applications is Sunday, March 29th, 2020, at 10:00 PM.  Applications can be found on the Allatoona web site under Quick Links, or you can click here: Helm Applications.

Our campus continues to be closed to staff, students, and visitors just like many public parks.  Please remind friends and neighbors to observe this request.

While schools are closed, please remember to do your best to follow the guidelines for social distancing from your friends (including dates, group studying, etc.), and limit meeting in groups to ten or fewer.  Because the number of cases within Cobb County continues to rise, make sure that you are self-monitoring for symptoms. Additional information can be found at these two links: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html. Hopefully, we will hear soon that our community has overcome the most difficult portion of our health challenge.

Take care,

Candace Wilkes Signature

Candace Wilkes,

Principal


Friday, March 20, 2020

During week two of Cobb Schools’ partnership with MUST Ministries, the District and non-profit have built a long-term solution to provide students with a 5-day supply of breakfasts and lunches at 8 school locations on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first day of the meal distributions will be Monday, March 23.

The school locations selected for the meal distributions include schools with more than 50% Free and Reduced Lunch populations.

Cobb Schools Food Service staff will make the food as it is provided by the District and MUST volunteers will distribute to students curbside. The meals can only be served to Cobb County students under 18 years of age, and students must be physically present.

The weekly breakfast and lunch distributions can be sustained through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year or until Cobb Schools re-opens. However, MUST needs volunteers to help by giving food donations and to sign up here to help with food distributions at schools. Please join us as we help our community in need.

Breakfast and Lunch School Distribution Locations from 11 am – 1 pm:

  • Acworth Elementary
  • Bryant Elementary
  • Campbell HS
  • Compton Elementary
  • East Cobb Middle
  • Garrett Middle
  • Osborne High
  • Riverside Intermediate

The new school locations will replace sites where food boxes were provided this week.

Learn more

Food Pick-Up Locations


Monday, March 16, 2020

Allatoona Families,

We will continue to update you with information from the school district and our local school regarding the changes due to COVID-19. We have added a new link at the top of our web page titled “Allatoona Administrative Updates” to provide these to you on a variety of topics.  If your child has academic needs, please reach out to your child’s teacher first. If you do not get a response within twenty-four hours, feel free to add the appropriate administrator to the communication and resend.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we create our digital learning environment. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our administration and staff for assistance.

Sincerely,

Candace Wilkes Signature

Candace Wilkes,

Principal


Monday, March 16, 2020

Please be aware that if your family is in need of assistance with meals, Cobb County School District has partnered with Must Ministries in Marietta to offer this support.  Visit them at their website or on Facebook.