1) Visions of the Future (the traditional “pre-graduation” program) is Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Grady’s Historic Gymnasium. Guests do not need tickets to enter this program.
2) Graduation is still Thursday, May 25th (the last day of school) at 3:30 PM at the World Congress Center: Hall C3, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW, Atlanta 30313. Parking: Yellow Lot/Blue Lot/Gold Lot.
a. The school district is working out a “half-day” procedure for Grady, BUT this is the time for parents to prepare for “what to do if a graduate has siblings at another school where a half-day is not going to happen.” I don’t have an answer. Please ask the other schools this question if it applies to your family.
b. PARKING WILL BE WORSE THAN HORRENDOUS. Dekalb County Schools has decided to use the World Congress Center as their graduation site, YES, during the SAME WEEK AS ATLANTA’S GRADUATIONS. Stephenson High School will actually be two halls away from us. They don’t limit the number of guests who can attend Dekalb County’s graduations, so there will be throngs of people. We recommend planning to be at the World Congress Center by 1:30 PM since there will be many other things happening at the Congress Center along with two graduations. MARTA may really be smarter. Picture this: Not just ONE school leaving the parking decks as another school is trying to park, but 2 or more schools trying to leave the parking decks while 2 or more schools are trying to park. TRUST US – this is looking BAD… Plan NOW in order to avoid missing graduation…
c. Remember that APS doesn’t control how much the Congress Center charges for parking. Last year they told us $10, but they decided to raise it to $15 during come large graduations. Imagine that. We will let you know the cost as soon as they reveal that mystery.
d. Each student will receive a certain number of tickets. All guests who enter the hall will need a ticket. Small children who are able to sit in adults’ laps have not needed tickets in the past.
e. Students will receive the tickets a day or two before graduation even though we will tell students approximately how many tickets they will receive around May 5th.
3) Graduation Rehearsal (the dress rehearsal) is at the World Congress Center Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8:30 AM. We want as many students as possible to provide their own transportation. Those who need to ride school buses will need to be at Grady by 7:00 AM. Imagine that… The buses will leave at 7:15 AM.
4) SENIOR FEES are currently $200. Use the following link to pay online: https://osp.osmsinc.com/Atlanta/Default.aspx. See the attachment for additional payment information/options. The attachment also contains other general graduation information.
5) Young Ladies, wherever you see a reference to “black” shoes, please disregard it. You have successfully convinced us that “nude” shoes look great with white. JUST MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT BEACH SANDALS, ETC… Also, avoid high heels. See the attachment for “heel” requirements. High heels are not your friends on graduation day unless you possibly want to be remembered as tripping and falling – captured by your friends on SnapChat and/or Instagram. Imagine that… (Smile) There is A LOT of walking, and there are A LOT of steps… Last year a young lady’s shoe came off as she went up the steps to the stage… Not a pretty memory.
-Scholarship: Do You Need Your Drivers License?
There's a scholarship available for students between the ages 15-17 who are interested in earning their driver's license. See attached document above for details.
-Seniors: Do You Want Your Accomplishments in the Graduation Program?
We're in the process of creating the graduation commencement program. As a tradition, we'll be listing your accomplishments in the printed program. We encourage all graduating students to complete the attached form and return it to your assigned counselor.
Please note that this form must be accompanied with verifiable proof. This proof is must be in the form of a...
Letter from the college or scholarship organization
Printed email from the college or scholarship organization
A certificate from the college or scholarship organization
-Free College Essay Workshop
For college bound students ages 15-18, there will be a comprehensive college essay writing workshop. This is an ideal opportunity for you to understand what traditional 4-year post-secondary institutions are looking for with respect to submitting your personal narratives. See attached document above for details.
-John B. White Scholarship and Senior Data Form
Georgia’s Own Credit Union formed a charitable foundation, aiming to further the community outreach efforts of the Credit Union through volunteer hours, financial literacy engagement, scholarships and more. This spring, they're excited to announce the launch of the John B. White, Jr. Scholarship, which honors the legacy of their long-time Board member and friend. The scholarship of $5,000 is a need-based award and is open to all first generation college students planning to attend a public Georgia university in the fall of 2017.
Details and application instructions can be found here: www.georgiasownfoundation.org/scholarship
DEADLINE: MAY 26, 2017
Also, please don't forget that your 2017 Senior Data Form is due by Friday, April 14. Be sure to have proof attached to your form. Proof can be a copy of an email, letter, or certificate from your colleges and/or scholarship agencies.
-GA Futures: Find Your College/Career Path
Are you interested to know:
What colleges you should attend?
What field of study you should pursue after high school?
What types of careers are best for you?
What salary you could earn in the field of work you're interested?
It's recommended that you complete inventories on GA Futures. This will allow you to have some answers to these questions.
Here's how you do it...
1. Log into: https://www.gafutures.org/ (if you don't remember your login information, you'll need to create an account or have request to have your username or password emailed to you)
2. Then click "Career Exploration".
3. Next click on "Learn About Yourself".
4. Then click on and complete "Career Assessments" and/or "Interest Profiler".
-Fayola Sims Scholarship
Reminder that the Fayola Sims Scholarship is still open for male students. There are three scholarships offered by this organization. The applications will be available during this window via their website: http://www.sffoundation.org/scholarships.html
See attached document for details.
-AP Exam Prep
Kaplan is offering a free live online AP exam prep program. The Prepathon series continues with AP Biology and AP U.S. History on April 22 and 23 from 1 PM - 5 PM ET. Students can join their live, interactive event to review content and learn strategies for the upcoming AP exams. For more information and to sign up for this free event, please review the attached flyer and visit: www.kaptest.com/apprepathon.
-Real vs. Reality GIRL$ Program: April 15, 10am-1pm
See attached flyer. Created by Enchanted Closet GIRL$ for girls. This program offers a lively and thought-provoking discussion with girls and adults who have worked in front of and behind the camera in the television industry. Visual images form impressions and impressions influence beliefs and behavior. Have you wondered how people (especially young people) are impacted by reality shows? Can they distinguish real versus reality? Do they compare themselves to reality television stars?
All young women ages 12-19 years old are welcome to come to the studio and join the discussion. Registration is required. No cost to attend. Breakfast items and lunch will be provided.
Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/realvsreality
-Juniors and Seniors: Scholarships $$$ For You!!
There are scholarships available that current 11th and 12th graders can apply. Please go to this link for the applications and more details:
Seniors, please remember that your Senior Data Form is due FRIDAY APRIL 14, 2017 to be guaranteed that your accomplishments are published in the graduation program.
-Community Service: A Graduation Requirement
As a requirement for a diploma from Atlanta Public Schools, all students must complete at least 75 hours of verifiable community service/volunteer hours. The service must be performed at places that serve the greater good of the community at-large. Attached you'll find some activities through Grady's 21st Century Leaders program. Please see Ms. Van Atta room C323 for more details.
Also, it's highly recommended that you log all of your volunteer experiences into www.mygivingpoint.org. This is an online service that'll verify the legitimacy of your experiences and consequently creates a clean and efficient way for you manage your hours. In addition as a benefit, you'll earn community service honor cords upon graduation if you achieve 100+ hours.
There's a scholarship specifically for Grady graduating seniors from our CCC (College Career Center). See attached for the application. Please APPLY!!!
DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2017
-HOPE Eligiblity, Calculating Your GPA, and Senior Data Form
Are you interested to know if you're eligible for the HOPE scholarship?
Because APS grades on a 100-point scale, attached to this email is a sample of how you can calculate your GPA on a 100 point scale.
It's absolutely vital that you submit your Senior Data Form with VALID PROOF to your assigned counselor. Valid proof can be a printed email from your colleges or scholarship agencies, a copy of your acceptance letter, or a copy of your military enlistment letter.
-Juice Bar Positions Available
R2R a progressive juice bar located approximately 7 minutes away from downtown Atlanta. Currently, they have two positions available. Please review the attachment above to determine if this may be a good fit for you. If it is a good fit, please mail their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to call 678.521.0208 if you have any questions.
Are you looking for a part-time job? If you're 16 years old and enjoy working with the public, then you should consider employment with the reputable Chick-Fil-A company.
Chick-Fil-A will be here on Grady's campus tomorrow Thursday April 20 located in the cafeteria hallway during all three lunch periods. Please make sure you stop by their booth to get application information.