Parent LovNotes #24 - Cobb County School District

Parent LOV Notes
2013 -14 Issue #24
Our Motto: Excellence, Honor and Service
What’s Going on in the Building?
It’s time to move forward planning for next year and your input is vital in the planning
process. Please plan to attend the “Community Collaboration” event on Tuesday, May
13th from 6:00 to 8:00. It will begin in the Cafeteria. During the meeting, we will
collaborate on many topics that impact our students and our school operations, and
may be of some concern to you. Topics include field trips, technology use in the school,
anti-bullying activities, dress code and possibly other items that impact student
achievement, school safety and operations. The agenda topics are under development.
We want you to have a voice as we plan ahead – your presence is requested. Also, this
would be an ideal time to ask questions and get clear answers on some things that you
may be unsure about or do not understand. The administration, staff and student
council will be present as well as our Area Assistant Superintendent – Dr. Doe. I look
forward to collaborating with you.
What Parents Need to Know
Government Rules that can impact Food and Nutrition in School…
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 – Proposed Additional Rule states that schools would be
required to implement policies that are in alignment with new food and nutrition standards. It will
also impact classroom parties, school celebrations and rewards and incentives. Although we support
educating and providing nutritionally sound breakfast and lunch, we also would like to keep our
opportunities to celebrate and reward our students. You may agree. Please post your comments as
this will be finalized soon but your input is very important. The deadline to post comments is April
The next phase of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act to be implemented July 1 establishes nutrition
standards for any food and beverage sold on the school campus. From Midnight to 4:30 we are now
under strict guidelines concerning calorie intake by reducing fat, limiting portion size, increasing
whole grain intake, and limiting sodium and sugar. According to this, Chick Fil-A sales for example,
will not be allowed next year.
Summer School Information:
As we notify some parents in reference to grade status we want to make sure that you are aware of the
Summer school plan for this year. Summer School is not offered through local middle school
campuses this year. Georgia Virtual will be the only option for credit recovery this summer. Please
contact Myesha Davis for more information if you have concerns.
Rising 9th Graders Course Requests and Course Review Night Information
Rising 9th grade students attending Hillgrove High School will receive 2014-2015 Course Requests in
homeroom on Tuesday, April 15th.
The Course Request is not a schedule, only a list of courses according to numerical course number.
Core course requests are teacher recommendations based on prior academic performance, course
sequencing, and prerequisites. Elective courses reflect the selections that each student made during
 Review these courses carefully.
 If the courses are correct, keep the form as a record for reference.
 To change an elective course, fill out a Final Course Request Form on Thursday April 17th at
6:00 p.m. in the Hillgrove Cafeteria.
 After April 17, Hillgrove counselors will be available April 21-May 1st from 7:45-8:15 am and
3:30-4:00 pm in front of their office to complete a Final Course Request Form.
 To change the level of a core academic course recommended by current teacher, HS
department representatives will be available at the April 17th meeting at 6:00 p.m. Bring
academic documentation to support placement (ex: report card, Pinnacle grade report, test
scores, updated middle school teacher recommendation). After April 17, Hillgrove counselors
will be available April 21-May 1st from 7:45-8:15 am and 3:30-4:00 pm in front of their office
to complete the course waiver process.
 No changes will be made after May 2, 2014.
Lovinggood Food Pantry:
We are supporting 11 Lovinggood families and your participation is vital in making certain that we are
able to provide groceries to our families on a monthly basis. Below is the information for this week.
This week there are no coupons for Kroger or Publix; just purchase the items listed below. Feel free to
double-up on your lists. Please check for expiration dates as far out as possible. Bring all items to
Lovinggood and put them in the bins under the table across from the School Counseling office. Please
email Ms. Davis at if you have any questions.
Kroger through Tuesday, April 15th – Cost is $5.58 +tax; no coupons
(5) Kroger Vegetables, Select Varieties, 14.5 to 15.25 oz., 5/$3 - $3
(1) Betty Crocker Helpers, Select Varieties, 4.7 to 13.2 oz., - $.79 - $0.79
(1) Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 7.5 oz., $1 - $1
(1) Kroger Long Grain Rice, 16 oz., $.79 - $0.79
Publix through Saturday, April 19th – Cost is $5.40 +tax; no coupons
(1) Mott’s 100% Apple Juice or Mott’s for Tots, Plus, Medleys or Juice Beverage from Concentrate,
Selected Varieties, 64oz, BOGO $2.50; - $1.25
(1) Duncan Hines Cake Mix, Assorted, Assorted Varieties, 16 to 16.5 oz., BOGO $1.69; - $.85
(1) Colgate Toothpaste, Assorted Varieties, 6.4 oz., BOGO $1.79; - $0.90
(1) Mott’s Applesauce, Assorted Varieties, 6 pk, 3.9 or 4 oz., BOGO $2.13; - $1.07
(1) Hunt’s 100% Natural Tomatoes, Assorted Varieties, 14.5 oz., BOGO $1.39; - $0.70
(1) Selected Del Monte Vegetables, 11 to 15.25 oz., (Excluding Harvest Selects, Seasoned, Special
Blends, and Asparagus), BOGO $1.25; - $0.63
A Resource that you need to tap into: Career Cruising
The Cobb County School District middle and high schools use a web-based program called Career
Cruising for career exploration. Career Cruising ( provides numerous
activities that students may complete during classroom lessons, advisement, small group meetings, or
individual exploration. Below are the required activities your students will complete in middle school
using Career Cruising:
Sixth Grade – Students will open an electronic portfolio in Career Cruising and complete a Learning
Styles Inventory.
Seventh Grade – Students will complete Career Cruising Matchmaker which is an interactive survey
that “matches” interests to various careers. They will be introduced to two career clusters that match
their interests.
Eighth Grade - Students will save three occupations of interest to their portfolios.
Parents may also have access to their student’s electronic portfolio in Career Cruising by setting up a
parent account. Please contact your grade level Professional School Counselor for this information:
6th –
7th –
8th –
End of the year Awards Programs:
I want to clarify in advance, what the end of the year awards celebrations are defined as: At the end of
each year (2nd to the last week of school), we recognize those students that have maintained honors
for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of the school year. At one point it was considered that we include 4th
nine week’s grade in the criteria, but after careful reviewing, there are various factors that could pose
major problems with developing an accurate list before the programs. One factor is the new synergy
gradebook and the undetermined processes that we can’t predict. A second factor is being able to
consider extenuating circumstances of late grades due to illnesses, family deaths etc. This will be
difficult. We have thoroughly met about this and have concluded the best thing for this school year.
Therefore, we will recognize the 4th quarter honors by certificate in the mail with report cards at the
closing of school. Your child will be recognized during the awards programs if he/she has maintained
honors for quarters 1, 2 and 3 only. We are excited that we have so many students to honor and I
want to ensure that we recognize each and every one.
Texting between parent and student: Please note that if students send or receive texts during
the school day, they are indeed violating the school rules. In instances that this occurs, consequences
will be implemented. In emergency events, students will always be given permission to contact
parents but if you have an emergency message, please feel free to contact administration.
Thanks for your cooperation with this matter.
In Preparation for Olympic Day – PTSA is sponsoring a “Water Drop Off” day at the car rider line.
Please bring donations of water through the car rider line on May 1st and 2nd during your
morning drop off. This donation will be greatly appreciated. If you are not a drop off parent but
would like to donate a case of water, please feel free to do so. Thanks for your help!
April 23rd-28th- CRCT (No devices to school this week)
April 25th – Progress Reports
April 30th – Science Quest/8th Grade Students leave for Savannah
May 13th – Community Collaboration Event
Reminder: The last 2 days of school (May 20th and 21st) are early release days. Students
are released at 1:30
******Important End of the Year Dates to Note******
CRCT – April 23rd – 29th
Rising 6th Grade Parent Night - May 6th 6:30 p.m.
6th Grade Awards Day – May 14th
7th Grade Awards Day – May 15th
8 Grade Walk to Hillgrove High School & Awards– May 16th 9:00 a.m.
8th Grade Dance – May 16th 6:30 p.m.
Last Day of School – May 21st
Reflections That Benefit Us All
We are approaching the closing of year 2 already. I know that you have had anywhere
from 1 to 3 years to experience middle school as a parent and believe me, I know at
times it can be very difficult. I hope that your good day experiences are outweighing
the bad days but however, I want to assure you, as I usually do from time to time, that I
have your child’s best interest at heart. I am your servant leader and always here to
listen and partner with you as we continue to make a successful path for our students.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have concerns or comments.