Greetings Fellow Titans –
 
September is nearly over and progress reports will be coming out next week. In between report cards, you are encouraged to track your student’s progress through our new Home Access Center (HAC).
 
HAC is the new program that replaces the old ParentConnect. This allows parents to view pertinent information for their students. You will be able to see attendance, discipline, outstanding assignments, grades, as well as your personal information as it appears in the current student information system.
 
Because this is a new system, log ons and passwords have been generated for all students. This information was handed out to those who attended Curriculum Night last week. If you were unable to pick up your information then, you may stop by the front office during normal hours (7:30 – 4:30) and do so. Please note: A picture ID is required in order to obtain the log on and password.
 
All syllabi for individual classes are posted on our website (www.northviewhigh.com). Information about the weight of particular assignments types are on the individual course syllabi. It is our goal to have work graded and posted as quickly as possible to allow for timely feedback to the students. Please understand that many of our teachers have larger than normal classes this year and can sometimes be pressed to complete the large amount of grading that they will have with bigger assignments such as special projects or term papers. To that end, our goal for posting graded assignments to HAC is as follows:
  • Daily Homework – 3 school days.
  • Quizzes/Tests – 5 school days.
  • Labs – 10 days.
  • Essays/Major Projects – 15 school days.
  • Research Paper – 15 school days.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Ever Upward and Onward!


Pamela Spalla
Principal
Northview High School
Upcoming Events

Georgia HS Writing Test
September 29th

Hands on Northview
October 2nd

Homecoming Parade & Game
October 8th

Homecoming Dance
October 9th

Important Links
Driverís License and School Attendance/Behavior

The Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) directly addresses and changes the way young motorists earn and maintain the privilege of driving. Required school attendance and student behavior are the two components of TADRA. The act specifically states that:

Any applicant who is younger than 18 years of age must be enrolled in and not under expulsion from a public or private school and has satisfied the attendance requirements listed in #1 and #2 below for a period of one academic year prior to application for an instruction permit or driver's license. This suspension is mandated by O.C.G.A. 40-5-22(a.1)(2).

The DDS will suspend the license of a minor who:
  • Has dropped out of school without graduating and has remained out of school for ten consecutive school days.
  • Has ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the current academic year or ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the previous academic year.
  • Has been found in violation by a hearing officer, panel, or tribunal of one of the following offenses, or has waived his or her right to a hearing and pleaded guilty to one of the following offenses:
    • Threatening, striking, or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school personnel.
    • Possession or use of a weapon on school property or at a school sponsored event.
    • Any sexual offense prohibited under Chapter 6 of Title 16.
    • Causing substantial physical or visible bodily harm to or seriously disfiguring another person, including another student.
    • Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property or at a school sponsored event.
Any infraction of the above conduct offenses will be a one-year suspension, or the minor shall be suspended until his or her eighteenth birthday, whichever comes first. For more information, visit the following site: http://www.dds.ga.gov/teens.

Hands on Northview

Make plans now to help out with our next Hands On Northview! The date is Saturday, October 2nd and we have a lot planned for that morning. More information will be forthcoming.

Charter System Engagement Process

This fall, Fulton County Schools will study whether it will ask the Georgia Department of Education to grant charter status to the entire school system.  If granted, Fulton County will be the first large district in Georgia to become a charter system, which could mean more flexibility in spending, staffing, and innovation in its educational model.  It would also grant greater involvement and decision-making authority for parents.

Community engagement is a trademark of charter systems, and as such, the district is starting the exploration process by holding town hall-style meetings to gather input.

Community Engagement Meetings

The times for all sessions are 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. for employees; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. for parents and the community.

October 18   Johns Creek High School
October 19   Westlake High School
October 27   Roswell High School
November 3   Independence High School at the Milton Center
November 4   Creekside High School
November 10   Tri-Cities High School
November 11   Riverwood International Charter High School

Relay for Life

Northview High School raised over $8,000.00 last year for Relay for Life, the second highest fundraising group! Relays' theme this year is MORE BIRTHDAYS! Please join our team and help the fight against cancer, so we can celebrate more birthdays!

Please see the Northview HS Local School Council web pages to stay informed!  The 2010-2011 roster/contact info has been posted, and monthly updates will be posted under LSC Minutes.  If you have questions or suggestions, etc., please contact a LSC member!

Volunteer Policy – Over the summer, FCSS implemented a new Volunteer Policy. The NHS LSC has received a number of questions about the implementation of this policy. For the school system Q&A, policy and procedure information, go to this FCSS link and see information under “Timely Topics.” 

FCSS has provided the following additional information:

  • Volunteer Registration Form is to be completed and provided to the local school. The local school staff will confirm that each volunteer is not on a Sex Offender Registry.
  • Parent Driver Waiver Form (Designated Driver Form) - back of FCSS Athletic Handbook  (tear out form)… will NOT be required for parent drivers in carpool arrangements for after-school and weekend athletic  events per Martha Greenway, FCSS Deputy Superintendent.
  • Background checks are required for parent chaperones for any overnight event (athletic, club, field trips, etc.).  The background check and fingerprinting may be scheduled with the FCSS Central Office on Cleveland Avenue (contact Felecia Goodwin), the Fulton County North Annex (Roswell Road), or the Roswell Police Department.

For any additional questions, contact FCSS at 404-768-3600.

Facilities Survey – FCSS is in the middle of a Facilities Enhancement Project (building needs assessment, planning, and review of education specifications for new construction). The community is asked to participate in a survey to provide input/direction (see this survey link)

Charter System Presentation – FCSS is beginning a review and will be seeking community input to consider becoming a “charter system.” Changes will be implemented in the Fall 2012. More information is forthcoming about the possible changes, but the school system released two presentations to the BOE (Charter System Presentation and Community Engagement Plan Update). The school community should review the information and be informed so that when asked for input, you are familiar with the proposal implications.

FY12 Calendar –The FCBOE has been presented one calendar option by the system administrative staff thus far. The one calendar option for the next school year has a 9 day instructional day difference between semesters (Fall semester has 84 instructional days and Spring semester has 93 instructional days), which is a considerable difference especially for semester-long classes. Note: FY11 Fall semester (83 days) and Spring semester (94 days). Please stay tuned and be prepared to voice your input regarding school start and end dates, as well as the number of instructional days in each semester, etc.

(see 2011 - 2012 calendar)

Election Day, November 2, 2010 - If you haven't registered to vote, please do. The registration deadline is October 4th! District 5 will be electing a new school board member.

For additional election information, go to: http://www.sos.ga.gov/Elections/


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