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Saturday, April 19, 2014

SENIOR INFORMATION AND SCHEDULE 2013

School Attendance

All students, including seniors, are required by the Quality Basic Education Act, the State Department of Education, and the Atlanta Public School System to follow the required school year of 180 days. Seniors are required to be present for the whole school year. This includes the scheduled graduation rehearsal days. Starting May 13th, seniors will report each morning at 8:30 a.m. to the gymnasium. Any senior found out of rehearsal without the permission of an administrator during this time will be suspended from school and risk not being able to participate in the Visions of the Future or Graduation Exercises.

Senior Behavior

While present in school or at a school organized event, all graduating seniors must follow the rules and regulations of North Atlanta High School, the Atlanta Public School System and the State Department of Education. Failure to follow the rules and regulations of the local school and school system will result in disciplinary action being taken against a student.

Senior Dues

Senior dues are $180. This money will pay for your 2012-2013 yearbook, your cap and gown, your diploma cover, your cords, and various graduation and senior activities and items. THIS MONEY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PROM. You should have paid at least $90 by December 7th, and then the balance is due by March 29th. All seniors who paid at least $90 by December 7th will get their name engraved on their yearbook. Please pay with cash or money order to Mrs. Hunter in room 339 OR pay by credit card on www.northatlantahigh.org. Seniorswillnotreceivetheircapandgown,cords,ordiplomacoveruntilthey are eligible to graduate, whether that be in May with the rest of the class, or during summer graduation. Seniors who are not eligible to graduate in May can still participate in the breakfast, cookout, and luncheon. They will also receive their yearbook and any memorabilia/gifts.

Senior Obligations

Senior obligations are any debt owed to North Atlanta High School by a senior preparing for graduation. These obligations come in the form of unpaid fees, lost/stolen textbooks, uniforms, equipment, costumes, etc. that have been incurred since enrolling at NAHS. Before a senior is allowed to receive their cap and gown and participate in Visions/graduation, these obligations must be cleared. The first notice of outstanding obligations has already been distributed to students that have incurred obligations from their enrollment date until the end of first semester (2012-2013 school year). The final letter of obligations will be distributed to students with outstanding fees the week of senior exams. Students will only be notified if obligations exist. NO checks can be accepted as payment of senior obligations. Money orders should be made payable to North Atlanta High School (unless otherwise noted). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Freeman by phone at 404.802.4741 or by email at dfreeman@atlantapublicschools.us.

College and University Acceptances/Scholarships

Copies of ALL college and post high school letters of acceptance need to be turned into Ms. Rasheed in the College Zone as soon as you receive them. These are listed in North Atlanta's graduation program. Any letter not turned in by Friday, May 10th will not be included in the program.

Graduation Announcements

Senior announcements are not included in the senior dues. THEY ARE OPTIONAL. Herff Jones is the company we use at North Atlanta. Order forms were given out in October. There are still some available in the main office. The website is www.HerffJonesGrad.com and the phone number is 770-921-9022. Contact them with any questions or concerns.

Junior/Senior Prom

The theme for this year's Prom Is "Glitz, Glam and Grandeur: Old Hollywood Style." Prom Is on Saturday, April 20th at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead from 7:30-11:30 p.m. The cost at the door is $150.00. Seniors that paid for their junior fees last year do not have to pay for prom this year. Details on Prom Picture packages can be found on the NAHS website. See Ms. Howard in the Media Center with questions.

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Graduation Eligibility

To be certified for graduation, a senior must adhere to the following: (1) Meet attendance requirements, (2) Earn required unit credits in grades 9 through 12, (3) Pass all required state assessments and complete community service requirements (deadline: April 1st - turn in to registrar’s office) Seniors who have not completed graduation requirements will not be eligible to participate in graduation exercises or Visions of the Future. Senior cap and gown fees will be refunded if the student is not planning to participate in summer graduation. ANY REFUNDS MUST BE REQUESTED BEFORE GRADUATION, MAY 22, 2013.

Senior Re-Exams

Adhering to APS board policy, North Atlanta has the following policies concerning senior re-examination: (1) Students with 10 or more absences or tardies will not be eligible for a re-exam. (2) No more than one- half unit of credit (1 course) may be granted by re-examination per semester, with an aggregate of no more than one unit of credit being granted by re-examination. (3) The subject matter to be covered in a re-exam shall be the work of the semester. The grade on the re-exam will be the grade recorded on the transcript. If thegradeis“70”orabove,thestudentshallbepromotedinthesubjectinwhichheorshehasfailed. The counselors will give specific details concerning second semester re-exam procedures at a later date.

Cap and Gown
Caps and gowns will be issued on Friday, May 17th. You must have paid your senior dues, cleared all

debts and obligations to the school, passed all academic requirements, and completed all your community service in order to receive your cap and gown. No caps and gowns will be given

Rehearsals for Visions of the Future and Graduation

All graduating seniors must attend all rehearsals for both Visions of the Future and Graduation at 8:30 a.m. Plan to stay all day. Seniors who are taking AP/IB exams should report to practice each day as soon as they finish their exam. Students absent from school on any day of practice are at risk of not being able to participate in senior activities and/or graduation. Roll will be taken each day. Do not plan any appointments during school hours from Monday, May 13 - Wednesday, May 22.

Visions of the Future Program

“Visions of the Future” takes time to consider how far you have come and envisions what you can be in the future. The focus is not on individual accomplishments. Instead, the focus is on all the many possibilities for life after high school. While graduation is on a big stage, “Visions” is a more intimate opportunity to celebrate with your classmates, teachers, and parents. The program includes a guest speaker (often a North Atlanta alumnus) and several student speakers. “Visions of the Future” will be held on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am in the North Atlanta Gymnasium. All graduating seniors will report to the Lecture Hall at 8:30 am. There will be a reception following the ceremony; please plan to attend.

Visions of the Future Speaker Tryouts

To be considered as a student speaker, prepare a 2 to 3 minute speech. Your speech should be encouraging and inspiring with a focus on the future of the Class of 2013. Students not selected to deliver their speech are often chosen for other speaking roles. Turn in a copy of your speech to Mrs. Hunter in room 339 by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 16th. When you turn in a copy, you will be assigned a tryout time on Thursday, April 18th. You will audition in front of a panel of teachers and staff. Be prepared to deliver your speech. It is not necessary to memorize your speech, but delivery will be part of your evaluation.

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal
Dress rehearsal will be at the Civic Center on Monday, May 20th beginning at 2:00 p.m. and not ending

until 5:00 p.m. The 2013 class picture will be taken at this time. All seniors should dress exactly the same as they will for graduation. This is a FULL dress rehearsal. Only seniors dressed appropriately will be allowed to be in the class picture!

Senior Breakfast
The Senior Breakfast will be held at Northside United Methodist Church on Monday, May 13th. The cost

is included in senior fees. Dress appropriately (Business or Dressy Casual attire only) - no jeans, no shorts, no flip flops and no sneakers. If any senior is interested in being on the program at the breakfast (sing, dance, poetry, play an Instrument,...) see Ms. Freeman. On the morning of the breakfast, report to the gym at 8:30 a.m. to sign in and then the class will walk over to the church together. After the breakfast, seniors will report back to the gym for rehearsal.

Senior Luncheon

TheSeniorLuncheonisprovidedforNorthAtlantaSeniorsbytheNorthAtlantaFoundation. Thisyear the luncheon will be at The Hudson Grille in Midtown on Wednesday, May 15th at 1:30 p.m. The address is 942 Peachtree Street, 30309. Details concerning parking will be given out at practice. The Midtown Marta station is walking distance from the restaurant.

Senior Cookout
The Senior Cookout will be held on the football/soccer field on Tuesday, May 21st immediately following

practice. Seniors that do not attend rehearsal are not allowed to attend the cookout. The cost is included in senior fees. There will be music and food. Bring a Frisbee, deck of cards, blanket, volleyball, soccer ball, football, etc. DO NOT BRING water guns, water balloons, etc. Dress appropriately - no bathing suits!

Graduation Ceremony
The Graduation Ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 22nd at the Atlanta Civic Center. All graduating

seniors will report to the designated room at 6:30 pm and go immediately to their assigned seat so that attendance can be taken. The graduation ceremony is a serious, formal ceremony. Seniors and their relatives should be on time to insure an orderly beginning to the ceremony. Parents should suggest to other relatives and friends that the ceremony should be a dignified occasion; therefore, applause is much more appropriate than loud vocal remarks or cat calls when a senior’s name is called. Loud remarks are embarrassing to the senior. We hope this will be a memorable occasion for all seniors, parents, relatives and friends. In addition, spectators are not allowed to bring balloons, noisemakers, and other items that will distract from the ceremony at the Civic Center. They will be confiscated. All bags and purses will be searched. An official APS admittance ticket is required of everyone who enters the Civic Center (including children.) The ceremony will last one hour, and the doors to the Civic Center will open one hour prior to the start of the event. Everyone must leave the building after the ceremony is over so that it can be cleaned and prepared for the next graduation activity. Tickets will be distributed during mandatory practice as soon as they become available. The number of tickets each senior will receive depends on the number of seniors graduating

Dress Requirements for Dress Rehearsal, Visions of the Future, and Graduation

Seniors will be pulled out of rehearsal, Visions, and graduation if they are not properly dressed. Please adhere to the following guidelines.

  1. Press robes thoroughly with a cool iron.

  2. Young ladies must wear white dresses or white blouse/white skirt. The same dress or blouse/skirt should be worn for Visions and Graduation. Dresses should not be longer than the gown and no more than 3 inches above the knee. Shoes should be white—no open toes or open heels or sling backs. Panty hose should be neutral colored.

  3. Young gentlemen must wear white business shirts, black dress pants, black dress shoes with black socks, and a solid silver tie. You may purchase a tie for $10 when graduation practice starts. NO TENNIS SHOES.

  4. DO NOT WEAR JEWELRY! Jewelry should never be worn with academic regalia.

  5. Caps should be worn so that the pointed end fits directly between the eyebrows —two finger widths above the eyebrows. They are never worn pushed to the side or the back of the head. The top of the hat should be parallel to the ground.

  6. Leave purses and all valuables at home or with your family for Visions of the Future and Graduation.