Spring is just around the corner.  With spring comes an increase in school activities, spring sports, state-mandated assessments and graduation – just to name a few of the many events affecting the lives of Athens City School students.

soccerAthens High and Athens Middle School baseball, softball, soccer, golf, tennis and track teams are beginning preparations for seasons that promise to be fun and exciting. Student athletes work hard to balance their academics with their love of these sports.

goldfish-change-bowlThe Spring also brings a sense of change to the minds of students as they start considering their next school year.  Transitions are stressful times.  In Athens City Schools, the critical transitions occur when students leave their elementary schools and enter Athens Intermediate School, when they leave sixth grade and enter Athens Middle School, and when they complete the eighth grade in preparation for their high school journey.   School leaders try to help ease these concerns by providing as much information as possible to students and parents.

In addition to open houses that will be offered for parents and students at each transition school, students in the fourth, sixth, and eighth grades get classroom visits from staff of the schools in which they will be entering in the Fall 2017.  For example, sixth graders at Athens Intermediate School will get a visit from the Athens Middle School Principal and Counselors.  The AMS staff speak to the students about the courses they will take and the changes they will face when entering the middle school. After discussing the courses with the students during these visits, the course selection materials for middle and high school students will be posted online with details being communicated from each school.  The goal of these efforts is make these transitions as easy and stress-free as possible for students.

actOn February 7, 2017 all twelfth grade students will be taking the ACT WorkKeys assessments.  These assessments are research-based measures of foundational work skills required for success across industries and occupations.  They have been used for more than two decades by job seekers, employees, employers, students, educators, administrators,workforce and economic developers.

ACT WorkKeys assessments measure the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed for success in the workforce. Students take the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information tests.  Based on the scores attained on the three assessments, students may be eligible to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Certificate.

Several other assessments will be administered over the next few months to different grade levels with details being sent home with students and posted on school websites and on social media outlets.

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