The backpacks are clean, the lunchboxes are shiny and the new shoes barely have scuffs on the soles. It is the beginning of another year in Athens City Schools, and we are pleased to welcome back our amazing students and families for what we believe is going to be the best year ever.
As we move swiftly into the full swing this school season, we want to share all the ways the community can stay connected to the exciting things happening in our schools.
Informed communities build successful schools. ACS has new websites this fall. Research shows that student achievement is directly influenced by parent involvement and community engagement. The new web solutions share student specific information, relevant news and timely updates with family and community members so that together we can create a positive and supportive learning environment for every student.
The district site features a new superintendent’s page. Dr. Trey Holladay writes a blog in his own words, shares his personal Twitter connection and offers a channel for direct questions from the public.
We understand school websites are an important resource for parents. We also understand parents are on the move. To meet the these needs, the new sites are easily accessible on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It is important that our community have the ability to connect with us at anytime from anywhere.
To this end, ACS released a district mobile app. It integrates all the tools a parent needs to stay connected. Users select only the schools relevant to their needs. Parents can access grades, calendars, homework and schedules. It offers a push notification feature that allows for important messages like emergency alerts and school closings. It is a streamlined way to deliver information you want most when you need it. You can find it in the App Store for Apple products and in Google Play for Android devices.
The app operates in concert with the new mass notification system. This replaces the previous call system. It allows us to reach anyone, anytime for more effective communication. District officials and principals can send calls, SMS text messages, emails and push notifications in multiple languages. When every second counts, we want to connect with confidence.
Let’s talk speed of information. Twitter is the place for breaking news. According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of Twitter users who follow breaking news is nearly twice as high as that of Facebook users. To get the most reliable news from the best sources the fastest way possible, follow us on Twitter. You do not have to have an account to follow. By way of SMS on any phone , you can get alerts from anyone on Twitter. Text “follow @AthensALSchools” to 40-404 to get real time updates.
Digital communication is essential. However, we understand there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. Beginning this month, Dr. Holladay will attend “Coffee with the Super.” This will be an informal, open discussion time with the superintendent. There will be no agenda. This is a great chance for you to get to know Dr. Holladay and chat with him about topics of interest. The first “Coffee with the Super” was Wednesday, August 23 at Jack’s restaurant on Highway 31 North with more dates to follow.
In addition to all these new ways to connect with ACS, we will host three evening townhalls over the course of the school year to discuss the coming Athens academies. Look for information regarding dates for fall, winter and spring.
ACS Communication Quick Reference
Text “follow @AthensALSchools” to 40-404 to receive updates.
The Ledger Newsletter – A quarterly digital publication of Athens City Schools
Download the ACS App in the App Store for iPhones or Google Play for Androids.