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Back to School Student Letter

July 22, 2019


Summer Greetings, Bearcats!


We are preparing for your arrival back to school on Thursday, August 8!  To ensure a successful 2019-20 academic year and school opening, we have some important information to share with you and your parents:

  • In an effort to create the best learning environment for our students, we will continue to emphasize the importance of attendance, punctuality, limited distractions, and positive interpersonal interactions. As such, we encourage you to speak with your student about being present and focused everyday, as well as being compliant with the school wide cell phone expectations. In addition, we expect students to use appropriate language and engage with their peers and teachers in a proper manner that creates a mutually respectful environment for all. Our mission is to prepare students for the workforce and life after ACHS and these are essential skills for them to be successful citizens. 

  • This year, ACHS will host an Open House which will include T.I.P.S. freshman orientation, BCTC orientation, and a First Day Fair on Monday, August 5.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend in order to complete student verification form, buy parking passes, pay for instructional/athletic fees, fill out free/reduced lunch forms, and submit student health forms among other things.  First Day Fair times are 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Freshman Orientation begins at 6:30 p.m. in Gym A, and BCTC Orientation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. 

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      It is imperative that the student verification sheet be updated for each student.  Anyone listed on emergency contact/check out consent list will be able to check out the student; ACHS will follow-up with an attempted courtesy call to parent in this case.

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      In order to purchase a parking pass and complete the parking registration form, students will need to bring the following information: driver’s license, vehicle registration and $10. .

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      ACHS students will be required to pay a $50.00 instructional fee, which will be utilized to purchase instructional materials and student technology.  Students who are approved for free/reduced lunch will not pay the instructional fee. Students are required to pay for any lost or damaged books. Some classes only have class sets for textbooks.  In those classes, students may check out a textbook with their teacher, if needed for classwork purposes; those textbooks will need to be returned the next day. Students may also need to pay individual class fees for materials such as art or consumer science supplies that will be used in instructional projects.

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      Students who are participating in athletics this year will need to pay an athletic fee at the beginning of their season.  This is a one-time fee that will cover each student-athlete regardless of how many sports he or she plays. See chart below to determine the fee for your student-athlete(s).


Students per family

Regular

Reduced

Free

1st student

$70.00

$35.00

$0.00

2nd student

$50.00

$25.00

$0.00

3rd student

$30.00

$15.00

$0.00


  • The ACHS Parking Plan, including parent pick-up and drop-off information, is on the main page of ACHS website.  Visitors shall park in the vacant spaces in Lot B, in front of the main building. Please do not park in the fire lanes or bus lanes in front of the buildings at anytime. Also, please do not pick up or drop off students in any location besides the front of the East Wing.  

  • All students will receive a copy of their schedules on the first day of school; however, schedules will be posted in parent/student portal on July 22, 2019.  Students who would like to discuss their schedules may come to school July 24th, 25th, 30th, and 31st, between 8:00 and 3:00 for schedule consultations. Counselors will be taking lunch from 12-1.  Any changes will be based on master schedule openings, initial student requests, and required coursework. There will be NO schedule changes after school begins per SBDM policy.   Early College/BCTC/AP students may contact Mrs. Wells, to discuss issues, and set up an appointment if they have questions or concerns regarding their schedules.  See our school website for additional information and pay attention to BCTC Remind 101 texts. (To join text @achsbc to 81010.)

  • Each student will be issued a student handbook the first day of school.  The handbook includes pertinent student information including ACHS policies; all students are responsible for knowing and following policies and procedures outlined in the student handbook and code of conduct.

  • Lockers are available for student use upon request. Locks other than those purchased at ACHS will be removed.  

  • Calculators are an important instructional resource for students, specifically, but not limited to math curriculum.  While many smart phones may include downloadable applications for calculators, they are not allowed for use on state or national testing like the ACT.  Please go to the student/parent resource page on ACHS website to review calculator information to prepare your student for academic success.

  • In an effort to eliminate disruptions in the school day, parents and students will not be allowed to drop off or bring in food and/or beverages for students.  Additionally, no outside drinks are allowed in athletic events.

  • Communication is essential.  Check Facebook, Twitter, and school website for updated school information. If you have not already done so, contact Central Office to receive your Infinite Campus log-in to view your child’s attendance and grades on parent portal.  Also-- if you would like to be sent the ACHS weekly email update from our guidance office, contact Cynthia.miracle@anderson.kyschools.us

  • On the first day of school, students will report to their first period class.  Students can check to see which room they will need to report to by 1) Checking class rosters that will be posted in various locations throughout the building or 2) viewing their schedule on portal. Doors open daily at 7:20 am. 


We look forward to having your student at ACHS this year and hope you and your son or daughter will participate in the vast activities that we offer.  Go BEARCATS!!


Sincerely,


ACHS Faculty, Staff, and Administration



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