Spring Assessment Calendar Available
The calendar of all the various assessments given to SMHS students at the end of the school year is available here. Please note the scheduled date of your assessments depending on if they are SLOs, EOCs, EOPAs, AP, and/or Final Exams. All students need to be aware of the revised bell schedule April 27 through April 30. Students in dual enrollment, program, or opt out programs need to make plans now to attend this week at the proper dates and times.
New Edition of the Panther Press Available Now!
The newest edition of the Panther Press, our PTSO created newsletter, is available here and on the link to the left of the page. This edition has lots of information about the end of the school year, testing schedules, pictures from our recent ribbon cuttings, and other items of interest. Take a look!
Spring Physicals to be given May 7
Spring physicals will be done at Starr's Mill High School on May 7 starting at 3:30 for middle school students and 3:45 for high school students. This physical will be good for the remainder of this school year and the entire 2015-2016 school year. The cost is $20 and checks should be made out to Starr's Mill High School. Middle school students may register and pay in the RSMS front office starting April 28, high school students may register with Ms. Watkins starting May 4. Students will receive a full physical packet that must be completed at home and an assigned place in line to have the physical.
On May 7 all students who have signed up should report to the gym immediately after school and find their assigned place in line. Physicals will be completed as quickly as possible based on the availability of physicians. Students may register for physicals on May 7 in the gym lobby but will be assigned places at the end of the line.
Panther Student-Athletes Sign on the Dotted Line
Eight Panther Student-Athletes signed National Letters of Intent or committed to colleges during the April signing period. They are:
Ned Avies, Point University - Soccer
Taylor Brunskole, Harvard University -Track and Field
Cody Clements, Yale University - Track and Field
Sarah Flanders, Emory University - Softball
Johanna Goldblatt, Vanderbilt University - Swim
Katie Miller, Campbellsville University - Swim
Emily Sims, University of North Georgia – Cross Country and Track
Josh Warren, Georgia College and State University - Cross Country and Track
German Teacher Antonela Kljajic named Teacher of Promise!
Antonela Kljajic, German Teacher, German Club Sponsor, and German Honor Society Sponsor, at Starr's Mill High School was recently named the 2015 Teacher of Promise for the State of Georgia by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia. "The Teacher of Promise award recognizes P-12 teachers in their first, second, or third year of teaching who show the promise to be an outstanding teacher and leader in foreign language education."
Ms. Kljajic received her award at the 2015 SCOLT/FLAG Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Parents, please complete the Georgia Parent Survey.
The Georgia Parent Survey is written and managed by the Georgia Department of Education. The data compiled from the Georgia Parent Survey will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating, a key part of our CCRPI score. The survey contains 24 questions and will be able to complete the survey using their personal computers, smart phones or iPads. Completion of the survey should only take 5-10 minutes. A Spanish version of the parent survey is also available. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.
Starr's Mill named Advanced Placement Honor School!
Starr's Mill High School has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Honor School by the Georgia Department of Education in the following categories:
AP Merit School: school with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher
AP STEM School: school with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses
AP STEM Achievement School: school with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher
AP Humanities School: school with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social science courses, one fine arts course and one world language course
Speech/Debate Teams have great success, Mr. Hickey named Coach of the Year!
The SMHS Speech and Debate team won the Directors Cup for the most cumulative points at the Varsity State tournament! In addition, Coach Sean Hickey was named the Georgia Speech Coach of the Year!
Lady Panthers Win State Swimming Event Titles!
Lady Panther Swimmers won three different events at the State Swim meet this weekend! Below is the State Champion 4x100 Freestyle relay team of Kylee Bogumill, Donna Blaum, Johanna Goldblatt, and Sarah Phinney. Donna Blaum also won the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly events!
Panther Student-Athletes sign on the dotted line!
Eight Panther Student-Athletes signed National Letters of Intent or committed to colleges during the February signing period. They are:
Paige Betsill (Soccer, Columbus State University)
Jahmeil Curwen (Soccer, University of Cincinnati)
Kayla Feigenbaum (Soccer, University of North Georgia)
Terence Harper (Football, Campbell University)
Caroline Kelly (Tennis, Mississippi State University)
Chayla Park (Soccer, Brenau University)
Carly Pressgrove (Soccer, Kennesaw State University)
Sam Roberson (Soccer, North Greenville University)
Our morning announcements are web based!
Thanks to recent grant funding our Broadcast class received new equipment to produce our morning announcements! Thanks to this new equipment we have the ability to post our morning announcements on the web. If you would like to see our announcements, please click here or on the Morning Announcements icon on the left of the page. Click here if you want the text only announcements page.
Starr's Mill Cheerleading 2014 AAAAA State Champions!!
Congratulations to the 2014 State Cheerleading Champions! You can watch a video of the Championship winning routine on our Cheerleading page!
Five SMHS Athletes Sign on the Dotted Line!
Five Panther athletes signed National Letters of Intent during the November signing period. They are:
Danielle Ajayi (Volleyball, University of Southern Mississippi)
Megan Binkley (Lacrosse, Brevard College)
Adam Goodman (Baseball, University of Georgia)
Natalie Orcutt (Softball, Appalachian State University)
Rachael Williams (Tennis, Columbus State University)
Emily Willis Selected SMHS Teacher of the Year!!!
Math Department Chair Emily Willis has been selected as the Starr's Mill High School Teacher of the Year. Ms. Willis was selected via a vote of the faculty. Ms. Willis is a charter member of the Starr's Mill High School faculty as one of the original teachers when Starr's Mill opened in 1997. Congratulations to Ms. Willis!
Important Yearbook Information For Seniors
Monthly Lunch Menu Now Available
We have now posted the monthly menu in our cafeteria as a student resource on our site. Look for the link on the "Student Resources" drop down menu or on the Student Resources page. Here is the direct link.
Parent and Community Volunteers
If you volunteer at Starr's Mill High School or plan to volunteer in the future, please click here for important information!
Automatic notifications from the Attendance Office
We use the Voice Messenger feature in Infinite Campus. We will utilize this program to inform parents by e-mail and phone regarding attendance. When your student is marked absent or tardy you will receive an e-mail and phone call from Starr's Mill High School stating that your child has been marked as absent or tardy. Home phone numbers are opt-in by default; however, you can change these settings by logging into your Portal account and modifying the settings for each phone number in User Account > Contact Preferences. We encourage you to log into Parent Portal and update your contact information. We appreciate your patience as we pilot this new feature.
Fayette County Public Schools has selected the Student Insurance Plan from K&K Insurance to make reliable coverage available to parents. Coverage may be purchased at any time during the school year by clicking here. Click here to read or print the brochure.
Internet Essentials Program
Comcast has announced an initiative to provide affordable internet services to more people through their "Internet Essentials Program for families on the FFLP."
Read more about this program here
A few words from Food Services...
Parents can now pay for their children's lunch in advance online using a credit or debit card! Make sure you know your child's School ID number before registering. School ID numbers can be found on Infinite Campus.
The school nutrition program offers meals free or at a reduced rate for families who have a reduction in income or an increase in household size. Please contact the school nutrition department for more information.
770-460-3990 ext. 480
Parental Notice of Right to Know Teacher Qualifications
As required by the No Child Left Behind Act, the Fayette County School System advises parents that they may request, and the school will provide in a timely manner, information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teachers, including the following:
1. Whether the teacher has met state certification criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state certification has been waived.
3. The degrees earned by the teacher and the field of certification or degree.
4. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Please contact the school principal at your child's school if you wish to request such information.