Detroit Lions Punter and SMHS Panther Alumnus Sam Martin is up for selection to the Pro Bowl and needs your help. Go to NFL.com and select punters to vote for Sam Martin. You can vote as often as you want.
Parents: Please Complete the Georgia Parent Survey
The Georgia Department of Education has created the Georgia Parent Survey to calculate the School Climate Star Rating within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). All parents of SMHS students are urged to complete this survey to help give a complete and full picture of our school. There are 20 questions and the survey should take 5-10 minutes. The survey will be open until January 31, 2014.
David Spearman, Teacher of the Year!!!!
Mr. Spearman, our Drama Teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair, was selected by the faculty as the SMHS Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014. Mr. Spearman will go on to represent Starr's Mill High School in the Fayette County Teacher of the Year competition.
Two Starr's Mill Teachers Win Bright Idea Grants from Coweta-Fayette EMC
Two of our teachers: English Teacher Brandon Kendall (L) and Science Teacher Joe Perrotta (R) were awarded Bright Idea Grants by the Coweta-Fayette EMC. Both teachers had to submit applications for the money and were chosen out of over 100 applicants. Coweta-Fayette EMC funds these grants through their Operation Roundup program. Mr. Kendall's grant will help him provide his students with resources for research and debate on issues facing high school students. Mr. Perrotta's grant was for equipment to better illustrate the concepts of Thermodynamics to his classes.
Senior Slide Show Pictures Needed!
We need your pictures for the Senior Slide Show on Senior Night in May. We need a baby picture, a senior picture and 1 or 2 other pictures that you would like us to try and put in the slide presentation. Pictures must be school appropriate or they will not be included. Send in DIGITAL PICTURES ONLY PLEASE. Pictures should be in .jpeg or .gif format please. Pictures need to be sent in before Spring Break. Please start sending them now!!!
Please email pictures to Barbara Thornton
2014 Yearbook Information
Senior Ad Information
The yearbook staff is running a special on the last remaining 16 Senior Ad spaces. Click on the Senior ad brochures here. Please plan on celebrating your senior's year with an ad in the yearbook.
Have you neglected to get your Senior portrait made yet? Visit the Yearbook page for important information!
Contact Ms. Coleman if you have any questions about The Pride.
Student Dropoff and Arrival Time
In order for Starr's Mill High School faculty and staff to provide adequate supervison of our students, please do not plan to arrive on campus prior to 8:15. Only zero period students, scheduled club or organization events, and students with passes to a specific teacher will be allowed in the building earlier than 8:15.
Parking changes for 2013-2014
All students will be required to use the parking lot in the rear of the school for the 2013-2014 school year. The parking lot near the front office will be reserved for faculty and visitors only. For more details on the SMHS parking procedures, click here.
Congratulations to the SMHS Economics Challenge Team
The Panther Economics Challenge Team won the state title in the David Ricardo Division and finished 13th in the National Competition! The team is pictured with Coach Mark DeCourcy. The picture is from the Federal Reserve Bank of Georgia where they were honored during the annual meeting of the Georgia Council of Economic Education. This is the second state title in a row for the Panther Econ Challenge team.
Congratulations to Courtney Savage!!!
Ms. Savage, our Learning Specialist, was presented the award for General Educators at the Woodruff Salutes Georgia Arts in Education Leaders Ceremony at the Woodruff Arts Center. Ms. Savage was selected from all of the non-arts educators in the state for this award thanks to her work with her students in the realm of music therapy. Her work was also the subject of a session at the Georgia Music Educators annual conference in 2013. Click here for more on the awards.
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.