Sunday, May 31, 2020

UGA Is Offering Free Courses- Free To Students & Parents

A chance to extend your skills to meet a challenging time

Having the right skills and knowing how to utilize them is vital for both job seekers and those navigating the historic changes around work life during the current public health crisis.
To help, as part of the partnership between the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Education To Go, we are pleased to announce the availability of 10 free self-paced tutorial courses that highlight a mix of hard and soft skills essential to success in today's rapidly changing job market.
These courses offer career leverage for a range of students as well as professionals seeking career development opportunities as circumstances around employment continue to change. The courses will be available through June 30, 2020.
We encourage you to check out the options below and get started with a course.

UGA Public Service & Outreach free offerings respond to crisis

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Are You A Candle Or A Brushfire?

How Nick Saban Develops Grit in His Players

Coach Nick Saban came up with a new way to define mental toughness for his football team. During spring training, 2018, the national champion head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide told a story to his players.
While Saban was weather-proofing his Florida home, storm windows were being chosen and installed. During the decision process, he asked the workers how they knew one brand was stronger than another. The installers replied, “We measure the toughness of the window by the breaking point each window has.”
From that point on, Saban used this simple analogy to talk about mental toughness in his student athletes. “How much does it take to break you?” “How much ‘storm’ can you withstand before you buckle under the pressure?” These are excellent questions when considering the grit level your team possesses. I also believe, however, that the issue goes deeper. What might take out one player, could strengthen another one. It’s all about what is going on inside of each individual teammate.
When measuring the size of a player’s grit, I offer a new Habitude® to you.

Candles and Brushfires

Every one of us has blown out candles on a birthday cake. Unless they’re trick candles, it takes such a small breath to blow them out. It’s almost effortless. Why? Because the flame is small; measurably smaller than a brushfire.
I did a lot of my growing up in California. The state is famous for brushfires. In fact, over the last couple of years, miles of California real estate were taken out by huge brushfires that swept across the west coast. If you stop and reflect for a moment, those flames essentially become stronger and larger with wind. Consider this truth:
Lasting leaders grow big on the inside. Their heart’s size can be measured by how a hard storm affects them. The same wind that extinguishes a candle, extends a brushfire.
How curious is that? A candle can’t stand a harsh wind at all. A brushfire actually wishes for the wind. Strong winds literally make the fire bigger and stronger.
The principle is about:
  • Adaptability. Brushfire athletes can flex and bend with changing conditions.
  • Resilience. Brushfire athletes insert their will when winds of adversity blow.
  • Size and strength. Brushfire athletes may be small outside, but big inside.

Big on the Inside

We’ve all heard the phrase: It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but about the size of the fight in the dog. Consider the incredible athletes who are small in stature but who bring unreal resilience to their game. For example: Kyler Murray, potentially the number one pick in the 2019 NFL draft, is 5’ 10” and only 194 pounds. In fact, ponder this:
  • Barry Sanders was a 5’8” NFL running back and yet a 10-time pro bowler.
  • Pele was a 5’8” soccer player who was the athlete of the 20th century.
  • Mary Lou Retton was a 4’9” gold medal winning gymnast at the LA Olympics.
  • Joe Morgan was a 5’7” Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player.
  • Henri Richard was a 5’7” Hall of Fame NHL hockey player.
  • Gabby Douglas is a 5’2” gold medal winning Olympic gymnast.
  • Lionel Messi is 5’7” 5-time La Liga champion soccer player.
  • Becky Hammon was a 5’6” WNBA star who now coaches in the NBA.
  • Emmitt Smith was a 5’9” 8-time pro-bowl running back and NFL Hall of Famer.
  • Bethany Hamilton was a 5’7” surfer, when she lost her arm in a shark attack, but she became bigger and better for it.
You get the idea. What they lacked in stature, they made up for in strength. What they didn’t have in resources, they made up for in resilience. They have “brushfire” mental toughness. Setbacks seemed to make them bigger and better. This “brushfire mindset” is what we must breed in our student athletes.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

SAT Registration for 20/21 is OPEN!


Fall Registration Is Open

Register Now
Dear Colleague,

We're working to ensure that students will have opportunities to take the SAT®to make up for this spring's lost administrations. Today we're sharing with you that registration is now open for the fall SAT test administrations.

All students can register for the November or December SAT administration at this time.

To accommodate students who were impacted by recent cancellations, we're offering a weeklong priority registration for August, September, and October administrations to the following groups:
Students who registered for June SAT or SAT Subject Tests™ and didn't cancel their registrations
Students in the class of 2021 without a test score
Students in the class of 2020 without a test score
Registration for August, September, and October administrations will open for all students on June 3 at 8 p.m., ET.

For students who were registered for the June SAT or SAT Subject Test administrations only: Students can simply transfer their registration to any of the upcoming SAT dates. They won't be charged a change fee if they transfer their registration before July 31. When they log in to My SAT, they should select the option to change their registration. Then, they should follow the rest of the required steps until they get to the order confirmation.

For students who are eligible for a fee waiver: As always, eligible students will be able to take the SAT with a fee waiver. To learn more about weekend fee waivers, visit our SAT fee waiver page.

Adding Capacity Throughout the Summer
Together with our members and local communities we're working hard throughout the summer to add more test centers and available seats, so please encourage your students who haven't yet had an opportunity to test to keep checking back. We'll also provide updates periodically via email and social media when we add new test center capacity. We may have limited capacity in certain areas due to public health restrictions, so if students can’t find a nearby test center with availability, they should be sure to check other dates.

If your school is interested in becoming a test center, please visit our webpage.

Upcoming SAT Dates

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Want to Become a Titan Ambassador or Be a Returning Titan Ambassador?

Who are they and what do they do?
The Titan Ambassador program has been established to provide North Oconee High School students with an opportunity to be a leader at school and in their community. The purpose of the program is to allow students to take on a leadership role in acclimating new students to the “Titan Way”. A Titan Ambassador should be a student that is respected by their peers, friendly, and involved in a school or community activity.

If you are interested in becoming a Titan Ambassador, please complete this online application by July 24, 2020: 

A MANDATORY Titan Ambassador training will be held on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. There will be no make-ups. Please let your coaches, band director, bosses know that you will be unavailable during that time. THIS IS THE ONLY TRAINING SESSION. Please do not call or email with requests for make-ups. In order to serve as a Titan Ambassador, a student must attend the training even if you have previously served as a Titan Ambassador. It is also MANDATORY that you sign up using the text method (instructions are at the bottom of this form) BEFORE the training session. This will be the only contact method for Titan Ambassador events. Not receiving your text prior to the training session will be an indication that you do not wish to serve as a Titan Ambassador. You are classified as a Titan Ambassador if you follow all of the instructions as indicated.

Please dress appropriately for the training session on August 3rd as you will be asked to serve during open house as guides/helpers/greeters. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

COVID-19 Impact on Trade Schools

For Trade Students, Online Classes Can't Replicate Hands-On

The article above provides insight for our students that are considering enrollment at a technical college this summer or for the 2020/2021 school year.

CACHET Virtual College Fair

CACHET is a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to promoting opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Member Institutions:

CACHET hosted a Virtual College Fair this week: The recordings are available within the link below. Check out the great information that was offered to help you learn more about STEM careers/majors and the colleges that are members of CACHET.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Free Webinars for Families

Applerouth Tutoring is offering online SAT/ACT mock tests and free family webinars throughout the summer. To view all upcoming events and to register, please visit 

ACT 101: Everything You Need to Know About the ACT
May 26th, 8PM EDT
Event code: M390749
An Applerouth expert will review test structure, content, and how to develop a focused test-prep plan.

College Essays that Will Get Your Child Noticed: How Parents Can Help Without Overstepping
August 18th, 7PM EDT
Event code: M384075
The first college application deadline will be here before you know it; has your child started that college essay? Do you want to help but are afraid of overstepping? Kim Lifton, President of Wow Writing Workshop, will share her best tips and resources so you can help your child write meaningful essays without overstepping your role. Learn how your child can stand out inside the admissions office.