Sunday, July 7, 2019

Citizen Science Project Opportunity

Coke Rewards Code Citizen Science Project:
Recruiting motivated students interested in the following areas 
● Computer science 
● Cryptography 
● Data science 
● Data mining 
● Data journalism 
● Mathematics 
● Machine learning 
● Statistics 
The project involves collecting and analyzing coke reward codes under the guidance of Emory math graduate students to identify potential liabilities behind the generation of such codes. 
Participating students can be granted community service hours and will have the option of pursuing independent science fair projects. 
No prior experience in programming or any of the areas above is required and students from all grades are welcomed. 
Email xgao32@emory.edu Sign up at tinyurl.com/emorycode Visit https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/code/

Saturday, July 6, 2019

2019/2020 Schedules


Class schedules for the 2019/2020 school year should be visible on Powerschool Monday, the 8th of July.  We have reached the point where we believe all incomplete schedules have been filled and we are excited to release schedules for students and parents.

We have worked diligently to ensure that our students have the best schedule, within the parameters of the master schedule.  If you note that there is a legitimate need for a schedule change, the schedule change form will be available digitally on July 29th

 Please take a minute to look at your YEARLONG schedule and determine if you are in classes that you need for graduation, enrolled in a course that you have already successfully completed, and your schedule is balanced.  When our office uses the term balance, it means that we hope to get an even amount of academics in the fall and the same number in the spring. 

For example, if you are taking four core classes this year, a balanced schedule would be one that has two core in the fall and two in the spring.  If you see that your schedule for the fall has too little or too many academics, this is cause for a legitimate schedule change.  The other issue you may see is there might be 2 classes in the same block and missing one in another.  This is a problem that is a legitimate schedule change request.

The other reasons for legitimate schedule changes are as follows:
- need a specific course to graduate
-failed and must repeat a specific course to graduate
-earned credit for a course listed on the schedule in the regular day, summer school, on-line, etc.
-balancing (as mentioned above)
-changing levels (i.e.- regular to honors)
*If your schedule change is not for one of these legitimate reasons, please do not submit a change request form.

If you would like to request a schedule change for an AP course, please contact Eric Hamilton, AP Coordinator, at ehamilton@oconeeschools.org regarding your request on July 29th. 

Please note that we do not make "change of teacher" schedule changes.  Please do not ask to switch teachers.

Also, we do not make changes to put certain classes in the morning or afternoon.  Please do not submit a request for this.  Along with that, requesting a specific course to be first or second semester is not something that we can accommodate either.



Lastly, schedules are very tight, and we cannot guarantee that your legitimate request can be honored based upon our ability to make the changes requested.

If you fall into the legitimate parameters and wish to initiate a schedule change, please complete the digital schedule change form that will be available on July 29th.  No emails or voicemails about schedule issues will be addressed.  Only the digital form will be considered.  

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Interested in the Hospitality Aspect of UGA Athletics? Check out the FANGINEER information!

What a great opportunity for students to learn an inside perspective of what it takes to host UGA Athletic events.  Reach out to Riley Hart (rhart@sports.uga.edu) today to make sure your name gets on the list!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Leadership Opportunity (Grades 9-12 Encouraged to Apply)

The Georgia Department of Human Services Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is gearing up for our 2019 – 2020 cycle and would like to invite your students to participate!

YES is a leadership development program that seeks to cultivate a generation of young people who are engaged in the needs of their communities and are equipped to educate and recruit others to help DHS build Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia.

YES 2019 – 2020 will recruit participants from all over the state to become a part of the five City Cohorts – Atlanta, Columbus, Athens, Valdosta, and Gainesville. Each Meetup will consist of no more than 25 participants.

Each City Cohort meetup address will be revealed in the participant’s acceptance packet. Each meetup is meant to engage young people in fun activities and thought-provoking discussions that cover a myriad of topics. Meetups will be held from Saturday, overnight until Sunday. All expenses are paid for by DHS. The dates of all city cohort meetups are listed below:

Atlanta: August 25 – 26, 2019

Columbus: September 28 – 29, 2019

Athens: October 26 – 27, 2019

Valdosta: December 7 – 8,2019

Gainesville: February 1 – 2, 2019

All high school students (9th – 12th grade), in good behavioral and academic standing, are welcome to apply. Please encourage your students to apply!   
Application Deadline for Athens:  
August 23, 2019

Attached to this email is a copy of both the paper application and fillable PDF. Each application must be submitted before the deadlines listed on the last page.

The application is also available on our website: https://dhs.georgia.gov/youth-empowerment-series-yes  .


Joshua Beaner
DHS Fellow
Office of the Commissioner
Georgia Department of Human Services
2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 29-250 
Atlanta, GA 30303
404.463.0745 (O) | 404.895.9418 (M) 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Are You A Graduate Of NOHS? Will You Attend Athens Tech? Scholarships Available!

Are you a senior that just graduated from NOHS?  Will you be attending Athens Tech?   Click on the link below and create an account to view scholarships that YOU can apply for as an ATC student.

Scholarships for the fall semester opened on Friday, June 14th and will remain open until July 15th. The B. Frank Coggins, Jr. Legacy Scholarship (High School) is for students within our service area that are graduating from a local school and enrolling at Athens Technical College. If you know of any students that fit this requirement, please have them create a profile on AwardSpring.com (https://athenstechfoundation.awardspring.com) and apply for the scholarship. Over the past couple of semesters we have had the scholarship go unused.  The total value of the scholarship is $2,500 over two terms.

Please let Mr. Boynton know if you have any questions.

Antoine D. Boynton
Executive Director of Public Relations and Institutional Advancement
Phone: (706) 583-2552

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

College Prep Ideas For Rising Seniors

College Prep Ideas for Rising Seniors

by Jessica Velasco
Summer is probably your favorite time of the year. In addition to the great weather, you’re probably not in school and free to do whatever you want! It’s a time for relaxation, vacation, and free time. But, if you're starting your senior year in a few months, you may want to take advantage of your time off. Your senior year is going to be busy! In addition to regular school work, you will also be applying to college. To ease some of the craziness of your senior year, consider doing some of your college prep during the summer. Here are ten things rising seniors can do during the summer to prep for college.

Create your college list

The summer is a great time to continue your college search and finalize your college list. Dig in and do your research into the colleges you are considering. If you are just starting your college search, get to know yourself and what is important to you when choosing a college. Work through your list and start narrowing down your list to the colleges that will receive your application.

Discuss finances

The out-of-pocket cost of attending college is probably one of the biggest factors when you will choose the college you will attend. Sit down with your parents or guardians to discuss how much your family can afford. Learn about your possible Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Although you will not be able to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until October, you can fill out the FAFSA4Caster now to get an idea about your EFC. As you are researching colleges, make sure to check out the Net Price Calculators to learn about the possible financial aid you will receive if you attend the college.

Connect with colleges

Sign up for college mailing lists to get further information about the institutions. You might also want to follow the colleges you are considering on social media to get a feel for the personality of the college. And, if you have not visited already, visit the colleges you are considering. In addition to learning more about the colleges, your activities with the college will demonstrate your interest in the college. The reason this is important is because demonstrated interest might come into play when institutions are making admission decisions.

Save money

Very few students receive “full-ride” scholarships. Most students will have to pay something out-of-pocket to attend their future college. If you have not secured a summer job, consider looking. Not only will you learn many valuable skills, you’ll be able to save a little money for college.

Gain experience

A summer job is a great way to gain experience. In addition to learning about the specific job, you will also learn other valuable skills such as customer service and working with different personalities. An internship can be a great opportunity to explore the career you are considering. And, volunteering is a great way to spend your free time. Any or all of these activities can be a great experience for you and can be interesting things to share on your college applications.

Clean up social media

Every year there is a story about a student who had their admission rescinded because of something that was found on social media. While these examples are few and far between, it does happen. There are other students who might not have been offered admission because of something the admission committee saw online, but the student never knew. Others might also view social media before making decisions, such as scholarship providers and employers. Review your social media presence and make sure you are proud of everything that is posted.

Create your resume

Resumes or brag sheets are a great way for you to put together all of your accomplishments and activities. You might consider giving your recommendation writers a copy of your resume to help them as they are writing your letters. Colleges may also allow you to submit your resume with your application.

Start your college essays

While college applications may not be available yet, many admission essay prompts have been announced. Start brainstorming and writing your college essays. Starting early will allow you to take your time as you craft your essay and produce something that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Test prep

If you have not taken the SAT OR ACT, or you want to improve your scores, do some test prep before taking the test in the fall. In addition to paid test prep companies, there are many free test prep resources available online.

Apply for scholarship

Outside scholarships can really help students pay for college. Now that you are not in class during the day, you have extra time to look for and apply for scholarship. In addition to the scholarships with summer deadlines, look ahead to scholarships open later in the year. Make an action plan to dedicate some time every week for scholarships.
Take time this summer to check off some of your college admission tasks.
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Monday, June 3, 2019

UGA 2020 Admission Essay Questions


Every year, our office reviews the freshman application for changes that we would like to see for the next year. During this review, we also look at the short essay questions that are required for First Year applicants. Based on our review of the essays from last year, we are keeping the essay prompts the same as last year. We require one short essay that all applicants must complete, and four additional short essay topics with the applicant selecting to respond to one of these. These two essays should be between 200-300 words and remember to focus on substance and not word count.  Before submitting your application and essays, always remember to proofread and edit!  The First Year application will be available on September 1, but we thought that some people would want to know the essay prompts earlier than that date. Based on the essays we read last year, we do have one suggestion - Please remember your audience. For some reason, we had a large number of essays about bodily functions this year, and while these might be good stories for late night gatherings with friends, they might not be the best admission essays.

Here are the five essay questions, with Essay 1 being required and Essays 2-5 being four options from which the applicant selects one.  
  • (Required) The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself from your high school years that you have not already shared in your application.

Essays 2-5, Choose one of the following four:
  • UGA’s 2017 Commencement speaker Ernie Johnson (Class of ’79) told a story from his youth about what he refers to as blackberry moments. He has described these as “the sweet moments that are right there to be had but we’re just too focused on what we’re doing …, and we see things that are right there within our reach and we neglect them. Blackberry moments can be anything that makes somebody else’s day, that makes your day, that are just sweet moments that you always remember.” Tell us about one of your “blackberry moments” from the past five years.
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What is the best part? What advice would you give to a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a problem, possibly related to your area of study, which you would like to solve. Explain its importance to you and what actions you would take to solve this issue.

I have also included a sample essay from this past application cycle to give you an example of what we consider a strong essay, and it is from "interesting or amusing story" prompt.

January appeared bittersweet. Exhilaration filled my body with new year jitters and reminders that half a school year remained. Sadness marinated as winter break ended, and 3AM bedtimes became nonexistent. I walked through my home in fuzzy socks, hoping school would delay itself one more week! My Christmas presents no longer had much of my time, and I struggled finding the coziest jacket for ice-cold temperatures. As Christmas time floated away, I began to cherish the moments.

The night of January 2nd, I was wide awake as if Santa would arrive. I shared stories on FaceTime with my friend and smothered myself in warm blankets. The night grew old, and I dozed off into a cozy slumber. Around 8:30 AM, I was awakened by my 21-year-old brother. Confused and half-awake, cranky was an understatement, because my 3 AM bedtime never fibbed. He informed me that someone was outside to meet me!

Immediately, I stumbled from my bed to get dressed. I raced down the stairs to meet someone special to my heart. I slung the door open and embraced the gorgeous sight. A neat blanket lay on the grass, as if for a picnic. Words were not spoken, but soft whispers tickled my ears. I heard the echo of a pale, booming voice. On January 3rd, he swaddled me, and cold air trickled down my spine. Chill bumps ran vigorously around my body, and shrieks escaped my lips as he tickled my face. We danced on the ground like there was no tomorrow. South Georgia had been invited to a party hosted by the snow!

Although sixteen, I felt six years old on January 3rd. I threw majestic snowballs, named my snowman, and created beautiful snow angels. Snow had not met Baxley, Georgia in eight years. I was more than elated to attend the meeting! I embraced the moment that I knew could possibly never happen again. Abnormal but beautiful, many memories were made. Jackets were warm enough, and winter break concluded beautifully. I am not so sure that the beginning of January will be bittersweet ever again.  - Jahnae N., Baxley, GA.

Good luck with your essays, and Go Dawgs!