August 1, 2015
Parents’ Right To Know
Dear APS Parents and Guardians:
Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year. All schools are required by federal law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965(ESEA), to let you know about your child’s teachers’ qualifications. We want you to know that it is your right to request the following information about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials:
Please know that the staff at your child’s school is committed to helping your child reach his or her highest academic potential throughout their school career. That commitment includes making sure that all of our teachers and paraprofessionals are highly skilled and are providing quality instruction to your child.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teachers’ qualifications, please contact your child’s principal, by phone or email, using the information provided on your school’s website.
APS Pilots Online Enrollment System Beginning July 6
Atlanta Public Schools is piloting during July 6-10, 2015 an online enrollment system that parents can use to enroll new students online, when and where it is most convenient for them, and in just a few minutes. Parents will have the ability to enter the student’s enrollment information and securely upload documents before visiting the school to finalize enrollment.
The online enrollment system allows parents to pre-populate their child's enrollment information and confidentially upload scans or PDFs of forms like birth certificates or immunization records to create their preliminary enrollment record. The system also uses the information to determine the student's neighborhood school and can forward it directly to the school or enrollment site. Parents will then visit the school or enrollment site to complete the process and present residency documents and student documents, such as certified birth certificates, social security cards and immunization records, to staff to review and confirm their authenticity.
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights include the right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Also, upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.
For more information about Student Records and disclosures, including directory information, please refer to the Student Handbook, and Board Policy JR and Administrative Regulation JR-1(R).
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The issues of bullying, conflict management, healthy lifestyles, etc. are common struggles regardless of nationality. At JCY, we have reinforced the STEPS conflict management module from the Bullying workshop presented at the school. The Malawi youth will also receive the same presentations that JCY students experienced. We will give a more detailed understanding of their common struggles during the “Week of Understanding” while pointing out third world hardships.
In an effort to ensure that parents receive additional communication regarding their child’s progress, we will conduct our first “DO DROP IN” initiative for parents on Wednesday, August 19th in the Parent Center. “DO DROP IN”, is a time that will be allotted for parents to drop in during teachers’ respective planning period and get (1) a recent update on your child’s progress, (2) a copy of 1st semester CAAS results, (3) a possible retention letter (if applicable), (4) resources that parents can use to help students at home, and (5) resources the school is offering to ensure the success of our students (AVA Program, Before/After School Tutorial, extra assignments).
Young Middle is still a uniform school. 6th Grade Students may wear solid RED oxford and polo shirts only with khaki or black bottoms (no jeans). 7th Grade students may wear solid GOLD oxford and polo shirts only with khaki or black bottoms (no jeans). 8th Grade Students may wear WHITE solid oxford and polo shirts only with khaki or black bottoms (no jeans).
Georgia Milestones is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the stateadopted content standards in the core content areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information about their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning—be it the next grade, the next course, or the next endeavor (college or career).
Let's provide opportunities for our students to compete in society! Donate computers to JCY students so that they can use the technology needed to research and complete projects and assignments.
JCY Family, Let's make sure our students come prepared to learn. Let's take advantage of the Back to School Sales!
The JCYMS Local School Council comprised of parents, teachers, and administration will meet and collaborate on ideas, initiatives and programs concerning Young on August 25th at 6pm! We are excited about progress!
It is imperative that we promote a comfortable and welcoming environment in which our students and teachers feel safe, respected and competent.
Overall, students are doing great with adhering to
the“Big 4” :
1. Wear uniform daily
2. No profanity
3. No fighting
4. Be respectful to everyone.
If you have a concern regarding your child's attendance, grades, performance or discipline, please communicate with the teacher first and then with the administration. Teachers are more than willing to speak and conference with you.
Together, we can make a difference, and I hope this school year will be the beginning of a new journey for Jean Childs Young Middle with you in transitioning Jean Childs Young Middle School from GOOD to GREAT!