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October 16, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

As a reminder the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing our 5-year accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. Please go to the Stephenson High School Website to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey.  The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

Progress reports were issued to scholars yesterday.  Please ask your scholar to see the good news.  Parents, you can also go to your parent portal account in Infinite Campus to view their grades. 

Tutorial has now returned to two (2) days per week, Tuesday and Thursday – 3:20pm – 4:00pm. Remember scholars must be off campus by 5 pm. 

Picture day is back!!! Picture day for 9th – 11th grade scholars will Tuesday, October 19th. Please make sure your scholar comes to school dressed to impress for their photo.  Scholars that take a photo will also be issued a school ID by the photographer later this semester. 

Thank you, enjoy the rest of you weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN, G2G Geared to Greatness.


October 9, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing our 5-year accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. Please go to the Stephenson High School Website to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey.  The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

We have just pasted the 9-week marking period which marks the halfway point of the 1st semester.  Progress reports will be issued to scholar on Wednesday, October 13th.  Be on the lookout for the great news.  Tutorial has now returned to two (2) days per week, Tuesday and Thursday – 3:20pm – 4:00pm. There are 9-weeks remaining in the semester, so it is important that scholars maximize their time in class.  Please talk with your scholar about the importance of being to school and in class on time.  The skill of promptness is one that will transcend beyond their years in school.  As adults we know what will ultimately happen to us if we are constantly late for work. Similarly, scholars are typically not as successful as they can be if they are chronically, late to school or class.  There is ample time to travel from one class to the other. 

Cap and gown information will be available to pick up during their lunch period for senior scholars.  There is also a required information card that must be completed that is sent to the vendor, to ensure cap and gown sizes are reserved.  Remind your scholar to drop by the table in the commons during their assigned lunch period to pick up the information and complete the information card if they have not.

Thank you, enjoy the rest of you weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN, G2G Geared to Greatness


October 2, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing our 5-year accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. Please go to the Stephenson High School Website to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey.  The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

PSAT will be administered here at the Stephenson High on October 13, 2021for all 10th graders.  There is no cost for 10th graders to take the exam.  If there are any 9th grade or 11th grade scholars that would like to take the exam the cost is $18.  Please go to the SHS website and go the Jaguar Webstore for payment information.

The Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is now accepting scholar applications for 2022.  The GHP It is a fully funded residential summer program for gifted and talented high school sophomore and junior scholars.  There are strict deadlines that must be met and all applications are on October 12, 2021.    Visit the SHS website and click on the GHP link ASAP for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Thank you, enjoy the remainder of your weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN, G2G Geared to Greatness.


September 25, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing our 5-year accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. Please go to the Stephenson High School Website to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey.  The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

The Governor's Honors Program (GHP) is now accepting scholar applications for 2022.  The GHP It is a fully funded residential summer program for gifted and talented high school sophomore and junior scholars.  The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and is designed to provide scholars with a unique blend of academic, cultural, and social enrichment to help them become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.   There are strict deadlines that must be met and all applications are on October 19, 2021.    Visit the SHS website and click on the GHP link ASAP for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

On Thursday, September 30th, there will be two Virtual Parent Night Meetings. One will be for 9th Grade Parents and the other will be for 10th& 11th grade parents.  During each of meetings you will hear from the grade level counselors and administrators about important requirements for each grade level.  Links for both meeting will be on the homepage of the school’s website.

Thank you, enjoy the remainder of your weekend and remember our theme Jaguars, All IN, G2G Geared to Greatness


September 18, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing our 5-year accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. Please go to the Stephenson High School Website to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey.  The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

Teachers will be holding afterschool tutorial on Tuesdays from 3:20pm – 4:00pm.  Any scholar participating in tutorial is to go directly from their 4th period class to their tutorial.  Any scholar that leaves the building will not be allowed back into the building.  Scholars must be picked up or leave campus by 4:45pm.

PSAT will be administered here at the Stephenson High on October 13, 2021for all 10th graders.  There is no cost for 10th graders to take the exam.  If there are any 9th grade or 11th grade scholars that would like to take the exam the cost is $18.  Please go to the SHS website and go the Jaguar Webstore for payment information.

There will be a Virtual Senior Parent Night on Thursday, September 23rd at 6pm.  During that meeting you will hear from the senior counselors about scheduling senior meetings to discuss graduation status.  The Senior Class Sponsor Dr. Noble Jackson will speak briefly about senior dues and Herff Jones the school’s vendor for cap, gown and graduation accessories will be there to show you how to order your items for graduation.  The link for the meeting will be on the school’s website the day of meeting.

Thank you, enjoy the remainder of your weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars “ALL IN” G2G Geared to Greatness.


September 11, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

Please come out to our annual Virtual Title 1 Meeting, Monday, September 132021 at 5:30pm. During the meeting we will share our final plans on how the Title 1 funds will be used to improve the academic performance of our scholars.  The link for the meeting will be on the schools’ website Monday, September 13th.  After the meeting, teachers will be conducting virtual parent teacher conferences until 7:30pm.  Please email you child’s teacher to book a time.  Their slots fill up quickly.  We will also distribute 4.5 weeks’ progress reports Monday so be on the lookout for the great news.

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is currently undergoing our 5-year accreditation renewal process. Part of this process is the collection of feedback from stakeholders. Please go to the Stephenson High School Website to participate in the Family and Community Stakeholder Survey.  The results of this survey, along with other stakeholder artifacts, will be used in the district’s accreditation renewal process.

Teachers will be holding afterschool tutorial on Tuesdays from 3:20pm – 4:00pm.  Any scholar participating in tutorial is to go directly from their 4th period class to their tutorial.  Any scholar that leaves the building will not be allowed back into the building.  Scholars must be picked up or leave campus by 4:45pm. 

PSAT will be administered here at the Stephenson High on October 13, 2021for all 10th graders.  There is no cost for 10th graders to take the exam.  If there are any 9th grade or 11th grade scholars that would like to take the exam the cost is $18.  Please go to the SHS website and go the Jaguar Webstore for payment information.

Thank you, enjoy the remainder of your weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars “ALL IN” G2G Geared to Greatness.


September 4, 2021

Parents,

Has your child failed a class that they need to graduate?  If so, they may qualify for the Stephenson High School Credit Recovery Program.  Please go to the school website (See link below) and complete the application by clicking on the link provided.  Classes begin afterschool on Tuesday, Sept 7, 2021, for all who qualify.  A teacher will call and notify you if your scholar is enrolled. This is for our face-to-face scholars only.

Don’t forget to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2021/2022 school as soon as possible the deadline to complete the application is September 13, 2021.  After that date your scholar will have to pay full price for their breakfast and/or lunch.

Did you know absences and tardiness are two major reasons why scholars struggle and not do well in their classes?  This really make sense; you cannot learn or know what is taught in the class, if they are not in the class and on time. If your scholar arrives to school late or arrives late to class, no matter the reason, they will miss time in class and as was said, they cannot learn or know what is taught in class if they are not in class.  Next week we will begin administering consequences as outlined in the scholar handbook for excessive tardies.  So please talk again with your scholar about the importance of arriving to class and school on time.

Finally, please come out to our 1st PTSA General Body Meeting, on Tuesday, September the 8th at 6:30pm.   It will be in a virtual format on Zoom.  You can get the link by going to the Stephenson High School Website’s homepage.  You can also visit the PTSA Page on the website for direction on how to pay membership for the PTSA.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend, and remember our theme: Jaguars “ALL IN” G2G Geared to Greatness

 

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August 28, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2021/2022 school as soon as possible. The deadline to complete the application is Monday, September 13, 2021.  After that date, your scholar will have to pay full price for their breakfast and/or lunch.  Go to the link below complete the application.

We have almost completed our chromebook distribution for the year.  If your scholar has not been issued a Chromebook, have him/her to see Dr. Thomas, Assistant Principal.  Parents, you must complete a User Agreement Form electronically.  To do this you can visit our school’s website, (Link Below), click the Digital Dreamer’s link.  Then click Device Request and complete the Online User Agreement.  In addition, please remind your scholar that they are responsible for their device.  Lately we have been seeing scholars leaving their devices in classrooms and around the building. 

Finally, parents please join PTSA.  Research is clear that when parent participation is high in school, scholars tend to do better academically.  See the attachment below for directions on how to join.

Thank you, have a restful weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN G2G Geared To Greatness!!!

http://www.stephensonhs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/stephensonhighschool_home.aspx

SHS PTSA Flyer Instructions.docx


August 21, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please come out to our Annual Virtual Title 1 Parent Input Meeting and our Virtual Curriculum Night Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:30pm – 7:15pm.  During the Virtual Title 1 Parent Input Meeting we will share with you our plans to improve scholar performance using the funds that we earn from the Federal Title 1 Grant.  We will also get your feedback and input on our process.  Immediately afterwards, you will be able to visit each of your scholar’s teachers virtually, where they will outline the expectations and supports that are in place for your scholar to be successful in their class.

Don’t forget to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2021/2022 school as soon as possible. The deadline to complete the application is Monday, September 13, 2021.  After that date your scholar will have to pay full price for their breakfast and/or lunch.

We have received our shipment of new Chromebooks for our 11th and 12th grade scholars and most have been distributed.  If your scholar does not have one, please make sure their old Chromebook that was assigned to them last year has been returned.  All devices both old and new devices are aligned with each scholar’s identification number in our records department for accountability and inventory purposes. In addition, you must complete a User Agreement Form electronically.  To do this you can visit our school’s website, (Link Below), click the Digital Dreamer’s link.  Then click Device Request and complete the Online User Agreement.  This must be completed by every parent of our 11th and 12th graders electronically in order for the scholar to receive a device.

Thank you, have a restful weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN G2G Geared To Greatness!!!

http://www.stephensonhs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/stephensonhighschool_home.aspx


August 14, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

Parents of 11th and 12th grade our final shipment of new Chromebook are on the way. Your scholar must have a User Agreement form completed by you.  This must be done electronically.  To do this you can visit our school’s website, (Link Below), click the Digital Dreamer’s link.  Then click Device Request and complete the Online User Agreement.  This must be completed by every parent of our 11th and 12th graders electronically in order for the scholar to receive a device.

Don’t forget to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2021/2022 school as soon as possible the deadline to complete is September 13, 2021.  After that date your scholar will have to pay full price for their breakfast and/or lunch.

Finally, we will have our Annual Virtual Title 1 Parent Input Meeting and our Virtual Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 5:30pm – 7:15pm.  During the Virtual Title 1 Parent Input Meeting we will share with you our plans to improve scholar performance using the funds that we earn from the federal government in the Title 1 program. We will also get your feedback and input on our process.  Immediately afterwards, you will be able to visit each of your scholar’s teacher virtually, where he/she will outline the expectations and supports that are in place for your scholar in their class.

Thank you, have a restful weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN G2G Geared to Greatness.

 

http://www.stephensonhs.dekalb.k12.ga.us/stephensonhighschool_home.aspx


August 7, 2021

Good Morning Parents and Guardians,

Last week was extremely productive.  Teachers and staff spent a portion of each period every day, reviewing the 5 Mitigation Strategies outlined by the CDC and the rituals and routines on how we move through-out the building.  Scholars were complying and school operated smoothly. 

We also spent time reviewing the basic rules found in the student code of conduct and all scholars took a test last week on these rules and expectation. In addition, we have been making school-wide announcements that we will begin to fully address the expectations next week.

Did you know absences and tardiness are two major reasons why scholars struggle and not do well in their classes?  This really make sense; you cannot learn or know what is taught in the class, if you are not in the class. Last week we began the day with homeroom, next week and for the remainder of the semester we will begin the day with 1st period.  So parents if your scholar arrives to school late, no matter the reason, they will miss time in class and as was said, you cannot learn or know what is taught in class if you are not in class.

We are still distributing Chromebook to 9th and 10th grade scholars.  They must have a Device User Agreement Form signed electronically.  To do this you can visit our school’s website, (Link Below), click the Digital Dreamer’s link.  Then click Device Request and complete the Online User Agreement.  This must be completed by every parent of our 9th and 10th graders electronically in order for the scholar to receive a device.

Finally, thank you for opportunity to work with your scholars. We do not take this privilege likely. 

Thank you, enjoy the remainder of your weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN, G2G Geared to Greatness.

 http://www.stephensonhs.dekalb.k12.ga.us


July 30, 2021

Good Evening Parent and Guardians,

Monday, August 2, 2021 is the first day of school.  First period begins at 8:10 a.m.  We do not allow scholars inside the building until 7:30 a.m.

If you need bus route information, go to the Stephenson High School website at the top of the homepage click the Bus Routes link.  To complete a Free and/or Reduce Breakfast and Lunch Application click the School Nutrition link that is next to Bus Routes Link.

In order to continue with face to face learning we need your assistance by doing the following each morning:

  • Monitor your scholar’s health each morning.  If they are not feeling well, keep them home.
  • Ensure your scholar has a mask and remind him/her that it is required that he/she wears it correctly, covering both nose and mouth, while on the bus and on campus. 
  • Remind your scholars of the 5 Mitigation Strategies outlined by the CDC will be followed by the school. They are:
    • Properly wearing mask
    • Social distancing
    • Hand washing
    • Disinfecting and Sanitizing
    • Contact Tracing

Finally, please make sure that your scholar gets back on their face-to-face school schedule.  Meaning they go to bed on time, eat breakfast in the morning, follow school dress code, if they catch the school bus they are at the bus stop 10 minutes before the bus is schedule to arrive or if they drive they are on campus before 7:55 a.m.  Doing these simple things will help make transition back to attending classes in the building a smooth one.

Thank you, enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember our theme Jaguars "ALL IN" G2G Geared to Greatness. 

  

July 24, 2021

 

Good morning Parents and Guardians,


This is your principal of Stephenson High School, Mr. Jones.  

 

I would like to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. I hope your summer has gone well and you are as excited as I am about the beginning of the new school year. I anticipate an exciting, successful and safe year as we collectively strive to foster a culture of learning; not only for scholars, but for teachers, staff, and for you, our parents.

 

Open House, Thursday, July 29, 2021: Freshman and New Scholars and Parents to Stephenson High School: Open House will be from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. There will be a brief program in the Gymnasium at 2:15pm.  Returning Scholars and Parents (10th – 12th Graders): Open House will be from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. There will also be a brief program in the Gymnasium at 4:15pm

 

During Open House you will have an opportunity to meet your scholars' teachers and you, and your scholar can see the many extracurricular activities we have to offer. Research shows that when scholars are a part of a club or an athletic team, they perform better academically in school. Also, parents, you will have the opportunity to again be that example for your scholar by joining the PTSA during Open House.  Research shows that in schools with strong parental participation, scholars perform better academically than schools that do not have strong parent participation.  Members of the PTSA will be here to greet you and take membership.  Membership dues are $10. 

 

Face Coverings are Required to be worn while in our school.  

 

Thank you enjoy the rest of your weekend and remember our theme, Jaguars, ALL IN, G2G Geared to Greatness.



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