Pebblebrook Performing Arts Magnet Prospective Night

The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts

Prospective Magnet Student Night

Friday, October 6, at 7:30PM

Cobb Civic Center – Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

548 S. Marietta Pkwy

Marietta, GA 30060

8th graders and their parents will be given free tickets to that evening’s ComPAny show.

Just show up between 6:30-7:00 to pick up tickets. No reservations are required.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and reception for 8th graders and their parents.

Please help spread the word!

Jennie T. Anderson Theatre

Cobb Civic Center

548 South Marietta Pkwy.

Marietta, GA 30060



Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search

Students, parents, and guardians:

This is the time of year when Durham Middle School begins to identify students who may be eligible for the Duke TIP program. TIP is a program for students who excel academically, and are looking for ways to continue to learn and grow outside of the typical classroom experience. If a student is identified as being eligible for the program, he or she will take the SAT or ACT to evaluate his or her academic potential. This is simply a way to find out what areas students are most talented in. Once a student completes the SAT or ACT, TIP can help interpret the results and recommend ways to make sure each student is fully benefitting from his or her academic environment. TIP is a great way to keep students engaged, challenged and immersed in enriching environments. Additionally, students will be connected with likeminded role models and peers who are focused on academic achievement. So, how does a student qualify for Duke TIP?

 A student may qualify if he or she scores in the 95th percentile or higher of one of these accepted subtests:

Cogat  – Quantitative, Verbal or Composite Score
Iowa – Math, LA, Reading, SS, SCI

A student may also qualify if he or she scores in the 95th percentile or higher of the Georgia Milestones in 5th or 6th grade.

  • 2016 Milestones 5th Grade: ELA ≥ 595, Math ≥ 604, Science ≥ 611, Social Studies ≥ 574
  • 2017 Milestones 6th Grade: ELA ≥ 616, Math ≥ 603

If you believe that you qualify for TIP, and are interested in enrolling, please contact your school counselor by September 22nd.The school counselor will ensure that you are indeed qualified, and will extend an invitation at that point. Enrollment deadlines are listed below.


Test Test Date Paper Application Postmark Deadline Online Enrollment Deadline
SAT 11/4/2017 —- 9/27/2017
SAT 12/2/2017 10/10/2017 10/25/2017
ACT 12/9/2017 10/10/2017 10/25/2017
ACT 2/10/2017 12/13/2017 1/8/2018


Durham School Counselors:
Mrs. Crandall (last names A-M): [email protected]

Dr. Hunt (last name N-Z): [email protected]

CogAT and ITBS Testing for 7th Graders This Week

September 8-14  our seventh graders will be participating in the Cognitive Abilities Test and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. Please make sure your child is here on time, has eaten breakfast, and is ready to do their best! Please remind them that these tests are only one measure of what he or she has learned. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

The tests will help identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses and areas that may need additional emphasis.

The school will receive test scores in about 6-8 weeks and parents will receive  and individual student score report for the Iowa Assessments.  These scores will indicate how your child performed on tests compared with students across the nation in the same grade.

Also, testing will begin promptly at 9:20 a.m. so don’t be late!


Important Information About High School Magnet Programs

Cobb County School District

Magnet Program Admissions Timeline 2017-2018

Middle School Visits                                      

  • August / September

Prospective Magnet Student Night:           

County Civic Center Anderson Theatre

 Magnet School Application Process

  • October 1, 2017 – Magnet school applications available online
  • October 1, 2017 – Pebblebrook Performing Arts Audition

Schedule available on Pebblebrook website

  • December 1, 2017 – Last Day for Magnet School Application

Submission (except Pebblebrook)

  • January 6, 2018, 8-11:30 AM– Magnet admissions exam for

students not currently enrolled in a Cobb middle school (at Wheeler High School)

  • January 10, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM – Late magnet admissions exam

for students not currently enrolled in a Cobb middle school at

Kennesaw Mountain High School- Prior approval required

  • February 16, 2018 at 4:30 PM – Admissions decisions posted in

the magnet application portal (sign in to CCSD magnet portal)

  • March 18, 2018– Deadline for students to select program and

indicate commitment in magnet  portal (except Pebblebrook)

  • November 2017 – March 2018 – Rolling notification of

acceptance for Pebblebrook based on audition date

  • April 15, 2018 – Deadline for students to accept admission (sign in to CCSD magnet portal) and return contracts to Pebblebrook

 Magnet Showcases for Accepted Students


Cobb County High School Magnet Programs

The Cobb County School District recognizes that students who demonstrate exceptional potential in a specific area may benefit from a specialized program.  Cobb’s magnet programs allow students to pursue their interests, develop their talents, and extend their competencies beyond the usual scope of high school.  During fall semester, eighth grade students at each district middle school are provided information about all magnet programs.  Due to limited space at each program, students are selected through a highly-competitive, rigorous application process.  Applications to academic magnets are due in early December.  Performing arts candidates participate in an application/audition process during spring semester.  The district provides arterial transportation for students attending magnet programs.  Interested students and parents should go online or contact program coordinators for more information.

Campbell High School International Baccalaureate Program provides an internationally recognized, challenging curriculum, resulting in broad and deep preparation for university studies. Classroom study in the core areas is extended by critical examination of theories of knowledge, participation in community service, and completion of an original research project. In addition to the high school diploma, students are awarded an IB diploma after successfully completing international exams in the six subject areas. Contact: Dan Penick, IB Coordinator, 5265 Ward Street, Smyrna, Georgia 30080. Phone: 678.842.6856; e-mail: [email protected]  . Website:

Open House: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Livingston Auditorium, Campbell High School

Kennesaw Mountain High School Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, a national model, features a broad-based, accelerated curriculum. Post-AP opportunities are found in mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences, which include extensive laboratory experiences. Also offered is a full array of engineering technology courses. Students complete a senior research project and field experience with a local professional practice, industry, or institution of higher learning. Contact Kelly Ingle, Coordinator, 1898 Kennesaw Due West Road, Kennesaw, GA., 30152; 678-331-3954; [email protected] . Website:

Open House: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 6:30 PM, Kennesaw Mountain High School Theater

North Cobb School for International Studies has as its primary goal to provide an advanced educational experience for students emphasizing the development of global perspectives on politics, culture and science. Additionally, students in the School for International Studies will acquire leadership skills through extracurricular activities, service learning and a culminating senior project and presentation. Emphasis is placed on participation in Advanced Placement courses, international travel, and cultural exchanges.  Contact: David Stephenson, 3400 Highway 293 North, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Phone: 770.975.6685 ext. 301; e-mail: [email protected]  Website:

Open House: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 6:30 PM, McCleod Theater, North Cobb High School

Pebblebrook High School Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts serves students with exceptional talent in the arts. Its goal is to develop and nurture talented young artists for successful careers in the performing arts through extensive training programs and classes in drama, dance, technical theatre, and vocal music while maintaining high academic achievement. Applicants’ attendance, academic record, behavior, and talent potential are considerations for admittance to the Center. Contact: Frank Timmerman, Director, 991 Old Alabama Road, Mableton, Georgia 30126. Phone 770.819.2521; e-mail: [email protected]. Website:

Open House: Friday, October 6, 2017, at 7:30 PM, Jennie T. Anderson Theater, Cobb Civic Center

South Cobb High School Academy of Research and Medical Sciences focuses on opportunities in medical sciences and scientific research. Students will have their courses tailored to infuse both scientific research and medical sciences into the magnet curriculum. The medical science portion of the program utilizes the on-site medical lab/clinic and intern with a health professional of their choosing. The research portion of the magnet program culminates in a research project and internship with a local business or institution of higher education. Contact: Dr. Andrew Kutscher, Coordinator, 1920 Clay Road, Austell, Georgia 30106. Phone 770.819.2611, ext. 283. e-mail: [email protected]


Open House: Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 7:00 PM, Theater, South Cobb High School

Wheeler High School Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Mathematics, and Technology has primary areas of emphasis in engineering, chemistry and biotechnology.  In addition, the nationally recognized and first State STEM certified program has a strong emphasis in STEAM education providing cross-curriculum, community service and leadership opportunities. Contact:  Dr. Cheryl Crooks, Coordinator, 375 Holt Road, Marietta, Georgia 30068. Phone 770.578.3286. E-mail: [email protected].  Website: .

Open House: Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 6:00 PM, Lipscomb Gym, Wheeler High School


Summer Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

If you are new to the Durham district and need to enroll your child for the 2017-2018 school year, please call 770-975-6641 to make an appointment.  Registration will be on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Please select one of the following registration packets to fill out before your appointment on June 12.  All forms must be complete and you must have all required paper work for your 20 minute appointment at your appointment time.

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Attention 8th graders who will be attending Harrison High School next year

Please view your course requests in Student Vue at this time.  Please know that the “Y” courses are fall semester and “B” courses are spring semester. If parents still would like to waive their student into a higher or lower level class, they can still do that and must do so in person at Harrison High School Freshman Academy.

Students will receive schedules with teachers and room numbers on July 27th at the Hoya Hello.  Counselors will be available to work on schedule conflicts on this date.

Harrison will also have TRSS the first few days of school (Teacher Review of Student Schedules) to make sure students have met all the necessary prerequisites and are placed correctly.

School Choice (HB 251 & SB 10) Transfers

This information is for parents who are approved for school choice. It is also for Cobb County School District staff who applied for transfer for their children.

May 1st is the deadline for parents to contact either Allatoona or Harrison High School to accept the transfer. In addition, May 26 is the deadline for parents to actually complete enrollment paperwork (including the Transfer Acceptance Form). Failure to complete either one of these steps will result in the school choice transfer being nullified and forfeiting of student’s seat.

Parents are encouraged to contact the counseling office at these schools to set up appointment to accept the transfer and as well enroll their students. If the enrollment process is not complete, students will not be registered for their classes.

Tolerance/Compassion- It’s like a Circle….What you give is what you get!

The Durham Ambassadors focused on Tolerance and Compassion this week (Monday, February 13- Friday February 17). They were stationed in each grade level hallway before homeroom passing out Challenge Cards and asking students to answer some questions about corresponding topics. If they decided to take a Challenge Card and bring it to the Ambassador’s table by Friday, they were placed into a drawing for a movie gift card! Only cards that had the following were accepted: Name, grade, what they did, and how they felt. The Ambassadors did a great job encouraging the kids to take the Circle Challenge and to answer the daily question.