Special Services for Students Transitioning to College (Walton HS)

~~~Attention: Parents, Guardians, & Students~~~

Walton High School’s Counseling Department invites you to attend an Informational Meeting:

Services for Students Transitioning to College: A program for college bound students who receive support through a 504 or an IEP.

Please mark your calendar for:

WEB Wednesday, February 26 from 1:15-2:15 p.m.

The Information Center – Lecture Hall

The program will address:

· Preparation for the transition to college

· The difference between high school and college supports for students with disabilities

· Postsecondary programs and services for students with disabilities

A representative from Georgia State University who will share how services are handled at GSU and what families need to know when transitioning to college.

~~~We look forward to seeing you soon~~~

Walton High School’s International Spanish Academy (ISA)

An informational meeting for parents and students will be held at Walton High School on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 PM in the Lecture Hall.  

Walton’s ISA graduates will earn a diploma from Walton and from the Ministry of Education of Spain. In collaboration with Spain’s Ministry of Education, the International Spanish Academy will:

–       educate students in the values of multicultural education to foster international communication and respect among different cultures;

–       teach students to express themselves and effectively communicate in English and Spanish in their personal relationships and in an academic setting;

–       promote the access of students to prestigious centers of higher education throughout the U.S., Spain/Europe and Latin America.

Please attend the scheduled meeting for more information or contact Ms. Jackson.

Walton High School Articulation Information

Dickerson Middle School 8th Grade Students will participate in registration for Walton High School classes during the week of Monday, February 24th ALL registration and waivers (if required) will have to be turned in to Homeroom Teachers no later than Monday, March 2nd.  
  • Walton High School will be hosting their Rising 9th Grade Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians only on Tuesday, February 25th in the Walton Theater.  Two sessions will be held.  Parents of students whose last name begins with the letters A-L will attend the 6:00 PM session.  Parents of students whose last name begins with the letters M-Z will attend the 7:00 PM session.  Parents should attend their assigned session only.  
  • During the Walton Registration window (Feb. 24–Mar. 2), questions can be emailed to Ms. L. Jackson (8th grade Counselor) at Latasha.Jackson@cobbk12.org.

Reality U (Communities in Schools Program)

Reality U is a one-day financial literacy and life skills event designed to help 8th grade students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for adulthood.  During the event, students are provided with a scenario complete with family status, occupation, and net monthly income.  During the fast-paced, hands-on exercise, students visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communications services, child-care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. while at the same time experiencing life’s unexpected situations that can have a positive or negative impact on their financial stability.  Permission slips have been sent home with students and they are asked to return the signed permission slip along with $7.00 in order to participate in this amazing educational opportunity that will help prepare them for the future.  Permission slips and the $7.00 fee should be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Friday, February 7th.  Questions or concerns?  Please contact Ms. S. Berry or Ms. L. Jackson.

Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS)

Dickerson Middle School is joining with other Cobb County schools to offer suicide prevention training this semester for our students.  The Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program has proven successful at increasing help-seeking skills for students concerned about their mental health or the mental health of a friend.  SOS is the only school-based suicide prevention program selected by SAMSHA for its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression while reducing suicide attempts among youth. The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program lessons will be presented to 8th grade students only.  Information will be included in the parent permission slip that will allow parents to view the video and supporting resources that will be presented to their child.  Permission slips will allow parents to OPT-Out their child’s participation in the SOS lesson if they choose to do so.  Parents must sign and return the permission slip only if they DO NOT want their students to participate in the lesson.  Parent permission slips will be sent home with students the week of January 20th.  The SOS Student Lesson will be conducted during the week of February 3rd.  Questions or concerns?  Please contact Ms. L. Jackson (8th Grade Counselor).

Requests for Student Information

Parents and/or Guardians may request student records and recommendations or request the completion of teacher evaluation forms for medical professionals by contacting Ms. Jackson in writing (letter/email).  Requests will require the completion of CCSD Request for Education Records form (Form JR-3) or a Teacher Recommendation Request form.  Forms have been attached below for your convenience.   Please allow up to ten (10) school days to process your requests. Contact Ms. Jackson if you have additional questions.   
Request for Education Records: Request for Education Records (Form JR-3)
Teacher Recommendation Request: Teacher Recommendation Request Form

PSAT Student Score Reports

Attention Parents: Your teen took the 8th Grade version of the PSAT 8/9 here at Dickerson MS in October 2019. The PSAT 8/9 helps in to prepare students for high school and post-secondary options.  Here’s what you and your your teen can do to access their score report:
 
Log in to or create a College Board account online by going to www.collegeboard.org. PSAT 8/9 scores will be released online December 9th-12th.  After creating an account, parents and students will be able to log in to their College Board account to see scores and test performance details for PSAT 8/9.  
**If parents or students are unable to access their PSAT 8/9 Score Reports online; the school will receive copies of PSAT  8/9 score reports, here at Dickerson, later this week (12/9) or the first of next week (12/16).  As soon as we receive individual score reports; they will be disseminated to students.  Unfortunately, the school does not have access to student scores until that time.  
Please feel free to contact Ms. Jackson or Ms. Myler if you have any additional questions or concerns.

Walton High School’s International Spanish Academy

ISA Program Description

The ISA at Walton is a rigorous Humanities program of study for students who are learning Spanish as a Foreign Language.  Students who wish to apply to the ISA must be recommended for 9th grade Honors Literature and AP Human Geography.  Students accepted to the ISA will take 4 years of Spanish at Walton and 4 Honors & AP content area courses in English and History that include a delivery component in Spanish.  Approximately 30% of an ISA student’s overall coursework at Walton will be conducted in Spanish.  For full participation in the ISA, the ISA graduates will earn a diploma from Walton and from the Ministry of Education of Spain. 

Components of the ISA Program:

–       educate students in the values of multicultural education to foster international communication and respect among different cultures;

–       teach students to express themselves and effectively communicate in English and Spanish in their personal relationships and in an academic setting;

–       promote the access of students to prestigious centers of higher education throughout the U.S., Spain/Europe and Latin America.

Students are admitted into the ISA in their freshman year. Acceptance into Walton’s International Spanish Academy implies that a student will remain an Academy student throughout their high school career in order to graduate with both diplomas.

**An Informational Meeting for interested Parents and Students will be held at Walton HS on Thursday, February 6, 2020.