Administration News  

August 4, 2020

 

Dear Walton Families,

 

Hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of summer.  In order to get prepared, we have some important dates/events to share with you.

 

Schedule Preview

 

You have one final opportunity to preview your child’s schedule (periods and courses only) in ParentVue and StudentVue from August 5th- 7th.  We have updated all courses based on summer classes taken and waivers submitted by deadlines. Courses being taking through CVA, GAVS or Dual Enrollment will not be reflected on the schedule. Because we have hired teachers and created a master schedule based on spring course requests, the only reasons a schedule

change will be considered is:

· Already have credit for the course
· Do not have the pre-requisite
· Missing an academic core class
· Academically misplaced - student placed in wrong level
· Do not have a lunch period
· Did not register for this course (we will verify your registration)
· Missing a course for graduation and am a senior
 · Need a different period because of Dual Enrollment Schedule

 

We will not be able to accommodate teacher requests.
 
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare for school opening on August 17th. If you submit a request at the link below and it is denied, we will send you an automated denial email within 72 hours of your request. If your request is approved, it will be corrected on your schedule and available for view in ParentVue and StudentVue a few days before school starts.

Submit Schedule Change Request here by Friday, August 7th

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=-x3OL5-ROEmquMR_D8kYLXWWHeeOOshBlZn45DvjK3VUMDNHVzhOUTVFV0U1OUVIUFhGOUxXTkZLMS4u

 

Virtual Orientation

We will host a virtual orientation on Monday, August 10th.  All families will be able to complete our normal orientation tasks from the comfort of your home or office.  See the attached flyer for details and all links.

 

Distribution of Materials

On August 12 and 13, we will distribute instructional items students need for virtual learning.  This will include devices (if requested online), select textbooks (see list below), physical vocab book (if desired), school agenda (if desired), Choral Music, and some band and orchestra instruments. Also, we will have a special welcome gift for all our new Freshman!


Before you leave the house, make sure you have….

  • Printed schedule out of StudentVue or ParentVue.  You will hand this to faculty when you arrive.
  • If you are picking up a school issued device, bring all documentation needed in the letter we sent.
  • If you have any textbooks or calculators you did not turn last spring, bring them with you so we can clear your account.
Students/parents should enter the main entrance at the time indicated by last name and grade. Students/parents should remain in the car during the pick-up process.  School personnel will be delivering your items to the car.  If you need to pick up instruments from band/orchestra or pick up choral music or a get school issued device, after getting textbooks you will drive down the baseball driveway to the bus lanes to retrieve those items.

The following classes have textbooks without online access and students need to check out a book:

  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Literature
  • ISA AP Literature
  • 9Th Grade Literature
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Spanish Language
  • Chinese V
  • STEM Principles of Engineering
  • Calculators will be issued until we run out with seniors having priority. Here are links to two both a scientific and graphing calculator.

https://www.desmos.com/calculator

https://www.desmos.com/scientific


Upperclassman Distribution- Wednesday, August 12

8:30-9:00 12th Grade Last Name A-H

9:00 –9:30 12th Grade Last Names I-O

9:30-10:00 12Th Grade Last Names P-Z

10:30 –11:00 11th Grade Last Names A-H

11:00-11:30 11th Grade Last Names I-O

11:30-12:00 11th Grade Last Names P-Z

12:00-12:30 10th Grade Last Names A-H

12:30 –1:00 10th Grade Last Names I-O

1:00-1:30 10th Grade Last Names P-Z



Freshman -Thursday, August 13

All Freshmen are invited to pick up a welcome to Walton Gift and materials according to the following schedule:

8:30-9:15 Last Names A-F

9:15-10:00 Last Names G-L

10:00-10:45 Last Names M-R

10:45-11:00 Last Names S-Z

 

Device Distribution

School issued devices for those who requested one will be issued during the designated times above.   Please refer to the correspondence you will receive on Wednesday, August 5 for details pertaining to device pick up.

 

Band and Orchestra Instruments

Walton Band and Orchestra are fortunate to have large programs.  We are excited to continue this legacy into the virtual environment. Online instruction means that all students need to have an instrument at home. We will be happy to help you find a solution if you do not have access to an instrument.


Orchestra families should contact local music stores to rent an instrument if they do not have one at home. If there are extenuating financial circumstances, please e-mail Mrs. Grimes (Sara.Grimes@cobbk12.org) by Monday, August 10, 2020. Band families who need an instrument should contact Mr. Johns (Christopher.johns@cobbk12.org ) by Monday, August 10, 2020. 

 

CTLS Parent

Many of you have already downloaded the CTLS Parent app. This will eventually replace ParentVue but for now CTLS Parent is a centralized location to find all district and school correspondence.  Access will also exist from the CCSD website.

 

CTLS Learn Student Orientation

Cobb County School District will release student orientation videos so students can login and start navigating the new system.  When we have a date for release, we will share it.  We will also publish additional guidelines to help students succeed academically.  A first week of school bell schedule and a contact list for parents when you have questions will be available soon.  The district bell schedule does not have breaks between classes; however, teachers realize students will need a little transition time to get prepared for the next class.

 

Class of 2021- First Day of School Tradition

Traditionally, our seniors dress in black dress and Hawaiian shirts to celebrate the first day of school.   Our SGA will be keeping the tradition alive through a virtual celebration.  Details to follow.

 

Walton Virtual Learning webpage

We have created a webpage on the Walton website where we will post all the Virtual Learning Resources and Links https://www.waltonhigh.org/domain/110

I hope you and your children are getting excited about the upcoming school year. Our teachers are working hard to integrate CTLS Learn and learn the best way to utilize digital learning resources.  Lots of great things are taking place at Walton in preparation for the school year and we are excited to share our passion for learning with our students as we start school on August 17.    

I hope you continue to stay safe and well and don’t forget to complete summer reading assignments!

Sincerely,
Catherine Mallanda

Principal

2020-2021 VIRTUAL LEARNING

Click here to view Dr. Mallanda's July 29th- Remote Learning Information letter

 

Walton has created a Virtual Learning Information Page. Administration will be providing resources, links, and information all in one location for you to review as needed.


CTLS PARENT APP

 

CTLS Parent App is now available for download at the App store and should be on Google play soon. It’s called CTLS Parent, if you downloaded the Parent Square App you will want to delete that one.


PTSA ONLINE REGISTRATION IS OPEN 

We invite you to get a jump start on next school year by joining or renewing your PTSA membership now. Families can sign up for Walton eBlasts, place calendar/directory orders, and volunteer for planned program events.

 


Legislation & Advocacy 

 
Advance voting for the August 11 runoff election has begun at the Cobb Elections Office at 736 Whitlock Ave. Locations will expand the week of AUgust 3rd, including the East Cobb Government Center. Voters can also request an Absentee Ballot. For more information about Absentee Voting, click HERE.

 

Walton SGA 

Are you interested in serving on SGA for the 2020-2021 school year?

Click here to view SGA.

SGA provides you with a chance to give back to your school and classmates while gaining great leadership skills, community service opportunities, and camaraderie with your peers while having lots of fun!

Due to the unexpected closure of school this spring, we will be accepting online applications throughout the summer. You can find all the information about SGA and the application process on the Walton High School website under the Students tab

Applications are due by August 5th.

 

CLASS OF 2021 FIRST DAY CELEBRATION!

SGA is planning a Senior Celebration for the first day of school so… Seniors be planning out your 1st day attire!

 

Ladies – Black dress

 

Gentlemen – Hawaiian Shirt

 

More details to follow soon!

 
 

 

 

Walton HS- July 12th- School Reopening

 

July 12, 2020

Dear Walton Families,

I want to officially welcome the Class of 2024 to our Walton family! Our students “rolled-up” to their new grade levels this week so you should be able to see this reflected in your ParentVue accounts.

On Friday, the school district released the reopening of school plan for the 2020-2021 school year.   If you did not receive the correspondence, here is a link to the webpage the District created:  https://www.cobblearningeverywhere.com/.  Families will need to go into ParentVue between July 13 and July 22 to register each child for Face-to-Face Instruction or Remote Learning Option.  This choice is binding for one semester.

The amount of information presented does take time to digest.  I have studied the District information along with reading and researching guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, Georgia Department of Education, American Association of Pediatrics and the Department of Public Health. What I think is most important to keep in mind is the landscape is changing.   We will be revising and updating our plans each time new guidance is released.

Walton Safety Chart

On the forefront of my mind is the safety of the nearly 3000 students and faculty members that are part of our Walton family each day.  Assistant principals return from summer break on Monday, and we will be focused on safety and mitigation strategies.  I have created a matrix of safety measures specific to our campus.  I attached a rough first draft to this correspondence. In the matrix, you will see District protocols side by side with Walton protocols as well as a list of items we will need to purchase.  I engaged our PTSA and Foundation to see how they can help us obtain the items we have identified.  Please look for correspondence from them on how you can support our safety and mitigation initiatives.

Walton Remote Learning Plan

As you all are aware, we begin the creation of a master schedule for a new school year with registration in early March.  Once we have all the course requests, we can determine how many sections we need of each course and whether there is enough interest in a course to create a section.   The last step is to match the courses with our teachers.  Inevitable some conflicts exist, and we must contact individual families to look at alternate options.  

This process will be no different in the creation of the remote classes except that we have very limited time and will also have to make changes to the face-to-face schedule.  With a selection deadline of July 22, we will not be able to create a master remote schedule until we are able to compile a list of students and the courses they selected during the registration process.  The reality is it would be challenging for us to offer a remote class when only a few students have registered for a course.

As we create the remote learning schedule, our priority will be to create full sections of courses taught by a Walton teacher.  This will ensure a consistent curriculum among all our students at the expectation level students and parents have for a Walton class.  

When we cannot create a full section of a remote course, we will coordinate with the other two traditional schedule high schools to share students and teachers.  

We are also pursuing some creative platforms/ideas for singleton courses and can utilize Cobb Virtual Academy and Georgia Virtual School as needed.  As in our Face to Face schedule, there will be situations where we will need to engage families to discuss an alternative course selection.   

Additionally, there are some courses which due to specialized equipment or nature of the teaching methodology do not translate to the remote learning environment with the high quality that parents and students expect from a Walton class.  An example would be a ceramics course.  Students would not have access to a potter’s wheel or kiln from home.  We will work closely with district content supervisors and our Walton teachers to identify courses that fall into this category.

I recognize and acknowledge that making an educational decision for your child during a time period of uncertainty is certainly not ideal.  While I do not have all the answers and I am certain that there will be challenges, I am committed to partnering with all Walton families as we find creative solutions to the complex problems that will arise.

I invite you to submit questions by July 16 at the link below and we will work to share the answers to your questions and/or ask the district for further clarification.

https://forms.gle/mTsJKJScyMa2Psg37

I thank you in advance for your support as we navigate through the learning option that is the best fit for your family.  Our commitment to “Educate, Inspire, Empower” students daily will continue regardless of the decision you make.  Looking forward to the start of a great year on August 17th!

Sincerely,
 Catherine Mallanda

Principal

 
 
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WALTON YEARBOOK 

We are excited to bring you a one-of-a kind historical yearbook this year!  Please take this quick 3-question survey so we can get started with your ideas in mind! 

 

 

Please complete by August 15th.  Thanks so much for your feedback!! 

 

The Walton High School Yearbook Staff/Committee




JOIN THE WALTON FOUNDATION

We have been working over this summer, and are ready to support our students and Walton in virtual learning and beyond!  With your donations, we will be funding resources that are essential to a successful year for ALL Walton Students.  

Haven't had the chance to join?  Visit us at Walton High School Foundation to join today. 

Thank you to everyone who has already joined the Foundation! 


SAT/ACT TESTING & COLLEGE ESSAYS 

Free webinars

 

Standardized Testing in the 2020-2021 School Year: What Students Need to Know

Tuesday, August 4th: 7 pm 

Wednesday, August 5th: 12 pm and 9 pm 

 

College Essays that Will Get Your Child Noticed: How Parents Can Help Without Overstepping

Tuesday, August 18th: 7pm 

 

Click here to sign up links for webinars.  


 

DRIVERS ED PROGRAM 

Join us for our last Driver's Ed class of the summer!

 

Date: August 3rd, 2020 - August 7th, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM -3:30 PM everyday

Location: Virtual Learning class (link will be provided)

 

This class includes 30 hours of virtual classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind the wheel training. Our class can help you meet the requirements for Joshua's Law so your teen can get their license at 16. Our class also provides a 10% insurance discount for parents that lasts up to 3 years!

Fee: $399.00 (use discount code: ellis$75)

 

Register Today!

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Lou Pagano at (404)558-2212.

 

CCSD SCHOOL ZONE POLICY 

School attendance zones are established by the Cobb County Board of Education. Students are required to attend the school within the established attendance zone in which they reside, unless an exception is granted in compliance with federal and state law, State Board of Education rules and Cobb County School District rules. These exceptions include a student’s attendance at a magnet school, family moves that occur during the school year, assignment of children of employees, student legal issues, and extreme medical/emotional situations at a student’s home school, and school choice.

For additional information – www.cobbk12.org 


Click Parent Tab, under resources, select Student Transfers

Parents- If you have moved from the original address that is on file for your student, you must provide the Records Room with two current proofs of residency. The two required documents are; one mortgage/lease statement and one current utility bill.  

PTSA Registration

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