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eXtreme eXperiences 2017

Written by Patrick Pitts. Posted in Latest News

On June 5th – 8th, Hall County Schools will provide “eXtreme eXperiences” for students currently in grades 6-8. Each eXperience will be held at the Lanier College & Career Academy on Monday-Thursday from 9:00 – 3:00. A modest registration fee of $ 75 is required to cover lunch each day, all supplies for the camps, and a t-shirt. Please indicate your 1st and 2nd choices, as each session is limited. Registration will continue until all slots are filled.

Testing Reminders

Written by Patrick Pitts. Posted in Uncategorized

Dear Chestatee Academy Family,

We are about to embark on a very important time of the school year. Chestatee Academy students will have the opportunity to show what they have learned throughout the year by taking a standardized test known as the Georgia Milestones Assessment. Our testing window will be April 12th – April 20th  2017.

Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies

Parents can help your student by:

  • Encouraging your student to employ good study and test-taking skills. These skills include following directions carefully, avoiding careless errors, and reviewing work.
  • Explaining the purpose of the tests. The assessments give students an opportunity to show what they have learned in school. They also give teachers information that helps them plan instruction.
  • Pointing out that some items may be more difficult than others.
  • Making sure your student gets plenty of sleep and has a healthy breakfast and lunch. Taking tests is hard work for many students and can require a lot of energy.
  • Having your student at school on time. Rushing and worrying about being late could affect performance on the tests.
  • Remembering to ask your student about the testing at the end of each day.

Thank you,

Chestatee Academy Administration

Title I Parent Involvement Surveys

Written by Patrick Pitts. Posted in Uncategorized

Dear Parents,


As we continuously seek to improve the Hall County School District, we want to know how you, as a parent or guardian, feel the schools and the district are doing to meet your needs. The information that you provide in this survey will help us evaluate and improve how our schools, families and parents work together to help all students achieve academically. All information provided is confidential and will be used to assist us with future planning for parental involvement activities and events in the district and schools. Your opinions and suggestions are very valuable, and we thank you for your time to complete this survey.


If you have children who attend different schools in the Hall County School District, please complete separate surveys for each school that your children attend.


Please click the link below to complete the survey online. Paper copies of the survey are also available at the front office of the school.


English Title I Parent Survey 2016-2017 https://goo.gl/forms/XduzS4enG51BL9GN2




Estimados padres,


Debido a que continuamente buscamos mejorar el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall, queremos saber cómo usted, como padre o tutor, siente que las escuelas y el distrito están trabajando para satisfacer sus necesidades. La información que nos brinde nos ayudará a evaluar y mejorar el modo en el que nuestras escuelas, familias y padres trabajan juntos para ayudar a todos los estudiantes a lograr el éxito académico. Toda la información provista es confidencial y será utilizada para la futura planificación de actividades y eventos de participación de los padres en el distrito y en las escuelas. Sus opiniones y sugerencias son muy valiosas, y le agradecemos por tomarse el tiempo de completar esta encuesta. 


Si tiene hijos que asisten a diferentes escuelas en el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Hall, le pedimos que complete una encuesta por separado para cada escuela a la que sus hijos asistan.


                     Por favor haga clic en el enlace de la parte de abajo para completar esta encuesta en línea. También se encuentran disponibles copias de esta encuesta en la recepción de la escuela.


       Spanish Title I Parent Survey 2016-2017 https://goo.gl/forms/zxWrNYFapm0EurtD2

Learning Through Scrapbooking and Pottery with Ms. Laster’s SOAR

Written by Buffy Hamilton. Posted in Wondrous War Eagle Celebrations

CA Teacher Jamie Laster and her SOAR students in Diggin’ Up the Roots have been working hard this both fall and spring semesters studying scrapbooking and Appalachia face pots.    The students briefly studied the much revered Foxfire books of the Appalachia history; students then crafted their own scrapbooks of their own life/family history.  The scrapbooks just arrived this month, and as you can see, the students are beaming with pride over their creations!


In December, the students crafted Appalachia face pots before the holiday break.  Ms. Laster shares this history of the Appalachia face pots with us:

Of the many crafts indigenous to the mountains of north Georgia and Western North Carolina, the most interesting is the face jug. No one is 100% certain of how it originated, but two stories in particular seem to capture some of the mystique surrounding these oddly humorous creations. The first is that folks of Appalachia keep their moonshine in jugs designed with scary faces to keep kids from sampling the jugs contents. (The face jug, different from the other jugs in the house served as an early child proof cap.)

Crying Liberty:  The second story has to do with devil jugs, or scary faces jugs with devil horns. The story is that these devil jugs originated in slave communities and when someone died, a devil jug was made and placed on the grave for one year. If the jug broke sometime during the year, it meant that the deceased was wrestling with the devil.

Generations of families in North Georgia and Western North Carolina farmed and threw pots for their livelihood. Today, contemporary potters such as William Flowers, have resurrected the interest in face jugs and some of the face jugs of the older generation of potters, (such as Craig, Meaders and Brown all now deceased), who at one time could hardly get 25 cents for their jugs are now selling for up to five figures.

As you can see, Ms. Laster has worked hard to create a tapestry of rich learning opportunities for these SOAR students.  The culminating learning experience for these young artists will be a field trip to Rabun County’s Foxfire Museum soon.  Stay tuned for a follow-up on post!