CONNECTIONS, the  Walton High School e-Newsletter
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August 11, 2017

Missed this Week's Announcements?

Archived E-Blast from Sunday, August 6, 2017

Raiders Head to Corky Kell Classic!  
Excitement is in the air!! After an awesome summer and the inaugural Raider Day in the Valley,  the 2017 Raider football season gets under way Saturday, August 19 at 8:45pm at the Corky Kell Classic. It's a Whiteout!!
Under new head coach Daniel Brunner, the team will also be playing in a new venue - the revamped Georgia State football stadium (formerly Turner Field - 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE Atlanta 30315) against North Gwinnett. General Admission is $13.00.  Ticket Sale Dates are Tuesday, August 15th at the  Raider Valley Ticket Booth (5-8pm) and  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (August 16th,17th and 18th) in the Dining Hall from 10:30am-1:30pm.  Questions? Contact

Led by 23 seniors, the Raiders are poised to have a great season. Come cheer on the boys in blue and then get ready for the home opener on August 25 against Brookwood. See you downtown and then see you in the Valley!   

Historic Ribbon Cutting at Walton High School    
"Walton is what it is, not because of the bricks and mortar, but because of the teachers, and the parents, and the kids who strive for excellence," said U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson as he helped celebrate the official opening of a new Walton High School building on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon.

Flanked by other dignitaries including (L-R) Principal Judy McNeill, Superintendent Chris Ragsale, CCSD Board Vice Chair Scott Sweeney, CCSD Board Chair David Chastain and US Representative Karen Handel, the ribbon was cut a few minutes after 2pm on July 31st. Other notables attending included State School Superintendent Richard Woods, CCSD Board members David Banks and Brad Wheeler, Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott and members of Mr. Ragsdale's Executive Cabinet.

Attendees marveled over the details of the new facility- the Information Center (previously known as the Media Center) "is stunning" commented one parent and the wide hallways are "sorely needed" observed another. No lockers may take some getting used to, but our students will probably adapt quicker than adults! Some seniors are able to eat lunch in the atrium area with one senior commenting "All of the natural light is so uplifting. It's nice to look out and see green trees."

The next phase of the SPLOST IV project at Walton will include a performing arts center and athletic buildings. Completion of the entire project, which is being constructed by Gilbane Building Company, is slated for spring of 2019.   
 CCSD Board Member and Vice Chair Scott Sweeney  
Walton HS PTSA Membership &
Programming Recognized!
At the annual Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training last weekend, your PTSA walked away with some hardware! Walton was awarded Outstanding Local Unit (3rd place), the Platinum Membership Award, President's Membership Award, Membership Madness, Advocacy Award and Model PTA.  This is a result of the commitment of our families, educators and community to Raider Nation. Congrats to the entire 2016-17 PTSA Board of Directors for all of their hard work, and Game On for 2017-18!!

It's Football Time!
Walton HS PTSA
Creation Station
Upcoming Events
Fresh and Sensational!
The Creation Station Opening at Walton
Get ready for some exciting changes this year at Walton as we add new freshness to your variety and shake up the school lunch program. With the start of the new school year, Walton not only has a new cafeteria but it also has a new lunch option -  
Creation Station.

You might be asking, "What is that?" Both students and staff will now have the power to fuel their own culinary creation through the inclusion of a variety of fresh ingredients that will include seasonal vegetables, Georgia grown produce and much more! If options such as spinach, tomatoes, banana peppers, corn, beans, cheese, cucumbers, eggs, chicken, and much more appeal to you, then create it the way you want it!

The student nutrition club, Food 4 Thought, is thankful to Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) for implementing the new program this year. "We are so excited that we will have the salad bar to start off the school year in our new building. We really wanted some new fresh and healthy options for everyone at Walton to try!" says Hannah Kedzierski, club president.
Monique Johnson, MS., RDN., LD., Associate Director, Nutrition & Menus states, "We [FNS] piloted the Creation Station program at 4 high schools last year and had great success. We are excited to expand this opportunity to all of our high school students and staff."
The Creation Station is available for everyone to enjoy and falls under  regular pricing for lunch. Creation Stations will be opening in all Cobb County high schools this fall.

Parents: please encourage your child to check it out and let us know what they think. Questions? Contact JoAnne Hammermaster, PTSA Health & Wellness Co-chair, at .
 Mark Your Calendar!
Open House (3:30pm & repeating at 6:30pm)
& PTSA Meeting (5:30pm) - August 16   
School Pictures -  August 15, 17 & 18 
Senior Parent Night - August 21 at 6:30pm 

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