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Important Dates:   WHS calendar link
January 15:              MLK Jr. Holiday - No School
January 18:              PTSA General Meeting, 5:30 pm & Spring Semester Open House 6:30pm ONLY
January 17:              Intro to Mindfulness, 4:00 and 6:30pm
January 19:              WEB and Winterfest
January 20:              Principal Leadership Committee Mini Dance Marathon for CHOA, noon to 4pm
January 20:              TEDx WaltonHigh, 2pm
January 22:              Sophomore Parent Night, PSAT 
January 24:              WEB, KSU The Entrepreneurial Mindset Workshop
January 27:              Walton Chorus Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction
January 29 - Feb 1  Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
February 3:              Sadie Hawkins Dance
News, Resources and Volunteer Opportunities
Walton PTSA General Meeting, 5:30 pm and Spring Semester Open House, 6:30 pm will take place this Thursday, January 18th.  All PTSA members and guests should plan to attend the PTSA General Meeting where Suzanne Schott, Walton Assistant Principal, will speak about technology and how it impacts teenage brain development and school performance.  Directly after the meeting attendees can pick up student schedules and meet the teachers.  Please note the Open House will occur only at 6:30 pm this year and zero period will begin at 6:20.

Second annual TEDx WaltonHigh Come join us next Saturday, January 20th, at 2pm in the Walton Lecture Hall for the second annual TEDx WaltonHigh. The theme is Connecting People. Tickets will be on sale before school next week and at the door. Or reserve tickets by emailing Jennifer.Snoddy@cobbk12.org  or Jasenda.League@cobbk12.org.

The 2nd Annual Community Connections Resource Fair  
will take place, January 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Daniell Middle School, 2900 Scott Road.   Visit with 30+ organizations from Cobb County and the surrounding area to learn about programs offered for families of students with disabilities.  Please see the flyer below for details and click this link to register:   www.signup.com/go/omysFGdĂ‚  Questions? Call 770-529-0046 and speak with one of our Parent Mentors.

Order your Yearbook Now: by clicking  www.waltonyearbook.com.   This year we will not be ordering extra yearbooks to sell after they have been distributed, so ORDER NOW if you want your child to get one in April.

YOUTH CULTURE 101:  A conversation about Alcohol and other drug use, depression and social media 
Speaker:  Jeff Dess,  Coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Center for CCSD
Lassiter High School invites all Walton parents and gaurdians to attend this engaging, entertaining and information filled presentation about prevention and intervention. January 24, 7:00pm in the Lassiter High School Theater. For more information click Here
 

PTSA Sponsors "Intro to Mindfulness" Presentation, January 17th, 4-5:30 or 6:30-7:30pm: Want to find out more about this powerful tool for stress and anxiety reduction and performance enhancement?  Join us for an "Intro to Mindfulness", Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the WHS Information Center Lecture Hall.  This free one-hour presentation is offered from 4-5:00pm and from 6:30-7:30pm. Parents, teachers and students are encouraged to attend.  Mindfulness is an approach to train our brains to recognize and control our body's stress response, changes the way our brain and body react to the stress we encounter every day in our fast-paced, high tech lifestyle.  If not addressed, chronic stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, contributing to disease, affecting our emotions, relationships, and performance, and dramatically lowering our quality of life. For more information, click here.  To Register, click here: I want to learn more about MINDFULNESS! 

The Entrepreneurial Mindset Workshop led by Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business 
PTSA Raiders Choice and Skills USA is bringing in 2 professors to facilitate an entrepreneurial workshop.  If your student wants to study business or just has a good idea to market please have them attend, January 24 1:00 to 3:00 pm during WEB in the Lecture Hall.  

Hidden Dangers Presentation, January 31st: The Multicultural Consortium for Ending Child Slavery has organized an event for teens and their parents, January 31st, 7:30 pm at 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy.  The event will cover social media sexting, pornography, and trafficking. Click here to learn why parents and student should attend.  Susan Norris, Rescuing Hope Founder and Director and Jeff Shaw Out of Darkness Founder and Director will be the evening speakers. Click here for more information. RSVP at  https://etzchaim.net/hiddendangers  

Walton PTSA Membership Benefits, Office Depot Discount Card: The Walton PTSA is always looking for way to stretch our budget and in doing that we can pass this savings on to all PTSA members. By Click  Here  and printing off this discount card you will receive discounts on printing services and merchandise in the store and online. Happy shopping!
Legislative News
Legislation & Advocacy  The 2018 Georgia general legislative session began on Monday, January 8 and Gov. Nathan Deal delivered his final State of the State address on Thursday. His theme this year was on planting trees for the future. During the speech, Gov. Deal noted the investment in education under his administration. (Note: austerity cuts of $160 million continue in FY18). He also spoke about the HOPE Scholarship program and investment in the technical college system. Deal noted the Commission on Children's Mental Health is charged with providing recommendations on improving state mental health services for children. Funding for behavioral health and substance abuse are also major needs for Georgia. Read the full text  here . The FY 2019 budget is $26.0 billion and built on 3.7% general fund growth over FY 2018. Read the Governor's  budget report .
For Seniors
The 2018 Senior Evening of Inspiration Planning meeting January 24thThe 2018 Senior Evening of Inspiration is scheduled for May 21st  and we need your help to make it a special evening for YOU and YOUR classmates.   All seniors are invited to the first meeting to start planning your event. Join us on  Wednesday, January 24th at 1:00 pm  We will meet in the Atrium Conference Room to discuss the evening while enjoying some pizza.  Please join us and bring your friends along to help.  Feel free to contact Sarajane Fletcher (sjfletcher@hotmail.com) or Susan Fanning (sfanning1@bellsouth.net) with questions.

Parents of Seniors:   If you've got some great photos of your senior in action this semester, don't forget to send copies walton18seniorphotos@gmail.com for the Senior Night of Inspiration. Please help us spread the word!
Clubs and Organizations
Mini Dance Marathon, Saturday, January 20th, Noon to 4pm: Principal's Leadership Committee is sponsoring FOR THE KIDS, a mini dance marathon for the benefit of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on Saturday, January 20th from 12 noon until 4 p.m. in the WHS Dining Hall.  Georgia Tech students will be on hand to provide music, games, food and fun. Admission and general participation are free. Students may want to bring some money to participate in some special games during the event. All proceeds go to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Students will receive community service hours for this event.  Everyone is welcome! Click here for more information.

Second Annual Sadie Hawkins Winter Ball will be held Saturday, February 3rd, 7:00 - 10:00 in the Walton gymnasium. Girls can ask a date or girls and guys can attend with a group of friends. Dress is semi-formal attire. Tickets can be purchased for $20 starting January 20th during lunch period. Cash or check made out to Walton High School. Chick-fil-a Leadership Academy is hosting the event to raise money to give back to the community.  This will be a really fun night that students are not going to want to miss!

Attention Math-athletes of all Ages: The Walton  Math Team is hosting Dr. Po-Shen Loh (Associate Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, national math team coach and the "Elvis" of the math world).  He will be visiting the Walton campus and speaking to our students January 30, 5:00 pm in the Lecture Hall.  For more information click Here
Walton Raiders Athletics:    WHS athletics link
38th Annual Walton Raider Chase 5K  will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Walton's Raider Valley. Register today to support Walton's Track & Field and Cross Country programs! Click here  to register.

FOLLOW THE RAIDERS and Support our Teams!  For information on schedules, training, and game results at Walton, click WHS FootballWHS Baseball WHS Basketball, WHS Wrestling,  WHS Boys Lax, WHS Girls LaxWHS Cheer , WHS Soccer  WHS Cross Country, Girls Basketball,
Walton Fine Arts:    WHS fine arts link
The Walton Chorus Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction, "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE," will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the Walton Theater.  This event features our talented students performing songs and modeling fashions from local retailers. Enjoy the silent auction in the new rotunda offering items such as concert tickets, gift certificates, a Big Green Egg, an iPhone and much more!  Silent auction at 6:00pm and show at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door and can be purchased here.

FOLLOW and support the Walton Fine Arts Programs!  For more information regarding each program, click the following links: Walton Band, Walton Chorus, Walton Orchestra, and Walton Drama

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