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Important Dates:   WHS calendar link
September 20:         WEB - Interviewing Skills Panel and Career Fair
September 25-29:    Fall Break - School  Closed  
October 9:                Reflections Submissions Due
October 3-4:             Walton New Charter Info Sessions and Voting, Hearing & Vision Screening
October 6:                Homecoming Game
October 7:                Walton Homecoming Dance, Operation Clean Sweep
October 9:                Reflections Submissions Due
October 11:              WEB- Senior Breakfast
October 12:              Early Release
News, Resources and Volunteer Opportunities
Reflections Time Again: Get your creative juices flowing. Paint a masterpiece, choreograph an entertaining dance routine, compose an enchanting piece of music, pen a best-selling short story, shoot a mesmerizing photograph, or produce a poignant film. Submissions will be judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and technique. The theme is "Within Reach" and the deadline is October 9th.  Visit  www.waltonptsa.org/reflections for more information.

Acing Your Interview Workshop and Career Fair: Students that are preparing for college, job or GHP interviews should plan to attend the Acing Your Interview Workshop on Wednesday, September 20th at 1:00 p.m. in the Information Center Lecture Hall.   Also on Wednesday, the  Fall Career Fair  will be held outside the Information Center. Come and explore over 20 careers including dentistry, engineering, IT, pilot, accounting, journalism, personal training, and much more.  Come and ask these community leaders questions about job responsibilities, salaries, experience and education.

Books For Our Teachers:   The Information Center is collecting books for the teacher book nook. If you have any books that you think teachers would enjoy reading during the break, you can drop them off at the front office.
Rotary Youth Exchange 2018-19:   Is your high school child interested in foreign language/cultures?  If so, the Rotary Youth Exchange could be a fantastic opportunity for them to live/attend school overseas next school year.  Learn more by clicking  HERE  and then attend, with parents, information session on Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. at the East Cobb Government Center.   RSVP to   crowellken@gmail.com  (Attendance with parents to info session is required to apply.).
Operation Clean Sweep:   Calling all Clubs and students who need service hours.  PTSA will be doing a clean sweep of our school again this year the October 7, 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Please email Brian Cuthrell at  bscjmc@bellsouth.net if have questions or plan to attend.
Substance Abuse Prevention Program :  Save the date, October 24th, 6:30 to 8:15 p.m., in the Walton Theater. Please plan to attend Protect Your Family, What Parents Need to Know about Substance Abuse Prevention.  A distinguished panel of legal, medical and community service experts will provide critical information parents and high school students need to know to avoid addiction and substance abuse. De-stigmatize the discussion through factual education and real-life stories.  Click HERE for the flyer.
From  Administration
Walton Charter Renewal Information Sessions and Voting:   Walton High School's current charter expires in June of 2018.  Much of Walton's success is directly related to the autonomy and innovation granted to us by the State of Georgia through being a conversion charter school.  Over the past two years, faculty and community have worked together to complete the renewal petition to continue our status as a conversion charter school until the year 2023.  Prior to submitting the proposal for state approval, both the faculty and parents must approve the petition by vote.  The full petition can be accessed on the Walton website under the news section, click HERE.
Walton High School will host parent meetings to give an overview of the renewal document and answer questions. Please plan on attending one of the following sessions and voting opportunities:

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall
Wednesday, October 4 at 7:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall

Voting will be available in the school lobby on Tuesday, October 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, October 4 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
From Guidance
PSAT Prep Rally:   Free online PSAT Prep classes September 14th  through October 7th .  Get pumped-up for the PSAT at Applerouth's Prep Rally!  Secure you spot now by clicking  HERE .
From the Foundation
Naviance Parent Information Sessions:  Would you like to understand the tools Walton's Naviance Platform offers your student and learn how to access these powerful resources? The Foundation is sponsoring informational sessions to guide new WHS parents through the registration process for their Parent Account for Naviance and to provide an overview of resources available on the Naviance Family Connection Platform.  Sessions will be offered in the Lecture Hall, adjacent to the Information Center, on Tuesday, September 19th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and Thursday, September 21st from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Parking in the bus lane is permissible during the time of the sessions but all cars should be moved by 1:45 p.m.

Parents Help Needed for Homecoming Dance: The Student Leadership Council is hosting Walton's first Homecoming Dance in several years.  The event will be held at Walton on Saturday, October 7th from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Tickets will be on sale outside the Dining Hall from September 20-22 and October 2-6 during lunch hours.  The tickets are $15.00 per person.  All proceeds benefit Walton High School.  We need parental help!  To sign up to chaperone, click   HERE.  Help  sell tickets during student lunch hours, sign up   HERE.  H elp decorate on Saturday , click  HERE.
For Seniors
Prizes Needed for the "Price is Right" Senior Class Senior Breakfast Event:  When the rest of the school is taking the PSAT, our Seniors will be having a morning of fun!  First the Senior breakfast, then the class photo for the yearbook, followed by Raffles and the Price is Right Event in the theater.  Please consider contributing to the gift packages that will be used as prizes for the event.  You can view the gift registry and sign up to contribute by click HERE.  Contributions will be accepted on, Monday, October 9th and Tuesday, October 10th between 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Front Office.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Legislative and Advocacy
Most people start their advocacy journey because of their child's needs. Take time to view this  NEA-PTA Family Guide for High School and reflect upon what's going on in YOUR child's world. And if you don't know, this week will be a great time to check in!
Walton Raiders Athletics:    WHS athletics link
Walton Fine Arts:    WHS fine arts link
Don't miss these great Concert Opportunities: 

Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at Wheeler's Concert Hall featuring Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, and the Walton Symphony Orchestra. Works by Beethoven, Sibelius, Bach, and Shostakovich will be performed. Tickets are free, but required for entry.  Please see Mrs. Grimes in the orchestra room or e-mail  waltonhighschoolorchestra@gmail.com for tickets. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. in Walton's Theater featuring Dorian, Aeolian, Ionian, Locrian, and Sinfonia. Works by Mozart, Reznikow, and other contemporary composers will be performed. Tickets are not required for this concert.

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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