Athena eNews – Week 1

A Note from Our Principal:

Welcome back to another exciting year at Athena High School.  Yesterday was up first day of school as well as our first day with the new schedule.  I have to say that it was the smoothest start to a school year I have experienced so far in my three years at Athena.  The students arrived with the energy and enthusiasm that only a new school year can bring, full of life and a readiness to learn.  Walking the halls and chatting with literally hundreds of students and staff reminded me of how privileged we all are to have the opportunity to grow and learn in such an incredible community.

Freshman Ignition Was a Huge Success: We started the year off on Wednesday morning by welcoming over 250 freshman students and parents to the high school in our annual Freshman Ignition Program. These new Trojans were greeted by over 70 mentors from the upper classes at Athena and had the opportunity to meet their teachers, find their lockers and build relationships with each other and the upperclassmen that will serve as mentors over the next year. A special thanks to Ms. Williams and Ms. Stevens for putting this incredible day together.

Curriculum Night is Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm: Mark the date on your calendars and don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get to know your son or daughters teachers.  We will also have representatives from various school groups, colleges and clubs to help make sure you are well informed and that your students are connected at Athena. 

The 5 C Challenge: Every year I remind our students that success in life is not luck of the draw or lottery pick chance occurrence.  Success in life is available to every student if they are willing take the necessary actions to ensure it.  Please take the time to talk about e 5 C’s that lead to success in life.

  • Come to school every day
  • Care about yourself
  • Connect with others through sports and clubs
  • Cooperate with expectations
  • Challenge yourself

One way to challenge yourself is to enroll in a college level class at Athena.  We are expecting every student to challenge themselves and consider taking more difficult classes each year they are at Athena. In particular, by the end of four years at Athena, we want every student to have taken at least one college or career level course through our AP program, our dual credit program or WeMoCo coursework.  Our goal is not to simply have students graduate, but rather we are seeking to ensure that every single student is prepared for success in college and careers in the 21st Century.  This means that we will continue to challenge ever student to enroll in and stay in challenging courses throughout all 4 years of high school.

 Thank you very much for taking the time to read this email.  I wish each of you a fantastic year. 

Trojan Pride,

Jason Gianotti

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