July 16, 2018

 

Atherton Students and Family:

 

The school year will begin sooner than we all expect so I hope you are enjoying this time together and looking forward to a successful year at Atherton High School. This letter provides some important dates and information for the beginning of this school year. Last year was a great year for Atherton; our academic achievement reached another all-time high and several of our sport teams and athletes set many new records. Many of our graduates entered the colleges of their choice on scholarships and several of our athletes signed for collegiate play. Students from all over Jefferson County are discovering the Atherton Advantage that makes our school favored among students and families seeking the highest quality education.

 

Like last year, this will also be a great year at Atherton. In addition to rigorous core subjects, we offer many exciting electives such as Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Piano, Choir, Bel Canto Choir, Chamber Singers, Stagecraft, Theater, Journalism, Yearbook, Business Economics, Advanced Computer Applications, Financial Literacy, Forensic Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Marine Biology, Holocaust, Poetry, Philosophy, Photography, Film Study, Global Issues, AP Psychology, AP Music Theory, Pop Culture (History of Rock & Roll) and others. We continue to offer a variety of world languages that include Arabic, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish! We want every student to be able to explore a choice of career-oriented electives that provide an integrated educational experience from freshman year to senior year focused on post-secondary interests and aspirations.

 

Atherton will continue to follow a seven period day with classes that are fifty minutes in length. The Atherton Dress Code (enclosed) will remain the same for this school year; students should prepare a wardrobe with school-appropriate clothing. Atherton’s Cell Phone Policy has been revised to encourage the appropriate and responsible use of cell phones; please read and understand our school’s expectations for use of cell phones during the instructional day. Extended School Services (ESS) will be offered for English, Math, Science, and Social Studies after the first three weeks of school. ESS is free to all students in need of assistance in these courses and is available 2:30-3:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Speak with your child’s classroom teacher about ESS if needed.

 

Be sure to log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account and update your email address. I use this email address to send timely information in a quarterly electronic newsletter (the Atherton eNews) as well as regular news updates using the SCHOOLMESSENGER system. You may receive your IC portal activation code and directions by emailing campus.portal@jefferson.kyschools.us and provide your name, child's name(s) and contact phone number. If you want a login for both parents/guardians, please provide both names. Once your info is verified you will receive an email with login instructions.

 

Student registration will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9 (see schedule on back). All students should plan to register at their assigned times. The registration process is designed so that all necessary student fees can be paid with one check. Families that qualify for fee waiver must complete a Fee Waiver Request form every school year; these forms will be mailed by JCPS during the summer and are available online. Students will receive their class schedule at registration. If you are unable to attend your assigned registration, you may register with a counselor any time after the initial registration date. We worked hard last Spring and this Summer to staff a master schedule based on student course requests. Changes to schedules will be allowed for reasons allowed by SBDM Council policy; otherwise, students will remain in the class for the entire school year.

 

Freshmen and other students new to Atherton must attend orientation and registration on August 9. Pizza will be served at 5:30pm and orientation will begin at 6:00pm. The orientation and registration process will finish by 8:00pm; please plan to attend the entire event from 6pm-8pm. Administrators and teachers will be present to share important information necessary for the first day of school. We will also cover the expectations held for all Atherton students, introduce you to several people to contact in the building, provide you with a list of “who to call” if you have questions, and distribute free Atherton T-Shirts to students in attendance. Atherton student leaders will be on hand to provide tours of the building and assist with the orientation process. Coaches and club sponsors will be present with information about their organization. Please park in the student parking lot to the left of the school and use the entrance by the auditorium. This will be a great way to begin your involvement at Atherton!

 

At registration, all students and parents will have the opportunity to join the Atherton Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) for $10 dollars each or $20 for family membership. A strong PTSO is vital to the success of our school. Our PTSO works diligently to serve our school, staff, and students. They also provide a venue for staff and student appreciation during registration, open houses, parent-teacher conferences, holidays and special events. The Atherton PTSO awards scholarships to deserving seniors each year. We need the support of the every parent, student, and staff for the PTSO to remain strong. Please be sure to join and support the students and staff of our school. The PTSO also provides a special gift with each membership (see enclosed)!

 

During all registrations, the PTSO will conduct parent elections for two parent-representative vacancies on the Atherton School Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council. Voting will take place at the school during the registration process. Enclosed is a letter from the PTSO describing the process to apply. SBDM parent nominations are to be emailed to the PTSO president and the principal no later than August 3. I encourage any of our parents to nominate yourself or other parents who wish to take an active role at Atherton through participation in the PTSO and/or serving on the SBDM Council; both groups officially meet only once per month.

 

REGISTRATION DATES AND TIMES

Registration will be in the concourse between the large auditorium and the gymnasium accordingly:

SENIORS                      A-L                         Wednesday         August 8                         9-10am

                                        M-Z                     Wednesday         August 8                         10-11am

JUNIORS                      A-L                     Wednesday         August 8                         12-1pm

                                        M-Z                     Wednesday         August 8                         1-2pm

SOPHOMORES            A-L                     Thursday             August 9                         9-10am

                                        M-Z                     Thursday             August 9                         10-11am

 

FRESHMEN and students new to Atherton will attend the Orientation/Registration held on Thursday, August 9 in the large auditorium. Please park in the student parking lot located to the left of the school by the auditorium. The following schedule will be followed:

PTSO Pizza Party                       5:30-6:00pm                    Concourse (the large hall outside the auditorium)

Orientation/Registration             6:00-8:00pm                    Auditorium & tours throughout school building

 

Visit our school’s website to stay on top of information, resources and news! The first day of school is Wednesday, August 15. I look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

 

 

Dr. Thomas A. Aberli

Principal

J. M. Atherton High School

Atherton Athletics

Athletic Director Jeff Brutscher, jeff.brutscher@jefferson.kyschool.us

 

Cross Country (No Cut) – Parent meeting July 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the large gym.  Practice starts 07-16-18 at 6-8:30 p.m. at Atherton.  Will practice in different locations, Contact coach.

Field Hockey – Parent meeting July 12 at 6:00 p.m. in large auditorium.  Testing and skills 5:45 p.m. on July 16, try outs and team placement on 7-17-18 at 5:45 p.m.

Football – Parent meeting July 12 at 6:00 p.m. in large gym.  Practice starts 7-16-18, 6-9:00 p.m.

Golf (No Cut) - Parent meeting July 11th at 7:00 at Seneca golf course clubhouse.

Boys Soccer – Practice starts July 16 Varsity 8-10:00 a.m. and Jv 6:30-8:30 p.m. and varsity 7:30-9 p.m.  Parent meeting 8-3-18 at 7 p.m. in gym.

Girls Soccer – tryouts July 16 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Must attend both.  Parent meeting at a later date.

Volleyball – Tryouts July 16, 17 and possibly 18th if needed at 7-9:00 p.m.

Atherton Head Coaches

Sport

Last Name

First Name

Title

E-mail

Fall Sports

Cross Country

Hill

Tim

Head Coach-Boys

timothy.hill@jefferson.kyschools.us

Cross Country

Withers

Dave

Head Coach-Girls

david.withers@jefferson.kyschools.us

Field Hockey

Murphy

Woody

Head Coach

woodrow.murphy@att.net

Football

Walker

Kenny

Head Coach

kenneth.walker@jefferson.kyschools.us

Golf

Wilson

Aaron

Head Coach-Boys & Girls

aaron.wilson@visionaec.com

Soccer

Bole

Val

Head Coach-Boys

Rbole7@hotmail.com

Soccer

Ellard

Carlo

Head Coach-Girls

carlo.ellard@jefferson.kyschools.us

Volleyball

Kleitz

Tim

Head Coach

t.kleitz@yahoo.com

Winter Sports

Archery

Stutz

Doug

Head Coach

doug.stutz@jefferson.kyschools.us

Basketball

Dewitt

Nicki

Head Coach-Girls

ndewitt@ymail.com

Basketball

Tudor

Mark

Head Coach-Boys

mark.tudor@jefferson.kyschools.us

Bowling

Murrell

Tony

Head Coach-Boys & Girls

tbmurrell@gmail.com

Swimming

Hill

Tim

Head Coach-Boys & Girls

timothy.hill@jefferson.kyschools.us

Wrestling

Open

Head Coach

jeffrey.brutscher@jefferson.kyschools.us

Spring Sports

Baseball

Ferch

Derek

Head Coach

derekferch@gmail.com

Lacrosse

Whitchurch

Tyler

Head Coach-Boys

JtWhitt09@gmail.com

Lacrosse

Rubin

Alan

Head Coach-Girls

alanrubin@iglou.com

Rugby

Heyward

Bobby

Head Coach

bheyward@bellsouth.net

Softball

Open

Head Coach

jeffrey.brutscher@jefferson.kyschools.us

Tennis

Ellison

Donte

Head Coach-Boys & Girls

donte.ellison@jefferson.kyschools.us

Track

Walker

Kenny

Head Coach-Boys & Girls

kenneth.walker@jefferson.kyschools.us

Athletic Director

Brutscher

Jeff

jeffrey.brutscher@jefferson.kyschools.us

Band

Byrum

Matt

Director

matthew.byrum@jefferson.kyschools.us

Cheer

Mosier-O'Daniel

Jennifer

Head Coach

jenn2894@yahoo.com

Dance

Open

jeffrey.brutscher@jefferson.kyschools.us

Athletic Trainer

Harmon

Kristen

Trainer

KP84_Javy8@hotmail.com