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Ardrey Kell High School
Home of the Knights
10220 Ardrey Kell Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
Courier #: 302
P: 980-343-0860  |  F: 980-343-0862 
Principal: Jamie Brooks
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Click here to access the Open House video from Ms. Brooks.​

August 12, 2021                

Dear Ardrey Kell High School Family:

Welcome to another great year at Ardrey Kell High School!  I hope that you have enjoyed the summer and are enthusiastic about the new school year and a return to the building! As of right now, CMS has mandated masks for the first quarter following CDC guidelines.  I know that the students are very excited to receive their schedules and I wanted to let families know that these can be accessed via PowerSchool.  If you do not have a current PowerSchool account or have forgotten the login information, you may email our data manager at patty.thornton@cms.k12.nc.us.  Your account information will be the same as last year.   Additionally, students may pick up copies of schedules at Open House on August 23. Schedules will be available in your child’s homeroom class.  This information can be found on the label in the upper right corner of this letter. Information about Open House is as follows:

All Ninth Grade Families
Our Ninth Grade Open House will be on August 23rd from 8am – 10am.  This is an informal session allowing students to retrieve their schedules, walk through their schedules and meet their teachers.  Schedules will be found in the student’s homeroom classroom (again, located on the label in the upper right corner of this letter).  Once students obtain their schedules, feel free to walk through the schedule using the school maps which will be available at the front of the school.  Please pay close attention to the list of teachers that will be found in alternate locations from what is printed on the schedule due to their floating status.  At 9am, parents that are interested in hearing from the principal and administrative team may report to the auditorium.  Students that would like an opportunity to ask questions of upperclassmen and student council members may report to the gymnasium at 9am. 

All Tenth Grade Families
Our Tenth Grade Open House will run exactly as our Ninth Grade session but with times being 10:30am – 12:30pm.  The optional parent session will start at 11:30am in the auditorium and the optional Q&A for students will start at 11:30am in the gymnasium. 

All Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Families
Our Eleventh and Twelfth Grade Open Houses will run exactly as the other sessions but with times being 1:30pm – 3:30pm.  The optional parent session will start at 2:30pm in the auditorium and the optional Q&A for students will start at 2:30pm in the gymnasium. 

**Overflow parking will be available at Community House Middle school across the street. 

All Families
It is extremely important that you and your child carefully read all of the information contained in this mailing and keep it on hand for reference.  I also encourage you to add your email to our parent listserv so that you receive electronic communications throughout the year.  The link is on our website under Knightly News.  If you have questions about any information, please do not hesitate to call us at 980-343-0860.   On behalf of the entire administrative team and staff at Ardrey Kell High School, I wish each of you a wonderful school year.  Continue to enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing all of you when we return for the first day of school at 7:15am on Wednesday, August 25.

Sincerely,
Jamie Brooks, Principal

GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION 

THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL
The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 25.  The school hours are from 7:15am – 2:15pm each day.  It is imperative that students arrive at school on time every day and that students are present at school every day in order to get maximum instructional time.  All students are to report directly to homeroom class upon arrival at school.  We will begin in homeroom for the first 8 days of school.  Upperclassmen with late arrival will still report to their homeroom class at 7:15am.

STUDENT FEES
All student fees are paid through the online payment system on the AKHS website.  Select Online School Payments from bottom left section of home screen.  If you are new, create an account.  From here you can purchase a PE uniform, school fees (by homeroom teacher) which includes the agenda and other grade level fees, along with various other optional fees.  If you bring your printed receipt to Open House, we will provide you with the agenda and PE uniform.  

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Breakfast begins at 6:45am.  Breakfast is free for all students.  This year, lunch will also be free for all students.  In order to get a free lunch your child must select one main dish, one fruit, one vegetable and a milk.  A la carte items (snacks, cookies, other drinks) are NOT free.  If your child forgets his/her lunch at home, you are welcome to bring it to him/her at school.  Our procedures are for you to ring the front bell and be greeted by our Front Office Assistant, Mr. Murphy.  Mr. Murphy will get your student’s information and make sure the lunch gets to him/her. Please label the lunch so that your child will know it is his/hers.  Please note that we do not allow food delivery such as Door Dash or Uber Eats.

**For other items left at home or being picked up from school we will no longer have a table outside.  Instead, this table will be moved into the lobby area.  You may ring the front bell and get assistance from Mr. Murphy who will assist with all visitors to our school.  

PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ORGANIZATION (PTSO)
The Ardrey Kell PTSO is highly involved in supporting all aspects of the school environment.  It is extremely important to us for our PTSO to represent our entire school community.  With that being said, we encourage all families to not only join our PTSO but also to become an active voice in the organization.  Dues for PTSO are $15 and can be paid through pay4schoolstuff.com (select the PTSO link on the left side of the AK website, then select RESOURCES at the top).  Dues guarantee your membership, your participation and your commitment to Ardrey Kell.  Membership also qualifies all senior families for the potential PTSO College Scholarship.  In these difficult Covid times your participation is more needed than ever. Our PTSO sponsors our Capital Campaign, which is the only school-wide fundraiser bringing in monies for AK.  Our Capital Campaign is extremely important as this money is used to furnish classrooms with technology, provide webcams, allow for student celebrations and recognitions, and to assist with supporting teachers.  We ask for your participation in PTSO and your donations to the Capital Campaign as you are able (both can be done through pay4schoolstuff.com on the PTSO link).  You are the glue that holds this school together.  Thank you!

COMMUNICATION
Good communication between the home and the school is an important part of the educational process.  Parents can subscribe to the Knightly News by going to https://www.smore.com/w2gpc-knightly-news-bulletin and signing up to receive email updates. The site is updated daily and emailed out weekly to subscribers.
SLT
If you are interested in becoming a member of our School Leadership team that meets the last Monday of every month at 2:30pm, please email jamie.brooks@cms.k12.nc.us

YEARBOOKS
The 2021-2022 Yearbooks are on sale now!!!! If you purchase before October 1, 2021, you get a discounted price plus you receive a one-line personalization! Ordering information can be found at https://akyearbook.weebly.com/. The AK yearbook staff is very excited about this year's book. There are also a limited amount of books remaining from 2020-2021. Those books may be ordered through the online payment system on Ardrey Kell's homepage. 

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS AT ARDREY KELL HIGH SCHOOL
In order for our school to create and maintain a safe and orderly environment, extreme and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated at Ardrey Kell High School.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook will be reviewed with each student.  This handbook contains rules that all students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System will abide by and can be accessed via the CMS website.  These rules will be strictly enforced at Ardrey Kell School.  Additionally, AKHS has a Zero Tolerance policy for racial and/or discriminatory language/acts of any kind.  Situations involving discrimination will be handled by the principal and assistant principals.  Concerns related to discrimination of any kind should be sent directly to the principal at jamie.brooks@cms.k12.nc.us.  The handbook also includes bus and bus stop rules and expectations.  I strongly encourage each family to review these rules together. The handbook can be found on the CMS website.  During the first few days of school every student will receive a detailed orientation.  

GRADING POLICY
CMS has implemented a new grading policy across all schools.  This year, assignments will fall into one of three categories and weighted as such.  Small practice assignments will count 20% (warm-ups, homework, etc), assignments that allow students to rehearse for unit assessments will count 30% (quizzes, labs, mini-projects) and final assessments for the units will count 50%. All assignments in all categories will be graded out of 100 points.  The lowest grade for any assignment that a student attempts and submits will be a 50%.  Assignments never attempted will receive 0 credit.  For any formal assignment on which a student does not demonstrate mastery, reteaching and a re-assessment will be offered for an improved grade up to an 80% (deemed mastery).  More information will be posted on our website. 

DRESS CODE
Students at Ardrey Kell High School are expected to establish a tradition of proper dress for school and school-related events. However, it is our belief that the dress code begins at home.  Parents, we ask that you help us ensure your child looks appropriate at school. Listed below is the dress code:
In accordance with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, the following dress code for students at Ardrey Kell has been established:
  • Students are required to wear shoes at all times for health and safety reasons.
  • Students are required to wear shirts at all times.
  • Abusive, suggestive or profane language, symbols of illegal drugs, or any other words, symbols or slogans that disrupt the learning environment may not be worn on clothing or as jewelry.  
  • All clothing must be worn in an appropriate and tasteful manner as originally intended by the designer. 
The following will not be worn at AKHS:
  • Any article of clothing that exposes a private body part(s)
  • Undergarments should not be visible
  • Pajamas or sleepwear, bedroom shoes/slippers
  • Clothing that is excessively revealing is not to be worn
  • Any headgear/accessories that cover or can potentially cover the face or part of the face are not to be worn at school for safety purposes (Religious and cultural head coverings are welcomed). **This does not include CMS mandated masks**
Extreme styles in clothing and grooming may be detrimental to the maintenance of discipline and morale in school.  If not properly dressed, students will be asked to change, call home for clothes, report to detention and/or be sent home. Exceptions for religious affiliation will be reviewed and permitted through Ms. Brooks.

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES
At AKHS the majority of our discipline situations revolve around social media behavior.  Similarly, we have found that the negative effects social media has on children outweigh the benefits at this age.  In order to keep this issue under control and help our kids focus their school day on academics, we will be a NO CELL PHONE school.  Yes, your child may have his/her phone in the book bag but it MUST remain OFF and OUT OF SIGHT throughout the entire school day. Phones that are seen during school hours will be confiscated and locked in our school safe. If a phone or electronic device is taken, the phone will be held for one day.  Second offense it will be held for 3 days and third and subsequent offenses it will be held for 5 days. 

EARLY DISMISSAL 
In the event you need to pick up your child early or allow him/her to leave early, please send a note.  We ask that your child bring that note to the main office first thing in the morning.  We will provide your child with an early dismissal slip.  Please be prompt so that instructional time for your child is not wasted.  Thank you.  We ask that no early dismissals occur after 1:30pm. 

DROP OFF AND PICK UP
To provide for a smooth opening of school, and safety throughout the year, please stay off your cell phones during carpool and please follow the traffic pattern as designated by our orange cones and staff on duty.  Car pool will return to the regular school year procedures with parents entering from the front entrance or the Society Lane bus lot entrance AFTER 6:55am. There are two lanes in carpool when you enter the front circle…please stay in your lane.  Please do not drive over or around our cones or move the cones.  We also ask that you not drop off your child on Ardrey Kell Road or pull into a surrounding neighborhood to drop off your child.  The car pool line in the front circle can get lengthy.  However, if we all follow the procedures set forth, it will go more quickly and help us maintain every child’s safety.  If your child is assigned a bus, please feel free to take advantage of this as late arrivals on school buses are excused.  Late arrival due to a long car pool line is not excused. No student will be permitted inside the building before 6:45am.

Students with a parking pass need to ensure that their pass is visible and that they are parked in their designated parking space.  Students parking in the surrounding neighborhood or neighboring schools will be addressed by administration, SRO and may face disciplinary action.  

TRANSPORTATION/BUS INFORMATION
Bus information has been included in this mailing. There will be very few situations in which bus stop changes will be considered (i.e. safety issues) and these will need to be placed in writing to the transportation department via the CMS online Transportation link. For students who previously had alternate stops, parents will need to go online (CMS Transportation link) and request this service again for this school year. Students should be at the bus stop at least ten minutes before the scheduled time.  In order to maintain the privilege of riding a bus to Ardrey Kell High School, students must exhibit excellent behavior on our buses from the first day of school.  Violations of the expectations or guidelines may result in a student being suspended from school and/or the bus.   Per CMS, students will not be permitted to switch buses to ride home with friends this year. If you receive no bus information in this mailing, you are to provide your own transportation to and from Ardrey Kell High School.  You will need to contact dalea.adair@cms.k12.nc.us to request possible bus transportation.  Until such time as this is approved, you will be responsible for your child’s transportation.

Please have your student write down his/her bus information (FOR BOTH AM AND PM ROUTES) and bring it to school.  This procedure will ensure that your child knows how he/she is getting home that day.

**Please have your child bring his/her bus information on the first day so that he/she knows how to get home.




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P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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