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***Interested in what goes on at Grady? Want to be in the know? Then get involved with the PTSA. That's what I did. I came to the monthly board meetings, I volunteered for a committee chair position (Teacher appreciation my first year and Secretary my second). I got involved, stayed informed and got to know Grady!

Now I am the PTSA President! Getting involved helped me to know my child's teachers, the principal (ask Dr Murray), staff, and the members of the PTSA. So get involved! It's the only way to be informed.

The Grady PTSA is looking for a few good parents to fill the following >committee chair positions:

  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Bylaws/Parliamentarian
  • Communications: Calendar( to compile dates from staff / PTSA etc.)
  • Knights Lights (Grady newsletter) Editor/Layout  Distribution
  • Family Involvement/School Spirit
  • Fundraising: Volunteer Coordinator
  • Media Center
  • Membership Co-Chair (data processing)

If you are interested in helping out or would like more information, please contact Jane Modica, Grady PTSA President, at 404-876-2152 or jmodica@bellsouth.net

Being involved = being informed.
Jane Modica

*** Elections for the Local School Council will be held Thursday, 5/20 from 7am to 7pm. All parents are encouraged to vote.  Local School Council nominations are being accepted through 5/19 for the Parent Representatives (there are two positions - two year commitment) on the Grady School Council. Nomination forms are in the school office. Parent/Guardian must have a child enrolled in the school. To vote: go up to the school & write down who your student is then you cast your ballot for one of the nominated candidates.

***Vision of the Future is an inspirational program held on Sunday, May 16th at 9:00am, in the Grady theatre, for all graduating seniors and their families. Ms. Milton and Ms. Porter work diligently with the seniors on content and rehearsals prior to Sunday. Last year it lasted a little over an hour and was a wonderful showcase of the senior class with all students participating. Refreshments following the program are provided by junior class parents. Traditionally, the time following the program is a relaxed social occasion which is conducive to visiting with the graduates and their families.

As was included in the letters to seniors, the dress requirement is conservatively styled white dresses for the girls and black slacks, black shoes and socks and a white dress shirt for the boys. Boys should wear their own ties of choice for the Visions program.

***Learner's Permit and Driver's License Documentation Requirements (especially for students with summer birthdays):

Students who plan to get a learner's permit this summer will need a certificate of school attendance. Students who plan to get a driver's license this summer will need both a certificate of attendance and an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program certificate.

Certificates of Attendance and Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program certificates will be available for students for the summer starting May 10, 2004. Students are to apply for certificates in the mornings and pick them up in the Registrar's Office in the afternoon. Students having birthdays during the summer can also pick up their certificates early if they are eligible. The final deadline to apply for these certificates is Wednesday, May 19, 2004. Bring $2 for the notary fee.

***Students planning to participate in Grady athletics next fall need to have the new medical form completed over the summer by their own physician if they did not have a sports physical at the school in April or May. The athletic medical form may be obtained from their Coach or Coach Slade before the last day of school.

***Grady Band Performances in May:
May 6 11:00 a.m. Underground Atlanta
May 6 7:00 p.m. Grady PTSA (date may be changed)
May 11 11:30 a.m. Centennial Olympic Park
May 13 9:00 a.m. Mary Lin Elementary
May 13 7:00 p.m. Grady spring concert
May 16 8:30 a.m. Visions of the Future
May 20 6:30 p.m. Honors Night - jazz band
May 24 time TBA Graduation Rehearsal - Civic Center
May 25 4:30 p.m. Graduation - Civic Center

***Lisa Willoughby, debate team coach at Grady High, has been chosen the 2004 Georgia Debate Coach of the Year by the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association.  Congrats to Ms. Willoughby, we are so lucky to have her at GHS!

***The Health Occupations Students of America is sponsoring their annual Health Fair at Grady High School May 14th!! The Health Fair if from 9:00 am until noon. Vendors from the community are welcome! If you know of anyone interested in participating in the health fair, please have them call Sandra Ukah at (404) 2490 7401. We have a neighborhood chiropractor that has already committed to coming to the health fair.

***The Grady "Grey Knights" Athletic Banquet for
the 2003-2004
school year has been schedule for Friday May 14, 2004 from 6:00pm until 9:00pm at the Holiday Inn Select located at 130 Clairmont Ave in Downtown Decatur. For directions (404) 371-0204. Tickets for Athletes are FREE but they must make a reservation and secure a ticket to attend. Parents and other tickets for guest are $16.00 each. Athletes that are not attending must make it known also. They need to give a count. If reservations are not made there will not be enough food to go around. Tickets will be available in the main office, from Mrs. Mc New on the following dates: April 23, 28, 30, May 5, 6, 7, 10, 11. Tickets are CASH

***We need Junior parents to help with " Visions of the Future " on May 16th at 9:00am. Robin Zamarripa and Peg Munro have planned, purchased and coordinated the  refreshments and now need help setting up, serving and cleaning.  If you can help in any of these areas that morning, please call Terry Ozell   404 876 7159.

***Interested in hosting an exchange student for next school year? American Field Service is now looking for families who would like to host for 2004-05. Questions or more info,  call Terry Ozell 404 876 7159

***End of Course Testing and Advanced Placement Testing dates are the the bottom of this e-mail.

**** Have your visited the Grady web-site recently?
Go to www.gradyhighschool.org

Calendar **************************

Friday, May 14

  • Exams - Seniors only. Periods 1 and 5
  • 9:00 a.m. AP Spanish Literature
  • Health Fair by The Health Career Academy
  • "Visions of the Future" Rehearsal
  • Boys Varsity Track State Meet, Albany, GA, All day
  • 6:00pm Grady "Grey Knights" Athletic Banquet for
    the 2003-2004. @ Holiday Inn Select located at 130
    Clairmont Ave in Downtown Decatur.

Saturday, May 15

  • Boys Varsity Track State Meet, Albany, GA, All day

Sunday, May 16

  • Visions of the Future at 9:00am. @Theater

Monday, May 17

  • Exams - Grades 9-12. Periods 2, 4, 5 (12th grade only), and 6

Tuesday, May 18

  • Exams -  Grades 9-12. Periods 3 and 7

Wednesday, May 19

  • Exams -  Grades 9-11. Periods 1 and 5.

Thursday, May 20

  • 7am to 7pm Elections for the Local School Council
  • Students will report to all seven class periods. Class periods will be shortened. Grady Fest 2:00-3:30.
  • 8:30 a.m. Senior Re-Exams/Graduation Practice (Theatre) Caps and gowns, graduation tickets handed out to seniors (1' each; additional tickets distributed based on request and availability.
  • 2:00-3:30 Grady Fest
  • 6:30 p.m. Jazz Band performance (Theater
  • 7:00 p.m. Honors Night, (Theater)

Friday, May 21

  • Last day of school. Students will report to all seven class periods, beginning with second period. First period will meet at the end of the day for a Creative Exploratory class with the first period teacher.
  • 8:30 a.m. Graduation practice (Theatre)

Saturday, May 22

Sunday, May 23

Monday, May 24

  • 9:30 a.m. Seniors report to the Civic Center; Students must be in full graduation attire (cap, gown, shoes, shirt, tie) for this dress rehearsal. Practice 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Teacher post planning

Tuesday, May 25

  • 4:15 p.m. Seniors report to the Civic Center; Full graduation attire
  • 5:30 p.m. Commencement Service at the Civic Center
  • Teacher post planning

Wednesday, May 26

  • Teacher post planning

Friday, May 28

  • Report cards

2004 - 2005 School Year

Tuesday, August 3

  • Teachers report

Thursday, August 5

  • 9-11 a.m. Magnet Orientation for rising 9th graders and new 10th graders @Theater   Magnet students must
    attend, parents welcome.

Friday, August 6

  • 9-11 a.m. Grady Orientation for all rising 9th graders and new students to Grady @Theater,  , parents welcome.

Monday, August 9

  • School starts for 2004 - 2005

Terry Kearns


  • Sun., May 16th Visions of the Future (Theater)
  • Mon., May 17th Senior Exams
  • Tues., May 18th Senior Exams
  • Wed., May 19th Senior Exams
  • Thurs.,May 20' 8:30 a.m. Senior Re-Exams/Graduation Practice (Theatre) Caps and gowns, graduation tickets handed out to seniors (1' each; additional tickets distributed based on request and availability. "Activity"
  • Thurs.,May 20 7:00 p.m. Honors Night, (Theatre)
  • Fri., May 21St 8:30 a.m. Graduation practice (Theatre)
  • Mon., May 24th 9:30 a.m. Seniors report to the Civic Center; Students must be in full graduation attire (cap, gown, shoes, shirt, tie) for this dress
    rehearsal. Practice 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • May 25th 4:15 p.m. Seniors report to the Civic Center; Full graduation attire
  • Commencement Service 5:30 p.m


--Mar 3 APS - Lakewood, 5:00
--Mar 16 APS - Lakewood, 5:00
--Mar 20 Morrow Invitational, All day
--Mar 23 APS - Lakewood, 5:00
--Mar 30-Apr 1 - Atlanta Track Classic, Lakewood, 5:00 each day
--Apr 3 - Rome Relays, All day
--Apr 13 APS - Lakewood, 5:00
--Apr 22 APS - Lakewood, 5:00
--Apr 27,28 - Region 5AA championships - Lakewood, 4:00 (Girls)
--May 3,4 - Region 5AA - Lakewood (boys)
--May 6-8 State Meet, Albany, GA, All day (girls)
--May 13-15 State Meet, Jefferson, GA (boys)

Applications are now being accepted for the following summer educational programs:

  • FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY SUMMER MUSIC CAMPS - See www.music.fsu.edu for information and audition forms; click on "Our Community" then "Summer Camps."
  • BROWN UNIVERSITY Pre-College Summer Programs. Visit www.brown.edu/summer for information and applications.
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visit www.usc.edu/summer.

***Other test dates include AP and REP tests, as previously scheduled. As a reminder, they are listed below:

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