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February Events Schedule
Feb. 9     Chick-Fil-A Night
Feb. 13   Popcorn Night
Feb. 14   Nothing Bundt Cakes
Feb. 15   Tacos and Taxes:  Moe's Night
Feb. 16   Pizza Night
Feb. 20   No School
Feb. 21   No School
Feb. 22   Sub Sandwich Night
Feb. 23   Ice Cream Night
Feb. 27   Dunkin' Donuts Night
Feb. 28   Varsity Truck Night
Mar. 1     Candy Cart

Upcoming Parent Events
February 15: Come learn with your student how to use the “Envelope System” to create a simple budget. Meet at 5:45 in the MECHS lunchroom.
March 2: Join your student to learn about Lanier Technical College programs and admission requirements. Students may complete an application with help from their admissions director. The application fee and required testing is $25. Meet at 5:30 in the lunchroom.
March 6: Parents, come hear important information about available college Financial Aid for your student. Meet at 5:30 in the lunchroom.
March 8: The financial aid director from the University of North Georgia will provide a hands-on workshop for parents to apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Bring your 2015 income tax return for confidential assistance. Meet at 5:30 in the Graduation Coach room.

Mountain Education Charter HS Testing Schedule

Jan. 7-Mar. 3    ACCESS for ELLs Test Administration
Feb. 20-23        EOC Spring Mid-Month
Mar. 20-23        EOC Spring Mid-Month
May 8-11          EOC Spring Main Administration
July 17-20         EOC Summer Main Administration

Important Academic Information for Parents Students at Mountain Education Charter High school must have 23 credits to graduate. On average, students that attend school each night from Monday through Thursday while working 4 hours per night can earn one credit in approximately one month. Graduation occurs when a student earns 23 credits in their respective “Plan of Study,” which is developed by the school and approved by parents. Ask about your student’s “Plan of Study” when you attend any of the parent meetings offered at school Students actually “graduate” the day that their respective plan of study is completed. However, they may then choose to take part in the graduation ceremony, which is scheduled in late May.
Buffalo's Cafe "Student of the Month"

Tyler Land was recently selected as the December "Buffalo's Café Student of the Month." The son of Debra and Gordon Land, Tyler, who resides in Canton, was chosen for the honor "because of his attitude, character, leadership, citizenship, academic performance, and attendance," explained MECHS Site Administrator Gary Morris. Pictured with the happy award recipient is Morris (far right) and MECHS Central Region Director Steve Bartlett.

Buffalo's Cafe is the sponsor of the "Student of the Month" program, which provides a gift certificate to each winner. In addition, the Student of the Month receives a $20 gas card.

Georgia First Lady Visits MECHS

Sandra Deal with a new graduate and MECHS staff

By: Richard Gill

Sandra Deal, the First Lady of Georgia and the wife of Governor Nathan Deal, visited Mountain Education Charter High School on Monday, October 17, by attending classes at the Forsyth site.  While there Mrs. Deal spoke with students and teachers in the respective classrooms to learn more about the unique process and culture that is evident in each MECHS learning community.

The First Lady was invited to the Mountain Education Charter High School system by Assistant Superintendent Tracy Sanford at a recent statewide educational event.  Sanford, who knew of Mrs. Deal’s goal of visiting each of the more than 200 public school districts in Georgia, extended the invitation and coordinated the visit.

Once on campus Forsyth MECHS Site Administrator Kim Barnes took over and hosted the event by escorting Mrs. Deal to the various classrooms while stimulating discussion between students and the First Lady.  “I like the structure that Mountain Ed provides,” explained a student in a science classroom.  “For me,” said a male student in a math class, “this school gives me more attention and I need that.  I moved from Ohio and have bounced around at different schools without finding success.  Here, I feel like the teachers care about me and look out for me.”

The First Lady herself was a former teacher and explained her background in one classroom.  “Shortly after Nathan and I were married I took a job as a third grade teacher and I realized that I needed to be with older students.  I then transferred to sixth grade, and most of my career in teaching was in middle school.  I really liked the middle school students.”

Mrs. Deal continued to disclose to the students that she gave up teaching as she began a family, but often volunteered at local schools to be near her children and “to learn more about the friends that they associated with.  This made gave me more understanding into my own children and their decisions.”

The visit culminated with a photo opportunity with several staff members and a gift presented to the First Lady by Sanford thanking her for her time at Mountain Education Charter High School.


Upcoming Parent Events
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An Academic, Individualized, Evening High School

Mountain Education Charter High School (MECHS) is a collaborative effort of Elbert, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White County School Systems. The MECHS collaborative organization also operates sites in Habersham and Stephens Counties. We are an academic, self-paced, individualized evening high school that serves students who are seeking a non-traditional school environment and who desire a Georgia high school diploma.

MECHS also serves students who need to make-up missed credit from their regular high school, enabling them to stay on academic track and graduate with their peers. 

MECHS is a year-round high school that offers all Georgia required curriculum courses as well as a variety of vocational courses and state-mandated testing. 

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