2/19/19 ABSS kicks off week of high school registration fairs

Taking the next step
Southern Alamance counselor Kim Davis helps rising freshman Madison Howell and her mother, Melanie Howell, register for classes on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Southern Alamance High School in Graham.

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Southern Alamance counselor Kim Davis helps rising freshman Madison Howell and her mother, Melanie Howell, register for classes on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Southern Alamance High School in Graham.

ABSS kicks off week of high school registration fairs
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 2/19/19     
Reprinted with permission.  

Students and parents learn about course options at the registration fair on Monday at Southern Alamance High School in Graham.  

Students and parents learn about course options at the registration fair on Monday at Southern Alamance High School in Graham.

 

GRAHAM — The Alamance-Burlington School System has a lot to offer, but getting the word out can be challenging.

Southern Alamance High School kicked off a week of registration fairs for rising ninth- through 12th-graders Monday, Feb. 18 — part of a new initiative to expose students to the myriad programs, courses and clubs available to them at all six high schools.

Braxton Faulkner and Addison Duncan, president and vice president of the SAHS junior class, spoke to interested students about the prom-planning process. This year’s theme is “memories” and will be like “a big goingaway party” for the seniors, Faulkner said.

The pair also aimed to erase the stigma associated with the group.

“In high school, it’s OK to do Student Council,” Duncan said. “It’s not something that’s like, ‘Oh, only the weird kids do student council.’ We’re just trying to get people interested so that when they’re in their freshman year they think, ‘Oh, I want to sign up for this.’”

Darrell Thomas had his own mission: getting students to leave their home schools to attend free classes at the Career and Technical Education Center, where he’s been principal for the last four-anda-half years.

Career and Technical Education Center principal Darrell Thomas talks with Alex Lyall and his grandmother, Carolyn Gunter, about options for attending his school on Monday at Southern Alamance High School in Graham.  

Career and Technical Education Center principal Darrell Thomas talks with Alex Lyall and his grandmother, Carolyn Gunter, about options for attending his school on Monday at Southern Alamance High School in Graham.

 

CTEC is an extension of all six high schools that offers courses in subjects like cooking, engineering, automotive and game art design. Students are, for free, from their home high schools to the center on Buckingham Road in Burlington to take classes before being transported back to their home schools to be taken home.

Though many are reluctant to take that extra step, Thomas said once they do, it’s often the best part of their days.

“There are so many opportunities for kids in this district beyond the traditional school, yet they still belong at their home school,” he said.

Chief Secondary Officer Revonda Johnson said they’ve found many parents have no idea CTEC exists.

That’s one reason why the district wanted to hold fairs at each high school: to give parents the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about programs that could give their children a boost in college or beyond.

But this year is also about high schoolers taking ownership of their own schedules. For the first time, students are able to register for courses online, rather than using paper and pencil with their counselor.

“One of the things that we’re trying to do is to prepare kids for life after high school,” Johnson said. “As you know, when you go to college you have to register for your own classes, and what we’re finding is a lot of our kids didn’t even know how to do that. They’re so used to sitting down and their counselor just doing it with them.”

Online registration closes March 3. After that, counselors will continue meeting with students.

Registration fairs will continue — at two high schools each night — from Tuesday, Feb. 19, to Thursday, Feb. 21. Find out more by visiting https://www.abss.k12.nc.us/ and clicking the link under “Registration Fair 2019” in the left column.