Madras Messenger

May 16, 2016

Upcoming Dates and Events

Madras Calendar


Please bookmark this link on your computer, tablet, and/or phone until we can get everyone subscribed to our school's Google calendar. It will give you the most current information as we receive it, including any changes.

Coweta County Curriculum Site

CCSS Curriculum


This district site includes curriculum maps, standards, and resources for teachers. Professional development forms and dates for future professional learning opportunities are also available.

Weekly Supervision

Connections Lunch Rotation (5/16)

Wagner, Mrs. Goodman, Holland, Hathcock


Connections Lunch Rotation (5/23)

Randolph, Ledford, Strickland, Mr. Goodman


Late Bus Supervision (Week of 5/16)

P Sykes, Ballard, Johnstone, Clarke, Knight, Andrews (P Sykes coordinates)


Late Bus Supervision (Week of 5/23)

Chafin, Mitchell, Farmer, Rogers, Hayes, Shulha (Chafin coordinates)

Dear Parents and Students:


The Coweta County School System will offer its annual Summer School program for middle school students during the month of June. The classes, held Monday through Friday, will take place at the Central Educational Center from June 3rd – June 29th, 2016.


Parents and students are encouraged to discuss summer school enrollment with their counselors. Only those students with complete application packets will be allowed to enroll for courses. All times, rules, and deadlines, with regards to registration, will be upheld and are final. Registration materials will be available at each middle school the 1st week of May 2016, or you can download directly. Completed registration packets are to be returned to Summer School administration, not your student’s base school counseling department. Registration will take place at each site as follows:


  • May 24th, 4-7 p.m. at Northgate High School
  • May 31, 9-3 at the Central Education Center


If you have any questions about course offerings or your student’s academic plan, please contact your counselor. If you have any questions about Summer School details, registration, or logistics please e-mail monica.nelson@cowetaschools.net

Battle of the Books 2016

The new list for the Battle of the Books Competition has been set for students who want to get a jump start on this fall's competition. Check out these great selections:


  • Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Voyage of the Frog, by Gary Paulsen
  • Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpoole
  • Farm Boy, by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford
  • Absolutely Normal Chaos, by Sharon Creech
  • The Boy Who Dared, by Susan Bartoletti
  • Pay It Forward, Young Reader’s Edition, by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt
  • How to Speak to Dolphins, by Ginny Rorby

Eagles' Odds, Ends, and Reminders

  • Survey: Please take the end of the year survey to give us input for next year.
  • Spanish I and American Government Civics Letter for 7th Grade Parents
  • Final Advisement Dates: (5/16 - Homeroom Advisement/Eagle Pride; 5/23 - Homeroom Advisement for yearbook distribution; 5/27 - Small group advisement)
  • Electronic Announcements: Please bookmark this link and type in your announcements before the morning or afternoon announcements. We will read them straight from the form each day.
  • Computer Lab Key: If you are going to be in the computer lab on the main hallway, please pick up a key from Krissy in the front office before you begin your day and return it when you leave the computer lab. Make sure to lock it before you leave. If we have a Code Yellow or Code Red which would require you to lock down the room, you will have a way to make sure the class is secure. Let Mrs. Johnson know if you have questions.
  • Code Yellow/Red Practice: Please make sure to consistently practice Code Drills with students (including, red, yellow, blue, fire, tornado). Our goal is to review and practice with students monthly between drills.
  • Late Bus Supervision: If you are responsible for coordinating late bus supervision during your assigned week, please plan ahead and make sure everyone on your supervision team knows the day he/she is responsible for and choose a location for students. Most days we will not need anyone for a late bus, but we do have occasional times when there is no driver and students are on a second load. The front office will call the coordinator as soon as the school is contacted about the late bus, and will alert the leader. Please let Johanna or Heather know where the students should report. Teachers can tag team or take individual days. Again, most days it's not needed.

End of Year Reminders for Students

  • Students should bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to their homeroom teacher if they'd like their child's final report card mailed home. Reports cards not mailed may be picked up in our front office beginning summer office hours on June 3rd. (HR teachers should keep these in a folder as they're turned in.)
  • Make sure to pay all outstanding lunch account balances.
  • Return all library books and text books (and pay any fines if applicable).
  • Pick up any medication left in our school's clinic. Any medication left after May 27th will be destroyed.
  • If a student is missing an item, please make sure he/she checks the school's lost and found before the last day of school. Items will be donated to charity after June 3rd.
  • Any lost or collected valuables, including electronics, are locked in the school's vault and should be picked up by May 27th.

Spring Band Concert

Join us for the last concert the year as our band showcases its hard work and growth. Admission is free, and performances will be held at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.



  • Spring Band Concert, Monday, May 16th, 6:30 p.m.; Centre for Performing and Visual Arts

2016 Honors Programs

End-of-the-year Honors Programs recognizing academics, athletics, fine arts, and character/citizenship will be held in May in the Madras gym. Students who will be receiving awards will receive parent invitations before the program. The dates are as follows:



  • Sixth Grade Honors Program (Recipients will receive invitations.), Thursday, May 19th, 9:00 a.m., Madras Gym
  • Seventh Grade Honors Program (Recipients will receive invitations.), Thursday, May 19th, 2:15 p.m., Madras Gym
  • Eighth Grade Honors Program (Recipients will receive invitations.), Friday, May 20th, 1:30 p.m., Madras Gym

2016 May Menus for Breakfast and Lunch

May menus are manager's choice and may vary from school to school. Madras's menus are posted on the school's website and can be found at the links below:



Meals may not be charged after May 2nd. (See letter.)

A Look Ahead ...

Mon, May 16

  • Spring Band Concert, CPVA
  • Homeroom Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards, 8:30 a.m., media center

Tues, May 17

  • Herbert Betts's Birthday
  • Pep Squad Tryouts, 3:30-5:00
  • Grade Level Meetings (choose a time: 9:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:55)

Weds, May 18

  • Erin Walton's Birthday
  • School Improvement Team Meeting, 3:45
  • Pep Squad Tryouts, 3:30-5:00

Thurs, May 19

  • Coding Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Pep Squad Tryouts, 3:30-5:00
  • 6th Grade Honors, 9:00 am, MMS Gym
  • 7th grade Honors, 2:15 pm, MMS Gym

Fri, May 20

  • 8th Grade Honors, 1:30 pm, MMS Gym
  • Pep Squad Tryouts, 3:30-5:00

Sat, May 21

  • 8th Grade Semiformal, 6:30-9:00, MMS Gym

Sun, May 22

  • Tracey Pitts's Birthday

Mon, May 23

  • Homeroom Advisement (Yearbook Distribution)

Tues, May 24

  • Exams
  • Primary Elections (Voting in media center)
  • Pep Squad Uniform Fitting, 5:00 pm

Weds, May 25

  • Exams

Thurs, May 26

  • Exams
  • Sheila Chaves's Birthday
  • NGHS Graduation

Fri, May 27

  • Small Group Advisement
  • Last Day of School
  • NHS Graduation

PBIS Information

Follow the PBIS link below for a comprehensive page of Positive Behavior Support information including things you'll need to review before our school's walk-through. The visiting team had to cancel, so we are uncertain of which day they will come to Madras. Please continue to review the expectations with your students along with the questions.

Remember Our Goal: Connect with Five Students Daily

Connect with 5 students (include staff too) who add value by being in your life. Let them know how they make a positive difference in this world. Get to know their stories. Any random act of kindness goes a long way and makes an immediate impact. Kindness is contagious. By modeling this daily, we will begin to see a culture shift with our students. Exiting year to be an EAGLE. Together we're going to do great things!


“Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.”


—Kevin Heath (CEO More4kids)

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  • Herb Betts - 5/17
  • Erin Walton - 5/18
  • Tracey Pitts - 5/22
  • Sheila Chaves - 5/26
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Upcoming Coweta County Course Offerings (May)

Upcoming West Georgia RESA Course Offerings

6/3/2016 Makerspace Camp for Teachers

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $65 Non-RESA Fee: $90 Max. Size: 60

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - School Improvement


6/6/2016 TKES 1, 3, 4, 7, 8: Essentials of Effective Teaching

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 7 PLUs Tuition: $1,000 Non-RESA Fee: $1,000 Max. Size: 30

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement


6/13/2016 TKES 1, 8: Characteristics of the Gifted Student

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 5 PLUs Tuition: $275 Non-RESA Fee: $375 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Endorsement - Gifted


6/15/2016 TKES Training & Credentialing

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $0 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - Evaluation Training / Courses - School Improvement


6/17/2016 LKES Training & Credentialing

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $0 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - Evaluation Training / Courses - School Improvement


6/20/2016 Andy Plemmons: Summer Camp for Media Specialists

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $65 Non-RESA Fee: $85 Max. Size: 50


6/21/2016 Elementary STEM Camp For Teachers: STEMulate Your Classroom

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUS Tuition: $100 Non-RESA Fee: $150 Max. Size: 60

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - Math / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology


7/6/2016 TKES 1, 4, 5: Assessment in Teaching Gifted

12:00 AM in Carrollton Credits: 5 PLUs Tuition: $275 Non-RESA Fee: $375 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Endorsement - Gifted


7/20/2016 TKES 1, 3: Picture-Perfect Science Workshop

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $329 Non-RESA Fee: $329 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - Science / Courses - School Improvement


7/25/2016 GPB 8th Grade Georgia History Digital Textbook Training

8:30 AM in Grantville Credits: 0 PLUs Tuition: $15 Non-RESA Fee: $15 Max. Size: 40

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement


3/25/2016 TKES 1, 2: Curriculum and Program Development for Gifted

12:00 AM in Carrollton Credits: 5 PLUs Tuition: $275 Non-RESA Fee: $375 Max. Size: 25

Subject(s): Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Endorsement - Gifted


9/15/2016 Instructional Technology Conference (TKES 1, 3, 8:)

8:00 AM in Columbus Credits: 1 PLU Tuition: $99 Non-RESA Fee: $129 Max. Size: 500

Subject(s): Courses - STEM / Courses - School Improvement / Courses - Technology



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Professional Learning Opportunities