Eagles' Notes

Madras News 9/28/15; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Volleyball and Football Games This Week

Volleyball:


  • Monday, 9/28 at 5:30 pm at Lee Middle School. Our Lady Eagles will play the Evans Cougars for the 2015 County Championship. Please support our team by helping us pack the stands!


Football:


  • Tuesday, 9/15 at 5:00, at Home vs Arnall Middle School (weather permitting). This is the last regular season home game of the year. (Tailgating prior to game) Cost of admission is $5.00, and concessions will be sold. Parents should pick up students behind the school no later than 6:30 p .m.

Be a Box Top Hero!

From the Madras PTSO: Calling all students, parents, grandparents, and neighbors! We're ramping up this year's Box Top Drive, and we need your help!


Collecting box tops is easy and painless to participate. Simply submit your box tops to your student's homeroom class in a Ziploc bag. Don't forget to write the homeroom teacher's name on it. The homeroom class with the highest percentage of box tops will win a class breakfast, compliments of PTSO!


You can keep track of your child's progress on the Box Tops website by signing up and selecting our school: http://www.boxtops4education.com/ You can also find great coupons and contests there too. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 this year. Remember, Box Tops = cash for instructional supplies. Please help us reach or even exceed our goal by saving and submitting your Box Tops.


If you have questions, please contact box top chair, Stacie Hankinson at stacyhankinson@gmail.com

Madras Eagles Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Madras Eagles Boys' and Girls' Soccer Teams will be held on October 12th. (Time to be announced later.) Any interested seventh or eighth grade student can pick up the athletic packet from the front office, including physical. (This can also be downloaded from our website here.) To be eligible for tryouts, all paperwork should be completed and submitted back to the front office no later than Friday, October 9th. Girls' Coach: Coach Isaac Strickland; Boys' Coach: Coach Chad Haselwood

Battle of the Books Has Begun!

Our annual literacy competition, Battle of the Books has officially started! Students may sign up to participate on a team during language arts classes and should begin reading from the book list which can be found in the media center, in language classes, or on our website HERE. Books are available in the Madras media center, public libraries, and local book stores. The first round of competition begins Monday, November 9th. Stay tuned for updates!


More About the Competition

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for all Madras students in grades 6-8. The purpose is to simply encourage students to read good books and have fun while reading. Students read selected books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they've read. The competitions are similar in style to the TV series Family Feud. Competing teams of 4 to 5 students are alternately asked questions about the reading selections from a given list of books (See link below.) Points are scored for correct answers, and the team with the most points after 3 rounds advances to the next level of playoffs. Awards will be given for each grade level winner, and there will be a battle for the Madras Grand Champion between 6th, 7th, and 8th grade winners in a 3-way competition. Teams will be chosen in September and will meet to divide up the book list. Books will be available in the media center but can also be borrowed from the public library or purchased at local book stores. Students can begin reading the books any time. We hope that this will inspire your leisure reading, and we look forward to the new school year as we begin the Battle of the Books!

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Madras Eagles Mathematical Puzzle Challenge Team Travels to Auburn University to Compete in This Year's Competition.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Eagle Scientists at Work

Students in Ms. Adcock's Class (8th) use the Scientific Method to lift a ping pong ball from a beaker without touching it or moving it. Endless solutions!

Congratulations to Madras Health Teacher, Coach Debra Harris, on Her Retirement. We'll Miss You, Coach!

Eagles Represent at the West GA RESA Instructional Technology Conference in Columbus.

Eagle Athletics

Madras Eagles Know "Writing Matters"

Math Moments

Fall Pep Rally Celebrates Students' Academic and Athletic Accomplishments. Way to go , Eagles!

Around Campus

Upcoming Weeks at a Glance

Monday, September 28

  • Club Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards, 8:30, Media Center
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Madras vs. Evans: Volleyball Championship at LMS, 5:30 p.m.
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • School Council Training, 4 pm and 5 pm

Tuesday, September 29

  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Football: AMS at Madras, 5 p.m.
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Parent Volunteer Training, 8:30, MMS Media Center
  • Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • School Council Training, 5 pm, CPVA
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
Thursday, October 1
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
Friday, October 2
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30
  • Custodial Workers' Day
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30

Monday, October 5

  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Pet Lovers Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30

Tuesday, October 6

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Football: First Round Playoffs, 5 p.m.
  • Nine Weeks Exams

Wednesday, October 7

  • Nine Weeks Exams

Thursday, October 8

  • Nine Weeks Exams

Friday, October 9

  • Teacher Workday; Student Holiday

Monday, October 12

  • Holiday; Schools Closed

Tuesday, October 13

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • CCSS Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 14

  • Football: Semifinals, 5 p.m.
  • Drama Club, 3:30-4:45
Thursday, October 15

  • Deadline for Submitting Jr. Beta Conference Fees
  • CHEESECAKE FUNDRAISER BEGINS- ALL MUSIC PROGRAMS
Friday, October 16

  • Superintendent's Advisory Council, MMS, 2:30
  • Northgate High School Homecoming
  • Boss's Day
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30
  • Newnan High Homecoming
Monday, October 19

  • School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • Homeroom Advisement, Team Awards
  • Report Cards Issued
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • School Bus Safety Week

Tuesday, October 20

  • Junior Beta club Meeting, 3:30-4:15
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Football Championship, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21

Thursday, October 22

  • Read for the Record
Friday, October 23

Saturday, October 24
  • ACT at East Coweta HS, Newnan HS, and Northgate HS
Monday, October 26
  • Homeroom Advisement: Red Ribbon Week
  • Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 27

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Soccer vs. SRMS Girls (H); Boys (A), 4:30 p.m.
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am

Wednesday, October 28

  • Band Field Trip
Thursday, October 29
  • 7th Grade Vision Screening
  • COMPASS Testing CEC
  • Soccer vs. ECMS Girls (A); Boys (H), 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 30
  • CHEESECAKE FUNDRAISER- ALL MUSIC PROGRAMS
  • VFW Writing Competition Deadline
  • Newnan vs. ECHS Football Game
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Parents' Guide to Social and Emotional Intelligence (From Parent Toolkit)

Please visit the site, Parent Toolkit, for helpful tools and tips at each developmental stage of a child's life at: http://www.parenttoolkit.com


Social and emotional intelligence involves understanding your feelings and behaviors, as well as those of others, and applying this knowledge to your interactions and relationships. The term “emotional intelligence” was coined in 1990 by Peter Salovey of Yale University and John D. Mayer of the University of New Hampshire. The concept was popularized in 1995 by Daniel Goleman, author and co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The concepts highlighted in the Parent Toolkit are based on CASEL’s five interrelated sets of competencies.


  • Self-awareness is knowing yourself. It’s about knowing your emotions, strengths and challenges, and how your emotions affect your behavior.

  • Self-management is knowing how to control your behaviors and moods, and setting and working toward goals.

  • Social awareness is the ability to understand and respect the perspectives of others, and to apply this knowledge to interactions with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Having good relationship skills involves knowing how to establish and keep rewarding and positive relationships with friends, family and others from a wide range of backgrounds.

  • Responsible decision-making involves identifying the impact of your choices on yourself and others, and using empathy, relationship skills and self- and social awareness to make decisions.


Unlike IQ, social and emotional intelligence can be enhanced at any age through thinking about these competencies and putting them into practice. You are your child’s greatest influence, no matter how young or old your child is. In order to help your child’s social and emotional development, you can model the skills you would like to see. Many social and emotional skills are developed over time, and some adults are stronger in this area than others, as is the case with children. We offer examples below as a guide to help you continue to be a strong positive influence on your child’s social and emotional growth, and to reflect on your own skills in the process.

Visit our Parents' Guide Checklist to see how you did today.


Self-Awareness

Accurately identifying your emotions and the causes for them, as well as your strengths and challenges, is being self-aware. Self-awareness is important because when you know yourself and understand your own tendencies you are better-able to manage and express your emotions, form and sustain positive relationships, and make more responsible decisions. Self-awareness helps you make choices that are right for you, from what job you’d like to have to how you react in a stressful situation.


Morning routine
Take time to check in with yourself and your mood. Look at yourself in the mirror while you get ready in the morning and reflect on your expression. Think about how often you appear happy, and how your expressions impact your interactions with your child and others. You can also do a mood check, and ask yourself, “What is going on with me today? What am I grateful for? How do I want my day to go?” Remember that you want to teach your child about the positive nature of self-awareness, and if she sees you smiling and happy to engage in this learning experience, you are setting a good example for her to follow. At times, simply smiling can change your mood, and smiles are contagious. If you try to smile at your children in the morning, it can help everyone have a positive start to their day.


Self-Management

Self-management is the ability to control emotions and the behaviors sparked by those emotions. It also involves being able to set and work toward goals. If you can accurately identify your feelings and how they influence your actions, you will be better-able to act on those feelings. Being able to take a moment to breathe and calm down when you’re angry instead of yelling and fighting is what self-management looks like in daily practice. Perseverance and resilience are part of self-management because they help you overcome challenges to pursue goals. An example of perseverance could be simply working on a recipe multiple times until it comes out just right, while resilience can involve overcoming financial obstacles to pursue a goal, like taking on an additional job to pick up extra money to go back to school. Everybody has both positive and negative emotions, and the key to self-management is knowing how to regulate and cope with those feelings.


Throughout the day
Take a moment to deal with stress. The responsibilities of caring for children and juggling a variety of other daily tasks can become stressful for any parent. One of the first steps to managing feelings of stress is identifying what causes those feelings. Susan Rivers, Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, suggests taking a moment to reflect on your emotions. You may also want to use this moment to take a deep breath, redirect your negative emotions, and identify what makes you feel empowered and what causes you to get stressed or engage in bad behavior. You can choose to do this when you are feeling stressed or you can do it regularly during your day Begin by asking yourself, “How can I control my emotions so that I can set the best example for my child?” For instance, if your child didn’t pick up his room after you told him to, instead of getting frustrated, you may want to take a moment to calm yourself, and then explain why you are upset. You can say, “I don’t like it when the room is not clean because your baby sister might put things in her mouth. Why don’t we pick up your toys together?” By finding ways to cope with your emotions, you will be showing your child how to calm himself, deal with stress and manage his emotions.


Social awareness

Social awareness involves having a strong sense of empathy -- or the ability to understand and respect the perspective of others -- and applying it to social interactions with people from diverse backgrounds. A person with strong social awareness is able to recognize the emotions of others, and use this knowledge and understanding to be responsive to their needs. A long-term study conducted at the University of California at Berkeley found that social and emotional abilities were four times more important than IQ in determining professional success and prestige. In order to teach your child to understand and embrace the difference perspectives of others, it’s helpful to ask yourself, "How socially aware am I?"


After school
Think about your own social skills. While commuting home after work or school, take time to reflect on how you approach different social interactions in your life. You can do this by thinking about your day and trying to see certain situations from the perspective of others. For example, if you had a meeting at work and someone disagreed with you, did you pay attention to their feedback and accept their constructive criticism? Or did you become defensive and upset? If the latter is the case, think about other ways you could react more positively. It may also help if you think about the positive attributes and contributions of others. Understanding and addressing others’ concerns is essential to social awareness, and coaching yourself can help you learn how to be more diplomatic in your interactions. This is especially true for any interactions that you have with your child. Ask yourself, “How are my reactions and responses affecting my child? Am I providing him with an example of good social behavior? Am I fostering his self-esteem and providing him with positive support and encouragement? How do I react when he questions me or wants to talk about his concerns?” Remember that your child is looking to you as an example. Taking a moment to consider how you interact with him and others is an important part of nurturing his social skills.


Relationship skills

Good relationship skills -- which allow one to interact in meaningful and productive ways with others and to maintain healthy relationships with diverse individuals and groups -- can help contribute to a person’s overall success. It involves communicating effectively with others in a friendly way and being able to work as part of a team. If you are able to foster trust and respect with others, and you are skilled at negotiating and effectively resolving conflicts, disagreements and disputes, you have strong relationship skills. With the ever-expanding exposure to different cultures and people in today’s always-connected world, building relationship skills can have a positive effect on your personal and professional life. Research suggests that those with strong emotional and social intelligence are more likely to contribute to a positive work environment.


Dinner time
Dinner time offers a good opportunity to think about your relationship skills. Take a moment while setting the table, preparing dinner or washing dishes to think about the people and situations you encountered that day. Think about your role and behavior in those relationships. Do you listen actively to your child’s concerns? Did you keep your promise to your mother to take her to the doctor’s office? Did you follow through when your teenager broke your rules? Can your family members trust you when you say you’re going to do something? By asking yourself these questions, and evaluating your relationship strengths and challenges, you will be gaining a sense of social understanding that can help you be the best role model for your family. Another way to model positive relationship skills is to try to have meals together as often as possible and to use this time to talk to one another and nurture your relationship as a family. Research has found that teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to be emotionally content, work hard at school, and have high-quality relationships with their parents. Knowing that your family table is a safe place to talk about the good and the bad can nurture your relationship with your child, and it can provide her with an example of what a positive and strong relationship look like.


Responsible Decision-Making

The ability to make responsible decisions involves identifying and managing emotions, as well as utilizing social awareness and relationship skills. This requires the combination of character, empathy and behavior, and taking responsibility for your actions, behaviors and words. Modeling responsible decision-making can take many forms. Did you put off a vacation to save for a needed appliance? Do you think of other family members when deciding what to do for holidays? Do you take responsibility for your actions? Can others hold you accountable without your becoming defensive, angry, or withdrawn? If the answer to these questions is yes, you’re showing responsible decision-making. You can support your child’s growing ability to make responsible decisions by evaluating your own decision-making strategies and abilities so that he can follow your example and be better-equipped to make good decisions.


Bed time
Think about your decision-making strategies. After a long day, it may be challenging to think about the way you make choices, but it’s important to do so in order to consciously model the behavior for your child. Bedtime is a good opportunity to analyze your decisions of the day, and think about how you reached your conclusions. You may also want to think about important choices you made in the past that involved your child or your family members, and break down the steps that you took to reach that decision. How did you come to those decisions? Did you write a pros and cons list? How did this decision affect you and others? What did you base your decision on? Did you make responsible choices? Talk through your decision-making strategies with your child to show him that everyone has a process when making decisions. Even if you aren’t sure why you decided to do something, talk about that as well. If you share with your child, you show him he’s not alone in struggling with decisions or making choices he can’t quite explain.

Office Reminders

Lost and Found: All lost valuables (electronics, money, jewelry, keys) are locked in the front office vault. All other lost and found items are kept on a shelf in the lost and found room inside the computer lab across from the cafeteria. Students may check the lost and found areas during homeroom or with a pass from their teacher.


Transportation Notes: If a student needs to ride a bus other than the assigned bus, the student must bring a note from the parent/guardian with a telephone number for verification. Transportation notes will be accepted in the form of a written letter, an e-mail, or by fax and must be received prior to 3:00 p.m.


Arrival and Dismissal: No student should arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. Students arriving before 8:00 a.m. will report to the cafeteria or gym until they are told to report to homeroom at 8:00 a.m. Students who are not bus riders are encouraged to report to school after 8:00 a.m. and report directly to their homerooms. Students may not remain at school after scheduled dismissal time unless they have prior approval from a staff member who will supervise them or they are a member of a club, athletic team, etc. sponsored by the school. Supervision will only be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.


Dropping off Lunches or Medication: If a student forgets a lunch at home, parents may drop it off at the front office, and students will be called to pick up their lunch at the beginning of their scheduled lunch time. If a student needs medication, it can be dropped off at any time for the school nurse.


Dropping off Other Items:

Any other item dropped off for students during the school day may be picked up after school. Instruction will not be interrupted for students to pick up items during class. This includes forgotten homework, shoes for PE, projects, etc. Students are responsible for bringing needed materials to class daily. If these items are brought to school during the day, we are happy to make an announcement at the end of the day for your child to pick them up in the front office.


Phone Use: Students are permitted to use a phone in the front office during school hours for emergencies or for illness. Calling home for homework, a school project, or to make arrangements to attend an after school event that wasn't previously arranged ties up phone lines and is not permitted. Students may call home if:


  1. There is a transportation issue,
  2. Lunch or lunch money is needed,
  3. Equipment is needed for after school athletics or activity.
  4. There is a dress code issue.
  5. The student is sick (must call from the clinic under the nurse's supervision).


We appreciate your help in keeping interruptions to a minimum.

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