Titan Talk

April 27, 2018

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This Sunday is the Autism Speaks Walk!!

Join the Elkins Pointe Autism Speaks Walk Team! The walk is on Sunday, April 29. Registration begins at 8:00 am, but the walk starts at 9:30 am. Our EPMS Team Captian is Elizabeth Coté, Autism Teacher/STAR House Site Director. Click, "Join our team" or "Donate to a team member" http://act.autismspeaks.org/goto/EPMS

Upcoming Dates:

The Week Ahead...


April 29th - Registration at 8 AM & Walk starts @ 9:30 AM

Join Our Team or Donate by clicking on the link:


  • 4/28 - Pup Parade at Milton Library @ 11 am - Join EPMS Media Specialists & their pups!
  • 4/29 - Autism Walk from 8 am - 1 pm @ Atlantic Station
  • 4/29 - Band & Orchestra Trips Return!
  • 4/30 - PTSA General Mtg & Officer Election @ 8:30 am (Media Center)
  • 4/30 - BOTT T-shirt Orders Due
  • 4/30 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 4/30 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/2 - WEB Leader Applications Due. Click HERE to apply
  • 5/3 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/3 - Student Council Mtg @ 8 am (E-106)
  • 5/3 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 5/3 - PTSA Board Transition
  • 5/4 - College Swag Day
  • 5/4 - Interact Mtg @ 8 am (D-119)
  • 5/4 - 8th Grade Dance @ 7 pm - 9:30 pm (Atrium & Cafeteria)
  • 5/5 - Band, Orchestra, Chorus Six Flags Trip



April 29th - Registration at 8 AM & Walk starts @ 9:30 AM

Join Our Team or Donate by clicking on the link:



May 4th @ 7 pm - 9 PM

"A Night in Paris"


Volunteer to help the dance:

Help with Ticket Sales or Sign-Up for Food/Beverage Donations

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A Message From the Principal

Happy Friday Titans!

With only four more weeks of school left to go, we are on our way from fantastic to fabulous! This past week and every week going forward are packed with learning, processes, and events to keep up our momentum! We started strong and we are going to finish stronger!

At the beginning of the week, we hosted a poignant and unique event on Teen Anxiety and Depression. High School students, Chet Licata and Thomas Bowie, have started a teen movement called Project Golden Light to get the community talking about the very real pressures teens face. We were proud to host this event and I would like to thank our Counselor Will Jones, Social Worker Amy Cross, Summit Onsite therapist Mariah Dantzler, and Summit Counseling Director Cathy Murphy for supporting this very real and very important workshop. Thank you to Dr. Robert Licata, who also supports teen social and emotional health, for his generous donation to Elkins Pointe Middle School so we could continue to host onsite counseling.

We celebrated our wonderful administrative assistants this past Wednesday with a luncheon prepared by our Admin Team. It was important for us to show how grateful we are for all that our staff does up in the front office, throughout the building, and behind the scenes to keep our school together and moving. Thank you to Liby Roude, Ainara Sorozabal, Denise Lewis, Terri Dixon, Ellen Walsh, Lisa O’Hanlon Cowles, Koritza Rodriguez, Erin Crawford, Susan Foertsch, Jennifer Newman, Susan Rickson, Diana Guzman, and Claudia Balog.

Speaking of moving, we launched the 8th-grade FASTPASS Carpool at dismissal time. In opening a second carpool lane for 8th-grade, we have significantly reduced the wait time and the line for our 6th and 7th-grade parents. Parents must have a yellow FASTPASS tag to use the 8th-grade carpool; tags are issued via our Admin Team. Parents, please know that safety is always our first priority. To review the FASTPASS policies, please visit the Elkins Pointe website.

Next Friday, on May 4th, is our 8th Grade Dance! Thus, we begin our celebrations for our 8th-graders as they get ready to be promoted to high school. Parents, I would like to encourage you to have your son or daughter come to the 8th Grade Dance. If you are not familiar with this celebration, it is nothing short of magical. Our PTSA Dance Committee transforms the school into a "Night in Paris!"

On Sunday, April 29th, I invite you to join us in supporting the EPMS Autism Speaks Walk Team. Thank you to Ms. Liz Coté, Special Needs Autism Teacher, for stepping up to be our Team Captain. We are looking forward to seeing you at the walk this Sunday!


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S


Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

Google US

Goolgle "Smart, Happy, and Connected" and you will find Titans!

Congratulations to Ansley Rickson, Julian Ostertag, and Zen Merchant for being middle school representatives at the Google and PTA Family Digital workshop. Our Titans answer parent questions on digital safety.
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Project Golden Light...Teen Anxiety, Depression, and Pressures

Thank you to Supt. Jeff Rose for stopping by EPMS to meet the Project Golden Light team and sharing your words of encouragement. It meant everything to them and to us. #smarthappyconnected

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Pup Parade @ Milton Library - 4/28 @ 11 am

Want to meet the Media Specialist pups? Go to the Pup Parade and meet Sassy and LuLuBelle the precious pets of Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Rickson. Dogs and books are what our Media Specialists love the most!
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Order BOTT Shirts by Monday, April 30th

Battle of the Titans (BOTT)- Order Your Shirts for the Elkins Pointe Field Day!

  • What is BOTT? Battle of the Titans is the Elkins Pointe Field Day and EVERYBODY participates!
  • When is BOTT? May 21st for all grade levels
  • Where is BOTT? Gym and Track area
  • What's the Deal with the T-shirts? T-shirts for BOTT are Not mandatory but if you would like to purchase they are $10 and here's the order form. Please at least wear your Winn color......either blue, grey, white, or black!
  • Why should you send $$$ money with your child to BOTT? Kona Truck and Funnel cake vendors will return this year...These items are for sale!!


* See BOTT shirts below ....NOTE: PINK IS FOR STAFF ONLY!

If you have any questions about BOTT, please email Coach Glover!

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PTSA Election Meeting - 4/30

Please join us on Monday, April 30th at 8:30 AM in the Media Center in electing the Elkins Pointe PTSA Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 School Year.Here are the nominees:

  • Co-Presidents: Kristin Kelley and Kim Washburn
  • Secretary: Lindsay Lavin
  • Treasurer: Craig Rubin
  • Vice Presidents: VP-1 Mary Sternot Grants, VP-2 Gina Cook Academics, VP-3 Kristen Patterson Staff Support, VP-4 Allison Liguori Student Support, VP-5 Tracy Murhpy Family Engagement, VP-6 Meghan Fox Student Celebrations, VP-7 Kerry Kielb Membership, VP-8 Michelle Hicks Fundraising, VP-9 Katy Crane Communication, VP-10 Sarah Baker Financial Deposits, VP-11 Amie Dean Hospitality

Fulton County Model Water Tower Competition - Register by 4/30

Space is limited so call today to reserve a spot for your school! Schools will be admitted on a first come, first served basis and RSVPs must be in by Monday, April 30th. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Amy Warnock at (404) 612-8006 or email amy.warnock@fultoncountyga.gov
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WEB Leader Applications By 5/2

The WEB Team is looking for students who are interested in being a WEB leader next year! WEB leader applications are due: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018. Click HERE to apply to be an 8th-grade WEB Leader.

What is WEB?

The WEB Program is a program is a leadership development program for 8th-grade students. Throughout the year, our 8th-grade WEB students serve as mentors to our 6th-grade students who are experiencing a transition from elementary school to middle school. The WEB program helps to build connections among students in the school.

What do WEB Leaders do?

  • Host 6th Grade Orientation in the summer
  • Help 6th Graders with Lockers during the first week of school
  • Visit 6th-grade WINN classes
  • Work with 6th graders on organization and tutoring
  • Participate in the WEB Connections class (if able to)
  • Go on Field Trips!!!
  • Build Leadership skills through team-building
  • Assist on Parent nights (ex. Curriculum night, Open House, Bring your parent to school day…)
  • Help out at the 6th-grade tailgate
  • And much more!!!!

Can I do WEB and AVID?

Yes! You just might not be able to be in the WEB connection class.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Ms. Rankin rankinm@fultonschools.org

Coach Tongue tongue@fultonschools.org

Dr. Brown brownbh@fultonschools.org

Mrs. Dease dease@fultonschools.org

Mrs. Holley holleyc@fultonschools.org

Dr. Duncan duncand@fultonschools.org

Want to see a video on WEB?

WEB Introduction Video: https://youtu.be/0H5Bgct7K1E

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High School Intro to Art @ EPMS for 8th Graders

Attention Rising 8th-grade students: Now is the time to sign up for Intro to Art next year.

Intro to Art is a semester-long course where you earn high school credit.

"Yes, that’s right...it is a high school class and you get high school credit!" There is a signup sheet outside room C-111 for those of you interested…but hurry this class is a lot of fun and spots fill up quickly so make sure you sign up soon. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Suckow at suckow@fultonschools.org

Device Return Volunteers Needed - 5/15, 5/16, 5/17

Device Return Volunteers are needed! All Dell Latitude laptops, along with power cords and cases, need to be collected. Return dates are Tuesday - Thursday, May 15-17 in the Media Center. This is a fun volunteer opportunity to work with students before the end of the school year.

Elementary School Visit Date Changes

Due to 6th Grade JA BizTown field trips, two dates for elementary school visits have been changed.

New Dates for 5th Grade Visits (changes bold italics):

May 8th – Hembree Springs

May 10th – Mimosa and Vickery Mill

May 17th - Sweet Apple

Times for all visits: 9:15a.m. -10:45a.m.

Save the Dates...Next Year's Camp Titan Up, Info Day, etc.

Even though we have not completed this school year, we are getting lots of requests for information on 2018-2019 dates. We have just set the dates, and they should stay. However, the times and even dates may alter slightly. Please mark your calendars in pencil!

Upcoming 2018-2019 Dates...

  • 7/26 & 7/27 - WEB Leader Training for Camp Titan Up (8th graders)
  • 7/30 - Camp Titan Up (a.k.a. 6th-grade orientation). Rising 6th-graders, save the date for Camp Titan Up on Monday, July 30th @ 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Our 8th-grade WEB Leaders will show you the ropes in middle school by giving tours, showing you how to open a locker, and more!
  • 7/30 - Principal Fireside Chat and "Middle School 101" for 6th grade and New-to-the-school Parents @ 8:30 am to 9:30 am. This introductory workshop is everything you wanted to know about middle school but afraid to ask! The introduction will be by Principal Smith and the 6th-grade Assistant Principal. A comprehensive presentation on everything from school supplies, to what kind of shoes to wear to Information Day, and how to check-out your child for an orthodontist appointment will be given by the Parent Liaisons. This presentation is 1 hour long. it is not mandatory, but helpful to newbies!
  • 8/1 - Information Day: 6th Grade @ 9:30-11:30 / 7th Grade & 8th Grade @ 1–3 pm
  • 8/3 - Welcome Back Luch by PTSA
  • 8/6 - First Day of School
  • 8/22 - Curriculum Night: State of the School & PTSA General Meeting
  • 8/28 - "Get Ready for the 8th grade Year" Parent Meeting (English)
  • 8/31 - Full Release Day - EPMS School Governance Council RFF Day
  • 9/3 - Labor Day - No School
  • 9/4 - "Get Ready for the 8th grade Year" Parent Meeting (Spanish)
  • 9/8 - Band Startup Clinic
  • 9/13 - 6th Grade "Bring Your Parent to School" Morning
  • 9/20 - 6th Grade Tailgate Party
  • 9/24 - PTA Reflections Contest Entries Due
  • 9/25 - "Get Connected Night"

* Please Note: Dates not in bold may be subject to change.


Titan Support for a Fellow Middle Schooler

Titans Support...As some of you may have seen or heard, Ella Griggs who is a 7th grader at Crabapple Middle School suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while at lacrosse practice in late March. She was rushed to the hospital and spent almost a month in ICU. Today, she is in stable condition but remains hospitalized while undergoing extensive rehabilitation. To support Ella's long-term medical needs, a Gofundme page has been set up here: https://www.gofundme.com/shineonella. On behalf of her friends and family, thank you sincerely for any financial support you may be able to provide at this time. More importantly, please continue to keep the Griggs' family in your thoughts.

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The Band is in Tampa

Yay! The Band has made it to Busch Gardens. Band parents, to stay up with the travels of your bandie, be sure to join the Remind group. Mr. Wilson and Ms. Burhardt will be using the Remind app to provide travel updates and for the return home on Sunday, April 29th.

To join Remind:

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Orchestra Goes to Nashville

Our 8th-grade Orchestra is in Nashville having the time of their lives. So far our Orchestra has enjoyed a great dinner with a private concert from a fantastic band, Sheriff Scott & the Deputies, toured at Ocean Way Studios (check out their client list: http://www.oceanwaynashville.com/), and visited the campus of Belmont University.
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Click on the box below to see the adventures and fun the Orchestra is having!

Our Chorus Teacher is in "Carmen"

Mr. Charles Baugh, our Chorus teacher, is performing in a stunning production of Bizet's Carmen at the Cobb Energy Center. If you would like to see Mr. Baugh perform in Atlanta Opera's "Carmen" you can get tickets online at www.atlantaopera.org.

Fulton’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

This marks the 19th year in a row (every year the survey has existed) that Fulton County Schools has been named one of the top 100 communities for music education in the nation (only 4% of school districts in the nation to receive a distinction).

Fulton County Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. This is the 19thconsecutive year FCS has received this distinction. Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, the FCS Performing Arts department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs.

Music is an essential part of life, and we couldn’t be more proud of the students, parents and teachers in our community who have worked so hard to make sure that in our students, we’re making a sound investment.

Things to Know for the End of the School Year

A Message from the Counseling Office

Parents if your child will not return to Elkins Pointe M.S. for the 2018/2019 school

year, please inform Ellen Walsh in the Counseling Office. It would also be most

helpful to let us know if your child is slated to go to Roswell H.S. or Milton H.S.

for 9th grade but will not attend. Thank you. (470) 254-8365 email: walshe@fultonschools.org

CLINIC CORNER...Reminder to Pick Up Medications


  • Non-Prescription medications will be disposed of if not picked up by end of school year. Prescription medications will be NOT be held. ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE PICKED UP ON THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!

  • All medications for the 2018-2019 school year will need NEW medication forms filled out. If the medication is prescribed, doctor orders and signature are required. The orders MUST match the prescription on the bottle.


  • Do not wait until school has started to get doctor signatures. It can sometimes take several weeks to get forms filled out.
  • Be sure that medications are in the original container and not expired.
  • Keep in mind the clinic only dispenses medication that a parent has provided. If your child needs medication at school, please plan ahead.

EPMS Link for medication forms:


Additional Care Plans are required for Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies, and Seizures.

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Get Ticket for the 8th Grade Dance.

Get ready for "A Night in Paris!" Friday, May 4th is the 8th grade Dance...a Night in Paris! Tickets will be going on sale in less than TWO weeks! Dance permission slips will be distributed soon! Save the Date...Friday, may 4th is the 8th Grade Dance!!

Please sign-up to help with the dance:

Elkins Pointe 8th Grade Graduation Events and Dates:

  • May 4th is the 8th-Grade Dance "A Night in Paris" from 7 - 9:30 PM in the Elkins Pointe Atrium & Cafeteria. More information to come soon in Titan Talk.
  • May 24th is the 8th-Grade Graduation, Awards & Promotion Ceremony from 10 AM - 12 PM (Gym)
  • May 24th is the 8th-Grade Luncheon @ 12 - 1 PM (Cafeteria) Students & Teachers Only
  • May 24th is the 8th-Grade Block Party @ 1 pm - 4 PM & 8th-Grade Clap-Out @ 3:45 PM


Online Health & PE Course Info for Rising 9th-Grade Students

Clearing up some confusion on the "Online" Health & PE Courses Info for Rising 9th-Grade Students:

To register your child for a summer online course at the high school level, please contact Mr. WIll Jones at jonesw3@fultonschools.org.


  1. * To register your rising 9th-grader for an online summer course, you MUST contact your middle school guidance counselor for the class to count towards high school credit. If your child registers prior to their promotion from middle school, the counselor needs to APPROVE the summer course. High school summer course registration opened in March 2018.
  2. ** Health must be taken in order for a student to get their drivers license, but not to get a permit. Students must present proof of high school attendance to the DMV to get their permit. To get their license, students must complete Health course which includes all DVM requirements. NOTE: Please research the Georgia Driver License Requirements to make sure your child's online Health class meets all the requirements.
  3. *** PE & HEALTH MUST BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE FOUR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL. They are high school graduation requirements.


  • The high school Health & PE courses may be taken any semester as a .5 semester class or online during the summer. These .5 credit classes must be taken prior to graduation.
  • Health is a requirement to get a Georgia Drivers License.
  • Parents are responsible for the payment of online summer courses.
  • Health and PE courses which are taken at the high school during the school year are free of charge.


Jr. Eagle - MHS Softball Try-Outs - 4/25

Tryouts are open to all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

Milton Jr. Lady Eagles Softball is holding their feeder softball tryouts on Wednesday, April April 25 from 6:30 – 8:00 at Milton High School softball field. . The feeder team is designed to develop girls that are interested in playing for Milton High School as they come of age. If you have any questions, please email bobforg@bellsouth.net

MHS Softball Try-Outs - 5/1-5/3

Milton HS Softball try-outs for high school students (i.e. rising 9th grade through 12 grade) will be May 1-3 from 5:30-7:30pm. For more information, please visit the Milton High School webpage.

MHS Volleyball Try-Outs - 5/2 & 5/3

Information for Rising 9 graders: Milton High School Volleyball Tryouts will be held on May 2-3 2018 from 5 to 7:30 pm at Milton HS gym. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to register.

All Students who wish to try out for Milton volleyball must fill out forms online through Planet High School. Each athlete is required to have a current physical. Please go to the Forms page under the "More" tab for more details (https://www.miltoneaglesvolleyball.com/).


Roswell High School Jr. Hornets Volleyball Program - 5/19

Grades 2nd - 8th grade - All skill levels welcome!
Spring Tryouts:
Sat. May 19th 2pm - 4pm
@ RHS Main Gym
11595 King Rd, Roswell, GA 30075

To register and find out more information
go to: https://www.roswellvolleyball.org/jrhornets
Or Contact: roswellhsvolleyball@gmail.com

About Us: Founded in 2008, the Jr. Hornet feeder program is meant to provide an encouraging positive environment where young athletes can develop their volleyball skills and knowledge from beginner to the highest level they are able in an organized Volleyball Program.

Chad H.

Cobb Atlanta VBC 12-2 Head Coach / Functional Lead / Player Council Advisor

Roswell High School Feeder Program Head Coach

“Just when they think they got you game, set, match... here comes the comeback!!!"

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Camp Invention

This is a great opportunity for students to work with experienced Camp Instructors to be a positive mentor and coach, encourage and inspire children to push the limits of their imagination, collaborate, and ignite team spirit and fun. At the end, each CIT will receive program certification and an official recommendation letter.

Here’s a brief description of Camp Invention and all the adventures that it entails:

Wild and crazy ideas become reality in this year’s all-new Camp Invention program, Fast Forward!

A nonprofit program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving, creative thinking, invention, and teamwork – all while having FUN! Activities include challenges and achievements from the brightest thinkers around—National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees – to inspire children! This year, campers will bring their “smart” home to life with smart furniture and eco-smart energy, design a robotic dog and diagnose puppy problems, explore sensors by designing tracks for an Optibot, a robot that senses dark and light surfaces, and builds Cake Catapults! Local educators lead the week of fun, hands-on, STEM activities that allow children to think big, explore their curiosity, and never give up.

Early registration discounts are available. Visit campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to register.

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Calendar Dates:

To Be Announced: • Top Titan Celebrations • EPMS Parent Survey (combined Title I, SGC, PTSA), for 8th-grade students only WEB Leader Applications & Yearbook Class Applications • Junior Achievement


  • 5/7 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 5/7 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/8 - 5th Grade Visit from HSES @ 9:15 am -10:45 am
  • 5/8 - Chorus Trip to Renaissance Festival
  • 5/9 - RHS SGC Mtg @ 7:15 am (RHS Media Center)
  • 5/9 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 5/9 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 (Vickery Mill ES)
  • 5/9 - Chorus Spring Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 5/10 - 5th Grade Visit from MES VMES @ 9:15 am -10:45 am
  • 5/10 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/10 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 5/10 - Platinum Spring Recital Rehearsal @ 5 pm - 8:30 pm (Gym/Stage Area)
  • 5/11 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 5/10 - Platinum Spring Recital @ 11 am - 5 pm (Gym/Stage Area)
  • 5/14 to 5/16 - 2nd Semester Exams
  • 5/14 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 5/14 to 5/16 2nd Semester Exams
  • 5/14 - 8th Grade College & Career Day - All Day
  • 5/14 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/14 - Band Spring Concert @ 6:15 pm (Gym)
  • 5/15 to 5/17 - Device Collection - Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, 5/15: 6th Grade through science teachers

Wednesday, 5/16: 7th grade through science teachers

Thursday, 5/17: 8th grade through science teachers

  • 5/16 - Orchestra Spring Concert @ 7 pm (Gym)
  • 5/17 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/8 - 5th Grade Visit from SAES @ 9:15 am -10:45 am
  • 5/18 - Interact Mtg @ 7:45 (D-119)
  • 5/21 - BOTT (Battle of the Titans) @ All Day
  • 5/21 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 5/21 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/22 - BOTT (Rain Day)
  • 5/23 - 6th & 7th Awards & Promotions Ceremonies (Gym)
  • 5/24 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/24 - 8th Grade Awards & Promotion Ceremony @ 10 am - 12 pm (Gym)

8th Grade Luncheon @ 12 - 1 pm (Cafeteria) Students & Teachers Only

8th Grade Block Party @ 1 pm - 4 pm & 8th Grade Clap-Out @ 3:45 pm

  • 5/24 - Faculty Assembly @ 4:05 pm - 5 pm (Teachers & Staff Only)
  • 5/24 - Last Day of School
  • 5/25 - Post Planning (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Note: Dates are subject to change & some dates may not be included.


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