Titan Talk Newsletter

December 7, 2018

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Upcoming Dates

The Week Ahead...

  • 12/8 - NO Titan Advantage this week. The next Titan Advantage will be on Saturday, December 15th.
  • 12/10 - Candy Cane Grams on Sale in the Atrium for $1 each
  • 12/11 - Candy Cane Grams on Sale in the Atrium for $1 each
  • 12/11 - Hampton Film Academy -after-school (Media Center)
  • 12/11 - Mrs. Lindesay Registration of Tech Competition Students after-school (Rm A152)
  • 12/11- Band Winter/Holiday Concert Location: GYM @ 6 pm
  • 12/12 - Music Program elementary school recruiting Tour! Locations: Feeder Elementary Schools (HSE, MES, SAE, MES)
  • 12/12 - Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E‐111)
  • 12/12 - MHS Championship Game at Mercedes Benz Stadium @ 8 pm
  • 12/13 - FCA Meeting @ 7:45 in Media Center (Last of the semester! See you in 2019)
  • 12/14 - Hampton Film Academy -after-school (Media Center)
  • 12/14 - Interact Meeting @ 7:45 in E‐114
  • 12/15 - Titan Advantage from 8 am to 12 noon

Message From the Principal

Greetings from California!

I'm sending you my weekly message from the AVID National Conference in California. I am here in sunny San Diego with my awesome AVID teacher, Mrs. Meredith Tongue, and the AVID teachers from Crabapple Middle School. The experience of being with such a dynamic group of educators has me excited about bringing more strategies into our building to move student learning to a higher level.

I have exciting news to share. Elkins Pointe made the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) list of the top 30 schools to Beat the Odds for the 2017-18 academic year. The hard work and dedication of students, teachers, and staff contribute greatly to the reason our school continues to be recognized by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE). There are many schools in the state of Georgia selected for recognition based on a complex calculation which includes CCRPI, and Climate rating. We are honored to be one of the top 30 schools selected from the over 100 schools in our district. Also, Elkins Pointe is one of only five middle schools selected. Other schools in our cluster being recognized by GOSA include Roswell HS, Amana Academy, Mimosa ES, and Vickery Mill ES. To read the article, click HERE.

Parents, please make an impact by giving your feedback to GADOE by taking a short 3-minute survey. Full parent participation means a lot to the state. Click HERE to take the Georgia Parent Survey for the School Year 2018-2019.

I am looking forward to getting back to seeing my Titan family and I am hoping the weather does not delay my flight or school on Monday! As of now, Fulton County is not included in the winter storm watch. Please know the District's Weather Team will be monitoring carefully over the weekend and should the forecast change, you will be sent a notification.


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S


Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

TAKE the GADOE PARENT Survey for 2018-2019

Thank you for taking the survey. It should only take five to ten minutes.

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Rotary Club Honorees!

Congrats to ⁦Mr. Rawlings Johnson, Teacher of the Year, and Rotary Student of the month, Elise McFeeley, for being recognized by the Roswell Rotary.
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Orchestra @ RHS

8th grade Titans got into the holiday spirit when they performed their first high school Orchestra concert at Roswell High School on Tuesday! Bravo to Mr. Seth Gamba and the 8th grade Orchestra!
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Let's Hear It for the District Honor Band!

11 musicians will represent EPMS at GMEA District Honor Band in Feb! We are proud of all 16 musicians that auditioned. 6 of them will audition for GMEA All-State Band in January! Congrats to Adam B, Brandon, Justin, Omar, Anthony, Will, Owen, Ellie, Adam M, Tyler, and Micah!!
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Thank you for your AVID Support!

Thank you all for your donations for Hurricane Michael relief! We collected 12 boxes of supplies to send to Florida! The WINN classes with the most donations were
  • 6th grade- Dr. Weathersby (100 items)
  • 7th grade- Ms. Dunwiddie (96 items)
  • 8th grade- Dr. Madrid (92 items)
These classes will get a donut and juice party as a reward! Good job Titans!

AVID about Helping!

These lovely AVID girls just finished packing and sorting 12 boxes of supplies to send to a fellow ⁦@AVID4College⁩ district in FL that was hit hard by Hurricane Michael. So proud of ⁦@elkinspointe⁩ for stepping up to the challenge!! #ThisIsAVID
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Go Eagles! Milton High School Championship Game - 12/12

Go Milton Eagles!! If your Titan will be attending the Championship game on 12/12, here are some basic guides for Elkins Pointe students:

  • Early checkout will be from 3:00-3:30 PM.
  • Please come to get your student and sign them out in the front office.
  • Students being checked out for the game will be excused.

EXCUSED 10:00 AM TARDY, THURSDAY, DEC.13th (After the game)
  • Students who attended the game to cheer on the Eagles will be excused for a 10 AM late check-in.
  • Because this game is expected to end late, we are allowing excused late check-in by 10 AM. Any time after 10 AM will not be marked as excused.

MORE INFORMATION ON GAME DETAILS - Location, parking address, please click use the links below:

FCS Tech Competition

It's almost time to register for the FCS Tech Competition! If you plan to represent our school in a technology category, please see Ms. Lindesay with your project (whether it is completed or not) no later than Tuesday, December 11th. She will be making the final list of participants on that date and registering students on December 12-14, 2018. This year's competition will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Centennial High School which is close to our area.

Ms. Lindesay will be staying after school in Room A152 on Tuesday, Dec. 4th, as well as Tuesday, Dec. 11th, for students who want that extra time to work together. E-mail her at Lindesay@fultonschools.org, if your child will be attending.

Follow this link for more information about the categories, rubrics, and frequently asked questions:


Operation Winter Wrap - Interact Snack Drive! 12/3 - 12/20

The Interact club is running a campaign called “Operation Winter Wrap” with a goal to serve our school community that may be in need of healthy snacks during the Christmas break. Our goal is to reach at least 1/3 of the school population that are in need over the break. Students may have their lockers wrapped by donating 1 pack of snacks. Selections of holiday paper choices will be located on the door of E-114. Students can drop off their snacks, pick out their choice of paper and list their locker. Teachers can also have their door wrapped for the price of 2 healthy snacks. Your child can bring in 2 boxes of snacks and have their teacher's door wrapped as a surprise! Snacks will be distributed during the last week of break.

Toys for Tots Collection - Jr. Beta 12/5 -12/20

Jr. Beta will be running a toy drive from Dec. 5th - Dec. 20the for "Toys for Tots." Donation boxes will be set up in the rotunda and the media center. Please try to help a family indeed by dropping off new/gently used toy. The toys must be unwrapped.

Titan Advantage - 12/15

The Titan Advantage program will serve as an academic workshop open to all students regardless of level. Teachers have issued permission slips to students directly through their WINN classes. If you would like for your child to participate, please contact your child's WINN teacher or bring them to the workshop and complete a permission slip.

Invitation from North Springs Charter High School

Hello Parents,

My name is James Landreau and I am the magnet coordinator at North Springs Charter High School. I am so thankful that we work in a county that allows our students the opportunity to explore educational options that suit their interests as well as providing them phenomenal high schools in their own neighborhoods! Over the years, The North Springs Magnet program has received students from all your schools, so I wanted to say thank! With that being said, I wanted to take a moment to extend an invitation to you and your students to attend our annual Magnet Open house. Come out and meet our Magnet teachers, speak with our magnet students, and see all the wonderful opportunities and exciting options available at North Springs Charter High School.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

James A. Landreau,

Magnet Program Coordinator

North Springs Charter High School

7447 Roswell Rd. NE

Atlanta, Ga. 30328


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Teacher Restroom Furniture and Art Donations Needed!!!

Donations needed for Teacher Restrooms. New, Gentle Used and Thrift Items all welcomed. Unused pieces will be donated to charity. Click link to sign up and donate!

Polar Express Fund Raiser for BeTheVoice - 12/23

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2018-2019 Parent University Events


  • Fireside Chat and Middle School 101 – Orientation & Transition into MS


  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (English)


  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (Spanish)
  • "Don't Stop Achieving" Student Success Family Night - 9/17/2018
  • Get Connected Night with STEM Activity
  • Rosetta Stone


  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Reading, Writing, and ELA
  • Digital Citizenship: Copyright & Piracy Office365, Launchpad Resources
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Student-Led Data Talks - How to interpret State testing (GA Milestones, FastBridge), grades, student growth, SAC/HAC
  • 8th Grade Transition to High School
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Matters
  • Reading Challenge (i-Ready) over the Winter Break


  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Get Future Titans Ready for Transition into Middle School - Visits to feeder schools
  • Everybody Reads - Reading Comprehension and Lexile Levels
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Metrics for the Milestones


  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • 5th grade to 6th-grade Transition Meeting
  • Spring Input Meeting for All Stakeholders


  • No Stress Success on Georgia Milestones


  • Summer Reading Logs & Math Resources

Note: Parent University Workshops may be subject to change. Workshops also may be added when requested by parents, teachers, the community, and students.


Upcoming in December...

  • 12/17/2018 to 12/20/2018 - FIRST SEMESTER EXAM Period
  • 12/18 - Hampton Film Academy from 4:05 pm to 5:30 pm in Media Center
  • 12/19 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm ﴾E‐111﴿
  • 12/20 - Student Council @ 8 am in E‐106