Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 4/22/2022

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WEEKLY PRINCIPAL VIDEO:

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER:

2021-2022 GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION:

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.


As we get closer to the end of the school year, I wanted to share some important information about testing and promotion. Although promotion criteria was modified in the past 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become effective again this school year.


Please click here to review Gwinnett County Public Schools' Middle School Promotion criteria. We invite you to engage your children in conversations about promotion. Our teachers have been sharing the promotion criteria with our students also. Parents of 8th graders, please pay special attention to the fact that 8th graders must pass their English Language Arts and Mathematics Georgia Milestones exam in order to earn promotion to 9th grade.


There will be summer school offered from June 13 to July 1st at Coleman Middle School. This summer’s learning experience for Gwinnett elementary and middle school students will offer enrichment and acceleration opportunities as well as support for our students who did not meet requirements for promotion to the next grade.


Students invited to participate in summer school will start receiving letters on Friday, April 22 and throughout the next few weeks.


If you have any questions about promotion, please contact your grade level Assistant Principal:


6th Grade: Jennifer Dunn

jennifer.dunn@gcpsk12.org

7th Grade: Kim Booth

kim.booth@gcpsk12.org

8th Grade: Jamie Larkin

jamie.larkin@gcpsk12.org


Below you will find the Georgia Milestone schedule. Middle School students will start testing next week.


Thank you,


Dr. Hernandez.

SPRING 2022 GEORGIA MILESTONES TESTING SCHEDULE:

Use this LINK to access the GA Milestone testing schedule. Georgia Milestone Exams start next week!

INFORMATION ABOUT LEARNING 2025:

Greetings parents and guardians,


You may know that Gwinnett County Public Schools has been accepted to be part of The School Superintendents Association's Learning 2025 Network of demonstration districts. Please use this LINK if you want to learn more about Learning 2025.


Thank you,


Dr. Hernandez.

COVID-19 TESTING NOW AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN THE DULUTH CLUSTER:

Use the following link to access the informational flyer and link to sign your student up.


Use este enlace para acceder al volante con informacion y el enlace para apuntar a su estudiante.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER...

-Visit the GCPS website for updates on school closings: https://www.gcpsk12.org/

-In the event school being canceled due to inclement weather students will follow our plan for digital learning found below.

MASKS ' STRONGLY RECOMMENDED':

Throughout the pandemic, GCPS has made adjustments to its mitigation strategies as circumstances have changed, and does so again, based on new guidance and the prevention steps announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, Feb. 25. As part of the announced changes, the CDC is dropping its recommendation for universal school masking and instead will recommend masking only in communities at a high level of risk.

ABOUT COVID-19 VACCIONATIONS IN GCPS

GCPS encourages our community to learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations and take advantage of opportunities to get vaccinated. In an ongoing partnership with the Gwinnett Health Department and other health partners, GCPS continues to host vaccination clinics at high schools around the county during March and April. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations are available for ages 5 and older. Children ages 5-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Friday, April 15, 2022 (4-8 p.m.)—Mountain View High School
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OUR PLAN FOR DIGITAL LEARNING IF & WHEN NEEDED:

We continue our committment to maintain in-person instruction. However, in the event that there is a need to temporarily pivot to digital learning we want to be certain that each student has access. Our teachers and students are ready IF we need to make this change.


In the event we temporarily transition to digital learning, Coleman Middle will implement our typical digital learning day plan and schedule.


As a reminder:

Teachers will post a lesson for students to complete in Google Classroom - Humanities, Math, Science, and Connections. Students may log on at any time during the day to complete the lessons posted in Google Classroom; live instruction will not take place.


Teachers will be available via Zoom (Zoom link found on every teacher's eCLASS page) at the following times to answer questions:

6th grade - 10:15 - 10:45

7th grade - 11:00 - 11:30

8th grade - 12:30 - 1:00

Connections - 1:15 - 1:45


Beginning on 1/6, homeroom teachers surveyed students to determine if a device would be needed for digital learning. If your student still needs a device, please tell her/him to speak to their homeroom teacher or call the front office at 678-407-7400.


Please remember that students and families will be responsible for lost or damaged devices.

TEACHING & LEARNING:

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2022 TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK:

Teacher Appreciation Week will take place from May 2- May 6! Please send a note or email to thank a teacher!

COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STEAM RECERTIFICATION UPDATE:

Coleman Middle School has been awarded STEAM Recertification by the Georgia Department of Education! Read our letter to the community HERE.

ALGEBRA I PREPARATION COURSE:

To ensure that your student is successful in Algebra I, the Math Department has developed an Algebra I Prep Course. This online course will help strengthen the essential prerequisite content knowledge for students enrolled in Algebra I during the 2021-2022 school year.

This course will become available to Coleman students on April 15 on eClass.


Click here to access the Flyer directions on how to access the course (English and Spanish).

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Q4 PBL DRIVING QUESTIONS:

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FROM OUR MUSIC TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM:

Use this LINK to access our CMS Music Tech April Newsletter!

RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS:

MARCH STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH:

We will be sending invitations on Friday 4/22 for the March Student Leader of the Month that will take place on Wednesday, April 27, at 9:30AM. This will be our last ceremony this year.

END OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

We are excited to announce that End of the Year Awards will take place in-person this year with no restrictions on the number of parents participating at 6 PM in the Theater at Duluth High School. Dates are as follows:

6th Grade: 5/2

7th Grade: 5/16

8th Grade: 5/23

Invites will start going out soon!

NAFME STUDENT SONGWRITERS COMPETITION:

Congratulations to 8th grade students Samara T. and Emerson G. on their fantastic music compositions! Samara has submitted her song, Reason, to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Songwriters Competition. Emerson submitted his composition, Lemons, to the NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition. These students have gone above any beyond with their talents and have aspired to demonstrate their abilities in this national competition!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR THE 8th GRADE SOCIAL!

PTA and CMS Administration are excited to invite all of our 8th graders to A Royally Fun Night, to be held next Friday, April 29th at the school from 6-8pm! We can't wait to send our 8th graders off to high school in style!


Please purchase your tickets now, as ticket sales will end Monday, April 25th at 3PM using the QR Code.


We can also use a few more chaperones to help make this event a success! If you can volunteer, please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e44acab2ba13-chaperones


In anticipation for the event, please review the following reminders:

  • Tickets will be on sale until 4/25 at 3:00PM. No tickets will be sold after that date.
  • Students must go home and come back for the social. -No bookbags will be allowed in the building.
  • Only 8th grade Coleman Middle School students can attend the dance.
  • School dress code is applicable. Students who would like to wear a formal attire must make sure the attire covers chest, midriff, lower back, and upper thigh area.
  • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed from the front of the building at 8:00 PM.

Pictures from the 6th and 7th Grade Social- The Shamrock Shindig!

Use this link to retrieve your pictures.

Thank you to our PTA volunteers!

8th Grade End of the Year Celebration will take place on Tuesday, 5/17 at Andretti Karting!

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COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL ARTWORK DISPLAY:

Coleman Middle School Artwork will be on display at Duluth High School on April 25 - 29th in our 400 and 500 buildings. We will have an opening reception on April 27th from 6-8pm. We would love for students and their families to come and check it out. On this evening we will have refreshments, make and take activities, and lots of art to check out. We will even have works from both Duluth Middle and Coleman on display. It would be a great time for students to check out the high school art department and the work that the students create.

Ms. Johnson

Visual Arts Teacher

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE CLINIC:

Gwinnett County Public School Procedure P.JBA states that a current Georgia certificate of immunization, form 3231, must be submitted to school otherwise your student must be excluded from attendance. All students are required to receive one dose of Tdap and one dose of MCV4 vaccines before starting 7th grade.


If you are not sure if your student have received these vaccines, please contact your health care provider, or you can call the school clinic at 678-407-7410.


Your student will be excluded from attendance after Spring Break, unless a current certificate is submitted.

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS!

On Tuesday April 26 we will be bringing a group of Duluth High School Student Leaders to our 8th grade home rooms to talk to our students about their 8th Grade Leadership Summit, 9LT (9th Grade Leadership Team), and clubs and sports. Please encourage your students to select an activity or club and to reach out to the coach or sponsor, and that way they can be connected and engaged right from the beginning of 9th grade. This will be a great help in the transition from Middle School to High School.

See more information about the 8th Grade Leadership Summit below!

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DULUTH CLUSTER STEAM EVENT!

You are invited to join us at the Duluth Cluster STEAM Event on Tuesday, April 26 from 5- 7 PM at Town Green, Downtown Duluth. Students from all schools in the Duluth cluster will be presenting STEAM or STEM related projects!

DULUTH PLAYGROUND DESIGN CONTEST:

We are inviting all of our students to participate in an exciting contest for the city of Duluth! Use the links below to get all the details:



Video Link on Youtube: https://youtu.be/5Ebq-pKq7_0

Webpage: duluthga.net/playgrounddesigncontest


Flyer

Rules and Guidelines

Design Sheet

THANK YOU CITY OF DULUTH COMMUNITY LEADERS!

We want to thank Jamin Harkness - City of Duluth Councilman- and Talore Ruedt - Senior Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the City of Duluth- for making some time to stop by our daily announcements and share information about the Duluth Playground Contest with our students and teachers!

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MESSAGE FROM DULUTH HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH:

Hello Wildcat Family!


On May 14TH 2022 , the Duluth High School Football Program in partnership with the city of Duluth will be hosting our annual Wildcat 5K! This is our biggest spring fundraiser, which not only helps support the Duluth High School Football team but also provides an opportunity for all Duluth Athletics Teams and Organizations to participate and raise money.


Our vision for the Wildcat 5K is to grow the event into a spring tradition for the Duluth cluster, our students, and our community. Please sign up and support the students at Duluth High School! Also, please encourage anyone you know who would like to support our school and community to sign up.


To learn more about our race and sign up, go to www.Wildcat5K.com or scan the QR code below to take you directly to the registration site! If you would like to support or know of someone else who would but cannot attend we can accept donations through the phantom runner option.


Thank you and Go Wildcats!


W1NTODAY

Cam Jones

Head Football Coach

Duluth High School - Duluth, GA

Twitter: @Coach_Cam_Jones

Facebook: fb.me/DuluthFB

Website: DuluthFootball.org

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH:

Please CELEBRATE School Library Month and the critical role of the media center in your school:

  1. Visit your school library and thank the media specialist and media clerk for the work they do.
  2. Send a note or email with a specific aspect of the media program you especially appreciate.
  3. Recognize the media program and media specialist at a faculty meeting or in a school publication.

Why are media centers so critical to the whole learner?

  1. Students read more and learn more when they can choose what they read. First we must teach children to read, but then we want them to LOVE to read.
  2. The media center is a mental and physical safe space that welcomes all who want to read for learning, to explore new ideas or just for fun.
  3. The media center is a kitchen, not a grocery store….more than a grab and go, the library provides makerspaces, productivity software, broadcast equipment and a professional media specialist – all combine to make our libraries learning and collaboration labs.


GCPS Office of Media Services & Technology.

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Use this LINK to find out more information and sign up for Georgia Milestone Preparation!

FUNRAISER ORGANIZED BY OUR STUDENTS:

Join Myra and Manar, from Genius Hour, if you want to contribute to their fundraiser! See details below:
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BASEBALL PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT

Do you like Baseball? You can listen to Grayson Scheinbaum on Baseball Podcasts Are Fun, available on Spotify and his YouTube channel of the same name!

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT!

Are you interested in Science? You can listen to Akshay Jayaraman on Spectacular Science or visit his website: www.spectacularsci.com

THANK YOU PTA!

The basketball goal purchased with PTA funds and donated to Coleman Middle School has been installed! Thank you to our PTA members who helped this project become a reality. We will keep you posted on how it will be utilized and share pictures soon!

FROM OUR PTA:

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Nominating Committee/Future Executive Board:

If you have been looking to get more involved in the PTA, now is your time!

We NEED parents interested in taking a position on the Board. Many of us currently on the Board are either moving on from CMS or reaching the end of our two years of eligibility in or current positions - this includes the two Presidents!
If you're hesitant, just remember that each one of us on the Board was hesitant at first, too, but we truly have a great time serving our children and yours!

If you are interested in being part of the nominating committee or the Board, please email colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com, and indicate your area of interest.

SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER ART CAMP AT THE HIGH MUSEUM!

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In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), GCPS provides Tutor.com as an online tutoring resource for students. Live tutoring support is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, students can receive “drop-off support,” 24-7, by uploading a document for tutor feedback that will be reviewed and returned at a later time.

For more information visit:

https://www.gcpsk12.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=26020

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BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

Business Partnerships

Do you know of a business that might be interested in becoming a business partner? Business Partnerships begin at $100.


Partnership proceeds go directly to the classroom to support PBL projects, technology initiatives, and other innovations!


Please contact me at gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org if you are interested. We appreciate your support and generosity!

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THANK YOU TO OUR 21-22 BUSINESS PARTNERS!

Academic Center for Excellence

Rabia Shahbaz

3195 Buford Hwy Duluth GA 30097

Phone: 678-878-4999

E-mail: rabia677@gmail.com


Apex Eyecare

3694 Club Dr, Unit 101

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 678-395-7262

https://apex-eye-care-eye-care-center.business.site/


Amy Fuchs, Keller Williams Realty

Family Homes GA

Amy@FamilyHomesGa.com

Phone: 404-439-1031


Indigo Trade Paper Co., LLC

500 Pinnacle Court

Suite 125

Norcross, GA. 30096

770-446-6077

www.indigotradeco.com


Mike Collard

Virtual Properties Realty

770-480-0848

mike@vpradmin.com


The Tutoring Center, Duluth GA

Email: DuluthGA@tutoringcenter.com
678-629-3227

www.Duluth.tutoringcenter.com

* About Your Principal, Dr. Hernandez

If you want to learn more about how my personal and professional background connect to Coleman Middle School, and you did not have the opportunty to watch it during the holiday break, click this link for my introduction video message.
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Coleman Middle School, GCPS

Gwinnett's flagship STEAM school & GA Department of Education STEAM-certified school

Principal: Dr. Gypsy Hernandez

gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org


School Hours: 9:20 AM - 4:00 PM

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8th Grade End of the Year Celebration in 5/23 at Andretti Karting!