Eagles' Notes

Madras News 5/16/16; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Summer School

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

2016-2017 High School Courses Offered in 8th Grade

Please see the letter below sent home with seventh grade students on 5/16 regarding Spanish I and American Government/Civics offered in eighth grade for the 2016-2017 school year. The letter is due back to Madras by June 3rd for any interested student.


End-of-the-Year Reminders

  • Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to your child's homeroom teacher if you'd like your child's final report card mailed to your home. Reports cards not mailed may be picked up in our front office beginning summer office hours on June 3rd.
  • 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 your child 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.

Eighth Grade Semiformal is May 21st

It's hard to believe our eighth graders are quickly approaching the end of their time at Madras. Our eighth graders are very special to us, and we would like to commemorate the end of their middle school experience with an eighth grade semi-formal dance which will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 6:30-9:00 in the Madras cafeteria.


Dance tickets are $25.00 and include catered finger foods, drinks, snacks, and entertainment (DJ). This price also includes free pictures that can be downloaded by students after the dance. Tickets will be sold April 28-May 18 from 8:00-8:20 in the front office or from 10:30-11:30 in the cafeteria during non-advisement days.


This special event is for Madras students only and gives them an opportunity to socialize with their classmates while celebrating the end of their middle school tenure. It is our hope that every student will be able to attend.



2016 May Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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.)

Band Spring Concert

Join us for the last spring concert of 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

Pep Squad Tryouts

From Pep Squad Coaches: Kirsten Schober and Amanda Seebode


The Madras Pep Squad encourages school spirit, good sportsmanship, and team building skills in students. The squad serves as positive ambassadors for the school, and each member is expected to act as a role model for other students at Madras.


This year's Pep Squad tryouts are May 17-20 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the gymnasium and/or art room. Interested students (open to eighth graders only) should see Mrs. Seebode or Mrs. Schober by April 29th to sign up for tryouts.

Summer Football Conditioning Schedule


Conditioning Information
  • Who: Madras 7th and 8th grade students
  • Where: Madras (drop off/pick up behind school at football field)
  • When: July 18, 19, 21
  • Time: 7:30-9:00 a.m.
  • Equipment: shorts, shirt, cleats, helmet (if student has already been issued one)


Other Reminders


  • Bring water to drink.
  • Summer conditioning is voluntary
  • Anyone who tried out in the spring or who is new to Madras can attend.
  • You must bring completed athletic packet, including physical (if not submitted in the spring) to participate.

Summer Madras Football Passing Camp

Passing Camp Information

  • Who: Madras, Arnall, & East Coweta 7th and 8th grade students
  • Where: Arnall Middle School (700 Lora Smith Road, Newnan)
  • When: July 25, 26, 27, 28
  • Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Equipment: shorts, shirt, cleats, helmet (if student has already been issued one)


Other Reminders

  • Bring water to drink.
  • Summer passing camp is voluntary
  • Anyone who tried out in the spring or who is new to Madras can attend.
  • You must bring completed athletic packet, including physical (if not submitted in the spring) to participate.

Rising K Camp

Rising K Camp: If you have a rising kindergarten student, Rising "K" Camp is still accepting applications! The camp is a great opportunity for upcoming kindergarten students to get a jump start on their education. Students will be exposed to site words, bus evacuation drills, table manners, social interaction skills, and so much more. Volunteers consist of current and retired educators who have a passion for educating youth. Camp Begins July 13th through July 24th, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Transportation is provided. This is a free service offered to families of students entering kindergarten this fall. For more information call 678-378-6456 or e-mailrisingkcamp@gmail.com. Rising K Camp Facebook Page

Summer Mosquito Control

With spring and summer approaching, please be mindful of important safeguards regarding mosquito control measures from the Center of Disease Control (CDC).


Summer Opportunities for Students

Battle of the Books Reading List for 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

A Look Ahead...

Mon, May 16

  • Spring Band Concert, CPVA, 6:30 p.m.

Tues, May 17

  • Pep Squad Tryouts, 3:30-5:00

Weds, May 18

  • 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

Mon, May 23

  • Yearbook Distribution

Tues, May 24

  • Nine Weeks Exams
  • Primary Elections (Madras is polling place.)
  • Pep Squad Uniform Fitting, 5:00 pm
  • Summer School Registration, 4-7 p.m., Northgate HIgh School

Weds, May 25

  • Nine Weeks Exams

Thurs, May 26

  • Nine Weeks Exams
  • NGHS Graduation

Fri, May 27

  • Last Day of School
  • NHS Graduation

Frog Dissection in Life Science

Around Campus

PUBLIC NOTICE

Be it known that all schools in the Coweta County

School System have been duly inspected for

asbestos according to EPA regulations and an

Asbestos Management Plan is available at

each school

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