Eagles' Notes

Madras News 9/7/15; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Upcoming Weeks at a Glance

Monday, September 7

  • Labor Day; No School

Tuesday, September 8

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Ferst Foundation
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Coin Drive Begins
  • International Literacy Day
  • Volleyball: MMS at EMS, 4:45 p.m.
  • Parent Volunteer Training, 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9

  • Football: Madras at SRMS, 5 p.m.
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 10

  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball: MMS at SRMS, 4:45 p.m.
Friday, September 11
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-4:45

Monday, September 14

  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Chick Fil-A Spirit Night (Thomas Crossroads), 5-8 pm
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball: LMS at MMS, 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Football: ECMS at Madras, 5 p.m.
  • Parent Volunteer Training, 8:30, MMS Media Center
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, September 16

  • Progress Reports Issued
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 17

  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball: SRMS at MMS, 4:45 p.m.

Friday, September 18

  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30
  • Ferst Foundation Coin Drive Ends
  • 7th Grade Immunization Updates Due
  • Fall Picture Day
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-4:45

Monday, September 21

  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball: ECMS at MMS, 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Junior Beta Forms and Essays due
  • Football: Madras at EMS, 5 p.m.
  • Parent Volunteer Training, 2:30, MMS Media Center
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, September 23

  • Volleyball: First Round, at LMS, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 24

  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball Semifinals, at LMS, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 25

  • Fall Pep Rally, 2:30

Monday, September 28

  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball Championship at LMS, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 29

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Football: AMS at Madras, 5 p.m.
  • Parent Volunteer Training, 8:30, MMS Media Center

Friday, October 2

  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30

Monday, October 5

  • Art 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

Progress Reports

Progress reports will be issued to students Wednesday, September 16th and should be signed and returned to your child's homeroom teacher. If you have questions regarding your child's progress, you can email or call the team or teacher, or you can call 770-254-2744 to schedule a conference. Email contact information can be found on our Madras web site at: http://www.cowetaschools.net.
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Join Us for Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Monday, Sep. 14th, 5-8pm

Chick-fil-A, Glenda Trace, Thomas Crossroads, Newnan, GA, United States

Support your Madras Eagles by dining at Chick-fil-A at Thomas Crossroads on September 14th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Whether you dine in or choose the drive-through, make sure to mention you're there to support the Madras Eagles, and a portion of all money earned will go back to the school and assists with instructional needs.

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!

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.

Parent Volunteer Training

Madras parents are the best, and we appreciate the many things they do for us throughout the year. If you are a parent who plans to volunteer at the school or at a school event during the upcoming school year, please plan to attend one of our volunteer training sessions (approximately 20-30 minutes). These will be held throughout the year at different times in the MMS media center for your convenience. If we can answer any questions about the training, please feel free to contact Kim Pelletier or Donna Eskut via email or phone (770-254-2744).


  • September 8, 2:30 p.m.
  • September 15, 8:30 a.m.
  • September 22, 2:30 p.m.
  • September 29, 8:30 a.m.

Around Campus at the Eagles' Nest

Students in eighth grade Georgia Studies classes uncover archaeological Native American treasures on campus.
Madras 7th grader Meghan J. and staff members Robbie Reed, Maria Meza, and Johanna Wessells came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their respective divisions in Saturday's Communities in Schools 5/10k Benefit Run. These Eagles are making a difference!
Students of the Week demonstrate Eagle Pride!
Mrs. Seebode's show understanding of characterization in their "body bios".
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Seventh Grade Parents,


The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Students enrolled in TIP will be permitted to take a practice ACT or SAT exam this year! They also will be invited to participate in a variety of educational programs and receive discounts on Independent Learning Courses. There is a fee of $75 for enrollment, which includes test registration. In order to be eligible for enrollment in Duke TIP, students must:



  • Be in the seventh grade
  • Have one of the following on the 2014 CRCT (5th grade)
  • ELA greater or equal to 878
  • math greater or equal to 907
  • science greater or equal to 910
  • social studies greater or equal to 880



For more information or the opportunity to enroll, please visit www.tip.duke.edu/7guide

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