The Taylor Road Messenger

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events

9/5: Club Sign Up Starts

9/8: School Governance Council 7:30AM

9/11-14: 7th Grade Finance Park

9/13: Linda McCain Meeting 9:30AM (State Bridge ES)

9/20: No Homework Night

7th Grade Finance Park Monday-Thursday, September 11-14

We hope you will consider joining your student's class at JA Finance Park and be part of an unforgettable experience that will inspire their independence and open their eyes to a world of possibilities that await their futures.

In the upcoming weeks we will be working on lessons that focus on personal finance decisions. These lessons will come to life for our students as they experience life as an adult for the day at JA Finance Park. Ever wonder what kind of choices your child would make if they were in your shoes? We are excited to get a sneak peek as the 7th graders of Taylor Road Middle School will take over JA Finance Park and navigate the details of adulthood like choosing what kind of car, home and even entertainment they can afford.

Our students will work incredibly hard to prepare for this experience and the Atlanta community came together to build a state-of-the-art simulation to create a truly authentic experience. Now, we need you, our parents, to join us and help guide our teams of students as they work through the highs and lows that go along with being a professional for a day.

For additional information and to sign up, visit:

TRMS Spiritwear – Last Chance for Additional T-shirt Colors!

The TRMS Spiritwear online store is now open until September 9th! Additional color choices are available by request for this limited time ONLY. Get them before they’re gone! If you missed out on getting spiritwear during the Schedule Verification Days, or you just want to grab an extra color, go to to access the online store.

You can also scan the QR code with your phone! Questions? Contact Cathy Davis at

Fulton County Youth Orchestra New Members 2017-18

Congrats to your students for passing the FCYO audition! The following list of students will be the new members of this years FCYO! Congratulations!

6 Devon Yau Violin; 7 Christina Liu Violin; 7 Niklas Knudsen Violin; 7 Cion Kim Viola; 7 Yash Choudhury Viola; 7 Raymond Kim Cello; 8 Ansley Lee Violin; 8 Erin Suh Violin; 8 Esther Kim Violin; 8 Ashley La Violin; 8 Shruti Nemala Violin; 8 Gayatri Kumar Violin; 8 Alison Yau Viola; 8 Snehanjali Jayanthi Cello; 8 Ray Kim Bass; 8 Vamsi Veerapaneni Bass

National PTA Reflections Contest

Are you ready to show off your talent? Get those cameras ready, put on your thinking caps, clean up your paint brushes and get into those dancing shoes! TRMS PTA is participating in the National arts competition Reflections. The competition includes categories for literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography, and film/video production. The Reflections theme: "Within Reach?"

The deadline for entries to be submitted to the Reflections box at the front office is Friday, September 29, 2017. No entries will be accepted after this date. Abridged rules and entry forms can be picked up at the front office starting Tuesday, August 29. Full rules and entry forms can be found at the North Fulton Council PTA website. Please take special note of the requirements for the area you are entering, including the requirement of a consent form for any recognizable image/voice in an entry.

If you have any questions please contact Melinda Urbanawiz at

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From the Counseling Department:

The deadline for applying to Camp MAGIK, a healing camp for bereaved children and adolescents, is approaching. Our fall session will be held at the Swamp in Union Point October 13-15, 2017. Applications need to be postmarked, emailed, or faxed to us no later than October 4th, 2017. We will provide FREE transportation to camp and back depending on need.

Our camp is well suited to all youth who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close loved one, especially youth who have experienced trauma linked to the death. Professional bereavement counselors, trained in grief and trauma, lead all counseling sessions.

There is also a retreat available for adults who want to process their own grief with other adults who are grieving. The adult retreat is held on the same campus as the children’s camp session, also led by professional bereavement counselors.

Our camp sessions are FREE OF CHARGE to all participating children and adolescents. Please share this information/announcement with families you feel may benefit from this FREE service for bereaved children and with other professionals as you see fit. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Applications can be found on our website: (under the “join us” tab) and need to be postmarked and sent to Camp MAGIK, 3377 Ridgewood Road, GA 30327 or faxed to the office at 404.355.6631 by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Duke Tip Qualifying Test Scores 2017-18

To enroll, students must be in 7th grade and meet the test score requirements.

Test Score Requirements

Students must have one of the following:

  • Score at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest or total battery/composite of a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test (Example: ITBS from 5th grade/Milestones from 5th grade or 6th grade) or

  • Have a standard score at or above 125 on the full scale or composite score on an IQ test that is no more than 2 years old.

Georgia Milestones 2016 5th Grade Scores: English Language Arts ≥ 595, Math ≥ 604, Science ≥ 611 or Social Studies ≥ 574

Georgia Milestones 2017 6th Grade Scores: English Language Arts ≥ 616 OR Math ≥ 603

ITBS at or above the 95th percentile

Scores from either of the 2 most recent test administrations (within the past 2 years) are accepted. For most 7th grade students this represents scores from either the 5th grade or 6th grade. Students score should be at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest or total battery/composite of a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test (Example: ITBS from 5th grade/Milestones from 5th or 6th grade) or students need to qualify in only one of the accepted composite or subtest areas.

Go to Click Online Registration.

What is my child’s school district and school ID? Fulton County, Taylor Road Middle School ID: 250348-FA

Can't find a qualifying test? Is your student new to Fulton County or Georgia? Go to and click on the dropdown menu to find other tests or send an email to to see if a test is accepted. Applications should be directed to the TIP program. Additional Duke TIP information can be obtained by calling the TIP office at (919) 668-9100 or going to the TIP website at

The TRMS counselor can help with basic questions. Contact the 7th grade counselor, Alexcia Massey, at Please put Duke Tip along with your child’s name in the subject of the e-mail. Due to the high volume of questions from parents, please allow up to 5 days for a response.

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TRMS Device Behavior Matrix

TRMS Device Behavior Matrix

At the following link, you will find the TRMS Device Behavior Matrix. The behavior matrix explains classroom expectations in reference to the use of students’ Dell Latitude 3150 laptops. It also lists the consequences for students who do not adhere to these expectations. Please review the document and discuss these expectations with your child. TRMS Device Behavior Matrix


PTA Membership


Find out more about TRMS PTA on our website,

Click on the link to purchase your membership:


Email Nikki Webber, PTA President, at