Eagles' Notes

Madras News 12/14/15; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Affidavits Due December 18th

The Coweta County School System requires 2015-16 Affidavits of Residence from all parents or guardians of children enrolled in Coweta County Schools. The affidavits must be completed and filed with schools by this Friday, December 18, 2015. Affidavits are printed on pink paper and were sent home earlier. An online, printable copy of the 2015-16 affidavit can also be found at the school system’s website (www.cowetaschools.net) or can be picked up at any Coweta school. The completed forms must be notarized, and all schools employ Notaries Public for parent’s convenience. If you have any questions, please call us and our office staff will be happy to assist you.

Monday, December 14

  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Eagle Advisees (Meet in small groups.)
  • Chess Tournament, ECMS, 4:30
  • Math Counts, 3:30-4:30
  • Academic Eagles, 3:30-4:30
  • Girls' Basketball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Tuesday, December 15

  • Nine Weeks Exams
  • Junior Beta Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Wind Ensemble, 3:30-5:30
  • Running Club, 3:30-4:30 (weather permitting)
  • Girls' Basketball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Boys' Basketball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • STEM Club Meeting, 3:30-4:00
  • Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00
Wednesday, December 16
  • Academic Eagles, 3:30-4:30
  • Nine Weeks Exams
  • Boys' Basketball Practice, 3:30-5:15
Thursday, December 17
  • Nine Weeks Exams
  • Eagles' Fitness Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Yearbook Staff, 3:30-4:00
  • Pep Band Contract Due to Mrs. Wagner
  • Girls' Basketball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Boys' Basketball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Future Georgia Educators Holiday Party, 3:30-4:15

Friday, December 18

  • SGA Middle School Post Assessment Ends
December 19 - January 4
  • Winter Break; Schools Closed and Reopen to Students on January 5, 2016

Kudos to the, Lady Eagles Soccer Team, 2015, CCMSAL Tournament Runners-Up

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Congratulations to the Madras Boys' Soccer Team, 2015 Regular Season Champion and 2015 CCMSAL Tournament Champions!

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Eagles December Student Athlete of the Month: Elissa Lotter

Elissa loves playing the game of soccer and has played since the age of 5. While playing organized soccer on SSA, AFC, and Cannon’s soccer teams, Elissa enjoys playing center back for the Madras Eagles the most. “I like being on the field and playing the game,” she said. “ I don’t worry about anything else when I’m out there. Playing for Coach Strickland has taught me to work as a team. Coach has really developed us as players and has made us better.” Elissa’s older sister plays soccer for the Northgate Vikings, a goal she has set for herself as well. For now, she’d like to see the Eagles win another county championship and hopes to help the team accomplish this goal. Elissa’s teachers say that she is the ultimate student athlete, “serving as a role model, unrivaled in her positive attitude towards all aspects of academics. Her winning and genuine demeanor shines both on and off the soccer field, and she shows compassion, encouraging all around her to shine.”

Severe Weather Procedures

As winter approaches, the Coweta County School System wants to remind parents and the community of the procedures that schools and the school system follow in the event of severe weather.

During severe weather watches or warnings, the district works with local authorities to monitor developing conditions and proceeds with arrival and dismissal based upon known conditions. Adjustments are made as needed.

In the event that schools are delayed, closed or released early, there are a variety of ways the school system notifies parents, including:

Parents are urged to make sure that their child’s school has their latest contact information, including new phone numbers, so that they can be contacted during such events.

In the event of severe weather, a determination will be made each day on whether to close or delay school, or continue school closure, based on anticipated travel conditions and other factors. Once a determination is made, the school system will notify parents and the community about the next day’s status.

The school system tries to make such determinations in as timely a manner as possible. But storm severity, weather arrival and anticipated travel conditions constantly change and can be difficult to assess. If the school system cannot make a final determination on the evening before a school day, a final determination early the following morning is necessary.

Notices are typically placed on the system’s website (cowetaschools.net) if the school system is continuing to evaluate conditions, or if normal school operations are anticipated. The school system will notify parents immediately by phone call, text or email, media notice and other means if a determination to close or delay school is made.

In the event of a school delay, the system will notify parents of the length of the delay. For a delay of two hours, for example, parents and students should assume that all normal school procedures are delayed two hours – bus pick-up is two hours from usual times (at 9:00 or 9:30 a.m., for example), and classes will start two hours later (at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.). In such cases, however, school dismissal times would remain the same (2:30 and 3:30 p.m.).

Other weather-related contingencies or tips include:

  • Parents of bus riders should also be aware that extremely cold morning temperatures can cause delays on morning routes. A severe storm watch may also cause delays. Our transportation department works to pick up students as quickly as possible during these conditions.

  • In the case of tornado warnings, we re-route buses to the nearest school sites and shelter in place. We also utilize fire stations, if needed. Once a tornado warning has been lifted, and conditions are safe, we will resume bus service.

  • Steps you can take include ensuring your children are dressed as warmly as possible during the winter months and remaining with your children until they are picked up when extreme weather conditions exist.

  • In the event of school closure, schools often employ a number of resources through which parents or students can stay abreast of school work and assignments, including Remind texts from teachers, Edmodo, Google Classroom, class websites, or online quizzes assigned by teachers.

  • It is important that your child’s school has your current emergency contact information, including home and work phone numbers for our calling system. Please take the time to update that information with your child’s school if needed.

Scoliosis Screening Letter (Going home with students the week of December 14th)

Date: December 15, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Next month, Madras Middle School will conduct a scoliosis screening program to identify students with signs of abnormal curvature of the spine. It is known that two children out of every 100 may have Scoliosis. If this condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spine deformity can usually be prevented.

The procedure for screening is a simple test in which the screener (nurse or trained staff

member) looks at the child’s back in the standing position and while bending forward. Boys and girls are screened separately. Girls should wear a bra, sports bra, or bathing suit under their clothes on the day of screening. A disposable gown is offered for student use.

If your child has a suspected curvature, you will be notified and asked to take your child

to your family physician or an orthopedic doctor for further evaluation. If you do not want your child to be screened, please complete the requested information on the form sent home to you December 15th and return it to the school.

This letter must be returned to the school by January 11th if you wish to refuse the


Madras Chorus Holiday Concert

Madras Guitar Holiday Concert

Students try out different beaks as they study adaptations of the Galapagos finches.

Team Students of the Week

Milestones Resources


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