Titan Talk Newsletter

November 9, 2018

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Upcoming Dates...

The Week Ahead...

  • 11/10 - Titan Advantage @ EPMS from 8 am to 12 noon

  • 11/10 - Latino Leadership Conference @ 8 am - 4 pm (KSU)

  • 11/12 - Veterans Day celebrated at Elkins Pointe

  • 11/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 am ‐ MPES on a TUESDAY

  • 11/13 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/14 - Jr. Beta Meeting @ 8 am (Media Center)

  • 11/14 - Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/15 - FCA @ 7:45 (Media Center)

  • 11/15 - Student Council @ 8 am (E-106)

  • 11/15 - J.S. Wood, author of the Elena Ransom Trilogy speaks to 6th graders in Media Center! Parents are welcome to join their child's 6th grade ELA class!

  • 11/15 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm Media Center

  • 11/15 - Internet Safety with Officer Jones @ 6 pm in the Media Center





November 10th


8:15 - 8:35am - Breakfast

8:45 -10:00 am - Academic Session One

10:00 -10:15 am - Break

10:15 -11:30 am - Academic Session Two

11:30 am - 12 pm - Lunch/Dismissal


Nov. 15th @ 6 pm

in the Media Center

until Nov. 15th

Bring nonperishable foods to Rotunda


Nov. 16th

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents,

We have just four more school days next week before students are off for the Thanksgiving break. I am so thankful for the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, parents, and partners. This week was all about celebrating our stars!

The World Language Department celebrated French National Week and with a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Le Petit Cafe’ was open for business for our French students. Thank you, parents, for supporting this authentic experience for our Titans! Thank you also to Mr. Karim Souchu for so generously sharing your time in the classroom and on the basketball courts with our students.

At the Legacy of Excellence Awards, we celebrated our 2018 Teacher of the Year, Rawlings Johnson, and our 2018 Professional of the Year, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles. We also honored our 2018 Prestigious Partner, Summit Counseling Center for helping our Titans live strong!

Thank you PTSA for helping us show our students just how much we appreciate them for working hard and reaching their personal goals! PTSA volunteers served every student an ice-cream treat for their part in increasing our CCRPI score by 11.8 points. It is important for our students to know that we value their diligence and when we work together, the stars truly do align. We believe in your child's ability to progress and grow.

Please help us to continue to serve our students to the best education we can give by having your child to school every day and on time. On Saturday, November 10th, we look forward to seeing students at Titan Advantage. All students are welcome to attend!


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S


Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

School Climate Survey Links:

Parents: http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Elementary (Grades 3-5): http://gshs.gadoe.org/elementary

Middle (Grades 6-8): http://gshs.gadoe.org/middleschool

High (Grades 9-12): http://gshs.gadoe.org/highschool

If you’d like to keep track of our school’s data, click on the link below.


TAKE the GADOE PARENT Survey for 2018-2019 School Year

Thank you for taking the survey. It should only take five to ten minutes.


Japanese Green Tea Ceremony

On Friday during the 1st and 2nd period, there was a Tea Ceremony demonstration performed by a tea master from Japan. The tea ceremony is a ritual of preparing and serving green tea, but it takes decades for the host to master the art of serving tea, through the study of philosophy, religion, aesthetics, and art. Green tea originated in China and has spread to many countries in Asia. Green tea has been an important part of Japanese history and culture. Japan has so many products using green tea, even “green tea Kit Kat!”

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Legacy of Excellence!

Congratulations to our TOTY, Rawlings Johnson, and POTY, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles!
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Peace Poster Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Maclain Chapiro who won the EPMS Peace Poster contest sponsored by the Roswell Lion’s Club. Maclain will receive a check for $100 and will be recognized at an upcoming Lion’s Club dinner. Mrs. Suckow’s Intro to Art students participated in the contest.
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Le Petit Café!

Thank you to all the parent volunteers and parents for donating pastries, croissants, Madelaine cookies, and servers! You made French National Week event tasty and fun for our students!
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Merci Beaucoup to Karim Souchu

Thank you to Mr. Karim Souchu, French Professional Basketball player, for coming to Elkins Pointe to play 3 X 3 Basketball with our students for French National Week! Also, Mr. Souchu helped 8th grade French students in the classroom!
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CCRPI Celebration!

A sweet score deserved a sweet treat for students and teachers! Thank you to our parent volunteers for your service with a smile!
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P.E. & AVID Tailgate Party!

Two of our Connections classes partnered together for a college-inspired Tailgate! Students and teachers had a blast at the PE/AVID tailgate party. They had games galore, college decor, and Kona Ice! Thank you to the PE coaches and Mrs. Tongue for making Friday a Fri-YAY! #SmartHappyConnected @AVIDepms @elkinspointe
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Congratulations to the Reflections Winners at the Council Level!

2018 NFC PTA Council Reflections winners and honorable mentions list are:

  • Brandon Castenada, 8th grade Winner - Film (Watch Brandon's video below)
  • Celeste Sanchez, 8th grade Winner - 2D Visual Art

  • Briana Frye, 8th grade Honorable mention - Literature

  • Katelyn Mardis, 7th grade Winner - Photography
  • Ashton Stevens, 7th grade Honorable Mention - Literature
  • Carson Leatherman, 7th grade Honorable Mention - Literature
  • Loveah Martinez. 7th grade Honorable Mention 2D Visual Art



Titan Advantage - 11/10

The Titan Advantage program will serve as an academic workshop open to all students regardless of level. Teachers have issued permission slips to students directly through their WINN classes. If you would like for your child to participate, please contact your child's WINN teacher or bring them to the workshop and complete a permission slip.

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Veterans Day - Salute on 11/12

We would like to take this opportunity to honor and remember all who served our country on Veterans Day Sunday, November 11, 2018. Your service and sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to our very own EPMS staff:

  • Officer Allen Jones, Army
  • George Eberhart, Army Reserves
  • Ron Lewis, Navy
  • Elizabeth Scott, Navy and Air Force Reserves

We will honor them at school on Monday, November 12, 2018. We salute you!!

Internet Safety Seminar for Parents -11/15

The Internet Safety Workshop will not be on Nov. 15th at 6 pm in the Media Center. Please join Resource Office Jones as he gives key information on the digital safety of your teen!


NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature of this material, this workshop will not be broadcast on Facebook Live.

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Special Author Visit - 11/15

On Thursday, the 15th of November, J.S. Wood, the author of the Elena Ransom Trilogy speaks to 6th graders in Media Center. Parents welcome to come to join their child's class!

Local children's author J.S. Wood is coming to Elkins Pointe to talk to 6th grade ELA classes in the Media Center. J.S. Wood is coming to share writing tips and to inspire 6th grade students to write creatively and to read books passionately. 6th grade parents are invited to join their child's 6th grade class on Thursday, Nov. 15th! Thank you to Media Specialist Jennifer Newman for bringing a real-life author to Elkins Pointe!
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Boys Basketball Try-Outs - 11/26 & 11/27

Boys Basketball Tryouts will be held on November 26th and 27th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

SAVE the DATE for COTILLION - January 2019

Invitations for the Bridges/North Atlanta Cotillion have been mailed this week to all 7th grade and 8th grade students at Elkins Pointe! Please be sure to check your mailbox. Classes begin January 2019!

  • Seventh Grade will learn basic ballroom dancing and popular dance (Shag, Swing, Free Style, Line, and Slow), as well as, many important social and professional skills the students will need to know now and throughout their lives.
  • Eighth Grade classes will review the basics taught in year one, and the students will learn many new dances including Latin, Swing, and Hustle. An extensive Table Manners segment will further develop your child’s social graces. Dating, interviews and making conversation will also be covered. NOTE: All eighth graders are eligible! No need to have completed the 7th grade class last year.

If you did not receive an invitation and would like your child to attend cotillion, please contact one of the representatives below:


Jr. Beta and Interact Club Thanksgiving Food Drive - 11/15

Interact Club and Jr. Beta are conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive for North Fulton Charities. Please drop off nonperishable (boxed, cans, bags) foods in the rotunda or boxes near the Media Center.

Below is a list of requested items:

  • Canned Vegetables (Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Squash,
  • Greens, etc.)
  • Boxed or Bagged Potatoes and Rice (Mashed or Scalloped;
  • White, Brown or Yellow Rice)
  • Boxed Pasta Mixes (Mac-n-Cheese, Side pasta mixes)
  • Boxed or Bagged Stuffing Mixes (Cornbread, Herb, Plain)
  • Bags of Flour, Cornmeal, Biscuit mixes (Wheat, All-Purpose, White)
  • Boxes of Baking Goods (Cake Mixes, Brownies, Pie makings,
  • Cornbread)
  • Cans of Gravy (Turkey, Chicken)
  • Cans of Fruit (Apple, Cranberry, Cranberry Sauce,
  • Pineapple, Applesauce, Peaches etc.)

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Titans are AVID about Helping Out!

Elkins Pointe Middle School AVID students are collecting supplies for Hurricane Michael Relief Drive. Florida was hit hard by the hurricane. Students and their families are struggling to get back on their feet as many of their homes and schools were destroyed or badly damaged. Each WINN teacher will have a box located in their classroom where students can drop off items daily during the collection window. The WINN class that donates the most items per grade level will get a breakfast party of DONUTS and juice!

The Items Needed include:

  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant and Bath Soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Cleaning supplies
  • School supplies
  • Baby products
  • Bottled water, blankets, bath towels, and other household items.

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Teacher Restroom Furniture and Art Donations Needed!!!

Donations needed for Teacher Restrooms. New, Gentle Used and Thrift Items all welcomed. Unused pieces will be donated to charity. Click link to sign up and donate!


Roswell High School Band Holiday Fundraiser - Pre-Orders 11/16

Are you buying a Christmas tree this year? Possibly a Poinsettia or maybe you would rather have a wreath? The RHS Band is selling greenery at GREAT PRICES. These are GORGEOUS Fraser Fir trees from Cashiers, North Carolina, and the Poinsettias are truly Floral quality.

The Roswell High School Band Boosters Association (RHSBBA) is excited to partner with Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) for a Holiday Greenery Sale and a Holiday Gift & Craft Show. RHSSBBA is accepting orders for Christmas trees, wreaths, and Poinsettias. 100% of proceeds from the Greenery Sale benefit the Roswell High School Band.

There are three flexible options to order:

1. Fill out and return the Pre-Order Form below along with a payment (cash or check) to Ms. Kathleen Burkhart

2. Scan QR Code shown here to the right if you wish to order securely online.

3. Go to RoswellBand.com and click on "The Greenery Sale" or go directly to https://event-14787-9513.pushpayevents.com/

Customers can pick up their order on Sat, Dec 1st from 10am – 2pm at the RUMC Gift & Craft Show at 814 Mimosa Blvd, GA 30075 or delivery to your front door is available for $30. RHS Marching Band will be taking pre-orders until 11/16.

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Roswell Jr. Hornets Girls Select Lacrosse - 11/10 & 11/13

The Roswell Jr. Hornets Girls Select Lacrosse program will be holding tryouts for Spring Jr. Select (6th and 7th grade) and Spring Sr. Select (7th and 8th grade) on Saturday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 13th. The tryouts will be held on the Roswell Area Park Field MS #2 and Roswell North Elementary Lacrosse Field.

Registration - All players must be registered with Roswell Recreation and Parks prior to tryouts. http://www.roswellgov.com/

Spring Middle School Travel/Select Lacrosse

Activity Code Program # 33018-02 for 13U girls and #33018-3 for 15U girls.

Registration Discount Deadline- Register prior to October 20 to avoid late fee charge

Tryouts – Location: Roswell Area Park MS #2 and Roswell North Elementary– Participants do need to attend both tryout dates.

Saturday, November 10th (Location: RAP MS #2)

All Girls Jr. and Sr. Select

9:30 am – 11:00 am – please show up 30 minutes early to register and get warmed-up

Tuesday, November 13th (Location: Roswell North Elementary Lacrosse Field)

All Girls Jr. and Sr. Select

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Important – Parents will not be permitted to stay for tryouts. Please drop your daughter off and then pick her up at the conclusion of the tryout.

All players must have/wear appropriate lacrosse equipment (eye protection, mouth guard and stick) to tryout. Direct any questions to Jody Ewing at jody.ewing@gmail.com

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2018-2019 Parent University Events


  • Fireside Chat and Middle School 101 – Orientation & Transition into MS


  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (English)


  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (Spanish)
  • "Don't Stop Achieving" Student Success Family Night - 9/17/2018
  • Get Connected Night with STEM Activity
  • Rosetta Stone


  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Reading, Writing, and ELA
  • Digital Citizenship: Copyright & Piracy Office365, Launchpad Resources
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Student-Led Data Talks - How to interpret State testing (GA Milestones, FastBridge), grades, student growth, SAC/HAC
  • 8th Grade Transition to High School
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Matters
  • Reading Challenge (i-Ready) over the Winter Break


  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Get Future Titans Ready for Transition into Middle School - Visits to feeder schools
  • Everybody Reads - Reading Comprehension and Lexile Levels
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Metrics for the Milestones


  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • 5th grade to 6th-grade Transition Meeting
  • Spring Input Meeting for All Stakeholders


  • No Stress Success on Georgia Milestones


  • Summer Reading Logs & Math Resources

Note: Parent University Workshops may be subject to change. Workshops also may be added when requested by parents, teachers, the community, and students.

8th Grade Transition Meeting - November 29, 2018 (English)

  • EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (English)

    Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018

    Where: EPMS Media Center

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Who: English PARENTS - EPMS 8th grade parents who have students rising to high school in 2019-2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in English by Lisa O'H Cowles

    Spanish Presentation on Tuesday, November 27th by Koritza Rodriguez

    Title I & Title 3 - Transition Meeting

    This evening is to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Koritza Rodriguez in Spanish with Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles

    This evening is to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez.

Student-Led Data talks for the Fall - DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO JANUARY 2019

  • - GA Milestones

    - Whole Child

    - Growth Mindset

    - Reading Comprehension


    *** Students are prepared in WINN Class to give their parents an update on their progress and growth.


Upcoming in November...


  • 11/27 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/27 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (Spanish) @ 6:30 pm This meeting is for Spanish speaking parents who have students rising to high school in 2019‐2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in Spanish by Koritza Rodriquez.

  • 11/28- Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/29 - PTSA Sponsored Nutcracker Field Experience for the 8th grade

  • 11/29 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/29 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (ENGLISH) @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center. This evening is to give 8th‐grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez

  • 11/30 - Wear College Swag

  • 11/30 - "For the Love of Reading" during WINN