Titan Talk

March 16, 2018

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Upcoming Dates:

The Week Ahead...

  • 3/20 - Band Large Group Performance Evaluation (TBA)
  • 3/22 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 3/22 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/23 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 3/23 - TOTY & PEOTY Breakfast (Media Center) Sign Up HERE
  • 3/23 - Interact Mtg @ 7:44 am (D-119)
  • 3/24 - Titan Advantage @ EPMS from 8 am - 12 pm
  • 3/25 - Spirit Brunch, Lunch & Night @ Peach & the Porkchop



March 22 from 6 -8 pm


*Bring money to purchase tickets to sample foods

* Bring a favorite dish to contribute

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March 19-23

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March 19-23

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March 19-23

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* Candidate Statements


March 29th

During Connections classes


Dear Parents,

This week our Titans celebrated our Smart, Happy, and Connected school through peace, love, and a culture of kindness. I am proud of the ways that our students, parents, teachers, and staff always rise up to embrace and support each other. Our welcoming and inclusive culture are what makes our school a unique learning environment.

I received many positive accolades on our Student Council's tribute to the 17 lost in Parkland. Thank you to all who took the time to let me know that you supported our students' poignant and beautiful remembrance. Our 1,000 Butterfly Tribute to peace, love, and kindness will remain on display until Spring Break. I invite our families to walk back to the fishbowl on International Night to read our students "17 acts of kindness" and to see our World Language mural. Our students' message of kindness matters is universal.

On Thursday, we welcomed the rising 6th-grade parents to our school. Our 6th-grade Pointe Team assured parents that not only had they survived middle school but that they are thriving! The Pointe Team shared stories about their lockers, new friends, AVID, the instruments they play, favorite teachers, and World Language experiences. A special thanks to Mrs. Dease, Dr. Bearden, Ms. Ward, Mr. Harigree, Mrs.Toner, Mrs. Cowles, Mrs. Rodriguez, and the Pointe Team for being a part of our elementary school transition.

Next Thursday, on March 22nd from 6-8 pm is International Night at Elkins Pointe. This event is a MUST! International Night is where our school culture comes alive with the sight, sounds, entertainment...and the food! Bring the whole family and your neighbors to join us for a night of festivities. Please sign up to make your favorite international dish, and bring some money to buy tickets so you can sample eatables from around the world!

Next week is also Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week and the Scholastic Book Fair. Please join our PTSA in honoring our teachers and staff for the hard and valuable work they put into our students. You can show your gratitude by helping out the PTSA or honor them in something personal to your family or child. Please support our school goal of literacy by encouraging your child to purchase a book at the Book Fair in the Media Center.

Remember that tomorrow, on Saturday, March 17th is the Titan Advantage Georgia Milestones workshop from 8 am to 12 pm. Titans, please join by taking advantage of all the amazing cultural and learning events happening at Elkins Pointe!

I'm looking forward to seeing all my Titan families on March 22nd at International Night!

Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!


Titan Advantage @ Elkins Pointe - 3/17

The Titan Advantage program will serve as a Georgia Milestones workshop and is going to be open to all students regardless of level.

  • Saturday, March 17th, and 24th
  • Breakfast and check-in will occur from 8:00-9:00
  • Georgia Milestones session 1 workshop will take place from 9:00 am until 10:15 am
  • Break from 10:15 until 10:45
  • Georgia Milestones session 2 workshop will take place from 10:45 am to 12 noon

Teachers have issued permission slips to students directly through their WINN classes

AVID Applications due by 3/21

AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a year-long, elective class offered to students who would like to prepare for entrance into a college or university. The curriculum features writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, reading, note-taking, study skills, and college/career activities. Students will participate in field trips to colleges and universities. Students must commit to taking notes in classes on a daily basis and keeping organized by using their AVID binder. They will be supported in their classes by teachers who are trained in AVID strategies. These strategies will strengthen student preparedness to take more challenging academic courses in high school and college.

International Family Night - 3/22

Calling all the EPMS Families!!! International Family Night is a night to embrace and celebrate different cultures on a unique night full of food, games, gathering, and fun!! It is a special night for you to be proud of who you are and where you come from!!!Here's your chance to have some fun in the kitchen while supporting an all-time favorite Annual event at Elkins Pointe. International Family Night 2018- an evening here students, teachers, and families taste their way Around our World!

Please sign up for an Internationally inspired dish to share! What a fun opportunity to try out a new recipe, recreate your family's ethnic dish or try out a page from your favorite cookbook! Be sure to include the country name, dish, and ingredients. Please bring disposable containers -- Students in language classes are strongly encouraged to participate!!

Sign Up Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-international1

Calling All International Performers! 3/22

Calling actors, singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, pianists, drummers, guitarists, cheerleaders, etc. We need you to share your abilities with us during the International Night. Please email Profe Crowe at crowem@fultonschools.org.

Book Fair - 3/19-3/23

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair is coming March 19th - 23rd. We will be open for business at 8 am - 4 pm, so bring money that week to shop. We appreciate any and all parent volunteers who will be a part of making this happen! This Fall we had the highest sales for Elkins Pointe and I'm looking forward to doing it again with your help. Please refer to the Sign Up Genius - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-book1 to secure a good time for you.

SGC Elections 3/19-3/23

Please VOTE in the SGC elections on March 19 - 23, 2018
  • Elections begin at 8:00 am on March 19th @ 5:00 pm thru March 23rd.
  • Please check your email to access your ballot starting March 19th!


Spirit Brunch into Spirit Night @ The Peach & The Porkchop - 3/25

TITANS! Let’s start off our week right with a SPIRIT DAY at Peach & the Porkchop Sunday, March 25, 2018! Join us at The Peach &The Porkchop Sunday, March 25, 2018, ALL DAY 11am-11pm! Brunch is served 11-2:30. EPMS will receive 20% off all sales the ENTIRE DAY!!! Please tell your server you are there for the Elkins Middle School Spirit Day so you tab is included in the fundraiser! If you would like to make a reservation you may call the restaurant at the number below or make your reservation on Open Table!

Peach & the Porkchop

12040 Etris Rd Ste D100

Roswell, GA 30075

tel:(770) 696-5409


P&P + Titans = 1 Fun Spirit DAY!!

Teacher Appreciation Week is 3/19-3/23

Teacher Appreciation Week is "Celebrate the Great Outdoors!"

We really want to make our teachers and staff feel appreciated for all they do for our kids. The PTSA will provide treats throughout the week, and we asking our families to help contribute a few items. We have a great week to "Celebrate the Great Outdoors" with our amazing EPMS staff of almost 150 people! Thank you so much for your support as we plan something special for our staff every day! If you would like to help with Teacher Appreciation and TOTY/POTY, click HERE and it will go directly to out Teacher Appreciation Chair, Jenny Rindt.

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Some Bunny Loves the Book Fair!

Thank you to our Book Fair volunteers. The Book Fair is ready for next Monday, March 19 - March 23! Come shop the for a favorite book and to take a chance at the giant bunny PEEP lollipop pull! Sign Up to be some bunny who helps at the Book Fair here!
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Thank you to profe Crowe and profe Mejia for arranging for the 6th and 7th grade to learn Flamenco from Senora Julie Bagenstoss.
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Peace, Love, and Butterflies

The students at Elkins Pointe put up 1,000 butterflies as a tribute to kindness and those lost at Parkland.
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Congrats to Chorus!

Congrats to both Chorus groups on their Superior (the highest possible rating) from every judge in both performance and sight reading!

"It was an honor to be a part of this group’s performance. I was so impressed with their professionalism and focus from the warm-up room, through their prepared concert, and concluding in the sight-reading room. They had several distractions thrown their way and they truly were able to “RISE UP” above all it to create a beautiful experience. Bravo to Mr. Baugh and his amazing groups!" ~Kate Burkhart

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Cybersecurity @ Interact

Interact Club meeting & the Interact Club “club” period on today. They had a special guest speaker Ms. Jennifer Kinney from Lexis Nexis to speak to them about Cybersecurity.
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FCA students were hard at work making over 100 snack bags for NFCC!!
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On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Ms. Lindesay's 8th graders in Business & Computer Science presented their entrepreneurship projects to entrepreneurs/mentors of our community. Special thanks to our entrepreneurs/mentors for taking the time to share their knowledge, listen to the ideas of our students, and guide them. Marco Cacciatore, Michelle Cisneros-Hicks, Sean Cullinan, Amie Dean, Sara Heslin, Mike McGaugh, Mr. John Melonakos, Melba Searcy, Will Jones (Counselor), and Kindra Smith (Principal), we couldn't have done this without you. Thank you also to Susan Rickson and Jennifer Newman for letting us use the Media Center to host this event.

"I was so glad to be able to participate. The program is fantastic and I’m glad it is offered at Elkins! It is teaching our youth how to thrive and how to be self-sufficient...!" --Mike McGaugh, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Build with BMC

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African Culture Projects

7th-grade Social Studies collages for Mrs. Streeter's African Culture unit. This 7th-grader are so creative and thorough with their projects and their Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Streer, is "so proud of them!"
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On Saturday, February 22nd, Fulton County held its annual Linguapalooza World Languages competition at Autrey Mill Middle School. Over 400 of the best middle school world language students from across the county were interviewed in the language they are studying by judges from other schools. During the ten-minute interview, students were evaluated on their comprehensibility, vocabulary and grammar usage, and ability to express themselves in the language. Félicitations, Omedetoo, Felicitaciones, and Congratulations to the following EPMS students!
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French: All "Superior" rating

  • 7th grade: Mariam Kerzazi, Lillian Bishop, Sireen Mohammed, Samantha Weinick, Owen Smith and Kaitlyn Crisci
  • 8th grade: William Rary, Zoe Nixon, Ryan Scott and Julian Ostertag
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Japanese: All "Superior" rating

  • 7th grade: Jessica Scislowicz, Kate Wishert, John Gonzalez and Erin Mattson
  • 8th grade: Caroline Kardian, Brett Peterson, Carlos Luz, Charis Philo, Callum Hood-Cree and Patrick McBride
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Spanish: All "Superior" rating

  • 6th grade: Taven Bernard, Krish Kochhar, Ashton Stevens, Jordyn Velde, Emily Pascual, Noah Sherman, Christian Jimenez
  • 7th grade: Katherine Kennedy
  • 8th grade: Ansley Rickson
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Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to get involved or have any questions, please email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org.


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Learn About Services for Exceptional Children - 3/17

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FCA Movie Showing @ Northpoint AMC - 3/18 @ 2 PM

MOVIE: “I Can Only Imagine”

What: FCA Middle School Movie Event (special showing) – North Fulton

Why: To share the Good News through an amazing inspirational life story…

When: Sunday March 18, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Where: North Point – Alpharetta AMC Theatres

Cost: $10.00 per ticket (includes movie & a free Mercy Me album download)

Notes: This is a closed or special showing specifically for 3 North Fulton MS FCA Huddle Programs (TRMS, Elkins Point & Crabapple). Tickets are limited, with each school receiving only #30 tickets, tickets are being sold now on a 1st come 1st served basis & will not last! Students, speak with your parents for permission and transportation arrangements. This is a FCA – North Fulton Event but questions can be directed to Coach Turnbow, turnbow@fultonschools.org(TRMS FCA Huddle Coach).

Movie Trailer… I Can Only Imagine: The Heart of the Movie - YouTube

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Play a Role in the PTSA...Next School Year...Yeah, We Mean YOU!!

You play a vital role in the success of your child’s middle school experience. Make your mark and support us in identifying individuals to serve on the 2017-2018 PTSA Board of Directors for Elkins Pointe Middle School. The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for officers for the upcoming school year.

Elkins Pointe Middle School (EPMS) has received top ratings for school climate for the past three years. We value our diversity and we need your help to ensure the interests of all families are represented as EPMS continues to deliver on its mission of empowering students for tomorrow’s global society.

Please take the time to get involved and submit your nominations. We are accepting nominees for the following positions: President, Vice President(s), Secretary, and Treasurer. We are also accepting nominees for the following appointed positions of Parliamentarian, committee chairs and committee members. The Nominating Committee is not responsible for selecting the Parliamentarian, committee chairs, or committee members, however; will forward all names to the elected Executive Committee for their consideration.

Here’s how it works.

  1. Check out the positions and proposed responsibilities attached.
  2. Submit your nominations using the Nomination Form by March 17, 2017. The Nomination Form is attached and is also available in the school office at the reception desk.
  3. Use the Sign-up genius to express your interest in participating in a committee in the 2017/2018 school year. Here is the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-20172018/40545916
  4. Tell your friends and neighbors about how they can get involved. We particularly need your help reaching out to those families that will be new to Elkins Pointe Middle in the upcoming school year (i.e. rising 6th graders)

What happens next?

The nominating committee is responsible for reviewing all nominations, selecting and then presenting the recommended slate of officers at the Election meeting. Current PTSA members attending the Election meeting will vote to select the upcoming board.

The timeline of events shall be:

  • Deadline for submitting Nomination Form for officers: March 17, 2017.
  • Candidate Interviews: The Nominating Committee will review all nominated individuals and will conduct interviews of all qualified nominees. All nominees will be notified of the specific time for the interview and allowed an opportunity to consider any office prior to making a decision.
  • Report of Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee will post a report indicating the nominees for each elected position on April 17, ten days before the election meeting.
  • Election Meeting: The nominating committee will give the report on April 27, 2017, at the PTSA general meeting - Elections will be held for the 2017/2018 EPMS PTSA Board of Directors during this meeting.

If you should have any questions about the nomination process, please feel free to contact any member of the Nominating Committee: Getinvolved@elkinspointeptsa.org


PTSA Nominating Committee

Christy Mitchell (Chair) – christybosleymitchell@gmail.com 770-314-6628, Allison Liguori, Peggy Jackson, Shannon Johnson, Diana Strain, Jane O'Brien (alternate), Lisa Harrison (alternate),

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FUNDED BY YOUR PTSA: Australian Didgeridoo Down Under Show

Elkins Pointe PTSA was excited this year to sponsor the Australian Didgeridoo Down Under Show to our school. On Friday, February 23, 2018, all the 6th grade students participated in the Australian Didgeridoo Down Under Show during normal school hours.

Didgeridoo Down Under (DDU) is an Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, art, science, literacy development, comedy, character building, anti-bullying, motivational speaking and audience participation. The didgeridoo is a musical instrument, usually a hollow tree trunk that has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years. DDU is much more than music – it is an interactive, educational, and motivational experience. This is also a true cross-curricular program that supports state and national educational standards (www.didgedownunder.com).

Your student’s cost: $0*

*This is funded by your EPMS PTSA (elkinspointe.my-pta.org)



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