Titan Talk Newsletter

Feb. 8, 2019

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Candidates interested in running for an elected position on the Council must complete a candidate declaration form and submit by February 20th.

Upcoming Dates

The Week Ahead...

VALENTINE SALE - Feb. 11- Feb.14th


Buy a lollipop or hot chips for a friend or yourself for $1-$2

  • 2/9 - Titan Advantage from 9 am - 12 noon
  • 2/11 - PTSA Student Member Meeting @ 8 am to 8:30 am Location: Media Center
  • 2/11 - Girl's Basketball Practice Location: GYM @ 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • 2/12 to 2/14 - Orchestra ‐LGPE Dates ‐ TENTATIVE
  • 1/12 - Coding Club, after-school Mrs. Temske's classroom
  • 2/12 - Hampton Film Academy Location: Media Center @ 4:05 mp to 5:30 pm
  • 2/12 - Boy's Basketball Practice Location: GYM @ 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • 2/13 - SCOLIOSIS FORMS DISTRIBUTED via WINN TEACHER MAILBOXES (Opt‐Out forms returned by 2/18)
  • 2/13 - Jr. Beta @ 8:00 am to 8:30 am Location: Media Center (White)
  • 2/13 - 8th grade PTSA Dance Committee Meeting @ 9 am in the Teachers Lunchroom
  • 2/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 am ‐ RNES
  • 2/13 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm ﴾E‐111﴿
  • 2/13 - BASKETBALL: EPMS vs. River Trail ‐ AWAY GAME Location: River Trail Middle School ﴾10795 Rogers Cir, Duluth, GA, United States﴿ 5:30 pm
  • 2/13 - Chorus Pre-LPGE concert Location: GYM @ 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • 2/14 - WEAR RED FOR VALENTINES AND HEART AWARENESS - Sponsored by the Jr. Beta.
  • 2/14 - FCA @ 7:45 am in the Media Center
  • 2/14 - Running Club @ 4:15 ‐ 5:15 pm ﴾Ingram﴿
  • 2/20 - SGC Candidacy Declarations Due
TAKE the GADOE PARENT Survey for 2018-2019

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Calendar Dates to Note:









Note: ALL Elkins Pointe students will now have school

on the day above to make up for school closing in the fall for Election Day.

Message From the Principal

Happy Friday Titans,

We fully embrace shared governance at Elkins Pointe. Today the Elkins Pointe School Governance Council (SGC) met to discuss the plans and the budget for the 2019-2020 school year. Partnering with our parents, teachers/staff and the community is the best way to commit to student success.

It is time for parents and teachers to declare their candidacy to run for a seat on the School Governance Council. The purpose of the SGC is to work together to fulfill the Elkins Pointe mission to educate "Smart, Happy, and Connected" students so they are able to learn to their fullest potential. The SGC is composed of elected and appointed officials:

  • Three (3) parent elected positions
  • Two (2) teacher elected positions
  • Two (2) appointed staff members
  • Two (2) appointed community members
  • One principal of the school

Meetings are held once a month, in the morning. The majority of our members hold full-time jobs. Members discuss, implement, and vote on items pertaining to the Elkins Pointe Middle School Plan 2020. Our strategic plan aligns with the FCS Strategic Plan 2022. Both plans are divided into four pillars: 1) Student Achievement 2) People and Culture 3) Community Collaboration 4) Fiscal Responsibility. Each pillar is a way for the school to identify initiatives and measure the outcomes. Some of the duties of the SGC include Requests for Waivers of Flexibility, i.e. teacher workdays for Professional Development and expenditures of SEED funds for use within the school and the classroom.

It is time for the Elkins Pointe SGC to seek a new parent member and a new teacher member. Our Graduation Coach, Mr. James Tongue, and Parent-Elect, Mrs. Kathleen Carpenter, will be rolling off the board in May. I thank them for their service and I hope their commitment to our students will inspire our parents and teachers to take a chance and run for the council.

I would like to ask you, "Would you like to make a difference at our school?" "Would you like to use your voice, time, and heart to be part of the shared governance affecting students, teachers, and our community?" If you can answer "Yes" to these questions, please take a moment to declare your candidacy for the Elkins Pointe SGC. Candidate declarations are due by February 20th.

Parent/Guardian Declaration Form

Teacher Candidate Declaration Form

It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated members of our SGC. I look forward to a robust election with many candidates. There can never be enough people who are willing to show our Titans that they are worth it!


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S


Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!


Elkins Pointe School Governance Council

Upcoming SGC Elections

(Links for declaration form will be available from February 4th – February 20th)

Elkins Pointe will be electing representatives to serve on the School Governance Council. We will be electing parent/guardian positions and teacher positions for our spring election. Our School Governance Council has a leadership role in the governance of the school. The Council works with the principal in setting the long-term vision and strategy for the school. They are responsible for approving the school's strategic plan and budget recommendations, as well as designing innovative solutions to increase academic achievement and meet the unique needs of our school community.

Elections for the parent/guardian and teacher positions on the School Governance Council will be held March 11th – March 18th. Candidates interested in running for an elected position on the Council must complete a candidate declaration form and submit by February 20th.

Candidate forms may be submitted electronically or by mail (get a copy of the form from the school's front office and follow mailing instructions on the back of the form).

Teacher Candidate Declaration Form

Parent/Guardian Declaration Form

Helpful Links:

SGC Elections


Happy National School Counseling Month Week

We celebrate our fantastic school counselors, Ms. Traci Dease and Mr. Will Jones! We love and appreciate you!
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Robotics Team Game On!

EPMS Robotics 9160 team competed in our local FTC League championship last weekend. We did great! At the end of the tournament, our team (9160 - Epic Pi Bots) was ranked 4th out of 31 teams in the Roswell/Douglasville League. This was a huge accomplishment considering that most of the 31 teams were high schools.

Congratulations to our Titans: Students : Jahaan Lalwani, Pablo Benavides, Kevin Seery,

Connor Pearson, Ghaleb Sarsour, Malik Suggs, Robert Martinez, Matt Patterson, Raul Barrientos, Myles Murphy, Charlie Smith

Next steps, we have been invited to compete in the Georgia First Tech Challenge Last Chance Tournament! If we win there, we get to go on to the Georgia State Championship! So our next meet will be at Blessed Trinity high school, on 2/9/2019.Please come to support your team!

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Year of the Boar!

We are happy to announce that 6th grader, Joseph Poppel won the first place in the Original category for the National Japanese New Year's Card Contest: "Year of the Boar" sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. Joseph received the certificate and the Amazon gift card.
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Titans Go to Georgia Tech for the Latino STEM Fair

We had a fantastic turn out for the Latino STEM Fair at Georgia Tech. Students experienced a movie in the portable planetarium, talked to many college representatives at their tables, saw several cool science stuff, and listened to a panel of speakers talk about challenges, and college opportunities.Go Titans! Go Tech!

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Let's Hear it for the District Honor Band

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Double Vision

Ms. Capriola and Ms.Castleberry at Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors at the High Museum of Art.
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Titan Spirit!

Let's give up for Spirit Squad! Thank you to Coach Carlotta Scott-Hooper for designing such good looking uniforms!
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Calling all 8th grade parents! - 2/13

It is time to start planning for the 8th grade dance...“A Night In Paris”. Our initial planning meeting will be this Wednesday, February 13th at 9am in the teachers lounge.
We need help with publicity, tickets, decorations, food, beverages and much more!
Any questions, please contact Ruthie Ellis @ ruthieellis6@gmail.com

The Next Titan Advantage -2/9

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.

Titan Advantage is from 9 am to 12 noon. Here are the dates for 2019:

  • Feb 9th, 23rd
  • Mar 2nd, 9th, 16th 23rd

This enrichment opportunity offered on Saturdays, free of charge. All students are invited to maximize or remediation in the content mastery areas which are assessed on GA Milestones (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). To fuel students through two, one-hour blocks of uninterrupted instruction, students are treated to a hot breakfast, snack, and pizza. National Honor Society, high school students, are brought in to help tutor students 1-on-1. The academic sessions are taught by dedicated expert staff members committed to student success for all Titans!

College Fair - 2/9

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PTSA Student Meeting - Save the Date! - 2/11

Let your voice be heard! The PTSA Student Meeting is Feb 11 from 8-8:30 in the Media Center. PTSA students are invited to join us for doughnuts and brainstorming on how we can make the rest of 2019 the best year at EPMS ever!

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Coding Club - 2/12

Coding club will be run by the coder school from East Cobb The club will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4:15-5:15. The school is funding 20 spots. Parents can fill out an application for their child at http://bit.ly/epmscoderclub

Katha Stuart Community Meeting - 2/12

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Wear Red - 2/14

The Jr. Beta Club is asking everyone to WEAR RED on Valentine's Day to support Heart Awareness Month. During lunchtime, Jr. Beta will give a heart treat to every Titan wearing red. Show heart health matters and let's have a RED OUT @ the Pointe!

Scoliosis Screening - 2/20

Attention Elkins Pointe Parents: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for the Scoliosis Screening event on Friday, February 20th, from 12 noon - 3:30 pm. Volunteers must be Scoliosis Screening Trained. This is a really important event because between the ages of 11-14 is the prime period of identification for scoliosis of the spine, and early detection and early treatment is the key to reversing scoliosis so it is not a life-long problem.

If you can sign up as a volunteer, we will feed you lunch, snacks, and coffee on the day of the screening. For those that were certified through training last year, you do not have to retake the training course. Please, direct questions to Jennifer Rodman: jcrodman@yahoo.com.

Volunteer Opportunity for Students - 2/22

Hembree Springs Family Dance is requesting middle school volunteers. They are asking for middle school students to come and help with their "The Dot" themed family dance! Hembree Springs wants to say, "Those of you that helped last year were amazing!" Please come help again on Friday, Feb. 22nd.

Click on the link to Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fadad2faafd0-family2

Box Tops - 2/22


All Box Tops must be turned in by February 22, 2019, for the spring submission. Please carefully trim your box tops and ensure that all submitted box tops have expiration dates on or after March 1, 2019, Box Tops expiring prior to this date cannot be submitted. Place all Box Tops in a baggie and turn them into the front office collection box or to Mrs. Streeter’s Room.

Box Tops can be clipped from participating products. See the full list of products here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.

You can also earn Box Tops for Elkins Pointe via a free app that you can download in the App Store. Just download the app and check for offers each time you shop. After checkout, simply redeem the offer in the app and scan your receipt. Points from the offers are added to our online account within hours of your purchase (PLUS you can still clip the Box Tops on these products and submit them for the general submission).

Each Box Top is worth .10 - schools can earn thousands of dollars through this program! Our goal was to raise at least $400 this year through this program, although the fall submission only earned us $100, so we really need your help in meeting our goal. Note that our feeder elementary schools raise $1,000 or more at their schools, so please think of sending some of your Box Tops to Elkins!

EPMS Spirit Night @ Dos Margarita's - 2/22

Save the date for the EPMS Spirit Night on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Dos Margaritas, 12460 Crabapple Road. Mention Elkins Pointe and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds.
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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week ☘ 💓 😎 Week of March 4-8

TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK is March 4th-8th, 2019. The theme is "Every Day Should Be a Holiday!"

  • Monday - We are Lucky to Have You! St. Patty's Day - Irish Coffee with a Grab-N-Go Breakfast
  • Tuesday - Turn Up for Tuesday/Cinco De Mayo - Fiesta Luncheon with Taco bar
  • Wednesday - YOU are the Heart of our school! Valentine's Day - Dessert Buffet!
  • Thursday - Summertime Pool Party to celebrate the TOTY/POTY Awards Breakfast!
  • Friday - Let the Good Times Roll! Mardi Gras Snack Cart to end the week!

Help with Purchasing:

If you would like to help purchase items for our teachers and staff, please click on the Link: http://a.co/aMy2gAo

Sign Up to Help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-teacherstaff

Contact Amie Dean and Jenny Rindt are the PTSA Chairs! Be on the lookout for more information on how you can help make "Every Day Feel Like a Holiday" at our school!

Titans Got Talent Auditions - 3/4 & 3/%


GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER and sign up for the Elkins Pointe Talent Expo on Friday, April 12th, presented by the PTSA and the Drama Club! This is a talent "showcase", NOT a contest, so don't be shy and join in on the FUN!

Each Act should be no longer than 3 minutes, and you must provide your own music/props (piano and microphones will be available on stage). Individual Acts or Group Acts are welcome! Students interested in participating are required to submit the "Act Proposal" form attached at the March 4th & 5th after-school meetings to go over the details of the act.

Please come prepared to provide a preview of the Act you will be performing at the Show. In addition, if you are interested in being the "Emcee" for the Show, announcing each act with your own flair, you will have the opportunity to audition for that role at the March 4th & 5th meetings.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Rodman: jcrodman@yahoo.com.

International Night - 3/21

International Night is coming up fast. For those of you have never participated before, this is our biggest event of the year. Out families, students, and teachers participate in the festivities, volunteering, and fun! Click below to sign-up to bring in a dish for our International Food Fest!

International Night Performers Wanted! - March 21st, 2019

Our EPMS International Night is fast approaching on Thursday, March 21 from 6-8 PM. This is one of the biggest and most successful event for us and our community. We are in need of performers and talented individuals (teachers, students, parents and professionals) to show and share their talent. We are calling actors, singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, pianists, drummers, guitarists, cheerleaders, etc. We would love for you to share your abilities with us during the International Night. Please email Monsieur Mendy at mendy@fultonschools.org if you would like to perform.


Flu Season Is In Full Swing…

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stressed the importance of children receiving flu vaccines and the danger of flu to children. According to the CDC, a flu vaccine offers the best defense against getting flu and spreading it to others. Getting vaccinated can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed school and work days, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that the flu can cause 10 days of fever and lead to serious complications even in healthy kids. Approximately 80% of the children who died from the flu last season were not vaccinated. It is with this mind that we are sharing this information to help prevent the spread of flu.

Recognizing the symptoms of flu which include (those who are ill with flu may experience some or all of the below symptoms):

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills (although not everyone with flu has a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting, although this more common in children than adults

NOTE ABOUT WHEN THE FLU MIGHT NOT BE THE FLU: According to the Diabetes Research Institute, for a small number of children, flu-like symptoms may be the first sign of diabetes. Symptoms of diabetes in children include: nausea, vomiting, feeling very tired, heavy, labored breathing, increased thirst and huger, frequent urination and new bed-wetting, sudden weight loss and blurred vision.)

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To ensure the safety and health of students, staff and parents, we encourage you to take the following precautions. We believe by taking these proactive measures we can reduce the spread of flu and other communicable illnesses. These precautions include:

Encouraging students, staff and parents to get a flu vaccine.

  • The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.
  • The recommendation is to get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.
  • The AAP recommends that all children ages 6 month and older receive a flu shot this season!

Encouraging students, staff and parents to take every day preventive actions to stop the spread of germs/flu such as:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands (use proper respiratory etiquette!).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to decrease the spread of germs.
  • Try to avoid close contact with others who are sick.

Students and staff should always stay home if they are ill.

  • If you are sick with any flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • Per FCS policy, fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before returning to school or work.

Cleaning and disinfecting regularly and correctly during flu season.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

More information about the flu and flu vaccine can be found by vising the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/




LOCATION: Roswell High School Auditorium

11595 King Road, Roswell, GA 30075


Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm in the evening

Place: Main Gym of Roswell High School

Who: Parents and rising 9th-grade students


The Organizer is Roswell High School.

Please check the Roswell High School website to make sure there are no changes.

MHS - Verification/Course Registration Timeline for 2019-2020


  • February 11-14: Middle School Teachers make/enter 2019-2020 course recommendations
  • February 22: Middle School gives first-course verification form to students
  • February 26: Students return first-course verification form to the Middle School
  • March 5: Middle School gives second-course verification form to students
  • March 8: Students return second-course verification form to the Middle School

* TBD - MHS students to visit EPMS

RHS - Verification/Course Registration Timeline for 2019-2020


  • February 1: Course Offering Catalog available online @roswellhigh.org
  • February 12: EPMS - Registration materials to EPMS
  • February 19: Distribute registration materials during advisement
  • February 21: AP/Honors/Dual Enrollment Info Night - STUDENTS WELCOME @ 6:30 pm in Gym. TAG Parent Meeting in Auditorium @ 5:30 pm. The evening includes registration and Q&A for Rising 9th-grade parents. (Alternate Date: 2/20/2019)
  • February 22: Registration forms collected in advisement
  • March 14: Course Verification forms distributed
  • March 16: Signed Course Verification forms returned
  • March 28: EPMS students tour RHS

* TBD - RHS students to visit EPMS

High School Transition Guide:

Click HERE or on the box below to for the EPMS High School Transition Guide.
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6th Grade Transition Dates 2019

Pointe Team Members Visit Elementary Schools on Tuesday, March 5, 2019:

  • Mimosa – 9:00 – 9:45
  • Sweet Apple – 10:00 – 10:45
  • Vickery Mill – 11:00 – 11:45
  • Hembree Springs – 1:30 – 2:15

Rising 6th Grade Parent Meetings:

ENGLISH PARENT MEETING is on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the CAFETERIA
  • Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
  • TAG Parent Meeting @ 6:45 p.m. in the GYM

SPANISH PARENT MEETING is on Thursday, March 12, 2019, in the Cafeteria

  • Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
  • TAG Parent Meeting @ 6:45 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Rising 6th Grader Visits to EPMS:

  • Mimosa Elementary – May 15, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
  • Vickery Mill Elementary – May 15, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
  • Sweet Apple Elementary – May 16, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
  • Hembree Springs – May 17, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)

GA Milestones Testing Dates (Grades 4, 6, 7):

  • May 6 - Reading
  • May 7-8 – ELA
  • May 9-10 – Math
  • May 13-14 Make-Up Days

AVID Process for Rising 6th Grade

The Elkins Pointe Middle School AVID program is changing how we recruit AVID 6th graders. Next year Elkins Pointe will offer an “AVID Academy” first semester for all 6th grade students, which will expose them to AVID tools and resources that all students will be able to build upon to get their middle school experience off on the right note. Students will have the opportunity to apply for AVID in the Fall of 2019, and those who are chosen will begin taking the class second semester (January 2020). Rising 7th and 8th graders who want to apply for AVID will have a chance to do so in March. Applications will be available starting March 1st and completed applications will be due on Friday, March 15th. Please email Meredith Tongue, Elkins Pointe AVID Teacher & Coordinator if you have any questions: TongueM@fultonschools.org.


Parent University @ MHS - 2/27

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Save the Date for the Teen Summit - March 2019

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Roswell Soccer Winter Camp for Girls

To register, please visit our website RHSsoccer.weebly.com and complete the registration form and online payment! Questions? Contact our Head Coach via e-mail Snyderk@fultonschools.org
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Upcoming in February 2019...

  • 2/20 - Milton/Roswell High School Freshman Visit
  • 2/20 - Scoliosis Screening Location: PE Locker Rooms (6th & 8th Grade) SignUpGenius: hps://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64‐scoliosis5 SPINE ALERT ‐ SCOLIOSIS SCREENING DAY ‐ February 20, 2019. Volunteers (20) are needed. All 6th‐grade & 8th‐grade students will be screened for scoliosis. Every year at the screening, students are identified for the first me, and this is why this is so IMPORTANT! SCOLIOSIS CHAIR: Jennifer Rodman at jcrodman@yahoo.com
  • 2/20 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm ﴾E‐111﴿ @ 4:15p to 5:15p
  • 2/20 - BASKETBALL: EPMS vs. Northwestern ‐ AWAY GAME Location: Northwestern Middle School ﴾12805 Birmingham Hwy, Alpharetta, GA, United States﴿ 5:30p
  • 2/21 - FCA Meeting @ 7:45a to 8:30a Location: Media Center
  • 2/21 - Student Council (Location: E‐106) @ 8:00a to 8:30a
  • 2/21 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05p to 5:30p Location: Media Center
  • 2/21 - Running Club @ 4:15 ‐ 5:15 pm ﴾Ingram﴿
  • 2/21 - Boy's Basketball Practice Location: GYM @ 4:30p to 5:30p
  • 2/21 - ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL Honors, AP & Dual Enrollment Information Night @ 6:30 pm. Where? RHS Main Gym. Wh? Rising 9th-grade parents and students
  • 2/22 - Hoops and Kicks for Heart Location: GYM (All Day)
  • 2/22 - Running Club @ 4:15 ‐ 5:15 pm ﴾Newman﴿  Location: meet in Atrium except when raining
  • 2/22 - BASKETBALL: Holcomb Bridge vs. Elkins Pointe ‐ HOME GAME Location: Gym ‐ Elkins Pointe @ 5:30 pm
  • 2/26 to 2/28 - SHINING STARS
  • 2 /26 - Film Academy @ 4:05 - ­5: 30 pm in the media center
  • 2/27 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm ﴾E‐111﴿
  • 2/28 to 3/2 All-State Band Location: Athens GA/Wilson
  • 2/28 - FCA @ 7:45a to 8:30a Location: Media Center
  • 2/28 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 – 5:30 in the media center
  • 2/28 - Running Club @ 4:15 ‐ 5:15 pm ﴾Ingram﴿  Location: meet in Atrium

Please click HERE to print out the Georgia Milestone Testing Calendar for Spring 2019.