Principal Parker Weekly

April 14, 2022

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Important week to celebrate our religious diversity

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Please be sure to scroll down for new information from the district and our school.


This is a week filled with religious holidays. I hope the information below is helpful. Thanks to our Diversity Committee for putting this together for the Taylor Road community!


**Info quoted from History.com

April 2nd at sundown – May 2nd at sundown is Ramadan

The Islamic Holy Month Prayer and Fasting

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink from dawn to sunset. They are also supposed to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior.

Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s major holidays. Ramadan always falls on the ninth month of the 12-month Islamic calendar. Ramadan 2022 begins at sunset on Saturday, April 2, and ends on the evening of Monday, May 2.


**Info quoted from nationaltoday.com

April 15th is Good Friday – The Christian commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus

Good Friday commemorates the death of Jesus on Calvary, the site just outside the walls of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified. It falls on the Friday before Easter, for 2022, that’s April 15. Most Christian denominations recognize Good Friday as a holy day, with many, including members of Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutheran faiths, fasting and attending church services. But there is so much more to this holiday than just these religious rituals. Good Friday is, for many, an intensely personal day of prayer and devotion.

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ at the site of Calvary is commemorated on Good Friday — a Christian religious holiday. Taking place during Holy Week, the holiday is considered part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday before Easter Sunday. The day is also widely known as Great Friday, Black Friday, or Holy Friday. Around the world, Good Friday is a national holiday in many countries, especially in the Catholic and Anglican nations. Fasting is the traditional way to observe this solemn day, followed by somber processions.


**Info quoted from almanac.com

April 15th at sundown begins Passover –

The Jewish Holiday commemorating the Exodus, the Jews Being Freed from Slavery in Egypt

The holiday of Pesach, or Passover, is an annual weeklong festival commemorating the emancipation of Jewish peoples from slavery (in ancient Egypt). The Hebrew name, Pesach, means “to pass over” because the plague in Egypt that killed all first-borns passed over the Israelites’ homes, sparing the lives of their children. The Israelites had been slaves to Egyptian pharaohs for many decades. Moses tried to appeal to the Egyptians with a message from God, but this was ignored. God inflicted the ten plagues on the Egyptians, and the last of the ten plagues was the killing all their firstborn. The Pharaoh relented. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai.

Family and friends gather together after nightfall on the first and second nights of the holiday for the high point of the festival observance, the Seder. During the Seder, which means “order” in Hebrew, the experience of the Exodus is told in story, song, prayer, and the tasting of symbolic foods. The Seder meals include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.


**Info quoted from History.com

April 17th is Easter – The Christian Holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament of the Bible, the event is said to have occurred three days after Jesus was crucified by the Romans and died in roughly 30 A.D.

The holiday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent—a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice—and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday (the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, also known as “Maundy Thursday”), Good Friday (on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed) and Easter Sunday. Although a holiday of high religious significance in the Christian faith, many traditions associated with Easter date back to pre-Christian, pagan times.


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Dear Parents,

As we head towards the end of the school year, mandated testing will play a crucial role in assessing how much our students have learned throughout the year. One of those tests happening soon is the Georgia Milestones Assessment, which measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade (EOG) assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course (EOC) assessment for each of the courses designated by the State Board of Education, which counts for 20% of the students’ grade.

Participation will be critical. With the absence of significant testing data from the last two years, this year’s scores will be used to establish a new baseline for the schools and districts. The results will be used for College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) and other important school level and school system rankings.


Georgia Milestones Assessment Dates:

  • Elementary Schools
    May 4th-12th
  • Middle Schools
    April 25th-May 6th
  • High Schools (American Literature and Composition, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History)
    April 25th-29th


Please click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia Milestones testing, or contact your student’s teacher or guidance counselor.

Milestones Testing Days

April 25: ELA Part 1 (all grades)

April 26: ELA Part 2 (all grades)

April 27: ELA Part 3 (all grades)

April 29: Algebra I EOC (students in Algebra I Honors)

May 2: Math Part 1 (all grades)

May 3: Math Part 2 (all grades)

May 5: Science EOG/Physical Science EOC (8th grade)

May 6: Social Studies (8th grade)

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Backpacks of Love

At TRMS we have a program called “backpacks of love”. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance by donating non-perishable items to our families. The participants’ names are known only to the counselors and social worker. Once every two weeks a backpack with food items are available to go home. A student can carry the backpack home, or the parent can pick it up at the front office. All we need to know is if you would like to participate, how many adults are in the house, how many children are in the house, and if there are any dietary allergies such as peanut butter. We can only provide for a certain number of families so the sooner you reply the better. We will respond regardless of whether you are in the program or if supplies run out.


6th grade Counselor- Mr. Fredric Johnson

7th grade Counselor- Mrs. Alexcia Massey

8th grade Counselor- Mrs. Cindy Sabula

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Important Dates


April 15: Passover begins at Sundown

April 16: Pet Walk & Cleanup, 10:00 AM

April 17: Easter Sunday

April 18 & 19: 7th Grade Trip to the Zoo

April 19: 8th Grade Trip

April 25: Milestones – ELA 1 – Testing Schedule 1

April 26: No Homework Night

April 26: Milestones – ELA 2 – Testing Schedule 2

April 27: Milestones – ELA 3 – Testing Schedule 1

April 29: Algebra EOC – NO special schedule

May 2: Milestones – Math 1 – Testing Schedule 2

May 2: Ramadan ends at sundown

May 3: Milestones – Math 2 – Testing Schedule 1

May 3: Literary Soiree, 6:30 PM

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