Eagles' Notes

Madras News: November 6, 2017, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

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Veterans Day Program, November 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

In honor of Veterans Day, Madras Middle School would like to recognize the courageous men and women of our community who have served in the Armed Forces. Madras staff and students will be commemorating this day with a variety of activities including a Veterans Day Remembrance assembly. We would like to honor any veterans in your family by inviting them to be our guests at our school’s Veterans Day Assembly on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. along with your family. If you will be joining us, please RSVP to Tammy Lenderman by calling 770-254-2744 or by emailing tammy.lenderman@cowetaschools.net before Monday, November 6th.

A continental breakfast will precede the program at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria for our veterans and special guests. The assembly will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Junior Service League Can-a-Thon: Let's "Can" Hunger, Eagles!

It is that time again! Student Council is partnering up with the Newnan Junior Service League to help collect cans and non perishable food items to help stock the Coweta Community Food Pantry. This is a very important cause the helps feed families in need, not only for the holidays - but for the entire year. Student Council has set a school wide goal of 15,000 cans, and we need your help to make that happen. Starting now, students and staff can bring in cans and/or money donations to the homeroom teacher. Each dollar donated equals 3 cans. Let’s show our compassion and empathy as we all work together to CAN hunger in Coweta County.

Media Notes

by Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

We have been very blessed in the library media center to have some excellent parent volunteers who have been helping us to keep the library running smoothly. They have been assisting students, checking in and out books, shelving books, straightening the library, covering new books, getting rid of old books, etc. We are in need of some additional volunteers for our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. If you are interested in volunteering for a time slot during our Book Fair, please click the link and sign up. Even if you can only volunteer for one hour, that would be very appreciated. We will need help running our check out station and helping to restock and assist students during our fair. Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Friday, November 10-Friday, November 17. We truly appreciate your help!


Club and Activity Announcements

Club announcements and meeting dates are announced every morning on the intercom and are updated on the school's calendar (on website) as they become available. Please check Eagles' Notes and the MMS web site regularly for updates and changes. If you haven't subscribed to Eagles' Notes, you can have weekly announcements emailed to you by emailing MadrasNews@cowetaschools.net to subscribe. The following is a list of recent club announcements. Refer to the full list of club dates on our calendar as they are scheduled.

  • Pet Lovers: will meet Monday, November 6th from 3:30-4:30 in the tech lab.
  • Junior ROTC will met Monday, November 13th from 3:30-4:30 in the tech lab.
  • Eagles Extraordinaire and Elite Force: will meet Tuesday, November 7th from 3:30-4:30 in room 215.
  • Student Council Officers: will meet Monday, November 6 from 3:30-4:30.
  • Lady Eagles Step Team: will meet November 6th and 9th from 3:30-5:00. Please wear appropriate attire. Pick-up is behind the school on the track.

Upcoming Madras Parent Volunteer Training

We love and appreciate Madras parents and are grateful for the many things they do for us throughout the year. If you are a parent who plans to volunteer at the school or at a school event during the upcoming school year, please plan to attend one of our volunteer training sessions (approximately 20-30 minutes). These will be held throughout the year at different times in the MMS media center or conference room for your convenience. (Sign in at the front office and our secretary can direct you.) If we can answer any questions about the training, please feel free to contact Donna Eskut via email or phone (770-254-2744).

  • November 27, 9:00 a.m.
  • November 27, 2:45 p.m.

PTSO: Join the Team!

Sign up for Madras PTSO texts by:

  1. Text the number 81010
  2. Enter @MadrasPTSO

Amy Brandon, PTSO President

Welcome to Madras! The purpose of our PTSO is to help improve our school by combining the efforts of parents, students, and teachers. We invite you to join PTSO to help make our school a better place to work and learn! Our fundraising efforts have benefited a variety of projects in the past including school building improvements, teacher instructional requests, equipment for the fine arts department, instructional technology purchases, and athletic programs. This year, our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase an electronic sign in front of the school to replace the old signage. We hope to reach this goal by the end of the school year. We ask that each family join PTSO with a $12.00 contribution. (Checks should be made payable to Madras PTSO.)

We also need your volunteer time! If you are interested in assisting with any of the areas below, please print the form below linked beneath, and indicate in the appropriate section. Return the form to the MMS front office or to your child's homeroom teacher. You will be contacted as the events take place.

There are many opportunities to serve through PTSO:

  • Snack n Chat (Monthly)
  • School Store (rotational schedule
  • Teacher Luncheons
  • Media Center Weekly Help
  • Veterans Day Program
  • Black History Month Program Reception
  • Decoration for Receptions/Luncheons
  • Book Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • Battle of the Books
  • School Pictures (Fall)
  • Scoliosis Screening (One time event)
  • Landscaping and Beautification

MMS PTSO Annual Project: Electronic Sign in Front of the School

If you wish to make a donation to this, please send it in with your child address to the MMS PTSO. Contact Amy Brandon at amysbrandon97@gmail.com, if you are interested in joining our team!

Thanks in advance for your support!


Box Tops Update

By Gina Johnson, PTSO Box Top Coordinator

October BoxTops Update

The students and faculty did a great job clipping and turning in BoxTops for thefirst collection period! So far, $815.00 will go towards the Madras school fund! Congrats to Mrs. Shaw's homeroom - they were the winner of the Chick-Fil-A breakfast.


  1. Only BoxTops that have not expired will count.

  2. BoxTops can simply be placed in a baggie, but the baggie should be labeled with the student’s name and homeroom to get credit.

Keep those BoxTops coming in! Thank you for thinking of Madras by remembering to clip those BoxTops! Download the BoxTops app or visit the BoxTops website http://www.boxtops4education.com/ for contests and more ways to earn for our school!

Gina Johnson

Email: johnsongina9@gmail.com

A special thank you to Gina Johnson from the MMS administration for all of her hard work in organizing the program and for counting all those BoxTops! She is much appreciated!!!

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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

Another fantastic 7th grade band trip is in the books! Students traveled to Young Harris College Band at Spivey Hall on the Clayton State University Campus.

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Students determine tone, plot, mood, and foreshadowing while analyzing "The Monkey's Paw."

8th Graders put their volume skills to the test.

Georgia History students created a Georgia History graveyard and shared ghost stories!

Emergency and Safety Training for Staff

2017 Madras Football Victory Walk Celebration

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(Dates are added or revised as information becomes available.)

Monday, November 6

  • 8th Grade Band Rehearsal (for parade) 3:30-5:00
  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Voluntary Girls' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30
  • Academic Bowl Meet, Gardner Newman, LaGrange
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Pet Lovers Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Student Government Officers Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Boys' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Girls' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00

Tuesday, November 7

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Eagles Extraordinaire Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Elite Force Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • History Club, 3:30-4:30
  • SPLOST Election - November 7, 2017
  • Soccer vs ECMS, 4:30, Girls (H); Boys (A)
  • Voluntary Boys' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30

Wednesday, November 8

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Boys' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Girls' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Voluntary Boys' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30

Thursday, November 9

  • Book Fair
  • Voluntary Girls' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Coding Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Veterans Day Program, 9 am
  • Soccer vs LMS, 4:30, Girls (A); Boys (H)

Friday, November 10

  • Book Fair
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm

Saturday, November 11

  • Band marches in Veterans Day Parade, 9 a.m.
  • GMEA All-State Chorus Auditions
Monday, November 13
  • Book Fair
  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Boys' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Girls' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Voluntary Girls' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30

Tuesday, November 14

  • Book Fair
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Soccer vs AMS, 4:30, Girls (H); Boys (A)
  • Voluntary Boys' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30

Wednesday, November 15

  • Book Fair
  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Boys' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Girls' Soccer Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Voluntary Boys' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30

Thursday, November 16

  • Book Fair
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Junior ROTC Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • County Transportation Meeting, 4:30-7:30 pm
  • Progress Reports Issued
  • Soccer vs EMS, 4:30, Girls (H); Boys (A)
  • Voluntary Girls' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30

Friday, November 17

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • Club Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards
November 20-24

Thanksgiving Holidays; Schools Closed

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Basketball Conditioning and Tryouts

Attention all boys and girls interested in trying out for basketball:

Voluntary Basketball Conditioning

  • Began the week of October 30th.
  • To participate you must have your completed athletic packet returned to the office before participating in conditioning or tryouts.

Girls Conditioning (3:30-4:30 in the MMS Gym; pick-up behind the school)

  • November 6, 9, 13, 16

Boys Conditioning (3:30-4:30 in the MMS Gym; pick-up behind the school)

  • November 7, 8, 14, 15

Basketball Tryouts
  • Will begin November 27th
  • You must have a completed athletic packet submitted to the front office by November 17th to attend tryouts.
  • Plan ahead and get your physicals and paperwork completed as soon as possible. See Coach Johnstone or Coach Nash if you have questions.
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Parent Letter Archives

Parent letters that are sent home with students are archived on Eagles Notes for your convenience.

Bus Update Letter (8-4-17)

Family Connections (8-4-17)

Safety Letter (8-7-17)

Open House Letter (8-7-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-10-17)

Student Services Letter (8-15-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-16-17)

Madras Eclipse Letter (8-17-17)

Student Services Newsletter (9-29-17)

Safety Newsletter (10-3-17)

Career Day Letter (10-10-17)

6th Grade Milestones Field Test Letter (10-17-17)

Car Rider Information Letter (10-23-17)

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