Eagle Updates

May 9, 2022; Principal, Lorraine Johnson

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Thank You, Parents, for Making Our Staff Feel so Appreciated! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

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Milestones Testing Dates Reminder

The Coweta County School System will administer the Georgia Milestones Assessment this upcoming week, May 9-13. Georgia Milestones (GMAS) measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The main purpose of Georgia Milestones is

  • to inform efforts to improve student achievement by assessing student performance on the standards specific to each grade tested.

  • to provide teachers, students, and their parents with critical information about student achievement.

  • to inform state and federal accountability at the school, district, and state levels.

Eighth graders are assessed in all academic content areas including: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, and 6th and 7th graders are assessed in English/Language Arts and Math.

Georgia Milestones testing will occur at Madras for all students on the designated dates below.

Testing Dates

  • ELA, May 9-10

  • Math, May 11

  • Science, May 12 (8th grade only)

  • Social Studies, May 13 (8th grade only)

While this assessment represents one measure of student learning, we are excited to see our students’ hard work reflected in their results. Score reports will be sent home with explanatory information regarding how to read and interpret your child’s scores after they become available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Madras testing coordinator, Herbert Betts or Principal Lorraine Johnson at 770-254-2744, and either will be happy to assist you.

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HS Course Offerings: Attention 7th Grade Parents

Dear Parents of Rising 8th Grade Students:

This upcoming academic year, Madras will offer two courses at the middle school for credit at the high school level. These courses meet the 9-12 grade Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and the Georgia Performance Standards for Modern Languages (GPS) and will be taught by high school and middle school certified teachers holding a valid 6-12 grade Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) certification in the subject area. These courses will follow Georgia course requirements as well as any associated End of Course Test or Student Learning Objective (SLO) requirements. This is a great opportunity for your student to earn high school credit at the middle school level.

At Madras we will offer Spanish I and American Government/Civics. These courses are year-long (two-semester courses during connections) offered for high school credit to 8th grade students. Enrollment is on a space-available basis (by lottery) and requires parental permission/approval. Middle school teachers, counselors, and administrators will work collaboratively in the identification of 8th grade students requesting enrollment who have demonstrated readiness for high school coursework and student requirements. You should know that once the student is enrolled, we will only honor parent requests for schedule changes before the end of the 1st nine weeks. A student dropping out of a year-long class for high school credit and completing just one nine weeks will receive the grade earned up to that point. That grade will be reflected on the student’s middle school report card as a regular middle school course.

High school level courses taken and passed in middle school will count towards the total units required to graduate from high school. The grade earned will post to the transcript and become a part of the student’s overall GPA. However, as per current HOPE scholarship guidelines, this grade will not be used to calculate HOPE scholarship eligibility. Please become familiar with HOPE guidelines and future HOPE changes so that you know how this might affect your child.

Again, this is an opportunity for your child to earn high school credit during the 8th grade year. If you would like your student to be considered for enrollment in either of these classes, you must submit a request by May 26th at: https://forms.gle/65EtB6Y2Sbaone8w9

Parents of students enrolled will be contacted via email (at the email address submitted via parent’s online request) by the end of June.

A letter is being sent home with this information on April 25th. If you have questions, please contact a Madras administrator at 770-254-2744.

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Good Popcorn & Great Art! What could be better?

From Madras PTSO

Parents, Staff, and Students:

Madras Art Program is ready to Pop into 2022 with new mediums and opportunities for all of our students; we just need a little push to pop our way there!

Kettleworks Kettle Corn will be on sale at Madras on Friday, May 13th following lunch. To guarantee you get your freshly popped 5 cup bag or bags of kettle corn for $5 each, we need your pre-order & pre-payment. All pre-orders are due by Friday, May 6th. Pre-payments may be submitted:

  • via cash
  • check to Madras PTSO
  • Paypal via Paypal.me/madrasPTSO, or NEW
  • Venmo via Madrasmsptso@gmail.com or @MadrasMiddlePTSO.

Don't worry, if you forget to pre-order, we will have a limited supply of extra bags available for sale. Your pre-order is best!

ALL proceeds from this event will go directly to the Madras Art Program.

Pre-Order HERE

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Upcoming Madras April/May Events

Events will be added as they become available, and further information will be given closer to each event as applicable. All dates are marked on the school's Google calendar.

  • May 9-13 - Milestones Assessment (8:30-10:00)
  • May 23 - Spring Chorus Concert, 7:30 PM, Nixon Centre
  • May 24 - NHS Senior Walk at MMS (arrive at 8:00 am to check in at office; walk at 8:30)
  • May 24 - Sixth Grade A/B Honor Program, 2:15 p.m., Madras Gym
  • May 25 - Seventh Grade A/B Honor Program, 2:15 p.m., Madras Gym
  • May 25 - Eighth Grade A/B Honor Program, 6:00 p.m., Madras Gym
  • May 19-25 - Final Exams
  • May 26 - Celebration and Awards Recognition on individual teams.
  • May 26 - Yearbooks Distributed (yearbook signing with grade levels)
  • May 26 - Eighth Grade Day and Team Celebration Day
  • May 27 - Last Day of School

Important Notice Regarding Free and Reduced Meals

Parents, we have enjoyed serving all of our students breakfast and lunch at no-cost this year, but current guidance from USDA does not allow us to serve free meals to all students in the 2022-2023 School Year.

It is encouraged that you fill out our online free and reduced meal application for your family. Any free or reduced meal application completed in the 2021-2022 School Year that is given an eligibility of free or reduced will carryover into the 2022-2023 School Year for the first 30 days of school or until a new application is processed (whichever occurs first).

You can easily complete the application at our website: https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/COWC01

All meals will continue to be served to students at no-cost for the remainder of the 2021-2022 School Year; regardless of eligibility via the processed application

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8th Grade Celebratory Yard Signs

This year PTSO is partnering with Blank Slate Custom Signs to give families the opportunity to purchase 8th grade yard signs to commemorate completion of middle school. A portion of each sale goes to PTSO to help support the school.

Click the flyer below to place your order online. (Please note you will have to select Madras from the drop down menu.)

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Family Life Education

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Coweta County Middle Schools will comply with Georgia Law 20-1-143 by including a course of study on Family Life Education and prevention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases. Included in this course of study is information that satisfies Georgia Senate Bill 401 (Erin’s Law) related to sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education. All grade levels include frank discussion about sexual behavior that can lead to contracting AIDS/HIV with an emphasis on postponing those behaviors (decision making) in order to avoid any of the negative consequences associated with premature sexual involvement. Teachers will use the Choosing the Best curriculum for this purpose.

The Coweta County School System is aware of the diverse value systems parents hold for their children, and the system respects those values. Therefore, the topics and materials for this course have been developed with the cooperation of parents, teachers, and community leaders and agencies. All materials are available for viewing by parents upon request. The goal of these studies is to promote the student’s health and well being by including self-esteem, abstinence from sexual activity as a method of prevention of pregnancy and AIDS, and providing learning opportunities about growth and development processes. However, as a parent or guardian, you have the right to make a choice for your child not to participate in this course. Your child will be provided an alternative learning activity while this course is being taught. Your child's science teacher will send home a letter for you to indicate your preference.

If you have any questions concerning the curriculum, you may contact your child’s science teacher via email or by phone at 770-254-2744.

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Progress Reports Were Posted on May 2nd

Mid-Term progress reports were posted in Parent Portal on Monday, May 2nd, and teachers sent out a confirmation link for parents to acknowledge seeing the report. Please make sure you have clicked this link and confirmed your child's progress report. If you have questions regarding your child's progress, you can email or call the team or teacher, or you can call the appropriate counselor at 770-254-2744 to schedule a conference. Email contact information can be found on our Madras web site at: http://mms.cowetaschools.net/
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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Erin Nash, Counselor

Caroline Rothschild, Counselor

In May, we celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Keep reading for ideas about celebrating during this month at home.

  • Bust out those hula hoops and jump ropes and compete with your family members for longest hoop record or best jump rope trick! These may not be official sports, but they’re a great way to get moving and have fun with your family!

  • Catching a little TV? Not a problem! Participate with your family and see if you can hold a plank for an entire commercial break or spend the breaks running in place for a quick and fun family workout.

  • Compete with your family in an Olympic Style event! Who can run the fastest sprint or jump the furthest?

  • Try a new sport together! Frisbee, badminton, croquet and bocce ball are all easy sports to learn and play in your yard.

A New York Times article about adolescent physical activity states: “Moderate activity of any kind, getting out and doing something, is associated with improvements, lower levels of depressive symptoms, lower levels of anxiety, and better well-being…”

It is important for our emotions and brain to move our body! How are you celebrating physical fitness and sports this month?


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Media Notes

Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

May 9, 2022

With the end of the year quickly approaching, we wanted to make you aware of some important upcoming dates for the Library Media Center.

End of Year dates:

Thursday, May 19

  • Last day to check out a book for students
  • Book Club Meeting at 8:00 am

Friday, May 20 -

  • All books should be returned to the Library Media Center
  • Library Club Meeting during advisement
  • Ice Cream Float Fundraiser at lunch for $2.00 (Proceeds support our Battle of the Books program)

We did not charge any overdue fines again this school year. However, please check with your student to find out if they have lost a book. We have many books that are still unreturned from the year. It is important to have all of these items taken care of as quickly as possible before the end of the year. If your student cannot locate their lost book, they can pay to replace it. Students have been receiving overdue notices from their homeroom teacher and their ELA teacher. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you for your support of our Library Media Center at Madras Middle School this year!

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Sideline Cheer Tryout Information

Madras Sideline Cheer (formally known as Pep Squad) - Middle schools will have cheer teams next year referred to as "Sideline Cheer" meaning the cheering takes place on the sideline of football and basketball games. It is not a competitive travel team. Beginning the 2022-2023 school year the Sideline Cheer Team can consist of both 7th and 8th grade students, and any interested student currently in 6th or 7th grade is who is academically eligible and has submitted the physical and paperwork may try out. Please see the important information below:

    • Students may join the Cheer Team's Google Classroom Code: hk5t7on to receive ongoing information regarding upcoming tryouts.

    • Students will need to have a current athletic packet (including physical) on file with the school before participating in tryouts. (Packets can be picked up from our front office or downloaded here).

    • Students must be academically eligible for participation.

    • There was a parent informational meeting last week. Students should stop by the front office to pick up informational packets if their parents did not attend.

    • Tryouts will be held in the Madras gym May 16-19 from 3:30-5:30. Results will be posted on May 20th.

    • Fittings for uniforms will be held on Monday, May 23rd from 3:30-5:00 after school in the gym.

    • The sponsors are Ms. Thompson (morgan.thompson@cowetaschools.net) and Mrs. Schober (kirsten.schober@cowetaschools.net). Email them with any questions you may have.

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Madras Eagles Football Conditioning

Sign Up Form

Google Classroom Code: 2vdda72

Dates: May 16, 17, 18, 19

Additional Details:

  • An athletic packet, including physical, must be completed and submitted to the front office by May 12th. You cannot attend spring training if your form is turned in after May 12th.
  • You can download the forms here or pick up a packet from the front office.
  • You must be passing all of your classes for the year.
  • You must display appropriate behavior at school and on the bus to participate in conditioning.
  • Practice is on the football field after school an will end at 5:00 pm. Pick up is in the car rider line at 5:00.
  • Students will need to wear a shirt, shorts or jogging pants, and running shoes. Cleats are optional.
  • Students should bring their own water bottles.
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Attention 6th Grade Parents: Required Immunizations for ALL 7th Grade Students

The Georgia Department of Human Resources has issued an immunization update regarding Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and Meningococcal immunizations.

Children who were born on or after January 1, 2002 who are entering the seventh grade are required to have a

  1. Tdap and a Meningococcal immunization
  2. an updated immunization certificate (Form 3231) reflecting the administration dates of the two additional vaccines.

All rising 7th graders born on or after January 1, 2002, must have ONE of the following:

  1. A current , up-to-date DHR Immunization Form 3231 reflecting the additional one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine and one Meningococcal conjugate vaccine have been administered OR

  2. A signed immunization waiver (available at the school for eligible students only) granting an extension of 30 calendar days OR

  3. A notarized affidavit affirming a religious belief conflict.

If you have any questions regarding your student’s immunization status, contact your child’s physician, the local Health Department, or the school nurse (Kate Caswell). We encourage you to attend to this promptly.

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Student Cellphones and Electronics

Parents, we need your help! Students are required to power off electronic devices and to keep them in their bags (along with earbuds and Airpods) during the instructional day.

In middle schools and high schools, there have been increasing numbers of students having phones or other electronic devices out in class and using them

  • to take pictures of students and text them to others or post them on social media

  • to cheat

  • to text with others during instruction

  • to play online games

  • to communicate with their peers in other classes

Using their phones and personal devices in the classroom can be disruptive, interrupts instruction, and can be hurtful to students whose pictures are being taken. We are doing our best to monitor this and to make sure students understand the expectations and consequences when using their phones or devices in class. There are reminders on the monitors in each hallway, on their Student Eagle Landing Page, and a reminder is announced each morning on the intercom.

We have a phone designated for student use during the day for emergencies if needed located in our back office. Our office staff will also make sure any parent message left during the day is forwarded to students during the day as needed.

Please help us by supporting this policy so we can maximize instruction, protect the integrity of assessments, and protect the privacy of our students. If you have questions about the use of cellphones/electronic devices in school, please don’t hesitate to contact an administrator.

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Chromebook Reminder

Please remind your student to bring his/her fully charged Chromebook to school each day. The school has limited loaners to give students whose computers are being repaired, but there aren't enough Chromebooks to lend students who forget to bring theirs each day. Regular routines in preparing for each day can help students remember to pack needed instructional supplies daily.
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Yearbooks on Sale

Yearbooks for the 2021-2022 school year are on sale and can be purchased at the link below. The current price is $50.00. If you have any questions, please contact bookkeeper Danielle Mattera at danielle.mattera@cowetaschools.net. Yearbooks are given out the last week of school.

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Backpack Buddies

The Backpack Buddies Program of Georgia provides nourishment on weekends and holidays when school is not in session and students do not have access to breakfast or lunch provided by the school system. If you would like to sign up for Backpack Buddies, scan the QR code provided or click the following link. Food will be distributed every Friday for your child to bring home for the weekend. If you have multiple children, you can sign up for all students at one time.

If you have questions, please contact Madras Counselors Caroline Rothschild or Erin Nash.

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Banner Sponsorship Through Madras PTSO

By Jamie Bowne, PTSO President

Banner Sponsorship

Is your company, organization, or group interested in advertising at Madras? Check our our Banner Sponsorship options to promote your business today. All sponsorships are tax deductible.

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Our electronic announcements, Eagle Notes, are emailed regularly and will keep you updated with the latest news and happenings. We hope you’ll also take advantage of all the additional ways to connect with our school community such as text reminders via Remind, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Parent and Student Portals, and the Madras Web site.
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