The Taylor Road Messenger

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Taylor Road as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship.

TRMS has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of Taylor Road Middle School for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Jessica Lindl, Head of Common Sense Education. "Taylor Road deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

TRMS has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with Dr. Howard Gardner of the GoodPlay Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, managing online relationships, and respecting creative copyright. The free resources are currently used in more than 90,000 classrooms nationwide. To learn more about the criteria TRMS met to become certified as a Common Sense Certified School, visit

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events

9/20: Linda McCain Meeting 9:30 AM at Dolvin Elementary

9/29: School Picture Day

Cookies for a Cure at Chick-Fil-A!

For the month of September, Chick-fil-A Alpharetta Commons is giving back a percentage of our sales of our chocolate chunk cookies to CURE CHILDHOOD CANCER. The more you buy, the more we give. We will give 10% back on individual cookies, 15% for a six pack and 20% for a cookie tray.
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Submitting your Box Tops is very simple. Just send in your trimmed, unexpired Box Tops in a bag or an envelope with your child’s homeroom teacher’s name on it. That’s it. No taping and no gluing. In addition, this year General Mills and Walmart have teamed up and every Walmart exclusive Box Top we collect earns us a chance at being one of 20 winners of 50,000 bonus Box Tops. That’s $5000.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at with any questions! Thank you for supporting the Box Tops Program!

Vincent Daniele (PTA-Box Tops Coordinator)

National PTA Reflections Contest

Are you ready to show off your talent? Get those cameras ready, put on your thinking caps, clean up your paint brushes and get into those dancing shoes! TRMS PTA is participating in the National arts competition Reflections. The competition includes categories for literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts, dance choreography, and film/video production. The Reflections theme: "What is your Story?"

The deadline for entries to be submitted to the Reflections box at the front office is Friday, October 7th 2016. No entries will be accepted after this date. Abridged rules and entry forms can be picked up at the front office starting September 1st. Full rules can be found at the North Fulton Council PTA website. Please take special note of the requirements for the area you are entering, including the requirement of a consent form for any recognizable image/voice in an entry.

If you have any questions please contact Melinda Urbanawiz at

Hands-On Engineering Opportunity for Middle School Girls (and their Parents)!!

A day of FUN! A chance for 100 middle school (6th-8th grade) GIRLS to experience the innovation of Engineering and Technology with fun hands-on activities.

When: October 15th 8:30am-1pm

Where: General Electric 4200 Wildwood Parkway, Atlanta, GA

Cost: $5 per student

Parent program: There's also a parent program where you will hear from and network with engineers, university faculty, STEM experts and students (also $5)

Questions: Email

Register by October 12 here:


**October 14-16, Union Point, Georgia**

(1 hr+ west of Downtown Atlanta)

Camp MAGIK is pleased to announce its 2016 fall schedule of healing camps for children and teens. Camp MAGIK (Mainly About Grief In Kids) serves children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other close family member within the past three years. Camp MAGIK will provide an opportunity for children and teens to meet, talk, and process their grief with professional grief counselors. Time will also be spent on play and fun as a way to help the children heal from the experience of death in the family. Activities may include archery, canoeing, a ropes course, nature hikes, treasure hunts, hay rides, campfires, story-telling, and a talent show. Each camp will be divided into two groups, one for ages 7 - 11, and one for ages 12 - 18.

Camp MAGIK sessions are free of charge for the children who attend. Our Union Point camp is held in memory of Helen Agnes McDonald and is made possible thanks to a generous donation from her son Jim McDonald.

Applications can be found on our website: (under the “join us” tab) and need to be postmarked and sent to Camp MAGIK, 3377 Ridgewood Road, GA 30327 or faxed to the office at 404.355.6631 by Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

Due to the high demand for our camps, we cannot accept repeat campers.

Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP)

Attention 7th Grade Parents and Guardians...

Since 1980, Duke University has sponsored the Talent Identification Program (TIP) for academically successful 7th graders. This voluntary program allows qualified students to take the SAT or ACT in the same setting as high school juniors and seniors, thus better preparing them for future standardized testing experiences.

Because Duke TIP scores are not utilized by Fulton County, Taylor Road's counseling department has changed the process for identifying 7th graders who qualify for the TIP program. If interested in having their 7th grader participate in Duke Tip, parents can access their child's scores via Home Access Center (HAC), if they attended a Fulton county school in the 5th grade and/or 6th grade. Students must have scored at the 95th percentile or better on their most recent standardized Georgia Milestones, ITBS, COGAT, CAT, SAT, or any number of other acceptable subtests. Applications should be directed to the TIP program. Additional Duke TIP information can be obtained by calling the TIP office at (919) 668-9100 or going to the TIP website at

Important TIP Facts...

•Registration costs $75.00 (or $30 for a student who qualifies for a fee grant/free or reduced lunch). See or contact the 7th grade counselor for a Fee Grant Request form.

•Duke Tip School ID: 250348-FA

The TRMS counselors can help with basic questions. Contact the 7th grade counselor, Alexcia Massey at, subject line: Duke Tip. Due to the high volume of requests, please allow 1-3 days for a response.

Lost and Found

Parents, please remind your students to check the lost and found table outside of the cafeteria doors for lunch boxes, coats, agendas, books etc. We already have a large collection of items that need to be picked up. Items left over two weeks are donated to charity.


PTA Membership


We are still accepting PTA memberships. You can join and pay online by visiting our website at


Email Laura Gossage, PTA President, at