Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 5/6

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WEEKLY PRINCIPAL VIDEO:

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER:

PARENTS, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU AT OUR LAST PBL SHOWCASE THIS YEAR!

Dear parents and guardians,


Please read the message below from our STEAM Coordinator, Ms. Harmony.


Thank you,

Dr. Hernandez.

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Greetings,


The students, faculty, and staff of Coleman Middle School are so excited to be able to host our first community showcase since the end of 2019! We believe input from our stakeholders is an integral part of "The Coleman Experience" for our students. We will host a showcase fair for all grades on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 10 am - 11 am.


We hope you will be able to attend and provide feedback to the students and their projects. I have included the grade level driving question along with locations. Please feel free to invite any of your colleagues, family, and friends. I will be hosting a "Need to Know" session prior to the showcase in the media center. This session will be useful if you have not attended a showcase before or if you would like to know how to give meaningful feedback to students. Please follow the link below to sign-up for the showcase and "Need to Know" prior to attending on May 24.


8th Grade Driving Question:

How can we, as beverage entrepreneurs, develop and market a unique drink that creates a social impact in our community?

Location: Bus Lanes in front of the school


7th Grade Driving Question:

How can we improve habitats for animals?

Location: 7th grade hallways, classrooms, breezeways and sidewalks


6th Grade Driving Question:

How can we use art to propel us into space?

Location: 6th grade hallways, classrooms, breezeways and sidewalks


Sign-up Link:

https://forms.gle/bG4YmJ2arNJhGGCa9


PBL showcase think abouts


Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of Coleman Middle School!


Ms. Harmony,

STEAM Coordinator

sheila.harmony@gcpsk12.org

2021-2022 GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION & SUMMER SCHOOL:

As we get closer to the end of the school year, I wanted to share some important information about testing and promotion. Although promotion criteria was modified in the past 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become effective again this school year.


Please click here to review Gwinnett County Public Schools' Middle School Promotion criteria. We invite you to engage your children in conversations about promotion. Our teachers have been sharing the promotion criteria with our students also. Parents of 8th graders, please pay special attention to the fact that 8th graders must pass their 8th grade English Language Arts and Mathematics Georgia Milestones EOG exam in order to earn promotion to 9th grade.


There will be summer school offered from June 13 to July 1st at Coleman Middle School. This summer’s learning experience for Gwinnett elementary and middle school students will offer enrichment and acceleration opportunities as well as support for our students who did not meet requirements for promotion to the next grade.


Students invited to participate in summer school will start receiving letters on Friday, April 22 and throughout the next few weeks.


If you have any questions about promotion or summer school, please contact your grade level Assistant Principal:


6th Grade: Jennifer Dunn

jennifer.dunn@gcpsk12.org

7th Grade: Kim Booth

kim.booth@gcpsk12.org

8th Grade: Jamie Larkin

jamie.larkin@gcpsk12.org


Below you will find the 2022 Georgia Milestone Exams' schedule.

SPRING 2022 GEORGIA MILESTONES TESTING SCHEDULE:

Use this LINK to access the GA Milestone testing schedule. Georgia Milestone Exams start next week!

CARNEGIE UNITS SELECTION & COURSE VERIFICATION FOR 8TH GRADERS:

Hello Parents and Guardians,


I hope you and your loved ones are doing well!


The process of application for Carnegie Units for 8th grade students will open on May 9, 2022. Please review the following information about this process:


  • Parents must log in into the parent portal on the PARENT VUE mobile app to make their selections. Use this LINK for directions.
  • If you do not have a parent portal account or you are having technical difficulties, contact our registrar, Michelle Popa: michelle.popa@gcpsk12.org for assistance.
  • Direct questions about Carnegie Units to the high school your student will be attending. Here is the Rising 9th Grade page for Duluth High School: https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/10627


Regarding High School Course Verification, 8th grade students will receive Duluth High School Course Verifications to bring home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Parents and students should review the course. If parents would like to request any changes to their child's schedule, please follow the procedures as outlined on the verification form.


Thank you,

Dr. Hernandez

INFORMATION ABOUT LEARNING 2025:

Greetings parents and guardians,


You may know that Gwinnett County Public Schools has been accepted to be part of The School Superintendents Association's Learning 2025 Network of demonstration districts. Please use this LINK if you want to learn more about Learning 2025.


Thank you,


Dr. Hernandez.

COVID-19 TESTING NOW AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS IN THE DULUTH CLUSTER:

Use the following link to access the informational flyer and link to sign your student up.


Use este enlace para acceder al volante con informacion y el enlace para apuntar a su estudiante.

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER...

-Visit the GCPS website for updates on school closings: https://www.gcpsk12.org/

-In the event school being canceled due to inclement weather students will follow our plan for digital learning found below.

MASKS ' STRONGLY RECOMMENDED':

Throughout the pandemic, GCPS has made adjustments to its mitigation strategies as circumstances have changed, and does so again, based on new guidance and the prevention steps announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, Feb. 25. As part of the announced changes, the CDC is dropping its recommendation for universal school masking and instead will recommend masking only in communities at a high level of risk.
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OUR PLAN FOR DIGITAL LEARNING IF & WHEN NEEDED:

We continue our committment to maintain in-person instruction. However, in the event that there is a need to temporarily pivot to digital learning we want to be certain that each student has access. Our teachers and students are ready IF we need to make this change.


In the event we temporarily transition to digital learning, Coleman Middle will implement our typical digital learning day plan and schedule.


As a reminder:

Teachers will post a lesson for students to complete in Google Classroom - Humanities, Math, Science, and Connections. Students may log on at any time during the day to complete the lessons posted in Google Classroom; live instruction will not take place.


Teachers will be available via Zoom (Zoom link found on every teacher's eCLASS page) at the following times to answer questions:

6th grade - 10:15 - 10:45

7th grade - 11:00 - 11:30

8th grade - 12:30 - 1:00

Connections - 1:15 - 1:45


Beginning on 1/6, homeroom teachers surveyed students to determine if a device would be needed for digital learning. If your student still needs a device, please tell her/him to speak to their homeroom teacher or call the front office at 678-407-7400.


Please remember that students and families will be responsible for lost or damaged devices.

TEACHING & LEARNING:

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Q4 PBL DRIVING QUESTIONS:

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BIZTOWN & FINANCIAL PARK

Make sure you visit the social media pages of your student's teacher as 6th grade team and 8th grade teams are taking turns visiting JA Biztown and Financial Park at the Junior Achievement Center at Discovery High School in GCPS this week! For more information about these programs that teach financial concepts to children visit this LINK.

ALGEBRA I PREPARATION COURSE:

To ensure that your student is successful in Algebra I, the Math Department has developed an Algebra I Prep Course. This online course will help strengthen the essential prerequisite content knowledge for students enrolled in Algebra I during the 2021-2022 school year.

This course will become available to Coleman students on April 15 on eClass.


Click here to access the Flyer directions on how to access the course (English and Spanish).

COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL STEAM RECERTIFICATION UPDATE:

Coleman Middle School has been awarded STEAM Recertification by the Georgia Department of Education! Read our letter to the community HERE.

RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS:

END OF THE YEAR AWARDS:

We are excited to announce that End of the Year Awards will take place in-person this year with no restrictions on the number of parents participating at 6 PM in the Theater at Duluth High School.

Dates are as follows:

7th Grade: 5/16

8th Grade: 5/23

Invites going our on Monday & Tuesday of the week prior to each ceremony.

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Congratulations to the Coleman Middle School Beta Club!

Coleman Middle School Beta Club has been named National Beta School of Distinction. Use this LINK to access the press release

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NAFME STUDENT SONGWRITERS COMPETITION:

Congratulations to 8th grade students Samara T. and Emerson G. on their fantastic music compositions! Samara has submitted her song, Reason, to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Songwriters Competition. Emerson submitted his composition, Lemons, to the NAfME Electronic Music Composition Competition. These students have gone above any beyond with their talents and have aspired to demonstrate their abilities in this national competition!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATES ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE HAWAIAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH!

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THANK YOU FOR SHOWING YOUR APPRECIATION TO OUR TEACHERS DURING TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

  • Thank you Dreamland BBQ and The Duluth Dinner for your meat donation for our teacher barbecue!
  • Thank you PTA parents for your salad donations for the barbecue too!
  • Thank you Mathnasium of Berkeley Lake for the delicious donuts!
  • Thank you parents for reaching out to our teachers!

MEDIA CENTER NEWS:

All Coleman Library Books are due back to the media center by Friday, May 13th.

You can see what your student has checked out by checking on the parent portal. If your student has lost or damaged a book please have them come talk to the media center staff. All books NOT returned by May 23rd will be marked lost and a charge will be added to the students MyPayments Plus account until the book is returned or paid for.

NEXT WALK & TALK:

Our next and last Walk & Talk of the year will take place next Wednesday, May 11. All students with no behavior infractions in the past 4 weeks are invited to participate!

8TH GRADE SOCIAL PICTURES:

Use this LINK to access your pictures!

CMS ELECTRONIC MUSIC ENSEMBLE AND ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCE!

The CMS Electronic Music Ensemble and Orchestra will be performing at Parson's Alley on Tuesday, May 10 beginning at 5:30 P.M. This is an outdoor performance so bring your family and get some dinner at the local restaurants while listening to the terrific tunes of these fantastic performing ensembles!

Mr. Bertram and Ms. Seo

8th Grade End of the Year Celebration will take place on Tuesday, 5/17 at Andretti Karting!

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE CLINIC:

Gwinnett County Public School Procedure P.JBA states that a current Georgia certificate of immunization, form 3231, must be submitted to school otherwise your student must be excluded from attendance. All students are required to receive one dose of Tdap and one dose of MCV4 vaccines before starting 7th grade.


If you are not sure if your student have received these vaccines, please contact your health care provider, or you can call the school clinic at 678-407-7410.


Your student will be excluded from attendance after Spring Break, unless a current certificate is submitted.

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DULUTH PLAYGROUND DESIGN CONTEST:

We are inviting all of our students to participate in an exciting contest for the city of Duluth! Use the links below to get all the details:



Video Link on Youtube: https://youtu.be/5Ebq-pKq7_0

Webpage: duluthga.net/playgrounddesigncontest


Flyer

Rules and Guidelines

Design Sheet

THANK YOU CITY OF DULUTH COMMUNITY LEADERS!

We want to thank Jamin Harkness - City of Duluth Councilman- and Talore Ruedt - Senior Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the City of Duluth- for making some time to stop by our daily announcements and share information about the Duluth Playground Contest with our students and teachers!

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MESSAGE FROM DULUTH HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH:

Hello Wildcat Family!


On May 14TH 2022 , the Duluth High School Football Program in partnership with the city of Duluth will be hosting our annual Wildcat 5K! This is our biggest spring fundraiser, which not only helps support the Duluth High School Football team but also provides an opportunity for all Duluth Athletics Teams and Organizations to participate and raise money.


Our vision for the Wildcat 5K is to grow the event into a spring tradition for the Duluth cluster, our students, and our community. Please sign up and support the students at Duluth High School! Also, please encourage anyone you know who would like to support our school and community to sign up.


To learn more about our race and sign up, go to www.Wildcat5K.com or scan the QR code below to take you directly to the registration site! If you would like to support or know of someone else who would but cannot attend we can accept donations through the phantom runner option.


Thank you and Go Wildcats!


W1NTODAY

Cam Jones

Head Football Coach

Duluth High School - Duluth, GA

Twitter: @Coach_Cam_Jones

Facebook: fb.me/DuluthFB

Website: DuluthFootball.org

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Use this LINK to find out more information and sign up for Georgia Milestone Preparation!

BASEBALL PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT

Do you like Baseball? You can listen to Grayson Scheinbaum on Baseball Podcasts Are Fun, available on Spotify and his YouTube channel of the same name!

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT!

Are you interested in Science? You can listen to Akshay Jayaraman on Spectacular Science or visit his website: www.spectacularsci.com

THANK YOU PTA!

The basketball goal purchased with PTA funds and donated to Coleman Middle School has been installed! Thank you to our PTA members who helped this project become a reality. We will keep you posted on how it will be utilized and share pictures soon!

FROM OUR PTA:

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Nominating Committee/Future Executive Board:

If you have been looking to get more involved in the PTA, now is your time!

We NEED parents interested in taking a position on the Board. Many of us currently on the Board are either moving on from CMS or reaching the end of our two years of eligibility in or current positions - this includes the two Presidents!
If you're hesitant, just remember that each one of us on the Board was hesitant at first, too, but we truly have a great time serving our children and yours!

If you are interested in being part of the nominating committee or the Board, please email colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com, and indicate your area of interest.


PTA Elections will be held on May 11, 2022 at 5:30 PM in the CMS Cafe.

SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

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REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER ART CAMP AT THE HIGH MUSEUM!

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In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), GCPS provides Tutor.com as an online tutoring resource for students. Live tutoring support is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, students can receive “drop-off support,” 24-7, by uploading a document for tutor feedback that will be reviewed and returned at a later time.

For more information visit:

https://www.gcpsk12.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=26020

COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA IS HIRING!

Are you interested in becoming a School Nutrition Worker at Coleman Middle School?

Hourly rates are from $12.50 to $17.96, 30 hours a week.

Apply online on the GCPS website!

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BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

Business Partnerships

Do you know of a business that might be interested in becoming a business partner? Business Partnerships begin at $100.


Partnership proceeds go directly to the classroom to support PBL projects, technology initiatives, and other innovations!


Please contact me at gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org if you are interested. We appreciate your support and generosity!

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THANK YOU TO OUR 21-22 BUSINESS PARTNERS!

Academic Center for Excellence

Rabia Shahbaz

3195 Buford Hwy Duluth GA 30097

Phone: 678-878-4999

E-mail: rabia677@gmail.com


Apex Eyecare

3694 Club Dr, Unit 101

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 678-395-7262

https://apex-eye-care-eye-care-center.business.site/


Amy Fuchs, Keller Williams Realty

Family Homes GA

Amy@FamilyHomesGa.com

Phone: 404-439-1031


Indigo Trade Paper Co., LLC

500 Pinnacle Court

Suite 125

Norcross, GA. 30096

770-446-6077

www.indigotradeco.com


Mike Collard

Virtual Properties Realty

770-480-0848

mike@vpradmin.com


The Tutoring Center, Duluth GA

Email: DuluthGA@tutoringcenter.com
678-629-3227

www.Duluth.tutoringcenter.com

* About Your Principal, Dr. Hernandez

If you want to learn more about how my personal and professional background connect to Coleman Middle School, and you did not have the opportunty to watch it during the holiday break, click this link for my introduction video message.
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Coleman Middle School, GCPS

Gwinnett's flagship STEAM school & GA Department of Education STEAM-certified school

Principal: Dr. Gypsy Hernandez

gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org


School Hours: 9:20 AM - 4:00 PM

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8th Grade End of the Year Celebration in 5/23 at Andretti Karting!