Titan Talk Newsletter

November 2, 2018

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Upcoming Dates...

The Week Ahead...


SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Nov. 5th to Nov. 9th

ELECTION DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Nov. 6th

NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK - Petit Café Titans: Nov. 7th


  • 11/3 - Titan Advantage @ 8 am - 12 noon
  • 11/4 - Daylight Savings Time Change - Fall Back

  • 11/5 - Scholastic Book Fair (11/5 to 11/9 in the Media Center)

  • 11/5 - Band Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)

  • 11/5 - El Porton Spirit Night!

  • 11/5 - Jr. Hornets Wrestling for boys & girls held at the Underground (See flyer)

  • 11/6 - NO SCHOOL - ELECTION DAY - TEACHER WORKDAY

  • 11/7 - Petit Café Titans - French pastries and beverages for students

    Sign Up to donate pastries and to help, HERE!

  • 11/7 - Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/7 - Titan Tumbling Team @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Gym)

  • 11/8 - Look for 7th-grade and 8th-grade Cotillion Invitation in your mailbox!

  • 11/8 - FCA @ 7:45 (Media Center)

  • 11/8 - Legacy of Excellence Awards @ 11:30 am - 1 pm

  • 11/8 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/9 - Wear College Swag

  • 11/9 - Interact Meeting @ 7:45 (E-114)

  • 11/10 - Titan Advantage @ EPMS from 8 am to 12 noon

IMPORTANT DATES!!

TITAN ADVANTAGE PROGRAM

Nov. 3rd & Nov. 10th

Schedule:

8:15 - 8:35am - Breakfast

8:45 -10:00 am - Academic Session One

10:00 -10:15 am - Break

10:15 -11:30 am - Academic Session Two

11:30 am - 12 pm - Lunch/Dismissal


SPIRIT NIGHT @ EL PORTON

November 5th

* Mention that you are with Elkins Pointe


BOOK FAIR @ ELKINS POINTE

Nov. 5th to Nov. 9th

Sign Up to Volunteer HERE!


NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON ELECTION DAY

November 6th


NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK

Petit Café Titans

French pastries and beverages for students on Nov. 7th

Sign Up to donate pastries and to help, HERE!


INTERNET SAFETY PARENT WORKSHOP

November 15th @ 6 pm in the Media Center

All Parents Invited!


JR BETA & INTERACT CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Now to Nov. 16th

Bring your canned goods to Rotunda


RFF DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Nov. 16th

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents,


Our Titans continue to make us proud in every way. This week the CCRPI results were officially released by GADOE, the Georgia Department of Education. Elkins Pointe increased our score by 11.8 points from last year! This kind of growth only happens when students, teachers, and parents work together!


At Elkins Pointe, the growth of the whole child is important to us. If our children are not drug-free and making good choices, student success becomes impossible. Because we want all things possible for our students, we spent this week getting out the message of Red Ribbon Week. Mr. Jerome Huff came to give a "Real Talk" to our parents and our students. He came attired in the dress of the day, Camo. Mr. Huff was not hiding from the truth about drugs and he hit the topic hard. Please keep talking to your children about the hazards of vaping/juuling, drugs, and alcohol. Our students can do anything, and it is our collective job to make sure that drugs do not derail their pathway to career and college!


Thank you to Mrs. Mimado Souchu for coming to Elkins Pointe to give a live interview and performance during WINN time today. Mrs. Souchu shared her career path of being a professional singer in France and in the United States. Due to the expertise of the Titan News Crew, Owen Smith, Neil Thomas, Sebastian Hurtado, and Sophie Brady, all students got to see the special broadcast in their classrooms. The crew played the video of Mrs. Souchu's 2014 audition to the French TV version of "The Voice." Mrs. Souchu then wowed the building by singing a famous French song acapella. Merci beaucoup to Monsieur Mendy for arranging for authentic French National Week activities. Next week, Mr. Karim Souchu, French-Basketball player, will be sharing his talents with French and PE students.


Tomorrow, we will be starting up our Titan Advantage, student academic workshops on Saturday, November 3rd and then again on Saturday, November 10th. If your child received an invitation during WINN class, we urge you to take advantage of this program to boost your child's growth. We will be hosting Titan Advantage again in March. All Titans are invited to come to the Saturday workshops.


Next week we will be celebrating the students' amazing role in the 11.8 increase in CCRPI with an ice-cream party. We would love for parents to come to help pass out the ice-cream to students during lunches. Please come and be part of the celebration!


Sincerely,


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

Here are some of the highlights from the Principal's Letter on CCRPI

We are proud to announce that our 2018 score is 83.1 which is an 11.8-point increase from last year! This is the highest score that Elkins has ever earned since the first release of CCRPI in 2012. Last year we had many accomplishments and I’ve highlighted some of them below:


  • 100% of our students who completed 9th Grade Lit scored Proficient or Distinguished on the EOC and on average grew more than 70% of their academic peers statewide
  • 98% of our students who completed High School Algebra or Geometry scored Proficient or Distinguished on the EOC and on average grew more than 72% of their academic peers statewide
  • Our Hispanic students exceeded improvement targets in the areas of math, science, and social studies
  • Our English Language Learners, exceeded their improvements targets in the areas of ELA and math, and made progress from last year’s performance in the areas of science and social studies
  • 100% of all students who completed High School Physical Science scored either proficient or distinguished. Of that 100%, 52% scored distinguished
  • For 8th grade students taking the Social Studies EOG, we had a 7-percentage point increase in students scoring level 2, 3, and 4 from last year. Most all subgroups showed performance was impressive as well
  • Our black students exceeded the improvement targets in the areas of math, ELA, science, and social studies
  • Our Economically Disadvantaged students exceeded improvement targets in the areas of math, science, and social studies, but also had progress in ELA from last year.

TAKE the GADOE PARENT Survey for 2018-2019 School Year

Thank you for taking the survey. It should only take five to ten minutes.

CELEBRATE SMART, HAPPY, CONNECTED @ EPMS!

Merci!

Thank you to Mrs. Souchu for her special broadcast during WINN time! We are so thankful to the Mr. Karim Souchu, professional basketball player, and Mrs. Mamido Souchu, professional French singer, for sharing your World Language with our students during French National Week.


Pictured below: Upper left - Madame Mamido Souchu. Upper right - Titan News crew with Madame Souchu in the Studio T. Bottom left - French students. Bottom right - Madame Souchu with her children.

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Honors Chorus

Congratulation s to the students listed below for qualifying for 7th-grade and 8th-grade Honors Chorus. They were invited to participate in the Georgia Music Educators Association District V Honor Chorus at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

  • Myra Bubber, Abriana McCoy, Nikayla Wolcott, Sarah Richardson, Lila Perry, Erica Epps
  • Ava Cann, Shyla Chahal, Talaya Thomas, Victor Fontanez, Noah O'Brien, Justin Bradley

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Día de los muertos.

Spanish classes commemorated "El día de los muertos," which translates to the day of the dead. It is a tradition for families to honour their ancestors.
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Reflections Contest Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Reflections Contest winners and honorees. Thank you to Sarah Baker and Gina Cook for all your hard work on the Reflections Contest. The awards breakfast was a hit and we were so impressed with our student's works.

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Rotary Club Honors EPMS Interact Club

The Rotary Club of Roswell honored the Elkins Pointe outstanding Interact Club at a luncheon this week. We are so very proud of the Elkins Pointe Interact Club! Their work is helping to make our world a better place. Thank you to Mrs. Streeter for your leadership!

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Red Ribbon Week!

Thank you to the PTSA for hosting Red Ribbon Week. It is so important to get the message to our kids that they should steer clear of drugs and make good choices. The teachers and staff believe whole-heartily in the message and were some of the biggest participants in the dress up days!
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Congrats to Our Bookkeeper!

Liby Roude just got a perfect score for the Elkins Pointe accounting. She is a rock star!
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THINGS TO KNOW

Titan Advantage - 11/3 & 11/10

The Titan Advantage program will serve as an academic workshop open to all students regardless of level. Teachers have issued permission slips to students directly through their WINN classes. If you would like for your child to participate, please contact your child's WINN teacher or bring them to the workshop and complete a permission slip.

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Book Fair Cashiers Needed - 11/5 to 11/9

The Book Fair is coming to Elkins Point the week of Nov. 5-9. Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Rickson would love help with the set up and with the sales. Please sign up to help HERE!

Ten Tumblers Wanted! Bring Your Sparkle to the Titan Tumbling Team - 11/7

The Elkins Pointe Gymnastics Team is seeking 10-15 more tumblers for their team! If you have a gymnast or tumbler who would make a great asset to our team, please have your child come to the NEXT practice on Wednesday, Nov. 7th from 4:05- 5:30 pm.


The tumbling team meets in the Gym. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Carol Garcia-Dunn at Dunnc@fultonschools.org

S A V E the D A T E for COTILLION...Your Invitation is in the Mail!

Invitations for the Bridges/North Atlanta Cotillion have been mailed this week to all 7th grade and 8th grade students at Elkins Pointe! Please be sure to check your mailbox. Classes begin January 2019!


  • Seventh Grade will learn basic ballroom dancing and popular dance (Shag, Swing, Free Style, Line, and Slow), as well as, many important social and professional skills the students will need to know now and throughout their lives.
  • Eighth Grade classes will review the basics taught in year one, and the students will learn many new dances including Latin, Swing, and Hustle. An extensive Table Manners segment will further develop your child’s social graces. Dating, interviews and making conversation will also be covered.


NOTE: All eighth graders are eligible! No need to have completed the 7th grade class last year.


If you do not receive an invitation by Thursday, November 8th and would like to be invited, please contact one of the representatives below:


Le Petit Café Titans - 11/7

On Wednesday, November 7th. French students will be having a Petit Café Titans all throughout the day in the Café Elan (located in the front of the school adjacent to the atrium) as part of French National Week. Monsieur Mendy and Madam Diemer's classes are requesting pastries from our French students and Parent volunteers.


SignUpGenius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-french1


FRENCH NATIONAL WEEK takes place from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7th. Below are the activities planned for our French Language students.


Thursday, November 1:

  • Opening * Morning Announcement in French. Discover a new French word used in English. (Small section)
  • In class activities to learn about the French presence in the U.S.


Friday, November 2:

  • Morning Announcement in French. Discover a new French word used in English. (Small section)
  • In class activities to learn about the French presence in the U.S. Mini Live French Song performance by Madame Souchu during WINN on our school TV.


Monday, November 5:

  • Morning Announcement in French. Discover a new French word used in English. (Small section)
  • Connections/PE activities (3x3 basketball tournament) Special guest, Karim Souchu, French-Basketball player


Tuesday, November 6:

  • No school for students


Wednesday, November 7:

Internet Safety Seminar for Parents -11/15

The Internet Safety Workshop will not be on Nov. 15th at 6 pm in the Media Center. Please join Resource Office Jones as he gives key information on the digital safety of your teen!

ALL PARENTS ARE INVITED!

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Jr. Beta and Interact Canned Food Drive - 11/16

Interact Club and Jr. Beta are conducting a Canned Food Drive from Oct 16th to Nov19th. Canned food may be dropped off in the rotunda or box near the media center.

Boys Basketball Try-Outs - 11/26 & 11/27

Boys Basketball Tryouts will be held on November 26th and 27th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER IS FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MONTH

THINGS ON OUR WISH LIST

Teacher Restroom Furniture and Art Donations Needed!!!

Donations needed for Teacher Restrooms. New, Gentle Used and Thrift Items all welcomed. Unused pieces will be donated to charity. Click link to sign up and donate!

THINGS ABOUT FEEDER SPORTS

Roswell Jr. Hornets Girls Select Lacrosse - 11/10 & 11/13

The Roswell Jr. Hornets Girls Select Lacrosse program will be holding tryouts for Spring Jr. Select (6th and 7th grade) and Spring Sr. Select (7th and 8th grade) on Saturday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 13th. The tryouts will be held on the Roswell Area Park Field MS #2 and Roswell North Elementary Lacrosse Field.


Registration - All players must be registered with Roswell Recreation and Parks prior to tryouts. http://www.roswellgov.com/

Spring Middle School Travel/Select Lacrosse

Activity Code Program # 33018-02 for 13U girls and #33018-3 for 15U girls.

Registration Discount Deadline- Register prior to October 20 to avoid late fee charge


Tryouts – Location: Roswell Area Park MS #2 and Roswell North Elementary– Participants do need to attend both tryout dates.


Saturday, November 10th (Location: RAP MS #2)

All Girls Jr. and Sr. Select

9:30 am – 11:00 am – please show up 30 minutes early to register and get warmed-up


Tuesday, November 13th (Location: Roswell North Elementary Lacrosse Field)

All Girls Jr. and Sr. Select

6:30pm – 8:00pm


Important – Parents will not be permitted to stay for tryouts. Please drop your daughter off and then pick her up at the conclusion of the tryout.


All players must have/wear appropriate lacrosse equipment (eye protection, mouth guard and stick) to tryout. Direct any questions to Jody Ewing at jody.ewing@gmail.com

Jr. Hornet Wrestling

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#GetConnected to TITLE I TIDBITS

2018-2019 Parent University Events

JULY

  • Fireside Chat and Middle School 101 – Orientation & Transition into MS

AUGUST

  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (English)

SEPTEMBER

  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (Spanish)
  • "Don't Stop Achieving" Student Success Family Night - 9/17/2018
  • Get Connected Night with STEM Activity
  • Rosetta Stone

OCTOBER

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Reading, Writing, and ELA
  • Digital Citizenship: Copyright & Piracy Office365, Launchpad Resources
NOVEMBER
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Student-Led Data Talks - How to interpret State testing (GA Milestones, FastBridge), grades, student growth, SAC/HAC
  • 8th Grade Transition to High School
DECEMBER
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Matters
  • Reading Challenge (i-Ready) over the Winter Break

JANUARY

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Get Future Titans Ready for Transition into Middle School - Visits to feeder schools
  • Everybody Reads - Reading Comprehension and Lexile Levels
FEBRUARY
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Metrics for the Milestones

MARCH

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • 5th grade to 6th-grade Transition Meeting
  • Spring Input Meeting for All Stakeholders

APRIL

  • No Stress Success on Georgia Milestones

MAY

  • Summer Reading Logs & Math Resources


Note: Parent University Workshops may be subject to change. Workshops also may be added when requested by parents, teachers, the community, and students.

8th Grade Transition Meeting - November 29, 2018 (English)

  • EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (English)

    Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018

    Where: EPMS Media Center

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Who: English PARENTS - EPMS 8th grade parents who have students rising to high school in 2019-2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in English by Lisa O'H Cowles

    Spanish Presentation on Tuesday, November 27th by Koritza Rodriguez

    Title I & Title 3 - Transition Meeting

    This evening is to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Koritza Rodriguez in Spanish with Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles

    This evening is to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez.


Student-Led Data talks for the Fall - DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO JANUARY 2019

  • - GA Milestones

    - Whole Child

    - Growth Mindset

    - Reading Comprehension

    ** ALL GRADES - IN THE CAFETERIA

    *** Students are prepared in WINN Class to give their parents an update on their progress and growth.

UPCOMING DATES

Upcoming in November...


THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BREAK: Nov.19th to Nov. 23th


  • 11/10 - Latino Leadership Conference @ 8 am - 4 pm (KSU)

  • 11/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 am ‐ MPES on a TUESDAY

  • 11/13 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/14 - Jr. Beta Meeting @ 8 am (Media Center)

  • 11/14 - Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/15 - FCA @ 7:45 (Media Center)

  • 11/15 - Student Council @ 8 am (E-106)

  • 11/15 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm Media Center

  • 11/15 - Internet Safety with Officer Jones @ 6 pm in the Media Center

  • 11/16 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - RFF DAY

  • 11/19 to 11/23 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BREAK

  • 11/27 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/27 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (Spanish) @ 6:30 pm This meeting is for Spanish speaking parents who have students rising to high school in 2019‐2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in Spanish by Koritza Rodriquez.

  • 11/28- Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/29 - PTSA Sponsored Nutcracker Field Experience for the 8th grade

  • 11/29 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/29 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (ENGLISH) @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center. This evening is to give 8th‐grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez

  • 11/30 - Wear College Swag

  • 11/30 - "For the Love of Reading" during WINN