Principal Parker Weekly

January 13, 2022

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Help celebrate the diversity at Taylor Road!

#TheTRWayForward


I was part of a great conversation this morning around the diversity at Taylor Road. As a part of our efforts going forward, the Cultural Diversity Committee is seeking parents who would like to contribute to our committee in many ways…both big and small! We have projects that we are working on and we need to hear your stories and voices to bring those projects to life.


  • Do you have a cultural or ancestral family history that you would be willing to share with our community?
  • Does your family have an important story to tell that will educate and inform our diverse community?
  • Would you be willing to take part in an honest and open discussion on diversity with other parents from our community?



Our committee is planning to relaunch and reimagine our TRMS International Night of years’ past and we want your family’s rich culture and heritage to be a part of that venture. We are also putting together a panel/series of speakers who have impactful stories they would be willing to share with our students and our community either in person or on video. And perhaps most importantly, we need parents who are willing to have their voices heard in an open forum and have honest discussions on diversity.


If you are interested in joining us on this exciting and important journey, please contact one of our committee co-chairs. We look forward to meeting you! -Dr. Aquil Bayyan (Teacher) - bayyana@fultonschools.org -Marcy Morantz (Parent) – mdmorantz@comcast.net


We are lucky to have so much support from our Taylor Road community!


PBIS values: Be responsible -- Be respectful - Be proactive


This week's learning: Middle School Climate and Learning


How many people remember middle school as a time of carefree fun and learning? New research sheds light on the difficult challenges of middle school. It’s a tough place for most students to learn and outcomes are impacted greatly by school climate.

Six Seconds describes school climate as an overview of all community members’ relationship with the school — what does it feel like to walk into this building or on to this campus? Climate comprises the context in which faculty work each day, in which students learn, and in which parents interact. The research shows that climate based on perceptions of “connectedness” strongly influences the outcomes of learning, safety, involvement, and thriving.


Check out this link: https://www.6seconds.org/2016/04/14/groundbreaking-education-research-aera/


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Thank you for sharing your family with us.


Remember to follow us on Twitter @TaylorRoadWay and @Proud_Tigers and on Facebook for updates. We will also continue our traditional Messenger newsletter, along with weekly principal emails. You can always find more information on our website.


I love my job!

Core values of TRMS: Engagement, Rigor, and Relationships

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Safety and Covid Mitigation Protocols/Procedures

In light of the current level of Covid infection rates in our school and/or community, these are some considerations for Taylor Road Middle School. This list is not exhaustive, and it is certainly subject to change as the situation evolves:



  • Arrival and dismissal procedures remain the same.
  • There will be no drop offs allowed except for medications and eyeglasses, computers, and instruments. This includes food, water bottles, class/homework, etc.
  • School schedule/class times remain the same with students accessing instruction and assignments via Teams during remote learning days.
  • Students can see their new schedules in Infinite Campus.
  • No visitors in the building.
  • All students and staff – masks are mandated.
  • 6th and 7th grades are delaying locker assignments until February 1st to avoid hallway congestion. The 8th grade is evaluating the situation for their students.


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mr. Parker.

Language Arts Textbook Adoption




Parents and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the K-12 ELA textbook adoption process. The public review period is November 29, 2021-January 21, 2022.


Parents and stakeholders can view hard copies of the grade K-5 resources at all elementary schools, the grade 6-8 resources at all middle schools, the grade 9-12 resources at all high schools, and the grade K-12 resources at the North Learning Center (450 Northridge Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA 30350), Administrative Center (6201 Powers Ferry Rd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30339), and South Learning Center (4025 Flat Shoals Rd, Union City, GA 30291).


Digital resources are also available on the Textbook Adoption Website.



In addition, parents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to view presentations from all vendors being considered for adoption on Saturday, January 8th from 12:00-2:00 PM or Tuesday, January 12th from 5:30-7:30 PM. Information is on the flyers linked below.


Flyer in English

Flyer in Chinese

Flyer in Korean

Flyer in Spanish

Latest Updates from the Fulton County Board of Education


Late Start Days Switch to Half Days:


Based on feedback from a variety of stakeholders, the Board voted on a calendar adjustment that will change all remaining late start Mondays for the 2021-2022 school year to early release days. This impacts the following dates:


  • January 24, 2022
  • February 28, 2022
  • March 21, 2022



Educational Options Application Schedule


The district offers many educational options for students. The Board has long believed in providing opportunities and flexibility for families, and the district has invested the resources into high-quality educational choices offered through a number of initiatives. These options are based on curriculum offerings or educational settings and include: Charter Schools; Magnet Programs; Open Enrollment Transfers; Hardship Transfers and Career, Technical & Agricultural Education (CTAE). Below is a listing of important dates and resources for families. For details about in-school choice program deadlines, families should contact their school directly. Click here for more information.


Program & Application Window

Magnet Schools/Programs 11/15 - 1/15

Fulton Academy of Virtual Excellence (FAVE) 12/15 - 1/15

Fulton Schools College and Career Academy 10/30 - 3/31

Hardships 1/1 - 2/28

Open Enrollment 5/1 - 5/15

Device Update


Did you know that if your student has previously waived having a Fulton County device and is using a personal device, you can always change your mind and request one for your child?


Please contact Peggy Callander (callander@fultonschools.org) at any time if you need to have a Fulton County laptop issued for your student.

Backpacks of Love

At TRMS we have a program called “backpacks of love”. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance by donating non-perishable items to our families. The participants’ names are known only to the counselors and social worker. Once every two weeks a backpack with food items are available to go home. A student can carry the backpack home, or the parent can pick it up at the front office. All we need to know is if you would like to participate, how many adults are in the house, how many children are in the house, and if there are any dietary allergies such as peanut butter. We can only provide for a certain number of families so the sooner you reply the better. We will respond regardless of whether you are in the program or if supplies run out.


6th grade Counselor- Mr. Fredric Johnson

7th grade Counselor- Mrs. Alexcia Massey

8th grade Counselor- Mrs. Cindy Sabula

Supporting our work --

Academic Excellence Donation 21-22

These generous voluntary donations will be used exclusively to purchase academic programs or supplies to support student learning or to purchase learning opportunities for our Teachers to enhance their ability to educate our students. Please enter any amount that you are comfortable donating. Thank you for supporting Taylor Road Middle School.


TRMS Staff Recognition Donation 21-22

Donation to be used by TRMS specifically for Staff recognition and awards. Any amount you wish to donate will be appreciated. Thank you for your support of our Taylor Road Middle School teachers.

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Taylor Road is on Facebook!

You can keep up with the latest news and happenings at Taylor Road MS on Facebook. Please follow us!

Important Dates


January 17: No School - MLK Jr. Holiday

January 21: School Governance Council, 7:45 AM

January 24: Early Release Day -- Students will be dismissed at 2:05.

January 26: Basketball Games v. Haynes Bridge MS, TRMS Gym, 5:30 PM

January 27: Tentative Date for 8th grade students to tour Chattahoochee HS

January 27 - February 4: 8th grade students will select electives for next year

January 28: Basketball Games @ Crabapple MS, 5:30 PM

February 1: Lunar New Year

February 1: Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting, CHS Auditorium, 6:00 PM

February 2: Basketball Games v. F.A.S.T., TRMS Gym, 5:30 PM

February 3: Orchestra Pre-LGPE concert, TRMS Gym, 6:00 PM

February 4: Basketball Games v. Autrey Mill MS, TRMS Gym, 6:00 PM

February 7 - 11: Candy Gram sales to raise funds for the One Well project

February 10: Jazz Band Concert with Chattahoochee HS, CHS Cafeteria, 7:00 PM

February 11: Basketball Games @ Holcomb Bridge MS, 5:30 PM

February 18: Professional Learning Day for Staff -- No School for Students

February 21: Presidents' Day Holiday - Schools are closed

The buck stops here

See our duties divided among the administrators responsible (click photo below). We continually modify and update this chart. It is also available on the TRMS website.

We are here to help - always!

If you feel any concerns - or know someone who does - please know Taylor Road is filled with people who care. I encourage you to reach out via this website link to report concerns to me personally at any time. I immediately receive email notification of all submitted concerns, and I promise to respond quickly. The report remains anonymous, unless you choose to share your identity and allow me to respond.


Fulton Schools also has a Quick Tip app to report issues to district leaders and school police. Please continue to reach out. It is never a bother or a hardship to show we care.


Finally, there are any number of resources for stakeholders. Please follow this link for more information. Do not hesitate; ask for help.

#TheTRWayForward

As we define our way forward, the administrative team welcomes input. Remember, I continue to use #TheTRWayForward to tag Twitter posts that represent my vision for Taylor Road.


Follow me personally @TaylorRoadWay on Twitter. I am excited about #TheTRWayForward


Thanks for supporting TRMS!


Relationships - Rigor - Engagement