Eagles' Notes

Madras News: October 2, 2017, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Parent Letter Archives

All parent letters that are sent home with students are archived on Eagles Notes for your convenience.

Bus Update Letter (8-4-17)

Family Connections (8-4-17)

Safety Letter (8-7-17)

Open House Letter (8-7-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-10-17)

Student Services Letter (8-15-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-16-17)

Madras Eclipse Letter (8-17-17)

Student Services Newsletter (9-29-17)

Safety Newsletter (10-3-17)

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Madras Eagle High Fives

A BIG Eagle High Five to ...

  • Luke Johnson, Jenna Loper, Alexander Forzano, and Ishan Metts, sixth graders who were chosen to play solos at the concert Thursday night.

  • First Nine Weeks Eagle Pride Recipients demonstrating outstanding effort, academics, and character (photos included below).

  • Mrs. Gina Johnson for organizing and counting BoxTops. Thanks to all who clipped and sent in BoxTops for us!

  • Amy Brandon for making teacher goodies for our Positive Behavior and Interventions Program (Staff of the Month).

  • Parents who helped with Snack 'n Chat and to Deana Young, our Snack 'n Chat PTSO chair.

  • Ada Cornwell for her School Store expertise.

  • Jeannie Cobb for the extra hours volunteering in the media center.

Club and Activity Announcements

Club announcements and meeting dates are announced every morning on the intercom and are updated on the school's calendar (on website) as they become available. Please check Eagles' Notes and the MMS web site regularly for updates and changes. If you haven't subscribed to Eagles' Notes, you can have weekly announcements emailed to you by emailing MadrasNews@cowetaschools.net to subscribe. The following is a list of recent club announcements. Refer to the full list of club dates on our calendar as they are scheduled.

  • National Honor Society will meet Wednesday, October 4th, from 3:30 - 4:30 in Mrs. Rembert’s learning cottage. They will be discussing Madras's used book drive.
  • Math Counts The first meeting of Math Counts will be on Thursday, October 12th from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Anstey’s room on the main hall. Any 6th, 7th or 8th grader can attend.
  • Running Club will meet Wednesday till 4:30. Students must submit an athletic packet, including physical, to participate. Parents should pick up on the track at 4:30.
  • Pet Lovers Club meets the first Monday of the month beginning Monday, October 2nd in the Technology Room from 3:45-4:30 for students who have turned their signed parental permission form available in front office. Students should return forms to the front office, to Mrs. Hayes, Rm 407 on the 6th grade hall or to Dr. Whittington, Rm 313 on the 7th grade hall. Students' rides should pick them up in front of the school promptly at 4:30 if attending Pet Lovers Club meetings.
  • The History Club would like to thank our troops for their service during the upcoming holidays by collecting handwritten letters for Q100’s Bert's Big Thank You. Club members will collect letters every Friday from those who participate. Homeroom teachers have additional information. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Welch or Mrs. McCoy.
  • Future Georgia Educators (FGE): All Future GA Educators Club members need to come by Mrs. Farmer’s room to pick up the field trip form for Read for the Record.
  • Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts: Any 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for the boys' or girls' soccer teams will need to turn in all paperwork, including physical, to the front office no later than Tuesday, October 10th before trying out. These athletic packets can be picked up from the front office or downloaded from the Madras web site. See Coach Strickland (girls) or Coach Haselwood (boys) for more information and to sign up. Tryouts begin Oct. 10th.
  • Academic Eagles: Please check Google Classroom for two important announcements which require student feedback. Student responses are needed for Wednesday.
  • Bike Club: The Eagles Bike club will meet again this Thursday in Coach Hitchcock's room on the 6th grade hall from 3:30-4:30. They will be using Virtual Reality bike riding technology. Everyone is welcome.
  • Eagles Extraordinaire and The Elite Force Male Step Team will have practice tomorrow in Mrs. Tracey Pitts’s class on the 8th grade hall from 3:30-4:30. Parents should pick up students by 4:30 in front of the school. Thanks!
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Monday, Oct. 16th, 5-8pm

Chick-fil-A, Glenda Trace, Newnan, GA, United States

Support your Madras Eagles by dining at Chick-fil-A at Thomas Crossroads on Monday, October 16th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Whether you dine in or choose the drive-through, make sure to mention you're there to support the Madras Eagles, and a portion of all money earned will go back to the school and assists with instructional needs.
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Duke University Talent Identification Program

What is the Duke Talent Identification Program Search?

The largest program of its kind, participants in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identify academic strengths, develop abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. TIP assists families in determining how advanced their students’ academic abilities are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.

As part of the talent search enrollment, Duke TIP registers eligible seventh graders to take either the ACT (no Writing) or SAT (no Essay) as an above-level test. This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and it gives them the opportunity to preview a college entrance exam.

Parents are invited to take a moment to learn about this talent search, its valuable benefits and resources designed specifically for academically talented youth, and its qualifications for enrollment.

Do I Qualify?

  • You must be in the seventh grade (or a current eighth grader who skipped seventh grade).
  • You must meet the test score requirements below.

Eligibility Requirements:

Students can be eligible for applying to Duke TIP if they meet any one of these criteria:

  • Georgia Milestones - Grade 5 ELA score of > 595

  • Georgia Milestones - Grade 5 Math score of > 604

  • Georgia Milestones - Grade 5 Science score of > 611

  • Georgia Milestones - Grade 5 Social Studies score of > 574

  • Georgia Milestones - Grade 6 ELA score of > 616

  • Georgia Milestones - Grade 6 Math score of > 603

You can locate the complete eligibility guidelines and additional information at the following links:

Interested parents of students who meet the requirement may enroll at http://tip.duke.edu/node/44

Media Notes

by Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for all our students in grades 6-8. The objectives of the program are to encourage the pleasure of reading, broaden reading interests, practice cooperative learning, increase reading comprehension, and provide opportunities for students to speak in a public forum.

Students read books from a list of ten books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read in a trivia style competition. Competing teams of 3-4 students are alternately asked questions about reading selections from the list of books. Points are scored for correctly identifying which book the selection is from. Students will sign up and form teams in their ELA classes or on their grade level team. The books on the list are available in the MMS Media Center but can also be borrowed from the public library or purchased online or at a local bookstore. There will be three rounds of competition held on January 26, February 16, and March 2, 2018.

Prizes will be awarded for the winners at each level of competition. Additionally, many ELA teachers are offering incentives as well for students who participate. Please encourage your student to think about getting involved in this exciting program!


Upcoming Madras Parent Volunteer Training

We love and appreciate Madras parents and are grateful for the many things they do for us throughout the year. If you are a parent who plans to volunteer at the school or at a school event during the upcoming school year, please plan to attend one of our volunteer training sessions (approximately 20-30 minutes). These will be held throughout the year at different times in the MMS media center or conference room for your convenience. (Sign in at the front office and our secretary can direct you.) If we can answer any questions about the training, please feel free to contact Donna Eskut via email or phone (770-254-2744).

  • October 16, 9:00 a.m.
  • October 16, 2:45 p.m.

PTSO: Join the Team!

Sign up for Madras PTSO texts by:

  1. Text the number 81010
  2. Enter @MadrasPTSO

Amy Brandon, PTSO President

Welcome to Madras! The purpose of our PTSO is to help improve our school by combining the efforts of parents, students, and teachers. We invite you to join PTSO to help make our school a better place to work and learn! Our fundraising efforts have benefited a variety of projects in the past including school building improvements, teacher instructional requests, equipment for the fine arts department, instructional technology purchases, and athletic programs. This year, our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase an electronic sign in front of the school to replace the old signage. We hope to reach this goal by the end of the school year. We ask that each family join PTSO with a $12.00 contribution. (Checks should be made payable to Madras PTSO.)

We also need your volunteer time! If you are interested in assisting with any of the areas below, please print the form below linked beneath, and indicate in the appropriate section. Return the form to the MMS front office or to your child's homeroom teacher. You will be contacted as the events take place.

There are many opportunities to serve through PTSO:

  • Snack n Chat (Monthly)
  • School Store (rotational schedule
  • Teacher Luncheons
  • Media Center Weekly Help
  • Veterans Day Program
  • Black History Month Program Reception
  • Decoration for Receptions/Luncheons
  • Book Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • Battle of the Books
  • School Pictures (Fall)
  • Scoliosis Screening (One time event)
  • Landscaping and Beautification

MMS PTSO Annual Project: Electronic Sign in Front of the School

If you wish to make a donation to this, please send it in with your child address to the MMS PTSO. Contact Amy Brandon at amysbrandon97@gmail.com, if you are interested in joining our team!

Thanks in advance for your support!


Box Tops Update

By Gina Johnson, PTSO Box Top Coordinator

September BoxTops Update

The students and faculty did a great job clipping and turning in BoxTops for the month of September! So far, $609 worth of BoxTops has been clipped and will go towards the Madras school fund!

Keep those BoxTops coming in! The month of October homerooms will continue to collect BoxTops. The homeroom with the most turned in by the end of school on Friday, October 27th will be the winner of a Chick-Fil-A breakfast.


  1. Only BoxTops that have not expired will count.

  2. BoxTops can simply be placed in a baggie, but the baggie should be labeled with the student’s name and homeroom to get credit.

Thank you for thinking of Madras by remembering to clip those BoxTops! Download the BoxTops app or visit the BoxTops website http://www.boxtops4education.com/ for contests and more ways to earn for our school!

Gina Johnson

Email: johnsongina9@gmail.com

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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

First Nine Weeks Team Storm Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Rockets Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Fusion Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Aspire Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Legacy Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Phoenix Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Dream Team Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Ignite Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Team Royale Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Fine Arts Eagle Pride Honorees

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First Nine Weeks Health/PE Eagle Pride Honorees

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(Dates are added or revised as information becomes available.)

Monday, October 2

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Pet Lovers Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • 9 Weeks Exams
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs ECMS (A), 4:30

Tuesday, October 3

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • District Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-5:00
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • 9 Weeks Exams
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Elite Force Male Step Team Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Eagles Extraordinaire Meeting, 3:30-4:30

Wednesday, October 4

  • District Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-5:00
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00 (helmets only)
  • 9 Weeks Exams
  • Volleyball Playoffs (first round), SRMS, 4:30
  • Running Club 3:30-4:30
  • Lady Eagles Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00 (pick up at 5 behind the school on track)

Thursday, October 5

  • Fall 6th Grade Band Concert, 6 pm, MMS gym
  • District Honor Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-5:00
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Volleyball Semifinals, SRMS, 4:30
  • Bike Club, 3:30-4:30

Friday, October 6

  • Teacher Workday
Monday, October 9
  • Holiday; Schools Closed
Tuesday, October 10
  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Soccer Tryouts Begin

Wednesday, October 11

  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Football Playoffs (first round) TBA, 5:00
  • National Honor Society Meeting, 3:30-4:30
Thursday, October 12
  • District 6 Honors Chorus
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Volleyball Championship, SRMS, 5:30
  • Math Counts Meeting, 3:30-4:30
Friday, October 13
  • District 6 Honors Chorus
Monday, October 16
  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Jr. ROTC Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • MMS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, 5-8
Tuesday, October 17
  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Playoffs (semifinals) TBA, 5:00
  • Report Cards Issued
Wednesday, October 18
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
Thursday, October 19
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Read for the Record
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
Friday, October 20
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Fall Pep Rally
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Lady Eagles Finish the Regular Season Undefeated!

Congratulations to Coach Michelle Clarke and the Lady Eagles for finishing the regular season undefeated, a perfect 10-0! They will await the winner of the Arnall/East Coweta game on Wednesday to determine their next opponent in Thursday's semifinal game at Smokey Road at 5:30 pm. Good luck, ladies! We are cheering you on to the championship game!
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Home Football Game Tuesday vs East Coweta Middle School

The undefeated Madras Eagles will play East Coweta this Tuesday afternoon (October 3rd) at Madras beginning at 5:00 p.m. Students can stay after school until the game starts and will be supervised. Concessions will be sold including drinks, snacks, and pizza. Cost of admission is $5.00. Parents should pick up their students behind the school at the football field by 6:30. (No pick-ups in front of the school.) A win Tuesday will clinch the regular season championship and will give the Eagles a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Let's cheer our Eagles on to a victory!
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