Eagles' Notes

Madras News: October 9, 2017, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

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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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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the nation join STOMP Out Bullying in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages. The explosion of social media apps has made it particularly easy for kids (and adults) to be cruel, especially when they feel they can attack others anonymously. Bullying can leave emotional scars well into adulthood, and adults who were bullied are more likely to have trouble keeping a job, maintaining relationships, and can be more prone to addiction.

Madras Middle School continually strives to create a culture of caring in our school community. Our core values, Eagles RISE include the values we work to live by daily (respect, integrity, safety, and empathy), and we have worked to communicate these expectations by:

  • holding individual administrative team talks each nine weeks to communicate expectations
  • equipping students with the knowledge needed to identify, to respond, and to report both unkind behavior or bullying behavior
  • teaching and promoting how to deal with conflicts, how to be a good friend, how to show kindness/empathy, and how to care for others through weekly advisement lessons, student service organizations, and daily announcements
  • recognizing students who exemplify our core values through daily Eagle Applause recipients, Eagle Pride honorees, Students of the Week, positive office referrals, and additional team/class recognition

In addition to the our ongoing focus on bullying prevention, our school will observe Bullying Prevention Month with activities planned by our counseling team.

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  • Students will announce facts about bullying each day over the intercom.

  • Eagle Ambassadors will create posters and banners to hang up around the school.

  • Wednesday, October 11th will be BLUE OUT day. Students and staff will wear blue to represent anti-bullying month official colors.

  • Friday, October 13th & Friday October 20th students will be encouraged to sit with students they don’t usually talk to during lunch. “No one eats alone day” Use #WeAreHereForYou on your social media.

  • Students will create a banner for kindness statements. Students will write kindness or empathy statements for one another during homeroom. The statements will be placed on the banners in each hallway and displayed during the week of October 10th and October 16th.

During National Bullying Prevention Month, parents are urged to talk to their children about the harm bullying can cause and ways they can protect themselves and others. It is critical that suspected bullying is reported right away to a counselor, administrator, or resource officer so that the incident can be investigated and preventive measures can be put in place. You can read more at https://www.stopbullying.gov/.

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.

  • 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.
  • Auburn Math Puzzle Team: 7th and 8th Students interested in participating in Auburn Puzzle Team should meet in Mrs. Lewis’s classroom on Monday, October 16. Please have your ride in the front of the school by 4:30.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes: FCA t-shirt sponsorship forms are due November 1st. See coach Nash or Lowery for any questions.
  • Golf Club: Attention Golf Club: The next meeting for golf club at Canongate Country Club is Tuesday October 17 from 4:30-5:30. Students must have a form signed by parents to attend. Please stop by Mr. Mitchell’s room to pick up the form. Please bring your own golf clubs. Golf attire is required, no t shirts, cut offs or jeans.
  • Lady Eagles Step Team: The Girls Step Team will practice next Tuesday, October 10th and Wednesday, October 11th from 3:30-5:00 and should wear appropriate practice attire. Pick-up is behind the school at 5:00 p.m.
  • 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. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 10th from 3:30-4:30.
  • 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: Tryouts are Tuesday, October 10-12 from 3:30-5:15. Students must submit the required completed athletic packet including physical before they can participate in tryouts.
  • Junior ROTC: The next meeting of Madras JROTC with Master Sgt. Ron Wolfe, Lt. Colonel Dorsey, and Dr. Whittington will be Monday, October 16 at 3:30 in the technology lab for those cadets who have turned in their parental permission to Dr. Whittington, Rm. 313, 7th Grade Hall. Cadets attending the meeting should have their rides out front to pick them up promptly at 4:30 pm.
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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

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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.

Media Notes

by Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

The 2017 event will be held Oct. 8-14th, featuring the theme 'Unleash Your Story." Library staff and other educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library. Encourage your student to drop by the library and read something for enjoyment! We have opportunities available for your student to recommend a book to someone, take a selfie with the book that they are reading, and obtain a free bookmark for Teen Read Week at Madras! Encourage your student to READ FOR THE FUN OF IT!

Fall Picture Make-Up Day is October 23rd

Make-up pictures for students who are new to Madras or who were absent when fall pictures were taken is Monday, October 23rd. These are photos that will be included in the 2017-2018 yearbook.

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.

Order Your Madras Eagles Spirit Wear Today!

From: Madras PTSO

Don't have time to come to the school store to get your Madras Spirit Wear? You can now order and pay for it online! Place your order by this Friday to have you ordered included in the delivery for the week of Oct. 23rd. Just follow the link - http://madras.bigcartel.com

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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

School Council Elections

As part of our district and school’s mission to ensure the success of every student, we encourage all parents, family members, and school community members to become actively involved in our schools. Currently there are 2 parent vacancies on our local school council for the 2017-2018 school year, and I would like to invite any parents who would like to submit nominations to do so by returning the nomination form (sent home with students) by Monday, October 23rd.

School Councils serve as advisory groups that

  • Improve communication and participation of parents and the community in the management and operation of local schools
  • Bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve education challenges
  • Improve academic achievement and provide support for teachers and administrators
  • Bring parents into the school-based decision-making process
  • Bring parents and the community together with teachers and school administrators to create a better understanding of mutual respect of each other’s concerns
  • Share ideas for school improvement and student learning

Local School Councils meet a minimum of four times throughout the year to discuss how they can best meet the educational needs of our students. The election process begins by submitting the nomination form to the front office no later than Monday, October 23rd. Ballots will be created based on the nominations and will be available to elect two members of the Madras School Council (unexpired 2 year term through June 2019) in the media center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24th. The announcement of new members will be made on Thursday, October 26th.

Serving on School Council is a wonderful opportunity to impact student learning and to support our school. Your voice and input are important, and your involvement is welcomed. Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions.

2017-2018 School Council Meeting Dates (9:00 a.m.)

  • October 31. 2017
  • December 5, 2017
  • February 6. 2018
  • May 1, 2018
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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

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

Monday, October 9
  • Holiday; Schools Closed

Tuesday, October 10

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • History Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Lady Eagles Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • STAR Screener Window Opens (10/10-10/24)
  • Boys' Soccer Tryouts 3:30-5:15
  • Girls' Soccer Tryouts 3:30-5:00

Wednesday, October 11

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Lady Eagles Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Football Playoffs (first round) TBA, 5:00
  • Boys' Soccer Tryouts 3:30-5:15
  • Girls' Soccer Tryouts 3:30-5:00

Thursday, October 12

  • District 6 Honors Chorus
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Math Counts Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Volleyball Championship, SRMS, 5:30
  • Boys' Soccer Tryouts 3:30-5:15
  • Girls' Soccer Tryouts 3:30-5:00

Friday, October 13

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • 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
  • Math Counts Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • MMS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, 5-8
  • School Council Elections, MMS Media Center, 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Golf Club, 4:30-5:30, Canongate Golf Club
  • Football Playoffs (semifinals) at Madras, 5:00
  • Report Cards Issued
  • Admin Team Talks (Pitts, 8:45; Benton, 9:45; Schober, 2:15)

Wednesday, October 18

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Football Practice 3:30-5:00 (helmets only)
  • Admin Team Talks (P Sykes, 8:45; Barberio, 9:45, Mallet, 2:15)
Thursday, October 19
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Read for the Record
Friday, October 20
  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Fall Pep Rally
  • Advisement

Monday, October 23

  • Ga Milestones Fall 2017 Field Test
  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • Fall Picture Make-up Day

Tuesday, October 24

  • Ga Milestones Fall 2017 Field Test
  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • History Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Championship TBA, 5:00

Wednesday, October 25

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Admin Team Talks (Chaves, 8:45; Lau, 9:45; Farmer, 2:15)
  • Soccer vs EMS, 4:30, Girls (H); Boys (A)

Thursday, October 26

  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Soccer vs LMS, 4:30, Girls (H); Boys (A)

Friday, October 27

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Book Club Meeting, 7:45 am
  • Fall Ball (School Dance, all grades), 3:30-5:30
  • Snack 'n Chat
  • Club Advisement

Monday, October 30

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Admin Team Talks (Davenport/Haselwood, 2:15)
  • Admin Team Talks (Lewis/Rembert, 9:45)
  • Admin Team Talks (Seebode/Peterson, 8:45)
  • Soccer vs EMS, 4:30, Girls (A); Boys (H)

Tuesday, October 31

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • School Council Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 1

  • 7th Grade Band to Spivey Hall at Clayton State
  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
Thursday, November 2
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Soccer vs ECMS, 4:30, Girls (A); Boys (H)

Friday, November 3

  • District Honor and All-State Band Rehearsal, 7:40-8:10 a.m.
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • NHS/ECHS Football Game
  • Advisement
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Lady Eagles Are Headed to the Championship!

Congratulations to Coach Michelle Clarke and the Lady Eagles for finishing the regular season undefeated, a perfect 10-0! They will play the Evans Cougars for the CCMSAL Championship Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m at Smokey Road Middle School. Cost of admission is $5.00. Good luck, ladies, and Go Eagles!!!
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Home Football Game Tuesday vs East Coweta Middle School

The Madras Eagles finished the season with a perfect season and captured the regular season championship. They are now headed to the CCMSAL semifinal playoffs at home on Tuesday, October 17th 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 would advance our Eagles to the championship game which would be held at Northgate High School On October 24th. Let's cheer our Eagles on to the championship game!
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