Titan Talk Newsletter

Jan. 18, 2019

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Upcoming Dates

The Week Ahead...


  • 1/18 - Invitations sent home with students for the Breakfasts of Excellence
  • 1/19 - NO Titan Advantage due to the MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend
  • 1/20 - Happy Birthday Principal Smith
  • 1/21 - MLK HOLIDAY: NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF/STUDENTS
  • 1/22 - Hampton Film Academy in Media Center @ 4:05p to 5:30p
  • 1/22 - Boy's Basketball Practice in GYM @ 4:30p to 5:30p
  • 1/23 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm in E-111 @ 4:15p to 5:15p
  • 1/23 - 5:30p to 6:00p Basketball: Sandy Springs Vs Elkins Pointe - HOME GAME in Gym @ Elkins Pointe
  • 1/24 - Hampton Film Academy in Media Center @ 4:05p to 5:30p
  • 1/24 - Running Club @ 4:15p-5:15p (Ingram)
  • 1/24 - Boy's Basketball Practice in Gym @ 4:30p to 5:30p
  • 1/24 - RHS - Rising 9th Grade Information Night / 6:30pm in the Roswell High School Auditorium @ 6:30p to 7:00p
  • 1/25 - Running Club @ 4:15p-5:15p (Newman)
  • 1/25 - Basketball: EPMS vs Ridgeview - AWAY GAME @ Ridgeview @ 5:30p to 6:00p
  • Ridgeview Charter School (5340 Trimble Rd NE, Atlanta, GA)
  • 1/26 - Titan Advantage @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 1/26 - Ruffin Reading Bowl -Autrey Mill Middle School- 8-12
  • 1/26 - Titan Tech Team Competes at the FCS 18th Annual Technology Competition at Centennial High School
  • 1/26 - EPMS Night at the Symphony
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Dates to Note:

SCOLIOSIS SCREENING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Jan. 30 - Scoliosis Screening Training

@ North Learning Center @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

* 20 Screeners Needed - LOTS of Screeners Needed!

Feb. 20 - Screening of 6th-grade/8th-grade

@ Elkins Pointe MS @ 12-4 PM

To sign up to be trained and to screen:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-scoliosis5


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BREAKFASTS OF EXCELLENCE - HONOR STUDENTS

* Cafeteria doors open at 7:15 AM and the ceremony starts at 7:30 AM

Jan. 29, 2019 - 6th Grade Breakfast of Excellence

Jan 30, 2019 - 7th Grade Breakfast of Excellence

Jan 31, 2019 - 8th Grade Breakfast of Excellence

Sign Up Link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-breakfast1

LOTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

*Parents invited to attend Breakfasts with their child

** Invitations sent home via WINN Class.

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* NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

SCHOOL CLOSED - MLK Jr. DAY - 1/21

SCHOOL CLOSED - FCS HOLIDAY - 2/15

SCHOOL CLOSED - PRESIDENT’S DAY - 2/18

NO SCHOOL - ELKINS POINTE FULL RELEASE DAY - 2/19


SCHOOL DAY REINSTATED - IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE - 3/8

FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019 IS A SCHOOL DAY

STUDENTS REPORT TO SCHOOL - FCS CALENDAR CHANGE

* ALL STUDENTS & TEACHERS REPORT TO SCHOOL *

Note: ALL Elkins Pointe students will now have school

on the day above to make up for school closing in the fall for Election Day.

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Message From the Principal

Happy Friday Titans!


As we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend, I am thinking about how he was a champion for Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset is the belief that everyone can learn, change, and develop. By developing better skills, our students will be equipped to handle any setbacks and know hard work can help them accomplish their goals.


Thank you to all the parents, students, and teachers who attended the Student-Led Data Talks. Mr. Rawlings Johnson and Ms. Ida Ward did a great job with the presentation. Data Talks are a key component of developing Growth Mindset in our students. By teaching students to interpret and understand their progress, academic growth, attendance, Milestone test scores, and grades, we are empowering them to take ownership of their learning. Datasheets will be going home next week via WINN class. Please ask your child to interpret their data and take a moment to help your child set some academic and personal goals.


Today in WINN class, Breakfast of Excellence invitations were issued to our students who will be honored for their grades and attendance for the fall semester. Students earning all As, including Connections, have been placed on the Superior Honor Roll. Students earning all As and Bs, at least one A must be in an academic subject, have been placed on the Excellent Honor Roll. Students who attended every day last semester, and did not miss any class periods or have any tardies, will be recognized for Perfect Attendance at the Breakfasts of Excellence. Congratulations to our excellent students:


Parents, I look forward to seeing you at the Breakfasts of Excellence coming up on January 29th, 30th, and 31st. Have a wonderful long weekend and enjoy your friends and family!!


Sincerely,


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

CELEBRATIONS!

WEB Leaders Growth Mindset Video

8th Grade WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) students put together this video for our WINN classes. Thank you to Mr. Gamba, WEB teacher, working with your students to help our students, teachers, and parents understand the concept of Growth Mindset.
https://youtu.be/uzaDO-NsHaE

Spelling Bee @ EPMS

Thank you to all the parents who came to support the children in the Spelling Bee. We had a fantastic parent turn out. Congratulations to all the contestants and to the winner!
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Geography Bee

Congratulations are surely in order for the Geography Bee finalist/grade level winners and EPMS overall winner:


  • 6th grade-Harrison Poland
  • 7th grade- Krish Koshhar
  • 8th grade-Sean Sternot


The 1st place winner for the EPMS Geography Bee is Krish Koshhar!

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MLK Jr. Lesson

Students from Ms. Lori Fisher's and Mr. Kevin Wallace's Social Studies classes completed a WebQuest on Martin Luther King Jr. using a jigsaw cooperative learning technique.
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All-State Band Congratulations

The following students were ranked in the Top 10 (number not percent) students in the state for their instrument. Congratulations to:

  • Brandon Soto – French Horn
  • Adam Boswell – French Horn
  • Will Nicholson – Bass Clarinet

There were approx. 1050 student auditioning at this audition and it was highly competitive. Brandon and Adam will perform with the All-State band in early March in Athens. Will is the second alternate and will perform if called upon.

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HOUSEKEEPING

Check Out Procedures:

Following these procedures means less interruption in the classroom:
  1. "Signed Note" presented to the front office in the morning by the student.
  2. Student to come to the front office at the time stated in the note, on their own accord (without being called from the classroom) between class periods. The "Signed Note" will act as the student's reminder and pass out of class.
  3. Checkout prior to 3:30 pm - No checkouts permitted after 3:30 pm

THINGS TO KNOW

Sign Up to Help with the Breakfasts of Excellence

We need LOTS of parent volunteers to help with the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade honors breakfasts. Please click on the link below to sign up to help!


Sign Up Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-breakfast1


The BREAKFASTS OF EXCELLENCE are on :

  • Jan. 29, 2019 - 6th Grade Breakfast of Excellence
  • Jan 30, 2019 - 7th Grade Breakfast of Excellence
  • Jan 31, 2019 - 8th Grade Breakfast of Excellence


Parents and their honored student(s) are invited to this breakfast to celebrate. Pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee are being provided by the EPMS PTSA and our wonderful business partner, Roswell Town Center Chick-fil-A, is graciously donating chicken biscuits.


We are looking for volunteers to help serve and clean up. Please come and consider volunteering. They do not do this in high school and this is a fun and delicious way to celebrate their academic achievements.


If you have any questions, please contact Veronica O'Brien at Veronica.OBrien@andritz.com

Many thanks in advance and congratulations!

“The Breakfasts of Excellence” - 1/29, 1/30, 1/31

The Honor Roll Breakfast has been expanded and will be now called the “The Breakfast of Excellence.” Elkins Pointe will now recognize students for their "Excellence" by awarding students in these categories:


  • "A" Honor Roll: all "A"s on the semester 1 report card; this includes Connections classes.
  • "A/B" Honor Roll: "A"s and "B"s on their semester 1 report card. There must be at least one A on the student report card in an academic subject (e.g. ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, World Language).
  • Excellent in Attendance: No absences during the first semester. This includes attending all eight periods of the school day, and not having any tardies.

*Parents are invited to attend the breakfasts; the invitations will be sent home with "Excellent" students via WINN Class.

The Next Titan Advantage -1/26

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.


Titan Advantage is from 9 am to 12 noon. Here are the dates for 2019:

  • Jan 26th
  • Feb 2nd, 9th, 23rd
  • Mar 2nd, 9th, 16th 23rd


This enrichment opportunity offered on Saturdays, free of charge. All students are invited to maximize or remediate in the content mastery areas which are assessed on GA Milestones (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). To fuel students through two, one-hour blocks of uninterrupted instruction, students are treated to a hot breakfast, snack, and pizza. National Honor Society, high school students, are brought in to help tutor students 1-on-1. The academic sessions are taught by dedicated expert staff members committed to student success for all Titans!

Scoliosis Training - 1/30...Scoliosis Screening - 2/20

Attention Elkins Pointe Parents: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for the Scoliosis Screening event on Friday, February 20th, from 12 noon - 3:30 pm. Volunteers must be Scoliosis Screening Trained. FCS will provide training on Jan. 30th and the Screening will be on Feb. 20th.


This is a really important event because between the ages of 11-14 is the prime period of identification for scoliosis of the spine, and early detection and early treatment is the key to reversing scoliosis so it is not a life-long problem. Can we count on you to help Elkins Pointe MS with this event?


  • Jan. 30 - Scoliosis Volunteer Training @ North Learning Center @ 10AM - 11:30AM (*20 Screeners Needed)



  • Feb. 20 - Scoliosis Screening of 6th-grade & 8th-grade @ Elkins Pointe MS @ 12-4 PM


If you can sign up as a volunteer, we will feed you lunch, snacks, and coffee on the day of the screening. For those that were certified through training last year, you do not have to retake the training course.


For those that are new to scoliosis screening, or have not been re-certified in the last 2 years, you will be required to attend the training session on January 30th from 9 AM - 11 AM at the North Learning Center, in Sandy Springs. Please, direct questions to Jennifer Rodman: jcrodman@yahoo.com.

EPMS Spirit Night @ Dos Margarita's - 2/22

Save the date for the EPMS Spirit Night on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Dos Margaritas, 12460 Crabapple Road. Mention Elkins Pointe and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds.

International Night Performers Wanted! -3/21

Our EPMS International Night is fast approaching on Thursday, March 21 from 6-8 PM. This is one of the biggest and most successful event for us and our community. We are in need of performers and talented individuals (teachers, students, parents and professionals) to show and share their talent. We are calling actors, singers, dancers, jugglers, ventriloquists, pianists, drummers, guitarists, cheerleaders, etc. We would love for you to share your abilities with us during the International Night. Please email Monsieur Mendy at mendy@fultonschools.org if you would like to perform.

THINGS FOR STUDENTS @ EPMS

Coding Club @ EPMS - 1/29

There will be a new coding club starting at EPMS. It will be run by the coder school from East Cobb The club will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 4:15-5:15 starting Jan 29. This is an amazing opportunity for students 6-8! It's super convenient that they are coming right into the building AND the school is funding 20 spots. We hope to have participation from all of the grade levels.

Computer Science/Coding is in high demand with a shortage of qualified applicants. Check out this video - What Most Schools Don't Teach. This playlist also includes few other videos.

Parents can fill out an application for their child at http://bit.ly/epmscoderclub

Multicultural Club...Coming Jan. 2019

Coming soon to Elkins Pointe is the Multicultural club. The sponsors Mr. Roberto Contreras-Murillo and Mrs. Vani Jacob. The objective is to create deeper understanding of different cultures, to celebrate diversity and to promote acceptance and tolerance of all.

This club promotes teamwork. Students who participate in a socially diverse environment show tolerance towards their peers which results in better teamwork in the classrooms.

The Goals:


  • To provide opportunities for students to interact with different cultures.
  • To encourage students to learn about a foreign country and its culture.
  • To engage students in an activity and present their knowledge of a new culture during International night.
  • To promote acceptance of diversity and respect for each other.

Flag Club & Spirit Squad Coming Soon!

Two new after-school clubs to be on the watch for are the Flag Club and the Spirit Squad. More information on the start date, day of the week, and time will be announced soon! Go Titans!

PTSA Student Meeting - Save the Date! - 2/11

The next PTSA Student Member Meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 11th at 8 am in the Media Center. Student PTSA members will get a chance to meet with Principal Smith to share their ideas. PTSA will provide donuts for their student members!

Volunteer Opportunity for Students - 2/22

Hembree Springs Family Dance is requesting middle school volunteers. They are asking for middle school students to come and help with their "The Dot" themed family dance! Hembree Springs wants to say, "Those of you that helped last year were amazing!" Please come help again on Friday, Feb. 22nd.


Click on the link to Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fadad2faafd0-family2

FOR 8th GRADE PARENTS

RISING 9TH GRADE PARENT NIGHTS @ ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL

ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL

RISING 9TH GRADE EVENTS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

LOCATION: Roswell High School Auditorium

11595 King Road, Roswell, GA 30075



ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL RISING 9TH GRADE INFORMATION NIGHT

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm in the evening

Place: Roswell High School Auditorium

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL HONORS, AP, & DUAL ENROLLMENT NIGHT


Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm in the evening

Place: Main Gym of Roswell High School

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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The Organizer is Roswell High School.

Please check the Roswell High School website to make sure there are no changes.

RISING 9th GRADE PARENT NIGHTS @ MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

RISING 9TH GRADE EVENTS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

LOCATION: Milton High School School Auditorium

13025 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA 30004



MILTON HIGH SCHOOL DUAL ENROLLMENT NIGHT

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: Milton High School Auditorium

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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MILTON HIGH SCHOOL RISING 9th GRADE PARENT NIGHT

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Place: Milton High School Auditorium

Who: Parents and rising 9th grade students

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The Organizer is Milton High School.

Please check the Milton website to make sure there are no changes.

THINGS FOR PARENTS

Parent University @ MHS - 2/27

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Save the Date for the Teen Summit - March 2019

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SPORTS REPORT

Roswell Soccer Winter Camp for Girls

To register, please visit our website RHSsoccer.weebly.com and complete the registration form and online payment! Questions? Contact our Head Coach via e-mail Snyderk@fultonschools.org
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Upcoming in January 2019...

  • 1/28 - Girl's Basketball Practice in GYM @ 4:30p to 5:30p
  • 1/29 - Hampton Film Academy in Media Center @ 4:05p to 5:30p
  • 1/29 - Boy's Basketball Practice in Gym @ 4:30p to 5:30p

  • 1/30 - 7TH HONOR ROLL BREAKFAST

  • 1/30 - Scoliosis Training@ North Learning Center, 450 Northridge Parkway, Sandy Springs, GA 30350 @ 9:00a to 11:00a

  • 1/30 -Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm in E-111 @ 4:15p to 5:15p

  • 1/30 - Basketball: Hopewell vs Elkins Pointe - HOME in Gym - Elkins Pointe @ 5:30p to 6:00p

  • 1/31 - 8TH HONOR ROLL BREAKFAST

  • 1/31 - FCA in Media Center (Tentative) @ 7:45a to 8:30a

  • 1/31 - Hampton Film Academy in Media Center @ 4:05p to 5:30p

  • 1/31 - Boy's Basketball Practice in GYM @ 4:30p to 5:30p

  • 1/31 - MHS Dual Enrollment Night @ Milton High School (13025 Birmingham Hwy, Alpharetta, GA, United States) @ 6:30p to 8:30p



Please click HERE to print out the Georgia Milestone Testing Calendar for Spring 2019.