Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 9/23/2022

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DR. HERNANDEZ' WEEKLY VIDEO MESSAGE:

2022-2023 LOCAL SCHOOL PLAN FOR IMPROVEMENT (LSPI):

Hello Parents,


We have completed the process of collecting feedback from parents, teachers, and students to select our school goals for the 2022-2023 school year!


As reminder, we used the GCPS' new strategic priorities for the next 5 years to select our goals. These strategic priorities are summarized in the "Blueprint for the Future". You can read this 1-page document to learn more about the Blueprint for the Future.


You can use this LINK to review our 2022-2023 Local School Plan for Improvement.

*Google Translator HERE.


Thank you,

Dr. Hernandez

CMS Shared Leadership Team

GCPS BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY JCDI AND PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK:

On August 18, 2022 the Gwinnett County Board approved Policy JCDI - Board's Theory of Action for Change to Improve Student Behavior and Outcomes. You can use this LINK to review the new JCDI policy.


To accommodate the new tenants of Policy JCDI, a new Parent & Student Handbook has been released. You can find the new 2022-2023 GCPS Student Conduct Behavior Code and 2022-2023 GCPS Handbook for Students and Families on this LINK.


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GCPS ANNUAL ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS (AKS) REVIEW:

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) invites GCPS families, Gwinnett county residents, students, and GCPS staff members to participate in the school district’s review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum by Oct. 6. The public may review proposed standards online, offering feedback on AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).


Access this LINK to review the AKS and share your feedback.


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COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL:

Thank you to those of you who were able to join me last Friday for Coffee with the Principal! Your feedback is greatly appreciated and it will be shared with administrators and teachers.


Our next Coffee with the Principal will take place on Tuesday, October 11, in person at 6:00 PM at Coleman MS.


I hope to see you there!

Dr. Hernandez


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2022-2023 Coleman MS Theme:

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STAY CONNECTED AT COLEMAN:

Use this quick access LINK showing you the different ways you can get information about your student, our school, and our district.

DISTRICT NEWS:

Click HERE for GCPS news

TEACHING & LEARNING:

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SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR:

Use this LINK to access the GCPS 2022-2023 school year calendar.

STEAM & PBL:

QUARTER 1 PBL DRIVING QUESTIONS:

PBL SHOWCASE:

Greetings,


The students, faculty and staff of Coleman Middle School are so excited to be able to host our first community showcase of the 2022-2023 school year! We believe input from our stakeholders is an integral part of "The Coleman Experience" for our students. We will host a showcase for each grade level on the dates and times below. We hope you will be able to attend and provide feedback to the students and their projects. I have included the grade level driving question along with locations. Please feel free to invite any of your colleagues, family, and friends. I will be hosting a "First Time Attending a Showcase" session prior to the 6th grade showcase in the media center. This session will be useful if you have not attended a showcase before or if you would like to know how to give meaningful feedback to students.


Please use this LINK to sign-up for the showcase prior to October 4, 2022.


8th Grade: Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 10:00 am -11:00 am

Driving Question: How can we design sustainable transportation to move people and goods safely in Georgia?

Location: 8th grade hallway and classrooms


7th Grade: Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Driving Question: How can we ensure that the Duluth Public Library has enough water for their landscaping?

Location: 7th grade hallway and classrooms


6th Grade: Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Driving Question: How can we design and maintain a garden that supports the Duluth community?

Location: Coleman Middle School outdoor gardens (side of school facing Dreamland BBQ)


Thank you,

Sheila Harmony

STEAM Coordinator

DRESS FOR SUCCESS!

Parents, please encourage your student to dress for success for their PBL showcase, if possible. We use our showcases as an opportunity to simulate a professional environment where they have to present their project and communicate with various audiences, as part of their learning that day!

SEPTEMBER MUSIC TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER:

Use this LINK to have access to Mr. Bertram's Music Technology class' newsletter and learn about the amazing work Mr. Bertram and his students do!

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:

TEEN LURES PREVENTION PROGRAM

Please read this letter from our counseling department to learn about this program.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR WONDERFUL PTA!

PTA Fall Fundraiser:


ONE MORE WEEK is left for our PTA Fall Fundraiser, ending on Friday, September 30th. We are raising money for our teachers so that they can spoil our students! Teachers can request grants for technology and supplies for their classrooms or clubs. Students, staff, teachers, parents, and community members may donate money through cash, check, or Cash App ($ColemanPTA). Money will be collected by PTA Board members every Thursday morning, concluding with our last collection on September 29th, in the car rider lanes and bus lanes. Be sure to include your student's name, homeroom teacher's name, and grade level with each payment in order to win prizes. Weekly raffle winners will be announced each Thursday morning after money collections. This week's raffle winners are Maija Bailey and Maddison Massoud who won Eye Candy Art Studio $25 Gift Cards! Congrats to Maija and Maddison! For the week of September 26th, every $10 donated will earn one entry into the Raffle Drawing. For example, $50 will earn 5 entries into the Raffle Drawing! Empanada House $25 Gift Cards will be the prizes for next week's drawing. Classes with the most participation in each grade level will receive an ice cream party. The teacher with the most class donations will be able to wear jeans for the week. Let's show our teachers how much we love and support them by donating in a BIG way for Teacher Grants. Students will benefit from these technology and instructional supplies all year!


PTA Booth at the Duluth Fall Festival Parade:


Save the Date! Come out and support our Coleman PTA this Saturday, September 24th, beginning at 8:00AM at the Duluth Fall Festival Parade. We will set up a booth selling "Break" Coffee ($2 each), "Krispy Kreme" Donuts ($1 each), and Coleman Hoodies ($30 each) at the corner stop sign in front of Coleman Middle School. We will accept payments by cash, check, or card. See you there!


Calling Parent Volunteers to Serve in the Coleman Media Center:


Our Coleman Media Center Specialist, Shelley Winkler, would like parent or grandparent volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with reshelving books, checking in and checking out books, and helping with tasks, such as bulletin boards, book cataloging, book weeding, and laminating. Please fill out the Google Form to indicate your availabilities by clicking on the following link:

https://forms.gle/RSN9Lw1QW5bLNuV6A.


Questions/Concerns:

Please email us with any questions or concerns at colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com.


See you soon!

Your Coleman PTA

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RECOGNITIONS:

A MESSAGE FROM BETA CLUB!

Beta Club is excited to install our newest officers for the 2022-23 school year. They were elected to lead by their peers because they are true leaders in our school. Each student elected to their position brings a different personality and skill set to the table. Working together, they will be able to blend their talents and make a difference. Congratulations!!


President: Kennedy Jones

Vice-President: Amit Mudududla

Secretary: Lauryn Shelton

Historians: Kaelen Lewis and Lily Williams



Thank you!


Amynah Rangwala

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AUGUST STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH!

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BASEBALL PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT:

Do you like Baseball? You can listen to Grayson Scheinbaum on Baseball Podcasts Are Fun, available on Spotify and his YouTube channel of the same name!

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT:

Are you interested in Science? You can listen to Akshay Jayaraman on Spectacular Science or visit his website: www.spectacularsci.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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SEPTEMBER STUDENT BEHAVIOR REWARD:

Our monthly behavior rewards will start on October 4th. We have shared with our students during announcements that those who remain free of infractions since our summer reading celebration until then, will receive a treat at lunch! Please encourage your student to participate!

PRINCIPAL STUDENT COUNCIL:

Students members will meet next Tuesday, September 27, at 8:15 AM. Parents can drop off students in the front since Dr. Hernandez will be waiting for them in the front lobby!

MONTHLY NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION:

At Coleman MS, we want to make sure our new students feel welcome! Every month we host an orientation for new students. Our next New Student Orientation will take place on Friday, September 30th. Students will receive passes!
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INFORMATION ABOUT CHEER:

Students will meet in the cafeteria for Cheer Auditions!
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INFORMATION ABOUT BASKETBALL:

Basketball tryouts will be the week of October 10th, immediately after Fall Break. Students should have their basketball packets submitted by the 6th of October. It will be on Tuesday-Friday for boys and girls. Girls will tryout each day from 4:30-5:30pm. Boys will try out from 5:30-6:30 each day. Students will go home with a letter welcoming them to the team or thanking them for trying out.

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SICKLE CELL EDUCATION DAY SYMPOSIUM:

Sickle Cell Education Day Symposium this Saturday September 24,2022 from 10am -3pm, at CHOA. Use this LINK to register!

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SCIENCE ATL AMBASSADORS LAUNCH! COME JOIN THE TEAM!

Now it's time to gather our team and bring the event series to life!


Follow this link to our Youth Ambassadors webpage to discover more about the program and submit a brief intake application!


The application deadline is October 5th, and the program officially launches on October 12th!

GIRLS ON THE RUN

Upcoming Events


Week of September 12 | Fall Girls on the Run Season Begins

September 14 – Volunteer Day

Office volunteers are needed to help with organizing items for our shoe distribution.


September 21 | Last Day for Registration (for teams that did not fill through the lottery) and Last Day for Refunds


September 30 – Volunteer Day

Office volunteers are needed to help with merchandise inventory.


October 1 | Run or Volunteer with Girls on the Run at The Race

Bring your GOTR spirit and run The Race half marathon or 5K. Every registration raises dollars for the Charitable Impact Fund, which has benefitted our GOTR girls for many years. Be sure to join the Girls on the Run team when you register. Not interested in running? Consider volunteering at the GOTR water stop from 7:30 – 9:30 am and help cheer on The Race participants.


December 3 – Girls on the Run 5K

Girls on the Run 5K registration for Running Buddies and community participants will open later this month, and stay tuned for an announcement on the new 5K location!

MIDDLE SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST OPPORTUNITY:

The 21st annual Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Middle School Essay Contest is now open. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties are invited to participate in the annual essay contest. Use this LINK to access more information.

FROM OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL:

Review Coleman MS procedures for arrival and dismissal on this LINK, -Including a video for procedures for car riders.


For question, concerns, and dispatch services about buses, call transportation: 770-513-6686.


  • Parents please be advised that during morning drop off and dismissal, Coleman Middle School will provide student supervision while students are on school property only.
  • No students should be dropped off and/or picked up on any of the immediate streets surrounding Coleman.
  • Riding with parents or the bus ensures a safe and secure arrival and dismissal for students at Coleman Middle each day.
  • We do not provide supervision once students are off campus.

GENERAL REMINDERS:

CONNECT TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET LIVE UPDATES ON BUS DELAYS:

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

The School Nutrition Program will now transition to pre-pandemic operations. Meals are no longer available at no charge to all students.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR OWN RESERVED PARKING SPOT FOR DISMISSAL WHILE HELPING THE SCHOOL?

  • First come first serve, 6 spaces
  • Located on the side parking lot (Across Parson's Alley)
  • Cost $600
  • Money goes back to our STEAM program!
  • Contact our bookkeeper Monique.Young@gcpsk12.org

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A COLEMAN MS BUSINESS PARTNER FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

Review the different business partner levels on this LINK. Contact Dr. Hernandez if you are interested at gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org


Thank you to our 2021- 2022 business partners for your support!

CURRENT GCPS COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

For current information about COVID-19, please use this LINK to visit the GCPS COVID-19 Information.

* About Your Principal:

Hello Coleman Middle School Parent or Guardian,


If you would like to learn more about how my personal and professional background connect to Coleman Middle School, and you did not have the opportunity to meet me during my transition on December 2021, please feel free to click the link below to watch my introduction message.


English:

https://vimeo.com/728568833


Spanish:

https://vimeo.com/728568860


At your service,

Dr. Hernandez.

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Coleman Middle School, GCPS

Gwinnett's flagship STEAM school & GA Department of Education STEAM-certified school

Principal: Dr. Gypsy Hernandez



Summer School Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Regular School Hours: 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM