Principal Parker Weekly

March 31, 2022

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Grading changes and Latin for Fall 2022


I promised the 6th grade - during our class meetings today - I would repeat the notice about the new grading policy effective August 2022. Here is the link to the website for details. Scroll below to a FAQ for your information.

Shout Out to a staff member!

Also -- we are bringing back Latin as a world language choice for Taylor Road MS students. The Chattahoochee HS Latin program shared these details with me just this week. Consider joining that program by starting here at Taylor Road!

From Chattahoochee HS:

  • Want to improve your student’s “foot-print” for college resumes and help him/her get noticed?
  • Your student should take LATIN. Why, LATIN you ask? Continue Reading:
  • Student Testimony from Dhruv Anand current college student at Brown University; Chattahoochee graduate of 2021
  • From Dhruv Anand:

“As a student who has taken Latin since sixth grade, learning this language has been one of the most meaningful and thrilling experiences of my life. Learning the language itself teaches students the importance of being detail oriented, which helps immensely in math, standardized testing, and writing. Especially at the higher levels, being able to “geek out” over Catullus's poetry and Caesar's literature with like-minded peers is an amazing feeling.

I also feel that learning the Mythology and History of Rome not only makes students more well-rounded, but also gives them a taste of an ancient and revered culture that they would not get anywhere else.

Finally, the people you meet through Latin and JCL are some of the funniest, smartest, kindest souls you will meet. I love the sense of community that Latin has given me, and JCL State Convention is still the highlight of each school year, even though I have gone three times already.

I strongly recommend that you take Latin. It has transformed my life and it will change your life too.”

  • Students who take Latin, regularly perform better than their peers on standardized tests.
Quoted from College Board:
“Let’s see how does taking Latin helps you in the SAT :
Make your profile stand out – The College Board offers Latin as a subject test. The Board states on its website: “Looking for a way to stand out on your college applications? If you’ve studied Latin for more than two years, taking the Latin Subject Test is a great way to highlight your achievements. Not only can it substantiate your high school grades, but it can also enhance your admission profile.”
  • When the College Board says such a thing, you should take it seriously. Since, not many people study Latin these days, a solid base in the subject can make your application stand out and tilt the admission scales in your favor.
  • According to a series of studies of SAT scores, students of Latin consistently score significantly better than the average across all sections of the SAT, even better than students learning French, Spanish, German, or Hebrew”
Taking Latin might appeal to students at TRMS, especially those who are uncomfortable with the speaking standards found in Spanish and French class. There are NO PBA’S (Performance Based Assessments) in Latin. While Latin is rigorous, the focus on reading and reading comprehension is often helpful for students, particularly those who struggle in reading. Latin helps improve every student’s grasp with English Grammar which improves writing skills.
  • Also, at Chattahoochee High School, students participate in Nationally acclaimed Exams. They routinely do very well and these awards are great accomplishments to add to a student’s College Resume, which help him her stand out among the other candidates. See the end of article for more details.
  • Quoted from a University of Georgia Professor: Richard A. LaFleur, former Head of Classics, University of Georgia
"One of the most PRACTICAL benefits of studying Latin for high-schoolers is boosting verbal skills and scores on tests like the SAT; students with two or more years of Latin typically score 140-160 points higher on the SAT than their Latin-less peers.”
"Numerous studies have demonstrated a significant positive correlation between studying Latin and improved scores on a variety of tests and even with college GPA and performance in college English classes."

To be considered for Latin at TRMS, please email me.

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Fundraiser For The North Georgia Angel House!

We are doing a fundraiser for the foster house "The North Georgia Angel House" . Any amount is welcome!

About The North Georgia Angel House:

At The North Georgia Angel House (NGAH), they serve all counties in the state of Georgia.

They provide a wide range of services that give foster children a safe place to live while teaching them valuable life skills with a consistent and prudent parenting style.

In NGAH, fostering children is more than providing housing and food which is why the services include: Life Skills, Counseling, Supervised Family Time, Behavior Modification, and so much more.

Everyone Can Donate To This Fundraiser!

Just click on the link to donate, any amount helps.

Please share the link with family, friends, and the community.


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Dear Parents,

As we head towards the end of the school year, mandated testing will play a crucial role in assessing how much our students have learned throughout the year. One of those tests happening soon is the Georgia Milestones Assessment, which measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade (EOG) assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course (EOC) assessment for each of the courses designated by the State Board of Education, which counts for 20% of the students’ grade.

Participation will be critical. With the absence of significant testing data from the last two years, this year’s scores will be used to establish a new baseline for the schools and districts. The results will be used for College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) and other important school level and school system rankings.

Georgia Milestones Assessment Dates:

  • Elementary Schools
    May 4th-12th
  • Middle Schools
    April 25th-May 6th
  • High Schools (American Literature and Composition, Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History)
    April 25th-29th

Please click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Georgia Milestones testing, or contact your student’s teacher or guidance counselor.

Milestones Testing Days

April 25: ELA Part 1 (all grades)

April 26: ELA Part 2 (all grades)

April 27: ELA Part 3 (all grades)

April 29: Algebra I EOC (students in Algebra I Honors)

May 2: Math Part 1 (all grades)

May 3: Math Part 2 (all grades)

May 5: Science EOG/Physical Science EOC (8th grade)

May 6: Social Studies (8th grade)

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Order Your Yearbook by April 15th!

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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

March 31 & April 1: TRMS Musical, CHS Auditorium, 7:00 PM

April 1: Hoops for Hope (7th Grade)

April 2: Ramadan Begins

April 4 - 8: Spring Break

April 15: Passover begins at Sundown

April 16: Pet Walk & Cleanup, 10:00 AM

April 17: Easter Sunday

April 18 & 19: 7th Grade Trip to the Zoo

April 19: 8th Grade Trip

April 25: Milestones – ELA 1 – Testing Schedule 1

April 26: No Homework Night

April 26: Milestones – ELA 2 – Testing Schedule 2

April 27: Milestones – ELA 3 – Testing Schedule 1

April 29: Algebra EOC – NO special schedule

May 2: Milestones – Math 1 – Testing Schedule 2

May 2: Ramadan ends at sundown

May 3: Milestones – Math 2 – Testing Schedule 1

May 3: Literary Soiree, 7:00 PM

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.


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!

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