Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 2/1

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Coleman Middle School will become a student-focused community which promotes life-long learning and real-world problem solving through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in a global learning community.

The mission of Coleman Middle School is to provide students with rigorous and innovative learning opportunities using Project / Problem Based Learning (PBL) which promote collaboration, critical thinking, community, and creativity.

Principal's Weekly Video Message

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Coleman Digital Learning Day #3 is scheduled for Friday, February 8th!

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Student Submission needed for Duluth Cluster STEM/STEAM Expo on May 3!!

The first annual Duluth Cluster STEM/STEAM Expo will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019. This event will showcase student projects in STEM and/or STEAM from each of the seven cluster schools. The Expo will be held at Coleman Middle School and Duluth High School from 5 - 7 PM.

Students may submit science fair projects, PBL presentations, prototypes, inventions, art work, theatrical and musical performances from this school year - anything that is STEM or STEAM related that they would like to exhibit to the Duluth community.

Please use the following link to register your product prior to March 28, 2019:


Please contact Sheila Harmony, STEAM Coordinator at Coleman Middle School:


Once registered, you will receive further information via email in April.

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Post a flipgrid about Ungifted!

Have your student leave a 2 Minute book Review on our Coleman Media Center FlipGrid. Follow the link below, the password is Coleman18 (upper-case C).

Any questions, please see Mrs. Schmidt in the Coleman Media Center.

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3rd quarter PBL showcases...PARENTS - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Coleman Middle School will be hosting our third quarter PBL (Project Based Learning) showcases during the months of February and March. Coleman students and teachers have been busy conducting their PBL launches this month. Our students would appreciate your input and feedback on their final prototypes and projects on the dates and times listed below. Feel free to invite any of your colleagues to attend our events. We have included the grade level driving question along with the dates and times. Please follow the links below to the Google form to sign-up for a showcase. 6th and 7th grade will hold the traditional showcase this quarter, but our 8th grade will hold three dates of "trials" with actual Gwinnett County judges and will need volunteers to sit as our jury members. We will be hosting an "Everything You Need to Know" about a showcase for 6th and 7th grade in the Coleman Media Center. Please attend if this is your first time coming to a showcase or if you just want to know how to give meaningful feedback to our students. Please note that some of our start times have changed from the past.

8th grade Driving Question:

How do we use science to solve a crime?

Showcases: March 11, 12 and 15, 2019 (See sign-up below for times for each trial)

Location: Media Center

7th grade Driving Question:

How can we decrease the rate of harmful environmental change in order to sustain biodiversity?

Showcase: February 28, 2019 - 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Location: Downstairs, 7th grade hallway and classrooms

6th grade Driving Question:

How do we as energy consumers actively respond to weather phenomena that affects a community?

Showcase: March 1, 2018 - 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Downstairs, 6th grade hallway and classrooms

Sign-up Link for 6th and 7th Grade:

Sign-up Link for 8th Grade Trials:

Parents...we need your support with our CMS Think Campaign!

In January, we kicked off our "Think" campaign to encourage students to THINK before they say or do something! Please support us by using these questions at home with your student!
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There’s still time to join us for the CMS Washington D.C. trip!! (June 3 – June 6)

Join your friends who are registered for this trip where you’ll visit one of the most important cities in the United States. You will see history come alive, go white water rafting, and have fun with friends while experiencing the Vietnam Memorial, MLK Memorial, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian, Battlefields and more! See Ms. Jones or Dr. DeMent for more information. If you’re ready to register go to, click “Find My Trip/Register” and search “Coleman Middle School”.

Summer Field Study in Crystal River, FL

LAST CALL! We have just two remaining spots for our summer field study in Crystal River, FL. The trip includes river tubing, manatee education program, swimming with manatees, snorkeling in the Rainbow River, Crystal Springs Preserve education program, river biodiversity study and water quality analysis, nature walks, beach visits, and kayaking. You can register your child at or contact 7th grade Science teacher, Kelli Sinclair at for more information. This trip is open to all current Coleman Middle students. Students MUST know how to swim in order to attend.

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Thanks to our sponsors! Please support our business partners!

A video message for our Business Partner, Amy Fuchs/Keller Williams

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Business Partnerships/Friends of Coleman

One of our goals this year is to raise enough money to purchase an electronic marquee for our school sign on Main Street. Please consider donating $100 and becoming "Friends of Coleman".

Do you know of a business that might be interested in becoming a business partner? Business Partnerships begin at $100 as well.

Please contact me at if you are interested. We appreciate your support and generosity!

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Who to contact & When

Your student's teacher is always the most appropriate first contact. You may contact them by e-mail. All teachers use LotusNotes (NOT Google) for parent e-mail. E-mails are

Kim Booth is our 6th grade assistant principal; her e-mail is Jennifer Dunn is our 7th and 8th grade assistant principal; her e-mail is

Ms. Booth is also the assistant principal in charge of gifted and special education. Mrs. Dunn is the assistant principal in charge of English Language Learners.

Save the Date - Important Dates for Your Calendar

February 8 - Coleman Middle School Digital Learning Day #3

February 12 - PTA Parent Seminar, 6 pm, Coleman cafeteria

February 14 - 4.5 week progress reports issued

February 15 - Snow make up day #1

February 18 - Teacher workday/Student holiday

February 20 and 21 - Early release (students released at 1:15 pm)


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Coleman Middle School

Gwinnett's flagship STEAM school &

GA Department of Education STEAM-certified school