Eagles' Notes

Madras News: Sept. 13, 2017, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Parent Letter Archives

All parent letters that are sent home with students are archived on Eagles Notes for your convenience.


Bus Update Letter (8-4-17)

Family Connections (8-4-17)

Safety Letter (8-7-17)

Open House Letter (8-7-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-10-17)

Student Services Letter (8-15-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-16-17)

Madras Eclipse Letter (8-17-17)

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Mid-Term Progress Reports

Progress reports will now be issued to students Friday, September 15th. (This date was pushed forward due to the short week.) Please sign and return your child's homeroom teacher by Wednesday, September 20th. If you have questions regarding your child's progress, you can email or call the team or teacher, or you can call the appropriate counselor at 770-254-2744 to schedule a conference. Email contact information can be found on our Madras web site at: http://www.cowetaschools.net.

Fall Picture Day is Monday, September 18th

Fall Picture Day is Monday, September 18th. Pictures taken on the 18th will be included in the 2017-2018 yearbook. Students should remember this when choosing their attire that morning. More information from Lifetouch will be sent home soon. If you have questions, please contact Heather Lloyd, Madras bookkeeper.

Ferst Foundation Literacy Coin Drive

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (FFCL) is a public 501 (c) 3 nonprofit with the mission to "provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success." FFCL strives to improve early learning opportunities for every child regardless of income, race, religion or gender with the philosophy that any child who cannot read is at-risk.


This will be the tenth year that the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy has been approved to have a coin drive with the Coweta County School System. Our school system will maintain this partnership and are asking for your continued support. Each year, students and staff have helped to strengthen preschool literacy in Coweta County. Last year $16,010.74 was contributed from our school system. This generous donation provided over 6,871 age appropriate books and literacy information opportunities to preschool children and their parents throughout Coweta County.


Madras Middle School will be participating in the drive beginning this week. The team that raises the largest in donation money will earn a popcorn break the week of the last week of September. A coin jug is set up in the cafeteria for students to donate during lunch, and Friday, September 22nd is PJ Bottoms Day. For a $1.00 donation or more, students can wear pajama bottoms to school in support of childhood literacy. You can read more about the Ferst Foundation below.


Ferst Foundation’s Mission

  • To provide age-appropriate books for every child under the age of five in Coweta County


Did You Know?

  • Sixty-one percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of age-appropriate reading material in their home?
  • One-third of Georgia’s children start school unprepared to learn?
  • Seventy-five percent of Georgia’s students who are poor readers in the third grade will remain poor readers in high school?


How Do Books Help?

  • The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary and the larger the child’s vocabulary, the more likely the child will be a proficient reader. However, in order to read with a child, books must be in the home.

Welcome to the Madras Media Center!

by Karen Pitts, Media Specialist


This is my first year at Madras Middle School as the Library Media Specialist and is my twenty-second year overall in education. I have experience at both the high school and middle school levels in media. I have been working since this summer to give our library media center a fresh new look. Please stop by and see what's new. You may also check out our new website by clicking on the media center link on our Madras Middle School webpage. I look forward to a successful year, and I'm very excited to be an Eagle!

Box Tops Needed, and You Can Help!


By Gina Johnson, PTSO Box Top Coordinator


My name is Gina Johnson and I’m excited to serve as Madras's Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator.


Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink BoxTops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and send them to school.


Last school year, we earned $1,067 for our school from Box Tops and used the money for our teachers. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,500. For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com. Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free!) so you can check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons, bonus offers and even a Box Topsapp.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I'm here to help make our school’s Box Tops for Education™ program a huge success this year.


Thanks for your help!


Gina Johnson

Email: johnsongina9@gmail.com

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Attendance matters from the first day to the last. The following are tips for parents from AttendanceWorks.org and serve as reminders for a successful school year.


Getting your child to school on-time, every day, unless he/she is sick, is something that you can do to ensure your child has a chance to succeed in school. While others can help, you are the bottom line. You can promote good attendance when you:


  • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
  • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick. If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with the teacher, administrator or after school provider to get them excited about going to school.
  • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
  • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, administrators, social worker, school nurse, after school providers or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.
  • If your child is absent, work with teachers to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed.


You can read more at http://www.attendanceworks.org.

Making Connections with Madras Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

Can after-school programs give your children an academic boost? According to several recent studies, the answer is yes! Students who regularly participate in after school-activities demonstrate higher academic gains than their peers who are not involved in extra-curricular activities. These activities actually enhance academic learning, and there are numerous benefits for students including:



  1. Increasing self-confidence and building self-esteem
  2. Helping students develop social skills
  3. Cultivating relationships; socializing with peers who share the same interests Exploring personal passions and diverse interests
  4. Building empathy and allowing students to make contributions to their school and community
  5. Developing teamwork along with skills needed to work with others; encouraging students to work toward a common goal while having fun
  6. Improving time management skills; teaching students to prioritize tasks and commitments
  7. Enhancing academic learning while meeting new friends



Madras Middle School offers a variety of sports teams, fine arts programs, special interest and service clubs, and academic clubs and competitive teams to engage our students and to connect them with our school. Most of the clubs meet after school; however, several meet during Club Advisement Friday (held once a month from 8:30-9:00). Club Advisement Friday allows students who want to participate in a club but who may not have available transportation to enjoy participating in a club that interests them.


There are many different interests from which to choose, and some do include academic requirements (such as academic competitive teams, Junior Beta, National Honor Society, etc.). There are also clubs that promote physical fitness such as Eagles Fitness Club, Running Club, Step Team, and Golf Club.


A club listing was sent home the first day of school and is included on our website. We encourage all students who are interested to participate. Club dates are added to the Madras Google calendar as they become available (on website and Eagles Notes) and are announced each morning. If you have questions about extra-curricular offerings at Madras, please contact the club sponsor or an administrator.


(Research Source: Deborah Lowe Vandell, PhD, Chair of the Department of Education of the University of California at Irvine)

Helping Your Child with Organization

Often times middle school students find managing their time and organizing their daily tasks and assignments a constant challenge. Scholastic Parent offers the following tips:


  1. Keep a family calendar. Track everyone's activities on a prominent and accessible calendar, encouraging your child to write his/her own entries and reference the calendar when making plans. You also might consider checking schedules and updating the calendar as a family over Sunday breakfast.
  2. Introduce checklists. Whether it's as simple as "3 Things To Do Before Bed" or "What To Take On Vacation," creating and referring to lists together will develop your child's ability to strategize tasks and organize his time.
  3. Assign chores that involve sorting or categorizing. Grocery shopping, emptying the dishwasher, sorting photos, cleaning out a closet, and other tasks that involve pre-planning, making lists, or arranging things are great choices.
  4. Get ready the night before. This one's always tough — for both of you — but it does work if you can get in the habit.
  5. Use containers and closet organizers. If there's a place for everything, she'll find it easier to find items, keep neat, and clean up. Build "pick up" time into the daily routine
  6. Buy your child a planner (or use the Madras agenda). Having their own planner will encourage students to create a schedule. Be sure to routinely coordinate the information with your family calendar to avoid conflicts.
  7. Organize schoolwork. Make sure your child's keeping notes, homework, handouts, and graded assignments in separate folders in a binder. Try to check her backpack nightly and set an time aside each week to go through her binder and get things sorted.
  8. Establish a homework routine. Help your child make a "study hour" schedule and set up a comfortable workspace -- whether her room or the kitchen table. Encourage him/her to stick to the schedule even when there is no homework (Students can read, review notes, or even do a crossword puzzle.)
  9. Create a homework supply box. Fill a box with office supplies and encourage your child to store pens, paper, measurement tools, and a calculator in it so he'll have what he needs on hand.
  10. Cook together. Cooking teaches measuring, following directions, sorting ingredients, and managing time — all key elements in organization. Involve your child in meal planning too, challenging him/her to help you put together a shopping list.
  11. Cultivate an interest in collecting. If your child has a particular interest, encourage him to create and organize the collection. It can even be something free — such as rocks or cancelled stamps — that he/she can sort, classify, and arrange.
  12. Reward and provide support with organizational tasks. Your child may find organizing a challenge, so help him/her develop a routine and treat your child for jobs well done!


Eagles Organization Station

Madras can also hep if your child struggles with organization. Please contact Dr. Kia Harris via phone or email (kia.harris@cowetaschoools.net) to enroll your child in the Eagles Organization Station. Students can receive help between 8:00 and 8:20 weekly before homeroom.


Source: Scholastic Parent: https://goo.gl/H54YnP

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.

REACH Referral Window is Aug. 4 - Sept. 20 (Gifted Program)

The first semester window for Gifted Program (REACH) referrals is August 4 - September 20th. Paperwork should be requested from and returned to the local school. Please see additional information below and contact Dr. Donna Eskut, assistant principal, at 770-254-2744 if you have questions about the process or the program.


Types of Referrals

  1. Reported Referral: ​A student may be referred for consideration for gifted education services by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, and other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities.
  2. Automatic Referral: ​Students who score at the following specified levels on a norm referenced test, as defined by the GaDOE Resource Manual for gifted Education Services, shall be considered automatically for further assessment to determine eligibility for gifted program services.

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!


PTSO MEMBERSHIP FORM

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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

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

Wednesday, September 13

  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 14

  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs LMS (A), 4:30
  • Student Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30

Friday, September 15

  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Advisement
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-4:45
  • Progress Reports Issued (changed from the 13th due to school closures)

Monday, September 18

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Jr. ROTC Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Fall Picture Day
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs EMS (A), 4:30

Tuesday, September 19

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football vs EMS (A), 5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, September 20

  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 21

  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs SRMS (H), 4:30

Friday, September 22

  • Ferst Literacy Coin Drive Ends
  • NGHS Homecoming
  • NHS Homecoming
  • Advisement
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-4:45

Monday, September 25

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Academic Bowl Meet, Charter Academy
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs AMS (H), 4:30

Tuesday, September 26

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football vs AMS (H), 5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, September 27

  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 28

  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs ECMS (H), 4:30

Friday, September 29

  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Club Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards
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