Eagles' Notes

Madras News 2/8/16; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

A Look Ahead...

Mon, Feb 8

  • Eagle Pride Awards, 8:30, Media Center
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Basketball First Round (Boys vs. Evans) at SRMS, 5 p.m.
  • Basketball First Round (Girls vs. ECMS) at Evans, 6 p.m.
  • Math Counts, 3:30-4:30
  • Club Advisement

Tues, Feb 9

  • Basketball Semifinals (Boys) at SRMS, 5 p.m.
  • Basketball Semifinals (Girls) at EMS, 5 p.m.
  • Wind Ensemble Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Black History Month Program, 9:00 a.m.
Weds, Feb 10
  • Drama Club Meeting, 3:30-4:45
Thurs, Feb 11
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Basketball Finals at SRMS (Girls, 5:30; Boys, 7:30)
  • Madras Oratorical Competition
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30
  • Oratorical Competition at Madras, 3:30-4:30

Mid-Winter Break, February 15-19 (Schools Closed)

Important Parent Meeting Regarding NGHS Registration

Northgate High School

Class of 2020

February 9th: IMPORTANT Parent Night / Registration Information Meeting for Incoming 9th Graders in the Main Cafeteria at 6 pm.

(Meeting from 6 pm-6:45 pm followed by opportunity to speak with 9th grade elective, AP, and academic teachers. Group tours of the campus will also take place after the meeting, weather permitting. Take this time to make an educated decision about your class selections for 9th grade as you will not be able to make changes when school starts this fall.)

February 24th: All registration materials are DUE to the Middle School.
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Madras Eagles Student Athlete of the Month

Alexius Sewell, an 8th grade student, is Madras Middle School’s Student Athlete of the Month. Alexius plays point guard for the Lady Eagles basketball team and has always loved to play the sport. She was a member of Smokey Road’s seventh grade team and also played for a summer league last year. Alexius enjoys playing basketball because it has taught her the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. This carries over to the classroom as well. Her language arts teacher, Mrs. Pitts, describes her as energetic, hardworking, and friendly. Her short-term goals are to try out for the Lady Eagle’s track team in the spring and to play for the Newnan Cougars basketball team her freshman year.

Box Tops Needed!

PTSO is still collecting Box Tops this semester. Our second phase to meet our goal is up and running. The class with the most box tops will win a breakfast.

The deadline to participate in this contest for this phase is February 29th, but we will still accept box tops until the end of the school year to get a jump start for next year's goal.

No need to tape to sheets, just send in cut out box tops and check to make sure they haven't expired, send them in Ziploc bags, and we'll do the rest. If you have questions, please contact PTSO Box Top Chair, Stacey Hankinson at stacyhankinson@gmail.com.

Around the Eagles' Nest

Madras students and teachers participated in the Run for Angels 5/10K last weekend to benefit the Angel House in Newnan

Madras Eagles Take Top Honors at the CCSS Science Fair

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Seventeen students from Mrs Lewis’s and Mr. Lutz’s classes attended the Coweta County Science Fair on Friday January 29th. Each of the students represented Madras well by earning medals. Madras students earned 5 first place awards, 11 second place awards, and one 3rd place award. First place winners will go on to participate at the Regional Science fair at the University of West Georgia.

  • First Place: Ryan Brooks, Abigail Collins, Cassie Huynh, Evan Wilson, Morgan Sisk
  • Second Place: Noah Hill, Stephanie Holldorf, Kaley Clarke, Emma Cramer, Grace Anne Warren Amanda Walters, TJ Pittenger, Mason Takvorian, Kira Nola, Emma Allen, Hannah Sutherland
  • Third Place: Willis Tripp

Severe Weather Procedures

As winter approaches, the Coweta County School System wants to remind parents and the community of the procedures that schools and the school system follow in the event of severe weather.

During severe weather watches or warnings, the district works with local authorities to monitor developing conditions and proceeds with arrival and dismissal based upon known conditions. Adjustments are made as needed.

In the event that schools are delayed, closed or released early, there are a variety of ways the school system notifies parents, including:

Parents are urged to make sure that their child’s school has their latest contact information, including new phone numbers, so that they can be contacted during such events.

In the event of severe weather, a determination will be made each day on whether to close or delay school, or continue school closure, based on anticipated travel conditions and other factors. Once a determination is made, the school system will notify parents and the community about the next day’s status.

The school system tries to make such determinations in as timely a manner as possible. But storm severity, weather arrival and anticipated travel conditions constantly change and can be difficult to assess. If the school system cannot make a final determination on the evening before a school day, a final determination early the following morning is necessary.

Notices are typically placed on the system’s website (cowetaschools.net) if the school system is continuing to evaluate conditions, or if normal school operations are anticipated. The school system will notify parents immediately by phone call, text or email, media notice and other means if a determination to close or delay school is made.

In the event of a school delay, the system will notify parents of the length of the delay. For a delay of two hours, for example, parents and students should assume that all normal school procedures are delayed two hours – bus pick-up is two hours from usual times (at 9:00 or 9:30 a.m., for example), and classes will start two hours later (at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.). In such cases, however, school dismissal times would remain the same (2:30 and 3:30 p.m.).

Other weather-related contingencies or tips include:

  • Parents of bus riders should also be aware that extremely cold morning temperatures can cause delays on morning routes. A severe storm watch may also cause delays. Our transportation department works to pick up students as quickly as possible during these conditions.

  • In the case of tornado warnings, we re-route buses to the nearest school sites and shelter in place. We also utilize fire stations, if needed. Once a tornado warning has been lifted, and conditions are safe, we will resume bus service.

  • Steps you can take include ensuring your children are dressed as warmly as possible during the winter months and remaining with your children until they are picked up when extreme weather conditions exist.

  • In the event of school closure, schools often employ a number of resources through which parents or students can stay abreast of school work and assignments, including Remind texts from teachers, Edmodo, Google Classroom, class websites, or online quizzes assigned by teachers.

  • It is important that your child’s school has your current emergency contact information, including home and work phone numbers for our calling system. Please take the time to update that information with your child’s school if needed.

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