Middle School 101

Parent University Workshop - July 31, 2017

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FAQs for New-to-the-School Parents

This presentation is brought to you as a Title I Parent Workshop. All parents are welcome to attend our Title I Parent Workshops.


Welcome to Elkins Pointe Middle School. Our goal is to have "Smart, Happy & Connected" kids, and we want our parents to be connected 2-Way Communication too!

The Elkins Pointe Administration

Mrs. Kindra L. Smith

Principal of Elkins Pointe Middle School


Dr. Beverly Hollandsworth

Assistant Principal

  • 6th Grade


To be named...

Assistant Principal

  • 7th Grade


Dr. Lorrie Bearden

Assistant Principal

  • 8th Grade
  • Curriculum Scheduling


Mr. Rodney Jones

Administrative Assistant


Address: 11290 Elkins Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 470-254-2892

Fax: 470-254-2898

Website: http://school.fultonschools.org/ms/ elkinspointe/Pages/default.aspx

Front Office

  • Ainara Sorozabal - Reception Desk
  • Denise Lewis - Reception Desk
  • Teri Dixon - Data Clerk
  • Liby Roude - Bookkeeper & Principal's Secretary


Clinic - 470-254-2892


Guidance Office


Parent Liaisons


Resource Officer

  • Elkins Pointe has a FCS Resource Officer on staff to ensure the safety of students, staff, and facility.


Custodians

  • Edith Woodruff
  • Tammy Gravit


Media Center

Important Dates

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  • EPMS - RISING 6th GRADE ORIENTATION/ WEB
    • August 1, 2016
      • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - 6th Graders Report
      • 8:00 am - 8:30 pm - Parents FAQ


  • EPMS - OPEN HOUSE/INFORMATION DAY
    • August 3, 2016
      • 6th Grade: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
      • 7th & 8th Grades: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
    • August 8, 2016
      • 9:05 am - Start of school day
      • 4:05 pm - End of school day
      • PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:45 am if you are a walker or car-rider


  • EPMS - CURRICULUM NIGHT
    • August 24, 2016
      • 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Welcome & Title 1 Meeting in the Gym
      • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom Visits

Proofs of Residency:

6th Grade Proofs of Residency:

  • ALL 6th Grade Students must present TWO PROOFS of Residency (Gas, Electric or Water bill AND Driver’s License Mortgage/Lease, Bank Statement or Paycheck)
  • 7th & 8th Grade Students returning to EPMS are NOT required to present proofs of residency
  • Proofs of residence must be provided for initial enrollment into Fulton County Schools, entry into Kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade, and when there is any address change.
  • Note: FCS no longer requires an Affidavit of Residence for every year of student enrollment.
  • NO MORE GOLDEN TICKET!


REQUIRED: Two Proofs of Residency for ALL 6th Grade Students

Click for Proofs of Residency for 6th Grade


Any students new to the area who have not registered:

  • Must go directly to the main office to complete the forms
  • Please bring all required documents needed to register a new student

Note: If you have a rising 6th grader coming from a Feeder School that is zoned for our school, there is NO NEED to register your student.

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Immunizations

6th & 7th Grade Student Requirements

Click for 6th Grade IMMUNIZATIONS

Click for 7th Grade IMMUNIZATIONS

Please bring Form 3231 from your child's pediatrician to Open House.

Question? Do I need to bring any money to Open House?

Answer: Yes, please bring $15 to cover the cost of the locker & agenda fee.

New Registration

Any students new to the area who have not registered:

  • Must go directly to the main office to complete the forms
  • Please bring all required documents needed to register a new student

Note: If you have a rising 6th grader coming from a Feeder School that is zoned for our school, there is NO NEED to register your student.

Information Day - Open House

INFORMATION DAY - OPEN HOUSE - ALL WELCOME!

Date: August 3, 2016

Times:

  • 6th Grade: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • 7th Grade: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 8th Grade: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


During Open House you will be able to:

· Sign up for PTSA

· Purchase lockers and agenda

· Visit classrooms and locker

· Secure Transportation information

· Purchase a meal card or sign up for Free & Reduced lunch

Open House FAQs

You will also want to bring extra cash, checkbook or credit card to pay for other expenses.

List of the anticipates expenses:

  • Purchase an Agenda
    • Every student is required to have an agenda
    • Organizational tool as part of the ONE Binder strategy
    • Hall passes & media passes are written in the agenda
    • Homework tracker & communication tool between parents, students and teachers
  • Pay Locker Fee
    • This charge is to covers the cost each locker to be re programmed with a new combination by an independent contractor.
    • Combinations were changes during the summer performed.
  • Put money on your child's Lunch Account
    • Even if your child brings lunch, please consider putting a nominal amount on their account as a back up
    • Lunch funds can be replenished using the FCS website and a credit card
    • Free & Reduce applications will be available in the cafeteria.
  • Purchase school supplies from the School Store (i.e. a locker shelf)

Lockers, Schedules & Supplies...Oh My!

Unlocking the secrets of Lockers, Backpacks, Purses, and more...


Q? When will my student get their locker?

A: Lockers will be issues at Open House on August 3rd.


Q? Why does the school charge a Locker Fee?

A: This is the cost the school pays for each locker to have a new combination set. This function is performed by an outside vendor (locksmith company). It takes one full business day for the company to reprogram all 1,200 lockers.


Q? Will my student be able to decorate her locker?

A: During Information Day, your student may decorate the INSIDE of her locker. Please arrive early to allow ample time to decorate.


Q? Do you have any tips about locker decoration?

A: 6th graders are often excited to decorate his or her locker, it's best to limit the decorations, and keep it simple. For example, do away with the "shag carpeting & the hanging chandelier." The lockers are small and space is at a premium. A fun magnet for the inside of the door and a brightly colored locker shelf would be functional. FYI - 7th & 8th grade students don't usually decorate their lockers. It is primarily a 6th grade "rite of passage."


Q? When will my child be able to practice his combination?

A: After your child receives his lockers combination on Information Day, you student will have time to practice. Also, on the first week of school 6th grade teachers will give students lots of time to practice opening their locker. WEB Leaders will be available on the first day of school to help students with their lockers and to help them find their first class.

Q? When can my child put their school supplies inside their locker?

A: They can do so on Information Day!


Q? What kind of backpack and lunch box fits in the locker?

A: Rolling-Backpacks DO NOT fit in the locker. A metal, hard plastic or overly structured (non-pliable) lunchbox will be challenging to fit inside the locker. When selecting a backpack and lunchbox, it is best to select items that can collapse and squeeze in easily.


Q? Is my child allowed to carry his backpack to class

A: Backpacks must remain in the locker until the end of the day. 6th Grade students will pack their backpacks at the end of 6th period and bring them to their last two periods (Connections classes). This helps 6th Graders with a speedy dismissal

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JOIN PTSA

  • JOIN PTSA! Students are invited to join the PTSA accepts cash and check, and credit cards on-line.

supply list

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PRINT OUT SUPPLY LIST

  • Download the Supply List, click here.

SUPPLY LIST Q & A:


Q: Do I really need to buy a 3" D-ring binder for the One Binder system?


A: It is highly encouraged for students to participate in this organizational initiative. Every item on the supply list has been selected as part of our TITAN BINDER system.



Q: How can I help support an EPMS student in need of school supplies?


A: When purchasing supplies for your child, please consider picking up a little bit extra to donate. You can drop off your donations to the school directly in the front office. No donation is too small - Thank you!

We are specifically looking for these items to be donated:

  • Highlighters, markers, #2 pencils & colored pencils
  • Loose-leaf paper• 8-tab dividers with pockets,
  • Pencil pouches (zippered with 3 holes reinforced holes)
  • 3” inch D-ring binders (no zippers, must lay flat)



Q: What is the AVID Organizational strategy and doesn't this only apply to students in the AVID Connections classes?


A: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Achievement. Elkins Pointe is implementing AVID strategies and resources to all students. The AVID program is designed to help students navigate high school and to forge a path to college. We want all students to have the benefits of AVID teaching tools.

Excused Absences, Doctor's Notes & Early Check Out

Doctors' Notes & Notes from Home


Q: If my child misses school where do we submit the note?


A: All notes should be brought to the front office. All notes from parents or doctors should be placed in the striped box (pictured) located on Miss Ainara's side of the front desk (pictured). Parents or students may deliver notes to the front office. Your child should NOT give the note to their Advisement teacher.

Let's Hear It for the...

Band, Orchestra & Chorus!!!

Music Department


  • Mr. Todd Wilson - Band
  • Mr. Charles Baugh - Chorus
  • Mr. Seth Gamba - Orchestra



MUSIC FAQ


Q: Is it too late to add music to my child's schedule?

A: You can still place your child in Band, Chorus or Orchestra! Please email the music teacher, and they will help your child get a seat in their class.


Q: What if my child does not play an instrument or know how to read music?

A: Our music teachers are prepared for beginners, and will teach your child how to play an instrument and music.


Q: How does instrument selection work in band/orchestra?

A: Your child will be introduced to various instruments in both band and orchestra. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gamba will provide various instruments for your child to try during the first 5 weeks of school .


Q: We don't own an instrument, how does that work?

A: It is not necessary to go out an purchase an instrument immediately. Both Mr. Gamba and Mr. Wilson will provide information on instrument rentals to parents.


Q: How are our music programs rated?

A: All three of our music programs, Band, Chorus and Orchestra are Superior Rated in accord ace with the Fulton County LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation)

Support, Share, Speak Up & Collaborate!

There are many opportunities to volunteer in the school and in the classroom.



Support Student Success by Volunteering

There are many opportunities to volunteer in the school and in the classroom.

Volunteer with the many PTSA events:

  • Welcome Back Staff luncheon
  • Packet Stuffing
  • Reflections
  • Box Tops
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Teacher of the Year Breakfast
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Honor roll Breakfasts

Volunteer in the Classroom:

  • Help teach a lesson
  • Tutor Students
  • Be part of a Thursday Club
    • Several community members share their skills with our clubs.
    • We invite our parents to share your skill with our students

Volunteer in the school

  • Help in the front office
  • Make copies for teachers
  • Put up a bulletin board


If you would like to volunteer, email Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles, Title I Parent Liaison, @ ohanlon@fultonschools.org

Processes

ADVISEMENT CLASS

  • A.K.A. Homeroom
  • Advisement takes place just prior to lunch.


ARRIVAL

  • Students can be dropped off starting at 8am.
  • 6th and 7th graders go to the gym & 8th graders go to the cafeteria.
  • Passes are required If a student needs to go to the media center, see a teacher, attend orchestra/band/chorus practice before school


BELL SCHEDULE

  • School hours are from 9:05 am to 4:05 pm (arrive no later than 8:45 am)
  • Students have eight (8) periods, plus Advisement
  • Please visit the Elkins Pointe website to view the 2016-17 Bell Schedule


CARPOOL & SAFETY

  • The carpool lane is off of Elkins Rd on the driveway closest to Elkins Rd. Please do not enter at the traffic light on Elkins Road—this entrance is for buses only.
  • Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 am; Students are released at 4:05 pm
  • Do not park in the parking lot by the bus lane. The parking lot where buses load is off limits from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.


DISMISSAL

  • Walkers and Car Riders are dismissed at 4:05 pm
  • Bus riders are dismissed at 4:10 pm
  • Parents are not permitted to wait in the Atrium or school during dismissal


DRESS CODE
  • Students should adhere to the Fulton County Dress Code
  • The 2016-2017 EPMS Dress Code will be distributed in Back-to-School Packets
  • Dress Code/Discipline Cycle


EARLY PICKUP / TRANSPORTATION CHANGE

  • Students must submit a note to the front office first thing in the morning if they are being checked out .
  • Arrange to have your child meet you in the front office at the scheduled time. Please check your child out in between class periods to prevent the front office from having to call into the class.
  • No students can be checked out of school after 3:30 pm. Please check your student out prior to 8th period
  • Students riding home with a friend on a different bus must present two notes (one from each parent) upon arrival to school in the morning. Front desk personnel will call to verify the students are permitted to ride home together on the bus. Car riders are not subjects to this policy.


LUNCH

  • Parents do not typically have lunch with their students.
  • Students can use their devices when the administration grants the privilege.
  • Students eat lunch with their Advisement class unless the administration grants free seating privileges


STUDENT SAFETY

  • All doors will remain locked during the school day. Visitors must ring the bell on the camera pad to the right of the front door. If prompted, be prepared to display ID (driver's license), and state name and business.
  • All visitors should report directly to the front office.
  • Volunteers are required to register as a Mandatory Reporter with FCS, and must check in at the Volunteer Computer in the front office.


TARDIES & ABSENCES

  • Students must be in the building by 8:45 am.
  • Bus riders will never be marked tardy. Please consider having your child arrive on the bus.
  • If your student is late, please come into the front office to sign in your child.
  • If you are planning to have your child miss school to travel, please review the policy, Student Travel Procedure.

Communication Connections!

Use these communication resources:

  • Titan Talk - Read the weekly newsletter emailed home
    • Sign Up for Titan Talk,click here


  • Website, click here
    • Bookmark and use the EPMS site
    • View inks to the PTSA, SGC and teacher websites/email addresses


  • Facebook - Find us here
    • Social media updates and photos
    • Ask the parent group a question or share some EPMS news



  • Sign up for Remind - text message updates
    • Instructions to Sign up:
      • Open your texting on phone
      • Text this number# 81010
      • With this message: @elkinspoi
    • and we’ll send texts before PTSA events and deadlines
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The goal for our work this year is help grow SMART, HAPPY, and CONNECTED students. Let’s do this together!

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Brought to you by your Title I Parent Liaison