Eagles' Notes

Madras News: Sept. 18, 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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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.
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Mid-Term Progress Reports

Progress reports were issued to students Friday, September 15th. 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.

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.

Media Notes

by Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

In order to keep everyone informed and to create some excitement about reading, we have added Instagram and Twitter pages to our Madras Middle School Library Media Center. If students or parents are interested in getting updates from our library media center, they can follow us @MadrasReadingEagles on Instagram or @MadrasReadingEa on Twitter. We are also using the #MadrasReads to post our pictures. Pictures and announcements will be posted on a weekly basis,

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7 Ways Parents Can Get Their Kids Excited About Writing

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.

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 began August 4 and will conclude this week on 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!


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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

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

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
  • Junior Beta Meeting, 3:30-4:15
  • Community Conversations, 6:30-8:00 pm, Madras cafeteria

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 (Red-Out; Wear RED to support the Lady Eagles!)

Friday, September 22

  • Ferst Literacy Coin Drive Ends
  • PJ Bottom Day (1$; all proceeds go to Ferst Literacy Foundation.)
  • 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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Volleyball Home Game vs the Wildcats, Thursday, September 21at

The Madras Lady Eagles will play the Wildcats of Smokey Road Middle School Thursday afternoon (September 21) at Madras beginning at 4:30 p.m. It's a "red-out" so wear red or your favorite Madras shirt! Students can stay after school until the game starts and will be supervised. Concessions will be sold including drinks, snacks, and pizza. Cost of admission is $5.00. Parents should pick up their students behind the school at the gym no later than 6:00 pm. (No pick-ups in front of the school.) Let's cheer our Lady Eagles on to a victory!

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