Eagles' Notes

Madras Announcements: April 20 , 2015

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Reminder: Georgia Milestones Assessment April 20-30

All of our students will take the Georgia Milestones Assessment during the weeks of April 20-30, 2015. The Georgia Milestones will include test items in all academic subject areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students will take the English/Language Arts sections on Monday and Tuesday, April 20-21. Math will be administered on Thursday, April 23. Students will take the Science sections on Tuesday, April 28, and Social Studies will be administered on Wednesday, April 29. The tests will be administered on each of these days from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m. The Georgia Milestones are designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state adopted content standards, and scores may be used to make instructional decisions and guide school improvement efforts.


Your support and encouragement play an important role in student success. The following are recommendations and reminders to help your child during the weeks of testing:



  • Make sure your child is present at school and on time each day. Students who are tardy will not be allowed to disrupt the test administration.
  • Please do not check your child out from school during the testing period. Classes that are testing will not be interrupted.
  • Please do not schedule orthodontist, dental, or other appointments during testing dates and times.
  • Encourage your child to get a good night’s sleep and to eat a nutritious breakfast each morning.
  • Make sure your child has two #2 sharpened wood pencils for testing each day.
  • Cell phones and/or other electronic devices are not allowed in classrooms during testing sessions. Students are not permitted to use, or bring into the testing environment, any electronic device that could allow them to access, retain, or transmit information. Calculators will be provided on portions of the mathematics assessment as permitted.



Score reports will be sent home with explanatory information regarding how to read and interpret your child’s scores after they become available. Additional information has been sent home throughout the year via electronic news and can be located on the front page of our web site. Thank you for your support and interest in helping your child to do his/her very best on the Georgia Milestones!

Georgia Milestones
Georgia Student Growth Model

Football Spring Training and Tryout Information

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Before you can participate


  • You will need your athletic packet completely fill out and turned in to Mrs. Stanley (front office) by May 1st.
  • You can fail no more than one class first semester.
  • You can fail no more than one class second semester.
  • You must sign up with Coach Hitchcock. He will be on your hallway several times before May 1st for you to sign up.


Dates

7th graders: May 4th, 5th, and 7th


  • Pick up will be 5:15.
  • Bring shirts, shorts, running shoes or cleats


6th graders: May 11th, 12th, and 14th


  • Pick up will be 5:15
  • Bring shirts, shorts, running shoes or cleats.



Spring training will be used as part of the try out process. Participation is required. Absences without a prior excuse will count against you. No cuts will be made during spring training.


We will continue try outs at the end of July. The date will be determined by the end of spring training.

Pep Squad Informational Parent Meeting (7th Grade Parents and Daughters)

There will be an informational meeting for all parents of 7th grade girls who are interested in trying out for the 2015-2016 Eagles Pep Squad on Tuesday, April 21st at 5:00 p.m. in the Madras media center. All parents of interested girls should plan to attend this important meeting. Email sponsor Kirsten Larson at kirsten.larson@cowetaschools.org with questions.

Madras Middle School Holds Beanie Baby Bungee Jump

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By Celia Short, Newnan Times-Herald

April 12, 2015


View Article: http://www.times-herald.com/education/20150405-Madras-Middle-School-holds-Beanie-Baby-bungee-jump


Madras Middle School eighth grade math teacher Michelle Clarke recently held a Beanie Baby Bungee Jump to teach her students about scatter plots and the line of best fit.

On day one of this two day activity, students collected data by dropping their individual beanie baby animals from different lengths of bungee rope made out of rubber bands. Each time they added a rubber band, they measured how far their beanie baby would drop.


Clarke said after the tenth rubber band, the students created scatter plots to derive an equation to determine how many rubber bands they would need to drop their animal from 10 feet.


The second day they made their new ropes out of rubber bands and then dropped them from a ten foot ladder. The goal was to get their beanie baby the closest to the ground in just two attempts.


Clarke’s students enjoyed the activity. “The Beanie Baby bungee activity helped us connect what we learned in the classroom to a “real-life” situation, said student Michelle McGrath. “It also allowed me to work with students I don’t normally work with.”


“In math class, Mrs. Clarke is always making sure everyone understands what we’re learning,” added Anna Loucks, another student. “The Beanie Baby jump was very educational and a great break from taking notes and doing practice problems.”

Madras Middle School Receives STEM Honors

The Coweta County School System is in its second year of a STEM recognition program to help its schools prepare students for the real world. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and focuses more on invention and critical thinking in education rather than just reading and answering questions about the content.


Through the program, teachers and schools can become Coweta STEM certified. Coweta’s program is separate from the state’s STEM recognition. In Coweta County Schools, all the STEM activities and lessons are project-based and include a real world problem. They have design components and include communication and writing.


Madras was one of several schools receiving recognition. The school was honored as a Silver Stem School, and Madras teachers Ginger Adcock and Michelle Clarke were recognized as Distinguished STEM Educators.

Willis Tripp District Winner "If I Were Mayor"

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Madras Middle School sixth grader Willis Tripp is one of 12 students chosen from 6,000 applicants to compete at the state level of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Essay contest, “If I Were Mayor.”


Tripp’s essay was chosen as the winner for Georgia’s Third Congressional District, of which Coweta County is a part. He will now move on to the state competition and will be honored at a luncheon at Turner Field. Good Luck, Willis! Way to show that Eagle Pride!

Around Campus

2015 Chess Tournament Hosted by Madras

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Two Madras students placed in this year's Coweta County Chess Tournament, hosted by Madras Middle School and 8th grade science teacher, Bob Lutz. Congratulations to Caleb Becker (1st Place) and Dean Feldbush (3rd Place).

Eighth Grade Semi Formal, May 9th

Madras Middle School Eighth Grade presents an “Evening Under the Stars” on Saturday, May 9, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Madras Middle School. This eighth grade semi-formal is for Madras Middle School Students only, and the cost of admission is $20.00 per person and includes a catered meal, drinks, snacks, and entertainment (DJ). This special event is for Madras students only and gives them an opportunity to socialize and have fun with their classmates to celebrate their eighth grade year. It is our hope that every student will be able to attend. (Tickets will be available for purchase at school during homeroom April 15 - May 6.)


We expect our students to represent Madras well, especially since the dance is being held on a weekend night. Any student who is involved in any serious incident resulting in office referral that requires administrative actions, will not be eligible to attend. Specific details are outlined in a parent letter that will go home on April 14th. In addition to keeping behavior in check, all students will need to clear up all lunch charges and book fines to participate.


Dress Code for Ladies


  • Dresses or tops cannot be strapless (can be halter style providing it covers traditional bra area; clear clip-on straps may be used).
  • Dresses or skirts must be at least fingertip length.
  • Dresses or skirts cannot have slits above the fingertips
  • Dresses or tops must cover the traditional bra in front and back.


Dress Code for Guys


  • Dress pants
  • Dress shirt
  • Tie
  • Dress shoes
  • Jackets are not required

From the Eagle Cafe.....

We are very excited to announce a new item at Breakfast, a "Morning Snack Pack". It will now be a second choice at breakfast. Students and teachers will have the option to purchase a regular breakfast or a Morning Snack Pack (to be named at a later date). The Morning Snack pack will have all the components of a reimbursable meal (with or without a drink) and will follow the nutritional guide lines. We hope to attract the nontraditional breakfast crowd to increase our participation at breakfast. This is a must see item! Join us for breakfast and grab one for yourself.


Lunch Menu Changes


  • Tuesday, 4/21/15 - Cheeseburger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Wednesday, 4/22/15 – Honey BBQ Wings or Mini Sloppy Joes
  • Thursday, 4/24/15 – BBQ Pork Sandwich or Hot Dog
  • Tuesday, 4/28/15 – Cheeseburger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Wednesday, 4/29/15 – Chicken Tenders or Country Fried Steak
  • Friday, 5/1/15 – Breakfast for Lunch – Pancake Pup w/Syrup or Sausage Biscuit w/Jelly



4/30/15 is the last day students will be allowed to charge on their account.

6th Grade Honors Program: Tuesday, May 12th, 9:00 a.m., Madras Gym

7th Grade Honors Program: Tuesday, May 12th, 2:00 p.m., Madras Gym

8th Grade Honors Program: Wednesday May 13th, 1:30 p.m., Madras Gym

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