Eagles' Notes

Madras News: August 28, 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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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 help 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

A Special Thank You

We want to thank all of our parents who have graciously volunteered this year to help our school in a variety of ways. Many parents have sent in donations to PTSO, assisted with the back-to-school teacher luncheon, Snack 'n Chat, or with the school store. Our school is grateful for all you have already done and will continue to do to support our school. We could not do it without you and appreciate your time and your generosity.

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).

  • August 28, 9:00 a.m.
  • August 28, 2:45 p.m.
  • September 11, 9:00 a.m.
  • September 11, 2:45 p.m.
  • October 16, 9:00 a.m.
  • October 16, 2:45 p.m.
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First Day Informational Packets

Parents received a packet of information on the first day of school. Several forms will need to be returned to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible including 1-7 below.

  1. Clinic Card (white)
  2. Emergency Information Card (green)
  3. Truancy/Attendance Form
  4. AUP Form (Internet Acceptable Use and Chromebook Agreement) 6th grade and new students only
  5. Media Release Form
  6. Migrant Form
  7. Free/Reduced Lunch Form if needed (Please return any blank, unused forms.)
  8. Club/Activity Form (ONLY if you do not want your child to participate in a particular club; no need to return otherwise)
  9. Parent Communication Information (no need to return)
  10. Additional informational letters (no need to return)


Bus Transportation

Students are assigned to ride school buses that will pick them up and drop them off in close proximity of their homes. Bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year can be found on the front page of the Madras web site and are subject to change.

Bus transportation is a privilege provided to all students who can cooperate and abide by the rules. Problems on a school bus are a road hazard; reasonable behavior ensures a safe ride. Parents should closely supervise children at bus stops to ensure their safety as they wait and properly board the school bus.

If a student needs to ride a bus other than the assigned bus, the student must bring a note from the parent/guardian with a telephone number for verification. Transportation notes will be accepted in the form of a written letter, an e-mail, or by fax.

Students do not need a transportation note to change from a car rider to a bus rider or vice versa on a given day. Notes are only needed if a students are riding a bus that is not their regular assigned bus (for example, going home with a friend on a different bus).

Arrival and Dismissal

No student should arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. Students arriving before 8:00 a.m. will report to the cafeteria or gym until they are told to report to homeroom at 8:00 a.m. Students who are not bus riders are encouraged to report to school after 8:00 a.m. and report directly to their homerooms. Students may not remain at school after scheduled dismissal time unless they have prior approval from a staff member who will supervise them or they are a member of a club, athletic team, etc. sponsored by the school. Supervision will only be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Dropping Off Items for Your Child During the School Day

Dropping off Lunches or Medication: If a student forgets a lunch at home, parents may drop it off at the front office, and students will be called to pick up their lunch at the beginning of their scheduled lunch time. If a student needs medication, it can be dropped off at any time for the school nurse.

Dropping off Other Items:

Any other item dropped off for students during the school day may be picked up after school. Instruction will not be interrupted for students to pick up items during class. This includes forgotten homework, shoes for PE, projects, etc. Students are responsible for bringing needed materials to class daily. If these items are brought to school during the day, we are happy to make an announcement at the end of the day for your child to pick them up in the front office.

Phone Use: Students are permitted to use a phone in the front office during school hours for emergencies or for illness. Calling home for homework, a school project, or to make arrangements to attend an after school event that wasn't previously arranged ties up phone lines and is not permitted. Students may call home if:

  1. There is a transportation issue,
  2. Lunch or lunch money is needed,
  3. Equipment is needed for after school athletics or activity.
  4. There is a dress code issue.
  5. The student is sick (must call from the clinic under the nurse's supervision).

We appreciate your help in keeping interruptions to a minimum.

School Clinic and Medication


The MMS clinic is open daily from 8:00-3:30. Our school nurse Kate Caswell assists students who become sick or injured while at school and dispenses medications prescribed by physicians. Whenever it is necessary for your child to receive medication at school, the following policy must be followed:

  1. A school nurse or school designee may administer medication provided all of the requirements are met.
  2. All medicine shall be in its original LABELED container or prescription bottle.
  3. Written instructions for prescription medication must be from a doctor or a physician's assistant authorized to prescribe medicine. How to administer, amount to be administered, time to be administered, etc., must be shown.
  4. A written request by the parent or guardian must be made to the school nurse or school designee to administer any medication. The school nurse or school designee shall keep a written

Monitoring Grades, Assignments, Attendance

Student Portal

Students will be assigned a login for Student Portal which will allow them to regularly monitor their grades and assignments. Once logged on the first time, they will be prompted to change their password. Students should keep this in a secure location and should never share the password with others.

Parent Portal

Parent Portal provides access for parents to view students' attendance, grades, schedules, lunch balances, and other useful information. It also allows teachers to communicate with parents via the portal. You can enroll HERE, If you have questions about your portal account or are having trouble logging in, please contact Student Information Services by emailing infinitecampusportal@cowetaschools.net.

MealPay Plus

Parents can use their credit cards and debit cards to pay for lunch charges. MealPay Plus is a pre-payment system that allows parents to make deposits into their child's meal accounts via the Web. The payment service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There is a one-time, free registration for each parent and multiple children at various schools can be accommodated. Payments may be made by phone or over the Internet, with checking or savings accounts through an e-check, or by using debit or credit cards. (There is a 4.75 percent transaction fee for the service.)

Of course, parents may continue to pay for their child's meal directly at school in the lunch line by check or cash. The cost of breakfast is $1.00 and the cost of lunch is $3.00. Students may charge up to two lunches. Afterwards, they will be served an alternate meal until their balance is paid. Please contact cafeteria manager, Frances Singleton at 770-254-2744 if you have questions.

August is REACH Referral Month (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!


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Eagle Eclipse 2017

Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

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Upcoming Weeks at a Glance

Monday, August 28

  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs EMS (H), 4:30
  • Junior Beta Club Meeting, 3:30-4:15

Tuesday, August 29

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Football vs Lee (H), 5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • National Honor Society, 3:30-4:00

Wednesday, August 30

  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15
  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 31

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

Friday, September 1

  • College Colors Day
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-4:45

Monday, September 4

  • Labor Day; Schools Closed

Tuesday, September 5

  • All-State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:30 a.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, September 6

  • Football vs SRMS (A), 5:00
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-5:15

Thursday, September 7

  • Future Georgia Educators Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Football Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Volleyball vs SRMS (A), 4:30

Friday, September 8

  • 8th Grade Band Night, NGHS
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Practice, 3:30-4:45
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Volleyball Home Game vs the Cougars, Monday, August 28th

The Madras Lady Eagles will play the Cougars of Evans Middle School Monday afternoon (August 28) at Madras beginning at 4:30 p.m. 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!

First Regular Season Home Football Game is Tuesday, August 29th

The Madras Eagles will play the Timberwolves of Lee Middle School this Tuesday afternoon (August 29) at Madras beginning at 5:00 p.m. 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 6:15 pm. (No pick-ups in front of the school.) Hope to see you there!
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