Eagles' Notes

Madras News: January 16, 2018, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

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Severe Weather Procedures

During winter weather season, 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, 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.

Eighth Grade Semi-Formal is March 3rd

Madras commemorates the end of eighth grade's middle school experience with an eighth grade semi-formal dance which will be held this year on Saturday, March 3rd from 6:30-9:00 in the Madras cafeteria.

Dance tickets are $25.00 and include catered finger foods for dinner, drinks, snacks, and entertainment (DJ). This price also includes free pictures that can be downloaded by students after the dance. Tickets will be sold February 12-28 in the cafeteria during lunch.

This special event is for Madras students only and gives them an opportunity to socialize with their classmates while celebrating the end of their middle school tenure. Parent letters are being sent home January 16th. If you have any questions, please contact a Madras administrator.

Media Notes

It is time for Battle of the Books at Madras! This event will take place on Friday, January 26th in our Madras Middle School cafeteria. Students have formed teams within their English Language Arts classes and have been reading books off our Battle list for several months. These teams will compete to answer questions from these books. We need volunteers on that day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. As a Battle volunteer you will be assigned to read questions, award points for correct answers, and total scores for each round.There will be two rounds. This is one of the best volunteer activities because the students are so excited and fun to work with!

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Mrs. Pitts in the Library Media Center by email at karen.pitts@cowetaschools.net.

We are looking forward to a great Battle again this year! The kids are excited! We could not pull off this event without help from our parents!!! Our second competition will be held on Friday, February 16 with our final competition on Friday, March 2. If you are interested in helping with these dates, please let Mrs. Pitts know this as well.

Also, a big thank you to the parent volunteers who helped with our Ice Cream Float fundraiser on December 19th. The money from this fundraiser will help fund our Battle of the Books competition. We appreciate your support of literacy at Madras Middle School!

Our Library Club Ambassadors are an excellent group of students from grades 6, 7, and 8 who have been working to help keep our library media center running smoothly this year. They mostly help in the mornings but also come during the day if they have a spare moment. They have been shelving books, straightening shelves, stamping date cards, assisting with checking out books, assisting other students with locating books, and various other tasks as needed. We currently have 15 active members. We are so excited to have these students helping this year! They are a joy to have around and do an excellent job of demonstrating our core values at Madras.

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Northgate High School Information for Eighth Grade Parents

Northgate High School just released the following important dates for parents of eighth graders who will be attending the home of the Vikings next year. Newnan High registration information will be forwarded as soon as it becomes available.

January 25th (Electives Arena) 6:15 p.m.

Meeting Place: 9th Grade Cafeteria


  • to give parents and students an overview of electives offered at the Central Education Center and at NGHS
  • to inform parents regarding the AP and Dual Enrollment classes
  • to provide parents and students the opportunity to visit the electives arena
  • to see courses available for registration at CEC and NGHS.

February 12th (Eighth Grade Parents Night, Upcoming Ninth Graders) 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Place: Main Cafeteria


  • to provide parents detailed information about the registration process
  • to answer questions regarding high school registration
  • to provide an opportunity for students to participate in student led tours
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Inside Eagle Classrooms and Around Campus

Madras Students Volunteer Community Service Hours at Bridging the Gap

Eagles Book Club Discusses the Book, Wonder

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Ice Cream Float Fundraiser for Battle of the Books; Thank You, Madras Parents!

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Madras Writers Shine at the Eagles' Poetry Cafe

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Madras Spelling Bee Champ and 3rd Place CCSS Winner, Danna Jiang

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Congratulations to the Boys' Soccer Team, 2017 Coweta County Champions!

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

Monday, January 15

  • Schools Closed; MLK Observance

Tuesday, January 16

  • Girls' and Boys' Basketball Practice - CANCELLED
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30 - CANCELLED


  • Jazz Band Rehearsal, 3:45-5:30
  • Lady Eagles Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Mrs. Wessell's Classes to Health Fair 8:45-10:30
  • Senator Matt Brass speaks to 8th grade Civics class


  • Girls' and Boys' Basketball Practice
  • All-State Chorus Final Auditions, 4:00 p.m.
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Lady Eagles Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Book Club Meeting, 7:45 am
  • Mrs. Wessell's Classes to Junction Lanes 9:30-11

Monday, January 22

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Auburn Puzzle Math Challenge Team, 3:30-4:30
  • Academic Bowl Meet, Evans Middle
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Jr. ROTC Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30
Tuesday, January 23
  • Basketball vs AMS (H), Girls, 4:30; Boys, 5:30
  • History Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30

Wednesday, January 24

  • 8th Grade to CEC for Career Expo, 10:30-12:00
  • Madras Geography Bee
  • Jazz Band Rehearsal, 3:45-5:30
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Congressman Drew Ferguson speaks to 8th grade Civics class

Thursday, January 25

  • Basketball vs SRMS (H, Girls, 4:30; Boys, 5:30
  • Academic Eagles Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Coding Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympiad Practice, 3:30-4:30
  • Mayor Keith Brady speaks to 8th grade Civics class

Friday, January 26

  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Battle of the Books, Round 1
  • Club Advisement
  • Basketball vs ECMS (A), Girls, 4:30; Boys, 5:30

Saturday, January 27

  • Auburn Math Puzzle Challenge at Auburn University

Monday, January 29

  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • CCSS Academic Bowl Meet, MMS

Tuesday, January 30

  • Basketball vs EMS (A), Girls, 4:30; Boys, 5:30
  • NAEP Testing at Madras

Wednesday, January 31

  • Jazz Band Rehearsal, 3:45-5:30
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Basketball vs LMS (A), Girls, 4:30; Boys, 5:30
  • Parole Officer Michael Terrell speaks to 8th grade Civics class

Thursday, February 1

Friday, February 2
  • Basketball vs LMS (H), Girls, 4:30; Boys, 5:30
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 pm
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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!


Parent Letter Archives

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)

Student Services Newsletter (9-29-17)

Safety Newsletter (10-3-17)

Career Day Letter (10-10-17)

6th Grade Milestones Field Test Letter (10-17-17)

Car Rider Information Letter (10-23-17)

Inclement Weather (12/7/17)

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Don't Forget to Purchase Your Yearbook

Madras 2017-2018 yearbooks are on sale through March 1st for $45.00. Follow the link below to place your order online. If your student is an eighth grader, and you would like to purchase an ad to celebrate his/her achievements, click the second link below.

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