Titan Talk

January 12, 2018

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Carpool Green Light and Carpool Red Light... Do ✅ & Don't 🚫   

To make carpool run more efficiently, please...

Green Light - DO:

  • Parents stay in cars
  • Students walk quickly during dismissal to carpool area
  • Stay off cell phones - students and parents

Red Light - DON'T:

  • No backpacks in trunks - do not pop trunk or get out of the car to open the trunk
  • Students do not walk down the hall slowly, looking at cell phones
  • Students should not be in the lane of traffic at any time or for any reason

Please Note: Carpool is running at approximately 16 minutes from the time that Elkins Pointe is dismissed at 4:05 pm. Parents, we ask that you help facilitate carpool by asking your child to quickly walk to the front of the building by not checking their cellphone until they are safely buckled in your car. Also, placing backpacks the trunk is slowing carpool down and creating a dangerous situation. Students need to be prepared to swiftly enter the car with their backpack in hand and should not be stepping into the traffic lanes.

Upcoming Dates...

The Week Ahead...

  • 1/15 - i-Ready Challenge Ends
  • 1/15 - M.L. King Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • 1/16 - Katha Stuart Mtg w/Julia Bernath @ 9:30 (Holcombe Bridge MS)
  • 1/16 - Transition to High School Info for Parents
    • English @ 8 am in Media Center

    • Spanish @ 6 pm in the Cafeteria

    • English @ 6 pm in Media Center (added by Dr. Bearden)

  • 1/16 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 1/16 - Elkins Latino Family Night for Rising 9th Grade Parents @ 6 pm (Cafeteria)
  • 1/18 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 1/18 - i-READY Prize Day!
  • 1/18 - AVID Family Night @ 6-7 pm (Cafeteria)
  • 1/19 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 1/19 - SGC @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 1/20 - Principal Smith's Birthday...Shhh, you didn't hear it in Titan Talk. ;o)
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Dates to Note:


End of Contest: Jan 15th & Raffle Drawing: Jan 18th

Complete 440 Minutes of i-Ready Literacy

to be entered into a Raffle for Prizes!


Saturday, Jan 13th from 9 AM to 4 PM (See Schedule Below)

* 9 AM - Set-Up/Volunteers Needed for Event

Volunteer SignUp: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080844afac2baa8-robotics

* 12 NOON - EPMS Doors Open for the Public

* 12 PM to 1 PM - Robotics Team Inspections



* 4:00 PM - Event Over (Clean-up @ 3:30 pm)

Jan. 15th


Jan. 16th - (ENGLISH: 8 AM in Media Center) and (SPANISH: 6 PM in Café)

* English Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting @ 8 am in Media Center

presented by Title I Parent Liaison Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles in English

* Latino Family Night for Rising 9th Grade Parents @ 6 pm in Café

presented by Bi-Lingual Parent Liaison Koritza Rodriquez in Spanish


Jan. 22 at 9:05 (Media Center)


Jan. 24 - Scoliosis Screening Training

@ North Learning Center @ 10 AM - 11:30 AM

* 20 Screeners Needed

To sign up:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0548A4A822A64-scoliosis3 Feb. 2 - Scoliosis

Feb. 2 - Screening of 6th-grade/8th-grade

@ Elkins Pointe MS @ 12-4 PM


January 30th: 6th-grade

January 31st: 7th-grade

February 1st: 8th-grade

*Parents invited to attend the breakfasts with their child

** Invitations will be sent home with "excellent" students via WINN Class


Feb. 6th @ 6:00 PM in the Media Center



Feb. 16, 2018

Note: ALL FCS will now have school on 2/16/2017

to make up for the school closing during Hurricane Irma


Happy Friday Parents,

It was fantastic to have our Titans back in the building for these four days preceding the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." As promised, we have delved into the learning in 2018 with our goal being a strong focus on literacy and next week we will begin our R.I.S.E. UP character program.

Speaking of literacy, has your child completed the 440 minutes of the i-READY Challenge? Our challenge is coming to a close on Monday, January 15th. We will be doing the prize drawings next week. The long-term goal of i-READY ties into your child being a stronger reader, writer, and thinker. The purpose of the i-READY Challenge was to get our students into the habit of making literacy skills a priority. We have dedicated two WINN classes a week to i-READY. We think of i-READY as a "work out" for the mind, and with consistency a couple of days each week, your child will see the positive results. Please help us to reinforce a positive mindset about i-READY by encouraging your child to finish their 440 minutes this weekend!

R.I.S.E. UP is our Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program for 2018. We have revamped the PBIS program to create guidelines for students to model professional behavior and develop excellent character. R.I.S.E. stands for Respectful, Individually responsible, Safe, and Excellent (see the matrix below). Students observed meeting one of these standards will be issued a R.I.S.E. UP card which can be redeemed for tangible rewards.

Congratulations to the winners of the Spelling Bee. First place was earned by Marziah Islam, and the 2nd place runner-up went to Sireen Mohammed. Thank you to our Media Specialist, Mrs. Jennifer Newman, for hosting the Spelling Bee, to Mr. Adam Hardigree our ELA Chair, and to our judges Mrs. Snell, Dr. Griffin, and Dr. Duncan.

Next week when we return, we will R.I.S.E. UP to the challenge of building upon our students' critical thinking skills, fostering character, and paving the way for their college and career dreams. Please consider having your child enter the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have A Dream" Contest (see below).

Enjoy the long weekend,

Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

MLK Jr. "I Have A Dream" Contest

"I Have A Dream" Contest Due 1/29

The Atlanta Dream will host its annual “I Have a Dream” essay contest to recognize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta-area students are asked to submit 300-500 word essays expressing their dream job or dream college.

The contest, which will run until Monday, January 29th, will be judged by a panel including Atlanta Dream president, Theresa Wenzel, to choose contest winners in three categories – Elementary, Middle School, and High School. Each winner will receive tickets to the first 2018 Dream game, be recognized in a game and will receive a school visit from the franchise. The High School winner, one boy, and one girl will also be eligible to receive a $250 scholarship from the Atlanta Dream Youth Foundation.

Entering its historic 11th season, the Atlanta Dream has been connected to Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the very beginning. The original Circle of Friends, a group that led to the founding of the organization, took the speech into consideration when naming the franchise.

Essay Contest Details:

  • Every essay should start with “I have a dream….” From that point, it is up to the student to express his or her dream in 300-500 words. In one paragraph, the student should describe if money wasn’t an issue what your dream job or dream college would be.
  • The essay submission should be submitted as an attachment and sent to JrDream@atlantadream.net no later than January 29, 2018. All documents should include the student’s first and last name, school, grade, teacher and guardian contact info.
  • A panel of judges including the president of the Atlanta Dream, Theresa Wenzel, will review the essays and select the winners. Winners will be notified in February.
  • All participants receive a buy one get one free ticket voucher in the Jr. Dream section to the 2018 Home opener and enrolled as a Jr. Dream member.
  • Two winners (one girl and one boy) will be selected from elementary, middle, and high school equaling (6) total winners. The (6) winners will be recognized by the court during the home opener. We will share more details when we solidify the game logistics. We will also draw names from all finalists and award them with tickets and prizes.
  • Winners will receive the following:
    • Elementary school: A visit from the Atlanta Dream and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
    • Middle school: A visit from the Atlanta Dream and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.
    • High school: A $250 scholarship from the Atlanta Dream Youth Foundation and tickets to the 2018 Home opener.

Contest Timeline:

  • Submission due date: January 29, 2018
  • Winners notified: February 12, 2018


Questions? Contact: Von Von Harris, Director of Game Operations P: 678-510-7395 | F: 678-510-7489 | C: 404-452-9420

R.I.S.E. UP Matrix

Below is a matrix outlining the behaviors we are looking to reward. R.I.S.E. UP posters have been placed around the school to inspire our Titans to model professional student norms.
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Congratulations to Our Spelling Bee Winners!

  • 1st place - Marziah Islam
  • 2nd place - Sireen Mohammed

Sharp Dressed Men!

Congratulations to Candler Vance for making it to the final round of the Spelling Bee. Father and son definitely placed first and second for Sharp Dressed Men!
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Happy New Year from Japanese Class!

Japanese classes had a Japanese New Year celebration by holding “Mochi tsuki” (mochi rice pounding) event. This tradition has been going on in Japan for a thousand years, and it is a good fortune to eat mochi for the Japanese New Year. Students and 6th-grade parents experienced pounding and tasting mochi, and wished for a good year to come!
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Torii Gate Marks the Entrance to the New Year

A torii gate 鳥居 is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine.
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Japanese Calligraphy

Another Japanese New Year’s tradition is calligraphy!

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Join the Elkins Pointe PiBots in a ROBOTICS COMPETITION at Elkins Pointe!

On Saturday, January 13th the last meet of the Robotics League will take place. (This is a rescheduled meet from the snow closures of Dec. 9, 2017). Elkins Pointe is excited to be hosting this make-up meet at our school, and we want all Titans, feeder schools, and the community to join us for the fun! The venue for this event is the Elkins Pointe Gym.

Come to the Robotics League Competition!

Date: Sat. Jan. 13th

Place: Elkins Pointe School Gym

Time: 12 noon - 4 pm

Price: Free Admission

Concessions Available for purchase: Pizza, snacks, drinks.

All proceeds to benefit the school and the robotics program.

Come to cheer for your school's team!

Learn how smart robots are built and see them in action!!

Timeline: for League Snow Make-up Day on Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 @ EPMS:

  • 9:00 am - Set-Up: Volunteers and the team to report at 9 am. We need to open the school for the officials then. It will also be good for the team to see how the game field is assembled.
  • 12:00 pm - Doors Open for the Public
  • 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Inspections
  • 1:30 pm - Robotics Competition Starts - ALL INVITED!!
  • 4:00 pm - Event Over (Clean up @ 3:30 pm)

The doors at EPMS set-up begins at 9 am - Volunteers needed. We are seeking volunteers to help with setup, clean-up and concession sales. Middle and High School Volunteers are especially wanted. Interact, Jr. Beta, Girl and Boy Scouts are needed. If your middle or high school child would like to help, please contact

Middle & High School Volunteers Wanted - 1/13

The Robotics Competition is looking for mature middle and high school volunteers to come help at their competition on Saturday, Jan. 13th. Earn hours and support the EPMS Robotics Team at the same time.

MasterChef Junior Open Calls - 1/13 in Atlanta

How Your Child Can Audition for MasterChef Junior? If you have a middle school chef in your household this info is for you! MasterChef Junior Open Calls are coming soon to a city near you! Come and meet the MasterChef Junior Casting Team for your chance to be on the show!

ATLANTA - JANUARY 13, 2018 9am to 5pm


75 14TH ST NE, ATLANTA, GA 30309

If you are planning to attend an OPEN CALL, please do the following:

  1. Please have a parent or legal guardian Pre-register your profile and pick your open call location in advance. PRE-REGISTER HERE
  2. Download the application form HERE, have your parent or legal guardian fill it out and bring a copy with you to an open call. All legal guardians must sign the application form.
  3. Bring an apron. We will provide you with the food and the equipment at the open call.
  4. A parent or legal guardian must be present at the open call with you.

Check the FAQs LINK (frequently asked questions) on the homepage for additional casting questions. We can't wait to meet you!


  • STEP 1: Make a VIDEO. Your child only needs to do this if you CANNOT ATTEND AN OPEN CALL.
CLICK HERE to view the video submission instructions
  • STEP 2: Completely fill out the online application form for your child and upload your child’s picture HERE. Only parents may complete and submit applications and pictures online. All legal guardians must sign the application form
  • STEP 3: Please mail your child’s application, picture, and video to:

MasterChef Junior Season 7 Casting

5200 Lankershin Blvd. 4th Floor

North Hollywood, CA 91601

Please note that videos and materials submitted by mail will not be returned.

DEADLINE: Completed applications and video submissions must be received by January 20, 2018 12pm PST* to be considered, BUT REMEMBER THE SOONER THE BETTER!

  • *Producers reserve the right to extend the application deadline at Producer’s sole discretion.
  • Please note these audition instructions are subject to change as determined by the producers. Parents of all those children considered for the series will be required to submit and sign additional documents (which may include, without limitation, a participant agreement, waiver, and series rules) in order for their child to participate in the series. If there is any conflict between the information on this website and the foregoing documents, the foregoing documents shall control.

i-Ready Challenge Due for ALL Students - 1/15

i-Ready Challenge Due Date 1/15

The i-Ready Challenge begins on Dec. 18, 2017, and goes until Jan. 15, 2018. Your child is tasked with completing 440 minutes of on task i-Ready usage (or for specified classes a Reading log of 440 minutes). 440 minutes equates to approximately 110 minutes per week. We recommend doing 4 days of 1/2 hour of i-Ready Challenge per week. Once the i-Ready lessons are completed your child will be automatically entered into a raffle. or a home computer.

  • End Date: January 15th
  • Note: i-Ready does not work on phones or iPads. Your child will want to use their student laptop i-Ready for prizes (Raffle - Choices)
  • Raffle Prizes: Movies passes, SkyZone passes, Andretti Passes, Beats earbuds
  • Need Wi-Fi? No Problem! If you don’t have wi-fi or a device we will open the school 4 days during the break to ensure that every student has a chance to enter the raffle. The following locations are available with free wi-fi; however, no transportation will be provided.

Free Wi-Fi Locations:

  • Elkins Pointe MS from 9 am – 4 pm on Jan 13th - 11290 Elkins Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Roswell Public Library from 10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Saturday) - 115 Norcross ST Roswell, GA 30076
  • Dunkin Donuts -775 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • McDonald's - 1465 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Starbucks - 10800 Alpharetta Hwy #312, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Chick-Fil-A - 604 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Krispy Kreme - 10781 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Brunswick Zone Rowell - 785 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Transition to High School Parent Meeting - 1/16

The parent meetings at Elkins Pointe will be in English and Spanish on January 16th as follows.

  • 8:00 am presented English by Title I Parent Liaison Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles in English - Introduction to High School Transition in the Media Center
  • 6:00 pm in Spanish presented by Bi-Lingual Parent Liaison Koritza Rodriquez in Spanish - Latino Family Night for Rising 9th Grade Parents in the Café

This is a Parent University Workshop to help parents "Prepare for the Rigors High School." The meeting will be recorded as a PowerPoint webinar and posted on the Elkins Pointe website on the "Parent Resource Center" tab. Note: Additional High School Transition Dates & Meetings will be announced in January 2018 and a Parent Resource Open House will be held on January 31st. All parents are invited.

To preview the PowePoint presentation, click here. For more information on high school transition dates, please scroll to "TRANSITION INFORMATION."

Basketball Schedule

Below are the basketball home games. All games start @ 5:30 pm. Note: Webb Bridge does not have a girl's team, so boys only start time 5:30 pm

  • 1/17 @ 5:30 PM Elkins Pointe vs. Webb Bridge
  • 1/24 @ 5:30 PM Elkins Pointe vs. Ridgeview
  • 1/31 @ 5:30 PM Elkins Pointe vs. Haynes Bridge
  • 2/2 @ 5:30 PM Elkins Pointe vs. Crabapple
  • 2/9 @ 5:30 PM Elkins Pointe vs. Taylor Road

Scoliosis Training - 1/24...Scoliosis Screening - 2/2

Scoliosis Screening: Training on Jan. 24th & Screening on Feb. 2nd

Attention Elkins Pointe Parents: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for the Scoliosis Screening event on Friday, February 2nd, from 12 noon - 3:30 pm. This is a really important event because between the ages of 11-14 is the prime period of identification for scoliosis of the spine, and early detection and early treatment is the key to reversing scoliosis so it is not a life-long problem. Can we count on you to help Elkins Pointe MS with this event?

  • Jan. 24 - Scoliosis Volunteer Training @ North Learning Center @ 10AM - 11:30AM (*20 Screeners Needed)

  • Feb. 2 - Scoliosis Screening of 6th-grade & 8th-grade @ Elkins Pointe MS @ 12-4 PM

Please see SignupGenius below if you can sign up as a volunteer. We will feed you lunch, snacks, and coffee during the day :-). For those that were certified through training last year, you do not have to retake the training course. For those that are new to scoliosis screening, or have not been re-certified in the last 2 years, you will be required to attend the training session on January 24th from 10 AM - 11:30 AM at the North Learning Center, in Sandy Springs. Please, direct questions to Jennifer Rodman: jcrodman@yahoo.com.


“The Breakfasts of Excellence” - 1/30, 1/31, 2/1

The Honor Roll Breakfast has been expanded and will be now called the “The Breakfast of Excellence.” Elkins Pointe will now recognize students for their "Excellence" by awarding students in these categories:

    • "A" Honor Roll: all "A"s on the semester 1 report card
    • "A/B" Honor Roll: "A"s and "B"s on their semester 1 report card (There must be at least 1 A on the student report card).
    • Excellent in Attendance: No more than 1 absence during the first semester

Dates for the "Breakfast of Excellence" are as follows:

  • January 30th: 6th-grade Excellence Honor Awards
  • January 31st: 7th-grade Excellence Honor Awards
  • February 1st: 8th-grade Excellence Honor Awards

*Parents are invited to attend the breakfasts; the invitations will be sent home with "Excellent" students via WINN Class.


The school climate surveys for the 2017-2018 school year officially opened on Monday, October 2, 2017, and will remain open through Friday, March 2, 2018.

The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) requires 100% participation from students, teachers, and parents. 100% participation helps our school score points on GADOE's College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).


If you want to see how we are doing in participation, click here.

For More Info on the GADOE Climate Surveys, click here.

February 16th is a School Day - 2/16

Make-Up Day for Elkins Pointe Middle School - 2/16

Fulton County Schools announced it will make-up one of the three school days missed as a result of Hurricane Irma on February 16th. The 16th of February was originally a holiday for students and staff. All Fulton County Schools were closed from September 11th -13th due to widespread power outages throughout the county. Fulton County is permitted to excuse the two days which the Governor declared of a State of Emergency, but has scheduled 2/16/2017 as an instructional day to make-up for the additional day.



Please Note: The changes in the MHS & RHS dates for their Parent Meetings/TAG Meeting

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Milton High School Transition Dates - 2018

MILTON High School Transition Dates - 2018

  • Feb. 1st at 7:00 pm (MHS): Milton High School Dual Enrollment/MOWR Night @ 7 pm
  • Feb. 8th @ 6:30 PM (MHS) ** NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE ** Rising 9th Grade Parent Night (Current 8th graders entering MHS in Fall 2018) at Milton High School
  • March 29th at 9 am: Elkins Pointe students leave to tour Milton High School (for students only) - "Welcome to Milton High"

To sign up for the Milton High School newsletter, click here.

Roswell High School Transition Dates - 2018

  • January 25th at 5:30 pm / 6:30 pm (RHS Auditorium): Rising 9th Grade Parent Night



  • February 22nd at 6:30 pm (RHS) Gym: Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment Info Night
  • March 29th at 9 am: Elkins Point students leave to tour Roswell High School (for students only) - “Welcome to Roswell High, EPMS" in the RHS Auditorium

Roswell High School has many valuable resources available on their 9th Grade Student Services website. To start, review links on the website: http://roswellstudentservices.weebly.com/ninth-grade.html

  • Class of 2021 Fall 17 Parent Presentation
  • Four Year Plan
  • Counting Credits

High School Transition Guide 2018:

This presentation below is the same material from the Northwestern Middle School given by NWMS Guidance Counselor, Ms. Oudia Harris. The presentation is designed to introduce parents to the terms, language, courses, and processes of high school transition. You are invited to use this presentation as a guide or come to a parent meeting where the parent liaisons will go over the material.

  • To view the High School Transition Guide, click here or below.
  • Take the Evaluation/Give Feedback below (Google Doc) or by click here.
  • Parent Meeting is on Jan. 16th @ EPMS: 1) Presented in ENGLISH @ 8 AM in Media Center, and 2) Presented in SPANISH @ 6 PM in Café

Parent Resource Open House...Chat about Transition - 1/31

Come chat about High School Transition in the Media Center on January 31st between 9:00 am to 12 noon with the Parent Liaison and other parents. Drop in for a roundtable discussion. ALL Parents Invited to this Parent Resource Center Open House!

Learn More about the High School Pathways

Fulton County Schools CTAE Pathways

Career and Technical Education programs and pathways allow students to apply mathematics, science, and communication competencies in laboratory and occupational settings that develop specific technical skills applicable in broad concentration areas. The curriculum incorporates Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in all content areas.

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6th Grade Transition Dates 2018

Pointe Team & AVID Ambassadors Visit Elementary Schools on Wednesday, February 28, 2018:

  • Mimosa – 9:00 – 9:45
  • Sweet Apple – 10:00 – 10:45
  • Vickery Mill – 11:00 – 11:45
  • Hembree Springs – 1:30 – 2:15

Rising 6th Grade Visits to EPMS

  • Mimosa Elementary - May 10th @ 9:15 – 10:45
  • Vickery Mill Elementary – May 10th @ 9:15 – 10:45
  • Sweet Apple Elementary – May 15th @ 9:15 – 10:45
  • Hembree Springs – May 16th @ 9:15 – 10:45

Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the EPMS Gym @ 5:30 pm (English) AND in Cafeteria @ 6:00 pm (Spanish) All parents are invited from our four feeder school. The presentation will be given by Elkins Pointe Transition Team.

    • 5:30 pm in the Gym - English/ General Info
      • Admin Team Greeting
      • On Pointe Team Greeting
    • 6:00 pm to 6:45 in the Cafeteria - en español (Spanish) General Info/TAG
      • en español - Admin Team Greeting with translation by Koritza Rodriguez
      • en español - Pointe Team Greeting with Translation by Pointe Team
      • en español - TAG Portion presentation by Koritza Rodriguez
      • en español - TAG Team answer questions from 6:30 to 6:45 pm
    • 6:00 to 6:30 pm in the Gym - English TAG presentation
      • Presentation by TAG team

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As Georgia’s liaison office for the 30th Annual Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) is again able to share a once in a lifetime opportunity with 4 ten/eleven-year-old students (two boys and two girls) and 1 chaperone from the state of Georgia through this fully funded exchange program to Fukuoka, Japan (Atlanta’s Sister City).

Students must have birthdate between Sept. 1, 2006, and Aug. 31, 2007

This year’s APCC program will be held from July 12-24, 2018. The JASG will again act as the official liaison office between the APCC, the City of Fukuoka, and Atlanta's APCC delegation, and will manage all participant selections and pre-departure preparations for this cultural exchange program. Please follow the links below to apply and to find more information about the 2018 APCC.

How can students participate as a Junior Ambassador?

The JASG requests that any student who meets the participation criteria and eligibility requirements submit an essay, no more than two pages (either handwritten or typed), on why they would make a good Junior Ambassador and representative of Georgia. The student should also submit a single drawing on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of white paper that represents the theme of the convention. In addition, the student should provide a CONFIDENTIAL letter of recommendation (meaning that the letter was written and placed in a sealed envelope before being given to the student for submission) from the student’s teacher or another adult who is not the student’s parent and/or guardian. Lastly, the student should complete and submit an application form, which is available on the APCC page of the JASG’s website atwww.JASGeorgia.org/APCC.

The deadline for submission is February 5, 2018. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


The APCC has been held annually since 1989 with the objectives of:

1) generating appreciation for the culture of other nations and regions;

2) promoting mutual understanding and friendship;

3) nurturing international awareness in the region through young people.

The theme of the conference is “We are the BRIDGE: We connect dreams around the world.”

For more information on this year’s conference or if you know of any elementary students who would be interested in applying in future years, please contact the JASG at 404-842-1400 or Admin@JASGeorgia.org. For more information about the APCC itself, please visit www.apcc.gr.jp.


Now Accepting EPMS Film Academy Registrations for 2018

The Hampton Film Academy at Elkins Pointe is looking for students who would like to be part of this real-life filmmaking experience. Not only is this experience at Elkins Pointe it is FREE! Mr. Keith Hampton comes to EPMS to teach students writing, producing, directing, cinematography, set design, editing, audio recording, and more. If you have a student who is interested in this opportunity as part of a Thursday Club, After-School Club or both, please complete an application and turn it into the front desk.

To download the Hampton Film Academy Application, click HERE.

  • Film Academy is FREE!
  • Takes place @ Elkins Pointe during Thursday Clubs and After-School
  • Students learn film production using professional camera equipment.
  • REGISTER for 2018 NOW - New Students WANTED!

Titans Got Talent Expo - 4/13

The PTSA and the Drama Club are proud to present “Titans’ Got Talent!” for a One-Night-Only show on Friday, April 13th! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER because the Elkins Pointe Talent Expo is coming to a Stage near you … this is a Talent "Showcase", NOT a contest, so don't be shy and join in on the FUN!

Talent/Act submission forms will be available soon in Titan Talk and on the PTSA website.

Students wanting to participate will be required to turn-in this "Act Proposal" Form on Feb. 21& 22 at the after-school meetings to go over the details of the act and what will be needed on stage for the performance. In addition, if you have dreams of being the Show’s Emcee, announcing each act with your own flair, you will have the opportunity to audition for that role at the Feb 21& 22 meetings.

So, please start brainstorming what talents you would like to share on stage with your Elkins Pointe community at the Talent Expo, and have your proposal ready for submission by February 21st. Any questions, please direct to Jennifer Rodman, jcrodman@yahoo.com.


Flu Season Is Here…

This time of the year is often referred to as "flu season." According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), influenza (also called flu) viruses and influenza-like illnesses typically circulate widely in the United States from late Fall through early Spring. Although most persons with flu will recover, influenza can cause a serious illness and possibly death, particularly among older adults, very young children, pregnant women, and those with certain chronic medical conditions. Flu viruses tend to peak between December and March, but the timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season.

CDC and public health officials recommends everyone – 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year. It is especially important for school personnel to get a flu vaccine because children are amongst the most vulnerable to the flu. Therefore, it is important for us to remind parents, students and school staff to get vaccinated every year. Vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. And by the way, it is a myth: The flu vaccine cannot cause flu. The vaccine contains an inactivated virus or virus particles.

ACHOO...What else can you do to help prevent the spread of the flu?

  1. The first thing is simple….WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY! Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer/rub. Did you know the single most important thing you can do to prevent the spread of infectious illnesses is washing your hands? While most of us already know this, it is sometimes hard to remember this simple little important task during a busy day.
  2. Teach children not to share personal items like drinks, food, eating utensils or other personal items such as towels, combs, brushes, clothes, and cosmetics.
  3. Wash athletic practice clothing each day, and shower after any contact sport.
  4. Stay home if you are sick and not going to a medical care facility, especially during the first days of illness when symptoms are more severe and the infection is most contagious. Return to work or school only after symptoms have improved and after you have had no fever for at least 24 hours.
  5. Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick and take flu antiviral medications if your doctor prescribes them.
  6. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu. Viruses lurk in places you wouldn’t think. Everyone is vulnerable to picking up viruses.
  7. Eat healthy food (fruits and veggies) and drink plenty of fluids.
  8. Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. Again, get vaccinated against the flu – flu vaccination is the best protection against the flu, and wash your hands frequently!

❤️ Volunteer ❤️

Attention Elkins Pointe Parents: SPINE ALERT!

The annual Scoliosis Screening Event for EPMS students is coming up very soon, on Feb. 2nd. Please sign up to be part of the screening team here.

This is a really important event because the ages of 11-14 are the prime time for identification of Scoliosis of the spine. Early detection and treatment are the keys to reversing Scoliosis so it is not a life-long problem. Fulton County nurses run the event, but every year we need parent volunteers to be the "first eyes." Parent Screeners act as primary checkers to make the process move smoothly and quickly for the students. With this important event only 3 weeks away, the PTSA is in desperate need of Scoliosis Screeners for a 3 1/2 hour window on Feb. 2nd from 11:45 am to 3:00 pm. Please see the SignupGenius below if you can sign up as a volunteer. Bonus: We will feed you lunch, snacks, and coffee during the day!

If you were certified last year through the Training Course, you DO NOT NEED to take it again. However, if you have not taken the training course within the last 18 months, you will NEED to attend -- it is a painless 1 1/2 hours on Jan 24th, and then you will be certified for 2 years. Please consider volunteering your time for this very worthwhile service event that EPMS provides to its students. Please, direct questions to Jennifer Rodman: jcrodman@yahoo.com

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to get involved or have any questions, please email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org.

Title I Resources for Family Engagement:

Title I District Information

GADOE (Georgia Dept. of Education)

GADOE Home Page

Federal Programs, Title I

Information for Parents

What is Title I?

Elkins Pointe Middle School participates in the Title I, Part A, Section 1116 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) school-wide program. Title I is a federally funded program designed to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic standards and state academic assessments. Our School-wide Title I program focuses on the academic needs of all students, and the most disadvantaged students.

Elkins Pointe Middle School is a Title I School. As a Title, I School, EPMS has a Parent Resource Center located in the Media Center. We hold monthly Parent University Workshops and have a Title I Parent Liaison. If you would like more information about Title I, our Parent Resource Center, Parent University Workshops or volunteering at the school, please contact our Title I Parent Liaison:

Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles

(470) 254-2892



Note: Dates are subject to change & some dates may not be included.

To Be Announced:

Exceptional Children’s Week • Top Titan Celebrations • Spring Picture Day • AVID Parent night • EPMS Parent Survey (combined Title I, SGC, PTSA), for 8th-grade students only WEB Leader Applications & Yearbook Class Applications • Junior Achievement

  • 1/22 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 1/22 - Geography Bee @ 9:05 (Media Center)
  • 1/24 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 1/24 - Training for SGC: Strategic Planning Session 3: Fiscal Responsibility - 10 am to 12:30 pm (Milton Public Library) * For SGC Only
  • 1/30 to 2/1 - "Breakfasts of Excellence" (a.k.a.Honor Roll Breakfast)

• January 30th: 6th-grade Excellence Honor Awards

• January 31st: 7th-grade Excellence Honor Awards

• February 1st: 8th-grade Excellence Honor Awards

  • 1/30 - 6th-grade Breakfast of Excellence @ 7:45 (Cafeteria)
  • 1/30 - Milton High School Rising 9th Grade Parent Night @ Milton High School
  • 1/31 - Scoliosis Consent Forms due back to school
  • 1/31 - 7th-grade Breakfast of Excellence @ 7:45 am (Cafeteria)
  • 1/31 - Parent Resource Open House @ 9 am to 12 pm (Media Center). Come Chat About High School Transition between 9 am and 12 noon with the Parent Liaison and other parents. Drop in for a roundtable discussion.
  • 1/31 - Parent University Workshop - Math Matters (TBA)


  • 2/1 - 8th-grade Breakfast of Excellence @ 7:45 (Cafeteria)
  • 2/1 - PTSA GENERAL MEETING @ 8:15 am. immediately following Honor Roll Breakfast (Cafeteria) & PTSA Board Mtg
  • 2/1 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 2/1 - Student Council Mtg @ 8 am (E-106)
  • 2/1 - Orchestra Concert @ 7 pm (Gym)
  • 2/1 - Milton High School Dual Enrollment/MOWR Night @ 7 pm (MHS)
  • 2/2 - Wear College Swag Day
  • 2/2 - Band - District Honor Band (TBA)
  • 2/2 - Scoliosis Screening Date - 12 noon - 4 pm
    • Need 15-20 Parent/PTSA Volunteers; Lunch provided
    • Sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0548A4A822A64-scoliosis3 Feb. 2 - Scoliosis
    • 8th-grade Screening will start with 8th grade Connections periods (Connections: 5th Period 12: 34 pm - 1:23 pm & 6th Period 1:27 pm - 2: 17 pm )
    • 6th-grade Screening will start as soon as 8th grade Connections periods are over and their lunch is over. (Connections: 7th Period 2:21pm - 3: 11 pm & 8th Period 3:15 pm - 4:05 pm
    • Note: With 15-20 volunteers screening can be completed by 3:30 pm.
  • 2/2 & 2/3 - GADOE Title I ESSA Un-Conference in Macon, GA (EPMS Parent Liaison Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles in attendance)
  • 2/5 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 2/5 - Platinum Winter Musical Rehearsal (Gym)

  • 2/7 - Platinum Winter Musical Rehearsal (Gym)

  • 2/8 - Platinum Winter Musical Rehearsal (Gym)
  • 2/8 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 2/9 - Progress Report Export
  • 2/9 - Platinum Winter Musical Rehearsal (Gym)
  • 2/10 - Platinum Winter Musical Performance (Gym)
  • 2/12 - Summit Counselor Onsite Counselor Onsite
  • 2/14 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 2/14 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 (Roswell North ES)
  • 2/14 - Chorus Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 2/15 - Due Date for Box Tops

  • 2/15 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)

  • 2/15 - FIRST Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule

  • 2/16 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 2/16 - SCHOOL MAKE-UP DAY: ALL STUDENTS, TEACHERS & STAFF REPORT TO SCHOOL for Fulton County Schools Make Up Day for Hurricane
  • 2/21 & 2/22 - "Titans Got Talent Expo" Act Proposal Forms Due & Auditions @ 4:30 - 5:30 pm (Meet After-school on the stage in the gym). Contact: Jennifer Rodman at jcrodman@yahoo.com
  • 2/22 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 2/22 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 2/22 - EPMS SPirit Night (Location TBD)
  • 2/22 - Roswell HS Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment Info Night @ 6:30 pm (RHS Gym)
  • 2/23 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 2/23 - Interact Mtg @ 7:45 am (D-119)
  • 2/26 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 2/26 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 2/28 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 2/28 - Student Council Mtg @ 8 am (E-109)
  • 2/28 - Pointe Team and AVID Ambassadors Visit Elementary Schools:

    * Mimosa: 9 am - 9:45 pm

    * Sweet Apple: 10 am - 10:45 pm

    * Vickery Mill: 11 am - 11:45 pm

    * Hembree Springs: 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

  • 2/28 - Parent University Workshop w/ Reading Challenge! Learn to Love Lexile Levels by Reading a Book of Voice & Choice (TBA)

  • 3/1 - All-State Band (TBA)
  • 3/1 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 3/1 - Student Council Mtg @ 8 am (E-106)
  • 3/1 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/1 - PTSA Board Mtg @ 8:30 am (Teacher Lounge)
  • 3/1 - AVID March Madness Begins: Application process for students who want to be in AVID
  • 3/2 - College Swag Day
  • 3/2 - GADOE Climate Survey Closes
  • 3/5 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 3/5 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 3/6 - Shining Star Breakfast - 6th Grade (Media Center)
  • 3/6 - Band Concert @ 6:30pm (Gym)
  • 3/7 - Shining Star Breakfast - 7th Grade (Media Center)
  • 3/8 - Shining Star Breakfast - 8th Grade (Media Center)
  • 3/8 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center...Location Change)
  • 3/8 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/14 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 3/14 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 am (Sweet Apple ES)
  • 3/15 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 3/15 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/15 - Rising 6th Grade Parent Mtg @ 5:30 pm (English in the Gym) & 6:00 pm (Spanish in the Cafeteria)
    • 5:30 pm in the Gym - English/ General Info
      • Admin Team Greeting
      • On Pointe Team Greeting
    • 6:00 pm to 6:45 in the Cafeteria - en español (Spanish) General Info/TAG
      • en español - Admin Team Greeting with translation by Koritza Rodriguez
      • en español - Pointe Team Greeting with Translation by Pointe Team
      • en español - TAG Portion presentation by Koritza Rodriguez
      • en español - TAG Team answer questions from 6:30 to 6:45 pm
    • 6:00 to 6:30 pm in the Gym - English TAG presentation
      • Presentation by TAG team
  • 3/16 - Book Fair Set-up (Media Center)
  • 3/19 to 3/23 - BOOK FAIR (Media Center)
  • 3/19 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 3/19 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 3/20 - Band Large Group Performance Evaluation (TBA)
  • 3/22 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 3/22 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/22 - International Night @ 6-8 pm
  • 3/23 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 3/23 - TOTY & PEOTY Breakfast (Media Center)
  • 3/23 - Interact Mtg @ 7:44 am (D-119)
  • 3/26 - Book Fair - Pack Up (Media Center)
  • 3/26 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 3/26 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 3/26 to 4/2 - Autism Awareness Week 2018
  • 3/28 - Student Council Meeting @ 8 am (E-106)
  • 3/28 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 3/29 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 3/29 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/29 - Japanese Students Visit EPMS for half day
  • 3/29 - EPMS 8th-grade student tours of MHS & RHS @ 9 am (for students only)
  • 3/30 - Parent University Workshop - CCRPI, State's High Standards & GA Milestones (TBA)

  • 4/9 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 4/9 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 4/9 & 4/10 PTSA Board (slate proposal & posting by end of day on 4/10)
  • 4/11 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 4/12 to 4/24 - Georgia Milestones Testing Window
  • 4/12 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 4/12 - PTSA Board Mtg @ 8:30 am
  • 4/13 - College Swag Day
  • 4/13 - Titans Got Talent Expo on Gym/Stage (Time is TBA)
  • 4/16 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 4/16 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 4/18 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 am at Elkins Pointe (Media Center)
  • 4/19 - Hembree Runs Wild Packet Pick-up
  • 4/19 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 4/20 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 4/20 - Interact Mtg @ 8:30 am (D-119)
  • 4/21 - Hembree Runs Wild 5K @ 8 am
  • 4/23 to 5/4 - End of Course (EOC) Testing Window - 9th-grade Accelerated ELA, Math, Physical Science
  • 4/23 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 4/23 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 4/24 - Last Day of Georgia Milestones Testing Window
  • 4/24 - EPMS Spirit Night (Locations/Details TBD)
  • 4/25 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 4/26 to 4/29 - Band Trip to Florida
  • 4/26 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 4/30 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 4/30 - Title I Spring Input Meeting @ 8 AM & 5:30 PM (Media Center)
  • 4/30 - PTSA General Mtg & Officer Election @ 8:30 am (Media Center)
  • 4/30 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 4/30 - Parent University Workshop - Parent Resource Center Open House


  • 5/3 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/3 - Student Council Mtg @ 8 am (E-106)
  • 5/3 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 5/3 - PTSA Board Transition
  • 5/4 - College Swag Day
  • 5/4 - Interact Mtg @ 8 am (D-119)
  • 5/4 - End of Course (EOC) Testing Window - 9th-grade Accelerated ELA, Math, Physical Science
  • 5/6 - Band, Orchestra, Chorus Six Flags Trip
  • 5/7 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 5/7 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/8 - Chorus Trip to Renaissance Festival
  • 5/9 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 5/9 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 (Vickery Mill ES)
  • 5/9 - Chorus Spring Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 5/10 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/10 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 5/10 - Future Titans Visit EPMS (Rising 6th Graders from MES & VMES) @ 9:15a - 10:45a
  • 5/10 - Platinum Spring Recital Rehearsal @ 5 pm - 8:30 pm (Gym/Stage Area)
  • 5/11 - Wear Titan Spiritwear
  • 5/11 - 8th Grade Dance @ 7 pm - 9 pm (Atrium & Cafeteria)
  • 5/10 - Platinum Spring Recital @ 11 am - 5 pm (Gym/Stage Area)
  • 5/14 to 5/16 - 2nd Semester Exams
  • 5/14 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 5/14 to 5/16 2nd Semester Exams
  • 5/14 - 8th Grade College & Career Day - All Day
  • 5/14 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/14 - Band Spring Concert @ 6:15 pm (Gym)
  • 5/15 - Future Titans Visit EPMS (Rising 6th Graders from SAES) @ 9:15 am - 10:45 am
  • 5/15 to 5/17 - Device Collection - Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, 5/15: 6th Grade through science teachers

Wednesday, 5/16: 7th grade through science teachers

Thursday, 5/17: 8th grade through science teachers

  • 5/16 - Future Titans Visit EPMS (Rising 6th Graders from HSES) @ 9:00 am - 10:45 am
  • 5/16 - Orchestra Spring Concert @ 7 pm (Gym)
  • 5/17 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/18 - Interact Mtg @ 7:45 (D-119)
  • 5/21 - BOTT (Battle of the Titans) @ All Day
  • 5/21 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 5/21 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 5/22 - BOTT (Rain Day)
  • 5/23 - 6th & 7th Awards & Promotions Ceremonies (Gym)
  • 5/24 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 5/24 - 8th Grade Awards & Promotion Ceremony @ 10 am - 12 pm (Gym)

8th Grade Luncheon @ 12 - 1 pm (Cafeteria) Students & Teachers Only

8th Grade Block Party @ 1 pm - 4 pm & 8th Grade Clap-Out @ 3:45 pm

  • 5/24 - Faculty Assembly @ 4:05 pm - 5 pm (Teachers & Staff Only)
  • 5/24 - Last Day of School
  • 5/25 - Post Planning (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Note: Dates are subject to change & some dates may not be included.


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