The Taylor Road Messenger

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Message from the Principal

TRMS Community Member,


Hello! Soon we will hold election of new parent/guardian and teacher representatives for the School Governance Council. School Governance Council elections will be held on March 23rd-March 29th.


Be sure to cast your vote! Our School Governance Council shapes the strategic direction of our school and helps to develop specialized educational experiences aligned with the needs of our students. Each and every parent/guardian at our school will have the opportunity to vote for the new parents/guardians to represent you on the Council.


You will be able to access the election site by going to our school webpage during the election period, March 23rd-29th. You can vote from your computer, laptop, iPad, or smartphone. We will also have voting stations at the school, if you choose to come in and vote on site. Remember, you must have your Home Access Center (HAC) code to vote. If you need your HAC code, stop by the school’s front office with a photo ID.


We hope that you will participate in our SGC elections by voting on a candidate to represent you on the Council. If you have any questions about the School Governance Council or elections, please visit our webpage or contact the school.


Thank you for your continued support,

Ed Williamson

Principal

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events

3/22: Johns Creek Police Cyber Safety Parent Meeting 6:30 PM

3/22: Jr. Beta Induction Ceremony 6:30 PM

3/23: SGC Elections Open

3/25: Jostens Internet Safety School Visit

3/31: Spring Orchestra Concert 6:00 PM

Taylor Road Italian Night Food Drive

We will be holding an Italian themed food drive for North Fulton charities. Crates will be set up outside the front office . Please bring your donations between March 24 th and April 1st. Hugely appreciated!

Calling all rising 7th and 8th graders!!

Your TRMS PTA is preparing for our second annual Taylor Road Middle School Spirit-wear Contest to be held March 25th.

Don't miss the opportunity to Vote on your favorite Spirit-wear Tee shirt for the 2016-2017 School year! The PTA Spirit-wear Committee will present 3 Designs and YOU get to choose which Design WINS. The winning Tee shirt design will be offered for sale at the beginning of the next school year. Voting takes place on March 25th during your lunch period for the 6th and 7th grade classes. Voting tickets will be given to your homeroom teachers on the the morning of the contest.

Your PTA Spirit-Wear Committee

National Leage of Junior Cotillions Pre-Registration

National League of Junior Cotillions –Alpharetta/Johns Creek Chapter is currently accepting pre-registrations from 6th, 7th grade students for Year 1 and 8th grade students for Year 2 for the 2016-2017 Cotillion Season. Classes begin in September, meeting one Sunday a month. Our national program includes five instructional classes covering manners, etiquette and basic ballroom dance and two formal balls. Year 2 class adds a Five-Course Instructional Dinner. Classes include proper introductions, party courtesies, polite conversations, paying and receiving compliments, correspondence including writing “Thank You” notes and RSVPs, proper place settings, basic table manners for the home, restaurant etiquette, styles of dining, phone etiquette and electronic media, doors and coats, flag etiquette and many other areas of social behavior. Please contact Director, Melinda Belock at melinda.belock@gmail.com or our website is www.nljc.com Alpharetta Johns Creek Chapter. We encourage you to register now to avoid wait lists.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR EXTRAORDINARY STUDENTS!

TRMS Academic Bowl Winners

Congratulations to the Academic Bowl team of Suraj Peramanu, Siri Kanakala, Charlie Liu, Dhruv Anand, Jason Luo, Allen Pan, and Roy Kim! They took first place at the Chattahoochee Annual End of Season Tournament, which qualifies them for the National Quiz Bowl Tournament. Way to go!
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Track Stars!

The following students are to be congratulated on their top-5 placements in the annual Fulton County Middle School track meet held last Saturday.

  • Anya Dias-Hawkins placed 1st in her heat for the 400 meter dash.

  • Rachel Fike made it to the 50 meter dash finals with 4th place.

  • Sophia Thomson received a bronze medal in the 1600 meter run.

Time & placement for all participants will be posted on the Track n Field board near the cafeteria.

Georgia Milestones End-Of-Grade Testing in April

The Spring 2016 Georgia Milestones are quickly approaching! Study guides and resources are available on the TRMS website: Milestones Testing Information


Schedule:

April 12-13: ELA

April 14-15: ELA - Writing

April 18-19: Math

April 21-22: Science

April 25-26: Social Studies

7th and 8th Grade Milestones Online Testing Experience

In preparation for Milestones End-of-Grade online testing, parents and students are able to visit www.gaexperienceonline.com to view demonstration tests. The tests are not content-specific for each grade level, but allow students, parents, and educators to experience the online testing platform. This year, 7th and 8th grade students will take the tests online. Please note the only supported browser for the test engine is Google Chrome.

TRMS PTA Budget News

The TRMS PTA Amended Budget for the 2015-2016 school year is available for review. Please note that the budget is subject to general membership approval at a General PTA Meeting. Contact PTA Treasurer Penny Grapner at pennygrapner@gmail.com with any questions regarding the budget.

Click here to see the 2015-16 TRMS PTA Amended Budget

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Cyber Safety Month

What is Cyber Safety?

Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. It is about keeping information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good 'netiquette' (internet etiquette). During the month of March TRMS is participating in Cyber Safety Thursdays sponsored by Counselors, Social Worker, Graduation Coach, Peer Mediation PLC. The students will have the opportunity to be involved in Cyber Safety morning announcements, pre/post surveys, poster contest, safety pledge, and class videos on tips and facts about Cyber Safety.

The first step in reducing risks online is talking. Talking to your children about what they should and should not do when they are online. Find out the activities they are currently doing online and talk about them. Children love to show off their talents, and when you are interested in what they are doing online, nine times out of ten they will be more than happy to show you what they know. Let them teach you some of the different chat programs they use, what sites they visit and music download software they use.


On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Officer Madhusudana Meberg from the Johns Creek Police Department will be speaking to our TRMS parents about Cyber Safety and keeping our students safe. This brief, but informative program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center. There will also be time available for a question and answer session.


Mr. Sean McCarthy from Jostens will be visiting the Taylor Road student body on Friday, March 25, 2016, to discuss internet safety. He will also provide some general guidelines to help our students make better decisions about how they use the internet and major pitfalls that should be avoided. Each grade level will be able to hear this important message during their connections classes. Students will also have a chance to take a pledge to be safe while using technology at the end of March. It is our hope that parents will use the information we provide during this month to begin conversations with their children about their expectations regarding internet usage and safety. Our combined efforts will have a greater impact than any single message.


Cyberbullying.us is a great resource for information on types of electronic harassment. Be sure to check it out for resources, laws, and forums.

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What's for lunch?

PTA Membership

BE INFORMED. BE ACTIVE!

We are still accepting PTA memberships. You can join and pay online by visiting our website at www.trmspta.com

Questions?

Email Laura Gossage, PTA President, at trmsptapresident@gmail.com