Eagles' Notes

Madras News 11/16/15; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

A Look Ahead...

Monday, November 16
  • Soccer vs. LMS Girls (A); Boys (H), 4:30 p.m.
  • Club Advisement
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Math Counts Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympliad Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Round 2, Battle of the Books
  • Voluntary Girls'' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30 (Athletic paperwork, including physical, must be submitted before students can participate.)
  • Basketball Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
Tuesday, November 17
  • Fall Book Fair
  • FGE Fall Event, 6:30-8:30 pm, UWG Newnan Campus
  • Soccer vs. SRMS Girls (H); Boys (A), 4:30 p.m.
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Wind Ensemble, 3:30-5:00
  • Voluntary Boys' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30 (Athletic paperwork, including physical, must be submitted before students can participate.)
  • Voluntary Girls'' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30 (Athletic paperwork, including physical, must be submitted before students can participate.)
  • Basketball Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
Wednesday, November 18
  • Fall Book Fair
Thursday, November 19
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Soccer vs. EMS Girls (A); Boys (H), 4:30 p.m.
  • Progress Reports Issued
  • Junior Beta Convention, Macon, GA
  • Voluntary Boys' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30 (Athletic paperwork, including physical, must be submitted before students can participate.)
  • Voluntary Girls'' Basketball Conditioning, 3:30-4:30 (Athletic paperwork, including physical, must be submitted before students can participate.)
  • Basketball Pep Squad Practice, 3:30-4:30
Friday, November 20
  • Junior Beta Convention, Macon, GA
  • District 6 Honors Chorus
  • District 6 Honor Chorus
November 23-27
  • Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 30

  • Homeroom Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards
  • Soccer vs. LMS Girls (H); Boys (A), 4:30 p.m.

Parents as Partners Series: How to Help Your Child with Organization

What: Parent Session for all interested

Topic: How to Help Your Child with Organization

  • Tips for home, helping your child become organized
  • Tips for developing strong study skills
  • Information regarding Madras's "Organization Station"

Hosts: Madras Counseling Team

  • Monday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. in the media center
  • Monday, November 30, 6:30 p.m. in the media center
  • Thursday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. in the media center

Please email Kim Pelletier, Madras counselor, with any questions at kim.pelletier@cowetaschools.net. Hope you can join us!

Affidavits Due December 18th

The Coweta County School System is requiring 2015-16 Affidavits of Residence from the parents or guardians of all children enrolled in Coweta County Schools. The affidavits must be completed and filed with schools by Friday, December 18, 2015. Affidavits are printed on pink paper and were sent home earlier. An online, printable copy of the 2015-16 affidavit can also be found at the school system’s website (www.cowetaschools.net) or can be picked up at any Coweta school. The completed forms must be notarized, and all schools employ Notaries Public for parent’s convenience. If you have any questions, please call us and our office staff will be happy to assist you.

Severe Weather Procedures

As winter approaches, 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, Edmodo, 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.

Fall Book Fair Continues Through 11/19

Our Fall Book Fair continues through November 19th in the MMS media center. Purchases can also be made online (through November 25th) on the front page of our website or by visiting this link. All proceeds go to fund new books for our Madras media center. If you are a parent who would like to help work the fair, please contact our media specialist Kaye Knight at kaye.knight@cowetaschools.net.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support

Madras Middle School is honored to be one of eight schools in Coweta County piloting the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports “PBIS” Framework. Our program will be focused on acknowledging students for consistent positive behavior. We will ensure routines and language with respect to appropriate school behavior are consistent throughout the school.

To be successful, our behavior program needs to be a partnership between home and school. Throughout the school year the PBIS team will send updates and information about PBIS. We invite your comments, concerns and ideas to make PBIS a success at our school. We encourage you to learn more at www.pbis.org.

Happenings Around Campus...

Round 1, Battle of the Books Kicks Off

What is the Georgia Milestones Assessment System?

Georgia Milestones

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment pro​gram spanning grades 3 through high school. Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education. Coweta County students take the test in April.

Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in language arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the language arts assessment;
  • norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-penc​il as back-up until the transition is complete.

What is the purpose of Georgi​a Milestones?

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information abo​u​t their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career). Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia. As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

What content areas and grade​​ levels are tested?

Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies.

Students at the high school level will take an end-of-course assessment in the following ten courses:

  • Language Arts
    • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
    • American Literature and Composition
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra I (Beginning Winter 2015)
    • Geometry (Beginning Winter 2015)
    • Coordinate Algebra
    • Analytic Geometry
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Physical Science​​
  • ​​Social Studies
    • United States History
    • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

The end-of-course measures are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level. These measures serve as the final exam for the course, and contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade. Each school district selects a local testing window, based on their local school calendar, from within the state-designated testing window. Middle school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses are required to take the associated end-of-course (EOC) measure. If enrolled in a mathematics and/or science EOC course, these middle school students will not take the corresponding content area end-of-grade (EOG) measure.

For more information, check out the Georgia Milestones Parent Brochure.

Milestones Resources

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Office Reminders

Lost and Found: All lost valuables (electronics, money, jewelry, keys) are locked in the front office vault. All other lost and found items are kept on a shelf in the lost and found room inside the computer lab across from the cafeteria. Students may check the lost and found areas during homeroom or with a pass from their teacher.

Transportation Notes: 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 and must be received prior to 3:00 p.m.

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 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.


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