Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 9/16/2022

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DR. HERNANDEZ' WEEKLY VIDEO MESSAGE:

New GCPS Board of Education Policy JCDI and Parent & Student Handbook:

On August 18, 2022 the Gwinnett County Board approved Policy JCDI - Board's Theory of Action for Change to Improve Student Behavior and Outcomes. You can use this LINK to review the new JCDI policy.


To accommodate the new tenants of Policy JCDI, a new Parent & Student Handbook has been released. You can find the new 2022-2023 GCPS Student Conduct Behavior Code and 2022-2023 GCPS Handbook for Students and Families on My Payment Plus.


If you are a new parent, you can access the link to My Payment Plus on the Coleman Middle School website homepage. Once you access the website, you can open an account.


Although this website is called "My Payment Plus", you do not need to "pay" to open an account and/or review school and district documents.

COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL:

Mark your calendar. Our first Coffee with the Principal will be virtual and will take place on September 16, at 12:00 PM. Use this LINK to connect!

2022-2023 Coleman MS Theme:

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STAY CONNECTED:

Use this quick access LINK showing you the different ways you can get information about your student, our school, and our district.

DISTRICT NEWS:

For district news, visit GCPS LINKS.

TEACHING & LEARNING:

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SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR:

Use this LINK to access the GCPS 2022-2023 school year calendar.
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TODAY IS OUR FIRST DIGITAL LEARNING DAY:

Friday, September 16 is the first digital learning day of this school year. Teachers will post assignments for students on Google Classroom. Students will be given the opportunity to ask questions and/or review their assignments upon return because teachers won't be available online this time. We will be attending a professional learning on Arts Integration at the High Museum of Atlanta all day, to continue learning about how to use Arts to enhance learning and promote creativity, problem-solving, and wellbeing among our students!


Buses will be delivering meals at bus stops between 10:45 and 11:15 AM!

STEAM & PBL:

QUARTER 1 PBL DRIVING QUESTIONS:

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SEPTEMBER MUSIC TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER:

Use this LINK to have access to Mr. Bertram's Music Technology class' newsletter and learn about the amazing work Mr. Bertram and his students do!

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:

TEEN LURES PREVENTION PROGRAM

Please read this letter from our counseling department to learn about this program.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR WONDERFUL PTA!

PTA Fall Fundraiser:


Our annual PTA Fall Fundraiser kicked off this past Monday, September 12th and ends on Friday, September 30th. We are raising money for our teachers so that they can spoil our students! Teachers can request grants for technology and supplies for their classrooms or clubs. The students and staff viewed a promotional video on the Fall Fundraiser during Homeroom on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. Students, staff, teachers, parents, and community members may donate money through cash, check, or Cash App ($ColemanPTA). Money will be collected by PTA Board members every Thursday morning, including September 22nd and September 29th, in the car rider lanes and bus lanes. Be sure to include your student's name, homeroom teacher's name, and grade level with each payment in order to win prizes. Weekly raffle winners will be announced each Thursday morning after money collections. This week's raffle winners are Chase Parrish and Gavin Witucki who won Simply Done $5 Gift Cards for donuts! Congrats to Chase and Gavin! For the week of September 19th, every $10 donated will earn one entry into the Raffle Drawing. For example, $50 will earn 5 entries into the Raffle Drawing! Eye Candy Art Studio $25 Gift Cards will be the prizes for next week's drawing. Classes with the most participation in each grade level will receive an ice cream party. The teacher with the most class donations will be able to wear jeans for the week. Let's show our teachers how much we love and support them by donating in a BIG way for Teacher Grants. Students will benefit from these technology and instructional supplies all year!


PTA Booth at the Duluth Fall Festival Parade:

Save the Date! Come out and support our Coleman PTA on Saturday, September 24th, beginning at 8:00AM at the Duluth Fall Festival Parade. We will set up a booth selling "Break" Coffee ($2 each), "Krispy Kreme" Donuts ($1 each), and Coleman Hoodies ($30 each) at the corner stop sign in front of Coleman Middle School. We will accept payments by cash, check, or card. See you there!


Calling Parent Volunteers to Serve in the Coleman Media Center:

Our Coleman Media Center Specialist, Shelley Winkler, would like parent or grandparent volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with reshelving books, checking in and checking out books, and helping with tasks, such as bulletin boards, book cataloging, book weeding, and laminating. Please fill out the Google Form to indicate your availabilities by clicking on the following link: CMS 22-23 Media Center Volunteer Form


Questions/Concerns:

Please email us with any questions or concerns at colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com.


See you soon!

Your Coleman PTA

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RECOGNITIONS:

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR AUGUST STUDENT LEADERS OF THE MONTH!

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BASEBALL PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT:

Do you like Baseball? You can listen to Grayson Scheinbaum on Baseball Podcasts Are Fun, available on Spotify and his YouTube channel of the same name!

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT:

Are you interested in Science? You can listen to Akshay Jayaraman on Spectacular Science or visit his website: www.spectacularsci.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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INFORMATION ABOUT CHEER:

Students will meet in the cafeteria for Cheer Auditions!
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INFORMATION ABOUT BASKETBALL:

Basketball tryouts will be the week of October 10th, immediately after Fall Break. Students should have their basketball packets submitted by the 6th of October. It will be on Tuesday-Friday for boys and girls. Girls will tryout each day from 4:30-5:30pm. Boys will try out from 5:30-6:30 each day. Students will go home with a letter welcoming them to the team or thanking them for trying out.

GIRLS ON THE RUN

Upcoming Events


Week of September 12 | Fall Girls on the Run Season Begins

September 14 – Volunteer Day

Office volunteers are needed to help with organizing items for our shoe distribution.


September 21 | Last Day for Registration (for teams that did not fill through the lottery) and Last Day for Refunds


September 30 – Volunteer Day

Office volunteers are needed to help with merchandise inventory.


October 1 | Run or Volunteer with Girls on the Run at The Race

Bring your GOTR spirit and run The Race half marathon or 5K. Every registration raises dollars for the Charitable Impact Fund, which has benefitted our GOTR girls for many years. Be sure to join the Girls on the Run team when you register. Not interested in running? Consider volunteering at the GOTR water stop from 7:30 – 9:30 am and help cheer on The Race participants.


December 3 – Girls on the Run 5K

Girls on the Run 5K registration for Running Buddies and community participants will open later this month, and stay tuned for an announcement on the new 5K location!

MIDDLE SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST OPPORTUNITY:

The 21st annual Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District Middle School Essay Contest is now open. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties are invited to participate in the annual essay contest. Use this LINK to access more information.

FROM OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL:

Review Coleman MS procedures for arrival and dismissal on this LINK, -Including a video for procedures for car riders.


For question, concerns, and dispatch services about buses, call transportation: 770-513-6686.


  • Parents please be advised that during morning drop off and dismissal, Coleman Middle School will provide student supervision while students are on school property only.
  • No students should be dropped off and/or picked up on any of the immediate streets surrounding Coleman.
  • Riding with parents or the bus ensures a safe and secure arrival and dismissal for students at Coleman Middle each day.
  • We do not provide supervision once students are off campus.

GENERAL REMINDERS:

CONNECT TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET LIVE UPDATES ON BUS DELAYS:

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

The School Nutrition Program will now transition to pre-pandemic operations. Meals are no longer available at no charge to all students.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR OWN RESERVED PARKING SPOT FOR DISMISSAL WHILE HELPING THE SCHOOL?

  • First come first serve, 6 spaces
  • Located on the side parking lot (Across Parson's Alley)
  • Cost $600
  • Money goes back to our STEAM program!
  • Contact our bookkeeper Monique.Young@gcpsk12.org

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A COLEMAN MS BUSINESS PARTNER FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

Review the different business partner levels on this LINK. Contact Dr. Hernandez if you are interested at gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org


Thank you to our 2021- 2022 business partners for your support!

CURRENT GCPS COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

For current information about COVID-19, please use this LINK to visit the GCPS COVID-19 Information.

* About Your Principal:

Hello Coleman Middle School Parent or Guardian,


If you would like to learn more about how my personal and professional background connect to Coleman Middle School, and you did not have the opportunity to meet me during my transition on December 2021, please feel free to click the link below to watch my introduction message.


English:

https://vimeo.com/728568833


Spanish:

https://vimeo.com/728568860


At your service,

Dr. Hernandez.

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Coleman Middle School, GCPS

Gwinnett's flagship STEAM school & GA Department of Education STEAM-certified school

Principal: Dr. Gypsy Hernandez



Summer School Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Regular School Hours: 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM