The Taylor Road Messenger

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Message from the Principal

Dear parents and community members,

This year, Taylor Road began our path to Personalized Learning. Fulton County School's Personalized learning goal is for schools to collaborate with students, parents, staff, and the community to help design learning environments that ensure students leave the district with the skills needed to be successful in both college and careers. Our goal at Taylor Road is to improve motivation and engagement of students as we push forward in rigor, relationships, and engagement.

The TRMS Personalized Learning team has developed an instructional plan for personalized learning, aligned to our school's strategic plan. This includes the selection and roll out of personal devices for each individual student. There are four devices in the Fulton County Schools marketplace: Apple iPad Air 2, Dell Chromebook 11, Dell Latitude 11, and MS Surface 3. The devices will be on display in the Media Center through Wednesday, May 11. Please stop by and see what you think! There will be comment forms available for feedback, and answers to device FAQ can be found here. We look forward to the devices rolling out during the 2016-17 school year!

Thank you for your continued support,

Ed Williamson


Personalized Learning at Fulton County Schools

Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events

5/9: Literary Soiree 7:00 PM

5/10: Spring Chorus Concert 6:30 PM

5/12: Spring Band Concert 7:00 PM

5/12: Dominos Pizza Night

5/13: Awards Ceremonies

5/14: Pet Walk 11 AM

5/16: School Governance Council Meeting 8 AM

STEAM In Action

Students in Mrs. Lockwood’s 8th grade Science classes submitted photos of Ice Cream as part of Georgia Tech’s 5th Annual Squishy Physics Day held on Saturday May 7th. The contest required pictures that showed creativity and a connection between science and cooking. The Physics Department at GA Tech chose the following 3 students as winners of the contest:

Kate Schaaf 1st place with Liquid Rose

Ethan Haarer 2nd place with Infusion

Linda Jawahar 3rd place with Cold and Hot

The photos will be used as part of a travelling exhibit through Fernbank Science Center.

End of school ~ means it’s time for the last 8th grade party…

TRMS 8th Grade Last Blast!!!

Thursday May 26th 12noon-4pm

We have an incredibly FUN last day event for our rising 9th graders! We will be providing a Chick-fil-A lunch (peanut allergy and vegetarian meals provided), a DJ, plenty of large fun inflatables, and raffling off prizes too!! We need YOUR help to make this a huge success! Please sign up to volunteer and donate where you can. You can leave items at the TRMS front desk any time between NOW and the event, but they must be at TRMS no later than Tuesday May 24th.

We are looking to borrow 5 corn-hole games for this event! If you have one, we will take good care of it! We also need cases of water (24 bottles), assorted boxes (50 small bags) of chips, store bought cookies (24 pack), donations for prizes ($5 or less), gift card prizes ($5 or less) volunteers to set-up, volunteers to serve lunch, work the inflatables, and last but not least ~ a clean-up crew… This is your last chance to volunteer at TRMS for your 8th graders, and we can use LOTS OF HELP! Let’s make this a great event for the last day in middle school :)

Please click on the Sign Up button to volunteer to help out or to donate items for the party. Thanks so much for your help!!!


Nancy Dale


Debbie Kurzner


2016 Georgia Poetry Society Youth Poetry Winners

Taylor Road Middle Schoolers, Michelle Ho and Amy Bleyl, took the top two prizes statewide for grades 6-8 in the 2016 Georgia Poetry Society’s youth poetry contest. Michelle entered her poem, Dawn. Amy’s poem is titled, The Bottomless Pit. At right is acclaimed poet, Clela Reed, Athens, GA, chairperson, GPS Youth Contests.

Relay For Life of North Fulton

The Relay for Life is just 5 days away! We are excited to have the community visit the event. Teams from all over North Fulton will be participating in the event from 4:00 – 11:00 pm at Webb Bridge Middle School, 4455 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30005. Opening ceremonies will begin at 4:30 with the survivor lap on the track at 5:00 pm. There will be lots of food and fun to be had at this family friendly event.

Let’s Can Cancer

We are asking for donations of small canned food items such as tuna, chicken, and fruit. The food will be donated to North Fulton Community Charities after the Relay for Life event on Saturday, May 14th. The cans will be used as an environmentally friendly way to weight down the luminaria bags.

Taylor Road Tigers

Did you know that Taylor Road has a team participating in Relay for Life this year? The Taylor Road Tigers have been busy raising money to support cancer research with the American Cancer Society. Money has been raised through a jeans pass for teachers for the month of April, Coins for Cancer for students to bring change, and we will be hosting a Hoops for Hope the last day of school for students to participate in a basketball tournament at school.

There is time if you wish to donate to our team. You can log on through the 'Donate Here!' link and make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one. Purchasing a luminaria for $10 is another option that supports our team. We hope to see you at the event on Saturday.

Donate Here!

Chattahoochee HS Cross Country Ice Cream Social

Thursday May 19, 2016 at 6:30 in the Chattahoochee cafeteria

Come join us for some ice cream and find out why Chattahoochee cross country is THE sport to join when you get to high school. You will meet the team and learn about the sport of cross country and why you want to be a part of it. You will receive information about summer training for the upcoming season. You will also learn about nutrition and time management skills to get you ready for the rigors of high school.

You will also meet the coaches and get to ask questions you may have about cross country. You are making the right choice to get involved and we will see you on Thursday May 19 at the Chattahoochee HS cafeteria for some ice cream and fun!

Feel free to email Coach Morris with any questions at

6th Grade Chattanooga Field Trip Fun!

Our Last Pizza Night for 2015-2016 School Year

Thursday, May 12, 2016 is our last pizza night for this year. Let’s make this our best pizza night ever! Placing an order for pizza or other items from Dominos helps earn money for projects around the school that are not provided for in the working budget at school. The goal is to have orders from every homeroom. The homeroom with the highest total sales will receive a pizza party!

26th Annual Taste of Alpharetta

The 26th Annual Taste of Alpharetta will take place on Thursday, May 12 from 5-10 pm. This community event will affect traffic with road closures. Please see the notice below for closures, and enjoy the Taste of Alpharetta!
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What's for lunch?

PTA Membership


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


Email Laura Gossage, PTA President, at