Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 5/13
THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS APPROACHING FAST!
Hello Parents and Guardians,
I hope you and your loved ones are doing well.
It is hard to believe that the 2021-2022 school year is almost over! I am excited to report that we have a week and a half packed with teaching & learning, our last PBL showcase, and a fun field day for our students!
Now that we have completed all Georgia Milestone Exams, please take note of our school calendar during the last few days of the school year:
- 5/18: Language Arts Semester Final Exam
- 5/19: Mathematics Semester Final Exam
- 5/20: Science and Social Studies Semester Final Exams
- 5/23: PBL Building and Rehearsal
- 5/24: PBL Showcase (Please encourage your student to dress for success!)
- 5/25: Field Day and last day of school
2021-2022 GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION & SUMMER SCHOOL:
As we get closer to the end of the school year, I wanted to share some important information about testing and promotion. Although promotion criteria was modified in the past 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become effective again this school year.
Please click here to review Gwinnett County Public Schools' Middle School Promotion criteria. We invite you to engage your children in conversations about promotion. Our teachers have been sharing the promotion criteria with our students also. Parents of 8th graders, please pay special attention to the fact that 8th graders must pass their 8th grade English Language Arts and Mathematics Georgia Milestones EOG exam in order to earn promotion to 9th grade.
There will be summer school offered from June 13 to July 1st at Coleman Middle School. This summer’s learning experience for Gwinnett elementary and middle school students will offer enrichment and acceleration opportunities as well as support for our students who did not meet requirements for promotion to the next grade.
If you have any questions about promotion or summer school, please contact your grade level Assistant Principal:
6th Grade: Jennifer Dunn
7th Grade: Kim Booth
8th Grade: Jamie Larkin
CARNEGIE UNITS SELECTION & COURSE VERIFICATION FOR 8TH GRADERS:
The process of application for Carnegie Units for 8th grade students opened on May 9, 2022. Please review the following information about this process:
- Parents must log in into the parent portal on the PARENT VUE mobile app to make their selections. Use this LINK for directions.
- If you do not have a parent portal account or you are having technical difficulties, contact our registrar, Michelle Popa: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Direct questions about Carnegie Units to the high school your student will be attending. Here is the Rising 9th Grade page for Duluth High School: https://www.gcpsk12.org/domain/10627
INFORMATION ABOUT LEARNING 2025:
You may know that Gwinnett County Public Schools has been accepted to be part of The School Superintendents Association's Learning 2025 Network of demonstration districts. Please use this LINK if you want to learn more about Learning 2025.
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER...
-Visit the GCPS website for updates on school closings: https://www.gcpsk12.org/
-In the event school being canceled due to inclement weather students will follow our plan for digital learning found below.
MASKS ' STRONGLY RECOMMENDED':
OUR PLAN FOR DIGITAL LEARNING IF & WHEN NEEDED:
We continue our committment to maintain in-person instruction. However, in the event that there is a need to temporarily pivot to digital learning we want to be certain that each student has access. Our teachers and students are ready IF we need to make this change.
In the event we temporarily transition to digital learning, Coleman Middle will implement our typical digital learning day plan and schedule.
As a reminder:
Teachers will post a lesson for students to complete in Google Classroom - Humanities, Math, Science, and Connections. Students may log on at any time during the day to complete the lessons posted in Google Classroom; live instruction will not take place.
Teachers will be available via Zoom (Zoom link found on every teacher's eCLASS page) at the following times to answer questions:
6th grade - 10:15 - 10:45
7th grade - 11:00 - 11:30
8th grade - 12:30 - 1:00
Connections - 1:15 - 1:45
Beginning on 1/6, homeroom teachers surveyed students to determine if a device would be needed for digital learning. If your student still needs a device, please tell her/him to speak to their homeroom teacher or call the front office at 678-407-7400.
Please remember that students and families will be responsible for lost or damaged devices.
TEACHING & LEARNING:
LAST PBL SHOWCASE:
The students, faculty, and staff of Coleman Middle School are so excited to be able to host our first community showcase since the end of 2019! We believe input from our stakeholders is an integral part of "The Coleman Experience" for our students. We will host a showcase fair for all grades on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, from 10 am - 11 am.
We hope you will be able to attend and provide feedback to the students and their projects. I have included the grade level driving question along with locations. Please feel free to invite any of your colleagues, family, and friends. I will be hosting a "Need to Know" session prior to the showcase in the media center. This session will be useful if you have not attended a showcase before or if you would like to know how to give meaningful feedback to students. Please follow the link below to sign-up for the showcase and "Need to Know" prior to attending on May 24.
8th Grade Driving Question:
How can we, as beverage entrepreneurs, develop and market a unique drink that creates a social impact in our community?
Location: Bus Lanes in front of the school
7th Grade Driving Question:
How can we improve habitats for animals?
Location: 7th grade hallways, classrooms, breezeways and sidewalks
6th Grade Driving Question:
How can we use art to propel us into space?
Location: 6th grade hallways, classrooms, breezeways and sidewalks
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Thank you for your continued support of Coleman Middle School!
Q4 PBL DRIVING QUESTIONS:
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY AND ORCHESTRA SPRING PERFORMANCE:
Great job students!
Thank you Ms. Seo and Mr. Betram for your dedication to your students and your
7TH AND 8TH GRADE SPRING BAND CONCERT!
Keep up the good work students!
Thank you Mr. DiPaola for your dedication to your students and our band program!
ALGEBRA I PREPARATION COURSE:
To ensure that your student is successful in Algebra I, the Math Department has developed an Algebra I Prep Course. This online course will help strengthen the essential prerequisite content knowledge for students enrolled in Algebra I during the 2021-2022 school year.
This course will become available to Coleman students on April 15 on eClass.
Click here to access the Flyer directions on how to access the course (English and Spanish).
RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS:
END OF THE YEAR AWARDS:
Dates are as follows:
7th Grade: 5/16
8th Grade: 5/23
Invites to 7th grades have been sent to parents. If you have questions, email our administrative assistant, Ms. Majid, at email@example.com
COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL CELEBRATES ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE HAWAIAN, PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH!
OUR LAST WALK & TALK WAS A SUCCESS WITH MORE STUDENTS EARNING PARTICIPATION!
Your student won’t be allowed to start the new school year 2022-2023 if his/her immunizations are not up to date. Please check with your pediatrician or the school clinic at 678-407-7410.
Reminder, students starting 7th grade need to have one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster) and one dose of MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) before the beginning of 7th grade.
Gwinnett County Public Schools P.JBA states that a child may be excluded from attendance until an up to date certificate is submitted to school.
Angeles Stamm, RN, CPN
Coleman Middle School / Clinic
Office - 678-407-7410
Fax - 678-407-7436
MEDIA CENTER NEWS:
All Coleman Library Books are due back to the media center by Friday, May 13th.
You can see what your student has checked out by checking on the parent portal. If your student has lost or damaged a book please have them come talk to the media center staff. All books NOT returned by May 23rd will be marked lost and a charge will be added to the students MyPayments Plus account until the book is returned or paid for.
DULUTH PLAYGROUND DESIGN CONTEST:
Video Link on Youtube: https://youtu.be/5Ebq-pKq7_0
MESSAGE FROM DULUTH HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COACH:
Hello Wildcat Family!
On May 14TH 2022 , the Duluth High School Football Program in partnership with the city of Duluth will be hosting our annual Wildcat 5K! This is our biggest spring fundraiser, which not only helps support the Duluth High School Football team but also provides an opportunity for all Duluth Athletics Teams and Organizations to participate and raise money.
Our vision for the Wildcat 5K is to grow the event into a spring tradition for the Duluth cluster, our students, and our community. Please sign up and support the students at Duluth High School! Also, please encourage anyone you know who would like to support our school and community to sign up.
To learn more about our race and sign up, go to www.Wildcat5K.com or scan the QR code below to take you directly to the registration site! If you would like to support or know of someone else who would but cannot attend we can accept donations through the phantom runner option.
Thank you and Go Wildcats!
Head Football Coach
Duluth High School - Duluth, GA
THANK YOU WOODY'S NURSERY OF DULUTH FOR THESE PRETTY FLOWERS IN OUR MAIN ENTRANCE!
BASEBALL PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT
FROM OUR PTA:
Nominating Committee/Future Executive Board:
If you have been looking to get more involved in the PTA, now is your time!
We NEED parents interested in taking a position on the Board. Many of us currently on the Board are either moving on from CMS or reaching the end of our two years of eligibility in or current positions - this includes the two Presidents!
If you're hesitant, just remember that each one of us on the Board was hesitant at first, too, but we truly have a great time serving our children and yours!
If you are interested in being part of the nominating committee or the Board, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and indicate your area of interest.
PTA Elections will be held on May 11, 2022 at 5:30 PM in the CMS Cafe.
SPRING AND SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:
In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL), GCPS provides Tutor.com as an online tutoring resource for students. Live tutoring support is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, students can receive “drop-off support,” 24-7, by uploading a document for tutor feedback that will be reviewed and returned at a later time.
For more information visit:
Do you know of a business that might be interested in becoming a business partner? Business Partnerships begin at $100.
Partnership proceeds go directly to the classroom to support PBL projects, technology initiatives, and other innovations!
Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested. We appreciate your support and generosity!
THANK YOU TO OUR 21-22 BUSINESS PARTNERS!
Academic Center for Excellence
3195 Buford Hwy Duluth GA 30097
3694 Club Dr, Unit 101
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Amy Fuchs, Keller Williams Realty
Family Homes GA
Indigo Trade Paper Co., LLC
500 Pinnacle Court
Norcross, GA. 30096
Virtual Properties Realty
The Tutoring Center, Duluth GA