Principal Parker Weekly

January 27, 2022

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Safety -- And more for rising 8th graders


First - a big ask.

Our safety committee needs your help. We stagger dismissal at the end of the day to reduce crowded hallways. Car riders and walkers go first.

Lately, we have noticed students claiming to be walkers or car riders, and wandering the hallways or bathrooms until bus riders are called to Tiger Plaza.

Here is the ask: remind your students the importance of safety and supervision. If they ride the bus, they need to stay in the 8th period classroom until buses are called. With your help, I know we will do better.


I know I promised to be more inclusive this week, but next year's 8th graders have another option they need to explore.

Course: Introduction to Art -- HS credit

This Connections Course is designed for 8th graders who are interested in art and perhaps in pursuing art at the high school level (not required that they pursue in HS).

Throughout the course, students will be introduced to many aspects of visual art, including but not limited to: art as personal communication, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, design, aesthetics, careers, art criticism and art history. At the conclusion of Intro to Art, students will have acquired the foundation to continue into any Visual Art pathway at the high school level.

  • Individuals considering this course should be self-motivated and dedicated to improving their artistic voice, abilities, and understandings.
  • Individuals will be expected to keep a sketchbook and use it regularly as a source of inspiration and development of personal voice.
  • Individuals enrolled in Intro to Art should understand that this course is for .5 high school credit. Assignments, projects and assessments will be of equal rigor to the high school Intro to Art curriculum.
  • Students will be expected to complete the full semester once they are enrolled in the Intro to Art class (with the exception of extenuating circumstances, no student will be able to drop the class once enrolled).
  • Students will have the option to opt-out of the high school credit once the final grade is earned. Prerequisites: - Approval of art teacher - If not previously enrolled in art at Taylor Rd, student must submit at least 2 works of art to Ms. Murphy

We are lucky to have so much support from our Taylor Road community!

PBIS values: Be responsible -- Be respectful - Be proactive

This week's learning: Keep Going - Don't Give Up

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Here's to another great week

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Thank you for sharing your family with us.

Remember to follow us on Twitter @TaylorRoadWay and @Proud_Tigers and on Facebook for updates. We will also continue our traditional Messenger newsletter, along with weekly principal emails. You can always find more information on our website.

I love my job!

Core values of TRMS: Engagement, Rigor, and Relationships

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Click on the links below to learn more about the new FULL-YEAR High School Connections Classes

For our current 7th grade students:

Two New Full-Year Connections Classes will be offered. An application and 3 recommendation forms are required. Don't delay! The application deadline is January 31st.

Letter about the new courses

Foundations of Engineering Technology

Introduction to Digital Technology

Notification for Parents of Students Taking Accelerated Algebra I/Geometry A This Year

This year's EOC (End-of-Course Test) for students taking Accelerated Algebra I/Geometry A will on Thursday, February 10, 2022. This test covers the Algebra I concepts the students have learned this year.

Students will be involved in testing until approximately 12:30 PM.

Please contact Mr. Huggins or Ms. Keeney with any questions.

Backpacks of Love

At TRMS we have a program called “backpacks of love”. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance by donating non-perishable items to our families. The participants’ names are known only to the counselors and social worker. Once every two weeks a backpack with food items are available to go home. A student can carry the backpack home, or the parent can pick it up at the front office. All we need to know is if you would like to participate, how many adults are in the house, how many children are in the house, and if there are any dietary allergies such as peanut butter. We can only provide for a certain number of families so the sooner you reply the better. We will respond regardless of whether you are in the program or if supplies run out.

6th grade Counselor- Mr. Fredric Johnson

7th grade Counselor- Mrs. Alexcia Massey

8th grade Counselor- Mrs. Cindy Sabula

Supporting our work --

Academic Excellence Donation 21-22

These generous voluntary donations will be used exclusively to purchase academic programs or supplies to support student learning or to purchase learning opportunities for our Teachers to enhance their ability to educate our students. Please enter any amount that you are comfortable donating. Thank you for supporting Taylor Road Middle School.

TRMS Staff Recognition Donation 21-22

Donation to be used by TRMS specifically for Staff recognition and awards. Any amount you wish to donate will be appreciated. Thank you for your support of our Taylor Road Middle School teachers.

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Important Dates

January 27: 8th grade students tour Chattahoochee HS, 1:15 PM

January 27 - February 4: 8th grade students will select electives for next year

January 28: Basketball Games @ Crabapple MS, 5:30 PM

February 1: Lunar New Year

February 1: Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting, (Virtual), 6:00 PM

February 2: Basketball Games v. F.A.S.T., TRMS Gym, 5:30 PM

February 3: Orchestra Pre-LGPE concert, TRMS Gym, 6:00 PM

February 4: Basketball Games v. Autrey Mill MS, TRMS Gym, 6:00 PM

February 7 - 11: Candy Gram sales to raise funds for the One Well project

February 11: Basketball Games @ Holcomb Bridge MS, 5:30 PM

February 18: Professional Learning Day for Staff -- No School for Students

February 21: Presidents' Day Holiday - Schools are closed

The buck stops here

See our duties divided among the administrators responsible (click photo below). We continually modify and update this chart. It is also available on the TRMS website.

We are here to help - always!

If you feel any concerns - or know someone who does - please know Taylor Road is filled with people who care. I encourage you to reach out via this website link to report concerns to me personally at any time. I immediately receive email notification of all submitted concerns, and I promise to respond quickly. The report remains anonymous, unless you choose to share your identity and allow me to respond.

Fulton Schools also has a Quick Tip app to report issues to district leaders and school police. Please continue to reach out. It is never a bother or a hardship to show we care.

Finally, there are any number of resources for stakeholders. Please follow this link for more information. Do not hesitate; ask for help.


As we define our way forward, the administrative team welcomes input. Remember, I continue to use #TheTRWayForward to tag Twitter posts that represent my vision for Taylor Road.

Follow me personally @TaylorRoadWay on Twitter. I am excited about #TheTRWayForward

Thanks for supporting TRMS!

Relationships - Rigor - Engagement