Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 1/21/2022

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WEEKLY PRINCIPAL VIDEO

Coffee with the Principal

Our first Coffee with the Principal will take place on February 1, 2022.

Due to current COVID-19 community transmission, I will host both sessions digitally. This way, we don't have to limit the number of interested participants.

You can see the times and link below:

-8:00- 8:45 AM

-5:00-5:45 PM

Zoom Link: https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/j/3810774928

I am looking forward to seeing you!

Respectfully,

Dr. Hernandez.

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INCLEMENT WEATHER

In case of inclement weather, please review the following reminders:

-Visit GCPS website for updates.

-In the event school being canceled due to inclement weather students will follow our Proactive Plan below.

OUR PROACTIVE PLAN

We continue our committment to maintain in-person instruction. However, in the event that there is a need to temporarily pivot to digital learning due to COVID19 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.

THIRD QUARTER PBLs HAVE LAUNCHED!

Our teachers, STEAM Coordinator, support staff, and students worked very hard to make these launches successful!
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AND THESE ARE THE PBL QUESTIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER BY GRADE LEVEL...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS PROGRAM!

Great news! Our 8th grade robotics team came in 1st place winning the Super Regional Champions Award!! They are moving on to the State Competition!! The 6th graders won 1st place in Core Values at the Super Regional Competition! Congratulations to our students and appreciation to our amazing coaches Dana Hermann, Wayne Dail, and Brad Zickefoose who between practices before and after school and 3 Saturday competitions, have dedicated close to 100 hours to the program!

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ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS!

Duluth High School is hosting the 9th grade "Meet and Greet", Thursday, February 3rd, 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
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FROM OUR MEDIA CENTER

Coleman Reads is Coleman Middle School’s one book, one school reading program. Our goal is to have our school community, students, parents, teachers and other community members reading the same book. We want people to be talking about the book in the classrooms, at the PTA meetings and at the grocery store. Our goal is for not only our students to be excited about reading, but our whole community.


The book is available for purchase through MyPayments plus for $7.


The Coleman Library Media Center will be having contests and events pertaining to the book from January 18th—February 23rd 2022. The first trivia contest is now live both on our program website or in person in the Coleman Media Center. Winners will receive a free book certificate to redeem at our Scholastic Book Fair on February 22nd - 25th.


Our culminating event will be a combined Literacy Night/ Black History night on Thursday, February 24th at Coleman Middle School from 6-8pm.

For more information, please check out the program website:

https://tinyurl.com/colemanGhost

SUPER BOWL LVI NFL GAME FOOTBALL FOR ONE LUCKY STUDENT!

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As part of GCPS School Nutrition Program's Big Game Pizza Promotion on Friday, February 11th, each school will receive an official Super Bowl LVI NFL Game Football to giveaway to one lucky student! More information coming soon!!!

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM OUR PTA

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PTA General Meeting:
Please join us for a general PTA meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:30pm. Though we are aiming to get back to conducting PTA meetings in person shortly, we will do this one on Zoom as our agenda will be quick.

We will need a quorum of voting PTA members in order to adopt our budget and vote in a nominating committee for next year's Executive Board.
If you can commit to attending, we would appreciate it! Please RSVP to colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com. We'll send the Zoom link to all attendees as the meeting approaches.


Nominating Committee/Future Executive Board:

If you have been looking to get more involved in the PTA, now is your time! We need to seat a nominating committee to present candidates for next year's Executive Board. As the nominating committee will be voted in at the meeting on February 23rd, please let us know as soon as possible.

We also 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 colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com, and indicate your area of interest.


Exciting News!:

Last semester we conducted a survey regarding use of Fall Fundraiser proceeds. As GCPS is installing water bottle fillers in our school at no cost to us (but on their timeline), the overwhelming majority of respondents indicated a preference for using the funds on outdoor play equipment instead.
We're excited to announce that we've placed an order for a basketball goal for the blacktop! As soon as it arrives, we'll notify GCPS for installation. We'll also buy some other games that they can enjoy on the lawn.

When you and your students pass by, you'll know that you helped make it happen. Thank you to all who donated!


Upcoming Socials:
Please mark your calendars for our 6th/7th grade social (March 11th) and the 8th grade dance (April 30th). We're looking forward to providing the kids a space to enjoy some time with their friends outside of class.
We will need a committee to help make these events happen. If you can help with this, please send us an email to address mentioned above.

PARENT CAREER INFORMATION- PLEASE FILL OUT SO WE CAN ENGAGE WITH YOU!

We would like to ask all parents to fill out this survey to gather information on your career for a possible future opportunity to engage our parents/guardians in programming (i.e. guest speaker, small group presentation, etc).


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dv5e6dFSrfu90pDeUxpbDm-pTdWQ9lm8G1gu7g0pV3A/edit?usp=sharing


When guest speakers visit a classroom, students listen to a presentation to learn about the speaker’s career, business and industry, and ask questions to help them consider whether they might like to pursue a career path in the industry. Often our speakers relate to our current PBL units, but we hope to expand this to a career fair-type event.

Designed to meet specific learning objectives, guest speaker presentations are linked to the curriculum and help students connect what they’re learning in school with the workplace. Presentations are usually conducted at the school, but in some cases, guest speakers may “visit” a classroom electronically via Zoom or some other format.

GoFan for ALL Coleman Events!


Coleman Middle School is ready for the new school year and excited for all the events to come. To ensure students, staff, and fans are safe and can easily access events, we have partnered with GoFan to provide digital tickets and contactless payments for ALL COLEMAN EVENTS!


To buy tickets, visit our GoFan page. https://gofan.co/app/school/GA72720

Attention 6th grade parents!

All 7th grade students are required to receive one dose of Tdap and one dose of MCV4 vaccines.


The law requires that a current certificate be submitted to school verifying that the student has received both of these vaccines before they enter 7th grade.


Please check with your health care provider if your student’s immunization certificate is up to date.


You can also contact Coleman’s school clinic at 678-407-7410.

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GCPS INVITES COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE IN A RESOURCE REVIEW COMMITTEE

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is inviting parents and community members to apply for the district’s Instructional Resources Review Committee (IRRC), a group charged with evaluating print and digital instructional resources. Feedback from the IRRC and teacher reviews will be considered in the selection of resources to pilot in the district. This year’s IRRC will convene on Feb. 22 at the J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center (ISC) located at 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW, in Suwanee. Instructional resources will be reviewed for courses in the areas of Health (grades K-9), Mathematics (grades K-5 and select High School courses), Career and Technical Education (select courses in grades 6-12), and Social Studies (select elective courses in grades 9-12).


Learn more about the application process here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S39NSF5

The deadline to submit completed applications is Jan. 24.

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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:

https://www.gcpsk12.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=26020

MATHNASIUM CONTEST

Mathnasium has a membership contest live for two weeks. The winner will receive 6 months free membership. Here is a link to the contest page. Want to know more about Mathnasium? Visit them at www.mathnasium.com/berkeleylake

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

Business Partnerships

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 gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org if you are interested. We appreciate your support and generosity!

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THANK YOU TO OUR 21-22 BUSINESS PARTNERS!

Academic Center for Excellence

Rabia Shahbaz

3195 Buford Hwy Duluth GA 30097

Phone: 678-878-4999

E-mail: rabia677@gmail.com


Apex Eyecare

3694 Club Dr, Unit 101

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 678-395-7262

https://apex-eye-care-eye-care-center.business.site/


Amy Fuchs, Keller Williams Realty

Family Homes GA

Amy@FamilyHomesGa.com

Phone: 404-439-1031


Indigo Trade Paper Co., LLC

500 Pinnacle Court

Suite 125

Norcross, GA. 30096

770-446-6077

www.indigotradeco.com


Mike Collard

Virtual Properties Realty

770-480-0848

mike@vpradmin.com


The Tutoring Center, Duluth GA

Email: DuluthGA@tutoringcenter.com
678-629-3227

www.Duluth.tutoringcenter.com

* About Dr. Hernandez

If you want to learn more about how my personal and professional background connect to Coleman Middle School, and you did not have the opportunty to watch it during the holiday break, click this link for my introduction video message.
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Coleman Middle School, GCPS

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

Principal: Dr. Gypsy Hernandez

gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org


School Hours: 9:20 AM - 4:00 PM