Eagles' Notes

February 10, 2020, Principal Lorraine Johnson

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Media Notes

Karen Pitts, Media Specialist

Week of February 10th


Ms. Heath's 8th grade English Language Arts classes visited the Library Media Center recently to participate in a Library Scavenger Hunt. Her students were given a list of books/items to find throughout the Library and some writing activities to complete along with these books/items once found. Additionally, they had three current authors to research and write about by scanning their QR codes from the shelves. They enjoyed finding new resources and plan to participate in another Library Scavenger Hunt in the future.

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Eighth Grade Semiformal is March 19th

The following letter went home with students Jan. 31st and can be downloaded here.


View highlights from previous years


Dear Parents,


Each year we commemorate our eighth graders’ middle school experience with an eighth grade semi-formal dance which will be held this year on Thursday, March 19th from 6:30-9:00 in the Madras cafeteria. This special event is for Madras students only and gives them an opportunity to socialize with their classmates while celebrating the end of their middle school tenure. The dance will be supervised by Madras administration and teachers, and local law enforcement will be present.


Dance tickets are $25.00 and include catered finger foods for dinner, drinks, snacks, and entertainment (DJ). This price also includes free pictures that can be downloaded by students after the dance. (Tickets will be sold February 10-March 16 during advisement and during lunch in the cafeteria.)

Below is the required dress code for the dance. Please note that the eighth grade dance is a semi-formal occasion and should be reflected in students’ attire.


Dress Code for Eighth Grade Dance


  1. Gentlemen may wear khakis, dress pants, a dress shirt, a jacket, and a tie.

  2. Ladies may wear a dress, skirt, blouse, or pants.

  3. Jeans are not permitted.

  4. Dresses and skirts must be mid-thigh. Any slits or other openings in the dress or skirt may not rise above mid-thigh.

  5. The top of the dress must have 2 straps (one on each side). “Spaghetti” straps, halters, and clear straps are all permitted.

  6. Backless dresses (dress must come to/cover the bra strap in the back), dresses with “cut-outs” openings in the midriff, and dresses with plunging necklines will not be permitted.

  7. Holes in khakis, dress pants, or shirts will not be permitted.


Though we are happy to provide social time for our eighth graders, we continue to hold high academic and behavioral expectations throughout the remainder of the year. We expect our students to represent Madras well and to adhere to the dress code; this is especially important since the dance is held during the evening outside of school hours.


In order for your child to participate, he/she must sign and return the bottom portion of this letter, and payment must be received by Friday, March 8th. If you have any questions, please contact an administrator at 770-254-2744. It is our hope that every student will be able to attend


Sincerely,


Eighth Grade Teachers and Administration

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Eagles Talent Show is March 6th

It's time to for Madras students to show off their talents at the annual MMS Talent Show, sponsored by the choral program. This year's Talent Show will be held at the Madras gym on Friday March 6th. Tickets are $5.

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7th Graders to Visit 8th Grade Charter College and Career Academy on February 11th

Madras seventh grade students will have an opportunity to tour the 8th Grade Charter College and Career Academy on February 11th. Informational letters and permission forms were sent home last week and are linked below (due by 8:30 am on 2/11). Students will depart Madras via school buses around 9:00 am and will return by 11:30 am. Students will eat lunch at school when they return, will report to connections after lunch, and will have an abbreviated afternoon adacemic schedule.



Below is the link for the 7th grade field trip form and CEC brochure. Please contact an administrator or counselor with any questions.


Field Trip Form

CEC Information

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Newnan High School Transition Information

Newnan High School has announced the following important dates for parents of eighth graders who will be attending the Home of the Cougars next year. This information has been included in the weekly parent newsletter, is announced and posted at school and can be found on our school’s online calendar for your convenience. Please make a note of these transition meetings for parents and students.



February 11th (Eighth Grade Transition Parent Meeting) 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Meeting Place: Main Cafeteria

What to Bring: Your registration forms (counselors will be on hand to answer questions)

Registration Forms Due to Madras by: Friday, February 14th

Purpose: to inform parents on the following:


  • Course Descriptions
  • High School Requirements
  • Weighted Classes
  • HOPE Scholarship
  • Importance of GPA
  • Breakout Sessions (Athletics, STEM/AP, JROTC, Math/Science Curriculum Resources, Top Tier Schools)
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Northgate HIgh School Transition Information

Northgate High School has announced the following important dates for parents of eighth graders who will be attending the Home of the Vikings next year. This information has been included in the weekly parent newsletter, is announced and posted at school and can be found on our school’s online calendar for your convenience. Please make a note of these transition meetings for parents and students.


February 24th (Eighth Grade Parents Night, Upcoming Ninth Graders) 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Place: Main Cafeteria

Registration Forms Due to Madras by: Friday, February 28th

Purpose:


  • to provide parents detailed information about the registration process
  • to answer questions regarding high school registration
  • to provide an opportunity for students to participate in student led tours
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Congratulations to the Madras Auburn Math Challenge Team! They placed 2nd out of all the middle schools in the Southeast region that competed at Auburn University this weekend!

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Way to go, Eagles!

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Congratulations to the Madras Math Counts Team!

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Top 6th Grader Cole Hayes Advances to State

8th Grader Dillon Bloecher Advances to State!

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Using Goldfish to Estimate Populations

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CCMSAL Tournament Begins This Week

The Coweta County Middle School Athletic League Basketball Tournament begins this week.


Monday, February 10th

  • Girls play at 5:30 at Arnall Middle School. (Lady Eagles beat the Arnall Knights)
  • Boys do not play; they earned a bye by placing second in the regular season.


Tuesday, February 11th

  • Lady Eagles vs the Evans Cougars in the semifinals at 4:30 at Arnall Middle School.
  • Boys vs the SRMS Wildcats at 4:30 at Lee Middle School


Thursday, February 13th

  • Both the girls and boys championships will be held at Lee Middle School (TBD)
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Track Tryout Information

Seventh or eighth grade girls and boys interested in trying out for track can sign up for tryouts via Google classroom. The class code is posted in homerooms. All athletic paperwork must be turned in to the front office before conditioning/tryout days begin.


Contact Coach Mangum (girls' coach) or Roy Hitchcock (boys' coach) if you have questions.

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Northgate High School Softball Workouts for Rising 9th Graders

Workouts for all upcoming ninth graders who are planning on trying out for softball at Northgate next school year will begin at Northgate on Monday, February 24th from 4:00-4:45 pm. These workouts will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays in the New Gym.


If you have any questions,you can email either lisa.skelton@cowetaschools.net or carleigh.baker@cowetaschools.net.

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The Flu Season: What You Should Know

CCSS Flu Letter


It is currently influenza (‘flu”) season and Georgia and the United States is currently experience low but increasing influenza activity. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. To ensure the safety and health of students, parents and faculty, the Georgia Department of Public Health encourages everyone to know the signs and symptoms of influenza and the necessary steps to reduce the spread of illness.


The symptoms of flu can include:


  • Fever (although not everyone with flu has a fever)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting


To limit the spread of influenza or other respiratory diseases:


  1. Flu vaccines are encouraged. The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each fluseason. If influenza is circulating, it is a good time to get vaccinated!
  2. Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, orcough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  3. Students should stay at home if they are ill.Those who get flu-like symptoms should stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  4. Clean and disinfect regularly and correctly during influenza season. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.


Resources:


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CCSS Inclement Weather Procedures (Reminders)

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Important Tech News You Need

Georgette Cooper, Madras Tech Specialist


Blocksi at home:


Coweta County School System has adopted a new program for monitoring student chromebooks named Blocksi. One feature provided by Blocksi is that parents can manage student Chromebooks in the evening and other times when students are not in class.Parents will be able to set a bedtime after which the chromebook will be locked. A record of every site the student has accessed during and out of school will be available to parents and sites can be blocked at home. When the Chromebook is at school, the school settings will override parent settings. You can access directions to set up an account and manage and monitor your student's usage at the link below.

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Yearbooks on Sale Now

Yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year are on sale for $50.00 and can be purchased at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact bookkeeper Henry Dawkins at john.dawkins@cowetaschools.net. Yearbooks are given out the last week of school.


(Please note the deadline for purchasing eighth grade ads was January 20th)

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Madras Parent Volunteer Training

We love and appreciate Madras parents and are grateful for the many things they do for us throughout the year. If you are a parent who plans to volunteer at the school or at a school event during the upcoming school year, please plan to attend one of our volunteer training sessions (approximately 20-30 minutes). These will be held throughout the year at different times in the MMS media center or conference room for your convenience. (Sign in at the front office and our secretary can direct you.) If we can answer any questions about the training, please feel free to contact Maranda Holmes, or Rebecca Hill via email or phone (770-254-2744). Thanks to all the parents who came out Monday for the training!


Upcoming Training

  • February 10, 8:30 or 3:00
  • March 9, 8:30 or 3:00
  • April 13, 8:30 or 3:00
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Reminder: Dropping Off Items for Your Child During the School Day

Dropping off Lunches or Medication: If a student forgets a lunch at home, parents may drop it off at the front office, and students will be called to pick up their lunch at the beginning of their scheduled lunch time. If a student needs medication, it can be dropped off at any time for the school nurse.


Dropping off Other Items:

Any other item dropped off for students during the school day may be picked up after school. Instruction will not be interrupted for students to pick up items during class. This includes forgotten homework, Chromebooks, shoes for PE, projects, etc. Students are responsible for bringing needed materials to class daily. If these items are brought to school during the day, we are happy to make an announcement at the end of the day for your child to pick them up in the front office.


Phone Use: Students are permitted to use a phone in the front office during school hours for emergencies or for illness. Calling home for homework, a school project, or to make arrangements to attend an after school event that wasn't previously arranged ties up phone lines and is not permitted. Students may call home if:


  1. There is a transportation issue,
  2. Lunch or lunch money is needed,
  3. Equipment is needed for after school athletics or activity.
  4. There is a dress code issue.
  5. The student is sick or needs medication (must call from the clinic under the nurse's supervision).


We appreciate your help in keeping interruptions to a minimum.

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PTO: Join the Team!

Amy Brandon, PTO President


PTSO: Come Join our Team!


Welcome to Madras! The Mission of the Madras PTSO is to enrich the education of students at MMS by sponsoring and organizing fundraising and school events and by fostering relationships among the school, parents and students.


We have many opportunities to volunteer and get involved at Madras. Here are some examples:


  • Hospitality Committee - Teachers' Luncheons and Special Events

  • Box Tops/Coke Rewards/Amazon Smile

  • School Store - helping in the store 8:00-8:30 AM on a rotational basis

  • Membership Committee

  • Snack n Chat (monthly)

  • Media Center (1-2 hrs per week)

  • Battle of the Books

  • Book Fair - Fall and Spring

  • Scoliosis Screening - one time event

  • School Pictures

  • Lamination/Copies for teachers

  • Special Event Assistance


This year our major focus is purchasing MimioFrame Touch Boards for the classrooms. We are planning for these to be installed during the first half of the school year!


We hope you will consider joining our team! You can join and pay directly online by clicking the ONLINE MEMBERSHIP (Or you can print the FORM and send it and your donation to your child’s homeroom teacher or to the front office. Checks should be made payable to Madras PTSO.)


At MMS, THE MADRAS FUND replaces fundraising. Please consider donating to the MADRAS FUND. MMS PTSO did not need extra fundraising for the last several years thanks to everyone’s support, but every family is needed to participate for continued success!


Suggested donation is $10 per student. Remember, PTSO is doing this so other major forms of fundraising will not be necessary throughout the school year. These donations can be made along with your membership!


If you have any questions, please contact the PTSO Board at madrasmsptso@gmail.com.


Thanks in advance for your support!

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Upcoming 2019-2020 PTSO Meeting Dates

PTSO Meeting Dates (8:30 am)


Meetings are held at Madras in the front office conference room.


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Get Connected with Your Madras Eagles!

Our electronic announcements, Eagle Notes, are emailed regularly and will keep you updated with the latest news and happenings. We hope you’ll also take advantage of all the additional ways to connect with our school community such as text reminders via Remind, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Parent and Student Portals, and the Madras Web site.
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