Coleman Connection

Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 1/20/2023

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DR. HERNANDEZ' WEEKLY VIDEO MESSAGE:

INFORMATION ABOUT CONNECTION CLASSES FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2023-2024:

6th and 7th grade students will have the opportunity to make suggestions about the Connections classes they would like to take next school year soon. Starting next week, Connection teachers will be sharing videos from our various Connection classes. Please review the document below with your student!


  • If your student is currently in 6th grade (Rising 7th grader), use this LINK
  • If your student is currently in 7th grade (Rising 8th grader), use this LINK

2022-2023 COLEMAN MS THEME:

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STAY CONNECTED AT COLEMAN:

Use this quick access LINK showing you the different ways you can get information about your student, our school, and our district.

DISTRICT NEWS:

  • GCPS has updated the parent handbook. You can find the latest version of the handbook updated on January 9, 2023 here.
  • GCPS has released midcourse corrections on its discipline policy. You can find information about it here.

2023-2024 CALENDAR

Please use this LINK and scroll down on the page to have access to next year's approved calendar.
Click HERE for GCPS news.

TEACHING & LEARNING:

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SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR:

Use this LINK to access the GCPS 2022-2023 school year calendar.

STEAM & PROJECT BASED LEARNING:

QUARTER 3 PBL DRIVING QUESTIONS:

QUARTER 3 PBL LAUNCH:

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6TH AND 7TH GRADE PBL STUDENT PANELS

* 8th grade students coming to panels next week since teachers had to prepare for high school registration this week!
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LEARNING MATH THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY IN 8TH GRADE:

We are very excited that Coleman MS was selected to pilot this program!
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FIRST SEMESTER REPORTS CARDS GOING HOME TODAY!

As per district communication, first semester grades will be finalized the first week of January and reports cards will be processed on January 13th.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR SCIENCE FAIR!


Coleman Middle School needs volunteers to help judge our school's first Science Fair on Monday, January 23rd. Judges should expect to dedicate about 40 minutes of their time from 2:30- 3:50. Mrs.Rossi, our 8th grade Science teacher, will be helping those unfamiliar with the Science Fair scoring sheet and have information packets available to guide through the judging process. We would truly appreciate the donation of your valuable time. By volunteering, you are helping to cultivate a new generation of scientists and engineers in our students .



Please click HERE to complete a form if you are willing to volunteer Jan 23rd at Coleman Middle School.

MATH & READING PROGRESS CHECK:

Student results on their Math and Reading winter progress checks are back. We will be using these results to determine whether your student will receive Reading and/or Math academic assistance during CATS time on Mondays, Tuesday, and Thursdays after morning meeting, during homeroom in the spring semester. If your student is selected to participate, we will be sending a letter home.

IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION:

SCOLIOSIS SCREENING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Attention 6th and 8th grade parents,

Coleman MS will conduct our annual scoliosis screening on January 25th . This screening is required by GA state law, Department of Community Health and State Department of Education guidelines. Scoliosis screening is performed to identify students who may have an abnormal curvature of the spine.

If you do not want your child to be screened, please print, sign and return this letter.

If you have any questions or concerns about the screening, please contact:

Angeles Stamm / Clinic Worker

angeles.stamm@gcpsk12.org

678-407-7410

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: FIRST SEMESTER HONORS RECOGNITION (DIGITAL):

Next Friday, we will be posting our video celebration to recognize those students who excelled academically during the Fall semester!

SPRING STUDENT SURVEY:

Be advised that the spring student survey will take place on January 19-February 3. This survey will be available in the Student Portal. Find more information about our survey HERE.
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MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTY NURSE:

GCPS Families,


GCPS has partnered with GNR Public Health to offer required vaccinations for students attending 7th and 11th grade. Through this partnership, students can receive Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine) and MCV4 (adolescent meningococcal vaccine). In addition to these required vaccinations, GNR will have limited supplies of flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccines.

All students born on or after January 1, 2002, and are entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MCV4).


Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday. This MCV4 booster is required in addition to the booster required for 7th grade. It is important to note that the vaccine is only required for students who are at least 16 years of age AND attending 11th grade.


Families will need to provide proof of insurance for Tdap, MCV4 and flu vaccines. Students 18 years of age and younger who do not have health insurance will be eligible for vaccines at no charge through our mobile clinics under the Vaccines for Children program. COVID-19 vaccinations are available regardless of insurance status.


We will be offering these vaccines at Duluth High School on

January 25, 2023 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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PTA MESSAGE:

Chick Fil A Biscuit Sales, LAST FRIDAY of EACH MONTH (JANUARY - APRIL):

Ready for something warm to eat for breakfast in this cold weather? The PTA will be selling Chick Fil A Biscuits for $5 at bus and carpool lanes the LAST FRIDAY of EACH MONTH, January through April. The next Chick Fil A Day is Friday, January 27th, at 8:15AM until we run out of biscuits! We accept Cash, Card, or Cash App ($ColemanPTA).


Calling All Interested Coleman Parents for PTA Volunteer Opportunities:

The Coleman PTA needs a Nominating Committee to elect next school year's 2023-2024 Coleman PTA Executive Board. The nominating committee is comprised of 3 members and 2 alternates. They elect their own Chairman and meet and talk about who they would like for the open positions on the board. For next school year, we have TWO open positions for co-Vice President. Each board member's term runs from 6/1-5/31 of each school year. We would like to elect the Nominating Committee by the next PTA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 8th. The nominating committee meets and contacts potential candidates for their slate by the end of March. The slate of candidates for next year's board is posted by mid-April. If any parent is interested in serving on the Nominating Committee or serving as next year's PTA co-Vice President, please email us at colemanwildcatspta@gmail.com.


Next Coleman PTA General Membership Meeting:

Mark you calendars for the next Coleman PTA General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30PM on ZOOM. We will elect the Nominating Committee and vote on PTA Budget revisions. Please make plans to attend! The Zoom Link will be posted in the Coleman Connection by Friday, January 27th.


Have a fantastic weekend!

Your Coleman PTA

A MESSAGE FROM YEARBOOK:

Parents, please use this LINK to share pictures with Yearbook!

RECOGNITIONS:

MESSAGE FROM OUR SWIMMING COACH:

The Wildcat Swim Club had a great meet on December 14, 2022 at the Marist Championship!! They had a total of 26 personal best times; many of which were multi-second drops!! Congratulations to all these awesome swimmers!

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BASEBALL PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT:

Do you like Baseball? You can listen to Grayson Scheinbaum on Baseball Podcasts Are Fun, available on Spotify and his YouTube channel of the same name!

SPECTACULAR SCIENCE PODCAST BY A COLEMAN MS STUDENT:

Are you interested in Science? You can listen to Akshay Jayaraman on Spectacular Science or visit his website: www.spectacularsci.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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FROM OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS

GENERAL REMINDERS:

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL:

Review Coleman MS procedures for arrival and dismissal on this LINK, -Including a video for procedures for car riders.


For question, concerns, and dispatch services about buses, call transportation: 770-513-6686.


  • Parents please be advised that during morning drop off and dismissal, Coleman Middle School will provide student supervision while students are on school property only.
  • No students should be dropped off and/or picked up on any of the immediate streets surrounding Coleman.
  • Riding with parents or the bus ensures a safe and secure arrival and dismissal for students at Coleman Middle each day.
  • We do not provide supervision once students are off campus.

CONNECT TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET LIVE UPDATES ON BUS DELAYS:

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

The School Nutrition Program will now transition to pre-pandemic operations. Meals are no longer available at no charge to all students.


Use this LINK to review information regarding GCPS nutrition program and to have access to the Free and Reduced Lunch application.

GCPS BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY JCDI AND PARENT & STUDENT HANDBOOK:

On August 18, 2022 the Gwinnett County Board approved Policy JCDI - Board's Theory of Action for Change to Improve Student Behavior and Outcomes. You can use this LINK to review the new JCDI policy.


To accommodate the new tenants of Policy JCDI, a new Parent & Student Handbook has been released. You can find the new 2022-2023 GCPS Student Conduct Behavior Code and 2022-2023 GCPS Handbook for Students and Families on this LINK.


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GCPS ANNUAL ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS (AKS) REVIEW:

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) invites GCPS families, Gwinnett county residents, students, and GCPS staff members to participate in the school district’s review of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum by Oct. 6. The public may review proposed standards online, offering feedback on AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).


Access this LINK to review the AKS and share your feedback.


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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR OWN RESERVED PARKING SPOT FOR DISMISSAL WHILE HELPING THE SCHOOL?

  • First come first serve, 6 spaces
  • Located on the side parking lot (Across Parson's Alley)
  • Cost $600
  • Money goes back to our STEAM program!
  • Contact our bookkeeper Monique.Young@gcpsk12.org

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A COLEMAN MS BUSINESS PARTNER FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

Review the different business partner levels on this LINK. Contact Dr. Hernandez if you are interested at gypsy.hernandez@gcpsk12.org


Thank you to our 2021- 2022 business partners for your support!

CURRENT GCPS COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

For current information about COVID-19, please use this LINK to visit the GCPS COVID-19 Information.

* About Your Principal:

Hello Coleman Middle School Parent or Guardian,


If you would like to learn more about how my personal and professional background connect to Coleman Middle School, and you did not have the opportunity to meet me during my transition on December 2021, please feel free to click the link below to watch my introduction message.


English:

https://vimeo.com/728568833


Spanish:

https://vimeo.com/728568860


At your service,

Dr. Hernandez.

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Coleman Middle School, GCPS

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

Principal: Dr. Gypsy Hernandez



Summer School Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Regular School Hours: 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM