Titan Talk Newsletter

November 16, 2018

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Upcoming Dates

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BREAK

Nov.19th to Nov. 23th


After the Break...


  • 11/26 - BACK TO SCHOOL

  • 11/26 - AVID Applications for MHS & RHS Due to Mrs. Tongue by 4 pm.

RHS AVID APPLICATION

MHS AVID APPLICATION

  • 11/26 & 11/27 - Basketball Try-outs, after-school from 4:05 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • 11/27 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/27 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (Spanish) @ 6:30 pm This meeting is for Spanish speaking parents who have students rising to high school in 2019‐2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in Spanish by Koritza Rodriquez.

  • 11/28- Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/29 - PTSA Sponsored Nutcracker Field Experience for the 8th grade

  • 11/29 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/29 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (ENGLISH) @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center. This evening is to give 8th‐grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez

  • 11/30 - Wear College Swag

  • 11/30 - "For the Love of Reading" during WINN

  • 11/30 - Last Day for Lost & Found for the Month of November

  • 12/1 - Titan Advantage from 8 am to 12 noon

  • 12/1 - District Honor Band

IMPORTANT DATES!!

HIGH SCHOOL AVID APPLICATIONS DUE

Nov. 26th to Mrs. Tongue by 4 pm

RHS AVID APPLICATION

MHS AVID APPLICATION



RISING 9th-GRADE TRANSITION MEETINGS

SPANISH MEETING - Tuesday, Nov. 27th @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center

ENGLISH MEETING - Thursday, Nov. 29th @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center



TITAN ADVANTAGE PROGRAM

December 1st & December 15th

Schedule:

8:15 - 8:35am - Breakfast

8:45 -10:00 am - Academic Session One

10:00 -10:15 am - Break

10:15 -11:30 am - Academic Session Two

11:30 am - 12 pm - Lunch/Dismissal

Message From the Principal

Happy Thanksgiving Titans,


Today during our SGC Request for Flexibility (RFF) Day, our teachers and staff engaged in Professional Development. We worked on ways to support differentiation and to track student growth. This day allowed our teacher teammates to see what each member is working on and to be able to offer support. Thus, allowing teachers to works on cross-curriculum support with a focus on School-wide Progress and Content Mastery (see below).


Our entire staff was able to sit together to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast as a Titan family this afternoon. Thank you to our bookkeeper, Liby Roude, for arranging for a true Southern home-cooked dinner with all the fixings from one of my favorite restaurants, The Beautiful. I am truly grateful for our beautiful teachers and staff, and for the love they provide to each other and our students.


I wish all of our Titan families a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday. Please enjoy this well earned and very deserved time off. Cherish your family's traditions and the all foods that make your Thanksgiving dinner special. Engage with family and friends and make memories filled with laughter and lots of love.


See you back in school on Monday, November 26th!


Sincerely,


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

FAQ to Understanding CCRPI - Progress and Mastery Content

Q: WHAT IS CCRPI?

A: CCRPI stands for the " College and Career Ready Performance Index." This is GADOE's (Georgia Department of Education) tool for annually measuring how well each school is performing. In essence, it is a report card of sorts for each school's overall performance. CCRPI is the comprehensive school improvement, accountability, and communication platform for Georgia. It promotes college and career readiness for public school students. The index is based on 100 points.


Q: HOW DID OUR SCHOOL SCORE ON THE CCRPI INDEX?

A: Elkins Pointe scored an 83.1 out of 100. This is an exciting score for our school because it is an 11.8 jump from the previous year. Here is the breakdown of the Elkins Pointe CCRPI Score for 2018:

  • Elkins Pointe 2018 Score: 83.1
  • Elkins Pointe had an increase of 11.4
  • Elkins Scored above the district and state in all categories


Q: HOW IS CCRPI CALCULATED?

A: CCRPI is scored by categories. These categories are Content Mastery and Progress.


Q: WHAT IS CONTENT MASTERY?

A: Content Mastery addresses whether students are achieving at the level necessary to be prepared for the next grade, college, or career. The Elkins Pointe Content Mastery Score for 2018:

  • EPMS= 75.5
  • District= 72.3
  • State= 65.1


Q: WHAT IS PROGRESS?

A: Progress measures how much growth students demonstrate in English language arts and mathematics and how well English learners are progressing towards English language proficiency. The Elkins Pointe Progress Score:

  • EPMS= 85.5
  • District= 80.4
  • State= 81.0


For more information on understanding CCRPI, click HERE for the GADOE Guide for Parents.

TAKE the GADOE PARENT Survey for 2018-2019

Thank you for taking the survey. It should only take five to ten minutes.

PARENTS, PLEASE TAKE THE GADOE SURVEY!

LINK FOR THE PARENT SURVEY: http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


The state of Georgia has tasked each school with trying to acquire 200+ parent surveys. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey. Thank you for your time!


If you’d like to keep track of our school’s data, click on the link below.

http://gshs.gadoe.org/Reports

CELEBRATE SMART, HAPPY, CONNECTED @ EPMS!

Orchestra's Special Visit

The Chamber Orchestra played at Special Visitor’s Day at Hembree Springs. Thank you to Mr. Seth Gamba and the Chamber Orchestra for going to our feeder elementary school to share your talent and music on their special day!
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Jr. Beta Can & Shoe Drive

Thank you to the Jr. Beta for your amazing charitable works! Jr. Beta collected cans and shoes for NFCC.
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Author Visit to EPMS

Thank you to children's author J.S. Wood for taking the time to come to present to our 6th grade ELA classes. The students and staff loved this opportunity to meet an author who writes for middle school student. Thank you to Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Rickson for graciously hosting and arranging this unique opportunity.


If your child would like to a book from the "Elena Ranson " series, click HERE to order from Amazon.

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THINGS TO KNOW

Take AVID in High School - 11/26 by 4 pm

ANY student can apply for AVID in high school...current 8th graders who are either enrolled in AVID or have never been enrolled can apply to participate in AVID at Milton or Roswell High school. Here are the applications for rising 9th-grade freshman at Roswell HS or Milton HS in 2019-2020.



Due Nov. 26th to Mrs.Tongue by 4 pm! Must have a teacher recommendation.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Meredith Tongue at tonguem@fultonschools.org

Basketball Try-Outs - 11/26 & 11/27

Basketball Tryouts will be held on November 26th and 27th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Transition Meetings - 11/27 (SPANISH) & 11/29 (ENGLISH)

ALL PARENTS INVITED


8th Grade Transition Meeting - November 29, 2018 (English)

EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (English)
Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018
Where: EPMS Media Center
Time: 6:30 pm
Who: English PARENTS - EPMS 8th grade parents who have students rising to high school in 2019-2020
Language: This meeting will be conducted in English by Lisa O'H Cowles



Spanish Presentation on Tuesday, November 27th by Koritza Rodriguez

Title I & Title 3 - Transition Meeting

Date: Tuesday, 11/26/2018
Where: EPMS Media Center
Time: 6:30 pm
Who: English PARENTS - EPMS 8th grade parents who have students rising to high school in 2019-2020
Language: This meeting will be conducted in Spnish by Koritza Rodriguez


These evenings are to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Koritza Rodriguez in Spanish with Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles. 8th-grade parents will be informed on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meetings will be hosted by our Parent Liaisons: Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles, Title I & Koritza Rodriguez, Bilingual Community Liaison.

Data Talks Moved to 2019

Student-Led Data talks for the Fall - DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2019

  • GA Milestones
  • Progress and Mastery Content
  • Growth Mindset
  • ELA and Math

** ALL GRADES - IN THE CAFETERIA

*** Students will be prepared in WINN Class to give their parents an update on their progress and growth.

Help a School Affected by Hurricane Michael - 11/30

Elkins Pointe Middle School AVID students are collecting supplies for Hurricane Michael Relief Drive. Florida was hit hard by the hurricane. Students and their families are struggling to get back on their feet as many of their homes and schools were destroyed or badly damaged. Each WINN teacher will have a box located in their classroom where students can drop off items daily during the collection window. The WINN class that donates the most items per grade level will get a breakfast party of DONUTS and juice!


The Items Needed include:
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Deodorant and Bath Soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Cleaning supplies
  • School supplies
  • Baby products
  • Bottled water, blankets, bath towels, and other household items.
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Titan Advantage - 12/1 & 12/15

The Titan Advantage program will serve as an academic workshop open to all students regardless of level. Teachers have issued permission slips to students directly through their WINN classes. If you would like for your child to participate, please contact your child's WINN teacher or bring them to the workshop and complete a permission slip.

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THINGS ON OUR WISH LIST

Teacher Restroom Furniture and Art Donations Needed!!!

Donations needed for Teacher Restrooms. New, Gentle Used and Thrift Items all welcomed. Unused pieces will be donated to charity. Click link to sign up and donate!

THINGS ABOUT FEEDER SCHOOLS...

Roswell High School Band Holiday Fundraiser - 12/1

Are you buying a Christmas tree this year? Possibly a Poinsettia or maybe you would rather have a wreath? The RHS Band is selling greenery at GREAT PRICES. These are GORGEOUS Fraser Fir trees from Cashiers, North Carolina, and the Poinsettias are truly Floral quality.


The Roswell High School Band Boosters Association (RHSBBA) is excited to partner with Roswell United Methodist Church (RUMC) for a Holiday Greenery Sale and a Holiday Gift & Craft Show. RHSSBBA is accepting orders for Christmas trees, wreaths, and Poinsettias. 100% of proceeds from the Greenery Sale benefit the Roswell High School Band.


There are three flexible options to order:


1. Fill out and return the Pre-Order Form below along with a payment (cash or check) to Ms. Kathleen Burkhart


2. Scan QR Code shown here to the right if you wish to order securely online.


3. Go to RoswellBand.com and click on "The Greenery Sale" or go directly to https://event-14787-9513.pushpayevents.com/


Customers can pick up their order on Sat, Dec 1st from 10am – 2pm at the RUMC Gift & Craft Show at 814 Mimosa Blvd, GA 30075 or delivery to your front door is available for $30. RHS Marching Band will be taking pre-orders until 11/16.

REGISTER FOR MHS FEEDER LAX NOW!

Click on www.miltonlax.com to register for Lacrosse in the Spring.
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#GetConnected to TITLE I TIDBITS

2018-2019 Parent University Events

JULY

  • Fireside Chat and Middle School 101 – Orientation & Transition into MS

AUGUST

  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (English)

SEPTEMBER

  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (Spanish)
  • "Don't Stop Achieving" Student Success Family Night - 9/17/2018
  • Get Connected Night with STEM Activity
  • Rosetta Stone

OCTOBER

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Reading, Writing, and ELA
  • Digital Citizenship: Copyright & Piracy Office365, Launchpad Resources
NOVEMBER
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Student-Led Data Talks - How to interpret State testing (GA Milestones, FastBridge), grades, student growth, SAC/HAC
  • 8th Grade Transition to High School
DECEMBER
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Matters
  • Reading Challenge (i-Ready) over the Winter Break

JANUARY

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Get Future Titans Ready for Transition into Middle School - Visits to feeder schools
  • Everybody Reads - Reading Comprehension and Lexile Levels
FEBRUARY
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Metrics for the Milestones

MARCH

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • 5th grade to 6th-grade Transition Meeting
  • Spring Input Meeting for All Stakeholders

APRIL

  • No Stress Success on Georgia Milestones

MAY

  • Summer Reading Logs & Math Resources


Note: Parent University Workshops may be subject to change. Workshops also may be added when requested by parents, teachers, the community, and students.

NOVEMBER IS FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MONTH

UPCOMING DATES 2018

Upcoming in December...


  • 12/1 - Titan Advantage from 8 1m to 12 noon
  • 12/1 - District Honor Band Auditions
  • 12/1 - Lost & Found Donated
  • 12/3 - 8th Grade Orchestra Only to RHS Rehearsal Field Trip
  • 12/4 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - ­5:30 in the media center
  • 12/4 - Orchestra 8th Grade Winter Concert @ RHS from 7 pm to 9 pm Location: Roswell High School Auditorium ﴾11595 King Rd, Roswell, GA, United States﴿
  • 12/5 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm (E‐111)
  • 12/6 - FCA Meeting @ 7:45 am in the Media Center Teacher Chair: Mr. Billups
  • 12/6 - Student Council 2 8 am in E‐106
  • 12/6 - PTSA Board Meeting
  • 12/6 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 – 5:30 in the media center

  • 12/6 - Chorus Holiday Concert @ 6:30 pm Location: Gym
  • 12/7 - Gymnastics Exhibition Location: Ridgeview Charter MS
  • 12/7 - Wear College Swag
  • 12/11- Band Winter/Holiday Concert Location: GYM @ 6 pm
  • 12/12 - Music Program ‐ ES Recruiting Tour Preferred Date ‐ TENTATIVE Location: Feeder Elementary Schools ﴾HSE, MES, SAE, MES﴿
  • 12/12 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm ﴾E‐111﴿
  • 12/13 - FCA Meeting @ 7:45 in Media Center
  • 12/14 - ROTARY TEACHER AND STUDENT OF THE MONTH
  • 12/14 - Interact Meeting @ 7:45 in E‐114
  • 12/15 - Titan Advantage from 8 am to 12 noon
  • 12/17/2018 to 12/20/2018 - FIRST SEMESTER EXAM Period
  • 12/18 - Hampton Film Academy from 4:05 pm to 5:30 pm in Media Center
  • 12/19 - Drama Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 pm ﴾E‐111﴿
  • 12/20 - FCA Meeting @ 7:45 am in the Media Center
  • 12/20 - Student Council @ 8 am in E‐106
  • 12/21/2018 to 1/2/2019 WINTER HOLIDAYS: NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF/STUDENTS - SCHOOL CLOSED