Eagles' Notes

Madras News 1/11/16; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Scoliosis Screening, Tuesday, January 12th

(Letter went home with students the week of December 14th)

Date: December 15, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Next month, Madras Middle School will conduct a scoliosis screening program to identify students with signs of abnormal curvature of the spine. It is known that two children out of every 100 may have Scoliosis. If this condition is detected early and appropriately treated, progressive spine deformity can usually be prevented.

The procedure for screening is a simple test in which the screener (nurse or trained staff

member) looks at the child’s back in the standing position and while bending forward. Boys and girls are screened separately. Girls should wear a bra, sports bra, or bathing suit under their clothes on the day of screening. A disposable gown is offered for student use.

If your child has a suspected curvature, you will be notified and asked to take your child

to your family physician or an orthopedic doctor for further evaluation. If you do not want your child to be screened, please complete the requested information on the form sent home to you December 15th and return it to the school.

This letter must be returned to the school by January 11th if you wish to refuse the


Report Cards Go Home Wednesday, January 13th

Report cards will be issued to students Wednesday, January 13th, and should be signed and returned to your child's homeroom teacher. If you have questions regarding your child's progress, you can email or call the team or teacher, or you can call 770-254-2744 to schedule a conference. Email contact information can be found on our Madras web site at: http://www.cowetaschools.org.

Schools Closed Monday January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 18th. All Coweta County Schools will be closed in observance.

Congratulations, Jim Salisbury, 2016 CCSS Spelling Bee Runner-Up

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Great Job, Madras Step Team: MLK Parade

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Around Campus

Students of the Week

Basketball Season Begins!

Mon, January 11

  • Academic Bowl Meet, ECMS
  • Gifted referral period 1/1-1/15
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Pet Lover's Club, 3:45-4:30
  • Math Counts, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympiad, 3:30-4:30
  • Homeroom Advisement: PBIS Lesson Plan

Tues, January 12

  • Gifted referral period 1/1-1/15
  • Junior Beta Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30 - CANCELLED
  • Basketball: MMS at SRMS, 4:45
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Scoliosis Screening (6th and 8th grades)
  • Wind Ensemble, 3:30-5:30
Weds, January 13
  • Gifted referral period 1/1-1/15
  • Drama Club Meeting, 3:30-4:45
  • Report Cards Issued

Thurs, January 14

  • Gifted referral period 1/1-15
  • Basketball: MMS at LMS, 4:45
  • Fitness Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • 7th Grade Girls of Faith, 3:30-4:30
Fri, January 15
  • Gifted referral period ends.
Mon, January 18
  • MLK Day; Schools Closed

Tues, January 19

  • Math Counts, 3:30-4:30
  • Wind Ensemble, 3:30-5:30
Weds, January 20
  • Band Field Trip
  • Basketball: MMS at ECMS, 4:45
  • Gifted testing 1/20-2/15
  • Basketball Pep Band Practice, 3:30-4:30

Thurs, January 21

  • Fitness Club, 3:30-4:30
  • GMEA All State Chorus, 2nd Auditions

Fri, January 22

  • Basketball: AMS at MMS, 4:45
  • Pep Band Performs at Basketball Game
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30
  • School Council Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

Sat, January 23

  • SAT at Newnan HS and East Coweta HS

Mon, January 25

  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Eagle Advisees (Meet in small groups.)
  • Math Counts, 3:30-4:30
  • Chess Tournament, LMS

Tues, January 26

  • 7th Graders to visit the CEC (8:45-11:30)
  • Wind Ensemble, 3:30-5:30
  • Basketball: MMS at EMS, 4:45
Weds, Januaury 27

  • Basketball Pep Band Practice, 3:30-4:30
Thurs, January 28
  • Fitness Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Basketball: SRMS at MMS, 4:45

Fri, January 29

  • CCSS Science and Engineering Fair

Goal Setting for the Middle School Student

The new year is the perfect time to discuss goal setting with your student. The following is an excerpt from the Parents Toolkit. The web site (sponsored by Pearson and NBC) is full of tips and resources for parents and includes all developmental stages.

Goal Setting

"Goal-setting is a part of self-management, and it helps your child increase self-awareness, self-management, and self-esteem. Being able to plan ahead and work toward a goal is a skill that will help your child now and well into adulthood. At the middle-school age, your child should have a better understanding of goals than he did in younger years. Your child’s goals may be related to academics, extracurriculars, or even friendships. For example, a goal could be to get above an 80 percent on an upcoming test, finish all his homework on time, or make up with a friend after an argument. Helping your child with time management and priorities is another way of encouraging self-management and goal setting. As your child has more academic responsibility, more extracurriculars, and more desire to hang out with friends, work with him to set priorities and map out his time.

Map out and track goals with your child. Ask your middle-schooler what he wants or needs to accomplish in the next month and the steps he’ll take to reach those goals. For example, he may have a science fair project due at the end of the month. Help him calculate how much time he’ll need to research, to experiment, and to put together the presentation. Map out with him how much time he needs daily to reach that goal. Perhaps the first week he’ll spend 30 minutes each night researching, then the next week he’ll run the experiment and report findings, then the following week he’ll draft his findings, and the final week he will work on the presentation. Some children like to map out and track progress with an online tool or calendar. At the end of the month, did he complete the project on time? If he didn’t, use this as a time to discuss what he could do in the future to better-manage his time, or what distracted him from working. Was it a realistic goal in the timeframe? Did he need more time each night or did he spend the time allotted for the project on something else?

Tom Hoerr, Head of School at New City School in St. Louis, notes that some children have a hard time setting goals they can reach. He recommends having children who struggle with goals set two goals; one that is regular, and one that is a “stretch” goal.The regular goal is reachable most of the time with focus and effort. The stretch goal probably won’t be reached, but striving toward it is still helpful. Being able to tell the difference between these types of goals can help your child set realistic goals.

Milestones and transitions are another way to incorporate goal-setting. Going from elementary to middle school, or middle to high school, is an important milestone. For some families, there are religious or other “coming of age” transitions that provide an opportunity for planning and goal-setting. Director of Rutgers Social and Emotional Learning Lab Dr. Maurice Elias suggests these milestones as an area where children can appreciate goal-setting, to break up what may seem too large to handle at once into smaller, more manageable pieces. For other children, the goal and plan may provide a structure and responsibility that they might not normally seek out."

Severe Weather Procedures

As winter approaches, the Coweta County School System wants to remind parents and the community of the procedures that schools and the school system follow in the event of severe weather.

During severe weather watches or warnings, the district works with local authorities to monitor developing conditions and proceeds with arrival and dismissal based upon known conditions. Adjustments are made as needed.

In the event that schools are delayed, closed or released early, there are a variety of ways the school system notifies parents, including:

Parents are urged to make sure that their child’s school has their latest contact information, including new phone numbers, so that they can be contacted during such events.

In the event of severe weather, a determination will be made each day on whether to close or delay school, or continue school closure, based on anticipated travel conditions and other factors. Once a determination is made, the school system will notify parents and the community about the next day’s status.

The school system tries to make such determinations in as timely a manner as possible. But storm severity, weather arrival and anticipated travel conditions constantly change and can be difficult to assess. If the school system cannot make a final determination on the evening before a school day, a final determination early the following morning is necessary.

Notices are typically placed on the system’s website (cowetaschools.net) if the school system is continuing to evaluate conditions, or if normal school operations are anticipated. The school system will notify parents immediately by phone call, text or email, media notice and other means if a determination to close or delay school is made.

In the event of a school delay, the system will notify parents of the length of the delay. For a delay of two hours, for example, parents and students should assume that all normal school procedures are delayed two hours – bus pick-up is two hours from usual times (at 9:00 or 9:30 a.m., for example), and classes will start two hours later (at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.). In such cases, however, school dismissal times would remain the same (2:30 and 3:30 p.m.).

Other weather-related contingencies or tips include:

  • Parents of bus riders should also be aware that extremely cold morning temperatures can cause delays on morning routes. A severe storm watch may also cause delays. Our transportation department works to pick up students as quickly as possible during these conditions.

  • In the case of tornado warnings, we re-route buses to the nearest school sites and shelter in place. We also utilize fire stations, if needed. Once a tornado warning has been lifted, and conditions are safe, we will resume bus service.

  • Steps you can take include ensuring your children are dressed as warmly as possible during the winter months and remaining with your children until they are picked up when extreme weather conditions exist.

  • In the event of school closure, schools often employ a number of resources through which parents or students can stay abreast of school work and assignments, including Remind texts from teachers, Edmodo, Google Classroom, class websites, or online quizzes assigned by teachers.

  • It is important that your child’s school has your current emergency contact information, including home and work phone numbers for our calling system. Please take the time to update that information with your child’s school if needed.

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Milestones Resources


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