Eagles' Notes

Madras News: February 11, Lorraine Johnson, Principal

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Madras Celebrates Black History Month

Madras Middle School Program: Madras Middle School will be celebrating Black History Month Monday, February 12th with a school wide assembly for students (at 9:00 a.m.) to recognize the heritage, accomplishments, and culture of African Americans in the United States. Our program includes performances from our students along with a special message from guest speaker, author Valorie Burton. The assembly begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Madras gym, and parents are welcome to attend.

About the speaker: A bestselling author and founder of the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute (CaPP), Valorie Burton has served clients in over 40 states and ten countries and written twelve books on personal development, including; Successful Women Think Differently, What’s Really Holding You Back and her latest Successful Women Speak Differently.

She is a frequent guest expert for the TODAY Show, CNN, Dr. Oz, Oprah Magazine, NPR, Essence and many others. She has spoken for hundreds of organizations, including GE, McDonald’s Corporation, Verizon, Coca Cola, and the United States military.

Ms. Burton has a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a BA from Florida State University. You can read her inspiring weekly e-newsletter at www.valorieburton.com.

Eighth Grade Semi-Formal is March 3rd

Madras commemorates the end of eighth grade's middle school experience with an eighth grade semi-formal dance which will be held this year on Saturday, March 3rd from 6:30-9:00 in the Madras cafeteria.

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 12-28 in the cafeteria during lunch.

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. Parent letters are being sent home January 16th. If you have any questions, please contact a Madras administrator.

Media Notes

A big thank you to all of the parents who came in to volunteer for our first round of Battle of the Books. We had 54 teams that participated with approximately 215 total students. What an awesome group of students and parent volunteers!

Congratulations to our winning teams! These teams will advance to Round Two which will be held on Friday, February 16th.

8th Grade:

  • Johnstone - The Outsiders (Maddie, Leo, Julie)
  • Seebode - Team Tortles (Krish, Sam, Caleb, Jack)

7th Grade:

  • Benton - Super Readers (Cael, Diego, Kayla, Bladen)
  • Meza - Speed Readers (Madison, Danna, Aiden)
  • Rembert - FBI (Julia, Emmy, Rachel, Libby)
  • Shaw - Team 10 (Carson, Megan, Sidney)

6th Grade:

  • Davenport - Strawberry Jams (Sarah, Emily, Skylar)
  • Mallet - Prime (Kevin, William, Kyle, Benjamin)
  • Schober - Readers Gonna Read (Zaina, Olivia, Abby, Jenna)

Mrs. Chaves' 8th grade ELA classes have been working on a Biography unit for the past few weeks. All of her classes visited the Library to select a specific person to read about and research. We have quite a large Biography collection in our Library Media Center at Madras. Students were encouraged to, "Meet someone new this year" by reading a Biography. Many of them have commented on how much they enjoyed this project.

Our Book Club met on Friday, February 9th for Cocoa, Candy and Conversation. We spent the morning discussing Guitar Notes by Mary Amato. Students chose this book from the Battle of the Books list because it was one of their favorites. Many of them could relate to the main characters in the novel and were excited to share with each other about their favorite chapters. A big thank you to Mrs. Davenport for assisting with our Book Club. We look forward to our next meeting where we will discuss The Lottery Rose by Irene Hunt.

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Northgate High School Information for Eighth Grade Parents

Northgate High School just released the following important dates for parents of eighth graders who will be attending the home of the Vikings next year.

January 25th (Electives Arena) 6:15 p.m.

Meeting Place: 9th Grade Cafeteria


  • to give parents and students an overview of electives offered at the Central Education Center and at NGHS
  • to inform parents regarding the AP and Dual Enrollment classes
  • to provide parents and students the opportunity to visit the electives arena
  • to see courses available for registration at CEC and NGHS.

February 12th (Eighth Grade Parents Night, Upcoming Ninth Graders) 6:30 p.m.

Meeting Place: Main Cafeteria


  • 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

Newnan High School Information for Eighth Grade Parents

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.

February 8th (NHS Staff visits 8th graders at Madras during the school day)

Purpose: to provide students with information on the following

  • CEC Opportunities
  • Athletics/NCAA Eligibility
  • Academics
  • Fine Arts
  • STEM

February 13th (Eighth Grade Transition Parent Meeting) 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Meeting Place: Main Cafeteria

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

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)
  • Registration forms are due back to base school by March 2nd.

Eagles, Showcase Your Talent!

Students, are you ready to show the world what you can do? All are welcome to audition for the Madras Middle School Talent Show. Auditions will be held Tuesday, February 27th through Thursday, March 1st. Students can pick up an information packet and should sign up for a time at the chorus room front door.

All forms are due on Wednesday Feb 14, and no forms will be accepted late. Students who choose to participate in the audition must have a form signed by their parent or guardian before they can audition.

The Talent show is Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at in our Madras Gym. Tickets are $5:00, and proceeds go directly to the choral program.

If you have any questions, please email the choral director, Erin Walton at erin.walton@cowetaschools.net.

Mid-Term Progress Reports

Progress reports will now be issued to students Tuesday, February 13th. Please sign and return your child's homeroom teacher by Friday, February 16th. If you have questions regarding your child's progress, you can email or call the team or teacher, or you can call the appropriate counselor at 770-254-2744 to schedule a conference. Email contact information can be found on our Madras web site at: http://www.cowetaschools.net.

Don't Forget to Purchase Your Yearbook

Madras 2017-2018 yearbooks are on sale through March 1st for $45.00. Follow the link below to place your order online.

Purchase your Madras Yearbook

Collect Those Box Tops!

From GIna Johnson, PTSO Box Tops Coordinator

There is a new BoxTops Competition for the month of February. The homeroom that submits the most BoxTops will receive a doughnut party. Also, students will be able to receive $1 Snack N Chat credit for every 50 BoxTops submitted (up to $3). The best way to submit clipped Boxtops and receive Snack-N-Chat credit is to place them in a baggie labeled with the student’s name and homeroom teacher. Be sure to check for expired BoxTops as these will not be counted.

Hurry! The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 27th.

Georgia Milestones and Student Growth


The Georgia Milestones Assessment System (Georgia Milestones) is a comprehensive summative assessment pro​gram spanning grades 3 through high school.Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills outlined in the state-adopted content standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in grades 5 and 8 are also assessed in science and social studies. High school students take an end-of-course assessment for each of the ten courses designated by the State Board of Education.

Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in English Language Arts and mathematics (all grades and courses);
  • a writing component (in response to passages read by students) at every grade level and course within the English Language Arts assessment;
  • norm-referenced items in all content areas and courses, to complement the criterion-referenced information and to provide a national comparison; and
  • transition to online administration over time, with online administration considered the primary mode of administration and paper-penc​il as back-up until the transition is complete.

What is the purpose of Georgi​a Milestones?

The Georgia Milestones Assessment System is designed to provide information about how well students are mastering the state-adopted content standards in the core content areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Importantly, Georgia Milestones is designed to provide students with critical information abo​u​t their own achievement and their readiness for their next level of learning – be it the next grade, the next course, or endeavor (college or career).

Informing parents, educators, and the public about how well students are learning important content is an essential aspect of any educational assessment and accountability system. Parents, the public, and policy makers, including local school districts and boards of education, can use the results as a barometer of the quality of educational opportunity provided throughout the state of Georgia.

As such, Georgia Milestones serves as a key component of the state’s accountability system – the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

What content areas and grade​​ levels are tested?

Students in grades 3 through 8 take an end-of-grade assessment in English Language Arts and mathematics while students in grades 5 and 8 are also assessed in science and social studies. Each school district selects a local testing window, based on their local school calendar, from within the state-designated testing window.

Additional Georgia Milestones Parent Information and Resources

2017-2018 Georgia Milestones Parent Brochure

2017-2018 Georgia Milestones Parent Brochure (Spanish)

Parents' Guide to End of Grade Reports

Parents' Guide to End of Grade Reports (Spanish)

Experience Online Testing Georgia

Study Guides

The Study/Resource Guides are intended to serve as a resource for parents and students. They contain practice questions and learning activities for each content area. The standards identified in the Study/Resource Guides address a sampling of the state-mandated content standards.

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Public Servants, Elected Officials Speak to Madras Civics Class

We are grateful to each of these officials for sharing their time and experiences with our students!

Senator Matt Brass

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Congressman Drew Ferguson

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Coweta County's Chief Probation Officer, Michael Terrell

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Newnan Mayor, Keith Brady

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Superior Court Judge Emory Palmer

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Madras Takes First Place at Auburn University Math Puzzle Challenge Competition!

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Madras Eagles Math Counts Team Takes Honorable Mention Thomas Becker Advances to State Competition

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Madras Basketball Teams Serve Our Community Over the Weekend at Bridging the Gap

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8th Grade Students Visit the CEC to Learn More About Employment and Educational Opportunities at Coweta Works

Madras Celebrates Academic and Athletic Achievements at Winter Pep Rally

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Recent Students of the Week

Big Eagle Shout Out

Shout Out to 8th grade swimmers Ashley Bratcher and Jade Takvorian who swam this season for Northgate High School. The Northgate Vikings took the trophy and First Place in the Tri-County Meet beating out East Coweta and Newnan.
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(Dates are added or revised as information becomes available.)

(Dates are added or revised as information becomes available.)

Monday, February 12

  • 8th Grade Band Ensemble Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Flute Ensemble Rehearsal, 3:45-4:30
  • Basketball Tournament (first round), 5:30, Girls at Lee; Boys at ECMS
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Jr. ROTC Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Science Olympiad Selected Events, 3:30-4:30
  • Black History Month Program, 9 am in Madras gum
  • NGHS 8th Grade Parent Night, 6:30, main cafeteria
  • 8th Grade Charter College & Career Academy Parent Tour for 7th Grade Parents interested in registering their 7th grader, CEC, 4:00 and 4:30. BROCHURE with registration information

Tuesday, February 13

  • 8th Grade Band Ensemble Practice, 3:30-5:30
  • Basketball Tournament (semifinals), Teams to be Determined
  • Science Olympiad Selected Events, 3:30-4:30
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • NHS 8th Grade Parent Night, Main Cafeteria, 6:00-7:30
  • Progress Reports Issued
  • Track Tryouts (boys and girls) - distance; shot; discus, 3:30-5:15

Wednesday, February 14

  • Jazz Band Rehearsal, 3:45-5:30
  • Talent Show Forms Due
  • FCA Meeting, 8:00-8:20
  • Science Olympiad Selected Events, 3:30-4:30
  • Track Tryouts (boys and girls) - sprinters; high/long jump, 3:30-5:00

Thursday, February 15

  • GMEA All-State Chorus; Athens, GA
  • Basketball Championship, ECMS, Girls (5:30); Boys (7:00)
  • Science Olympiad Selected Events, 3:30-4:30
  • Grade Level Meetings
  • Track Tryouts (boys/girls) for anyone who missed earlier tryouts, 3:30-5:00

Friday, February 16

  • GMEA All-State Chorus; Athens, GA
  • Battle of the Books, Round 2
  • Club Advisement
  • Eagle Pride Awards
  • Mrs. Wessell's Classes to Junction Lanes 9:30-11:30

Saturday, February 17

  • GMEA All-State Chorus; Athens, GA

Monday, February 19-23

  • Mid-Winter Break; Schools Closed

Friday, February 23

  • GMEA Sixth Grade Statewide Honors Chorus, Athens, GA

Saturday, February 24

  • GMEA Sixth Grade Statewide Honors Chorus, Athens, GA
  • Regional Science Olympiad Competition, Columbus State (all day)
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PTSO: Join the Team!

Sign up for Madras PTSO texts by:

  1. Text the number 81010
  2. Enter @MadrasPTSO

Amy Brandon, PTSO President

Welcome to Madras! The purpose of our PTSO is to help improve our school by combining the efforts of parents, students, and teachers. We invite you to join PTSO to help make our school a better place to work and learn! Our fundraising efforts have benefited a variety of projects in the past including school building improvements, teacher instructional requests, equipment for the fine arts department, instructional technology purchases, and athletic programs. This year, our goal is to raise enough funds to purchase an electronic sign in front of the school to replace the old signage. We hope to reach this goal by the end of the school year. We ask that each family join PTSO with a $12.00 contribution. (Checks should be made payable to Madras PTSO.)

We also need your volunteer time! If you are interested in assisting with any of the areas below, please print the form below linked beneath, and indicate in the appropriate section. Return the form to the MMS front office or to your child's homeroom teacher. You will be contacted as the events take place.

There are many opportunities to serve through PTSO:

  • Snack n Chat (Monthly)
  • School Store (rotational schedule
  • Teacher Luncheons
  • Media Center Weekly Help
  • Veterans Day Program
  • Black History Month Program Reception
  • Decoration for Receptions/Luncheons
  • Book Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • Battle of the Books
  • School Pictures (Fall)
  • Scoliosis Screening (One time event)
  • Landscaping and Beautification

MMS PTSO Annual Project: Electronic Sign in Front of the School

If you wish to make a donation to this, please send it in with your child address to the MMS PTSO. Contact Amy Brandon at amysbrandon97@gmail.com, if you are interested in joining our team!

Thanks in advance for your support!


Parent Letter Archives

Parent letters that are sent home with students are archived on Eagles Notes for your convenience.

Bus Update Letter (8-4-17)

Family Connections (8-4-17)

Safety Letter (8-7-17)

Open House Letter (8-7-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-10-17)

Student Services Letter (8-15-17)

Solar Eclipse Letter (8-16-17)

Madras Eclipse Letter (8-17-17)

Student Services Newsletter (9-29-17)

Safety Newsletter (10-3-17)

6th Grade Apollo Field Trip Letter (10/6/17)

Career Day Letter (10-10-17)

6th Grade Milestones Field Test Letter (10-17-17)

Car Rider Information Letter (10-23-17)

Inclement Weather (12/7/17)

Individual Milestones Student Growth Reports (1/11/18)

Eighth Grade Semi Formal (1/16/18)

Eighth Grade Career Expo (1/16/18)

Inclement Weather (1/16/18)

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