Principal Parker Weekly

February 17 2022

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Transportation and traffic

#TheTRWayForward


I hesitated to talk about traffic and buses going into a restful weekend, but we do need your help. Our front office staff is always happy to help, but they have no control over the bus schedule or the length of the car pool line.


Please - be kind when calling the school. If you need to complain about an issue, continue to be kind while our support staff finds the right person to help. We are lucky to have so much support from our Taylor Road community! And we are lucky to have the great support staff that we do!


PBIS values: Be responsible -- Be respectful - Be proactive


This week's learning: I am stealing from my boss, Area Superintendent Tim Corrigan. He sent this to principals this week:


I was reminded this week on the power of investment and compounding interest. I am not talking about financial investments or financial compounding interest. I am talking about the personal investments we make in others. As a teacher - the investments we make in our students and colleagues. As leaders - the investments we make in our community, staff, and students. The earlier we invest - the greater the long-term benefit to those in whom we invest.

"The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult." - Harvard University Center on the Developing Child


I think we have all heard a variation of this statement, but it is more important now than any other time in history. The statistics are very scary - 9 in 10 addicts stated that their drug/alcohol use started before the age of 18; 1.2 million teens dropped out of school last year; suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year old. We are in this long stretch leading up to spring break, and we know is usually very stressful for staff and students. Let us all commit to finding time - finding a special way to thank the adults in your building for deciding to invest and dedicate their lives to our students...our future.


"The difference between a statistic and a success story is you." - Josh Shipp


SHARE See it. Hear it. And Report it Every time.


Thank you for sharing your family with us.


Remember to follow us on Twitter @TaylorRoadWay and @Proud_Tigers and on Facebook for updates. We will also continue our traditional Messenger newsletter, along with weekly principal emails. You can always find more information on our website.


I love my job!

Core values of TRMS: Engagement, Rigor, and Relationships

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Carpool Reminders - Safety First!

Parents:


We need your help to keep our students and staff safe during morning drop off and afternoon pick up. Please remember:

  • Watch your speed in the parking lot.
  • Please follow the directions of the staff on duty outside. These instructions are there to provide a safe and efficient carpool experience.


Thank you for your attention and support.

Teacher of the Year, Professional of the Year, & Rookie of the Year

This week we recognized our outstanding educators! Congratulations to all of the finalists for the awards. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful staff members!


Our Rookie of the Year (3 or fewer years of teaching experience) is Ms. Gabriella Paul -- Orchestra Teacher.


The Professional Staff Member of the Year is Ms. Tracey Brown - Assistant Principals' Professional Assistant.


The TRMS Teacher of the Year is Ms. Rachel Kidd -- 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher.


Please congratulate these wonderful staff members when you have an opportunity!

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Buy Your Yearbook Now!

Dear Parents,

Yearbooks are currently on sale, and can be purchased through Jostens.com. The deadline to guarantee a copy is 2/21.

Supplies are limited and we sold out last year, so be sure to order your book today!

Health & PE Textbook Adoption




K-12 Health & PE Textbook Adoption



During the 2021-2022 school year, FCS will review resources for textbook adoption for Health & PE in Grades K-12. All teachers and stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the public review from January 24, 2022 through February 25, 2022.


Please visit the textbook adoption website for additional details.


For more information please contact Jodie Fleming at FlemingJC@fultonschools.org

Milestones Testing Days

April 25: ELA Part 1 (all grades)

April 26: ELA Part 2 (all grades)

April 27: ELA Part 3 (all grades)

April 29: Algebra I EOC (students in Algebra I Honors)

May 2: Math Part 1 (all grades)

May 3: Math Part 2 (all grades)

May 5: Science EOG/Physical Science EOC (8th grade)

May 6: Social Studies (8th grade)

Backpacks of Love

At TRMS we have a program called “backpacks of love”. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance by donating non-perishable items to our families. The participants’ names are known only to the counselors and social worker. Once every two weeks a backpack with food items are available to go home. A student can carry the backpack home, or the parent can pick it up at the front office. All we need to know is if you would like to participate, how many adults are in the house, how many children are in the house, and if there are any dietary allergies such as peanut butter. We can only provide for a certain number of families so the sooner you reply the better. We will respond regardless of whether you are in the program or if supplies run out.


6th grade Counselor- Mr. Fredric Johnson

7th grade Counselor- Mrs. Alexcia Massey

8th grade Counselor- Mrs. Cindy Sabula

Supporting our work --

Academic Excellence Donation 21-22

These generous voluntary donations will be used exclusively to purchase academic programs or supplies to support student learning or to purchase learning opportunities for our Teachers to enhance their ability to educate our students. Please enter any amount that you are comfortable donating. Thank you for supporting Taylor Road Middle School.


TRMS Staff Recognition Donation 21-22

Donation to be used by TRMS specifically for Staff recognition and awards. Any amount you wish to donate will be appreciated. Thank you for your support of our Taylor Road Middle School teachers.

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Taylor Road is on Facebook!

You can keep up with the latest news and happenings at Taylor Road MS on Facebook. Please follow us!

Important Dates


February 18: Professional Learning Day - No School for Students

February 21: No School – Presidents’ Day Holiday

February 23: Basketball Games @ Elkins Point MS, 5:30 PM

February 24: PTA Spirit Night @ Culvers, 4 – 8 PM

February 28: Early Release Day

March 2: Basketball Games v. Webb Bridge MS, TRMS gym, 5:30 PM

March 4: Basketball Games v. Sandy Springs MS, TRMS gym, 5:30 PM

March 5: Chorus Showcase Concert at CHS, 6:00 PM

March 10: 8th Grade Dance, 6:00 PM

The buck stops here

See our duties divided among the administrators responsible (click photo below). We continually modify and update this chart. It is also available on the TRMS website.

We are here to help - always!

If you feel any concerns - or know someone who does - please know Taylor Road is filled with people who care. I encourage you to reach out via this website link to report concerns to me personally at any time. I immediately receive email notification of all submitted concerns, and I promise to respond quickly. The report remains anonymous, unless you choose to share your identity and allow me to respond.


Fulton Schools also has a Quick Tip app to report issues to district leaders and school police. Please continue to reach out. It is never a bother or a hardship to show we care.


Finally, there are any number of resources for stakeholders. Please follow this link for more information. Do not hesitate; ask for help.

#TheTRWayForward

As we define our way forward, the administrative team welcomes input. Remember, I continue to use #TheTRWayForward to tag Twitter posts that represent my vision for Taylor Road.


Follow me personally @TaylorRoadWay on Twitter. I am excited about #TheTRWayForward


Thanks for supporting TRMS!


Relationships - Rigor - Engagement