Eagles' Notes

Madras News 10/13/15; Lorraine Johnson, Principal

Upcoming Weeks at a Glance

Monday, October 12

  • Holiday; Schools Closed

Tuesday, October 13

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • CCSS Board Meeting
  • Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts, 3:30-5:15 (must have submitted athletic paperwork to participate.)
  • Step Team Practice, 3:30-5:00

Wednesday, October 14

  • Football: Semifinals, 5 p.m., at Madras
  • Drama Club, 3:30-4:45
Thursday, October 15

  • Deadline for Submitting Jr. Beta Conference Fees
  • Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts, 3:30-5:15 (must have submitted athletic paperwork to participate.)
  • Principal's Student Advisory Council
  • Environmental Eagles Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • Student Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30
Friday, October 16

  • Superintendent's Advisory Council, MMS, 2:30
  • Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts, 3:30-5:15 (must have submitted athletic paperwork to participate.)
  • Northgate High School Homecoming
  • TMX Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30
  • Newnan High Homecoming
Monday, October 19

  • School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
  • Homeroom Advisement, Team Awards
  • Report Cards Issued
  • Art Club Meeting, 3:30-4:30
  • School Bus Safety Week
  • Science Olympiad Meeting, 3:30-4:30

Tuesday, October 20

  • Junior Beta club Meeting, 3:30-4:15
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am
  • Football Championship, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21

Thursday, October 22

  • Read for the Record
Friday, October 23

Saturday, October 24
  • ACT at East Coweta HS, Newnan HS, and Northgate HS
Monday, October 26
  • Homeroom Advisement: Red Ribbon Week
  • Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 27

  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Chess Club, 3:30-4:30
  • Soccer vs. SRMS Girls (H); Boys (A), 4:30 p.m.
  • All State Chorus Rehearsal, 7:40-8:20 am

Wednesday, October 28

  • Band Field Trip
Thursday, October 29
  • 7th Grade Vision Screening
  • COMPASS Testing CEC
  • Soccer vs. ECMS Girls (A); Boys (H), 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 30
  • VFW Writing Competition Deadline
  • Newnan vs. ECHS Football Game

Eagles Football Team Advances to the Semifinals (Weds, October 14th)

The Madras Eagles will play in the CCMSAL Football Semifinals on Wednesday (October 14th) at MMS at 5:00 p.m. Cost of admission to the game is $5.00. We hope you can join us as we cheer our Eagles on to the finals! Hope to see you there!
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Be a Box Top Hero! (Ends October 30th)

From the Madras PTSO: Calling all students, parents, grandparents, and neighbors! We're ramping up this year's Box Top Drive, and we need your help!

Collecting box tops is easy and painless to participate. Simply submit your box tops to your student's homeroom class in a Ziploc bag. Don't forget to write the homeroom teacher's name on it. The homeroom class with the highest percentage of box tops will win a class breakfast, compliments of PTSO!

You can keep track of your child's progress on the Box Tops website by signing up and selecting our school: http://www.boxtops4education.com/ You can also find great coupons and contests there too. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 this year. Remember, Box Tops = cash for instructional supplies. Please help us reach or even exceed our goal by saving and submitting your Box Tops.

If you have questions, please contact box top chair, Stacie Hankinson at stacyhankinson@gmail.com

Madras Eagles Boys' and Girls' Soccer Tryouts

Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Madras Eagles Boys' and Girls' Soccer Teams will be held on October 13th - 15th from 3:30-5:15. Any interested seventh or eighth grade student can pick up the athletic packet from the front office, including physical. (This can also be downloaded from our website here.) To be eligible for tryouts, all paperwork should be completed and submitted back to the front office. Girls' Coach: Coach Isaac Strickland; Boys' Coach: Coach Chad Haselwood

What is the Georgia Milestones Assessment System?

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 language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students in grades 3 through 8 will take an end-of-grade assessment in each content area, while high school students will take an end-of-course assessment for each of the eight courses designated by the State Board of Education. Coweta County students take the test in April.

Features the Georgia Milestone Assessment System include:

  • open-ended (constructed-response) items in 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 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 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 will take an end-of-grade assessment in the content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies.

Students at the high school level will take an end-of-course assessment in the following ten courses:

  • Language Arts
    • Ninth Grade Literature and Composition
    • American Literature and Composition
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra I (Beginning Winter 2015)
    • Geometry (Beginning Winter 2015)
    • Coordinate Algebra
    • Analytic Geometry
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Physical Science​​
  • ​​Social Studies
    • United States History
    • Economics/Business/Free Enterprise

The end-of-course measures are administered at the completion of the course, regardless of the grade level. These measures serve as the final exam for the course, and contribute 20% to the student’s final course grade. Each school district selects a local testing window, based on their local school calendar, from within the state-designated testing window. Middle school students who are enrolled in one or more of these courses are required to take the associated end-of-course (EOC) measure. If enrolled in a mathematics and/or science EOC course, these middle school students will not take the corresponding content area end-of-grade (EOG) measure.

For more information, check out the Georgia Milestones Parent Brochure.

Georgia Milestones

Milestones Resources

Eagle Pride Awards

Students on each team are recognized each 9 weeks for Eagle Pride in Character, Effort, and Academics.

October Student Athlete of the Month

An eighth grader at Madras Middle School, Tanner Hughes is both an academic and athletic standout. His teachers say he is well liked by his peers and works hard academically, always focusing on the task at hand. Head Coach Roy Hitchcock says, “Tanner is a great student athlete. He does everything that is asked of him on and off the field. He truly leads by example. “

A prolific scorer, Tanner ran for six touchdowns early in the season. He contributes his success to all of his former coaches. “I think the coaches I’ve grown up with and have taught me have made me the player I am today.” Tanner has played football for eight years and plays running back and linebacker for the Eagles. In addition to playing football, he is on the Madras Eagles track team and plays baseball. In his spare time he plays both piano and guitar and enjoys watching UGA football, but on Friday nights, he’s cheering on his older brother who plays varsity football at Northgate High School. His ultimate goal this year is to bring the county championship back to Madras
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Office Reminders

Lost and Found: All lost valuables (electronics, money, jewelry, keys) are locked in the front office vault. All other lost and found items are kept on a shelf in the lost and found room inside the computer lab across from the cafeteria. Students may check the lost and found areas during homeroom or with a pass from their teacher.

Transportation Notes: If a student needs to ride a bus other than the assigned bus, the student must bring a note from the parent/guardian with a telephone number for verification. Transportation notes will be accepted in the form of a written letter, an e-mail, or by fax and must be received prior to 3:00 p.m.

Arrival and Dismissal: No student should arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. Students arriving before 8:00 a.m. will report to the cafeteria or gym until they are told to report to homeroom at 8:00 a.m. Students who are not bus riders are encouraged to report to school after 8:00 a.m. and report directly to their homerooms. Students may not remain at school after scheduled dismissal time unless they have prior approval from a staff member who will supervise them or they are a member of a club, athletic team, etc. sponsored by the school. Supervision will only be provided from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Dropping off Lunches or Medication: If a student forgets a lunch at home, parents may drop it off at the front office, and students will be called to pick up their lunch at the beginning of their scheduled lunch time. If a student needs medication, it can be dropped off at any time for the school nurse.

Dropping off Other Items:

Any other item dropped off for students during the school day may be picked up after school. Instruction will not be interrupted for students to pick up items during class. This includes forgotten homework, shoes for PE, projects, etc. Students are responsible for bringing needed materials to class daily. If these items are brought to school during the day, we are happy to make an announcement at the end of the day for your child to pick them up in the front office.

Phone Use: Students are permitted to use a phone in the front office during school hours for emergencies or for illness. Calling home for homework, a school project, or to make arrangements to attend an after school event that wasn't previously arranged ties up phone lines and is not permitted. Students may call home if:

  1. There is a transportation issue,
  2. Lunch or lunch money is needed,
  3. Equipment is needed for after school athletics or activity.
  4. There is a dress code issue.
  5. The student is sick (must call from the clinic under the nurse's supervision).

We appreciate your help in keeping interruptions to a minimum.


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