Titan Talk

December 8, 2017

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BAND MESSAGE FROM MR. WILSON / MENSAJE DE BANDA DEL SR. WILSON:

Parents,

Since school is not in session [Monday, Dec. 11] we will not be able to have the concert. I am talking with Mrs. Smith about a new date that will work with the school calendar. I hope to send an email with details as soon as possible.

Thanks, Todd Wilson
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Padres,

Dado que la escuela no está en sesión [Lunes, 11 de diciembre], no podremos tener el concierto. Estoy hablando con la Sra. Smith sobre una nueva fecha que funcionará con el calendario escolar. Espero enviar un correo electrónico con los detalles lo más pronto posible. Gracias, Todd Wilson

Upcoming Dates...


  • 12/9 - FCA CANCELLED Saturday morning service due to the weather, but will hopefully reschedule soon
  • 12/9 - Robotics Competition - CANCELLED due to weather
  • 12/11 - SCHOOL CANCELLED ON MONDAY, DEC. 11th DUE TO ICE
  • 12/11 - Band Holiday Concert - CANCELLED DUE TO ICE
  • 12/11 - Meet & Greet Author, Donnie Kanter Winokur @ 6 pm (Roswell Library)
  • 12/12 - MHS SGC Mtg @ 7:10 am (MHS Rm.1222)
  • 12/12 - Katie Reeves Community Mtg @ 9:30 am (NWMS)
  • 12/12 - MHS RISING 9th Grade Parent Night @ 6 PM at NORTHWESTERN MIDDLE SCHOOL (not at the high school)
  • 12/13 - RHS SCG Mtg @ 7:15 am (Media Center)
  • 12/13 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am w/ MHS College & Career Speaker - All Students Invited (Media Center)
  • 12/13 - 8th Grade Business & Computer Science - Dress for Success Fashion Show
  • 12/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ HSES @ 9:30 am
  • 12/13 - MHS Orchestra Concert @ 7 pm (MHS Auditorium); Tickets $5 at the door or purchase online here.
  • 12/14 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am in the Media Center
  • 12/15 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 12/15 - Interact Mtg/Holiday Party w/ gift exchange @ 7:45 am (Rm. D-119)
  • 12/15 - DISMISSAL W/THE DADS @ 3:45 PM - Sign Up HERE!
  • 12/18 - Register for Titan Tech Team w/ Ms. Lindesay (Lindesay@fultonschools.org)
  • 12/18 - i-Ready Challenge begins...
  • 12/18 to 12/21 - Final Exams for 8th Graders - Exam Schedule HERE
  • 12/23 to 1/4 - WINTER BREAK - SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 1/15 - i-Ready Challenge ends!

Dates to Note:

MHS RISING 9th GRADE PARENT NIGHT

Dec. 12th @ 6 PM

at NORTHWESTERN MIDDLE SCHOOL

(Note: Change in location - NOT @ the high school)


MHS COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER SPEAKER

Dec. 13th @ 8 AM

Topics: Student Resumes, Tracking Volunteer Hours, Leadership

ALL STUDENTS & PARENTS INVITED!!!

** Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for TOYS FOR TOTS **


DISMISSAL W/THE DADS

Dec. 15th @ 3:45 PM

Sign Up HERE!


WINTER BREAK - SCHOOL CLOSED

Dec. 23 - Jan 4th


i-READY CHALLENGE

Dec. 18 - Jan 15

Complete 440 Minutes of i-Ready Literacy

to be entered into a Raffle for Prizes!


FULTON COUNTY SCHOOLS MAKE-UP DAY

Feb. 16, 2017

Note: ALL FCS will now have school on 2/16/2017

to make up for the school closing during Hurricane Irma

TAKE THE GADOE PARENT CLIMATE SURVEY

★★★★★ ​​ELKINS POINTE IS PROUD TO BE 5-STAR RATED ★★★★★​​

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dear Parents,


Your student is about to embark on something that will be new, challenging, exciting and extremely rewarding. Elkins Pointe Middle School will have an i-Ready Challenge over the winter break. The goal of the challenge is to help students maintain and improve their literacy skills while school is on break.


i-Ready is an online integrated literacy program which personalizes learning for all students. This literacy platform includes the main common core reading domains: phonics, phonological awareness, high frequency words, vocabulary, comprehensive of literature, and comprehension of informational text. The online lessons provide engaging instruction on key skills at your student’s Lexile Level. Students can participate in this challenge using their laptop or a home device; Wi-Fi is required and students logon with their Fulton County student credentials.


As an incentive to our students, we are adding a little excitement to the challenge. Students who complete the i-Ready Challenge will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of four prizes. The drawing will take place in January 2018, and your child will automatically be entered upon completion of the challenge minutes.


We appreciate our parents partnering with us to increase the literacy skills of your children. The details of the i-Ready Challenge are below. Ask your child to show i-Ready on their laptops or on your home device over the weekend!


Stay safe, warm, and enjoy the snow, Titans!


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal
Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

I-Ready Challenge Details

The Challenge: Complete 440 minutes of on task i-Ready usage (or for specified classes a Reading log of 440 minutes). 440 minutes equates to approximately 110 minutes per week. We recommend doing 4 days of 1/2 hour of i-Ready Challenge per week. Once the i-Ready lessons are completed your child will be entered into a raffle. Note: i-Ready does not work on phones or iPads. Your child will want to use their student laptop or a home computer.
  • Start Date – December 18th
  • End Date – January 15th

i-Ready for prizes (Raffle - Choices)

· Movies passes

· SkyZone passes

· Andretti Passes

· Beats earbuds


Question: Need Wi-Fi?

Answer: No Problem! If you don’t have wi-fi or a device we will open the school 4 days during the break to ensure that every student has a chance to enter the raffle. The following locations are available with free wi-fi; however, no transportation will be provided.


Free Wi-Fi Locations:

  • Elkins Pointe MS from10 am – 12 pm on Dec 28th, Dec 29th, Jan 4th, and Jan 5th - 11290 Elkins Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Roswell Public Library from 10 am – 6 pm (Monday – Saturday) - 115 Norcross ST Roswell, GA 30076
  • Dunkin Donuts -775 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • McDonald's - 1465 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Starbucks - 10800 Alpharetta Hwy #312, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Chick-Fil-A - 604 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Krispy Kreme - 10781 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Brunswick Zone Rowell - 785 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

STAY UPDATED ON THE WEATHER...

Fulton County Weather Updates

Fulton County Schools (FCS) recommends staying tuned in to their website, FCS social media accounts, and local news media for updates.

EXPERIENCING HOME ACCESS ISSUE?

If you have been having problems seeing your child's grades on Home Access Center (HAC), sometimes during grading the view gets changes in the system. If you are having trouble seeing classes in HAC:
1) Please sign into HAC
2) Change the view from "Report Card Run 2" to "ALL RUNS" (see example below)
3) Click "Refresh View" on the right side of the screen, and you should see your child's current grades.
Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you to our parents for letting us know about this issue.
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Smart, Happy & Connected!

Smart = Girl Code

Sixth-grade girls can code, too! This week was Computer Science Education Week and students across the nation were challenged to complete an Hour of Code. Students in Ms. Lindesay's Business and Computer Science class explored Hour of Code activities by creating an account and working on lessons in Code.org. On Wednesday, every student at EPMS worked on coding during WINN time.
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#SnowHappy

"Want to Build a Snowman?"

When it snows at school there is one thing to do...and that is to build a snowman of course!


Share your #SnowHappy photos on Twitter or on our Elkins Pointe Facebook page! #SnowMuchFun #TitansBuildSnowman

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Jr. Beta Treats Teachers & Staff for the Holidays!

Jr. Beta Club treated teachers and staff to sweet and savory treats. Thank you to our Jr. Beta Teacher Chair, Ms. Micheaux White, the Jr. Beta and to Mrs. Kari Goldstein for making this happen! Your timing was perfection! Parents, students and our future Titans are invited to sign the "Happy Holiday" card in the atrium to show ♥ to our teachers and staff!
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Connecting with Our Parents!

Thank you to our Onsite Therapist Mariah Danzler for giving a Parent Seminar, "Addressing the Hard Stuff...Self Esteem, Bullying and Communication" this past Wednesday. We are very fortunate to have Ms Danzler as our onsite therapist on Mondays. In January Ms. Danzler is preparing part two of a three-part series for parents. The second seminar will address social media and the third seminar will address anxiety. If you would like to view the video of the Part I, please scroll down to the "FAMILY ENGAGEMENT - TITLE I RESOURCES" section of the newsletter.

Operation Winter Wrap...Interact Club Connects Hungry Kids w/Snacks!

Your Mission...Should YOU Choose to Accept it...is to donate snacks for hungry children and GET YOUR locker wrapped!


The Interact Club Holiday Party and Gift Exchange will take place on December 15th @ 7:45 am in Rm. D-119.

https://youtu.be/faXFIlR95ts
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Things to Know

Wrapping Up 2017...See You in 2018!

This coming week will be the last week Jr. Beta, FCA, Thursday Clubs, Interact, and Titan Morning News Crew will meet in 2017...we will see you in 2018 Clubs!

  • Jr. Beta will host a Special Speaker from the Milton College & Career Center on Wednesday, Dec. 13 @ 8 am in the Media Center - ALL WELCOME!
  • FCA will host their last meeting of 2018 on Thursday, Dec. 14 @ 7:45 am in the Media Center.
  • Thursday Clubs - last Thursday Clubs during club period. Information on 2018 Thursday Clubs will be published in January.
  • Interact Club - will host their last meeting as a Holiday Party w/ gift exchange on Friday, Dec. 15th @ 7:45 am in Rm. D-119!
  • Titan Morning News Crew - Donuts will be served for the news crew before the broadcast on Friday, Dec. 15th @ 8 am in the Media Center. All news crew members dress in your finest, because we will also be taking "head shots" for the 2018 opener and discussing new possible segments. Note: The Titan Morning News Crew will do the pledge and abbreviated announcements during finals week.
Speaker from Milton College & Career Center - 12/13

On Dec. 13th at 8 am in the Media Center, Jr. Beta has invited a Speaker from the Milton High School College & Career Center to come speak to ALL students.


The College & Career Center presentation will cover the following topics:

  1. "Student Profile" (a.k.a. student resume) - How to complete the "Student Profile" (high school resume). Our speaker will talk about student objectives. Students will be able to see the questions on the "Student Profile," and complete their own profile using a mock link.
  2. Tracking Volunteer Hours - Learn how to track volunteer hours for college applications.
  3. Being Leaders by Championing Volunteer Opportunites for Connection to the Community and Personal Growth - Volunteer organizations, clubs, sports, and extra-curricular activities will present opportunities for students to pick the volunteer opportunities that are meaningful to the students.


The Jr. Beta Meeting is open to ALL students. We welcome and encourage ALL students to come to this important talk. 8th-grade students are especially encouraged to attend this meeting. Parents are welcome to attend this meeting. Q & A will only be open to students due to time constraints.

Dress for Success - 12/13

Would you like to be a judge? The fashion show begins at 12:34 p.m. and another at 1:27 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13th, in Room A152! Yes, we're back for our 8th Grade Business & Computer Science Fashion Show Extraaaaaaaavaaaaaaaaagaaaaaaaaanza!

We're looking to pick the best-dressed male and female dressed for a job interview. If you think you can do that, then please e-mail Ms. Lindesay at lindesay@fultonschools.org...and she will save you a front row seat.

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Dads Day December Dismissal - 12/15

On Friday, December 15th, we will have our second Dad’s Day where our Dads Club will be helping with carpool during dismissal. The time will be from 3:45-4:15. So put on your holiday hats and come help Mr. Will Jones with afternoon dismissal! Dads, you were a BIG HIT in November! Our students really enjoyed having you there to usher them out in style! Please sign up using this link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0548A4A822A64-carpool
Exam Week Schedule - 12/18 to 12/21
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TIS the Season for Titan Giving...Fa, la, la...Laaaa!

Operation Winter Wrap - Interact Club - Send in Snacks for Hungry Children!

The Interact Club is collecting snacks and breakfast food for hungry students and families in our Roswell Community. Please send in donation items to room D-119, and Interact Club will wrap your locker!


The Interact Holiday Party and Gift Exchange will take place on December 15th @ 7:45 am in Rm. D-119.

Toy for Tots Drive - Jr. Beta Club 12/5 - 12/15

Jr. Beta will be hosting a Toys For Tots drive through December 15th. Toy collection barrels is located in the Atrium. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Micheaux White @ whitem4@fultonschools.org.

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Be a Copy Paper Elf...Shhhh....

Shhhhh....if you would like to be a Copy Paper Elf, send a pack of copy paper to a teacher or the school! Please have your child secretly drop off the package of copy paper in the teacher's classroom OR leave it at the front desk with Miss Denise and Miss Ainara. The front office will deliver the paper to the teachers' mailbox! Be sure to write a Secret Holiday Greeting (i.e. "Here's a Special Delivery from Your Copy Paper Elf") on the outside of the package. Copy Paper Elf is brought to you by your Title I Parent Liaison, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles! Shhhhh...it's a secret!

Thank You From Mr. Will Jones!

Our families opened their hearts and help us reach our goal to feed hungry children in Roswell. Our Titan families are a blessing to our community, and Mr. Will Jones wants to say, "Thank you from the bottom of his heart" for helping to fully fund Donors Choice.

Learn to Love ♥ Lexile Levels

Next @ Parent University...

"Learn to Love ♥ Lexile Levels!"

​​Media Specialist Jennifer Newman and Data Specialist Bronwyn Snell will FB LIVE video information on Lexile Levels in the Library and explain how they pertain to the Georgia Milestones, CCRPI, the GA State Standards. This parent training will be posted to the Parent Resource tab on the Elkins Pointe website.

Stay tuned for "Learn to Love ♥ Lexile Levels!"

Learn About Lexile Levels! Understanding Lexile® Measures

The Lexile® Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to measuring both reading ability and the text complexity of reading materials on the same developmental scale.

Educators use Lexile measures to match students with text, putting them on the path to success in school, college, and careers.

Lexile measures make it easy for educators to:

  • Personalize learning.
  • Measure student growth.
  • Communicate with parents about their child’s progress.


Question: Where can I find my child’s Lexile Measure?

Answer: The Lexile score is provided for students on their Georgia Milestones Assessment results on the ELA assessment. For further reading, please refer to the www.gadoe.org site.


Question: How will my child know which library books are best suited for their Lexile Measure?

Answer: In the Media Center, most of the fiction books have a small, colored round sticker on the spine of the book that indicates the Lexile Range. All your child needs to know is their range and then match it up to the color on the book’s spine. You find their range by adding 50 to their reported Lexile Measure and then subtracting 100 from the reported Lexile Measure. This range represents the boundaries between the easiest reading material that still challenges and the hardest level at which he/she can read independently.

For example, Susie’s Individual Student Report shows her Lexile Measure is 450L. Her range would be 350L – 500L. Books and other reading material should stay in this range to ensure a 75% reading comprehension level.

in the community

Meet & Greet Roswell Author Donnie Kanter Winokur - 12/11

Join #1 Bestselling - Roswell Author, Donnie Kanter Winokur, on Monday, December 11th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Roswell Library (115 Norcross Street Roswell 30075). Donnie will speak about her new memoir, “CHANCER – How One Good Boy Saved Another” and demonstrate commands with their service dog. Books will be available for sale with Donnie signing your copy. Tell your friends about this free event!

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Invitation from the MHS Orchestra - 12/13

All Titan families are invited to attend the Milton High School Orchestra's Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 18th @ 7 PM in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door or can be purchased ahead at here.

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THINGS IN THE NEW YEAR...2018!

Technology Competition - 1/27

Get ready, techies! This year's FCS Technology Competition will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA. If you have a project that can represent our school, please e-mail Ms. Lindesay at Lindesay@fultonschools.org and schedule a time to show what you have created. Ms. Lindesay is available after-school to assist and prep students to be judged. Only a limited number of participants can represent the grade levels in each category, so act fast to see if your project will get you on this year’s Titan Tech Team.


Ms. Lindesay would love to have the Tech Team finalized before the Christmas Break in order to meet the county’s registration deadline when we return from the break.


Here is a list of the categories for the competition:

3-D MODELING
ANIMATION

AUDIO PRODUCTION
DEVICE MODIFICATION

DIGITAL GAME DESIGN
DIGITAL PHOTO PRODUCTION

GRAPHIC DESIGN

INTERNET APPLICATIONS
MOBILE APPS
MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS
PRODUCTIVITY DESIGN
PROJECT PROGRAMMING
ROBOTICS
TECH PROGRAMMING CHALLENGE
VIDEO PRODUCTION

Check out the Technology Competition’s website at

http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/acd/learnteach/Pages/Technology-Competition.aspx for more information on the categories.

Make-Up Day for Elkins Pointe Middle School - 2/16

Fulton County Schools announced it will make-up one of the three school days missed as a result of Hurricane Irma on February 16th. The 16th of February was originally a holiday for students and staff. All Fulton County Schools were closed from September 11th -13th due to widespread power outages throughout the county. Fulton County is permitted to excuse the two days which the Governor declared of a State of Emergency, but has scheduled 2/16/2017 as an instructional day to make-up for the additional day.

Titans Got Talent Expo! - 2/12

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER because the Elkins Pointe Talent Expo is coming to a Stage near you … The PTSA and the Drama Club are proud to present “Titans’ Got Talent!” for a one-night-only Show on Friday, April 13th! This is a talent "showcase", NOT a contest, so don't be shy and join in on the FUN!


Talent/Act submission forms will be available soon in Titan Talk and on the PTSA website. Students wanting to participate will be required to turn-in this "Act Proposal" Form on Feb. 21/22 at the after-school meetings to go over the details of the act and what will be needed on stage for the performance. In addition, if you have dreams of being the Show’s Emcee, announcing each act with your own flair, you will have the opportunity to audition for that role at the Feb 21/22 meetings.


So, please start brainstorming what talents you would like to share on stage with your Elkins Pointe community at the Talent Expo, and have your proposal ready for submission by February 21st. Any questions, please direct to Jennifer Rodman, jcrodman@yahoo.com.

TRANSITION INFORMATION

High School Level Art Offered @ EPMS

Elkins Pointe Middle School is excited to offer Intro to Art for high school credit to our 8th graders. This course is designed for 8th graders who are interested in pursuing art at the high school level. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to many aspects of visual art, including but not limited to: art as personal communication, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, design, aesthetics, careers, art criticism, and art history. At the conclusion of Intro to Art, students will have acquired the foundation to continue into any visual art pathway at the high school level as they will earn .5 of a high school credit. We have a few spots open for Intro to Art next semester (5th Period), 8th-grade students only.


If your 8th-grade child would like take high school Intro to Art, please email Mrs. Suckow at Suckow@fultonschools.org.

MHS RISING 9th GRADE PARENT NIGHT - 12/12 @ 6 pm (Northwestern MS)

The Milton High School Counseling Department is hosting a "Rising 9th-grade Parent Middle School Perspective" on Dec. 12th at 6:00 pm at Northwestern Middle School. Please make a note on your calendar if you have an 8th-grade child who will be attending Milton High School next school year. l Parents of future Eagles should sign-up for the Eagle Update to stay current with transition meetings at MHS.


Mark your calendar for these Milton High School Transition dates:

  • December 12th: Rising 9th-grade Parent–Middle School Perspective @ 6 pm.
  • January 30th: Rising 9th Grade Parent Night
  • March 29th: Elkins Point MS tour Milton (for students only)



To sign up for the Milton High School newsletter, click here.

JOIN PTSA HERE

JOIN & DONATE to "Beyond the Classroom" Campaign!

Things for parents

GADOE SURVEY LINKS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & TEACHERS/STAFF

The school climate surveys for the 2017-2018 school year officially opened on Monday, October 2, 2017, and will remain open through Friday, March 2, 2018.



The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) requires 100% participation from students, teachers, and parents. 100% participation helps our school score points on GADOE's College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).



SURVEY TAKES ONLY (5) FIVE MINUTES!

If you want to see how we are doing in participation, click here.

For More Info on the GADOE Climate Surveys, click here.

HELP EARN MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL BY SHOPPING!
  • Box Tops for Education: Clip Box Top labels from participating products. Collect them in a baggie and turn into the front office collection box. Box Tops for our next submission are due by October 18. Each Box Top is worth .10 - schools can earn thousands of dollars through this program! See full list of products here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.


  • Amazon Smiles: Ordering from Amazon? Go to https://smile.amazon.com and choose to support Elkins Pointe MS PTSA. A portion of all your purchases will be sent to the school!



  • Kroger Community Rewards: Link your Kroger Plus card to Elkins Pointe at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Kroger will donate a percent of purchases back to the school. (You must re-enroll your card each year after Aug 1.)

  • Publix Partners: Pick up a key ring card in the office, have it scanned at the register each time you check out. Publix will donate a percent of purchases. Give cards to your family and friends too! (Most Publix stores have these at the registers too, if you don't carry one with you - just ask.)


  • Office Depot/Office Max Give Back to Schools: Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide our school ID at checkout, and Elkins will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies. Our school code is 70118601 - enter it for online purchases, or ask to look up Elkins Pointe at the register in stores too. You can also submit an order or receipt info after the fact at http://www.officedepot.com/backtoschool/display.do if you forget during purchase!

❤️ Volunteer ❤️

Dads Wanted for Dads Club

Calling for Dad’s to join our Dad’s Club. We did receive some signups during "Get Connected Night." Any dad interested and wanting to get more information can contact Mr. Will Jones at jonesw3@fultonschools.org or 470-254-8366.


Sign-Up Here or below to join Dads Club!!

Click on the links below to access a SignUpGenius or email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org to find out how you can get involved.



School Store Help Needed!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-school3


  • PLEASE NOTE: YOU NEED TO COMPLETE A 10 MINUTE TRAINING PRIOR TO WORKING IN THE STORE! MARYANNE CODELLI CAN BE REACHED AT MACODE@BELLSOUTH.NET FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Addressing the Hard Stuff...Self-Esteem, Bullying, Conflict Resolution & Communication

Onsite Therapist Mariah Danzler, Summit Counseling Group, presentation.

Below is the video of the Parent Seminar and the PowerPoint Presentation (click here).
https://youtu.be/ZtQq9v85MJA

QUICK REFERENCE

Lunch & Breakfast - FCS Nutrition Program

ORDER SPIRIT-WEAR HERE!

Select your favorite design by name Select your t-shirt color Enter your name, payment etc. Your order will be delivered to school to your advisement teacher Please make sure you include your students’ name and 1st period teacher.

Calendar DATES

Please Note: Upcoming dates are subject to change & some dates may not be included.

Upcoming Dates for January 2018...

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Fulton County Updates

Fulton County Schools (FCS) recommends staying tuned in to their website, FCS social media accounts, and local news media for updates.

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