Coleman Middle School Newsletter, 3/12
Coleman Middle School will become a student-focused community which promotes life-long learning and real-world problem solving through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in a global learning community.
The mission of Coleman Middle School is to provide students with rigorous and innovative learning opportunities using Project / Problem Based Learning (PBL) which promote collaboration, critical thinking, community, and creativity.
The following was e-mailed to all GCPS parents and staff on March 10
Dear Families of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students and Staff Members,
The reported spread of COVID-19 in the United States continues to be a concern for us all. As predicted, this remains a very fluid situation and Gwinnett County Public Schools continues its work to ensure it has the best information and is prepared to take appropriate actions based on the guidance received from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Gwinnett County Health Department and the Georgia Department of Education.
At this time, our health partners indicate the overall risk to the general public remains low and there has been no guidance indicating a need to cancel school in Gwinnett. Should there be a confirmed case in Gwinnett involving a student or staff member, the school district would receive and follow updated guidance on what actions it would need to take.
That said, we understand that reports and rumors about potential cases in the metro-Atlanta area prompt uneasiness, concerns, and questions. Unfortunately, there are a lot of rumors and misinformation circulating. At times like this, it is important to rely on our health partners for information and guidance on what steps to take to minimize the spread of illness. With that in mind, families are encouraged to refer to the CDC website or the Gwinnett County Health Department website for the latest information regarding this illness and to the GCPS website for updated information regarding GCPS’ response.
Our school district’s response continues to focus on minimizing the risk to students, employees, and families while keeping disruptions to instruction to a minimum. In addition, we are committed to keeping our stakeholders informed about the steps GCPS is taking to address COVID-19 concerns.
- As has been shared previously, we continue to educate about the importance of frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and the need to stay home if one is ill.
- In addition, our custodians have reviewed proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures and are paying particular attention to high-touch surfaces (like doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.). If there should be a suspected case at a local school, GCPS would follow the Health Department’s guidance regarding additional cleaning measures.
- GCPS continues to monitor travel advisories and will update its enrollment/attendance procedures according to the CDC guidance. At this time, that guidance only affects those returning from travel outside the United States from identified Level 3 areas experiencing widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. (As of March 10, 2020, this includes China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy.)
- We continue to receive daily updates from the Gwinnett County Health Department, and they would communicate with us about any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. At that point, the district would receive guidance on what county health professionals felt was best to do.
- GCPS has updated guidance to schools regarding student field trips and school-related travel and work-related travel by employees. (Find this information and other updates on the district’s webpage about COVID-19.)
- GCPS is surveying students and their families to determine the level of online access in preparation for Digital Learning Day (DLD) options. In addition, teachers are reviewing DLD procedures with students just as we do when there is the possibility of a DLD due to inclement weather.
GCPS is committed to working with our health partners to monitor this situation and will provide updates as often as necessary. This is an uncertain time and we thank our stakeholders in advance for working with us to keep all of our students and staff healthy and safe. Please go to the GCPS website for tips on how to keep families healthy. And, remember, andy student or staff member who experiences flu-like symptoms cannot be a school. Individuals must be fever-free without the aid of medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
PROGRESS REPORTS COMING HOME TODAY!
Students received their 9-week progress report today. We have only 9 weeks until grades are FINAL in May. Please take a moment this weekend to review all of this information with your child.
Please note - we are NOT using report card envelopes this year. Please keep all documents at home and remember they are always accessible through the parent portal.
We appreciate your support!
6th grade needs your HELP!
Sixth graders will be creating an art product for quarter 4 PBL using recycled materials. Please consider saving and collecting the following items as soon as possible. You may send them with your student to school or drop them off at the front office. We will continuously be collecting these items from now until April 17th. Please make sure that the items sent in are clean and dry. In addition, do not feel obligated to purchase any materials as this goes against the purpose of students using recycled materials.
Toilet tissue rolls
Paper towel rolls
Other clean recyclable materials
Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation Gala - April 17!
The DCSF Board is pleased to announce that our Annual Gala is returning on Friday, April 17, 2020 from 7pm until 10 pm. The Gala will be held at the Berkeley Hills Country Club and promises to be a lovely night of good food and music and will be a prime opportunity for relationship building between schools and the Duluth community. All proceeds support the Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation and Duluth Cluster Schools!
Thank you to our 2019-2020 Business Partners!
Amy Fuchs I FamilyHomesGa
Call or Text me at 404.439.1031
Amy Fuchs I FamilyHomesGa
Call or Text me at 404.439.1031
4895 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, #104
Norcross, GA 30092
Academic Center for Excellence
3195 Buford Hwy Duluth GA 30097
Jimmy John's Subs
3631 Peachtree Industrial BLVD, Duluth GA
Catering: April Woodard email@example.com
The Local Pantry
2715 Buford Highway
Duluth, Ga 30096
Business 678 682 8340
Cell 678 367 8253
The Whitlock Insurance Group
3300 Breckinridge Blvd Suite 200
Duluth, GA 30096
Business Partnerships/Friends of Coleman
Do you know of a business that might be interested in becoming a business partner? Business Partnerships begin at $100 as well.
Partnership proceeds go directly to the classroom to support PBL projects, technology initiatives, and other innovations!
Who to contact & When
Our Assistant Principal Contact Info...
Kim Booth, 6th grade, Kim.Booth@gcpsk12.org
Jamie Larkin, 7th grade, Jamie.Larkin@gcpsk12.org
Jennifer Dunn, 8th grade, Jennifer.Dunn@gcpsk12.org
Save the Date - Important Dates for Your Calendar
March 13 - Student Holiday
March 16 - Spring Pictures
March 17 - 20 - Quarter 3 Interim Exams
PTA Meet Up - STAY CONNECTED - WE NEED YOU!
May 1, 10 am