SMS Jaguars: Happy September!

Month 2: September 1-30 (Week 4-8)

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Sandtown MS Clubs/Athletics Showcase: Tuesday, September 28

The ATHLETICS & CLUBS Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28.


Click here to view the Access Map. Please use this link to access the active map. You may also use the QR Code to access the map.


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PBIS Kick-Off is this week!

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All Students Will Participate in Remote Learning: 9/13-9/20

Alert: Important Message from Fulton County Schools-All Scholars are ASSIGNED REMOTE UNTIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.

The District has decided to put the ALL GRADE LEVELS at Sandtown Middle School in remote learning starting on Monday September 13, 2021 through Monday, September 20, 2021 returning to face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, based on the FCS closing matrix.


All students will use Remote Learning during this time. Teachers whose classes have been impacted have been notified by FCS and Public Health. Staff and Fulton County Board of Health are monitoring the COVID numbers. If the conditions warrant further action, more information will be provided.


Technology-Student Support:

Students with devices should call the SD for support 470 254-HELP. If the SD can’t resolve the issue, they will schedule an appointment at our hub at Global Impact Academy.

ASSIGNED REMOTE: JOIN CLASS VIA TEAMS

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A Fly High Balloon Release: Saturday, TBA.-This event will be rescheduled due to remote learning.

Rescheduled Date: TBD/rescheduled due to remote learning

Sandtown Highlights! An Excellent Place to Learn & Grow!

Our Mission

Success for Every Student!


Our Vision


We will prepare scholars for success by establishing a mutually respectful culture that promotes high expectations, academic achievement, and personal growth.

We will develop scholars' self-awareness, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. We will prepare scholars to leave ready to pursue and succeed on their chosen paths.

We will provide our faculty and staff members a special place to pursue the art and science of teaching. We will provide teachers with experiences that deepen their skills and be a place where careers can flourish.

We will enhance education by setting an example as an effective, safe and accountable school by constantly investing in ways to become better at our craft. We will share our learning with colleagues in the field of education.


"Success & Nothing Less: Jaguar Excellence!"

Jaguar's Quote:

“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”— Oprah Winfrey

Always Remember: "In the Middle"

Middle school is more than just a grade configuration, Lounsbury explains: "It doesn't matter whether a child is in a K through 8th grade school or a 6th through 8th grade school. It doesn't matter if students wear uniforms, or if boys are taught separately from girls. It's how they're taught that makes the difference." Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in the presence of a "tween" — a term commonly applied to kids falling between the ages of 8 and 13 knows this is true. Middle schoolers are a diverse, unpredictable group. Brazen and cocky one minute, timid and self-doubting the next; bored and self-conscious one day, excited and inquisitive the next — they ride the proverbial rollercoaster of emotions, abilities, and needs.

From the Desk of the Principal:

Month 2: September


Hello Sandtown Family,


There are times when words are difficult to find. This perhaps is one of the times when I am struggling to find the right words. Our team’s showing of support and dedication are worth recognition and celebration. Our team works tirelessly for our scholars. I am often told how great our teachers are, and I know the sentiments shared are factual. When a member of our team no longer walks through the doors alongside us, there is an automatic void. We push forward for our scholars, but it does not erase the feeling of loss. Our team will begin reading a book entitled, Permission To Feel (Marc Brackett, Ph.D.).


It is my hope that our team will use the resource to unlock the power of emotions to help our kids, ourselves and our society thrive. September is a month to celebrate self-care, and I think we are most in need of self care; as individuals and as a team!


During this time of bereavement for our team, I ask that our parents find a moment to encourage self-care for our teachers. Here are a few ways you can support your scholar’s teacher during a difficult time.


  • Write a thank-you note!

  • Send scented candles; self-care candles

  • Prepare a self-care treat (water, healthy snacks, etc)

  • Recommend calming trinkets

  • Encourage self-care

  • Send a special email


Thank you for all that you do to support our teachers!


Your Partner in Education,


Principal Miley


Please always remember: “You are so awesome! You are so amazing! Your students need you and you are making a difference in their lives. Keep on teaching, Teachers! Keep on leading, Leaders! Keep on supporting, Support Staff! Keep on parenting, Parents! Keep on making and being the difference!”



Principal Miley

September Awareness!

National Self-Care Awareness Month

National Suicide Awareness Month

National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Month

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Monthly Updates: Please check back weekly for updates

6th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level.

7th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level.

8th Grade Website

Grade Level Matters Click here to review specific information for your scholar's grade level.

Click here to Join PTSA

PTSA Membership Hub: Our goal is to have 100% of our parents and 100% of our staff members to be a part of PTSA! One Jaguar Family!

What are Late-Start Days?

All schools will participate in a total of six Late Start Mondays. Schools will reserve the time for collaborative work in PLC's and job-embedded professional learning. The research is clear: The research is clear: when teachers plan and collaborate about student progress, students benefit. Late Start Mondays will not impact the regularly scheduled arrival or breakfast times for students. We encourage parents to use this time to create additional bonding time with your scholar. Consider a shared breakfast, dialogue and discussion and an opportunity to review with your scholar their grades and progress. Let's make our Late Start Mondays an impactful time for our scholars!


Monday, September 20, 2021 (Remote Learning)


On-Site Late Reporting Schedule

  • Grade 6 will report to the cafeteria

  • Grade 7 and 8 will report to the gym

  • Car riders may arrive (8:25-9:55 a.m.)

Sandtown MS Virtual Club/Athletic Showcase: Let's Get Involved! This is a Virtual Event-September 28

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Annual Title I Meeting, Immediately following is the PTSA Meeting


Annual Title I Meeting: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.

Please join us for our Annual Title-1 Meeting. Please reference the flyer for more information.

Click here to join the meeting

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PTSA Meeting: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.

Please join PTSA for their first meeting. The meeting is virtual only.

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Thank you for attending the Annual Title One Meeting. Please reference the presentation from this evening's meeting. If you were not able to complete the evaluation link, please be sure to complete the link as soon as possible.



Annual Title One Meeting Presentation

Evaluation Link

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Community Meeting: Monday, September 27, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m.

Franchesca Warren w/ Kimberly Dove

9/27/2021

6:00 p.m.

Camp Creek MS

Help us name our Jaguar!

We are trying to decide on a name for our Jaguar. All scholars will have an opportunity to vote on the name of our Jaguar. Our incoming 6th grade scholars will formally meet Jock the Jaguar during their Career Awareness class. However, that's really not his name. It's time to officially name our mascot! Stay tuned for the selections! Your vote matters!

Click here for our SMS One Pager: A Quick Glance for Support!

Services Request Form: Student Services Support

Does your scholar need additional support? If so, please complete the Student Services Form!



  • Purpose for Request
  • Speak with a Counselor (Bataille or Goodson)
  • Speak with Ms. White (IST)
  • Locker Information (Swift)

Welcome Back! All Things Back-to-School!

SANDTOWN OPERATING HOURS

Student Arrival: 8:25 a.m.


  • Students are not permitted to wait outside of the building without supervision; students must remain in their vehicles, if dropped off, until 8:25 a.m. No students are permitted on campus prior to approved student arrival times.

Student Dismissal: 4:05 p.m.


  • Dismissal begins promptly at 4:05 p.m. Early checkouts must occur prior to 3:20 p.m. Students are engaged in final lessons and close-out activities during the last 45 minutes of school, and may not be checked out after 3:20 p.m. Parents are encouraged to ensure proper planning is in place for dismissal


UNIFORM POLICY 2021-2022

*Uniforms are highly encouraged to wear to school every day; Wednesday are Friday of each week are spirit days!

  • The standard school uniform consists of a polo top and khaki shorts or pants. A logo patch is optional, but are not required

    • Khaki bottoms are preferred with uniform tops, however, jeans are allowed to be worn with uniform tops, as well. *No frayed or ripped jeans are allowed*

To alleviate re-purchasing uniforms each year, we will adhere to the three- year/grade level uniform trend. Your scholar will wear the same uniform top color throughout their middle school career.

  • Sixth Grade: Royal Blue/Khaki

  • Seventh Grade: Black/Khaki

  • Eighth Grade: Gray/Khaki

  • Uniforms are worn on Monday – Thursday.
  • Wednesday is College Day! Students may wear a college shirt!
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear and Free Dress Day. ****


ABSOLUTELY NO SHREDDED, RIPPED OR FRAYED JEANS/JACKETS ARE ALLOWED. *NO CROP TOPS OR TANK TOPS ALLOWED.


Uniform Vendors: Walmart, Old Navy, Brandhouse Ink, WearMe

*All vendors are independent vendors; Sandtown does not endorse a specific vendor; Several vendors may be present during Open House/Sneak-A-Peek!

WE Wear Uniforms!

8th Grade: Grey

7th Grade: Black

6th Grade Royal Blue


*Logo available at WearMe and Brandhouse Ink.

Ready, Set, Go...Fill Up Your Cart!!!

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Middle School Supply List: Standard/Non-Specific

Additional supply requests, by content will be shared during our Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 01.


  • Backpack

  • Lunch bag

  • #2 Pencils

  • Eraser

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Pens

  • Highlighters

  • Markers

  • 12 inch Ruler

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • USB Flash Drive

  • TI Calculator

  • Ruled Index Cards

  • Folders

  • One Subject Spiral Notebooks

  • Composition Notebook

  • Loose Leaf Filler Paper Wide Rule

  • 3 Ring Binder or Zipper Binder

  • 3 Ring Binder Hole Punch

  • Tabbed Dividers

#1: Car-Rider Information

CAR-RIDER INFORMATION: REGISTER FOR YOUR CAR-TAG

All students who are currently assigned a car-rider number will retain their current car rider number for the new school year; tags will be placed in the car window for a more efficient car-rider process.


New car riders must have a registration form on file. This year, we kindly request all parents to complete the online form. The process is very simple and will allow for a more effective process. Please complete the car-rider registration form online and someone from our office will email you with your confirmed car-rider tag information. Please allow 2-3 days to receive your scholar's car rider number.


Car rider tags will arrive very soon. Please place the car rider tag on your rearview mirror once received.


Click here to register for a new car-rider number

Need information on your car rider registration; contact our Student Services Office: Click Here

#2: Here Comes The Bus

  • Download the App Today!

    "Here Comes the Bus" is a free, easy-to-use website and app that enables you to see the location of your child’s school bus on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. This way, you know when the bus is near your stop, so you can send your child out at just the right time. No more worrying about whether your child has missed the bus!



Program FAQs

  • How do I sign up?

    1. Download the Here Comes The Bus app on Google Play or the Apple App Store or visit www.herecomesthebus.com.
    2. Click the "Sign Up" button
    3. Enter school code: 87428
    4. Click "Next" followed by "Confirm"
    5. Complete the "User Profile" box
    6. Under "My Students," click "Add." Enter your child's last name and student ID number
    7. Once you confirm you information, you're ready to go!

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#3: THE SWAG CART: Fill Up Your Carts! Lockers, Grade Level Fees, etc.

The SWAG CART: Fill up your cart! Make one payment using OSP, Online School Payments, by filling up your cart. OSP will open on July 15, 2021

  • Lockers: $20

Locker payments are $20/locker. The fee includes locker fee rental for the year, general maintenance, cleaning, and all associated service fees. Rental fees for lockers are non-refundable. Parents who have submitted their payment prior to August 8-scholars will receive locker assignments during the first week of school. August 9-13. All payments submitted after August 08, please allow 1-3 days to receive your locker assignment. Lockers assignments are based on classroom assignments. Please remain patient!

  • 6th Grade Fee: $35
  • 7th Grade Fee: $50
  • 8th Grade Fee: $75


Locker Recommendation

We highly encourage purchasing a locker shelf to organize items within the lockers for our scholars. The school does not sell the locker shelves, however, they may be purchased from Walmart or Target. See the link for an example: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lockermate-12-inch-Stac-a-shelf-Wire-Locker-Shelf-Pink/605020719

Online School Payments

Click here to pay for your scholars school-based fees: Lockers, Grade Level Fees, Extracurricular activities & more. OSP is operational throughout the school year and may have fees added as they are due for all departments.

#4: Uniforms

*Uniforms are highly encouraged to wear to school every day; Wednesday are Friday of each week are spirit days!

  • The standard school uniform consists of a polo top and khaki shorts or pants. A logo patch is optional, but are not required

    • Khaki bottoms are preferred with uniform tops, however, jeans are allowed to be worn with uniform tops, as well. *No frayed or ripped jeans are allowed*

To alleviate re-purchasing uniforms each year, we will adhere to the three- year/grade level uniform trend. Your scholar will wear the same uniform top color throughout their middle school career.

  • Sixth Grade: Blue/Khaki

  • Seventh Grade: Black/Khaki

  • Eighth Grade: Gray/Khaki

  • Uniforms are worn on Monday – Thursday.
  • Wednesday is College Day! Students may wear a college shirt!
  • Every Friday is Spirit Wear and Free Dress Day. ****


ABSOLUTELY NO SHREDDED, RIPPED OR FRAYED JEANS/JACKETS ARE ALLOWED. *NO CROP TOPS OR TANK TOPS ALLOWED.


Uniform Vendors: Walmart, Old Navy, Brandhouse Ink, WearMe

*All vendors are independent vendors; Sandtown does not endorse a specific vendor; Several vendors may be present during Open House/Sneak-A-Peek!

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#5: Student Code of Conduct

What is the Code of Conduct? The Fulton County Student Code of Conduct and Discipline Handbook contains some vital information that will help your child understand the expectations of the Fulton County School District.


Who Needs to Sign? All students above 10 years of age and their parents, guardians, or other person having control or charge of the child is asked to sign acknowledging receipt of the Code of Conduct and Student Handbook.

Student Code of Conduct Signature Page

Who Needs to Sign? All students above 10 years of age and their parents, guardians, or other person having control or charge of the child is asked to sign acknowledging receipt of the Code of Conduct and Student Handbook.

Fulton County School District: Volunteer Registration

Volunteer Registration- All persons interested in volunteering in the Fulton County School District must complete an application every two years. Even if a person has completed an application in the past. To keep in compliance with State Law and best practices. All volunteers MUST renew their volunteer application, by starting over from new this school year. The registration process can be found on the FCSD District Website under Community / Partners and Volunteers. Or Click Here. In accordance with State Law, all volunteers must be current with the Child Abuse Reporting Protocol Training before being allowed to volunteer in our schools. All applicants must wait 24 hours after applying for application processing. Applicants should be prepared to spend about 10-15 minutes for the training and application process. It is very important that volunteers enter their full legal name as it appears on government issued ID. Please do not use nicknames or goes by names on the application.

Important School Documents

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#4: Before Care & After Care

1. The mission of APEC After School Enrichment Program is to provide meaningful programming for school age children during out of school times. We accomplish this by using a holistic approach to child development that involves enrichment of the mind, body and spirit through academic, physical and social development. We strategically collaborate with the schools and the community to provide unsurpassed support for the children and families we serve.



APEC After School Enrichment @ Sandtown Middle School

Before Care Only

5400 Campbellton Road Atlanta GA 30331Office: 404-287-9709

Email: Sandtown@APECprep.com

After School Enrichment – Constructive programming for children including homework assistance and recreational activities.

APEC Sandtown on Facebook!

Register Here

Pay Tuition Online


2. Future Foundation After School Program

After Care

Students receive: academic support, tutoring, homework help, college readiness support, opportunities to learn from professionals, field trips, enrichments activities, daily time to connect with friends and practice healthy habits.


This is a free program. We are currently enrolling 6th-12th graders at participating Fulton County Schools. Transportation, snacks, and meals are provided.

Program Dates: 8.16.21 - 5.27.22


Demarquez Grissom Sandtown MS

(404) 914-4294

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FCS Student Meal Prices

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Fulton County Schools: Master Calendar

Click here to view FCS's Master Calendar!

Sandtown Middle School's Parent View Calendar

Click here to view school events!

Online School Payments: Sandtown Middle School

Click here to pay for your scholars school-based fees: Lockers, Grade Level Fees, Extracurricular activities & more. OSP is operational throughout the school year and may have fees added as they are due for all departments.

Title-I Schoolwide Plan-FY22

Title I is a federally funded program designed to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, & significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education & reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic standards and assessments.

Sandtown Middle School: VIEW the SCHOOL-FAMILY COMPACT

SMS students participating in the Title I, Part A program, and their families, agree that this compact outlines how the parents/guardians, the entire school staff, students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.

Parent & Family Engagement Plan (PFEP)

Sandtown’s Parent and Family Engagement Plan describes how we will support the important role parents have in the education of their students. We build capacity for parent engagement by establishing an equal partnership.

FCS: Student Code of Conduct

This year, the District is making its Student Code of Conduct & Discipline Handbook (the Handbook) available online and via email. If you would like a paper copy of the Handbook, please contact Student Services.

Sandtown Middle School: Parent & Student Handbook FY22

The (Coronavirus) outbreak is an ongoing, rapidly developing situation. Sandtown Middle reserves the right to adjust information within our handbook to ensure adherence to federal, state/local health organization guidance and government mandates.

Access to Class Link

Q: What is ClassLink (Launchpad)? A single sign-on platform that will allow you to use your FCS username and password to access everything you need. Classlink (Launchpad) delivers instant access to your web resources from all your devices.

TAG and Continuous Achievement Information

The Fulton County Board of Education supports our mission statement that each child should be given the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.

SMS Athletics Department: Complete all required forms

Community Resources: Please review our Community Resources Section