The Taylor Road Messenger
Monday, March 14, 2016
A Message from the Principal
TRMS Community Member,
I am very excited to introduce a special group of Taylor Road students! As part of our path to Personalized Learning, 10 students were selected to serve as iSchool Advocates, excelling in both technology and communication. We received a number applications from 6th and 7th graders which were scored using a rubric provided by iSchool Initiative. Our advocates are Delaney Foil, Sebastian Haines, John Hoover, Hanah Hwang, Haroon Khan, Krish Kotadia, Sanjna Rukkannagari, Kate Shemwell, Colette Whitney, and Varun Vijay. The TRMS Advocate team, along with their advisor Dana Bennett, participated in three days of iSchool Initiative Advocate training where they focused on public speaking, project management, technology, and team building. This dynamic group will be involved in the technology deployment as we roll out mobile devices to each middle school student in the 2016-2017 school year. For more information about the advocate program, please visit http://www.ischoolinitiative.com/advocates/.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mark Your Calendar! Upcoming Events
3/15: Linda McCain Community Meeting 9:30 AM
3/17: Dominos Pizza Night
3/18: Spring Pictures
3/19: Fulton County Middle School Track and Field Meet 9:00 AM
3/21: *TO BE RESCHEDULED* Johns Creek Police Cyber Safety Parent Meeting
3/22: Jr. Beta Induction Ceremony 6:30 PM
3/23: SGC Elections Open
3/25: Jostens Internet Safety School Visit
TRMS & CHS International Night
The annual Taylor Rd MS & Chattahoochee HS International Night will be held on March 18 at 6:00 in the Chattahoochee HS auditorium and cafeteria. This event, sponsored by the PTA, recognizes our students’ cultural heritage by displaying flags from their native country, sharing traditional food, and enjoying cultural student entertainment. Parents and students participating are asked to bring an authentic dish from their country of origin. Students are encouraged to dress in traditional clothing. We look forward to seeing for this festive celebration.
*Students must be accompanied by a parent.*
Spring picture day is just around the corner, Friday, March 18th, and we need your help to remind students to dress their best for pictures!
We have great news this year! After all photos have been taken, students will bring home proofs for parents to view before ordering. As an added bonus, no proofs need to be returned to the school.
So how do I order my child’s spring pictures?? Orders can be placed online or via the order form included with the proofs that can be returned to the homeroom teacher.
Pizza, Pizza, Pizza – Thursday, March 17th
Need a quick and easy idea for dinner? How about pizza?
It’s a Pizza Night for TRMS and Domino’s. Please consider supporting our school on Thursday, March 17th by participating in the scheduled pizza night with Domino’s. Fliers for the event will be sent home with students the day of the event. All you have to do is complete the information on the flier and give it to the driver upon delivery of your pizza. Picking up your pizza at the store? No problem. Just complete the flier and take it with you when picking up your order. It’s just that simple. The homeroom with the highest total sales for the day will receive pizza during real time. Every order counts, no matter how small.
SGC Candidate Statements Available
It is elections season again! We are only two weeks away from our spring School Governance Council elections. Elections will take place March 23rd –March 29th for parent/guardian representatives and teacher representatives. Each candidate has prepared a statement introducing him/herself and explaining why s/he wants to serve on the Council. As you prepare to cast your vote, please visit our school website at www.trms.ga.net to learn more about the candidates so that you can make an informed decision about your Council representatives. Hard copies of the candidate statements are available in the main office for your viewing as well. Also, don’t forget to stop by the main office, with proper identification, to get your Home Access Code. This code is required to access the voting portal for Council elections. EACH parent gets a vote in this election; therefore EACH parent must have his/her OWN Home Access Code. Be sure your code works so that you are able to vote in March.
Chattahoochee PTSA Positions open for 2016-17
The CHS PTSA is currently looking for people interested in serving on our Board for the 2016-17 School Year. Please consider this opportunity to support Chattahoochee and have a positive impact on your child's education. If interested contact Patty Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
National Leage of Junior Cotillions Pre-Registration
National League of Junior Cotillions –Alpharetta/Johns Creek Chapter is currently accepting pre-registrations from 6th, 7th grade students for Year 1 and 8th grade students for Year 2 for the 2016-2017 Cotillion Season. Classes begin in September, meeting one Sunday a month. Our national program includes five instructional classes covering manners, etiquette and basic ballroom dance and two formal balls. Year 2 class adds a Five-Course Instructional Dinner. Classes include proper introductions, party courtesies, polite conversations, paying and receiving compliments, correspondence including writing “Thank You” notes and RSVPs, proper place settings, basic table manners for the home, restaurant etiquette, styles of dining, phone etiquette and electronic media, doors and coats, flag etiquette and many other areas of social behavior. Please contact Director, Melinda Belock at email@example.com or our website is www.nljc.com Alpharetta Johns Creek Chapter. We encourage you to register now to avoid wait lists.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR EXTRAORDINARY STUDENTS!
Georgia Poetry Society Winners
In this year's Georgia Poetry Society competition, two Taylor Road students received tremendous recognition. Amy Bleyl, 8th grade, took 2nd place at the state level and Michelle Ho, 6th grade, took 1st place in the state. Congratulations!
Sra. San Antonio: Michael Toohey, Cade Kurzner, Vinay Sankar, Suraj Peramanu
Sra. Andrés: Amelfa Bleyl, Jilian Armstrong, Lindsay Sharman
Madame Vincelli: Akshay Patwardhan
Mrs. Boone: Rachael Shuman, Rishi Krishnan, Ben Crawford
TRMS - Box Tops Winner!
The Box Top collection is over for the 2015-2016 school year. However, you may hold on to them until the next submission due date in the fall for the 2016-2017 school year.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Andres and her homeroom class for turning in the most box tops. Her homeroom class has won a cookie party from the TRMS PTA. Way to go class!
Thank you to all the teachers and homeroom classes who participated in this year’s collection. The Box Top Spring collection raised $293.00 for TRMS. Overall, the collection brought in $513.00 for the entire school year.
Thank you for supporting the Box Tops Program!
Wendy Gilbert (PTA-Box Tops Coordinator)
TRMS Advanced Band
The TRMS Advanced Band participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association District 5 Large Group Performance Evaluation last week at Sutton Middle School. They received straight superior ratings for their stage and sight-reading performances. Congratulations to Mr. Bradley, Ms. Reynolds, and the following students!
Abaci, Devrim; Anand, Dhruv; Betts, Gabe; Brill, Hallie; Cho, Jedidiah; Cooper, Ethan; Dickstein, Zach; Feng, Skyler; Garcia, Joey; Griffis, Jeremy; Jeyakumar, Thomas; Komatineni, Rahul; Melnyk, Madison; Pappo, Noah; Serafin, Nikki; Wang, Grace; Whitlock, Leland; Zhang, Teddy; Adams, Sophia; Akand, Rayeed; An, Ryan; Armstrong, Jillian; Ashadele, Rachael; Barrett, Kedric; Beldeanu, Razvan; Berman, Josh; Bhagdikar, Ritvik; Bragg, Jailyn; Burleson, Aaron; Butler, Garrett; Clarke, Jaliyah; Cleaveland, Levi; Conti, Michael; Dhanji, Sarah; Dowlatkhah, Leo; Drazba, Zach; Elvebak, Theo; Field, Corey; Fox, Gabriel; Garner, Chase; Gendellman, Aner; Gidley, Max; Gilleland, Jackson;;Goulding, Afton; Haber, Jonah; Hogg, Amanda; Huang, Joyce; Hull, Sarah; Hutcheson, Amber; Jawahar, Linda; Jenkins, Jaden; Jeong, Chris; Johnson, Sam; Karout, Tia; Kim, Roy; Krishnakumar, Vithun; LaBrusciano, Trevor; Liang, Sean; Lin, Emilie; Love, Tyler; Mack, Emma; Marumoto, Hannah; Menezes, Erin; Nchege, Chetachi; Ncube, Zee; Nguyen, Nick; Nunez, Emilio; Oh, Hannah; Panlilio, Lewis; Peramanu, Suraj; Petluri, Salena; Purdum, Caden; Ragone, Bella; Reynolds, Brett; Robertson, Carson; Robison, A'Sahn; Samuel, Dylan; Sanders, Jack; Sangabathula, Sahith; Semenak, Alison; Seo, Jaehun; Sethi, Rajat; Shah, Anuj; Shalev, Orr; Simpson, Sequoyeth; Snelson, Natalie; Sparling, Malloy; Steele, Dawniqueca; Sundar, Maayown; Swami, Uddhav; Troyer, Jonathan; Tzintzarova, Melanie; Uraga, Lizy; Ventarapragad, Neyha; Vlahos, Konstantine; Voorhees, JJ; Walker, Jack; Xu, Jeffrey; Yoon, Andrew
All State Orchestra Performers
Congratulations to our students who performed Saturday at the Classic Center in Athens with the All State Orchestras. They sounded amazing!
7th Grade- Isaac Chen, Violin; Yoon Ji Cho, Violin; Daniel Lee, Cello
8th Grade- Allen Pan, Violin
State Technology Fair Winners!
Shruti Nemala – 3D Modeling – 6th Grade
Akash Veerappan – Internet Applications – 8th Grade
Bryan Zhou & Charlie Liu – Device Modification – 8th Grade
Taylor Road Middle School was 1 of 5 Atlanta Area schools chosen from the Space and Radio Science Lesson Plan Contest won by Mrs. Samantha Serna. On Tuesday March 8th, the students participated in some hands-on activities while at Fernbank Science Center. However, the main event was meeting Retired Astronaut Mark Polansky and talking to Commander Tim Kopra live from the International Space Station. Communication to the Space Station was via radio frequency and made possible by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program (ARISS). Individual students were able to ask questions live about life as an Astronaut living on the space station. The events of the day were part of a several weeks of activities put on by the Atlanta Science Festival.
Georgia Milestones End-Of-Grade Testing in April
The Spring 2016 Georgia Milestones are quickly approaching! Study guides and resources are available on the TRMS website: Milestones Testing Information
April 12-13: ELA
April 14-15: ELA - Writing
April 18-19: Math
April 21-22: Science
April 25-26: Social Studies
6th Grade Field Trip T-Shirts
Cyber Safety Month
What is Cyber Safety?
Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of information and communication technology. It is about keeping information safe and secure, but also about being responsible with that information, being respectful of other people online, and using good 'netiquette' (internet etiquette). During the month of March TRMS is participating in Cyber Safety Thursdays sponsored by Counselors, Social Worker, Graduation Coach, Peer Mediation PLC. The students will have the opportunity to be involved in Cyber Safety morning announcements, pre/post surveys, poster contest, safety pledge, and class videos on tips and facts about Cyber Safety.
The first step in reducing risks online is talking. Talking to your children about what they should and should not do when they are online. Find out the activities they are currently doing online and talk about them. Children love to show off their talents, and when you are interested in what they are doing online, nine times out of ten they will be more than happy to show you what they know. Let them teach you some of the different chat programs they use, what sites they visit and music download software they use.
On Monday, March 21, 2016, Officer Madhusudana Meberg from the Johns Creek Police Department will be speaking to our TRMS parents about Cyber Safety and keeping our students safe. This brief, but informative program will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will also be time available for a question and answer session.
Mr. Sean McCarthy from Jostens will be visiting the Taylor Road student body on Friday, March 25, 2016, to discuss internet safety. He will also provide some general guidelines to help our students make better decisions about how they use the internet and major pitfalls that should be avoided. Each grade level will be able to hear this important message during their connections classes. Students will also have a chance to take a pledge to be safe while using technology at the end of March. It is our hope that parents will use the information we provide during this month to begin conversations with their children about their expectations regarding internet usage and safety. Our combined efforts will have a greater impact than any single message.
Duke University Summer Session
Duke Honors Institute is offering a new option for Middle School students in 2016. Honors Institute is an Elite program for high-achieving students who want to get ahead of other students in the field of biology and sciences.
Our offerings include:
Biomedical Study of Cancer: learn about the scientific principles of cancer biology, and the development of new medicines and therapies. This class will also have many opportunities for a lot of fun activities in class.
The Mysterious World of Forensic Science: explore crime scene analysis and learn about forensic entomology, psychology, and anthropology to solve the crime. This class will be completely full of crime scene activities and student will have a blast being detectives and carrying out real-life activities appropriate for this age group.