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

Thank you for your continued support,

Ed Williamson


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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.*

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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.

Taylor Road Italian Night Food Drive

We will be holding an Italian themed food drive for North Fulton charities. Crates will be set up outside the front office . Please bring your donations between March 24 th and April 1st. Hugely appreciated !

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 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 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 or our website is Alpharetta Johns Creek Chapter. We encourage you to register now to avoid wait lists.


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!


Linguapalooza is a World Language competition in which students from different Middle schools and High schools participate in a language contest. They are asked a series of questions and given some scenarios which they have to answer in the target language. Congratulations to the following World Language students who participated in Linguapalooza. They all received Superior ratings!


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

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State Technology Fair Winners!

Congratulations to the four TRMS students who won 1st place at the State Technology Fair in Macon! For all the results, visit

Shruti Nemala – 3D Modeling – 6th Grade

Akash Veerappan – Internet Applications – 8th Grade

Bryan Zhou & Charlie Liu – Device Modification – 8th Grade

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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.

MathCounts Competitions

On March 21st, Roy Kim, Charlie Liu, Nick Nguyen, and Bryan Zhou will be competing in the State MathCounts competitions. These awesome students qualified for the state competition by coming in 2nd in our regional competition. Good Luck!

Be Sure to Watch!

Don't miss our very own 7th grader, Kylissa Katalinich as she co-stars in an upcoming episode of A Haunting. It will air on Sunday, March 20th at 10pm on the Destination America channel. Feel free to check out her Facebook and IMDB page.

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

6th grade field trip t-shirts are available to purchase from Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18. The t-shirt must be worn by all students attending the Chattanooga field trip in May. Designed by TRMS student Genesis Beck, the shirt will serve as an additional safety measure on the trip, as well as a fun memento! The cost of the t-shirt is $8.00. T-Shirt Order Form

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

Dear Students,
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.

Register now.

Peachjar eflyers

Peachjar, an electronic flyer system, allows business partners, community organizations, and program providers the opportunity to share information with parents via email. In our first year of partnering with Peachjar, we saved almost one million pieces of paper by distributing them electronically rather than sending flyers home with students. All Peachjar flyers come to parents with the title, "New eFlyer from name of school." Please know that these flyers are provided for your information – not as endorsements – but to share options from organizations who wish to provide services and choices to parents for your students. The school name is included in the title because product providers select specific schools when uploading information to the Peachjar system. These flyers are also available on school websites through the Peachjar icon. To learn more – or see school specific flyers, visit
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PTA Membership


We are still accepting PTA memberships. You can join and pay online by visiting our website at


Email Laura Gossage, PTA President, at